This Week at Kurukulla Center January 10, 2011 - January 16, 2011
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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.
We invite you to read a detailed description of the day's events at www.kurukulla.org/AshesCeremony2011. 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
We 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 www.kurukulla.org/VenAmyMiller2011.
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.
Calendar of Events
Monday, January 10
and more. All are welcome!
Tuesday, January 11
Tuesday, January 11
Wednesday, January 12
Wednesday, January 12
Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas with Venerable Geshe Tenley
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.
8:00 pm to 8:45 pm
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.
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.
Friday January 14
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 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. Sunday, January 16 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 15
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.
Sunday, January 16
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies
68 Magoun Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
|May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes!