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, Jan 31  |  7–8:30pm

SACRED SOUND HEALING EVENT: 
KIRTAN JAM

About once a month we will get together to listen and participate in a sacred music event. Kirtan is an ancient, meditative, heart-opening and fun call-and-response singing yoga practice with mantras put to simple, traditional melodies.  It empowers people of all ages and backgrounds to cultivate devotion to the sacred, expand life force energy, and ground in pure being for clarity of mind, relaxation and inner and outer peace. We will also have a few Buddhist songs to sing.

fee: none, drop in
facilitator: Justn Matthews

beverages provided – bring a snack to share!

Saturday, February 1 |  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.  If you have a matter that you would like to discuss and put on the agenda please email us at: sangha@milarepaiowa.org   SNACKS & COFFEE PROVIDED : )


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

Friday, February 7 |  7-8:30


GURU RINPOCHE PRACTICE


The 10th day of the lunar calendar is connected with Guru Rinpoche who is revered as the Second Buddha. In 2020 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.

fee: none, drop in
facilitators: Ellen Marie Lauricella, Naomi Bloom

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.

time: 6-7pm  |  fee: none, drop in
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.

fee: none, drop in
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.

 fee: none, drop in
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.

fee: none, drop in
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.

fee: none, drop in
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.

fee: none, drop in
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.

fee: none, drop in
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.

fee: none, drop in
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

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