This Week at Kurukulla Center                            September 06, 2010 - September 12, 2010
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Dear Kurukulla Community, 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

I hope you are well. Thank you so much for your interest in and support of Kurukulla Center. Sorry this is a day late, but some of us just got back from an amazing few days' retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Milarepa Center. And now we're getting ready for Rinpoche's highly anticipated visit to Kurukulla Center.

As you know, Kurukulla is affiliated with the FPMT and Lama Zopa Rinpoche is our spiritual head. It was upon Rinpoche's advice that we built our wonderful, fantastic, incredible Kalachakra stupa. If you haven't seen it, you must! And if you have not met Rinpoche, you must! He is really an amazing, inspiring lama and totally unique in this world. Please try to come to the Center Wednesday evening.


Kalachakra Stupa for Peace at Kurukulla Center


Rinpoche will be visiting the three FPMT Boston-area activities. He is staying at the new Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive house in Lincoln, having lunch at Wisdom Publications on Wednesday, and after that, meeting Geshe Tsulga-la at Kurukulla for tea.


Then at 6:00 pm Wednesday, Rinpoche will bless our stupa and give a short talk on the benefit of stupas. Please try to make it. This is a rare opportunity and one not to be missed! (I hope I have made my point...)

Thank you again for your wonderful support.

Much love,

Nicholas Ribush, Director

  Nick Ribush

Calendar of Events

Monday,  September 06    

Greet His Holiness Chetsang RinpocheHH Chetsang Rinpoche
5:30 pm
Rinpoche is co-head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage and  in Boston for a few days. You are invited to greet Rinpoche and offer a katag upon his arrival at Kurukulla Center for a visit and dinner with resident teacher Geshe Tsulga.  
There is no Introduction to Buddhism with Ven. Ani Yeshe this week, it will return September 13.


Tuesday, September 07

Morning  Meditation with Tsunma-la (Sue Macy)Ani Tsunma-la

6:30 am to 7:00 am

Start your day on the right foot by calming your mind, setting your day's purpose to be a meaningful one and remembering to just breathe! Resident nun Tsunma-la leads basic meditations that help stabilize the mind by learning to focus on the breath. By using these simple techniques, you can bring a sense of tranquility to your day. If you plan to join Tsunma-la in the meditation hall (gompa) at Kurukulla Center please arrive a few minutes early. We will start promptly at 6:30 am. Feel free to listen live online.


There is no Yoga & Meditation with Wendy Cook this week, it will return September  21.



Wednesday, September 08

Stupa Blessing & Teaching with Lama Zopa RinpocheLama Zopa Rinpoche

6:00 pm

Lama Zopa Rinpoche visits Kurukulla Center!
Rinpoche is Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, our parent organization. We are blessed that Rinpoche stops in Medford for a visit, teaching and to confer further blessings on the beautiful Kalachakra Stupa for Peace at Kurukulla Center.
There is no Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva with Geshe Tenley this week, it will return September 15.


Thursday, September 09

Discovering Buddhism - Presenting the Path with Tsunma-la (Sue  Macy)

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Resident nun Tsunma-la continues teaching the Discovering Buddhism program with the  third module: Presenting the Path. Think of this series as understanding how to GoogleMap your mind--how to figure out the directions to get from where you are now to your eventual destination, complete enlightenment. This overview of the Buddhist path will give you a summary of the most fundamental ideas in Buddhism. Feel free to listen live online.

Presenting the Path
is the third of fourteen modules in the Discovering Buddhism program.  It is a series of classes that meets over six session on Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Sept 9, 16 & 30 and Oct. 7, 14 & 21. It is not necessary to have attended the previous modules in order to attend this one. It is highly recommended you attend all six sessions but it is not required. If you would like to receive the  handouts, homework and materials for this course, please click the link at  the bottom of this email, "Update Profile/Email Address," and be sure that  "Discovering Buddhism" is selected, or email us and we will manually add you to the list.

Discovering Buddhism (DB) is an advanced beginner's program designed by our parent organization, the FPMT, to explore the core Buddhist teachings in a cohesive and comprehensive way. Designed for beginner's who have had some background and anyone interested in a systematic program. There are readings, meditations and homework assignments.  This is a highly practical program that is grounded in authentic Buddhist tradition. And it can be assured that Tsunmala will make it fun! More information about the 'Discovering Buddhism' program is available here, or you can email Program@Kurukulla.orgwith any specific questions.


Friday, September 10

Morning Meditation with Tsunma-la (Sue  Macy)

6:30 am to 7:00 am

Start your day on the right foot by calming your mind, setting your day's purpose to be a meaningful one and remembering to just breathe! Resident nun Tsunma-la leads basic meditations that help stabilize the mind by learning to focus on the breath. By using these simple techniques, you can bring a sense of tranquility to your day. If you plan to join Tsunma-la in the meditation hall (gompa) at Kurukulla Center please arrive a few minutes early. We will start promptly at 6:30 am.  Feel free to listen live online.



Saturday, September 11 

Book Club with Tsunma-la (Sue Macy)

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Optional brown bag lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm  

Tsunma-la leads an informal discussion of Buddhist themed books that have practical significance for one's daily life. This week we continue our discussion of Sixteen Guidelines which presents qualities of mind that can bring happiness when developed. Please read the entire book before our meeting. You can purchase the book in our bookstore for a discounted price. You are welcome to join us for lunch at 12:30 pm before the session begins.



Sunday, September 12 

Wisdom Chapter from Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of  Life with Venerable Geshe TsulgaGeshe Tsulga-la

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

The ninth  chapter of Guide to a  Bodhisattva's Way of Life, composed by the great bodhisattva Shantideva, addresses the Madhyamika view of reality by setting it against  other philosophical systems, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist. Reputed to be highly challenging, we are fortunate such an eminently qualified teacher as Geshe Tsulga will guide us through this section. Copies of Guide to a Bodhisattva's Way of Life and a commentary on this chapter by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Transcendent Wisdom, are available for purchase in our bookstore. We will also distribute a copy of Chapter 9 to all class participants.  Feel free to listen live online.


This course is from the Basic Program, a multi-year program offering a comprehensive and in-depth exploration of core Buddhist texts. Prior participation in the Basic Program or a background in Buddhist philosophy are recommended.

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May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes!