Upcoming Programs – Spring 2019

Saturday May 18, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM               Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday at White Lotus.         Public welcome!

Details at  http://www.whitelotusdharma.org/buddhas-birthday/

 

May 24-28, 2019  Annual Vajrakilaya Retreat with Khenpo Molam and Lama Abao

Vajrakilaya – the Swift Destroyer dispels obstacles to the flourishing of Dharma and the development of authentic realization in practitioners.  Details and Registration:  https://www.whitelotusdharma.org/2019-vajrakilaya-retreat-with-lama-abao/

                                                                                       June 14-16, 2019  Bardor Tulku Rinpoche                  Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) Teachings &         Vajrakilaya Empowerment

Details and Registration: https://www.whitelotusdharma.org/bardor-tulku-rinpoche-june-15-16-2019/

 

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.