Kathok Centre Events
The Compassionate Heart of the Awakened Mind
Bodhichitta, precious and sublime:
May it arise in those in whom it has not arisen,
May it never decline where it has arisen,
But go on increasing further and further.
We rejoice that we may again offer structured and facilitated visits to the Centre. In order to attend, please write to email@example.com for further information and to book. No drop ins please! The visits will be limited to groups of 10. You will be asked to wear a mask. You will meditatively progress through the gardens viewing some of the features, such as the Tara Shrine and Ksithigarbha statue and come to the Golden Shrine for some moments of meditation. There is no fee, but you will have an opportunity to make offerings to benefit the Centre, to offer a lamp in the Butterlamp House and/or make a wish in the wishing garden. The gift shop will be opened as well. All of your offerings earn you great merit and create a connection to this place and all of our activities to benefit all sentient beings. All of your offerings go directly to the operations of the Centre. This is an opportunity to experience a peaceful, spiritual time out of the cares of this world and to learn some basics of the Vajrayana Nyingma lineage or to extend your knowledge of it. All are welcome.
Current tour schedule will be as follows:
Monday afternoons 1pm
Saturday afternoon 1pm
Small Note: We appreciate the generosity of those who wish to make offerings or bring items to the Centre, however, if there is something that you may wish to offer please email ahead of time and describe what it is so that the Lamas may make a decision about whether it is something useful at the Centre. Please do not bring items to the gate. Thank you for your understanding!
Rejoicing in the Installation of the Sixteen Stupas!
"May all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas behold me with grace, I rejoice in the fulfillment of the Two Accumulations of merit and wisdom. All the virtues gathered in the three times, I offer them all to the Three Jewels. May the Buddhadharma flourish, I dedicate this virtue to all sentient beings.May sentient beings attain Buddhahood. And may all such virtue gather together, And ripen in my mindstream, To purify the two obscurations and perfect the accumulations. May long life, health as well as practice and realization increase, May I attain the Tenth Bhumi in this lifetime. At the very moment when we leave this life, May we be reborn in Sukhavati. Once we are born there, may the lotus bloom, And may we attain Buddhahood with that form. Upon attaining Buddhahood and until Samsara or cyclic existence ends, May we manifest in various emanations to guide and benefit all sentient beings. Samaya Gya Gya Gya" This prayer is from the Terma of Tulku Migyer Dorje
Guru Rinpoche Day
The anniversary of the birth of Guru Rinpoche.
On the tenth day of the fifth month, the sheep month, when the tirthikas of southern India are causing great harm to the teaching of Buddha, through a vast display of magical power, Guru Rinpoche smashes them to dust along with their gods and guardians, and raises the victory banner of the teaching of the buddhas. Then he is known as Guru Senge Dradok.
On Dakini Day, practice and meditation on Divine Feminine energies/deities is encouraged.
The first turning of the Wheel of Dharma. On this day the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied 100 times.
For seven weeks after his enlightnment, Buddha did not teach.
Finally, encouraged by Indra and Brahma, he turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time, at Sarnath, teaching the Four Noble Truths:
The truth of suffering which is to be understood
The truth of the origin of suffering which is to be abandoned,
The truth of cessation which is to be actualized, and
The truth of the path which is to be relied upon.
To help us all enjoy of the sacredness of Kathok Centre the main temple is only to be accessed during scheduled practices.
Please leave pets at home.
Please observe all signs, rules and guide lines while on the Temple property as there are Teachers in residence and students in retreat. You may take photos outside, but please, no photos inside Temples.
Thank you, everyone, for honoring our sacred space.
Notes for Newcomers
In order to observe proper conduct please remove shoes and hats before entering the Temples.
Please wear respectful clothing.
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) as you make positive aspirations for yourself and/or others.
Please arrive 10 minutes early for all practices. The gate will be locked during practice sessions.
Open Meditation sessions are one hr. Most other practices do not necessarily have a determinate end time.
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.
Please do not bring dogs to the Centre.
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!