January 25th Winter Fasting Retreat

Nyungne Retreat: Buddhist Fasting and Purification

Offered by
Lama Karma & Lama Samten

January 25th 7:00 pm – January 28th 7:00 am 2013

Milarepa Dzong

Happy Valley, Tennessee

For this retreat, the lamas will lead participants in the profound purification practice of the Thousand Armed Avolakitesvara

PLEASE NOTE: This retreat is open to students who have taken refuge. Exceptions may be accommodated through an interview with the lamas.

SPACE IS LIMITED: Preregistration is Strongly Encouraged (by January 21st)

The retreat will involve 7 sessions over 4 days. Each session engages body, speech, and mind towards the cultivation of compassion and thoroughly purifies mental afflictions, obstacles, and sickness. The weekend will conclude with the offering of the extended fire puja. Click Here to register and for more information about the history and benefits of the practice. As well, it is recommended that participants read Wangchen Rinpoche’s book Buddhist Fasting Practice.

1,000,000 for Lama Norlha Rinpoche by the New Year!

December 1 – 31, 2012

Lama Norlha Rinpoche
Our Precious Treasure of the Dharma

Over the past year, Lama Norlha Rinpoche has made a number of trips to Asia, including extensive teaching and Dharma activity in Tibet, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. During the previous year, he engaged in three sets of eight nyungne fasting practices, led the current group of three-year-retreatants on a two-month pilgrimage to India before their retreat, maintained a busy teaching schedule at Kagyu Thubten Choling and also traveled to several of our affiliated centers. Throughout this period, he has also worked tirelessly to oversee construction of the Maitreya Center, the new monastery building that will allow us to accommodate many more people than our current facilities, and to offer an expanded schedule and range of teachings and activities.

We are very happy to report that Rinpoche is now back at KTC. His planned trip to the Florida and Tennessee centers this month was canceled to allow him time to rest, replenish his energy, and give some needed attention to his own health and well-being. Rinpoche is currently in retreat, practicing the Dharma, eating healthy meals, and resting.

A Million Mani’s for Rinpoche’s Long Life and Excellent Health

It is traditionally taught that the Lama’s lifespan, health and vitality can be positively influenced by the practice of his or her students. So in order to promote Lama Norlha Rinpoche’s long life and health, we would like to invite everyone to join together in the recitation of one million mani’s by the end of this year.

To participate, just recite as many om mani peme hung mantras as you can, keep track of how many you accumulate, and report your total to Dean Hill: deansmail@gmail.com. On January 1, we will add up all the numbers and present the total offering to Rinpoche along with a list of everyone who participated.

How to Do The Practice

In case anyone is not familiar with the mani mantra, it is the mantra of Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, and it is recited with the aspiration to cultivate compassion and to eliminate the suffering of all beings. It is said that any being who hears this mantra just once will eventually become completely enlightened. It is the best-known and most recited mantra in all of Tibet. No prior experience or instruction is required to recite it.

You can count using a traditional mala or a mechanical counter or by figuring out how long it takes to recite 100 or 1,000 mani’s and keeping track of your recitation time. It’s good to start any recitation period with the four-line refuge and bodhicitta prayer and to end by dedicating the merit. Click on link to download Abbreviated Chenrezig Practice for Mani Accumulation (pdf format). You can keep in mind at those times that you are practicing on behalf of Rinpoche’s long life and excellent health. Otherwise, just recite mani’s as usual, with the intention of liberating all beings from suffering.

If you are local to East TN, come practice every Thursday at LSLK 7:45 to 8:30 pm. If you are practicing Chenrezig within the Dharma Path program, you can count all your daily mani’s toward the communal goal. If you do the Chenrezig practice with a group at one of our centers (or any center), those mani’s can be contributed as well. You can also do mani’s while walking, driving, or engaging in other mantra-friendly activities, as long as you make sure to keep a careful count.

We look forward to hearing from everyone by December 31. We welcome anyone to participate to whatever extent they are able.