• Choosing Our Next Rebirth
    Are you practicing the 6 realms or are you practicing awakening? Where do you want to be reborn in your next life? In the next moment? Each year, each month, each day, each moment we make a choice about where we will be reborn through habitual tendencies we choose to develop. Are you continually strengthening the propensity to be reborn in a hell realm, animal realm, a hungry ghost realm, a human realm, a jealous god realm, a god realm? Sometimes consciously and often unconsciously, we choose anger, indifference, distraction, etc. These small choices create a lifetime, perhaps lifetimes of continuing to cycle through the 6 realms. In this one-day retreat, we will discuss the 6 realms in terms of our everyday lives and choices. We will have an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and practical implications of this traditional Buddhist teaching and there will be opportunities to choose to cultivate wakefulness through practices of sitting and walking meditation and silence. Wakefulness or ignorance is a moment to moment choice. This day is an invitation and support to be intentional about that choice. I am grateful to many teachers for helping me to understand the 6 realms, and I am especially indebted to Ani Pema Chödrön who taught extensively on this subject during Yarne 2018 at Gampo Abbey. These teachings, my experiences in three year retreat and my work as a therapist and hospital chaplain all underscore for me the profound value in studying the realms and recognizing our choice to stop this whole cycle. I look forward to practicing awakening with you on October 13th. Fees: The fee for this retreat is to cover the centre’s costs. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered free of cost. You are welcome to make an offering to express gratitude for the teachings as your own practice of generosity. Food: Please bring a bag lunch and any special treats you like to have for yourself. Coffee and tea will be available. What to Bring: You have all the equipment you need for this day with you all the time! If you like, you could also bring a notebook and your favourite pen or pencil. Overnight Accommodation: This is a single day retreat; no accommodation is needed. Those who wish to stay an additional day or days may request accommodation at $30 per night plus HST paid separately through another form. If you choose to spend the night, you will have extra opportunity to practice in the supportive atmosphere of the temple and grounds of Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong. And, far from the city lights, you can enjoy the night sky in radiant splendour (weather permitting). The Orionids meteor shower is active from September 23rd to November 27th , 2018 Tickets: $35 (online at palyulcanada.org/event/re-creative-experiences-of-dakini-wisdom/ or by cash payment at the Centre.

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    1755 Lingham Lake Rd, Madoc, ON K0K 2K0 · Madoc, ON

  • Experiences of Dakini Wisdom
    You are invited to a day of spiritual recreation. This is a day to explore and affirm the sacred feminine in your life, through re-creative experiences such as visualization, guided imagery work, art play, movement, and meditation. Experiencing the mandala of the five wisdom dakinis, you will have opportunities to compassionately meet your own obstructed energies and also to meet and embrace your own wisdom. This is both an occasion to delve into new approaches and to more deeply experience the power of the practices you are already doing. Reading Lama Tsultrim Allione’s, Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine, I was drawn to offer something that would support us all in opening to the gifts of the wisdom dakinis, and really to the profound treasures hidden in plain sight in all the practices that we do. I was struck by how much the richness of these practices can be lost when we are striving to get it right, or hurrying to get it done, or doing it with great effort, but lacking connection with our feelings, or our wisdom mind. I offer this day to us all, as a supplication to re-claim or re-awaken our connection to our own sacred feminine and to re-cognize our Buddha nature. “By regularly contacting these facets of sacred presence within me, I was deepening my faith in my own essential being. Realizing who we are fulfills our human potential. We intuit that we are more mysterious and vast than the small self we experience through our stories and changing emotions. As we learn to attend directly to our own awareness, we discover the timeless and wakeful space of our true nature.” Tara Brach, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart Lama SamtenThubten Samten Chödrön (Nyingje Norgang, PhD) Ani Samten returned to Orgyan Dzong in 2016, after attending 3yr retreat at Dag Shang Kagyu in Spain. Prior to coming to Orgyan Dzong, Ani Samten studied and lived in several Dharma centres including Mindrolling Lotus Gardens, Gampo Abbey and Plum Village. Before ordination, Nyingje practiced and studied the Dharma and worked as a hospital chaplain, teacher (pre-school to University), and a therapist. Fees: $40 includes materials. HST will be added. Please register in advance on-line to ensure your place and materials for this event. Anyone for whom this fee discourages attendance at this event is encouraged to apply for a scholarship by contacting: [masked] The fee you see for this retreat is to cover the centre’s costs. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered free of cost. You are welcome to make an offering to express gratitude for the Dharma, as your own practice of generosity. Food: Please bring a picnic lunch for yourself and any special drinks or snacks that you need. Tea and coffee will be provided. Equipment/Materials: Supplies for the art work etc are included in the fee. Please bring your own notebook and pen. Optional materials: If you wish to bring personal art materials, you are welcome to do so. If you have wisdom dakini coloured scarves (white, blue, yellow, red, green), it could be nice to have one or all with you. A wisdom dakini coloured shawl (or any shawl) might be handy depending on the weather. Overnight Accommodation: This is a day workshop and no accommodation is required. If you wish, you are welcome to come the night before and/or stay the day after to enjoy the wonderful temple and spacious natural surroundings. The overnight fee is $30 plus HST paid separately through another form. You will have access to cooking facilities but must bring your own food. Tickets: $40 (online at palyulcanada.org/event/re-creative-experiences-of-dakini-wisdom/ or by cash payment at the Centre.

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    1755 Lingham Lake Rd, Madoc, ON K0K 2K0 · Madoc, ON

  • The Life of Tibetan Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal
    In the biographies of the dakini Yeshe Tsogyal, the tale is told, that at the moment of her conception a little stream sprang up by the family castle and at the moment of her birth this greatly increased in size forming a sacred lake and all around its shores there appeared a marvelous array of red and white blossoms, sparkling and in full bloom. Her father Karchen exclaimed “She shall have the name of Tsogyal “Sea of Victory”. In this single day of teachings and practice, Lama Rinchen will offer us a marvellous opportunity to deepen our understanding of this powerful dakini. The day will begin gently, with music and a guided meditation followed by a short calm abiding meditation practice. Following the meditation, Lama Rinchen will offer a powerpoint presentation about the mother of Buddhism in Tibet, the extraordinary dakini Yeshe Tsogyal and her landscape of sacred pilgrimage. After lunch, there will be readings from Yeshe Tsogyal’s biography and time for discussion. The day will conclude with a short meditation and mantra recitation. Lama Rinchen Zangmo/Barbara Hazelton has a BA in Fine Art History, an MA in Buddhist Studies, is a Ph.D Candidate at the University of Toronto Dept. for the Study of Religion, Buddhist studies and is an artist in the Karma Gadri tradition. She completed the three year retreat [masked]) under the direction of the late Venerable Kalu Rinpoche and has a keen interest in Buddhist rituals and ritual texts. Lama Rinchen is inspired by the popular genre of Tibetan literature, the life stories of liberation (nam thar), with a focus on female models of enlightenment and Buddha activity exemplified by women such as Princess Yeshe Tsogyal and the yogini Niguma. The fee for this retreat is to cover the centre’s costs. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered free of cost. You are welcome to make an offering to express gratitude for the teachings as your own practice of generosity. Food: Please bring your own picnic lunch and any particular snacks that you would like . Tea and coffee will be provided. Equipment/Materials: If you have a copy of Lady of the Lotus Born: The life and enlightenment of Yeshe Tsogyal translated by the Padmakara Translation Group please bring that with you. Overnight Accommodation: This is a single day retreat, so no accommodation is needed. For those who wish to stay overnight, rooms in the retreat house are available on a limited basis at $30 (+HST) per night. Please contact us in advance to reserve a room to avoid disappointment. There’s also a number of local accommodations available in the vicinity.For directions or to learn more please visit Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong (http://palyulcanada.org) We are located in the midst of a vast forested area at the end of long and winding single lane gravel road, so please allow for extra travel time and drive carefully. We look forward to seeing you.

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    1755 Lingham Lake Rd · Madoc, ON

  • Mindfulness and Western Psychology
    A talk by Dr. Tony Toneatto, Professor and founder of the University of Toronto’s Buddhism and Psychology Program. Rooted in Buddhism, mindfulness meditation is considered to be one of the primary means we can achieve authentic wisdom. Mindfulness meditation is also being increasingly practiced in western culture as a means of enhancing mental and physical health as well. In this talk, a psychological understanding of the many ways that meditation can improve your mental health will be described. Please wear or bring comfortable clothing for sitting on meditation cushions. Chairs are also available. Coffee and tea will be provided. For directions or to learn more please visit Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong (http://palyulcanada.org) We are located in the midst of a vast forested area at the end of long and winding single lane gravel road, so please allow for extra travel time and drive carefully. We look forward to seeing you.

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    1755 Lingham Lake Rd · Madoc, ON

  • Introduction to Buddhism & Meditation
    Ngakpa Kunga Nyingpo will offer an introductory talk on Buddhism and teach on Buddhist meditation, focusing on its theory and practice. The first talk will be on core Buddhist teachings with questions and answers which will be followed by an introduction to Buddhist practice in the form of meditation, making the theory a living experience. These teachings are open to everyone. No prior mediation experience is required. Please bring loose fitting clothing to enable you to sit comfortably. There will be two one hour sessions although you are welcome to stay for both. 11:00 am – Noon – Introduction to Buddhism for Beginners 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Introduction to Buddhist Meditation for Beginners Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served. These teachings are free but private donations to the teacher are appreciated. We are located in the midst of a vast forested area at the end of long and winding single lane gravel road, so please allow for extra travel time and drive carefully. For directions or to learn more please visit Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong (http://palyulcanada.org) We look forward to seeing you.

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    1755 Lingham Lake Rd · Madoc, ON

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  • Three Day Silent Meditation Retreat
    Under the guidance of Lama Samten Chodron these three days will give you a marvelous opportunity to explore the scope of the Buddha’s teachings, not through theory, but rather through your own practice of tranquility (Shamatha) and insight (Vipashana) meditation. On the third day, those without previous Dzogchen instruction will continue to deepen their practice of Shamatha/Vipashana, while others may practice Dzogchen. We will offer ourselves and others the gift of silence during these three days so that we may profoundly experience what the Buddha taught. Fee: $50 plus GST per day – includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner and teachings. Limited Accommodation is available at $30 plus GST per night. Private donations to the Lama are appreciated but not required. Please contact us directly if you are interested in attending. We are located in the midst of a vast forested area at the end of long and winding single lane gravel road, so please allow for extra travel time and drive carefully. For directions or to learn more please visit Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong (http://palyulcanada.org)

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    1755 Lingham Lake Rd · Madoc, ON

  • Tibetan Buddhist Meditation: Calm & Clear
    An ongoing series of introductory classes for anyone interested in learning how to practice shamatha or tranquility meditation as taught in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Venerable Lama Jigme, the temple’s Abbot, will lead the class, which will cover the introduction and practice of meditation through placing attention on the breath and stilling the mind. Letting go will help you to develop insight into the nature of the self, the world, and your inherent Buddha nature, which is the vast, free, and completely enlightened reality at the heart of all beings. This class is free open to beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Please wear or bring comfortable clothing for sitting. Meditation cushions will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Chairs are also available. Coffee and tea will be provided. There will be a morning session from 11am to 12pm followed by a second session from 1pm to 2pm. For directions or to learn more please visit Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong (http://palyulcanada.org) We are located in the midst of a vast forested area at the end of long and winding single lane gravel road, so please allow for extra travel time and drive carefully. We look forward to seeing you.

    Palyul Foundation of Canada

    1755 Lingham Lake Rd · Madoc, ON

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  • Tibetan Buddhist Meditation: Calm & Clear
    An ongoing series of introductory classes for anyone interested in learning how to practice shamatha or tranquility meditation as taught in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Venerable Lama Jigme, the temple’s Abbot, will lead the class, which will cover the introduction and practice of meditation through placing attention on the breath and stilling the mind. Letting go will help you to develop insight into the nature of the self, the world, and your inherent Buddha nature, which is the vast, free, and completely enlightened reality at the heart of all beings. This class is free of charge and open to beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Please wear or bring comfortable clothing for sitting. Meditation cushions will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Chairs are also available. Coffee and tea will be provided. For directions or to learn more please visit Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong (http://palyulcanada.org) We are located in the midst of a vast forested area at the end of long and winding single lane gravel road, so please allow for extra travel time and drive carefully. We look forward to seeing you.

    Palyul Foundation of Canada

    1755 Lingham Lake Rd · Madoc, ON

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  • Tibetan Buddhist Meditation: Calm & Clear
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  • Tibetan Buddhist Meditation: Calm & Clear
    An ongoing series of introductory classes for anyone interested in learning how to practice shamatha or tranquility meditation as taught in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Venerable Lama Jigme, the temple’s Abbot, will lead the class, which will cover the introduction and practice of meditation through placing attention on the breath and stilling the mind. Letting go will help you to develop insight into the nature of the self, the world, and your inherent Buddha nature, which is the vast, free, and completely enlightened reality at the heart of all beings. This class is free of charge and open to beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Please wear or bring comfortable clothing for sitting. Meditation cushions will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Chairs are also available. Coffee and tea will be provided. For directions or to learn more please visit Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong (http://palyulcanada.org) We are located in the midst of a vast forested area at the end of long and winding single lane gravel road, so please allow for extra travel time and drive carefully. We look forward to seeing you.

    Palyul Foundation of Canada

    1755 Lingham Lake Rd · Madoc, ON