07/02/2010 - 00:50

We were delighted to hear from Venerable Losang's dear friend - and now ours as well - Ven. Narkyid Ngawangthondup - who will be arriving in Philadelphia on July 3rd to participate in the upcoming March for Tibetan Independence.  This march will begin with a demonstration at Independence Hall (6th and Chestnut Streets) and will continue all the way to Washington, D.C., where they plan to arrive on July 13th.  Please see our calendar for more details and links.  Click here to view his visit with and talk to us on May 9, 2010, and here, to see images from that Sunday morning.  Click here to read about the July 4th march for Tibet's liberation and independence.

His message to us in part -

Today (July 1), I would like to inform you that I will be in Philadelphia on the afternoon of the 3rd of July ... on July 4th, I will also be joining in the Independence march that will begin at the Liberty Bell. ...

As I mentioned before, Tibet never was part of China and Chinese government has not presented any logical evidence and proof that Tibet was ever a part of China. I am moving closer to publishing my booklet in English, with the help of Barbara Montgomery, who helped me on the introduction. I would like to thank everyone for inviting me to speak about the Tibetan cause and also would like to thank everyone for listening to me, despite my broken English. Special thanks ... for taking the wonderful pictures and video. I have also attached a statement that I have prepared for the ceremony of the 2010 Tibetan Independence March on the 4th of July.

With Dharma love,


Statement for the Ceremony of the 2010 Tibetan Independence March on the 4th of July, Independence Day

By Narkyid Ngawangthondup

In June of 2007, I had the great honor and privilege to join Taktser Rimpoche’s last Tibetan Independence March from New York City to Philadelphia.

Today, I am here to honor the memory of Taktser Rimpoche and his great love and determination for Tibet by joining the 2010 Tibetan Independence March from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.

Since 2001, I myself have been following our Supreme leader’s policy of the “The Middle Way” approach as well as fully understanding the practical solution under present circumstances and for the long term peace in Tibet and China.

However, we shall not give up our struggle for regaining an Independent Tibet, which was the goal of our respected Taktser Rimpoche.

05/17/2010 - 22:27

Update!  No Tara Puja Thursday, May 20th.  However, while we're here (and now that that date is also in the past at the time of this revision) may we also take this opportunity to invite those who have not yet shared in one of these lovely evenings ... to do so sometime. Our Green Tara Puja's are led by Venerable Losang Rinpoche when he is in town, and on all - or, well, most - other weeks, by senior teaching student and former TBC president Ken Klein.  We begin around 7:30 pm and usually conclude around 8:30 pm or so; a smaller number of people than on Sundays, and a lovely summer evening hour.  This sadhana is closely related to the Tara sadhana we often recite on Sunday mornings, and is a great way to begin to bid a close to the work week.  To learn more about our Thursday evenings, please see our Green Tara Puja website page.  For scheduling questions and for further information, please also see our e-newsletter, our calendar, or our own Ken Klein, by email or 610.513.0862.  Or just come next Thursday!


05/15/2010 - 14:14

TBC's Introduction to Buddhism, ten class series will continue this Sunday, May 16th, ~12 noon (right after morning meditation practices).  This week, Senior Student Jeffrey Carr will be talking about the traditions of the Sutrayana, known as the "Causal Vehicle" because it is designed to create in the practitioner the "causes" for enlightenment.  Jeff continues ... "It is comprised of the first two Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma, as expounded by the Buddha.  The first two Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma are the practices and understandings of the Hinayana and those of the Mahayana.  The teachings and practices associated with the Sutrayana will foster the "two accumulations" of Wisdom and Compassion.  Wisdom is the understanding and then the direct realisation of True Reality, which is a progressively more subtle understanding of emptiness of self and other.   This is accompanied by a progressively more subtle understanding and direct experience of Compassion, which is the Mind of Bodhichitta. This is what we will be discussing. Important Stuff!   And close to the very essence of the extraordinarily profound teachings of Buddhism. We'll also do some exploration of meditation practice itself; how you can make a subtle shift in perception from calm abiding meditation (shamatha) to a direct glimpse of the true nature of mind."  These classes are open to all, and can be taken individually. A $12 donation is requested, but never required.  Please join us if you can!  Next week, May 23rd, our series continues led by Floyd Platton, entitled "The Mahayana Path: awakening on the level of the heart.  We will post more about this on our weblog, or you can also check our Teachings and Events and Calendar pages right here on the site.  Thank you.

05/12/2010 - 08:56

From the "May all mother sentient beings" and "Interdependence" desks of your TBC weblog, come this somewhat different type of offering for this page.  What do we visualize, what do we think of, when we contemplate these words (in the human realm, at least)?  The New York Times recently invited readers from around the world (of their photography blog, called "Lens"), to take one photograph of their world, all at the same moment in time (15:00 U.T.C., Sunday, May 2), for publication. In their words: "Here it is: Earth, covered by stacks of thousands of virtual photographs, corresponding in location to where they were taken by Lens readers at one “Moment in Time”.  Spin the virtual globe, and view images of that part of the world."  (And then, as they also suggest, "make no plans for the rest of the day.")  To have a look click here.  The results, the contrasts, and the similarities, from country to country, region to region, are breathtaking, and illuminating.

05/01/2010 - 05:19

On Sunday, May 9, at our regular morning meditation practice, it will be our privilege to welcome and host a most honored guest, from India, Venerable Narkyid Ngawang Thondup. Mr. Thondup is the principle biographer of His Holiness The 13th Dalai Lama, and served in the Tibetan Cabinet prior to the Chinese invasion.  Losang has extended a request to all our friends to please come and offer a warm welcome. The requested donation is $15, and we will start at our usual time of 10 am. You can read a couple of neat articles about Mr. Thondup's recently published biography, The Great Thirteenth Dalai Lama, by clicking here, and here.  (Here also is another neat link that appeared in the course of doing research for this entry.)  Why not bring your mother for Mother's Day?

05/01/2010 - 04:52

Our Ngöndro retreat in June is getting a slightly new date and time: Friday, June 11th, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.  (It was previously scheduled for Saturday the 12th, from 12 to 4, but we just did not want to wait) (just kidding).  We will now also be webcasting this retreat! Appropriate for both beginners & advanced practitioners, Ngöndro is an essential practice of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Each of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism—Gelug, Kagyu, Nyingma and Sakya-- has variations as to the order of the preliminaries, the lineage gurus and deities invoked, prayers, and so on.  The renowned Lama Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887) is said to have practiced the Longchen Nyingthig Ngöndro repeatedly throughout his life.  To learn more about this wonderful offering, just zip over to our calendar.  Or, to register without even going to the calendar (live or webcast) - please email our retreat coordinator, Susan Simmons.

05/01/2010 - 01:51

This coming Sunday, May 2nd, Losang Rinpoche will begin his series of teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa, a set of advanced Tibetan Buddhist tantric practices. For further reading, feel free to check out The Six Yogas of Naropa, by Glen Mullin published by Snow Lion. This first of six classes on the subject will address the Yoga of Inner Heat. The Yoga of Inner Heat (Tummo) employs the meditations on Five Pranas of the body. It includes meditation on fire; some Tibetan Yogis have mastered this method and demonstrated its power by perspiring heavily in very cold regions. Losang will also lead Vajrasattva Practice, which has the purpose of purifying obscurations and removing hinderances on the path to enlightenment. Also, don't forget to bring something to draw with, and something to draw on (paper, for example), as we will be learning how to write the Tibetan characters for Om, Ah and Hung.  (We've got extra paper and pencils just in case.)

05/01/2010 - 01:30

As many of you are aware, on the morning of April 14th (correction to prior edition - that was Tuesday evening April 13th, here in the U.S.), a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck QingHai province, Yushu area of Tibet. According to published reports, more than 2,000 people have died, with 10,000 more injured.  An estimated 85% of the buildings were destroyed.  We have created a page on our website with links to donate to relief causes.  On Saturday evening April 17th at 7:30 pm, we joined with our friends from around the regional Tibetan community to hold a vigil at our center in support of those affected by the earthquake.  We were very moved. Please consider visiting our Earthquake Relief page here on the website. 

05/01/2010 - 01:25

The Capital Campaign: It's On! We're only a few weeks in so far, but you are responding - thank you!  And please continue!  For those who are new to our center, we are committed to finding a space, a home, that we can truly call our own.  Why?  For oodles of reasons!... So that our center can truly be a community center and a home to our community, where people can really come and spend time with the dharma and with our sangha....  So that we can offer an even greater breadth and variety of teachings, events, programs and guest speakers, and, so important, to honor our most precious teacher, Losang Rinpoche. And, what goes in the Capital Campaign - Stays in the Capital Campaign.  Your contributions will not be used for any other purpose!  Please understand also, we are grateful for any offering at all, truly.  However, if you are able to offer $50 or more towards our new home, we will give you a free set of prayer flags, for yours.  Are you visualizing it yet?  If you would like to make a contribution - of any amount - click here to link to our new Capital Campaign page on our TBC website.  We are truly grateful for all of our friends.

05/01/2010 - 01:17

We thought it would be appropriate to let our sangha and friends know that tickets are on sale for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching on Nagarjuna's Commentary on Bodhicitta, and Shantideva's A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, at Radio City Music Hall on May 20 - 22.  To link to the page where you can purchase tickets (while they remain ... on sale), you may try clicking here. (If the page location changes, we suggest just googling it.)

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