Sundays in December 2017

A Precious Human Life                                                                                             What is the meaning of a human life? What makes a human life “precious?”

Teachings by Khenpo Molam

Sundays, December 3, 10, & 17, 10:00-10:45 AM
followed by tea break and meditation
At White Lotus Buddhist Center, 815 Park Ave, Rochester NY


Sadly, we are reminded daily that life in our modern world is cheap. But, what IS the value of human life?

Buddha taught that human life is the most advantageous platform by which to obtain freedom and omniscience.
A human life is rare and precious.

It is precious when it presents the opportunity to attain liberation from suffering. Having a precious human body, one has the chance each moment to practice virtue, the means towards attaining enlightenment. The possibilities are boundless. But, one must first recognize this form, realize its great value and rarity, then use it accordingly to benefit oneself and others.

What are these precious qualities? How do we recognize, strengthen and use them?  

    No charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Open to all.

Lhabab Duchen – Friday, November 10

Lhabab Duchen is one of Four Great Wheel Days of the Buddhist calendar.

Here is a short explanation from Ven. Thubten Chodron, Sravasti Abbey:

“Lhabab Duchen – a day for creating virtue.

Merit created on this day is multiplied 100 million times.

Lhabab Duchen celebrates the Buddha‘s return to earth after teaching the Dharma to his mother in the God Realm of the Thirty-Three.

Ven. Thubten Chodron gave the following short teaching to help us appreciate the Buddha’s kindness.

“The Buddha went to the god realm for three months to repay the kindness of his birth mother by teaching her the Dharma. At the end of that time, he was asked to please return to our earth again, so the anniversary of the day on which he descended is a very joyous occasion.

“When a Buddha is here on the earth in the nirmanakya form—a Buddha who turns the wheel of Dharma and sets the Dharma in motion in a historical era—it’s a time of incredible fortune.

“People had tremendous merit to be born at the time of the Buddha. In our case, although we didn’t have the fortune to be born at that time, we have the fortune to receive Buddha‘s teachings from a pure lineage that goes back to him.

“Lhabab Duchen is a time of thinking with gratitude of the kindness of the Buddha for being on this planet and teaching the Dharma to us. Where would we be without the Buddha manifesting and teaching?

“There are so many places in this universe where the Dharma doesn’t exist and times when the teachings aren’t present. If you’re born in that kind of place, you might have incredible spiritual longing and absolutely no opportunity to meet the Dharma.

“So reflect, ‘If I hadn’t met the Dharma, where would I be? What would my life be like?’

“I don’t know about you, but my life would have been a total mess. I would have harmed many people acting out of my self-centeredness, and I would definitely have created much negative karma! Meeting the Buddha‘s teachings has completely reversed my life, and I assume yours as well.

“Lhabab Duchen is a good time to feel gratitude to Buddha for what he did, and to the whole lineage of teachers down to our own teachers, who preserved these teachings so that we could come into contact with them.

“It’s a time to rejoice at our meeting the Dharma, to have a deep sense of gratitude for the Buddha and his teachings, and to be sure that we don’t take the teachings for granted.”

Rejoice and take the opportunity to help create peace in this chaotic world

How to make merit on Lhabab Duchen:

♥ Take and keep the Eight Mahayana Precepts for 24 hours.

♥ Do Shakyamuni Buddha meditation.

♥ Make special offerings to the Three Jewels and do the extensive offering practice.

♥ Make special offerings to your teachers, Dharma center, or monasteries.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”   H.H Dalai Lama

800th Anniversary Celebration



Commemorating this 800th anniversary of Lord Jigten Sumgon’s Parinirvana helps practitioners establish inspiration and strengthen faith in following the steps on the path of liberation.

The main commemoration anniversary of Lord Jigten Sumgon’s Body, Speech, Mind, Qualities and Activities will take place at Drikung Kagyu Institute, Jangchubling in Dehra Dun, India from 19th to 25th October 2017.

We welcome all Dharma friends and followers around the world to join this great commemoration.

Please contribute as you can to this auspicious event!

 

An Opportunity to Give!

From Khenpo Monlam:

From the Lord Buddha’s time according to his instructions, Buddhist monks go on retreat for three months each summer. At Kagyu College in Dehra Dun, about 100 monks are now in retreat for another 36 days.

It is meritorious for anyone to sponsor meals for the monks during this time. If you would like to sponsor a lunch for the 100 monks, the cost is $120 for one lunch for all the monks. Alternatively, people can come together to share in the cost of one or more lunches. How can you give?                                                                                             

1) Bring a check or cash to the Dharma Center and put it in the offering bowl.                  

2) Mail a check made out to White Lotus Buddhist Center to PO Box 10384, Rochester NY 14610.                                                             

3) Go on-line and make a donation via Pay-pal. Be sure to note that this is for Retreat Lunches for the monks of Kagyu College. http://www.whitelotusdharma.org/

4) Click on this Paypal button and follow the prompts. Thank you!




Upcoming Programs 2017

August 25-27, 2017

Khenpo Konchok Monlam

Khenpo Molam continues his teaching on Chapter 5, Vigilance, of the:

Bodhicaryavatara, Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva, the famous text on the conduct of practitioners who follow the Bodhisattva Path.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said, “If I have any understanding of compassion and the bodhisattva path, it all comes from studying this text.”

Details and Registration: http://www.whitelotusdharma.org/teachings-on-the-bodhicaryavatara/


 

September 29-October 1: The Third Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

From Kunzang Palchen Ling in Red Hook, NY, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche will give a Guru Rinpoche empowerment and teachings on White Lotus, by Mipham – a commentary on the Seven-Line Prayer of Guru Rinpoche. Please check back for detailed information coming soon.

“Samsara is just emptiness experienced by a mind that is in state of delusion. Nirvana is just emptiness experienced by a mind that is free of delusion.”

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Khenpo Konchok Monlam

August 25-27, 2017

Khenpo Molam continues his teaching on Chapter 5, Vigilance, of the:

Bodhicaryavatara, Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva, the famous text on the conduct of practitioners who follow the Bodhisattva Path.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said, “If I have any understanding of compassion and the bodhisattva path, it all comes from studying this text.”

Details and Registration: http://www.whitelotusdharma.org/teachings-on-the-bodhicaryavatara/


Vajrakilaya

Vajrakilaya, the Swift Destroyer

March 24-28

Vajrakilaya – the Swift Destroyer who dispels obstacles to the flourishing of Dharma and the development of authentic realization in practitioners.

Details and Registration: http://www.whitelotusdharma.org/2017-vajrakilaya…t-with-lama-abao