Activities & Events

Tara mantra accumulation

Join the White Lotus sangha in reciting the Tara mantra to generate blessings for our search for an appropriate building!

All Sessions are now in person and via Zoom.

Sundays in October 10:00 am – 12:00 pm  


10/01: Prayers, Dharma Talk by Frank Howard, Meditation

10/08: Prayers, Dharma Talk by Frank Howard, Meditation

10/15: Prayers, Dharma Talk by Frank Howard, Meditation

10/22: Prayers, Dharma Talk by Frank Howard, Meditation 


Tuesdays in October: 7:00 pm 

10/03: Vajrakilaya practice (for information:

10/10: White Tara practice (Zoom:

10/17: Vajrakilaya practice (for information:

10/24: White Tara practice (Zoom:

10/31: Vajrakilaya practice (for information:


Thursday Night Study Group

7:00pm:  Buddhism, Its Breadth and Depth 

October 5, 12, 19, 26

Led by Frank Howard, White Lotus Director and senior teacher. The group is using the text by Ven Kalu Rinpoche: Profound Buddhism. Available on Amazon and at Namse Bangdzo Bookstore.


YouTube livestream:

In person at White Lotus Buddhist Center, 815 Park Ave, Rochester NY 14607

Special Programs

The Annual Vajrakilaya Retreat with Lama Abao

September 14-18, 2023

Vajrakilaya, the wrathful emanation of Vajrasattva, is known as the Swift Destroyer who dispels obstacles to the flourishing of Dharma and the development of authentic realization in practitioners. He embodies the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas, and his practice is famous for destroying the forces hostile to compassion especially in this difficult era.

 The positive energy gathered from reciting the mantra of the deity for five days as a group is one of the most efficacious and profound means for purifying negative karma and amassing merit and wisdom. In addition, the benefits from engaging in this practice together are not limited to the participants of the retreat, but spread a positive influence over the entire physical locale as well as the inhabitants of the region, the country, and the whole world, becoming the cause for harmony, prosperity, joy and, ultimately, liberation for all beings.

Lama Abao came from Tibet with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche in 1997 and has traveled with Rinpoche all around the world, assisting him in establishing new Dharma centers. In 2013, Lama Abao was requested by Garchen Rinpoche to be the resident teacher of Drikung Seattle –

 Where:  At White Lotus Buddhist Center, 815 Park Ave 2nd floor, Rochester NY

 Cost: We are able to bring programs such as this to Rochester through the generosity of those who attend. But we also recognize people have different financial capacities. Please be as generous as you are able. 

             Full retreat: a sliding scale donation of between $165-$225 (or more).  

             Per day:  a sliding scale donation of between $65-$100 per day.

To Register: make your donation at this link or send a check to White Lotus Buddhist Center, P.O. Box 10384, Rochester NY 14610

Zoom: this retreat will be available via Zoom. You will be sent the zoom link when we receive your registration. 

Questions? contact us at

More Information - empowerment, text, schedule etc


Empowerment is required for this retreat. If you have not had a Vajrakilaya Empowerment you can take it on-line from H.E.Garchen Rinpoche at the following link. Please note this was an empowerment given in 2019 in Taiwan and takes about 3 hours, although the video continues for another hour. 

Vajrakilaya Empowerment with H.E.Garchen Rinpoche


Once you have completed the empowerment, you can purchase a text from White Lotus for $10. Alternatively, you can download it HERE


Lunch will be from 12:30-2:30 each day. Participants may go out for lunch, bring their own lunch, or purchase lunch (small subs and soup) for $15/day at the Center. The mantra will continue in the temple throughout the lunch break. 

Sign up for lunches by sending an email to   Please specify if you would like a meat (roast beef, turkey) or cheese sandwich. 


Thursday, Sept 14: 2:00-5:00 pm    Opening session

Friday-Saturday:  9:30 am-12:30 pm  Morning session with teaching by Lama Abao

                             2:30 pm-5:30 pm Afternoon session

Sunday:    9:30 am-12:30 pm Morning session

                  2:30 pm-5:30 pm Afternoon session

Monday, Sept 18: 9:00 am-12:00 noon  Final session