The Completed Chenrezig Sand Mandala before dissolution

The Completed Chenrezig Sand Mandala by Ven. Khenpo Choephel before the dissolution ceremony on April 10th, 2017

UPCOMING practices:  Full-moon day Medicine Buddha practice will be on Tuesday April 11th at 7pm.  Amitabha Buddha practice will be on Wednesday April 12th at 7pm.

Khenpo’s special teaching on Vipassyana Meditation will be on Sunday, April 16th and May 7th, 10am – 4:30pm.



Chenrezig Sand Mandala at RMU April 3-10, 2017

April 3-10, 2017 at the Robert Morris University Library

This Chenrezig Sand Mandala is being built at the library of Robert Morris University by ven. Khenpo Choephel, spiritual director of Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center. The dissolution ceremony will be at 12pm Monday, April 10.  (please note the time for the dissolution ceremony has been moved from 1pm to noon.) Between now and then, it is open for public to see and it is free.

Chenrezig is the embodiment of compassion. Prayers and meditation will be led by ven. Khenpo Choephel in the morning of April 10, before the dissolution ceremony.   It is the wish of khenpo Choephal that peace and harmony will be brought to every part of the world through the spreading of mandala sand carried by the water.

The Library is located on the 2nd floor of the Patrick Henry Center and can also be accessed from the Nicholson Center. Parking is free and plenty.

Here’s a link to the campus map:

Instructions On Vipasyana Meditation, April 16th and May 7th

Instructions on Vipasyana Meditation

by Venerable Khenpo Choephel

Sunday, April 16 and Sunday, May 7, 2017 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.

The teachings will take place on two separate Sundays, April 16 and May 7. 


To download a flyer:  Vipasyana Meditation flyer

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

Ven. Khenpo Choephel at Mindfulness Fair, March 25, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the University Club

Mindfulness Fair is sponsored by The Center for Mindfulness and Conciousness Studies.  It will feature wide-ranging talks, yoga and Tai Chi demonstrations, information tables, and family activities. Refreshments and lunch will be providedThere is no charge for this event. All are welcome.

TRTCC spiritual director venerable Khenpo Choephel will give a talk at 2:00pm on the meaning of Mandala offering at the GOLD ROOM on the second floor.  Here is a link to the schedule of the day:   Mindfulness Fair Schedules.


Bodhisattva Vasudhara Empowerment March 19, 2017

Bodhisattva Vasudhara Empowerment

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday, 3/19/2017 at TRTCC
10:00AM-12:00PM 1:30-4:00PM

Ven. Khenpo Choephal,  spiritual director of TRTCC, will bestow the empowerment and blessings of Bodhisattva Vasudhara, the embodiment of prosperity, wealth and abundance on Sunday, March 19th, 2017.

The practice is for the benefit of oneself and all beings to have wellness, peace, happiness and abundance in our livelihood. Khenpo Choephel wishes that the blessings of Vasudhara, also known as the goddess of wealth, will bring abundant goodness to all of us in this new year.


Khenpo ChoephelDonations to support our center are important to help sustain TRTCC’s many teaching and cultural activities. Please give a donation in an amount that you can give. No one will be turned away for the lack of funds.

To download a flyer:  Vasudhara Empowerment flyer March 2017



Instructions on Shamatha Meditation Saturday & Sunday Feb 11-12

Instructions on Shamatha Meditation

by Ven. Khenpo Choephel

Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, 2017 10am-12pm, 1:30-4:30pm

The practice of Shamatha Meditation benefits one’s life through the cultivation of inner peace and a clear view of our world.  It can reduce stress and provide relief from depression and afflictions.  It is the foundation for mindfulness training and the development of mental tranquility and wisdom.

Ven. Khenpo Choephel has said:  Shamatha meditation is an important practice that can lead to perfect ultimate enlightenment wisdom, which is the all-knowing wisdom of Buddha.  Khenpo will guide us on the various aspects of Shamatha meditation, from how to hold one’s physical posture to the adoption of the right motivation.

Shamatha Meditation flyer

All are welcome to join us at Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center.

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

Tibetan New Year Celebration 2/26/2017 10am-12pm

Tibetan New Year LOSAR Celebration

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Happy New Year

Sunday, February 26th, 10am – 12pm

Our Tibetan New Year celebration will start with a ceremony of opening prayers and 37 heaps Mandala offering.  We invite you to join us for a sampling of delicious and auspicious new year food CHEMAR and DROMA DRECI, to welcome the new year.  A smoke offering will be conducted outside the house for the cleansing of our environment and a blessing for all beings.

Venerable Khenpo Choephel will bestow Vajra Protection, a traditional new year day ritual, as a blessing to help remove obstacles.

All are welcome.