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Padmasambhava Meditation Center (PMC), founded and directed by His Eminence Chhoje Tulku Rinpoche, is a place for the study and practice of meditation in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. PMC is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring happiness and authentic engagement with the teachings of Buddhism.


ONGOING Practice Sessions


Every SUNDAY

Open Practice Session

10:00am to 12:00pm

Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Come participate in self-directed meditation practice alongside other members of our community. The center is a warm, welcoming space for practitioners of all experience levels. Sit for ten minutes or two hours—the door will be open and we look forward to seeing you!

Every THURSDAY

Introduction to Meditation

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Join us for teachings and basic meditation instruction with His Eminence Chhoje Tulku Rinpoche. The event is free and streamed live when Chhoje Rinpoche is in Denver. Everyone is welcome!


Upcoming Events


Recovery MeetingTuesday evenings 6:30 pm - Downstairs

Event Details

This Mindful Recovery meeting is open to those interested in the use of Buddhist teachings and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors and is open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths.

This meeting combines meditation, study, and group discussion of Buddhist teachings and Twelve Step literature. Our group is intended as a supplement to, rather than a substitute for, Twelve Step work. We strongly encourage you to fully work the Twelve Steps as part of your personal program of recovery.

Each Tuesday evening, we begin at 6:30 p.m. downstairs in the community room at PMC. We will begin with meditation instruction and thirty minutes of meditation. We then introduce ourselves however we feel comfortable, followed by the week’s group leader sharing a topic and passing the Talking Stick. Our discussion lasts approximately one hour and we follow the Twelve Step tradition of respecting anonymity and refraining from cross-talk or advice-giving.

We close the meeting with a prayer for world peace and a dedication of merit following the Buddhist tradition of PMC. We encourage you to sign up on the calendar to lead future meetings and share your experience, strength, and hope.

The Padmasambhava Meditation Center generously allows us the use of this space and we ask that you reciprocate when we pass the donation basket.

 

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Padmasambhava Meditation Center

1900 South Cook Street

Tuesday Night Book Club6:30 pm Downstairs in the Library

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Tuesday Night Book Club  – 6:30 – 8:30pm: Downstairs in the Library

Rinpoche recently said that studying Dharma books is a very important part of being a practitioner and he would like us to ensure that our book study group is a thriving part of our community.

This is a free event, please come and join the discussion.

 

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FeaturedHis Holiness Sangye Pema Shepa Rinpoche - Offered Freely Please RSVP 1: 30 pmRSVP for Monday 7/16/18

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H.H. Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche will be giving Throma Nagmo and Terkha Dundu empowerments followed by long life empowerments on July 16, 2018.

You must RSVP for this event in advance to attend!

Please RSVP below and enter your name so we have you on the list at check in.  

We will not accept walk-ins on the day of the event. Registration will close July 15, 2018. This event is likely to fill and be at full seating capacity, so please RSVP as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

Check in will begin at 1:00 pm.  Please plan to be seated in the shrine room by 1:30 pm. Program begins at 2 pm, no one will be admitted after 2 pm . 

For a detailed biography of H.H. Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche and the Dudjom Tersar lineage, please click here. The opportunity to meet and connect with him and the Dudjom lineage is not to be missed.

To make a donation to Padmasambhava Meditation Center, please click here.

His Holiness will offer three empowerments while he is in Denver. Two on July 16th and one on July 17th.

Empowerments are a necessary element for tantric practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, along with reading transmission for a particular practice text and the essential oral instructions on how to practice the associated liturgy.

Though each empowerment authorizes disciples to engage in a specific complete practice which can propel the diligent practitioner to the goal of enlightenment, each of the three empowerments that will be given at PMC represents a part of the important Three Roots trilogy in the Nyingma tradition: the lama, yidam, and dakini.

Thukdrup Terkha Dundu

The lama, or guru, empowerment will be the Thukdrup Terkha Dundu: the Guru Accomplishment that Embodies Seven Terma Treasures. This treasure, compiled by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje through the guidance of Yeshe Tsogyal, combines his own treasure revelation with five other powerful practices creating this single stream of blessing to be practiced by fortunate disciples.

 

Troma Nakmo

The dakini, or sky-goer, empowerment will be Troma Nakmo: The Black Wrathful Mother. This practice is a direct and powerful method to sever confusion based on the dualistic fixation of ordinary mind and reveal our own wisdom nature.

It is significant to receive these empowerments from His Holiness Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche Sangye Pema Shepa because he is a reincarnation of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, the great master who revealed these precious teachings. The Dudjom lineage is fresh and potent and, when practiced appropriately, can yield swift accomplishment.

All of these precious teachings are to be received with a mind full of joy, faith, and devotion, and a true wish to uphold a commitment to the mind of enlightenment, bodhicitta. In addition, Secret Mantra Vajrayana empowerments contain precise spiritual commitments, called samaya, that are the very life-blood of this swift path to enlightenment. Empowerment should be taken with a willingness to understand and abide by these commitments. For more about samaya, please read the statement in blue below from Chhoje Rinpoche.  

About Samaya and Receiving Empowerments

To receive an empowerment there is a commitment that cannot be taken lightly, so please think carefully before receiving the empowerments. Cultivating and practicing loving kindness is key. Below is a message from Chhoje Rinpoche on the commitment of receiving an empowerment:

“We are very fortunate that His Holiness is going to give us these profound empowerments. Sacred Vajrayana empowerments have a commitment — this is fundamentally the promise and willingness to work with oneself. This is a promise that is required of us by the teacher in exchange for him or her offering the sacred empowerments. The teacher demands this promise because heeding the promise itself is the only way we can free ourselves from the suffering of samsaric existence. There is no other way we can free ourselves other than recognizing afflictive emotions and working with them.

The samaya is that you make a commitment to yourself and to the teacher. The teacher does their part of offering the empowerment and instructions, and the student does their part by committing to daily practice. If we break that commitment, we put ourselves in danger. Not only that, since we entered the Bodhisattva path, we accepted the principle of Mahayana, which is to free every being from the suffering of cyclic existence. If we hold on to negative habits and self-centeredness and do not practice with bodhicitta, our mind will continue to be the source of being trapped in samsara and we can clearly understand that there is no way our mind will achieve liberation.

Understanding that, we can see why the commitment is serious and important—so we don’t stray from the path of liberation; it is common sense.

Further, in practicing the Buddha’s Three Vehicles, we talk about liberation in one lifetime—without question this will require total concentration and commitment to work with oneself starting with pratimoksha, (the vows of individual liberation, not to harm and to hold discipline, etc.), then to Bodhisattva or Mahayana and Secret Mantra vows which require deeper, wider, total commitment of full bodhicitta mind.

Therefore, if a person receives the sacred empowerments and is not willing to work with oneself, or is being distracted or lazy, or takes the vows casually, then there is danger in receiving the empowerments. It will support self-centered ego and the practice of afflictive emotion in day-to-day life. If one is not willing to transform oneself, there is a breach of commitment to the teacher, the teachings, and finally to oneself—you can bring chaos to the entire community, to the sangha, and to the world.

Therefore, please reflect carefully: once you receive the empowerment, you create a bond on the deepest level with the teacher. At the same time when you receive the empowerments, you’re declaring to yourself that you will work with yourself and transform your mind. “I will never stop the practice of bodhicitta mind, to awakening for the benefit of all beings” is a good way to think.

I request that everyone please reflect on this. If you’re willing to work with yourself, then the path is very clear. If you are not willing to work with yourself, receiving this sacred empowerment is not a good idea.”

–His Eminence Chhoje Tulku Rinpoche

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FeaturedHis Holiness Sangye Pema Shepa Rinpoche - Offered Freely Please RSVP 1: 30 pmRSVP for Tuesday, 7/17/18

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His Holiness Sangye Pema Shepa Rinpoche will be giving a Putri Repung (Vajrakilaya) empowerment and meditation teaching on July 17, 2018

You must RSVP for this event in advance to attend!

Please RSVP below and enter your name so we have you on the list at check in. 

We will not accept walk-ins on the day of the event. Registration will close July 15, 2018. This event is likely to fill and be at full seating capacity, so please RSVP as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

Check in will begin at 1:00 pm.  Please plan to be seated in the shrine room by 1:30 pm. Program begins at 2 pm and will go through 6 pm , no one will be admitted after 2 pm . 

Vajrakilaya Putri Repung

The yidam–the deity one works with to identify one’s own enlightened nature–will be the Vajrakilaya Putri Repung: The Razor that Destroys at a Touch. This treasure was also revealed by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje as a practice for removing obstacles on the path toward ultimate realization of the true nature of reality. You can read a brief description of yidam practice here.

All of these precious teachings are to be received with a mind full of joy, faith, and devotion, and a true wish to uphold a commitment to the mind of enlightenment, bodhicitta. In addition, Secret Mantra Vajrayana empowerments contain precise spiritual commitments, called samaya, that are the very life-blood of this swift path to enlightenment. Empowerment should be taken with a willingness to understand and abide by these commitments. For more about samaya, please read the statement in blue below from Chhoje Rinpoche.  

About Samaya and Receiving Empowerments

To receive an empowerment there is a commitment that cannot be taken lightly, so please think carefully before receiving the empowerments. Cultivating and practicing loving kindness is key. Below is a message from Chhoje Rinpoche on the commitment of receiving an empowerment:

“We are very fortunate that His Holiness is going to give us these profound empowerments. Sacred Vajrayana empowerments have a commitment — this is fundamentally the promise and willingness to work with oneself. This is a promise that is required of us by the teacher in exchange for him or her offering the sacred empowerments. The teacher demands this promise because heeding the promise itself is the only way we can free ourselves from the suffering of samsaric existence. There is no other way we can free ourselves other than recognizing afflictive emotions and working with them.

The samaya is that you make a commitment to yourself and to the teacher. The teacher does their part of offering the empowerment and instructions, and the student does their part by committing to daily practice. If we break that commitment, we put ourselves in danger. Not only that, since we entered the Bodhisattva path, we accepted the principle of Mahayana, which is to free every being from the suffering of cyclic existence. If we hold on to negative habits and self-centeredness and do not practice with bodhicitta, our mind will continue to be the source of being trapped in samsara and we can clearly understand that there is no way our mind will achieve liberation.

Understanding that, we can see why the commitment is serious and important—so we don’t stray from the path of liberation; it is common sense.

Further, in practicing the Buddha’s Three Vehicles, we talk about liberation in one lifetime—without question this will require total concentration and commitment to work with oneself starting with pratimoksha, (the vows of individual liberation, not to harm and to hold discipline, etc.), then to Bodhisattva or Mahayana and Secret Mantra vows which require deeper, wider, total commitment of full bodhicitta mind.

Therefore, if a person receives the sacred empowerments and is not willing to work with oneself, or is being distracted or lazy, or takes the vows casually, then there is danger in receiving the empowerments. It will support self-centered ego and the practice of afflictive emotion in day-to-day life. If one is not willing to transform oneself, there is a breach of commitment to the teacher, the teachings, and finally to oneself—you can bring chaos to the entire community, to the sangha, and to the world.

Therefore, please reflect carefully: once you receive the empowerment, you create a bond on the deepest level with the teacher. At the same time when you receive the empowerments, you’re declaring to yourself that you will work with yourself and transform your mind. “I will never stop the practice of bodhicitta mind, to awakening for the benefit of all beings” is a good way to think.

I request that everyone please reflect on this. If you’re willing to work with yourself, then the path is very clear. If you are not willing to work with yourself, receiving this sacred empowerment is not a good idea.”

–His Eminence Chhoje Tulku Rinpoche

For a detailed biography of H.H. Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche and the Dudjom Tersar lineage, please click here. The opportunity to meet and connect with him and the Dudjom lineage is not to be missed.

To make a donation to support Padmasambhava Meditation Center, please click here.

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