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

Special Events 2018

COMMUNITY POTLUCK DINNERS – Fri Oct 5  / Fri Dec 14

We will meet twice times this fall for a vegetarian potluck.  Stay tuned to this page or contact us for details.
Fridays:  Oct 5 / Dec 14
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

KHENPO CHOEPHEL RETURNING TO IOWA – Oct 31-Nov 4

October 31–November 4

We are delighted that Khenpo Choephel will be returning to Iowa in November to offer Dharma teachings and meditation instruction. Soon we will have all of the details on this page – so visit us again soon! In the meantime, we know that Khenpo will offer the following:

Highlights of this trip will be:
6-hour class on Essence of the Mahayana
3-hour Amitabha Empowerment and Teachings on Buddha Amitabha practice
2-hour intensive on Beginning Mindfulness Meditation and Beginning Giving and Receiving Meditation
2-hour Q&A on Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva
A Public Talk on Universal Compassion

RETREATS IN ARIZONA WITH H.E. GARCHEN RINPOCHE – Nov & Dec

ANNUAL VAJRAKILAYA DRUPCHEN
November 10 – 18
With H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and the Garchen Institute Lamas

Registration Opens October 10, 2018

Garchen Buddhist Institute will host “The Secret Accomplishment Practice of Vajrakilaya” 
November 10th through the 18th, 2018.

Vajrakilaya is a wrathful manifestation of Vajrasattva, the Buddha of Purification. The practice of Vajrakilaya focuses on removing intense inner and outer obstacles to peace, happiness, and enlightenment. The Drupchen begins with a rare 2-day empowerment, and will include commentary and instruction. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice in this amazingly powerful mandala.
This is a popular event! Advanced registration is required. 

GO TO THE GARCHEN INSTITUTE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS

EXTENSIVE LONG LIFE CEREMONY FOR H.E. GARCHEN RINPOCHE
AND WINTER TEACHINGS

December 29, 2018 – January 6, 2019
With H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and the Garchen Institute Lamas

Extensive Long Life Ceremony for H.E. Garchen Rinpoche  – December 29,30,31st.

Annual Sangha Meeting December 31st afternoon.

Registration will open November 28th at 10am MST

GO TO THE GARCHEN INSTITUTE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS

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.