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Suraj: Kunzang Nyima Empowerments at Tashi Choling, the retreat center in Ashland, Oregon. http://www.tashicholing.org/ In the afternoon, registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. Please arrive to register as early as possible! The empowerments will begin at 3o p.m. (first day ONLY) Starting on Wednesday, April 2nd: The empowerments will begin at 1:00 p.m. each day.The length of the empowerments will vary. The Day by Day Schedule of Kunzang Nyima Empowerments: Please bear in mind that this is a preliminary schedule and subject to change. Day 1) Guru Pedma Gyalpo empowerment Tagön (preliminary rituals) Day 2) Guru Pedma Gyalpo empowerment; Tangtong Gyalpo empowerment; Tangtong Gyalpö Tsewang (Tangtong Gyalpo long life empowerment); Men La'i Je Nang (Blessing Transmission of the Medicine Guru); Zab Tig Men Wang (Empowerment for the Profound Essence of Medicine) Day 3) Rigdü (Rigdzin Düpa); Rigdü Kyi Wang; Dorje Drolö Day 4) Orgyen Terjung Gyalpo; Norlha'i Wang (Wealth Deity Empowerment); Damchö Droltig Day 5) Ta Khyung (Hayagriva and Garuda); Ta Khyung Gi Wangdü Day 6) Tamdrin Marpo (Red Hayagriva); Takar Tse Wang (White Hayagriva long life empowerment) Day 7) Tanag (Black Hayagriva); Kagyed (8 herukas); Purnag Gi Tagön (Black Kilaya preliminary rituals) Day 8) Purnag Gi Wang (Black Kilaya); Guru Dragpo (Wrathful Guru); Nagaraksha; Drag Trö Kor Sum Day 9) Dorje Tsugtor (Vajra Crown Protrusion--for dispelling obstacles); Khyung Nag (Black Garuda) Day 10) Tukchen Pedkar (White Lotus Avalokiteshvara/ Chenrezig); Tukchen Pedkar Wangdü; Sangye Tong Wang (1000 Buddha Empowerment) Day 11) Dorsem (Vajrasattva); Mitrukpa (Akshobya); Tukchen Tak Drol (Avalokiteshvara's Liberation upon Wearing) Day 12) Drolma Marmo (Red Tara); Drolkar (White Tara) Day 13) Pagmo (Dorje Pagmo; Vajravarahi); Khandrö Sang Wang (The Secret Empowerment of the Dakini); Yangchenma'i Je Nang (Blessing Transmission of Sarasvati); Lha Wang Yeshe Nyima (The Deity Empowerment of Yeshe Nyima); Sengdongma (Singhamukha, the Lion-Faced Dakini) Day 14) Guru Khyung Zhön (The Guru Riding a Garuda); Gesar; Dzamkar (White Dzambala/ wealth deity); Day 15)Bimala (Vimalamitra); Garab Dorje GENERAL INFO REGARDING THE EMPOWERMENTS AT TASHI CHOLING (AS SENT OUT PREVIOUSLY): T a s h i C h ö l i n g C e n t e r f o r B u d d h i s t S t u d i e s 2001 Colestin Road, Ashland Oregon Please Join Us For a Rare Event Tulku Theglo Rinpoche Will bestow Kunzang Nyima Emporwements April 1 - 15, 2008 beginning at 1:00pm daily Rinpoche will bestow the complete cycle of empowerments from the 27 volumes of collected termas of Kunzang Nyima. Samdrup Rinpoche will be assisting Theglo Rinpoche. Cost: Individuals $ 450.00/Families $ 750.00 /$35.00 Daily Brief Bio: Tulku Theglo Rinpoche, also known as Padma Theg Chog Tanpa'i Gyaltsan was recognized by Jamyang Khentse Chokyi Lodru as the incarnation of his second son, Padma Dorje. Tulku Theglo was enthroned when he was five years old and at age ten entered Dodrubchen Monastery in Golog and began his formal studies. He studied under four great Khenpos such as Khenpo Gangnam, Thrindar, Wangdei Gyangtrul Dondrub Dorje and Washul Khenpo Lodru. Rinpoche received empowerments from Dzongsar Khentsei Jamyang Chokyi Lodru, Dzogchen Rinpoche Jigdral Changchub Dorje, Shechen Kongtrul Rinpoche Padma Lekpai Lodru and Dodrubchen Tubten Thrinley Palzangpo, Dodrubchen Rigdzin Tenpai Gyaltsen also known as Rigdzin Jalu Dorje, Dungkar Chogtrul Ngedon Gyatso and others. The empowerments received from them included the Rinchen Terdzod, the thirteen sadhanas of the Kama lineage, the Nyingthig Yabzhi, the Nyingthig Tsapod, the Dupa Do, the eighteen divisions on the meaning of Ah from the mind class, the Vajra Bridge of the expanse class, the Damcho, Dechen lamchog, the three aspects of Kagyad, the Sakya'i kunrig, the generation and completion stage of liberation through hearing, including all the reading transmissions. For information about accommodations call Barbara Caselli at (541) 482-4064 ============================================== : http://oldtradition.org/forum/viewtopic.php?id=300&p=1 , .

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Suraj: LhaBab DuChen: The Buddha's Descent from the God Realms Sunday, November 24, 7:30 -9 pm with Yangsi Rinpoche Full Jokhang The great deeds of the Buddha include his ascent to the god realms to teach dharma to benefit gods and repay the kindness of his mother. This date commemorates his return at the request of his human disciples. The holiday is one on which the karmic effects of virtuous or negative actions are said to be multiplied by a ten million; it is customary in the Tibetan tradition to make offerings and engage in prayers on this day. Maitripa will host the Guru Puja (Lama Choepa) prayers with tsog; all are welcome to attend, and bring food or flower offerings if you wish. Maitripa College 1119 SE Market St. (cross street SE 11th; 3 blocks S. of Hawthorne) Portland, Oregon 97214

Suraj: US Programs with Dr. Nida | March - April 2014 Bay Area, CA | 6-21 March Seattle, WA | 22-25 March Portland, OR | 27-30 March New York | 2-6 April http://www.soriginstitute.org/schedule

Suraj: UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS AT MAITRIPA COLLEGE Portland, OR Passing through the Gateless Gate: Emptiness in the Zen Buddhist Tradition with Tenku Ruff Osho Wednesday, December 18, 7-9 pm A monk asked Joshu, "Has a dog the Buddha Nature?" Joshu answered, "Mu." In the Zen koan tradition, Mu (無), or "not; nothing; negation," is the gateway to enlightenment. The Mu koan is the first koan in the Gateless Gate koan collection (13th century), and it is the koan Zen students must pass in order to enter formal practice of koans. Koans are exchanges between Zen students and Zen masters, recorded over centuries, that help us go beyond the limits of our conceptual minds. In Zen koan practice, rather than read or study about the koan, we do the koan, learning the wisdom inherent in it from the inside out. In this class, we will examine the method of Zen investigation--understanding emptiness through our direct experience. Tenku Ruff Osho is an advanced MDiv student at Maitripa and an ordained Zen priest. ----------------------------------------------------------- Medicine Buddha puja Thursday, December 19, 7:30 pm Please offer your support to our own dear Professor Jim Blumenthal and those in need of healing. Email names and whether ill or recently deceased for the public prayer list to prayerlist@maitripa.org Participation in Medicine Buddha prayers also purifies ones own negative karma and enhances long life and well being. ---------------------------------------------------------- Lama Tsongkhapa Day celebration with Yangsi Rinpoche Friday, December 27, 7:30 pm Join Rinpoche and the Maitripa community for offerings, practice, and a presentation about Lama Tsongkhapa. Participants may bring candles, flowers, foods, or monetary offerings. Contact program@maitripa.org to volunteer. Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the founder of the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition, is renowned as a great scholar, practitioner, meditator, teacher, and author. Among his many accomplishments, he revitalized the monastic code in Tibet, established the annual Great Prayer Festival, established Ganden Monastery, and authored many texts including several on the Graduated Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim). We remember this great teacher's kindness and aspire to actualizing the same realizations by practicing together on his anniversary. It is customary to make extensive offerings, especially of lights, symbolic of dispelling the darkness of ignorance. Lama Zopa says, "By offering lights, we create the cause of enlightenment, of liberation from samsara, and of the happiness of future lives. Also, success will happen in this life." You can even make offering of your Christmas lights!

Suraj: Teachings with HE Garchen Rinpoche Garchen Rinpoche 2 According to the supplication by Drikung Kagyu Seattle disciples, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche kindly agreed to visit the center again in 2014 and graciously offered to teach for two consecutive weekends. Rinpoche will grant the Amitabha empowerment and Phowa instructions as well the Shitro empowerment and Bardo teachings. Finally, Rinpoche will offer the White Tara long-life empowerment. Even though practitioners of the modern day do wish to practice the Dharma, they are busy and do not have sufficient time. The Buddha taught countless Dharmas with great love according to the needs of diverse sentient beings. Je Marpa Lotsawa said: "All others have instructions that lead to enlightenment if one meditates. But I have an instruction that will lead to enlightenment without meditation." Thus, we are extremely fortunate to receive the instructions on Phowa, a practice that does not require long periods of meditation, from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, for these instructions will place a powerful imprint into our minds. Even if we are not able to train in Phowa perfectly throughout our lives, the mental imprints of these instructions will be of tremendous benefit to us at the time of death. Whether or not we wish to die, or are powerful, smart, rich or poor, we are all bound to die sooner or later.The Shitro empowerment, then, introduces us to the true nature of our body and elements. The Bardo instructions explain the nature of the visions that will appear to us during the Bardo state after death. Cost: By donation: Suggested $70/day, ordained sangha no charge Start Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014 End Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014 Starts: 10:00 a.m. Ends: 5:00 p.m. Event Type: talks Tradition: Tibetan Teacher: HE Garchen Rinpoche Sponsor: Drikung Seattle Contact: Linda Lee Phone: 206-696-1627 Email: drikungseattle@gmail.com www.drikungseattle.com/march-2014.html Sakya Monastery 108 NW 83rd St Seattle, WA 98117

Suraj: Sakya Monostery at Seattle. http://www.sakya.org/specialevents/678-threewand.html 108 NW 83rd Street Seattle, WA 98117 Tel: 206.789.2573 Website: www.sakya.org Email: monastery@sakya.org We are delighted to have Dagchen Rinpoches grandsons, His Eminence Sakya Dhungsey Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche and His Eminence Sakya Dhungsey Abhaya Vajra Rinpoche visiting from India. H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche will be bestowing The Initiation of the Three Wand Sisters (Yugu Chesum Ma) on February 2nd The Three Wand Sisters or Yugu Chesum Ma is a special practice of the Sakya lineage. They are Dharma Protectors who are summoned from Bodh Gaya in India to clear away obstacles on the path to enlightenment and to fulfil our needs and wishes. In particular, they provide abundance of food, clothing and wealth to support practitioners and their families, and restore balance in the elements End Date: Sunday, February 2, 2014 Starts: 10 am Ends: 11:30 am Recipients may bring necklaces or other items of jewelry and malas to be blessed in the initiation. Non-vegetarian foods should not be consumed prior to the initiation. Cost: $35 Public; $30 Members ---------- , 3 ! ---------------------------------------------------- and on February 16th, His Eminence Abhaya Rinpoche will be giving a Chenrezi Teaching including instruction on Tsa-sur, a ritual smoke offering, and the oral transmission of The Ocean of Compassion. Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya will be bestowing the Red Tara (Drolma Marmo) Initiation with Explanation on March 23rd. We are celebrating her 80th birthday on the morning of March 1st and all are invited! Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will be giving instruction on the Chenrezi practice following H.H. Dagchen Rinpoches Chenrezi Initiation on January 12th. He will also be leading an all-day Chӧd Retreat on Saturday, March 22nd. This will consist of a Troma Nagmo Empowement, Machig Labdron blessing, Chӧd practice, and Chӧd Dance. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will also be leading the Dharma Book Club each month. Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will be giving instruction on the popular topic of How to Perform a Retreat on January 19th. On Sunday, March 30th he will also be giving detailed instruction on the Mahakala Practice that is performed each month at the Monastery. On Friday, January 24th, Rigdzin Tingkhye will be giving a talk entitled Getting Along with Buddhas Mind: An Evening of Reflection and Storytelling. Come join Rigdzin as he shares about Buddhism from a laymans perspective in his delightful, charismatic style. Wishing you a wonderful New Year that is filled with much happiness and joy.

Suraj: March-April Programs with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang Bay Area, CA | 6-21 March 6 Mar The Yuthok Nyingthig Tradition 7-9 Mar Dream Studies 10-13 Mar TTM Level 4 Teachings 15-16 Mar Yuthok Nyingthig Thummo 17-18 Mar Yuthok Nyingthig Karmamudra 19-20 Mar TTM Point Studies Seattle, WA | 21-25 March 21 Mar Public Talk 22-23 Mar Yuthok Nyingthig Dream Yoga 24-25 Mar SaChe Tibetan Geomancy Portland, OR | 27-30 March Public Talk 27-30 Mar Mantra Healing Level 2

Suraj: HH Sakya trizin at USA and Canada Programs in the United States & Canada include: A very special and extensive set of Vajrayogini teachings and initiations at Tsechen Kunchab Ling | Ribbon cutting for a Tibetan and Himalayan Cultural Center at Tsechen Kunchab Ling | Bestowal of the Kalachakra initiation in New York City at the invitation of Sakya Tsechen Tsopa | Long life initiation, Ngondro teachings and Refuge in Minneapolis | Establishment of a new Dharma Center and Three Bodhisattvas initiation in Santa Fe | White Tara initiation and teachings, Refuge and Bodhisattva vows, Phowa transmission in New York City at the Palden Sakya Center | 1000-Armed Avalokiteshvara initiation and teaching at Seattle Sakya Monastery | Chakrasamvara empowerment and public talk in Vancouver | Green Tara and Guru Rinpoche Empowerments in Toronto | Chenrezig Mahamudra empowerment and teaching, Vajrakilaya torma empowerment in Toronto |Vajrakilaya torma initiation and teaching in Montreal -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UNITED STATES March 30-April 22 Tsechen Kunchab Ling - Walden New York www.sakyatemple.org April 7-8 Sakya Tsechen Tsopa - New York City www.tsechen.org April 26-27 Vikramasila Foundation - New York City http://vikramasila.org May 3-4 Sakya Thubten Dhargye Ling - Minneapolis MN http://mnsakyacenter.org May 5-6 Tsechen Namdrol Ling - Santa Fe NM http://tsechennamdrolling.wordpress.com/ RIG SUM GOMPO, Initiation of the Three Bodhisattvas at 2 pm, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Santa Fe May 8-9 Sakya Monastery - Seattle WA http://www.sakya.org -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CANADA May 10-12 Sakya Tsechen Thubten Ling - Vancouver Canada http://sakyatsechenthubtenling.org/ Chakrasamvara Two-Day Major Empowerment May 17-19 Toronto Canada Mhttp://www.sakyatoronto.com Green Tara empowerment and transmission Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre 17th May, 2014 - 1:30pm Public audience Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre 18th May, 2014 - 10am to 12pm Guru Rinpoche empowerment and Guru transimission Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre 1:30pm Long life initiation Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre 19th May, 2014 May 20-21 Montreal Canada Chenrezig Mahamudra Empowerment Vajrakilaya Torma Empowerment

Suraj: lama Kunga at CA EMPOWERMENT OF HAYAGRIVA AT EWAM CHODEN on Jan. 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. http://www.ewamchoden.org/?p=2708 Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the Empowerment of Hayagriva at the Ewam Choden Center on Sunday, 1/26/14. The practice of wrathful Hayagriva is said to especially remove general sickness, to purify bodily obscurations, and to give protection. The starting time is 1:00 p.m. Please arrive earlier in order to register


Manikarnika: http://sangchenpemachholing.org/ ... LAMA PEMA DORJE RINPOCHE 2014 TEACHING SCHEDULE ... Sangchen Pema Chholing 681 37th St, Oakland, California 94609-2338 (Email: kunsangtara@yahoo.com) ... June - July USA Bayside,CA 2427 Plunkett RD. 95524 (Email: dorjepadma@gmail.com) July 11 - 13 : From Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, Dorje Phagmo Drupchod Padma Ling Spokane, Washington July 18 - 20 Mount Shasta, California July 23 - 27: Chod - This is the fourth Shasta Chod retreat. We will be doing the following practices every day: 1) Troma Nakmo Ngondro 2) Four feasts of chod 3) Riwo sang chod 4) Troma sang 5) Naga sang 6) Water puja The outer benefit is that the environment becomes purified so the local guardians,goddesses, nagas and all spirits become peaceful and happy. This practice purifies imbalances in the land. The inner benefit is that illness, warfare, famine and dangerous imbalances in thefour elements, such as earthquakes, wildfires, floods or draught, are pacified. By balancing the elements, world peace naturally arises. The secret benefit is that the path of the practitioner has all kinds of obstacles removed and their practice becomes enhanced. The final benefit is perfect and complete buddhahood. Also, Rinpoche's main teaching will be on Chod. He will give brief teachings on the other practices listed above.

Suraj: Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche to Teach at Maitripa College in April Maitripa College is honored to welcome beloved teacher and Spiritual Director of the FPMT, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, back to Maitripa College for teachings and initiations in April 2014. Vajrasattva Initiation Saturday, April 19, 2014 Please save the date for this precious opportunity. More details coming soon regarding any requirements, schedule, etc. KYABJE ZOPA RINPOCHE will give VAJRASATTVA INITIATION at Maitripa College Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:00 pm The initiation will be Vajrasattva with consort (this is a Highest Yoga Tantra initiation but not a Great Initiation) The preparation & initiation take place in one day. The event is scheduled to begin at 7, and will likely go until midnight. Registration is required (see below). Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche is not directly available for conversation until early March. However, the following information reflects Rinpoche's standard when giving this practice. This will be confirmed by March 10. Commitment: 21 long mantras or 28 short mantras every day for the rest of your life, OR the 100,000 mantra retreat within one year. Prerequisites: Students wishing to take this initiation should be very familiar with the lam-rim. They should be prepared to take bodhisattva and tantric vows, and to do the Six Session Guru Yoga daily. Note: Rinpoche gives Vajrasattva with consort. However students do not have to take tantric vows (generally students should take tantric vows, but Lama Yeshe chose not to make it a requirement that students take tantric vows, and Rinpoche follows Lama's example). Taking bodhisattva vows are required. Save the Date:KYABJE ZOPA RINPOCHE IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED TO GIVE THE ORAL TRANSMISSION & PERMISSION TO PRACTICE DORJE KHANDRO ON MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014 AT 7 PM. THIS DATE WILL BE CONFIRMED BY MARCH 10, 2014. We will send out an additional announcement with the opportunity to register for the April 21 event when details are confirmed. PLEASE CONTACT NAMDROL at education@maitripa.org IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. REGISTER NOW FOR: VAJRASATTVA INITIATION SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH BY DONATION ONLY. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO HOLD YOUR PLACE. Maitripa College 1119 SE Market Street Portland, Oregon 97214 www.maitripa.org info@maitripa.org 503-235-2477

Suraj: THIS WEEKEND: PAUBHA (thanka), An Exhibition of Nepalese Buddhist Art Fri, March 15 , 6 - 9 p.m. Sat. march 16, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Come explore the divine imagery of Prajwal and Tanmaya's impressive collection of both traditional and contemporary Nepalese paintings [paubha, Newar; pata, Skt.; thangka, Tib] exhibited on Friday eve and Saturday all day, inside the temple.

Aniezka: Maitripa College Vajrasattva Practice Sessions During the Visit of Lama Zopa Rinpoche to Maitripa College (Friday, April 18 - Monday, April 21, 2014) *Open to the public* Friday, April 18 7:30 pm Vajrasattva tsog & practice With YANGSI RINPOCHE Saturday, April 19 11 am - 1 pm Vajrasattva Mantra Accumulation practice Led by Senior Sangha/ Students (VAJRASATTVA INITIATION at 7:00 pm) Sunday, April 20 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 5:00 pm - 6 pm Vajrasattva Mantra Accumulation practice Led by Senior Sangha/ Students Monday, April 21 11 am - 1 pm Vajrasattva Mantra Accumulation practice Led by Senior Sangha/ Students (Dorje Khadro Oral Transmission at 7:00 pm)

Suraj: lama Kunga at Ewam Choden 2014 : EMPOWERMENT OF VAJRAVIDARANA on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Ewam Choden For the first time, Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment of Vajravidarana, or Dorje Namjom in Tibetan, at Ewam Choden on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Vajravidarana is green and holds a double vajra. His practice provides powerful purification and cleansing of negativity and diseases. The requested donation is $30.... Read more: http://www.ewamchoden.org/?p=2742 EMPOWERMENT OF ORANGE MANJUSHRI on June 15, 2014 at Ewam Choden Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment of Orange Manjushri at Ewam Choden on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Manjushri is the Bodhisattva of transcendental wisdom. The practice of Manjushri cuts ignorance and delusion, and opens the the mind of wisdom. http://www.ewamchoden.org/?p=2739

Suraj: Vasudhara Initiation and Teaching Wed., Jun. 25th Seattle, WA Vasudhara (Tib. Norgyunma), sometimes referred to as Gold Tara in the West, is the sister of Saraswati (Tib. Yangchenma). Her name translates to stream of gems. She is a wealth deity and Buddhist bodhisattva of wealth, prosperity, and abundance. Start Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 End Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Starts: 7:30 PM Ends: 9:00 PM Event Type: Other Tradition: Tibetan Teacher: H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sponsor: Sakya Monastery Contact: Phone: 206-789-2573 Email: monastery@sakya.org www.sakya.org Sakya Monastery 108 NW 83rd St, Seattle, WA 98117

Suraj: Troma Nagmo retreat with Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche (at CA) July 11 13 Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche will bestow empowerment and lead a weekend practice of Troma, the wrathful black dakini, from the Dudjom Lineage. Lama Pema Dorje was born in 1942 on the banks of the Ganges river in Rishikesh, India, into a family of yogis whose ancestors can be traced back to Milerapa's paternal line. His first speech as an infant was Sanskrit and mantric sounds. At four, he was recognized as a reincarnation of an accomplished Indian master and started his Buddhist education. At seventeen, Lama Pema Dorje met his root guru, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, who gave him the entire transmission of the Dudjom lineage, as well as other Nyingma teachings. For detail about accommodations and staying at Rigdzin Ling, click here. Event Pricing Local Commuter: $150 (Includes Lunch Only) Indoor or Outdoor Camping: $180 Dormitory: $240 Double Room: $345 (Per Person) Single: $390 http://chagdudgonpa.org/troma-nagmo-retreat/

Aniezka: Buddhist Daihonzan Henjyoji Temple Odaishiko Sunday Service "" :) The Heart Sutra (Hannya Shin Gyô) & Light Mantra (Kômyô Shingon). LOCATON: The Buddhist Henjyoji Temple, located at 2634 SE 12th Ave Portland, OR 97202. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoobP8anr8k

Suraj: Guhyagarba tantra wang Empowerment by Ven. Lingtrul Rinpoche Reading Transmission by Lama Chönam August 15 18, 2014 Orgyen Dorje Den Alameda, California Join us for this extremely rare occasion that will authorize one to initiate the path of study for the Guhyagarbha/Secret Essence Tantra, the Sangwai Nyingpo, the most definitive tantra studied within the Nyingma Lineage. Those who attend will receive the empowerment of the One-Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities, or zhitro wang, and the reading transmissions. Both are required to practice and study the Guhyagarbha Tantra and several associated commentaries.** This opportunity is made possible through the joint efforts of Orgyen Dorje Den and Light of Berotsana -- at the request of many students who have been waiting to begin these studies in depth. This important dharma event will not be offered again for a long time, so we encourage all of you who are eager to learn the crucial meaning of Vajrayana practice to seize this occasion. The Empowerment (wang) Ven. Lingtrul Rinpoche Aug 15th, 2014 (times and schedule coming soon--stay tuned!) Lingtrul Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of the One-Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities, or zhitro wang. Planning is still underway, updates will be posted on our Facebook page, our website and via email. The Reading Transmission (lüng) Lama Chönam Aug 16th - 18th, 2014 The schedule will be from 9 to 12 and 2 to 5:30 each day with short breaks in the middle of each session. Lama Chönam will give some brief instruction concerning this tantra as an overview; but otherwise due to the length of the textroughly five-hundred Tibetan folios in length or about six-hundred fifty English pagesthe entire time allowed may be needed to complete the transmission. With the direct permission of Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche and according to his wisdom intent, both the empowerment and reading transmission are required in order to read and study the Guhyagarbha Tantra and the transcripts of Khen Rinpoches oral commentaries that spanned a period of nearly ten years of teaching.**

Suraj: HE Choden Rinpoche's Summer Schedule 2014, CA Registration opens May 15. Click here for our flyer: http://cts.vresp.com/c/?AnandaDharmaCenter/3e12f71029/9cb8c43abe/e77ca069e3/utm_content=dobryy%40gmail.com&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Click%20here&utm_campaign=HE%20Choden%20Rinpoche%27s%20Summer%20Schedule%20at%20ADC%20eNews%20for%2005%2F05%2F2014 Heruka (Chakrvasamvara) Initiation Friday, July 25 - Day 1, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Saturday, July 26 - Day 2, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm AV Retreat House, San Jose, CA Six Yogas of Naropa teachings and Tummo Retreat Led by Geshe Gyalten Sunday, July 27 - Friday, Aug. 1 Commuter Only Retreat Restricted to Highest Yoga Tantra Initiates AV Retreat House, San Jose, CA Times and detailed retreat schedule will be posted online, May 15. Annual Great Amitabha Festival Saturday, August 16, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Vegetarian Lunch included AV Retreat House, San Jose, CA Amitabha Buddha Powa Sunday, August 17, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm AV Retreat House, San Jose, CA (Please note that Rinpoche will continue teaching at FPMT Centers in the Bay area. The schedule is still being organized. As soon as FPMT notifies us of Rinpoche's continued Teaching Schedule, we will post it in our e-news and on our website.)

Suraj: Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Chitipati & Green Tara Empowerments July 26 & 27, 2014 Address: 801 Pierce St. #3 Albany, CA 94706 http://sakyadechenling.com/2014-events-sakya-jetsun-kushola-kusho-chime-luding-tara-chitipati-tibetan-buddhist-empowerment-california.html Chitipati Empowerment Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. Citipati are the principle Dharma protectors of Vajrayogini. The prerequisite for the Chitipati empowerment is having already received the Vajrayogini empowerment from a Sakya lama. If you have not previously received the Vajrayogini Empowerment from a Sakya lama then you cannot receive this empowerment. There are no exceptions. ------------------------------ Green Tara Empowerment Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 10a.m. Green Tara, the Mother of all Buddhas, is the female manifestation of compassion. There is no prerequisite for the Green Tara Empowerment; however a vegetarian diet for the entire day is necessary. The Tara four mandala puja and a brief instruction on Tara practice will follow the initiation.

Suraj: VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE GIVES EMPOWERMENT of BLACK MANJUSHRI on June 15, 2014May 28th, 2014 Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of Black Manjushri at Ewam Choden on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Manjushri is the Bodhisattva of transcendental wisdom. In general, the practice of Manjushri cuts ignorance and delusion, and opens the mind of wisdom. Additionally, the Black Manjushri, a more wrathful form, is a powerful force against serious illnesses, obstacles, fears, obscurations, negative forces, and protects traveling. The requested donation is $30. and dana (personal offering) to the Lama and monastics is separate. http://www.ewamchoden.org/?p=2739

Manikarnika: http://www.portlandbuddhistfestival.com Buddhist Festival in the Park June 14, 2014 Colonel Summers Park SE 17th and Taylor, Portland, Oregon


Suraj: Prajwal will be giving a Kurukulla empowerment. JULY BATHE IN THE POWER OF KURUKULLA Saturday eve, July 5th, 4-6 p.m.

Suraj: RED VAJRASATTVA DRUBCHEN & PADMA KILAYA EMPOWERMENT http://chagdudgonpa.org/red-vajrasattva-drubchen-4/ September 20 - September 28, 2014 Red Vajrasattva Empowerment: September 20 Padma Kilaya Empowerment: TBD UPDATE: Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will bestow Padma Kilaya empowerment during the retreat. It will no longer be offered after the re-opening of the boundaries. Phone: 530.623.2714 Email: sangha@chagdudgonpa.org Address: 341 Red Hill Road (physical) 101 Red Hill Road (for google maps) Junction City, CA 96048

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Suraj: Join Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche for Some Extraordinary Empowerments, Transmissions, and Teachings!!! BEND, OREGON www.naturalminddharma.org/events.html Discovering Infinite Freedom: The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo September 13, 2014 Empowerment of Guru Padmasambhava & Yeshe Tsogyal according to the Dudjom Tersar Lineage September 14, 2014 TASHI CHOLING in Ashland, OR www.tashicholing.org Dudjom Tersar Reading Transmissions of some of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's collected works: Volumes 13, 14, 15, & 16 (see PBC calendar for complete list) September 17, 18, & 19, 2014 Dudjom Tersar Empowerments of Amitayus, Vajrakilaya, & Lake Born Guru Padmasambhava September 20, 2014 Public Talk: "What It Means to Be a Lay Buddhist" September 21, 2014 PORTLAND, OREGON Portland Insight Meditation Community paul@awakeinthedream.com Dream Yoga Teachings September 23, 2014 Empowerment of Guru Padmasambhava according to the Lineage of Tsasum Lingpa September 24, 2014 Dzogchen Teachings and Transmission on Three Words that Strike the Crucial Point by Garab Dorje September 27, 2014 Lighting the Mandala for Peace: Finding Inner Peace in Turbulent Times PBC Nashville - October 11-12, 2014 For Full Schedule and Calendar Updates: WWW.PADMASAMBHAVA.ORG/SCHEDULE

Suraj: NITYA MANDALA EQUINOX PERFORMANCE Monday, Sept 22 at 7:29pm is in Portland. Come and join the celebration of the Equinox with an informal performance, beginning of autumn, the time of an abundance in harvest, equality of duration of night and day. Dance Mandal will be offering a new informal style of performance. You can sing along with the singer, and this celebration we are not going to have deity costumes , though will wear appropriate creative attire. We want to enjoy dancing with meditation as daily life. donations accepted. More information to come soon.

Suraj: Nitya mandala mahavihara AUTUMNAL EQUINOX OFFERING Monday, September 22 7pm The Equinox is at 7:29pm in Portland this Monday! Join us for an informal offering of Charya dance and song as we celebrate the Equinox, the beginning of Autumn, abundance of harvest, equality of duration of night and day. Dance Mandal will be offering a new style of performance, those who know the songs can sing along, dancers will wear creative attire instead of costume, among other variations. Come explore with us while revering this special time of year... Donations accepted. ---------------------------------------

Suraj: Mitripa College, Portland OR TARA RETREAT with Yangsi Rinpoche Saturday, October 4 10am - 4pm Simple Vegetarian Lunch Provided $45 Suggested Donation. Please join the Maitripa College community for a day of Tara meditation and practice under the guidance of Geshe Lharampa and Vajrayana master, Yangsi Rinpoche. Tara is the swift and loving manifestation of enlightened female energy, whose activities are focused on the quick resolution of suffering, unhappiness, and obstacles for the benefit of all beings. No pre-requisites apply; this practice is equally suitable for all levels of practitioners. Sponsors and Volunteers warmly invited to contact us to offer the generosity of funding and/or time to support retreatants. To register please click below.

Suraj: Seattle Sakya monastery Saraswati Initiation and Teaching Bestowed by Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche Sunday, October 19th Time: 1:30 pm Location: Shrine Room Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members Prerequisite: No meat and no alcohol from the morning of the initiation until the next morning Saraswati (Yangchenma) is a goddess of both Buddhism and Hinduism. She is the goddess of poetry, the arts, music, and of learning. Many Tibetan Buddhist scholars attained mastery and enlightenment by her blessing and accomplishment. She has a variety of emanations, both peaceful and wrathful. By her blessing we can more easily grasp the essence of Dharma and have clearer realization. Tulku Yeshi has done the Saraswati practice for the past 30 years. Bring any kind of musical instrument you play for consecration and for making music together after the initiation. You can bring your friends instrument for blessing as well (even if they are not attending). If you are a singer, you can sing a song afterwards. 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 thirteen books, ten of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, including A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa. He has published two books in English: his autobiography A Modern Liberation Odyssey - An Autobiography of a Tibetan Nomad Lama, Handbook for Half-Buddhas. He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, can advise people on how to enjoy their life, and can bestow empowerments. Currently he is working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle. He is now working on producing a documentary on His Holiness Jidgal Dagchen Rinpoches life.

Suraj: Vajrakilaya Retreat with Jigme Tromge Rinpoche Fri., Oct. 17th Edmonds, WA 07_jigme_rinpoche Chagdud Gonpa Amrita is honored to host Jigme Tromge Rinpoche for a weekend Vajrakilaya retreat of empowerment, practice and teachings. The profound practice of The Razor that Destroys at a Touch is held to be one of the best means to remove obstacles to the attainment of ultimate happiness for oneself and others. Empowerment is Friday, October 17th at 7pm. Practice and teaching sessions will be from 9am - 6:30pm. Cost: $25 - $270 Start Date: Friday, October 17, 2014 End Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014 Starts: 7pm Ends: 6:30pm Event Type: Retreat Tradition: Tibetan Teacher: Jigme Tromge Rinpoche Sponsor: Chagdud Gonpa Amrita Contact: Jonna Sanders Phone: 425-773-3768 Email: tseringtsomo@gmail.com www.amritaseattle.org/events/vajrakilaya-retreat-with-jigme-tromge-rinpoche/ Chagdud Gonpa Amrita 9653 Firdale Avenue, Edmonds, WA 98020

Suraj: Nitya mandala mahavihara PURIFICATION RITUAL (Guru mandala puja) Saturday, October 18 4pm

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Aniezka: . Nitya mandala mahavihara CHARYA DANCE INTENSIVE A 3-Day Retreat Friday, November 21 to Sunday, November 23 We will be holding a 3-day dance, meditation and study retreat at the vihara, open to anyone interested near and afar. This retreat will focus on the preliminary dances, chants, mudras and practices of Charya Nritya, the Buddhist ritual dance from Nepal. Vihara space available for those traveling from afar. Contact us soon to reserve a space.

Suraj: 5th YEAR ANNIVERSARY of NRITYA MANDALA MAHAVIHARA November 8, 9,10 Saturday, November 8 8-9am Daily Ritual, 9-10am Namasagiti Chanting 7pm Dance Offering Sunday, November 9 8-9am Daily Ritual, 9-10am Namasagiti Chanting 7pm Dance Offering Monday, November 10, Main Anniversary Day 8am -1pm Saptavidhanuttara Puja Lunch offered 7pm Dance Offering For our 5th year anniversary of consecrating the temple and vihara we are having festivities over 3 days! Saturday and Sunday will be chanting, and dance offerings. Monday the 10th, the original consecration day, will be an all-day event of ritual, 108 butter lamps to light, food offering, and a grand finale of dance. Over the three days we will dance every dance we know!Join us for the celebration! We celebrate our anniversary with the popular Newar ritual of Saptavidhānuttarapūjā, Seven Limbs of Most Excellant Ritual. The elements of the offering are 1. vandanā Bowing Down 2. pūjana Making Offerings 3. Desana Confession of sins. 4. modana Rejoicing in Merit 5. adhyeṣaṇa Requesting the Teaching, 6. yācana Entreating the Buddha to Remain in the World for Aeons and 7. nāmana Dedication of Merits. The ritual preparation involves many objects including the arrangement of 108 butter lamps,108 water bowls,108 tormas, miniature stupas, and 108 guluba or begging bowls. For more images of the elaborate and beautiful Saptavidhānuttarapūjā, you are welcome to visit https://plus.google.com/photos/117862561526821707089/albums/5538740119142037297?banner=pwa

Suraj: We're happy to announce that VEN. LAMA KUNGA THARTSE RINPOCHE will bestow two more empowerments at Ewam Choden this year. Both of them can help with overcoming various negative circumstances. Each empowerment begins at 1:00 pm and has a requested donation of $30. (Offering to the Lama is separate.) A practice sadhana is given, but each empowerment can be taken as a blessing. There is no requirement or pre-registration. Please arrive early to register at the door. On SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd, 2014 at Ewam Choden at 1 pm the Empowerment of SIMHAMUKHA (Senghe Dongma) Blue Lion-Headed Dakini In a wrathful form, she is the manifestation of the enlightened awareness of the Buddha. With compassion and wisdom, she destroys hindrances, negativiies, and evil forces. SIMHAMUKHA On SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28TH, 2014 at Ewam Choden at 1 pm the Empowerment of SINGHANATA, LION'S ROAR AVALOKITESHVARA (Senggedra Chenrezi) He is seated with the Naga King and many great nagas. His practice cures secret naga diseases and purifies non-virtuous karma, as it takes you on the path to enlightenment. LOCATION EWAM CHODEN, 254 Cambridge Street, Kensington, CA 94708 Please GO TO THE EC WEBSITE FOR DIRECTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION http://www.ewamchoden.org

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Suraj: Sakya temple of Seattle Red Vajrasattva Initiation Bestowed by Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche Sunday, December 14th Time: 1:30 pm Location: Shrine Room Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members Requirements: Do not eat meat that day and no alcohol from the morning of the initiation until the next morning. http://www.sakya.org/specialevents/754-red-vajrasattva-initiation.html