Clear Light Meditation Centre - Calendar 2017

 

Guided Tours

JULY

11, 18 & 25

at 11am

AUGUST

Tuesday: 8, 22, 29 at 11am

Saturday: 19 & 26 at 11:30am

Meet at the Gift-Thrift Shop!

Cash or cheque only onsite

If you feel inspired bring some fresh flowers or tea lights to offer!

Open to the Public

JULY

Saturdays 9:30am - 11am

Sunday July 23, 9:30am - 11:30am

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Yoga in the Tent

Saturdays 10am July & August

* No class Aug 13 *

Open Level Class adaptable for everyone. 1hr Bring your mat and props 

$15 or $10 for Monthly Sponsors

All proceeds go towards non-profit!

Temple Yoga

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Can you help?

For everyones safety we'd like to have an AED onsite

If you can contribute please click on the donate button and print your donation receipt directly! Thank you!

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

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'Happiness isn't your right, it is your very nature and your essence, it is the very heart of your being.' - The Buddha

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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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Kathok 2016 Annual Newsletter

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Notes for Newcomers

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 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 Open Meditation

Open Meditation sessions are 1hr. Most other practices are 1.5hrs (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 the lives, in the dying process or 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 July - August 2017

If you would like to join the monthly email list please email: penny@kathokcentre.ca
 
*Schedule subject to change. If you are not on the Members & Friends Email list (see 'Join In' page)
then please check website for updates before you come.
 
 
Saturday July 8, 10am Outdoor Yoga Yoga Nidra Class Deep Relaxation. If you can lie down you can do this class! Bring your mat and your blanky! $15 drop in, $10 for Monthly Sponsors
 
Saturday July 15, 10am Yoga $15 drop in bring your own mat. Adaptable all levels class. ($10 for monthly supporters)
 
Sunday July 16, 10am Open Meditation  $15 - $25 suggested donation Free from Monthly Supporters
 
Saturday July 22, 10am Yoga $15 drop in. Bring your mat!
 
Sunday July 30, 10am Open Meditation $15 - $25 suggested donation Free for monthly supporters
        11am Co-ordination Meeting for everyone interested in helping with the Consecration: Aug 12-14. If you can help, before, during or after the event please come!
 
Saturday Aug 5, 10am Yoga $15 Drop In bring your mat!
 
 
H.H.Getse Rinpoche and Lingtrul Rinpoche July 16, 2017
 
Consecration of the Golden Shrine
August 12, 13, 14
We are pleased to announce that His Holiness Geste Rinpoche will lead the consecration ceremonies at Kathok Centre. The consecration ceremony will consist of a 3 day intensive puja lead by H.H. Getse Rinpoche in Tibetan, with some English texts to follow, supported by Lingtrul Rinpoche, Karzang Rinpoche and many other invited Rinpoches, Khenpos and Tulkus'.
The ceremony held in the Golden Shrine will consist of an age old ritual that bestows wisdom blessing on the installment of the Golden Shrine and it's surrounding grounds. The blessings and healing energy of this special event will be the first of it's kind on Vancouver Island. All believers and non-believers will be encouraged to attend and spread the profound benefits and positive energy to their circle of friends and community.
Rinpoche has expressed how special this event is.
This is a once in a life time opportunity. This is not like a potluck or any other annual celebration. This is only ever done once. All the pure and authentic items have been gathered from around the world, texts, statues, butter-lamps, dharma items etc; all representations of Enlightened Energies Body, Speech and Mind, and this special ceremony invokes the wisdom energy into all the blessed objects and requests that it stay so that all of us may make a deeper connection to Enlightened Energy whenever we are at Kathok Centre. This special ceremony literally brings all the blessed objects 'to life' and to become truely sacred.
 
 
There are many ways that you can be a part of this event and receive the amazing blessings:
 
You can help before, during and after the event by volunteering:
Meeting Sunday July 30, 11am
Everyone can volunteer, Buddhist or non-Buddhist
You can attend the event and bring offerings of flowers, fruit etc. 
You can donate money before or during the event
You can donate chairs for guests for the event
You can donate new pillows for visiting Lamas
You can donate new double and queen sheet sets
You can donate new cuttlery for Lamas
You can donate towards Lamas food and travel costs
You can donate tents and sleeping bags and foamies
You can donate baking to sell and give to guests during the event
 
Invited Guests welcome daily between 9am - 5pm
 
General Public welcome each day between 2pm - 4pm
* Please park on Grafton Ave and walk in
 
Sunday, August 13th Public Teaching
with English Translation 6pm - 8pm
'Cultivating peace and compassion in challenging times.'
$20 Donation                Please park on Grafton Ave and walk in
 
Please revist the website for updates. 
 
To help with Lamas travel costs, accommodations and food please donate here:

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Saturday Aug 19, 10am Yoga Nidra class Gentle moving/stretching first then 40 min deep guided relaxation $15 drop in Bring your mat and blanket
 
Saturday Aug 26, 10am Yoga Bring your mat! $15 drop all proceeds donated towards temple upkeep.
 
Sunday Aug 27, 10am Open Meditation everyone welcome. Seated Guided Meditation - see description below.
 
*Schedule Subject to Change. Kathok Members & Friends will be emailed with changes. If you are on the monthly general email list please check website before you come. If you would  like to be on the monthly email list please email: penny@kathokcentre.ca
 
If  you are unable to contribute the listed amount please donate what you can in the donation box. 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 contribute too. 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 of eating animals and inadvertently or intentionally killing living creatures (even bugs we don't realize we've stepped on, driven over etc. ) For benefits of performing Life Releases click here

For all meditation practices listed below prayers are chanted in English and Tibetan and English phonetics and translation 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

Shakyamuni Buddha Practice: This is a shorter practice (just under 1hr instead of 2, 3 or all day like lots of Tibetan practices!) so great for beginners to get a feel for traditional tibetan meditation practices. Shakyamuni Buddha was a prince who walked away from his lifestyle to enlighten himself so he could show everyone else how also. 'Be a light unto yourself.' - Buddha Shakyamuni 

Medicine Buddha Practice: It is said that just hearing Medicine Buddha's name will benefit your next lives and reciting the mantra and actually practicing the sadhana regularly your physical and mental health will be healed. Those of you consciously healing and helping others your capacity to do so will increase exponentially.  If one meditates on the Medicine Buddha, one will eventually attain enlightenment, but in the meantime one will experience an increase in healing powers both for oneself and others and a decrease in physical and mental illness and suffering.” Lama Tashi Namgyal.

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