Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7pm
Jangste Choje Rinpoche comes to Greater Seattle
Green Tara Initiation at the American Evergreen Buddhist Association temple (13000 NE 84th St, Kirkland, WA 98033)
This is a jenang (blessing) ceremony connecting one karmically to Green Tara, a female aspect of the Buddha who represents the aspect of healing, power, fearlessness, and enlightened activity.
Jangtse Choje Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche, Successor to the Seat of Ganden Tripa
Born in Tibet in 1934, Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at the age of seven. He entered Sera Jey monastery at seventeen and obtained his Geshe Lharampa degree in 1979. Following this, he entered Gyume Tantric University and two years later became Master of Discipline. In 1985 His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed him abbot of Gyume Tantric Monastery, a position he held for 6 years. Since then he has taught extensively in India and the West. In 2010 he was appointed to the position of Jangtse Choje, Successor to the Seat of Ganden Tripa.
Venerable Robina Courtin, February 22, 2018
**Stay tuned for further details**
Venerable Robina Courtin is a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and lineage of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. In 1996 she founded the Liberation Prison Project. Her full biography can be found at RobinaCourtin.com.
Green Tara retreat with Yangsi Rinpoche. March 18-19. DFFers gathered at the home of Steve and Pam on the eastside and completed two days of auspicious Dharma retreat practice with Rinpoche. May the merits from this blessed practice radiate out in all directions and immediately remove obstacles to enlightenment for infinite sentient beings! Check out the photos below: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha.
Thank you Jan Willis, and to everyone who came to Kane Hall on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, for her inspiring talk on “Dharma and Activism”. Look for a video of her teaching here soon.
For those who missed this event (October 15, 2015 at Seattle Public Library) here are the videos: Note that it may take some time for your computer to download the file before it will play without interruption.
Venerable Thubten Chodron
December 4, 2015. Scientists and spiritual leaders both agree that our world is profoundly interconnected. The well-being of every individual, and the environment as a whole are all interdependent. How do we create and sustain spiritual community? Venerable Thubten Chodron, Abbess, author, and Buddhist nun for nearly 40 years, will share stories and insights on this topic in an evening talk you won’t want to miss. This program is offered free of charge. There will be a donation basket for those who wish to support these teachings. View/listen to this teaching on YouTube.
Geshe Thupten Jinpa
at Kane Hall
University of Washington
May 13, 2015
View/Listen to Geshe Jinpa’s talk at UW based on his new book: A Fearless Heart, How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives: You Tube
Speaking generally, Buddha taught two wings of awakening – wisdom and compassion. While the wisdom aspect, embodied by the practice of mindfulness, has been enthusiastically adopted in the west by the clinical health professions, and corporate leadership training programs alike, compassion has been relegated to a lesser role, perceived as too religious, too emotional, and possibly a sign of weakness in our hyper competitive culture.
Geshe Thupten Jinpa, through engaging stories, humor, scientific data, and offering personal reflections, inspired a capacity crowd of 400 at Kane Hall to confront our cultural biases towards compassion, and to consider that the first person to benefit through the practice of compassion is oneself.
Thank you to our precious teacher, Yangsi Rinpoche, for inviting Geshe Jinpa and physically bringing him to Seattle, caring for every detail of his itinerary and bringing the exquisitely beautiful Chenresig thangka. Thank you to Lauren Updyke and Margaret Murray of Whole U for answering and sending hundreds of emails and texts as we worked out the many interdependent aspects of the venue setup, and schedule. Thank you to Pam Cowan for loaning the beautiful furniture for the stage.
Thank you to Dr. Liliana Lengua and Dr. Bonnie Duran of UW for organizing the reception for faculty and local Dharma practitioners. And thank you to everyone who helped in countless other ways, and who came and listened and are now working on attaining realizations. May our practice of compassion alleviate the sufferings of infinite beings who transmigrate endlessly through the realms of samsara. May all these beings quickly awaken and be freed. Look for the video link to Geshe Jinpa’s teaching in our next e-blast.
If you didn’t get a chance to purchase Geshe Jinpa’s book, you can do so here. There were still a few autographed copies at UW Bookstore earlier today, but likely going fast. Hope to see you at the 5 week study group on Compassion beginning next Tuesday evening (see below)