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Tibetan Vajrayana Practice Schedule September ~ December 2018
September 16: Sunday 11am ∙ Mani Chanting followed by Open Presence Meditation
September 18: Tuesday 5pm ∙ Padmasambhava Day Ganapuja (waxing moon) Open Presence Meditation
October 4: Thursday 5pm ∙ Dakini Day Ganapuja (waning moon) & Open Presence Meditation
October 21: Sunday 11am ∙ Mani Chanting followed by Open Presence Meditation
October 23: Tuesday 5pm ∙ Full Moon Long Life Practice & Open Presence Meditation
November 7: Wednesday 5pm ∙ Shitro Practice (Dark of the Moon) & Open Presence Meditation
November 17: Saturday 11am ∙ Padmasambhava Day Ganapuja & Open Presence Meditation
November 18: Sunday 11am ∙ Mani Chanting followed by Open Presence Meditation
November 23: Friday 5pm ∙ Full Moon Long Life Practice & Open Presence Meditation
December 8: Saturday 12noon ∙ Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Birthday Long Life Practice (following 1/2 day sit)
December 9: Sunday 11am ∙ Mani Chanting followed by Open Presence Meditation
December 16: Sunday 11am ∙ Padmasambhava Day Ganapuja & Open Presence Meditation
December 22: Saturday 11am ∙ Full Moon Long Life Practice & Open Presence Meditation
All are welcome to attend any of these practices; a brief explanation will be given before we begin. The practice calendar is Lunar though some days may be shifted by a day or two to accommodate our Dharma Center calendar. We practice according to the teachings and lineage of Dzogchen master teachers Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. All practice includes silent meditation.
Padmasambhava: In Vajrayana Buddhism Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) is considered to be the second Buddha. He and Shantarakshita arrived in Tibet from NW India around 780 CE at the invitation of King Trisong Detsen and established Buddhism firmly in Tibet.
Dakini: A Dakini is the female embodiment of enlightened energy. Literally dakini means ‘sky-goer,’ indicating one who traverses the ‘sky’ of the expanse of wisdom.
Ganapuja: A collective practice that includes chanting and brings practitioners together to share simple food offerings. (finger foods) Everyone shares together with a practice that accompanies our offerings. A deeper understanding of this practice really means that through this coming together we mend community commitments and build positive merit for all. Ganapujas are typically done on Padmasambhava and Dakini Days.
Mani Chanting: Om Mani Padme Hum, the mantra of Avalokiteshvara the Bodhisattva of Compassion
Shitro: a purification practice for ourselves, for travelling the bardo and for those close to us who have died.
Long Life Practice: This short practice is dedicated to the health and long life of our teachers, ourselves and all those in need of healing.
Open presence meditation is non dual meditation
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