Saturday, September 20th, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Khenpo Pema Wangdak
Loving Kindness and Compassion: How to Learn to Develop the Awakening Mind


Khenpo Pema will review and guide participants on selected chapters and stanzas from “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life”, Shantideva’s step-by-step outline on how to achieve the way of the Buddha — which will motivate us to engage in a particular life that leads us to this eventual goal. The program will begin with a short guided meditation and conclude with a question and answer session. Co-sponsored by Palden Sakya Center of Woodstock.

Biography of Khenpo Pema Wangdak

In 1982, he was sent to the West by His Holiness Sakya Trizin,  as the first of the younger generation of Tibetan teachers in America from the Sakya School. In 1989 Lama Pema founded the Vikramasila Foundation. The Foundation encompasses the Palden Sakya Centers in New York City, Woodstock, NY, Philmont, NY, Englewood, NJ, Springfield, VT, and Dayton OH. The Palden Sakya Centers offer courses in Tibetan Buddhist studies and meditation. Lama Pema is the creator of “Bur Yig”–Tibetan Braille, and the founder of Pema Ts’al (English for Lotus Grove) Schools in Mundgod, India (for Tibetan lay children); Pokara, Nepal (monastic schools for boys); and Pema Ts’al School in New York City, with a curriculum modeled on that of Sakya College, India. The Pema Ts’al School in New York City provides a traditional Buddhist education of monastic training and study, in the format of Western university teaching.

Lama Pema was recognized with the title of “Khenpo” by His Holiness Sakya Trizin in 2007. He received the distinguished  “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” award by the National Ethical Coalition of Organizations in May, 2009 at Ellis Island for his humanitarian work around the world. Lama Pema is the first Tibetan ever to have received such an award.


Lama Pema, who has been guiding Western students for the past 29 years, continues to travel and teach extensively to Dharma centers around the world. His command of the English language and familiarity with Western culture, along with his wisdom and compassion make him an outstanding role model and teacher in today’s world.

Saturday, September 20th, 8:00 pm

When the Bough Breaks


WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS 01_Image courtesy Icarus Films and dGenerate Films

Dubbed “one of the most important female filmmakers in China” by the Rotterdam Film Festival, Ji Dan spent three years following a migrant worker family living in the outskirts of Beijing, as the family’s three children fight against all odds – including their own parents – to continue their education and pursue a better future. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (China, 2011, 147 mins.)

$8 suggested donation.


Ellen Miret – The Dhammapada Project

Exhibit open 10 am to 6 pm daily

The Dhammapada Project

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The Tibetan Center 2014 Film Series

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

Saturdays monthly at 8pm

875 Route 28, Kingston, NY 12401

$8 suggested donation

March 15th
Wheel of Time
Directed by Werner Herzog (Germany, 2003, 80 mins, in English)

April 5th
Monks in the Laboratory
Directed by Delphine Morel (France, 2006, 53 mins, in English)

May 3rd
Digital Dharma
Directed by Dafna Yachin (USA, 2012, 90 mins, in English)

June 7th
The Shadow Circus (The CIA in Tibet)
Directed by Tenzin Sonam & Ritu Sarin (UK, 1998, 50 mins, in English)

July 5th
Bringing Tibet Home
Directed by Tenzin Tsetan Choklay (South Korea, 2013, 67 mins, in English)

August 2nd
Silent Holy Stones
Directed by Pema Tseden (China 2005, 98 mins, in Tibetan with English subtitles)

September 20th
When the Bough Breaks
Directed by Ji Dan (China, 2011, 147 mins, in Mandarin with English subtitles)

October 25th
Lost Horizon
Directed by Frank Capra (USA, 1937, 97 mins, in English)

November 15th
Nicholas Roerich: Messenger of Beauty
Directed by Jerry Rosser (USA, 1979, 44 mins, in English)


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