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    H.E. Khenchen Lama Rinpoche Visit* - May 21-27

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Suite 204, Tucson AZ

(Located just east of Whole Foods in the Rancho Center)

 

Tuesday, May 21, 6 pm, Kurukulle empowerment and instructions. Kurukulle (Red Tara) is known as the passionate lotus dakini, who originated from Oddiyana. She is depicted as a voluptuous and seductive nude sixteen-year old girl and is red with four arms, holding a bow and arrow made of flowers in one pair of hands and a hook and noose of flowers in the other pair, reminiscent of the Western Eros and Cupid. Thus, she is sometimes described as the Buddhist goddess of love and sex, corresponding to the Western goddesses Aphrodite and Venus or Diana. Suggested donation $25.

 

Wednesday, May 22, 6 pm, Vajrayogini empowerment and instructions. Vajrayogini is a Tantric Buddhist female Buddha and dakini. Her essence is "great passion", a transcendent passion that is free of selfishness and illusion - she intensely works for the well-being of others and for the destruction of ego clinging. She is seen as being ideally suited for people with strong passions, providing the way to transform those passions into enlightened virtues. According to scholar Miranda Shaw, Vajrayogini is "inarguably the supreme deity of the Tantric pantheon. No male Buddha, including her divine consort, Heruka-Chakrasamvara, approaches her in metaphysical or practical import." Suggested donation $25.

 

Thursday, May 23, 6 pm, Chod empowerment and instructions. Chod is a spiritual practice found primarily in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also known as "Cutting Through the Ego." The practices are based on the Prajnaparamita or "Perfection of Wisdom" sutras, which expound the "emptiness" concept of Buddhist philosophy. Chod combines Prajnaparamita philosophy with specific meditation methods and tantric ritual. Suggested donation $25.

 

Friday, May 24, 6 pm, Verses of the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones by Mipham Rinpoche - presentation. Text available at www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/mipham. Suggested donation $20.

 

Saturday, May 25, 9 am, The Great Cloud of Blessings: The Prayer Which Magnetizes All that Appears and All that Exists by Mipham Rinpoche, an important prayer to H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche - presentation. Text available at www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/mipham. Suggested donation $20.

 

Sunday, May 26, 9 am, The Nyingma Dharmapalas and the Five Buddha's Mudras and Actions - presentation. The three principle protectors of the Nyingma lineage are Ekajaṭi, Rahula, and Dorje Legpa. Rinpoche will also demonstrate the Five Buddha hand gestures (mudras) and their actions. Suggested donation $20.

 

Monday, May 27, 6 pm, Tibetan Yogas - demonstration and instructions. Rinpoche will demonstrate the 21 Tibetan Yogas, as presented in his book, Tibetan Meditation Yoga: Ancient Teachings Living Today. Suggested donation $20.

 

Suggested donation for all events $120. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

 

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Samaya Commitments:

For Rinpoche’s new students, those who have not previously received any teachings from him, do one mala of the Guru Rinpoche mantra and then rest in nature of mind for 10 minutes every day.

 

For Rinpoche’s previous students, do the Four Roots practice (see “The Treasure Meditation Book” from his November 2018 teachings - PDF available under Resources), including one mala of each of the four mantras (Padmasambhva p. 3; Manjushri p. 7, Tara p. 11, King Gesar p. 15) each day, then if you have time, rest in the nature of mind for 10 minutes at the end.

 

 

*HE Khenchen Lama Rinpoche will also be at the Awam Tibetan Heart Center in Sedona AZ May 12-19 and May 31 - June 2:

  • May 12, 6:30-8:30 pm, 21 Movements of Tibetan Yoga (limited seating, pre-registration required)
  • May 13, 6:00-8:00 pm, "The Verses of the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones"
  • May 14, 6:00-9:00 pm, "Wang Du: The Great Cloud of Blessings - The Prayer which Magnetizes All that Appears and All that Exists"
  • May 15, 6:00-9:00 pm, "The Preliminary Practice Called the Heart Essence of an Awakened Being"
  • May 17-19, 9:00-noon and 2:00-5:00 pm, Dzogchen Kalachakra empowerment, meditations, and puja (limited seating, pre-registration required)

 

  • May 31, 6:00-8:00 pm Tibetan Buddhist Tantra View
  • June 1, 10:00-noon, 21 Movements of Tibetan Yoga practice with HE Khenchen Lama Rinpoche; and 2:00-5:00 pm, Red Garuda empowerment and meditation (limited seating, pre-registration required)
  • June 2, 1:00-4:00 pm, Amitabha empowerment and meditation.

REQESTED DONATIONS:

  • May 12-15 and 31 and May 31-June 2: single party - $20/session ($25 for empowerment) or $60 for May 12-15 or $45 for May 31-June 2; a couple - $30/session ($40 for empowerment) or $80 for May 12-15 or $60 for May 31-June 2
  • May 17-19 (Dzogchen Kalachakra, 6 sessions): single party - $108, a couple - $150
  • No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

LOCATION: 450 Jordan Rd, Ste 3, Sedona AZ. For more information contact info@AwamTibetanHeartCenter.org.

 

 

 

Weekly Meditation & Yoga Opportunities at Awam

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Suite 204, Tucson AZ

(Located just east of Whole Foods in the Rancho Center)

 

We offer regular practice sessions suitable for a wide variety of people from beginners to advanced practitioners. We welcome everyone, regardless of religious or secular beliefs, who would like to experience the benefits of meditation and yoga.

 

Sunday Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Hour- Sundays, 11:00 - noon (No Meditation Hour May 26th due to Khenchen Lama teachings): Khenpo Dean leads a one-hour meditation practice including chanting, one of a variety of deity practices, a short dharma talk, and a ritual blessing. This is an opportunity for group practice in a convenient weekly format. The benefit of group practice is multiplied by the number of participants, so please join us! Everyone is welcome to attend. FREE. Donations welcome.

 

Wednesday Meditation - Wednesdays*, 6:00 pm (No meditation May 22 due to Khenchen Lama teachings): Come rest your mind with any form of silent meditation during all or any part of this hour. We are happy to provide basic instructions and answer your questions. *Except on 4th Wednesday for Dakini Day Practices - Dakini Day Practices moved to May 29 due to Khenchen Lama teachings. FREE. Donations welcome.

 

Tibetan Yoga Class meets on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am (No yoga May 25 due to Khenchen Lama teachings) led by Patrick Flint, an experienced yoga practitioner and teacher. The 21 Tibetan Yogas are a form of yoga the Tibetan master Longchenpa that is particularly suitable as a preparation for meditation and is very adaptable to those with physical limitations that are a barrier to many other forms of yoga. A book by Khenchen Lama is available for $15. Suggested donation: $5 per session.

 

Meet with Khenpo Dean - You may schedule a personal session with Khenpo Dean to discuss your practice, Vajrayana, Buddhism in general, or how best to live the dharma in daily life. Send an email request to Khenpo.Drimed.Dawa@gmail.com. FREE. Donations welcome.

 

 

 

3rd Friday Movie and Potluck Tsok

Yangsi

May 17th, 6-8:30 pm

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Suite 204, Tucson AZ

(Located just east of Whole Foods in the Rancho Center)

 

We are happy to share another Buddhist movie and potluck dinner.

 

 Please bring a friend and some food to share. The tsok begins at 6 pm and the movie at 6:30 pm. While there is NO CHARGE for attendance, we do appreciate donations of however much you can contribute toward our monthly rent for our beautiful Meditation Center. Thank you for your generosity and consideration.

 

Synopsis: An intimate portrait of a young Tibetan boy who is recognized as the reincarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the most revered Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century. He is known as the Yangsi, "the one who has come again into existence." Providing a unique window into the world of Tibetan Buddhism, this film is a coming of age story with universal themes, made over a fourteen year period by Mark Elliott, an acclaimed filmmaker and longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

Narrated by Yangsi Rinpoche, he gives a first-person account of his experience of growing up into, and coming to terms with, his unique inheritance. Beginning with his enthronement at age four before a crowd of fifteen thousand people in Kathmandu, Nepal and being taken away from his family to undergo his training, he is placed in the care of the previous Khyentse Rinpoche's regent, Rabjam Rinpoche at Shechen Monastery. With unprecedented access, the film chronicles his life during disciplinary training, intimate family visits and transmission of ritual ceremonies by teachers who had received them from him during his former life.

 

Director's statement: Yangsi is the most personal film I have made. The young boy at the center of this film has a lot to live up to. His previous incarnation was known to millions as a great saint. How does he does he deal with the expectations placed upon him? How does a spiritual tradition evolve in modern circumstances that are so different from those of the boy's previous incarnation, who spent more than twenty years as a yogi in retreat in mountain solitude? In answer to these questions I found a decency and wisdom throughout the film-making. Ultimately making Yangsi was for me an affirmation of the goodness of human nature and how it can be made manifest.

 

Please bring a friend and some food to share. The tsok begins at 6 pm and the movie at 6:30 pm. While there is NO CHARGE for attendance, we do appreciate donations of however much you can contribute toward our monthly rent for our beautiful Meditation Center. Thank you for your generosity and consideration.

 

 

Celebration of Life - Ruth Pancoast

Saturday, May 18th, 2 pm

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Suite 204, Tucson AZ

(Located just east of Whole Foods in the Rancho Center)

 

May 15th would have been Ruth's 90th birthday. She planned to have a party on Saturday the 18th. As her health declined, she requested that if she did not live long enough for birthday party, that we would hold a celebration of her life instead. So we will meet to have a party in remembrance and celebration of her life. Please share any stories you might have about her and her life. (She requested that any donations on her behalf be made to the Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute.)

 

 

Dakini Day Practice - Yeshe Tsogyal

CHANGE: 5th Wednesday, May 29th, 6-7 pm

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Suite 204, Tucson AZ

(Located just east of Whole Foods in the Rancho Center)

 

We honor Dakini Day on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Our

Dakini Day practice and tsok, is based on a series of four practices from HH Dudjom Rinpoche's The Dakini Heart Essence: (1) Yeshe Tsogyal as the outer dakini, (2) Kurukulle as the inner dakini, (3) Simhamukha as the secret dakini, and (4) Troma as the innermost secret dakini. We rotate through these four practices over 4 months.

 

The next practice will be Yeshe Tsogyal. Although often referred to as being Padamasambhava's main consort, she was primarily a spiritual master and teacher in her own right. She is known to have revealed terma with Padmasambhava and was also the main scribe for these terma. Later, Yeshe Tsogyal also hid many of Padmasambhava's terma on her own, under the instructions of Padmasambhava for future generations. Based on her spiritual accomplishments, the Nyingma and Karma Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism recognize Yeshe Tsogyal as a female Buddha. Texts will be provided. You may bring a simple snack food to be included in our tsok offering. FREE. Donations gladly accepted.

 

 

Clothes for Women (and Men) in Need - Ongoing

Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway, Suite 204, Tucson AZ

(Located just east of Whole Foods in the Rancho Center)

 

The first of the Six Perfections is generosity. As a Sangha, we have decided to provide a way for you to practice by helping those in need. We are collecting clothing items in good condition to share with Sister Jose Women's Center. We have a bin in the foyer where you can place items. Clothes should be clean and in good condition. Common needs include underwear, shoes, and socks. Don't have any of those to donate? You might purchase some new low-cost socks or other items to share. (We can also share men's clothing through other relevant organizations.) Thank you for your generosity!

 

 Other Upcoming Days & Events!

 

May

Guru Rinpoche Day, Tuesday, May14, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok

 

Dakini Day, Wednesday, May 29, good day for Dakini practice and tsok

 

June

Guru Rinpoche Day, Wednesday, June 12, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok

 

Saga Dawa Duchen, Monday, June 17, this day marks the liberation of the Buddha at Bodhgaya and the anniversary of the Buddha's parinirvana in a forest grove in Kusingara. We will perform a smoke offering puja and tsok feast.

 

Interfaith Prayers for Peace, Wednesday, June 19 at Awam Institute

 

Dakini Day, Thursday, June 27, good day for Dakini practice and tsok

 

July

Kalachakra Retreat, Saturday, July 6, 9-4 pm,opportunity to engage in a 4-session retreat with this special sadhana practice.

 

Week-long intensive retreat, July 15-20 in Sahuarita, AZ. We are planning a week-long intensive retreat, which is a great benefit to one's practice. This will be a "silent retreat" with flexibility to address your particular practice(s). There will be short dharma talks and Q&A opportunities, group and individual, each day. Suggested donation: $150.

 

Guru Rinpoche Day, Thursday, July 11, good day for Guru Yoga practice and tsok

 

Dakini Day, Saturday, July 27, good day for Dakini practice and tsok

 

August

Chokhor Duchen, Sunday, August 4, 6-8 pm, celebrating the first turning of the Wheel of Dharma.

 

 

Dates & Times

May all beings be happy!