New Program Starting

A new Program Series is starting at White Lotus. Khenpo Molam will teach on important Buddhist philosophical texts in the series that begins with:

The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, a text by Ngülchi Thogmay Zangpo   

Ven. Khenpo Konchok Molam

Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15  and January 5, 12 and 19            

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Additional dates may be added as we assess our progress.

Suggested donation for each session is $10 but any amount over or under that is gratefully appreciated. You may pay at the door or ahead of time here:

About the Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

It is said that the instructions in this short text teach us how to better our lives. A bodhisattva is one who is training his or her mind in bodhicitta, awakened mind, with the compassionate wish to guide all beings to enlightenment. Our precious teacher, the great master H. E. Garchen Rinpoche, a present day bodhisattva, says that this text – the combined essence of the sutras, tantras and their commentaries – is like his own heart. He suggests reading a verse or two each day, deeply contemplating the meaning and making effort to put it into practice. Rinpoche says that, apart from this, there is no other Dharma to be practiced.

Khenpo Konchok Molam is uniquely qualified to teach on this text as he spent eleven years teaching Buddhist philosophical texts at Kagyu College in Dehra Dun, India. This followed his own completion of the 11 year curriculum there. Although many feel this text is relatively easy to understand at first reading, Khenpo will delve into the deeper levels of profound meaning in each verse. There will be plenty of time for discussion and Q & A.

We invite everyone to join us for this special opportunity to hear the Dharma and deeply contemplate the meaning and significance.

Lha Bab Duchen & HH Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang’s B’day CELEBRATION: October 31

Wednesday, October 31st , 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Take the morning off and celebrate with your sangha!
Lha Bab Duchen Celebration
One of the Four Great Wheel Days of the Tibetan calendar, Lha Bab Duchen celebrates the Buddha’s descent from the Heaven of the Thirty Three where he taught Dharma to his mother and the gods of that desire realm to repay the kindness of his mother by liberating her from Samsara.
H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang’s Birthday Celebration
The 36th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage and the 8th reincarnation of the Chungtsang Rinpoche is a manifestation of Manjushri.
Special “Auspicious Day” Teaching & Announcement
On this auspicious day, Khenpo will begin teaching a course on The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas by Ngulchu Thogme Zangpo. The course will continue on selected Saturdays for the next few months and begins a series of courses on classical Buddhist texts. 
Refreshments and socializing with sangha will follow. Plan to join us for this auspicious and joyful morning at White Lotus.  

Prosperity Vases

Vases come in bronze, gold, red or maroon. They are 4″ x 4″ – perfect size for a home altar.


About Prosperity  Vases

From a talk given by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche June 1, 2018 at White Lotus Buddhist Center:

There are three ways to understand what a prosperity vase is. First, it is a palace for the deity. Secondly, it becomes the deity itself. And thirdly, it is a source of infinite offering goddesses who come and present whatever offerings are needed or wished for. These three qualities are shared by both vases and stupas. In addition, as these vases have been consecrated according to Dzambhala* they are embued with blessings from the deity. Having one of these vases in your home brings blessings both to the beings in your home and the outer environment. So it’s a really wonderful thing to have a vase like this.

When we talk about Dzambhala and wealth practices, basically we’re saying that we need love because the world can be full of material wealth and yet without love there’s no happiness. So, when we say prosperity or good fortune, what we’re talking about is love – because that’s what brings happiness. Otherwise, without love you can have a hundred million dollars and just be a hungry ghost.

*[Dzambhala is an emanation of Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. He is particular known for eliminating poverty and granting financial stability.]

If you would like to purchase a Prosperity Vase for your home or for a gift, you can do so here OR at the White Lotus Buddhist Center.

Pick up your vase at White Lotus: $125.  OR, have your vase shipped to you anywhere within the United States for a total donation of $140.  Please contact us for shipping outside the U.S.

Under “Add special instructions to the seller” – be sure to specify the color vase you would like and the name and address to which the vase should be shipped. Thank you!

Tulku Rangdol Yeshi Rinpoche

August 10-12, 2018            “Bodhicitta and Interdependence”

August 19, 2018                                  “A Conversation about Buddhism and Psychology”

White Lotus is honored to welcome Tulku Rangdol Yeshi Rinpoche to teach in Rochester, August 10-19, 2018. Rangdol Yeshi is a young Drikung Kagyu tulku who is currently a Tenzin Gyatso Scholar at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. As such, he is supported by the private office of H.H. Dalai Lama. For a more complete biography, click here:  Tulku Rangdol Yeshi Biography

The Program – Rinpoche will teach on bodhicitta and interdependence, foundational concepts in Buddhism. In addition, Yeshi Rangdol and Dr. Richard Hamling, a psychologist and White Lotus sangha member, will hold a conversation on just how the study of science has impacted Tulku’s practice and teaching of Buddhism and how the study and practice of Buddhism has informed and impacted Dr. Hamling’s practice of psychotherapy. Sangha discussion is welcomed.

Friday 8/10,  7:00 PM-9:00 PM  – Teaching on Bodhicitta and Interdependence             Saturday 8/11,  10:00 AM-12:00 PM  & 2:00 PM-5:00 PM – Teaching continues   Sunday  8/12, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM – Teaching and 2:00 PM Lama Chopa Tsok Offering

Sunday 8/19, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM – A Conversation on Buddhism and Psychology

At White Lotus Buddhist Center:                                                                                     815 Park Ave, 2nd floor (of Immanuel Baptist Church)                                          Rochester, New York 14607

Registration                                                                                                                     Registration is on a sliding scale. Please be as generous as you can!

Full program on Bodhicitta and Interdependence $100-$195                                                                                                                      Per session  $30-$65                                                                                             Students 50% less

Conversation on Buddhism and Psychology: suggested donation: $20

Please consider registering ahead of time as It is helpful for planning purposes. But, registration at the door will be possible. How to register:

1) On-line here via Paypal

2) By check. Please make your check out to White Lotus Buddhist Center and mail it to White Lotus Buddhist Center, P.O. Box 10384, Rochester, NY 14610, with a note what you are registering for.

3) Or, at the Center by filling out a registration form and putting your cash or check in the Donation Box.

Thank you!