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Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. we have a meditation group. Time is given to basic meditation instructions, to actual practice, and to questions and answers. The main practice of this group is known as shamatha (calm abiding) meditation, a foundational technique for Buddhist meditations and practices. The ability to calm the mind gives rise to many benefits, including; greater concentration, improved memory, decreased stress and anxiety, increased confidence and self-awareness. Any and all who wish to learn and practice meditation are welcome to join us.
Guru Yoga practice consists of connecting with our Guru through visualization, prayer and mantra recitation. Visualizing Guru Rinpoche, we request and receive his blessings, merging our mind with the Guru's wisdom mind. Guru Yoga is a daily practice and also part of the foundational practices of Ngöndro; the preliminary practices of accumulation. Guru Rinpoche's prayer and mantra are an excellent way to receive blessings, increasing our wisdom mind and strengthen our connection with our Guru now and in the future.
Legend has it that the One Hunded Deities text first descended upon the rooftop of the Indian King Ja's palace. Realizing its importance, the King practiced the One Hundred Deities text for six months. Then, the golden body of Vajrapani, measuring one inch tall, appeared and bestowed blessings upon the King allowing him to have full understanding of the text. It was King Ja who transmitted the Hundred Deities' teachings to our beloved Guru Padmasambhava. While on his way west, south of Roksha, Guru Padmasambhava also transmitted the One Hundred Deities' teachings to his disciples. Lady Yeshe Tsogyal used gold ink to inscribe the teachings on a piece of paper and concealed it in a cave for the benefit of future generations. The teachings were later revealed by Karma Lingpa Rinpoche, who transmitted it to his disciple, Orthon Jiangpon. It has been handed down from Teacher to Disciple all the way to our Palyul lineage Master, His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche.
Every Guru Rinpoche Day (the 10th lunar day of the Tibetan calendar) we celebrate with a Rigdzin Dupa practice and tsog. "Rigdzin Dupa, 'The Gathering of Awareness Holders', is a very powerful practice for dispelling obstacles and is one of the three root sadhanas in the Longchen Nyingthig tradition." -Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche.
We celebrate Dakini Day (the 25th lunar day of the Tibetan calendar) with a Yumka practice and tsog. The central meditation visualization of the Yumka practice is of the wisdom Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal, the Enlightened feminine, consort of Guru Rinpoche. Yumka practice is recognized as a full path to enlightenment and as an especially efficacious means for purifying one's Vajrayana samaya.
The practice of Medicine Buddha is a powerful cure for healing oneself and others from not just their medical illness, but for mental afflictions as well. The Medicine Buddha mantra can purify illness, attachment, and negative karma.
Depending on interest we also provide a reading group with discussion of "The Bodhisattva Way of Life" a.k.a. the Bodhisattvacaryavatara, by Santideva. Santideva, an eighth-century Buddhist monk, is among the most esteemed figures in the entire history of Mahayana Buddhism. Open to all.
Currently we have The Words Of My Perfect Teacher by Paltrul Rinpoche study group meeting once a month.