2017 Spring and Summer Schedule

Jigme Lingpa

Jigme Lingpa

We are pleased to announce our 2017 calendar of Spring and Summer events at Orgyan Dzong featuring instruction and classes for all levels from beginners to more experienced and advanced practitioners. The majority of our events are free, but donations are always appreciated since we are a non-profit organization that depends on the goodwill of others.

Unless there is an event or retreat, our regular Orgyan Dzong weekend schedule is below.  Visitors are welcome to come and meditate, although there may not be any formal instructions or classes. Please contact us if you planning to visit.

Saturday
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Sitting Meditation and/or Sadhana Practice (All Levels)

Sunday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Periods of Sitting Meditation, Sadhana Practice (All Levels)
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Periods of Sitting Meditation, Sadhana Practice (All Levels)

Note: The above schedule is subject to change.

Accommodation and Food: We do not have a resident cook and visitors should arrange to bring their own food. Overnight accommodation in the retreat house is available on a limited basis at $30 (+HST) per night. Please contact us in advance to reserve a room to avoid disappointment. There’s also a number of local accommodations available in the vicinity.

Saturday, June 10 – Saga Dawa Duchen – Shakyamuni Buddha Celebration

10:00 am – Refuge Ceremony

Lama Jigme will be offering the refuge ceremony, the first step in becoming a Buddhist, to those who have previously requested this.

12:00 pm – Saga Dawa Duchen – ritual celebration marking the anniversary of the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha.

After reciting the Shakyamuni Buddha Sadhana, participants will be given the opportunity to individually offer flowers, scented water and incense to a small statue of the Buddha as a child before the temple’s traditional seven foot statue, while chanting Buddha Shakyamuni’s mantra.

On this day the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times. Offerings of flowers and citrus fruits for the altar are welcome on this auspicious day.

Sunday, June 11 – Open House 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

The centre is open to the pubic for tours of the temple and guesthouse.  Refreshments and a public talk by resident teacher Lama Jigme at 1:00 pm will be followed by a Q&A period.

Sunday, June 18 – Dakini Ganachakra (Tsog) based on Yumka Dechen Gyalmo Sadhana 

2:00 pm – Dakini Ganachakra

The 25th day of the lunar calendar, Dakini Tsog, is one of the two main monthly rituals in Vajrayana Buddhism.  Yumka Dechen Gyalmo is the peaceful dakini practice from the Longchen Nyingthig, the terma revelation of Jigme Lingpa.

All are welcome, although a dakini empowerment by a qualified Lama is suggested.

Saturday, June 24 – Practice Day

10:00 – 11:00 am – Tranquility Meditation Practice
12:00 pm – Shakyamuni Buddha Practice – 30th lunar day (new moon)
5:00 pm – Dharmapala Day Practice (restricted to those that have previously received initiation or permission)

Saturday, July 1 – Medicine Buddha Practice

11:00 am – The practice is performed on the 8th lunar day of the month, and prayers are offered to request the blessing of Medicine Buddha to heal diseases, as well as overcome obstacles, to achieve temporary and ultimate happiness for all.

Buddhism and Western Psychology

1:00 pm – A talk by Dr. Tony Toneatto, Professor and founder of the University of Toronto’s Buddhism and Psychology Program. Many similarities between Buddhism and western psychology are being increasingly pointed out. In this talk, the basic teachings of Buddhism, the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold Path, will be discussed from a psychological perspective, demonstrating how the Buddha’s teaching on authentic happiness and well-being is grounded in a psychological transformation of the entire personality.

Sunday, July 2 to Monday, July 3 – Rigdzin Dupa Mini Retreat

Starts 9:00 am Sunday July 2 to Monday July 3 at 5:00 pm

Rigdzin Düpa – ‘The Gathering of Vidyadharas,’ is the inner lama practice from the Longchen Nyingthig, the terma revelation of Jigme Lingpa.

This will include a ganachakra (tsok) and studying Khenpo Norgay’s practice instructions of the sadhana.

Fee: $50 plus GST per day – includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and teachings. Limited accommodation is available at $30 plus GST per night. Registration opens May 22, 2017.

* Please note that a Rigdzin Dupa empowerment is required to attend this retreat.

Sunday, July 9 – Amitabha Sadhana and Phowa Practice

1:00 pm – Practice on the 15th day of the lunar calendar (full moon). Amitabha is the Buddha of Limitless Light, and presides over the western Buddha realm of Great Bliss, known as Dewachen. Due to the intensity and power of the vows Amitabha made while a bodhisattva, his pure land is considered the easiest to be reborn in.

Saturday, July 15 – Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation

11:00 am – Noon – Introduction to Buddhism for Beginners
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Introduction to Buddhist Meditation for Beginners

Lama Jigme is offering ongoing introductions to Buddhism and meditation focusing on its theory and practice. There will be two parts -first a talk on the theory of Buddhism with questions and answers which will be followed by an introduction to Buddhist practice in the form of different types of meditation and mantra recitation making the theory into a living experience.

Sunday, July 16 – Meditation Day

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

A day of meditation sessions of silent sitting and mindful walking. Lama Jigme will be available for instruction and private interviews.

Please bring your own lunch. Refreshments will be provided on breaks. There is no fee for this event.

Saturday, July 22 – Vajrakilaya Sadhana Practice Day

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The wrathful heruka Vajrakilaya is the Yidam deity who embodies the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas. The practice is famous for being the most powerful for removing obstacles, destroying the forces hostile to compassion, and purifying the spiritual pollution so prevalent in this age.

This will include a Vajrakilaya ganachakra (tsog).

6:00 pm Dharmapala Day Practices

* Please note that a Vajrakilaya empowerment is required to attend this day.

Sunday, July 23 – Shakyamuni Buddha Sadhana

11:00 am – Shakyamuni Buddha sadhana is practiced monthly on the 30th day of the lunar calendar (new moon).

Saturday, August 5 to Monday, August 7 – 3 Day Silent Meditation Retreat

Sat. Aug. 3, 11:00 am to Mon Aug. 5, 5:00 pm

Three days of silent meditation practice encompassing Shamatha, Vipassana and Dzog Chen according to your level of practice. Private instruction and interviews with Lama Jigme can be arranged by appointment.

Fee: $50 plus GST per day – includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner and teachings. Limited Accommodation is available at $30 plus GST per night. Registration opens June 15, 2017.

Saturday, August 19 – Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation

11:00 am – Noon – Introduction to Buddhism for Beginners
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Introduction to Buddhist Meditation for Beginners

Lama Jigme is offering ongoing introductions to Buddhism and meditation focusing on its theory and practice. There will be two parts -first a talk on the theory of Buddhism with questions and answers which will be followed by an introduction to Buddhist practice in the form of different types of meditation and mantra recitation making the theory into a living experience.

Mindfulness and Western Psychology

3:00 pm – A talk by Dr. Tony Toneatto, Professor and founder of the University of Toronto’s Buddhism and Psychology Program. Rooted in Buddhism, mindfulness meditation is considered to be one of the primary means we can achieve authentic wisdom. Mindfulness meditation is also being increasingly practiced in western culture as a means of enhancing mental and physical health as well. In this talk, a psychological understanding of the many ways that meditation can improve your mental health will be described.

Sunday, August 20 – Vajrakila Sadhana Practice Day

11:00 am – 5:00 pm The wrathful heruka Vajrakilaya is the Yidam deity who embodies the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas. The practice is famous for being the most powerful for removing obstacles, destroying the forces hostile to compassion and purifying the spiritual pollution so prevalent in this age.  This will include a ganachakra (tsog).

6:00 pm Dharmapala Day Practices

* Please note that a Vajrakilaya empowerment is required to attend this day.

 

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