September Teachings and Events


Sunday, September 6
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Teaching on the meaning of AMIRTA, RAKTA, and TORMA 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tibetan monastery traditional arts TORMA making class Torma are butter and roasted barley flour sculptures, which are traditionally made by teams of monks in preparation for a religious festival. They are a dough made of barley flour and butter, and sculpted on a form of wood and leather. They are then painted in bright, symbolic colors, and given as offerings to the deities. After the ceremony tormas are destroyed, to remind us of the impermanence of things and help us overcome our attachments. ( Torma sculptures take many forms, looking like stupas, Penden Lhamo’s mule, mandalas, abstract floral offerings, or flaming daggers.

Sunday, September 20
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Teaching on the correct pronunciation of Tibetan sounds (from prayer books) 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Learning Dharma Music (damaru and bell, drum and cymbal, and conch)

The 11th Ngondro Retreat

TRTCC-11th-retreat-8_2015The 11th Ngöndro Retreat
(Generating Bodhichitta)

August 15 & 16, 2015
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 10 a.m.–12 p.m. & 2–5 p.m.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 10 a.m.–12 p.m. & 2–5 p.m.

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center
7313 Florence Ave. Swissvale, PA, 15218

For more information, download the flyer or email:

TRTCC 11th retreat 8_2015

Drigung Kagyu Art Exhibition at the Rubin

drigung_master__smallArt with Benefits: The Drigung Tradition
Exhibition runs APRIL 24 – SEPTEMBER 7

“The Rubin Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, Art with Benefits: the Drigung Tradition, explores this notion by exhibiting 39 works of art and objects created by one of the most important schools of Tibetan Buddhism in the 13th Century, the Drigung Kagyu School”

If you can’t visit the museum in New York, visit the website for more information and audio tour and itineraries.

Click on SUGGESTED ITINERARIES at the bottom of the above Rubin Museum page for an audio tour and itineraries. (or here:

Recent Teaching presented at TRTCC

Visit the Teachings page on our website for a downloadable .pdf of recent teachings offered at TRTCC by Ven. Khenpo Choephel. Thank you to Patrick for providing us with the beautiful presentation. Audio recording will be posted at a later date, so stop back!

The next special teaching, Great Protector, Drikung Achi Choedron will be on Sunday, April 12, from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. See the Events page for more information.



Loving Kindness & Compassion Retreat – October 4th & 5th

Retreat date moved to October 4th & 5th. Mark your calendars for this special two-day retreat with TRDC/TRTCC Resident lama Ven. Khenpo Choephel, who will give the transmission, instructions, and lead the meditations. Our Four Seasons retreats have previously included many other preliminary practices. This Autumn season will focus on Compassion and Loving Kindness, the fifth part of this very special preliminary practice, which we call Mahamudra.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (10 a.m.-12 session, 12-1 lunch break, 1-3 p.m. session)
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (11-1 session, 1-2 lunch break, 2-5 session)

See the events page for more information.