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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, September 25th, 11am-1pm 

Friday, October 5th, 10:30am-12:30pm

Tuesday, October 09th, 11am-1pm

Friday, October 19th, 10:30am-12;30pm

Tuesday, October 23rd, 11am-1pm

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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'You are holding the remote control for YOUR life. I can't take your medicine for you and it benefit you. I can't eat your food for you. I can't choose happy thoughts for you. Only you can do for yourself. It's all up to you.

Create the causes of happiness in your own life. Next time you're feeling bad, recognize it and do something about it! ' 

- Karzang Rinpoche, Sept 16, 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

 

 Enjoy the beauty of the Centre and grounds, come to weekly practices and/or connect with the positive energies of the weekly workbees. Check the calendar below for our hours and activities. 

Join us on October 6th and 7th for a retreat honoring the Noble Mother, Arya Tara, (see below). Tara practice is especially empowering to all who show devotion. Of the 21 Taras, we particularly honor Green Tara, who is associated with enlightened activity, protection and abundance. 

Arya Tare, Mother of All the Victorious Ones

Tara Retreat, October 6th and 7th, Kathok Meditation Centre. See below for details.


The following message is from Karzang Rinpoche on the subject of  work bees: “There are worldy and spiritual reasons for the many work bees that we schedule. In the worldly sense, as most of our work is done by volunteers, projects go quite slowly as Sundays are the only suitable  days for most people to attend. We need to finish projects before winter, when it is time to focus on practice. Through the work bees we are creating  something for everybody and for the future of Kathok Centre and we should recognize and rejoice in this whatever the changes are. Spiritually, the work bees give us opportunities to purify obscurations, accumulate merit and practice Guru Yoga. These are what this tradition is all about. This is one way to put the practice into action.  These are the points of the workbees. Effort is most important. Rejoice in the opportunity. Currently less practice is scheduled due to the work bees. In the future more practice will be scheduled. It is through Rinpoche’s compassion that we can gain these benefits.”

For your further 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.
 
September 2018
 

*Schedule subject to change. Please check regularly. (Monthly emails no-longer being sent)*

Saturday, September 22, 10:00am  Open Meditation, Everyone welcome! one hour guided meditation. By donation.  Your freely given offering is greatfully received and allows the Center to maintain all functions. Follow this up at the work bee below if you like!

Sunday, September 23, Work Bee, 10am-3pm, All welcome to come and to practice Guru Yoga in action during a work bee. Lunch is provided and there is a job to suit any skill level. Please feel free to join in!

 Tuesday, September 25, Open Shrine, 11-1,  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. A facilitator will be present  to speak and answer questions. 

Sunday, September 30th, Work Bee, 10am-3pm, the Nygondro retreat that was scheduled for this day has been cancelled. This will be a day to practice Guru Yoga in action during a work bee. Lunch is provided and there is a job to suit any skill level. Please feel free to join in!

OCTOBER 2018

Thursday, October 04, Dakini Day. Home practice is recommended.

Friday, October 5th, 10:30am-12:30pm, Open Shrine, Come, visit the Golden Shrine 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.

Saturday, October 06, and Sunday, October 07, TARA RETREAT-at the inspiration and request of a dedicated practitioner, Tshering Pelkie, a two day Tara Retreat has been planned. In her humble request to the Lama, Tshering said, "I hope to repay a fraction of the profound generosity and kindness that Rinpoche has shown me by sponsoring the meals for this retreat. Tara practice is powerful for all practitioners and especially to women. Ceremonially, showing our devotion to the 21 Taras will shower blessings and create good merit for those who participate in the practice and will help to spread the dharma energy throughout the heart of Vancouver Island."  Please read details of the retreat on this page, below calendar events.

Monday, October 08-Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 09, 11am-1pm, Open Shrine, 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. A facilitator will be present  to speak and answer questions. 

Wednesday, October 10 -the Birthday of Lingtrul Rinpoche, our beloved teacher and the founder of Kathok Centre. The practice of Guru Yoga on this day is highly recommended

Saturday, October 13, 10am, Open Meditation in the main temple. Everyone is welcome at this one hour of guided meditation. By donation. In the Buddhist tradition, offering is a part of practice. Your offering helps to maintain the beauty and the activities of the Centre and is fully appreciated

Sunday, October 14,  Work Bee, 10am-3pm, Come and work joyfully and lovingly for the benefit of the Centre and all sentient beings! Come for any amount of the scheduled time. All are welcome, lunch is provided.

Friday, October 19, Tse Chu-Guru Rinpoche Day. This day occurs every month on the tenth day of the lunar cycle and is a time when the energies of Guru Rinpoche are very powerful. Home practice is recommended.

Friday, October 19th, 10:30am-12:30pm, Open Shrine, Come, visit the Golden Shrine 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.

Saturday, October 20, Guru Yoga Feast Offering Tsok, 10am,in the Golden Shrine

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.For a tsok practice, it is good to bring offerings of any and all things that are pleasing to the senses, such as flowers, incense, food of all kinds, good things to drink etc. The offerings are blessed during the ceremony and then distributed to share with all present and to be taken home to bring the sacred energy to others.

Sunday, October 21,  Work Bee, 10am-3pmCome and work joyfully and lovingly for the benefit of the Centre and all sentient beings! Come for any amount of the scheduled time. All are welcome, lunch is provided.

Tuesday, October 23, 11am-1pm, Open Shrine, 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. 

Wednesday, October 24, Full Moon Day.  The energies of your home practice are intensified at the auspicious time of the full moon.

Saturday, October 27, 10am, Open Meditation in the main templeEveryone is welcome at this one hour of guided meditation. By donation. In the Buddhist tradition, offering is a part of practice. Your offering helps to maintain the beauty and the activities of the Centre and is fully appreciated.

Sunday, October 28,  Work Bee, 10am-3pmCome and work joyfully and lovingly for the benefit of the Centre and all sentient beings! Come for any amount of the scheduled time. All are welcome, lunch is provided.

Wednesday, October, 31, Lha Bab Duchen, 'Festival of the Descent from Heaven' — one of the four major Buddhist holidays commemorating events in the life of the Buddha. This is a powerful day for practice as all energies positive or negative are multiplied millions of times.

**Details regarding Tara Retreat on Oct. 6th and 7th** Please read the description of how to prepare for Tara practice in the practice descriptions below and observe particularily the cleanliness and dietary considerations. The two days of the retreat will be divided into three sessions: 9:30-11:30, lunch break from 12-1:30, afternoon sesssion from 1-2:30, tea break, final session of day, 3-4:30.  This is an opportunity to practice devotion and make generous offerings to the Noble Mother, Arya Tare.  The fees for the retreat are $150 for the full two days or $80 for a single day. Please pre register by emailing Mary Pat at peaceiswithinusall@gmail.com.

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 financially to the Centre 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 participation 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 day (s) of practice. 

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