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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.

Upcoming Events

Friday, Feb 21  |  7–8:30pm

*Kirtan cancelled – join us Mar 27!

REGIONAL EVENT:

KHENCHEN KONCHOK GYATSHEN RINPOCHE

Holy Wisdom Monastery, Retreat & Guest
Middleton WI

 

 

FEBRUARY 22nd & 23rd
10AM-5PM

Weekend Retreat with KHENCHEN RINPOCHE

Teaching and Meditation retreat on Developing Loving Kindness and Compassion

Khenchen Rinpoche has graciously offered a teaching/meditation retreat on “Developing Loving Kindness and Compassion in Madison, WI

SUGGESTED DONATION:
Saturday Teachings $25 Sunday Teaching $25 no one will be turned away for inability to make a donation.

For more information: Contact Linda at 608-832-6522
email Lindakw@tds.netcell 608-209-8432

Face Book Page:
Drikung Kagyu Dharma Circle of Madison

If you cannot be present in person. We will be 
broadcasting this event on FB Live. Join us right here: https://www.facebook.com/DrikungKagyuDharmaCircle4MadisonWI/

37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

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

(complete 37 Practices here)

This weekend we will discuss:

Verse 12:
Even if others, influenced by great desire, steal all one’s wealth or have it stolen, dedicating to them one’s body, possessions and virtues [accumulated in] the three times is the bodhisattvas’ practice.

Verse 12 Commentary:

There are many instances of stealing, for example there are little thieves, or robbers. There are many such cases brought before the justice system. What is the cause of stealing and robbery cases? Perhaps, in our past lives, we have taken other people’s possessions without permission or we have been a thief and stolen or cheated others of their possessions. Another case would be that we did not repay our parents for using their possessions. Thereafter they have become our karmic debtors. All these are our karma accumulated from past lives.

Therefore, in this lifetime we experience being robbed or things stolen from us. In actual fact it is like having borrowed possessions from others without returning it, thus establishing debts for this lifetime. If we can understand this point then when we are being robbed or things stolen from us we will not have hatred thoughts in our mind. We will not have hatred thoughts directed towards the thieves or robbers. Naturally we will not be angry, at the same time we will dedicate the merits to them. Why do we need to dedicate merits to them? It is because we already understand the cause and effect and that they may be our past life debtors coming to collect what are truly owed to them. Or they are our past life parents coming to collect their time and efforts to bring us up. All these debts we need to clear and at the same time dedicate the merits to them. Hoping that they will quickly attain enlightenment. Also hoping that their riches will increase and their lives without obstacles. If we can truly perform this dedication of merit, then we would have carried out the most precious form of giving. The possession that was lost would not be wasted.

This is especially true at present; people engaged in commerce often borrow money. Many people are not able to repay the loan and because of this suffer pain and suffering. We should contemplate on this in detail. We should contemplate on this. On the one hand we wish to repay all debts, so that we will feel happiness in our mind. If we are not able to collect debts owed by our friends; we should forgive them. Because if we did not incur any debt in our past life to these people, in future we could, through legal means, collect what is owed. If we owed them in our past life, this amount of money, no matter what methods we employ, we will not be able to get repayment. Even though in their heart they want to repay the money, somehow you will not be successful in retrieving your money. Therefore in these matters we must not feel agitated or get angry.

We must understand that the above method is very good and will lessen your pain and sufferings. If we do not have this type of attitude, when we lose our possessions we would suffer the initial loss of the possession, then we will suffer the anger thoughts that follow. Anger will lead us to the hells realms. Can you imagine how you can withstand the pain and suffering of the hells realm? Therefore when we lose a lot of our possessions we must not feel pain. Because we still have Bodhicitta in our mind. If we lose our Bodhicitta then every day you would just think of the loss of your possessions. One day when Buddha Amitabha wants to take you to pureland you would not be able to go. Because you will still be in the hells realm. Why? Because after your loss of possessions, each day you have anger in your mind and in the end you will end up in the hells realm.

If after we lost possessions, we only think that we should repay this debt and not generate any anger thoughts. Then after repayment of this debt, we should also practice giving. In the future we will enjoy the karmic fruition of giving paramitas. To contemplate a little further, if you are able to meet a thief it is fortunate because you are able to repay your debts and at the same time practice the giving paramitas. Therefore we should give thanks to this thief. If you can think like this, we will be able to stop your own pain and suffering as well as those of others. Isn’t that a good thing to do?

Winter, 2020 Weekly Schedule

 Thursdays

Thursdays | Jan 16-Feb 27  |  6–7pm

New Weekly Practice:

Mindfulness Meditation

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. It is a time to let go of our lists, our responsibilities and return home to ourselves.

no cost ~ no registration ~ donations welcome
facilitator: Gabriela Tobias

 

Saturdays
~you are welcome to join us at any point  in the morning

Saturdays  | 9:00-9:30am

Guided Meditation: Om Ah Hung

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 regardless of your level of experience with meditation.

no cost ~ no registration ~ donations welcome
facilitators: Ellen Marie Lauricella, Naomi Bloom, Catherine Deming

Saturdays  | 9:30-10:00am

Dharma Discussion

During the Dharma Discussion we will read and discuss a short excerpt from a book of Garchen Rinpoche's quotes.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions.  If you are new to Tibetan Buddhism or have never done Green Tara meditation – we can discuss the practice during this time.

no cost ~ no registration ~ donations welcome
facilitators: Ellen Marie Lauricella, Naomi Bloom, Catherine Deming

Saturdays  | 10:00–10:30am

Mindfulness Meditation

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. It is a time to let go of our lists, our responsibilities and return home to ourselves.

no cost ~ no registration ~ donations welcome
facilitators: Ellen Marie Lauricella, Naomi Bloom, Catherine Deming

 

Sundays
~you are welcome to join us at any point  in the morning

Sundays | 9:30-9:50am

NEWCOMERS ORIENTATION

Want to find out more about meditation and Buddhism, but don’t know where to start?  This program is for you! Whether you’re just curious about what a Buddhist mediation center is like or you’ve been thinking about learning more about Buddhism.  Our Newcomers Orientation is a relaxed introduction to our center and our programs. Come with your questions if you have any. All are welcome.

no cost ~ no registration ~ donations welcome
facilitators: Ellen Marie Lauricella, Naomi Bloom

Sundays  | 10:00-10:30am

Guided Meditation: Om Ah Hung

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 regardless of your level of experience with meditation.

no cost ~ no registration ~ donations welcome
facilitators: Ellen Marie Lauricella, Naomi Bloom

Sundays  | 10:30-10:55am

Dharma Discussion

During the Dharma Discussion we will read and discuss a short excerpt from a book of Garchen Rinpoche's quotes.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions.  If you are new to Tibetan Buddhism or have never done Green Tara meditation – we can discuss the practice during this time.

no cost ~ no registration ~ donations welcome
facilitators: Ellen Marie Lauricella, Naomi Bloom

Sundays  | 11-11:45am

Green Tara Meditation

At 11am we practice the Green Tara meditation in order to cultivate  loving kindness, compassion and mindfulness. Texts are provided and  everyone is welcome regardless of your level of experience with meditation.

no cost ~ no registration ~ donations welcome
facilitators: Ellen Marie Lauricella, Naomi Bloom

Sundays | 11:45am–12:15pm

 TEA & CONVERSATION

Join us for tea and conversation after meditation practice.  

time: 11:45 -12:15

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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