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 & Classes via Zoom

MONDAYS

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.

Platform: Zoom

Resources

Parnashavari Sadhana
from the Collected Works of Jigten Sumgon

Download Parnashavari Sadhana (text)

TO JOIN THIS EVENT

Please RSVP at admin@milarepaiowa.org in order to receive the Zoom meeting id and password. (Please state your name and where you are joining from.)  You can email at any point – even right up to the beginning of the session. If you are having problems text: 937-244-1961 

TUESDAYS

Essence of the Mahayana Teachings
with Khenpo Samdup

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 6:00-7:30pm ~central time

“In coordination with sister sanghas, Khenpo Samdup Rinpoche begins a new course of teachings based on his commentary of Lord Jigten Sumgon’s  Lam Rim text, Essence of the Mahayana Teachings.  It provides deep insight into the path of the Sutras and Tantras that can ultimately lead to the realization of enlightenment.” ~Gar Drolma

Platform: Zoom

If you begin to regularly attend practices with Khenpo Samdup and the Gar Drolma sangha, please consider making a donation to their sangha.  

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 Purchase the Book

 Order the book from Gar Drolma here.

 Order the book on Kindle here.

To Join this Class

Please RSVP by contact info@gardrolma.org in order to receive further information to join this practice session. 

Book Discussion:
The Practice of Lojong – Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind


with Tim Mullaney, Ph.D.


Tuesdays: 7:00-8:30pm

This Spring  Tim will lead a discussion group based on The Practice of Lojong by Traleg Rinpoche. This book presents commentary, stories, and historical background on the lojong slogans of Tibetan Buddhism. Used by meditators through the ages to cultivate awareness and compassion, and made popular by successful books by Pema Chodron and Chogyam Trungpa. This contemplation practice offers guidance for remaining receptive and wakeful amid the ups and downs of daily life. These meditations have long been considered the quintessence of Buddhist teachings for cultivating an awakened heart and a compassionate mind.

Traleg Kyabgon, a revered contemporary Tibetan master, offers practical and thorough explanations of each of the fifty-nine lojong slogans, including:

* Don’t wait in ambush.
* Always maintain a cheerful outlook.
* Don’t attack others’ vulnerable points.

Platform: Zoom

Begins June 16.  The discussion group will take place until the book is finished. *Don’t worry if you do not have the book for your first session.

About Tim

Tim Mullaney, PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, has been a meditator and practitioner in the Karma Kagyu lineage for nearly 40 years. His teachers include Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche and Tai Situ Rinpoche. Tim is also a psychologist and has extensive background working with mindfulness training in professional, non-religious settings.

TO JOIN THIS DISCUSSION

Please RSVP at admin@milarepaiowa.org in order to receive the Zoom meeting id and password. (Please state your name and where you are joining from.)  You can email at any point – even right up to the beginning of the session. If you are having problems text: 937-244-1961 

WEDNESDAYS

Essence of the Mahayana Teachings
with Khenpo Samdup

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 6:00-7:30pm ~central time

“In coordination with sister sanghas, Khenpo Samdup Rinpoche begins a new course of teachings based on his commentary of Lord Jigten Sumgon’s  Lam Rim text, Essence of the Mahayana Teachings.  It provides deep insight into the path of the Sutras and Tantras that can ultimately lead to the realization of enlightenment.” ~Gar Drolma

Platform: Zoom

If you begin to regularly attend practices with Khenpo Samdup and the Gar Drolma sangha, please consider making a donation to their sangha.  

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 Purchase the Book

 Order the book from Gar Drolma here.

 Order the book on Kindle here.

To Join this Class

Please RSVP by contact info@gardrolma.org in order to receive further information to join this practice session. 

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.

Platform: Zoom

If you begin to regularly attend practices with Drupon Rinchen Dorje and the Chicago Ratna Shri sangha, please consider making a donation to their sangha.  

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 MEDITATION

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. 

THURSDAYS

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.

Facilitator:  Gabriela Tobias
Platform: Zoom

 

TO JOIN THIS MEDITATION

Please RSVP at admin@milarepaiowa.org in order to receive the Zoom meeting id and password. (Please state your name and where you are joining from.)  You can email at any point – even right up to the beginning of the session. If you are having problems text: 937-244-1961 

SUNDAYS

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.

Platform: Zoom

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>

11:00-11:30am: 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 MEDITATION SESSIONS

Please RSVP at admin@milarepaiowa.org in order to receive the Zoom meeting id and password. (Please state your name and where you are joining from.)  You can email at any point – even right up to the beginning of the session. If you are having problems text: 937-244-1961 

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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