937-244-1961 | 2871 Heinz Road, Suite A | Iowa City, 52240 | sangha@milarepaiowa.org

Welcome to Milarepa Buddhist Center

a home for meditation, compassion and community

We are a place for respite and refuge. A place to relax and return to yourself.  A place to open the heart and mind to bigger possibilities.  We offer authentic Buddhist teachings and practices as well as contemporary paths of resting the mind and the cultivation of compassion.

Our center is under the direction of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Konchok Gyatshen Rinpoche and other esteemed lamas in the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Join us for classes, events, and weekly meditation.

 

The Milarepa Buddhist Center is temporarily closed due to the pandemic.

 

Weekly Practices & Class via Zoom

Parnashavari Meditation Practice

Mondays:  7:00-8:00pm

On Monday evenings we will be offering the practice suggested by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, “The Parnashavari Sadhana from the Collected Works of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon.”

His Holiness has instructed everyone to do this practice during this time of Coronavirus pandemic. This includes Lord Jigten Sumgon’s special Tara practice for times of epidemic disease, and practices of Parnashavari. She is is the 20th of the 21 Taras (connected with the wisdom of Amoghasiddhi). She is attired in the green leaves of medical plants, and is the one who protects us from contagious diseases.

Resources

Parnashavari Sadhana
from the Collected Works of Jigten Sumgon

Download Parnashavari Sadhana (text)

TO JOIN THIS EVENT

Please RSVP by contacting admin@milarepaiowa.org in order to receive further information to join this practice session. You can email at any point – even right up to the beginning of the session. You will be given the Zoom ID and password once you contact us. Everyone is welcome to join any of these classes or practices – whether near or far or experienced in Buddhist practice or not. 

If you are having problems text: 937-244-1961

Please state your name and where you are joining from.

Learning Buddhism Study Group
with Khenpo Samdup

Tuesdays: 4:00-5:00pm ~central time

In partnership with Garchen Meditation Centre –Vancouver, British Columbia:

Garchen Meditation Centre – Vancouver, British Columbia is hosting Learning Buddhism with Khenpo Samdup Rinpoche by zoom. This class is open to everyone!  We encourage our sangha to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from Khenpo.

The learning Book is available on Amazon.com as a Kindle Book.  Click here to go to Amazon

About Khenpo Samdup

Khenpo Samdup Rinpoche was born in Tibet and is a long time student of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. He studied the philosophy of the four schools of Tibetian Buddhism under numerous khenpos, such as Khenpo Munsel and Khenpo Jigme Phunsok. He taught for five years at Kagyu College in India founded by His Holiness Drikung Kabgyon Chetsang, from whom he received the vast teachings and transmissions of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. He has written a commentary on Jigten Sumgon’s Gong Chik – one of the significant philosophical texts of the Kagyu Lineage. He is currently the Dharma teacher at Gar Drolma Choling in Dayton Ohio, USA. more>

TO JOIN THIS EVENT

Please RSVP by contacting Marilyn at info@garchenmeditationcentre.com in order to receive further information to join this practice session. 

Silent Meditation & Foundational Teachings
with Khenpo Samdup

Wednesdays: 5:00-6:30pm

In partnership with Gar Drolma Learning & Meditation Center –Dayton, Ohio:

Gar Drolma Learning & Meditation Center in Dayton, Ohio is hosting Silent Meditation and  with Khenpo Samdup Rinpoche by zoom. These events are open to everyone!  We encourage our sangha to take advantage of this opportunity to learn and practice and ask questions with Khenpo.

5:00—5:30pm~central time Open Silent Meditation
5:30—6:30pm~central time:  Foundational Teachings in Buddhism

About Khenpo Samdup

Khenpo Samdup Rinpoche was born in Tibet and is a long time student of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. He studied the philosophy of the four schools of Tibetian Buddhism under numerous khenpos, such as Khenpo Munsel and Khenpo Jigme Phunsok. He taught for five years at Kagyu College in India founded by His Holiness Drikung Kabgyon Chetsang, from whom he received the vast teachings and transmissions of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. He has written a commentary on Jigten Sumgon’s Gong Chik – one of the significant philosophical texts of the Kagyu Lineage. He is currently the Dharma teacher at Gar Drolma Choling in Dayton Ohio, USA. more>

TO JOIN THIS EVENT

To participate in any of our scheduled Virtual Dharma activities, simply visit Zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the Meeting ID and password.

Please contact info@gardrolma.org for the required information for the meeting.

White Tara Practice
with Drupon Rinchen Dorje

Wednesdays: 7:00pm

In partnership with Chicago Ratna Shri –Chicago, Illinois:

Chicago Ratna Shri is hosting White Tara practice  with Drupon Rinchen Dorje by zoom. These events are open to everyone!  We encourage our sangha to take advantage of this opportunity to practice with Drupon.

 

About Drupon Rinchen Dorje

Drupon Rinchen Dorje entered Tana Monastery in 1984, receiving his vows as a novice monk from Tulku Nyendrak Gyaltsen Rinpoche. While helping with the reconstruction of the monastery, he received teachings on the Fivefold Path of Mahamudra and Kunsang Lama’s Words of Profound Instruction, Dzogchen’s Great Completion Parting from Samsara and Nirvana, Pointing Out the Nature of Mind, and other teachings from Tulku Nyendrak Gyaltsen Rinpoche. Rinpoche has also received Chakrasamvara according to Drilbupa, including the empowerment, scriptural transmission, and pith instructions from Tulku Thogme Rinpoche. more>

Resources

White Tara Sadhana
A Flowing Stream of Ambrosia:  A Concise Practice Sadhana of the Exalted Tara

Download White Tara Sadhana

TO JOIN THIS EVENT

Please RSVP by contacting admin@milarepaiowa.org in order to receive further information to join this practice session.  You will be given the Zoom ID and password once you contact us. Everyone is welcome to join any of these classes or practices – whether near or far or experienced in Buddhist practice or not. 

Mindfulness Meditation

Thursdays: 7:00-8:00pm

Resting mind, calm-abiding, mindfulness –all these are names for the same type of meditation. This meditation provides relief from the daily pressures and anxieties of our busy lives.

Facilitated by Gabriela Tobias

 

TO JOIN THIS EVENT

Please RSVP by contacting admin@milarepaiowa.org in order to receive further information to join this practice session. You can email at any point – even right up to the beginning of the session. You will be given the Zoom ID and password once you contact us. Everyone is welcome to join any of these classes or practices – whether near or far or experienced in Buddhist practice or not. 

If you are having problems text: 937-244-1961

Please state your name and where you are joining from.

Meditation Practices & Discussion

Sundays: 9:30-11:45am

Sunday Schedule

 
On Sunday mornings we have a series of meditation practices and discussion. You are welcome to join us for any portion of the morning.

9:30-10:00am: Newcomers Orientation

Our Newcomers Orientation is a relaxed introduction to our to the ideas and practice of Tibetan Buddhism.

10:00-10:30am: Guided Meditation

Om Ah Hung Meditation Practice
Commentary by Khenchen Konchok Gyaltsen Rinpoche

This practice will introduce you to a Tibetan Buddhist guided meditation – using the mantra Om Ah Hung – that can be used by anyone to achieve compassion and lovingkindness. Everyone is welcome.


Download Om Ah Hung Practice>

10:30-11:00am: Green Tara Meditation

At 10:30 we practice Green Tara meditation in order to cultivate  loving kindness, compassion and mindfulness. This is a guided meditation.

 

Resource:   Opening & Closing Prayers and many Sadhanas including Tara Sadhana .(160 pages) Download the Practices>

11:15-11:45am: Dharma Discussion

On Sundays we have a a period for contemplation and discussion.  Right now we are discussing the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva – and Garchen Rinpoche’s commentary on this.

37 PRACTICES OF A BODHISATTVA
Commentary by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Complete 37 Practices here & commentary here

TO JOIN ANY OF THESE EVENTS

Please RSVP by contacting admin@milarepaiowa.org in order to receive further information to join this practice session. You can email at any point – even right up to the beginning of the session. You will be given the Zoom ID and password once you contact us. Everyone is welcome to join any of these classes or practices – whether near or far or experienced in Buddhist practice or not. 

If you are having problems text: 937-244-1961

Please state your name and where you are joining from.

WE OFFER OUR MEDITATION IN THE TRADITION OF GENEROSITY…

Milarepa Buddhist Center continues the 2600-year-old Buddhist tradition of providing the teachings freely to all who are interested. We have no paid staff and the center is run entirely by volunteers. All financial support comes from the generosity of people who value what we do. Donations support all expenses, including programs, visiting teachers, publications, and the website. Our teachers are volunteers.

We are able to offer meditation without charge to the public due to the generosity of our members. If you begin coming to the center regularly, please become a member to support our programs. If you come once in a while please consider making a small donation for that day.

Our entire sangha is very grateful for all the support we receive, and are inspired by how beautifully Dharma practice develops when it does so in a field of generosity and gratitude!

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