Special Events FALL 2019
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.
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.
In April we hosted Drupon Rinchen Dorje who gave us the Vajrasattva empowerment. In addition, Drupon offered us teachings on the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo.
Visiting scholar of Tibetan Buddhism Yaroslav Komarovski, Ph.D. taught on Contemplative Techniques of Calm and Insight Across Buddhist Traditions at the ICPL.
Drupon Rinchen Dorje led a 3-Day Chenrezig Retreat for Compassion.
Khenpo Paljor Gyatso taught on the Fundamentals of Buddhism.
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.
October, 2017: In October we moved Milarepa Buddhist Center to our present location on 1st Ave. in Iowa City.
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.
In May we co-hosted a One-Dharma picnic along with the Iowa City Zen Center and Iowa City Sangha (now Winding Path Sangha).
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.
In February we co-hosted a One-Dharma vegetarian potluck at our center.
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.
In October Drupon Rinchen Dorje offered
a White Tara Empowerment, White Tara Teachings and Practice and Teachings on the Life of Milarepa.
Milarepa Buddhist center was established.
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.
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.