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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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Manikarnika: https://garchen.net/event/summer-teachings-chakrasamvara-drubpa-2016/ ... SUMMER TEACHINGS / CHAKRASAMVARA DRUBPA 2016 JULY 27 @ 9:00 AM - AUGUST 5 @ 5:00 PM This years Summer Teachings will begin with our beloved Lama Abao teaching a one day workshop on torma making. Following this Lama Thubten Nyima will teach for two days, topics to be announced. Drupön Rinchen Dorje will then bestow the empowerment of Chakrasamvara, followed by one and a half days of teaching, and then the Chakrasamvara Drubpa. July 27th: Lama Abao teaches Torma Making. July 28th & 29th: Lama Thubten Nyima, subject to be announced. July 30th: Chakrasamvara empowerment with Drupön Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche. July 30th & 31st: Chakrasamvara Teachings. August 1st 5th: Chakrasamvara Drubpa.

Suraj: Tibetan Buddhist Green Tara Empowerment Saturday, May 21, 7 PM. $20 Suggested Donation. Flanders House 2926 NE Flanders St, Portland, Oregon 97232 We are excited to welcome back the Tibetan monks of the Sacred Arts of Tibet Tour. They will be offering a Green Tara empowerment on the Full Moon! Green Tara is the female Buddha of enlightened activity who moves quickly to remove obstacles and benefit all beings. When we receive the empowerment this enables us to access the Green Tara practice and actualize her Bodhisattvic presence in our lives. Please join us for this very special event. This empowerment is given by the Tibetan Buddhist monks of the Sacred Arts of Tibet Tour. The purpose of the tour is to share the Tibetan culture, practices and paths to inner peace and compassion. The tour comprises eight Tibetan Buddhist monks from Gaden Shartse Monastic College which is located in the remote countryside of southern India. It was founded in 1969 as an effort to reestablish one of the great monastic traditions of Tibet. Due to the success of the academic program and the quality of the teachers at the monastery, Gaden Shartse has established a reputation as being the leader in the field of Buddhist and Tibetan studies. All proceeds go to to benefit the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastic College. See more at: http://www.sacredartsoftibettour.org/ The tour is led by Geshe Lobsang Khamchuk Rinpoche. Rinpoche was born in 1974 in Markham, Tibet. In 1990 His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized him as the reincarnated high lama Gedun Jinpa and in 1991 Rinpoche fled to India and ever since has been studying at Gaden Shartse Monastery in Karnataka. Rinpoche has completed studies of the five Buddhist Philosophy texts such as Pranama Vidya (Logic), Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Wisdom), Madhyamika (Middle Way Philosophy), Abhidharma (Metaphysics) Vinaya (Monastic Discipline), and received his Geshe-Doctorate Degree in 2012. The monks will also be offering a Medicine Buddha empowerment Sunday, May 22, 7 PM @ RAMA, 3701 SE Belmont St. $20 Suggested Donation.

Suraj: Tomorrow, Sunday May 15, we will be live streaming the Hevajra Puja which will be performed by the Sakya Dhungseys, monks of Sakya Monastery, and visiting monks and lamas. There will be two sessions. The first begins at 9:00 am and lasts until lunch . The second starts at 2 pm and continues until about 5 pm. Seattle Sakya monastery You can access the Live Stream on our website: http://Hevajrapuja.sakya.org

Manikarnika: GAR DROLMA BUDDHIST LEARNING & MEDITATION CENTER H.E. Garchen Rinpoche 2016 Spring Retreat Teachings Rarely Bestowed by Garchen Rinpoche: Naropas Vajra Song of the Six Dharmas Thursday, May 26Sunday, May 29 REGISTER HERE https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=aa8da8 STREAMING INFORMATION BELOW NEW SCHEDULE STARTING AT 9:00AM VAJRASATTVA PRACTICE WITH KHENPO SAMDUP If you did not have the opportunity to attend the first weekend of Garchen Rinpoches Spring Retreat, there is still time to be part of this years teachings. This next weekend, from Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29, Garchen Rinpoche will bestow Naropas Vajra Song of the Six Dharmas. To attend the Naropa teachings, Khenpo Samdup requests that you: Have taken refuge with a qualified teacher Compete 100,000 recitations of the short Vajrasattva mantra within a year of attending these teachings to purify negativities and accumulate merit If you have questions, please contact us as sangha@gardrolma.org or 513.604.3723. We look forward to being together at the final weekend of the retreat. Much Loving Kindness, The Gar Drolma Board IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING STREAMING OF NAROPAS VAJRA SONG OF THE SIX DHARMAS PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM KHENPO SAMDUP: These teachings are very profound and not commonly given. Furthermore, receiving Vajrayana teachings creates a special link between the lama and disciple. For these reasons I ask anyone who receives these teachings, whether in person or by live streaming to meet specific conditions before listening to them. First, I ask that you have formally received the vow of refuge from a qualified teacher. Second, I ask that you make a commitment to recite 100,000 six syllable Vajrasattva mantras. This recitation must be completed within one year of receiving the teachings. Finally, I ask that you respect these conditions and not share the streaming link or otherwise disseminate these teachings. Streaming will be available for individuals who agree to the conditions above. In order to view the stream for the Vajra Song of the Six Dharmas follow the steps below: 1. As the streaming configuration relies on Youtube and Gmail, you must have a Gmail account. (If you do not have a gmail account, go to: https://accounts.google.com/signupwithoutgmail?hl=en to create one) 2. Send your Gmail address to sangha@gardrolma.org and indicate that you would like to participate in the streaming, you will receive an e-mail from Youtube with the video playlist in your Gmail account by Wednesday May 25th. 3. If you would like to view the stream, you must send us your Gmail address by Tuesday May 24th. No Gmail addresses can be accepted for streaming after that date. SCHEDULE NAROPA'S "VAJRA SONGS OF THE SIX DHARMAS" May 26th Thursday Naropas Vajra Song of the Six Dharmas 9:00am-10:00am Vajrasattva Practice with Khenpo Samdup 10:00am-12:00pm Teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa 12:00-2:30pm Lunch 2:30pm-5:30pm Teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa May 27th Friday Naropas Vajra Song of the Six Dharmas 9:00am-10:00am Vajrasattva Practice with Khenpo Samdup 10:00am-12:00pm Teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa 12:00-2:30pm Lunch 2:30pm-5:30pm Teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa May 28th Saturday Naropas Vajra Song of the Six Dharmas 9:00am-10:00am Vajrasattva Practice with Khenpo Samdup 10:00am-12:00pm Teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa 12:00-2:30pm Lunch 2:30pm-4:00pm Refuge vows 4:30-5:30pm Teachings on Six Yogas of Naropa May 29th Sunday Naropas Vajra Song of the Six Dharmas 9:00am-10:00am Vajrasattva Practice with Khenpo Samdup 10:00am-12:00pm Teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa 12:00-2:30pm Lunch 2:30pm-5:30pm Lama Chopa Tsok & Kata Offering Gar Drolma Buddhist Center 1329 Creighton Avenue Dayton, Ohio 45420 937-252-2220| www.gardrolma.org

Suraj: Ewam Choden http://www.ewamchoden.org/ We are very happy to announce the visit of HER EMINENCE JETSUN KUSHOK to the Bay Area this August and September. HE JETSUN KUSHO H.E. Jetsun Kushok will kindly bestow the EMPOWERMENT OF NAIRATMYA. The dates for this empowerment are Thursday, August 26 and Friday, August 27 in the evening. The times, location, and cost will be provided later. There will be pre-registration on the Ewam Choden website. VajraNairatmya རྡོ་རྗེ་བདག་མེད་མ། is the ego-less woman, the partner of Hevajra. Nairatmya 2 H.E. Jetsun Kushok will kindly bestow teachings at these other Centers : SAKYA DECHEN LING in Albany, CA The Vajrayogini Blessing is on Saturday, August 27th, 2016, and the full seven day teaching of the Vajrayogini practice immediately following that, is from Sunday, August 28th through Saturday, September 3rd. SEE THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS. NOTE: The Vajrayogini Blessing and teaching require the pre-requisite of a high tantra empowerment by a Sakya Lama. This means, Hevajra or Cakrasamvara, and the empowerment of Nairatmya (above) will qualify you. The SAKYA TSECHEN TSOKBA (group) The Empowerment of Green Tara Information is to be announced. Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok is the daughter of Vajradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen, the previous head of the Sakya lineage, and the sister of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the current head of the Sakya lineage. Considered an emanation of Vajrayogini, she began dharma studies at the age of six, began teaching at eleven, and became a fully empowered Sakya lineage holder at eighteen. After escaping to India in the late 1950s, she emigrated with her family to Canada in 1971 and now lives in British Columbia. Until 1998, H. E. Jetsunma worked full-time as a weaver, while also raising her children, running dharma centers, and practicingoften through the night. She has spent all of her life unselfishly teaching and practicing the Vajrayana Bodhisattva path. She is now a full-time dharma teacher and the founder of Sakya Thubten Tsechen Ling in Vancouver, BC and many centers worldwide, including Sakya Dechen Ling in California. Sent to you gladly by Barbara H., EC Board Secretary ================================ HERE IS SOME IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE VAJRA NARAITMYA EMPOWERMENT WITH HER EMINENCE JETSUN KUSHOK REQUIREMENT UPDATE --- PLEASE READ LIMITED TO 25 "new" persons----The number of people who have NOT received empowerments of Chakrasamvara or Hevajra with a Sakya Lama. It must be from a Sakya Lama. The empowerments of Vajrakilaya and Kalachakra (from a Sakya Lama) DO NOT qualify you. If those are your only empowerments with a Sakya Lama, then you must be part of the group of 25. There are no exceptions to this. Your information must be provided when you register. If you are in the new 25 group, It is recommended that you register soon. Send any questions to the Ewam Choden email. TIME CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS NOTICE The start time on Friday, August 26, will be 4:00 pm. The start time on Thursday, August 25, is 7:00 p.m. You must attend both days in order to receive the empowerment. Make your arrangements early. Go to the Ewam Choden website for further information and to REGISTER FOR THE EMPOWERMENT.

Suraj: Mark your calendars! For the first time in 6 years, Tulku Lobsang will be offering a Tummo retreat on the west coast. Join us October 13 - 16 near Seattle, WA to receive a complete Tummo practice. Traditionally kept secret, Tummo is one of the highest practices of the Tantrayana tradition. It is a method for deep transformation. Using meditation, breath work and movement we generate our inner fire. This inner fire opens us on the subtlest level, melts our blockages and cultivates bliss. Tulku Lobsang has a deep connection with Tummo. It is his specialty. He shares this practice openly with great skill and compassion because he whole-heartedly feels that it is very beneficial in these difficult times. This retreat is open to all, no prior experience is necessary. Tulku Lobsang will provide all background and preparatory practices that are needed. More information will be available soon. http://www.tibetanhealingmovement.com/

Suraj: Dr Nida arrives in Portland Next Week! July 8th: 7PM - 9PM Inner Space: Mind and Awareness in Tibetan Medicine Public Talk Flanders House: 2926 NE Flanders Street July 9 - 10: 9AM - 5PM Tibetan Dream Studies Workshop The Movement Center: 1021 NE 33rd Avenue July 11 - 12: 9AM - 5PM Yuthok Nyingthik Ati Yoga Empowerment and Teachings The Movement Center: 1021 NE 33rd Avenue For more information or to register, please visit: www.sorigkhangportland.org

Suraj: Chenrezig Buddha of Compassion Fire Ceremony with Ven. Karma Rinpoche Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016 Time: 11 AM Location: Dorje Ling, 3200 NW Skyline Blvd Portland, Oregon Contact: Jampal Gyatso (Clark Hansen) at 503.292.4004 Cost: $20 (No one turned away for lack of funds).

Suraj: Online Red Garuda Practice Session with Chaphur Rinpoche Chaphur Rinpoche will lead a practice based on the teaching of the Red Garuda. The Red Garuda practice supports the student in rising above all obstacles and obscurations. Rinpoche will guide and empower students to use this Red Garuda meditation and mantra as potent spiritual medicine to overcome illnesses and to help restore healing balance for all beings. In the Bön tradition, the Garuda holds a special position of importance and reverence as an enlightened yidam, a wisdom being who emanates in forms of each of the five elements. The Red Garuda is associated with the fire element, and the wrathful wisdom that overcomes all obstacles and brings healing, protection, and positive transformation to all beings. Date: We will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, July 11th and conclude by 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free To register: email info@gyalshen.org. Please register early to participate. Our mailing address is: Gyalshen Institute Post Office Box 1608 El Cerrito, CA 94530

Aniezka: Portland, Oregon: July 11th -18th *** Monday, July 11th, 6pm -9pm "Introduction to the Practice of Chöd How to Cut Ego Clinging" (commentary) Nritya Mandala Mahavihara Dance Mandal, 1405 SE 40th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214 *** Tuesday, July 12th, 6pm -9pm "Phowa" Nritya Mandala Mahavihara Dance Mandal, 1405 SE 40th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214 Phone: (503) 233-3703 *** July 13th-17th: Bum Tsok Follow link for details: https://sites.google.com/site/nwtcaus/annoucements/11thannualmahaguruboomtsokjuly13-172016730am-830pm *** Contact person for Portland: Katherine Wolfe - wolfalohalani@gmail.com

Suraj: MANJUSRI INTENSIVE 3-DAY RETREAT at NRITYA MANDALA MAHAVIHARA 1405 SE 40th Avenue Portland OR 97214 Portland, OR August 5th- 7th, Friday through Sunday ~Study deity movement and the profound iconography of Manjusri, Lord of Wisdom. Awaken energies with mudra, exercises, preliminary dances, and the Charya Dance of Manjusri. Enjoy the inspiration of meditation, dharma talks, library use, and temple rituals in the experiential environment of Kathmandu in Portland~ Great location! Option to stay at the vihara- limited space! Arrive Thursday eve, option to stay Monday for review and enjoy Portland, leaving Tuesday. -Morning and evening ritual participation and meditation -Morning tea and informal communal conversation with temple priest Prajwal Vajracharya - 5 hours daily of morning and afternoon dance instruction with Prajwal and senior teacher, including: dharma talk, exercises, mudra and iconography explanation, and Charya Nritya movement training with traditional Charya Giti (Sanskrit song) of Manjusri. -Afternoon or evening dance practice in the temple, on your own or with help from a sangha member -Personal meditation in the temple or study in the library, as desired. The library is focused on categories such as Deity Iconography, Buddha Dharma, Buddhist Tantra, Buddhist Art and Symbols, and Newar Buddhist Culture- all helpful in studying the dance. Temple will be open all day for practice time and meditation. Advanced registration required. A useful and respectful exchange would be gratefully accepted and is encouraged in order to receive these teachings fully : as a teaching contribution $60/day is suggested for each day of- 5 hour Charya training. For vihara accommodation a donation is gratefully accepted. Contact prajwal@dancemandal.com or call 503-233-3703 to register or for more information.

Suraj: Tummo Retreat: With Chaphur Rinpoche (Yundrug Bon) LOCATION: 1608 BONITA ROAD SAN PABLO, CA WHEN: Wednesday, Nov 2nd - Sunday, Nov 6th, 10am-5pm DONATION: $350 GO TO THIS LINK TO REGISTER: https://goo.gl/forms/eGcWOaBO2FEnHRNi2 Please register before Sept. 15th. You can pay your admission donation through Paypal using your credit card if you prefer. Tummo is a breathing practice central to tantra practice and very helpful for Dzogchen practitioners to achieve enlightenment in this lifetime, according to Shardza Rinpoche, an accomplished Dzogchen master of the the 20th century. The root text of Tummo was written and taught by Sangchok Tharthuk Gyalpo and comes from the Mother Tantra teachings with later commentaries by Gyalshen Milu Samlek. Tummo is a practice to clear the negative emotions of this life and the karmic traces of past lives. It increases physical health and mental wellbeing. Many people have reported improvements in heart and lung health, improved concentration and memory and an overall calm and peaceful mind. The meaning of Tummo is inner fire and the practice is to generate and direct this heat or warmth within the body. The Tummo practice also works with the Tsa (channels), the Lung (wind or breathing) and the Tigles (light drops of consciousness) inside the channels. Through visualizing a red hot needle of iron at the junction of the three channels all of the negativities are incinerated and purified, allowing for the unification of inner wind and the mind. This 5-day retreat will go into detail about many aspects of tsa, lung and tigles. For instance, the activities that occur within the three channels or tsa are wisdom, breathing, lights, blood, drops. The nine types of Lung (breathe or wind) include samsaric, nirvanic, natural mind, wisdom and awareness. We will also discuss the two kinds of tigle drops: physical drops inside our bodies and the drops of our mind (the nature of our mind). Chaphur Rinpoche will also discuss the different kinds of breathing that can be utilized the smooth, gentle breathing characteristic of the Jam Lung (smooth wind) practice and the Bar Lung (wrathful wind) which is more intense as it incorporates packing air into the lungs and holding for a length of time. Come to this in-depth training and gain the knowledge and experience to enhance your physical, mental and spiritual being. Tummo a wonderful tool for the rest of your life. Join Chaphur Rinpoche for this special, five day non-residential retreat. The number of participants is limited space. Advance registration is required. Lunch will be provided. You can pay your admission donation through Paypal using your credit card if you prefer.

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Suraj: geshe Tenzin Wangyal November 12, 2016 Location: Portland, Oregon Subject: Awakening the Luminous Mind Contact: Tegan Roche Tel: (+1) 503-728-0654 Email for information: registrar@zendust.org Website: www.zendust.org

Suraj: NRITYA MANDALA MAHAVIHARA 1405 SE 40th Avenue Portland OR 97214 503-233-3703 DAKINI NIGHT PERFORMANCE August 27 Saturday 7 pm (more info coming soon)

Manikarnika: http://ayangrinpoche.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Vancouver-Schedule-2016.pdf H.E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche Schedule of Teachings Vancouver, British Columbia September 2, 2016 ( Friday ) Public talk on Death, Dying and Events After Death Time: 7pm 9pm Venue: Executive Airport Plaza Airport Hotel 7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond B.C. September 3, 2016 ( Saturday ) Milarepa Empowerment Time: 10am - 12am Milarepa Empowerment 2pm - 5pm Milarepa Tsog Fee: $50 Venue : Amitabha Foundation Center 4025 Triumph Street Burnaby B.C. September 4, 2016 ( Sunday ) Guru Dragpo Empowerment Time: 10am 12 am Empowerment 2pm - 5pm Teaching Fee: $50 Venue: Amitabha Foundation Center 4025 Triumph Street Burnaby B.C. Please register for the teachings and the free talk at your earliest convenience by sending email to amitabhafoundation.vancouver@gmail.com

Suraj: Dorje Ling Portland http://www.dorjelingportland.org/event/vajrashrine2016 Drikung Kagyu Lama Abao How to set up a Vajrayana Shrine and Padmasambhava's Source of Auspicious Good Fortune Terma 08/27/2016 11:00am - 08/28/2016 04:00pm Location: Dorje Ling 3200 NW Skyline Blvd Portland, OR 97229-3815 Abao Lamas Bio: Lama Abaos parents lived as nomads in Tibet at a time of great political change, and they endured many hardships just to survive. Five of their ten children died due to the difficult circumstances. Abao Lama was born in 1969. From the age of six until the age of eight he studied the Tibetan language and script. At the age of fourteen he met his Root Lama, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, with whom he took refuge at that time. Afterward he completed 500,000 recitations of the Fivefold Mahamudra Ngondro. At age fifteen Abao Lama received his monastic vows and instructions on Mahamudra from the Mahasiddha Karma Norbu. At the age of eighteen he met Khenpo Munsel from Golog for the first time. After having completed the Dzogchen Ngondro he received instructions and transmission on Trekcho and Thogal. Starting at the age of twenty-two, he served for three years at Gargon monastery, having responsibility for the offerings received by the monastery. In 1997 Abao Lama traveled with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche to America, and he subsequently became an American citizen. Since 1997 Rinpoche has built many centers around the world, and Abao Lama has been Rinpoches attendant and shrine master on his travels throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Saturday 27th - 11am -4pm 1. Tsok Offering and Guru Yoga 2. Six Mantra's Six Mudra's transmission- watch here: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGQwiXbhEQY 3. Guru Rinpoches Source of Auspicious Good Fortune smoke offering from Drikung Rinchen Phunstoks Terma Revelation. Including oral explanation and transmission.(Tri and Lung) 4 Dedication of Merit Sunday 28th - 11am - 4am 1. Medicine Buddha Sadhana 2. "How to Set up a Vajrayana Shrine" & Torma Explanation 3. Q&A and Dedication of Merit *All participants will receive a copy of the text,explanation, reading transmission, and the practice session. **After receiving transmission, participants will have permission to practice these texts, if they have taken formal refuge.

Suraj: Siddha Lakshmi havan at The Movement Center PDX https://www.facebook.com/events/161741287585467/permalink/161741290918800/ 17 August at 19:0021:00 We are delighted to welcome Surendra Bir Karmacharya and his wife Dipta to Portland again. Until his recent move to Canada, Surendra Bir was the chief priest of the Vidya Peeth Agam House in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The Agam house was established in the 11th century, and Surendra Bir's family had performed tantric rituals there for over 1000 years. On Wednesday, August 17, Surendra Bir will perform a Siddha Lakshmi havan (fire ceremony) at the main havan kund on the south side of the building. All are welcome to attend and experience the blessings of this ancient practice. This event will replace our usual Wednesday evening meditation program. ================================= The fierce Siddha Lakshmi, a wrathful manifestation of the Hindu goddess Durga, was the protecting and guiding goddess of the Malla kings, who ruled Nepals Kathmandu Valley from the thirteenth through eighteenth century and their descendants. Here she is shown at the center of the composition standing on the hands of her consort, the great god Shiva, with her various forms occupying the registers above and below. Her name opens with the Sanskrit term siddha which indicates that she has mastered the art of accomplishment, and as such she is appealed to by followers for the successful completion of projects. This paintings tightly packed composition is characteristic of Nepalese paintings, which typically fill the canvas with deities, gods, goddesses, animals, and floral motifs. Also characteristic of Nepalese works of art, this painting includes an inscription on its back that allows it to be dated to 1796. http://rubinmuseum.org/collection/artwork/siddha-lakshmi

Suraj: HeartDrops of KuntuZangpo, Part III: Thogal: With Chaphur Rinpoche August 27 & 28, 2016 10 am to 5 pm This weekend continues the teaching of Shardza Rinpoches Heart Drops of Kuntu Zangpo with his thogal teachings. The Heartdrops of Kuntu Zangpo presents Dzogchen teachings very directly for those of sharp faculties. In this section on thogal, Shardza begins an explanation of the superiority of thogal approaches over thegchod. He then continues with a description of the framework of thogal. Following Shardzas instructions, Chaphur Rinpoche will explain and demonstrate the key points of thogal, and will lead students in these practices which include: 1) the key points of the body, the thogal postures 2) the key points of speech, silence 3) key points of mind 4) the key points of the door of the eyes, the gazes 5) the key points of the wind or breath, the proper manner of breathing There will also be a explanation of the visions or appearances that arise during thogal practice. Location 1608 Bonita Road, San Pablo CA Donation $135 Lunch provided To register, please fill out the google form at the following link. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCCBaP2_kUk5K9pxzOpGqIAs8IspJtCh0QTKSMj_zIcv4wQQ/viewform?fbzx=-2063749228964731000 If you have questions, please email info@gyalshen.org

Manikarnika: It's that time of year again to let you know registration for next year's Yamantaka Drubchen will open soon, and details follow below. The 2017 Yamantaka Drubchen will take place from February 18th- February 26th, and registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. PST on Saturday, September 3rd. Please note that in September the time in Arizona is the same as Pacific Standard Time. Registration will be done ONLY via EMAIL. The email address to register is: questions@garchen.net Any registration received before 9am, September 3rd, PST will not be accepted. Please note that participation by sangha members residing outside North America is limited to 12 seats, the remaining seats are reserved for those residing in North America. Only one person per email registration. If you can not register yourself via email you may have someone send an email for you. (The person registering for you can not also register themselves in same email body, their registration must also be separate.) The total cost for participating in the Yamantaka Drubchen is $425, and a nonrefundable deposit of $175 is due at the time of registering. Cost includes lodging in the temple up until the night the Drubchen ends on February 18, but does not include lodging the night prior to the start of the Drubchen. Please let us know when you register if you will be arriving the night before and whether you prefer indoor camping (in the temple or stupa) or outdoor camping as the dorm and guest house will not be available the night before the Drubchen starts. You must provide your name, phone number, and payment information with the email. You can break up your payment info into separate emails to ensure data security. Please provide your name, card number, security code, & billing zip code. The deposit may be paid either by credit card, check or money order, within two weeks of registration, and if paying by credit card, we must receive all your credit card information at the time of your email in order to hold your place. All major credit cards are excepted. If you are paying by check/money order, please indicate this in your email, and the check/money order or cash must be received no later than Friday, September 16th to hold your place. If your check/money order does not arrive by then, your place will be given to the next person on the waiting list. First time participants must have a reference from someone who has completed a Yamantaka Drubchen established by Garchen Rinpoche or from a Lama. For those that have attended a Yamantaka Drubchen previously please provide the time and place of the Drubchen. We will seed out a confirmation email by 6pm, September 4th confirming your space, or letting you know you are on the waiting list. The Yamantaka Drubchen is an intense practice with up to 17hrs of sitting per day. Please know your own capacity and ability to participate. Participating in the Yamantaka Drubchen is not anything that should cause worry or anxiety. In fact, most people who participate find it much easier to settle into this practice than other extended practices due to the fact it is so structured. The main issues participants experience are physical discomforts such as hip pain and back pain from sitting so long, please take this into account. HEALTH REQUIRMENTS / MEDICAL CONDITIONS. We ask that those participating be in good health, both physically and mentally. Please consult your doctor or medical professional if you have any outstanding health issues. Also please be aware of your fellow retreat participants including H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and how your health issues might affect others practice and the stability of the mandala. WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU / WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT. Please note that other than teeth brushing and face washing, bathing is not permitted during this retreat. Clothing may be changed if desired. Earplugs and eye shades may be used during your assigned sleep periods, and a complimentary pair of earplugs is provided. Participants should bring sleeping bags, meditation mats, and other necessities. In preparation for practicing and sleeping in the temple know that you will sit and sleep in the same spot throughout the Drubchen. Personal items, sleeping mats, and meditation mats may not exceed 31 inches in width (please note that at Garchen Rinpoche's request the width has been reduced by two inches this year in order to create two additional spaces for participants). We fit as many people into the temple as possible, and this space limitation will be strictly observed. Any excess or oversize items will be stored in the back of the dining room during the Drubchen. Practice will be conducted nonstop, with everyone practicing together from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ritual implements are not required. For the night sessions participants will be divided into three groups, which will rotate each night. When it is not your practice session you may sleep, but all Drubchen participants recite the opening and closing sections of the text for each night session. Your total sleep time per night will be approximately 5-6 hours, more often than not broken into two separate sessions. this will be your only time to lay down or rest each day. Three simple meals a day will be served, with vegetarian dishes at all meals and meat dishes served at least once a day, and with night time snack tables available. Special dietary requests regretfully can not be accommodated for this retreat (no exceptions are possible). During meals, there will be two serving sessions, with half of the practitioners eating during each session. Meal time is limited to 20-30 minutes per meal. There will be no speaking during the retreat other than the mantra recitation and the recitation of the text. The only exception will be a point indicated by the lamas on day four between the approach and accomplishment sections of the practice when participants will be allowed to speak to each other for a short period of time. Please note that no checking cell phone, voice mail messages, text messages, emails or social media is allowed the duration of the event. Any necessary communication within the mandala will be done via handwritten note. For practitioners who have difficulty sitting on the floor for long periods of time, a chair may be used where you are sitting if needed. All those requiring a chair will be assigned one of the sitting locations at the back of the temple, so as not to block others' view. It is important that all participants have seated meditation experience and realistically gauge if they are physically and mentally able to handle up to 17 hours per day of sitting. Please note that once you choose your location in the temple, you remain there throughout the Drubchen, both while awake and while sleeping at night, and may not change the location at any time. All who plan to attend the Drubchen must arrive no later than 12:00pm on February 18th and must remain for the entire duration of the Drubchen. At 12:00 p.m. the gate to the center will be closed, and no one will be allowed to enter after that point. No one will be allowed to leave early for any reason, other than a medical emergency. 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Manikarnika: September 1617, 2016 Location: Portland, Oregon Dzogchen Teachings on Longchenpa's "You Are the Eyes of the World" Friday, Sept. 16th, 7:30pm, $15 Saturday, Sept. 17th, 10am5 pm $75 suggested donation Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, is the ultimate teaching of all the enlightened ones. You are the Eyes of the Worldalso known as The Jewel Ship: A Guide to the Meaning of the Supreme Ordering Principle in the Universe, the State of Pure and Total Presenceis a Dzogchen teaching by Longchenpa, considered to be the king of Dzogchen practitioners. This teaching succinctly expresses the heart essence of Dzogchen, directly revealing the primordially pure enlightened nature of ones own mind. As a holder of the complete Nyingmapa lineagekama, terma, and Dzogchen teachingsVen. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche is fully versed in all the schools of Buddhism, and is a master of Dzogchen, the most advanced tradition of meditation practice in Tibetan Buddhism. He is the author of several learned works in Tibetan, and has co-authored over 25 Dharma books in English with his brother Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche travels extensively within the U.S.A. and throughout the world, giving empowerments, teachings, and personal guidance at numerous retreats. For more information: paul@awakeninthedream.com (503) 284-1448

Manikarnika: September 18, 2016 Location: Portland, Oregon Lake Born Guru Padmasambhava Empowerment According to the Lineage of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche bestowed by Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche Sunday, Sept. 18th, 7pm $20 Guru Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born, is considered to be the Second Buddha, as well as the Buddha of the degenerate times in which we currently live. This empowerment will awaken within our hearts and minds the indestructible and vast ocean of Padmasambhavas enlightened qualities of love, compassion, and wisdom. Padmasambhavas blessings swiftly remove all obstacles and fulfill all wishes. This empowerment was transmitted by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, who was not only one of the greatest masters, scholars, and tertons (treasure revealer) of the 20th century, but is considered to be the emanation of Guru Padmasambhava in human form. As a holder of the complete Nyingmapa lineagekama, terma, and Dzogchen teachingsVen. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche is fully versed in all the schools of Buddhism, and is a master of Dzogchen, the most advanced tradition of meditation practice in Tibetan Buddhism. He is the author of several learned works in Tibetan, and has co-authored over 25 Dharma books in English with his brother Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche travels extensively within the U.S.A. and throughout the world, giving empowerments, teachings, and personal guidance at numerous retreats. For more information: paul@awakeninthedream.com (503) 284-1448

Manikarnika: Medicine Buddha & Vajrasattva Initiations With HE Sakya Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche September 24th Sakya Kachod Choling Friday Harbor, WA, USA SKC is very happy to announce this upcoming event. Time with Jetsun Kushok is precious and space is limited. Please respond asap to hold your place for these initiations. Jetsun Kushok will be available for interviews after each initiation and will lead the Green Tara practice on Sunday morning. Saturday, 24th 10:00 a.m. Medicine Buddha initiation Lunch: 12:30 2:00 p.m. Vajrasattva initiation Sunday, 25th 10:00 a.m. Green Tara Cost: $150.00 Food & Lodging: meals $5.00 each, lodging tents: $18.00 per night, retreat room $60.00 per night Contact SKC: skc@rockisland.com 360-378-4059

Suraj: The Heart Essence of the Dakinis with Chaphur Rinpoche January 14-15, 2017 10am to 4:30pm The Bonpo teachings are deep like the ocean, particularly Dzogchen teachings. Many students of Bon are familiar with Dzogchen teachings from male lineage holders and may not be aware of the many female Dzogchen practitioners who have achieved enlightenment. These female enlightened beings are known as Dakini or Khandro. The Dakinis are real-life, female practitioners who have achieved realization of the Mature of Mind through Dzogchen practice here on earth. Dakini or Khandro lineage teachings are rarely taught in the west. Therefore, Chaphur Rinpoche will offer instruction on the Heart Essence of the Thirty Signs and Meanings of the Female Lineage, The Mogyud ( Female lineage), from the Cycle of Essential Instructions of the Male and Female Lineages from the Bonpo Dzogchen teachings. During this teaching, Rinpoche will give specific instructions on how the Dakinis or Khandros practiced and achieved realization of the nature of mind. Rinpoche will teach individual Dzogchen view, meditation, conduction and result (fruit). In addition, Rinpoche will also give instructions on the heart essence of the Khandro Dzogchen lineage practices and realization songs, originating all the way back to Gyalwa Kuntu Zangpo. Location 1608 Bonita Road, San Pablo CA 94806 $135 Lunch will be provided Please do not let financial challenges prevent you from attending this wonderful event. Contact us for work/study opportunities if needed. If you plan to attend this event, please RSVP to https://goo.gl/forms/B9rCghCCzQAxHgFN2 so that we may plan accordingly.

Suraj: "Tummo: Awaken Your Inner Fire" 13 - 16 Oct 2016 Event Begins: Thursday, 13 October 2016 Event Ends: Sunday, 16 October 2016 Teacher: Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche Location: IslandWood Retreat Center 4450 Blakely Ave NE Bainbridge Island WA 98110 http://tulkulobsang.org/en/tourplan/32-united-states/g-138-usa-tour#p-520

Suraj: Gyalshen Institute Red Garuda practice September 12, 7-8:30 pm PDT: This will be our third large Zoom session with Chaphur Rinpoche, and we are asking that everyone sign on at 6:30 pm Pacific Standard Time so that we can work out any technical difficulties before the session begins. Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/egtdCwHAcYI3I9F33 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As a reminder, we ask all participants to do the following: 1) Download and install the Zoom application from zoom.us in advance (if you have not already done so), so you are ready to join the teaching. Click download and run zoom. The application should install and start automatically. However if nothing happens after the download, then you will need to manually install the zoom application by double clicking on the installer package and following your computers instructions. 2) Turn off your video/camera and your microphone during the teaching 3) Download the prayers before the class. The Red Garuda Prayer is on the Gyalshen Prayer Page. Go to this link and scroll down to the Red Garuda Prayer http://gyalshen.org/bon-prayers/ Thank you, Gyalshen Institute

Suraj: This is a notice of upcoming events at the Center. Mark your calendars! Specific information will be sent soon. (Change is always possible, and there may be additional events added to the schedule.) EMPOWERMENTS VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE has kindly agreed to give the following empowerments at Ewam Choden. Palden Lhamo, on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 1:00 pm Vajrayogini Blessing, on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at 1:00 pm PREREQUISITE (no exceptions) -- You must have already received either Hevajra and Cakrasamvara from a Sakya Lama. The 21 Taras in the tradition of Atisha, from December 2 through December 4, 2016. (Times to be given later.) Begtse (beg tse chen lcam sring), on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Keep in touch with us, and we'll keep in touch with you. If you have any particular requests for teachings, dharma classes, activities or events that you'd like, do let us know. If you have any spare time, and would like to learn Treasure Vase making or help in another aspect of life at Ewam Choden, please let us know. Meetings with Lama Kunga Rinpoche are available by appointment. Sent to you by Barbara H., EC Board secretary

Suraj: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche - Awakening the Luminous Mind Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple 6401 NE 10th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97211 $110 https://www.zendust.org/event/tenzin-wangyal-nov-2016

Suraj: International Schedule for Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 2017 http://www.sorigkhang.org/schedule TTM 4.1.2: Women's Disorders Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 1014 May 2017 Sorig Khang Estonia Tallinn, Estonia Vajra Anatomy Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 1617 May 2017 Sorig Khang Lithuania Vilnius, Lithuania Mantra Healing 2 Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 1920 May 2017 Sorig Khang Latvia Riga, Latvia Public Lecture Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 22 May 2017 St. Petersburg Russia Mantra Healing Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 23 May 2017 St. Petersburg Russia Yuthok Nyingthig Teaching Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 24 May 2017 St. Petersburg Russia To Be Announced Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 2628 May 2017 Moscow Russia ================================== Yuthok Nyingthig Transmission Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 7 Jun 2017 Sorig Khang Canada Toronto, Canada Yuthok Nyingthig Karmamudra Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 810 Jun 2017 Sorig Khang Canada Toronto, Canada Medical Lectures Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 11 Jun 2017 Sorig Khang Canada Toronto, Canada To Be Announced Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 1418 Jun 2017 Menla Mountain Retreat Phoenicia, New York, United States To Be Announced Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 2125 Jun 2017 Sorig Khang New York Brooklyn, New York, United States ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Mantra Healing 2 Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 2829 Jun 2017 Sorig Khang Seattle Seattle, Washington, United States Dorje Gotrab Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 30 Jun 2017 Sorig Khang Seattle Seattle, Washington, United States Yuthok Nyingthig Clear Light Yoga Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 12 Jul 2017 Sorig Khang Seattle Seattle, Washington, United States Yuthok Nyingthig Ati Yoga Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 59 Jul 2017 Sorig Khang Portland Portland, Oregon, United States To Be Announced Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 1216 Jul 2017 Sorig Khang Bay Area San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States

Suraj: Introducing SKY Press, Dr Nida returns to Portland this December! Dear Portland Sorig friends, I am settling back in Portland after a summer of Asian travels and have much good news to announce! 1) Introducing SKY Press! SKY Press, a branch of Sorig Khang International has just been created and we are very happy to announce the publishing of our first book on November 9th Mirror of Light: A Commentary on Yuthoks Ati Yoga by Nida Chenagtsang! Please join our mailing list and help to spread the news about this book! www.skypressbooks.com www.facebook/com/skypressbooks On November 9th at 10:30 AM Portland time, Dr Nida will be introducing the book via live webcast. For the Portland locals, we will meet at Flanders House (2926 NE Flanders St #1A) to watch together. November 9th is also a Guru Rinpoche day, so we will do a short ganapuja after the talk for those of you who wish to stay. 2) Dr Nidas Mirror of Light Book Tour: December 1st - 20th, 2016 We are very fortunate to welcome Dr Nida back to the United States this December!! More information and his complete US schedule will be available soon at www.skypressbooks.com. First stop, Portland, OR! December 2nd: 10 - 5PM (New Renaissance Books) Path to Rainbow Body: teachings on the Yuthok Nyingthig with special la hooking ceremony December 2nd: 6:30 - 8PM (New Renaissance Books) Mirror of Light: Public talk and Ati Yoga meditation followed by book signing OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS: Medicine Buddha Healing Meditation Workshop with Christiana Polites Sunday November 20th 2 - 4PM New Renaissance Books 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR www.newrenbooks.com Tickets: $20 (503) 224-4929

Suraj: Dzogchen Instructions on the Golden Essence With Chaphur Rinpoche July 25 30, 2017 Teaching Topic Drenpa Namkha gave the first Dzogchen oral transmission of the instructions on the Golden Essence (Dzogchen Serdam) to his disciple Shensye Lhaje in the 8th century. Since that time it has been closely guarded as one of the most important Bön Dzogchen teachings, and has only been transmitted to a select group of practitioners. The teaching gives clear instructions on how to conduct ones life from the view of Dzogchen a boundless mind which is clear, powerful and contains full enlightenment within its scope. As Drenpa Namkha said, Whoever is connected with this instruction, having understood as consciousness the sound light and rays and realized the empty-essence of the nature of mind, may you be primordially awakened in space (dbyings) of the nature of Bon. We at Gyalshen Institute feel most fortunate that Chaphur Rinpoche will impart these precious instructions, which are rarely taught in the west. It is our wish that the blessing inherent in receiving this teaching is open to all. Everyone is welcome to join us for this summers teaching and retreat. Schedule July 25 5 pm Arrival 6 pm Dinner 7:30 pm Introduction July 26 -29 Morning program Tsalung, Keksel Mantra Yoga, Sang Chod and Chö Tor (Water Offerings) Daily program Dzogchen Serdam Teaching and Meditation Evening program Sur Chod (Burnt Offering) and Chod July 30 Morning program Tsalung, Keksel Mantra Yoga movements and Sang Chod, Chö Tor (Water Offering) Final Teaching and Meditation Tsök Offering Lunch 2 pm Departure Location: 30 Waverly Rd. San Anselmo, CA 94960 Google Map link: ☛San Francisco Theological Seminary Registration fees include lodging in a shared room as describe above. Please let us know the name of another registrant that you have agreed to room with, otherwise we will assign rooms according to gender. There may be a very limited number of rooms that can be assigned as a private room at a higher rate. For Retreat Questions (including accommodations): email info@gyalshen.org Registration To Register: https://goo.gl/forms/n9RH6OfUajIhNw0C3 Then click Add to Cart and complete your registration payment via Paypal: Very Early Registration $475, paid in full by November 30, 2016 Early Registration $500, paid in full by June 14, 2017 Late Registration $575, paid in full by July 25, 2017 80% refundable before 30 days of the retreat 100% non-refundable within 30 days of the retreat

Suraj: Sorig Khang Portland: Traditional Tibetan Medicine Teachings on the Yuthok Nyingthig and Special Long Life Blessing with Dr Nida Chenagtsang The Yuthok Nyingthig (Tib. གཡུ་ཐོག་སྙིང་ཐིག་), the Heart Essence of Yuthok, composed by Yuthok the Younger, the great 12th Century Tibetan yogi-physician is a complete cycle of Vajrayana Buddhist practice, beginning with the preliminary practices (Tib. སྔོན་འགྲོ་ ngöndro) and progressing through the development and completion stage practices to the highest practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. It is characterized by its concise and simple methods which bring about both worldly benefits, including improved health and longevity, as well as the ultimate benefit of complete spiritual liberation. The Yuthok Nyingthig is the main spiritual practice of Tibetan physicians, and it contains many unique techniques to heighten the intuition and healing capacities of the doctor. Dr Nida, traditional Tibetan physician and meditation master from Amdo, Tibet will offer practical instruction on this very unique spiritual tradition. As part of these teachings, Dr Nida will also confer a very special 'la hooking' ritual. La energy is the subtle life force that exists within the body that can be compromised due to chronic illness, stress, physical or emotional trauma, or aggressive medical treatments. Signs of loss of la in the body can be chronic fatigue and depression. This ritual from the Yuthok Nyingthig root text involves 'hooking' back the la from the ten directions and bringing it back into one's own body in order to restore health and vitality. Location: New Renaissance Books 1338 NW 23rd Avenue Portland, OR 97210 Time: Friday December 2nd, 10AM-5PM Price: $108; $75 before November 18th Registration: www.sorigkhangportland.org/schedule/ Following these teachings Dr Nida will give a public talk introducing his new book 'Mirror of Light: A Commentary on Yuthok's Ati Yoga' and book signing. Time: Friday December 2nd, 6:30-8PM Tickets: www.newrenbooks.com For information about Dr Nida's book and his complete US book tour from December 1st - 21nd, please visit: www.skypressbooks.com

Suraj: Queen of Great Bliss Empowerment and Teachings Swami Chetanananda and Lama Tsering Wangdu will give teachings and confer the empowerment for the Queen of Great Bliss practice in December. T he Queen of Great Bliss is both a sadhana that can be practiced individually and a beautiful puja that is practiced monthly by our community. The schedule for the weekend is: Saturday, December 10: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm 2:00 to 5:00 pm Sunday, December 11: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm You are required to attend both days to receive the empowerment. Please register in advance. The contribution is on a sliding scale; contribute what you can. If you are coming from out of town and are interested in staying at The Movement Center, you'll find more information about accommodations and an application for requesting them on our personal retreats page. Your registration will give you access to an online classroom in which we will share recordings of the teachings, relevant images, and provide other resources to enhance your understanding of the practice. REGISTER NOW The Movement Center, 1021 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Suraj: The Six Dharmas of Vajrasanapada Bestowed by H.E. Sakya Dungse Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism (Seattle) February 18, 19 & 20, 2017 Vajrasanapada the Elder was a great scholar and adept of Buddhist tantric practice in early medieval India. From him originate many practices relied upon in Tibetan Buddhism in general and the Sakya tradition in particular. Of his numerous initiations and instructions, six were so highly regarded for their profundity and efficacy that they were maintained as a rare set of practices by the early Sakya Forefathers. For the first time ever, H.E. Sakya Dungse Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche will bestow the entire set of initiations and teachings at Sakya Monastery. A practitioner may attend one, some or all of the initiations as desired, but only those who attend all six initiations may attend the special transmission at the end and will receive the full practice texts. The cost of the entire series of initiations and the Special Practice Transmission and instructions is $300 for nonmembers and $220 for members. If attending individual initiations, the fee per initiation for non-members is $40 and $30 for members. To register, please visit: sakya.org/specialevents/981-Six-Dharmas Day 1 Session 1 - Preliminary Teaching (H.E. Khöndung Abhaya Vajra Rinpoche) Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10:30 am Since the Six Dharmas of Vajrasanapada belong to the Vajrayana, which known as the uncommon resultant Mahayana system of Buddhism, it is necessary for recipients to first learn and enter the path of the common causal Mahayana by going for refuge and generating bodhicitta, the especially altruistic mind intent on attaining full enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. For those new to these ideas as well as those wishing to revisit the all-important principles of Buddhdharma, an in-depth preliminary teaching by H.E. Khöndung Abhaya Vajra Rinpoche will be given. Prerequisites: None. Commitment: None. Session 2 - Initiation of Marici (with transmission for a protective practice) Saturday February 18, 2017, 2 pm The practice of the Goddess of the Dawn has been relied upon for centuries in the Sakya tradition for clearing away all outer obstacles and to transform related dissonant mental states like anxiety and stress. The initiation of Marici enables practitioners to use the sadhana and includes the transmission necessary for combining it with the Buddhas own words for an uncommon meditation for protection and overcoming fear. Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring Bodhicitta; only vegetarian foods may be consumed prior to the initiation. Commitment: To cultivate Bodhicitta. Session 3 - Blue Acala Saturday, February 18, 2017, 4 pm Of the various forms of the sovereign of wrathful Tutelary Deities known as the Immovable One, this uncommon initiation is of the kneeling blue form that the young Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, founding master of the Sakya tradition, famously used to dispel hindrances to his first retreat, which culminated in him receiving from Manjushri Parting from the Four Forms of Clinging. The practice of Acala is aimed at eliminating all the inner obstacles that inhibit our spiritual and personal development on the path to enlightenment. The initiation includes a water blessing for protection from obstacles and the transmission needed for practitioners to produce their own protection-water. Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring Bodhicitta; only vegetarian foods may be consumed prior to the initiation. Commitment: To cultivate Bodhicitta. Optional extra: Bumpa vessels may be purchased elsewhere for those who wish to do the water protection at home. Day 2 Session 4 - The Long Life Buddha at the Bodhi Tree Sunday, February 19, 2017, 10:30 am The original bodhi tree that Shakyamuni Buddha manifested full enlightenment under was in Bodh Gaya, India, where the great Vajrasanapada later resided in the early medieval period. Just as a fourth generation tree still stands there today, the blessings of Shakyamuni Buddha remain accessible to practitioners now through our unbroken lineage, and in this initiation we are introduced to the esoteric means of attaining long life based on the meditation of the Buddha at the Bodhi Tree. Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring Bodhicitta; only vegetarian foods may be consumed prior to the initiation. Commitment: To cultivate Bodhicitta. Session 5 - Buddhalocana Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2 pm The profound healing initiation of Buddhalocana (Goddess of the Buddhas Eyes) enables practitioners to undertake her powerful meditations and mantra for allaying all manner of pain, sickness and suffering. Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring Bodhicitta; only vegetarian foods may be consumed prior to the initiation. Commitment: To cultivate Bodhicitta. Session 6 - The Three and a Half Syllable Avalokita Sunday, February 19, 2017, 4 pm Chenrezi, the Buddha of Compassion, is the main practice of Sakya Monastery and this initiation is for a special form of Chenrezi that aids practitioners to enjoy undisturbed sleep. The short but powerful night-time meditation of the Three and a Half Syllable practice not only averts nightmares; it also brings healing, peace and longevity. Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring Bodhicitta; only vegetarian foods may be consumed prior to the initiation. Commitment: To cultivate Bodhicitta. Day 3 Session 7 - The Buddha Establishing the Three Vows Monday, February 20, 2017, 10:30 am Another form of Shakyamuni Buddha is the sixth of the sacred practices of Vajrasanapada called Trisamayavyuha. The initiation enables practitioners to use the special ritual based around the seven-limbed prayer found in The Prayer of Samantabhadra and the hundred-syllable mantra of Trisamayavyuha to purify degradations, obscurations and any negativity that hinders our spiritual development and maintaining of vows. For those who wish to receive the initiation in the optimum form, the initiation will be preceded by an optional ritual at 9:30 am for receiving the temporary Nyen-Nay vows and the auspicious reading transmission for The Prayer of Samantabhadra. Prerequisites: For those who have received the refuge vow and have aspiring Bodhicitta; only vegetarian foods may be consumed prior to the initiation. Commitment: To cultivate Bodhicitta. Optional extra: Incense and The Prayer of Samantabhadra may be ordered through the Monastery for those who wish to do the full ritual at home. We only have a limited supply of Shakyamuni Buddha statues, so you may purchase them elsewhere. Session 8 -Special Practice Transmission and Instructions Monday, February 20, 2017, 2 pm For recipients of all Six Dharmas of Vajrasanapada, the full transmission and precious instructions for how to implement these transformative practices will be bestowed. The full set of practice texts will also be provided (dana appreciated). Prerequisites: Must have received the initiations of all Six Dharmas of Vajrasanapada. Commitment: As for the initiations. Session 9 - Long-Life Mandala Offering Monday, February 20, 2017, 4 pm In gratitude for receiving the Six Dharmas of Vajrasanapada, a traditional mandala offering service will be held with prayers for the long life of H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche, the Sakya Dhungseys and H.E. Dagyum Kusho Sakya, presided over by H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche.

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