Dear Dharma Friends,
Lama Kalsang has safely returned from his travels and we’ve resumed our regular schedule of practices. Our Wednesday evening yidam practice this week is Green Tara.
This Friday May 5th is Vesak – on this day we commemorate the birth, life, enlightenment, and parinirvana of the Buddha. We will have practice at the center, and will recite “The Twelve Deeds of Shakyamuni Buddha” at 7pm.
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 or have had a recent exposure to Covid, please ensure that you are negative with a home test before coming in or 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!
Wednesday, May 3, 7pm. Green Tara Practice. Online and in person. Green Tara, the meditation deity in female form, embodies the wisdom energies of compassionate fearlessness. This yidam practice is for us to cultivate the connection to this feminine energy of compassion and wisdom through visualization and chanting. Join us on Zoom.
Thursday, May 4, 7pm, Evening Tea Break. Online only. A time just to talk about dharma with dharma friends. Beginners are very welcome. Join us on Zoom.
Friday, May 5, 7pm. Vesak. In person only. This is a celebration of Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, life, enlightenment, and parinirvana. We will recite “The Twelve Deeds of Shakyamuni Buddha”. Please join us in person.
Saturday, May 6, 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, May 7, 10 am. Online and in person. Practice will include recitation of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, Om Ah Hung practice and meditation, and Achi Chokyi Drolma practice led by Ven. Lama Kalsang. Achi, which means “Grandmother” in Tibetan, is revered as the great female dharma protector of the Drikung Kagyu lineage and its practitioners. Join us on Zoom.