ONLINE 2020 Event Schedule
ALL EVENTS ARE ONLINE FOR THE YEAR OF 2020
Summary of Events
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* ONLINE Yoga / QiGong / Meditation Retreat / October 17-18
* ONLINE Vajrakilaya Retreat Teachings, Empowerment / Nov. 14 – 18
* ONLINE Vipassana Retreat with Khenpo Tenzin / December 4 – 6
* ONLINE Lopon Barbara Dubois Teachings / December 19 -20
* ONLINE Winter Teaching Event / Dec 2020 – Jan. 2021 / Dates TBA
KING OF ASPIRATION PRAYERS
NEW Teaching Series:
The Noble Prayer of Excellent Conduct
by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
September 22 – November 5
Every Tuesday and Thursday
10:00-12:00pm and 2:00-4:00pm PDT (GMT-7)
At the request of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will teach on this most excellent, extensive and profound prayer from Garchen Rinpoche’s favorite commentary. The commentary is called The Excellent Path that Accomplishes the Dual Benefit of Others and Oneself: An extensive commentary on the words and their meaning of The Noble Prayer for Excellent Conduct.
Venerable Khenpo Tenzin determined to learn dharma from a young age, despite his humble beginnings, pursued opportunities to study and practice, with great diligence, at the best monasteries for higher studies. We are very fortunate to be the recipients of the fruit of his practice and studies.
Join us for this special opportunity to deepen your understanding and practice of this profoundly important prayer.
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with H.E. GARCHEN RINPOCHE
September 26, 2020
3:00 – 4:30 PDT (GMT-7)
“Whenever we meditate our minds are One” ~ H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Question and Answer with
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Submit your questions to: QandA@garchen.net
October 3, 2020
3:00 -4:30pm PDT (GMT-7)
Lopon Barbara Du Bois
“LIFE’S SONG OF HOLY PRAISE
FOR THE LOVELY PLANET EARTH”
Teachings and Practices for Transformation
October 10-11 (Saturday & Sunday)
“Life’s Song of Holy Praise” is a canticle, a song of praise from Life to our motherly planet Earth. It is given now, for the first time publicly, as medicine for our minds in a time of sweeping planetary changes.
Lopon Barbara wrote down these lines in 2008 during a subtle vision of the great procession of life on Earth, called forth by a student prayer request to bring humans into right relationship with our planet. At that time Earth was already demonstrating signs of species extinction, loss of homeland for many kinds of beings, contamination and destruction of the natural world of which we are all made and upon which we all depend—signs of balance lost, life processes out of control, planetary body and atmosphere increasingly compromised. These immense dangers and losses deeply affect the minds, bodies, and behavior of beings on Earth. We are now witnessing and enduring pervasive confusion, grief, aggression, helplessness, fear, and despair as we experience directly the still-early stages of portended planetary changes.
We need to understand two things: these Earth changes and the sufferings of beings are purification, and the changes most urgently needed are in the minds of human beings. Our minds. We are not helpless; we are powerful, for good or for ill. Our choice.
“Life’s Song,” as a practice, can transform fear and grief to love and holy praise, resonating love-wisdom, unborn and undying, throughout the realms of manifestation. This is the source of right relationship.
We will also practice together Garchen Rinpoche’s special tonglen, given to him by his root lama, Khenpo Munsel, during their long imprisonment, and clear awareness, with instructions recently given by Rinpoche.
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Teachings & Retreat
Hosted by Drikung Rinchen Choling
Led by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Lama Thupten Nima
October 24-25, 2020
9am-5pm PDT (GMT -7)
Join us online for the wonderful teachings and practice sessions of the profound Vajrakilaya. Such a blessing!
Zoom ID: 656 566 4698
ACHI CHOKYI DROLMA
Empowerment & Teachings
SUPPLICATION PRAYER TO 7 TARAS
Hosted by Milarepa Retreat Center, Germany
Bestowed by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
October 31 – 19:30 – 21:00 (Germany Time)
November 1 – 18:00 – 21:00 (Germany Time)
Emaho! H.E. Garchen Rinpoche offers teachings and the profound empowerment of mother Achi Chokyi Drolma, and teachings on Lord Jikten Sumgon’s supplication prayer of the Seven Taras.
To participate in this online event, you must register via email with the Milarepa Retreat Center:
They will then send you the Zoom Link for the event.
This is a free online event. To make a donation to support the Milarepa Retreat Center, the teachers and translators, please Click Here.
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ONLINE SUNDAY PRACTICES
White Tara Practice with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Garchen Institute Lamas
10am – 12pm
Dharma Talks with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
2pm – 3:30pm
Meditation with Venerable Khenpo Tenzin
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Each Sunday, along with the White Tara sadhana, we will do a different additional practice on a rotating basis. That rotation will look like this:
- Jangchok for the Living
- Jangchok for the Dead
- Dharmapalas (Dharma protectors)
- Jangchock for the Living and so forth.
To submit names for the Jangchok for the Living or the Dead, please email your list of names to: email@example.com by Wednesday the week prior to the Sunday practice.
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All Texts For Sunday Practice
Each Sunday we will use the texts in the following order:
- Yellow Prayer Book – opening prayers
- White Tara Sadhana,
- with Praise of 21 Taras insert (replacing pages 24 – 39 of the sadhana)
- with Benefits of 21 Praises of Tara
- Weekly Additional Practice –
here we will practice one of the texts marked with an *
- Summoning Good Fortune
- Blue Prayer Book – dedication prayer
- Yellow Prayer Book – long life prayers
Common Preliminaries and Ngondro Retreats
The retreats and dates:
I. Refuge and Prostration: April 4 – May 16, 2020
II. Mandala Offerings: June 8 – July 3, 2020
III. Vajrasattva: July 22 – September 2, 2020
IV. Guru Yoga: September 8 – October 20, 2020
Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will guide participants with instruction and commentary on the ngondro practices which are essential for purifying and accumulating merit. Each participant has their own bedroom, shared bath and will pay for and cook their own food in a shared kitchen. The Institute will do the food shopping for each retreatant.
$1200 – One Ngondro Retreat
$4000 – All 4 Ngondro Retreats
Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind & Shamatha 2019
* Month-long Retreat or
* 100-Day Retreat
This retreat is designed to help develop renunciation and bodhicitta, which require a deeply contemplative look at your life. Shamata is a meditation practice that develops mindfulness and attention which leads to more peace in the mind. These qualities are the foundation of a successful meditation practice which leads to greater happiness.
Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will guide each participant in their solitary retreat and will give group teachings and meditation instruction. Retreatants will pay for and cook their own food in one of the two kitchens in the retreat village. The Institute will do the food shopping for each retreatant.
The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind Retreat is offered in two formats:
100 Days Retreat Format
This 3-month-long retreat is recommended for our 3-Year Retreat Program.
Dates: August 1 – November 8 2020
September 1 – September 29, 2020
TESTIMONIAL from participant in the first ngondro retreat at Tashi Gatsal Ling House“Being in the Southwest Buddhafield’s protective sphere, in the joyful compound of Tashi Gatsal Ling house, was like having a wish fulfilling jewel placed in the palm. Having my own personal space and yet being surrounded by a community doing the same practices, was the perfect mix of a solitary and group retreat. Khenpo Tenzin was immensely kind, supportive and sensitive to the needs of our particular group. It is hard to imagine a more conducive circumstance for performing the profound and transformative preliminary trainings of the practice lineage. In these uncertain times, when the shortcomings of modern life is in the forefront of everyone’s awareness, let us arouse confidence in the dharma, and take advantage of the inconceivable opportunity to practice in retreat for our own and others benefit!”
If you are interested in attending any of these retreats please email for an application to firstname.lastname@example.org