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
CHENREZIG DRUBCHEN with VEN. LAMA THUBTEN NIMA
APRIL 12-16 (9 am – 9 pm)
Registration deadline if you wish to purchase meals: April 5
Vajrayana Buddhism, the “Diamond Path,” offers many deity practices, such as those related toChenrezig, in which the deity mirrors to us our natural enlightened mind. As our practice brings us intoever closer relationship with the deity, delusion and obscuration are revealed as illusory, and the energiesof deluded mind transform into their natural enlightened qualities.
Chenrezig is renowned as the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas and is known by manydifferent names, including Avalokiteshvara in India, Kuan-yin in China, and Kannon in Japan. It is saidthat all the teachings of the Buddha are contained in Chenrezig’s mantra, and it carries with it the powerto purify our mind’s obscurations. We develop the enlightened quality of compassion through Chenrezig practice and mantra recitation as well as by compassionate conduct toward all beings.
The Thousand-Armed Chenrezig represents the fullest realization of the ability to generate compassion,with a thousand eyes to see suffering in all its forms, a thousand mouths to generate compassionatespeech and recite the mantra, and a thousand limbs to offer assistance to limitless suffering sentient beings. By continuously chanting Chenrezig’s mantra for many days at a time, practitioners acquire a vast amount of merit, which is then dedicated toward the enlightenment of all beings.
Preregistration is required for this event. To preregister, please download the above registration form and email the filled-out form to email@example.com. By the preregistration deadline of April 5 remit your nonrefundable deposit of one day’s tuition ($30) and 50% of the cost of meals you wish to purchase ($5 for breakfast, $8 for lunch, and $7 for dinner). Please note that in order to reserve meals, your meal deposit must be received by the April 5 deadline. You are welcome to participate in whatever part of the drubchen your schedule permits.Tuition for full days is $30 and for half days, including empowerments, is $15. To inquire about lodging and about work-study opportunities for this event, please email the Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-925-1237.
GURU RINPOCHE MILLION MANTRA ACCCUMULATION with VEN. LAMA THUBTEN NIMA
MAY 17-19 (9 am – 5 pm)
Registration deadline if you wish to participate in the group cooking: May 14
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 GuruRinpoche who extensively propagated these teachings.
Secret mantra is of supreme importance because it is the vehicle of fruition that makes it possible toattain enlightenment in a single lifetime. It is especially beneficial during the present degenerate age inwhich beings experience very strong afflictive emotions. Guru Rinpoche predicted secret mantra would beof 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 hismantra: 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 yourschedule permits or 2) reciting the mantra at home and adding your daily totals to the counter that will beposted at the Garchen Institute website starting on May 10. You may also email your daily totals to email@example.com or call them in to 928-925-1237. However many recitations you areable to do, all participants receive the merit for a million mantras.
To preregister, please download the above registration form and email the filled-out form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily tuition will be just $15 for this event, and there will be no meal service. Amy will coordinate group cooking for anyone interested, but you must email or call her at 928-925-1237 no later than May 14. 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. To inquire about lodging and about work-study opportunities for this event, please email or call the Institute.
NYUNGNE RETREAT with VEN. LAMA THUBTEN NIMA
- 6/14: 9 am – 7 pm
- 6/15: 7 am – 7pm
- 6/16: 5:30 am – 9 am
Registration deadline if you wish to purchase meals: June 7
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! Partial attendance is not possible for this event, and the tuition for the full 2-1/2 days (ends by approximately 9:00 am on the 16th) is $75 and meals are $20 (regular breakfast and lunch are served on the first day, and then fasting is done until a special breakfastis 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).
Preregistration is required for this event. To preregister, please download the above registration form and email the filled-out form to email@example.com. By the preregistration deadline of June 7 remit your nonrefundable deposit of one day’s tuition ($30) and 50% of the cost of meals you wish to purchase. Please note that in order to reserve meals, your meal deposit must be received by the June 7 deadline. To inquire about lodging and about work-study opportunities for this event, please email or call the Institute.
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche U.S./International Tour 2014
April 12-13: Drikung Dharma Surya, Centreville, Virginia
Teachings, Empowerment, Refuge Vows, and Private Audiences
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-249-5081