Mahayana Sutra & Tantra Center

Upcoming Dharma Teachings

Nagarjuna’s Sixty Verses on Reasoning (In New York City)

Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Center of New Jersey, in conjunction with Do Ngak Kunphen Ling of Redding, CT, is co-sponsoring a nine-day Dharma teaching that will be held in New York City beginning on Saturday, August 9, and continuing through Sunday, August 17. As in past teachings, there will be two sessions each day. Gyume Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche of DNKL will teach Nagarjuna’s Sixty Verses on Reasoning (S: Yuktishashtika, T: Rigs drug cu pa). Please note that there is a change in the venue for the teaching. This year the teaching will be held at Tibet House, which is located at 22 West 15th Street. While there are no prerequisites for attending this teaching, due to possible limitations of space, registration is required. A very brief form can be found fallowing this link to attend the teaching

Visit by the Abbott of Sera Monastery and Instructions on the Middleway

I am pleased to announce that Sera Mey Khen Rinpoche Ngawang Jorden arrived in the U.S. accompanied by several Sera Mey monks. There is an update to his upcoming visit to Howell, New Jersey. In addition to the teachings on Sunday, June 8, at Rashi Gempil Ling Temple, Khen Rinpoche has agreed to teach two classes on Saturday, June 7. The times for the Saturday classes are the same as for Sunday—that is, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and, following a lunch break, from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m. The topic for Saturday is a poem by the Seventh Dalai Lama Kelsang Gyatso entitled “Rainfall of Spiritual Attainments: A Song on the Middle-Way Instruction Known as the Four Recollections.” These four recollections constitute an instruction that the great spiritual being Mañjushri bestowed directly upon Lama Je Tsongkhapa. However, because this instruction contains tantric elements, it will be a restricted teaching. This means that only persons who have received a highest yoga tantra initiation will be permitted to attend. This includes initiations such as Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Chakrasamvara, Guhyasamaja, Hevajra, and Vajrayogini. Although there will be no registration for this teaching, it is expected that only persons who have received such an initiation will seek to attend.

Medicine Buddha empowerment blessing

Khen Rinpoche Ngawang Jorden will be giving a Medicine Buddha empowerment blessing. No registration is required to attend this event. This particular form of empowerment also does not carry any commitment to perform a daily practice. The empowerment will be given during the morning session, which is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Following a lunch break, there will also be an afternoon teaching on spiritual practices related to the Medicine Buddha tradition. The afternoon session is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sixteen Arhats Puja

The Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Center of New Jersey will also hold a Sixteen Arhats Puja on Sunday, July 6, beginning at 1:00 p.m. This event has traditionally been held to commemorate the birthday of our late spiritual teacher Sera Mey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche. The ritual is dedicated to the longevity of one’s spiritual teachers and the preservation of the Buddha’s Holy Dharma. July 6 also marks the birthday of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. Food will be served following the service.

The Holy Month of Saga Dawa

As many of you know, the current lunar month is known as Saga Dawa, which is the month that commemorates the Buddha’s enlightenment on the full-moon day. Because Sera Mey Khen Rinpoche Ngawang Jorden will be in Howell on that day—which is Friday, June 13—we have requested that he confer the one-day Tekchen Sojong vow. This fasting vow must be given before sunrise, so the ceremony will begin sometime before 5:00 a.m. When we receive confirmation that Khen Rinoche will be giving the one-day vow, I will send out an announcement with the exact time.

We have also requested Khen Rinpoche to preside over the Sojong Chenmo confession ritual on the same day—Friday, June 13. This is an event that was started by our late spiritual teacher Sera Mey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche. Normally, the Sojong ritual is only for ordained monks and nuns. However, a Sojong Chenmo, or Great Sojong, also includes the confession ritual for the Bodhisattva vows and the tantric vows. Therefore, lay persons are permitted to attend this portion of the ceremony, assuming they have taken and continue to observe either of those two systems of vows. This event is expected to begin at 1:00 p.m. I will send out a confirmation of the time as we get closer to that date.

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