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Thursday Evening Meditation

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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.

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Riwo Sang Chod — The Mountain Purification Offering Practice and Teaching

with Lama John Ross

September 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.

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A Series of Teachings on Throma — First Weekend

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.

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Riwo Sang Chod — The Mountain Purification Offering Teaching and Practice

with Lama John Ross

September 18, 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.

Dudjom Rinpoche BIO

A Series of Teachings on Throma and Shower of Blessings Tsok — Second Weekend

with Lama John Ross

September 19 - 23, 2015
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Sep 19, 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.

Sep 20, 9 am to noon, 2 pm to 6 pm: Shower of Blessings Tsok, Meaning and Ritual
The Shower of Blessings is treasure revelation of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche based on the Seven Line Prayer of Guru Padmasambhava. This profound guruyoga practice invoking the blessings of Guru Padmasambhava also includes a tsog feast offering. It can be done as a simple daily practice or a more elaborate group. This teaching will cover the meaning, visualizations and ritual aspects of the practice.

Sep 23, 6 pm to 9 pm: Shower of Blessings Tsok Practice
We will do the Shower of Blessings together with the feast offering.

Guru Rinpoche

A Series of Teachings on Throma — Third Weekend

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.

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Riwo Sang Chod — The Mountain Purification Offering Teaching and Practice

with Lama John Ross

October 9, 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.

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A Series of Teachings on Throma Part 4

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.