TGL Shrine Room Seeks New Home in May 2022

TGL Shrine Room

CALLING ALL FRIENDS of HHDL, Khensur Rinpoche and Tashi Gatsel Ling:

What is today called Tashi Gatsel Ling Buddhist Center has maintained a presence in Maine since the mid-90’s when the Buddhist monk called Lobsang Tsetan began teaching in Joli Green’s art studio in Freeport.  The shrine room and meditation space has moved several times since then to accommodate changing circumstances: to Pownal, back to Freeport, and now is presently housed in Gray.  

We are again facing a relocation challenge to locate a new space in Maine to temporarily host the shrine (consecrated by Khensur Rinpoche). It needn’t be a large space, but does need to be secure, dry, pure, and easy to maintain. TGL BC is hoping to find a situation offered freely as dana (or generous giving).  It would also be beneficial if there is a small space for an ordained Tibetan Buddhist nun to stay on occasion as well.  Please contact tglmaine@gmail.com.

TGLBC is now on Instagram!

In an effort to reach a larger audience and create our presence across the various social media platforms, the TGL team is happy to announce that we are now on Instagram @tashigatselling. Our attempt is to create engaging content in support of our center and the Dharma.

Please follow us if you are on Instagram. Also please share with your friends who are interested.

New Year 2022 with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

The TGL community welcomed the New year 2022 with a great conversation with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Jetsunma very kindly addressed questions pertaining to mind training meditation practices of Lojong and Tonglen.

You can listen in here: New Year with Jetsunma

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is a bhikṣuṇī and leading master in the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. She is an author, teacher, and founder of the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in Himachal Pradesh, India. 

Help TGLBC Bring Geshe Mas to Maine

Tashi Gatsel Ling Buddhist Center of Maine is delighted to be the first Dharma center in the United States to invite two Geshe Mas in January 2022 for a month long visiting teachers role. The Geshe degree was traditionally only awarded to males, but under the guidance of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, the first class of Tibetan and Himalayan females graduated with this degree after 20 years of study. Comparable to a PhD in the west, they hold Doctor of Buddhist Philosophy as well as high tantric studies. Please read more about this at Lions Roar  and see more photos here. 

Please join us in making this “Female First” a memorable event and amazing start to 2022. We are raising $5,000 to cover the airfare and their expenses while here and greatly appreciate your support. Your generous act of Dana will help authentic Vajrayana Buddhism continue to take seed in the west through ordained female sangha teachers guiding the way. Thank you for your kindness and support.

Environmental Cleanup Drive

TGLBC had a wonderful community clean up, the entire length of Town Farm Rd, in Gray and through North Yarmouth. We rejoice in sharing these heartfelt efforts in our daily commitment to living in harmony and simply upon the earth. And in sharing the responsibility to take very good care of ourselves and all mother beings.

We covered both sides of the road and are happy to likewise draw attention and support to the COP26 Climate Change Conference happening now in Glasgow, Scotland. Everyone has a role to play. As Buddhist practitioners, we likewise care for the Earth Goddess. The Earth Goddess is present in the appearance of the Buddha in Earth touching mudra, His right hand over the right knee, middle finger touching the earth. When faced with the threat from Mara, the character who represents the fear of doubt, unworthiness and insignificance, Siddhartha called upon the earth goddess to bear witness to His attainment of enlightenment. Therefore, we who follow Buddha’s teachings of Dharma should likewise pay special attention to supporting the earth goddess and all mother beings.

Lhabab Duchen

Join us for a Lhabab Duchen celebration on October  27, 6:30 – 8:00PM EST!

Lhabab Duchen is Buddha’s Descent Day. The 22nd of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar is the day when Shakyamuni Buddha returned to the world from the God Realm of Thirty-Three after sharing the Dharma with the gods and his mother.  This is one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar and is a Buddha Multiplying Day when karmic actions are one hundred million times stronger.

This day is considered to be very auspicious for practice. To celebrate the occasion we will have a special program. Venerable Tenzin Dasel will offer a guided meditation, mantra recitation, and a short clip of the Khandro Cham, or Dakini Dances, being held at Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in India earlier that day.

Our special  Lhabab Duchen evening puja is being offered specifically for Tashi Gatsel Ling Buddhist Center to expand our offerings of the genuine Dharma for the benefit of all  members and all mother beings near and far.  All Dana offered during this auspicious occasion is especially beneficial and appreciated.  Offer your Dana here.

Access the event here.

Our center in pictures

While the center is closed currently, here is a gallery to show you around our center. Hoping we are able to gather in person again soon.

Maine Moment Back in Action

With Venerable Tenzin Dasel back in Maine, we are meeting every Monday 6.30pm to 8.00pm EDT for meditation and Dharma talk under the name Maine Moment. Ninety minutes of warm hearts, peace of mind, gentle breath, silent stillness, meaningful speech and some much needed laughter.