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Special Events 2018

3-DAY CHENREZIG RETREAT FOR INNER & OUTER PEACE

with visiting Tibetan Lama, Drupon Rinchen Dorje

In early March we will gather for teachings and practice on Chenrezig, the great tibetan Deity of compassion. Please join us for this special weekend.

PRE-REGISTRATION

PRE-REGISTRATION:
Our Dharma Center holds a maximum of 15 people.  So  preregistration is necessary for all events from Friday thru Sunday day.

Pre-registration is not necessary for the potluck or movie, although it would be appreciated.

*No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  If the fee presents a barrier please discuss work study options with us: sangha@activateiowa.org 

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

SCHEDULE

*Please note locations for this retreat have changed

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COMPASSION TRAINING FOR THE MODERN WORLD

Friday, March 2
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Milarepa Buddhist Center:  1570 S. 1st Avenue, suite I, Iowa City, IA 52240
Suggested Donation: $5-15 sliding scale
Pre-Registration: limited seating – pre-registration is required

On Friday evening Drupon will discuss the core concept of compassion as it relates to our everyday lives and the practice of Tibetan Buddhism.

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CHENREZIG EMPOWERMENT & TEACHINGS

Saturday, March 3
Time: 10:00-noon
Location: Milarepa Buddhist Center:  1570 S. 1st Avenue, suite I, Iowa City, IA 52240
Suggested Donation: $10-25 sliding scale
Pre-Registration: limited seating – pre-registration is required

On Saturday morning Drupon will confer the Chenrezig empowerment.  Chenrezig is the central deity and meditation practice in Tibetan Buddhism-his mantra is: Om Mani Padme Hung

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CHENREZIG MANTRA ACCUMULATION FOR WORLD PEACE

Saturday, March 3
Time: 2-4

Location: Milarepa Buddhist Center: 1570 S. 1st Avenue, suite I, Iowa City, IA 52240
Suggested Donation: none
Pre-Registration: limited seating – pre-registration is required

On Saturday afternoon Drupon will lead us in practicing Chenrezig meditation and mantra for world peace.

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CHENREZIG MANTRA ACCUMULATION FOR WORLD PEACE CONTINUES

Sunday, March 4:
Time: 
Session 1 – 10am-noon   |   Session 2: noon-2pm   |  Session 3: 2-4pm
You can either sign up for a complete practice session OR join us at any point during the day to recite mantra for compassion.
Location: Milarepa Buddhist Center:
1570 S. 1st Avenue, suite I, Iowa City, IA 52240
Suggested Donation: none
Pre-Registration: If you know you will be attending a certain session for practice, please fill in the form above.

On Sunday Drupon Rinchen Dorje will lead us in the accumulation of mantra for world peace. We will be practicing mantra in 3 shifts during the day. Students will sign up for shifts of mantra accumulation or drop in to join us in accumulating mantra for inner & outer peace.  Q&A with Drupon will be available.

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COMMUNITY VEGETARIAN POTLUCK

Sunday, March 4
Time: 
5-6:30pm
Location:
VIRTUE MEDICINE, 221 E College St #212, Iowa City, IA 52240 (above the Bread Garden)

On Sunday evening we will gather at teh beautiful Virtue Medicine space for a potluck.  Please bring a dish to pass – everyone welcome!  Right after the potluck we will show a movie about the life of Garchen Rinpoche.

SPECIAL MOVIE NIGHT: FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL BEINGS

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Sunday, March 4:  7-9

Location: VIRTUE MEDICINE, 221 E College St #212, Iowa City, IA 52240 (above the Bread Garden)

Suggested Donation: $5-10

This film is itself a beautiful journey in company of the great heart of Garchen Rinpoche: suffering with him through his terrible times of youthful struggle and bravely resisting the Chinese invasion and genocidal actions in Tibet, then being inspired by his great practice, especially of “give-and-take” meditation—sending love and happiness to all beings while taking away their sufferings.

MOVIE TRAILER

2 CLASSES ON BUDDHIST FUNDAMENTALS
with visiting Tibetan Lama, Khenpo Paljor Gyatso

This is a rare opportunity for learning and discussion with a Tibetan Lama.  Khenpo Paljor is staying in Des Moines. He will also be teaching at the Milarepa Buddhist Center while in Iowa.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

CLASS FEE:
$5-10 per class sliding scale / $25-$50 for remaining 5 classes .  We will collect class fee at the door.
*No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  If the fee presents a barrier please discuss work study options with us: sangha@activateiowa.org 

LOCATION:
Milarepa Buddhist Center, 1570 S 1st Ave suite I, Iowa City, IA 52240

PRE-REGISTRATION:
We have limited seating (15 people) at our Dharma center.  Pre-registration is necessary.

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

SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 22: 7-9pm
CLASS CANCELLED DUE TO ICE STORM IN DES MOINES
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Thursday, March 1:  7-9pm
Teaching & Discussion: Impermanence and Death
One of the principal contemplations on the Buddhist path is the recognition of the universality of impermanence at all levels of phenomenal existence.
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Thursday, March 22:  7-9pm
Teaching & Discussion: Karma Cause and Effect
Karma, the action of body, speech, and mind, affects every aspect of our life. Actions affect both doers and those around them in unimaginable ways, and the seeds if karma shape our lives and our worlds.

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REMAINING CLASSES POSTPONED

RETREATS IN DAYTON & CHICAGO WITH H.E. GARCHEN RINPOCHE

OUR SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR, HIS EMINENCE GARCHEN RINPOCHE IS COMING TO THE MIDWEST

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is a rare and precious teacher. We encourage all our sangha friends to make a connection with him by attending teachings in Dayton or Chicago. Naomi and Ellen Marie can help you make preparations for these retreats.~sangha@milarepaiowa.org

MAY 4-20, 2018: Gar Drolma Buddhist Center, Dayton Ohio

We would like to extend an invitation to anyone in the Iowa area to join us as we travel to Gar Drolma Buddhist Center in Dayton, Ohio to receive teachings from His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche this May. There are several of us who will attend this event. Ellen Marie and Naomi, of the Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa – were the lay founders of Gar Drolma Center.  EVERYONE WELCOME!

EVENT LOCATION:  Gar Drolma Buddhist Center, Dayton Ohio
EVENT SCHEDULE: Please click here to refer to the Gar Drolma website for complete information


May 4. 5, 6
Achi Chokyi Drolma Empowerment
Achi Chokyi Drolma Teaching and Practice
Amitabha Practice and Jang Chog Ritual

May 10, 11, 12,13
Wrathful Padmasambava Empowerment
Pith Instructions

May 17, 18, 19, 20
Pith Instructions

MAY 25-27, 2018: Chicago Ratna Shri, Chicago Illinois

Friday:  Empower of Vajrapani, Hayagriva, Garuda Combined
Saturday:  Five-Fold Path Mahamudra
Sunday:  White Tara Empowerment and Refuge for those that would like to take Buddhist Refuge Vows with Garchen Rinpoche.

Detailed information available here:
https://www.facebook.com/chicagoratnashri/posts/944183379072270

Past Events

2017

October, 2017: In October we moved Milarepa Buddhist Center to our present location on 1st Ave. in Iowa City.

September, 2017: Retreat with Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche: Compassionate Mind, Heart of Peace. Rinpoche’s visit included a Green Tara Empowerment & teachings as well as an Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Teachings on the Nature of Mind.

May, 2017: In May we co-hosted a One-Dharma picnic along with the Iowa City Zen Center and Iowa City Sangha (now Winding Path Sangha).

April, 2017: In April we hosted a spring retreat with Khenpo Choephel Rinpoche. At this time Khenpo offered teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend.  In addition, Khenpo offered an empowerment for the Ten Dharma Activities: 1. Writing Dharma texts / 2. Practicing offering to Buddha Dharma Sanghas / 3. Practicing Generosity for the Buddha’s teachings / 4. Listening to Dharma teachings / 5. Reading Dharma texts such as Sutras and Tantras / 6. Taking Dharma transmissions from Masters/ 7. Giving Dharma teachings / 8. Practicing Dharma in our daily life / 9. Contemplating perfect Dharma / 10. Meditating Perfect Dharma. We practiced Shamata meditation with Khenpo as well as Chenrezig Meditation.

February, 2017: In February we co-hosted a One-Dharma vegetarian potluck at our center.

January, 2017: We hosted a winter retreat with Khenpo Choephel Rinpoche which included a Medicine Buddha empowerment as well as teachings on Medicine Buddha practice, teachings on the Four Immeasurables and on the Four Seals. At the end of this retreat Khenpo instructed us in torma making and how to set up a personal shrine.

 

2016

October, 2016: In October Drupon Rinchen Dorje offered a White Tara Empowerment, White Tara Teachigns & Practice and Teachings on the Life of Milarepa.

October, 2016: Milarepa Buddhist center was established.

April, 2016: Khenchen Konchok Gyaltshen Rinpoche on the topic Loving Kindness and Compassion: The Source of All Happiness and Joy. In addition Khenchen gave a two-day teaching on The Display of Discursive Thought & the Natural Radiance of Awareness.

 

2014

September, 2014:   Khenpo Samdup was the first teacher that we hosted in Iowa City. Khenpo taught on the following topics:  Introduction to Buddhism, What is Buddha Nature?, Introduction to Calm Abiding Meditation and Individual Meditation Instruction.