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Grand Sur Puja for Ullambana

Grand Sur Puja for Ullambana

This is a FREE event and available both In-person and Online.

Experience the profound spiritual journey of grand Sur Puja, a sacred practice of immense significance. Khentrul Rinpoche will practice two powerful Sur Pujas: one written by Patrul Rinpoche, known as Patrul Sur Ginma, and another written by Bamda Gelek Gyatso and Lama Luthak. So, both Nyingmapa’s and Jonangpa ‘s Sur will be practiced.

Sur Puja is a universal practice that is open to all and without restrictions. It offers immense benefits to all sentient beings, with a special focus on those who have passed away and those in the bardo. This practice allows us to make offerings to a multitude of beings, enlightened or otherwise, to benefit them.

The Sur Puja involves the burning of offerings in fire, symbolizing one of the female Buddhas, Gökarmo (Pāṇḍarāvasinī), the consort of Amitabha. This nurturing mother nature bestows her blessings on these beings through the fire.

The Sur Puja is particularly beneficial for those who have passed away, be they relatives, pets, or any being with whom you share a special connection. It is also an effective practice for repaying karmic debts accumulated over countless lifetimes. For those who want to be connected to this, we can write the name of a special person, animal, or pet on the 6-realm mantra wheel and offer it for you. 

Through the Sur Puja, we provide physical offerings and impart the Dharma, guiding these beings towards liberation. This practice can help beings in lower realms attain higher rebirths, ultimately leading them towards enlightenment. Join us in this significant practice and contribute to the well-being of all sentient beings.

Ullambana

The Ullambana Festival, or the Filial Piety Festival, is a significant event in Chinese Buddhism. It provides a unique opportunity for individuals to express their appreciation toward their parents.

  1. Understanding the Ullambana Festival: “Ullambana” is derived from Sanskrit, signifying “rescue from being inverted.” The phrase “inverted” symbolizes the torment in hell. Individuals with negative karma may be reincarnated in hell and undergo severe punishment after death. Consequently, the Ullambana Festival embodies the concept of liberating those who are enduring agony in hell. It also allows everyone to honor their filial responsibilities towards their parents and forefathers.
  2. The Genesis of the Ullambana Festival The Ullambana tradition traces its roots back to the tale of Maudgalyayana (also known as Moggalana in Pali), one of Buddha’s esteemed disciples, who rescued his mother from the realm of famished spirits. Upon achieving Arahantship, Moggallana immediately remembered his late mother. Using his divine vision to explore all domains, he discovered that his mother had been reborn in the realm of famished spirits, suffering from extreme hunger and thirst due to her disproportionately large abdomen and minuscule neck.

Moved by his mother’s plight, Moggallana collected food in his alms bowl and attempted to feed his mother using his supernatural abilities. However, her selfishness and greed caused the food to transform into flaming coals before she could consume it. Distressed by his inability to alleviate his mother’s suffering despite his extraordinary powers, Moggallana sought Buddha’s guidance.

Buddha advised him to wait until the seventh lunar month and make substantial offerings to the monks on Pavarana day, marking the conclusion of the 3-month Rain Retreat. This would result in enormous blessings due to the monks’ rigorous spiritual practices during these three months. Transferring these blessings to his mother would liberate her from the realm of famished spirits and facilitate her rebirth in a divine realm.

Following Buddha’s counsel, Moggallana saved his mother and numerous famished spirits, enabling their reincarnation in heavenly realms. This inspiring narrative led to the annual celebration of the Ullambana Festival in the seventh lunar month, now referred to as the Ullambana month. This festival allows people to express gratitude towards their parents, grandparents, and ancestors.

Known as the month of absolution for the deceased, individuals respectfully present offerings to the Three Jewels during this time, transferring their merits to their ancestors. This act may liberate their ancestors from the realms of famished spirits and hell.

Khentrul Rinpoche will practice Sur and recite the prayer for rebirth in Shambhala to dedicate all living beings to the second golden age. Meanwhile, dedications will be arranged during pujas in monasteries in Tibetan areas.

Schedule by Timezone

East Coast USA, Toronto – SUNDAY August 18, 2024 / 2:00 PM
Melbourne, Australia – MONDAY August 19, 2024 / 4:00 AM
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan – MONDAY August 19, 2024 / 2:00 AM
Central Europe and South Africa – SUNDAY August 18, 2024 / 8:00 PM
São Paulo, Brazil – SUNDAY August 18, 2024 / 3:00 PM
West Coast USA – SUNDAY August 18, 2024 / 11:00 AM

Zoom Information

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84900820961?pwd=9zbXn90ugKYqM3iAislm79moMvEqTg.A9ShOdj1lhMiOABp
Webinar ID: 849 0082 0961         Passcode: 108108

QUESTIONS?
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End of the Year Public Teaching: Use Your Brain: How to Cultivate Discriminating Awareness on the Path

End of the Year Public Teaching: Use Your Brain: How to Cultivate Discriminating Awareness on the Path

This is a FREE event and is available both Online and In-person.

As we head towards the end of the year, Khentrul Rinpoche will guide us through a thought process to understand what type of Dharma we are practicing, for what reason, and how that reflects in our life priorities. If you ask most people, they will say they are practicing Dharma to benefit all sentient beings or to get out of Samsara. Maybe they will say they are practicing mindfulness and meditation to deal better with their life and reduce their anxiety. There are many reasons in why people choose to practice Dharma. These reasons may be based in wisdom and compassion or they may be based in Samsaric motivations. Rinpoche will help guide us in an end-of-the-year self-reflection so we can dig deeper into our own minds and uncover our blind spots in our intentions. By discovering our true intentions with our practice, we can create the opportunity in the new year to truly transition into a deeper level of practice, walking more fully on the path mindfully with discriminating awareness.

Schedule by Timezone

Melbourne, Australia – FRIDAY December 27, 2024 / 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan – FRIDAY December 27, 2024 / 4:30 AM – 6:00 AM
Central Europe and South Africa – THURSDAY December 26, 2024 / 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Sao Paulo, Brazil – THURSDAY December 26, 2024 / 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
East Coast USA, Toronto – THURSDAY December 26, 2024 / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
West Coast USA – THURSDAY December 26, 2024 / 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Zoom Information

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86764827300?pwd=L21FRTl4dld2R1lCbHVaWmNIRHRQZz09
Webinar ID: 867 6482 7300       Passcode: 108108

Questions?
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Saka Dawa Guru Puja for Lama Lutrin

Saka Dawa Guru Puja for Lama Lutrin

This event is FREE and available both Online and In-person.

In Vajrayana Buddhism, the Guru is the Buddha, the Guru is the Dharma, and the Guru is the Sangha. The whole path is contained in the practice of devotion to the Guru, who, while ultimately our enlightened nature, is also a human being who reflects that nature to us. The most powerful Guru is your root guru, the one who points out the nature of reality to you and you transform your mind. 

The light that shows the way on our Kalachakra path is Khentrul Rinpoche. And the one who had the most profound impact on his mind, is his root Guru, Lama Lobsang Trinle. Lama Lobsang Trinley (Lama Lutrin) is one of the most respected Jonang Kalachakra masters of our time. He was well known for his incredible healing powers as he had healed himself from Leprosy and then those around him with his spontaneous medicine wisdom. While showing no signs of sickness, he stated he would pass away and then did so in a meditative state on the precious day of Saka Dawa, the day that we celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Shakyamuni Buddha. 

Join us in the profound practice of the Jonang Guru Puja in honor of the pari-nirvana of Lama Lobsang Trinley. All practices done at this time are incredibly powerful as the merit is multiplied by 100 million times.

Learn about the Greatness of Lama Lutrin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIMOS7vXFHg

Schedule by Timezone

Melbourne, Australia – TUESDAY May 21, 2024 / 7:00 PM
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan – TUESDAY May 21, 2024 / 5:00 PM
Central Europe and South Africa – TUESDAY May 21, 2024 / 11:00 AM
Sao Paulo, Brazil – TUESDAY May 21, 2024 / 6:00 AM
East Coast USA, Toronto – TUESDAY May 21, 2024 / 5:00 AM
West Coast USA – TUESDAY May 21, 2024 / 2:00 AM

Zoom Information

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83491347744?pwd=c094VVFYSzAwWWpHVzZoYkZlUXJXdz09
Webinar ID: 834 9134 7744    Passcode: 108108

QUESTIONS?
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Vesak Celebration: 1000 Buddhas Puja & Praises of Shakyamuni

Vesak Celebration: 1000 Buddhas Puja & Praises of Shakyamuni

This event is FREE and available both Online and In-person.

In celebration of the Birth, Death, and Enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha, we recite praises recounting the accomplishments of his incredible life. Connecting and learning from his example, we, too, can take steps to learn and practice in stages to reveal our own enlightened nature. The first step to changing the world to a more peaceful, harmonious place is to change ourselves. It is with each of the karmas we make, each cause and condition, that we plant the seeds to change ourselves and then, through our transformation, the world around us.  Shakyamuni spent years of diligent practice and effort to understand the nature of reality and reveal his own nature before he was able to teach others. Once he transformed himself, his enlightened speech and activity had the power to transform our world and continue to through this day.

In addition to the praises to the Buddha of our time, we will chant the powerful 1000 Buddha Puja to connect with all the 1000 Buddhas of this fortunate eon. Connecting with 1000 Buddhas and sharing their names creates powerful conditions for all who hear this to be reborn in a higher realm and to come into contact with the Dharma. All practices done at this time are incredibly powerful as the merit is multiplied by 100 million times.

Schedule by Timezone

Melbourne, Australia – THURSDAY May 23, 2024 / 7:00 PM
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan – THURSDAY May 23, 2024 / 5:00 PM
Central Europe and South Africa – THURSDAY May 23, 2024 / 11:00 AM
Sao Paulo, Brazil – THURSDAY May 23, 2024 / 6:00 AM
East Coast USA, Toronto – THURSDAY May 23, 2024 / 5:00 AM
West Coast USA – THURSDAY May 23, 2024 / 2:00 AM

Zoom Information

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84957144983?pwd=N1VJcVMzV1NwQUtHemI0aExmODY4dz09
Webinar ID: 849 5714 4983    Passcode: 108108

QUESTIONS?
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Round the Clock Mantra Accumulation for Rinpoche’s Birthday

Round the Clock Mantra Accumulation for Rinpoche’s Birthday

Join our global community in the recitation of Green Tara and Marichi mantra to remove all obstacles for Khentrul Rinpoche and the Global community. Jetsun Tara is the swiftest to respond to prayers for help.

Please submit your mantras on our mantra accumulation page here:
https://dzokden.org/dz/mantra-accumulation-dz/

We have schedule this event in advance of Khentrul Rinpoche’s birthday.

This practice will take place on the full moon and a lunar eclipse in March. During the time of the Lunar eclipse in your location, the merit of the offering is multiplied by 700,000 times. Please join us in our accumulation until then but especially anytime in our special 24 hour community organized practice. Members of our different communities in different countries will lead the mantras at different hours. All the mantras that are submitted to Green Tara and to Marichi will be dedicated on April 18th. May this lead to the flourishing of Dzokden and Rinpoche’s activities.

Schedule by Timezone

Central Europe and South Africa – MONDAY March 25, 2024 / 12:00 AM – 12:00 AM (TUESDAY March 26, 2024)
Melbourne, Australia – MONDAY March 25, 2024 / 10:00 AM – 09:59 AM (TUESDAY March 26, 2024)
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan – MONDAY March 25, 2024 / 7:00 AM – 7:00 AM (TUESDAY March 26, 2024)
São Paulo, Brazil – SUNDAY March 24, 2024 / 8:00 PM – 8:00 PM (MONDAY March 25, 2024)
East Coast USA, Toronto – SUNDAY March 24, 2024 / 7:00 PM – 7:00 PM (MONDAY March 25, 2024)
West Coast USA – SUNDAY March 24, 2024 / 4:00 PM – 4:00 PM (MONDAY March 25, 2024)

Zoom Information
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84041168224?pwd=eng5RDlFT1pxSEdEWkNaK2VPYmk5UT09
Meeting ID: 840 4116 8224
Passcode: 616652

Questions?
Please email [email protected]