What’s happening at White Lotus?!

June 1-June 5, 2018

H.E. GARCHEN RINPOCHE

White Lotus Buddhist Center will welcome H.E. Garchen Rinpoche back to Rochester June 1-5.  Details concerning the program and location will be on the website soon.  Save the dates!

 

 


Sundays, December 3, 10, & 17, 10:00-10:45 AM

KHENPO MONLAM: Teachings on Impermanence 

There is uncertainty at the heart of human beings, an anxiety that leads us down wrong paths of disappointment and dissatisfaction. This uncertainty is our perception of the pervasive impermanence of the apparent world.  http://www.whitelotusdharma.org/2017/12/27/sundays-in-january-2018/

 


 

Sundays in January 2018

IMPERMANENCE

“To meditate persistently on impermanence is to be guided by all the Buddhas.”

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

There is uncertainty at the heart of human beings, an anxiety that leads us down wrong paths of disappointment and dissatisfaction. This uncertainty is our perception of the pervasive impermanence of the apparent world.

Buddha taught that understanding the truth of impermanence is the most valuable teaching. Although we conduct ourselves as if we will live forever, temporarily cloaked in comforting ignorance, it is only by contemplating and penetrating deeply into the fact of impermanence that we begin to see things as they are. Through this insight, our frantic clinging and manipulations cease and the mind is prepared to realize one’s true nature.

“Impermanence” is one of the Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind towards Truth. Khenpo will present an overview of the subject which will prepare students for deeper study and meditation.

Fearing death, I went to the mountains.

Over and over again I meditated on death’s unpredictable coming,

And took a stronghold of the deathless, unchanging nature.

Now I have lost and gone beyond all fear of dying!

                                 – Milarepa

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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?  

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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

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.