Calendar

 

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Instead of continually trying to fix your outer world, just work on your inner world and the outer world will always match. - Karzang Rinpoche Nov. 2017

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You 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 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

 

 

Video of Consecration of Kathok Centre Click here


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.

*** Schedule subject to change ***

If you would like to be on the general email list and receive 1 email at the start of each month please email: penny@kathokcentre.ca

If you would like to be emailed with schedule changes and other updates become a Member or Friend of Kathok Centre (see Join In page for details)

 

November - December 2017 

 
 Sunday Nov 19, 10am Open Meditation Everyone Welcome! Lightly guided silent meditation practice learning to focus on the breath and quietening the mind-heart. Suggested donation $15-$20 FREE for monthly supporters & those who volunteer weekly
 
    11:15am Introduction to Longchen Nyingtig with Karzang Rinpoche session 4 of 4. Everyone welcome (even if you didn't come to any of the previous sessions). Suggested Donation $20 - $30
 
Sunday Nov 26, 10am Guru Rinpoche Tsok Offering practice in Golden Shrine. Bring whatever offerings you prefer in order to practice generating abundance, purify negative actions and accumulate merit. Monthly practice for practicing Vajrayana Buddhists to purify obscurations, generate merit and maintain samaya.
 
Saturday Dec 2 & Sunday Dec 3, 10am - 3pm Tara Retreat (full moon Sunday!) To see benefits of Green Tara Practice Click here.
Lunch included both days and best to not eat meat, onions, garlic or alcohol during the retreat weekend to make the practice the most pure and profound for yourself. Please email to Regsiter: penny@kathokcentre.ca
Registration before Nov 15 $100. After Nov 15 $120. For single day: Before Nov 15 $60 After Nov 15 $70. Bring your cash or cheque made to 'Kathok Centre' next time you're at the Temple or mail to 'Kathok Centre' c/o 684 Phillips St. Parksville BC V9P 1A7 or use paypal button below. Please note paypal amounts include paypal fees.
 
Dec 2-3 Tara Retreat

 
Sunday Dec 10, Open Meditation practicing walking meditation. Learn the benefits of  mindfulness practice and circumambulations that you can bring into your everyday life. Will be outside some of the time so bring appropriate clothing depending on weather. Everyone Welcome! Suggested donation $15 - $20 FREE for monthly supporters
 
Sunday Dec 17, 10am - 2:30pm Nyundro Practice focusing on Mandala Offering accumulations. For practicing Buddhists working on their Nyundro accumulations. Bring your Mandala Pan and BYO lunch. Suggested Donation $20 - $30 or 'sweat donation' for those of you who volunteer weekly
 
Saturday Dec 30, 10am - noon This is a powerful time to refresh your energy for the New Year with a Guru Rinpoche Practice and Fire Ritual. Please brings pure offerings: flour, butter, sugar etc. 
 
Saturday Sunday January 13 & 14, 2018, 2 Day Vajrasattva Retreat 10am - 3pm each day Lunch Included $150 before Dec 15, After $180.
 
Tuesday June 26 - Monday July 2, 2018: 7 Day Vajrasattva Retreat. Details to come. Monday June 25 prep day
 
 
If  you are unable to contribute the listed amount please email penny@kathokcentre.ca or Mary Pat at mpstar55@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 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

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 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.

For further general information e-mail: penny@kathokcentre.ca or mpstar55@gmail.com