Kathok Centre Events
Please take note of a fundraiser link at the top menu of our page. Many precious dharma items are being released in an exchange of energies in order to better protect the centre from intrusion.
In view of current health conditions, and on the advice of the Island Health Authority, Kathok Centre will again suspend visits by the public and will reopen the booking process only when the expert advice indicates this is a low risk to all. Thank you all for your ongoing interest, keep safe and please, when conditions permit, allow us to host your visit.
May all beings be well!
In a stable, harmonious, and diligent fashion, our Kathok Center has always aspired to be responsible for our lineage, and for sentient beings. Even in this current extraordinary period we are cautiously completing urgent projects so that we may be open to the public at a suitable time, and serve the public in a more perfect state. All our concern is for the public. However, as we all know this development is not easy to make happen. One of Karzang Rinpoche’s favorite sayings is that he often feels like he is standing on top of Mt. Everest somewhere with no oxygen, no back up, and nothing to depend on, except completely pure devotion to his masters and lineage. Truly, everything comes with karmic causes and effects. Many conditions must come together to do anything. We have immense gratitude to anyone and everyone who contributes to the creation of the Centre. We are extremely grateful to friends who attempt to support and sponsor the Centre in any way. At present we still have many important projects and plans to be completed. In these difficult times we more than ever need your generous support. Our teachers have usually not allowed us to ask for public support and have relied on only pure offerings, as they want us to be able to fully rejoice and not to damage the pure energy of the lineage. However, because this is a special, extraordinary time due to the epidemic and we are now asking for your generous offerings so that you may be connected to the energies of the Centre even though the usual channels are not possible for awhile. Everything that we are sincerely creating here by our humble pure intentions belongs to everyone and is our common good fortune for now and forever. Everyone should treasure this place from the heart. We are grateful for any support given with a pure mind and will be praying and lighting lamps for your happiness and health and for that of your family and friends. Hopefully, everyone will understand the spirit of this message and indeed we sincerely look forward to seeing you at the Centre in the near future. Please visit our Join Us page to access payment buttons. Thank you, and May All Beings Benefit!
Secretary, Kathok Centre
Anniversary of Longchenpa
This day marks the anniversary of the parinirvana of the Omniscient Longchenpa (1308-1364). Also known as Longchen Rabjam, he is recognised as one of the most brilliant teachers of our lineage. He wrote extensively on Dzogchen and transmitted the widely practiced Longchen Nyingtik cycle of teachings and practice as a mind treasure to Jigme Lingpa.
Connect strongly to the female deities through home practice and offerings.
Welcome the year of the Iron Female Ox, 2148! May all auspicious conditions arise for the people and the nations of the earth and may all negative conditions be resolved.
Guru Rinpoche Day-Tse Chu
In the1st month of the Tibetan lunar calendar we recall that Guru Rinpoche renounced his princely kingdom and practiced yoga and meditation in the place known as Sitavana. He attained liberation and gathered matrikas and dakinis, around him, and he is known as Śantarakśita, "the protector of peace."
Chotrul Duchen-Full Moon
Losar ends on the full moon, the fifteenth day of the Tibetan lunar calendar, also known as Chotrul Duchen. This is a perfect time to perform virtuous actions.
Practice on the female deities is recommended.
Tse Chu, Guru Rinpoche Day
In the second month of the Tibetan lunar calendar we recall that Guru Rinpoche received monastic ordination from Ananda, a main disciple of the Buddha. He had instant and full understanding and complete mastery both of the sutras and of the tantras. Guru Rinpoche was then known as Śakya Senge, "Lion of the Sakyas."
The increased energies of the full moon are an excellent time to practice.
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!