Lama Tashi Topgyal to teach in Battle Creek, Nov. 16-17

LamaTashiTopgyal.254102050_stdThe Palchen Study Group in Battle Creek will host Lama Tashi Topgyal Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17.

Lama Tashi Topgyal is from Raktrul Monastery in eastern Tibet. After many years of study, he went into a nine-year-nine-month retreat. He came to the U.S. in 2003 to teach at Kunzang Palchen Ling in New York, a Tibetan Buddhist center founded by Bardor Tulku Rinpoche.

Lama Tashi Topgyal will give teachings on bodhichitta and instructions on tonglen practice at the Holistic Health Center in Battle Creek, 181 North Avenue. He’ll also bestow the Refuge Vow and offer the Chenrezig Empowerment from the treasure collection of Terchen Barway Dorje (1836-1918).

The cost for the entire weekend is $100 or $25 per session. Refuge is required to receive the empowerment. If you’re not interested in taking refuge, you are more than welcome to attend just the teaching sessions. Call Matt Willis (275) 275-0090 to register. Please visit for complete program details.

Day of Mindfulness with Jack Lawlor, Nov. 2

The Lansing Area Mindfulness Community and The Vietnamese-American Buddhist Association of Lansing (V.A.B.A.L.)

Invite you to a Day of Mindfulness in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, with dharma teacher Jack Lawlor.

Jack will offer a dharma talk regarding “Mindful Communications, Mindful Relationships”

We will enjoy sitting & walking meditation, chanting of the Heart Sutra, and a group dharma discussion.

Saturday, November 2, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
at the Van Hanh Temple
3015 S. Washington Street (close to McLaren Hospital)
Lansing MI 48910

Suggested Donation: $20 ($10 for students) All checks made to V.A.B.A.L.

Please bring a blanket and/or sitting cushion, plus shoes for outdoor walking meditation. Chairs will be available. Vegetarian lunch provided by the Vietnamese community. (Participants with special diets may bring their own meals.)

Register by email Tara Scott: [email protected], or by telephone: Carolyn White (517) 351-5866

*** There will be an opportunity to receive The Five Mindfulness Trainings (5 precepts). ***
Please contact Tara or Carolyn for further information if you wish to receive the Trainings.

Great Wave to host seven day Sesshin

Great Wave logoRebecca Mott from Great Wave Zen Sangha writes:

Please join us for our upcoming Seven-day Sesshin, a wonderful opportunity to deepen and clarify our meditation, practice liturgy, receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and hear Dharma talks.

Participant numbers are limited, so register early if you can to insure your place. For purposes of planning, we ask that you register no later than MONDAY, JULY 22. It is important and necessary for all to register by this date so plans can be made regarding the menu, the purchase of food and service positions.

The sesshin begins Monday evening, July 29 at 8 p.m. and ends Sunday morning, August 4 around 10:30 a.m. Your sesshin donation may be given in up to four installments with a $30 deposit made at the time of registration.

HH Denma Lochö Rinpoche to visit Jewel Heart

HH Denma Lochö RinpocheOur friends at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor write:

We are delighted to announce that His Holiness Denma Locho Rinpoche will visit Jewel Heart Ann Arbor November 5-20, 2012.

During his visit, Rinpoche will offer a teaching and oral transmission of Je Tsongkhapa’s Essence of Eloquence, widely regarded as Je Tsongkhapa’s most outstanding and penetrating presentation of the Middle Way approach to the true nature of reality in Tibetan Buddhism. Though the detailed teaching schedule is still being worked out, we expect that Rinpoche will teach for 3-4 hours a day, likely in the afternoons, over a 10-day period

Born in Kham, eastern Tibet, in 1928, and educated at Drepung Loseling monastery and the Gyume Tantric College, HH Denma Locho Rinpoche is revered as one of the senior-most eminent scholar-teachers of the Je Tsongkhapa tradition. Rinpoche has visited Jewel Heart several times over the years. In 2002, he taught on the wisdom verses of Je Tsongkhapa’s Lines of Experience, and in 2004 he gave the Guyasamaja initiation. Most recently, in 2008, he taught on Guntang’s Meaningful Praise to Tsongkhapa.