Fall 2017 Program Schedule

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Our Fall Schedule is now available 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.

Accommodation and Food: We do not have a resident cook and visitors should arrange to bring their own food unless it is included in the registration for an event.   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.

Weekend of October 21-22 – Count Your Blessings

Do you go through your day and fall asleep “counting your blessings” or enumerating your woes?  Perhaps you, or those around you, habitually focus on the things that dissatisfy or displease you, things that you think are wrong in the world and you miss out on seeing all of the things that are right in your world.  This weekend will offer a chance to reconfigure what Phillip Moffitt has called our “gratitude ratio.”

While research has shown that gratitude will make you happier and healthier, perhaps you would also like to explore how it might help you to have a less confused view of reality.  More gratitude can mean less confusion, more clarity, and the blossoming of wisdom and compassion. In the context of a materialist culture and in this time of year when that ramps up for so many of those around us, and maybe for ourselves as well, this weekend offers an opportunity to feel gratitude for what we have and to experience relief from the endless wants and worries of our busy minds.

On Saturday, October 21, Lama Samten will show us how to cultivate gratitude through shamatha/vipashana meditation and through a gratitude practice your grandparents may have engaged in regularly and skillfully.  On Sunday, October 22, Lama Jigme will lead us in a traditional Buddhist practice of gratitude, Riwo Sang Cho.  You are welcome to come for both days or for one day only.

Gratitude is confidence in life itself. It is not sentimental, not jealous, nor judgmental. Gratitude does not envy or compare.  – Jack Kornfield

Saturday October 21

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Count Your Blessings – A day of meditation and gratitude practice with Lama Samten

Sunday October 22

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Riwo Sang Cho – The Mountain of Burnt Offerings is an ancient practice to share one’s merit with all sentient beings, to make offerings to enlightened beings, and to atone for whatever harm one has caused in the past to others: human, animal, unseen, and the environment itself.

Sunday October 29

1:30 pm  – Guru Rinpoche Ganachakra using the Rigdzin Dupa Sadhana – Please bring healthy, delicious food to offer and share for this celebration of the Heruka Ganachakra

Saturday November 4

1:30 pm – Maha Sukhavati Amitabha Sadhana and Phowa practice

5:00 pm – Vajrakila Sadhana, Dharmapala Offerings and Prajnaparamita Sutra

6:30 pm – Pot Luck Dinner

Saturday November 25

1:30 pm – Approaching Buddhism

When we practice Buddhism, we need to clearly examine our ideas and expectations, our hopes and fears and see if what we are doing is actually what the Buddha taught or just another way to cope with samsara but not let go. A discussion given by Lama Jigme for new and seasoned practitioners to examine what practicing Buddhism actually means.

3:00 pm – Introduction to Buddhist Meditation – Lama Jigme will give a talk on meditation followed by practice.

5:00 pm – Vajrakila Sadhana, Dharmapala prayers and Prajnaparamita Sutra

6:30 pm – Pot Luck Dinner

Sunday November 26

9:00 am – Morning practice including the Nying Thig Guru Yoga

11:00 am – Medicine Buddha Practice “A Sapphire River”

1:30 pm to 5:00 pm – Sessions of sitting and walking meditation

Saturday December 2

This will be the final practice weekend before Orgyan Dzong closes its public program for the winter, and will include practices of offering, purification, removing obstacles, and aspiration.

11:00 am – Morning practice including the Nying Thig Guru Yoga

1:30 pm – Riwo Sang Cho (Mountain of burnt offerings). Please bring foodstuffs (cereals, grains, cookies, sugar, whole grain flour, butter, milk powder, molasses, yogurt, honey, etc.) to offer into the fire.

3:00 pm – Vajrasattiva Purification Practice

4:30 pm – Vajrakila Sadhana including the Ganachakra and Dharmapala Offerings

6:30 pm – Pot Luck Dinner

Sunday December 3

9:00 am – Morning practice including the Nying Thig Guru Yoga

11:00 am – Riwo Sang Cho (Mountain of burnt offerings). Please bring food stuffs (cereals, grains, cookies, sugar, whole grain flour, butter, milk powder, molasses, yogurt, honey, etc.) to offer into the fire.

1:30 pm – Maha Sukhavati Amitabha Sadhana and Phowa practice

3:30 pm – Prajnaparamita Sutra, Aspiration and Dedication Prayers

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