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

Lama Lena: Dzogchen Instructions on The Direct Instruction of Shri Singha

June 24th–26th, 2016

Lama Lena

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We enthusiastically welcome back Lama Lena to the Rime Center on June 24th through June 26th. Lama Lena will be teaching on Padmasambhava’s The Treasure of the Lotus Crystal Cave: The Direct Instruction of Shri Singha. Lama Lena is a highly accomplished yogini in the Dzogchen tradition who will guide us through very clear and accurate Dzogchen teachings. 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. Continue reading

Yuthog Nyingthik Empowerment and Tsalung Trulkor Teachings

Venerable Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche

May 13 – 15, 2016

No Set Fee – Pay Whatever You Can Afford

Tulku Yeshi RinpocheWe are delighted to welcome back Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche May 13th – 15th and give the Yuthog Nyingthik empowerment and Tsalung Trulkor teachings.

Tsalung trulkor is a practice that works intensively with our subtle body. By combining special breath retention techniques with physical movements and visualizations, we move our wind-energy throughout the body, allowing it to reach deep places and open more and more subtle channels.  It is said that tsalung trulkor is a wonderful daily practice,
especially to control and handle the stress of our modern life in society. It has the power to balance the energies of mind and body, and it also helps enormously to support one’s meditation practices.

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Chotrul Düchen, the ‘Festival of Miracles’

February 22nd, 2016

43_49_1c0a7abc1d89391Chotrul Düchen occurs on the full moon (the fifteenth day) of the first Tibetan month, which is called Bumgyur Dawa. The first fifteen days of the year celebrate the fifteen days on which, in order to increase the merit and the devotion of future disciples, Buddha displayed a different miracle.

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Lama Lodu Rinpoche: 1000 Arm Chenrezig Teachings

April 1st–3rd, 2016

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Lama Lodu RinpocheWe are delighted to welcome back Lama Lodu Rinpoche returns to the Rime Center to share teachings and an empowerment focused on 1,000 Arm Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) is said to be the essence of the speech of all the buddhas and incarnation of their compassion. As one of the Eight Great Close Sons, he is usually depicted as white in colour and holding a lotus. He is of special importance to Tibetans, so much so that he is sometimes described as the patron deity of Tibet Continue reading

Tibetan New Year Celebration

GDPT Pho Hien Lion Dance TroupePlease join us Saturday, Feb. 6th at 5 p.m. as we celebrate the Tibetan New Year or Losar. This new year is designated as the year of the Male Fire Monkey.

Losar 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