This Week at Kurukulla Center                               August 23, 2010 - August 29, 2010
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Thank you for your interest in and support of the Center. 

Geshe-la updateGeshe Tsulga

Our precious teacher Geshe Tsulga-la, Geshe Tenley, our venerable nuns and many other Kurukulla community members very much enjoyed Choden Rinpoche's amazing Kalachakra initiation at Milarepa Center this past weekend. If you were there you might like to join the International Kalachakra Network, which offers many Kalachakra-related resources. And we now look forward to this great lama's visit to Kurukulla this week. See below.

In the meantime, thank you very much for all your practices directed at complete restoration of Geshe-la's health. The latest tallies are:


Vajrapani malas - 554

White Tara malas - 380

Animal liberations - 5 house bugs, 94 crickets, 16 flies, 1 centipede

Thank you so much! Rejoice! If you would like to participate in these practices, please let us know. Of course, you can dedicate any practice you do to Geshe-la's good health and long life.


Choden Rinpoche's visit to Kurukulla

Please try to attend Rinpoche's program at the Center. The entire four days are offered completely free of charge but we do have about $5,000 of expenses, as detailed on our homepage. We depend on your kind donations to cover these costs and are still about $1,100 short. If you have not made your donation yet, please do so now! Thank you so much.


Lama Zopa Rinpoche's visitLama Zopa Rinpoche

Please note that our great spiritual director, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche will be at Kurukulla Wednesday September 8th, to also bless the stupa and give a teaching. We will confirm the time later, but it will be in the evening.


The Medicine Buddha Puja Tuesday night

The Medicine Buddha puja tomorrow night will be dedicated to our Dharma sister Amy Levitin, who passed away Friday morning after a long battle with cancer. The way she dealt with her illness was an inspiration and she used it as a great opportunity to practice the teachings she had received. She herself was particularly inspired by Lama Zopa Rinpoche's advice on dealing with cancer.  Amy was a student of Geshe Tsulga, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche and many of our other teachers. For some years she was director Buddha Maitreya Study Group, a Western Massachusetts satellite of Kurukulla.

Amy's husband Bob and some of her other relatives will be attending this special puja, as will Geshe Tsulga-la.


Class cancelations

Please note that there is no Thirty-seven Practices class this Wednesday August 25, and that Morning Meditation withTsunma-la is on hiatus until Tuesday, August 31.


Stupa update


The stupa and backyard beautification are coming along nicely, although we're down to the wire trying to get everything ready for the consecration on Saturday. The weather isn't cooperating, either! Emmanuel, Damchoe, our artists Sonam and Jampel and many from the Tibetan community have been working hard getting everything done. If you can help between now and Saturday afternoon, please email me. Thank you.


Creating Compassionate Cultures Workshop with Pam Cayton, October 9-11

This three day workshop is offered by Pam Cayton, founder of Tara Redwood School in California and author of Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC), the Essential Education program for developing compassion and wisdom in the hearts and minds of children. Kurukulla Center has offered CCC the use of the Center. The requested donation for the workshop is $300.

Inspired by Lama Yeshe's Vision for Universal Education, Pam founded Tara Preschool in 1989. It became the first pilot school for Essential Education in the west. She is now offering workshops for parents, teachers, therapists, and anyone who wants to create a more compassionate society and culture. For more information & to register email Kasia Beznoska

Thank you again and hope to see you this week!

Much love,

Nicholas Ribush, Director

  Nick Ribush

Calendar of Events
Tuesday, August 24
Medicine Buddha Puja (Full Moon)Medicine Buddha
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Puja is a Sanskrit word that means pleasing by making offerings. Making offering prayers to the Medicine Buddhas is the same as offering to numberless buddhas and brings inconceivable merit like the limitless sky. The special mantra of the Medicine Buddha quickly actualizes prayers that the Medicine Buddhas made in the past: to bring happiness to all beings by showing them the causes of enlightenment, pacifying their problems, fulfilling their positive wishes and, especially, helping those afflicted by illness.

The Medicine Buddha practice is extremely powerful and beneficial for the sick and dying, helps those who have already passed away, allows those practicing healing methods to benefit others more profoundly and helps bring success in general. We dedicate the merit from this practice to the full recovery and long-life of our precious resident teacher Geshe Tsulga.
All are welcome.
To create merit for yourself and others we recommend that you bring offerings for the altar; these offerings then become the basis for the visualized offerings made during the puja. Cookies, fruit, flowers, tea lights (unscented) and saffron are suggested
There is no Yoga & Meditation with Wendy Cook this week, it will return August 31.


Wednesday, August 25

Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas with Venerable Geshe Tenley is not meeting this week, and will return Wednesday September 1.

Thursday, August 26

 The Meaning of Om Mani Padme Hum with Venerable Choden Rinpoche
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
With great pleasure we welcome Venerable Choden Rinpoche, one of the greatest lamas of our time, back to Kurukulla Center. The six syllables Om Mani Padme Hum are recited daily by many Buddhist practitioners. Although the mantra is concise, the meaning is said to be comprehensive. Tonight we hear Rinpoche's explanation.

Friday, August 27

Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra Part 1with Venerable Choden Rinpoche
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

"Mahamudra" is a Sanskrit word meaning "great seal" and refers to the nature of all phenomena. It also refers to the sophisticated Buddhist systems of meditation and practice to realize the nature of reality. The distinctive characteristic of these methods is to see this nature by focusing on mind itself and discovering the relationship between mind and reality.
Rinpoche will be teaching from a text by the First Panchen Lama, Lozang-chokyi-gyeltsen, A Root Text for the Precious Gelug-Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra. A copy of the root text will be distributed to all participants.

Saturday, August 28

A Teaching on the Benefits of Holy Objects & Consecration of the Kalachakra Stupa for Peace with Venerable Choden Rinpoche
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The completion of the Kalachakra stupa in the backyard of Kurukulla Center gives pause-what is its purpose and who can it benefit? This afternoon Rinpoche addresses this question and formally consecrates the stupa.


Sunday, August 29

Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra Part 2with Venerable Choden Rinpoche
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
(see above for description)

The class on the Wisdom Chapter from Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life with Venerable Geshe Tsulga returns Sunday, September 5.

     Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

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     Medford, MA 02155

May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes!