Samsara and Nirvana: Teachings by H.E. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche

Samsara and Nirvana: Two Sides of the
Same Hand
with H.E. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche
July 17, 24, 31 & August 7, 2021

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (EST)

H.E. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche is going to give teachings on Samsara and Nirvana: Two Sides of the Same Handfrom a text he composed in 2009 based on the essence teachings of Kyobypa Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage.  The teachings will be on  July 17, 24, 31 and August 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Rinpoche has invited our sangha to join these important teachings, and Ven. Lama Kalsang offers encouragement for us to do so if we can.

Rinpoche has given the following requirements to be taken up before the teachings:

  1. Daily practice of Vajrasattva to purify and clear obscurations
  2. Daily practice of Guru Yoga That Brings the Dharmakaya Onto the Path; and
  3. A commitment to attend all of the teachings in full and in real time.
Teachings on the Guru Yoga practice can be found in two parts at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqpJdroX9uE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef5CGTmwDHY.

The text can be found at https://dkdharmacircle.org/teaching-texts/.  You can also do Guru Yoga Vajradhara – Rest The Mind In Its Natural State, if you are already familiar with that practice. The teachings will be on Zoom and on Facebook Live. The login information is on this beautiful flyer. You might recognize The Wheel of Life there on the poster. For those able to participate, may this be a joyful and fruitful experience for the benefit of all beings.

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Upcoming Practices, July 6 – 11

Dear Friends,

We’ve been happy to see friends at the center again as we continue our reopening. We are still limiting attendance to provide enough space for practitioners who wish to attend in person.  To attend any practice at the center please see To Attend Practice In Person below.  Most but not all of the practices will also be online.  The listing for each of the week’s practices will tell you whether it is both at the center and online, at the center only, or online only. That may change from week to week depending on Lama’s schedule.  

Saturday, July 10, 10 am. Basic Buddhism: Practice and Study, at the center and online. The subject of study is Introduction to Vajrasattva Practice.  If you’re attending for the first time, there is a short introduction to the practice at 9:30. To join our Saturday Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87271901269?pwd=Y1MzRzlYaWNYNGozUFpiOHNwUmpudz09

 

Sunday, July 11, 10 am. Achi Chokyi Drolma practice with Ven. Lama Kalsang. At the center and online. Practice will include recitation of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, Om Ah Hung practice and meditation, and Achi Chokyi Drolma practice. At the center and online. To join our Sunday Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84777900653?pwd=KzVrYWxGK2lvVlFXOGxwbUZpL0tLQT09


To Attend Practice At The Center:

During this initial phase of the center’s reopening, attendance is limited to provide enough space for practitioners who wish to attend in person.  For the benefit of others we ask that only people who are fully vaccinated come in to the center. To attend practice in person, please send an email to TRTCC@threeriverstibetancc.org indicating the practice or practices you’d like to attend.  If there is still an open cushion, you’ll get a confirming email about coming in.  If you don’t get that confirmation, please follow the practices online.

Upcoming Practices, June 29 – July 4

Dear Friends,

Ven. Lama Kalsang returned to the center yesterday, after his auspicious travels to Chicago and Wisconsin.  We’re happy he’s back, but also very happy for his experience while he was away.  With Lama’s return, the center will resume its normal weekly schedule.

As we continue our joyful but mindful reopening of the center, we’re still limiting attendance to provide enough space for practitioners who attend in person.  To attend any practice at the center please see To Attend Practice In Person below.  Most but not all of the practices will also be online.  The listing for each of the week’s practices will tell you whether it is both at the center and online, at the center only, or online only.  That may change from week to week depending on Lama’s schedule.

Tuesday, June 29, 7 pm. Introduction to Practice, online only. This class introduces the center’s practices and the philosophy they embody 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

Wednesday, June 30, 7 pm. Green Tara Yidam Practice, with Ven. Lama Kalsang, at the center only. Tara, the meditation deity in female forms, 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.

Saturday, July 3, 10 am. Basic Buddhism: Practice and Study with Ven. Lama Kalsang, at the center and online. The subject of study is Introduction to Vajrasattva Practice. If you’re attending for the first time, there is a short introduction to the practice at 9:30. To join our Saturday Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87271901269?pwd=Y1MzRzlYaWNYNGozUFpiOHNwUmpudz09

Sunday, July 4, 10 am. Achi Chokyi Drolma practice with Ven. Lama Kalsang. At the center and online. Practice will include recitation of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, Om Ah Hung practice and meditation, and Achi Chokyi Drolma practice. At the center and online. To join our Sunday Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84777900653?pwd=KzVrYWxGK2lvVlFXOGxwbUZpL0tLQT09


To Attend Practice At The Center:

During this initial phase of the center’s reopening, attendance is limited to provide enough space for practitioners who attend in person.  For the benefit of others we ask that only people who are fully vaccinated come in to the center. To attend practice in person, please send an email to TRTCC@threeriverstibetancc.org indicating the practice or practices you’d like to attend.  If there is still an open cushion, you’ll get a confirming email about coming in.  If you don’t get that confirmation, please follow the practices online.

Upcoming Practices – June 26 – 29, 2021

Dear Friends,

This week’s Wednesday yidam practice and Thursday Guru Rinpoche practices at the center are cancelled due to Lama Kalsang extending his stay with Chicago Ratna Shri to assist with opening their new center, and a visit with Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche. We will keep you informed of updates regarding his return to Pittsburgh.

For the continuing benefit of all, attendance at the center is limited during this first stage of our reopening.  To attend any practice at the center please see To Attend Practice In Person below.  Most but not all of the practices will also be online.  The listing for each of the week’s practices will tell you whether it is both at the center and online, at the center only, or online only.  That may change from week to week depending on Lama’s schedule.  

Saturday, June 26, 10 am. Basic Buddhism: Practice and Study, at the center and online. The subject of study is The Wheel of Life.  If you’re attending for the first time, there is a short introduction to the practice at 9:30. To join our Saturday Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87271901269?pwd=Y1MzRzlYaWNYNGozUFpiOHNwUmpudz09

 

Sunday, June 27, 10 am. Practice will include recitation of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, Om Ah Hung practice and meditation, World Peace Prayer; and dedication. Online only this week. To join our Sunday Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84777900653?pwd=KzVrYWxGK2lvVlFXOGxwbUZpL0tLQT09

Tuesday, June 29, 7 pm. Introduction to Practice, at the center and online. This class introduces the center’s practices and the philosophy they embody 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


To Attend Practice At The Center:

During this initial phase of the center’s reopening, attendance is limited to 5 people.  For the benefit of others we ask that only people who are fully vaccinated come in to the center.  To attend practice in person, please send an email to TRTCC@threeriverstibetancc.org indicating the practice or practices you’d like to attend.  If there is still an open cushion, you’ll get a confirming email about coming in.  If you don’t get that confirmation, please follow the practices online.
 

 

 

Upcoming Practices – June 19, 20, 2021

Dear Friends,

Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Drupon Dorjee Rinchen Rinpoche have requested Lama Kalsang’s participation in rituals related to the opening of a new center. Because these responsibilities will keep Lama from being able to lead Wednesday evening yidam practice next week, we have cancelled that practice for June  23.

For the continuing benefit of all, attendance at the center is limited during this first stage of our reopening.  To attend any practice at the center please see To Attend Practice In Person below.  Most but not all of the practices will also be online.  The listing for each of the week’s practices will tell you whether it is both at the center and online, at the center only, or online only.  That may change from week to week depending on Lama’s schedule.  

Saturday, June 19, 10 am. Basic Buddhism: Practice and Study, at the center and online. The subject of study is The Wheel of Life.  If you’re attending for the first time, there is a short introduction to the practice at 9:30. To join our Saturday Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87271901269?pwd=Y1MzRzlYaWNYNGozUFpiOHNwUmpudz09

Sunday, June 20, 10 am, online only this week. Practice will include opening prayers, recitation of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, Om Ah Hung practice and meditation, World Peace Prayer; and dedication. To join our Sunday Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84777900653?pwd=KzVrYWxGK2lvVlFXOGxwbUZpL0tLQT09

To Attend Practice At The Center:

During this initial phase of the center’s reopening, attendance is limited to 5 people.  For the benefit of others we ask that only people who are fully vaccinated come in to the center.  To attend practice in person, please send an email to TRTCC@threeriverstibetancc.org indicating the practice or practices you’d like to attend.  If there is still an open cushion, you’ll get a confirming email about coming in.  If you don’t get that confirmation, please follow the practices online.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

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Achi Chokyi Drolma practice with Ven. Lama Kalsang Sunday 10 am, June 6, 2021

Sunday reopening to regular practices
with Ven. Lama Kalsang
10 am, June 6, 13, 2021

 

The center happily but mindfully began the initial phase of its reopening for regular practices on June 6. During this initial phase of reopening, attendance at the center is limited to 5 people. For the benefit of others, we ask that only people who are fully vaccinated come in to the center. To attend practice in person, please send an email to TRTCC@threeriverstibetancc.org indicating the practice or practices you’d like to attend. If there is still an open cushion, you’ll get a confirming email about coming in. If you don’t get that confirmation, please continue to follow the practices online.
For this first Sunday in June, our practice will include the recitation of the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva, the OM AH HUNG visualization and meditation practice which was originally introduced to us by H.E. Khenchen Konchok Gyaltsen Rinpoche, 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.  To join us online:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84777900653?pwd=KzVrYWxGK2lvVlFXOGxwbUZpL0tLQT09

Saturday, June 5, 12, 10 am. Basic Buddhism: Practice and Study with Lama Kalsang and Jonnie Viakley. The subject of study is The Wheel of Life. Online only. To join our Saturday Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87271901269?pwd=Y1MzRzlYaWNYNGozUFpiOHNwUmpudz09

Wednesday, June 9, 7 pm. Medicine Buddha Practice with Ven. Lama Kalsang. Online and in person. To join our Wednesday Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82871083603?pwd=UnhMdFpVZ25DRWJLVFhMQ3d3cEJ2dz09

Thursday, June 10, 7 pm. 35 Buddhas Purification Practice with Ven. Lama Kalsang at the center only. This is a new moon practice, one of three lunar practices each month.

 

 

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8th Annual Drikung Kagyu Ngo Choe Monlam Led by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche Online

8th Annual Drikung Kagyu Ngo Choe Monlam Led by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche Online

Friday, June 4, 11:00am EDT

 

Hosted by the North American Drikung Kagyu Association

For more information about joining online:
https://garchen.net/annual-events/

 

For other Teaching videos hosted by Garchen Buddhist Institue on the YouTube channel:
Garchen Buddhist Institute youtube channel
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Sunday, 5/30/2021, Buddha Amitabha Online Practice with Ven. Lama Kalsang

This Sunday, 5/30, at 10am, Ven. Lama Kalsang will lead the Buddha Amitabha Practice online. Amitabha means “Infinite Light”, or “Boundless Illumination”. The chanting of the Amitabha mantras and prayers to help the deceased to swiftly go through bardo to reach the Pure Land of Great Happiness (Sukhavati in Sanskrit, and Dewachen in Tibetan) is practiced by buddhists of many traditions all over the world. May this practice benefit all sentient beings. The sadhana text is linked below and will be made available when you join our Zoom meeting. Please join us:
Saturday at 10 am. Basic Buddhism: Practice and Study  with Lama Kalsang and Jonnie Viakley, The subject of study is The Wheel of Life, an intricate visual images an intricate diagram of visual images representing the Buddha’s teachings on the nature of samsara. The Wheel of Life is at the entrance to almost every Tibetan prayer hall, including ours, where a thangka painting hangs just inside the entry. To join our Saturday Zoom meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87271901269?pwd=Y1MzRzlYaWNYNGozUFpiOHNwUmpudz09
Tuesday at 7 pm. Introduction to Practice.  offering an introduction to the center’s practices, just concluded. The next session of this series of classes hasn’t yet been scheduled. For information about this class you can email the center at TRTCC@threeriverstibetancc.org.

 

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Nyungne Practice with Ven. Lama Kalsang May 24-27, 2021

Nyungne Practice
with Ven. Lama Kalsang
May 24-27, 2021

Monday, May 24, 8pm-9pm
Tuesday, May 25, 10am-12:00pm; 7pm-9pm
Wednesday, May 26, 10am-12pm; 7pm-9pm
Thursday, May 27, 7am-8am

Nyungne is a special practice of the thousand-armed Chenrezig. It is a retreat of body, speech and mind, which lasts two and a half days. Nyungne combines a commitment to fasting and silence, with prostrations or circumambulations (as your physical condition allows). This year we are offering this opportunity to participate both online and at the center.

On Monday evening, Lama Kalsang will give us instructions on how to observe the Eight Mahayana Precepts during the retreat. Participants will observe the Eight Precepts beginning on Tuesday morning and ending Thursday morning, practicing meditation, visualization, and mantra of the Thousand-Armed Chenrezig at each session.

For participants, fasting will begin after lunch on Tuesday, with no food until conclusion on Thursday morning. Tea and liquids are permitted until Wednesday morning, Saga Dawa Duchen, which will also be a day of silence.

Participants may also do a Nyingne practice which entails taking the 8 Mahayana Precepts Vow, not eating after lunch and observing silence.  Water can be consumed as needed.

The Zoom link for these practices: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83482131876?pwd=eEJXZ0ZDSzZ4a0kwUk8xYUVBeWE4dz09

During this phase of reopening, attendance at the center is limited to 5 people. To attend just send an email to TRTCC@threeriverstibetancc.org at least 24 hours before the practice, and we’ll let you know if there is still space. Only people who are fully vaccinated can attend practices in person.

 

 

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Sunday, 5/23/2021, 10:00am Chenrezig Online Practice with Ven. Lama Kalsang

This Sunday, 5/23, at 10am, Lama Kalsang will lead our Chenrezig practice online.  Chenrezig is revered in Tibetan Buddhism as the bodhisattva who looks upon all sentient beings with the eye of compassion.  The six-syllable mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, which means “jewel in a lotus”, symbolizes the altruistic intention of the great bodhisattva to become enlightened in order to liberate all beings from the mire of suffering.
Please join us:
Saturday at 10 am. Basic Buddhism: Practice and Study  with Lama Kalsang and Jonnie Viakley, We will be studying The Wheel of Life, which is a a series of visual images arranged in an intricate diagram of concentric circles. The Wheel of Life is at the entrance to almost every Tibetan prayer hall, including ours, where a thangka painting hangs just inside the entry. To join our Saturday Zoom meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87271901269?pwd=Y1MzRzlYaWNYNGozUFpiOHNwUmpudz09
Tuesday at 7 pm. Introduction to Practice.  This six-week class, offering an introduction to the center’s practices, just concluded.  The next session of this series of classes hasn’t yet been scheduled. For information about this class you can email the center at TRTCC@threeriverstibetancc.org.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

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