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…]

Tibetan New Year- Losar, February 5th

  The actual Tibetan New Year date of February 5 marks the beginning of the auspicious year of the Female Earth Pig, 2146 / 2019. “Losar is the Tibetan New Year and the first two weeks, in particular, commemorate the time when the Buddha uncharacteristically displayed his power by doing a number of miracles to win over hundreds … [Read more…]

Lama Tsongkhapa Day, Sunday December 2, 2018

Lama Tsongkhapa Day, or Ganden Ngamchoe, is a celebration of the anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s parinirvana. It is celebrated on the 25th day of the 10th month in the Tibetan calendar. This year, Lama Tsongkhapa Day falls on Sunday, December 2. Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was a Tibetan Buddhist master whose studies and meditations in all … [Read more…]

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…]