Calendar

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Golden Temple

Open to the Public

Wednesday, March 7th; 1pm-3pm

Friday March 16; 1pm-4pm 

Wednesday, March 21; 1pm-3pm

Come and meditate, do walking meditation, spin the prayer wheels, light a butter lamp & browse the gift shop. Give yourself some peace and space! 

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'You cannot buy a peaceful mind. No matter how much money you have, you can't buy inner peace. Only you can train your own mind. As Buddhists, that's what we try to do.' Lingtrul Rinpoche Jan 28, 2018

 

Lingtrul Rinpoche with Kathok Mot'sa Rinpoche, December 2017

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Kathok AGM 

Sunday March 25 at 11:30am

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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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A few Kathok Calendars are still available in the gift shop. The calendar is for the 2018-2019 lunar year and begins in January of 2018, ends February 2019. It shows principal practice dates and is beautifully illustrated with photos of Kathok Center taken by Karzang Rinpoche. A must have for dharma practitioners for personal use and for gifting. $15.

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 Temples!

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Great Link for reading and practice resources from Tashi Choling

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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'

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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

 

 


 

*** Schedule subject to change ***

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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.

 

 February - March 2018 

Light Offering, Tara Practice
 
The schedule below identifies several dates for volunteer opportunities and work bees. For your inspiration follow the link below to learn about applying the Three Supreme Methods to your efforts.  If this link does not work on your device please email us for a copy. http://peaceiswithinusall@gmail.com
 
 
 
Sunday Feb 11, 10am Nyundro Practice. Daily meditation practice for Buddhists, but everyone welcome. Suggested donation $20, FREE for Monthly supporters (see Join In Page)
 
Monday Feb 12, 1pm - 4pm Temple 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. 
 
Friday Feb 16, 11am Losar, Year of the Earth Dog, Tibetan New Year, Fire Offering,  led by Sangha members. This is an opportunity to offer flour, sugar, colored candies, flowers and prayers for increased prosperity, good fortune and happiness for all beings.
 
Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 am, Reading and Relection on Bodhichitta. This practice is based on the writings of the Great Dzogchen Master, Patrul Rinpoche in his book, The Words of My Perfect Teacher, as well as the commentary by Kathok Khenchen Ngawang Pelzang. This is a link to remarks by Tulku Karzang Rinpoche on the importance of developing Bodhichitta: https://www.scribd.com/document/369242128/heartfelt-advice-on-the-prac tice-of-bodhichitta   You may wish to bring your own copies of the texts if you have them.
 
  Sunday, Feb. 25, 10am Tse Chu, Guru Rinpoche Day, Guru Yoga practice, 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.
 
Thursday, March 01, 6 pm, Full Moon Practice During the auspicious energetic time of the full moon, practitioners will join together to simply practice mantras, circumnambulation and prostrations in the Golden Shrine. An increased committment to devotion and discipline result from this activity. Click to read article
 
Saturday, March 3, 10 am, Chotrul Duchen, this is the Day of Miracles, according to Buddha's life story, Heart Sutra Practice with Mary Pat,  this will focus on reading and reflection on the Heart Sutra.  Focused on developing understanding of the state of emptiness.
 
Sunday March 4, 10am Open Meditation Everyone Welcome! Suggested donation $15 - $25 all proceeds go towards temple FREE for monthly supporters and those who volunteer weekly.
 
Wed, March 7th, 1pm - 3pm Temple 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. 
 
Sunday, March 11, 10 am, Dakini Day with GreenTara Practice  Make offerings of flowers, incense, and pure substances to make a strong connection to the Noble Mother, Arya Tara.  This helps to gain protection, remove fearful feelings and generate compassion towards other beings.
 
Friday, March 16, 1pm - 4pm Temple 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. 
 
Saturday March 17, 10:30 am, Happy Work Day! A chance to work together to clean the environment around the temples.  This may be taken as part of our practice and helps to purify negativities and gain merit.
 
Sunday, March 18, 10am Reading and Relection on Bodhichitta. This practice is based on the writings of the Great Dzogchen Master, Patrul Rinpoche, in his book, The Words of My Perfect Teacher, and the commentary by Kathok Khenchen Ngawang Pelzang. This a link to remarks by Tulku Karzang Rinpoche on Bodhichitta: https://www.scribd.com/document/369242128/heartfelt-advice-on-the-practice-of-bodhichitta   
You may wish to bring your own copies of the texts if you have them.
 
Wednesday March 21, 1pm - 3pm Temple 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. At 2pm on this day there will also be a guided tour that newcomers may find beneficial!
 
Sunday, March 25th, 10am, Open Meditation. Everyone Welcome! (Including well behaved children who want to meditate!) Guided seated meditation to calm and focus the mind and body. Suggested donation $15 - $25 all proceeds go towards temple FREE for monthly supporters and those who volunteer on a weekly basis.
            11:30am Kathok Centre Annual General Meeting. Everyone welcome
 
Monday, March 26th, 6pm, Tse Chu, Guru Rinpoche Day, Guru Yoga practice, 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.
 
Sunday, April 1, 10 am. Pho'wa Practice,  One of the great and powerful practices from this tradition. It is intended to use the strength of devotion and certainty to allow practitioners to transfer their consciouness during the time of death to the pureland of Buddha Amitaba, the blissful land of Dewa Chen. It may also enchance and clarify life obscurations of the present moment.
 
Sunday April 7, 10am Nyundro Practice. Daily meditation practice for Buddhists, but everyone welcome. Suggested donation $20, FREE for Monthly supporters (see Join In Page)
 
 
 Sunday July 1 - Saturday July 7:  7 Day Annual Vajrasattva Retreat. Details to come.
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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. 
 
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Description of Various Practices 

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

Reading and Reflection on the Heart Sutra: 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.

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