This Week at Kurukulla Center January 24, 2011 - January 30, 2011
From the Director
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| Dear Kurukulla Community,
Thank you for your interest in Kurukulla Center. Geshe Ngawang Tenley finished his teachings on Day 2 of Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand this morning, and we are excited to start Day 3 next week. Day 2 emphasized the greatness of the guru, of Atisha Dipamkara. We are reminded, as we move forward not only with the rest of the text but as a community of practitioners, supporting one another, that we are blessed to have such a lineage of precious teachers to inspire, ignite and inform our practice. Although the heart of our practice lay in our dependence on out gurus, the Kurukulla community serves as a strong backbone that similarly holds us up, promotes and encourages us. Thank you for being so dedicated, to yourselves and to each other, we are very grateful and lucky to have a community such as this.
Upcoming Visit of Ven. Amy Miller from February 3 - 13
We are incredibly excited to once again have the good fortune to host Ven. Amy Miller, Director of our sister center Milarepa Center in Vermont, to Kurukulla Center for two weeks of teachings including a weekend practice intensive (retreat), as well as leading us in a Lama Chopa (Guru Puja). Additionally, she will be giving a teaching for children and families on Saturday, Feb. 12, in place of Tsunma-la's monthly book club, which will be on Love, Compassion and Heart - A Buddhist Interpretation of Valentine's Day, which will be accompanied by a vegan cookie baking and decorating class. Details about this and all of the classes she is teaching can be found at www.kurukulla.org/VenAmyMiller2011. As always, we do not charge for Dharma and all of her teachings are completely free of charge.
In order for these events to happen successfully, though, we do need some help from you! The first thing you can do is download and share a copy of the flyer for the event. Post it and email it anywhere it might be of interest - community centers, yoga studios, performing arts spaces, co-ops, local and organic food shops, etc. We also need volunteers to help with these events - transportation, driving, setting up beforehand and so on. We invite you to do as little or as much as you have time, every bit helps. Anyone interested in helping, please contact Tsultrim at email@example.com.
The most recent news about the health of Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup indicates the cancer has spread from his stomach to the liver so that surgery or chemotherapy will not help. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is urgently requesting FPMT students to recite the Diamond Cutter (Vajra Cutter) Sutra. The goal is 20,000 recitations. Following the Sunday morning class, we did a recitation as a group dedicated to the long life of Lama Lhundrup and all of our precious teachers. You are encouraged to also recite on your own. We might be scheduling more recitations through the week, and if so we will send an email to that effect.
Please send a count of your recitations to Tsultrim at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can update the FPMT Head Office. A copy of the sutra is available on the FPMT website. Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup is the current abbot of Kopan Monastery in Nepal, the "wellspring of the FPMT," and the former abbot of Sera Je Monastery in India.
Lama Lhundrup offered a video message to his students yesterday, January 22, which you can view by clicking the image below.
2010 donation receipts (for tax purposes) will be mailed out at the end this month. If you prefer to receive their receipt electronically please let us know by replying to this email.
E. Gene Smith Memorial Service
Thank you again for your wonderful support.
Calendar of Events
Monday, January 24
Wednesday, January 26
7:00 pm to 9:00 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.
7:00 pm 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.
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!