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

    No charge, but donations are encouraged. Open to all.

 




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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?  

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

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/