April Events & Retreat Opening at Kagyu ThubtenCholing

April Events & Retreat Opening at Kagyu ThubtenCholing

Postby Mr. G » Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:13 pm

Amitabha Chanting for Liberating the Deceased and Benefiting Beings (Qing Ming)

April 5, 2011 (Tuesday)
1:00 pm | Lighting Of Butterlamps
1:30 pm | Chanting Of Short Amitabha Practice

On the occasion of Qing Ming, Kagyu Thubten Chöling will be making prayers and offerings for our parents, ancestors, and the deceased. We will be performing the short Amitabha practice as well as offering 500 butterlamps and aspiration prayers for the well being of us and all other beings, especially those to whom we dedicate the practice by name, both living and deceased. For all beings, this practice will help to create favorable conditions and enhance their well-being.
Lama Norlha Rinpoche has said that, "no matter how long ago your deceased dear ones or relatives have passed away, it is still very vital to make prayers and offerings for them to increase their merit."

You may donate any amount and provide us with the names for dedication (both living and deceased). To make these dedications, download the Qing Ming Dedication Form.

There is no charge for attending the chanting but if you require overnight accommodations, please make on-line reservations one week in advance. Please see General Information about Events at KTC below for details.
Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.



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Chanting for Removing Obstacles
Please join the Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche and the KTC Sangha for a variety of chanting events to take place in the month of April. The dates are listed below. To confirm starting times for chanting, please call close to each event (845-297-4840).
Thursday, March 31 (8:30 am) | A traditional Tong Chö of 1,000 butter lamps, 1,000 bowls of saffron water and 300 bowls filled with rice, incense and flowers is offered weekly, accompanied by chanting of the Chenrezi practice.

Thursday, March 31 (10:00 am) | Monlam Choga, followed by the Short Shitro Practice
Chanting of the Monlam Choga (Prayers of Auspiciousness), a practice of offering and aspiration prayers compiled by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. This is followed by the short liturgy of Shitro (Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), a profound practice from the cycle of teachings and meditations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. We dedicate this practice to the deceased in order to purify negativities, avert obstacles in the bardo, and establish a connection with the deities that will ripen in future lives.

April 1-3, Friday-Sunday | Drolma Yuldok, a practice based on the 21 Taras
This is a three-day practice to remove obstacles and bring auspicious conditions. Transliterated and translated versions of the text will be available to guests. It is also very beneficial to recite the mantra of Tara in the shrine room on one's own while the ceremony is being performed. You may wish to bring small trinkets, candies and cookies to add to the Tara mandala in order to create an auspicious connection with the practice and its vast benefits.
Preparations for the practice will take place Friday morning and chanting will begin that afternoon and continue for the next two days.
April 6, Wednesday (10:00 am) | Sherab Nyingpo, a practice based on the Heart Sutra
Sherab Nyingpo is an obstacle averting practice that dispels unfavorable circumstances and prompts good conditions. The Heart Sutra is recited repeatedly as a means to purify obstacles created by the 4 maras (mental afflictions; attachment to happiness; clinging to the 5 skandhas; death). The practice invokes the blessings of Prajnaparamita, the Mother of all Buddhas.
Please join us for torma making and preparations at 8:30 am
April 7, Thursday (1:00 pm) | Gya Shi, "The Practice of the Four Hundred Offerings"
Gyashi is an obstacle averting practice involving four hundred offerings made to the Buddha Shakyamuni. It is a means to purify obstacles created by the 4 maras (mental afflictions; attachment to happiness; clinging to the 5 skandhas; death).
Please join us for torma making and preparations at 8:30 am
April 7, Thursday (following Gya Shi chanting) | Sür, Evening Fire Offering Ceremony
Sür (evening fire offering ceremony) is an offering to the 4 guests: the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas; Protectors; sentient beings; and those with whom we have karmic debts. It averts obstacles and sickness and is dedicated to those who are dying, beings in the Bardo, and to beings with whom we have karmic debts.
April 8, Friday (11:00 am) | Sang, Morning Fire Offering Ceremony
Sang is a special morning purification fire ceremony. It is an offering to all worldly gods and the 4 guests: Buddhas & Bodhisattvas; Protectors; sentient beings; and those with whom we have karmic debts. This practice pacifies war, encourages peace and averts sickness. It also creates merit and concludes the year-end chanting by purifying any remaining obstacles.
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There are many ways to participate in these auspicious activities. During all of these dates, the shrine room is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to join us for any amount of time. Additionally, it is possible to sponsor the chanting.

For those who wish to sponsor the chanting, donations can be made towards meals, fire offering ceremonies, or the tea served during the chanting. General contributions towards these special practices are also welcome. Be sure to include a prayer with your donation which will be read aloud to the assembly.

You may make your donations on-line or simply mail your tax-deductible contribution to:
Kagyu Thubten Chöling
Attn: Office
245 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

Please make checks payable to Kagyu Thubten Choling or KTC. For credit card payments, fax your credit card number (VISA or MasterCard only), along with the expiration date and signature and the amount you would like to charge to (845) 297-5761. For your protection, please do not email your credit card information.

As we are not able to check email during chanting events, please send your prayer request and sponsorship information 48 hours before the first day of chanting to guarantee that we receive it in time to announce your prayer. If you are not able to do that, please leave a short but clear message of your prayer on 845-297-2500 and we will do our best to have your prayer announced.

There is no charge for attending the chanting but if you require overnight accommodations, please make on-line reservations one week in advance. Please see General Information about Events at KTC below for details.
Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.


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Opening of the seventh Three-Year Retreat

Sunday, April 17, 2001 at 10 a.m.

Please join Lama Norlha Rinpoche and the sangha of Kagyu Thubten Choling in celebrating the opening of the seventh Three-Year Retreat. The opportunity to witness the opening of the Three-Year Retreat is considered to be a rare and powerful blessing.


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Save the dates!

Lama Norlha Rinpoche - Chod Empowerment
Sunday May 15 at 1:30 p.m.
(Refuge Required & will be given before the empowerment).

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Teaching by Lama Tenam, Executive Secretary of Chamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche
Saturday May 28, 2011 10 a.m - 4 p.m.

* Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye's advice on How to do One Perfect Session of Any Practice

* Ah! How Amazing! - A Vajra song composed by Chamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche



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General Information about Events:
•Teaching fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.
•Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.
•Prices quoted are for non-members/members respectively.
•For more information email office@kagyu.com or call 845-297-4840

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