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

Movie Night – November 11, 2017

The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton

8:00 PM at White Lotus Buddhist Center and Immanuel Baptist Church, 815 Park Ave, Rochester. Free and open to all.

Thomas Merton and the Dalai Lama

This is a film about the story of Merton in the last year of his life, embarking on his greatest journey. It’s a story of adventure and search that takes the viewer from his home at the Abbey of Gethsemani, across America in the turbulent year of 1968 and finally to Asia for meetings with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual seekers. The purpose of the journey? As always with Merton he seeks a fuller union with God. He believed serving as a bridge between west and east was one way in which his call could be lived out. The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton celebrates the triumph of all that was gained by his journey, reflects on the tragedy of what was lost with his death and considers why Merton’s life and work challenges us today. 58 minutes run time.

The trailer contains an interview with HH Dalai Lama: Watch the Trailer

 

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/

 

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.