General guidelines for our regular events: If attending in person, please arrive early. Allow enough time to settle yourself comfortably - to greet others and arrange your seating and texts. We will be starting at the scheduled time. In general, open conversation is better after the practice or class, rather than before.
Current pandemic guidelines: Dorje Ling is open. To ensure the safety and health of all concerned, please be fully vaccinated and boosted if you attend in person, and stay away if you are not feeling well or have had a known exposure to any COVID or flu. Please bring a mask.
Ngondro Practice & Teaching
Dorje Ling is now open for in-person practice!
We offer the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro practice on Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM both in-person and on Zoom. Here is the Zoom link for the Ngondro.
The term Ngondro refers to the foundational practices common to all schools of Tibetan Budhhism. The Dudjom Tersar Lineage is the name given to the large collection of teachings revealed by Dudjom Lingpa and Dudjom Rinpoche. Dudjom Rinpoche was a major terton, or treasure revealer, of hidden teachings. He is considered one of the Hundred Great Tertons of the Nyingma lineage.
Dorje Ling is a Nyingma Center founded by Gyaltrul Rinpoche under the spiritual guidance of Dudjom Rinpoche.
Dudjom Rinpoche passed in 1987; many current practitioners met him when he visited Oregon and California in the early 1980s. The concise practice we do on Sunday mornings is very fresh, written by His Holiness especially for Western students.
A new cycle of Ngondro classes will start on Sunday, July 17, directly following Ngondro Practice. This is a hybrid class, held both at the center and by Zoom (see link at top of calendar page,)The first three Sundays we have a guest teacher, Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche, who will be joining us on Zoom from Memphis. He will be teaching from a Mipham Rinpoche text.
Lunar Day Pujas
Puja is a Sanskrit word which means worship. A puja is a Deity Yoga ritual that generally involves liturgy and visualization. Performing pujas is considered very beneficial for the energy of the Dharma Center and for the participants themselves.
Lunar Day Pujas are traditional Vajrayana Deity Yoga practices. Most months, We gather on the New Moon, and the 10th and 25th days of the Tibetan Lunar calendar. Three of these days we are joining Tashi Choling by zoom. On the Full Moon we are doing a White Tara Sadhana ourselves here at Dorje Ling. All currently take place at 4:00pm and include a small tsok. Bring your own text if you have one.
Buddhism Book Study Group
Our long-time book study group continued meeting during the pandemic, and we have decided to maintain our discussions on Zoom. We are currently reading our new book selection The Attention Revolution by Alan Wallace. We meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30.
Please email email@example.com for more information, or to let us know you would like to try it out.
Our weekly meditation class, led by Matthew Small, is helpful for beginners and more experienced meditators. We meet in person at Dorje Ling.
Buddhist meditation is a practice of wakeful presence. During meditation, everything outside ourselves is left as it is. Attention is focused on the present moment. The purpose of meditation is to wake up from the maze of habitual distractions and dissatisfactions. The goal is to be simply present, to experience things as they are.
There are many different types of Tibetan Buddhist meditation. Currently, these Wednesday night sessions will be a slow survey of different techniques, including the following: silent sitting practices with awareness on the breath, like calm abiding; analytical practices like insight meditation; loving-kindness, and compassion meditations like tonglen, the practice of sending and receiving.
Teachings & Empowerments
Teachings and empowerments from visiting lamas will occur as they become possible.
July 17, 24, 31, Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche will teach from a text by Mipham Rinpoche on Renunciation, Refuge and Bodhicitta. These classes, from 12:20-1:30 pm are given in support of our Sunday morning Ngondro Practices. All are invited to attend, in person or online. Khenpo will be joining us from Memphis by Zoom. Use the Zoom link for Sunday Ngondro Practice on the top of the calendar page. Khenpo runs the Pema Karpo Meditation Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
"This path that leads to a happy life can be found and followed.
It is walked through our actions, our words, and mainly our thoughts."
from Your MInd is Your Teacher
by Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche
Troma Nagmo Chod Practice Session focussing on the Four Feasts will be held at 7:00 pm, Friday, July 22. Everyone interested in Troma Practice can come; we have drums and bells and texts available.
In The Four Feasts, one offers one's own body for the sustenance and enlightenment of all beings. The liturgy is evocative, with tunes, mudras, and instrumentation which may be new to practitioners.