Nyungnay Fasting Retreat Aug 24-25, 2019

Nyungnay Fasting Retreat
with Ven. Lama Kalsang
August 24-25, 2019

Saturday, Aug 24, 7-8:30pm
Sunday, Aug 25, 10am-12:00pm
1:30-3:30pm

NYUNGNAY is a fasting silent retreat focusing on the cultivation of loving-kindness, compassion and Bodhicitta and purifying negative past actions. Participants of this retreat at Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center will observe eight vows in a 24-hour period, practicing meditation, visualization and mantra recitation of the Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.

This retreat will be led by our resident teacher Venerable Lama Kalsang, who first came to TRTCC from Drikung Kagyu Rinchen Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, in November 2017, and came back again in April 2019.

On Saturday from 7-8:30pm, Lama Kalsang will give us instructions on how to observe the eight vows during the retreat. On Sunday, participants will observe the vows and start the fasting for a 24-hour period. TRTCC will provide fresh fruit, light yogurt, or non-dairy yogurt in the morning and during lunch time. This practice is purposefully designed for lay people and is commonly adopted in Tibet. The physical fasting helps to overcome obscurations of the body; the silence helps to purify obscurations of the speech; the one-pointed concentration purifies obscurations of the mind.

We invite you to join us and participate in this special one-day retreat as a way to establish a firm commitment to observing the vows.  Suggested donation is $30 for the weekend.  Your donations will support TRTCC’s many teaching and cultural events year round. No one will be turned away from dharma teaching for insufficient funds.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

As always, your donations to our center will help sustain TRTCC’s many teaching and cultural events year round. Our heartfelt thanks to your continued supports to TRTCC!  To download a flyer of this event: Nyungnay Retreat Aug 24-25 2019 flyer

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center is located at: 7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

Ven. Tashi Nyima July Teaching on Freedom from Suffering: The Noble Eightfold Path

Freedom from Suffering:  The Noble Eightfold Path

A Weekend Teaching by Visiting Teacher

The Venerable Tashi Nyima

July 19, 20, 21, 2019

The Venerable Tashi Nyima will return to Pittsburgh to give a Friday public talk and a weekend teaching on the topic Freedom from Suffering: The Noble Eightfold Path.
The Friday night public talk will be an introduction to Buddhism’s foundational teaching, the Noble Eightfold Path, with a focus on the RIGHT VIEW, the very first of this path.  It will take place at the Sixth Presbyterian Church from 7:00-9:00pm
On Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday morning at TRTCC, Lama Tashi will continue to help us take an in-depth look at the whole Eightfold Path, from the Right View, Right Thought, to the Right Speech, Action, Livelihood, and finally toward the Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.  There will be opportunities for comments and questions as we contemplate on how to apply these guidelines in our lives.
In Lama Tashi’s own words: “The Buddha did not invent the Noble Eightfold Path, nor is it a sectarian religious discipline. The Buddha observed what it is that we all do in ordinary life, and proposed that every thought, word, and deed can either lead to continued suffering or to the cessation of suffering.  We can choose freedom. We can choose happiness.
Ven. Tashi Nyima is an ordained monk in the Jonang lineage of Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism, and leads the Universal Compassion Buddhist Congregation, with Sanghas in Texas and Mexico. For more than three decades, Lama Tashi has shared the Dharma in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.  Known for his directness, clarity of expression, and sense of humor, Lama Tashi shares the Dharma in fluent English and Spanish.

July 19, Friday, 7:00-9:00pm, at Sixth Presbyterian Church
July 20, Saturday,  10:00amNoon, 1:30-3:30pm at TRTCC
July 21, Sunday, 10:00amNoonat TRTCC

ALL ARE WELCOME

Suggested donation is $50 for the whole weekend. A simple vegetarian lunch will be offered by our sangha members at noon on Saturday and Sunday.  Your generous donations will support TRTCC’s teaching programs and cultural events year round. No one will be turned away from dharma teaching for insufficient funds.

To help us better prepared for this teaching event please let us know you are attending by emailing us at: threeriversdharma@gmail.com

To download a flyer please click here: Tashi Nyima July 2019 flyer

The Sixth Presbyterian Church is located at:  1688 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center is located at: 7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

 

Buddha Amitabha Jang Chog Ritual with Ven. Lama Kalsang

TRTCC Teacher Ven. Lama Kalsang

Amitabha Jang Chog Ritual

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Amitabha Jang Chog puja (ritual) is a Vajrayana practice performed to purify the negative karma of the deceased, who passed away recently or in the distant past, to help them relinquish their clinging to the impermanent human world. It helps them by creating the causes and conditions for their liberation, furthering their journey to the peaceful Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha.
The puja also benefits the living friends or relatives of the deceased through the ritual blessings and accumulation of prayers, chanting, meditation and offering of food and merits on behalf of the deceased, purifying negativity, resolving karmic debts, which may be manifesting as obstacles in life.
This Jang Chog puja will be led by Ven. Lama Kalsang, who first came to Pittsburgh in November 2017 from Drikung Kagyu Rinchen Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, and came back again in April 2019. He was ordained in 1992 by H.E. Nubpa Rinpoche and the late Ven. Drubwang Rinpoche. Having studied under many Tibetan Buddhism masters, and trained in the ritual practices at Drikung Kagyu Jangchub Ling in India, Lama Kalsang has served for many years as a chant master, disciplinarian, and treasurer at Drikung Kagyu Rinchen Ling. From 2014-2016 Lama Kalsang was one of the three directors of the Rinchen Ling monastery, where our spiritual director Ven. Khenpo Choephel is serving as their current abbot. Lama Kalsang has traveled to European and Asian cities with his teachers to spread dharma teachings before coming to Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center as our resident teacher.


SATURDAY, May 18, 2019

10:00am-12:00pm The ritual of Buddha Amitabha Jang Chog
12:00pm-2:00pm — Vegetarian Lunch offered by TRTCC sangha
2:00pm-5:00pm — Amitabha Jang Chog practice continues

7:00pm-8:30pm — Full-moon day Medicine Buddha practice

 

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

Suggested donation for this Amitabha Jang Chog event is $50 for the whole day. Donations on behalf of your deceased loved ones are gratefully accepted. A simple vegetarian lunch will be offered by our sangha members. Your donations will support TRTCC’s teaching programs and cultural events year round. No one will be turned away from dharma teaching because of insufficient funds.

To help us better prepared for this event we request that you let us know you are attending, and, if appropriate, include the names of your deceased relatives or friends by emailing us at: threeriversdharma@gmail.com

To download a flyer please click here: Amitabha Jang Chog Ritual May18, 2019 flyer

or click on the image:

 

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center is located at:

7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

 

Drikung Kagyu Monlam Prayer Festival June 21, 22, 23rd, 2019

6th Annual Drikung Kagyu Monlam for World Peace
June 21, 22 & 23, 2019

at Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA

Schedule of Events

Friday Afternoon, June 21st:

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, public talk

Saturday Morning, June 22nd:

White Tara Empowerment

Saturday Afternoon, June 22nd:

King of Aspiration and
World Peace Prayers

Sunday Morning, June 23rd:

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche teachings, Doha of the
Compassion Master, Uniting All Beings Through Love and Compassion

Sunday Afternoon, June 23rd:

Continue Monlam Prayer Festival and end with Tsok

For registration or more information about this annual Drikung Kagyu prayer festival event please go to this link:

https://www.drikungboston.org/2019-monlam

 

 

Ontül Rinpoche’s Teaching at TRTCC April 20, 2019

TRTCC Visiting Teacher Venerable Lho Ontül Rinpoche

The Empowerment and Teachings for the
Ruby Garland Buddha Amitabha

Saturday, April 20, 2019

11:00am – 1:00pm
3:00pm – 6:00pm

Venerable Drikung Lho Ontül Rinpoche, an eminent Drikung Kagyu lama and an engaging teacher who teaches regularly all over the world, will be at Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center to give a one-day empowerment and teaching on the Ruby Garland Buddha Amitabha practice.  Born in 1950 in Eastern Tibet, Ontül Rinpoche has received Mahamudra and Dzogchen teachings from many great masters and yogis: H.H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Yogi Pachung Rinpoche, Polu Khenchen Dorje, Ven. Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen, Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, Khenpo Khedrup Rinpoche and others.  Ontül Rinpoche’s great strength as a dharma teacher was described by H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche as being “like a mountain in the ocean.”  It is a rare opportunity to meet such a qualified spiritual teacher who is accessible to practitioners who wish to embark on the spiritual path.

SATURDAY, April 20, 2019
11:00am-1:00pmThe Empowerment for the Ruby Garland Buddha Amitabha practice of Rigdzin Nuden Dorge
1:00pm-3:00pm–Vegetarian Lunch offered by TRTCC sangha
3:00pm-6:00pm — Teachings on the Ruby Garland Amitabha practice continue

The Ruby Garland Amitabha practice is a pure vision of the 19th century master Nuden Dorje, with a concise daily practice, prayers, and multiple activity mantras to help the deceased and the living to reach the pure land of Dewachen, with a PHOWA practice that is associated with it.

ALL ARE WELCOME

No prerequisite is required.  Suggested donation is $50 for the whole day. A simple vegetarian lunch will be offered by our sangha members from 1pm-3pm. Your donations will support TRTCC’s teaching programs and cultural events year round. No one will be turned away from dharma teaching for insufficient funds.

To help us better prepared for this teaching event please let us know you are attending by emailing us at: threeriversdharma@gmail.com

To download a flyer please click here: Ontul Rinpoche Teaching April 20, 2019 flyer

 

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center is located at:

7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218

 

 

LOSAR Celebration Potluck Lunch Sunday, February 3rd at noon.

LOSAR Celebration Potluck Lunch
Sunday, February 3, 2019

This year, the Tibetan lunar new year LOSAR is on February 5th.  TRTCC wishes you a very peaceful, fruitful, and happy new year coming up.  To celebrate, we are going to have a vegetarian potluck lunch on:

Sunday, February 3rd, after our morning practice, around noon to 1:30pm.

We will provide the staple food.  Please help us with more variety by bringing some favorite food you’ll like to share with the sangha.  This is again an informal gathering and is open to all friends of TRTCC.  Everyone is welcome.

To help us prepare for the right amount of food please let us know you are coming.

Email us at: threeriverstibetancc2017@gmail.com

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center is located at:

7313 Florence Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15218