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Online Instruction

WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

MONDAYS:

Parnashavari Meditation Practice

Mondays: 7:00-7:50pm

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>

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Parnashavari Sadhana
from the Collected Works of Jigten Sumgon

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Led by Naomi Bloom

Naomi Bloom, M.D. is a founder of Milarepa Buddhist Center and long time student of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche.

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Topic: Milarepa Buddhist Center Nov 30-Dec 6
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843 7803 3565
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TUESDAYS:

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.

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Topic: Milarepa Buddhist Center Nov 30-Dec 6
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843 7803 3565
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Book Discussion Group

Tuesdays: 7:30-8:30pm
beginning Tuesday, November 24

Next Tuesday we will begin a new book discussion. We will be discussing Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. 

"In this teaching Rinpoche presents the main schools of Buddhist philosophy with their progressively more subtle and refined views of reality. However it is not just a teaching on the view, but a presentation providing the student the means to realize it through meditation practice.  The idea of a series of meditation practices on a particular aspect of the Buddha's teaching is that beginning with one's first rather coarse commonsense understanding, one progresses through increasingly subtle and more refined stages until one arrives at complete and perfect understanding. Each stage in the process prepares the mind for the next in so far as each step is fully integrated into one's understanding through the meditation process."

HOW TO PURCHASE THE BOOK
TO JOIN THIS BOOK DISCUSSION
Zoom information:
Topic: Milarepa Buddhist Center Nov 30-Dec 6
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TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS:

Essence of the Mahayana Teachings
with Khenpo Samdup

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 6:00-7:30pm ~central time

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>

"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

To Purchase the Book

Order the book from Gar Drolma here.
Order the book on Kindle here.

TO JOIN THIS TEACHING

This teaching is sponsored by our friends at Gar Drolma in Dayton, Ohio.  Please contact info@gardrolma.org for the required Zoom information for the meeting.

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
Zoom information:
Topic: Milarepa Buddhist Center Nov 30-Dec 6
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Meeting ID: 
843 7803 3565
Passcode: Dharma-20 

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS:

The Way of the Bodhisattva Teachings
with Khenpo Samdup

Saturdays & Sundays:
10:00am-noon : teaching session
6–7pm : Discussion with Q&A

"Khenpo Samdup Rinpoche will be teaching the beloved classic Buddhist text, The Way of the Bodhisattva or Bodhicaryavatara. The Indian scholar, Shantideva, provides inspirational guidance to developing the boundless qualities of a bodhisattva dedicated to easing the suffering of sentient beings. H.E. Garchen Rinpoche frequently ends his teachings with a recitation of the last chapter." ~Gar Drolma

Series continues every weekend until further notice.

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A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life

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TO JOIN THIS TEACHING

This teaching is sponsored by our friends at Gar Drolma in Dayton, Ohio.  Please contact info@gardrolma.org for the required Zoom information for the meeting.

SUNDAYS:

Sunday Meditation and Discussion

9:30-11:45am

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: Community Discussion

Our Community Discussion is a time for our community to come together to discuss questions and thoughts about meditation and study.

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

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

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11:15-noon: 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 SESSIONS
Zoom information:
Topic: Milarepa Buddhist Center Nov 30-Dec 6
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Meeting ID: 
843 7803 3565
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SPECIAL EVENTS:

Daughters of the Buddha Have No Fear - Discussion with Khenmo Drolma

Wednesday, December 2

On Nov 9 Vajra Dakini nunnery sponsored a zoom discussion called Daughters of the Buddha Have No Fear. It was a wonderful discussion about the relatively untold stories of the early women in Buddhism. "We look to our foremothers for wisdom in difficult times. We are not the first to face wars, epidemics and injustice. With nothing but the Dharma, they were wisdom warriors." Now the Milarepa Sangha has the opportunity to have a virtual discussion with Khenmo Drolma, Abbot of the Vajra Dakini nunnery.  Please watch the original discussion HERE to prepare for this wonderful event! 

There is no charge for this event.  RSVP REQUIRED BY TUESDAY TO RECEIVE ZOOM INFORMATION

TO JOIN THIS EVENT
Zoom information:
Topic: Milarepa Buddhist Center Nov 30-Dec 6
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Meeting ID: 
843 7803 3565
Passcode: Dharma-20 

RECORDED TEACHINGS:

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