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

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Dear Friends:  We are planning to open for practices in late May, 2021.  Please visit us again for specifics.

SPRING 2021 . WEEKLY SCHEDULE

MONDAY:

Join Us for Meatless Mondays

We would like to invite our community to consider not eating meat on Mondays.  Meatless Monday is a global movement that encourages people to reduce meat in their diet for their health and the health of the planet. The campaign was started in 2003 by Sid Lerner, the Founder of  The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. 

Meditation and Dharma Discussion

Mondays

Meditation: 5:30–6:00pm
Dharma Discussion: 6:00-7:00


On Monday evenings we will join the sangha in Madison, WI on zoom.  There is a period for meditation, contemplation and discussion.  Right now we are discussing the 
A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path. You don’t need to have the book to join us!

We are so fortunate to have Khenmo Trinley, editor of A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path,  with us for this discussion!

TO JOIN THIS MEDITATION and DISCUSSION

Zoom information:
TO JOIN THIS ZOOM MEETING CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 820 6105 3580
Passcode: 108

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this meditation is great for beginners

Khenpo Thupsang to Teach

37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

Mondays  7:30-8:30pm ~Central Time

Please note for international students- USA has had our daylight savings time change.  Time Zone Convertor>

On Monday evenings Khenpo Thupsang will teach on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva. This series begins on March 8.

Composed in the 14th century by the great sage, Gyalse Ngulchu Thogme, The 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva is one of the most revered texts in Tibetan Buddhism. This concise, profound poem is studied across all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.  The 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva provides us with the blueprint to develop precious bodhicitta and progress along the Bodhisattva’s path.

HOW TO JOIN THIS TEACHING

Zoom information:
Topic: 
Milarepa Buddhist Center Classes & Meditation
To join this zoom meeting click here
Meeting ID: 843 7803 3565
Passcode: Hung21!

TUESDAY:

this meditation is great for beginners

Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesdays   7:00-7:30pm

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.

 

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
Zoom information:
Topic: Milarepa Mindfulness Meditation

To join this zoom meeting click here
Meeting ID: 872 4037 8545
Passcode: MeDitate21 

WEDNESDAY:

Introduction to Meditation – The Journey Within

8 Wednesdays  7:00-8:30pm  ~Chicago time

Apr 21, 28 | May 5, 12, 19, 26 | Jun 2, 9

This Spring Tim will offer his wonderful introduction to meditation class once again.  This class provides an excellent foundation for all types of meditation.  Everyone is welcome to attend – including those who have already attended this class!


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.

Time zone information

7:00–8:30pm ~Chicago time

8:00-9:30pm ~NY time
5:00-6:30pm ~California & Arizona time

HOW TO JOIN THIS TEACHING ON ZOOM

Zoom information:
Topic: 
Milarepa Buddhist Center Classes & Meditation
To join this zoom meeting click here
Meeting ID: 843 7803 3565
Passcode: Hung21!

THURSDAY:

WHITE TARA PRACTICE

For H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s Long Life

Performed by the Garchen Institute Lamas

Thursdays | 10am-11am ~Chicago time

TEXTS

Yellow Prayer Book: opening prayers and long life prayers
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White Tara Sadhana:
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Praise of the 21 Taras (replacing sadhana pages 24-39)
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Benefits of Praises to 21 Taras
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Blue Prayer Book: dedication prayer
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CLICK HERE   To join the Thursday livestream

this meditation is great for beginners

Mindfulness Meditation

Thursdays   7:00-7:30pm

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.

 

 

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
Zoom information:
Topic: Milarepa Mindfulness Meditation

To join this zoom meeting click here
Meeting ID: 872 4037 8545
Passcode: MeDitate21 

Achi Chokyi Drolma Meditation Practice

Thursdays  7:30-8:10pm

Achi Chokyi Drolma is the great dharma protector of the Buddha’s teachings. Although she is revered by all lineages, she is the grandmother of Lord Jigten Sumgon and strongly associated with the Drikung Kagyu lineage.

Achi Chokyi Drolma promised to grant the ordinary and supreme siddhis to her followers. She composed a sadhana of herself and promised to protect the Buddha’s teachings in the future. When her activities came to an end, she flew up to the buddha-field on her blue horse depicted here. Her damaru and celestial songs could be heard by Lord Jigten Sumgon at Drikung Thel.

Achi is invoked to remove obstacles and to create positive conditions in spiritual and worldly activities. His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche has instructed everyone to do this practice during this time of Coronavirus pandemic. 

Get the text and more information
HOW TO JOIN THIS MEDITATION
Zoom information:
Topic: 
Milarepa Buddhist Center Classes & Meditation
To join this zoom meeting click here
Meeting ID: 843 7803 3565
Passcode: Hung21!

SATURDAY:

SUNDAY:

this meditation is great for beginners

Sunday Meditation and Discussion

9:30-11:00am

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: Sangha Discussion and Check-in

On Sundays before practice we keet to talk. If anyone has a question we can raise it at that time.

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.


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10:30-11:00am: White Tara Meditation

We practice  White Tara meditation in order to cultivate  loving kindness, compassion and mindful-ness.

HOW TO JOIN SUNDAY SESSIONS
Zoom information:
Topic: 
Milarepa Buddhist Center Classes & Meditation
To join this zoom meeting click here
Meeting ID: 843 7803 3565
Passcode: Hung21!

 Dear Sangha:

At the request of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche our sangha will have a resident lama, Khenpo Konchok Thupsang, come to the Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa.  Khenpo will take on the role of Dharma teacher and spiritual friend in our community. 

Khenpo Thupsang has wide knowledge of  Buddhist scripture and also abundant practical experience in following the teachings.  Khenpo Thupsang was born in Tibet and had his early training at the Gar Monastery in eastern Tibet.  He later had nine years of Dharma education at Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Institute in Chauntra, India.

Khenpo is presently in Arizona participating in ongoing pujas and activities with Garchen Rinpoche and the GBI lamas. He will arrive in Iowa City in June.  We are really excited about welcoming Khenpo into our community and will keep you all informed of our progress!

SPECIAL EVENTS . MAY 2021

SAGA DAWA EVENTS

The most meritorious & auspicious time of the year to practice!

1000 Arm Chenrezig Empowerment

~bestowed by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

May 12 | 6-7:30pm

Chenrezig Sadhana Practice | May 13-16

~led by Garchen Institiute Lamas
May 13-15 | 11am-2pm & 4-5:30pm
May 16 | 11am-2pm & 4-7pm

Four Yogas of Mahamudra | May 13-15

~teachings by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

6-7:30pm

Nyung Ne | May 24-26 & May 26-28

~This fasting retreat is led by Garchen Institiute Lamas
11am-7pm

All times are listed in CDT (UTC-5)

Nyungne is a special practice of the eleven-faced, thousand-armed form of Chenrezig, embodiment of the love and compassion of all the buddhas of the past, present and future.

The Nyungne practice of the eleven-faced, thousand-armed form of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the Buddha of compassion, is for purifying negative karma and accumulating merit and wisdom in a short but intensive retreat setting.

This intensive practice requires maintaining the eight Mahayana precepts on the first day and on the second day adding vows of fasting and silence (fasting begins after the noon meal on the first day and continues until breakfast on the third day).

Meditation sessions include prayers, offerings, prostrations, and extensive mantra recitation, cultivating all three vehicles of Buddhism.

Practicing Nyungne with great devotion increases peace in oneself and the world, brings happiness and good fortune, and leads to rebirth in Buddha Amitabha’s Pureland of Dewachen.

This profound practice is held during Saga Dawa. Saga Dawa is the lunar month which celebrates Buddha Shakyamuni’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. Saga Dawa is a great merit multiplying period.

CLICK HERE   To join the livestream for all events

LAMA CHOPA PUJA

In honor of Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

Performed by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche & the GBI Lamas
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche requests his students to join the Lama Chopa Puja in honor of Bardor Tulku’s 49th day since passing

May 20 | 11:30am-2pm ~Chicago time

TEXTS

Yellow Prayer Book: opening prayers and long life prayers
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Lama Chopa Sadhana:    
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Serkhangma Prayer:
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Blue Prayer Book: dedication prayer
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CLICK HERE   To join the livestream

PATH TO AWAKENING

The Essentials ~by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin

these teachings are great for beginners

Tuesdays and Thursdays | February 16-May 20

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin is the resident teacher at the Garchen Buddhist Institute

This concise and comprehensive overview of the Buddha’s teachings is perfect for both beginners and more experienced practitioners. It includes an introduction to the Buddhist view and all the essential teachings for the path to transformation.

Weekly Class Teaching  – lecture format on Youtube
Tuesday classes are 2 hour teachings on each subject. These classes are accessed on Youtube.


Weekly Class Question and Answer Time –
Q & A class time on Zoom  |  Thursday is an interactive format using Zoom to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s teachings. Offering an excellent opportunity to connect with Khenpo Tenzin and our worldwide Sangha. Khenpo will also lead an analytical meditation on each subject. 

For Thursday Q & A sessions:
ZOOM ID: 218 378 3697
Password: 37PATH108

The subjects covered in this series include:


Refuge, Ten Virtues, Ten Non Virtues, Preliminary Practices, Vows, View of Karma, Four Noble Truths, Four Thoughts, Sutra Paths and Bhumis, New Tantric Paths and Bhumis, Old Tantric Paths and Bhumis, Generation Stage, Completion Stage and the Fruition of Dharma Practice. 

SERIES SCHEDULE


* Tuesdays 12-2pm ~Chicago time – Teachings

* Thursdays – Alternating between 12-2pm AND 7:30-9:30pm ~Chicago time–Questions/ Discussion / Meditation

Thursday dates and times for April:

April 15 | 12-2pm ~Chicago time

April 22 | 7:30-9:30pm ~Chicago time

April 29 | 12-2pm ~Chicago time

SERIES DATES


February 16,18,23,25

March 2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25,30

April 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27,29

May 4,6,11,13,18,20

All previous teachings and Q & A sessions in this series are available to view at the Garchen Buddhist Institute YouTube channel, categorized as “Path to Awakening Series”  within Playlists.

CLICK HERE   To join the Tuesday livestream

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION – There is no fee to participate in this event. However, please make a donation as you are able.

Hosted by the Garchen Buddhist Institute

Questions?: questions@garchen.net

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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