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 (except Vajrakilaya) now: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83911389863

February 2024

Sundays

9:00 am  Open for Silent Meditation

10:00-11:30 am    Prayers, Dharma Talk, Meditation

Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83911389863 

 

Tuesdays: 7:00 pm 

2/6: White Tara practice 

2/13: Vajrakilaya practice (for zoom link please contact us at: info@whitelotusdharma.org)

2/20: White Tara practice 

2/27: Vajrakilaya practice (for zoom link please contact us at: info@whitelotusdharma.org)

 

Thursday Night Study Group

7:00pm:  Buddhism, Its Breadth and Depth 

January 4, 11, 18, 25

Led by Frank Howard, White Lotus Director and senior teacher.

Now reading the book, The Buddha by Michael Carrithers (avail on Amazon)

YouTube livestream: https://www.youtube.com/@whitelotusbuddhistcenterro8113/streams

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

Special Programs

Losar (Tibetan New Year) Observances Coming Up

Join White Lotus in celebrating the Tibetan Year of the Wood Dragon!

Welcome the New Year with a month of merit dedicated to finding White Lotus a permanent home. The first month of the Tibetan calendar is believed to be a multiplying month – a potent period in which the karmic effects of both negative and positive deeds are magnified. Help us harness this period for White Lotus’s future by contributing a pledge of meritorious action.


LOSAR – Saturday February 10, 8:00 AM–10:00 AM (MORNING) 

  • New Year’s prayers, the Center will be open (8:00-10:00 AM) for katag offerings and auspicious prayers. People may come and go during this time. No Zoom. 
  • Merit Pledge Drive begins! Welcome the New Year with two weeks of meritorious activity dedicated to the liberation and happiness of all beings and to world peace – inner and outer. Make a pledge of Meritorious Action! See details below.*
  • Daily emails detailing the 15 Days of Miracles begin.**(see below)


Sunday, February 11: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon:

  • Smoke Offering 
  • Auspicious prayers for the New Year. 

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83911389863


Sunday, February 18: Annual Sangha meeting 

10am Prayers and Meditation

11am Sangha meeting – State of the Sangha meeting: finances, news, future.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83911389863

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Sunday, February 25, Day of Miracles: Chotrul Duchen  

10:00am  Merit Pledge Drive Dedication Ceremony.

The Day of Miracles is one of the four major Buddhist holy days each year. The first fifteen days of the Tibetan New Year, culminating in the Day of Miracles (Chotrul   Duchen), commemorate fifteen days of miracles performed by the Buddha in Shravasti, India. Any merit performed during this period is said to be multiplied many times. Short Dharma Talk and Dedication prayers.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83911389863

*Merit Pledge Drive: Merit is the positive force of the mind and is the cause of insight into the nature of mind. The merit of building a stable center is inconceivable. Click here for more . . .

The creation, support and participation in a dharma center is perhaps the easiest way to accumulate merit – because you plug into the meritorious activities of many people and through those activities you benefit many, unseen others.

Together let’s build up our collective merit and strengthen our ability to benefit all sentient beings!

Some ideas:

  • Regular daily offerings – incense, candles, water bowls and aspiration prayers
  • 10 (or more) prostrations per day
  • 100 or more mani mantra/day or other mantra
  • Aspiration prayers
  • Memorize 1 verse from 37 P each day
  • Memorize the Heart Sutra
  • Pick a sutra or Dharma text and read/study 5 minutes/day

Give up a non-virtuous activity for the month (or one day a week! or even just one day!):

  • Stop eating meat
  • Give up something you’re addicted to

Financial donations: 

  • Donate $1/day (or more) towards the building fund
  • Sponsor a month of flowers – $50
  • Sponsor a month or year of candles, incense – $10-$50
  • Sponsor a month’s rent for WL $900
  • A week of groceries for Khenpo $50
  •  Tea and coffee table for a month $25
  • Bring a Danish every Sunday

These are just some ideas, you are welcome to pledge whatever meritorious activity you like, doesn’t have to be financial. Merit Pledge cards will be available to fill out at the Center, or download one from HERE, fill it out (can be anonymous) and bring it to White Lotus OR send us an email and we will fill one out for you. The cards will be put up on the Merit Wall at the Center!