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

 

800th Anniversary Celebration



Commemorating this 800th anniversary of Lord Jigten Sumgon’s Parinirvana helps practitioners establish inspiration and strengthen faith in following the steps on the path of liberation.

The main commemoration anniversary of Lord Jigten Sumgon’s Body, Speech, Mind, Qualities and Activities will take place at Drikung Kagyu Institute, Jangchubling in Dehra Dun, India from 19th to 25th October 2017.

We welcome all Dharma friends and followers around the world to join this great commemoration.

Please contribute as you can to this auspicious event!

 

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/

 

The Third Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

September 29-October 1: Guru Rinpoche Teachings and Empowerment

Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

From Kunzang Palchen Ling in Red Hook, NY, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche will visit White Lotus and give a Guru Rinpoche empowerment and teachings on White Lotus, a commentary on the Seven-Line Prayer of Guru Rinpoche by Jamgön Mipham.

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

“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.”

An Opportunity to Give!

From Khenpo Monlam:

From the Lord Buddha’s time according to his instructions, Buddhist monks go on retreat for three months each summer. At Kagyu College in Dehra Dun, about 100 monks are now in retreat for another 36 days.

It is meritorious for anyone to sponsor meals for the monks during this time. If you would like to sponsor a lunch for the 100 monks, the cost is $120 for one lunch for all the monks. Alternatively, people can come together to share in the cost of one or more lunches. How can you give?                                                                                             

1) Bring a check or cash to the Dharma Center and put it in the offering bowl.                  

2) Mail a check made out to White Lotus Buddhist Center to PO Box 10384, Rochester NY 14610.                                                             

3) Go on-line and make a donation via Pay-pal. Be sure to note that this is for Retreat Lunches for the monks of Kagyu College. http://www.whitelotusdharma.org/

4) Click on this Paypal button and follow the prompts. Thank you!