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Date: Friday, April 21, 2000

Tibetan Culture Beyond the Land of Snow - Washington DC July 2000

Dear Dharma Friends,

As many of you know, this summer, we are co-sponsoring an event of historic importance for all Dharma students and supporters of Tibet. Tibetan Culture Beyond the Land of Snows will feature over 100 Tibetan tradition-bearers from communities in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Europe and North America. These artists, monks, nuns and doctors will demonstrate and celebrate the enduring richness of Tibetan heritage on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

This free outdoor event, the largest Tibetan cultural celebration ever held in the West, will be open to the public for 10 days and will draw more than one million visitors from across the US and around the globe. For a full description of the Festival, please go to our website at

We especially want to convey to Dharma centers several important details concerning these events. Please forward this information to anyone who might be interested.

~On Sunday, July 2, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a free public talk on the National Mall as part of the Monlam Chenmo.

~The Monlam Chenmo, or the Great Prayer Festival for World Peace, will be held on July 1, 2, and 3. The first traditional Monlam ever held in the West, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will preside over the chanting on July 2 before he gives his public address.

~If you can come to Washington on July 2, we invite you to come early to the National Mall. If you cannot travel to Washington, you and your Dharma community can join us by focusing your meditations during the Monlam chanting on achieving world peace, prosperity, and freedom from all suffering.

~Lamas from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism plus the Bon tradition will give teachings from their lineages during the Festival. Details of the teaching schedule will be posted on the website as they develop.

~July 1 will be Tibetan American Day, with special activities and evening performances. Tibetans living throughout North America are invited to attend. Special housing arrangements have been made to help Tibetans who want to come. For information on housing, Tibetans can email

~Some of the major structures for the Tibetan site, including the 25-foot Jhangchub stupa and the beautifully and intricately painted traditional Tibetan gate, can be disassembled and shipped to their sponsors’ site of choice after the Festival ends. If you are interested in sponsoring these structures as an offering to the Festival and all its visitors, and then having it shipped to your center, please call 202-287-3600.

~More than one hundred keepers of the religion, art and knowledge of the Tibetan people from refugee communities throughout the world will participate in the Festival They will demonstrate their skills, give performances and discuss their traditions with festival-goers. Some of the artists have yet to find sponsors. If you would like to help, please check our website for more information, or call 202-287-3600.

All of us who are working on this extraordinary event send our greetings to you, our friends in the Dharma, and invite you to join our prayer that Tibetan Culture Beyond the Land of Snows, with its rich presentation of the sacred art and wisdom-culture of Tibet, may leave a profoundly beneficial imprint on the hearts and minds of all who visit the Festival.

~Travel information:

    Airports:   Reagan National, Dulles, and Baltimore-Washington
    Hotel info:
    Hostel: (group rates available) 
    B & B:

With warm regards, Your friends at the Conservancy for Tibetan Art & Culture

posted by Tsongkhapa Server 4/21/2000 12:10:07 PM

Date: Friday, February 18, 2000

Geshe Michael Roach Heart Sutra Teachings February 2000 Online

For your information, the Geshe Roach Heart Sutra teachings done at Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, California, are now available in electronic format (MP3, documents) from the following site:

Click here to get to - Heart Sutra Section

posted by Tsongkhapa Server 2/18/2000 12:40:25 PM

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2000

Vajrapani Great Wheel (Chagdor Khorchen) Retreat

With Ven. Lama Zopa Rinpoche, May 2-June 16, 2000, Vajrapani Institute
Initial Announcement

Please join us for this most fortunate opportunity: Varjapani Great Wheel (Chagdor Khorchen) Initiation and Retreat at Vajrapani Institute, May 2-June 16, 2000. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is planning to lead the initial month of the retreat and to give some commentary on the practice. The retreat concludes with a fire puja on the Sakadawa morning, June 16. It's very helpful if you thoroughly read the information below as it will probably answer most of your questions. We will try to accommodate your questions as best as we can, but we have a very small staff and ask your patience and understanding. Please feel free to pass this information onto any interested parties or translate it into other languages. We hope you'll consider joining this retreat.

The following information will help clarify the different aspects of the initiation and retreat at Vajrapani and hopefully help you decide how best, if possible, you can participate. If you are seriously considering taking this initiation and doing this retreat, please review this information BEFORE registering. Once you are pre-registered, a complete information sheet will be sent to you. Thank you.

SPACE IS LIMITED SO PRE-REGISTRATION IS ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED EVEN IF YOU ARE COMING ON A PART-TIME BASIS (It is unclear now whether we will be able to accommodate part-time retreatants. Please follow the directions below if you are interested in this.) We have a very limited staff and would like to be able to accommodate all retreatants as comfortably as possible. Please help us help you by registering in advance.


The actual time of the initiation will be available closer to the retreat start, but most probably will be at 7:00pm on the evenings of May 2 and 3. We will advise you as to prerequisites and commitments once a lama has been confirmed. Normal prerequisites for the student are to have taken Refuge and have a good understanding of the Lam-rim. Normal commitments are to do the Six Session Guru Yoga three times each day and three times each night on a daily basis and to keep Refuge, Bodhisattva and Tantric Vows.

Retreat participants may arrive to Vajrapani no earlier than Monday, May 1, as we have a group renting the facility until April 30. We will advise registrants of more specifics of the schedule as soon as we get it.

One must have the initiation to participate in the retreat, but it is okay to participate in the retreat if you have had the initiation previously with another lama.

The purpose of the retreat is to finish a required number of mantra repetitions to be able to do the fire puja, but one can do the retreat without completing the mantras and puja. (i.e., if one doesn't finish the mantras during the retreat, it is NOT required to continue on one's own to finish and do a fire puja, however, one may if desired.)

Full-time retreatants will get reservation preference; if there is a space problem, part-time retreat will not be possible. Rinpoche is concerned about protecting the retreat space for full-time retreatants and we have been asked to give very clear guidelines if part-time retreat can occur.


Part-time retreatants will be accommodated on a first-come, first-reserved basis. Place your name on a waiting list by mailing in a US$15 non-refundable deposit to Vajrapani Institute, PO Box 2130, Boulder Creek, California 95006, USA, along with your name, address, phone number (so we can send you retreat instructions), e-mail address and specific retreat commitment WITH CLEAR CONSISTANT TIMES YOU COMMIT TO ATTEND, for example, every morning and evening session, every weekend, one week from May 2-9, etc.). We then ask that YOU call back the week of April 2 to see if there is a space for you and to complete the registration process. Part-timers should sit in the back of the gompa or where space is available. ALL PART-TIME RETREATANTS MUST ATTEND EVENING SESSIONS OF THE RETREAT EVERY DAY FROM MAY 4-11 TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE SADHANA AND GENERAL RETREAT STRUCTURE. UNSCHEDULED PERIODIC DROP-IN ATTENDANCE IS NOT PERMITTED.

Costs: (all amounts are in U.S. dollars)

$1600-$1200 (sliding scale) - Entire retreat (includes dormitory or camping accommodation with your own tent, meals, administrative costs AND initiation, but does not include prayer book, fire puja, donations to the teacher and attendant and periodic offerings). Sangha is half price.

$70 - Fire puja - (Fixed price. Member discounts do not apply. Also, participants will be involved in preparing the ingredients. Hopefully this price will be greatly reduced, but if each individual has their own set of offerings, the cost is $70. We thought it was better to give you how much the whole retreat could possibly cost.)

$1600-$1400 (sliding scale) - Entire retreat if you are in a retreat cabin. Retreat cabins will be double or triple occupancy. Unfortunately there are no individual cabins available due to space constraints. There will be no meal delivery to the cabins during the retreat. You may request a cabin when you register, but there are no guarantees.

Part-time retreat: (essential to attend evening sessions the first week, May 4-11)
$300 - Per week (includes meals and dormitory/camping accommodation)
$125 - Per weekend (includes meals and dormitory/camping accommodation)
$700 - Commuters for entire retreat with meals.
$420 - Commuters for entire retreat without meals.
There will be no itemized meals.
$50 - Initiation only

If you would like to be a sponsor of this retreat or would like to offer a place to a member of the Sangha, please contact Amy Miller at

There are no individual accommodations available unless you bring your own tent. Some scholarships are available. If you are interested in a scholarship, please request a scholarship application as early as possible and definitely before the start of the retreat. All applications will be reviewed prior to the retreat.

Deposits/Refunds: For full retreat, a $300 deposit is required to hold your place. In the case of cancellation, all but $50 will be refunded to you if you notify us by April 17, 2000. No refunds will be processed for cancellations made after April 17. If there is space for part-time retreatants and you are cleared from the waitlist, a 25% deposit is required to book your registration.

To register, please mail a $300 deposit in U.S. funds along with the following information: your full name, address, phone, fax, e-mail, gender and if you want camping or dormitory accommodation.

posted by Tsongkhapa Server 1/27/2000 5:46:27 PM

Thubten Chodron Retreat June 2-11 2000

Hello everyone, I thought many of you might like an email note about Venerable Chodron's summer retreat...but I'm not entirely sure about this email list. So if you'd rather not receive future emails on Dharma Friendship Foundation events just drop me an email and I'll most humbly help you prevent email clutter..!

All the details have been set for Venerable Chodron's June 2 - 11 retreat at Cloud Mountain: Teachings on the Path to Happiness & the Medicine Buddha Practice

The Tibetan Buddhist tradition contains a step-by-step method for transforming our mind/heart into the mind/heart of a fully enlightened being. In the process of doing so, we are more comfortable with ourselves and get along better with others. In this gradual path to enlightenment (Lam Rim), we do not accept the teachings with blind faith, but check them by using reason and by putting them into practice. The retreat will consist of meditation instruction to develop concentration and insight, devotional practice, and discussion.

A manifestation of the healing aspect of all the Buddhas, the Medicine Buddha purifies the cause of spiritual and physical disease, the three poisons of attachment, anger and ignorance. Radiating lapis blue rays of light and energy, the Medicine Buddha dissolves the obstacles that prevent healing. The Medicine Buddha practice involves visualization and mantra recitation. Prior experience with the Medicine Buddha practice is not necessary.

This is a good retreat for those new to Buddhism, as well as long time practitioners, but some familiarity with basic Buddhism is recommended. Call Claire (see below) for a short suggested reading list to prepare. The retreat will be held in silence, although there is time designated for questions and sharing of experiences.

Cloud Mountain is a Buddhist retreat center nestled in the beautiful green forests of the Northwest, located two hours south of Seattle, one hour north of Portland.

Cost: $495. Cost includes 3 great vegetarian meals daily and lodging. Cost does not include voluntary donation to the teacher. Deposit for the retreat is $200. For more info and a registration packet contact: Claire at 206-325-3970 or

posted by Tsongkhapa Server 1/27/2000 1:36:17 PM

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2000

HH Dalai Lama Teachings Year 2000

For the latest update on the teachings, please see this web site on
posted by Tsongkhapa Server 1/20/2000 1:51:04 PM

Study program at Nalanda Monastery, France (FPMT)

We are starting our new study program at Nalanda. The teachings are free and open to anyone who is interested to study. In the next years we will study the texts of the basic study program of the FPMT including additional texts chosen by our resident Geshe Losang Jamphel.

The first texts are the Bodhicharyavatara from Master Shantideva and Pur-bu-jok Jam-ba-gya-tso´s Great Path on Reasoning on buddhist logic. Classes are held every day, from 9.30 to 11, except weekends. Few days a week, there are discussion groups and a Tibetan class for beginners in the afternoon. We will have teachings periods of three month and then one month off throughout the year. If there is the wish, there is the possibility to attend our examinations.

Lay men can live at the monastery at the cost of 120 FF/day (20 $). This price can be reduced according to financial situation, motivation and length of stay, and depending on your wish to help with the daily work in the monastery.

For more information and registration please contact Ven. Pende or Ven. Jean-François:

Nalanda Monastery
81500 Labastide St. Georges
Tel (33) 5 63 58 02 25

posted by Tsongkhapa Server 1/20/2000 1:41:05 PM

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This page will contain news and events about the Buddhist tradition of Je Tsongkhapa (teachings, centers, and so forth).
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