Dharma Lecture: Can We Avoid the Karmic Camera?

By Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche
Sunday, August 1 at 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution:
$25 Public, $20 Members

In ancient times, all Buddhists believed in karmic imprints; they believed their good or bad actions were kept in their “mindstream”. Today, we can think about it as a perpetual, non-stop “karmic camera.” The karmic camera takes pictures of whatever we have done or whatever we are doing, which we can then examine in our own karmic mirrors. The karmic camera takes pictures of not only our physical actions, but also our mental actions; it is attuned to the body, speech and mind. Where is your “karmic camera?” How does it work? How can you remove it? Tulku Yeshi will tell you how!


Ven. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche. He was recognized by H.H. Dalai Lama's Nyingmapa teacher Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche. He received teachings from twenty-five masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Tulku Yeshi has written eight books, seven of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture including A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa. He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, and can bestow empowerments. Currently he working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle and is working on his own biography, Magic and Monk.

Dharma Lecture: Milarepa

Sunday, May 23 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Milarepa is one of the most beloved figures in all of Tibetan Buddhism. He was the first example of how to attain enlightenment in a single lifetime. This talk will introduce you to his life, and include readings from “The Songs of Milarepa,” the book of the beautiful poetry which he wrote after his enlightenment.

Khenpo Jampa Tenphel comes to us from Dzongsar Institute in India, where he was the library director as well as a tutor for many years. He received a Degree of Acharya (equivalent to an M.A.) in Buddhist Philosophy in 2002 and was ordained as an Abbott in 2004. He has received many teachings and initiations from all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu, Nyingma). Many of those teachings and initiations were from H.H. the Dalai Lama and H.H. Sakya Trizin. He has also received the Lamdre teaching from H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche. His root lamas are H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Luding Khen Rinpoche, and H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche. At Sakya Monastery, Khenpo Jampa teaches intermediate and advanced level curriculum on Buddhist philosophy and also serves as the librarian for the growing collection of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.

Dharma Lecture: Bodhisattvacharyavatara 2

Sunday, May 2 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Khenpo Jampa Tenphel
Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Bodhicitta (the mind of enlightenment) is one of the three vehicles. The Bodhisattvacharyavatara is one of the main sutras, which addresses the path of the person desiring perfection of bodhicitta. Khenpo-la, who joined Sakya Monastery in late 2009, will give a lecture on a different aspect of this sutra on the first Sunday afternoon of each month (unless a conflict arises, such as July 4).

Teaching 2 - Shamata
In this the second teaching in the series, Khenpo Jampa will explain the three visions of Shamata.

Khenpo Jampa Tenphel comes to us from Dzongsar Institute in India, where he was the library director as well as a tutor for many years. He received a Degree of Acharya (equivalent to an M.A.) in Buddhist Philosophy in 2002 and was ordained as an Abbott in 2004. He has received many teachings and initiations from all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu, Nyingma). Many of those teachings and initiations were from H.H. the Dalai Lama and H.H. Sakya Trizin. He has also received the Lamdre teaching from H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche. His root lamas are H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Luding Khen Rinpoche, and H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche. At Sakya Monastery, Khenpo Jampa teaches intermediate and advanced level curriculum on Buddhist philosophy and also serves as the librarian for the growing collection of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.

Dharma Lecture: Healing and Medicine Buddha

By H.E. Paltul Rinpoche
Friday, May 14th at 7:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Medicine Buddha is an enlightened being who has unbiased compassion for all living beings. He protects living beings from physical and mental sickness and other dangers and obstacles, and helps them to eradicate the three poisons – attachment, hatred, and ignorance – which are the source of all sickness and danger.

Additionally, on Saturday, May 15th, H.E. Paltul Rinpoche will be available for Tibetan Medicine consultation (diagnosis through hand palpation) at Sakya Monastery. Dana is welcome. Paltul Rinpoche will be available for 15 minute appointments from 9:30 – 11:30 am, and 1:30 – 5:00 pm. Tibetan herbal medicine is available and is $120 for a month long dosage. Please email Sakya Monastery at monastery@sakya.org if you are interested in setting up an appointment. Members have first priority. Appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

H.E. Paltul Rinpoche was born in Kham, East Tibet. From his very early years he showed an extraordinary interest in the Buddha's teachings and an extraordinary talent in the art of healing. Following the traditions of the Tibetan culture, he joined Palkey Lachen Monastery, a monastery of the Sakya School. Paltul Rinpoche has been recognized as the 5th Pora Tulku. The previous four Pora Tulkus were meditation masters and physicians who had been renowned all over Tibet, and Paltul Rinpoche continues their traditions today.

Buddha's Life Story and White Tara Teachings

The following sessions are being offered in Southern California. All are welcome to attend:

 


 

H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya is one of the two Tibetan women teaching in the west who grew up in pre-Chinese Tibet and received training there. She only visits the LA area once a year. The only child of a prosperous Khampa nomad family, Dagmola received teaching from her illustrious uncle, Dezhung Rinpoche. In her teens she married HH Jigdal Dachen Sakya,eldest son of a distinguished Sakya lineage. Together they received more  great teachings before escaping in 1959 to India. This life is wonderfully recounted in the book Princess from the Land of Snows.
 
Brought to the University of Washington in Seattle by the Rockefellers in 1960, she mothered five sons, kept house, became a wage earner, and kept alive the Tibetan culture with regular evenings with children and grandchildren. By the time she retired, she had become a sought-after teacher. More recently her beloved life as a teacher has yielded to her obligations to help the lineage through trips to India and Nepal to visit three grandchildren who are in monastic training, and all over the world to assist her husband's teachings.

Please consider the following about the distance to Malibu: When Dagmola opened a Tara center in Pasadena several years ago, she telephoned the afternoon of the opening, which was on a weekday at 7PM to tell me that she would like me to come. I was about to protest that there would be traffic when, fortunately, I caught myself and realized that I was talking to someone to whom it was nothing to travel 3 months on horseback for teachings. Traffic is generally not heavy on Pacific Coast Highway, so do saddle your mechanical "horse" and join us.

Wednesday, April 28th at 7:30 PM.
Dagmola will talk about the life story of the Buddha. She has done many remote pilgrimiges in Tibet, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and China. You may wish to bring fruit or sweets to share following the teachings.

Thursday, April 29th at 7:30 PM.
Dagmola will teach White Tara. Tara has guided her through life in a deeply personal way. Tara, she says, is not Buddhist. She is the Mother, the Earth, the Goddess. White Tara in particular gives protection and longevity. We will read the practice together. It is filled with healing imagery. If there is interest, we can have a pot luck before or after the teaching. Please let me know if you would like this and would help.

WHERE: 23708 Malibu Colony Drive, Malibu. Call or email for directions and parking info. Best to park on Malibu Road.

RSVP: Space is very limited so an RSVP is necessary. Email greenlotus@earthlink.net or call (310) 456-3591.

DONATION: $20.00. Scholarships, sliding scale. Do not let money problems prevent you from coming.

 

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