937-244-1961 | 2871 Heinz Road, 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.

Upcoming Events

Friday, Dec 6th  |  7-8:30 pm


NEW MONTHLY MEDITATION: 
GURU RINPOCHE DAY PRACTICE


The 10th day of the lunar calendar is connected with Guru Rinpoche who is revered as the Second Buddha. Beginning this December we will begin to practice Guru Rinpoche meditation each month on this day. Please join us for this important and amazing practice!

Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava or “The Lotus Born”), was an Indian tantric master who played a major role in bringing Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet in the eighth century. During the reign of King Trisong Detsen, Guru Rinpoche helped establish the country’s first Buddhist monastery in Samye. The subject of many myths and legends, he is said to have had eight manifestations, including both the peaceful and wrathful forms. 

Guru Rinpoche is the buddha of the degenerate age in which we live. When we read the life stories of the great practitioners of all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism, we see how each one was repeatedly blessed and inspired, directly and indirectly, by Guru Rinpoche. 


future Guru Rinpoche Day practice dates
(every month according to the Tibetan Calendar) : 

January 5, 2020
February 4, 202

 

Sunday – December 8 | 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.

time: EVERY SUNDAY 9:30-9:50am   |  fee: none, drop in

Saturday, Dec 7th  |  11-noon


SANGHA MEETING


We will hold a sangha meeting on Saturday, December 7 to discuss upcoming events, financial report and other agenda items. We will post an agenda on our website soon.

SNACKS & COFFEE PROVIDED : )

If you have a matter that you would like to discuss and put on the agenda please email us at: sangha@milarepaiowa.org 


future Sangha Meeting dates (every other month)
February 1, April 4, June 6


DOWNLOAD AGENDA:

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Thursdays | Jan 13-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.


Fall, 2019 MEDITATION SESSIONS

 

Saturdays
beginning at 9am  ~you are welcome to join us at any point  in the morning

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.

time: 9-9:30am   |  fee: none, drop in

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 Medicine Buddha meditation –we can discuss the practice during this time. 

Orientation: 9:30-9:55am   |  fee: none, drop-in

Medicine Buddha Meditation

At 10am we practice Medicine Buddha meditation in order to heal the mind and body so that we may embody compassion and wisdom. Texts are provided and everyone is welcome regardless of your level of experience with meditation.

 

Time:  10-10:45   | fee: none, drop-in

 

Sundays
beginning at 9:30am ~you are welcome to join us at any point  in the morning

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.

time: 9:30-9:50am   |  fee: none, drop in

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.

time: 10-10:30am   |  fee: none, drop in

 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. 

Orientation: 10:30-10:55am  |  fee: none, drop-in

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.

 

Time:  11-11:45   | fee: none, drop-in

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