affiliated with the
Foundation for the
Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition

The Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center 

 

 

Upcoming Teachings & Events

See the calendar below for specific dates.

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Teaching by Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa -

Nagarjuna's 'In Praise of Dharmadhatu'

Master Nagarjuna's hymn to Buddha nature—here called dharmadhatu—shows how Buddha nature is temporarily obscured by adventitious stains in ordinary sentient beings but gradually uncovered through the path of bodhisattvas, and finally revealed in full bloom as Buddhahood.

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa is both a scholar of great knowledge and understanding, and a holder of many traditional teaching lineages. His generous presence and contributions to the Sera Mey Monastic University have proven indispensable. The great master Kyabje Ribur Rinpoche has repeatedly praised Khensur Rinpoche as both a great scholar and master practitioner of Buddha's sutra and tantra teachings. Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche notes that Khensur Rinpoche is widely respected for his patience, compassion, and virtuous character; among Tibetans he is often referred to as the "Buddha Abbott." A living example of Buddha's teachings, Khensur Rinpoche divides his time between personal meditation and practices, and teaching a growing network of western and Tibetan students. He is highly qualified to teaching on all levels of Buddhist practice and to conduct all Buddhist rituals.

Dates: April 18th thru 20th

Times: Friday: 7:30 -9:00 PM

Sat & Sun: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM with a break for lunch

Suggested donation: Members $50, Non-members $75, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds

 

Special Class: Meditation on Karma and Purification

Ven. Tendrol leads this special class in a guided meditation on karma. Students learn how to practice a few of the core purification methods to wash away negative karma. This will include a reading from the Sutra of Golden Light and the Vajrasattva deity practice.

This session is intended for students who have studied karma before, for example, students who have recently attended the Introduction to Meditation classes in which we have discussed karma in some detail.

By attending this session, students should have a strong understanding both of how to meditate on karma and how to put down the heavy burden of our past negative karma.

Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014 (single session)

Facilitator: Ven. Losang Tendrol

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Suggested donation: Members $10, Non-members $15, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds

 

Mindfulness: Meditations to Benefit Daily Life

We continue our mindfulness practice with emphasis on breathing meditations, and how to use mindfulness in everyday life. Additionally, we will also discuss establishing a daily practice, setting up a meditation space, and how to create a conducive environment for meditation. This class is suitable for beginners as well as practitioners looking to improve their meditation.

Dates: April 10th, May 1st

Facilitator: Gabe Mata

Times: 7:00 -8:00 PM

Suggested donation: Members $10, Non-members $15, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds

 

Buddhism in a Nutshell

Buddhism in a Nutshell is an introductory course on Buddhism suitable for complete beginners. It presents basic Buddhist philosophy and principles within the Tibetan Mahayana context, and provides simple meditation instruction. We will look at the history of Buddhism and the life Shakymuni Buddha, as well as his main discovery of the human condition, the four noble truths. Also, we will discuss the primary feature of the Mahayana Tradition, the Bodhichitta motivation, the wish to achieve our own enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.

"The text I'm using is "Buddhism in a Nutshell is an introductory course on Buddhism suitable for complete beginners. It presents basic Buddhist philosophy and principles within the Tibetan Mahayana context, and provides simple meditation instruction. We will look at the history of Buddhism and the life Shakymuni Buddha, as well as his main discovery of the human condition, the four noble truths. Also, we will discuss the primary feature of the Mahayana Tradition, the Bodhichitta motivation, the wish to achieve our own enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings."

Dates: Tuesdays Feb 18, 25; March 4, 11

Times: 7:30 PM

Facilitator: Losang Dondrub

Suggested Donation: $8 Members, $10 non-members, no one turned away due to lack of funds.

 

Introduction to Meditation

Lama Yeshe once said "to liberate yourself, you must know yourself". We discuss the purpose and benefits of meditation, investigate the nature of the mind, and practice a variety of different meditation techniques. Using readings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, we learn how Buddha helps us re-define happiness in ways that lead to a healthier sense of self and better relationships with others.

Beginning in May, the class will focus on transforming negative emotions.

Each session consists of guided and silent meditations, and a facilitated discussion. All are welcome to attend, no previous experience is required. This is a small, relaxed class suitable for beginners. Wear comfortable clothes.

The meditation hall is open from 9:30 to 10:00 before class for silent meditation, feel free to come and relax.

Date: May 18, May 25

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Suggested readings by His Holiness: The Essence of Happiness How to Practice the Way to a Meaningful Life; An Open Heart: practicing compassion in everyday life; and How to See Yourself As You Really Are.

The class will draw loosely on these and other books, but there's no required reading.

Facilitator: Ven. Tendrol

 

Medicine Buddha Prayers

The Medicine Buddha practice can be used to help purify those who have already died and liberate them from suffering. It is also very powerful in bringing about success, both temporary and ultimate.

The reason why the Medicine Buddha practice brings success is that in the past when the seven Medicine Buddhas were bodhisattvas practicing the path to enlightenment, they promised and made extensive prayers to actualize all the prayers of living beings of the degenerate time when the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha are in decline. They generated a very strong intention to become enlightened for this reason; this was their motivation for meditating on and actualizing the path.

Lama Zopa says, "It is very important that the elaborate Medicine Buddha puja with extensive offerings be done regularly. The offerings should be as extensive and as beautiful as possible, and done in order to benefit all sentient beings."

Prayer requests for specific individuals can be sent to anitendrol @ guhyasamaja.org, or written in the Prayer Request book at the Center.

Date: May 25

Time: 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Facilitator: Ven. Tendrol

Suggested donation: $8, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds

 

Morning Meditations on You Tube

Date: Weekly on Wednesdays February through April

Time: 7:00 - 8:00 AM

Get your work day started off right, with time set aside to meditate. This online only class will draw from FPMT's "Meditation 101" curriculum as well FPMT's extended lam-rim outlines for beginners.

You will be introduced to a variety of meditations, such as breathing, mindfulness, visualization, and analytical meditation. All of these terms will be explained, as well as what kinds of skills we develop in meditation and how these might also be useful in our daily lives.

Please feel free to tune in any time, no previous knowledge needed.

Navigate to http://www.youtube.com/user/GuhyasamajaCenter at the start time. Note: Mobile devices require use of the youtube app, rather than a mobile browser.

Facilitator: Ven. Losang Dondrub

 

Meditation for Kids

Children learn universal guidelines for happiness and are introduced to meditation in a playful, creative manner. The class includes a story from the life of the Buddha, meditation, yoga, and exercises from "Ready, Set, Happy: 16 Guidelines for Life". The class is held once per month. We request that parents remain with their children during class so that they can continue the lessons at home with them.

Children ages 7 and up are welcome to attend.

Facilitator: Ven. Tendrol

Dates: Sunday, May 18

Time: 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Suggested donation: $8 per family, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds

 

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Last updated: April 4, 2014