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.

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. 

Message from His Holiness The Dalai Lama, on his 86th Birthday

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s message on his 86th birthday: “I am just one human being. Many people really show they love me. And many people actually love my smile. In spite of my old age, my face is quite handsome. Many people really show me genuine friendship. Now that it is nearly my birthday, I want to express my deep appreciation of all my friends who have really shown me love, respect and trust. For myself, I can assure you, that for the rest of my life.

I am committed to serving humanity and working to protect the climate condition. Since I became refugee and now settled in India, I have taken full advantage of India’s freedom and religious harmony. I want to assure you that for the rest of my life I will be fully committed to reviving ancient Indian knowledge. I really appreciate the Indian concept of secular values, not dependent on religion, such as honesty, Karuna (compassion) and Ahimsa (non-violence). So, my dear friends, on my birthday, this is my gift. Please keep it in mind. I myself am committed to non-violence and compassion until my death. This is my offering to my friends. I hope my friends will also keep non-violence and compassion for the rest of your lives. All my human brothers and sisters should keep these two things- non-violence and compassion, until your death.”

Lhabab Düchen

Lhabab Düchen, also known as Buddha’s Descent from Tushita, is one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar. As a Buddha Multiplying Day, karmic results of actions on this day are multiplied one hundred million times. 

This amazing result is sourced by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.

This day is considered to be very auspicious for practice. To celebrate the occasion we will have a special program at Tashi Gatsel Ling Buddhist Center on November 19, 2019. 

9:00 am – 12 pm – Reading the Golden Light Sutra, with a tea break at 10:30 am.  

Reciting any part of the Buddha’s speech is considered to be extremely virtuous, enabling the reader to accumulate vast stores of merit through expressing the Dharma taught by one who achieved the sorrow-less state of enlightenment. Those with an interest in reciting the Mahayana sutras taught by the Buddha can take part in sutra reading sessions, which is so very beneficial for purification and accumulation practices, especially on merit-multiplying days such as Lhabab Duchen. Reciting the sacred words of the Buddha from the Golden Light Sutra or the Sanghata Sutra together with a group often brings a sense of peace and quiet accomplishment to the reader.

12pm-2pm – Break for lunch

2pm-4pm – Conclude reading Golden Light Sutra 

This sutra makes beings supremely serene, utterly alleviates sorrow and afflictive emotions, utterly removes all forms of harm and utterly overcomes hundreds of thousands of afflictions.
– Golden Light Sutra

6:30pm-8pm – Sakyamuni Buddha Puja, led by Venerable Tenzin Dasel. 

Please join us for a beautiful meditation and practice, and bring something to offer on the altar (flowers, fruits, nuts, chocolate are good items) 

Anyone is welcome to drop in for any session! No registration needed and by donation.