Come celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year, with a puja including meditation, rejoicing, butter lamp offering, and candles. Losar is a great time to set intentions and renew practice. It marks the time 2500 years ago when the Buddha performed miracles. Any good or bad deeds during the first 2 weeks of Losar are multiplied many times to accumulate or reduce merit. Please come renew and celebrate efforts to attain Enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings!
Khen Rinpoche Returns in November for Medicine Buddha Puja and Teachings
Medicine Buddha Puja: Thursday, November 6 at 7 pm
Teaching on Dependent Arising: Sunday, November 9 from 1-4 pm
Teachings on Impermanence:
Tuesday, November 11 at 7 pm
Thursday, November 13 at 7 pm
Also at Maine College of Art (Osher Auditorium, 522 Congress Street, 2nd floor, Portland) on Wednesday, November 12 at 7 pm, Rinpoche will be teaching on “Living with Love and Compassion.”
Six Feet Under: Funeral Choices and Managing Your Final Affairs
Sunday, October 26 at 3pm – Six Feet Under: Funeral Choices and Managing Your Final Affairs
Find out how to decide what arrangements you want to make for after you die and how to talk to others about them. Chuck Lakin of Last Things (http://lastthings.net/last/) will give us an overview of options and tell us how we can do it ALL ourselves! He’ll discuss home funerals, green cemeteries and other funeral alternatives. (This talk will be for a general audience and not from any particularly Buddhist point of view, although we may discuss among ourselves how to coordinate all this with Tibetan Buddhist theories about the death process. We plan to have a more detailed discussion at a future date when we can have someone versed in those theories present to advise us.)
Schedule for Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan in November
Khen Rinpoche’s Finalized Schedule, Including a Weekend Teaching!
It is with great pleasure that we announce the dates of Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan’s spring teachings in Maine. He will be teaching on Daily Practice and the Three Principal Aspects of the Path to Enlightenment at Tashi Gatsel Ling from 7-9pm on:
Thursday, May 22
Tuesday, May 27
Thursday, May 29
Tuesday, June 3
He will also give a weekend teaching on the subject of Karma scheduled for 1-4pm on Sat, May 24 and Sun, May 25.
There is the possibility of having a Refuge Ceremony while Rinoche is here. If you are interested in taking Refuge, please contact Karen at the phone number or email address below. If people are interested, we will set up a time, post it on the website, and send an email to the Tashi Gatsel Ling email list.
We rejoice in having Rinpoche back with us and look forward to seeing everyone at Tashi Gatsel Ling!
Tashi Gatsel Ling
20 Independence Drive
Freeport, ME 04032
Sunday, May 18 – Natural Awareness: Everyday Practices for Discovering Innate Wisdom with Lama Willa Miller
Sunday, May 18 – Natural Awareness: Everyday Practices for Discovering Innate Wisdom
A daylong retreat offered by Lama Willa Miller at Tashi Gatsel Ling
Sunday, May 18 from 11am-4pm (with a break from 1-2pm)
You may want to either bring a bag lunch or pick up take-out in Freeport to eat during the break.
Suggested donation is $50. (No one will be turned away for lack of funds and any donation is welcome. Please make check out to “Natural Dharma.”)
Space is limited to the first 40 participants who register. (If more people are interested, a waiting list will be kept in case of cancellations.)
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Lama Willa” in the subject line to register. (Deadline is May 14.)
If possible, please bring a cushion to sit on.
Natural Awareness: Everyday Practices for Discovering Innate Wisdom
Most of us believe that happiness can be established if we just have the right conditions in our life–the right job, the right home, the right spouse, etc. The timeless teachings of the Wisdom traditions, however, tell us otherwise. The causes for happiness are not primarily external: Happiness is found by discovering the enlightened qualities of our deeper being. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, this deeper being is sometimes called natural awareness. Natural awareness is not something that we create or fabricate, and it is not something outside of our everyday experience. Natural awareness is present right within the everyday, every moment. It is our birthright. In this one-day meditation retreat, Lama Willa Miller will introduce and explore the topic of natural awareness. Participants will learn foundational meditation practices to begin to access natural awareness in our everyday lives, and will be introduced to the trajectory of the path to natural awareness. In this retreat, Lama Willa will draw from her book Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You. Books will be available for purchase at the event for $15 and can be signed if you wish. (It is not necessary to have or to buy a book for the teaching, however.)
Lama Willa Miller has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for the last twenty years in the non-sectarian Kagyu, Nyingma and Shangpa lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Her teachers and guides have included Kalu Rinpoche, Bokar Rinpoche, Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Lama Norlha Rinpoche, Lama John Makransky and others. She completed two traditional Three Year Retreats in the nineties, was authorized as a lama [Buddhist minister] in 1999, and teaches Tibetan Buddhist practice, meditation and yoga in the Northeast. Her teaching specialties include natural meditation (mahamudra), heart-cultivation (lojong), deity practice, and practices for deep retreat. She is interested in the practical integration of meditation into daily life, and the power of nature to inspire authentic presence. She is the author of Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You (Quest Books), and the Arts of Contemplative Care (Wisdom Publications), and is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship and Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. Lama Willa is a Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School, and has a PhD from Harvard University.
Tashi Gatsel Ling
20 Independence Drive
Freeport, ME 04032