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Golden Shrine

Open to the Public

In accordance with the wishes of our Lama, and in order for all to form a positive, meditative connection, all open events will now be opportunities to practice silence around and in the Golden Shrine and in the surrounding grounds. A volunteer will be present in the tea room to respond to questions.

Gift Shop Open

during these times also

Tuesday, July 24, 11-1

Friday, August 03, 1:30-3:30

Tuesday August 07,  11am-1pm

Friday, August 17, 1:30-3:30pm

Tuesday August 21, 11am-1pm

Wednesday, August 29, 2-4pm

Come and practice silence while doing self guided meditation, walking meditation, spinning the prayer wheels, lighting a butter lamp & browsing the gift shop. Give yourself some peace and space!

 Thank you for any offering you are able to make. Our center operates completely through volunteer efforts and offerings.

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'Some people are really specific about what they eat but don't care about they think. We should do both. Eat healthy and think healthy then you and all the people around you will feel healthy physically and metally. This is the best!' 

- Karzang Rinpoche, May 6, 2018

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Lingtrul Rinpoche with Kathok Mot'sa Rinpoche, December 2017

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‚ÄčYou may take photos outside, but please, no photos inside Temples.

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At this time Kathok Centre is not wheelchair accessible

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

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Notes for Newcomers

In order to observe proper conduct 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 the 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 all practices.

Open Meditation sessions are 1hr. Most other practices do not necessarily have a determinate end time. (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 Temple!

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Great Link for reading and practice resources from Tashi Choling

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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 their lives, in the dying process or who have 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

 

The blessings of the Vajrasattva Retreat remain strongly with those who participated and spread outward in peace and joy to all sentient beings. We have great gratitude to the Lineage and to the Lamas, Ven. Lingtrul Rinpoche and Tulku Karzang Rinpoche . So many hearts and hands contributed to the event and sustained it through the seven days.  May the benefits  for self and others expand unceaseingly!

 

Schedule subject to change 
Continue to check website frequently
(Monthly emails no longer being sent)
 
The schedule below identifies several dates for volunteer opportunities and work bees.  For your inspiration visit our teachings page for a document on applying the three methods to work. It is entitled Work as spiritual Practice or email us for a copy:  http://peaceiswithinusall@gmail.com
 
See teachings page, The Story of the Monks and No Water for an instructive and light hearted exhortation from Tulku Karzang Rinpoche.
 
July 2018
 
Throughout the months of July and August Tulku Karzang would like to continue the pattern of  Sunday workbees to complete projects underway and to continue in the manifestation of Guru Yoga though dedication of body speech and mind to the positive energy of the Centre.

Sunday, July 22,  Work Bee 10-3pm (or any part of the time frame) An opportunity to make a contribution of loving labor to the positive energies and future of the Center. For practitioners, this work fulfills the wishes of the Lamas and our Samaya of Guru Yoga. For newcomers, this is a chance to connect with the Sangha and, during this time, to our teacher, Tulku Karzang Rinpoche. All welcome.

Tuesday, July 24, 11-1, Shrine Open to the Public, visit the Golden Shrine and gardens, walk mindfully and observe silence during this open time. Light a butter lamp, visit the gift shop and fully enjoy the peace and positivity of the surroundings. Facilitators will be present in the tearoom to speak and answer questions. 

Friday, July 27, 6pm  Full Moon Practice,  Come and practice in your choice of ways to utilize the energies of the full moon. Enjoy self guided seated or walking meditation, mantras, prostrations-all will increase peace of mind, devotion and merit. This is an excellent chance to practice for those who enjoy our open meditation sessions! By donation.

Sunday, July 29Open Meditation in the Golden Shrine 10am Everyone welcome! 1hr Guided meditation. Suggested donation $15 - $25 all proceeds go towards temple FREE for monthly supporters and those who volunteer weekly.

Sunday, July 29,  Work Bee 10-3pm (or any part of the time frame) An opportunity to make a contribution of loving labor to the positive energies and future of the Center. For practitioners, this work fulfills the wishes of the Lamas and our Samaya of Guru Yoga. For newcomers, this is a chance to connect with the Sangha and, during this time, to our teacher, Tulku Karzang Rinpoche. All welcome.

 

August 2018
 

Friday, August 03, 1:30-3:30, Shrine Open to the Public, visit the Golden Shrine and gardens, walk mindfully and observe silence during this open time. Light a butter lamp, visit the gift shop and fully enjoy the peace and positivity of the surroundings. Facilitators will be present in the tearoom to speak and answer questions. 

Sunday, August 05,  Work Bee 10-3pm (or any part of the time frame) An opportunity to make a contribution of loving labor to the positive energies and future of the Center. For practitioners, this work fulfills the wishes of the Lamas and our Samaya of Guru Yoga. For newcomers, this is a chance to connect with the Sangha and, during this time, to our teacher, Tulku Karzang Rinpoche. All welcome.

Tuesday, August 07, 11am-1pm, Shrine Open to the Public, visit the Golden Shrine and gardens, walk mindfully and observe silence during this open time. Light a butter lamp, visit the gift shop and fully enjoy the peace and positivity of the surroundings. Facilitators will be present in the tearoom to speak and answer questions.

Saturday, August 11Open Meditation in the Golden Shrine, 10am Everyone welcome! 1hr Guided meditation. Suggested donation $15 - $25 all proceeds go towards temple FREE for monthly supporters and those who volunteer weekly.

Sunday, August 12,  Work Bee 10-3pm (or any part of the time frame) An opportunity to make a contribution of loving labor to the positive energies and future of the Center. For practitioners, his work fulfills the wishes of the Lamas and our Samaya of Guru Yoga. For newcomers, this is a chance to connect with the Sangha and during this time to our teacher, Tulku Karzang Rinpoche. All welcome.

Friday, August 17 1:30-3:30, Shrine Open to the Public, visit the Golden Shrine and gardens, walk mindfully and observe silence during this open time. Light a butter lamp, visit the gift shop and fully enjoy the peace and positivity of the surroundings. Facilitators will be present in the tearoom to speak and answer questions. 

Sunday, August 19,  Work Bee 10-3pm (or any part of the time frame) An opportunity to make a contribution of loving labor to the positive energies and future of the Center. This work fulfills the wishes of the Lamas and our Samaya of Guru Yoga. For newcomers, this is a chance to connect with the Sangha and during this time to our teacher, Tulku Karzang Rinpoche. All welcome.

Tuesday, August 21 11:00-1:00pm, Shrine Open to the Public, visit the Golden Shrine and gardens, walk mindfully and observe silence during this open time. Light a butter lamp, visit the gift shop and fully enjoy the peace and positivity of the surroundings. Facilitators will be present in the tearoom to speak and answer questions. 

Saturday,August 25, 10:00am  Open Meditation and Full Moon Practice in the Golden Shrine,  Come and practice in your choice of ways to utilize the energies of the full moon. Enjoy self guided seated or walking meditation, mantras, prostrations-all will increase peace of mind, devotion and merit. This is an excellent chance to practice for those who enjoy our open meditation sessions! By donation

Sunday August 26, 10 am, Tara practice in the Main Temple   Our Spiritual Director and teacher, Tulku Karzang Rinpoche, will lead this Green Tara practice. We will  join with him and deeply experience his wisdom, devotion and powerful connection to the beautiful practice ceremony, prayers and meditation that honor the Noble Mother of All the Victorious Ones, Arya Tara. This will be the first time to practice Tara before the new statue of her that is on the altar of the main temple and  the practice will occur during the powerful energies of the full moon. Flowers, pure offerings and personal cleanliness are fully recommended. Also, it is good to refrain from eating meat, garlic and onions for this time.

Wednesday, August 29 2-4:00pm, Shrine Open to the Public, visit the Golden Shrine and gardens, walk mindfully and observe silence during this open time. Light a butter lamp, visit the gift shop and fully enjoy the peace and positivity of the surroundings. Facilitators will be present in the tearoom to speak and answer questions. 
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Video of Consecration of Kathok Centre Click here

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To help us all enjoy of the sacredness of Kathok Centre
the main temple is only to be accessed during scheduled practices. 
Please observe all signs, rules and guide lines 
while on the Temple property
as there are Teachers in residence and students in retreat. 
Thank you everyone for honoring our sacred space.

If  you are unable to contribute the suggested offering for a practice please email: peaceiswithinusall@gmail.com and learn about alternative ways that you may contribute.  No-one is turned away due to lack of funds. We operate entirely through volunteer efforts and offerings and invite your articipation in keeping the Center glowing and growing. All offerings are gratefully received.
Thank you for any way and all the ways you help. 
 
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See article in Northwest Dharma about the Golden Shrine!

Description of Various Practices 

please visit our teachings page for an informative document (When Bringing an Offering) that describes how to make pure offerings. 

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 from inadvertently or intentionally killing living creatures (even bugs we don't realize we've stepped on, driven over etc. )  Also by practicing the life release you are able to purify life obscurations and stabilize life energy. This is a powerful way to help others who may be ill or suffering by dedication of the energy. For benefits of performing Life Releases click here

For all meditation practices listed below prayers are chanted in English and Tibetan and English transliteration and translations 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 'Tsok' 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.

Heart Sutra Practice: The Heart Sutra is one of the key teachings provided by the Buddha Shakyamuni in the second turning of the wheel of dharma and it expounds a profound yet simple declaration of the perfection of wisdom. This practice consists of the reading of the Heart Sutra, chanting of the mantra and intermittent periods of reflection and meditation. It is accessible to practitioners at all levels using a manual compiled by Tulku Karzang specifically for this practice.

Full Moon Practice: At the time of the full moon there is increased energy for dharma practice. Join with other meditators to perform sitting and/or walking meditation, prostrations, mantra recitation, etc. The Shrine will be open for your self directed practice. Come and practice in your choice of ways to utilize the energies of the full moon. Circumnabulations, mantras, prostrations-all will increase peace of mind, devotion and merit. This is an excellent chance to practice for those who enjoy our open meditation sessions.

For further general information e-mail: peaceiswithinusall@gmail.com