Golden Temple open to come and sit quietly

Tuesdays September 12, 19 & 26

2:30pm for 1hr

Gift & Thrift Shop also open at this time


'As you develop compassion there is less room for fear' - The Buddha


You may take photos outside, but please

no photos inside Temples


At this time Kathok Centre is not wheelchair accessible

A donation of $10,000 would make that happen!


Kathok 2016 Annual Newsletter


Notes for Newcomers

Please remove shoes and hats before entering the Temples

Please wear respectful clothing with your legs, chest & shoulders covered

It is considered bad luck to greet the Deity empty handed, so for most beneficial and opportune visit you can offer fresh flowers or a 'kata' (white silk scarf available in the temple & gift shop $4) as you make positive aspirations for yourself and/or others

Please arrive 10 minutes early for Open Meditation

Open Meditation sessions are 1hr. Most other practices are 1.5hrs (please feel free to take a bathroom break whenever you need!)

Please keep recitation texts on a table (not on the floor)

Please keep talking to a minimum

Please do not point your feet at the Buddhas or other sacred objects in the Temples

If you are not comfortable sitting on cushions please sit on the benches available or bring your own folding chair

Please put your cell phone in airplane mode and no photos inside Temples

All visiting dogs must stay in car park area and on leash

The purpose of Kathok Centre is to help us all become healthier in mind, heart and body. To best facilitate this please keep your mind and body free of intoxicants including alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana. If you are intoxicated or behaving disrespectfully you will be asked to leave.

Please enjoy your quiet, sacred times at the Temples!


Great Link for reading and practice resources from Tashi Choling


Save all your recyclables and donate them to Kathok Centre!

When you take your recyclables into Parksville Bottle & Recycling Depot (next to Buckerfields) please tell the cashier BEFORE items are rung in 'Proceeds to Kathok Centre please'


Offering butter lamps & prayers for those ill, dying & passed


We practice and make offerings to purify obscurations and accumulate vast merit for ourselves and others. This has the power to bless and transform our dualistic confusion into pristine awareness. You can make offerings on behalf of yourself and others also. By making offerings you also create the causes for the future results of becoming wealthy and becoming naturally and spontaneously generous. Butter lamps are offerings of pure, positive light for people who are sick or struggling in the lives, in the dying process or already recently passed.

Offerings of butter lamps and prayers are a dedication to the dead in order to guide them through the bardo. The light of the butter lamps symbolizes wisdom and removing the darkness of ignorance. This can be done in the immediate event of a loved ones passing, or any time. With your request of butter lamps and prayers you can include a photo and name of the deceased. If you are making an offering for the benefit of someone who's sick or suffering, we can send a card to the person or family you are requesting prayers for (one card per sponsor).

Butter Lamps are $20 small, $30 Medium and $40 Large. Click below and include the name of the people you are creating connection for and making the offering for.


To see video of events and teachings at Kathok Centre click here


Lingtrul Rinpoche with H.H. Geste Rinpoche and many donors from all over the world contributed to a Life Release saving 318 goats from being slaughtered. They happily cover the costs of their own care by clearing vegetation to prevent wild fires. Thank you everyone who contributed! See video and more pics in 2017 Photo Gallery

To see video of 318 Goats being saved click here!


September - October 2017 
* Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes early so you have to park and walk into Temple and find your seat.
Karzang Rinpoche quite often starts 10 - 15 minutes early too! * 
Sunday Sept 10: 10am Open Meditation 1hr Everyone Welcome. Suggested donation $15 Free for monthly supporters!
                      11:15am Introduction to Buddhism 1 of 4 sessions with Karzang Rinpoche. Everyone welcome Suggested donation $20 You can come to one session or as many as you can. 
Saturday Sept 16: 10am Work bee. Get off your cushion and put your kind mind-heart into action. Come in your work clothes and help around the Temple with gardening and general upkeep for an hour or two. Everyone welcome! Generate positive action in your own life to create merit and better circumstances for yourself and others! Inside and outside activities.
Sunday Sept 17: 10am Nyundro Practice with focus on Vajrasattva. Daily Practice for practicing Buddhists.
* * *   Make the most of Karzang Rinpoche being in Residence!
Make the extra effort to attend all the practices and workbees you can to get as many teachings as possible from an authentic teacher right here in Coombs!    * * *
Saturday Sept 23: 10am Work bee Everyone welcome to help!
Sunday Sept 24: 10am Open Meditation Suggested donation $15    Free for monthly supporters!
           11:15am Introduction to Buddhism 2 of 4 with Karzang Rinpoche Everyone Welcome Suggested donation $20
Saturday Sept 30: 10am Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok (Guru Rinpoche Day) Practice to cultivate abundance and generosity and purify any negative karma one may have intentionally or unintentionally accumulated during the month. Monthly practice for practicing Buddhists. Bring your offerings of fruits, flowers and your fav foods!
Sunday Oct 1: 10am Open Meditation 1hr Everyone Welcome. Suggested donation $15 Free for Monthly supporters
           11:15am Introduction to Buddhism 3 of 4 with Karzang Rinpoche Everyone Welcome Suggested donation $20
Saturday Oct 14: 10am Work bee. Everyone welcome to come and help!
Sunday Oct 15: 10am Open Meditation
          11:15am Introduction to Buddhism 4 of 4 with Karzang Rinpoche Everyone welcome Suggested donation $20
Saturday Oct 21: 10am Work bee
Sunday Oct 22: 10am Green Tara practice Bring your mandala pan and fresh flowers and fruit!

Friday Oct 27 - Sunday 29 Phowo Retreat with Karzang Rinpoche. The practice of conscious dying. The practice of Phowa is considered the most effective way to transfer ones consciousness at the time of death and facilitate the transition between the after death (Bardo), and before one’s next birth state. It can be done by a practitioner at the time of their death. The Kathok Lineage is well known for its least elaborate (easy visualizations), yet most effective form of this practice. It is one of the most essential practices of all Buddhist practices so we can best prepare for our own passing.
Friday 7pm - 9pm General Teaching on Phowa. 
Saturday 9 - 11am: Practice and/or Refuge Ceremony
               11 - 11:30am Tea Break
               11:30m - 2pm Practice
               2pm - 4pm Lunch break
              4pm - 6:30pm Practice
Sunday 9am - 11am Practice
                11am - 11:30am Tea Break
                 11:30a - 1:30pm Practice
               1:30pm - 2:30pm Lunch break
               2:30pm - 4:30pm Practice and finish
Early Bird Regsitration before Oct 15: $300
As of Oct 16: $330
You can mail Cheque to 'Kathok Centre' c/o 684 Phillips St. Parksville BC V9P 1A7
or pay on pappal button below or bring your payment next time you are at KC.
* No refunds. If you register but can no longer attend your payment is considered a donation to KC.
Registration does not include overnight accommodations. Please secure your own local accomodations.
There is one room available for rent in Parksville. Please Email if you're interested.
Please Email to Register:
If you would like to take Refuge (officially become a Buddhist) please also email

Phowa Retreat Oct 27-29

 *Please note paypal payment includes paypal processing fees
*Schedule Subject to Change. Kathok Members & Friends will be emailed with changes. If you are on the monthly general email list please check website before you come. If you would  like to be on the monthly email list please email:
If  you are unable to contribute the listed amount please donate what you can in the donation box. No-one is turned away due to lack of funds. We would love to make everything free for everyone, but the Centre has monthly operating costs which your donations contribute too. And of course you can always offer more than listed amounts too!
Thank you for any way and all the ways your help. 
To receive official tax receipts that you can apply to your year end tax return please donate on the button below or keep your in-kind receipts and hand them in at the end of the year to Penny.

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See article in Northwest Dharma about the Golden Shrine!


Description of Various Practices

Open Meditation: 1hr Guided meditation with emphasis on the breath. Learn the basics of seating posture whether in a chair or on a cushion. Bringing mindfulness to the body begins to quiet the mind. Reduce the effects of stress, lower your blood pressure naturally and boost your immune system. This is the basic foundation of any spiritual practice, for all faiths and is stabilizing the ground from which we can grow on all levels. Learn key essentials for learning to watch your own thoughts and emotions, helping you deal with all life's stressors including death and illness, addictions & anxiety in a healthy, kind and gentle way. 

Life Releases: This is a traditional Buddhist practice to purify the negative karma of eating animals and inadvertently or intentionally killing living creatures (even bugs we don't realize we've stepped on, driven over etc. ) For benefits of performing Life Releases click here

For all meditation practices listed below prayers are chanted in English and Tibetan and English phonetics and translation are provided.

Nyundro Practice: This is a foundational Tibetan Meditation practice that is a prerequisite for access to the more advanced teachings and practices of this lineage. If you have your own text, bell and dorje, and mandala pan please bring them, if not, you can borrow some from the temple. Open to practicing Buddhists who have taken Refuge

Tara Practice: Green Tara is a female Buddha who swiftly comes to the aid of those who beseech her for protection. She has vowed to benefit those suffering from illness, mental and emotional pain, dangerous situations and all types of calamity. Please bring flower petals and flowers to help practice generosity. If you want to practice the cleansing, purifying aspect more deeply restrain from eating meat, garlic or onions for one day. 

Shower of Blessings Practice: This practice develops and deepens your connection with Guru Rinpoche, all Teachers and enlightened beings. Guru Rinpoche, or Padmasambhava, brought Buddhism from India to Tibet in the 8th century and is especially revered by practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. Guru Rinpoche promised, “I will come to remove the suffering of the people on the tenth day of every moon. Do not forget to pray.” Guru Rinpoche Day is one of the two main monthly rituals within Vajrayana Buddhism. It is very beneficial to do this practice everyday, but especially on the 10th day. 

Guru Yoga practice: The teachers at Tra Ling Monastery emphasize the value and importance of guru yoga practice utilizing the support of the Guru Rinpoche statue and shrine. The shrine was conceived and built by Lingtrul Rinpoche to exacting traditional spiritual standards and proper motivation was observed throughout and as a result we are all lucky to be able to practice within a globally significant spiritual pilgrimage site. This  guru yoga practice is both simple and accessible to beginners and both profound and powerful for experienced practitioners. Come and join the community as we recite the the 7 line prayer and repeat the Guru Rinpoche mantra mixing both simple seated mediation with kora practice (walking meditation around the temple). Lets use our collective energy and dedication to send peace and light to all Sentient beings.

Guru Yoga practice is also a very active practice used to help us during serious illness and transition at end of life. This practice can be done by the person passing and family, friends and care aids, to bring more presence and love and less pain to all involved.

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