June 14, 2020 8:00 am local time
Live Broadcast of the Commemoration of Lord Jigten Sumgon Parinirvana Puja
Saga Dawa is a sacred month in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, celebrating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of the Buddha. As a tradition to observe this sacred occasion, people refrain from eating meat, meditate on the welfare of others, and take actions to extend their meritorious deeds to benefit all beings.
Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center will be holding a special practice session this Friday, June 5th, the full moon day of the month, at 7:00 pm, with Ven. Lama Kalsang leading the Buddha Shakyamuni practice and the recitation of the King of Aspiration Prayers of Noble Samantabhadra’s Deeds.
TRTCC will make this occasion available on Zoom. Information to join will be sent to our sangha group in an email. If you are not on our mailing list you can join by subscribing to our list: https://www.threeriverstibetancc.org/subscribe/
We will also make it available to a limited number of people who would like to attend in person. We can only accommodate about 10 people at our center so please send us an email to email@example.com if you would like to attend.
Even during this difficult time, we hope you can participate and continue to practice, in whatever form that is available to you, to rejoice in the enlightenment of great beings, develop great virtues, and experience peace and happiness.
Before the center was closed, TRTCC had a renovation plan in place to open up the two rooms on the first floor so that we can have a larger sitting area for our sangha members to practice together, but because of the current epidemic situation the plan was put on hold. Just this past week, Lama Kalsang has been busy working all by himself knocking down the two walls dividing the shrine room and the sitting room. As shown in these photos that he took, the progress of his work is impressive, as he was just doing it bit by bit by himself. He also packed up all the shattered wood pieces and vacuumed up all dust and debris on the floor. He devoted his time and energy not only to lead our Sunday online practices but also to start the first phase of the demolition work while no one else can do it at this time. We are just so fortunate to have him here. He is truly a treasure to us.
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will give teachings in between prayer sessions.
TRTCC will send you an email with the Zoom meeting ID and password, and the download link for the practice materials.
ALL ARE WELCOME
At the request of individuals and groups from around the world, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has graciously consented to give a two-day teaching on Chapters 1 and 4 of Master Nagarjuna’s “Precious Garland (rinchen trengwa)” from 8 am to 9.30 am (Indian Standard Time) on May 16 (Saturday) & May 17 (Sunday), 2020. His Holiness has also been requested to provide general advice appropriate to these challenging times. Those interested may watch the live webcast of the teachings and listen to them in Tibetan, English, Chinese and other languages on the official websites and Facebook pages of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
(Please note that Indian Standard Time is 9.5 hours ahead of United States Eastern Daylight Time, so 8:00 am May 16 Saturday in Dharamsala will be 10:30 pm May 15 Friday in Pittsburgh, PA.)
Best wishes to all!