Join us this November at Tashi Gatsel Ling
3-day Shamatha-Mindfulness Weekend
November 10 – 12, 2018
Lead by Ani Tenzin Dasel
Joining a 3-day meditation retreat is a unique and precious opportunity. It is seldom that we have the chance to step away from our very busy daily lives and take time to turn inwardly, learn to observe our mind and to center our awareness in a peaceful practice. Some experience in meditation is recommended to obtain the most benefit from this retreat.
During this course, Tashi Gatsel Ling and Ani Tenzin Dasel, the retreat leader, are aiming to provide participants with a peaceful, environment conducive to supporting the practice of mindfulness, meditation, silence, and reflection. The principles of moral behavior (i.e., setting an ethical foundation to ground your practice of meditation) are essential. Therefore, we ask all those participating to respect these rules of conduct. We also request participants to refrain from listening to/playing music and using the internet or cell phones on this retreat.
The Shamatha weekend will be held in SILENCE (outside the guided meditation and Q&A sessions). The silence is extremely important to course participants. Being in silence allows us to calm our minds and creates (over time) more spaciousness and peace in one’s mind. If it is your first time doing a silent retreat – embrace this experience, and use these rare three days of not talking to direct your attention and energy inwardly instead of outwardly.
Space is limited to first nine people to register. The retreat is by donation to help Ani-la cover travel costs to India. Attendance for the entire weekend is preferred, but partial attendance may be permitted if absolutely necessary to attend.
Please plan to attend the entire weekend. Partial attendance may be permitted.
Please email email@example.com for reservation.
Accommodations will be available in walking distance or short 10-minute drive to nearby yurts (cost will be the responsibility of participants, but a special rate will be offered).
Breakfast & Lunch will be the responsibility of participants, local options within a 5-minute drive or bring food. Dining options are available within a 5-minute drive, or you may bring your own food.
Spring Schedule 2018
Meditations in May: Come join us on Thursday evenings, from 6:30-8p. May 17, 24, 31 for meditation, short Dharma talk, and Q&A. Our friend, Ani la Tenzin Dasel, ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will guide the sessions.
Medicine Buddha Puja: Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 6:30-8p. We will celebrate Lord Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth, Enlightenment, and Parinirvana. All are welcome. Please bring an offering which will be shared afterward. Flowers, Fruit, and sweets are traditional offerings.
Joyful in June: Creating Inner Harmony. Thursday evenings, from 6:30-8p June 7, 14, 21, 28. Come Join us!
Maine College of Art (MECA)
Friday, October 6 at 7pm
522 Congress St, Portland, ME
The topic will be announced in an email prior.
Curtis Memorial Library
Sunday, October 8 from10am – 12:30pm
23 Pleasant St, Brunswick, ME
(Morrell Meeting Room)
Tong-len – The Practice of Taking and Giving
Knowing the importance of altruistic love and compassion for all living beings (Bodhicitta) is crucial. Taking this wisdom to heart and manifesting it in all our affairs can be quite challenging. Fortunately, Tong-len meditation is an amazing tool to help us along the path. Khen Rinpoche will teach us how to take on the suffering of others and give our own happiness to them. It is a powerful way to generate Bodhicitta and, in the process, transform our own minds to be more peaceful, joyous, and free. There may be a short meditation at the end of Khen Rinpoche’s talk and there should also be time for questions and answers.
COME TO THE MEDICINE BUDDHA PUJA ON SAKA DAWA
Sunday, March 26
23 Pleasant St, Brunswick Maine
We regret to inform everyone of the cancellation. Khen Rinpoche has the flu, but is expected to make a full recovery soon. Please keep him in your prayers. Enjoy some unexpected free time and, if you are not already familiar with Tong-Len practice, perhaps look online for a teaching. – Tashi Gatsel Ling
WEBCAST FROM NYC
Friday, March 17 – 7-9p, Tibet House US, live event + webcast
The Eight Verses for Training the Mind
Sunday, March 19 – 10:00a-12:30p, Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick
The Eight Verses for Training the Mind—A Powerful Practice for Transforming Difficult Circumstances
Almost one thousand years ago the great Indian teacher Atisha came to Tibet and began giving personal instructions to his Tibetan students. These instructions formed the basis for the Tibetan Mahayana tradition of training the mind called lojong. In these turbulent times, these teachings help us to remain peaceful by keeping us focused on compassion and altruism. Khen Rinpoche will share with us his insight into one of the most famous mind training texts, Langri Thangpa’s Eight Verses on Mind Training. Whether you are a beginner or long-time student, listening to these teachings from Rinpoche will help you to take both your hardships and successes into the path and maintain a balanced and joyful state of mind. This event is free.
Sunday, March 26 – 10am-12:30p, Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick
Tong-len – The Practice of Taking and Giving
Knowing the importance of altruistic love and compassion for all living beings (Bodhicitta) is crucial. Taking this wisdom to heart and manifesting it in all our affairs can be quite challenging. Fortunately, Tong-len meditation is an amazing tool to help us along the path. Khen Rinpoche will teach us how to take on the suffering of others and give our own happiness to them. It is a powerful way to generate Bodhicitta and, in the process, transform our own minds to be more peaceful, joyous, and free. This event is free.
NEW YORK CITY
Wednesday, March 29 – 6pm, Rubin Museum, NYC
Art Walk and Commentary
Join Khen Rinpoche and RMA Curator Elena Pakhoutova for a walk through the main gallery with an eye on pieces connected to Ladakh, Rinpoche’s homeland, and the Gelukpa tradition, Rinpoche’s monastic lineage. Rinpoche and Elena offer us a chance to enjoy these meaningful works with the benefit of their commentary. This event is free and requires and RSVP. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with “RSVP for March 29 Rubin Museum Event.” Thank you.
MEDICINE BUDDHA PUJA
COME JOIN US
Friday Feb 10th, 2017
New and returning people are welcome!
Puja begins at 7pm, all are welcome. Please bring an offering which will be shared afterwards. Fruit, nuts, sweets and flowers are traditional offerings.
10 Town Farm Road Gray, ME 04039
Call Doreen for questions: 207-776-9927
email us: Tashigatselling@gmail.com
KHEN RINPOCHE’S APRIL TEACHINGS
Friday & Saturday
4/15 & 4/16
Friday, April 15 7-9pm : An Introduction to Buddhism
Osher Hall, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St, Portland, ME
Khen Rinpoche will share the story and historical facts of the Buddha’s life, from his early years as Prince Siddhartha to his enlightenment, teaching, and passing. Rinpoche will introduce the key principals of the Buddha’s teachings including the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment, and the Five Noble Precepts. Participants will learn the nature of karma, and the distinction between rebirth in Buddhist philosophy and reincarnation as it is envisioned in Hinduism and other religions. Rinpoche will speak about the history of Buddhist philosophy in the 2,500 years since its inception and the differences among the three main branches into which Buddhism has evolved. Participants will have the opportunity to consider the nature of Nirvana and Enlightenment, and the distinction between the two.
Saturday, April 16 at 10am-1pm: Buddhist Perspectives on Impermanence & Death
Maine Coast Waldorf School (formerly Merriconeag), 57 Desert Rd, Freeport, ME
Contemplation and meditation on death and impermanence are regarded as very important in Buddhism for two reasons : (1) it is only by recognizing how precious and how short life is, that we are most likely to make it meaningful and to live it fully and (2) by understanding the death process and familiarizing ourselves with it, we can remove fear at the time of death and ensure a good rebirth. Khen Rinpoche will emphasize that while contemplating death may not bring enlightenment to everyone, there is no doubt that enhancing our awareness has many benefits. Instead of attempting to hide from death, we may be able to look to it as a teacher (please bring a meditation cushion if you would like to sit on the floor; chairs are provided).
*Because Khen Rinpoche is having a knee replacement in May, his mobility and energy are limited during this visit. Rinpoche regrets that he is not able to have private appointments, to go visit people as he usually does or to stay after the teachings for long chats.