937-244-1961 | 1570 S. 1st Avenue, suite I, Iowa City, IA 52240 | sangha@milarepaiowa.org

Welcome!

 

Milarepa Buddhist Center began in 2016.  We work at the direction of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Konchok Gyatshen Rinpoche and other esteemed lamas in the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  We are form is a place for the nurturing of inner peace, understanding, kindness, and compassion. Our aim is to provide a program of meditation and wisdom studies taught by qualified lay people, lamas and other Tibetan teachers.

The Milarepa Center provides instruction in meditation and philosophy in a way that is applicable to both non-Buddhists and Buddhists alike. The Center also serves as the focal point for forming spiritual community where we support one another in our practice and benefit the larger community as well.

Join us for classes, events, and weekly meditation.

March, 2019 Programs

VAJRASATTVA RETREAT with DRUPON RINCHEN DORJE – April 5,6,7  2019

SCHEDULE:

 

Friday, April 5 

Vajrasattva Empowerment
7–9pm 
On Friday evening Drupon will offer the empowerment for Vajrasattva practice. Vajrasattva practice is one of the foundational methods for purifying negative karma and obscurations. 


Saturday, April 6  

Morning session: 
Teachings on Vajrasattva Meditation Practice
9–noon

Lunch Break: 
A vegetarian lunch will be offered as part of this retreat.
noon-2pm 

Afternoon Session:
Introduction to the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo
2-4pm
Join us for a detailed teaching on the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo which contains pith instructions on the development of ignorance and the points the way towards the development of wisdom. 


Sunday, April 7    

Morning session: 
Refuge Ceremony
9–10am
For those who would like to undertake the Buddhist path, we are offering a refuge ceremony with Drupon Rinchen Dorje.

Introduction to the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo (continued)
10–noon
This is the second day of teachings on on the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo. (You are welcome to attend this teaching even if you missed Saturday afternoon.)

Lunch Break: 
A vegetarian lunch will be offered as part of this retreat.
noon-2pm 

Afternoon Session:
Introduction to the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo (continued)
2-4pm
On Sunday afternoon Drupon will answer questions about  the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo and Vajrasattva practice.

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INFORMATION:

Location: 
This retreat will be held at the home of Ellen Marie & Naomi. There will be an opportunity to have lunch together at this location. 
We will have both cushions and chairs available.  Location information will be sent once registration in complete.

Lunch: 
A vegetarian lunch will be offered as part of this retreat.

Seating: 
There will be cushions available. 

Volunteer Opportunities:  
There are volunteer opportunities still available for this lama visit. These include things like bringing flowers, serving tea for the lama, helping with meals for the lama and several other things. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering:   sangha@milarepaiowa.org

Parking: 
This retreat will be held in a private residence. Please park on the street. 

About Donations:    
Making teachings available from visiting teachers involves expenses for our young community. These include transportation costs, translator fee, and publicity. Most importantly, as a community we will make an offering to the lama at the end of his visit. Your donation will make the communal offering possible.  At the same time, your donations are the beginning of building something for future generations in Iowa City –a vibrant community that is able to offer a full range of opportunities for both practice and study in Buddhism.   No one turned away due to lack of funds.

Questions:   sangha@milarepaiowa.org or 937-244-1961

REGISTRATION

4 REGISTRATION OPTIONS:

1. NON-MEMBERS
Friday evening empowerment: $45
Saturday teachings: $50
Sunday teachings: $50
*Saturday & Sunday fees include lunch
REGISTER HERE


2. MEMBERS (save 50%)
Friday evening empowerment: $22
Saturday teachings: $25
Sunday teachings: $25
*Saturday & Sunday fees include lunch
Become a member here.
REGISTER HERE


3. STUDENTS
Friday evening empowerment: $20
Saturday teachings: $22
Sunday teachings: $22
*Saturday & Sunday fees include lunch
REGISTER HERE


4. SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships are available by contacting Ellen Marie
at sangha@milarepaiowa.org or text: 937-244-1961. 

Some Information on Vajrasattva & the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo 


Vajrasattva Practice

Here are some articles and videos that describe Vajrasattva practice. It is not necessary to read these in advance – but some people may want to:

Video & Audio:

Teachings on The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo 

What we’re watching… 

Who Is Milarepa?

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Working with Emotions

Introduction to Vajrayana, Garchen Rinpoche, 7/26/15

THIS WEEK AT MILAREPA CENTER:

We are able to offer classes and meditation at minimal cost due to the generosity of our members. Please consider donating on a monthly basis. In the next 9 months we have several special expenses including paying for our 501(c)3 application.  So please consider becoming part of our community!

 

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