Chöd, is also known as "Cutting Through the Ego". It cuts through hindrances and obscurations.
The practice is based on the Prajñāpāramitā or "Perfection of Wisdom" sutras, centered around the concept of "emptiness" in Buddhist philosophy.
Emptiness is the ultimate wisdom of understanding that all things lack inherent existence.
Chöd combines prajñāpāramitā philosophy with specific meditation methods and tantric ritual.
Chöd is also a practice of giving.
Drupon Samten will lead us in this practice which is combined with chanting, a melodic drum and bell.
We invite you to join us on Saturday, July 6th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for our annual Celebration of the Birthday of HH Dalai Lama & HH Drikung Kyabgon’s birthdays. There will be Long Life Prayers and other prayer ceremonies in the morning followed by a potluck lunch around noon. Please bring something for the TSOK (food offering) and a dish to share for the potluck lunch, or bring your own food if you prefer.
On that day we will also be consecrating a new large Chenrezig (Buddha of Compassion) statue made of white jade which was recently donated to DKC.
We hope you can join us for this happy and auspicious event !
Ani Chodron and Ani Tanzin lead Loving Kindness and Compassion meditaiton and mantra chating on the Buddha of Compassion, Chenrezig.
Everyone welcome to join the meditation and teachings by Drupon Samten Rinpoche
We are pleased to announce that we will have a special two-day program June 1st and 2nd with Drupon Samten Rinpoche, DKC monks and nuns and sangha. This is the 3rd annual program whereby the first one was held with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, under the DKC Bodhi Tree and His Holiness requested that we continue with this special program each year.
We are very happy to host this weekend retreat with mediation and prayers for World Peace. This program is for both Dharma practitioners and non-practitioners to join. Sitting under the Bodhi tree and offering prayers is such an honor and a rare opportunity. We also have plenty of canopies for shade outside. This program is dedicated to bringing peace and harmony within ourselves as well as to flourish peace and harmony around the world. More than 2,500 years ago, the Buddha sat under this same tree and developed altruistic mind towards all sentient beings and he achieved the liberation of Buddhahood. Millions of sentient (living) beings around the world need prayers for physical or mental needs. Thus, your prayers will make a difference because of the Buddha’s great blessings that eminent from this special tree. If you open your heart to others and sincerely pray, your prayers will be fulfilled. Under the Bodhi Tree we have a beautiful Lord Buddha Shakyamuni consecrated by many high masters. We will setup a special altar for the auspicious event. Drupon Samten hopes that you can join this prayer for World Peace. In joining together with all the sanghas, your meditation and prayers will multiply and becomes the truth of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha; which means, it reveals the truth of achieving the altruistic mind.
The daily program will be 10:00am to 5:00pm, along with a potluck lunch and tea breaks. We will have all day aspiration prayers for world peace outside under the Bodhi tree both Saturday and Sunday.
Morning program: Generating Yoga: Buddha Shakyamuni Dharma practice and recitation of mantra, including the seven limb prayers, the prayer of the twelve deeds of the Buddha and Manjushri Nama Samgiti prayers followed by a lunch break.
After lunch: 2pm – 3pm Shamata (silent) meditation for World Peace, including walking meditation around the marvelous Stupas. We will recite the 21 Taras and 7 protections of Tara prayers. We will have a tea break at 3pm. Then 3:30pm – 5:00pm We will offer butter lamps for World Peace and the 3 powerful prayers for dispelling obstacles: Heart Sutra, Lion Faced Dakini and White Umbrella followed by dedication prayers.
The 2nd day will be a similar program, including the Walking meditation around the Stupa and with the addition of the Buddha Bathing ceremony in the afternoon. We put together all these prayers for this special ceremony to make it very meaningful and powerful. We will engage in this prayer as is customary in BodhGaya India where Buddha achieved enlightenment under this specific tree.We are very blessed to have this Bodhi tree here from BodhGaya. The Buddha Bathing ceremony is important in the Three Yana’s of Buddhism and each tradition is very similar in performing this ceremony.
On both days we will have the cleansing puja of tsungs (cloud of incense offering) which includes burning juniper and other types of fragrant herbs. The tsungs ritual offering is important in all traditions; Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. This offering is not only important to humans and other species, but it is also important for the elements and to cleanse the environment. Through the power of the meditation and the prayers, these clouds of incense offering, reach the universe, naga realms and the god realms to fill the entire space.
We encourage you not to miss this magnificent program that is a precious and auspicious opportunity to receive blessings and both renew and strengthen your spiritual practice. If you are not able to attend both days, you may attend 1 day only. Please be take this opportunity to practice generosity and bring something to offer and share for the potluck lunch. Other offerings for the monastery such as juice, tea, fruit, cookies, tea light candels are also welcome.
Suggested cost: $25 per day.
Morning meditation and Dharma practice: Chenrezig the Buddha of Loving Kindness and Compassion.
Pizza and salad will be offered for lunch. Please bring your own lunch if you are on a special diet.
Afternoon, volunteer cleanup and preparations for World Peace Retreat the following weekend.
Lopon Dorje Khandro (Lourdes Arguelles) will continue her teachings on Shantideva's
A Guide to to the Bodhisattva Way of Life with a focus on the perfection or paramita of patience.. Specifically, Lopon-la will focus on selected methods for cultivating patience and on the importance of patience for the practice of the other perfections (e.g. , morality, generosity, wisdom, etc). She will also review the results of psychological and neuroscientific studies on the links between patience, imagination, trauma, and certain chemical and other compounds in our bodies as well as discuss the possible implications of these findings for our Buddhist practice..
The teaching will be preceded by a brief Shamatha (Calming the Mind) practice and followed by an Exchanging Self for Other(s) practice.
Dharma Protectors and White Dzambala practice with meditation, music and chanting.
Rinpoche will lead meditation and the practice of Kunrig (Buddha Variochana).
Lopon Dorje Khandro (Lourdes Arguelles) will continue her teachings on Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of life. This Saturday her teaching will be focused on the practice of generosity which in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition goes beyond giving and sharing. The teaching session will be preceded by a brief Shamatha medtitation and followed by instructions and the practice of Tonglen (giving and taking).
Dear Sangha and Volunteers,
Drupon Samten Rinpoche and all our DKC monastics would like to THANK EVERYONE for their support leading up to the grand event, and all the help for the beautiful program with His Holiness that went very well.
Please join us for lunch this Sunday at DKC. Arrive any time from 11AM onwards.
We will serve lunch around NOON.
Thanks for the great response to this special event. We are full are no longer accepting reservations, wait list or otherwise. If you are on the WAIT LIST we will confirm by March 9th if we can accommodate you. Please do not come to the program if you are on the wait list and did not receive a confirmation as we won’t be able to admit you. We are at capacity now. If you miss this program, stay tuned for other upcoming programs in the future. Thank you.
Stupa blessing consecration ceremony and sacred tantric lama dances.
Morning: Phowa transmission
Afternoon: Vajrayogini empowerment bestowed by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.
Last afternoon session: Long Life Ceremonies and prayers offered to His Holiness.
This event requires advance registration, along with a fee to ensure your place is reserved. Registration is now closed.
Fees: Please plan to pay your fee in advance to secure your space. The fee will be used to cover the travel costs and to make a generous offering to His Holiness, here is the cost for this program. If you are able to make an additional donation to help even more, that will be deeply appreciated. Please use the DONATE button for online payments.
$25 for Saturday
$35 for Sunday
$60 for both days
We will also have an opportunity to make Mandala Offerings to His Holiness. Contact us to find out more the cost, protocol and to sign up in advance.
Registration is now closed. Thank you.
Please see UPDATED time here: His Holiness will arrive to DKC on the 15th at 4pm. Please plan to arrive by 3:30pm to prepare for the Welcome Ceremony. Please bring a kata to hold in your hands. We will have a traditional Welcome Ceremony for His Holiness. His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche will also be there.
We will have volunteer work days both Saturday and Sunday. We will also have a volunteer sangha meeting on each day for those who will be helping out for His Holiness’s program.
Please come help with cleanup outside and inside, and other preparations needs for our upcoming special event.
Bring something to share for a potluck lunch or please bring your own lunch. Thanks in advance.
Join us to celebrate Losar (Tibetan New Year) along with this once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of the ceremony to infuse the Life Force Stick for the Stupa. This program is open for DKC sangha, family and friends. Because all of you are a part of manifesting the monastery and the stupa, Drupon Samten would like all of you to be a part of this wish-fulling ceremony which is your opportunity to hold the stick and make a once in a life time aspiration prayer. We will also have Guru Yoga and Tsok offering. We will have a potluck lunch. Please bring something for the Tsok and the potluck lunch. We will also have a Silent Auction to help with our fundraising. Suggested donation is $20.
Join us for the Chenrezig (Loving Kindness and Compassion) meditation led by Ani Dolma and Ani Tanzin. The meditation and practice will start in the main shrine room. Then we will do some walking meditation around the temple followed by some brief meditation in our Bodh Gaya area under the Bodhi tree. Everyone welcome.
If you have time, please also plan to join for a potluck lunch and then stay for the afternoon Volunteer Clean Up Day. Please bring something to share for the potluck or your own special diet meal.