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October Programs

Teachings will be given by Venerable Tenzin Chophel (Kushog Karma–la), one of the senior monks at Nechung Monastery. He has been at Nechung for over 35 years and is one its head monks. Kushog Karma-la has received numerous teachings from lamas of all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism, awarded his Geshe degree from Drepung Losaling, and engaged in many personal meditation retreats.

Kushog Karma

Please register in advance. Call 808-928-8539 or email

Saturday, October 21 &
Sunday, October 22
9:30 am — 4:30 pm

The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones

"Let stillness cut the momentum of moving thoughts;
Within movement see the very nature of stillness.
Where stillness and movement are one, maintain the natural mind;
In the experience of one-pointedness, recite the six-syllable mantra."….verse 40

Commentary on "The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones – the Practice of View, Meditation and Action – A Discourse in the Beginning, Middle and End" by Paltrul Rinpoche, given by Venerable Tenzin Chophel.

$150/weekend. Includes lunch.

Saturday, October 28
9:30 am — 4:30 pm

Praises to the Twenty–One Taras

Tara represents enlightened activity, her practice helps overcome fears, brings fulfillment of wishes, and ultimately the attainment of enlightenment. The verses of the Praises to the 21 aspects of Tara are a main part of the Tara meditation practice. "Through clearly reciting these praises two, three, and seven times….all wishes will be fulfilled and obstacles will be overcome"….from the Four Mandala Tara, "Essence of the Two Accumulations" (merit & wisdom).

Explanation of the "Praises to the Twenty-One Taras" by Venerable Tenzin Chophel.

$75, includes lunch.

Sunday, October 29
10:00 am — 2:00 pm

Four Mandala Puja

You are invited to attend the "Four Mandala Tara Puja" with Tenzin Chophel. We will be joined by Geshe Lobsang Kunga from Drepung Gomang Monastery.

No charge. Please bring a dish to share for a vegetarian potluck lunch.

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Every Sunday 10 am - 11:30 am

Four Mandala Tara Practice

This practice is cancelled when there is a teaching program.

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Events are located at the Wood Valley Temple.

Donations are greatly appreciated. May the merit of giving and receiving benefit all Beings!