937-244-1961 | 2871 Heinz Road, Iowa City, 52240 | sangha@milarepaiowa.org

Special Events FALL 2019

SPECIAL EVENTS

Each year our community invites lamas and other qualified teachers to visit Iowa City to teach.  During these special events we bring in highly qualified teachers who have had many years of Buddhist practice and study.  At the request of our Spiritual Director, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, our center is a Rime center and we welcome teachers from various lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. 

All of our special events are suitable for people curious about Buddhism, those new to the Buddhist path, and more experienced practitioners.  It is not necessary to be a Buddhist in order to attend special events at Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa. 

Friday thru Sunday, October 25-27

FALL RETREAT WITH DRUPON RINCHEN DORJE:
Guru Rinpoche Empowerment and Dzogchen Teachings

SCHEDULE:

 

Friday, October 25
GURU RINPOCHE Empowerment

TIME: 7–9pm 
ABOUT: On Friday evening Drupon will offer the empowerment for Guru Rinpoche yoga practice. 

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Saturday, October 26  

Morning Session: 
Teachings on Guru Rinpoche Meditation Practice

TIME: 9–noon


Lunch Break:  noon–2


Afternoon Session:
Teachings on The Three Statements that Strike the Vital Point by Garab Dorje , I

TIME: 2-4pm


Evening:
Personal Interviews may be scheduled with Drupon. 

TIME: 4:30-6 pm – at the Dharma Center | the schedule will be announced later

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Sunday, October 27    

Morning session: 
Teachings on The Three Statements that Strike the Vital Point by Garab Dorje , II (continued)

TIME: 10–noon
 (You are welcome to attend this teaching even if you missed Saturday afternoon.)


Lunch Break:  noon-2pm 


Afternoon Session:
Teachings on The Three Statements that Strike the Vital Point by Garab Dorje , III (continued)

TIME: 2-4pm


Evening:
Personal Interviews may be scheduled with Drupon. 

TIME: 4:30-6 pm – at the Dharma Center | the schedule will be announced later

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REGISTRATION

4 REGISTRATION OPTIONS:

1. NON-MEMBERS
Friday evening empowerment: $30
Saturday teachings: $35
Sunday teachings: $35
REGISTER HERE


2. MEMBERS
Friday evening empowerment: $22
Saturday teachings: $25
Sunday teachings: $25
REGISTER HERE

Become a member here.


3. STUDENTS
Friday evening empowerment: $20
Saturday teachings: $22
Sunday teachings: $22
REGISTER HERE


4. SCHOLARSHIPS & WORK STUDY
Scholarships and work-study options are readily available by contacting Ellen Marie
at sangha@milarepaiowa.org or text: 937-244-1961. 



**RETREAT LUNCH OPTIONS:

We will bring in a vegetarian lunch to the center on Saturday and Sunday. If you would like to purchase this lunch – please sign up with your registration. The cost per person will be $7.   Otherwise, you are welcome to bring your own lunch or make other lunch plans.

Guru Rinpoche: a short biography

Guru Rinpoche (Precious Master) is also known as Padmasambhava (Skt.), or Padmākara.  Tibetans consider him the founder of Tibetan Buddhism.  For this reason, he is often referred to as the “second Buddha”. Guru Rinpoche was instrumental in bringing the Vajrayāna teachings to Tibet, arriving in the Iron Tiger year of 810 CE. In Tibet, he is famed for taming the local spirits by converting them to be protectors of the Dharma.

We often refer to Guru Rinpoche as Pemajungné (The Lotus Born) or Tsokyé Dorjé, ‘Lake Born Vajra’. He manifested from the heart of Amitabha Buddha. From that miraculous beginning, he appeared on the anthers of a lotus flower in the midst of Lake Dhanakosha in Oḍḍiyāna.  The date was the year of the Earth Monkey, on the tenth day of the waxing moon, in the monkey month. As Guru Rinpoche was born, the ḍākinīs praised him. Their spontaneous invocation is now well -loved as the Vajra Guru Mantra.

~from https://samyeinstitute.org/about-guru-rinpoche-day/

INFORMATION:

Location: 
This retreat will be held at our Dharma Center:  2871 Heinz Road, Iowa City, IA 

Options for Lunch:
A vegetarian lunch will be offered as part of this retreat for $7 
or  Bring your own food to the center.
or  Go out for lunch – a list of local lunch places can be found here.

Seating: 
We will have both cushions and chairs available.  

Volunteer Opportunities:  
There are volunteer opportunities still available for this lama visit. These include things like bringing flowers, serving tea for the lama, helping with meals for the lama and several other things. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering: Our volunteer teams are listed here.  Or you can email me at: sangha@milarepaiowa.org

Parking: 
Please park on the road in front of the center.

About Donations:    
Making teachings available from visiting teachers involves expenses for our young community. These include transportation costs, translator fee, and publicity. Most importantly, as a community we will make an offering to the lama at the end of his visit. Your donation will make the communal offering possible.  At the same time, your donations are the beginning of building something for future generations in Iowa City –a vibrant community that is able to offer a full range of opportunities for both practice and study in Buddhism.   No one turned away due to lack of funds.

Questions:   sangha@milarepaiowa.org or 937-244-1961

Tuesday and Wednesday evenings | October 29 & 30

 

LHARAMPA  GESHE NGAWANG NORBU
Teachings on Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa

SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, October 29

Teachings on Three Principal Aspects of the Path
by Je Tsongkhapa

Time: 6:30–8:30 pm
Place Milarepa Buddhist Center: 2871 Heinz Road, Iowa City
Suggested Donation:
$5-25 sliding scale

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Wednesday, October 30

Teachings on Three Principal Aspects of the Path
by Je Tsongkhapa (cont.)

Time: 6:30–8:30 pm
Place Milarepa Buddhist Center: 2871 Heinz Road, Iowa City
Suggested Donation:
$5-25 sliding scale

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REGISTRATION

4 REGISTRATION OPTIONS:

1. NON-MEMBERS
Tuesday Evening Teachings: $10
Wednesday Evening Teachings: $10
REGISTER HERE


2. MEMBERS
Tuesday Evening Teachings: $7
Wednesday Evening Teachings: $7
REGISTER HERE

Become a member here.


3. STUDENTS
Tuesday Evening Teachings: $5
Wednesday Evening Teachings: $5
REGISTER HERE


4. SCHOLARSHIPS & WORK STUDY
Scholarships and work-study options are readily available by contacting Ellen Marie
at sangha@milarepaiowa.org or text: 937-244-1961. 

INFORMATION:

Location: 
These teachings will be held at our Dharma Center:  2871 Heinz Road, Iowa City, IA 

Seating: 
We will have both cushions and chairs available.  

Volunteer Opportunities:  
There are volunteer opportunities still available for this lama visit. These include things like bringing flowers, serving tea for the lama, helping with meals for the lama and several other things. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering: sangha@milarepaiowa.org

Parking: 
Please park on the road in front of the center.

About Donations:    
Making teachings available from visiting teachers involves expenses for our community. These include transportation costs, translator fee, and publicity. Most importantly, as a community we will make an offering to the lama at the end of his visit. Your donation will make the communal offering possible.  At the same time, your donations are the beginning of building something for future generations in Iowa City –a vibrant community that is able to offer a full range of opportunities for both practice and study in Buddhism.   No one turned away due to lack of funds.

Questions:   sangha@milarepaiowa.org or 937-244-1961

Past Events

2019

May, 2019 :
In May we hosted Ina Trinley Wangmo to teach in Iowa City for the first time.  Ina has served as Garchen Rinpoche’s translator for over ten years.  She taught on the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma. 

April, 2019:
In April we hosted Drupon Rinchen Dorje who gave us the Vajrasattva  empowerment.  In addition, Drupon offered us teachings on the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo. 

2018

March, 2018:
Visiting scholar of Tibetan Buddhism Yaroslav Komarovski, Ph.D. taught on Contemplative Techniques of Calm and Insight Across Buddhist Traditions at the ICPL.

March, 2018:
Drupon Rinchen Dorje led a 3-Day Chenrezig Retreat for Compassion.

February, 2018:
Khenpo Paljor Gyatso taught on the Fundamentals of Buddhism.

January, 2018:
Two Tibetan nuns, Yuan Hao and Yuan Fei,  who delved systematically into a thorough study of Buddhism in one of the largest Tibetan Buddhism Academy in the world will visited us and taught at the ICPL. 

2017

October, 2017: In October we moved Milarepa Buddhist Center to our present location on 1st Ave. in Iowa City.

September, 2017:
Retreat with Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche:
Compassionate Mind, Heart of Peace. Rinpoche’s visit included a Green Tara Empowerment & teachings as well as an Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Teachings on the Nature of Mind.

May, 2017:
In May we co-hosted a One-Dharma picnic along with the Iowa City Zen Center and Iowa City Sangha (now Winding Path Sangha).

April, 2017:
In April we hosted a spring retreat with Khenpo Choephel Rinpoche. At this time Khenpo offered teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend.  In addition, Khenpo offered an empowerment for the Ten Dharma Activities: 1. Writing Dharma texts / 2. Practicing offering to Buddha Dharma Sanghas / 3. Practicing Generosity for the Buddha’s teachings / 4. Listening to Dharma teachings / 5. Reading Dharma texts such as Sutras and Tantras / 6. Taking Dharma transmissions from Masters/ 7. Giving Dharma teachings / 8. Practicing Dharma in our daily life / 9. Contemplating perfect Dharma / 10. Meditating Perfect Dharma. We practiced Shamata meditation with Khenpo as well as Chenrezig Meditation.

February, 2017:
In February we co-hosted a One-Dharma vegetarian potluck at our center.

January, 2017:
We hosted a winter retreat with Khenpo Choephel Rinpoche
which included a Medicine Buddha empowerment as well as teachings on Medicine Buddha practice, teachings on the Four Immeasurables and on the Four Seals. At the end of this retreat Khenpo instructed us in torma making and how to set up a personal shrine.

 

2016

October, 2016:
In October Drupon Rinchen Dorje offered
a White Tara Empowerment, White Tara Teachings and Practice and Teachings on the Life of Milarepa.

October, 2016:
Milarepa Buddhist center was established.

April, 2016:
Khenchen Konchok Gyaltshen Rinpoche
on the topic Loving Kindness and Compassion: The Source of All Happiness and Joy. In addition Khenchen gave a two-day teaching on The Display of Discursive Thought & the Natural Radiance of Awareness.

 

2014

September, 2014:   
Khenpo Samdup
was the first teacher that we hosted in Iowa City. Khenpo taught on the following topics:  Introduction to Buddhism, What is Buddha Nature?, Introduction to Calm Abiding Meditation and Individual Meditation Instruction.