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Work a Day for Rinpoche August 2014

Donate a day of work to the Dharma

Imagine dedicating one day of your work to the Dharma. Wherever your work takes you for that one day, you will bring the intention of developing Bodhicitta to all your actions.

To commemorate ZaChoeje's birthday in August we are supporting our second annual Work A Day for Rinpoche. In Rinpoche's honor we are asking those who would like to participate to donate the equivalent of one day's pay to Emaho in Rinpoche's honor.

Please donate a day’s wage, or any amount you are able to offer. Contributions help fund Emaho Foundation’s mission and help pay for the ongoing expenses associated with running the center.

On a day of your choosing, as you Work A Day for Rinpoche, you can aspire to move through the day with thoughts of Bodhisattva intention and gratitude for finding an auspicious lineage master from whom to receive the Dharma.

You can choose the amount you wish to donate by using the PayPal button below, or you can mail your donation directly to Emaho Foundation at PO Box 1563 Litchfield Park AZ 85340-1563.

 

 

Birthday Party for Rinpoche August 31

Swim party, Sunday August 31

Please mark your calendar to join us in celebration of ZaChoeje Rinpoche’s birthday, Sunday, August 31, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Everyone is welcome. Bring your family, swim suit, towel and a favorite dish to share for the pot luck. This is an opportunity to spend time with Rinpoche, catch up with friends, meet new ones and enjoy great food as we bid happy returns to Rinpoche and farewell to summer 2014.

In honor of our kind and generous teacher Rinpoche, the children's program scheduled for the morning of the party will meet at the party instead. This will be an auspicious opportunity for the children to be with Rinpoche and the sangha in a happy social event.

We'll have games especially for the kids, great food, swimming, and above all this is an opportunity for all of us to come together with our teacher and sangha in summer fun.

The party will be at a private residence at 1705 N. Forest, Mesa AZ 85203. You can call 602-799-2497 if you need assistance with directions. Parking on Forest, Ivyglen and Indigo. Look for prayer flags to find the home.

Please RSVP and coordinate your pot-luck dish with Donna Tash at donna@emahofoundation.org. It helps us with the planning.

 

 

Animal Blessing - Photos March 30

ZaChoeje Rinpoche:
Blessing the animals at Emaho Center




2014 Mantrathon January 11, 2014

Saturday January 11
MANTRATHON TOTALS

Over One Million Mantras collected this year!

Emaho thanks everyone who participated:

Emaho, Bodhi Center, and Santa Fe, NM Center (US Centers) 294.186
Trashi Ganden Choepel Ling (New Zealand Center) 107,597
Japan 50,000
Tibet 1,000,000
India 300,000

TOTAL 1,751,783

The marathon is a global fundraiser in which we raise money to continue the work of ZaChoeje Rinpoche and to support Emaho’s three-fold mission. Most importantly Emaho’s Mantrathon welcomes the new year with wishes for a peaceful year, a year of beneficial resolution to world problems, a year of healing and happiness.

Guru Puja Chanting Practice 2014

Following Rinpoche's suggestion, Jae-Min will lead the chanting practice sessions for Guru Puja.

Jae-Min learned chants from the late Geshe Pal Tsering who founded Trashi Ganden Choepel Ling in New Zealand, one of Emaho's sister centers.

Learning mostly through observing and copying Geshe-la, Jae-Min first started to lead chants during the times when Geshe-la was travelling.

Jae-Mine will be sharing the tunes used for the Guru Puja, one of the regular practices at Trashi Ganden Choepel Ling.

 

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Enlightenment Stupa 

UPDATE: November 11, 2011

Tenzin Phakmo, the Tibetan artist who visited Emaho in December 2010, was asked by Rinpoche to construct the Stupa.

The stupa is now complete!


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The Enlightenment Stupa


Click to enlarge:
Tenzin Phakmo and Tenzin Sangmo building the Enlightenment Stupa


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Buddhist scrolls for the Stupa

Click to enlarge:
Rinpoche and Geshe bless the Stupa

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2014 Workshops and Events

Chenrezig Empowerment and Retreat June 6-8

CHENREZIG EMPOWERMENT AND RETREAT
with ZaChoeje Rinpoche
June 6-8
Emaho Center

Please note: space is limited! Sign up well ahead of the event to reserve your spot.

We are pleased to announce that ZaChoeje Rinpoche has been requested and has agreed to bestow the 1000-Armed Avalokiteshvara, Chenrezig, empowerment. Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment at our June retreat, which begins Friday June 6 and concludes Sunday June 8.

This is Emaho's 11th annual retreat. We are very fortunate to have regular retreats with a High Lama. Take advantage of this opportunity to spend time with Rinpoche.

This year we will hold the retreat at Emaho Center.

Avalokiteshvara, Chenrezig is the embodiment of all the infinite Buddhas' compassionate wisdom. With his mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, we generate a mind tirelessly attempting to deliver all beings from suffering.

As we practice 1,000 arm Avalokiteshvara, Chenrezig, we learn to tune our minds to the sensitivity of the suffering of others. Our hearts open and we become moved by love and compassion bringing us the ability to deeply and sincerely act for the benefit of others. Overcoming our selfish attitude we act without concern for name, fame, or personal gain. The knowledge of true love and compassion brings us to the realization that all of us, all sentient brings, are interconnected. This truth brings us a profound respect for all things. True Compassion is the path to freedom from suffering.

The suggested donation for the retreat is $150.00. Please register early by using the Paypal button below or in person before the Wednesday meditations at the center with Melissa . Due to the size of our center, registration will be limited to first come, first served. We are unable to offer attendance to the empowerment only, due to limited space.

Please know, no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

If you are unable to complete registration online please email Melissa. Emaho does not ask for donations from anyone to receive the dharma. Dharma is always given without consideration of suggested donation. Donations received help with Emaho Foundation's operating expenses.

 

Great Wisdom Goddess Prajnaparamita Retreat May 2-3

Great Wisdom Goddess Prajnaparamita
Two-Day Retreat

Saturday May 3 and Sunday May 4 at Emaho Center

Rinpoche will lead one of the sessions via Skype from Bodh Gaya.

The Great Wisdom Goddess, Prajnaparamita, symbolizes transcendent wisdom as she embodies the Dharma (teachings), doctrine and virtues of the sutras at their highest level.

Join us as we deepen our understanding of the Prajnaparamita, the expression of the compassion of perfected wisdom. By meditating on the wisdom of emptiness we evoke an unshakable fearlessness, a diamond confidence assisting us in more fully understanding the nature of truth.

Saturday, Sunday

7:00am bagels, juice, coffee and tea

First session
7:30am-9:30am

Break
9:30am -10:00am

Second session
10:00am -noon

Lunch: soup and bread
Noon - 1:30pm

Third session
1:30pm -3:30pm

Break
3:30 pm -4:30

Suggested donation for the two day retreat is $80.00. No one is ever turned away for lack of funding.

 

Nagarjuna Weekend Workshop April 11-13

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
April 11, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
April 12, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
April 13, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

We are pleased to offer an intensive weekend workshop on Nagarjuna’s Mūlamadhyamaka-kārikā (Fundamental Verses of the Middle Way).

Nagarjuna's renowned twenty-seven-chapter Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way is the most important of his work. In its 450 stanzas it covers the entire compass of his thoughts.

The suggested donation is $125. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

 

Animal Blessing March 30

Animal Blessing by Rinpoche- Includes All Animals, Present or Not!
March 22, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Rinpoche knows that for many of us our animals are family, as much a part of our family as any person in the household, and that our pets play an important part in enriching our lives.

It has been requested of Rinpoche to bestow blessings for our animals. Rinpoche will bless all critters great and small March 30, 1-3 at Emaho Center. He is offering two different blessings: one for those animals with us and a second, a puja, for those animals who have passed.

If you’re bringing your pet, please have your animal on a leash or crated. We want to ensure safety for all attending.

If you’re unable to come to the center or live out of state or out of the country, please send a picture accompanied with your pet’s name. Send your photos to mail@emahofoundation.org. We will see they get to Rinpoche for this auspicious event.

We suggest a $25 donation for one or as many pets as you would like blessed. Revenue received from the blessing will go to helping Emaho with ongoing operating expenses. If possible, we ask that participants sign up ahead of time with Paypal.

We will have arts and crafts for kids and adults. Bring your camera, iPhone or iPad and capture your pet with Rinpoche. We’ll have water, treats and clean up supplies. If you have towels or blankets to donate, please bring and we’ll see that they go to an animal shelter.

May all that have life be delivered from suffering
Buddha

Great Wisdom Goddess Prajnaparamita Empowerment March 22

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
March 22, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Emaho Center

(To be followed by tea, cake, and cookies for everyone, even if you are not attending the empowerment - see details below)

For the first time in the West, ZaChoeje Rinpoche is offering the The Great Wisdom Goddess Prajnaparamita Empowerment, the expression of the compassion of perfected wisdom.

This is the first time Rinpoche is offering this empowerment which he feels will help awaken our sublime understanding of truth by generating unshakable fearlessness and diamond confidence assisting us in more fully understanding the nature of truth.

The Great Wisdom Goddess, Prajnaparamita, symbolizes transcendent wisdom as she embodies the Dharma (teachings), doctrine and virtues of the sutras at their highest level.

If you feel inclined, please add your offerings of flowers and food to this auspicious occasion.

People are looking forward to spending time with our kind and compassionate teacher. Following the empowerment please join for a pot luck dinner to enjoy time with Rinpoche and spiritual friends.

Please join us welcoming Rinpoche back. It is most helpful for us if you would please pre-register or register your intent to attend online. In this way we can be better serve our sangha community. The suggested donation is $70. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

For all other questions, please mail us at mail@emahofoundation.org or call us at 480-704-4169.

We are looking forward with enthusiasm to the start of our 2014 teaching and being with our venerable teacher.


 

Painting with Realism March 2014

Update: This class has been cancelled.

Previous description:
Emaho is pleased to offer a four-Sunday Realism Painting class during the month of March, taught by Rick Weir.

The classes are open to everyone, whether they have previous painting experience or are just starting out. Using nontoxic acrylic paints, we will learn how to make a realistic painting from a photograph. Class size will be limited to 14 students to insure individual attention.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING
February 23, 12:30-1:30 pm
An informational non painting meeting will be held on February 23rd. Come see examples of the pieces that can be done, find out what materials will be used, and meet Rick.

CLASS SCHEDULE
Sundays from 11:00 - 1:00 on the following dates:
March 2
March 9
March 16
March 23

Rick Weir is a long time Sangha member. Rick obtained his Masters of Fine Arts degree from ASU, taught art and Advanced Placement Art History for 25 years in Southern California and has participated in many group and solo shows and exhibits throughout the US. Rick’s kind and supportive nature will put even first timers at ease.

Cost: $50.00 total, most materials included, 4 classes. Each class is 2 hours from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. All proceeds go to Emaho. You can e-mail Rick at rickweir73@yahoo.com to get on the list or for questions.

Payment may be made at the informational meeting to insure your spot or at the first class in March.

 

The Footsteps of the Buddha 2014

Pilgrimage with ZaChoeje Rinpoche
January 25 - February 9, 2014

Contact info: mail@emahofoundation.org

ZaChoeje Rinpoche has kindly accepted requests to lead a trip following in the footsteps of Buddha. The trip begins in Kathmandu, Nepal on January 25th and concludes in Varanasi, India on Feb 9th. This is an opportunity to travel with an authentic lineage master to the places Buddha was born, found enlightenment, taught, and passed away.

"There are four places Ananda, which the believing man should visit with feelings of reverence and awe. What are the four? The place, Ananda, at which the believing man can say, Here the Tathagata was born. The place, Ananda, at which the believing man can say, Here the Tathagata attained the supreme and perfect insight. The place, Ananda, at which the believing man can say, Here was the kingdom of righteousness set on foot by the Tathagata. The place, Ananda, at which the believing man can say, Here the Tathagata passed finally away in that utter passing away which leaves nothing whatever to remain behind."
                           Mahaparinitryana Sutra

 

2014 Mantrathon January 11, 2014

Saturday January 11

Emaho is welcoming 2014 with a day of mantra recitation. Our annual mantrathon will be held with wishes for a peaceful year, a year of benefical resolution to world problems, a year of healing and happiness.

The mantrathon will be a worldwide community event, with practitioners from Tashi Gaden Chopeling monastery in Tibet, the people in Rinpoche’s region in Tibet, residents of Drepung Loseling in India, Rinpoche’s students in New Zealand, friends from Japan, the sangha from Yakima, friends in New Mexico, and of course, our own Emaho sangha.

We will send out a stream of Avalokiteshvara’s mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, to surround ourselves and the world in loving kindness. Avalokiteshvara, or Chenrezig, is the embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas.

SCHEDULE

You are welcome to stay all day, drop in when your schedule permits, or join us from home.

7:00am bagels, juice, coffee and tea

1. session
7:30am-9:30am

Break
9:30am -10:00am

2. session
10:00am -noon

Lunch: soup and bread
Noon - 1:30pm

3. session
1:30pm -3:30pm

Break
3:30 pm -4:30

4. session
4:30pm -5:40 pm

GOAL AND MANTRA COLLECTION

Download a pledge form and collect contributions from your friends:

Download pledge form (pdf).

The marathon is a global fundraiser in which we raise money to continue the work of ZaChoeje Rinpoche and to support Emaho’s three-fold mission. Most importantly Emaho’s Mantrathon welcomes the new year with wishes for a peaceful year, a year of beneficial resolution to world problems, a year of healing and happiness.

The mantra will begin at sunrise and end at sunset. In Phoenix sunrise is 7:33 am, sunset 5:40. Around the world people adjust following Phoenix time.

Please determine how many mantras you will recite per dollar pledged. For example, you could recite 100, 500, or 1,000 mantras per dollar. Gather friends and family to help your effort. We are suggesting a donation of at least $108. Please know that, with or without donation, you are welcome.

Please keep track of your mantra collection. We will tally and announce the number of Om Mani Pade Hums chanted globally.


2013 Workshops and Events

Discovering Dharma 4begins Oct 19

GESHE JAMPA

We are happy to offer a special opportunity to receive teachings on Discovering Dharma 4 from Geshe Jampa. Discovering Dharma 4 will consist of a series of 8 classes of 1-1/2 hours each. This is a great opportunity to study in the traditional style, in a personal setting with a learned Geshe.

Discovering Dharma 4 is not a sequel to Discovering Dharma 1- 3. In this course all the topics are new and everyone is welcome.

We encourage registration for the entire series, but if you are unable to attend all the classes, you are welcome to attend the classes you can. The suggested donation for a single session is $15.

REGISTER BELOW

The four main topics of the Buddhist teaching covered in the Discovering Dharma teaching series are:

  1. Dhammapada (Path of Dharma) chapters 7- 10
  2. Perfection of Patience
  3. Mind and Mental Factors (Lorig )
  4. The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva

DHAMMAPADA

The Dhammapada contains the most essential teachings of the Buddha. ‘Dhamma’ means teaching and ‘pada’ means path, so it is the path or way of the teaching. It is not all one lengthy discourse, but a compilation of what are said to be the Buddha’s utterances over many years brought together by his disciples to give the true nature of his unique understanding. Three chapters will be covered in this course.

PERFECTION OF PATIENCE

All the world's major religions emphasize the importance of the practice of love, compassion, and tolerance. This is particularly true in the Buddhist traditions, which unanimously state that compassion and love are the foundation of all paths of practice. To cultivate the potential for compassion and love inherent within us, it is crucial to counteract their opposing forces of anger and hatred. It is said there are three dimensions to Patience: the ability to endure personal hardship; patience with others; and acceptance of truth.

The teaching on this topic will be based on the sixth chapter Patience from the text “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” by Indian Buddhist Master Shantideva.

MIND AND MENTAL FACTORS (LORIG)

In this topic we will study the consciousness of mind and fifty-one mental factors.. Understanding mind is essential to understanding Buddhism in both its theoretical and practical aspects, for the process of achieving enlightenment is one of systematically purifying and enhancing the mind. The analysis of mind in Buddhism is both multifaceted and sophisticated. As a spiritual practice, Buddhism contains numerous descriptions of the nature and function of the mind and instructions on how to search for, abide with, and refine it.

THE THIRTY-SEVEN PRACTICES OF A BODHISATTVA

Gyalse Thogmed Zangmo’s The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva is one of Tibetan Buddhist's most popular texts, incorporated in the Mind Training text and also able to be explained according to the Lam Rim tradition. His succinct and simple verses of advice summarize the quintessence of the Mahayana path to perfection. This text is elucidated precisely and in accessible language for the modern reader and shows how we can transform our actions, feelings, and ways of thinking to become Bodhisattvas ourselves. Its advice is timeless and its relevance is universal.

SCHEDULE

Saturday October 19, 11:30am -1:00pm
Saturday November 2, 11:30am- 1:00pm
Saturday November 9, 11:00am – 12:30pm, 1:30pm- 3:00pm
        (one hour lunch break) Potluck
Saturday November 23, 11:00am- 12:30pm, 1:30pm- 3:00pm
        (one hour lunch break) Light lunch offer
Saturday December 7, 11:30am- 1:00pm
Saturday December 14, 11:30am- 1:00pm

REGISTER

The suggested donation for the full 8 classes is $ 100. The suggested donation for a single session is $15.
No one is ever turned away for lack of funding.
Space is limited. Please register early.

We ask that you please register and pay in advance with the PayPal button below, or send a check to the Emaho Foundation address: 4111 E Phelps Rd Phoenix, AZ 85032, or pay at the Center in person. The proceeds will support Emaho Center. No one is turned away for lack of funding.

Geshe Jampa will offer a certificate of Attendance or certificate of Completion to the students attending all sessions at the last session of the teaching.

For more information about the series, please call 480-704-4169 or email Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org

AHIMSA December 7

Saturday December 7
4:30 - 9:00 pm

In honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on December 11, 1989, please join your friends at Emaho for our annual celebration of Ahimsa.

Every year we come together as a sangha to honor the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Together we share our commitment to live a peaceful life, taking universal responsibility to bring the spirit of Ahimsa, or non-harming, to all our thoughts and activities.

We especially extend our appreciation to the many Emaho volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scene to make Emaho a successful, pleasant place to call our spiritual home.

4:30 pm - Community Meeting
5:00 pm - Peace Performance by Emaho's children's group
5:45 pm - Potluck Dinner and Dessert Bar
6:30 pm - Movie: Vajra Sky

Please contact donna@emahofoundation.org and let her know what dish you’ll be bringing.

Donate a toy!
Bring a new toy for us to deliver to the Phoenix fire department for their annual toy drive.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in his speech while accepting the Nobel peace prize:

Let me end with a personal note of thanks to all of you and our friends who are not here today. The concern and support which you have expressed for the plight of the Tibetans have touched us all greatly, and continue to give us courage to struggle for freedom and justice: not through the use of arms, but with the powerful weapons of truth and determination. I know that I speak on behalf of all the people of Tibet when I thank you and ask you not to forget Tibet at this critical time in our country's history. We too hope to contribute to the development of a more peaceful, more humane and more beautiful world. A future free Tibet will seek to help those in need throughout the world, to protect nature, and to promote peace. I believe that our Tibetan ability to combine spiritual qualities with a realistic and practical attitude enables us to make a special contribution, in however modest a way. This is my hope and prayer.

In conclusion, let me share with you a short prayer which gives me great inspiration and determination:

For as long as space endures,
And for as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I, too, abide
To dispel the misery of the world.’

Dalai Lama

Please plan to join us.

 

Night of the Naga Sept 28

Silent Auction/Fundraising Event
Saturday September 28
6:00 - 10:30 pm

Emaho’s second annual Silent Auction/Fundraising Event at the beautiful Royal Arcadia Hacienda in Phoenix.

WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS!

Purses for a Purpose

If you can, please donate a designer or designer inspired handbag for Emaho’s "Purses for a Purpose." The event will be held during our annual silent auction fundraiser, Night of the Naga, September 28.

The number of raffle tickets sold for this event will equal the number of purses donated. Each ticket holder is insured a purse. Selection of each purse will be called by the random pick of tickets. In one of the purses is the Smithsonian Institute’s official copy of the engagement bracelet, The Message of Love, given to Jackie Kennedy from John. Your purse can be dropped off at Emaho center. We’ll be accepting purses through Wednesday September 25.

Other Silent Auction Donations

All other donations are welcome! Email us at mail@emahofoundation.org and tell us what you'd like to donate to the Silent Auction.

A NIGHT TO SUPPORT EMAHO

The evening has been designed for fun, bringing good food and good company together for our good cause. This is a perfect evening to enjoy friends and meet new ones while relaxing in the company of ZaChoeje Rinpoche and the sangha.
Naga Night brings us together as a community to support Emaho, our place of peace in a stressful world, our center to learn useful tools to help us cope in this complicated and busy world. It is the combined efforts of all of us that keeps Emaho vibrant and growing.

We’re having a nacho bar dinner starting at 6:30pm, followed later by a dessert bar and Tibetan sweet tea. We’re showing an outdoor slide show of Tehor Tibet with new photos of the auspicious building progress being made of the new temple and nunnery.

People have asked if it's possible to have a one on one photo taken with Rinpoche. Rinpoche is kindly making time for this. Please bring your camera. We’ll have raffles, our Silent Auction and a number of fun ways to gather donations under the spectacular special effect lighting of Jeff Jordan of Phoenix Light Lab.

Be a part of Night of the Naga: We are looking for volunteers to help! Please send an e-mail to mail@emahofoundation.org if you are available to help out.

Attire is denim and bling, classy casual. The event is geared for our adult community to relax and enjoy. Tickets are $25.00 at the door.

Address:

Royal Arcadia Hacienda
4203 E Hazelwood St.
Phoenix, AZ 85018

We're accepting auction items through Wednesday, September 25. The more items, the more fun.

We thank you for your help and donations.

 

Opening the Wisdom Eyes of Consciousness Sept 7-8

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
Saturday/Sunday
September 7/8
10 am - 4 pm both days

"When we become enlightened, we become the whole, onenness. Your identity grows and expands. You lose your small ego and find a huge self. This huge self is the wholeness, being one with all, no me-you anymore: it is dissolved, like water dissolves into water."
            ZaChoeje Rinpoche

ZaChoeje Rinpoche will lead this workshop on Buddhist methods of
awakening the Buddha Nature that is an innate quality within all of
us. Rinpoche will teach this profound lesson based on Maitreya's
Uttara Tantra Shastra Book.

Suggested Donation: $80. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
All are welcome.

 

Summer Blast August 17


Please mark your calendar and join us
for our first annual Summer Blast:
August 17, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm.

The Summer Blast is being held in the Royal Arcadia Hacienda. This beautiful location is located in Phoenix at 4203 East Hazelwood. The spacious Spanish adobe estate has beautiful courtyards, patios and a pool -- the perfect place to spend a wonderful day.

We have designed the day to be fun with some needed fundraising,a book fair, a belated birthday for our beloved teacher, food, games and swimming.

We are asking $15.00 per person, children under 12 are free (register with PayPal below to help us estimate how many pancake breakfasts we will need!). Join us for any time you have available or come spend the whole day. This is a great event to bring your family for a day of fun. Think to bring lotion, swimming suits, towels, and things you’ll need for sitting by the poolside.

Special note to parents: PLEASE WATCH YOUR CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES!

Our schedule will be:

8:00 AM gates open
8:30-10:30 AM Pancake and egg breakfast
10:00-noon book fair, games, activities, photo booth. Please bring your iPhone, iPad or camera.
12:00 we’ll recite Rinpoche’s long life prayer followed by Happy Birthday, cake and ice cream.
Please stay and enjoy the afternoon. The event closes at 2 PM.

Those of who have participated in Work A Day for Rinpoche(see below) are invited as guests.

Don’t miss this auspicious day to come and enjoy time with our teacher, friends and family.

Please consider posting this event on your social media.

Call for volunteers:

We are looking for volunteers to help with the event. Please consider lending a hand with the various functions that are needed to support the day. We need help with set-up, registration, the book fair, the honey table and clean up and pack up. The more help we have the quicker these tasks can be accomplished. Please e-mail us at mail@emahofoundation.org if you can help. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Work A Day for Rinpoche

To commemorate ZaChoeje's birthday we are supporting Work A Day for Rinpoche. We are asking those who would like to participate to donate the equivalent of one day's pay to Emaho in Rinpoche's honor. The funds collected will allow Emaho to continue to help Rinpoche bring meaningful and beneficial traditional teachings worldwide.

Imagine dedicating one day of your work to the Dharma. Wherever your work takes you for that one day, you will bring the intention of developing Bodhicitta to all your actions.

On a day of your choosing, as you Work A Day for Rinpoche, you can aspire to move through the day with thoughts of Bodhisattva intention and gratitude for finding an auspicious lineage master from whom to receive the Dharma.

You can choose the amount you wish to donate by using the PayPal button below, or you can mail your donation directly to Emaho Foundation at PO Box 1563, Litchfield Park AZ 85340-1563. Those who participate are kindly invited as guests to the Summer Blast.

 

The Four Immeasurable Thoughts July 27


The Four Immeasurable Thoughts
Geshe Jampa
Saturday July 27, 11 am – 1 pm

Geshe Jampa will offer teachings on the Four Immeasurable Thoughts (Tibetan: Tse-Me Shi ).

All life is interdependent. Therefore the happiness of one individual depends upon that of others. The Buddha taught the Four Immeasurables - loving-kindness (Sanskrit: Maitri ), compassion (Karuna), appreciative joy (mudita) and equanimity (upeksha) - in order to remove (1) anger, (2) cruelty, (3 )jealousy, (4) clinging and aversion. The four are called "immeasurable" because they are thoughts directed at an immeasurable number of beings, and because one gains immeasurable merit from thinking about them.

One of the practices of bodhisattvas, beings who seek awakening for themselves and all beings, is the Four Immeasurable Minds or thoughts.

The first mind is the loving-kindness, which is offering happiness to others. The second is the mind of compassion, which is the intention and wish to relieve the suffering of others. Third is joy, which is felt when beings experience happiness. And fourth is equanimity: being neither averse to nor attached to anything.
In meditation, the Four Immeasurables are extended to all sentient beings. Through cultivating the Four Immeasurables, people can achieve happiness now and in the future.

Suggested Donation: $20. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
All are welcome.

 

The Four Buddhist Schools July 13

The Philosophical views of the four Indian Buddhist schools
Geshe Jampa
Saturday July 13, 11 am – 1 pm


Geshe Jampa will offer teachings on the Philosophical views of the four Indian Buddhist schools (tenet systems) .
In the Indian Mahayana Buddhist monasteries, such as Nalanda, monks studied four systems of Buddhist tenets. The four Indian Buddhist Schools are: Vaibashika, Sautrantika, Mind only school and Madhyamaka (middle way school).

Regardless of interpretation of the features of each tenet system, the Tibetan masters have taught the Indian systems as graded steps in meditation, which are then to be applied to daily life.

Therefore, it is important to try to understand each set of tenet systems one at a time and to try to see reality through each of their views.

After all, Buddha gave the general principles for each of them and the great Indian masters elaborated their details. Thus, they each have valid sources and were all intended for helping people to overcome suffering.

The Indian Buddhist tenet systems present graded levels of understanding not only of how things exist like an illusion, but also of how cognition works and of many other important aspects of life. They provide essential material for meditation to gain ever-deeper understandings. The purpose for gaining these understandings is not for acquiring intellectual knowledge. It is for applying them to everyday life in order to overcome our individual problems and to enable us to help others most effectively by bringing us enlightenment.

Suggested Donation: $20. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

All are welcome.

Birthday Celebration for His Holiness July 6

July 6
5:00 pm

Please join us on July 6 to celebrate the 78th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the supreme spiritual leader of Tibet. On this joyous occasion, all the Tibetans and Tibetan support groups make obeisance to His Holiness and wish him many happy returns of the day. We implore him to continue to live as the sole protector and guidance of all sentient beings until the end of this Samsaric world.

Led by Geshe Jampa, we will be chanting the Long Life prayer (long version) and the Mandala offering in order to bring long life to the His Holiness and fulfillment of his three main commitments: (1) the promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance and self-discipline, (2) the promotion of religious harmony and (3) the intentiion to preserve Tibet’s Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence.

We are going to donate 1,000 bottles of water to Andrea House, a homeless shelter, and to the Desert Mission Food Bank of Phoenix. Through these merits may this bring a healthy and long life for His Holiness and world peace. It is greatly helpful to offer water bottles to these organizations in the summer time in Phoenix.
We are going to watch the Movie “Dalai Lama: Renaissance”, a story of a discussion between His Holiness and forty innovative, world-renowned thinkers on how to solve the world’s problems. This documentary, filmed in India with exotic scenery and a view of Tibetan culture, received 12 international awards.

Schedule

5:00pm -5:30pm chanting of the Long Life prayer and Mandala offering
5:30-6:20pm Light dinner and Birthday Cake
6:30-8:00pm Movie: Dalai Lama Renaissance (80 minutes)

If you would like to bring a small amount of food, including fruits, please contact Donna Tash, donna@emahofoundation.org

All are welcome.

One-Day Family Retreat June 23

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
Sunday June 23, 9:00 am

Emaho is pleased to announce that ZaChoeje Rinpoche is offering a one-day White Manjushri retreat for Emaho kids and their families.

This is a rare opportunity to receive from a true lineage White Manjushri's blessings, which are said to be like light that dispels darkness.

The retreat will be held at the Royal Arcadia Hacienda in Phoenix. This sprawling Hacienda is the perfect location for families and kids to spend the day with Rinpoche and participate in Dharma blessings, games, swimming, and a vegetarian hot dog lunch.

9:00 am - Arrival
9:30 -10:00 - White Manjushri blessing, ZaChoeje Rinpoche
10:15 - 10:30 - Om Mani Padme Hum chanting and group photo
10:30 - 11:30 - Craft project
11:30 - 12:00 - Lunch
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Games
1:00 - 2:00 pm? - Swimming

Suggested donation $25 a family
Please RVSP to allow us to plan: mail@emahofoundation.org

About the location: 4203 Hazelwood, Phoenix 85018
Built in 1928, The Royal Arcadia Hacienda Estate was at the center of a 220-acre date palm plantation. Rumor has it that 2 presidents stayed at the property with the original owner (a wealthy businessman from Philly).

Comprehensive Wisdom Workshop with Rinpoche June 7-9

The Courage of the Bodhisattva

Rinpoche will be offering a three-day comprehensive workshop on the profound and often complex subject of Wisdom.

Rinpoche's series on the Courage of the Bodhisattva continues with the Perfection of Wisdom, Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, Chapter 9. With his precise explanations, knowledge and humor, Rinpoche will guide us in understanding the difficult subject of the Perfection of Wisdom.

Schedule:

Friday June 7, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday June 8, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday June 9, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Courage of the Bodhisattva comes from learning and recognizing the illusion-like nature of suffering by overcoming attachment and aversion. Becoming familiar with our true potential we can more effectively cherish beings as the source of all happiness and work solely for the benefit of all.

This workshop will help us learn ways to tame our minds and recognize our true potential, letting go of hindering disturbing emotions and negative afflictions.

Rinpoche will give us required homework assignments designed to help us grasp the essence of the Perfection of Wisdom Workshop.

Register:

The suggested donation is $ 90. We ask that you please register and pay in advance with the PayPal button below, or send a check to the Emaho Foundation address: 4111 E Phelps Rd Phoenix, AZ 85032, or pay at the Center in person. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

 

Reading:

It is recommended to read a text on the Middle Way before the teaching, eg by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Tsong Kapa, or Chandrakirti.

 

Movie Night June 14

Unmistaken Child
7:00 pm

In 2001 world-renowned Tibetan master Geshe Lama Konchog passed away. His Holiness the Dalai Lama put Tensin Zopa, a devoted student of Lama Konchog to find the reincarnation of his spiritual teacher. Plagued by doubt, Tenzin knows his discovery is awaited by thousands of followers. UNMISTAKEN CHILD is the story of Tensin Zopa’s four-year search.

The film follows Tenzin on his search through breathtaking landscapes and remote traditional Tibetan villages. Along the way, he listens to stories about young children with special characteristics and performs rarely seen ritualistic tests designed to determine the likelihood of reincarnation. He eventually presents the child he believes to be his reincarnated master to the Dalai Lama — who will ultimately make the final decision.

 

White Manjushri Retreat May 17-19, 2013

White Manjushri Empowerment and Retreat with ZaChoeje Rinpoche
May 17 - 19
Registration is now closed

Emaho Foundation is pleased to announce that ZaChoeje Rinpoche is kindly bestowing the White Manjushri Empowerment and leading the retreat May 17 - 19, 2013 on the beautiful Mogollon Rim, outside of Payson, Arizona, near the village of Christopher Creek. Note that the driving time to the retreat location, Sharp Creek campsite, is similar to last year's location, about 2-1/2 hours from Phoenix.

This is a rare opportunity to receive from a true lineage master Manjushriʼs blessings, which are said to be like light that dispels all darkness within the mind. White Manjushri is the enlightened emanation of the Wisdom realizing the ultimate nature of reality. By identifying with the Wisdom nature we are able to create beneficial results that allow us to bring happiness into our lives and the lives of others. Engaging in the White Manjushri practice will help us generate Bodhichitta, right views and help alleviate ignorance and suffering. We will be given new tools and new techniques to better deal with ignorance, and bring courage to see things in new ways.

For those who do not wish to take the Empowerment, the initiation can be taken as a blessing. For everyone involved, regardless of level of participation, White Manjushri serves as a universal tool for wisdom that overcomes ignorance.

This year will have the retreat in the Mogollon Rim area, 22 miles East of Payson, Arizona, at an elevation of 5,900 feet. The retreat will take place in an authentic Tibetan tent on the Sharp Creek Group Campground that Emaho reserved for the retreat.

On the group campground, there is plenty of space to pitch your tent. If you would like a more private setting, you may reserve a private campsite within Sharp Creek Campground. Please contact www.reserveamerica.com or 877-444-6777 if you wish to reserve your individual camp site. For those who prefer to rent a cabin, there are simple cabins available in the tiny village of Christopher Creek, 3-4 miles from the campground. Emaho has not seen the cabins and therefore is not able to recommend them. You can find information about them if you Google “cabins in Christopher Creek.” Payson has many hotels at different prices.

Schedule:
- Check-in is Friday May 17 starting at 4:00 PM. We recommend that you arrive before dark, as it is easier to find the campground and pitch your tent.
- Dessert social Friday 6:15-6:45 PM
- The retreat will begin Friday at 7:00 PM with Rinpoche giving us an overview of the White Manjushri practice.
- Saturday morning, after yoga and breakfast, Rinpoche will give the Empowerment at 10:00 AM.

Registration will be limited and is payable through Paypal (see below).
Please note, for us to be able to adequately plan, registration will close May 3 for both the full retreat and the empowerment.

Childrenʼs Retreat.
Update, May 1: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a children's retreat this year. We apologize to families for the late notice.

Retreat Fee:
Full retreat $175
Empowerment only $108

Meals: There will be a dessert social on Friday evening from 6:15-6:45. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided (see FAQ below). More information will be sent upon registration. People with special diets need to bring their own food.

FAQ:
- Dogs are allowed but must be at all times on a leash no longer than 6 feet
- At check-in you will be given a volunteer job opportunity
- Transportation: we encourage car pooling
- A detailed map will be sent to you with other information.
- Breakfast, light lunch and vegetarian dinner will be prepared by the Sangha
- Hotels are numerous in Payson, 22 miles west and cabins in the village of Christopher Creek
- Average temperatures for May 17 - 19 are a high of 81 and low of 45.

Before You Register:
Please download and read the liability waiver. By registering and paying your fee, you agree to the terms of the liability waiver.

Registration: Closed

A few weeks before the retreat, specific information will be sent to those who registered. This information will include a list of suggested things to bring, schedule, the weather forecast, information on the areaʼs wild and plant life, how and what to store to avoid bear curiosity, and general safety considerations.

Movie Night April 19

My Reincarnation
7:00 pm

A story of love, transformation and destiny.

The epic story of the high Tibetan Buddhist Master Chogya Namkhai Norbu and his western born son Yeshi. The film follows Namkhai Norbu's rise to greatness as a Buddhist teacher in the West, while Yeshi recognized as the reincarnation of a famous spiritual master, breaks away from his father's tradition to embrace the modern world.

Will Yeshi accept the expectation of his destiny?

Never before has a high Tibetan Master allowed such complete access to his private life.

The Four Seals of the Dharma March 23

Geshe Jampa
Saturday March 23, 11 am - 1 pm

 

Geshe Jampa will offer teachings on the Four Seals of the Dharma. The Four Seals of the Dharma are:

  • All that is conditioned is impermanent,
  • All that is tainted is suffering,
  • All phenomena are empty and devoid of self.
  • Nirvana is peace.

 

 

The defining features of Buddhism are the four seals of the dharma - four statements about the world which form the basis of all Buddhist teachings.

  1. Since functioning phenomena are composite, and exist dependently upon changing causes and changeable structural relationships, they are necessarily impermanent.

  2. All emotions based on the three mental poisons of attachment, aversion and ignorance are ultimately painful. The root cause of dukkha is grasping for inherent existence. The mind regards phenomena and persons as being permanently and inherently pleasant or unpleasant, and develops aversion and attachment towards the things or persons ‘in themselves’.

  3. All functioning phenomena and persons are composite and ultimately 'empty' or ‘unfindable’ upon analysis. They lack 'inherent existence' and their existence in fact depends upon three factors external to themselves:
    (i) causes
    (ii) structural relationships with other phenomena, and
    (iii) mental labeling


  4. A mind that has fully realized the lack of inherent existence of all phenomena will be totally free from suffering. The sky-like clarity of the mind is obscured by the thunder clouds of anger, attachment and ignorance. The true nature of the mind is Nirvana - which is NOT nothingness, but the non-conceptual peace 'which passeth all understanding'.

Suggested Donation: $20. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

All are welcome.

Movie Club March 8

The Yogis of Tibet
7:00 pm

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Since the invasion of Tibet over 50 years ago, China has systematically destroyed Tibetan culture. One of the most profound losses is the tradition of the great master yogis. The entire system which supported these fascinating masters is being inexorably eliminated.

In order to record these mystical practitioners for posterity, the filmmakers were given permission to film heretofore secret demonstrations and to conduct interviews on subject matter rarely discussed. Interviewees include the Dalai Lama, many Rinpoches, and the American professor, Robert Thurman.

This profound historical, spiritual, and educational film may someday be the last remnant of these amazing practitioners.

Heart Sutra Intensive with Rinpoche March 1-3

Please join ZaChoeje Rinpoche this weekend for his three-day workshop on the Heart Sutra.

Schedule:

Friday March 1, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday March 2, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday March 3, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The workshop consists of five sessions (one on Friday and two on Saturday and Sunday, separated by a lunch break). If you register but cannot attend each session you can request an audio copy of the teachings on CD.

The suggested donation is $108. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Workshop Description:

The Heart Sutra is one of the most precise, direct teachings given by Buddha Shakyamuni. It is about the heart of being, the true nature of being, the heart of reality, the true nature of reality.

The Heart Sutra is a subtle and profound teaching. If we get a glimpse of its truth and understand its implications, it will impact our lives as the beating of our hearts impacts our existence.

The Heart Sutra is the pillar of the Perfection of Wisdom. Its truth is free from dogma, free from conviction, free from religion itself. The Heart Sutra illustrates the truth to those of us perpetually fooled by our flawed thinking of our external and internal worlds. Our wrong understanding of self, things and events is at the heart of our inability to find and sustain the lasting happiness we are desperate to experience.

With his precise explanations, knowledge and humor, Rinpoche will share with us how we can gain freedom from ignorance, which is the source of our suffering.

 

Lam Rim Workshop with Rinpoche February 24

Rinpoche's first full day workshop of 2013

February 24
10 am - 4 pm

From November 30 to December 13, 2012, at Gaden Monastery and Drepung Monastery, in Mundgod, Karnataka, south India, Rinpoche attended the 28-session teaching given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the 18 Treatises on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment – Jangchup Lamrim.

During our February 24th workshop Rinpoche will share with us insights from these precious teachings: 18 Great Stages of the Path (Lam Rim) Commentaries, including Atisha’s "Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (jangchup lamdron);" Tsongkhapa’s "Great, Middling, and Concise Treatises on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lamrim chenmo, lamrim dringpo and lamrim dudon);" and 14 other classic Lam Rim texts.

Please mark your calendar to attend Rinpoche's first 2013 teaching.

Lam Rim Intensive Begins January 12, 2013

The Path to Enlightenment
Geshe Jampa

We are happy to offer a special opportunity to receive a series of teachings from Geshe Jampa on the Lam Rim. The Lam Rim Intensive (The Path to Enlightenment) will consist of 8 sessions of 1-1/2 hours each, to be held once a week. The series will begin after the holidays. Registration is open now! Register below.

This is a great opportunity to study in the traditional style, in a personal setting with a learned Geshe.

The Lam Rim, known as the gradual path to enlightenment, contains the essence of the 84,000 teachings of the Buddha. When one studies the Lam Rim, one studies the three principal aspects of the path, leading one ultimately to a full realization of the aspects of renunciation, bodhicitta, and emptiness. The skillful teachings of the gradual path are meant for all practitioners, whether of small, medium, or great scope.


In the early eleventh century, the Indian Buddhist master Atisha condensed the essential points of the Buddha’s teachings into the text Lamp of the Path. These teachings were then expanded in the fourteenth century by the Great master Lama Tsong-Kha-pa, the founder of the Gelug Lineage into the text The Great Exposition on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim Chenmo). These texts form the basis of our contemporary understanding of the Buddha’s teachings.

REGISTRATION

The suggested donation for the full 8 classes will be $ 100.

We ask that you please register and pay in advance with the PayPal Registration button below, or send a check to the Emaho Foundation mailing address: 4111 E Phelps Rd Phoenix, AZ 85032, or pay at the Center in person before Jan 11. We offer discounts for students. Please contact us for details. The proceeds will support Emaho Center.

Geshe Jampa will offer a certificate of Attendance or certificate of Completion to the students attending all sessions at the last session of the teaching.


For more information about the series or to pre-register, please call 480-704-4169 or email Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org


"Of the many works of the Tibetan master Tsong-kha-pa, none compare in terms of popularity and breadth of influence with The Great treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo ), which has been treasured by practitioners and scholars alike for centuries. What distinguishes it as one of the principal texts of Mahayana Buddhism is its scope and clarity…. The various stages of the path are presented so clearly and systematically that they can be easily understood and are inspiring to put into practice. " --- H.H The Dalai Lama


The Lam Rim covers all the major teachings of the Buddha, including the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, Karma-The Law of Causality, Refuge of the Three Jewels, Relying upon a Spiritual Guide, the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination, Impermanent and Death, Bodhicitta, Emptiness and so on.
Join your Emaho friends in this profound study of one of Buddhism’s great texts.

Session 1,2,3 - Four Noble Truths
Sessions 4,5 - Twelve links of Interdependent Origination and Wheel of Life
Sessions 6,7 – Single Pointed Meditation and Special Insight Meditation
Session 8 - Summary of Lamrim

Recommended reading:
• The Path to Bliss by H. H. the Dalai Lama
• The Path to Enlightenment by H. H. the Dalai Lama

 

Losar Celebration February 11

Losar Celebration
with Palden Lhamo Prayers
Monday February 11, 6:00 am - 7:30 am

ZaChoeje Rinpoche and Geshe invite you to join them the for traditional Losar Morning Puja and prayers.

Tibetans celebrate Losar on the first day of the Tibetan New Year. This year Losar, Year of the Water Snake, is Monday, February 11th. Losar is celebrated with wishes that all are successful, fortunate and happy. Rinpoche will begin New Year with a ceremony making offerings to Palden Lhamo, protector whose attributes help dispel obstacles. Palden Lhamo Puja is traditionally given before the sun rises on the first day of the New Year.

You are cordially invited to come and go as your schedule permits from 6:00-7:30 Monday morning. You may join in meditation while Rinpoche and Geshe chant, celebrating the start of what we hope is an auspicious year for peace, prosperity and happiness.

At the conclusion of the ceremony smalll ceremonial food will be offered to everyone. Traditionally Tibetans start the new year wearing one new piece of clothing, anything from socks to sweaters. It is not necessary to do so, but feel free to join in this tradition that has been practiced for centuries. There is no donation requested for this event. We look forward to wishing peace and progress to all.

Dorje Namjom February 9

Dorje Namjom Purification Ceremony
with ZaChoeje Rinpoche

February 9
2:30 pm

Please join ZaChoeje Rinpoche on February 9 at 2:30pm at Emaho Center. Rinpoche is offering to us the Tibetan Cleansing and Blessing Ceremony; Dorje Namjom.

This is an opportunity for us to welcome Rinpoche home as well as an opportunity for us to receive the benefits of the ceremony. During this ceremony Rinpoche will bring to us the essence of purification which can help us overcome obstacles of body, speech and mind.

After the ceremony Rinpoche invites everyone to stay for Toupa Soup, the traditional Tibetan light dinner served after this special occasion. Please mark your calendar.

Movie Club January 25

Travellers and Magicians
7:00 pm

"In the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, two men seek to escape their mundane lives. Dondup, an educated university graduate decides that he will be better off picking grapes in the US than working as a government officer in a remote rural village. Tashi, a restless farm youth studying magic, cannot bear the thought of a life consigned to his village. Through a trick of his brother, he is delivered into a dream world of seduction and intrigue. The two men embark on parallel, if separate, journeys. Their yearning is a common one – for a better and different life."

This is the first feature film to be made in the pristine beauty of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. It comes from award-winning filmmaker Khyentse Norbu (aka Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, who also did "The Cup") and is the first feature film to be made in his homeland.

Geshe Jampa will give brief introduction to the film, there will be popcorn for people. Everyone is welcome.

Mantrathon January 20

Emaho Mantrathon
for the sake of all

January 20
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Emaho is heralding 2013 with a day of mantra recitation. Our Mantrathon is being held with wishes for a peaceful year, a year of mutually beneficial resolution to world problems, a year of health and happiness.

Worldwide Mantra Recitation

The 2013 Mantrathon is a worldwide community event where practitioners from Tashi Gaden Chopeling monastery in Tibet, Drepung Loseling in India, Rinpoche’s students in New Zealand and Asia as well as students here in the West join together. We’ll do four sessions of Chenrezig mantra, beginning at 8:30am and ending at 5:00pm, Mountain Time, United States.

Emaho’s January Mantrathon is also a popular event/fundraiser as we come together to welcome the new year with love and compassion.

The day focuses on sending a stream of of Avalokiteshvara’s mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, to surround us and the world in loving mantra. Avalokiteshvara, or Chenrezig, is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas.

Much like a walkathon, the event encourages us to collect donations through sponsor pledges. By collecting pledges, we engage the sponsors in our efforts.

Those of us collecting mantra ask friends, family, or coworkers to pledge a donation to support our accumulation of mantras. At the end of our day we dedicate the collection of mantras to all those who supported our Mantrathon endeavor.

We ask you to join us for one session or the entire day, at the center or at home. We would like for each of us to collect at least $108 in pledges. If you are collecting pledges you can use our form (see pledge form below), or you can make your own. Please bring or send your donations to Emaho Foundation.

Suggested donations in pledges $108.00. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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        Pledge Form

        Flyer

        Flyer with Schedule

Gathering donations is secondary to our commitment to collect mantra. ZaChoeje Rinpoche asks us to practice Chenrizeg to help bring more compassion into our lives and the lives of others all through 2013. The power of our mantras infiltrates and surrounds all sentient beings. Starting 2013 with an accumulation of love and compassion will help change the extent of violence and negative afflictions that confront the coming year.

As a by-product the Mantrathon also helps Emaho raise funds to help support Emaho’s teachers, Dharma and activities.

Mantrathon Schedule

7:45-8:30 – Bagels, coffee. tea, juice, fruit

8:30-10:00 – First session. Group practice of Chenrizeg Sadana and mantra accumulations.

10:00-10:30 – Break.

10:30-12:00pm – Second session. Group practice of Chenrizeg Sadana and mantra accumulations.

12:00-1:00 – Vegetarian soup and light lunch provided. If possible, please maintain a vegetarian diet.

1:00-2:30 – Third session. Group practice of Chenrizeg Sadana and mantra accumulations.

2:30-3:00 – Break.

3:00- 4:30 – Fourth session. Group practice of Chenrizeg Sadana and mantra accumulations, concluding with dedication for the participants, sponsors and all sentient beings.

If you can’t come to the center join with us wherever you are. At the conclusion of the day please email your mantra number to us at mail@emahofoundation.org.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Meaning of the Mantra:

      It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast... The first, Om symbolizes the practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.
      The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method: (the) altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.
      The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom.
      Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility.
      Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.

Please join us for a community day of mantra and sangha friendship with our dharma brothers and sisters.

The Footsteps of the Buddha February 2013

Pilgrimage with ZaChoeje Rinpoche

Note: Change of Date
The trip will begin Saturday February 16, 2013, flying to Kathmandu, Nepal
And will conclude March 3, 2013, flying Kathmandu to home

Contact info: louann@emahofoundation.org

We will be closing registration on September 30th, earlier if we receive 20 registrants. Registration is first come, first serve.

ZaChoeje Rinpoche invites you to travel with him, following in the steps of the Buddha.

"There are four places Ananda, which the believing man should visit with feelings of reverence and awe. What are the four? The place, Ananda, at which the believing man can say, Here the Tathagata was born. The place, Ananda, at which the believing man can say, Here the Tathagata attained the supreme and perfect insight. The place, Ananda, at which the believing man can say, Here was the kingdom of righteousness set on foot by the Tathagata. The place, Ananda, at which the believing man can say, Here the Tathagata passed finally away in that utter passing away which leaves nothing whatever to remain behind."
                           Mahaparinitryana Sutra


2012 Workshops and Events

The Courage of the Bodhisattva 2012 Series of Teachings

ZaChoeje Rinpoche

Rinpoche's 2012 series of teachings are on the Courage of the Bodhisattva. With his precise explanations, knowledge and humor, Rinpoche will guide us in understanding the two difficult subjects of the Perfection of Meditation and the Perfection of Wisdom.

These teachings from Chapters 8 and 9 of Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life will help us learn ways to tame our minds and recognize our true potential, letting go of hindering disturbing emotions and negative afflictions.

The Courage of the Bodhisattva comes from learning and recognizing the illusion-like nature of suffering by overcoming attachment and aversion. Becoming familiar with our true potential we can more effectively cherish living beings as the source of all happiness and work solely for the benefit of all.

 

Chod Healing and White Umbrella Purification Saturday December 22

Geshe Jampa
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

CHOD: Chod means “cutting” ; that is, cutting through the misconception of the self that is at the very root of Samsara. Buddha frees beings from suffering by helping them realize the actual nature of their own existence. It is the realization of true paths, the perfection of wisdom, which eradicates the ignorance obscuring the minds of beings. In the chod practice the fearful provocation of the spirits is also considered an external manifestation of one's own internal fear and attachments. Thus, one can emphasize confronting one's fear and emotion from the comfort of a meditation cushion. Chod practice is performed with chanting and the use of the Damaru (small drum) and bell.

WHITE UMBRELLA DEITY: The Sanskrit name for the White Umbrella deity is Ushnisha Sitatapatra (Tib: Dug-kar) which can also be translated as "The Victorious White Parasol." Her parasol indicates her ability to protect sentient beings from natural catastrophes, diseases, and so forth. She is white in color, because the principal means by which she accomplishes this function is the enlightenment energy of pacification.

Both practices are considered powerful to remove the inner and external obstacles and negative energies. Geshe Jampa will perform the ritual ceremony of the Chod healing and purification of White Umbrella.

Everybody is welcome. Suggested donation $20.

Power of Compassion and Forgiveness Sunday December 2

Geshe Jampa
11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Compassion is the heartfelt wish that all sentient beings be free from suffering. We have a responsibility to each other; we cannot act out of mere self-centeredness. Love and compassion are the main sources of a happy and peaceful life. Many problems and difficulties arise from a selfish attitude and self cherishing thoughts. Being caring and compassionate to both oneself and others will bring a courageous, joyful and meaningful life.

Generally, forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. The act that hurt or offended you might always remain a part of your life, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help you focus on other, positive parts of your life. H.H. the Dalai Lama has stated, "Of course, we may still remember what happened, but forgetting and forgiving are two different things. There's nothing wrong with simply remembering what happened, but with the development of forgiveness, it's possible to let go of the negative feelings associated with what took place."

Everybody is welcome.

AHIMSA Sunday December 9

Annual Ahimsa Celebration in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize

Ahimsa is the Buddhist term for non-harming. We will celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the 1989 awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the world’s best-known Tibetan Buddhist leader and international figurehead in the cause for peace on our planet.

Toy Drive: Practice generosity! We are requesting toys to donate to the fire department for their annual toy drive.

Food Donations Needed: Please bring a nonperishable food item for our ongoing food drive, supporting the Desert Mission Food Bank in north Phoenix.

Schedule:

4:30 PM Community Meeting
4:45 PM One-on-One Questions to Board Members
5:15 PM Pot Luck. Please contact Donna at donna@emahofoundation.org and let her know what dish you would like to bring

6: 30 PM Showing of the film "Compassion in Exile," the life story of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Editorial Reviews of the film

"Beautifully shot…a sense of directness. His story is inextricably entwined with that of Tibet." -- Tricycle

"alive filmmaking...intensely moving" -- New Times

"unprecedented intimacy" -- Los Angeles Times

"visually stunning" -- Time International

"Compassion In Exile" is an intimate portrait of Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Inherent in the life story of this Nobel Peace Prize laureate is the saga of the suffering of the Tibetan people under Chinese occupation. For over forty years the Dalai Lama has waged a non-violent struggle in exile to bring attention to the plight of his people and save their unique culture and religion. He is the embodiment of the ideal of his Buddhist heritage and practice, and his life story is an inspiring lesson in compassion and peace.
Produced and Directed by Mickey Lemle
Music Composed by Philip Glass
Cinematographer: Buddy Squires

 

Bardo Oct 13-14 

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
Workshop on Bardo (The In-Between State)

Saturday October 13, 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday October 14, 10 am - 4 pm

Rinpoche will offer this special workshop on Bardo based on the Tibetan Book Of The Dead and the great Bardo prayer text "Liberation in the Canyon of Bardo."

During this workshop Rinpoche will give instructions on:
(A) How to practice during the dissolution of the elements and various signs in the process of dying.
(B) How to see the true nature of Mind in the clear light of death.
(C) How to help oneself and others to become more fearless and confident during the afterlife journey of Bardo.

Suggested donation $90.

We ask that you please register and pay in advance with thePayPal button below or send a check to the Emaho Foundation mailing address: 4111 E Phelps Rd, Phoenix AZ 85032, or pay at the Center in person before October 13. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds support the Emaho Center.

For more information, please call 480-704-4169 or e-mail Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org.

Discovering Dharma 3 Begins August 11

Geshe Jampa

We are happy to offer a special opportunity to receive teachings on Discovering Dharma from Geshe Jampa. Discovering Dharma will consist of a series of 8 classes of 1-1/2 hours each, to be held once a week every Saturday from 12 pm to 1:30 pm, except two sessions which will be held on Sundays, September 2 and September 23 at same time. This is a great opportunity to study in the traditional style, in a personal setting with a learned Geshe.

Discovering Dharma 3 is not a sequel to Discovering Dharma 1 and 2. In this course all the topics are new and everyone is welcome.

Register below

The four main topics of the Buddhist teaching covered in the Discovering Dharma teaching series are:

  1. Dhammapada (Path of Dharma) chapters 5-7
  2. Mahamudra (Great Seal)
  3. SIx Perfections (Paramitas)
  4. The three principle aspects of the path

DHAMMAPADA: The Dhammapada contains the most essential teachings of the Buddha. ‘Dhamma’ means teaching and ‘pada’ means path, so it is the path or way of the teaching. It is not all one lengthy discourse, but a compilation of what are said to be the Buddha’s utterances over many years brought together by his disciples to give the true nature of his unique understanding. Three chapters will be covered in this course.

MAHAMUDRA: Mahamudra is a Sanskrit word meaning "great seal" and refers to nature of all phenomena. Mahamudra also refers to sopisticated Buddhist systems of meditation and practice to realize this great sealing nature. The distinctive characteristic of these techniques is to see this nature by focusing on mind itself and discovering the relationship between mind and reality. When our mind confuses reality with fantasy, we produce problems for ourselves. The teaching will be based on the root text for the Gelug Mahamudra by First Panchen Lama Lobsang Choekyi Gyaltsen (16th Century Master).

SIX PERFECTIONS: The six perfections (generosity, ethical discipline, patience, enthusiastic effort, concentration, and wisdom) are practiced by Bodhisattvas who have the supreme intention of attaining enlightenment for the sake of all living beings. The Sanskrit word paramita means to cross over the other shore. Through the practice of the these six paramitas, we cross over the sea of suffering (samsara ) to the shore of happiness and awakening (Nirvana). Each of the six paramitas is an enlightened quality of the heart, a glorious virtue or attribute - the innate seed of perfect realization within us.

THE THREE PRINCIPLE ASPECTS OF THE PATH: The three principle aspects of the path refer to Renunciation, Bodhichitta, and Emptiness. Renunciation refers to the attitude of turning away from the faults of the samsara and yearning and directing one's spiritual practice towards liberation from such a state of cyclic existence. Bodhichitta refers to the motivation and intention to achieve the highest state of enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. Emptiness refers to the wisdom of understanding the actual abiding nature of reality which is voidness, of non-inherent existence and dependent arising that is to say the middle way view. This small and concise text is written by Lama Tsongkhapa (15th Century master).

Recommended reading:
  Dhammapada Translated by Friedrich Max Muller
  The Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra by H H the Dalai Lama

Geshe Jampa will offer a Certificate of Completion to the students attending all sessions at the last session of the teaching.  

REGISTER FOR DISCOVERING DHARMA, PART 3
The cost for the full 8 classes will be $100. We ask that you please register and pay in advance with thePayPal button below or send a check to the Emaho Foundation mailing address: 4111 E Phelps Rd Phoenix AZ 85032, or pay at the Center in person before August 8. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. The proceeds support the Emaho Center.

For more information, please call 480-704-4169 or e-mail Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org.

 

Medicine Buddha Five Buddha Families Sept 7-11

ZaChoeje Rinpoche

It was requested of Rinpoche to offer this intensive workshop to help us deepen our practice of Medicine Buddha by engaging the practice with that of the five Buddha families.

Rinpoche has kindly agreed and will bestow the Medicine Buddha initiation and perform a personal divination for each of us, revealing our personal Buddha family.

 

Medicine Buddha is considered an enlightened healing quality of all the Buddhas and our own Buddha nature. By identifying this aspect of Medicine Buddha within us, we are able to create beneficial results that allow us to bring healing and happiness into our lives and the lives of others. Understanding our specific Buddha family in relation to Medicine Buddha, we begin to understand the energetic relationship between our self and our varied states, as well we better understand our relationship to others. Practicing with this understanding can bring about transformation of negative, unhealthy, unhappy states into positive, healthy states within our physical, mental, spiritual, emotion and energetic bodies. In turn we are able to be more effectively help others.

Each Buddha family carries a specific spiritual energy, an aspect of enlightened qualities. We can learn to harness the energy specific to our Buddha family, energy with which we're naturally attuned, manifesting tangible, positive results.

Prior to the Workshop:

  • Prior to the intensive workshop Rinpoche asks that we register and have a short one-on-one interview with him. He is interested in our motivation, intention and commitment. The number of attendees will be limited, please register early.

Information on how to schedule an interview with Rinpoche will be sent to participants after registration is complete.

The workshop will consist of seven sessions beginning Friday September 7. Rinpoche will give an introduction and outline the syllabus for the series. Saturday morning September 8 Rinpoche will bestow the Medicine Buddha empowerment. He will also give an opportunity for each of us in the divination ritual ceremony to reveal our own Buddha family.

Schedule:

  • Friday September 7, 7-9pm: Introduction
  • Saturday September 8, 10:00am-12:00: Medicine Buddha empowerment
  • Saturday September 8, 2:00pm- 4:00: Divination revealing our Medicine Buddha Family.
  • Sunday September 9, 10:00am-4:00pm: Two-session Workshop
  • Monday September 10, 7:00-9:00pm: Workshop
  • Tuesday September 11, 7:00-9:00pm: Workshop

Location:

  • Emaho Center, 4111 E. Phelps, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Following Activities:

  • After two weeks practice of the mantra, mudra and meditation techniques we learn in the workshop Rinpoche suggests we submit to him our experiences in writing and in person.

This is an auspicious opportunity to study with our kind spiritual master in an intimate teaching environment.

For more information, please call 480-704-4169 or e-mail Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org.

Celebration Saturday July 7

Please mark your calendar to join us at Emaho on Saturday July 7 at 5:00 pm for an evening to celebrate and honor His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

July 6th is His 77th Birthday. Plan for an evening of friendship, food, fun and the movie Kundun.

After a short meditation and recitation of His Holiness' Long Life Prayer we will shown the film.

Kundun is based on the life and writings of His Holiness. Richard Corliss, writer for the New York Times wrote of the film: "Aided by Roger Deakins' pristine camera work and the euphoric drone of Phillip Glass's score, Scorsese devises a poem of textures and silences. Visions, nightmares and history blend in a tapestry as subtle as the Tibetans' gorgeous mandalas of sand."

During the film we'll have plenty of popcorn and drinks, but please save room for cake. This is an auspicious evening to catch up with old Dharma friends and meet new ones. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you.

 

21-Tara Retreat May 25-28,2012

Retreat with ZaChoeje Rinpoche


 

 


2011 Workshops and Events

Chanting with Geshe Jampa Every other Sunday 11:00-11:30 am

After many requests to hold a Sunday morning practice, Geshe-La has agreed to lead a chanting session twice a month.

We will recite the Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni in order to remember the Buddha's kindness and receive the energy of his body, speech, and mind. We will also do a reading of the Heart Sutra and a few verses of Dhammapada, the Buddha's essential teaching.

The chanting of mantras holds an important position in Buddhist practice. Mantras that are specific to the various Buddhas, including Buddha Shakyamuni, are recited during meditation to purify and calm the mind. Chanting the mantra of a deity such as Chenresig -- Om Mane Padme Hum -- is said to transform the mind into that of infinite compassion.

Join Geshe Jampa for this beautiful practice

The Footsteps of the Buddha January 2012

Pilgrimage with ZaChoeje Rinpoche
to Nepal and India
2-1/2 weeks
Trip begins January 14, 2012

Registration is closed as of October 1.
For more information, email us at mail@emahofoundation.org

ZaChoeje Rinpoche invites you to travel with him, following in the steps of the Buddha.

"There are four places Ananda, which the believing man should visit with feelings of reverence and awe. What are the four? The place, Ananda, at which the believing man can say, Here the Tathagata was born. The place, Ananda, at which the believing man can say, Here the Tathagata attained the supreme and perfect insight. The place, Ananda, at which the believing man can say, Here was the kingdom of righteousness set on foot by the Tathagata. The place, Ananda, at which the believing man can say, Here the Tathagata passed finally away in that utter passing away which leaves nothing whatever to remain behind."
                           Mahaparinitryana Sutra

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Lam Rim Intensive begins November 12

Lam Rim Intensive
Gradual Path to Enlightenment

with Geshe Jampa
Saturdays November 12 - December 17, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Tuesday December 20, 7 - 8:30 pm

We are happy to offer a special opportunity to receive a series of teachings from Geshe Jampa on the Lam Rim. The Lam Rim Intensive (The Path to Enlightenment) will consist of 7 sessions of 1-1/2 hours each, to be held once a week every Saturday from 12:30 to 2:00 pm beginning November 12, except for the last session which will be held on Tuesday, December 20, from 7 - 8:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to study in the traditional style, in a personal setting with a learned Geshe.

The Lam Rim, known as the gradual path to enlightenment, contains the essence of the 84,000 teachings of the Buddha. When one studies the Lam Rim, one studies the three principal aspects of the path, leading one ultimately to a full realization of the aspects of renunciation, bodhicitta, and emptiness. The skillful teachings of the gradual path are meant for all practitioners, whether of small, medium, or great scope.

In the early eleventh century, the Indian Buddhist master Atisha condensed the essential points of the Buddha’s teachings into the text Lamp of the Path. These teachings were then expanded in the fourteenth century by the Great master Lama Tsong-Kha-pa, the founder of the Gelug Tradition into the text The Great Exposition on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim Chenmo). These texts form the basis of our contemporary understanding of the Buddha’s teachings.

"Of the many works of the Tibetan master Tsong-kha-pa, none compare in terms of popularity and breadth of influence with The Great treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo ), which has been treasured by practitioners and scholars alike for centuries. What distinguishes it as one of the principal texts of Mahayana Buddhism is its scope and clarity…. The various stages of the path are presented so clearly and systematically that they can be easily understood and are inspiring to put into practice. " --- H.H The Dalai Lama

The Lam Rim covers all the major teachings of the Buddha, including the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, Karma-The Law of Causality, Refuge of the Three Jewels, Relying upon a Spiritual Guide, the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination, Impermanent and Death, Bodhicitta, Emptiness and so on.

Join your Emaho friends in this profound study of one of Buddhism’s great texts.

  • Session 1 - Introduction of Lamrim Intensive Session
  • Sessions 2,3,4 - Four Noble Truths and Karma Session
  • Sessions 5,6 - Twelve links of Interdependent Origination and Awakening Mind Session
  • Session 7 - Summary of Lamrim

Recommended reading:
• The Path to Bliss by H. H. the Dalai Lama
• The Path to Enlightenment by H. H. the Dalai Lama

REGISTRATION

Cost for full series of 7 classes: $80.

Please register and pay in advance with thePayPal button below or send a check to Emaho Foundation.

mailing address:
PO Box 3014
Scottsdale 85271 AZ

You may also pay in person at the Center before November 5.

No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. We offer discounts for students. Please contact us for details. All proceeds support the activities of Emaho Center.

Geshe Jampa will offer a Certificate of Attendance or Certificate of Completion to the students at the last session of the teaching.  

For more information or to register, please call 480-704-4169 or e-mail Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org

AHIMSA December 10

Annual Ahimsa Celebration in honor of His Holiness The Dalai Lama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize

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Saturday December 10

4:30 - 5:00 PM
Tibetan bazaar with Dharma crafts and MP3's with Rinpoche's teachings - an opportunity to do your Christmas shopping

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Free showing of the movie "Sun Behind Clouds."

“This film shows what is happening in the hearts of the Tibetan people…it presents a very unusual insight into the situation in Tibet.”
Vaclav Havel, on presenting the award

“…beautiful, stirring and inescapably elegiac…”
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

“The documentary does a superlative job of examining the half-century dispute over Chinese rule of mountainous Tibet.”
VA Musetto, New York Post

“A potent update on Tibetans‘ 50-year struggle for justice and recognition…essential viewing for anyone who cares about the fate of the mountain region and the legacy of the Dalai Lama.”
Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

“…a welcome departure from many previous films about the decades-long friction between Tibet and China…an exception in what is not an angry film but a notably calm, well-considered and balanced one.”
Robert Koehler, Variety

6:30 - 7:00 PM
Sale of Dharma crafts and MP3s

7:00 PM
Authentic Tibetan dinner.
Suggested donation $ 15 per person.

Note: As of December 3, reservations for the dinner are closed in order to allow for the purchase of ingredients this week.

Proceeds from the Ahimsa Tibetan dinner will support Emaho Center and its offerings.

 

Pure Essence of Mind November 6

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
Sunday November 6, 10 am - 4 pm

Revealing the Primordial and Pure Essence of Mind through Vajrasattva.

The pure nature of our mind is the ultimate Varjasattva and it is the primordial quality of our consciousness. We will learn how to use the mantra and meditation of Vajrasattva to reveal that essence in this workshop. All are welcome even if they have not received the Vajrasattva Empowerment.

Click her to download the translation of the Vajrasattva mantra used in Rinpoche's teaching(pdf)

 

Discovering Dharma 2 Begins August 6, 2011

WITH GESHE JAMPA
Saturdays 5:00-6.30 PM
Series of 8 classes beginning August 6
(See registration information below)

We are happy to offer a special opportunity to receive teachings on Discovering Dharma (Part 2) from Geshe Jampa. Discovering Dharma will consist of a series of 8 classes of 1-1/2 hours each, to be held once a week. This is a great opportunity to study in the traditional style, in a personal setting with a learned Geshe.

The four main topics of the Buddhist teachings covered in this year's Discovering Dharma teaching series:

1.Dhammapada - chapter 3 - 7
2. Mind Training (Lojong )
3. Bardo and Phowa ( Intermediate State and Transference of Consciousness)
4. Heart Sutra

DHAMMAPADA:

The Dhammapada contains the most essential teachings of the Buddha. ‘Dhamma’ means teaching and ‘pada’ means path, so it is the path or way of the teaching. It is not all one lengthy discourse, but a compilation of what is said to be the Buddha’s utterances over many years brought together by his disciples to give the true nature of his unique understanding. Six chapters will be covered in this course.

MIND TRAINING (LOJONG ):

The practice of mind training is based on the essential Mahayana teachings of impermanence, compassion, and the exchange of self and other that the eleventh-century master Atisha brought to Tibet from India. The Lojong teachings are a source of inspiration and guidance shared by masters of all Tibetan traditions. The Seven Point Mind Training text by master Chekhawa will be covered in detail in this course.

BARDO AND PHOWA:

The Tibetan word bardo means literally "Intermediate state," also translated as transitional state or "in between state". In Sanskrit the concept has the name antarabhava. According to Tibetan Buddhism, after death and before one's next birth, when one's consciousness is not connected with a physical body, one experiences a variety of phenomena. These usually follow a sequence of degeneration from just after death, with the clearest experiences of reality of which one is spiritually capable, to, later on, unpleasant appearances arising from the impulses of one's previous unskillful actions. In this teaching, we will go through the text "Seeking liberation from the narrow path of the Intermediate state," by Panchen (Lama) Lobsang Choekyi Gyaltsen (1570-1662), one of the great masters of Gelug Tradition.

Phowa literally means 'Transference of consciousness." The goal of the Phowa practice is to learn how to die consciously, and transfer the consciousness at the moment of death to a state of highest bliss. The practice is one of the six yogas of Naropa.

HEART SUTRA:

The Heart Sutra is one of the most famous texts of Buddhism. It is a presentation of profound wisdom on the nature of emptiness and selflessness. Whether memorized, chanted, or studied, this sacred text is often looked to for inspiration. For more than two thousand years, the Heart Sutra has been part of the daily life of millions of Buddhists. From the Heart Sutra, you will learn how the ultimate reality of emptiness and the conventional world of cause and effect not only fit together but imply each other. This is a very practical message for anyone seeking to lead a life that is useful for oneself and for others.

Register:

The cost for the full 8 classes will be $ 100. We ask that you please register and pay in advance with the PayPal button below, or send a check to the Emaho Foundation mailing address: PO Box 3014 Scottsdale, AZ 85271, or pay at the Center in person before July 30. We offer discounts for students. Please contact us for details. The proceeds will support Emaho Center.

Geshe Jampa will offer a certificate of Attendance or certificate of Completion to the students attending all sessions at the last session of the teaching.

For more information about the series or to pre-register, please call 480-704-4169 or email Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org

The Pure Wisdom of a Bodhisattva September 10

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
Saturday September 10
10 am - 4 pm

Within the seed, there is a flower,
This flower blooms and unfolds in the limitless sky,
When all conditions are gathered.

Within the mind, there is a pure wisdom,
This pure wisdom expands and grows in the emptiness sphere,
When all conditions are gathered.

In each and every thing around us, there is an essence of truth we are not aware of and we often keep missing. That profound phenomenon is known as Emptiness in Buddhism and understanding that truth is pure wisdom of Bodhisattva. We can purify our negative mind with its impure karma by applying pure wisdom in our practice. When we unfold this wisdom and uncover more of our true nature, we become capable of seeing everything as it is.

The Pure Heart of a Bodhisattva July 16

A Special Teaching with ZaChoeje Rinpoche
Saturday July 16, 10 am - 4 pm

A Bodhisattva is one who has attained the highest forms of both wisdom and compassion. In this special teaching, Rinpoche explains the pure heart of a Bodhisattva:

If we look at life from a Bodhisattva’s perspective, everything is good fortune, because a Bodhisattva is life. His or her heart becomes bigger and bigger, infused with more and more happiness, with greater and greater love. This happens because there is no distinction between what is thought and felt, seen and heard, tasted and touched, even smelled. Everything is the display of the Bodhisattva’s pure heart.

     [from The Bodhisattva Way of Life]

Mandala Painting Class July 2, 9, 16

New Mandala Painting Class with Rick Weir and Jackie Sepulveda

July 2, 9,16 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
CLASS CANCELLED - TO BE RESCHEDULED IN THE FALL OF 2011

Beginners mandala painting in the Tibetan Thangka style. Intermediate and Advanced painting, in Tibetan and Western style. Please e-mail Rick at rickweir73@yahoo.com for special instructions or questions.

Cost: $30:00 total, all materials are included !!! 8"x 12" canvas board provided.

Payment to be made at the first class session. All proceeds go to Emaho. Class will be limited to the first 14 students to sign up. Please e-mail Rick at rickweir73@yahoo.com to get on the list or for questions. A fourth Saturday will be provided at no charge for students who need to finish paintings.

This class is intended for persons with no previous painting experience or for those who know how to paint but want to try a new way of expressing themselves. We use non toxic acrylic paints. Please dress casually in older clothes, as you might get paint on them. Many thanks for your interest and support of Emaho.

Saka Dawa Celebration with Geshe Jampa June 15

Wednesday June 15, 7:00-8:30 pm

Saka Dawa is the celebration of Buddha Shakyamuni's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirwana. It is one of the most sacred days for Buddhists. Please join us at Emaho for a traditional Saka Dawa ceremony with Bathing the Buddha. You can bring fruits and flowers to Buddha Shakyamuni's Altar to show respect to Buddha and accumulate virtues.

The celebration is followed by tea and cookies. Everyone is welcome.

Tibetan Language Level 1 begins Saturday April 9

With Geshe Jampa

Schedule: Saturdays 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Total: 10 Classes

Geshe Jampa will teach the Tibetan Language Level 1 class, consisting of a series of 10 sessions of 1- 1/2 hours each. This is rare opportunity to study the Tibetan language with a Geshe who is a master of Tibetan Grammar and Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhism is enriched with all the Buddhist traditions, including Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. You will gain access to all these teachings because our great translators ( Lotsawa ) have translated the teachings into Tibetan from the Sanskrit (one of the most profound languages in the world ) since the eighth century.

The series will cover the alphabet, subscripts, superscripts, prefixes, and suffixes, and will provide a useful vocabulary and basic grammar.

Nobel laureate H.H. the Dalai lama, has stated, "Even though the Tibetan language is not that much use in fields like business and legal studies, its use is paramount in studying teachings of the Buddha (Kagyur) and commentaries (Tengyur) contained in more than 300 volumes."

Kalu Rinpoche stressed in his book Luminous Mind: The Way of the Buddha that “Generally speaking, learning Tibetan is not mandatory for practicing the Dharma well, but in order to engage in deep commitment to Dharma, … knowledge of Tibetan is extremely important because it allows us to understand the practice texts and the traditional Tibetan commentaries… In order for Dharma to be properly understood in the West, there must be Westerners who are willing to master the Tibetan… Once the totality of Dharma is adequately translated into Western terminology, there will be no need for Tibetan. But for now, anyone wishing to study the Dharma deeply… will reap great benefit from the study of Tibetan. If you study regularly, a little bit every day, you will quickly become knowledgeable.”

  • The cost for the full series of 10 classes is $150.
  • Materials and handouts will be provided.
  • We ask that you please register and pay in advance with the PayPal button below, or send a check to Emaho Foundation, mailing address: PO Box 3014 Scottsdale 85271 AZ, or pay at the center in person before March 30.
  • No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
  • The proceeds will support the running of the Emaho Center.

Students who have taken the Tibetan Language Level 1 series before can attend the classes free of charge. Geshe Jampa will offer a Certificate of Attendance to the students at the last session.

For more information or to register, please e-mail Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org or call 480-704-4169.

 

Mandala Painting Class July 2, 9, 16

New Mandala Painting Class with Rick Weir and Jackie Sepulveda

July 2, 9,16 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
CLASS CANCELLED - TO BE RESCHEDULED IN THE FALL OF 2011

Beginners mandala painting in the Tibetan Thangka style. Intermediate and Advanced painting, in Tibetan and Western style. Please e-mail Rick at rickweir73@yahoo.com for special instructions or questions.

Cost: $30:00 total, all materials are included !!! 8"x 12" canvas board provided.

Payment to be made at the first class session. All proceeds go to Emaho. Class will be limited to the first 14 students to sign up. Please e-mail Rick at rickweir73@yahoo.com to get on the list or for questions. A fourth Saturday will be provided at no charge for students who need to finish paintings.

This class is intended for persons with no previous painting experience or for those who know how to paint but want to try a new way of expressing themselves. We use non toxic acrylic paints. Please dress casually in older clothes, as you might get paint on them. Many thanks for your interest and support of Emaho.

Vajrasattva RetreatMay 20-25

Vajrasattva Empowerment and Retreat with ZaChoeje Rinpoche


Our Pure Mind of Buddha Nature April 10

Teaching with ZaChoeje Rinpoche

Sunday April 10, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join Rinpoche for a special teaching on Buddha Nature.

Meditation through ArtBegins Saturday February 26

Beginning and Intermediate Painting Classes
Conducted by Rick Weir

Feb. 26, Mar. 5 and  Mar. 12
11:00am - 1:00pm

Beginning Mandala Painting

Students will learn how to paint a small mandala with emphasis on meditation in painting. Acrylic paints painting will be in the "Thanka" style. 7" x 10". No experience necessary !!!

One brush and flat canvas and paints included, along with mandala images and transfer materials.  3 Classes.......cost $27.00 total.

Intermediate / Advanced Painting (acrylic paints)

A continuation of the beginning class with emphasis on blending colors, shading and highlights in the "Thanka" style. Images will be figurative such as Buddha or Tara or a personal Buddhist symbol. If you have a personal favorite, you should bring it as a line drawing to class. You will be provided a 7" x 10" flat canvas sheet. Those wanting a stretched canvas (over a wooden frame) larger than that must supply their own canvas and image to fit. If you are painting a complicated image you may want to supply your own paints and brushes. But Rick will be  happy to guide you.

3 classes (the beginning and intermediate/advanced classes will be held simultaneously).....$30.00

If students need a fourth Saturday to finish, it will be offered  free of charge.  For questions please e-mail mail@emahofoundation.org.  

The class will be facilitated by longtime Sangha member Rick Weir. Rick obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree from ASU, taught art and Advance Placement Art History for 25 years in Southern California and has participated in many group and solo shows and exhibits throughout the US.
Rick’s kind and supportive nature will put even first timers at ease.
"I believe anyone can achieve some sense of satisfaction by painting. It's not my intention to discover or make the next Rembrandt. Art should be fun and not taken too seriously".

People can sign up and pay at the first class. Class size is limited. The first 15 people who sign up will be able to attend.

Film: HAPPY Saturday Feb 26, 2-4 pm

 A showing of the documentary film HAPPY at Mustang Library, followed by brief discussion with Rinpoche

HAPPY is a non-profit feature documentary that deals with many of the fundamental issues we face in today’s society. How do we balance the allure of money, fame and social status with our needs for good relationships, health and a sense of contentment? Through powerful interviews and a global journey the film seeks to share the wisdom found in traditional cultures and from the cutting edge science that is now, for the first time, exploring human happiness.

HAPPY is a feature documentary that takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research and real life stories of ordinary and extraordinary people around the world, HAPPY uncovers the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

 

Mind Transformation Saturday Feb 5 10am-4pm

Workshop with ZaChoeje Rinpoche

Teaching on the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation text by Master Langri Tangpa (1054-1123).

Part 2 continues on February 27 10am-4pm 

This ancient text is one of the most important mind training/LoJong instructions in Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness the Dalai Lama regards it as one of the main sources of his own inspiration and incorporates it in his daily practices.  

Rinpoche will teach on how to change our selfish attitude into the selfless loving compassion of a Bodhisattva through this profound instruction.

 

 


2010 Workshops and Events

Life Empowerment of Amitayus Sunday Dec 19 10 am

with ZaChoeje Rinpoche

Download Amitayus Mantra in pdf format.

Rinpoche will bestow the Life Empowerment of Amitayus this Sunday.

If you will be joining us for this event, note that it is tradiitional to observe a vegetarian diet on the day of Action Tantra Empowerments such as this. We ask that participants observe this tradition.

If you would like to bring an offering, participants are invited to bring red flowers (fresh or potted). This is not a requirement but only a suggestion. If you feel in your heart that you would like to bring an offering, then red flowers are appropriate.

The suggested donation for this event is $40. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Buddha Amitayus, the bestower of Longevity, is the Enlightened quality of long life and good fortune. Rinpoche will grant the life empowerment of Amitayus, initiating the blessings and awakening our mind to that Enlightened quality.  

By receiving “life empowerment of Amitayus”, one can strengthen the life-span, increase good fortune, and enrich lives with pure passion. 

Rinpoche will also offer Amitayus mantra transmission during the ceremony. We can use the mantra to remove obstacles that endanger the lives of self and others.  

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Literary Tibetan, Track 1 to be rescheduled

The Literary Tibetan series set for this summer will be rescheduled for midsummer or perhaps the fall. Watch for the new dates.

Learning the history of the Tibetan language and being able to recognize and pronounce characters aids us in realizing the full potential of our Buddhist studies.

Materials and handouts are provided and students participate in an online blog to share questions, concerns and course notes. Included in the curriculum is language history, recognition and pronunciation of the characters of the alphabet, basic grammar, phrase construction and useful vocabulary.

To learn more about the series, email Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org.

Lam Rim Intensive with Geshe Jampa Begins November 6

Lam Rim: The Gradual Path to Enlightenment

New Series Begins November 6, 2010
(continues on Saturdays for 8 sessions)
5:00-6:30 PM

We are happy to offer a special opportunity to receive teachings on the Lam Rim from Geshe Jampa. The Lam Rim Intensive (The Path to Enlightenment) will consist of 8 sessions of 1-1/2 hours each, to be held once a week on every Saturday. This is a great opportunity to study in the monastic style, in a personal setting with a learned Geshe.

The Lam Rim, known as the gradual path to enlightenment, contains the essence of the 84,000 teachings of the Buddha. When one studies the Lam Rim, one studies the three principal aspects of the path, leading one ultimately to a full realization of the aspects of renunciation, bodhicitta, and emptiness. The skillful teachings of the gradual path are meant for all practitioners, whether of small, medium, or great scope. 

In the early eleventh century, the Indian Buddhist master Atisha condensed the essential points of the Buddha’s teachings into the text Lamp of the Path. These teachings were then expanded in the fourteenth century by the Great master Lama Tsong-Kha-pa, the founder of the Gelug Tradition into the text The Great Exposition on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim Chenmo). These texts form the basis of our contemporary understanding of the Buddha’s teachings. 

"Of the many works of the Tibetan master Tsong-kha-pa, none compare in terms of popularity and breadth of influence with 'The Great treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment' (Lam rim chen mo), which has been treasured by practitioners and scholars alike for centuries.  What distinguishes it as one of the principal texts of Mahayana Buddhism is its scope and clarity….  The various stages of the path are presented so clearly and systematically that they can be easily understood and are inspiring to put into practice. "  
      --- H.H The Dalai Lama

The Lam Rim covers all the major teachings of the Buddha, including topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eight Fold Path, Karma - the law of causality, Refuge of the Three Jewels, Relying upon a Spiritual Guide, the Twelve links of Interdependent  Origination, Impermanent and Death, Bodhichitta, Emptiness and so on.

Join your Emaho friends in this profound study of one of Buddhism’s great texts.

Recommended reading:

  • Path to Bliss by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
  • Path to Enlightenment by His Holiness The Dalai Lama

The cost for the full 8 classes will be $85.  We ask that you please register and pay in advance with the PayPal button below, or send the check to Emaho Foundation at PO Box 3014, Scottsdale AZ 85271, or pay at the Center in person before Oct 30. 

No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. The proceeds will support the operations of Emaho Center.

                                                                                                                                                      Geshe Jampa will offer a Certificate of Attendance to the students at the last session of the teaching. If you have attended Geshe-la’s previous Lam Rim Class, you are welcome to repeat the class for free.

For more information, or to register, please call 480-704-4169 or e-mail Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org

SCHEDULE:    Saturdays  5 - 6.30 pm 

Film Club Monday Nov 22 6-8:30 pm

At Mustang Library, Scottsdale, Arizona. Film followed by discussion with Rinpoche.

We will be showing the Japanese film  "Departures" by Yojiro Takita, followed by a discussion with Rinpoche.

Film description: When his orchestra disbands, Daigo Kobayashi decides to start over and moves back to his small hometown. Desperate for work, he secretly takes a job as a "Nokanshi", a funeral professional who prepares the deceased for burial and entrance into the next life. But while working with the families of the departed, Daigo embarks on a spiritual journey of his own as he finally experiences the joy and wonder of living.

Literary Tibetan, Track 1 to be rescheduled

The Literary Tibetan series set for this summer will be rescheduled for midsummer or perhaps the fall. Watch for the new dates.

Learning the history of the Tibetan language and being able to recognize and pronounce characters aids us in realizing the full potential of our Buddhist studies.

Materials and handouts are provided and students participate in an online blog to share questions, concerns and course notes. Included in the curriculum is language history, recognition and pronunciation of the characters of the alphabet, basic grammar, phrase construction and useful vocabulary.

To learn more about the series, email Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org.

Meditation through Art October 16, 23, 30

Class conducted by Rick Weir and Jackie Sepulveda

  • Saturday October 16, 11 am - 12 noon
  • Saturday October 23, 11 am - 1:30 pm
  • Saturday October 30, 11 am - 1:30 pm

NOTE: This three-Saturday class is now full: if there is sufficient demand, a second session will be offered at a later time.

Learn a style of painting similar to Tibetan Thanka mandala/figure painting. Beginners welcome!

Emaho will be presenting a three-Saturday "Meditation through Art" class conducted by Rick Weir and Jackie Sepulveda.

This is open to anyone whether you have art skills or are a complete beginner. Some materials will be provided which we will discuss at the first meeting. Material costs will be held to a minimum.

The first class (October 16) will be a 1hr. session, 11 am to 12 noon. The remaining two Saturdays (October 23 and 30) will be 2-1/2hrs. long. Total cost for registration is $25.00 (that's a little over $8.00 per class). We request a minimum of 8 people to sign up, and a maximum of 12 people for the first session.

Examples of the paintings are on display at Emaho.

The class will be facilitated by longtime Sangha member Rick Weir. Rick obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree from ASU, taught art and Advance Placement Art History for 25 years in Southern California and has participated in many group and solo shows and exhibits throughout the US.
Rick’s kind and supportive nature will put even first timers at ease.
"I believe anyone can achieve some sense of satisfaction by painting. It's not my intention to discover or make the next Rembrandt. Art should be fun and not taken too seriously".

Pre-register
Please let us know you are coming by emailing us at mail@emahofoundation.org

Healing with Medicine Buddha Meditation and Mantra October 3

Rinpoche will explain how to bring healing to yourself and others by using the Medicine Buddha meditation and mantra.

Everybody  is welcome: having received the Medicine Buddha  Empowerment is not a requirement.

Death and Dying Related to Medicine Buddha September 12

Living transitions into Death and dying transitions into Life. Life is the other side of Death and they are inevitable. Understanding and mastering Life and Death is one of the greatest spiritual methods in Tibetan Buddhism. Through the Medicine Buddha practice we can bring more balance in Life and Death.

Please come and welcome Rinpoche back. This teaching is open to all: it is not necessary to have attended previous Medicine Buddha teachings or Empowerments.

SPECIAL FUNDRAISER FOR EMAHO: The Bodhisattva  Teens will serve  lunch to support Emaho in its fundraising efforts. The menu will be veggi lasagne, salad, bread stick, a drink and cookie for $7. 

Discovering Dharma Begins July 10, 2010

We are happy to offer a special opportunity to receive teachings on Discovering Dharma from Geshe Jampa. Discovering Dharma will consist of a series of 8 classes, 1-1/2 hours each, to be held once a week. This is a great opportunity to study in the monastic style, in a personal setting with a learned Geshe. See registration details below.

The four main topics of Buddhist teaching that Geshe-la will cover are:

1. Dhammapada - 6 chapters
2. Mind Training (Lojong )
3. Aspects of Mind ( including 51 mental factors )
4. A brief Introduction to Tantra

DHAMMAPADA:

The Dhammapada contains the most essential teachings of the Buddha. ‘Dhamma’ means teaching and ‘pada’ means path, so it is the path or way of the teaching. It is not one lengthy discourse, but a compilation of what are said to be the Buddha’s utterances over many years, brought together by his disciples to give the true nature of his unique understanding. Six chapters will be covered in this course.

MIND TRAINING (LOJONG ):

The practice of mind training is based on the essential Mahayana teachings of impermanence, compassion, and the exchange of self and other that the eleventh-century master Atisha brought to Tibet from India. Lojong teachings are a source of inspiration and guidance shared by masters of all Tibetan traditions. The follow two main mind training texts will be covered in this course. Eight Verses of Mind Training by Langri Thangpa and Seven Point Mind Training by master Chekhawa.

ASPECTS OF MIND (LORIG):

Aspects of mind is the study of consciousness of mind. Understanding mind is essential to understanding Buddhism in both its theoretical and practical aspects, for the process of achieving enlightenment is one of systematically purifying and enhancing the mind. The analysis of mind in Buddhism is both multifaceted and sophisticated. As a spiritual practice, Buddhism contains numerous descriptions of the nature and function of the mind and instructions on how to search for, abide with, and refine it.

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO TANTRA:

Learn the definition of Tantra, how tantra works and why it is a powerful form of practice. Get a broad overview of the four classes of Tantra. The word Tantra means an everlasting continuum. Everlasting continuums operate on three levels: as a basis, a pathway, and result. In short, Tantra involves an everlasting continuum of practice with Buddha-figures to purify our everlasting mental continuum of its fleeting stains, in order to achieve, on its basis, the everlasting continuum of the bodies of a Buddha.

Register:

The cost for the full series of 8 classes will be $80. We ask that you register in advance with the PayPal button below; or you can pay at the first session if you pre-register by calling or emailing Emaho. For more information about the series or to pre-register, please call 480-704-4169 or email Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org

SCHEDULE: Saturdays 5-6.30 PM
Total of eight classes for $80.

Sacred Relics of the Buddha August 13, 6:00 pm

Maitreya Project Relic Tour - Sacred Relics of the Buddha

Opening Ceremony with Geshe Jampa
Friday August 13, 6:00 pm

Unity Church of Mesa
2700 E. Southern Ave, Mesa
August 13 -15 2010
for more info, unityofmesa.org or maitreyaproject.org

This unique and precious collection of more than 1000 sacred Buddhist relics is traveling throughout the world to bring blessings. Most of the relics resemble beautiful pearl-like crystals. Relics are considered very holy and precious. They are manifested and left behind due to the kindness of holy beings in order for us sentient beings to collect merit and purify obscurations.

Join us at Unity Church of Mesa as Geshe Jampa conducts the opening ceremony of this auspicious event.

Birthday Party for Rinpoche August 1, 12:30 pm

Join us in this auspicious occasion to celebrate the birthday of our teacher. Families are welcome.

Please e-mail Donna Tash at donna@emahofoundation.org and let her know what dish you will bring and if you are available with setting up and cleaning up.

Medicine Buddha Phowa Saturday July 18

Please join us to welcome Rinpoche back! Come this Saturday, July 18, 10 am - 4 pm, for a special teaching on Phowa.

Phowa, or "transference of consciousness at the time of death," is the profound Buddhist method to deal with the after-death. It also enables us to experience pure land in our next life. Through a combination of breaths, mantras and visualization of Medicine Buddha, a practitioner can transfer his or her consciousness from the Golden Door (crown).

Master Marpa said "If you study Phowa, then at the time of death, you will not be in despair. If beforehand you have become accustomed to the path of phowa, then at the time of death, you will be full of confidence."

Saka Dawa Celebration May 30 10 am

Led by ZaChoeje Rinpoche, hosted by the Children's Hour and the Bodhisattva Teens

The celebration of Saka Dawa at Emaho has been rescheduled for Sunday May 30. This year it will be a family celebration.

Rinpoche has requested Emaho's children and teen groups to be the hosts for this auspicious event. The children and teens invite you to stay for cookies, milk, tea and coffee immediately following the ceremony.

Please join us for Emaho's first family celebration led by Rinpoche.

Saka Dawa, an auspicious day in Tibetan Buddhism, is the celebration of Buddha Shakyamuni's birthday, enlightenment and Parinirwana (passing away). In Tibet, this is the most important holy day of the year, a day to remember Buddha.

According to Tibetan tradition, the day that marks the anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni's enlightenment and parinirvana is the full moon day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar. According to Theravada tradition it is marked on full moon day of the third month lunar calendar.

Medicine Buddha Retreat May 21-23

Emaho's 7th Annual Retreat. Medicine Buddha Empowerment and Retreat with Rinpoche at Dairy Springs Group Campground in Flagstaff AZ.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please email Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org to be included on the waiting list.

Download flyer with map and full information

Download flyer with the Story of the Medicine Buddha

This summer, Rinpoche will offer a retreat that will include empowerment in the Tibetan Buddhist Medicine Buddha meditation practice.

Medicine Buddha is considered an enlightened emanation of the healing Buddha, who applies active wisdom in alleviating the suffering of all sentient beings. By identifying with the healing and compassionate aspect of Medicine Buddha we are able to create beneficial results that allow us to bring happiness into our lives and the lives of others.

For those who do not wish to take the Empowerment, the initiation can be taken as a blessing. For everyone involved, regardless of level of participation, the Medicine Buddha teaching serves as a universal tool to cultivate compassion and courage in oneself.

The retreat will take place at the Dairy Springs Campground in Flagstaff, Arizona. Mormon Lake Lodge has cabins for those who prefer not to camp, and Flagstaff (about 40 minute drive) has hotels. Further information will be available on the Emaho website during the month of April.

EVENT: Rinpoche will confer the Empowerment on Saturday May 22 at 9 AM. You may come on Saturday for the Empowerment only. The full retreat begins on Friday and ends Sunday.

You may take the Empowerment only. Rinpoche will offer instruction on the practice during the full retreat.

REGISTRATION: The cost for this special event will be $150 for the entire weekend. The cost for the one-day Empowerment and teaching on Saturday is $108; however, no one will be turned away from the one-day event for lack of funds. Payment is non-refundable unless Emaho cancels the event. If you are unable to attend, you may count the payment as a tax-deductible donation to Emaho Foundation.

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(flyer revised 4/17/10)

Literary Tibetan, Track 1 January-March 2010

Due to multiple requests, Geshe Jampa has agreed to repeat Track 1 of Literary Tibetan. You can register with the PayPal button below, or pay at the beginning of the series. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Learning the history of the Tibetan language and being able to recognize and pronounce characters aids us in realizing the full potential of our Buddhist studies.

A series of 10 classes provides an introduction to the Tibetan language. If you attended any of the previous series, you can repeat at no cost.

Schedule:

  • Saturdays, 12-1:30 pm
    The Tibetan Language class, originally scheduled to begin on January 23, has been postponed and will begin in a few weeks. A notice will be sent out when the schedule is determined.
  • Total of 10 classes for $100

Materials and handouts are provided and students participate in an online blog to share questions, concerns and course notes. Included in the curriculum is language history, recognition and pronunciation of the characters of the alphabet, basic grammar, phrase construction and useful vocabulary.

To register for the series, you can use the Paypal button below, or email Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org that you will be attending and pay at the first session.

Total of 10 classes for $100

Lam Rim Intensive with Geshe Jampa Begins January 2010

All of the teachings of the Buddha should appear as a form of practice for us to undertake.
      from Practicing the Path by Yangsi Rinpoche

New Series Begins January 16, 2010
(continues on Saturdays for 12 sessions)
5:00-6:30 PM

We are happy to offer a special opportunity to receive teachings on the Lam Rim from Geshe Jampa. The Lam Rim Intensive will consist of 12 Saturday sessions of 1-1/2 hours each. This is a great opportunity to study in the monastic style, in a personal setting with a learned Geshe.

For more information, please call 480-704-4169 or e-mail Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org. The cost for the full 12 sessions will be $120.

Recommended reading:

  • Path to Bliss by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
  • Path to Enlightenment by His Holiness The Dalai Lama

The Lam Rim, known as the gradual path to enlightenment, contains the essence of the 84,000 teachings of the Buddha. When one studies the Lam Rim, one studies the three principal aspects of the path, leading one ultimately to a full realization of the aspects of renunciation, bodhicitta, and emptiness. The skillful teachings of the gradual path are meant for all practioners, whether of small, medium, or great scope.

In the early eleventh century, the Indian Buddhist master Atisha condensed the essential points of the Buddha’s teachings into the text Lamp of the Path. These teachings were then expanded in the fourteenth century by the Tibetan Buddhist master Lama Tzong Khapa into the text The Great Exposition on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim Chenmo). These texts form the basis of our contemporary understanding of the Buddha’s teachings.

Join your Emaho friends in this profound study of one of Buddhism’s great texts.

Register now with Paypal or register at the first session.
No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Tathagatagarbha, The Buddha Nature Sunday April 4, 10am-4pm

Rinpoche will offer teachings on Tathagatagarbha. The incredible potential of Tathagatagarbha is common to all of us -- we are all capable of attaining this ultimate happiness state.

Join Rinpoche at Emaho Center Sunday April 4, 10 am - 4 pm.

2010 Pilgrimage to Nepal and India Feb 20- Mar 15

Follow in the Footsteps of Buddha

ZaChoeje Rinpoche will be our guide to the places Buddha himself suggested the spiritual seeker visit.

Registration begins October 20. Email Lou Ann at mail@emahofoundation.org for registration information.

Pilgrims have been sitting in practice at these sites for thousands of years.  The experience of this pilgrimage helps us get closer to the essence of our practice, closer to our heart allowing us to live our lives with more compassion and understanding.  

Enrichment is the key to a rewarding journey.  

We have made a slight adjustment to the schedule beginning the trip on February 20th and concluding March 15th.  These dates work better for those of you needing to take time from work.  The itinerary itself will remain the same.   

If you are interested, please join us as we travel with Rinpoche through the spectacular landscapes of Nepal, India and the Himalayan foothills. Discover treasured cultures and legendary architecture.  

The best way to reach our remote destinations is bus.  We set our own schedules as we travel.  We have the flexibility and freedom to adjust the routing if necessary.  We travel from one destination to the next on our luxury bus enjoying the ultimate in convenience and security.  We’ll unwind in many world-class accommodations.  

Under Rinpoche’s guidance we are experienced in managing multi-destination expeditions.  Travel worry-free knowing Rinpoche is dedicated to your safety and well being.  

We will stay in some of the world’s finest and most interesting accommodations such as the Kathamadhu Hyatt and the Taj Ganges in Varanisis.  We’ll take a boat ride, a taste of a bygone area. Travel overnight by train. We offer the opportunity to stay in smaller boutique properties that offer a one of a kind experience, such as the Mahayana Guest house in Bodhigaya and Taj Mahal Palace in Rewaksar in the Himalayam foothills.  

At the end of the trip we’ll take our bus to Agra site of the one of the seven wonders of the world; the Taj Mahal.  We’ll wander this enchanting work of art, which incorporates and expands on Persian, Hindu, and Islamic styles.  Admire the Taj Mahal's lovely form among the reflecting pools and gardens that surround it and observe up-close the intricate ornamentation of inlaid precious stones.  

Each property where we stay has been carefully selected for its amenities and location.  In remote areas where hotels are limited we stay at the best accommodation to ensure your comfort.   

It has been requested we extend the deadline for reservations and deposits to the end of October.  If you are interested, please contact Lou Ann at mail@emahofoundation.org  for a reservation form and a list of what is covered, what is not, airfare, reservations and payment, itinerary  single/shared accommodations and suite upgrades, itinerary changes, health requirements  and responsibility.  

For those interested, we welcome you and look forward to ensuring this journey is a life-changing adventure that will lead you to greater understanding and happiness.

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2009 Workshops and Events

Literary Tibetan, Track 1 October - December

Due to multiple requests, Geshe Jampa has agreed to repeat Track 1 of Literary Tibetan. You can register with the PayPal button below, or pay at the beginning of the series. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Learning the history of the Tibetan language and being able to recognize and pronounce characters aids us in realizing the full potential of our Buddhist studies.

A series of 8 classes provides an introduction to the Tibetan language. If you attended any of the previous series, you can repeat at no cost.

Please note the schedule has changed.
As of September 27, the new schedule is:

  • Saturdays, 12-1:30 pm, October 17 - December 12
    Total of 8 classes for $80

Materials and handouts are provided and students participate in an online blog to share questions, concerns and course notes. Included in the curriculum is language history, recognition and pronunciation of the characters of the alphabet, basic grammar, phrase construction and useful vocabulary.

To register for the series, you can use the Paypal button below, or email Emaho at mail@emahofoundation.org that you will be attending and pay at the first session.

Total of 8 classes for $80

AHIMSA Celebration December 6, 1-3 pm

Please email us at mail@emahofoundation.org if you are planning to attend the AHIMSA Celebration.

Ahimsa is the Buddhist term for non-harming. We will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1989 awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the world’s best-known Tibetan Buddhist leader and international figurehead in the cause for peace on our planet.

Join us to watch the film 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama. Geshe Jampa will introduce the film, and cake and tea will be served.

Click here to read The Dalai Lama's inspirational Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

37 Practices of the Bodhisattva 2009 Teachings Series

This year ZaChoeje Rinpoche has chosen to teach The 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva. The root text, written by renowned Gyalsay Togme Sangpo (1295-1369), contains practical advice on developing the love and compassion necessary to sustain lasting happiness.

The first teaching will be on Friday April 10, 7-9 pm.

The final teaching of the series will be November 15.

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37 Practices Class Materials

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37 branches of Enlightenment

Introduction

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Chenrezig Empowerment November 8

We are happy to announce that ZaChoeje Rinpoche will offer the Chenrezig empowerment on
Sunday November 8.

Chenrezig (or Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit) is considered an enlightened emanation of the essence of all the Buddhas’ love and compassion, one who applies active wisdom to alleviate the suffering of sentient beings.

Chenrezig holds a special place as the most popular and the most available protector for beings. Many consider the seat of the Dalai Lama to be the worldly expression of Chenrezig’s wisdom and compassion towards all beings. With the mantra “OM MANI PEME HUM” Chenrezig draws all suffering beings into his enlightened experience.

EVENT: Rinpoche will confer the Chenrezig empowerment and will give instruction on Sunday November 8, 2009. The ceremony will begin at 10 am at the Emaho Center.

If you have an Emaho practice book, please bring the Chenrezig Sadhana. For those who don't have one, we will have extra copies. We ask that participants observe the traditional diet restrictions and not eat onions, garlic or meat on the day of the Empowerment.

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Suggested donation $60. Pre-register below:

No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Fall Intensive: The Practice of Meditation Oct 9–15

Beginning October 9 and continuing through the 15th, Venerable ZaChoeje Rinpoche will offer detailed instructions on Shamatha and Vipassana meditation. The teaching will include commentary on Chapter 8 of Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. Written in the 8th century by the monk Shantideva, this classic Mahayana text is a guide to realizing enlightenment through the practice of the six perfections.

We are fortunate to receive meditation instructions from an authentic Tibetan master who understands our modern Western minds.

Without a thorough examination of our mind and its habits, it is impossible to make change in our daily lives. With the motivation of achieving enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings — the motivation of the Bodhisattva — we engage in the practice of meditation to become familiar with our minds and free ourselves from habitual patterns and emotional afflictions.

Meditation is also important to achieving wisdom in the Mahayana tradition. Meditative concentration and stabilization are necessary to achieving a direct realization of the true nature of things. This type of realization does not come from the senses, but instead from the deep insight that comes during meditation.

SCHEDULE, 9 SESSIONS:
Fri Oct 9, 7–9 PM
Sat & Sun Oct 10 & 11, 10–4
Mon & Tues Oct 12 & 13, 7–9 PM
Wed Oct 14, 8–10 PM
Thurs Oct 15, 7–9

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Fee for the full intensive is $180. No one is ever turned away for lack of funding.

No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Pennies for Peace September 21, 6-8 pm

In keeping with Rinpoche’s teaching of “doing small things with great love,” the Emaho Children’s Group and the Bodhisattva Teens are collecting pennies for peace.

Our collection will be donated to the “Peace One Day” project. September 21 has been designated by the UN as a world day of peace.

Join us:
Lighting the candle of peace
Prayer for peace by Geshe Jampa
Music
Followed by the movie “The Day after Peace”
Popcorn
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Film Club: "What Remains of Us" September 19, 1-3pm

Mustang Library, Saturday September 19, 1-3 pm
Documentary "What Remains of Us" will be followed by Q&A with Geshe Jampa

This film has never been shown to the public in Phoenix. Please join us to share this powerful experience.

This documentary was secretly filmed inside Tibet between 1996 and 2004, without the knowledge of Chinese authorities. Kalsang Dolma, a Tibetan woman born in a refugee camp and raised in Montreal, narrates the film.

Dolma smuggled a video into Tibet containing a message from the Dalai Lama, urging his people to be true to the Buddhist ideals of compassion for our enemies and to continue their peaceful resistance. Participants were warned that there might be severe persecution for those filmed watching the video if the Chinese authorities should obtain the film and recognize them.

The five-minute message of hope was shown to all manner of people, from shopkeepers in Lhasa, to priests in remote monasteries, to yak herders living in tents in the hills. As many Tibetans see the image of the Dalai Lama and hear him speak for the first time, watching their reactions is deeply touching. Some cry, others pray, many shake. All are speechless at first. When they do speak, some offer expressions of joy, some hope, others cynicism and despair, but all express gratitude to the Dalai Lama.

One reviewer has observed that "What Remains of Us" allows us to understand not only how much Tibetans have lost but how much of our own humanity is in danger if indigenous cultures disappear. If we silently observe this destruction within our human family, we may have to ask ourselves the same question: “What remains of us?”

Note: this film review was compiled from several online reviews.

Bodhisattva Teens Game Night September 11, 6-9 pm

The Bodhisattva Teen Group was formed in 2007 under the spiritual guidance of ZaChoeje Rinpoche at the request of teenagers who wanted a “place of their own” to explore and practice Buddhist teachings.

Check us out/get involved!

Drop by for Game Night, Friday, September 11.
Video games, board games, pizza, music, a good time. We hope to see you there.
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Emaho Family Potluck Sunday May 3, 4:30-6:30 pm

[UPDATE] We apologize for the last-minute change, but, due to an unscheduled trip out of state, Rinpoche will not be able to attend the family picnic on May 3. We still hope that sangha members and their families will take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy being with each other and exploring the Firedancer Ranch.

The Emaho family potluck will be held at the Firedancer Ranch, 8645 S. 20th St, in Phoenix. Horses, a pool, a trampoline, a sandtable and more are all available to provide fun for the whole family.

Join us at this special family picnic, for families of all sizes and children of all ages. (Parents are asked to watch over small children and keep them safe in the ranch environment.) Bring friends, a dish to share and some folding chairs. If you plan to bring friends, please carpool if possible. For more information e-mail us at mail@emahofoundation.org. Handouts with directions are available at the center.

It's a potluck! Contact Donna at donna@emahofoundation.org to let her know what dish you would like to bring.

Spring Retreat April 3-5

Rinpoche will offer the empowerment of Vajrapani, Lord of the Secret.

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To Register:
»view/download REGISTRATION FORM

or Register online:

RETREAT OPTIONS

Saturday empowerment: no one will be turned away from lack of funds.
Full Retreat: we ask for full payment in order to provide facility and meals.

Thank you.

The Six Perfections March 7 2009

Geshe Jampa will offer a traditional teaching on the Six Perfections, known also as the Six Paramitas. The Paramitas are principles of enlightened living followed by the bodhisattvas. Applying these principles to all our actions enables us to follow the path of awakening.

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The Four Thoughts February 22 2009

Geshe Jampa will teach on the classic Buddhist topic The Four Thoughts, which turn the mind from samsara. Contemplating the Four Thoughts releases our minds from grasping and attachment and turns them toward the Dharma.

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Mantrathon 2009 February 28 2009

ZaChoeje Rinpoche has selected the practice of Chenresig for this year's Mantrathon and has prepared an introduction and commentary that is now on YouTube. Click here to see Rinpoche's commentary on the Om Mani Pe Me Hum mantra. You can forward the video to your friends and/or post it on your Facebook or MySpace page.

The center opens at 6:00 am. Come and spend as much time as you are able and recite mantras!

Mantra recitation will be at the following times:
8-10, 10:30 - 12, 1:00-2:30 and 3-5
Come for any or all of the sessions: it is not necessary to attend the full day.

There will be a signup sheet at the center to count all the mantras we recite. If you do all or part of your recitations at home, email Emaho at the end of Mantrathon day and tell us how many mantras of compassion you were able to recite. We will count them all and dedicate the merit to Emaho Foundation and all the centers in the world that support the flourishing of the Dharma. Send your email to mail@emahofoundation.org.

And, contribute to theMantrathon fundraiser by using the simple ChipIn widget ->

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The Foundation of All Good Qualities January 18 2009 - 10am-4pm

ZaChoeje Rinpoche will give a workshop on Lama Je Tsong Khapa's Lamrim prayer, written in the 14th century, entitled The Foundation of all Good Qualities.

A copy of Lama Tsong Khapa's poem-prayer is available on the Practice Texts page.

Tibetan Yoga to Balance the Five Elements January 10-11 2009

Exercises for Health, Energy and Well-Being

After many requests ZaChoeje Rinpoche has agreed to share with the teaching of Tibetan Yoga.

Please join us on Saturday January 10, from 1 pm to 4 pm, as Rinpoche introduces us to Tibetan Yoga. On Sunday January 11, from 10 am to noon, Rinpoche will teach us the exercises

Start your New Year learning these five dynamic, easy exercises.  Practiced throughout the year, they will increase your energy and help sustain stamina. The exercises are designed to keep your body in balance. When the body is in balance, it can heal more quickly from injury and disease.

A daily practice of Tibetan Yoga takes only a small amount of time and effort. Benefits include increased physical strength and flexibility, and the mind becomes clearer and more pliant.

Rinpoche will help us understand the significance of Tibetan Yoga to the five Buddha families and to our daily practice. When we engage in this simple yoga routine it helps heighten our practice.  In meditation we find ourselves more serene and expansive.

Tibetan Yoga is helpful for all people of all ages and all beliefs. 

Come join ZaChoeje Rinpoche for this much-anticipated teaching.  Please wear comfortable clothing so you will be relaxed during the physical sessions.  DVDs of the sessions, included in the suggested donation, will be available to participants from Donna Tash on January 18th.

2008 Workshops and Events

Nagarjuna's Precious Garland November 14-16 2008

An intensive workshop with ZaChoeje Rinpoche

The Four Noble Truths November 8 2008

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
10am-4pm

Backdoor to Enlightenment WorkshopNovember 2 2008

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
New Vision Center in Scottsdale
2-4pm

Mahamudra Teaching October 4 2008

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
10am-4pm

Mahamudra October 4 2008

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
Mahamudra is an understanding, a practice, a technique that allows us to see the possibility of knowing that which is beyond the mind of our ordinary self to see what is luminous without conceptuality. Mahamudra is about everything, it is how things are, the true nature of phenomena.
10am-4pm

Tibetan Wisdom of Living and Dying Part 2 September 20 2008

With a special focus on Phowa (transference of consciousness at the time of death)
ZaChoeje Rinpoche
10am-4pm

With humor and compassion ZaChoeje Rinpoche teaches the Tibetan wisdom of living and dying and helps us through this knowledge to live happier and more fulfilled lives. This teaching will have a special focus on Phowa practice, the transferance of consciousness at the time of death. Phowa is among the most profound teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and teaches how to transfer one's consciousness at the time of death into a state of highest bliss. In Tibet, nomadic herders and other individuals who never had the opportunity to practice meditation would travel months to the nearest monastery to receive Phowa instructions at least once in their lives.

It is important to receive Phowa practice from an authentic lineage master. We are very fortunate that Rinpoche has agreed to teach about this powerful Vajrayana practice. Please join us in this auspicious occasion. It is not necessary to have attended Part 1 of the Living and Dying teaching.


Tibetan Wisdom of Living and Dying Part 1 September 6 2008

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
10am-4pm

Introduction to the Four Schools August 23 2008

Geshe Jampa
The Four Schools: Vaibhashika, Sautrantika,Chittramatra (Yoga-charin) and Madhiamika.
It has been requested of Geshe Jampa to help us distinguish the differences as well as the commonalities of these four schools. Geshe-la will help us by giving an overview of the philosophical base of each. Understanding how these schools present the path to enlightenment clears away many of our misconceptions and takes us into the heart of Buddhist wisdom. Buddha provided divergent dispensations for various types of practitioners and from this vast well come different ways of understanding and then overcoming attachment to the phenomena of samsaric existence. Learning about the foundation of each, we get a glimpse into how Buddhism allows ordinary intellect to reach beyond and into the vastness of who we are and what we can become.
1-4pm

Workshop: 10 Virtuous Actions August 9 2008

Geshe Jampa
Geshe Jampa, with his vast understanding, will share the importance of the 10 positive actions, actions that are the cornerstones supporting the foundation to Buddha's wisdom and compassion. When we implement and engage in these actions, we free ourselves from suffering. Geshe-la will share the essence of these essential guidelines regarding fundamental action. By more fully understanding behavior and how our behavioral patterns bind us to wandering endlessly in samsara, the cycle of birth, sickness, old age and death, we see adopting positive action as tools that can break the chains that bind us to our misery. Geshe-la's teaching will allow us to understand how shifting our conduct can bring us increasing more freedom and happiness.
1-4pm

Science of the Mind July 19 and 26 2008

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
Science of the Mind from a Buddhist Point of View

With warm humor, Rinpoche, with his profound understanding of the Western mind, will demystify the seemingly mysterious Tibetan Buddhist Science of the Mind. The more we learn about our mind and its various working aspects, the deeper we can explore without confusion, fear or doubt. The more we learn, study and utilize that which is taught, the sooner we cease creating our own misery.

The Science of the Mind offers us ways to release our tenacious hold on negative mental factors, selfishness, hatred, and greed. Knowing how the mind works is science. Learning ways to transform our attitudes and ways of thinking from the negative to the positive is the gift from our kind and venerable master. Putting in practice the tools given to us by our teacher is the thread that weaves us in unbroken footsteps back to Buddha himself.
10am-4pm

Guru Yoga Workshop July 12 2008

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
Guru Yoga Workshop with Guru Puja Transmission

Please join us at Emaho Center, Saturday, July 12 from 1 to 4 pm for the rare opportunity to receive from Rinpoche the transmission of Guru Yoga, Lama ‘i Naljor.

ZaChoeje Rinpoche has been asked and he has kindly accepted our request to give the transmission of Guru Yoga, Lama ‘i Naljor.  This practice, also known as the practice of merging one’s mind with the mind of the master, is one of the most important in Vajrayana Buddhism. It brings us to trust, through the blessing of the teacher, our own enlightened nature. Rinpoche will explain in detail the practice and its relevance to attaining happiness and the causes of happiness.

The word Guru means master. It infers not only the external master but our own individual Buddha nature. The word Yoga means the practice of unifying the master’s and our own Buddha nature as one. The result is a firm spiritual foundation that gives us new tools to deal with fluctuating changes and unexpected challenges. We learn to harness our Buddha nature.

As we practice Guru Yoga we learn to trust our precious Buddha nature, enabling us to accept the circumstances of our lives with appreciation and strength. As we live with admiration, inspiration and faith we live more fully, without regret. With the new-found strength that is generated through the practice of Guru Yoga we learn to live unafraid. With the new-found compassion that is generated through the practice of Guru Yoga our hearts open not only to others but to our own selves. With the new-found wisdom that is generated through the practice of Guru Yoga we joyfully embrace the precious moments as they naturally unfold.  Through the practice of Guru Yoga we are able to make our lives spiritual and meaningful for the sake of all.

Chenrezig Empowerment      July 6 2008

Rinpoche offered the Chenrezig Empowerment on this auspicious day, the birthday of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Download flyer.

Lam Rim Semester Study June 13-22 2008

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
Lam Rim Chen-Mo, Volume 2, The Stages of the Path for Persons with Great Capacity and the Six Perfections.

Friday, June 13, 7-8 PM
Saturday, June 14, 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday, June 15, 10 AM - 12 PM
Saturday, June 21, 10 AM- 4 PM
Sunday, June 22, 10 AM - 4 PM

Saka Dawa Celebration        June 18 2008

Rinpoche will lead a combined guided Bodhicitta meditation and traditional Saka Dawa Celebration.

Saka Dawa, an auspicious day in Tibetan Buddhism, is the celebration of Buddha Shakyamuni's birthday, enlightenment and Parinirwana (passing away). In Tibet, this is the most important holy day of the year, a day to remember Buddha.

According to Tibetan tradition, the day that marks the anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni's enlightenment and parinirvana is the full moon day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar. According to Theravada tradition it is marked on full moon day of the third month lunar calendar.

Introduction to the Middle Way February/March 2008

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
Chandrakirti's Introduction to the Middle Way.
February 23, 2008
March 29, 2008

Bodhicitta       Saturday February 9, 2008

Geshe Jampa
Introduction to Buddhism. Bodhicitta, the Compassionate Mind.

Nagarjuna's Precious Garland       February/March 2008

ZaChoeje Rinpoche
Nagarjuna, born 2000 years ago, interweaves advice for the development of compassion with the wisdom of realizing emptiness.
February 16, 2008
March 15, 2008

Introduction to Buddhism      January 2008

Geshe Jampa
January 26 - The Four Noble Truths
January 27 - Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels

Mantrathon     January 20, 2008

Vajrasattva Mantra


2007 Workshops and Events

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2006 Workshops and Events

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2005 Workshops and Events

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