With Lama Kalsang still away, and with the concerning and uncertain situation with the delta variant, practices at the center will be online only at least through the end of August. We will keep you informed as that situation changes, with the intention of having the center open again for practice as soon as we can. Please take good care, for the sake of all beings.
To give you an update on what Lama Kalsang is doing in Massachusetts, an important part of the work is creating an appropriate place for the replica of the Jowo Buddha statue that is the heart of Lama Sonam’s center. The Jowo Buddha is the most sacred and famous Buddha image in Tibet. The eight-foot statue was brought to Tibet in the 7th century by the Chinese princess, Wenchen Kongjo, as part of her dowry when she married King Songsten Gampo. In Tibet it is housed in the famous Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. The full-size replica commissioned by Lama Sonam in Nepal is the only one on this continent. Lama Sonam hopes that it will become a place for pilgrimage, as it is within Tibet. We are lucky to be able to share in this effort through our Lama.
Tuesday, August 10, 7 pm. Introduction to Practice, online only. This class introduces the center’s practices, with focus on the meaning of the invocations that are a part of every practice, and also offers basic meditation instruction. This short Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism would be helpful to read before class. To join our Tuesday Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85750699668?pwd=c1U2UHBDNndFQi9DOExSSkhWZUN0UT09
Saturday, August 14, 10am. Basic Buddhism: Practice and Study, Saturday practice resumes this week with further discussion of purification practices. To join our Saturday Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87271901269?pwd=Y1MzRzlYaWNYNGozUFpiOHNwUmpudz09
Sunday, August 15, 10 am. Achi Chokyi Drolma practice with Ven. Lama Kalsang. Online only. Practice will include recitation of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, Om Ah Hung practice and meditation, and Achi Chokyi Drolma practice. To join our Sunday Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84777900653?pwd=KzVrYWxGK2lvVlFXOGxwbUZpL0tLQT09