Dalai Lama Birthday Celebration

July 6, 2018

Come join us as we celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 83rd birthday Friday July 6th at 6:30 pm. Geshe Tsewang Thinley will be performing a special Tsok Offering and White Tara Puja at 6:30 pm. After the ceremony we will have a potluck, so please bring dish to share.

White Tara, the female Buddha of longevity. Tara is a completely enlightened Buddha and as a young bodhisattva she promised always to appear in the form of a female bodhisattva and goddess for the benefit of all beings and especially to protect from the eight fears. In this white form she appears specifically for the purpose of bestowing longevity.

The practice of tsok, which is primarily a practice of offering. It is not just a practice of offering however; it is also a powerful method for purifying our samaya. Sometimes it is said that the best method for purifying samaya is the fire offering, and tsok practice is the ‘inner fire offering.’ Tsok is a very rich practice with many layers of meaning, and it can be practiced on various levels. We will have a pot luck after the service so please bring a vegetarian dish to share.