Thursday Evening Meditation

Open Dates
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Weekly evening meditation practice will be held at the Padmasambhava Meditation Center from 7-9 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, including beginners and more advanced practitioners.  Chhoje Rinpoche will provide meditation instruction whenever his schedule permits.  Meditation sessions will be led by senior students when Rinpoche is not available.  During these sessions, we will listen to recordings of Rinpoche’s teachings, do a session of meditation practice, and have a short discussion at the end.  See our calendar for updates. Attendance is free and no registration is required. We are pleased to announce live streaming of Rinpoche’s meditation instruction. Please click here for more information. A link to a video of the most recent teaching given by Rinpoche on our center can be accessed on the Thursday Meditation Livestream page.


A Series of Teachings on Throma PLUS Samaya

with Lama John Ross and Lama Tashi Tsering

December 4 - 6, 2015
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Friday, Dec 4th, 10 am to Noon: Riwo Sang Chod, 2 pm to 5 pm: Throma Torma Workshop
In the morning we will learn and do Riwo Sang Chod together. In the afternoon we will be making the tormas and arranging the mandala for the practice the next day.

Saturday, Dec 5th, 10 am to 12:30 pm, 2 pm to 7 pm: Throma Feast Offering Teaching and Practice
In the morning Lama John will explain the meditations and ritual for the concise Throma Tsog, and in the afternoon we will do the practice together.

Sunday, Dec 6th, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm: Dudjom Throma Ngondro Instruction, 2 pm to 5 pm: Samaya: The Sacred Commitment That Is the Life Force of Vajrayana Practice
Without samaya, there is no benefit to Vajrayana practice. HH Dudjom Rinpoche composed a very clear and concise commentary on the aspiration prayer he wrote for Throma practitioners, which covers both the general meaning of samaya and the details of how it is understood in the context of the practices in the Throma cycle. Lama John will give an explanation of this commentary. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.


Riwo Sang Chod — The Mountain Purification Offering Teachings and Practice

with Lama John Ross and Lama Tashi Tsering

December 4, 2015
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

The practice of sang, “purification offering”, is a profound skillful means for purifying negative karma and obscurations, clearing away obstacles to health and life, accumulating merit, and repairing samaya, the “sacred bond” which is the life force of vajrayana buddhist practice.  There are many sang practices among various lineages, but the Riwo Sang Chod is one of the most popular.  We have a unique version of this practice in our lineage with some additions to the basic liturgy.  This practice is easy to do and can be done in a simple way by a single practitioner or in more elaborate ways by a large group. These sessions will start with a very short teaching explaining how to do the practice.  We will spend most of our time doing the practice together. Pre-registration is not necessary for these teachings.  A donation for the teachings and offering substances is appropriate. This will NOT be live streamed, but we will record the practice and make it available for purchase at a later date. Friday, Dec 4, 10am to noon: Riwo Sang Chod Lama John will give a short teaching, and we will do the practice together.

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Winter Retreat

with Lama John Ross

January 1 - 5, 2016
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Friday Jan 1st through Tuesday Jan 5th This “urban style” retreat will focus mostly on practice, with some time for teachings and questions in between practice sessions.  Attendance for the entire retreat is NOT required.  Come for as many days or sessions as you can. Check in will start at noon on January 1st. Friday, Jan 1st, 1 pm to 4 pm: Throma Ngondro: Practice and Review Saturday, Jan 2nd, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, 2 pm to 5 pm: Throma Ngondro: Practice and Review Sunday, Jan 3rd, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm: Meditation: Practice and Clarifications Sunday, Jan 3rd, 2 pm to 5 pm: Preparing the Tormas and the Mandala for the Throma Feast Practice Monday, Jan 4, 9:30 am to 5 pm (lunch break to be determined): Throma Feast Offering (tsok) You will have the opportunity to make a donation towards the food offering when you register. Tuesday, Jan 5, 9:30 am to 5 pm (lunch break to be determined): Riwo Sang Chod, Full Day Practice This will be a great opportunity to raise windhorse and generate merit. You will have the opportunity to make a donation towards the food offering when you register. For members of our community who do not live in the Denver area, we will be making a live weblink available so you can attend these teachings remotely.  The practice sessions on January 4th and 5th will NOT be available after the event.  The Throma Torma workshop will not be streamed, but we will record it and make an instructional DVD available for purchase at a later date.  When you register, please ask for the link in the comments section and we will send it to you.  It is a private link and should not be shared with anyone else.