The Padmasambhava Meditation Center is a non-profit organization founded and directed by H.E. Chhoje Rinpoche. The center is dedicated to the study and practice of meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Rinpoche’s teachings focus on the realization of wisdom and compassion through meditation. With his invaluable guidance, students receive instruction specifically tailored to their needs.
We are delighted to announce a wonderful series of teachings, June 4-10, welcoming back Lama John Ross.
Lama John has been studying and practicing in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of Chhoje Rinpoche and Soktse Rinpoche for the last 25 years. He spent several years in India and Nepal studying with Soktse Rinpoche and other senior masters and learning the Tibetan language. He has spent several years on retreat. After completing a three-year retreat in 2005, he was recognized as a Lama and authorized to teach. He lives in Vermont with his wife and balances his time between retreat, teaching and translation work.
Lama John’s background and spiritual journey infuses his teaching with compassion, joy, wit and devotion to the Nyingma tradition and texts.
Following is the complete teaching schedule.
Sunday, June 4
10:00 am-Noon: What is Ngondro?An Introduction to the Preliminaries for Vajrayana Practice
The Ngondro is not only the entryway to the vajrayana, but also contains the essential and indispensable practices that are the foundation and the heart of every stage of tantric practice. This will be a brief introduction to the meaning of each of the stages of the ngondro and also about how they are practiced.
1:30-2:30 pm: Tsok Setup
2:30-3:30 pm: The Seven Line Prayer
The Seven Line Prayer to Guru Padmasambhava has been universally revered by practitioners of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism for more than a millennium. This prayer was revealed again and again as part of almost every cycle of spiritual treasures. Although the prayer is short and easy to practice, it is a powerful method for transforming the mind and realizing the ultimate truth. Lama John will give a brief explanation of the history and significance of the prayer and explain how to incorporate it into our daily practice.
3:30-6:00 pm: Shower of Blessings Tsok. Please bring an unopened food item or a financial donation to this practice. Good foods to bring are fruits, meat, cheese, cakes, drinks or anything delicious!
Thursday, June 8th, 7-8:30 pm
Lama John will be teaching our evening meditation practice.
Saturday & Sunday, June 10 & 11th
9:30 am-noon and 2-4:30 pm each day: The Ngondro
We will practice together and review the visualizations and various stages of practice for both the short Dudjom Tersar Ngondro and the Throma Ngondro. Saturday will focus on the Tersar Ngondro and Sunday will focus on Throma. Anyone with interest in either practice can attend either or both days.
Ongoing Weekly Events:
Every Thursday: 7:00-8:15pm. Meditation Teaching and Practice
Every Sunday: 10am – Noon. Open for drop in meditation.
Every Tuesday: 6:30-8:00pm. Book Study Group. We are currently studying Words of My Perfect Teacher, by Patrul Rinpoche.