Buddha Shakyamuni Blessing/Empowerment September 29-30, 2018 10:00am – 4:30pm

Buddha Shakyamuni Blessing/Empowerment
and Meditation on the Nature of Mind
by Ven. Khenpo Choephel

Saturday & Sunday, September 29-30, 2018
10:00am – 4:30pm


The life of Buddha Shakyamuni in the 5th Century BC exemplifies the enlightening path that heals and transcends human suffering. BUDDHA means “the awakened one”, “the enlightened one”. His teachings on the accumulation of beneficial actions (Merits), and meditative concentration to realize our innate pure nature (Wisdom), are the foundation of Buddhism philosophy and practices.

SATURDAY, September 29, 2018
10am – 12pm —The Blessings of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni
1:30pm – 4:30pm — Continuation with Meditation Practice

SUNDAY, September 30, 2018
10am – 12pm —Meditation Practice on the Nature of Mind
1:30pm – 4:30pm — Continuation with Meditation Practice

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

Ven, Khenpo Choephel has been the spiritual director and resident teacher of TRTCC since November 2011.  Ordained at an early age in Tibet, Khenpo Choephel has received precious teachings from many great spiritual masters in Tibet, India and Nepal.  He has served for over 30 years as a dharma teacher, ritual and chant master, spiritual director and retreat master in monasteries and dharma centers all over the world.  He leads weekly meditation practices and offers special teachings on foundational and advanced topics in Tibetan Buddhism.

Suggested donation is $30 for each day Saturday and Sunday and $50 for both days.  Your donations will support TRTCC’s many teaching and cultural events year round.  No one will be turned away from dharma teaching for insufficient funds.  To download a flyer, please click here: September 2018 Shakyamuni Blessing flyer

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center is located at:

7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

Ven. Khenpo Choephel to give a public talk Friday September 28 at the Sixth Presbyterian Church

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center presents:

A Public Talk on

“Why is a Spiritual Path important

and What is this Spiritual Path?”

by Ven. Khenpo Choephel

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7:00pm

at the Sixth Presbyterian Church

The Venerable Khenpo Choephel, spiritual director and resident teacher of Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center, will give a public talk on Friday, September 28, at the Sixth Presbyterian Church of Squirrel Hill on the topic of why a spiritual path is important and what this spiritual path is.

Khenpo Choephel is a Tibetan Lama originally from Tibet.  He has been the spiritual director and resident teacher of TRTCC since November 2011.  Ordained at an early age in Tibet, Khenpo Choephel has received precious teachings from many great spiritual masters in Tibet, India and Nepal.  He has served for over 30 years as a dharma teacher, ritual and chant master, spiritual director and retreat master in monasteries and dharma centers all over the world.  He leads weekly meditation practices and offers special teachings on foundational and advanced topics in Tibetan Buddhism.

LOCATION: Sixth Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh
1688 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

To many of us, a spiritual path is our way of trying to figure out the meaning of life, a way to reach a deeper understanding of oneself amid all the chaos and pain that life has brought on to us.

  • Is it about the searching for the light within?
  • Is there a universal principle that can help us see the same goodness in all of us despite our differences?
  • What guidance can we have to help us deal with social ills and injustices?
  • What actions can we take to turn this life a useful and beneficial one?
  • How do we free ourselves from distracting thoughts and destructive actions?
  • Can a life with peace and happiness be attainable and sustainable?

There will be a Q&A session at the end of Khenpo’s presentation.  We invite you to join us and be part of this conversation.  Share with us your observation or insight.  This event is free and open to all.  No registration is necessary.  Donations to support TRTCC’s cultural and educational events are heartily appreciated as always.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

To download a flyer for this event please click here:  September 2018 Public Talk flyer

Please help us pass the word so more interested people can attend.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

Wednesday 9/5/2018 Vajrayogini Day PHOWA Practice at 7pm

Special Vajrayogini Day PHOWA Practice

by Ven. Khenpo Choephel

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 7:00-9:00pm

Wednesday September 5 which coincides with the 25th day of the seventh month of the Tibetan lunar calendar is known as Vajrayogini day, or Dakini day of the month.  The Venerable Khenpo Choephel is offering a special practice on PHOWA at 7pm that day instead of our regular Green Tara practice.

PHOWA (transference of consciousness) is a method of training to help practitioners face death fearlessly and compassionately for oneself or others whether the signs of death are distant or proximate.  Over the years our sangha has received transmission and teaching of PHOWA and Amitabha Dewachen practice from many teachers.  Khenpo is offering this practice on Wednesday as a way to help us familiarized with this important practice.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

This practice is open to everyone who would like to learn about or further deepen your PHOWA practice.  We do not have a suggested donation.  Please give as you feel fit.  We appreciate your continual support to further our mission to cultivate compassion and wisdom through dharma teachings and meditation practices.

 

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

 

August 18-19 Teaching and Retreat with Ven. Khenpo Choephel

Kusali Chöd Practice and the Thousand-Armed and Thousand-Eyed Avalokiteshvara Sadhana with Ven. Khenpo Choephel

Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19, 2018

10am – 4:30pm

The Venerable Khenpo Choephel, spiritual director and resident teacher of TRTCC, will lead a practice on Kusali Chöd (གཅོད) which literally means “cutting through“.  It is an internal mental practice to offer one’s body as nectar to the beings in the six realms in order to cut through one’s self-grasping and self-cherishing.  This is an important practice to help practitioners cut through ego and all forms of attachment, the root of our suffering.  This is also a great purification practice to purify our negative karma, the past harmful actions that we have done.

Saturday, August 18, 2018
10am – 12pm    Explanation of the Chöd practice
12pm – 1:30pm   Lunch break
1:30pm – 4:30pm   Kusali Chöd practice

Sunday, August 19, 2018
10am – 12pm    the Thousand Armed and Thousand Eyed Avalokiteshvara Teaching
12pm – 1:30pm    Lunch break
1:30pm – 4:30pm    Avalokiteshvara Sadhana practice

Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig in Tibetan) is the deity embodying loving kindness and compassion.  The action in loving Kindness and Compassion is much needed in today’s world where suffering abounds.   The essence of this Thousand Armed and Thousand Eyed Chenrezig practice is to generate the awakening mind, bodhicitta, in order to liberate all sentient beings from all forms of suffering.  The practice includes invocation, offering, visualization, recitation of mantra, meditation on compassion, and some ritual practices such as torma and tsok offering.  This practice is beneficial to the world, to all sentient beings in this world, and to oneself as well.

As our resounding dedication prayer goes on: “Bodhicitta, the excellent and precious mind, where it is unborn may it arise.  Where it is born, may it not decline, but ever increase, higher and higher.

The Venerable Khenpo Choephel, spiritual director and resident teacher of
Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

Suggested donation is $35 for each day Saturday and Sunday and $60 for both days.  Your donations will support TRTCC’s many teaching and cultural events year round.  No one will be turned away from dharma teaching for insufficient funds.  To download a flyer, please click here.   August 2018 flyer

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

 

 

Visiting Teacher The Venerable Tashi Nyima, Friday-Sunday, July 27-29, 2018

Visiting Teacher The Venerable Tashi Nyima

The Pureland Teaching, The Yoga of Dying, and the OTHER Emptiness

Friday-Sunday, July 27-29, 2018

The Venerable Tashi Nyima is an ordained monk in the Jonang lineage of Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism, and leads the Universal Compassion Buddhist Congregation, with Sanghas in Texas, Mexico, and Argentina. For more than three decades, Lama Tashi has shared the Dharma in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.  Known for his directness, clarity of expression, and sense of humor, Lama Tashi shares the Dharma in fluent English and Spanish.

FRIDAY, July 27, 7-9pm
The Pure Land Teaching

In this brief talk, the Ven. Tashi Nyima will explore Pure Land practice as the gate to the Way of the Bodhisattva, as well as the practice of Powa (transference of consciousness) in Tibetan Buddhism as an integral practice at the time of death.

SATURDAY, July 28, 10am-12pm,  1:30-3:30pm
The Yoga of Dying
As a way to further explore and deepen our understanding of the practice of Powa at the time of death, the Ven. Tashi Nyima will discuss issues concerning the death process, such as medication for pain, prolongation of life, removal of support, assisted suicide, organ donation, embalming, and the medical power of attorney.

SUNDAY, July 29, 10am-12pm, 1:30-3:30pm
The OTHER Emptiness
While the Buddha encouraged us not to be fooled by appearances and to stop ascribing independent existence to that which is temporary and dependent, it is important not to interpret his teaching as promoting “nothing” as the ultimate truth.  The Ven. Tashi Nyima will examine the notion of emptiness with regard to “no thing exists independently of the consciousness that perceives it.”

Suggested donation is $10 for the Friday talk, $30 for each day Saturday and Sunday. Your donations will support TRTCC’s many teaching and cultural events year round. No one will be turned away for insufficient funds.

ALL ARE WELCOME

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

 

To download a flyer:  Tashi Flyer

 

Sunday, July 15, The First Turning of the Dharma Wheel Commemoration Practice

CHOKOR DUCHEN   ཆོས་འཁོར་དུས་ཆེན།

Commemorating Buddha Shakyamuni’s First Turning of the Dharma Wheel

Sunday July 15, 2018


SUNDAY, JULY 15
10am – 12pm

1:30pm – 3:30pm

CHOKOR DUCHEN ཆོས་འཁོར་དུས་ཆེན། is on the 4th day of the 6th month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar.  It is the anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s first turning of the Dharma Wheel.

TRTCC will have a day of practice with prayers, supplication, recitation and chanting led by Ven. Khenpo Choephel to commemorate this special event.

Please consider giving a donation to our center to help sustain TRTCC’s many teaching and cultural events year round.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

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

To download a flyer please click here:
Shakyamuni July15 2018 flyer

 

The Timeless Teaching of H.H. Dalai Lama

H.H. Dalai Lama is 83 years old today

July 6, 2018

Happy Birthday!

His Holiness Dalai Lama is 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 has been working in great effort on preserving Tibetan Buddhist culture of peace and non-violence.

He said, “All major religious traditions, including its different ideologies, all carry one message, ie. message of love, forgiveness, tolerance and self-discipline. On that basis, we can develop genuine harmony.”

Living a disciplined life for the benefit of all living beings for decades, he is still strong and healthy at age 83.  He said he is looking forward to another 15, 20 years,  continuing to promote a sense of oneness of the 7 billion human beings on this Earth.

The following is an excerpt from his book Ethics for the New Millennium:

The best way to ensure that when we approach death we do so without remorse is to ensure that in the present moment we conduct ourselves responsibly and with compassion for others. Actually, this is in our own interest, and not just because it will benefit us in the future. As we have seen, compassion is one of the principal things that make our lives meaningful. It is the source of all lasting happiness and joy. And it is the foundation of a good heart, the heart of one who acts out of a desire to help others. Through kindness, through affection, through honesty, through truth and justice toward all others we ensure our own benefit. This is not a matter for complicated theorizing. It is a matter of common sense. There is no denying that consideration of others is worthwhile. There is no denying that our happiness is inextricably bound up with the happiness of others. There is no denying that if society suffers, we ourselves suffer. Nor is there any denying that the more our hearts and minds are afflicted with ill-will, the more miserable we become. Thus we can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion.

This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith. In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine, or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need. So long as we practice these in our daily lives, then no matter if we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in Buddha or God, or follow some other religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be happy.

TRTCC’S spiritual director, Ven. Khenpo Choephel is currently out of town teaching.
When he comes back next week we will have a simple celebration of the birthday of
His Holiness Dalai Lama.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 7pm.

ALL ARE WELCOME

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

 

 

H.E Tritsab Rinpoche teaching schedule June 15th-20th, 2018 in Pittsburgh

His Eminence Tritsab Rinpoche
Pittsburgh Teaching Schedule

June 15th-20th, 2018

FRIDAY, June 15th, 2018

7pm-9pm  at the Sixth Presbyterian Church
PHOWA Transmission and Teaching by H.E. Tritsab Rinpoche:

Phowa in the Vajrayana Buddhism practice is a method of training to face death fearlessly and compassionately for oneself and others and transfer one’s consciousness into a pure and peaceful realm of Buddha field.

Sixth Presbyterian Church is located at:
1688 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

SATURDAY, June 16th, 2018

10am – 12pm at the Sixth Presbyterian Church

BASUDHARA Empowerment and Teaching by H.E. Tritsab Rinpoche:
H.E. Tritsab Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment and blessings of the female enlightened being Basudhara, also known by the name Lhamo Norgyunma, or Vasudhara, the goddess of wealth. Basudhara is the embodiment of prosperity, wealth, good fortunes and abundance of resources.

2pm – 5pm at the Sixth Presbyterian Church

BASUDHARA practice led by H.E. Tritsab Rinpoche and Venerable Khenpo Choephal :
The afternoon will be devoted to the practice of the teaching of Basudhara, the female wealth deity Lhasa Norgyunma with four Zambala retinues led by H.E Tritsab Rinpoche and Ven. Khenpo Choephel, with prayers, mantra recitations, visualization, silent meditation and dedication for the benefit of all sentient beings.

(Suggested donation: $20 for each session, $50 for both Friday and Saturday. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. )

To download a flyer:  HE Tritsab Rinpoche teaching flyer 2018(2)

 

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SUNDAY, June 17th, 2018

10am – 12pm at Frick Park

Blessing of the Environment and Cleansing Rituals:

H.E. Tritsab Rinpoche will perform the Dorje Namjom and Dorje Sempa Cleansing Rituals for all sentient beings and natural environments.
These cleansing rituals are performed in the traditional way as a blessing to purify physical and mental defilement or sicknesses of all living beings and to remove contamination of the environment. These include removing obscurations of the mind and violations of moral precepts, and the cleansing of negative energies of evil spirits. The intention is to heal and restore a balanced progress for all sentient beings and the natural environment to function in a wholesome way.

1pm – 2:30pm at Frick Park

Incense and Smoke Offering

3pm – 4pm at Frick Park

Silent meditation with H.E Rinpoche and Ven. Khenpo Choephel

(Suggested donation: $30 for the whole day.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds. )

To download the direction to the space at Frick Park:  TRTCC 2018 Frick Park direction

 

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WEDNESDAY, June 20th, 2018

7pm – 10pm at TRTCC

Special Teaching and Practice of the Great Dharma Protectress
ACHI CHOKYI DORLMA by H.E. Tritsab Rinpoche

The evening is devoted to the special teaching and practice of ACHI CHOKYI DORLMA

(Suggested donation: $30 for the session.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds. )

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

As always, your donations to our center will help sustain TRTCC’s many teaching and cultural activities year round. Our heartfelt thanks to your continual supports for TRTCC!  No one will be turned away from seeking teaching for lack of funds.

 

 

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

 

 

Mempa Youhla Tsering to TRTCC May 25-27, 2018 and public talk on Friday, May 25, 7-8:30pm

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center presents:

A Public Talk on Tibetan Medicine and Meditation:

Mind-Body Connection and Treatment of Insomnia, Depression, and Fibromyalgia

by Mempa Youlha Tsering

Friday, May 25, 2018    7:00 – 8:30pm

at the Sixth Presbyterian Church of Squirrel Hill

Mempa Youlha Tsering will give a brief introduction on the mind-body connection approach of Tibetan Medicine, including perspectives from embryology, pathology and diagnosis of common disorders such as insomnia, depression and fibromyalgia.  He will explain how spiritual practices and meditation play a role in Tibetan Medicine.

 

LOCATION: Sixth Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh
1688 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

 

Mempa (Doctor) Youlha Tsering  graduated from the Qinghai University Tibetan Medical College in 2003 after completing a five-year degree in Tibetan Medicine.  After graduation, Mempa Youlha practiced for a year in Lhasa at a clinic specializing in musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.  He then traveled abroad and founded the Yuthog Clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal.

During his stay in Nepal, he volunteered nearly a year of his time as a physician in one of the most remote areas of the country before traveling to India to continue advanced medical studies.  His training and experiences have given him a deep knowledge of Tibetan herbs, Tibetan methods of diagnosis, physical therapies such as moxibustion, Ku Nye massage, and “Golden Needle Therapy”.  After coming to the United States, he continued to study a variety of massage therapy and bodywork training in Conway, MA and Asheville, NC, and has been licensed as a Massage Therapist.

Mempa Youlha has had a life-long dream of acting as a bridge between cultures and between medical traditions.  With a solid foundation on Tibetan medical knowledge, Youlha still actively seeks out new ideas and new ways of understanding lifestyle needs and individual diets to effectively address the mental and physical well-being of his patients.

His professional presentations included: Tibetan Perspectives on Pathology and Wellness, Promoting Health by Decreasing Negative Emotions, and Tibetan Medical Perspectives on Arthritis.

This presentation at the Sixth Presbyterian Church in Squirrel Hill is free to the public. Donations to support Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center‘s educational events are heartily appreciated as always.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

During his 3-day visit to Pittsburgh, Mempa Youlha is also available for individual consultation on May 25-27, Friday through Sunday at TRTCC, located 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:
Tibetan Medicine flyer May 25, 2018

 

Venerable Khenpo Choephel returns to teaching this weekend and a reception on Sunday May 6th

Venerable Khenpo Choephel returns to teaching at Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center

Saturday and Sunday, May 5th and 6th, 2018 at 10am

A Reception on Sunday, May 6, 2018, after the morning teaching

 

Venerable Khenpo Choephel will return to TRTCC this weekend and continue with his regular morning teaching starting at 10am.

TRTCC will have a reception around noon on Sunday to welcome him back.  Tea and refreshment will be served.

Sunday, May 6, 11:30am – 12:30pm,  Reception

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

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

As always, your donation to TRTCC  to help sustain our many teaching and cultural events year round will be much appreciated.