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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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

Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

September 29-October 1: Guru Rinpoche Teachings and Empowerment

Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

White Lotus Buddhist Center is honored to have  Bardor Tulku Rinpoche join us for a special weekend devoted to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). He will give a Guru Rinpoche empowerment and teachings on White Lotus, a commentary on the Seven-Line Prayer of Guru Rinpoche by Jamgön Mipham.

Bardor Tulku is a rebirth of one of Padmasambhava’s twenty-five principle disciples, Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, who became the first well-known Tibetan birth of Terchen Barway Dorje – or Bardor Tulku Rinpoche. He devoted many years of teaching and guidance at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in Woodstock, NY before starting his own Dharma center, Kunzang Palchen Ling, in Red Hook, NY.

For more information and to registerhttp://www.whitelotusdharma.org/bardor-tulku-rinpoche-september-29-october-1-2017/

Guru Rinpoche

Bardor Tulku Rinpoche and the current H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, have a close relationship, their monasteries are in the same region of Tibet and their previous incarnations have interacted over generations. This visit came about by the strong suggestion from Gar Rinpoche that we invite Bardor Tulku Rinpoche to White Lotus. He has been twice to Rochester, the most recent visit was in 2015 during the Vajrakilaya retreat with Garchen Rinpoche. But, this will be his first teaching visit.

For more on the life of Bardor Tulku Rinpoche please see http://www.kunzang.org/biography/

For details of the weekend and to register:

http://www.whitelotusdharma.org/bardor-tulku-rinpoche-september-29-october-1-2017/