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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 Temple 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

Thursday May 24, 12:30-2:30pm

Wednesday May 30, 1-3pm

Tuesday, June 05, 11am-1pm

Wednesday, June 13, 2-4pm

Tuesday, June 19, 11am-1pm

Monday, June 25, 2-4pm

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

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

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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

 

 

May/June 2018

Tulku Karzang has announced the arrival of the first of the three new statues for the main altar in the temple. He is smiling and rejoicing that once again, Guru Rinpoche is leading the way for Kathok Center-that statue arrived first of the three-a miracle that repeated itself since the original Guru Rinpoche statue surprised everyone when it was the largest of the three that were ordered at the time and the Buddha Shakyamuni had been planned to be the central figure.     

Please visit our teachings page for a message from Tulku Karzang regarding  how you may make a connection to the enlighteded activity of preparing the statues for installation and consecration.

            

Schedule is subject to change. Continue to check website frequently

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
 
 
May 17 - 29th 10 day Vajrasattva retreat at Tashi Choling in Oregon USA with H.E. Lingtrul Rinpoche see website for details.
 
Thursday, May 24, 12:30pm - 2:30pm Shrine Open to the Public. Come and visit the Golden Buddha. Sit and contemplate, meditate for a while, light a butter lamp for your loved ones and browse the gift shop. Your donation is gratefully received and helps to keep the center open. Families/children welcome.
Thursday, May 24, 6pm    Shower of Blessings Feast Offering  An opportunity to acquire merit, purify obscurations and increase wisdom through offering such substances as foods, drinks and flowers. Following the blessing ceremony the substances are shared and available for practitioners to take home to give to family and friends to increase the positive energy. Tulku Karzang Rinpoche strongly suggests that it is very important that we carry on this tradition to maintain  and repair samaya and to increase connection to Guru Yoga and the relationships to the Dharmapalas (Dharma Protectors). The benefits are many and various in this one practice alone
If you can not attend in person or know you will be arriving just on time and won't have time to prepare your offerings you can donate on the button below and select 'Tsok Offerings' and one of our sangha will purchase offerings for you in the amount you donate. 
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Saturday, May 26, 10am  Work Bee!  Discover skills you didn't realize you had, utilize your existing talents, accumulate merit! The Center was created by the hands of many, many volunteers and continues to grow through the dedication of people like you! This is Guru Yoga in action.
 
Sunday May 27, 10am Teaching on Saga Dawa and the Accumulation of merit. Tulku Karzang Rinpoche has graciously agreed to provide teachings on the meaning of Saga Dawa and the understanding of merit. Saga Dawa is an important Buddhist date that commemorates the birth, enlightenment of the parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni, the Buddha of our times. By donation. All donations can be made directly to Karzang Rinpoche at the end in person with your kata ( offering scarf - available to borrow or in the gift shop for $4)
 
Tuesday, May 29,  Full Moon Practice, 6pm, Saga Dawa Duchen On this day all merit accumulated will be multiplied a million times. Join in practice and enjoy the benefits! 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.
 
Wednesday, May 30, 1pm - 3pm Shrine Open to the Public. Come and visit the Golden Buddha. Sit and contemplate, meditate for a while, light a butter lamp for your loved ones and browse the gift shop. Your donation is gratefully received and helps to keep the center open. Families/children welcome.
 
Sunday, June 03, Open Meditation, 10am- Everyone welcome! Suggested donation $15 - $25 all proceeds go towards temple FREE for monthly supporters and those who volunteer weekly.
Open Shrine-Through the month of June the Shrine and Grounds will be open to the public Sundays from 10-3 during the time that we will also be engaging in Work Bees, as we exert ourselves to prepare for the Vajrasattva Retreat in July. During this time we will take work as practice and focus on it as a meditative form of karma yoga.
 
Tuesday, June 05, 11am - 1:00pm Shrine Open to the Public. Come and visit the Golden Buddha. Sit and contemplate, meditate for a while, light a butter lamp for your loved ones and browse the gift shop. Your donation is gratefully received and helps to keep the center open. Families/children welcome.
 
Sunday, June 10, Open Meditation, 10am- Everyone welcome! Suggested donation $15 - $25 all proceeds go towards temple FREE for monthly supporters and those who volunteer weekly.
Open Golden Temple Through the month of June the Shrine and Grounds will be open to the public Sundays from 10-3 during the time that we will also be engaging in Work Bees, as we exert ourselves to prepare for the Vajrasattva Retreat in July.
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2:00pm - 4:00pm Shrine Open to the Public. Come and visit the Golden Buddha. Sit and contemplate, meditate for a while, light a butter lamp for your loved ones and browse the gift shop. Your donation is gratefully received and helps to keep the center open. Families/children welcome.
 
Sunday, June 17, Open Meditation, 10am- Everyone welcome! Suggested donation $15 - $25 all proceeds go towards temple FREE for monthly supporters and those who volunteer weekly.
Open Shrine-Through the month of June the Shrine and Grounds will be open to the public on Sundays from 10-3 during the time that we will also be engaging in Work Bees, as we exert ourselves to prepare for the Vajrasattva Retreat in July. During this time we will take work as practice and focus on it as a meditative form of karma yoga.
 
Tuesday, June 19, 11:00am - 1:00pm Shrine Open to the Public. Come and visit the Golden Buddha. Sit and contemplate, meditate for a while, light a butter lamp for your loved ones and browse the gift shop. Your donation is gratefully received and helps to keep the center open. Families/children welcome.
 
Sunday, June 24, Open Meditation, 10am- Everyone welcome! Suggested donation $15 - $25 all proceeds go towards temple FREE for monthly supporters and those who volunteer weekly.
Open Shrine-Through the month of June the Shrine and Grounds will be open to the public from 10-3 during the time that we will also be engaging in Work Bees, as we exert ourselves to prepare for the Vajrasattva Retreat in July. During this time we will take work as practice and focus on it as a meditative form of karma yoga.
 
Monday, June 25,  2:00pm - 4:00pm Shrine Open to the Public. Come and visit the Golden Buddha. Sit and contemplate, meditate for a while, light a butter lamp for your loved ones and browse the gift shop. Your donation is gratefully received and helps to keep the center open. Families/children welcome.
 
Wednesday, June 27,  Full Moon Practice, 6pm,  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 1 - Saturday July 7:  7 Day Annual Vajrasattva Retreat with Lingtrul Rinpoche. This is a traditional Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist Practice to purify negative karma and accumulate merit and blessings for all beings! $85/day or $550 Paid in Full. Early Bird Registration $500 if registered and paid by Friday June 1, 2018. Cancellations accepted and refunds given up to and including Thursday May 31 (minus a 15% processing fee). If you have registered but can no longer attend in person your donation will go towards offerings for the retreat.

If you cannot attend but would like to receive some of the connections and blessings and would like to donate towards the retreat you can do so on the CanadaHelps green button below.
There will be a Tsok offering each day of the retreat that you can bring offerings of your favorite food, drink and flowers to, and generate more blessings and merit. You can also make a personal offering to the Lamas at the end of the retreat.
Lunch, coffee/tea included each day. 
Like previous years, everyone attending the retreat will be volunteering daily to make the retreat happen smoothly for everyone. If you have a specific area/job you would like to help with please email: peaceiswithinusall@gmail.com
The 5 days before will also be preparation and lots of opportunity to volunteer too.
If you are going to need financial support to attend the retreat please also email your request.
Use Paypal to Register or mail cheque to 'Kathok Centre' c/o 684 Phillips St. Parksville BC V9P1A7
Registration Annual Vajrasattva 2018

If you cannot attend in person but would like to share and enjoy the blessings and wish to donate towards Lama offerings or tsok offerings please donate on CanadaHelps button below and you can print your taxable donation receipt immediately and keep for your records. Please select 'July Vajrasattva Retreat' or 'Tsok Offerings'.
 
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If you are a Member or Friend of KC you receive extra emails with schedule changes and other updates. Monthly Sponsors automatically are on the additional email list.

See Join In page for more details.
 
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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 listed amount please email: peaceiswithinusall@gmail.com and work out what you can do.
 No-one is turned away due to lack of funds. We would love to make everything free for everyone, but the Centre has monthly mortgage and operating costs which your donations cover.
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 

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