Joining Together in
Joining Together in
Covid Policy Update
The monastery is open. We recommend that visitors wear masks indoors. Masks and hand sanitizer are available at all entryways. Please note that accommodations remain closed to the public, except when noted otherwise for special programs.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night classes will continue on Zoom only. To join us via Zoom please click here.
Please do not visit the monastery if you feel unwell and/or have a fever.
Children 12 years old and younger must be supervised. No pets please.
Many thanks to all of you for your support during our extended pandemic closure. Please check our website, Facebook page, and enews for further updates.
Please be well and stay safe!
Thanks and congratulations to all participants in PTC’s Losar 2023 group accumulation of the mantra of compassion, om mani peme hung.
With more than 40 participants and vastly multiplied merit, our final total is 1,446,394!
UPDATE – 2023 Sakadawa Million Mani Challenge
See the final total for the Sakadawa Million Mani Challenge, and the cumulative mani total for 2023, on our Million Mani Club page. Our final mani challenge of 2023 is scheduled for November in observance of Lhabab Duchen, the last of the four annual commemorations of Shakyamuni Buddha’s accomplishments, during which all merit is vastly multiplied. We hope you’ll join us then.
Online Prayers and Resources
Palpung Thubten Choling is offering chanting practices, classes and Dharma talks by our Lamas free of charge to support your practice. Even though we may not be able to gather at the monastery for the foreseeable future, we can still progress together on the path.
Please note that because of heightened covid rates in the area, there is no in person attendance for weekly classes. The following classes and chanting events are being offered remotely on Zoom. If you would like to participate, please use our online event registration form.
Monday evenings (7:30-8:30pm)
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation
Teachings on foundational Buddhist thought along with basic meditation instructions taught by resident teachers who have graduated from the PTC three-year retreat program. Appropriate for beginners and for anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of meditation or just meditate with a group. No prerequisites or attendance requirement, join us any Monday.
Tuesday evenings (7:30-8:30pm)
Study Group on the Ornament of Precious Liberation
Led by Lamas Depa and Lhadrun, we will be exploring in depth the Ornament of Precious Liberation, by the great master of the Kagyu lineage, Lord Gampopa. This text is considered a spiritual classic of Tibetan Buddhism. In order to develop our understanding of this profound work, we will also be referring to Path to Buddhahood, a very accessible and illuminating commentary by Ringu Tulku.
Wednesday evenings (7:30-8:30pm)
Medicine Buddha Practice and The Verses that Saved Sakya from Sickness, led by Lama Norgyal
Please join us online as we chant this essential practice which can increase our healing powers so that we can help those in our lives who are struggling with illness and obstacles and also remove our own physical and mental suffering. An abbreviated version of the Chenrezig practice is inserted in the prayer which follows, known as the Verses that Saved Sakya from Sickness.
The liturgies are being screen shared and are translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.
Thursday evenings (7:30-8:30pm)
Please join us online as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Guru Vajradhara Tai Situ Rinpoche has said that, “Chenrezig is the embodiment of compassion, Bodhicitta. We reach Buddhahood intentionally, and the intention is Bodhicitta. That is what Chenrezig represents. The Chenrezig Sadhana is the most sacred and profound sadhana. By practicing it with awareness, you can attain Chenrezig’s enlightened body, speech, and mind.”
The liturgy is being screen shared. It is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.
Butterlamps for Healing and Peace
Symbolizing the light of wisdom, butterlamps are traditionally offered to dispel obstacles and alleviate all types of suffering. Please join us in sponsoring butterlamps every week for the benefit of everyone affected by the coronavirus and all other causes of suffering in the world today. Sponsors are invited to submit personal prayer requests.
Offering Continuous Light for a Year
E-lamps are beautiful rechargeable lamps which are always ablaze in our Maitreya shrine room. You can sponsor an e-lamp for anyone in need of continuous blessing for a year.
Ongoing Prayers for Healing
Every morning at Palpung Thubten Choling, as well as every Thursday evening, we chant the practice of Medicine Buddha with the aspiration to bring the coronavirus pandemic to an end and alleviate all illness. Every week following the Tong Cho offering and the lighting of 1,000 butterlamps, our Lamas, monastics, and residents gather in the Maitreya Shrine Hall to chant the Monlam Choga, an extensive compilation of aspiration prayers for the benefit of all beings, composed by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche.