2018 YEARLY PROGRAM
JANUARY 12 to 14
KURUKULLE & WHITE TARA PRACTICE
To start the year, we will chant the Kurukulle and White Tara sadhanas. Kurukulle, often known as Red Tara, is regarded as an enchantress of the mind, meaning she can attract and influence others through the power of love. The red color of her body represents these particular magnetizing and captivating functions. White Tara is especially noted to grant long life. Through these practices, we can work on destroying the ignorance that keeps us bound in samsara.
FEBRUARY 8 to 14
7-DAY MAHAKALA PRAYER
Mahakala, a protector especially connected with the Kagyu lineage, eliminates obstacles to one’s Dharma practice and helps purify our negativities. This week-long event is held every year in preparation for the Tibetan and Chinese New Years. All are welcome to join prayer sessions throughout the week, as we make aspirations to tame our minds and help all sentient beings in the upcoming year.
FEBRUARY - 16
TIBETAN AND CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AT THRANGU MONASTERY CANADA
FEBRUARY - 18
Empowerments are one of the three necessary components of tantric practices, and this special empowerment follows and complements Thrangu Monastery Canada's Kurukulle weekend retreat practice. Known for her enchanting and magnetizing qualities, Kurukulle has the power to enchant minds and subjugate the enemy of ignorance. You are welcome to start your New Year by receiving this empowerment from Dungse Lama Pema.
Today, we will be recalling the life of Tibet’s most revered yogi, Jetsun Milarepa (c. 1052-1135 CE). Through his renunciation of samsara, his dedication to his teacher and to the Dharma, and his diligent practice, Milarepa became enlightened in one lifetime. His story continues to inspire and motivates us.
MARCH - 23 TO 25
MEDICINE BUDDHA RETREAT
Join us for this yearly weekend retreat as we recite the Medicine Buddha prayer sadhana. The Medicine Buddha embodies all the healing qualities of all the buddhas, and we wish health for all beings and the worlds they inhabit.
APRIL - 6 to 8
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa has said that compassion is feeling gratitude for all sentient beings and remembering that every being in samsara endures much suffering. It is said that in Amitabha’s Pure Land (Dewachen), one will be better able to learn how to free oneself and others from this suffering. This weekend, accumulate mantras for long life, dedicate prayers for the deceased, and make aspirations for all to be reborn in Dewachen.
MAY -18 TO 21
NYUNGNE FASTING RETREAT
The annual Nyungne (1,000-armed Chenrezig) fasting retreat helps us reduce ego-clinging and generate deeper compassion. If you are unfamiliar with the fasting aspect of this practice, kindly visit the main office for more information by the beginning of May.
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.
JUNE -15 TO 17
THRANGU RINPOCHE’S ANNUAL TEACHING
Every year, we have been honored to receive a teaching from the V.V. 9th Thrangu Rinpoche, our root teacher and one of the Karma Kagyu lineage's foremost scholars. Through his compassion, wisdom, and discipline, he is always able to link Buddhist philosophy with logic and practical advice, thus making teachings accessible to us. Join us for this year's opportunity to further our knowledge and compassion.
JUNE - 19 TO 24
ANNUAL LONG LIFE PRAYERS
Out of their wisdom and compassion, our teachers guide us along our path to enlightenment. We invite all of Rinpoche’s students to pray for His Holiness Karmapa and Thrangu Rinpoche’s long lives. This week, we will chant the “Union of Upaya and Prajna” sadhana.
JULY - 13 TO 15
KARMA CHAKME’S MOUNTAIN DHARMA WITH DUNGSE LAMA PEMA
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.
AUGUST - 24 TO 26
Anger and hatred have led to incredible violence against others and our environment. Thus, it is necessary to eliminate our anger and our other afflictions. As Akshobhya is the embodiment of the courage to overcome anger, this practice builds our armor of patience and offers us a method to overcome negativity.
SEPTEMBER - 7 to 9
KHENPO KARMA CHOEPHEL'S TEACHING ON “the SONG OF THE MIDDLE WAY”
The Song of the Middle Way by Changkya Rolpe Dorje, also known as “Recognizing My Mother,” provides an excellent introduction to the Middle Way view using language and imagery that are easy for anyone to understand. In this weekend, we will discuss the meaning of the song and how it applies to our own practice.
SEPTEMBER - 28 TO 30
KHENPO SONAM’s TEACHING ON “SIXTY STANZAS OF REASONING” BY NAGARJUNA
Nagarjuna’s “Sixty Stanzas of Reasoning” employs Middle Way logic to establish that all phenomena exist interdependently. Khenpo Sonam explains this truth that is essential to all Mahayana and Vajrayana practices.
OCTOBER - 12 TO 14
MILAREPA GURU YOGA PRACTICE
Tibet’s beloved yogi saint, Jetsun Milarepa, is one of the Kagyu lineage’s forefathers. We remember him, his diligence, and his devotion during this weekend’s retreat.
OCTOBER - 31
BUDDHA DESCENT FROM TUSHITA HEAVEN
We honor the first of the Buddha’s 12 great deeds – leaving Tushita heaven in order to be born in our world and give us the teachings that lead to enlightenment. An occasion observed by Buddhists worldwide, we will offer lamp prayers on this special day.
NOVEMBER - 9 TO 11
Helping us cut through the intense ego-clinging that results in suffering, chöd is a powerful purification practice unique to the Secret Mantrayana path.
THE V.V. 9TH KHENCHEN THRANGU RINPOCHE'S BIRTHDAY
Celebrate Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s birthday with us! His wisdom, compassion, steadiness, and pure conduct have helped us all. This joyous occasion coincides with our monthly Guru Rinpoche practice.
DECEMBER - 14 TO 16
Perfecting generosity is the first of the six paramitas. Dzambhala allows us to cultivate our generosity and accumulate wealth that can free beings from starvation and poverty.
DECEMBER - 30
LAMP PRAYER FOR WORLD PEACE
To close 2018, we visualize that the candles we are offering are illuminating all the darkness in all universes, such that we can achieve world peace and harmony.