This Week at Kurukulla Center                                   October 11, 2010 - October 17, 2010
From the Director

Quick Links
About Us
Audio Teachings
Stupa Project
Contact Us
eNews Archive

We need your support!

With over $8,000 of monthly expenses, we need your continued support. Please consider making a one-time donation, becoming a member, or increasing your membership.

Thank you for all you do to support our center and the Dharma!

Kurukulla Center is affiliated with the FPMT. If you would like to receive the FPMT's monthly newsletter, please subscribe here.

In affiliation with the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

Follow us on Facebook!

Visit us on our Blog!

Dear Kurukulla Community,

Thank you for your continued dedication and support of the Center. Our sangha will be heading to Toronto on Wednesday for a week to have teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but that doesn't slow down the continual hustle of activity at the Center!  

Geshe-la updateGeshe Tsulga

Geshe-la joyfully completed the tenth chapter of Shantid eva's Bodhicharyavatara this morning, "Dedication."In so doing, he has now offered teachings on the entire text, rejoice!We were also fortunate enough this morning to be able to offer Geshe-la our "Commitment Cards," our promises to rededicate ourselves to the practice of Dharma in every moment of our lives.


Although mentally acute, Geshe-la appeared physically tired this morning, and this exhaustion can be understood as an exhaustion of the merit of his students.He has recently asked his students in Sera Monastery to recite The King of Prayers and Chanting the Names of Manjushri in order to accrue more merit, and we recommend that everyone at Kurukulla take up reciting these prayers, and dedicating all of the merit to Geshe-la's continued health and long life, as often as possible. If you click the titles above you can download PDFs of the texts, which you can also find on the KKC Resource page.


Although we encourage you to do these on your own, we will be organizing some group recitations at the Center as well. We will have optional recitations after the Wednesday night classes starting this week, and will alert you to more schedule group recitations as they are scheduled.


These week's tallies of practices for Geshe-la's health are:

Vajrapani mantra - 87 malas

White Tara mantra - 79 malas


Tara Pond Completion

This weekend saw the completion of our Tara Pond, with water flowing this morning!All that remains, for both the pond and the stupa, is to install the deities and the protective glass enclosing them. That said, as the stupa project expanded so did our expenses, and we still have about $20,000 to raise to have successfully completed the entire project, so please donate what you can and mark any donations as "stupa."Thanks!Enjoy some more pictures of the completed Tara Pond in our Facebook album.

Tara Pond


Tara Pond Close up


Kurukulla Center Membership


I recently sent out an email asking for your end-of-year support, through memberships and special gifts and we'll be sending out a similar email again! We have slightly changed our membership categories to more closely parallel FPMT's, you can see the Membership categories and sign up online at our Membership page. Thank you for giving it due consideration and for your generous responses, it is your kindness and generosity that allow the Center to continue to offer so many amazing opportunities to study and practice the Dharma. Please do what you can. Thank you again.



Kurukulla South

 Tsultrim Davis

Last week saw the successful third installment of Kurukulla South, our venture to offer Dharma to Center members, old and new, who live south of Boston and in Northern Rhode Island. This current series of classes, exploring the three foundations of the path as taught in Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Virtue and Reality, being taught by co-SPC Tsültrim, will run through November 2. 


Similar to all of our classes, we offer the Dharma for free and neither charge nor have a suggested donation for any of these classes. That said, we could use your support as we continue this project, as we do have some fees, such as space rental, etc. If you're as excited as we are about this new venture, and sharing the Dharma to a wider audience, we encourage you to donate to this project, being sure to mark any donation with "Kurukulla South" in the memo field or on the envelope. Thanks!   



Golden Light Sutra Recitation

There is no class next Sunday morning since Geshe-la will be in Toronto to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama.Instead, we will be offering a group recitation of The Sutra of Golden Light.We encourage everyone to come, or listen online! Please check the Calendar online or below for more details.



8 Great Mahayana One-Day Precepts and Sanghata Sutra Recitation

Next week, Friday October 29, is the Tibetan Buddhist holiday Lhabab Duchen, as well as a Sanghata Sutra recitation day. Geshe Tsulga is planning on offering the Eight Great Mahayana One-Day Precepts at 6:00 am, and there will be a sutra recitation at 2:30 pm. We will provide more information next week, or you can visit our Calendar.



Info about this week's classes

As the sangha will be leaving for Toronto Wednesday morning, in place of Geshe Ngawang's regular class on 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas, Damchoe will lead us in a discussion group about the text that we have covered so far.After the discussion we will have a group recitation of The King of Prayers as well as Chanting the Names of Manjushri.



Halloween Candy

It's that time of year again! Kurukulla Center is known for giving out some of the best candy in the neighborhood, so let's keep our reputation going!  In addition, Geshe-la blesses all of the candy before we give it out, so we get to plant positive seeds in the hearts and minds of everyone who we share the candy with.Ven. Tsunma-la, who hands out the candy every year, requests the slimiest, gooiest, most Halloween-iest, delicious candy you can find! The kind of candy that gives dentists nightmares!  The dogs accompanying the costumed kiddies deserve treats too, so feel free to bring in healthy dog biscuits as well.There is a box for offering Halloween candy near the gompa, donate what you can!



Upcoming Tara Initiation

 Green Tara

We are very fortunate that Geshe-la would like to offer a Green Tara Initiation before he leaves for India for the winter.  It will be on Sunday November 7, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The commitment that Geshe-la will expect of all attending the Green Tara Initiation is to recite the ten syllable mantra (OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SVAHA) 100x daily (one mala). If one is already reciting the mantra 100x or more daily, then that's enough; no need to add this on top of that. One can attend the initiation only if one is committed to reciting the mantra.  If one cannot commit to doing this, then one cannot attend the initiation, even as a blessing. 


According to Lama Zopa, "There are so many inner obstacles to the development of your mind, and these inner obstacles create many outer obstacles. Therefore, for the success of your practice, you must rely upon a special buddha such as Tara. All the actions of the buddhas have manifested in this female form, Tara the Liberator". We encourage you to reflect on your practice and if you are able to keep Geshe-la's commitment please attend the Initiation, it is a wonderful opportunity.

Thank you again for your wonderful support.

Much love,

Dr. Nicholas Ribush, Director

  Nick Ribush

Calendar of Events

Monday, October 18

Introduction to Buddhism with Ven. Ani YesheAni Yeshe-la

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Introduction to Buddhism is an on-going series. Each class introduces a new topic as a way of providing newcomers a broad overview of Buddhism. The course is designed for those who are new or newly acquainted with the Center to hear basic Buddhist teachings, ideas and concepts, especially those emphasized by our resident lama (teacher), Geshe Tsulga. Bring all your questions. It is fine to attend any class without having attended prior classes. All welcome!


Tuesday, October 19

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.


Yoga & Meditation with Wendy CookWendy-la

7:00 pm to 8:45 pm

These classes include therapeutic movements, standing postures, back strengthening postures and hip openers. The last twenty minutes are spent in guided meditation, including breath awareness, visualization, and analytical techniques to enhance our inner good qualities. Suitable for both experienced and new students, you are welcome to attend on a drop-in basis. Please arrive a few minutes early and wear comfortable, fitted and modest clothing.


Improve Your Life From Within, an Introduction to Buddhism with Tsultrim DavisTsultrim Davis
[Kurukulla South at Dancing Crow Yoga Studio, 98 Derby Street Suite 440, Hingham MA]
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
What is Buddhism and why practice it? Why is Buddhism one of the fastest growing religions in America and why are so many Americans turning to it to find true happiness and real meaning in their lives?

The answers to these and many other questions will be explored at a new series of evening classes designed both for complete newcomers to Buddhism and for those familiar with the basics of the tradition.  All are welcome.



Wednesday, October 20

Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas Review Session with Thubten DamchoeDamchoe-la

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

We will not be holding regular class this week, as Geshe Tenley will be en route to Toronto. Damchoe, our translator, who trained at Kopan monastery and was a monk for more than 20 years, will lead us in a review session of the text thus far.  We will conclude the evening by reciting The Glorious King of Prayers and the Manjushrinamasamgiti (Names of Manjushri) for Geshe Tsulga-la's health and long life (see the note from the Director, above). Feel free to listen live online.



Thursday, October 21


There is no Presenting the Path with Tsunma-la (Sue Macy) this week. The next and final class will be October 28.


Friday, October 22


There is no Morning Meditation with Tsunma-la (Sue Macy) this Friday or next week. It will resume Tuesday, November 2.


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.

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. All are welcome.



Sunday, October 24


Golden Light Sutra Recitation
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Today we will not have our regular class, as all of the Sangha will be attending teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Toronto. However, Center member Askold is sponsoring a recitation of The Sutra of Golden Light, to be dedicated to the continued long life and good health of our precious teacher Geshe Tsulga-la. It will start at 10:00 am and last until 1:30 - 2:00 pm, with a few breaks scheduled in. Copies of the text will be provided.

We highly encourage everyone to come, even if you are not able to stay for the whole time; the longer one can stay the better, but Lama Zopa has said that to recite even one line from The Sutra of Golden Light is of immense benefit. You can read more benefits as described by Lama Zopa on the FPMT site as well as download a copy of the sutra. This is a wonderful opportunity to benefit all sentient beings with the performance of an important, sacred text and an opportunity to offer a treasure-house of merit to Geshe-la, we hope to see you there!


There is no class on Chapter 10 from Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life with Venerable Geshe Tsulga this week. It will resume Sunday, October 31.

     Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

     68 Magoun Avenue
     Medford, MA 02155

May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes!