This Week at Kurukulla Center                            March 21, 2011 - March 27, 2011
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Dear Kurukulla Community,


Thank you for your interest in the activities of Kurukulla Center!


Geshe Ngawang TenleyThis morning Geshe Ngawang Tenley-la's excellent teaching was accompanied by two special events. A group of twenty 7th & 8th grade students and their parents from the Sherburne Universalist Unitarian Church toured the center and heard part of Geshe-la's talk, and as our Sunday Dharma talk was taking place upstairs in the gompa, downstairs the Tibetan community in the greater Boston area were exercising their democratic rights by holding an election for their Prime Minister and a Parliamentary member. This election holds particular significance with the recent decision by the Dalai Lama to retire from his role as the political leader of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. We are very happy to be able to provide this support to our Tibetan brothers and sisters and pray that soon the Tibetans living in oppression under Chinese rule will enjoy the same freedoms. If you missed today's teaching, you can watch it in it's entirety on our YouTube channel.



 Divider Remembering Geshe Tsulga-laGeshe Tsulga and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
With the arrival of spring today, we note another measure of the passage of time--it will be four months ago, tomorrow, that our resident teacher Geshe Tsulga-la passed away. Coincidentally the most recent issue of Mandala Magazine arrived in our mailbox this week. Inside are a series of articles about the remarkable life of our dear Geshe-la--his life story, his final meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his steadfast courage during his final weeks.   


If you do not receive Mandala Magazine, they have kindly provided us with links to digital copies of an obituary and biography written by Tsunma-la as well as an article on his final days written by Geshe Ngawang Tenley and a short rememberance by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.


A  reminder that one of the benefits of most levels of membership is a subscription to Mandala Magazine.

 Vegan Desserts are the Rage! 

Speaking of Mandala Magazine, the current issue also features a review of the fabulous cookbook from Tsultrim Davis, our very own Spiritual Program Coordinator. If you've ever joined us for dessert following Sunday morning class, you know how yummy they are! You can read the review of The Compassionate Kitchen in their digital edition.

FPMT International News
LZRThe March edition of the FPMT International News is now available. Don't miss the chance to learn about some of the amazing activities of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and our parent organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.

Chemical Sensitivities
We kindly request that our members refrain from wearing perfumes or other scented toiletries when at the Center, if possible. Some of us have chemical sensitivities to scents and suffer various allergic reactions. Thank you!

Reserve the dates for Ven Antonio's Teachings at Kurukulla
Ven. Antonio SattaHere is the correct information for the Vipassana events with visiting teacher Ven. Antonio Satta:

Public Talk - Introduction to Vipassana
Thursday May 5 from 7 to 9 pm
Open to all!

Mini-retreat: How to Combine Vipassana & Mind Training (Lojong)
Friday May 6 from 7 to 9 pm
Saturday May 7 from 9 am to 6 pm (please bring a vegetarian brown bag lunch) 


For those attending the retreat, attendance at the Thursday evening talk is required. We are asking that you register for the retreat before hand, which you can do by emailing

All events are offered without charge.

We do need volunteer help to ensure Ven. Antonio's visit is successful and of the most benefit to all beings. Please email Tsultrim Davis if you are interested in volunteering.

Family Camp at Milarepa Center in Vermont
Calling all children 5 - 12 years old and their parents! This summer's Family Camp at Milarepa Center is scheduled for August 4 - 7.  It's always a fun time, and what could be more beautiful than northern Vermont in August? More information is available on Milarepa Center's website

Special Visitors
We were delighted to host Lama Zopa Rinpoche's brother Sangay-la and his family for a brief visit on Thursday. They stopped by to tour Kurukulla Center for the first time. They were overjoyed at the amount of classes we offer and how many students come to the Center every week, and especially enjoyed seeing our magnificent Kalachakra stupa.


 Sangay Sherpa

Divider Attending the Kalachakra Event in July?
If you would like to connect with others who are attending the Kalachakra Initiation and teachings with the Dalai Lama in Washington, DC beginning July 6, try out our new Kalachakra Message Board. This is a chance to share information on accommodations, carpooling and any other relevant news. Please note that we are not able to organize any of these arrangements, we just wanted to make a space available for people in the area to talk to each other.

Thank you again for your wonderful support.


Much love,

Debra Thornburg

  Debra Thornburg
Calendar of Events

Monday March 21    


Introduction to Buddhism with Ani YesheAni Yeshe-la

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Introduction to Buddhism, taught by Ani Yeshe, is an on-going series. Each class will introduce a new topic as a way to provide newcomers a broad overview of Buddhism. The course is designed for those who are new or newly acquainted with the Center, to come and hear basic Buddhist teachings, ideas and concepts. Bring all your questions. It is fine to attend any class without having attended prior classes. All welcome!



Tuesday March 22    

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

6:30 am - 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. If you cannot make it into the Center, you are also welcome to participate from your home by listening on-line to the live broadcast.


Kurukulla South: Path of Freedom, Path of Bliss with Tsultrim DavisTsultrim Davis, SPC

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

This nine part series is an overview of the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment. It will meet February 15 & 22, March 1, 8 & 22, and April 5, 12, 19 & 26. We will begin at the beginning of the path-us, right where we are, now-and explore all the way to the end-complete enlightenment, perfect, unending bliss. This class is appropriate for people with any level of experience with Buddhist meditation or philosophy, or none. Attendance at all nine classes is encouraged but not required. Drop-ins are always welcome! Kurukulla South classes are taught at 90 First Street, Bridgewater MA 02324. Please check the Kurukulla South webpage for directions.


Yoga & Meditation with Wendy CookWendy-la

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

This mixed-level yoga class begins with setting intention and breathing techniques, followed by a therapeutic joint freeing series, standing and balancing postures, and other postures such as back and belly strengtheners and hip openers. The last twenty minutes are spent in guided meditation, using techniques such as breath awareness, visualization, and contemplating themes to enhance our inner good qualities.

No prior yoga or meditation experience necessary. Please wear comfortable, fitted, modest clothing. You may bring a sticky mat if you have one but it is not required. All welcome.



Wednesday March 23    


37 Practices of a Bodhisattva with Geshe Ngawang TenleyGeshe Tenley-la

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Geshe-la continues his explanation of The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva by Togme Sangpo (1245-1369.) Come and learn what a bodhisattva does. All are welcome. A copy of the text will be distributed in class and contemporary commentaries are available for purchase in our bookstore. If you cannot make it into the Center, you are also welcome to participate from your home by listening on-line to the live broadcast.



Thursday March 24   


Discovering Buddhism: All About Karma with Ven. Tsunma-la (Sue Macy)

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This module, All About Karma, aims to introduce you to the Buddhist concept of karma, the law of cause and effect, and what it means to take personal responsibility. Using examples from everyday life we will analyze how actions determine their results and cause us to experience either happiness or suffering. We will explore purification practices and establish a daily meditation on karma.The course meets four consecutive Thursday evenings: March 17, 24 & 31 and April 7. It is recommended you attend all four sessions but it is not required. If you cannot make it into the Center, you are also welcome to participate from your home by listening on-line to the live broadcast.



Friday March 25   


Morning Meditation with Ven. Tsunma-la (Sue Macy)

6:30 am - 7:00 am

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. If you cannot make it into the Center, you are also welcome to participate from your home by listening on-line to the live broadcast.



Saturday March 26  



Sunday March 27 

Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand
Day 3 with Geshe Ngawang Tenley
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pabongka Rinpoche's Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand is the seminal lam-rim text of the 20th century. It is a transcription of a 24 day lam rim teaching given in 1921. Offered as a "practical teaching," it is less scholarly than Je Tsongkhapa's Jang chub lam rim chen mo or The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment and as such it is the text from which most modern lamas teach lam rim. Today Geshe-la gives commentary on Day 3, on the greatness of the Dharma and how to study and teach Dharma. If you cannot make it into the Center, you are also welcome to participate from your home by listening on-line to the live broadcast 

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May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes!