Letter and Request to all MSTC-WDC practitioners

In the afterglow of Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche’s incredible teachings on White Tara at the Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Center -Washington DC over the Labor Day weekend, we thought it a good time to reach out to members and friends to see what programs might be of interest this fall.  We have been alternating between classes … [Read more…]

Bodhisattvas Way of Life Class, Sunday, September 23rd, 3:30pm to 5pm Open to all!

Open to all! The Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra or Bodhicaryāvatāra, sometimes translated into English as A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s[1] Way of Life, is a famous Mahāyāna Buddhist text written c. 700 AD in Sanskrit verse by Shantideva (Śāntideva), a Buddhist monk at Nālandā Monastic University in India. It has ten chapters dedicated to the development of bodhicitta … [Read more…]

Chokor Duchen or First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, July 16, 2018

This Buddhist holiday celebrates the day that Buddha Sakyamuni first taught the four noble truths in Sarnath and first turned the wheel of Dharma. It is one of the 4 great Buddhist holidays of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar.  Buddha taught that life is suffering and that suffering is unavoidable. Suffering is caused by afflicting emotions (attachment, … [Read more…]

Bodhisattvas Way of Life, Sunday, July 1st 3:30pm to 5pm Open to all!

Open to all! The Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra or Bodhicaryāvatāra, sometimes translated into English as A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s[1] Way of Life, is a famous Mahāyāna Buddhist text written c. 700 AD in Sanskrit verse by Shantideva (Śāntideva), a Buddhist monk at Nālandā Monastic University in India. It has ten chapters dedicated to the development of bodhicitta … [Read more…]

Saga Dawa Duchen, Lord Buddha’s Day Tuesday May 29th

Lord Buddha’s Day or Saga Dawa Duchen, is the full moon day of the sacred month of Saga Dawa, the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. This is the most sacred day of the year in Tibetan Buddhism, commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana (death) of the Buddha, and it is believed that all positive … [Read more…]

Bodhisattvas Way of Life, Sunday, May 20th 3:30pm to 5pm Open to all!

Open to all! The Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra or Bodhicaryāvatāra, sometimes translated into English as A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s[1] Way of Life, is a famous Mahāyāna Buddhist text written c. 700 AD in Sanskrit verse by Shantideva (Śāntideva), a Buddhist monk at Nālandā Monastic University in India. It has ten chapters dedicated to the development of bodhicitta … [Read more…]

Natural Meditation Class, Sunday, April 15th, 3:30pm to 5pm Open to all

Join us for meditations and contemplations based on the Water and Wood Shastras  by the Third Gungtang Rinpoche, Venerable Konchok Tenpai Dronme   In addition to guided mindfulness practice, participants will get a chance to try various traditional contemplations on both secular ethics and on the graded steps to enlightenment.  Gungtang Rinpoche composed these poems based on years of … [Read more…]

Day of Miracles, March 1st/2nd (depending upon your location) Chotrul Duchen

  Chötrul Düchen, is one of the four Buddhist festivals commemorating four events in the life of the Buddha, according to Tibetan traditions.  Chötrul Düchen closely follows Losar, the Tibetan New Year. It takes place on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Tibetan calendar during the full moon, The first fifteen days of the year celebrate the fifteen days during which … [Read more…]