2017 YEARLY PROGRAM
7-DAY MAHAKALA PRAYER JANUARY 20~26
Mahakala is known as the “Dharma Protector.” An emanation of Avalokiteshvara, Mahakala eliminates obstacles in one’s dharma practice, keeping away deception and delusion. When chanting the Mahakala mantra or reciting his sadhana, practitioners’ negative thoughts and actions are purified and they are protected from negative forces. Having fierce and powerful energy, Mahakala takes on different forms and colours.
AKSHOBHYA EMPOWERMENT JANUARY 29
The purpose of the Akshobhya practice is to offer us a method which prevents our mind from being overwhelmed by negative emotions, especially anger and hatred. The empowerment itself, the Karmapa explained, could be understood as making an auspicious connection with Akshobhya and permission to do the practice, or it could be taken as a blessing. The main point is for all of us to put effort into protecting our own mindstreams from aggression and anger. With the new year comes new opportunities and resolutions. This Chinese New Year, Dungse Lama Pema of Thrangu Monastery Canada will bestow the Akshobhya empowerment. Through this empowerment, may we aspire to conquer anger and violence, for a swift attainment of Buddhahood.
WHITE TARA RETREAT FEBRUARY 10~12
When Dharma Lord Gampopa was 42 years old, he was told that he would die within 3 years. He practiced White Tara for 3 years and was then able to live until he was 80. By living a longer life, he benefitted a vast amount of beings. White Tara helps prolong life, overcome obstacles, prevent untimely death, and ultimately helps us attain realization.
TIBETAN NEW YEAR (LOSAR) FEBRUARY 27
Celebrate Tibetan New Year with Thrangu Monastery Canada.
MARPA AND YOGI MILAREPA’S ANNIVERSARY MARCH 11
This event celebrates two Kagyu lineage masters, the translator Marpa and Tibet’s beloved yogi saint, Milarepa. Lord Marpa (b. 1012) translated teachings he received in India into Tibetan. The life of his student, Milarepa, continues to inspire people to develop renunciation of samsara and devotion to the Dharma.
MEDICINE BUDDHA RETREAT & TEACHING MARCH 17~19
A Medicine Buddha weekend retreat is held every year at Thrangu Monastery Canada. The Medicine Buddha embodies the healing qualities of all the Buddhas.
AMITABHA PRAYERS & MANTRA ACCUMULATIONS FOR LONGEVITY & FOR MAKING DEDICATIONS FOR THE DECEASED APRIL 7~9
The Amitabha practice helps to create the conditions through which beings are born into the pure land of Dewachen. The essential practice in Pure Land Buddhism is chanting the name of Amitabha Buddha with one-pointed concentration, trusting that one will be reborn in Dewachen, where it is much easier for beings to work towards enlightenment.
KARMA CHAKME’S MOUNTAIN DHARMA WITH DUNGSE LAMA PEMA MAY 12~14
Each of us has different strengths and weaknesses, and will face different challenges during our lives. Regardless of these differences, Karma Chakme's four-volume Mountain Dharma gives concise yet comprehensive instructions on how to apply the Buddha's teachings to whatever situation we're encountering and whatever practice we're doing. This year, Lama Pema has generously agreed to begin explaining Volume One, which covers the foundational teachings that benefit us all.
BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY JUNE 4
The Buddha-Bathing ceremony symbolizes letting go and ridding oneself of delusion. Purifying the mind allows it to return to its natural state, in which thoughts come and go without suppression or clinging. Purifying the mind means to move from ignorance and delusion to understanding and awakening, which is our original state.
SIXTY STANZAS OF REASONING BY NAGARJUNA WITH KHENPO SONAM JUNE 16~18
Sixty Stanzas of Reasoning composed by Nagarjuna is a text that belongs to Middle Way reasoning. The text uses logic to establish that ultimately everything exists interdependently. Understanding this truth is essential to Mahayana and Vajrayana practices.
ANNUAL LONGEVITY PRAYER JULY 3~9
Thrangu Monastery Canada is pleased to invite all of Rinpoche's students to join in longevity prayers for Rinpoche. At its conclusion, offerings will be made for Rinpoche to remain with us and guide us. The Drubchen will use the longevity sadhana known as thae "Union of Upaya and Prajna".
THRANGU MONASTERY 7TH ANNIVERSARY JULY 23
Since its consecration in 2010, Thrangu Monastery Canada has continuously functioned to spread the precious teachings of the Buddha. Accomplishing such an invaluable task is not possible without the collective effort of all sangha members, sponsors, and students. Please join us in celebrating the 7th year of Thrangu Monastery Canada's Dharma activities in beautiful British Columbia. Together, may we continue to hold the true Dharma for years to come.
7TH NYUNGNE FASTING PRACTICE AUGUST 11~13
Nyungne is a practice that helps to quickly purify negative karma and accumulate merit. It also aids in healing illness and opening the heart to compassion.
5TH AKSHOBHYA RETREAT SEPTEMBER 1~3
Buddha Akshobhya, the 'Unshakeable One' and Lord of the Vajra Family, is one of the Five Wisdom Buddhas. The Akshobhya ritual and practice is a very powerful purification practice done for the benefit of oneself and innumerable sentient beings. It can liberate not only the practitioners themselves, but all beings. From anger and all other afflictive emotions.
ATISHA’S LAMP FOR THE PATH TO ENLIGHTMENT WITH KHENPO KARMA CHOEPHEL SEPTEMBER 29~1
This weekend, we will discuss one of the the foundational texts of the Kadampa school, Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, which presents an overview of all the stages of the path, from the level of a beginner to Buddhahood. Understanding this provides a strong foundation for the practices of the Kagyu school. Lotsawa Khenpo Karma Choephel will explain each stage clearly, and relate the teachings to our daily lives and practice.
MARPA GURU YOGA PRACTICE OCTOBER 20~22
Mahamudra can first be practised during of the concluding phase of a sadhana practice, especially through the approach of mixing your guru’s mind with your own. The practice of mixing your mind with the guru’s induces qualities that are characteristic of the guru’s mind to start manifesting in yourself. Therefore, Guru Yoga is an essential practice for us to obtain the accomplishments of our forefathers. Marpa Lotsawa (Marpa the Translator) was a Tibetan Buddhist teacher distinguished by his pilgrimages to India where he studied with renowned Indian Buddhist masters. He was able to bring back to Tibet the full transmission of many Vajrayana teachings. This year, Thrangu Monastery Canada will be holding the Guru Yoga practice of Marpa. Through this practice, may our minds become the Dharma to benefit all sentient beings.
BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI’S DESCENT FROM TUSHITA HEAVEN (RAIN OF WISDOM) NOVEMBER 10
To repay his mother’s kindness and to benefit gods in the heavenly realm, the Buddha ascended to Tushita heaven where he taught for three months before a heavenly audience that included his mother. The 22nd day of the Tibetan calendar’s 9th month is when we celebrate the Buddha’s return from Tushita heaven. Join us for prayers and chanting.
CHÖD PRACTICE NOVEMBER 10~12
The Mahamudra Chöd has the express aim of full enlightenment - of attaining Buddhahood in this very lifetime in this very body. Chöd has remarkable effects in the here and now, on both ourselves and those around us. It helps us to cut through the ego-clinging. That leads to all suffering.
THE V.V. THRANGU RINPOCHE’S BIRTHDAY NOVEMBER 10
Please join us in celebrating V. V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s birthday with prayers and musical offerings. These are requests for Rinpoche to remain and guide us.
DZAMBALA PRACTICE DECEMBER 8~10
Dzambala practice allows us to cultivate our generosity and accumulate wealth that will benefit all beings. Dzambala has the power to free beings from poverty and starvation, and lead them towards Buddhahood.
LAMP PRAYER FOR WORLD PEACE DECEMBER 31
On the last day of 2017, we offer candles for world peace and harmony. During this short prayer, we imagine lighting candles that will illuminate all the pure realms of all of the buddhas and bodhisattvas, such that sentient beings in the six realms can achieve realization. In turn, they will be at peace with each other and the world they inhabit.