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:

June 2024


9:00 am  Open for Silent Meditation

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


Please NOTE: Sunday June 23 is Lama Chopa Tsok Offering, 10:00 am-12:00 noon.

Everyone welcome, no charge, please bring a finger food or a beverage to share, and arrive 10-15 minutes early!

Tuesdays: 7:00 pm 

6/4: Vajrakilaya practice (for zoom link please contact us at:

6/11: White Tara practice   Zoom:

6/18: NO Vajrakilaya practice 

6/25: White Tara practice   Zoom:


Thursday Night Study Group

7:00pm:  Buddhism, Its Breadth and Depth 

June 7, 14, 28

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

Currently going through Instructions on the Six Bardos: A Guide to Samsara & Nirvana, A Commentary by Garchen Rinpoche

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


YouTube livestream:


Special Programs

Spring Retreat with

with Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

June 20-23, 2024

Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is Resident Lama at the Chicago Ratnashri Center

Drupon Rinpoche also serves as a Retreat Master for Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley, AZ. Drupon Rinpoche began his monastic training in Tibet in 1984 and subsequently studied at Jangchubling monastery in Dehra Dun, India, under several great scholar/masters. 

From 1996 to 2004 he spent his time in retreat in Almora, India, and in Lapchi, a mountain region on the border of Tibet and Nepal where Milarepa spent many years in retreat. Respected for his high degree of realization, Drupon is known for his gentle, understated presence. For a more detailed bio go to:

Drupon Rinpoche has taught at White Lotus several times and we are happy to welcome him back for this program. Drupon Rinpoche will give the empowerment for Chakramsamvara and offer teachings on the deity and the practice.  

The Program:

June 20-21: Empowerment and teachings on Chakrasamvara

10:00-12:30 & 2:30-5:00 each day.

Chakrasamvara is the yidam deity, or core meditational figure, for the Kagyu lineages of Tibet. It is the second  element of the Five-Fold Mahamudra practice for which the Drikung Kagyu is known. According to H.H.Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche, “When one generates the yidam Chakrasamvara and his consort within oneself, one achieves the experience of the union of bliss and emptiness, thereby realizing Mahamudra.”


Saturday, June 22: Annual Smoke Offering and Sangha Potluck Lunch with Drupon Rinpoche

This will be held again on Lake Ontario at Charlie and Samana’s home. Please arrive between 10:30-11:00 am. Bring blankets, or a lawn chair to sit on, your swim suit if you like and a dish to pass. Beverages will be provided by White Lotus but feel free to bring something of your own if you like. For more information or to get directions, please contact

Sunday, June 23: Lama Chopa Tsok Offering and closing of retreat.

10:00 am – 12:00 noon at White Lotus. Bring a food or drink offering (food that can easily be shared by hand). 

Register On-line

Suggested donation. $60-$75 per day OR $160-$225 for the entire retreat.

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. Therefore, we are suggesting a sliding scale of between $160-$225 for the entire retreat. Please be as generous as you are able. Thank you!

We kindly ask on-line participants to make a donation as this helps us continue a rich offering of teachings and retreats at White Lotus. Thank you!

Join by Zoom (For Chakrasamvara empowerment and teachings):
Please contact for the zoom link.

No Zoom for the Smoke Offering on Saturday.
Zoom link for Sunday: Lama Chopa Tsok Offering: