Chokhor Duchen – First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma August 4, 2019

The first turning is traditionally said to have taken place at Deer Park in Sarnath near Varanasi in northern India, to an audience of shravakas. It consisted of the teaching of the Four Noble Truths (Sanskrit: catvāry āryasatyāni) and the other elements of the Tripitaka – the Abhidharma, Sutrapitaka and Vinaya. “After attaining enlightenment, Buddha gave his first … [Read more…]

Saga Dawa Dechen – Lord Buddha’s Day Monday June 17th

Saga Dawa celebrates the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (when a Buddha passes away and leaves his or her earthly body). On this day Buddhists around the world engage in many prayers and practices, as well as making extensive offerings to teachers. The holiday is also a very auspicious time to conduct virtuous activities. The … [Read more…]

MSTC-WDC Sunday afternoon classes to start again April 28th, 3:30pm to 5pm with the class, How to Meditate  Open to everyone!

In this class we will talk about the stages of meditation and how to meditate. Wilson Hurley will lead participants in meditation sessions, using mindfulness techniques as well as guided meditations. Wilson will welcome any questions and/or discussions on meditation. Both beginners and regular meditators are welcome to participate.

UPDATED INFO BELOW REGARDING PLANNED LABOR DAY TEACHINGS

                  UPDATE: Due to scheduling difficulties, Gyumed Khensur  Rinpoche has let us know that he needs to cancel his trip to the Washington, DC area during August/September of this year. We have already requested to Rinpoche to  once again return to MSTC-WDC at a later date to … [Read more…]

Day of Miracles – Tuesday, February 19, 2019

  Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – Day of Miracles   The Day of Miracles is one of the four holy days in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar. It celebrates the time when a group ascetics challenged the Buddhas Shakyamuni to a contest of miracle powers at Sravasti. Because the Buddha wanted to help these ascetics develop … [Read more…]