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Our programs are organized into four streams
Special Sessions with Great Masters
During these sessions (typically once a month or once in two months), we have great masters (Rinpoches) of Nyingma Buddhism visiting our center. During these occasions, empowerments (initiations) for various Vajrayana meditation practices are conferred. In addition, there are oral transmissions of scriptures in the traditional way to pass blessings in an unbroken lineage all the way from Shakyamuni Buddha. These masters also give practical instructions and detailed teachings during their visits. Participants also get an opportunity to individually meet these masters and take personal advice and practice instructions after these sessions.
Regular Sessions of Dharma Teaching and Meditation
These sessions (typically on every Sunday 10:30am) are intended to introduce Buddhist philosophy and practice, as well as a platform for regular practice and interactive learning. There are sessions at basic and advanced levels. This includes practical dharma for daily life as well as instructions for advancing in the spiritual path. These sessions start with a meditation session. Most often, the teaching sessions are also interspersed with meditations, contemplations and discussions. Shamata (Calm-abiding), Vipashyaana (insight-meditation), Smrti-upasthaana (mindfulness-meditation), Meditations on compassion and loving kindness, etc are introduced and practiced as part of this.
As of now these programs are organized into the following four themes:
1. "As the Clouds Drift by..." (Meditation Meets Life) -A comprehensive spiritual program with meditations, discourse, discussion and contemplative learning. This course covers a broad spectrum of topics in a practical way. As part of this we also undertake the study of "The Way of Bodhisattvas"
2. "Making Way for the Sunshine" (Meditations for Transformation) -This course introduces methods from Buddhism for resolving difficulties and unleashing creative potential.
3. "Mindfulness Meditations" (Resting in Awareness) -This course introduces how to practice mindfulness with ease. Participants learn how to cultivate natural awareness both during meditation and outside meditation. This course also covers shamata and vipashyana practices.
4. "Lamp of Dharma" (Teachings on Dharma) -Sessions from this stream focus on a one or other topic on Dharma and helps the participants appreciate the subtleties of the topic by means of discourse, Q&A and discussions.
Though these programs are organized into four streams, it is also possible to attend any individual session from any of these streams.
Vajrayana Group Meditations & Pujas
During Sunday morning 8:30am we have sessions on one of the following:
Medicine Buddha - Healing Meditation
21 Tara - Puja and Meditation
Riwo Sangcho - Ritual Practice of the Yogins
Amitabha Practice - Accomplishing Pure Land of Great Bliss
Treasury of Blessings - Shakyamuni Buddha Meditation
Barched Lamsel & Sampa Lundrup - Guru Rinpoche prayers to remove obstacles and accomplish wishes
Vajrakilaya - Dispelling Obstacles
During some of the Sunday afternoons 2:30pm, we have sessions on one of the following:
Ngondro practice sessions (Vajrayana preliminary practices)
Mantra Meditation - Om Mani Padme Hung (A simple yet profound practice of Avalokiteshvara that even beginners to Vajrayana meditation can follow)
In addition, during tsok days (10th and 25th of lunar calendar) we do one of the elaborate group practices of tsok offering.
Rigdzin Dupa (Gathering of the Masters of Pristine Awareness) - once every month on Guru Rinpoche day
Yumka Dechen Gyalmo (The Great Bliss Queen) - once every month on Khandro day
Shower of Blessing (Tsig Duen Lha Drup)
In-depth Study Programs
In depth discussion, contemplation and meditation on a classical Buddhist text with the support of various commentaries. Through these sessions participants undertake a critical study and integrate relevant messages into personal practice.
Currently we study on Bodhicaryavatara (Bodhisattva way of life) by 8th century Indian master Shantideva. By relying on authentic commentaries like Khenpo Kunzang Palden's "The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech", we can experience the depth in every verse that shatters our mundane concepts.This program is done on alternate Sunday at 10:30am.
We also have advanced study programs on various philosophical topics of Buddhism.