Hitting the Essence in Three Words with Lama Lena

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July 28–30, 2017

We are delighted to welcome back Lama Lena to the Rime Center, July 28 through 30. Lama Lena will be teaching on Patrul Rinpoche’s Hitting the Essence in Three Words: “The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King”. Lama Lena is a highly accomplished yogini in the Dzogchen tradition who will deliver very clear and accurate teachings on Dzogchen. She is accessible, easy to relate to, open to questions, and willing to deal directly with many of the questions to which we are seeking answers.

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Tibetan New Year Celebration

Please join us Saturday, Feb. 25th at 5 p.m. as we celebrate the Tibetan New Year or Losar. This New Year is designated as the year of the Fire Bird.

GDPT Pho Hien Lion Dance TroupeLosar traces its origins to the pre- Buddhist period in Tibetan when Tibetans practiced a winter spiritual ceremony during which large amounts of incense were offered to appease the local spirits, deities and protectors. This celebration evolved into a Buddhist festival tied the introduction of time based on phases of the moon. It may have been the first celebration of what has become the tradition of farmers’ festivals. After the rudiments of the science of astrology were introduced in Tibet, the festival became known as Losar. Continue reading

Younge Khachab Rinpoche: Dream Yoga Teachings and Vajrasattva Empowerment

May 13th–14th, 2017

m_f7fa3d99d68a2c6d5921eb6e14a6282cWe are extremely delighted to welcome back Younge Khachab Rinpoche the Rime Center, May 13 through 14th. Rinpoche will be giving teachings on the Dream Yoga and give the Vajrasattva empowerment. In the bardo of dream, the primary methods taught to realize the nature of mind and appearances is the training in Dream yoga. This set of practices includes training in recognition of the dream state, also called “lucid dreaming”; transforming the dream state once recognition is gained; and the enhancement practices, by which obstacles are overcome.

Rinpoche will bestow the Vajrasattva empowerment. Minling Dorsem or ‘Mindroling Vajrasattva’ is a famous practice of Vajrasattva revealed as a terma by Terdak Lingpa in 1676. Vajrasattva is a sambhogakaya Buddha who embodies all of the five Buddha families. He is also a support for purification practices. Rinpoche will be giving extensive and practical instructions based on his vast study and personal experience. This is an incredible opportunity to receive teachings and instruction from a true Dzogchen master.

“Since he is the all-pervading lord of the hundred buddha families and the single buddha family of the great secret, he is unlike any other deity.” – Yukhok Chatralwa Chöying Rangdrol

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Fundamentals of Tantra with Venerable Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche

April 14 – 16, 2017

tulku-yeshi-outdoorsWe are delighted to welcome back Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche April 14th – 16th and give teachings on the fundamentals of Tantra. Rinpoche will be teaching from Jigme Lingpa’s Treasury of Precious Qualities (Yönten Dzö), the chapter on the Pitaka of the Vidyadharas.  This chapter covers many aspects of tantric practice, but Rinpoche will give us an overview of empowerments and samayas.  He will also teach on the three samadhis and four stakes that bind the life force.  

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Retreat with Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche – Heart Sutra 

December 2 – 4, 2016

466694_116308141829743_1946774597_oMark your calendars for a wonderful teaching by the acclaimed Tibetan Buddhist lama, Ven. Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche. Register to attend his teachings on the Heart Sutra.

The Heart Sutra is the most popular sutra of the prajñaparamita collection and indeed of the Mahayana as a whole. Although the sutra primarily consists of a dialogue between Shariputra and the great Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, their words are inspired by the blessings of the Buddha, who remains absorbed in samadhi meditation until the end of the discussion.  Prajñaparamita  is the wisdom of directly realizing the non-conceptual simplicity of all phenomena, which has arrived at, or will lead one to, non-abiding nirvana.

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Santikaro – Entering the Buddha’s Path with Breathing

October 7-9th, 2016

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Santikaro.NewSantikaro, a former Theravada monk, returns to the Rime Buddhist Center to present the full range of practice of mindfulness with breathing.

Mindfulness with Breathing is the primary meditative system of Early Buddhism. In it, the Buddha outlined a series of mindful contemplations that begin with the breathing body and work up through insight into the nature of Mind and Dhamma culminating in true knowing and liberation. Santikaro will offer an overview of this system Friday evening along with guided practice in the basics of mindful breathing. Saturday’s workshop will explore further developments, primarily through guided practices, discussion, and silent meditation.

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Karen Maezen Miller – Ordinary Mind is the Way

November 11-13th, 2016

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255143_2101125735707_5486565_nZen priest Karen Maezen Miller will lead a meditation retreat focused on a fundamental Zen teaching: Ordinary mind is the Way. The emphasis will be on realizing the Dharma in our everyday activities and interactions with one another. The retreat will include zazen (Zen meditation), walking meditation, chanting, numerous Q&As, and the opportunity to meet privately with Maezen. The teachings are personal and informal, and will take place in the Rime Center’s upstairs shrine room.
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Younge Khachab Rinpoche: Bardo Teachings

August 27th–28th, 2016

m_f7fa3d99d68a2c6d5921eb6e14a6282cWe are extremely delighted to welcome back Younge Khachab Rinpoche the Rime Center, August 27 through 28th. Rinpoche will be giving teachings on the Bardo and working with death and dying in the Tibetan tradition. These are extremely powerful teachings not only for oneself but also for helping your loved ones through this challenging process. Rinpoche will be giving extensive and practical instructions based on his vast study and personal experience. This is an incredible opportunity to receive teachings and instruction from a true Dzogchen master.

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Chökhor Düchen, the ‘Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma’

August 6th, 2016

43_49_1c0a7abc1d89391Chökhor Düchen, the ‘Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma’. It occurs on the fourth day of the sixth Tibetan lunar month. For seven weeks after his enlightenment, Buddha did not teach. Finally, encouraged by Indra and Brahma, he turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time, at Sarnath, by teaching the ‘Four Noble Truths’.

The Rime Center will be hosting a series of Shakyamuni Buddha Pujas and open meditation sessions as an opportunity for you to come in and meditate throughout the day at your own pace and time limit. Continue reading