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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Having qualified teachers, especially monastics who have devoted their entire lifetime to studying, embodying, practicing and sharing the Dharma is so very precious. They have taken on the responsibility to make Dharma the number one priority in life and to really carry the teachings into the Twenty-first Century through rebuilding monastic institutions that fuse traditional education with the modern curriculum. This is a prayer of gratitude to the Khenpos, or abbots, who have served as leaders of the great Tashi Lhunpo, a Tibetan Buddhist monastic institution rebuilt in southern India to keep the valid unbroken lineage teachings alive. We are very grateful to their dedication, and thus this prayer reflects our love, devotion and appreciation. It also serves as an oral historical record of the leadership of the institution” – Venerable Tenzin Dasel
The abbots, lamas, and general monastic assembly of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery that is a branch of the Great Dharma Center in Tibet made the following request: “We need a lineage prayer for those who have held the abbot’s throne.” Therefore, the Dalai Lama, Shakya Bhikshu, and proponent of the Dharma composed these verses on the third day of the second month of the fire bird year of the seventeenth cycle, March 30, 2017.
With warmer weather setting in for the next few months, we at Tashi Gatsel Ling Buddhist Center will be spending more time outdoors and putting our practice where the rubber hits the road. Here in India we will be in silent retreat diving deeply into the peace that passeth understanding. Therefore, we shall be pausing our monthly programming of Medicine Buddha Puja and Maine Moment Meditation so our community can invest more time in personal practice.
Here are a few ideas: – Walks in nature or at the beach – Retreat for a few hours, a day, a weekend or a week – Saying additional mantras each morning and evening – Increasing morning meditation sessions by adding 10 minutes more – Adding an evening meditation session – Committing a new prayer to heart – Sharing practical Dharma with a child or grandchild with a focus on happiness, healthy habits, truth telling, and kindness activities – Feeding the hungry: birds, people, or shelter animals – Growing more flowers, plant a new garden – Practicing a vegetarian diet by going meatless two days a week – Sitting out on the screen porch in the evening, skipping the evening news – Taking someone out for a surprise ice cream cone or sundae (don’t tell them where you are going) – Cleaning out items no longer needed or worn and giving them away – Recalling the times you felt altruistic loving kindness and deep compassion by writing these stories down or sharing them with others – Becoming less opinionated and become a fresh observer without labelling, let the mind rest in open awareness – Living in Noble Silence for at least 30-60 minutes a day – Eating just breakfast and lunch with no snacking in between, lite dinner 3 days a week – Setting up a dedicated sacred meditation/prayer area in your living space – Taking a news and media fast, alternate a day on and day off for summer months.
The main point is to make whatever you decide to focus your practice on personally meaningful. It is essential to approach what we do in our practice with confidence in order to gain support and clarity on the path toward enlightenment. By lightening our load and schedule, we are able decide what will be the most joyful and beneficial way to hone in our daily commitment. Then, absolutely, make a clear commitment and timetable for practice.
Let’s not kid ourselves, there are reasons we must schedule appointments at the doctor’s or dentist’s offices and cannot just randomly show up when we get in the mood. Likewise, we need a schedule built into our days to help us keep our practice on course. We cannot just do it when the feeling moves us. It is like learning to become skillful at the piano, we must practice the scales.
With all good wishes that your practice supports and grows your happiness, day by day, breath by breath, sending love and gratitude to all. May all be free and blissful, ~Tenzin Dasel
May 12 starts the auspicious month of Saka Dawa. Saka Dawa refers to the fourth month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar during which Buddha’s ordination, enlightenment, and parinirvana are celebrated. Saka Dawa runs from May 12 to June 10.
On Wednesday, May 26, Tashi Gatsel Ling is hosting a virtual event of a powerful Medicine Buddha Puja and Saka Dawa. We will extend our time together to 2 hours starting at 6:30 pm EST to 8:30 pm EST. Here is the Zoom link to access this event.
This is a Buddha Day when karmic results are multiplied one hundred million times, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic. As Buddha Days are particularly powerful, it is encouraged to put effort into creating merit through virtuous actions.
We are very excited to announce our efforts for our biggest project yet, that of building an Eco-Dharma Buddhist Center in Maine, USA. A place of gathering where our Dharma practice can be supported and enhanced. If you feel moved, you can support this project by making a donation via our Donate page. For more information and any questions, please connect with us via our email address email@example.com.
We are pleased to announce the release of Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops, a series of five short films featuring 12 world-renowned climate scientists. Narrated by Richard Gere, these films are freely available for viewing now & are subtitled in 20 languages at https://feedbackloopsclimate.com/. Learn why natural warming loops have scientists alarmed – and why we have less time than we think.
Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM EST
In addition to our monthly Medicine Buddha Puja, we are offering a New Year’s Medicine Buddha Puja. We are very blessed that Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo will be joining us during this New Year’s Celebration. Jetsunma is a bhikṣuṇī 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. Jetsunma will answer any questions that we may have relating to our practice.
Following this auspicious time, we will gently shift to a 45-minute Medicine Buddha Puja for healing and happiness in the New Year led by Venerable Tenzin Dasel.
If you would like to join us, please email Venerable Tenzin Dasel at firstname.lastname@example.org with your intention to join us, along with any questions that you might have for Jetsumna Tenzin Palmo about deepening your practice.
For the Medicine Buddha Puja, please email your dedications to email@example.com. Here is the text we will recite.
REQUESTED DONATIONS: If you are able, TGLBC would appreciate your kind donation to help support our mission. You may donate via https://tashigatselling.org/donate/ or mail a check to TGLBC, PO Box 1883, Gray, Maine USA 04039.
Blessings to you and yours for a safe and happy holiday season from all of us at TGLBC!
Nothing exists independently. We move this intention and apply it in our Dharma practice. This is the spirit our Lead Teacher Ven. Tenzin Dasel models herself as she propagates authentic Vajrayana Buddhist teachings in all corners of the world. Currently, Ven. Tenzin Dasel partners with Sattva Project, a platform for integration and dialogue. We encourage you to learn more by accessing this link.
We regret to announce that Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo’s 2020 North American Tour is canceled, including her teachings in Maine. Those who have already registered for this event will be contacted directly by Doreen Thompson. We hope to have the opportunity to reschedule Jetsunma’s visit next year. In the meantime, TGLBC is wishing everyone strength and health.