Schedule Of Events

Upcoming Events - Summer 2019


  • Sunday, August 18, 10:30 AM, following Green Tara please join us for a Workday to prepare for Venerable Lama Tsang Tsing's visit. Bring your lunch, we hope to be done by 3 PM.

    Sunday, August 25, following the discussion group, Board of Directors meeting.



    We are very pleased to announce that Venerable Lama Tsang Tsing will be coming to Kagyu Takten Puntsokling (KTP) in August to bestow Empowerment. Venerable Lama Tsang Tsing is a meditation master in the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and is the spiritual director of KTP. Venerable Lama Tsang Tsing has received these Empowerments from an unbroken lineage of High Lamas and has maintained the lineage with pure, unbroken samaya. An Empowerment introduces us to the Deity and authorizes us to do the practice of that Deity. An Empowerment provides a special blessing that cannot be obtained elsewhere and is a supreme method of purification. We are encouraged to take Empowerment at every available opportunity. This is a precious opportunity and we hope you will attend. One must have received the vow of Refuge to attend an Empowerment.

    Sunday, August 25, 1 PM, the Refuge Vow will be given by Lama Damtsik. In order to attend the upcoming Empowerments you must have taken the vow of Refuge. Please contact Lama Damtsik at damtsik@gmail.com to register.

    Friday, August 30, 2:30 PM (arrive by 2:15 PM), Dharma Talk and Q & A with Venerable Lama Tsang Tsing. Donations accepted.

    Saturday August 31, 2:30 PM (arrive by 2:15 PM), Green Tara Empowerment. Venerable Lama Tsang Tsing bestows the Green Tara empowerment. Green Tara, the feminine embodiment of fearless compassion swiftly protects us from all fear if we place our trust in her. This is an opportunity to receive empowerment from a master who has an especially close connection to lineage and to Tara. The practice of Green Tara is done weekly at KTP and explanations of the the practice are given periodically.

    Sunday, September 1, 2:30 PM (arrive by 2:15 PM), Medicine Buddha Empowerment. Venerable Lama Tsang Tsing bestows the Medicine Buddha empowerment. Medicine Buddha, often referred to as the “Healing Buddha,” is considered to be the most powerful blessing for healing, dispelling sickness and suffering and awakening the nature of mind.

    The suggested donation for each empowerment is $25 for non-members and $20 for members of KTP. It is also customary to make a donation to the empowering Lama and the translator. Please arrive 15 minutes before the ceremonies as late arrivals will not be admitted.

    Tuesday, September 10, 10 AM, White Tara puja. Empowerment required.

    Sunday, September 22, 10:30-2:30 PM, Workday. Following the Green Tara puja there will be a workday to prepare for the upcoming Mahamudra retreat. All are welcome to attend but Retreatants are required to attend or schedule another time to help. Bring a bag lunch.

    Mahamudra Retreat September 27-29

    September 27-29, Mahamudra Retreat. Open to all. Vow of Refuge required and will be offered during the retreat.

    The next Mahamudra Retreat at KTP will take place September 27-29. The retreat is based on Bokar Rinpoche's Mahamudra program, which continues under Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche, introducing students to the path of Mahamudra in the Karma Kagyu tradition. For those of you have been regularly participating in this retreat and are committed to these practices this retreat will hopefully inspire and support your practice. For new or returning participants the sessions will include the instruction and practices of calm abiding and insight meditation, the common, extraordinary and special preliminaries to Mahamudra and Bodhicitta and tonglen.

    This retreat has been designed so that you may attend for a single session or use a cabin and be in residence for the entire retreat. We are asking part time participants to attend the morning sessions. The vow of Refuge is required to attend and will be offered during the retreat.

    The cost of the retreat is on a donation basis according to your level of participation. Three or more sessions per day, suggested donation $25 per day and includes cabin use. Single session, suggested donation $10. Please register by September 8 with Melissa at melissa@sonic.net or in person and let her know the sessions you will be attending and if you need a cabin. If you stay the day or are in residence you will be responsible for your own meals.

    Schedule for September 27-28 Mahamudra Retreat
    7:15-8:15 AM Session One
    8:15-9:30 Breakfast Break
    9:30-11:00 AM Session Two
    11:15-12:30 Session Three
    12:30-2 PM Lunch Break
    2:00-3:15 PM Session Four with Q&A
    3:30-5:30 Session Five(Ngöndro)
    5:30-6:30 PM Dinner Break
    6:30 Chenrezik puja

    Schedule for September 29
    7:15-8:15 AM Session One
    8:15-9:30 Breakfast Break
    9:30-11:00 AM Session Two
    11:15-12:30 Session Three (Lhatong or Individual)
    12:30-2 PM Lunch Break
    2:00-3:30 PM Session Four with Q&A