Robert James Taylor, Founding member of MSTC-WDC passes on July 29, 2020

Robert James Taylor (Bob) passed away peacefully July 29, 2020 at the age of 94.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Gaithersburg, MD (MSTC-WDC Board Member). After retirement he worked to help establish The Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP) as Assistant Director. ACIP is dedicated to locating, cataloging, digitally preserving and freely distributing … [Read more…]

Lama Chopa Zoom Class

  Lama Chopa Class Lama Chopa is a key practice observed in the Gelukpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. It translates as “Offering to the Guru” and is one of two major lineages of Guru Yoga devoted to Je Tsongkapa called the Ensapa lineage. It was passed down secretly until written down in the 1600s by … [Read more…]

The Path of Mahamudra, New Class by Zoom Sundays, 3:30pm to 5pm

Mahamudra is a Sanskrit word that means “Great Seal.” In ancient India, when a king sent out a proclamation, the validity of the document was established by affixing the king’s wax seal. Similarly, the great seal of emptiness marks the true nature of all phenomena. In this class we will delve into the preliminary practices … [Read more…]

Online Long Life Puja, with the recitation of the Sixteen Arhats, for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other Lineage Lamas Saturday, July 4th, 11am

  May the glorious lamas live long. May happiness and well-being arise for all sentient beings, present throughout space. May I and all beings without exception, having gathered the two accumulations and purified the two obscurations, be swiftly established in the state of buddhahood. As we wish for the above, we are organizing Long Life … [Read more…]

Live Webcasts: Avalokiteshvara Empowerment

Great news for all of us during these troubled times. This is a rare and precious opportunity to develop compassion and wisdom. Please note that these times listed are for India.  For the US, dates would be 5/28 & 5/29 (EST start time 11:30pm; PDT start time 8:30pm) Dates have been updated on HHDL website … [Read more…]

Buddha’s Descent from Heaven-Lhabab Duchen, Tuesday, Nov. 19th

Lhabab Duchen is a Buddhist festival celebrated to observe the Buddha’s descent from the Trāyastriṃśa heaven down to earth. According to legend, the Buddha ascended the Trāyastriṃśa heaven temporarily at the age of 41, in order to give teachings to benefit the gods in that desire realm, and to repay the kindness of his mother by liberating her from Samsara. On … [Read more…]

Buddhist Logic class (second class) Sunday, Nov. 24th 3:30pm to 5pm Open to all!

Dharmakirti   Buddhist Logic is used by practitioners to explore basic truths in an attempt to determine their accuracy through valid cognition (Tibetan: ཚད་མ་) or Pramana (Sanskrit: प्रमाण, Pramāṇa), which literally means “proof” and “means of knowledge”. Phenomena are generally categorized into obvious truths like gross suffering and impermanence, slightly hidden truths like subtle impermanence, and extremely hidden truths like karma.  In … [Read more…]