Daily Practice in the Garchen Stupa (except during teaching events--please check Events schedule below)
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 9:00-9:30 am:
"Light Amassment of Blessings"--H.E. Garchen Rinpoche's Guru Yoga Practice
Weekly Practice in the Garchen Temple (except during teaching and rental group events--please check Events schedule below)
- Sundays, 2pm-3pm:
White Tara Practice
Events at Garchen Institute 2015
MAY 16 - 18 (9 am - 5 pm): Guru Rinpoche Million Mantra Accumulation with Bu Nima Lama.
The Buddha prophesied that a second Buddha would appear who was even greater than himself, and it is said that this Buddha was Guru Rinpoche. Although the Buddha first taught secret mantra, it was Guru Rinpoche who extensively propagated these teachings.
Secret mantra is of supreme importance because it is the vehicle of fruition that makes it possible to attain enlightenment in a single lifetime. It is especially beneficial during the present degenerate age in which beings experience very strong afflictive emotions. Guru Rinpoche predicted secret mantra would be of great benefit during the height of the degenerate age when many sicknesses of mind and body prevail. He said that during this time we should continuously supplicate him, and one means is recitation of his mantra: OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG. Please join us in accumulating one million recitations by either 1) coming to the Garchen Temple as your schedule permits or 2) reciting the mantra at home and adding your daily totals to the counter that will be posted at the Garchen Institute website, garchen.net, starting the beginning of May.
You may also email your daily totals to email@example.com. or call them in to 928-925-1237. However many recitations you are able to do, all participants receive the merit for a million mantras.
There will be no meal service for this event. You are welcome to participate in whatever part of this event your schedule permits, and the mantra counter will remain at the website for at least a week following the event.
There is a tuition charge of $15 per day. We will have tea, coffee, and snacks in our cafeteria. Please bring your lunch if you plan to stay the whole day.
For more information or reservations, or to inquire about work-study opportunities or lodging, please call 928-925-1237 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 30 - June 3: Nyungne Retreat with Bu Nima Lama
There will be two sessions of Nyungne held, the second starting on Saga Dawa, June 1 - the anniversary of Shakyamuni's birth, enlightenment, and death, all celebrated on the same day. Merit accumulated on this day is multiplied billionfold, so it is a very auspicious day to do special practices.
The Nyungne practice of the eleven-faced, thousand-armed form of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the Buddha of compassion, is for purifying negative karma and accumulating merit and wisdom in a short but intensive retreat setting. This intensive practice requires maintaining the eight Mahayana precepts on the first day and on the second day adding vows of fasting and silence (fasting begins after the noon meal on the first day and continues until breakfast on the third day). Meditation sessions include prayers, offerings, prostrations, and extensive mantra recitation, cultivating all three vehicles of Buddhism. Practicing Nyungne with great devotion increases peace in oneself and the world, brings happiness and good fortune, and leads to rebirth in Buddha Amitabha's Pureland of Dewachen.
It is said in the text called the Collection of the Intentions of All Tantras that if practitioners of the Mahayana do a nyungne even once, they will purify all the wrongdoing accumulated throughout forty thousand eons and achieve rebirth as either a human or deva. If done eight times consecutively, the state of a stream enterer is attained and rebirth in Dewachen is guaranteed. If performed twenty-five times, the state equal to a once-returner is attained and all wrongdoing of the previous eighty thousand eons is purified. Performed fifty times the state equivalent to a non-returner is achieved and all wrongdoing for the prior eight hundred million eons is purified. If the nyungne is performed 108 consecutive times, arhatship is attained and all the wrongdoing and obscurations of the past one billion eons is purified and birth in Dewachen in the direct presence of Buddha Amitabha is assured.
Please join us for this deeply beneficial practice! Preregistration is required before May 25. You may come for one or both of the Nyungne sessions, but you must stay for the entire 2 ½ day session. The tuition for each of the full 2-1/2 days (the first session ends by approx. 9:00 am on June 1) is $75 and meals are $20 (regular breakfast and lunch are served on the first day, and then fasting is done until a special breakfast is served on the third day; if you cannot fast, you may bring your own vegetarian food and eat breakfast and lunch on the second day, but dinner may not be eaten by any participant the first and second days). If you wish to do both sessions the cost is $150 for tuition and $40 for meals. The second session starts at 9am June 1 and ends approximately 9am June3, with June 2 being the day of fasting.
Lama Bunima received his monastic ordination in 1982 from Khenpo Munsel and subsequently received Trekcho and Thogal transmission and many other teachings from Garchen Rinpoche. At various times he has stayed at Gargon monastery and done retreats - his main practice being Nyungne. In 1993, together with Garchen Rinpoche, he left Tibet for the first time and was Rinpoche's attendant throughout their travels. In 1997 he traveled with Rinpoche to America, and he has subsequently become an American citizen. We are honored to have Bunima Lama lead us in both the Guru Rinpoche Million Mantra Accumulation and the very beneficial Nyungne practices.
Other 2015 Events
Additional events for 2015, with the exception of the Vajrakilaya Drubchen & Teachings from November 14-21, have not yet been scheduled due to new staff hiring and training.
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche U.S./International Tour 2015
NOTE: All information available to Garchen Institute is provided below. We do not have any additional information about the centers or events.
April 25 - 26: Garchen Retreat Center, New Taipei City, Taiwan – Opening Ceremony, Ushnisha Vijaya Initiation, Guru Yoga teaching
April 28 – May 5: Garchen Retreat Center, New Taipei City, Taiwan – Yamantaka Drubchen
May 7 - 17: Drikung Enlighten Dharma Teaching Institute, Taichung City, Taiwan – Vajrakilaya Drubchen
Contact information not known
May 23 - 24: Garchen Retreat Center, New Taipei City, Taiwan – Milarepa Initiation, Milarepa Songs Teachings
May 28 - 31: Garchen Dharma Institute, New Taipei City, Taiwan – 100 Million Amitabha Mantra Recitation, Shitro Initiation, Six Bardos Teachings
June 4 - 5: Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling, Singapore – Dzambala Wealth Vase Puja and Blessing
June 10: Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling, Singapore – White Dzambala Empowerment
June 11 - 14: Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling, Singapore – 100 Million Ami Dewa Retreat
June 26: Drikung Jamtse Choling Dharma Center, Denver, CO – Tsewang Dzinpa Empowerment
June 27 - 28: Drikung Jamtse Choling Dharma Center, Denver, CO – Prayer of Kuntuzangpo Teachings & Refuge (6/27)
July 3: Drikung Seattle, Seattle, WA – Public Talk
July 4 - 12: Drikung Seattle, Seattle, WA – Chakrasamvara, Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra, Red Chenrezig
July 14 - 20: Garchen Dharma Society, Vancouver, BC, Canada
July 23 - 26: Gar Drolma Center, Dayton, OH – The Essence of Mahayana Teachings
July 29 – August 2: Gar Drolma Center, Dayton, OH – The Essence of Mahayana Teachings
August 4 - 10: White Lotus Buddhist Center, Rochester, NY – Vajrakilaya Drubchen, Teachings
August 11 - 25: Drikung Dharma Surya Center, Centreville, VA
August 26 – September 7: Drikung Kagyu Ratna Shri, Moscow, Russia
September 7 - 14: Gar Jampa Ling, Haifa, Israel
September 16: Garchen Dharma Institute, Munich, Germany – Public Talk
September 17 - 18: Garchen Dharma Institute, Munich, Germany – Bodhisattva Vows Teachings
September 19: Garchen Dharma Institute, Munich, Germany – Chod Empowerment & Teachings
September 20 - 22: Garchen Dharma Institute, Munich, Germany – Red Chenrezig Empowerment with Drubchod
September 25 - October 4: Garchen Dharma Institute, Munich, Germany – Yamantaka Drubchen
October 8 - 15: Milarepa Retreat Center, Schneverdingen, Germany
Email form: www.milareparetreat.org/index.php/en/kontakt?view=form
October [dates not firm]: Drikung Treloknath Ling, Spain
November 14 - 21: Garchen Institute, Chino Valley, AZ – Vajrakilaya Drubchen & Teachings