LOSAR Celebration Potluck Lunch Sunday, February 3rd at noon.

LOSAR Celebration Potluck Lunch
Sunday, February 3, 2019

This year, the Tibetan lunar new year LOSAR is on February 5th.  TRTCC wishes you a very peaceful, fruitful, and happy new year coming up.  To celebrate, we are going to have a vegetarian potluck lunch on:

Sunday, February 3rd, after our morning practice, around noon to 1:30pm.

We will provide the staple food.  Please help us with more variety by bringing some favorite food you’ll like to share with the sangha.  This is again an informal gathering and is open to all friends of TRTCC.  Everyone is welcome.

To help us prepare for the right amount of food please let us know you are coming.

Email us at: threeriverstibetancc2017@gmail.com

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center is located at:

7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

An Informal Gathering for Lotus Origami January 13, 2019

An Informal Gathering
Sunday January 13

Ever wonder how many sheets of paper it takes to make this lotus origami?  The answer is: 66 for the petals plus 12 for the sepals.  If you would like to learn how to make one here’s the chance–

Sunday, January 13, after our morning practice, around 12:30pm – 2:30pm.

The time is flexible.  You don’t need to stay for the whole 2 hours.  We will provide all the materials you need plus printed instructions.  To make sure that we have enough for everyone please let us know you are coming.  Bring your friends or family too if they like origami.  We have other simpler origami craft that they will enjoy making too.

This gathering is free for everyone.  Donations are always welcome.

Email us at:  threeriverstibetancc2017@gmail.com

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center is located at:

7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

Ven. Khenmo Drolma’s teaching February 22-24, 2019

Ven. Khenmo Konchog Nyima Drolma’s Public Teaching on

Befriending Your Mind

Friday, February 22, 2019
7:00pm – 9:00pm

At the Sixth Presbyterian Church

Peace and contentment are within us. Yet we are too restless to allow the stillness for them to be revealed.  Fear manifests as agitation and longing for something to be different distracts us.

Using timeless Dharma wisdom, Khenmo Drolma guides us to become a steadfast friend to our mind rather than a wary combatant. Building habits of gentle acceptance for whatever arises, you can relax into the peace of mind that has always been present. Learn how to connect to your inner peace and allow that peace to ripple out to all whom you love and the world.

Ven. Khenmo Konchog Nyima Drolma is the abbess of Vajra Dakini Nunnery in Maine, U.S.A.

In 1997, she took her novice ordination with H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche and received many circles of Drikung empowerments and transmissions during her annual trips and solitary retreats to India. In 1999 she received monastic training at Gampo Abbey guided by Ven. Pema Chödrön in Nova Scotia, Canada. In 2002 she took full ordination as a Buddhist nun in Taiwan.

Formerly, Khenmo Drolma was a sculptor and professor at the University of Maine and the Maine College of Art in the United States.
Using her experience and skills in this field, in 2002-3 Khenmo served as the art director during the construction of Songtsen Library in India, a research resource center with a mission to study and preserve the culture and artifacts of Tibet and the Himalayans. She created the statue of King Songtsen Gampo while supervising all the thangka paintings and statues created by a team of international artists for the library.

In 2004 in Lumbini, Nepal, she was installed as a Khenmo (Abbess) in the Drikung lineage, becoming the first woman and first westerner in her lineage to officially hold this responsibility.  Since then she has worked continuously to establish Vajra Dakini Nunnery and teach the Dharma internationally.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

Suggested donation is $10 for this Friday public teaching. Your generous donations will support TRTCC’s many teaching and cultural events year round.  No one will be turned away from dharma teaching for insufficient funds.  Tea will be served at this teaching event.  Please bring your friends or family who are interested in this teaching.

To help us spread the word please download a flyer of this event: Khenmo Drolma Befriending Your Mind flyer

 

 

The Sixth Presbyterian Church is located at:

1688 Murray Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

 

 

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Ven. Khenmo Konchog Nyima Drolma’s Teaching on

Buddha’s Breath; Practice for the 21st Century

Saturday and Sunday, February 22-23, 2019
10:00am – 4:00pm

On the same weekend Khenmo Drolma is offering four sessions of the teaching on Buddha’s Breath; Practice for the 21st Century on Saturday and Sunday, February 23-24 morning and afternoon at Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center.

H.H. Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche has developed a new curriculum based on the Anapanasati Sutra that turns to the root of Buddha’s earliest teaching on mindfulness of breath.  Khenmo Drolma will give an introduction to this practice system, teaching Buddha’s pith instructions.  This new curriculum unifies all of Theravada, Zen and Mahamudra philosophies.  The emphasis will be on the practice of Shamatha / Vipassana meditation which is considered both the foundation and the fruition of all practice.  Students of all levels are welcome.  You will build your meditation skills and learn techniques to sustain your practice as obstacles arise.

SATURDAY, February 23, 2019
10:00am-12:00pm–Buddha’s Breath, Practice for the 21st Century
12:00pm-1:30pmLunch
1:30pm-4:00pm — Teaching and Practice on Buddha’s Breath

SUNDAY, February 24, 2019
10:00am-12:00pmBuddha’s Breath, Practice for the 21st Century
12:00pm-1:30pmLunch
1:30pm-4:00pm — Teaching and Practice on Buddha’s Breath

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

Suggested donation is $30 each day and $50 for both days for this weekend teaching.  A simple vegetarian lunch will be offered by our sangha members on both days.  Your generous 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 help us spread the word please download a flyer of this event: Khenmo Drolma Buddha’s Breath flyer

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center is located at:

7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

TRTCC wishes you a wonderful New Year

Have a Happy and Wonderful New Year!

We will remain open for our regular practices.  Have a happy and wonderful new year!

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center is located at:

7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

 

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A Happy Thanksgiving Wish from Ven. Khenpo Choephel

Wishing this Thanksgiving find you happy, healthy, and peaceful this day and always. Happy Thanksgiving!”

–Ven. Khenpo Choephel

 

 

 

Following Thanksgiving, Friday Nov. 23rd is a full-moon day. Khenpo will once again give the Eight-fold vows at 7am. Please attend if you can. This is a valuable opportunity to collect merits on this auspicious day. Medicine Buddha practice will be at 7pm on this day.

 

 

On Saturday, November 24th, TRTCC will have an Open House for our sangha members and our Swissvale community, 11am-4pm. This is the second year of our participation with the Swissvale Holiday Stroll organized by the Swissvale Rotary Club. We will offer an origami activity to our visitors who would like to learn how to fold paper lotuses. Please join us and bring your friends and family.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center is located at:

7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

 

Tonight Oct 31 Special Supplication Prayers and Dedication

Special Practice and Prayers of Dedication

Wednesday Oct 31, 2018, at 7:00pm


Ven Khenpo Choepehl will be leading us at our center on this special day commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita heaven to the earth.

We are going to do some supplication prayers within our regular practice time, and we will also dedicate our prayers to those who have lost their lives and those whose life have been afflicted in the recent incidence in Squirrel Hill.

Please join us.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

Tomorrow, November 1st, the Buddhist community of Pittsburgh will have a Meditation on Peace and Condolence at the Heinz Chapel at 7pm.  To download a flyer of this event please click here:  Meditation for Pittsburgh

 

 

Nov 17-18 The Essence of Mahayana Path and the Noble Manjushri Empowerment

The Essence of Mahayana Path Teaching and
the Noble Manujushri Empowerment
by Ven. Khenpo Choephel

Saturday & Sunday, November 17-18, 2018
10:00am – 4:30pm


The Noble Manjushri in Tibetan Buddhism is one of the great compassionate bodhisattvas who exemplifies profound transcendent wisdom which is pure and illuminating.  The image of Manjushri is shown as holding in his left hand a blue lotus flower containing the Prajnaparamita Sutra, the Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom, and in his right hand a flaming sword which cuts through ignorance, attachment and delusion.

The empowerment of Manjushri is performed by our spiritual director, the venerable Khenpo Choephel, as a way to connect practitioners to the blessing of this enlightened wisdom being whose beneficial actions and exemplary conduct we seek to emulate.

On the same weekend Khenpo Choephel is offering three more sessions of the teaching of the Essence of the Mahayana Path on Saturday, October 17, morning and afternoon, (the regular New Moon Day practice at 7pm will be cancelled) and on Sunday, October 18, in the afternoon right after the Manjushri Empowerment.  Khenpo has been teaching from this text for the last few months on Sundays.  This will be the final three sessions that he offers before the end of the year.

SATURDAY, November 17, 2018
10am-12pm–Teaching on the Essence of the Mahayana Path
12pm-1:30pm–Lunch
1:30pm-4:30pm — Teaching on the Essence of the Mahayana Path

SUNDAY, November 18, 2018
10am – 12pm — The Empowerment of Noble Manjushri
12pm-1:30pm–Lunch
1:30pm-4:30pm — Continuation on the Teaching on the Essence of the Mahayana Path

 

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.

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center is located at:

7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of H.H. Dalai Lama’s visit to Pittsburgh

H.H. Dalai Lama came to Pittsburgh 20 years ago

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center will host a celebration on

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 10am-12pm

12pm-1pm: A vegetarian Tibetan lunch

1pm: A recorded teaching of H.H.Dalai Lama on the Heart Sutra

 

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center  will host an anniversary celebration of the visit of H.H. Dalai Lama to Pittsburgh 20 years ago!

Ven. Khenpo Choephel, spiritual director of TRTCC, will lead the traditional Long Life Puja, a special ritual practice that contains Mandala offering, Tsok or food offering, and long life recitation mantras and prayers for H.H. Dalai Lama.

We will celebrate with a simple vegetarian lunch offered by our sangha members and then watch a video of Dalai Lama’s teaching on the Heart Sutra, the one that he gave on November 12, 1998, at the Heinz Hall.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

Dalai Lama has said that the source of all lasting happiness and joy comes from our compassionate actions.  “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.

He said his true religion is Compassion:  “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.”

Our door is open to all who have a genuine interest in practicing with us.  There will not be an admission fee but your donations will keep us going and enable us to offer our cultural programming year round.  We thank you for your supports.

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