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.

Holiday Season Openings

 In order to meet the expectations of some spiritually motivated people, we will open during this sacred, holy season for people to come to make a connection, pay homage, make offerings, etc.

These visits are mostly unguided, so please pay careful attention to various signs to ensure your visit is meaningful and of special significance, but also to maintain respect for this sacred, holy land.

During your visit you are welcome to enter the Golden Shrine and pay homage to the brilliant and majestic statue of Maha Guru Padmasambhava and the whole gathering of the mandala, and if you wish, enjoy a short meditation*. Also, there is a light offering house where you can light a candle. You can also hang prayer ribbons in the wishing garden. To create your own benefit, benefit for others and for Kathok Centre, each of these activities should be accompanied by a monetary offering. And the gift shop will be open to lend a unique flavour to your holiday giving! This spiritual activity and connection is especially important in this time period of global transition.

Something you all should know, we are just a simple group of private Buddhist practitioners. We are trying hard, with very limited support and resources, to root thousands of years of our lineage here. We are not fully accessible and our facilities do not meet all public standards. So please be cautious as you are responsible and keep your visit simple and as smooth and positive as possible.

MAY ALL BEINGS BENEFIT!

Sincerely, Karzang Rinpoche, Spiritual Director

Open Times:

Wednesday and Friday 12-3

Saturday 11-3

Please bring cash for offerings and gift shop as we do not have interac or credit card services.

Masks requested in Shrine and gift shop

Please drive through the gate and park along the wooden fence.

*meditation times should be kept to maximum of 15 minutes

 

 

The Lightening Bolt of Compassion, "a Short Sampa Lhundrupma, Prayer that Spontaneously Fulfills All Wishes"  by Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje

Emaho! oh wonder! O Guru Rinpoche, in your glory you embody Buddha, Dharma and Sangha; lama, yidam and khandro; and all the sugatas, The sole refuge of beings, who are without protection in this dark age. Your compassion is as swift as lightening, Totreng Tsal. Maha-Guru, Wrathful Padma Heruka, with fervent longing and devotion, we pray to you: Avert enemies, dons, obstructing forces, gyalpo, senmo and jungpo demons, under your subjugation. Grant your blessings so that all our wishes be spontaneously fulfilled!

When the signs of the times became apparent, at the request of the noble consort and son, Jalu Dorje uttered this, as a treasure from his wisdom mind.

 

 

 

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!

Buddha Nature

"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 Migyur Dorje

Stupas

Stupa BaseStupa Detail

 

 

 

Pure love

November 2022

Thu, November 3, 2022

Guru Rinpoche Day

On the tenth day of the ninth month, the pig month, when at Yanglesho in Nepal, Guru Rinpoche manifests in the form of Vajrakumara, binds under oath the gods and spirits of Nepal and Tibet, accomplishes the practice of the great glorious Yangdak, and attains the supreme vidyadhara stage of mahamudra, he is known as Guru Dorje Totreng Tsal.

Tue, November 8, 2022

Total Lunar Eclipse

During a lunar eclipse the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied by 1000. Therefore practice is emphasized.

Fri, November 11, 2022

Atisa Dipamkara Anniversary

Atiśa Dīpaṃkara (982–1054). Originally from Bengal, Atiśa was a tantric Buddhist master during Vajrayana Buddhism’s flowering in India and traveled extensively, eventually spending the remaining twelve years of his life revitalizing Buddhism in Tibet. Revered by all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism,  Atiśa was an influential practitioner and scholar of Tantra. He is best known for introducing many of the core Mahayana teachings that are widely practiced throughout the Tibetan Buddhist world, including the Stages of the Path to Awakening and Mind Training (lojong), as well as having contributed to highly influential commentaries on Madhyamaka that synthesize various schools of thought.

Tue, November 15, 2022

Lha Bab Duchen

Buddha Shakyamuni's Descent from Heaven - on this day effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied 10 million times.

Buddha's mother, Mayadevi was reborn in Indra's heaven. To repay her kindness, and to liberate her, and also to benefit the gods, Buddha spent three months teaching in the realm of the gods. The place where he descended to earth is in Sankisa - in modern day Uttar Pradesh - and is counted as one of the eight holy places.

Fri, November 18, 2022

Dakini Day

Dakini Day - practice and contemplation of the female deities is encouraged.

Fri, November 18, 2022

Anniversary of HH Kathok Getse Rinpoche

December 2022

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Teaching from Karzang Rinpoche

Please click on the title below to find a beautiful teaching from Karzang Rinpoche on the power of spiritual example:

Reflections on Vairocana's Doha

 

Temple Etiquette

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!