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The Parinirvāṇa of Khenchen Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

Karmapa Center 16 offers its heartfelt condolences to all the nunneries, students, and all who are mourning the passing into parinirvāṇa of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche on June 22, 2024. 

I remember the great kindness of Khenpo Rinpoche for teaching us the buddhadharma in general, and in particular, instructing us in the Kagyü tradition. Practicing in accordance with Rinpoche’s wishes and instructions, I offer my prayers and devotion – may all of them be accomplished. 

On behalf of Karmapa Center 16,

Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche 

Offerings and Prayers on the occasion of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s birthday

On the occasion of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s birthday, resident monastics and lay visitors made special offerings and prayers at Karmapa Center 16, presided over by our dear Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche.

ཀརྨ་པ་གསུམ་པ་རང་བྱུང་རྡོ་རྗེའི་གསུངས་འཛམ་གླིང་སྤྱི་བསང་དང་། ཀརྨ་པ་ཨོ་རྒྱན་ཕྲིན་ལས་རྡོ་རྗེའི་གསུངས་གསེར་ལྡན་རྔ་སྒྲའི་བསང་མཆོད། The universal smoke offering for the world as taught by the great third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, and the purifying offerings with fire and the sound of the drum, as taught by the precious 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

Karmapa Khyenno!

The passing of Honorable Karma Dhondup, father of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s father, Honorable Karma Dhondup, passed away on Buddha Purnima Day, the 15th day of the Vesak month (May 23, 2024).

According to the Tibetan calendar, Buddha Purnima is called “Düchen Sumdzom,” meeting three special occasions: the day when Buddha Sakyamuni was born, attained enlightenment and passed away into parinivana.

The resident lamas and members of Karmapa Center 16 in Wadsworth, Illinois, will be holding daily prayers and butter lamp offerings through the 49th day

Meditation for All – Every Sunday, Online and Onsite

Since October of last year, our resident teacher, Acharya Lhakpa Tshering, has offered guided meditation and short dharma teachings every Sunday at Karmapa Center 16, and friends in the area have been able to join us onsite.

As everyone is welcome, and no prior experience is needed, Acharya calls the Sunday sessions Meditation for All

We are delighted to announce that beginning January 14, 2024, Acharya’s teaching and the opportunity to practice together, will be offered online, so that Meditation for All will, indeed, be available to all! 

Please join us onsite or online! 

For online access, please register here for the Zoom link. The sessions begin at 10 am and finish at 11:30 am Central Standard Time. Please be sure to log onto Zoom a few minutes before we start. Below, you can find a few other guidelines that will help all of us practice together in the most beneficial way possible.

KC16’s resident teacher – Acharya Lhakpa Tshering. Photo Credit: Gloria Sherab Drolma

We aspire to follow in the footsteps of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa by offering Meditation for All to everyone and practicing together as he once expressed: 

“I will always exert myself in dharmic recitation, proclamations, and readings. In mind, I will not flutter back and forth like a young bird on a branch. Not getting absorbed in discursive thoughts of good and bad, I will meditate, cultivating forbearance and relying on my own perceptions, not those of others. I will reflect on how best to benefit the teachings and beings.” 


Karmapa Khyenno!

Joining Nalandabodhi’s Winter Retreat 2023 at KC16

Ignite the Courageous Heart of Compassion, Nalandabodhi’s annual Winter Retreat, will be held online via Zoom and onsite at Nalanda West in Seattle, from Thursday, December 28 to Monday, January 1.

Nalandabodhi is a global Buddhist community founded by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Rinpoche was recognized, raised, and trained by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, at Rumtek Monastery. He is a heart son of the Gyalwang Karmapa and serves as Advisor on our Karmapa Center 16 Board of Directors. 

During the retreat, our resident teacher, Acharya Lhakpa Tshering, will guide Mahamudra meditation from Karmapa Center 16’s shrine room this year. 

On a big screen, KC16 will join the other meditation sessions and teachings by Nalandabodhi Vice Chancellor Acharya Tashi Wangchuk, who will give teachings on Lojong Mind Training; Nalandabodhi senior teacher Mitra Mark Power, who will lead teachings on the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva; Nalandabodhi Karunikas Laura McRae & Ellen Balzé who will lead contemplative reflections; and there will be information about Mind Without Borders (MWB), a prison dharma-based program. 

You are welcome to join us at KC16 anytime, for one session, a day, or the entire retreat (see schedule below). 

KC16 will offer tea/coffee, lunch and (light) dinner. 

Registration
We kindly ask KC16 onsite participants to register for Nalandabodhi’s Winter Retreat here. Scholarships to join for a reduced price are available. If you don’t live near KC16, you can register for Nalandabodhi’s Winter Retreat via Zoom here.

Questions?
If you have questions about joining us at KC16, please send an email to communications@karmapacenter16.org. If you have questions about Nalandabodhi’s Winter Retreat in general or online participation, please email help@nalandabodhi.org

Please join
Please join Nalandabodhi’s Winter Retreat, Ignite the Courageous Heart of Compassion, to practice meditation and for teachings on Mind-Training (Lojong) and the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva.

Time (CST)Thu, Dec. 28Fri, Dec 29Sat, Dec 30Sun, Dec 31Mon, Jan 1
10.30-11.30MeditationMeditationMeditationMeditation
11.30-11.45BreakBreakBreakBreak
11.45-12.00Mitra Mark session 4
12.00-12.15MeditationMeditationMeditation
12.15-12.45Mitra Mark session 1Mitra Mark session 2Mitra Mark session 3
12.45-1 PMBreak
1 – 1.45 PMPoMA
1.45 – 2 PMMWB 
Story 1
MWB 
Story 2
Closing
2 – 2.15 PMEnd of retreat
2.15 – 4 PMLunch BreakLunch BreakLunch Break
4 – 5 PMMeditationMeditationMeditation
5 – 5.15 PMWelcomeBreakBreakBreak
5.15 – 5.30 PMStart online
5.30 – 6.15 PMOpeningAcharya Tashi session 1Acharya Tashi session 2Acharya Tashi session 3
6.15 – 7 PMIntention
7 – 8 PMDinner BreakDinner BreakDinner BreakDinner Break
8 – 9 PMAcharya Lhakpa: Mahamudra MeditationAcharya Lhakpa: Mahamudra MeditationAcharya Lhakpa: Mahamudra MeditationAspirations

Lama Rabten is our new trustee

Lama Rabten Tshering is the resident teacher and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi Canada. His dharma education started at a very young age and he spent his early years training at Rumtek Monastery, seat of Gyalwang Karmapa in Sikkim, India. In 1992, Lama Rabten served as Assistant Disciplinary Master of Rumtek Monastery, appointed by Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche and Goshir Gyaltsap Rinpoche, and carried out this responsibility for five years.

In 1997, Lama Rabten entered a three-year retreat at Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche’s Pullahari Retreat Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal. While there he completed more training in meditation and tantra under the guidance of Drupon Khenpo Lodro Namgyal, Bokar Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.

To serve the Nalandabodhi community, Lama Rabten came to Canada in 2002 under the invitation of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. He currently teaches regularly at Maitrivana, Nalandabodhi Canada’s headquarters in Vancouver; and travels to Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax to teach and guide students in their meditation practices.