Special Lecture: Advice to Help with Grief

Saturday, June 4 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

When it comes to grieving, there are many differences between the Western and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. H.E. Dagmo Kusho will share her own experiences and talk about the Tibetan Buddhist view of grieving. This class will include provide suggestions for activities that may benefit the dying, as well as instruction on how to move through grief without creating obstacles for the deceased.

Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya was born in Kham, Eastern Tibet. As the niece of one of the most highly realized Sakya Masters of the twentieth century, H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche III, her training in Buddhist practice began at an early age. She has received extensive teachings and empowerments from many great lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism throughout her lifetime. Dagmola is married to H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya of the Khön lineage, a Head Lama of the Saky
a order of Tibetan Buddhism. Dagmola specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world.

Special Class: Combining Compassion and Emptiness- A Course in Mind Training

Fridays: 6/3, 6/10, 6/17 and 6/24 at 7:00 pm
Instructor: Ken Hockett
Location: Shrine Room
Duration: Four two-hour class sessions which will begin with 30 minutes of meditation practice
Text: The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgön Kongtrul (translated by Ken McLeod)
Suggested Contribution Per Class: $15 Public, $12 Members

In order to fulfill the Mahayana intention to benefit beings, we must train our minds so that we can develop our inherent compassion. The purpose of Mind Training is to develop the two aspects of Bodhicitta - Ultimate Bodhicitta and Relative Bodhicitta. The method of Mind Training is through meditation which combines calm abiding and insight meditation to experience emptiness. It will be helpful to attend each of the sessions, but not absolutely necessary.

1st Session: The purposes of Mind Training with emphasis on the motivation for this practice will be discussed. Additionally, Point 1 (The Preliminaries) will be explained.

2nd Session: This session will examine Point 2 ("The Actual Practice"), which contains the heart of the practice. Students will be introduced to both the formal practice of Mind Training (as described by Jamgon Kongtrul) and the informal practice that one could use in daily life. There will be homework. [A practice text will be distributed.]

3rd Session: In this session, Point 3 (Bringing Adversity on to the Path) and Point 4 (Practices for Your Whole Life) will be discussed. We will investigate how we can integrate the attitude of Mind Training into our daily life. Homework experience will be discussed.

4th Session: This class will address Point 5 (Evaluating Your Mind Training), Point 6 (The Disciplines of Mind Training) and Point 7 (The Guidelines). These sections contain many proverbs, some of which are self-evident and some of which are subtle. We will discuss as many aspects of each one as time permits.

Ken Hockett: Having studied Buddhist precepts for several years and convinced of the truth and relevance of the Buddha Dharma in my own life I sought out an entrance to the path and took refuge with H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Rinpoche in 1977. While principally my study and practice has been within the Sakya and Nyingma traditions, I have received teachings and initiations from Lamas and teachers of the Four Schools.

Dharma Lecture: Stages of Shamatha & Vipassana

Instructor: Venerable Khenpo Choying Dorje
Friday, May 20, 2011, 7pm-9pm
Location: Sakya Monastery shrine room 
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Shamatha is the single-minded concentration in which one reaches the mind's basic or natural state of bliss, clarity and awareness, free from mental dullness, agitation and wandering.

Vipassana is the penetrative insight into emptiness or the true nature of reality.

This course will focus on the four mindfulness practices (body, feelings, phenomena and mind) of Vipassana mediation from the Mahayana tradition.

Khenpo Choying Dorje was born in Tibet in 1972 and became a monk at the age of 12.  He received his Khenpo degree in 2002, from the renown Buddhist college, Dzongsar Institute, in India. He was also given a special Khenpo degree by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2004.
Since 2010, Khenpo Choying Dorje has been the lead Dzongsar Institute teacher of HH JD Sakya's eldest grandson, Dhungsey Avikritar Rinpoche. Currently, Khenpo Choying Dorje is on a one semester leave from that teaching position to participate as a visiting scholar at the University of California (UC), Berkeley.  At UC Berekley, he is assisting on a Buddhist research project and also taking courses in leadership, neurobiology and English.

Teachings on Green Tara

Offered By H.E Dagmola Kusho Sakya
Dates: May 13-15
Location: Tara Ling Center in San Gabriel, CA

Tara Ling warmly welcomes H.E Dagmo Kusho who has graciously consented to give teachings on Green Tara and to lead a short weekend retreat on Green Tara. H.E. has practiced Tara as her principle deity for most of her life and is one of the greatest living Tara practitioners. We look forward to the insight that this great lama can share with us about our individual practices.

Friday, May 13, 7:00-9:00 PM
Green Tara Teaching

Dagmola will give us in depth teachings about the significance of Tara practice and give us pith instructions with regard to our own individual practices

Saturday May 14, 10:00AM-noon, and 2:00-4:00 PM
Green Tara Retreat and Teaching

Dagmola will begin the retreat portion of the teaching with the Green Tara Puja. Saturday will have two retreat sessions with a two hour lunch break

Sunday May 15, 10:00AM-noon, and 2:00-4:00 PM
Green Tara Retreat and Teaching

The retreat continues. Sunday will also have two retreat sessions with a lunch break

Cost: The suggested donation for the events is $20 per session. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Tara Ling Center
625 E Valley Blvd #E
San Gabriel, CA  91776

(323) 428-8366

Dharma Lecture: Buddhist Offerings

Saturday, May 14, 2011
1-3pm  (Note special time)
Offered by Lama Migmar
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

In Buddhism, it is essential and very beneficial to give daily offerings to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.  There are eight kinds of offerings we can give, such as offering bowls of water on our shrine, flowers, and tormas. There are many forms of offerings involving the body, speech, and mind.  Anything that you think is nice and beautiful you can offer.  In this teaching, Lama Migmar will be covering different kinds of offerings as well as giving an in-depth teaching on torma offerings.   The following Saturday, he will be giving a special workshop on making tormas. 


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