Green Tara Empowerment, Sunday 12/3/2017 10am-Noon

Green Tara Empowerment

bestowed by Venerable Khenpo Choephel

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10am-noon

ARYA TARA, the female enlightened being,  is revered in the Tibetan Buddhism tradition as the yidam deity whose compassionate actions liberate sentient beings from suffering and transcend all fears.  Venerable Khenpo Choephel will bestow the empowerment ritual this coming Sunday as an introduction to connect practitioners to the wisdom energy of the deity.

According to Khenpo Choephel, the benefits of Green Tara practice are limitless.  The visualization of the deity and recitation of mantra help practitioners identify with the enlightened qualities of Green Tara, which can help overcome fears and obstacles in life.  The benefit of achieving successes and happiness in life can be cultivated through this practice.  The ultimate benefit is when one realizes the inseparability of one’s own true nature with the enlightened mind of the wisdom deity.

Our regular deity practice this Wednesday, November 29, at 7pm is on Green Tara practice.

 

 ALL ARE WELCOME

 

As always, your donations to our center will help sustain TRTCC’s many teaching and cultural events year round.  Our heartfelt thanks to your continued supports to TRTCC!

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center  is located at: 7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

Guru Rinpoche Practice Tuesday Nov 28, 2017, at 7pm

Dakini Day Practice: Guru Rinpoche

led by Venerable Khenpo Choephel

 November 18, 2017,  7-8:30pm

Our monthly Dakini Day GURU RINPOCHE Practice will be this Tuesday, November 18, at 7pm.  Dakini Day is on the 10th day of each month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar.

We will have opening prayers on bodhicitta and refuge prayers, and a special text on the practice of Guru Rinpoche.  Ven. Khenpo Choephel will guide us on the visualization, meditation, chanting of mantra, TSOK (food offering), and dedication of merits.  

 

 ALL ARE WELCOME

 

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center  is located at: 7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

Wednesday Deity Practice: Nov 15 Manjushri 7-8:30pm

Wednesday Deity Practice: Manjushri

led by Venerable Khenpo Choephel

 November 15, 2017,  7-8:30pm

Our weekly Deity Practice is on Manjushri tonight.

Manjushri is the embodiment of Perfect Wisdom.

The iconography of Manjushri is often depicted as wielding a flaming sword in the right hand which cuts through ignorance and delusion, and holding in the left hand a lotus flower containing the Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra, the Sutra of the Perfection of (Transcendent) Wisdom.

How do we practice perfecting actions of our body, speech, and mind as guided by wisdom?  Our practice starts with opening prayers on bodhicitta, meditation on the nature of our mind, visualization, chanting of mantra, and finally, the dedication of merits to benefit all beings.

 

 ALL ARE WELCOME

 

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center  is located at: 7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

Teaching on Lord Jigten Sumgön’s Collected Work and TRTCC AGM

Continuation on the Teaching on Lord Jigten Sumgön’s “Bestowed Words of Essential Point

by Venerable Khenpo Choephel

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 10am-noon, 2-4m**

Lord Jigten Sumgön Ratna Shri (1143-1217) is the founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage and one of the most accomplished teachers and scholars of the lineage.  This year marks the 800th anniversary of his passing.  To commemorate his great achievements TRTCC‘s spiritual director venerable Khenpo Choephel will give two special teachings on the “Bestowed Words of Essential Point” based on the collected teachings of Jigten Sumgön written in Tibetan.  This is the second one on this.

According to the comments of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön’s teachings were “his personal and direct experience shared with his closest disciples.”  They were continuation of the wisdom teachings of the Lord Buddha Shakyamuni through the Drikung Kagyu lineage masters: Great Marpa Lotsa, Milarapa, Lord Gompopa and Pakmodrupa.

To download a flyer: Jigten Sumgon Nov19 2017 flyer

TRTCC Annual General Meeting Sunday Nov 19,  Noon – 2pm

You are all invited to join us on November 19 for this teaching event.  A simple vegetarian lunch will be provided. During our lunch break the TRTCC board will conduct our Annual General Meeting and present a report of our center’s 2017 activities and future direction.  All friends of TRTCC past and present are invited to attend.

 ALL ARE WELCOME

As always, your donations to our center will help to sustain TRTCC’s many teaching and cultural events year round.  We are a charitable non-profit organization and do not charge admission fees for attending our teaching events but rely solely on your voluntary donations.  We appreciate your support to further our mission to cultivate compassion and wisdom through Tibetan Buddhist teachings and meditation practices.

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center  is located at: 7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

**New Ending time has been changed from 5pm to 4PM

Live Stream Teaching from 800th Commemoration Oct 19-25 Dehradun, India

The 800th Commemoration of Lord Jigten Sumgön’s Maha Parinirvana

Teachings and ceremonies are live-streamed from October 19-25 2017 between 9am-5:30pm (local time) from Dehradun, India

Our beloved teachers Venerable Garchen Rinpoche and Venerable Konchog Gyaltsen Khenchen Rinpoche at the 800th Maha Parinirvana Commemoration of Lord Jigten Sumgön in Dehradun, India.
http://facebook.com/Drikung.live

 ALL ARE WELCOME

Outdoor Meditation and Picnic in the Park Sunday Oct 15

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center’s Picnic Practice at Frick Park

with Venerable Khenpo Choephel

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 10am-12:30pm

 ALL ARE WELCOME

  • Parking is plenty on Beechwood Blvd.
  • Enter at Beechwood and Nicolson Street (the Blue Slide Park of Frick Park)
  • Walk straight along the main road (Riverview Trail)
  • When seeing the big Riverview Trail sign on your left, DO NOT go down onto that trail but continue a few more yards and walk up a grassy slope. Our destination (the red circled area on the map — click here to download: Frick Park TRTCC Picnic direction ) is at the top of the slope with a wide open view on a flat grassy high ground.
  • The total walking time from entrance to destination shou(ld be about 10-15 min. (We will put up a sign to direct you.)
  • Practice will start at 10am, and plan to be there a little earlier to get settled in first.
  • Bring what you need to make a seat on the grass— mats, cushions, a picnic blanket, folding chairs, etc. or just simply sit on the grass, and wear comfortable clothing.
  • Wear a hat if you don’t want too much sun. Bring your water bottle.
  • Bring some picnic food that’s easy to carry: fruit, crackers, sandwiches, trail mix, nuts, etc.
  • ALL ARE WELCOME. Encourage or bring your family or friends to practice with us.

Jigten Sumgön’s “Bestowed Words of Essential Point”

Teaching on Lord Jigten Sumgön’s “Bestowed Words of Essential Point

by Venerable Khenpo Choephel

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 10am-noon, 2pm-5pm

Lord Jigten Sumgön Ratna Shri (1143-1217) is the founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage and one of the most accomplished teachers and scholars of the lineage.  This year marks the 800th anniversary of his passing.  To commemorate his great achievements TRTCC‘s spiritual director venerable Khenpo Choephel will give a special teaching on the “Bestowed Words of Essential Point” based on the collected teachings of Jigten Sumgön written in Tibetan.

According to the comments of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön’s teachings were “his personal and direct experience shared with his closest disciples.”  They were continuation of the wisdom teachings of the Lord Buddha Shakyamuni through the Drikung Kagyu lineage masters: Great Marpa Lotsa, Milarapa, Lord Gompopa and Pakmodrupa.

You are all invited to join us on October 8th for this teaching event and celebration.

To download a flyer: Jigten Sumgon Oct8 2017 flyer

 ALL ARE WELCOME

We are very fortunate to have this lineage of teachings passed down to us and are still able to benefit from them decades later.  To express our gratitude towards our many precious teachers and to support the 800th Commemoration event, TRTCC will make some special collections to be sent to the Jangchubling Monastery, the main seat of the Drikung Kagyu organization, with a member who is traveling to the occasion.  For more information on this please look at The LJS 800 commemoration prepared by one of our board members.

As always, your donations to our center will help to sustain TRTCC’s many teaching and cultural events year round.  We are a charitable non-profit organization and do not charge admission fees for attending our teaching events but rely solely on your voluntary donations.  We appreciate your support to further our mission to cultivate compassion and wisdom through Tibetan Buddhist teachings and meditation practices.

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center  is located at: 7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

Vipasyana Meditation #3 August 27, 2017

Continuation on Vipasyana Meditation

by Venerable Khenpo Choephel

Sunday, August 27, 10am-12pm, 1:30-4:30pm

VIPASYANA is a meditation method that cultivates special insight or excellent seeing.

According to Ven. Khenpo Choephel, Vipasyana Meditation is the concentrative method that can conquer wild mind, overcome afflictive emotions and uproot sorrow. One can find ultimate inner peace and realize perfect wisdom with this practice, so it is most important to take on this practice again and again until the ultimate accomplishment of seeing one’s true nature is reached.

This is the third Vipasyana Meditation teaching by Khenpo Choephel.  It will be held on Sundays, August 27, 2017 at Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center

ALL ARE WELCOME

This teaching is free. Your donations will help to sustain TRTCC’s many teaching and cultural activities.

To download a flyer for this event: Vipasyana Meditation Aug27 flyer

TRTCC is located at: 7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

An Introduction to Tibetan Medicine, July 29, 2017

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center presents:

An Introduction to Tibetan Medicine

Saturday, July 29, 2017

at the Carnegie Free Library of SWISSVALE

10am – 12pm
A Brief History of Tibetan Medicine and Healing System, Theories and Practices, Mind-Body Connection, and Etiology of Diseases and Disorders
2pm – 3pm
Causes, Symptoms, Diagnoses, and Treatment of Depression and Arthritis according to the Tibetan Healing System

LOCATION: Carnegie Free Library of SWISSVALE
1800 Monongahela Avenue
Swissvale, PA 15218-2312

PRESENTER:  Mempa Youlha Tsering
Tibetan Medicine Practitioner
Massage Therapist

Mempa Youlha Tsering is a Tibetan physician graduated from the Qinghai University Tibetan Medical College in 2003. He has received training in Moxibustion, Tibetan Ku Nye Massage and “Golden Needle Therapy” as external healing practices from the Provincial  Tibetan Medical Hospital in 2007 and worked as a Tibetan Medicine Practitioner in Tibet and Nepal for many years.  After coming to the United States, he explored a variety of massage and bodywork training in Conway, MA and Asheville, NC, and is licensed as a Massage Therapist. Youlha is dedicated to providing Tibetan Medical care that promotes long-term physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Mempa Youlha has given professional presentations on many topics including:  Tibetan Perspectives on Pathology and Wellness, Promoting Health by Decreasing Negative Emotions, and Tibetan Medical Perspectives on Arthritis.

ALL ARE WELCOME

This presentation at the Carnegie Free Library of SWISSVALE is FREE to the public.  Donations to support Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center‘s educational events are heartily appreciated as always.

During his 3-day visit to Pittsburgh, Mempa Youlha is also available for individual consultation on July 29, Saturday afternoon and evening, after his presentation, and July 30, Sunday, at TRTCC, located near the library at 7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation please send us a message to threeriversdharma@gmail.com with your full name, phone number, and preferred time.  Thank you.

To download a flyer please click here:
TRTCC Tibetan Medicine flyer

 

July 6th Celebration of HH Dalai Lama’s Birthday

Celebration of H.H. Dalai Lama’s 82nd Birthday

Thursday, July 6th, 2017   7-8:30pm

His Holiness Dalai Lama is recognized all over the world as the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people committed to promoting human values such as compassion and love, and to enable understanding  and harmony among all religions.  He is also working in great effort on preserving Tibetan Buddhist culture of peace and non-violence.

TRTCC will have an evening of celebration, led by Ven. Khenpo Choephel, with mantra accumulation of Buddha Amitayu, White Tara and Lhamo Namgyalma on Dalai Lama’s 82nd birthday, for the continuation of his compassionate activities in the universe until the end of samsara.

Thursday, 7/6/ 2017
7pm – 8:30pm

ALL ARE WELCOME

LOCATION: Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center
7313 Florence Avenue,
Pittsburgh PA 15218