The Practice of Chöd
Sep
9
to Dec 9

The Practice of Chöd

We are very excited to announce the Rinpoche has asked Khenpo Jigme to do a lengthly multiple month teaching to help us learn all the aspects of the sacred practice of Chöd. He will begin with the melody, how to do properly, then we will be instructed in the bell and drum alongside the melody and finally the visualization. Both advanced and longtime Chöd practitioners as well as those who have wanted to learn this healing and special practice will benefit from Khenpo’s instructions. 

Current Training Schedule in Boulder

Training 1: September 9, 2018
Training 2: November 18, 2018
Training 3: December 9, 2018

Registration

As we continue to benefit from the generosity of our donated space (THANK YOU Windhorse Community Services) we will offer these teachings as we have all our other Boulder teachings as free and open, with donations for teachers time and travel appreciated. However, it is our request that you please register for the training here so that we can plan and make arrangements for texts and instruments.

Text and Instruments

The practice texts will be ordered ahead of time and made available for purchase. During registration, please indicate if you will need to purchase a bell or drum. We will send registrants instructions on how to purchase the instruments and practice texts.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Medicine Buddha and the Practice of Compassion
Oct
19
to Oct 21

Medicine Buddha and the Practice of Compassion

  • Shambhala Mountain Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Khenpo Jigme and Menpa Nashalla will be leading a retreat on Medicine Buddha and Compassion Practice of Tonglen as a merged practice October 19th - 21st at Shambhala Mountain Center. 

Tonglen is a practice of giving and receiving, perfectly manifesting the embodiment of Medicine Buddha. Intermingling these practices helps those experiencing pain of any kind, illness, as well as those dying or already passed. Formal meditation practice, Medicine Buddha manifestation, and Tonglen work together to alleviate suffering and provide tools to transform poisonous emotions and illness into healing energy for self and others.

In this weekend we practice ultimate compassion and dedicate this beyond our own benefit; so all beings may be touched by the same goodness we have rediscovered. Those new to meditation and healing practices, as well as those seeking deeper Medicine Buddha and Tonglen practice, will benefit. Participants may bring any fresh, unopened medicine for blessings and to learn how to use this practice with healing substances.

This weekend is open to everyone and is especially helpful for those in the healing arts. Register here: https://www.shambhalamountain.org/program/mb1018-medicine-buddha-and-the-practice-of-compassion

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Medicine Buddha Practice
Aug
19
9:30 AM09:30

Medicine Buddha Practice

Group Mediicne Buddha practice is particularly profound for sending healing vibrations where we aspire them to reach. Khenpo Jigme has asked us as a community to gather togther. Please join us Aug 19th and our local Tibetan Dr, Menpa Nashalla, will lead us in Medicine Buddha practice for self-healing, healing of others and world healing.

Anyone and everyone is welcome and able to do this practice regardless of receiving the transmission or not.

It is said that just by hearing the name of the Medicine Buddha you can liberate a wide and various forms of suffering. This is a very simple and easy practice to do. We will focus on how to generate the Medicine Buddha and invite the presence into our lives, bodies and send the healing out to all beings. A more practice orientated Sunday morning, we will spend time in the healing meditation space and less on teachings though some information and question time will be allotted.

Free to attend - all are welcome. Donations appreciated. 

Windhorse Community Services
1200 Yarmouth Ave, Unit C-1B
Boulder Colorado 80304

For visual reference - First space to the east of the Bacco restaurant with entrances either from Yarmouth or parking lot on the south side

 

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Dakini Teachings & Mantra Practices
Jul
8
9:30 AM09:30

Dakini Teachings & Mantra Practices

Dakini days are a special day in the Lunar calendar when one chants the healing mantra of the Five Dakini’s to harness the wisdom energy. The Dakini’s have many forms and various practices. They are a part of practices which aid one in tines of need and provide healing energy to help and provide guidance. As an embodiment of feminine wisdom and power they have mantras which can enhance that same energy. 

Khenpo Jigme has asked Nashalla to give a brief introduction on what is a Dakini is, what she represents and offers as a support to Buddhist practice. She will introduce the Five Dakini practice mantra for world and individual healing. 

Free and open to all. Donations appreciated. 

Windhorse Community Services
1200 Yarmouth Ave, Unit C-1B
Boulder Colorado 80304

For visual reference - First space to the east of the Bacco restaurant with entrances either from Yarmouth or parking lot on the south side

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The Four Immeasurables
May
27
9:30 AM09:30

The Four Immeasurables

Buddha taught many topics of meditation, but one of the most direct and profound is topic of The Four Immeasurables. These direct and simple explanations cover four specific aspects for development on the path to embracing Refuge and Bodhichitta. the cultivation of loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. 

This Sunday's teaching will be on these four important aspects of viewing our practice. The Four Immeasurables is a Traditional Tibetan Buddhist Prayer:

"May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.
May they be free of suffering and the cause of suffering.
May they never be disassociated from the supreme happiness which is without suffering.
May they remain in the boundless equanimity, free from both attachment to close ones and rejection of others.
"

Venerable Khenpo Jigme returns from Asia, his retreat and pilgrimage to share with us these precious teachings. 

Free and open to all - donations appreciated. 

Windhorse Community Services
1200 Yarmouth Ave, Unit C-1B
Boulder Colorado 80304

For visual reference - First space to the east of the Bacco restaurant with entrances either from Yarmouth or parking lot on the south side.

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Chenrezig
Apr
29
9:30 AM09:30

Chenrezig

Ever heard the famous mantra Om mani Padme Hung? Then you have heard the blessing of Chenrezig’s mantra! 

Reciting Chenrezig’s mantra brings vast and immeasurable benefits. In brief, if you recite the long mantra even just once, it purifies the negative karma of the four root downfalls of pratimoksha (individual liberation through discipline) meaning it keeps you on track with a aim for liberation of self. You also can purify the negative karma of the ten non-virtues of killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, slander, gossip and harsh speech, covetousness, ill will and heresy.

If one recite the long mantra seven times, one-hundred lifetimes of negative karma is purified. If you recite the long mantra twenty-one times it purifies 1one-thousand eons of negative karma. If you recite the long mantra one-hundred-eight times, or just one round of one mala, it purifies forty-thousand eons of negative karma.

No wonder this is such a poplar and common mantra in the Tibetan Buddhist culture! This was a practice session requested to be given by Khenpo Jigme for the Center and general public due to its enormous benefits.

Join our free Sunday morning teaching this April with our guest teacher Clark Johnson, who has been a devoted and close student of VV Thrangu Rinpoche for over three decades. Learn more about this simple practice which aids in cultivating compassion. 

Free to attend - all are welcome and will be of benefit to both long time Buddhist practitioners and beginners alike! Donations welcome.

Windhorse Community Services
1200 Yarmouth Ave, Unit C-1B
Boulder Colorado 80304

For visual reference - First space to the east of the Bacco restaurant with entrances either from Yarmouth or parking lot on the south side.

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Medicine Buddha Practice
Mar
25
9:30 AM09:30

Medicine Buddha Practice

March 25th is the 8th day of the lunar Tibetan calendar, and the day of Medicine Buddha. We will gather and Dr Nashalla will lead us in Medicine Buddha practice for self-healing, healing of others and world healing. Anyone and everyone is welcome and able to do this practice on this day. It is said that just by hearing the name of the Medicine Buddha you can liberate various forms of suffering. Group practice is particularly profound for sending healing vibrations out into the world, which we all know needs our pure healing intentions. 

Free to attend - all are welcome and will benefit long time Buddhist practitioners and beginners alike! Donations appreciated. 

Windhorse Community Services
1200 Yarmouth Ave, Unit C-1B
Boulder Colorado 80304
For visual reference - First space to the east of the Bacco restaurant with entrances either from Yarmouth or parking lot on the south side

 

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Shamatha, Calm Abiding Meditation
Feb
4
9:30 AM09:30

Shamatha, Calm Abiding Meditation

Khenpo Jigme has requested we meet and do meditation and practices to apply some of the teachings. This Sunday morning we will learn about Shamatha, known as Calm Abiding Meditation as a complete Dzogchen practice. We will work with the methods of working with a object of support and moving beyond object of support. Nashalla G. Nyinda will lead us in this practice and give a short teachings on the benefits of this practice.

Free to attend - all are welcome and will benefit long time Buddhist practitioners and beginners alike! Donations appreciated. 

Windhorse Community Services
1200 Yarmouth Ave, Unit C-1B
Boulder Colorado 80304
For visual reference - First space to the east of the Bacco restaurant with entrances either from Yarmouth or parking lot on the south side

 

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7-Points of Posture for Meditation With Dr. Nashalla Gwyn Menpa TMD
Feb
3
2:00 PM14:00

7-Points of Posture for Meditation With Dr. Nashalla Gwyn Menpa TMD

  • Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library Community Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Nashalla will give attendees instruction on the seven points of posture for ideal meditation sessions, sure to benefit beginner to advanced practitioners alike.

Chairs, prayers, mats and instruction all included at:
305 Milwaukee Street
Denver, CO 80206

RSVP: Barbara 720-320-2885
Offered by the Denver Mahamudra Study Group

No set fee: donations accepted for teachings, library rental space donations encouraged
Weather cancellations will be emailed at least 24-hours in advance. Carpooling recommended for limited parking in Cherry Creek.

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Medicine Buddha: Healing Self & Others
Jan
14
9:30 AM09:30

Medicine Buddha: Healing Self & Others

Medicine Buddha is a healing practice which can benefit countless beings. Dr Nashalla G Nyinda, Menpa TMD will teach this concise and simple Tibetan Buddhist healing practice based on the generation and embodiment of the Medicine Buddha’s characteristics. 

It is said that just by hearing the name, or mantra, of Medicine Buddha innumerable benefits arise – including enhancing any healing practices and medicines. Practice generating compassion, recognizing buddha nature through visualization practice, and engaging in the actual manifestation of healing practice for self and others will be explained and practiced. 

This is the first of many Medicine Buddha practices to come as she has been instructed by the Venerable Khenpo’s to begin to offer Medicine Buddha teachings in an ongoing formate to the front range community. 

Free to attend - all are welcome and will benefit long time Buddhist practitioners and beginners alike! Donations appreciated. 

Windhorse Community Services
1200 Yarmouth Ave, Unit C-1B
Boulder Colorado 80304
For visual reference - First space to the east of the Bacco restaurant with entrances either from Yarmouth or parking lot on the south side

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Meditations to Manage Subtle and Gross Winds
Dec
10
9:30 AM09:30

Meditations to Manage Subtle and Gross Winds

The traditional Tibetan Medical system, Sowa Rigpa is inseparable from the Buddhist practices which help calm and place the mind, relax the nervous system and cultivate a mind of enlightenment based in balance and wellness. The precious human body must be maintained in order to minimize distractions to our meditation from pain and suffering. By learning to work with the “wind and channels” we can purify the subtle and gross channels through which meditation practices can transform and awaken one’s Vajra body and Buddha nature. 

This Sunday teaching will be given by Dr Nashalla G Nyinda, Menpa TMD who will give instruction about subtle and gross winds, breathing practices and mediation practice. All of these practices are designed as the greatest of medicine, the medicine of Dharma. The goal is always to increase and stabilize mediation, while simultaneously regulating the nervous system, both on and off the cushion. 

Free to attend - all are welcome and will benefit long time Buddhist practitioners and beginners alike! Donations appreciated. 

Windhorse Community Services
1200 Yarmouth Ave, Unit C-1B
Boulder Colorado 80304
For visual reference - First space to the east of the Bacco restaurant with entrances either from Yarmouth or parking lot on the south side
 

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Amitabha Practices for Supporting Transition and Death
Nov
19
9:30 AM09:30

Amitabha Practices for Supporting Transition and Death

If you couldn’t attend Venerable Khenpo’s week long Phowa retreat, or you want to have a synopsis and concise version of this special practice; learn how to benefits others in transition, as well as yourself is still assessable in the Boulder Sunday teaching.

Amitabha practice is practiced both as a way to purify karma during our lifetime; create auspicious conditions for enlightenment in this very life and train how to master the “wind energy” of the subtle body.

This is a devotional meditative practice grounded in understanding impermanence, the preciousness of the human body and opening to the heart of Bodhichitta. 

As a Phowa practice this can build confidence during the experience of dying and assist the transition both for oneself and for those working with others in that precious transition. As we all must face the door of death it is helpful to not only prepare but aid those who may be fearful of this process.

Retreat master Venerable Khenpo Jigme will be giving these teachings to further enhance any instructions on the death practices, as well as introduce the Amitabha practice to all.

All are welcome - there is no cost to attend and you may purchase the text separately if you would like.

Windhorse Community Services
1200 Yarmouth Ave, Unit C-1B
Boulder Colorado 80304
For visual reference - First space to the east of the Bacco restaurant with entrances either from Yarmouth or parking lot on the south side
 

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Amitabha Phowa Empowerment and Retreat
Nov
10
to Nov 16

Amitabha Phowa Empowerment and Retreat

During this special week long retreat our retreat master Venerable Khenpo Jigme will lead you through the Amitabha Phowa. This is an instructional retreat practice designed to purify karma during the Bardo of Living; create the auspicious conditions for enlightenment this life; give training instruction in mastering the “wind energies” of the subtle body. 

This helps you familiarize you with the signs of death and build confidence during the experience of dying. You will learn the methods for moving consciousness out of the body at the moment of death. This is a devotional meditative practice grounded in understanding impermanence, the preciousness of the human form and opening the heart of Bodhichitta. 

Venerable Khenpo Jigme has chosen the specific date November 10th to begin this retreat because it is a Great Wheel Day–when all spiritual practice is multiplied many fold.  
Also this time is connected to Buddha Shakyamuni’s descent to Earth from the Tushita Heavens. The full seven days is necessary to invoke the blessing field and open communication with the Pure land; build inner energy; clear obstructions and rest the mind in the bliss of emptiness infused with compassion.
    
* Cant attend the full week long retreat? Venerable Khenpo Jigme will give a free Sunday morning Boulder teaching on this same subject Nov 19th. *
COST: $225   
See the Vajra Vidya website for more details: 
https://vajravidya.com/special-events-2/

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Medicine Buddha & the Fivefold Path of Mahamudra
Nov
3
to Nov 5

Medicine Buddha & the Fivefold Path of Mahamudra

  • Shambhala Mountain Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The yearly Medicine Buddha retreat practice with Venerable Khenpo Lobzang Tenzin and Nashalla G. Nyinda Menpa TMD is again being offered through the Shambhala Mt Center. 

See their link for further information and cost: 
https://www.shambhalamountain.org/program/mb1117-medicine-buddha-fivefold-path-mahamudra/

Learn a concise and simple Tibetan Buddhist healing practice based on the generation and embodiment of the Medicine Buddha’s characteristics. It is said that just by hearing the name, or mantra, of Medicine Buddha that innumerable benefits arise – including enhancing any healing practices and medicines. Practice generating compassion, recognizing buddha nature through visualization practice, and engaging in the actual manifestation of healing practice for self and others. 

Participants may bring any fresh, unopened medicine for blessings and to learn how to use this practice with healing substances.This weekend is open to everyone and is especially helpful for those in the healing arts.
 

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Root Tantra of Tibetan Medicine
Oct
27
to Oct 29

Root Tantra of Tibetan Medicine

  • Padmasambhava Meditation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dr Nashalla will give a series of teaching at the Denver Padmasambhava Center to introduce or deepen understanding of the Medicine Buddha and healing the body, mind and spiritual aspects used in Traditional Tibetan medicine. 

Friday night will be a comprehensive talk about the mandala of the Medicine Buddha. This will enhance any existing Medicine Buddha practice to help understand the origin of the Medicine Buddha originally offering the teachings and the pure land of the Medicine Buddha. Saturday and Sunday teachings will cover the entire root tantra, the first tantra of medicine text. Friday and Saturday can be attended independently, but Sunday requires Saturday attendance. 

These teachings are also live streamed and optional link is available for watching at alternate convent times. 

See the link for more details and costs for each session:  http://padmasambhavameditationcenter.org/program/root-tantra-comprehensive-overview/

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The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa

If you missed the Four Dharma’s of Gampopa in September by our venerable retreat master Khenpo Jigme, you can hear it again on Monday the 23rd October in WY. 

Gampopa Sonom Rinchen was a primary disciple of Milarepa and a important foundation teacher of our Kagyu lineage. 

Grant your blessings so that my mind may be one with the dharma.
Grant your blessings so that dharma may progress along the path.
Grant your blessings so that the path may clarify confusion.
Grant your blessings so that confusion may dawn as wisdom.

Free to attend, all are welcome - donations appreciated.

Address: Canterbury House 110 S. 9th St. Laramie, WY

Hosted by: The Sangha of the Border Tribe of Laramie, The Laramie Mediation Group and The Rocky Mountain Thrangu Center
CONTACT / RSVP dalef@wyoming.com

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Lojong Mind Training
Oct
22
9:00 AM09:00

Lojong Mind Training

Venerable Khenpo Jigme will be giving teachings and commentary on the teachings attributed origonally to Aitisha, known as the Mind Training - or Lojong teachings. 

Lojong mind training practice was developed over a 300-year period between 900 and 1200 CE, as part of the Mahāyāna school of Buddhism. Atiśa (982–1054 CE), a Bengali meditation master, is generally regarded as the originator of the practice. It is described in his book Lamp on the Path to Enlightenment (Bodhipathapradīpaṃ). The practice is based upon his studies with the Sumatran teacher, Dharmakīrtiśrī (Tib. Serlingpa, Wylie: gser gling pa), and the Indian teacher Dharmarakṣita, a prominent teacher at Odantapuri and author of a text called the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. Both these texts are well known in Tibetan translation. Atiśa's third major teacher of lojong is said to have been the junior Kusalī, known also as Maitrīyogi.

Atiśa journeyed to Sumatra and studied with Dharmakīrtiśrī for twelve years. He then returned to teach in India, but at an advanced age accepted an invitation to teach in Tibet, where he stayed for the rest of his life.

A story is told that Atiśa heard that the inhabitants of Tibet were very pleasant and easy to get along with. Instead of being delighted, he was concerned that he would not have enough negative emotion to work with in his mind training practice. So he brought along his ill-tempered Bengali servant-boy, who would criticize him incessantly and was challenging to spend time with. Tibetan teachers then like to joke that when Atiśa arrived in Tibet, he realized there was no need after all.

The aphorisms on mind training in their present form were composed by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje (1101–1175 CE). According to one account, Chekhawa saw a text on his cell-mate's bed, open to the phrase: "Gain and victory to others, loss and defeat to oneself". The phrase struck him and he sought out the author Langri Tangpa (1054–1123). Finding that Langri Tangpa had died, he studied instead with one of Langri Tangpa's students, Sharawa Yönten Drak, for twelve years.

Chekhawa is claimed to have cured leprosy with mind training. In one account, he went to live with a colony of lepers and did the practice with them. Over time many of them were healed, more lepers came, and eventually people without leprosy also took an interest in the practice. Another popular story about Chekhawa and mind training concerns his brother and how it transformed him into a much kinder person.

Translation by Lotsawa Sarah Plazas. 

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1200 Yarmouth Avenue, Unit C-1B, Boulder, CO, 80304

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