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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.

Tashi Chhoeling nuns, Tiri, Ashoka stupa, 100,000 tsok offering

A Series of Teachings on Throma Part 1

with Lama John Ross

August 29 - 30, 2015
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Aug 29-30: The Throma Ngondro, 9am to noon, 2pm to 6pm

The cycle of practices and instructions referred to as the Dudjom Throma was revealed by the extraordinary visionary master Dudjom Lingpa during the middle of the 19th century. Since then these practices have been revered as among the most powerful esoteric teachings in the Nyingma tradition. Throma is the utmost secret practice of the dakini principle, the feminine expression of the basic goodness which is the fundamental enlightened quality pervading every being.

These teachings will explain the preliminary practices from the Throma cycle. Lama John will review the visualizations, the ritual details and the deeper significance of the practice, and will lead us in group practice. We will also begin to learn some of the melodies for the tsog practice.

Ngondro means “preliminary”. Within our lineage the ngondro is generally considered to be the entryway for anyone who wishes to follow the Vajrayana path, but we also understand the ngondro as the essential foundation and life force of the entire path. Indeed, the ngondro itself is a complete path to enlightenment. There is a unique ngondro practice which was revealed as part of the Dudjom Throma. Anyone who has an interest in pursuing the many profound practices that are part of this tradition needs to start with the ngondro.

Buddha picture

A Series of Teachings on Throma Part 2

with Lama John Ross

September 5 - 7, 2015
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Sat-Sun, Sep 5-6, 9am to noon, 2pm to 6pm, Ngondro Teachings and Practice
These teachings will explain the preliminary practices from the Throma cycle. Lama John will review the visualizations, the ritual details and the deeper significance of the practice, and will lead us in group practice. The cycle of practices and instructions referred to as the Dudjom Throma was revealed by the extraordinary visionary master Dudjom Lingpa during the middle of the 19th century. Since then these practices have been revered as among the most powerful esoteric teachings in the Nyingma tradition. Throma is the utmost secret practice of the dakini principle, the feminine expression of the basic goodness which is the fundamental enlightened quality pervading every being.

Monday, Sep 7: Throma Feast Offering, 9am to 7pm
The Sun of Primal Knowing is also called the “mid-length Throma feast offering”. It is renowned for its transformative power, the beauty of the melodies, and the profundity of the words. Lama John will begin the morning with a brief explanation, and then we will do the practice, which is quite long and will run until at least 7pm. There will be a short break for lunch. This practice is open to anyone who has received the Dudjom Throma empowerment. It is not necessary to know the melody and ritual, or to have the drum and bell that are commonly used in Throma practice. Anyone who has received the Dudjom Throma empowerment is welcome to participate.

Dudjom Rinpoche BIO

A Series of Teachings on Throma Part 3

with Lama John Ross

September 19 - 20, 2015
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Sep 19-20, Throma Teachings, 9am to noon, 2pm to 6pm
The cycle of practices and instructions referred to as the Dudjom Throma was revealed by the extraordinary visionary master Dudjom Lingpa during the middle of the 19th century. Since then these practices have been revered as among the most powerful esoteric teachings in the Nyingma tradition. Throma is the utmost secret practice of the dakini principle, the feminine expression of the basic goodness which is the fundamental enlightened quality pervading every being.

These teachings will explain the preliminary practices from the Throma cycle. Lama John will review the visualizations, the ritual details and the deeper significance of the practice, and will lead us in group practice. We will also begin to learn some of the melodies for the tsog practice.

Ngondro means “preliminary”. Within our lineage the ngondro is generally considered to be the entryway for anyone who wishes to follow the Vajrayana path, but we also understand the ngondro as the essential foundation and life force of the entire path. Indeed, the ngondro itself is a complete path to enlightenment. There is a unique ngondro practice which was revealed as part of the Dudjom Throma. Anyone who has an interest in pursuing the many profound practices that are part of this tradition needs to start with the ngondro.

Guru Rinpoche

A Series of Teachings on Throma Part 4

with Lama John Ross

October 7 - 12, 2015
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Wed Oct 7th, Throma Tsog, 9am to 7pm
The Sun of Primal Knowing is also called the “mid-length Throma feast offering”. It is renowned for its transformative power, the beauty of the melodies, and the profundity of the words. Lama John will begin the morning with a brief explanation, and then we will do the practice, which is quite long and will run until at least 7pm. There will be a short break for lunch. This practice is open to anyone who has received the Dudjom Throma empowerment. It is not necessary to know the melody and ritual, or to have the drum and bell that are commonly used in Throma practice. Anyone who has received the Dudjom Throma empowerment is welcome to participate.

Columbus Day Weekend, Oct 10-12, 9am to noon, 2pm to 6pm
Teachings and Intensive Practice: Ngondro and the Four Feasts
For three days we will do the ngondro and the four chod feasts each day. In between practice sessions there will be teachings.

GR LOOKS LIKE ME

A Series of Teachings on Throma Part 5

with Lama John Ross

November 6 - 8, 2015
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Friday, November 6, 9am to 7pm, Throma Tsog
The Sun of Primal Knowing is also called the “mid-length Throma feast offering”. It is renowned for its transformative power, the beauty of the melodies, and the profundity of the words. Lama John will begin the morning with a brief explanation, and then we will do the practice, which is quite long and will run until at least 7pm. There will be a short break for lunch. This practice is open to anyone who has received the Dudjom Throma empowerment. It is not necessary to know the melody and ritual, or to have the drum and bell that are commonly used in Throma practice. Anyone who has received the Dudjom Throma empowerment is welcome to participate.

Nov 7-8, Throma Teachings and Practice, 9am to noon, 2pm to 6pm
For two days we will do the ngondro and the four chod feasts each day. In between practice sessions there will be teachings.