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 teachings about what causes suffering and how to eliminate suffering. How to 

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 now!

 

The Milarepa Buddhist Center is temporarily closed due to the pandemic. All of our events are online for now.

 

WINTER 2021 . WEEKLY SCHEDULE

MONDAYS:

Meditation Marathon

Each evening in January    7:00-7:20pm

Basic Guided Meditation series. Good for beginners. Free and open to all. Presented by Nangpa Yoga & the Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa. Join at any point in January! No registration required. No expectations.

Led by Gabriela Tobias

While working on spiritual and personal development, Gabriela finds joy in learning from different traditions that promote the practice of universal values. Gabriela is an Engineer with a multidisciplinary formation, she is currently studying a formal Buddhist training provided by The Dharmadatta Community, an international online Sangha guided by 4 nuns.

Gabriela thinks the best way to learn is practicing and sharing experiences with others, that is why she loves getting involved with community projects. Currently archiving a Yoga Teacher certification and working full time on the wind power industry, she is looking forward to facilitating silent meditation sessions.

How to join this meditation
To join please use: Google meet link: https://meet.google.com/ixb-xbwo-axf

*Note: You need your Google account to join. Give yourself an extra few minutes to log in or create a free one in case you don’t.

TUESDAYS:

Meditation Marathon

Each evening in January   7:00-7:20pm

Basic Guided Meditation series. Good for beginners. Free and open to all. Presented by Nangpa Yoga & the Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa. Join at any point in January! No registration required. No expectations.

Led by Gabriela Tobias

While working on spiritual and personal development, Gabriela finds joy in learning from different traditions that promote the practice of universal values. Gabriela is an Engineer with a multidisciplinary formation, she is currently studying a formal Buddhist training provided by The Dharmadatta Community, an international online Sangha guided by 4 nuns.

Gabriela thinks the best way to learn is practicing and sharing experiences with others, that is why she loves getting involved with community projects. Currently archiving a Yoga Teacher certification and working full time on the wind power industry, she is looking forward to facilitating silent meditation sessions.

How to join this meditation
To join please use: Google meet link: https://meet.google.com/ixb-xbwo-axf

*Note: You need your Google account to join. Give yourself an extra few minutes to log in or create a free one in case you don’t.

Book Discussion Group

Tuesdays   7:30-8:30pm

On Tuesdays we are discussing Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. You are welcome to join at any time!

“In this teaching Rinpoche presents the main schools of Buddhist philosophy with their progressively more subtle and refined views of reality. However it is not just a teaching on the view, but a presentation providing the student the means to realize it through meditation practice.  The idea of a series of meditation practices on a particular aspect of the Buddha’s teaching is that beginning with one’s first rather coarse commonsense understanding, one progresses through increasingly subtle and more refined stages until one arrives at complete and perfect understanding. Each stage in the process prepares the mind for the next in so far as each step is fully integrated into one’s understanding through the meditation process.”

HOW TO PURCHASE THE BOOK
TO JOIN THIS BOOK DISCUSSION
Zoom information:
Topic: Milarepa Buddhist Center Jan 12-17

To join this zoom meeting click here
Meeting ID: 843 7803 3565
Passcode: Hung21

WEDNESDAYS:

Meditation Marathon

Each evening in January   7:00-7:20pm

Basic Guided Meditation series. Good for beginners. Free and open to all. Presented by Nangpa Yoga & the Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa. Join at any point in January! No registration required. No expectations.

Led by Gabriela Tobias

While working on spiritual and personal development, Gabriela finds joy in learning from different traditions that promote the practice of universal values. Gabriela is an Engineer with a multidisciplinary formation, she is currently studying a formal Buddhist training provided by The Dharmadatta Community, an international online Sangha guided by 4 nuns.

Gabriela thinks the best way to learn is practicing and sharing experiences with others, that is why she loves getting involved with community projects. Currently archiving a Yoga Teacher certification and working full time on the wind power industry, she is looking forward to facilitating silent meditation sessions.

How to join this meditation
To join please use: Google meet link: https://meet.google.com/ixb-xbwo-axf

*Note: You need your Google account to join. Give yourself an extra few minutes to log in or create a free one in case you don’t.

Buddhist Community, Practice and Ideas
–an introduction for beginners

1st Wednesday of the month: 7:30–8:30pm ~CST
February 3rd

Are you completely new to Buddhism or meditation and have questions or are just wondering where to begin? Do you have some experience with meditation but are not sure where to go from here? Join us for an open ended discussion.

Led by: Senior Dharma Center members

TO JOIN THIS TEACHING

Zoom information:
Topic: Milarepa Buddhist Center Jan 12-17

To join this zoom meeting click here
Meeting ID: 843 7803 3565
Passcode: Hung21 

THURSDAYS:

Meditation Marathon

Each evening in January: 7:00-7:20pm

Basic Guided Meditation series. Good for beginners. Free and open to all. Presented by Nangpa Yoga & the Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa. Join at any point in January! No registration required. No expectations.

Led by Gabriela Tobias

While working on spiritual and personal development, Gabriela finds joy in learning from different traditions that promote the practice of universal values. Gabriela is an Engineer with a multidisciplinary formation, she is currently studying a formal Buddhist training provided by The Dharmadatta Community, an international online Sangha guided by 4 nuns.

Gabriela thinks the best way to learn is practicing and sharing experiences with others, that is why she loves getting involved with community projects. Currently archiving a Yoga Teacher certification and working full time on the wind power industry, she is looking forward to facilitating silent meditation sessions.

How to join this meditation
To join please use: Google meet link: https://meet.google.com/ixb-xbwo-axf

*Note: You need your Google account to join. Give yourself an extra few minutes to log in or create a free one in case you don’t.

SATURDAYS:

Teachings from Our Living Masters Series

One Sat each month    10:00-11:30am

The Drikung Kagyu lineage is blessed to have many living masters who are recording precious teachings online. Once a month we will suggest a recorded teaching from a living master and then we will discuss that teaching on a Saturday morning.

Saturday, February 20 | Discussion of Khenchen Rinpoche's teaching

On Saturday, Jan 16 we will discuss the teachings which Garchen Rinpoche will offer on Saturday, Jan 9th.

Teaching: 
Teacher:  Khenchen Konchok Rinpoche
Original Teaching:  
Milarepa Sangha Dicussion:
  January 20 |  10:00-11:30am ~central time

TO JOIN THIS DISCUSSION
Zoom information:
Topic: Milarepa Buddhist Center Jan 12-17

To join this zoom meeting click here
Meeting ID: 843 7803 3565
Passcode: Hung21 

Meditation Marathon

Each evening in January: 7:00-7:20pm

Basic Guided Meditation series. Good for beginners. Free and open to all. Presented by Nangpa Yoga & the Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa. Join at any point in January! No registration required. No expectations.

Led by Gabriela Tobias

While working on spiritual and personal development, Gabriela finds joy in learning from different traditions that promote the practice of universal values. Gabriela is an Engineer with a multidisciplinary formation, she is currently studying a formal Buddhist training provided by The Dharmadatta Community, an international online Sangha guided by 4 nuns.

Gabriela thinks the best way to learn is practicing and sharing experiences with others, that is why she loves getting involved with community projects. Currently archiving a Yoga Teacher certification and working full time on the wind power industry, she is looking forward to facilitating silent meditation sessions.

How to join this meditation
To join please use: Google meet link: https://meet.google.com/ixb-xbwo-axf

*Note: You need your Google account to join. Give yourself an extra few minutes to log in or create a free one in case you don’t.

SUNDAYS:

Sunday Meditation and Discussion

9:30-11:45am

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: Community Discussion

Our Community Discussion is a time for our community to come together to discuss questions and thoughts about meditation and study.

10:00-10:30am: Om Ah Hung - 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: Vajrasattva Purification Meditation

At the beginning of this year we will lead the sangha in Vajrasattva practice.  This short practice is a wonderful opportunity to reset our intentions, cleanse our motivations, and purify the obstacles that we create for ourselves.  We will be doing this practice until the Tibetan New Year – Losar – the week of Feb 12th.

11:15-noon: 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 SESSIONS
Zoom information:
Topic: Milarepa Buddhist Center Jan 12-17

To join this zoom meeting click here
Meeting ID: 843 7803 3565
Passcode: Hung21 

Meditation Marathon

Each evening in January   7:00-7:20pm

Basic Guided Meditation series. Good for beginners. Free and open to all. Presented by Nangpa Yoga & the Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa. Join at any point in January! No registration required. No expectations. 

Led by Gabriela Tobias

While working on spiritual and personal development, Gabriela finds joy in learning from different traditions that promote the practice of universal values. Gabriela is an Engineer with a multidisciplinary formation, she is currently studying a formal Buddhist training provided by The Dharmadatta Community, an international online Sangha guided by 4 nuns.

Gabriela thinks the best way to learn is practicing and sharing experiences with others, that is why she loves getting involved with community projects. Currently archiving a Yoga Teacher certification and working full time on the wind power industry, she is looking forward to facilitating silent meditation sessions.

How to join this meditation
To join please use: Google meet link: https://meet.google.com/ixb-xbwo-axf

*Note: You need your Google account to join. Give yourself an extra few minutes to log in or create a free one in case you don’t.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Opening the Treasure of the Profound Teachings

3 Saturdays:  Jan 30, February 6 & 13
9am–noon ~CST

Khenchen Konchok Gyaltshen Rinpoche will teach for three Saturdays in January and February.

Rinpoche will be teaching in English. There is no fee to attend these teachings.  Please make a love offering as you are able.

Sponsored by the Drikung Dharma Circle of Wisconsin
and Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa

 

January 30:
Distiguishing Happiness from Suffering by Milarepa

February 6:
Song that Clarifies recollection by Lord Jigten Sumgon

February 13:
The Eight Bardos by Milarepa

Purchase the Book
How to join this Zoom event

Please return here for Zoom information

 

Love offerings

Send your offering to Rinpoche via the PayPal account of Drikung Kagyu Dharma Circle, Madison. Their Paypal ID is: lindakw@tds.net.

OR you can send a check made out to “Khenpo Konchog Gyaltshen” and mail it to:

Drikung Kagyu Dharma Circle
1722 Washington St.
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572-2713

 

RECORDED TEACHINGS:

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
The Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen

Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 1 of 13// July 13, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 2 of 13// July 13, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 3 of 13// July 14, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 4 of 13// July 14, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 5 of 13// July 15, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 6 of 13// July 15, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 7 of 13// July 16, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 8 of 13// July 16, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 9 of 13// July 17, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 10 of 13// July 17, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 11 of 13// July 18, 2020
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 12 of 13// July 18, 2020
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 13 of 13// July 19, 2020
Summer Teaching: Q&A Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen// July 19, 2020

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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