This Week at Kurukulla Center                            January 10, 2011 - January 16, 2011
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Dear Kurukulla Community,

Thank you for your interest in Kurukulla Center. Sorry for the late email!

As you know, we have been engaged in a more intensive practice schedule here at the Center for the 49 days after Geshe Tsulga-la passed away. Last Saturday marked the 49th day, which we recognized with a large Guru Puja, and on Sunday a large group of us joined together to scatter Geshe-la's holy ashes.

Geshe TsulgaWe invite you to read a detailed description of the day's events at Also on that page, at the bottom, you will find links to our online photo albums for the event, where we are fortunate to have many photos of the day's activities.

Ven Amy Miller visits Kurukulla Center, February 2011

Ven. Amy MillerWe are very excited to welcome back Ven. Amy Miller in February to teach a number of different courses. She is teaching three series of courses, all of which are open to everyone. One course focuses on Tibetan Buddhist rituals, one is a 3 day mini-retreat on incorporating lamrim meditation into your life, and one explores tantra and its role in our everyday lives. Please find full course description, as well as a flyer, at

We would be grateful if you might share the flyer with anyone you think interested, either printing it and posting it or emailing it to friends. We look forward to seeing you there!

Kurukulla Center classes and New England weather

In general, if driving is safe and easy you can assumed they are scheduled as usual regardless of weather. If any class is to be canceled, we will post a notice on our homepage as soon as the decision is made, and try to send out an email as well.

 They are predicting 8 - 12 inches of snow for the Boston area on Tuesday night into Wednesday. We will determine late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning if the Wednesday evening classes are to be canceled or not, and post it on our homepage.

Morning Meditation on Tuesday and Friday will take place regardless of weather.


Thank you again for your wonderful support.

Much love,

Debra Thornburg

  Debra Thornburg

Calendar of Events

Monday, January 10

Meditation 101 with Tsultrim Davis
7:00 pm to 8:45 pmTsultrim Davis
Meditation 101 is an introductory course on basic Buddhist meditation techniques for complete beginners. It teaches basic Buddhist meditations that can be used by anyone to create more peace and happiness in daily life.

Meditation 101 is presented in four sessions and will meet on January 3, 10, 17 & 24. It covers these basic Buddhist meditation techniques:

* What is meditation?
* Meditation posture and arranging the body
* Purposes and benefits of meditation
* Different skills that are used in meditation and useful in daily life
* The difference between meditation and relaxation


and more. All are welcome!



Tuesday, January 11

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 Cook
7:00 pm to 8:45 pmWendy-la
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.


Wednesday, January 12

Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas with Venerable Geshe TenleyGeshe Tenley-la

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Geshe-la continues an explanation of the Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas by Togme Sangpo (1245-1369.) Come and discover what it means to model your actions after those of a bodhisattva. All are welcome. A copy of the text will be distributed in class and a commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama is available on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive website. Other contemporary commentaries are available for purchase in our bookstore. Feel free to listen live online.

Tara Puja

8:00 pm to 8:45 pmGreen Tara

Tara is a female Buddha and represents the enlightened activity of the Buddhas. Once a month, we pay homage to her by doing practices for this specially loved Buddha. Practices to Tara are said to remove obstacles to both our spiritual and worldly success. Since most of the recitation is done in English, the Tara puja is easily accessible to those unfamiliar with this type of chanting ceremony practice.

It is customary when attending a puja to bring offerings such as flowers, unscented tea lights, fruit or cookies, or to make monetary offerings to the ordained sangha or to Kurukulla Center itself. Although we encourage you to do so, it is not required.

All are welcome.


Thursday, January 13

Death & Rebirth: A Discovering Buddhism Course with Tsunma-la (Sue Macy)

7:00 to 9:00 pm

Explore the process of death and rebirth and its impact on how we live our lives. Be guided in skillful reflection on the meaning of death and what to expect at the death-time. In this way, fulfill your purpose in life, resolve conflicts, and develop the skills to help both yourself and others at the time of death. Eventually, through Buddhist practice, one can overcome death altogether.

The course meets five Thursday evenings: January 13, 20 & 27 and February 17 & 24. It is recommended you attend all five sessions but it is not required.

Discovering Buddhism (DB) is an advanced beginner's program designed by the FPMT to explore the core Buddhist teachings in a cohesive and comprehensive way. It is designed for beginners who have had some background and anyone interested in a systematic program. There are readings, meditations and homework assignments. And it can be assured that Tsunma-la will also make it fun!

If you are unable to join us at our center, you can listen on-line to the live broadcast.



Friday January 14

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 continues the Morning Meditation series on Fridays with a variation on the stabilizing meditations that have been offered earlier. The focus is now using our analytical mind to investigate core Buddhist concepts as a way to deepen our understanding of them. 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 on-line.

Guru Puja (Lama Chopa)
7:00 to 9:00 pm

The word puja means "to please" and has the connotation to please through offerings and practice. The Guru Puja lays the whole path to enlightenment on our midstream, connects us more strongly to our teachers, allows us to accumulate skies of merit and purifies eons of negative karma. We chant the first 2/3rds of this puja in Tibetan and the last 1/3 we recite in English. To create merit, positive connection, it is traditional to bring offerings for the altar, which then becomes the basis for the visualized offerings made during the puja; cookies, fruit, flowers, tea lights (unscented), or saffron are suggested. All are welcome.



Saturday, January 15

Monthly Book Club
with Tsunma-la and special guest Tara O'Leary
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Optional brown bag lunch from 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm


Our book club gets off to an exciting start in 2011 with our first event of the year. Center member Tara O'Leary leads a discussion of Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children by Sarah Napthali, published by Allen & Unwin.

Sarah Napthali's book, as well as her others on parenting by her, can be purchased online from Amazon Books or locally at Barnes & Noble and other stories as well. Since it is published in Australia, we are not able to easily obtain copies directly from the publisher. If you are able to find a copy in advance, it is recommended that you read as much as you can before the event but it is not required. We hope you'll be able to join us. All are welcome - mothers, falthers and friends of little ones!

Tara O'Leary holds a PhD. in Clinical Psychology and now specializes in pediatric neuropsychology. She is also the mother of a lovely and lively toddler.


Sunday, January 16 

Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand Day 2
with Geshe TenleyGeshe Tenley-la

10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Pabongka Rinpoche's Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand is the seminal lam-rim or stages on the path to enlightenment text of the 20th century. It is a transcription of a 24 day lam rim teaching given in 1921 and lays out the steps one follows to reach liberation and enlightenment. Offered as a "practical teaching," it is less scholarly than Je Tsongkhapa's Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path, popularly known as The Lam Rim Chen Mo, and so is the text from which most modern lamas teach lam rim. Today Geshe-la gives commentary on Day 2. You can listen on-line to the live broadcast.


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