Spring 2014 teachings: meditation instruction.

Khenpo Choejor Gyamtso, Resident Teacher, invites you to Dorje Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center – Atlanta
for Spring 2014 teachings culminating in meditation instruction. These teachings will be conveyed
in 4 sessions on consecutive Friday evenings at 7:30 pm (April 11, 18, 25 and May 02, 2014).

Khenpo Choejor’s offerings are in the tradition of the rare, highly-experiential and skillful Jonangpa Lineage
of Tibetan Buddhism. Recipients will receive introduction to, and explanations of the really beautiful and
powerful Refuge Prayers of Dolpopa and of Taranatha, instruction in Guru Yoga and in Meditation.

It is said that a former translator for H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama, Alexander Berzin, once mused that a more
apt translation than “refuge” is “whole-hearted commitment”. Taranatha wrote many prayers, and it also has
been said that H.H.D.L. uses many of Taranatha’s prayers. We cannot hide from the travails of everyday life,
but we may lessen and even be victorious for ourselves and others in transforming adversity and maras into
realizations with whole-hearted commitment to our practice, to our cultivation. To know that countless sentient
beings have fruitfully followed in the footsteps of those who have gone before is motivating and supremely
encouraging.
The energetic imprint of a qualified, unbroken lineage conveyed through the vibration of speech is dynamic.

Volunteers will be on hand to welcome and orient anyone who has not previously attended a Tibetan Buddhist
teaching, or visited the Center. All are welcome. Accomplished Tibetan-English/English-Tibetan translator, and
knowledgeable Buddhist Scientist Tsondue Samphel will provide translation.

Texts will be distributed for the teachings. Pre-registration is suggested to ensure adequate quantities of texts will be available.
No one will be turned away if not pre-registered. All are welcome. If attending teachings, a $10 donation per session is suggested
to help defray costs associated with hosting the teachings. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
To pre-register, please use the link to the center’s Contact Us form below. In the subject line, write “Registration for Spring 2014″.

http://jonang.org/contact-us/

Teachings in New York this September

Khenpo Choejor has kindly offered to give special teachings upon his return to New York in September. He will be teaching during the week of September 13 thru September 19th in a series of different topics; For individuals who are Out-of-town, you may want to consider staying for this entire week of auspicious teachings.

How To Achieve the Realizations in the Bardo
September 13th thru September 16th @7:30 to 9:30pm
This special teaching will be Monday thru Thursday evening. The topic will be on the special secret teachings in the Jonang tradition of Kalachakra Tantra regarding how to achieve realization for liberty in the Bardo. This is commonly referred to as the transitional period between death and rebirth. This teaching will be open to the public, and anyone is welcome to attend.

Vajrayogoni Meditative Visualizations
September 17th @7:30 to 9:30pm
This teaching will be held on Friday evening. Khenpo Choejor will be teaching on the detailed process of Vajrayogini Meditative Visualizations in the Sutra tradition. This is a major practice that Khenpo will be guiding us through, and it’s significance of the visualizations and levels of practice.
ONLY for those individuals who have received the Vajrayogini empowerment this year in March in the Jonangpa tradition.

Introduction to Kalachakra Deity Meditation
September 18th & September 19th @6:30am
This teaching will be held Saturday and Sunday, and we ask that you please plan on staying for the entire day. This will be an intensive retreat on the Kalachakra Deity Meditation. Detailed instructions on how to do the meditative practice and visualizations of the Kalachakra practice will be given. ONLY those who have received the Kalachakra initiation in the Jonang tradition can attend.

Please come and join us for these special and auspicious teachings which we are so fortunate to be receiving in New York. Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes early for all classes.

The suggested cost for the entire week will be $80.00. If you would like to attend any of the week’s classes individually, the cost will be $20.00.

*Pre-Register is required for any or all of the teachings.

718-522-6523. 646-251-5698
(Chinese)770-910-6269(English)

All teachings will be held at:
Dorje Ling Buddhist Center
98 Gold Street Brooklyn, New York 1120

Kalachakra Teachings

Khenpo Choejor is offering teaching for the preliminaries for Kalachakra for all students ( no empowerment required)
Sunday evening at 7pm.

DONATIONS:
Although the dharma is free to all who wish to know, due to rising costs of providing services in teleconferencing and administration, Dorje Ling Atlanta must now request its students to each contribute $10 per lesson towards the costs of the Kalachakra teachings offered by our precious dharma teacher Khenpo Choejor.
( There is a little basket on the coffee table for this purpose.)
No one will be turned away due to genuine financial hardship.

2. PHONE TEACHINGS:
For students not able to attend, we are offering the opportunity to attend by telephone using Free Conference.

Once the student has made their contribution, either through Paypal or by check, a confirmation email with clearance information will be emailed. To allow for this to be handled by volunteer staff and not disturb the teachings, we ask that payment be done at least 48 hours in advance of the teaching. .

3. TAPING:
Is not allowed as these teachings are meant for only those in attendance.

4.SADHANAS are available at the center for those with empowerment.

5. TAX DEDUCTIBLE contributions:
As you finish your income taxes, please consider a gift to Dorje Ling as we are a non profit charitable organization.

Please let your friends know so they can attend.
Khenpo Choejor will be teaching until mid June so we hope you can take advantage of our time with him.

Stay up to date with up coming teachings and practices.

Book review study group

We will continue our book study group on March 19 @7:30 pm for anyone wanting to work on the Mind Beyond Death teachings regarding dream yoga and Bardo.

This might be an excellent chance for new Kalachakra people to ask questions to senior students.

This book has material relating to both Dream Yoga as well as bardo practice and Phowa so we can relate it to the teachings we received from Khenpo on Dream yoga practice.

Ted has offered to start our group off as moderator for this Friday (We will try to meet every Friday so people can plan their schedules.)

We hope to cover the opening foreword and the first chapter this week, but if you don’t have time, or are still getting your book, please feel free to attend anyway.

We can discuss how much material we will cover by the week this Friday, and perhaps we can also have people offer to be moderator for each section.

Hayagriva & Vajrayogini Empowerment

DATE: 3/14/2010

TIME: 10:00 AM -VajrayoginiEmpowerment

2:00 PM -HayagrivaEmpowerment

FEE: $70.00

PLACE: Dorje Ling Buddhist Center

98 GOLD ST, BROOKLYN, NY 11201

TRANSLATION: Chinese & English

Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche,founder of Dorje Ling, spiritual head of the Atlanta and New York JonangCenters, and recognized as an emanation of Taranatha, will give these very precious empowerments. According to witnesses of his birth in Amdo-Golok, Tibet, the first sound Rinpocheuttered was the Guru SiddhiMantra. Please join us in receiving these special practices.

Space is limited; please pre-register as soon as possible.

For more information, please call 718-522-6523
or Alice at 646-251-5698.

Rare Kalachakra & Kurukulla Empowerments

The empowerment is over, but please send us your email address and we’ll contact you the next time there is a Kalachakra event.

Kalachakra Mandala

Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche, founder of Dorje Ling, spiritual
head of the Atlanta and New York Jonang Centers, and recognized as an emanation of Taranatha, will give these very precious empowerments. According to witnesses of his birth in Amdo-Golok in Tibet, the first sound Rinpoche uttered was the Guru Siddhi Mantra, extraordinary teachings that are very rarely taught for Western audiences and which are extremely special to receive. Please pre-register as space is limited.

Kalachakra, dating from the age of the historical Buddha,
is the the Wheel of Time that helps us use our daily experi-ence to clear defilements and manifest wisdom and compas-sion. The practitioner becomes an instrument for universal harmony from the blueprint that is the Kalachakra mandala. (David Reigle) This lha dgu empowerment is one of the four higher empowerments of Kalachakra generation stage. It is a pre-requisite for Kalachakra completion stage, symbolized as Kalachakra with the eight deities ablaze and indicative of the ten signs of accomplishment of the six-branched Kalachakra yoga. This important practice is designed for those with aspiration to achieve enlightenment in this lifetime

Kurukulla

Kurukulla, the ruby-red lotus dakini of magic and enchantment, attracts the manifestation of our desires and dances on the demon of ignorance. Her four arms are equanimity, joy, love, and compassion. Her arrows are made from red utpala flowers, which attract opportunities like bees to flowers. Her sadhana mentions magical powers of pacifying, increasingwealth and prosperity, enchanting and magnetizing for good, and destroying obstacle.

Teaching and Practice Updates

Khenpo Choejor has kindly offered to give teachings on the 6 Paramitas @ Dorje Ling Center.

Khenpo Choejor will be teaching us both this Friday ( Friday the 13th!) as well as Friday Nov 20. Both evenings are at 7:30 pm.

Below is a small explanation of the importance of this practice for us.

Paramita is a Sanskrit term, which means perfection – perfection in attitude, action and practice. The accomplishment of these perfections will result in the achievement of the ultimate perfection of wisdom that is enlightenment. Enlightenment is perfect discrimination. It is perfect wisdom that discriminates everything clearly and precisely without any distortion. To discriminate, means to understand through one ’s own seeing, and wisdom.

At the moment, our mind perceives and follows everything in a tainted way. While we are here in samsara, our perception and actions are inevitably influenced by the many conditions that hold our mind. Nevertheless, we feel, that how we think, or how we act, is perfectly normal.

There is nothing wrong and so we follow in all our usual ways. In fact, we think there is no other way. This is why it is important to train in the Six Paramitas because the training allows us to see a different way, and a better way. It reveals to us how the conditions of samsara obscure the mind. Moreover, it also happens to be the most direct way to develop and apply Bodhicitta, while we are on the Bodhisattva Path.
(Jigme Rinpoche)

This Sunday is also a very auspicious day so I am including this info for you.

*Lhabab Düchen, is one of the four major festivals commemorating four events in the life of the Buddha. According to Tibetan traditions; Lhabab Düchen occurs on the 22nd day of the 9th month of the Tibetan calendar.

This Buddhist festival is celebrated to observe the descent of Buddha from Tushita heaven back to earth at the urging of Maugalyayana. Buddha returned to earth by means of a special triple ladder prepared by Visawakarma, the god of machines.

*It is particularly auspicious that any merit accumulated on this day is multiplied 100,000 times.

We hope you can be with us.
Please tell your friends.
Thank you.

Teaching Update for this Week

Dear Friends,

Our next class has been moved to Sunday evening( oct 25) at 7 pm.
Khenpo will continue instruction on the Prayer for Rebirth in Dewachen.
There is no class on Friday evening,Oct 23.

On Sunday morning( Oct 25), there are our usual practices of Kalachakra
( this requires initiation) as well as Tara Practice, which is open for all at 10:30 am.
It’s a wonderful way to dedicate merit and send blessings for those on your heart.

Our book Study group is considering Mind Beyond Death by Dzogchen Ponlop, if you want to order a copy.
Meetings TBA.

If you know of anyone needing a roofer, Mike Prewitt re-did our roof.
He donated materials as he wanted to help support our little sangha.
His webpage is mfproofs.com and if you know of anyone with a leak, send them his way.

Thanks
Teresa

For those interested in a Kalachakra retreat, I am pasting the info in below:

Kalachakra Retreat 2009
Khenpo Ngawang Dorjee will give detailed instructions in the five preliminary practices common
to the Glorious Kalachakra generation stage four enlightenments and completion stage six branches of practice:
refuge, the root of Buddhism in general;

mind generation, the root of Mahayana;
3.Vajrasattva, the purification of sins and defilements;
4. mandala, the accumulation of the collection of merit; and

Khenpo will also give the four higher initiations and the instructions of the spontaneous Kalachakra, the common preliminary practice of the K?lachakra six branches of practice on the completion stage.

In addition, there will be the opportunity to practice these meditations over the course of three days.
Vajrayana students who are interested are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring a mandala set and mala.
Date & Location: November 13-15, 2009, TCBCI, Charlottesville, Virginia

Cost: $200

Registration: Existing students: please send in your details and registration fees to
TCBCI,1889 FiddleStick Lane, Charlottesville, Virginia, VA 22903, USA. Tel: (434) 293-7739, email .

New students: A letter of application (via email is acceptable) is required for those who are not students of Khenpo Dorjee outlining your details. Please note that only Vajrayana students will be considered.

Tcbci.org is a registered 501C3 non-profit organization.

Prayer to be Reborn in the Buddha Field of Dewachen

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 @ 7:30 pm: Dewachen prayer

This Friday Khenpo has announced that he will give us both the prayer and teaching on
“Prayer to be Reborn in the Buddha Field of Dewachen”.

This practice allows one to use this prayer along with developing the 4 other causes so that , at the time of death, one will go immediately to the Buddha Field of Dewachen (know as the Western Buddha Field).

This Pure land is considered the “best” as one remains there until one reaches complete enlightenment.

Many of you have been asking for Phowa and Khenpo feels that this prayer will be a strong practice for us.

We are working to locate an English translation of the prayer and hope you can attend and bring friends.

No previous empowerment is required, but please email us back a confirmation so we can plan for copies.

PLEASE, we are asking for monetary Donations . Whatever you can offer , we appreciate.
Your donations go both to support our teacher and also to help us build a new roof for Dorje Ling!!
And not only will you get merit, but you can also get a tax deduction!

Other news items:
SEPT 12 and 13: PAINT and SWEEP days:

Help us give our center a new clean fresh look…Join us around 11 am both days.
Bring whatever tools you have—paint brushes, Leaf blowers, Clippers…

We will be aided by Alvin Lee who has asked to help Dorje Ling as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Please come and bring anyone who might be available to help.

BEST WISHES
To Venerable Dorje and James as they prepare to travel to Kathmandu to study for 2 years.
Thank you to the Dharma Etiquette committee , so we now have an intro piece for visitors.
Happy Birthday to Le!
Be watching as we hope to be getting our NEW ROOF!!

If you have prayer requests, email them to me and I will try to include in our emails.
We need someone willing to haul off the old washer to recycling.

Thank you
teresa

PS
Khenpo has asked if there are any teaching we would like to request from him, so be thinking.

Samantabhadra Chanting Prayer in Atlanta

Samantabhadra

Samantabhadra

Next Practice is:
Full Moon June 7th at 7:00

We will do Samantabhadra chanting in English . Bring some food to share.
Everyone is invited.

You can bring cookies, fruit, candles, incense, whatever you might want to offer.

We offer these and then dedicate our merit for all the have success and that our Dharma Center and teachers can flourish.

And don’t forget that we have study Group Feb 20…start typing your notes !

Samantabhadra chanting practice is open to all, including non-Buddhist. This is a practice that helps clear away any obstructions to your meditation practice.

When: On the Tibetan full and new moon.

Location: Dorje Ling Buddhist Center, 3253 Shallowford Road, Atlanta, GA 30341 map
770-451-7715

We look forward to seeing you here.