EVENTS & PROGRAMS

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Chagdud Khadro credit Julie Rog

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Getse Rinpoche-WEBSITE

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Lama Choyang

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Lama Padma

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Pat Berube

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Lama Drimed-photo

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Tulku Jigme Wangdrak close up

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Lingtrul Rinpoche-credit Isis Hao

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John Ross 2013

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Final Class in the Series

Why We Meditate

with Khenpo Paljor Gyatso

Learn why contemplation and meditation

are essential to our spiritual paths.

Translated by Vanessa Kubota

Khenpo Paljor will teach a commentary

on ‘The Wheel of Analytical Meditation

that Thoroughly Purifies Mental Activity’

by Mipham Rinpoche, the great Nyingma Master.

These teachings will be helpful to beginning and experienced practitioners alike.

 

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE TEXT

Saturday April 17, 2021

2 - 4 p.m. PST on Zoom

All the videos in this series are still available.

Suggested Sliding Scale Donations:

ENTIRE SERIES $108 - $220

Register here for the entire series

Those who register for the entire series will receive links

to all previous sessions in their confirmation email. 

 These links will be live until a month after the last session. 

SINGLE CLASSES $20 - $40

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No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Registrations for individual classes include receiving the video for each.

Films will be available for two weeks following each session.

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Personal offerings to the lama and translator are encouraged.

 

TLC is very happy to have Khenpo Paljor Gyatso teach for us again! Khenpo was born in Amdo, Tibet, and as a child was recognized as the reincarnation of a lama from a nearby monastery. He began monastic life at nine and entered Larung Tarig College of Lharung Gar Monastery in Tibet at sixteen. He was a disciple of Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok and Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro among other Masters, and at the remarkably young age of 25 distinguished himself by receiving the title of Khenpo. Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro, the leader and head of Larung Gar Monastery, has asked Khenpo Paljor Gyatso to provide traditional Buddhist teachings to willing and qualified students in North America. Khenpo Paljor’s enthusiasm for dharma, his skill, humility and direct, accessible manner are a source of wisdom, warmth, and delight. Vanessa Kubota is highly regarded as a translator and has assisted many Tibetan lamas in giving a wide range of Buddhist teachings. 

This spring TLC is happy to present

Skillful Means at the End of Life

with Lama John Ross

Saturday, May 8, 2021​

1:00 - 3:30 p.m. PST on Zoom

Suggested sliding scale donation

$20 - $40

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Email tlcserves@gmail.com for more info.

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TWO DAYS BEFORE THE PROGRAM - THE LINK WILL BE POSTED

WITHIN THAT EMAIL TWO HOURS PRECEDING THE EVENT.

Personal offerings to the Lama are encouraged.

Death is perhaps the most important moment of life, when it is easiest to get free from the cycle of suffering and rebirth.  Merit and skillful means are essential at this critical time.  Vajrayana Buddhism offers many practices that benefit as death approaches, at the time of death, and afterwards.  Some are very simple, others involve elaborate ritual.  Lama John will review these methods with a focus on what is most practical and beneficial for lay practitioners as we face our own deaths, and also as we help others face theirs.  There will be time for Q & A. 

Lama John Ross has been studying and practicing the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism since 1989.  He spent years living in India and Nepal studying with his root guru, Soktse Rinpoche and other senior masters, learning Tibetan language and rituals. He completed several years of solitary retreat and after accomplishing a three year retreat in 2005, he was recognized as a Lama and was authorized to teach by Soktse Rinpoche. Lama John is also a translator of Tibetan texts. He has been highly recommended to TLC for his knowledge and proficiency at practicing and sharing these sacred methods.

Another wonderful spring event!

 

The Teachings of Masters-

A Buddhist View of Life & Death

A Dharma talk with

Lama Padma Gyatso

Saturday, June 19, 2021

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST on Zoom

 

Suggested sliding scale donation

$20 - $40

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Lama Padma Gyatso spent many years sitting at the feet of great meditation masters from whom he received teachings regarding the Buddhist view of dying and death. Drawing from this, he will bring their instructions to light in order to refresh our awareness of the opportunity we have now.  How can we best make use of our precious human rebirth to prepare for the next bardo, our future rebirth, and realization? Join us as we examine these essential contemplations.

 

Lama Padma Yontan Gyatso (Richard Baldwin) entered the Buddhist path in India as a student of the late Venerable Kalu Rinpoche in 1970. He later received many teachings from the late Venerable Dezhung Rinpoche. After earning his degree in Buddhist Studies at the University of Washington in 1974, he engaged in numerous meditation retreats. His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche became his teacher in 1982 and in 1996 ordained him as a Lama and resident teacher at Chagdud Gonpa Amrita in Seattle. Lama Padma teaches and practices with meditation groups in North and South America. Since 2013 he has been serving as the Lama at Rigdzin Ling Chagdud Gonpa in Northern CA while continuing to uphold Dharma activities at Amrita.

TLC will present more events this coming summer & fall - please check back. 

PAST EVENTS

2021

1-31-21 ON ZOOM 'Releasing Attachment to Prepare for the Bardo' with Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. Program Focus: Venerable Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, an esteemed scholar, Dzogchen master, and highly qualified teacher in the Palyul lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism, teaches and guides us with a comprehensive overview of preparing for death, covering many points for practitioners with personal advice and anecdotes. This teaching will eventually be available with a Chinese translation. Highly recommended. [This film will soon be available on our TLC Videos Page.]

2020

5-16-20 ON ZOOM 'The Healing Nature of Presence' with Amita Lhamo. Program Focus: Former hospice chaplain, spiritual care director, and award winning author of  'Dandelions Blooming in the Cracks of Sidewalks: Stories from the Bedside of the Dying,' and a forthcoming book, 'Wisdom Moon: Presence in Dying', Amita Lhamo shares four qualities of presence available to us in each moment, including times of fear, illness or death. She offers advice and practical tools for remaining present with one another, honoring both our vulnerabilities and our capacities for kindness, with Q & A. [This film is available for rental on TLC's Video Page.]

6-7-20 ON ZOOM 'Grief in a Time of Global Pandemic: Exploring a Path of Healing' with Lama Choyang. Program Focus: Lama Choyang, Vajrayana Buddhist teacher, grief counselor, and former hospice chaplain shares reflections on the path of grief and healing. She invites participants to consider grief not as a problem to be solved or emotion to be transcended, but as an experience to be supported, witnessed and loved. The program includes meditation and shared discussion. 

7-18-20 ON ZOOM 'The Truth of Impermanence' with Tulku Jigme Wangdrak Rinpoche, translated by Jacob Archuletta. Program Focus: Jigme Chakung Rinpoche, a fourth-generation descendant of the 19th century master Dudjom Lingpa and founder of Abhaya Fellowship,  offers a simple yet moving overview of the transitory nature of all phenomena and how we can utilize our awareness of impermanence to enhance and accomplish our practice and enrich our daily life. [This film will soon be available on our TLC Videos Page.]

8-22-20 ON ZOOM 'The Practice of Bodhicitta' with Venerable Sogan Rinpoche, translated by Christina Monson. Program Focus: Founder of the Sogan Foundation benefitting marginalized people in Golok, Tibet, Sogan Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of Thubten Osel Choling in the SF Bay area and Thubten Osel Ling in northern Italy. Rinpoche gives a talk focused on practicing for the benefit of all beings, referencing the Bodhicharyavatara and Patrul Rinpoche's A Precious Treasury of Advice from the One-to-One Oral Lineage with wonderful translations by Christina Monson. [This film will soon be available on our TLC Videos Page.]

10-4-20 ON ZOOM 'The Healing Power of Prayer' with Chagdud Khadro. Program Focus: Chagdud Khadro, spiritual wife of HE Chagdud Rinpoche and Spiritual Director of Khadro Ling in Brazil, lama, editor, author, and p'howa adept, gives an inspiring teaching on both liturgical and personal prayer, bodhicitta, and the healing power of awareness and faith. Highly recommended. [This film is available for rental on our TLC Videos page.]

10-31-20 ON ZOOM 'Before Rebirth: The Bardo of Becoming"in Plain English' with Loppon Yudron Wangmo. Program Focus: Authorized  as a loppon by Lama Padma Dorje Rinpoche, Yudron Wangmo leads this workshop focusing on the period after death and before conception, the Intermediate State of Becoming, the Si pa’i Bardo, including brief discussions of reincarnation, children's memories before conception, Interdependent Origination, Buddhism and science, and related topics. Geared for Vajrayana Buddhist practitioners. [This film will soon be available on our TLC Videos Page.]

2019

 

1-20-19 ‘Experiencing the Bardos through Dreaming’ with Khenpo Paljor Gyatso, translated by Jacob Archuletta. Program Focus: Utilizing the teachings of dream yoga and transforming the dream state into Buddhist practice in preparation for death; instructions about the dream bardo, or intermediate state, that takes place during the transition of death, when “clear light” is experienced, with Q & A.

 

3-10-19 ‘The Practice of Sur Chö–Offering the All-Pervasive Desirables’ with Loppon Yudron  Wangmo. Program Focus: Instructions for a concise traditional Tibetan smoke offering ritual (Sur chöd). This simple, important practice benefits all beings, especially those in the Bardo, hungry ghosts (pretas), and those who have had traumatic deaths. Participants will receive the transmission, teachings, and hands-on instruction for preparing the offering, concluding with the practice.

 

4-21-19 ‘Understanding the Neydren Ritual for the Deceased’ with Khenpo Paljor Gyatso, translated by Kersten Ancheta. Program Focus: Teachings on the Neydren ritual that guides those in the intermediate state following death to the Realm of Great Bliss, Sukhavati, and higher rebirth; explanation of this essential practice in steps easy to understand, including locating & relaxing the consciousness, gathering accumulations & purifying obscurations, instructions, transference to the pure realm, cremation, and dedication and aspirational prayers. [This film is available on our TLC DVD Archive Page.]

 

6-30-19 ‘Receiving the Lama’s Guidance During Transition’ with Lama Tsering Gyaltsen, translated by Cyril Kassoff. Program Focus: Practical instructions about the preliminary practices and how daily practice and awareness of impermanence will prepare us for end of life.

 

8-25-19 ‘Preparing for a Meaningful Death & Rebirth’ with Chamtrul Rinpoche. Program Focus: Heart instructions about contemplation, practice, and living with awareness to bring the path to fruition in this lifetime, in order to prepare for death.

 

9-29-19 ‘Transforming Suffering into Compassion’ with Khenpo Paljor Gyatso, translated by Jacob Archuletta. A Reimagine Event Hosted by TLC Transitional Life Care at UCSF Helen Diller Cancer Center, San Francisco. Program Focus: A simple overview and instructions about how to do the Buddhist meditation practice known as ‘Tonglen’.

 

11-1-19 ‘Clearing the Way: Meditation on Vajrasattva’ with Khenpo Paljor Gyatso. A Reimagine Event Hosted by TLC Transitional Life Care at SF Dharma Collective, San Francisco. Program Focus: Instructions for Vajrasattva practice, a Buddhist method using mantra and visualization, that assists in transforming negativity, challenging habits, difficult attitudes, and anxiety into positive states of mind, especially helpful at the end of life.

2018

 

1-28-18 ‘Why Hospice: A Doctor’s Perspective’ with Dr. Benjamin Boblett, MD and Medical Director at Mission Hospice & Home Care. Program focus: Information and guidance in an open format sharing professional and personal experiences about what palliative and hospice care can offer.

 

3-25-18 ‘Relaxing with Impermanence & Change’ with Lama Pat Berube, RN, MA, dharma teacher and Director of Clear Light Institute in Fairfax, CA, a Vajrayana Buddhist program supporting contemplative approaches to dealing with illness, death, and dying. Program focus:         Meditations that support awareness and the direct experience of our innately pure and open nature, which help us meet the challenges in life, including our own mortality, with equanimity and ease.

 

4-24, 25 & 26-18 ‘Teachings for the Transition–Preparing for the End of Life’ with Chagdud Khadro. Program focus: Two separate events 1) "Teachings and Advice for the End of Life" and 2) "Instructions and Practice~Chenrezig P'howa." Esteemed American lama and p’howa master Chagdud Khadro draws on thirty years of experience teaching p’howa and guiding the dying and deceased, as authorized by her teacher and husband, HE Chagdud Rinpoche. [Both the films from this event are available in TLC’s Film Archive.]

 

5-20-18 ‘Bridging East and West: How Buddhism is Vital to Modern Healthcare’ with Lama Frederico Trancoso and Liz Hamill-Howard, Hospice Chaplains. Program Focus: Understanding how to provide spiritual and bedside support to those in transition, and their loved ones; hospital chaplains committed to the Buddhist tradition offer a bridge between the spiritual and medical worlds.

 

7-29-18 ‘The Bardos During Transition’ with Khenpo Paljor Gyatso, translated by Shashi Reitz. Program Focus: Instructions for and about the experience of dying and what occurs during this process; explanations and clarification about what takes place during the transitional state, or bardos; Q & A.

 

8-26-18 ‘Open Heart Mandala – A Creative Mandala Workshop’ with Artist Nancy Hom. Program Focus: Construction of a large mandala onsite, incorporating photos, prayers and offerings for deceased friends and loved ones. This guided, hands-on workshop is an exploration of creatively working with loss and bereavement.

2017

1/29/17 The Zen Hospice Project: ‘Reflections on Volunteering with Zen Hospice’ with Hospice Educator Alistair Shanks. Program focus: Alistair Shanks’ storehouse of experience with serving the dying and training others allow him to share a unique viewpoint and keen insights;  Q & A and group discussion related to helping others as we live into dying with dignity, grace, and awareness.

3-26-17 ‘End of Life Decisions-Making Hard & Loving Choices’ with Lama Pat Berube, RN, MA, dharma teacher and Director of Clear Light Institute in Fairfax, CA, a Vajrayana Buddhist program supporting contemplative approaches to dealing with illness, death, and dying. Program focus: Screening of the film: ‘Fear of Death’ / Review of 5 Wishes Document & Legacy Letters. 

 

5-21-17 Tsa Tsa Workshop PART 2/ Working with Clay w/Nirabhra Taylor, head of the department at ‘Magical Display of the Arts’ at Pema Osel Ling Vajrayana Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Program focus: Working with traditional Tibetan Buddhist tsa tsa molds using clay; enshrining cremation ashes and creating iconographic forms in the shapes of stupas. 

 

7-23-17 ‘Speaking from the Heart – Spiritual Care in Times of Need’ with Jamie Kimmel, Hospital Chaplin. Program focus: practical advice about creating trust to open the topic of death for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, and how the teachings of interdependence and emptiness can be applied to ordinary situations at an extraordinary time of life.

 

8-20-17 ‘Preparing for Death’ with HH Kathog Getse Rinpoche, Dzogchen Master, Head of the Nyingma School of Vajrayana Buddhism, and “heart son” of HH the Dalai Lama, translated by Dr. Robert Clark. Program focus: Teachings from the Buddhist sutra, "The Sutra on Wisdom for the Time of Death", including His Holiness's heart advice about embracing the end of life and how to prepare the mind for transition. [This film is available in the TLC DVD Archive.]

 

9-24-17 ‘Meditation as Sustenance for Death & Dying’ with author Sarah C. Beasley. Program focus: A conversation with participants to discover the opportunities for sustenance offered by Buddhist practice in order to support ourselves and others during the dying process, and how to live more fully.

 

11-19-17 ‘Death & Dying – A Tibetan Medical Perspective with Dr. Thinley Gyatso. Program focus: Both a Tibetan doctor and Registered Nurse, Thinley Gyatso offers perspectives from both ancient and modern healing systems regarding what happens during the dying process, including an examination of the dissolution of the elements at death.

2016

 

1-31-16 Understanding the Bardos with Lama Les Collins, student/teacher of Ven. offering bardo study and practice opportunities at ODD and other centers. Program focus: How Buddhism became the religion of Tibet and the concept of Six Bardos.

 

3-20-16 Extending Life with Buddhist Practice with Lama Drimed, resident teacher at ODD and at Dechen Rang Dharma Center in San Jose. Program focus: Life Release and the three traditional Vajrayana customs that can lengthen life.

 

5/22/16 The East Bay Conversation Project & Atul Gawende’s film ‘Being Mortal’ with Dr. Peter Candell, formerly w/Alameda Family Physicians, Asst. Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, currently w/The East Bay Conversation Project & the ACCMA Physicians Group dedicated to Physician’s Advanced Care Planning and End of Life Care Conversations. Program focus: exploring what matters most to patients facing terminal illness and their families and doctors, and taking control of one’s own health care decisions. 

 

7-31-16 Tsa Tsa Making Workshop with Magical Display of the Arts & Nirabhra Taylor, head of the department at ‘Magical Display of the Arts’ at Pema Osel Ling Vajrayana Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Program focus: learning to create Tsa-tsas, small clay forms (Tibetan Buddhist sacred objects of art) and their molds to be utilized after death. 

 

8-7-16 Caring for the Body After Death & Instructions for Cremation, Part 1 with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche, a Nyingmapa Ritual Master of Tibetan Buddhism and resident teacher at Pema Osel Ling in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Program focus: caring for the body after death, including spiritual and practice advice, and instructions in preparing for traditional Vajrayana cremation.  

 

9-25-16 A Buddhist View of Grief and Loss & Lama Tsultrim Allione’s film ‘Taking Grief on the Path’ with Fran Anderson, retired Clinical Psychologist, and Rosie Kaufman, retired Marriage and Family Therapist, both from Tara Mandala Bay Area Sangha. Program focus: discussion about loss and grief, sharing experiences, exploring how to work with loss as Buddhist practitioners, and an overview of Tara Mandala Sangha’s ‘Bay Area Resource Guide for Death & Dying’.

 

11-12 & 13-16 Caring for the Body After Death & Instructions for Cremation, Part 2 with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche, a Nyingmapa Ritual Master of Tibetan Buddhism and resident teacher at Pema Osel Ling in the Santa Cruz Mountains, translated by Joshua Duncan. Program focus: caring for the body after death, including spiritual and practice advice, and instructions in preparing for Vajrayana cremation. [A short film demonstrating wrapping the body for cremation will be available from TLC.] Kick off for TLC’s monthly ‘TEACHINGS OF THE MASTERS’ film series, starting with ‘Advice For Death & Dying’ taught by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.

2015

 

3-8-15   Introductory Gathering: Program Launch and Overview Discussion with TLC Founder and Director, Julie Rogers, long-time student of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, hospice volunteer and caregiver educated in hospice and bereavement training, and author of ‘Instructions for the Transitional State’, the TLC program manual.

 

5-17-15 Living Fully, Dying Meaningfully/End of Life Decisions with Lama Pat Berube, RN, MA, dharma teacher and Director of Clear Light Institute in Fairfax, CA, a Vajrayana Buddhist program supporting contemplative approaches to dealing with illness, death, and dying. Program focus: stories about end of life; preparing end of life paperwork: Spiritual Wills, Advance Directives, Power of Attorney, POLSTs, and The Five Wishes Document.

 

7-26-15 Nursing Perspectives on the End of Life with Buffy Plante, critical care nurse, and Joshua Hayes, hospice nurse, both long-time Vajrayana practitioners. Program focus: Dying with comfort and dignity versus saving life at all costs.

 

8-23-15 Death and Dying from a Buddhist Perspective / The Conversation with Paloma Landry, Tibetan/English translator. Paloma has presented programs on death and dying for over twelve years in twenty-five Buddhist communities. Program focus: Having the necessary conversations with our families about our end of life wishes, and how Westerners address death and dying from both spiritual and practical perspectives.

 

9-27-15 Teachings on Phowa - Transference of Consciousness with Venerable Lingtrul Rinpoche, the reincarnation of Ling Lama Chökyi Dorje and an emanation of Longchenpa, translated by Cyril Kassoff.Program focus: Vajrayana practice at death; instructions for phowa, reading transmission.

 

11-22-15 Caregiving at the End of Life with Buffy Plante and Joshua Hayes (invited to speak again due to popular demand.) Program focus: How to know the signs and provide comfort, support, and optimum circumstances for those entering the end of life transition. 

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