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Online Instruction

MILAREPA BUDDHIST CENTER

Weekly Meditation Practices & Classes

 

SUMMER SESSION 2020 -thru Sep 20, 2020

~held on Zoom

MONDAYS:

Parnashavari Meditation Practice

Mondays: 7:00-7:45pm

There are a great many ways that compassion can express itself.  In Tibetan Buddhism these expressions of compassion are represented and embodied by various deities and deity practices.  Lady Parnashavari, who is attired in green leaves of medicinal plants, is the 20th of the 21 Taras. During pandemics her qualities are invoked to spread the intention of healing for all beings. more on Parnashavari practice>

Download the text

Parnashavari Sadhana
from the Collected Works of Jigten Sumgon

Download Parnashavari Sadhana (text)

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 

TUESDAYS:

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


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. [ 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. ]

Taught by Tim Mullaney

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.  

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.

 

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.

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. 

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.

9:30-10:00am: Newcomers Orientation

Our Newcomers Orientation is a brief introduction to our Sunday Meditation Practices.

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.


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

At 10:30 we practice White Tara meditation in order to cultivate  loving kindness, compassion and mindfulness. This is a guided meditation

View the Sadhana

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11:00-11:45am: 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

Platform: Zoom

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. 

SISTER SANGHAS
Meditation, Teachings, Special Events
~by Drikung Kagyu teachers

SUMMER TEACHINGS by Garchen Rinpoche:

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche- The Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen

Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 1 of 13// July 13, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 2 of 13// July 13, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 3 of 13// July 14, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 4 of 13// July 14, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 5 of 13// July 15, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 6 of 13// July 15, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 7 of 13// July 16, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 8 of 13// July 16, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 9 of 13// July 17, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 10 of 13// July 17, 2020// H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 11 of 13// July 18, 2020
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 12 of 13// July 18, 2020
Summer Teaching: Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 13 of 13// July 19, 2020
Summer Teaching: Q&A Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen// July 19, 2020

TUESDAYS & 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

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

Platform: Zoom

Please RSVP by contacting the Gar Drolma sangha at:  info@gardrolma.org in order to receive further information to join this practice session. 

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

WEDNESDAYS:

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.

 

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. 

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.