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.
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!
"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
Welcome to Saga Dawa Open TIme at Kathok Od Sel Ling
The Centre will be open to the public every day from May 14-28 from 12:30-3:30pm. This will be a self-guided opportunity to circumambulate, see the main garden, Golden Shrine, light offering pavilion, wishing garden, gift shop and to make offerings. May all Sentient Beings benefit!
Birth of Buddha Shakyamuni
Buddha's birth, enlightenment and paranirvana all fall in Saga Dawa, a special month for practitioners.
Guru Rinpoche Day
On the tenth day of the fourth month, the horse month, when the demonic ministers of Oddiyana seek to burn him and his consort alive, he transforms the pyre into a lake, and they both appear on a lotus blossom, miraculously shimmering in majesty. Inspiring faith in all, he ripens and liberates the entire kingdom by bestowing the Kadu Chokyi Gyatso teachings. This is when he is knows as Guru Padma Vajra Tsal.
Saga Dawa Duchen
This day marks the enlightenment of the Buddha at Bodhgaya, and the anniversary of the Buddha's paranirvana in a forest grove in Kusinagara. On this day the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied 10 million times.
On his enlightenment, at the age of thirty-five in Bodhgaya, the Buddha proclaimed: "Profound peace, natural simplicity, uncompounded luminosity, I have found a nectar-like Dharma."
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
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!