Past Events 2016

 
 
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2016
GANDEN NGACHU GURU PUJA
Lead By Venerable Tenzin Thutop
LAMA JE TSONG KHAPA
 
   

Gaden Ngachu celebrates the many accomplishments of the saint and scholar Lama Je Tsongkapha and the numerous texts written in his lifetime. He is founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, built on the foundations of the Kadampa tradition, the legacy of Atisha.

 

 
 
DECEMBER 17, 2016
PRACTICE AND THEORY OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM
Taught By Venerable Tenzin Thutop
 
 

The class will cover a brief overview of the core understanding and practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Topics of discussion will be the Three Refuges, Karma, Two Truths, Four Noble Truths, Four Great Seals, and Enlightened mind and wisdom.

 
 
 
 
DECEMBER 10-11, 2016
THE PREPARATION AND ACTUAL PRACTICE OF FOUR ARM CHENRIZEG/ AVALOKITESHVARA WITH VENERABLE TENZIN THUTOP
 

Saturday 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon: Chenrizeg Sadhana Teaching & Practice

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM : Teaching on Chenrizeg Mandala blue-print or drawing line
 
Sunday 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon: Avalokiteshvara Sadhana Teaching & Practices and Hand Gesture/Mudra Practices

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Teaching on Making Offering Cake and Butter Sculpture decoration of Chenrizeg

   
   
 
 
 
AUGUST 05, 2016
MEDITATIONS ON THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
 

Geshe Sherap taught and lead students in deeper learning of the Four Noble Truths (Aryasatya) and their sixteen attributes through meditation  and contemplation. This course began on 08-05-16 and ended on 11-19-16.

1) The Truth of Suffering;  impermanent, suffering, empty of permanent I, and selflessness

2) The Truth of Cause of Suffering; cause, sources, increasing, and condition

3) The Truth of Cessation of Suffering; cessation of attachment, pacification of suffering, excellent quality of mind, and permanent freedom

4) The Truth of the Path that leads to the Cessation of Suffering. path, correctness, achievement, deliverance

 

 
JULY 10, 2016
STAGES OF MEDITATION
 

 The Stages of Meditation root text was written by Arya Kamalashila, a great scholar-saint of the ninth century and a disciple of the great abbot Shantarakshita. This commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the root text was given at Manali, a small town which is in Himachal Pradesh, India in 1989.  

The teaching technique that His Holiness employs in primarily orientated toward those who don't believe in religion. There are two kinds of faith; one that is not based on any special reason and that which is backed by reason and logic.

Text: Stages of Meditation written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and translated by Geshe Lobsand Jordhen, Losang Choephel Ganchenpa, and  Jeremy Russell.

 This course began on Sunday, July 10, 2016 and ended November 13, 2016.

 

 
 
 
JULY 09-10, 2016
SUMMER CLASS SCHEDULE
 

 

 

JUNE 18-19, 2016
BUDDHIST TEACHING AND MEDCINE BUDDHA PERMISSION
GRAND OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DIEU NGU TEMPLE
 

 

 

Geshe Sherap and students of Land of Enlightened Wisdom attended the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness bestowed the blessing or permission of the Medicine Buddha upon thousands of attendees.

His Holiness participated in the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Dieu Ngu Temple in Westminister, CA hosted by Venerable Vien Li by giving a keynote address to attendees outside and later he addressed the monks inside the new temple.  His Holiness the Dalai Lama also participated in a talk with Vietnamese Youth attending the Grand Opening Ceremony.

 

 

 

   
 
MAY 23, 2016
SUMNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  MULTI-CULTURAL DAY
 

 

The kids at Sumner/Danbury took a trip around the globe on Wednesday and returned enriched by their exposure to the cultures of the world.

Joe Tonan’s sixth graders have been immersed in Tibet, learning about the South Asian country and engaging in projects like crafting mandalas.

The kids’ multicultural celebration got started early when a Tibetan Buddhist monk stopped by his Sumner classroom. At one point, one of the students asked him if he was angry at the Chinese for invading his nation.

Geshe Sherap, who is a refugee, gave a measured reply. “He said, ‘I’m not happy with them but if I hate them, I cause pain to others and myself,’” Mr. Tonan shared.

 

Geshe Sherap left a souvenir of his visit on the board, his name written in intricate Tibetan characters.

Students of every grade, with “passports” hanging around their necks, took turns rotating through classrooms on a cross-continental journey. While in Tibet, they made a string of prayer flags.   Excerpt from the article "Students go around the world in 80 minutes",  by Sarah Torribio on May 26, 2016. Click the link to see the complete article in the Claremont Courier.

 

 

MAY 21, 2016
SAKA DAWA DUCHEN
 

 

Saka Dawa commemorates the anniversary of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana. All of which took place on the 15th day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, which is May 21, 2016, this year.

6:00am - Eight Mahayana Precepts

9:00am - Tara Sadhana and Talk

11:30am - Vegetarian Lunch

2:30pm - Wisdom Chapter 9

 

 

 

 

 

MAY 21, 2016
GUIDE TO BODHISATTVA'S WAY OF LIFE
CHAPTER 9 WISDOM
 

 

The perfection of wisdom is one of six perfections on the Bodhisattva’s path. In Chapter 9 - Wisdom, Geshe Sherap will  instruct students on how to recognize the two truths.

Unlike the other chapter that were presented in poetic verses, this chapter is presented in dialogues between three different perspectives,  External Existence, Mind Only, and Middle Way that are designed to help you grow your wisdom and familiarity with their different understanding of the nature of knoweable entities.

 

 

Conventional Truth is established by the deceptive minds that obscure the true nature.  Ultimate Truth is established by the wisdom's mind that perceives the true nature of reality. The conventional or relative truth is composed of the afflictive ignorance that forms the link of becoming ( from among the twelve links of Dependent Arising).

The Perfection of Wisdom will began on May 21, 2016 and will continue until completed on Saturday afternoons.

 

 

APRIL 2016

PAINTING OF THE STUPA OF ENLIGHTENED WISDOM

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2016

CHOTRUL DUCHEN - GURU PUJA

 

 

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2016

MEDICINE BUDDHA PUJA

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016

RAISING THE PRAYER FLAGS

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2016 at 4:00pm

ARYA TARA AND PALDEN LHAMO SADHANAS

The Tibetan New Year, Losar The Year of the Fire Monkey

 

 

 

The Tibetan New Year began on February 9, 2016 and ends on February 27, 2017. Tibetan New Year - Losar is celebrated with the Arya Tara Sadhana and Palden Lhamo Sadhanas with Gocha Rinpoche, Geshe Sherap and Venerable Tamding Sichoe. The puja was followed by the Losar Potluck.


Tibetan New Year is a time of renewal and making aspirations for the year ahead. You can add or renew your family name or aspiration for placement in front of one of the 108 Medicine Buddha Statues to receive the benefit of the daily prayers and light offerings made at the center.

If you wish to request daily prayers and light offerings at the center for your family or aspiration, please kindly complete the Medicine Buddha Prayer Request Form Information regarding online donations or the mailing address for a check can be found at the bottom of Prayer Request Form.

   

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2016 at 2:00pm

MEDIITATION - CHAPTER EIGHT

 

The perfection of meditation is one of six perfections on the Bodhisattva’s path. In Chapter 8 - Meditation, Geshe Sherap will introduce meditation on impermanence of the body to reduce attachment and on the equality between self and others, to deepen our understanding that just as we, ourselves do, all sentient being want happiness and don’t want suffering.

The Perfection of Meditation began on February 6, 2016 and was completed on Saturday May 14, 2016.

 
   

FEBRUARY 5, 2016

GESHE TENZIN SHERAP BEGINS SPRING CLASSES