June Newsletter

Upcoming Events

At Dorje Ling

Sunday, June 16th, 4:00-6:30: Guru Rinpoche Puja (Center and Zoom)

Saturday, June 22nd, 4:00-6:30: White Tara Puja (Center only)

Sunday, June 23rd, 1:30-2:30: Smoke Offering (Center)

Tuesday, June 25th, 7:00-8:30: Study Group Begins New Book

Sunday, June 30th, 12:30-1:30: Ngöndro Class Begins

Save the Date! Lama Tsering will come mid August to teach

Update: Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche will not come to Dorje Ling in 2024 but we are hopeful he will in 2025

Ongoing at Dorje Ling

Sunday mornings at 11:00-12:15: Ngöndro Practice (center and online)

Tuesday evenings at 7:00-8:30: Book Study (online)

Wednesday evenings at 7:00-8:30: Meditation Class (center)

In Our Greater Community

Saturday, June 29th, 10:00-6:00: Buddhist Festival in the Park

Saturday, June 22nd, 10:00-12:00: How to Face Death without Fear ( Zoom)

Saturday June 22nd, 10:00-4:00: Meditation, Movement, and Sound Healing

Vajrasattva Retreat and Tashi Choling Spotlight

Tashi Choling temple in Ashland, Oregon

On May 23rd, 2024 the Vajrasattva retreat concluded at Tashi Choling, our sister center in Southern Oregon. The annual, 10-day event was organized by many sangha members from Tashi Choling and other centers of Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche.

In 1997, the first Vajrasattva retreat was held at the request of Gyatrul Rinpoche to offer participants an opportunity to practice Dharma and purify negativities.

With very few exceptions, the annual retreat continues today with the support of visiting lamas and senior sangha members sharing their knowledge with new members.

Brief History of Tashi Choling

In the late 1970's Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche continued to establish Dharma centers on the west coast with the addition of Tashi Choling, a country retreat in the Colestin Valley.

The land was purchased in 1979 and it was then blessed by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche in 1980.

Over the decades much work was done: adding a 35-foot high Vajrasattva statue, a temple and residence, an east wing, and statues of Guru Rinpoche, Vimalamitra, and Amitabha.

Pictured is the construction of the temple during the 1980's (Picture from Dharma Treasure in the Mountain Valley)

The center was often the home for Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche, and hosted great masters including His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, Venerable Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche, Venerable Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, and many others.

The wisdom of these teachers continues to benefit others, including through the kindness and dedication of Venerable Gyatrul's students, who model the practices and how to be a practitioner.

One of these examples is the live streaming of Tashi Choling's monthly practices that Dorje Ling broadcasts at its center (see Upcoming Events for this month's schedule).

To learn more about Tashi Choling, check out the its history in the book, Dharma Treasure in the Mountain Valley.

Purchase Book

New Events this Month

New Book for Study Group

Tuesday June 25th, 7:00-8:30 (Google Meet)

The Book Study group will start a new book on June 25th and all are welcome to join. Each weekly session is facilitated by a senior student, and participants break up into smaller groups for part of each evening, to connect and delve deeper into the week's reading.

"In this masterful translation and commentary on Tokmé Zongpo's Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, Ken McLeod shines the light of wisdom on the challenges of contemporary life and illuminates a path the modern reader can take to freedom, peace and understanding. Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva is one of the most revered and loved texts in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In just thirty-seven verses, Tokmé Zongpo summarizes the bodhisattva path as it was taught and practiced in this tradition."

Google Books

Email dorjelingpdx@gmail.com to join!

Purchase Book

Ngöndro Class Begins

Sunday, June 30th 12:30-1:30

Matthew Small will teach on the Dudjom Tersar Ngöndro practice. He will talk about how to do the practice and elucidate the meaning of each part, sharing important commentaries on the practice. The classes will continue for 6 weeks and they are open to all including those new to Buddhism and those interested in learning more.

Ngöndro practices (before the class) happen every Sunday 11:00-12:15

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Buddhist Festival in the Park

Dorje Ling will participate this year, so we need three or four volunteers to help prepare and to be at the event. Please email if interested, and thanks already! dorjelingpdx@gmail.com

June 23rd, Smoke Offering


Riwo Sang Chod (Smoke Offering) at Dorje Ling

To pray for the pacification of negativities plaguing our world, we make this offering once every month.

All are welcome, texts provided.

Regular Events at Dorje Ling

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Meditation Classes

Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm

(in person only)

We explore a variety of meditation techniques. Open to everyone and drop-ins are encouraged.

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Ngondro Practices

Sundays 11:00-12:30pm

(in person and online)

A preliminary practice that is the foundation for students of Vajrayana Buddhism. Open to everyone (especially appropriate for new students).

Ngondro Zoom link
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Lunar Day Practices (Tsog)

See Upcoming Events for dates

(in person, some offered online)

These practices are intended for the sangha (our Buddhist community) to come together and make offerings. Open to everyone.

Tsog Zoom link
Online Event Page

"'May all beings be freed from their suffering of feeling so separate from their buddhanature.' With that as your compassionate intention, then if you offer one butter lamp or one flower or one cookie at tsog, then how extraordinary is that offering."

Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, 2012

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In Our Greater Community

Goat Release

Although not in our immediate community, Lingtrul Rinpoche has taught on the benefit of saving the life of a sentient being. Please consider joining if you are in the area, or supporting the event financially.

June 6th, 2024

Life release ceremony at 11 AM

Vegetarian potluck at 12 noon

1215 Garcia Ranch Road, Briones, CA 94553

Family and children are welcome!

Please bring vegetarian food and drinks to share.


Saturday June 22nd, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Event Page

Saturday June 22nd, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Portland Insight Meditation Center 

6536 SE Duke Street, Portland, OR, United States, Oregon 97206

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