nyingma buddhist meditation and study in austin texas
Practices, Events and News
May 21 - 27, 2018
Palri Pema Od Ling
Avalokiteshvara Retreat 2018
The main day of Saga Dawa is Tuesday May 29th
In the fall of 1991 the Venerable Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche visited the USA at the request of and invitation by Gyaltrul Rinpoche. Yangthang Rinpoche is the immediate reincarnation of Dorje Dechen Lingpa, the revealer of this particular Avalokiteshvara terma practice. As one of the inconceivably great treasure revealers of Eastern Tibet, Dhomang Terchen is highly regarded by the greatest Lamas and Tertons of this century.
Lama Lobtsul received the empowerment and transmission from The Venerable Yangthang Rinpoche in 2013. Both Yangthang Rinpoche and Gyaltrul Rinpoche requested that Lama Lobtsul lead this Avalokiteshvara retreat in Austin. The first Avalokiteshvara retreat led by Lama Lobtsul was in 2013 and has been annually held at PPOL since that date.
Avalokiteshvara Retreat Dates: May 21 - 27, 2018
Monday and Tuesday, May 21 - 22
7PM - 9PM: Sand mandala, anyone is welcome to help, also there will be Damaru and bell practice
Thursday, May 24 6:30PM - 9PM: Avalokiteshvara Reading Transmission and Tsog
Friday, May 25 7PM - 9PM: Avalokiteshvara Practice
Saturday, May 26 10AM- 12PM: Avalokiteshvara Practice 2PM - 5PM: Avalokiteshvara Practice with Tsog
Sunday, May 27 10AM - 12PM: Avalokiteshvara Practice with Tsog 2PM - 5PM: Avalokiteshvara Fire Puja
Please bring vegetarian tsog offerings for Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
Suggested donation is $10 per session.
Even if you cannot attend the retreat, you can make a donation to help support the retreat via PayPal - please specify that your donation is for the Avalokiteshvara/ Chenrezig Retreat.
Tsog offerings (vegetarian), Incense or candles can be dropped off at the temple the week of the retreat.
Khenpo Tsewang Rigdzin Rinpoche Resumes Teachings
Khenpo Tsewang Rigdzin Rinpoche
Winter Teaching Resumes January 31, 2018
We're happy to announce that Khenpo Tsewang Rigzin will resume his teaching this week. Khenpo will be teaching twice each week, Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
Wednesday evenings, 7:00PM - 9:00PM starting January 31 through March Philosophical divisions (continued from last year)
Namcho Ngondro Teachings
Saturday February 3, 2018, 2:00PM - 5:00PM Saturday February 24, 2018, 2:00PM - 4:30PM Saturday March 3, 2018, 4:00PM - 6:00PM Saturday March 10, 2018, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
On Wednesdays beginning January 31, Khenpo will cover a variety of topics, starting with an overview of dharma terms and philosophical divisions. Whether you are just beginning to learn about Buddhism or have been studying for years, this class will be an excellent chance to sort out the key points of Buddhist philosophy. Khenpo will cover the main topics across Hinayana, Mahayana and Secret Mantra - everything from the Four Noble Truths to the Nine Yanas. We will hand out a study guide to help frame the discussion and there will be time for questions.
Saturday teachings will begin February 3rd, with a teaching on Ngondro.
All classes are funded by your donations, but there is no set fee and all are welcome.
Weekly Schedule Buddhist meditation and instructions with Q&A
Thursdays at 7:00pm
Ngondro (Preliminaries) Practice led by Lama Lobtsul
Ngöndro (Wyl.sngon ‘gro) — the preliminary or ‘foundation’ practices of Vajrayana Buddhism. The ngöndro practices are profound and powerful means for effecting a deep purification and transformation, at every level of our being. Not only do they prepare the practitioner for the profound path of Vajrayana and teachings of Dzogchen, but they also lead him or her gradually towards the experience of enlightenment.
(see calendar below for dates and times)
Guru Rinpoche Day - Puja Each month on the 10th day of the lunar calendar
Dakini Day - Puja Each month on the 25th day of the lunar calendar
Phowa Practice Each month on the 15th day of the lunar calendar
Medicine Buddha Practice Each month on the 30th day of the lunar calendar
Click HERE to read Gyatrul Rinpoche's Spring Teaching "On Pure Vision"
Click on these links to download recordings of public teachings.
This teaching on the meaning and benefits of virtuous offerings and, in particular, of butter lamp offerings was given at Palri Pema Od Ling on January 22. At the end of the session, Rinpoche led us in the Marme Monlam, a special butter lamp offering practice and aspiration prayer.
This teaching on the meaning and importance of the refuge vows — the entrance to and foundation of all Buddhist practices — and the bodhisattva vow — the commitment to achieve compete enlightenment solely for the sake of all other sentient beings -- was given Palri Pema Od Ling on January 23.