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Saka Dawa begins today!

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.

Eco-Dharma Center

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 tglmaine@gmail.com.

A new teacher, a new teaching offering: Rinpoche Palden Sengye

Beginning Sunday, May 2, 2021, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EST, with subsequent teachings on the first Sunday of each month

Tashi Gatsel Ling Buddhist Center is excited and honored to announce that we will be providing a new series of teachings on the first Sunday of every month starting May led by Rinpoche Palden Sengye. Rinpoche will be engaging us in the Lojong, or mind training. Lojong is a core Vajrayana practice for transforming our mind by turning away from our self-centeredness and cultivating instead the mental habits that generate bodhicitta

The teaching format will be as follows:

  • Prayers: 5 min.
  • Meditation: 5 min.
  • Teaching: 25 min.
  • Q&A: 15 min.
  • Meditation: 5 min.
  • Dedications & Prayers: 5 min.

You can access the Seven-Point Mind Training text here. And the ZOOM link.

Rinpoche Palden Sengye was born in Lhasa, Tibet in 1987. He fled to India in 1993, and under the compassionate grace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, was given an opportunity to study at TCV school. In 1998, His Holiness recognized him as the 7th reincarnation of Palden Sengye Rinpoche of Tashi Lhunpo monastery. During that same year, he began receiving his monastic education, and soon after, he observed the novice vows. At the age of 20, he received the complete vows of a monk.

Rinpoche underwent a rigorous study on the five treatises for many years and took part in the various examinations conducted by Gelugpa Universities. In 2019, he was awarded the “Kachen Rapjampa Degree” and subsequently the Geshe “Lharampa Degree” in 2020; this is the equivalent of PhD at the universities the world over. Since then, he has been serving as a teacher at the Tashi Lhunpo monastery. Currently, he is studying at the Gyuto Tantric Monastic University at Dharamsala to undertake one-year courses on the Tantric (also known as Vajrayana) Buddhist study.

Entering the Mystery of the Sacred Mandala in Vajrayana Buddhism

Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9 am – 11 am EST

Venerable Tenzin Dasel will host a lecture at the Maine Jung Center on the topic of the Sacred Mandala. To register please visit mainejungcenter.org.

What does it mean to be part of the circle of life? A circle is a symbol that conveys both process and form, implying there is a shared connection mysteriously linking us together, calling us to wholeness. It is fluid, soft, and imparts unbroken continuity lacking sharp edges or quick corners. In Vajrayana Buddhist tradition the mandala offers a rare opportunity: by gaining entrance into the sacred mandala through initiation, the possibility of attaining enlightenment in one lifetime presents itself. This represents an immense spiritual revolution and evolution of inner space awareness.

Day of Offerings

Venue: His Holiness’s Residence, Dharamsala, HP, India
Date: February 27, 2021
Duration: 1 hour and 24 minutes

His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives a short teaching from the Life Stories of the Buddha and from Chapter 1 of Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland on the occasion of the Day of Offerings from his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on February 27, 2021. He also conducts the ceremony for Generating the Awakening Mind.


The Eight Verses of Mind Training

Sunday, February 14, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm EST Venerable Tenzin Dasel will hold the first of four Sunday meetings on Zoom on the Eight Verses of Mind Training and related Lojong, Love, and Compassion. This event is hosted by our friends at BodhiMind Center of Colorado Springs.

Venerable will go through the verses, discuss how to bring these into daily practice, and explore how the four Immeasurable Qualities relate to the practice. 

The event is free for all to attend and donations are encouraged.

The Eight Verses can be accessed here. Please email us at tglmaine@gmail.com to sign up.

Losar Celebration February 12, 2021

We hope that you will join us Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 PM EST for a celebration of Losar. Losar is the first day of the lunisolar Tibetan calendar.  We are leaving the Year of the Iron Rat and joyfully entering the year of the Iron Ox.

Ven. Tenzin Dasel will join us from India and lead us in a Green Tara meditation for healing and compassion as we enter this next phase.

You may join us via ZOOM here.

In addition, we want to share with you this message from the Venerable Tenzin Dasel: 

Heartfelt and warmest greetings to our dear Tashi Gatsel Ling Community,

We have been keeping you in our hearts and prayers throughout this past year as the whole world faced the Year of the Iron Rat, not knowing at the time what a prophetic name for the year it would turn out to be. No one is sorry to see this cycle come to a close!  

Now we will enter the Year of the Iron Ox, which carries a sense of strength and diligent steady work with a determined acceptance of the task at hand.  That is probably likewise a very good metaphor for the upcoming year. If we use our Dharma practice to really apply what it is teaching us about impermanence, the suffering of change, and having to truly seek refuge and renounce samsara then we can see that we are blessed, especially in these times. After all, it is why we have taken refuge, seeking safety in the wisdom of the Buddha Dharma, and are so very fortunate to have a sangha community to call upon, nurture, and practice with.  

Probably one of the best things that will come out of this situation is that people will not take everyday life’s simple freedoms for granted, as we largely often did before the epidemic. Sometimes questioning whether we could really muster the energy to get to the Dharma center as it was too chilly out or we just weren’t really in the mood, yet these days might see us planning months in advance if only we knew when next we could sit together in sacred space to practice and share. At least in this day and age, we are able to maintain connection via the computer and find comfort and gratitude in being able to meet together in this way.   

Wishing each and every one of you the best of health, happiness, and contentment. May your practice upholding and replenish you daily, breathing in, breathing out. Aware. Awake. Alive.  

All best wishes,
Tenzin Dasel and the TGLBC Board

Upcoming events by HHDL

Please visit dalailama.com/schedule or www.dalailama.com/live to get access to the following events:

Live Webcast Teaching

February 8, 2021

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a teaching on Jangkya Rolpai Dorje’s Recognizing the Mother: A Song of Experience of the Madhyamaka View (tagur ama ngodzin) followed by a question and answer session on the morning of February 8 from 9 am to 10.30 am (Indian Standard Time) at the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Those interested may watch the live webcast of the teachings in Tibetan with translation in English, Chinese, Hindi, French, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Japanese, Mongolian, Korean, German, Portuguese and Italian on the official websites and Facebook pages of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. People are requested to please follow their local social distancing rules while viewing the live webcast.

Live Webcast Talk

February 17, 2021

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a talk on Empathy and Compassion in Policing followed by a question and answer session organized by the Indian Police Foundation from 9 am to 10 am (Indian Standard Time). Those interested may watch the live webcast in Tibetan, English, Chinese and other languages on the official websites and Facebook pages of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. People are requested to please follow their local social distancing rules while viewing the live webcast.

Live Webcast Teaching

February 27, 2021

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a short teaching from approximately 9 am to 10 am (Indian Standard Time) on the occasion of the Day of Offerings – 15th day of the 1st Tibetan month (chotrul duechen). He will also confer the Ceremony for Generating Bodhichitta (semkye) at the request of LadakhSemkye Tsokpa. Those interested may watch the live webcast in Tibetan, English, Chinese and other languages on the official websites and Facebook pages of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Viewers are requested to please follow their local social distancing rules.

Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops

We are pleased to announce the release of Climate Emergency: Feedback Loopsa 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.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Greta Thunberg: A Climate Conversation

Livestreaming on January 9, 2021, 10:30 pm EST/January 10, 9 am IST

A conversation not to be missed: two global leaders coming together to address one if not the most ardent topic of the day: the climate crisis. You won’t want to miss this, you can register at this link to get an email reminder of the session. A recording will be made available to those who register.