TRTCC Upcoming Practices: February 14 – 19

Dear Dharma Friends,

On Sunday the 19th, we will do a smoke offering for clearing obstacles as part of Losar (Tibetan New Year) celebrations. Lama Kalsang is still in Nepal but he will be joining us on Zoom to lead the special smoke offering practice from A Rainfall of Benefit and Happiness. We’ll also be hanging new prayer flags at the center afterwards.

We will be working on cleaning up the center for Losar immediately following the practices on Saturday Feb. 18 and Sunday Feb. 19. Volunteers are welcome and appreciated!

Please note: the CDC has listed our community transmission level as low, and masks are optional for our in person practices at the center. We do ask that only fully vaccinated people come in to the center. We will be running the air purifier in the common area. If you are not feeling well, please join us online.

May the illumination of wisdom teachings shine through all obscurations of our mind, and may our practices be beneficial to all beings!

Tuesday, February 14, 7pm, Introduction to Practice. Online only. This seven-week class introduces the general structure of practice and the meaning of the foundational invocations of practice in our lineage. Each class will also include basic instruction in shamatha meditation. It would be helpful to read this short introduction to Tibetan Buddhism before class. Join us on Zoom.

Thursday, February 16, 7pm, Evening Tea Break. Online only. A time just to talk about dharma with dharma friends. Beginners are very welcome. Join us on Zoom.

Saturday, February 18, 9am. Vajrasattva Practice. Online and in person. This is a foundational and ongoing training to purify our negative actions, mental disturbances, harmful tendencies and mistaken views by invoking the yidam Vajrasattva in a meditative visualization practice. Join us on Zoom.

Sunday, February 19, 10 am.  Online and in person. For our special practice to prepare for the celebration of the Tibetan New Year, Lama Kalsang will be leading us from Nepal using the practice text: A Rainfall of Benefit and Happiness. We’ll send a link to the text in the Zoom chat.    Join us on Zoom.