Upcoming Programs 2017

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.”


Khenpo Konchok Monlam

CANCELLED: July 21-23, 2017                                       Please check back for dates in August

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, 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

Khenpo Konchok Monlam in Residence

11701217_10153137208234773_1858745001218705279_nWhite Lotus Buddhist Center is happy to announce that Khenpo Konchok Monlam will be in residence for approximately three months this year (2017) starting the end of January. A highly educated Lama in the Drikung Kagyu lineage, he received the title of Khenpo (Abbott) in 2009 from H.H. Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche.  Khenpo has been teaching for eleven years at Kagyu College in Dehra Dun, India. His main areas are Buddhist philosophy, Madhyamika, and Tibetan Grammar. In addition, Monlam has authored a book on basic Buddhist teachings for the young monks at Drikung Kagyu Institute. He has, in recent years, visited Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Germany teaching at Dharma centers there.

While in Rochester, Khenpo will lead our practices, teach ritual and basic Buddhist tenents and answer questions about practice as translation permits. In addition, he will teach on Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara. 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.”

Teachings on the Bodhicharyavatara – The Way of the Bodhisattva:

February 17-19,  Chapter 1: The Excellence of Bodhicitta                                            March 17-19,  Chapter 2: Confession                                                                             April 21-23, Chapter 3: Commitment                                                                                    May 19-21, Chapter 4: Awareness

Cost of each weekend is on a sliding scale: $115-$150 per weekend.  Please choose the Donate button and enter the amount you are offering between $115-$150 for each weekend you plan to attend.  Add a note stating the dates you are registering for:

If you wish to come to just a few sessions (morning or afternoon or evening), the cost is $35/session. Be sure to add a note stating which sessions you plan to attend.

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More informal teachings will be added as time and translation permits. Please check back from time to time as we update the schedule – or, request to join our email list by sending us an email at info@whitelotusdharma.org.

This will be Khenpo’s first trip to the United States. Let’s give him a warm welcome at the first official event – a Sangha Potluck on Saturday, January 28, 6:00 PM at the Dharma Center, 815 Park Ave, (2nd floor of Immanuel Baptist Church), Rochester NY 14607.

On-line Raffle to Support the Chakrasamvara Fund

All funds raised will benefit the Gargon Monastery Chakrasamvara Fund 

The Raffle is now closed – the winner is Anna Gifford of Rochester, NY.

Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets!

The Fund now has $9,800. Let’s reach the goal of $13,000 by March 1, 2017!


This special thangka of White Tara was blessed by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche. It then sat inside the mandala shrine of a recent  Yamantaka Drubchen at Garchen Institute in Chino Valley, Arizona, soaking in the blessings of the deity and and the eight day practice. We are offering this  raffle to benefit the Chakrasamvara Fund for Gar Monastery. Tickets may be purchased on-line OR at White Lotus Buddhist Center in Rochester NY. The winning ticket will be drawn on January 15, 2017 and shipped free to addresses within the the U.S.

UPDATE: The winning ticket will be drawn by Khenpo Monlam at the Sangha Potluck on January 28. Tickets may be purchased on-line until noon on that day.

Raffle Tickets

Gar Rinpoche’s 80th Birthday!

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Happy Birthday wishes and prayers for the long life and well being of our most precious lama, Garchen Rinpoche!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Join us for birthday cake, celebration and prayers for Rinpoche’s long life during the afternoon Vajrakilaya tsok offering. All are welcome, even if you aren’t attending the retreat. The afternoon session begins at 1:00 pm. Come for the whole afternoon or for the tsok/celebration only (approximately 2:30-3:00).