Saturday, April 8th, 7:30 pm

The Tibetan Center Film Series presents

The Lion’s Roar

“compelling…an important lasting monument.”- Hollywood Reporter

 

Photograph by Sarah Sadowski

Photograph by Sarah Sadowski

Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, was born in Tibet in 1924. He is recognized as the embodiment of the teachings of the Kagyu lineage, which traces its source through Tibet’s greatest teachers Milarepa and Marpa, Naropa and Tilopa, all the way back to the Shakyamuni Buddha himself.During the 1959 invasion by the People’s Republic of China, the Karmapa left Tibet and settled in Rumtek, Sikkim, India. In 1974, the Karmapa set out on his first world tour; he undertook a second tour in 1977. The film journeys with him in North America where he visited the Hopi Nation, offered teachings and performed the Black Crown Ceremony, and initiated the construction of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in Woodstock, New York, the seat of his lineage in North America. While traveling in 1981, he died in Zion, Illinois. His cremation in Rumtek is vividly documented.Features rare interviews with renowned Tibetan Buddhist lamas Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. The narration script was written by the late Rick Fields, well-known founding editor of Tricycle. Directed by Mark Elliott. 1985, in English, 50 min. Tickets by donation

Sunday, December 11th 

with Lama Tenzin

White Tara Practice  10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lama Tenzin is an advanced scholar and a Tibetan monk in the Drikung Kagyu lineage. 

No charge.

The Tibetan Center
875 Route 28, Kingston NY
(845) 383-1774
 

Saturday, September 24th, 7:30 pm

The Tibetan Center 2016 Film Series presents

The Dossier

“A powerful document of a Tibetan woman finding her voice and insisting on her freedom to use it.” Beijing Independent Film Festival

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Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser’s efforts to document and present the reality of Tibet were considered a “political problem” by the Chinese Party-state and she was fired from her job. Since then, she has continued to speak out for the sufferings of Tibetan people as an independent writer. Through the dossier and interviews, this is the story of her transition from an exemplary Chinese citizen to a supposedly subversive Tibetan writer under house detention. (2014, directed by Zhu Rikun. In Chinese and Tibetan with English subtitles, 129 min.)

$8 suggested donation

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

  

Saturday, August 20th, 7:30 pm

The Tibetan Center 2016 Film Series presents

Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet

“A rare and privileged insight into the rich spiritual tradition upheld by the Tsoknyi nuns of Nanchen.” Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

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In 2005, renowned Buddhist teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche III and some western students traveled to the Nangchen region in Eastern Tibet. Their purpose was to meet the 3000 Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns, remarkable women who live and practice an ancient yogic tradition in nunneries and hermitages scattered across this remote, mountainous region. Compelling interviews with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Tsultrim Allione place the Nangchen nuns and their practice tradition within the context of the largely male dominated history of Buddhism in Tibet. Narrated by Richard Gere. (Directed by Victress Hitchcock, 104 min.)

$8 suggested donation

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

Saturday, July 23rd, 7:30 pm 

The Tibetan Center 2016 Film Series presents

Old Dog

A Film by Pema Tseden

“Spectacular!” –VARIETY

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By renowned Tibetan director Pema Tseden, Old Dog deals with the erosion of Tibetan culture under the pressures of contemporary society. “Part neorealistic parable and part Jarmusch-like deadpan riff, Pema Tseden’s sublime Tibetan drama focuses on a slackerish young man who decides to sell the family canine for some quick cash.” —TimeOut New York. Cinematography by Sonthar Gyal. (2011, 88 mins, in Tibetan with English and Chinese subtitles.) An Icarus Films release. 

$8 suggested donation

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

Saturday, June 25th, 7:30 pm

The Tibetan Center 2016 Film Series presents

Valley of the Heroes

Award Winning Film

Valley of the Heroes 

Valley of the Heroes is an inside account of language and cultural loss in Hualong County, a Tibetan and Muslim community in Amdo, north-eastern Tibet (Qinghai Province, China). Over the past several decades, Tibetans living in Hualong have experienced rapid cultural shifts and accelerated language loss.  Today more than a third of the population are unable to speak their native language. The film spends time with an assortment of village residents and elders who reflect on the changes taking place in their community, and also documents a unique Tibetan language program that is attempting to address the situation. Valley of the Heroes offers a rare and thought-provoking glimpse into a Tibetan society caught in the midst of a difficult and complex cultural transition. Directed by Khashem Gyal (2013, 54 mins, in Tibetan & Chinese with English subtitles.)

$8 suggested donation

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

Sunday, June 5th, 2-5 pm

Richard Melendez

Singing Bowls for Meditation and Healing

The history of Himalayan Singing Bowls, the various types, and as an aid for meditation

Singing Bowl Meditation

Instructions on playing the Singing Bowls

Individual sessions

Tickets: $30

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 Richard is a Behavioral Health Counselor III, providing outpatient addiction treatment services at St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center in Rotterdam, New York and specializes in treating patients who also suffer with mental health diagnoses. He has been working with singing bowls for mindfulness and meditation over the past 8 years.

Saturday, May 21st, 7:30 pm

The Tibetan Center Film Series presents

Home To Tibet

“The real story of what has happened since the Chinese occupied Tibet has rarely been told so well as in HOME TO TIBET…I recommend it to anyone who cares about the Tibetan people, about justice and human rights, and about the human heart.” -Daniel Goleman Ph.D., Author of Emotional Intelligence

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Home to Tibet documents the return of the Tibetan stone mason, Sonam Lama, to his homeland for the first time since his escape 12 years ago. It illustrates the struggles of the Tibetan people to preserve their culture and way of life while living under Chinese occupation and is also about the inseparability of spirituality, family, culture and politics. Home to Tibet is Sonam’s story, but it is also the story of thousands of other Tibetans. Directed by Alan Dater and Lisa Merton (1996, 56 mins, in English.)

$8 suggested donation

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

Saturday, April 30th, 7:30 pm

The Tibetan Center 2016 Film Series presents

Nine-Story Mountain

Winner – 2014 International Art and Tourism Film Festival, Porto

Q&A with Associate Producer Lara Yeo

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Nine-Story Mountain was filmed in Tibet by a Western crew in 2012, a year when tragically there was a series of self-immolations. Despite the political situation, initial travel bans, and heavy police presence in some areas, it did continue to far western Tibet to film Mount Kailash and its pilgrims. Known as both “precious jewel of the snow” and “navel of the world,” Kailash is sacred to four major religions and has drawn uncountable pilgrims over thousands of years. An exploration of pilgrimage practices, the film investigates the secrets of a mountain that continues to fascinate us and calls us to spiritual awakening. (USA, 2014, 57 mins, in English.)

$8 suggested donation

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

Sunday, March 20th, 10 to 11 am

Smoke Offering & White Tara Practice

with Lama Tenzin

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Lama Tenzin, a Tibetan monk in the Drikung Kagyu lineage and an advanced scholar, will perform a clearing and purifying ceremony, followed by a text practice on the deity White Tara, with explanation of text in English. No charge.

 

Thursday, March 31st, 7 pm

Screening of Tibet in Song

Q&A with Director Ngawang Choephel at Bard College

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Bard College (Olin 102) Annandale NY

Admission: Not charged

Event sponsored by the Music Program, the Asian Studies Program, the Human Rights Program & the Chaplaincy

Contact: Tatjana Myoko von Prittwitz und Gaffron,

Buddhist Chaplain at Bard College 

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Friday, April 1st, 8 pm

Ngawang Choephel

Songs From Tibet

The Tibetan Center

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Tibetan ethnomusicologist and filmmaker Ngawang Choephel will perform the songs he learned as a Fulbright scholar conducting fieldwork in occupied Tibet. There to research Tibetan music, Ngawang was unjustly imprisoned for espionage and served six years of an eighteen year sentence, before he was released through the work of determined campaigners around the world (this included Vermont senator, Patrick Leahy, and Amnesty International). His experiences became the subject of his acclaimed film, Tibet In Song. Ngawang’s presentation will include translations of the songs and accompaniment with the dranyen, a traditional string instrument.

The Tibetan Center

Admission: $15 at the door (reservations appreciated)

Event sponsored by DLMWeb

contact: Patterson Schackne

December 10th to 17th

The Tashi Kyil Monks Visit The Tibetan Center

In partnership with the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana, seven monks from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India are touring the United States to teach the Dharma, educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet, and raise much needed funds for their monastery. This is the monastery’s third USA Tour and second visit to The Tibetan Center.

tourgroup_web Friday 12/11 6:00    Meeting and preparing a meal to enjoy together. 6:30    Tashi Sholpa Dance. A traditional welcoming dance performed for the dinner guests 7:00    PowerPoint presentation about the Labrang Tasi Kyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India; Life Stories of individual monks on the Tashi Kyil 2015 Tour   Saturday 12/12 1:00 – 2:00    Welcoming His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mandala Offering. His Holiness is the guest at each Buddhist ceremony; the monks will chant prayers and blow long horns, and make an offering to dedicate to all of their virtuous actions to benefit sentient beings 2:00 – 3:30    Dismantling of the Sand Mandala, a Chenrezig mandala created by the same monks in 2013. The sand will be conveyed to a waterway for dispersal, as a blessing for the world and sentient beings 3:30 – 4:00    Opening Ceremony for Medicine Buddha Mandala 4:00 – 6:00    Monks will begin to create the mandala. All are welcome to watch   Sunday 12/13 10:00 – 11:00   Meditation Instructions (Medicine Buddha).  How to set up a Buddhist Altar 11:00 – 12:00   Tibetan Language & Alphabet (for High School age students & older) 1:00 – 4:00       Selected Art Workshops, including Butter Sculpture (using playdoh), Sand Painting, Tibetan Prayer Flags, and Mani Stones 4:00 – 6:00       Tibetan Cooking   Monday 12/14 10:00 – 12:00   Meditation Instructions (Chenrezig) & How to set up a Buddhist Altar 6:00 – 7:00       Tibetan Language. All Day: Continuing the Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala; House & Business Blessings; Mo Readings; The Monks’ Store   Tuesday 12/15 10:00 – 12:00   Meditation Instructions (Tara) & How to set up a Buddhist Altar. 6:00 – 8:00       Tibetan Cooking All Day: Continuing the Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala; House & Business Blessings; 
Mo Readings; The Monks’ Store   Wednesday 12/16 10:00 – 12:00   Meditation Instructions (Medicine Buddha). How to set up a Buddhist Altar 6:00 – 8:00       Ceremony to Conclude Creation of the Mandala. All Day:
 House & Business Blessings
; Mo Readings
; The Monks’ Store *Funds are raised through donations by those attending the programs. Please pay only what you can afford, or do not donate at all (but DO participate).

 

Friday, October 30th, 8:00 pm

For Tibet with Love

Presenting Critically-Acclaimed Tibetan Singer-Instrumentalist

Tenzin Choegyal

with Jesse Paris Smith, Rubin Kohdeli, Rick Patrick & Shyam Nepali

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“Composer and musician Tenzin Choegyal is well known for his haunting melodies, soaring vocals and an addiction to experimentation. So…I expected to be surprised. But nothing could have prepared me for what was to come: [a]…journey into the great unknown, filled with visualizations of death, rebirth and the great mystery of awakening.” Tibetan Art Council

TENZIN CHOEGYAL feels a particular connection to the music of the nomads of his homeland. With his extraordinary, soaring vocal ability, and skill on the Dranyen (Tibetan lute) and Lingbu (bamboo flute), Tenzin creates original compositions that uniquely reflect his cultural lineage. He is Creative Director of the acclaimed Festival of Tibet in Brisbane and the plight of his country and his people is the motivation for this and other musical fundraising ventures (visit www.festivaloftibet.com.au). His much anticipated new album, Heart Strings, was released in January 2015.

Tenzin Choegyal: Vocals, Dranyen (Tibetan lute), Lingbu (bamboo flute); Jesse Paris Smith: Keyboard; Rubin Kohdeli: Cello; Rick Patrick: Guzheng (Chinese zither); Shyam Nepali: Sarangi (Nepali Stringed Instrument) & Percussion.

Tickets: $20 at the door

 

 

Saturday, October 17th, 7:30 pm

The Tibetan Center Film Series Presents

When the Iron Bird Flies

“…a riveting, poignant and beautiful window into the flowering of Tibetan Buddhism in the West…it touches the place in us that longs to realize the truth and live from our awakened heart.” –Tara Brach, Buddhist teacher and author of Radical Acceptance

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In 1959, the Chinese invasion of Tibet threw open the doors to the mysterious realm of Tibetan Buddhism and suddenly this rich, ancient tradition was propelled into the modern world. Half a century later, Padmasambhava’s prophecy has come true and the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are found in every corner of the earth. When the Iron Bird Flies takes us on a journey following the path of one of the world’s great spiritual traditions. Through interviews with contemporary teachers and practitioners, rare archival footage, and striking images of modern life that illuminate the Buddha’s core teachings, the film creates a vivid portrait of the world of Tibetan Buddhism as it is manifesting in the West. Featuring Tsoknyi Rinpoche III, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Anam Thubten, Thrangu Rinpoche, HH Dalai Lama, HH 17th Karmapa, Khandro Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, and others. Western teachers and scholars include Tsultrim Allione, Sharon Salzberg, Matthieu Ricard, Dr. Rita Gross,  E. Gene Smith and Dr. Richard Davidson. (Directed by Victress Hitchcock. USA, 2012, 96 mins, in English.)

Tickets: $8 suggested donation

The Tibetan Center, 875 Route 28, Kingston 845-383-1774  info@tibetancenter.org

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

Saturday, September 26th, 7:30 pm

The Tibetan Center Film Series Presents

The Search

“A masterpiece of understated emotional longing set against an urgent desire to preserve a disappearing culture.” —Cinema Scope

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A director, his assistant, and a businessman drive through the Amdo region of Tibet, scouring small villages to find actors for their adaptation of Drime Kunden, an opera traditionally performed for the Tibetan New Year, a parable that tells the story of a prince who gives away all his possessions, his wife and children, and even his own eyes. But in modern Tibet, the film crew struggles to find anyone who can remember – or perform – the story. The Search is literally a journey through new Tibet, filmed in the same area where the award-winning director was born, and uses non-professional actors speaking only the Amdo dialect. Pema Tseden is the leading filmmaker of a newly emerging Tibetan cinema and the first director in China to film his movies entirely in the Tibetan language. (China, 2013, 105 mins, in Tibetan with English subtitles.)

Tickets: $8 suggested donation

The Tibetan Center, 875 Route 28, Kingston 845-383-1774  info@tibetancenter.org

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

 

Saturday, August 8th, 7:30 pm

The Tibetan Center Film Series Presents

Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint

“A must-see for anyone concerned about the patterns of violence and retribution consuming today’s world.” –The Guardian (UK) “Compelling…thoughtful…gorgeous” –Monday Magazine (CA)

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Starring Jamyang Lodro as Thopaga/Milarepa, Milarepa is the vividly told and captivating story of the man who would become Tibet’s greatest yogi and saint. In the dramatic setting of 11th century Tibet, the young Milarepa falls into a world of betrayal and hardships. The greed of others upturns his privileged life, dropping him into a void of despair, humiliation, pain and anger, and he sets out to exact revenge. Filmed on location near the breathtakingly scenic Indo-Tibetan border. Directed by Neten Chokling. (2006, 90 mins. In Tibetan with English subtitles.)

Tickets: $8 suggested donation

The Tibetan Center, 875 Route 28, Kingston 845-383-1774 info@tibetancenter.org

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

Saturday, July 11th, 7:30 pm

The Tibetan Center Film Series presents

The Hunter and the Skeleton

Award Winner, Beijing Independent Film Festival 2012

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The Hunter and the Skeleton is a spectacular animated version of an Eastern Tibetan folk tale. While out on an excursion in the mountains a Tibetan hunter encounters a skeleton demon. Unsure whether the skeleton is friend or foe, the hunter soon becomes the hunted in this surreal landscape. In Tibetan with English subtitles.
 
3 Shorts by Gentsu Gyatso (Bai Bin): The Hunter and the Skeleton (2012, 26 mins)
An Apple Tree (2013, 11 mins) and A Mantra of Time (2004, 6 mins)
 
$8 suggested donation
 
The Tibetan Center, 875 Route 28, Kingston
845-383-1774 & info@tibetancenter.org

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

Teachings with Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, June 19th to 21st

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Friday, June 19th, 7-9 – Public Talk on Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation

Saturday and Sunday, June 20th and 21st, 10 am-noon, 2pm-4:30pm – Meditation training and Meditation in Retreat.

Calm abiding, vipassana and mahamudra meditation; obstacles, potential errors, and the experiences that may arise during meditation practice. How we can identify genuine meditation. A rare opportunity to receive pith instructions from an extraordinary and profoundly accomplished meditation master. Drupon Rinchen Dorje is a highly accomplished yogi and meditation master, the Spiritual Director of Ratna Shri in Chicago and Three-Year Retreat Master at Garchen Buddhist Institute. He is known for his great wisdom and compassion. For more information, please visit http://www.chicagoratnashri.com/our-teacher.html

 

Saturday, June 13th, 7:30 pm Summer Pasture

Film Screening and Directors Q&A

Yama Summer Pasture is a documentary film that chronicles one summer with a young nomad family living in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet. As Locho and Yama’s traditional lifestyle is threatened by modernization, the couple must make a decision about their daughter’s future. Called “enthralling” by the New York Times. Winner of the 2011 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival Visual Achievement Award and 2012 PBS Peabody Award. Directed by Lynn True, Nelson Walker & Tsering Perlo. A Kham Film Project production. (China 2010, 85 mins, in Tibetan with English subtitles.) Q&A with directors Lynn True and Nelson Walker $8 suggested donation Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

Sunday, May 24th: 2:00pm-5:00pm

An Afternoon with Tibetan Singing Bowls and the Shunyata Resonance

Presented by Philippe Pascal Garnier, Director of Sage Academy Of Sound Energy

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE FUND RAISER Mathieu-ricard Photo by Matthieu Ricard. INTRODUCTORY TALK ON THE SOUND CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE HIMALAYAN VESSELS “In the words of great Tibetan master Bodhisattva, Gwalwa Karmapa, the Singing Bowls of Tibet emit the “Sound of the Void”, the sound of the universe manifesting. They are a symbol of the unknowable and as an alloy date back to the Buddha, Shakyamuni (560-480 BC). For centuries they have been utilized for healing and consciousness transformation. Modern medicine can now measure and thus confirm the practice of sound as a means to heal.” -Diane Mandle. HEALING WITH THE RESONANCE OF SHUNYATA: Philippe will offer a Himalayan Healing Concert with the Bowls and the Sacred Gongs (both are from the same family of conscious sound, with the bowls also being known as “standing gongs”). The calming harmonizing sounds and the gentle vibrations of the bowls allow oneself to reside in a state of well-being, creating a very effective deep relaxation which promotes healing & well being. 2 pm-3:30 pm: Consciousness of Sound & Sound Meditation – $25 Suggested donation 4 pm-5:00 pm: Sound Healing,”Sound Bath” Concert – $18 Suggested donation 2 pm-5:00pm: Both afternoon program – $40 Suggested donation

Saturday, May 16th, 7:30 pm The Sun-Beaten Path

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Winner of the 2011 Dragons & Tigers award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The debut feature of Sonthar Gyal, the cinematographer of Pema Tseden’s films and Embrace, presents the story of a young man making a pilgrimage to Lhasa to overcome the guilt of causing a family member’s death. The film festival jury “admired its remarkable cinematic qualities and its ability to tell a moving story with complex emotions through one face and one landscape…and by its persuasive evocation of Tibetan culture.” Starring Yeshe Lhadruk and Lo Kyi. (China, 2011, 89 minutes, in Amdo Tibetan dialect with English subtitles.)

$8 suggested donation

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

Saturday, April 11th, 7:30 pm

Embrace

Beautifully shot, part of the 2014 Museum of Modern Art Contemporary Asian Film series, Embrace documents the ritualized relationship with the environment of a community engaged in tantric, rarely-seen practices.

sambadragni-landscape-blog2-1024x468 Engaging the deities of local mountains and the spirits of water and weather, a father and son share their yogic understanding of their environment as a reflection of consciousness-in-place. Directed by Dan Smyer Yu and Pema Tashi. (China, 2011, 55 minutes, in Amdo with English subtitles.) Suggested donation: $8. Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

Saturday, March 14th, 8:00 pm

For Tibet with Love

A concert featuring Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith, Nhuchhe Narayan & Friends

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at The Tibetan Center, 875 Route 28, Kingston

Tenzin Choegyal’s international award-winning music has been described as “beautifully evocative,” “healing,” and “transcendent.”

Table seating & refreshments.

Tickets: $20

Made possible in part through the generous support of DLMWeb.

Or call 845-383-1774 TENZIN CHOEGYAL feels a particular connection to the music of the nomads of his homeland and recalls his father’s mastery of the Lingbu (bamboo flute) and his mother’s beautiful singing voice. He attributes much of his musical passion to those early influences. Although poor and separated from family, his memories of living at the Tibetan Children’s Village school in Dharamsala are happy ones full of music. After moving to Australia in 1997, Tenzin found his musical wings and quickly became popular on the festival circuit, playing regularly at WOMAD and Woodford Folk Festivals. Tenzin has collaborated with many notable musicians both in Australia and abroad, has released five albums, and is Creative Director of the acclaimed Festival of Tibet in Brisbane, Australia. With his extraordinary soaring vocal ability and skill on the Dranyen (Tibetan lute) and Lingbu, Tenzin creates original compositions which uniquely reflect his cultural lineage. Through the Festival of Tibet, the Women with Wisdom concert series, and home concerts throughout Australia, Tenzin Choegyal raises much needed funds for the Tibetan Children’s Village schools in India which care for and educate thousands of children living in exile. The plight of his country and his people is Tenzin’s prime motivation for his artistic and fundraising ventures. Heart Strings, Tenzin Choegyal’s much anticipated new album, was released in January 2015. www.tenzinchoegyal.com www.festivaloftibet.com.au 934916_4916179026788_223107684_n(1)JESSE PARIS SMITH is a composer, pianist, and multi instrumentalist. Fascinated by patterns and elements found in nature and their relationship to sound, she has a meticulous approach to voicing and arrangement, and has become proficient on an obscure collection of natural instruments. She performs in many configurations, including Tree Laboratory, which is her music production company with Eric Hoegemeyer, specializing in sound and music for film. In addition to performing live and composing for films, her music has been commissioned for art installations, book soundtracks, and live film score performances. She has collaborated and performed with many musicians, singers, and poets, and has performed her compositions on stages around the world. She is a graduate of the Sound and Music Institute, a professional training in psychoacoustics and integrative practices of music and sound therapy. Jesse is on the Associate Board at Tibet House US, where she curates a weekly event called Mindful Music and Sound Series. She also has participated for many years in the Tibet House US Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall, where she met Tenzin Choegyal. She also co-curates and produces a monthly true storytelling and music event at the Rubin Museum of Art called Talkingstick. In September 2014, with cellist, Rebecca Foon, she also launched Pathway to Paris, a year long event series and online portal, focused on innovative solutions for climate change.

Saturday, November 15th, 8:00 pm

Nicholas Roerich: Messenger of Beauty

NR_HR Messenger of Beauty is a short documentary that features stunning Himalayan landscapes, opens the door to the mystical world of Nicholas Roerich, and invites us to witness his far-reaching vision. Artist, writer, educator, archaeologist, explorer, mystic, and peacemaker, Roerich (1874-1947) left a rich legacy of some 7,000 paintings, drawings, and set and costume designs; 30 books on the mystic East; and countless articles and lectures. The Roerich Peace Pact–a remarkable treaty signed by President Roosevelt and 26 other heads of state that sought to preserve cultural monuments during times of war–earned the artist a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. (1979, 44 mins.)

$8 suggested donation.

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

 

Saturday, October 25th, 2:00 pm

Shambala, Textural Interpretations and Ideas

Tibetan Studies scholars Hortsang Jigme and John Pettit will present and consider the textural sources of knowledge about the mystical land of Shambhala, the inspiration for the “Shangri-la” of James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon. The 1937 film, restored to its original intended length in 1986, will be shown in the evening. Hortsang Jigme is a writer, researcher, historian, editor, and lecturer, with a degree from the Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies, Beijing. John Whitney Pettit holds three advanced degrees from Harvard and Columbia universities and is the author of Mipham’s Beacon of Certainty (Wisdom, 1999).

Saturday, October 25th, 8:00 pm

Lost Horizon

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A lavishly-produced classic in which British diplomat Robert Conway and a small group of civilians crash land in the Himalayas, and are rescued by the people of the mysterious, Eden-like valley of Shangri-la. Protected by the mountains from the world outside, where the clouds of World War II are gathering, Shangri-la provides a seductive escape for the world-weary Conway. Based on the best-selling novel by James Hilton. Widely circulated among the armed services during World War II, the film was cut 22 minutes after its initial release in 1937 to reflect the wartime perception of the Chinese and to tone down the film’s pacifism. After nearly 50 years, Frank Capra’s timeless masterpiece was restored to its original length of 132 minutes in 1986. $8 suggested donation Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

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

_DSC1976 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.

Saturday, August 2nd, 8 pm

The Silent Holy Stones

SilentHoly2 A seven-year-old Living Buddha (tulku), coming home from his monastery for the holidays, becomes enraptured with TV serials of Buddhist stories, and tries to bring them back to his fellow monks. Director Pema Tseden delivers a compelling and intimate insider’s view of everyday life in his home town. Tseden wrote and directed The Silent Holy Stones as his dramatic feature debut and is widely recognized as the leading filmmaker of a newly emerging Tibetan cinema. Made on location in a village in the Amdo region. (Released China 2005, USA 2013, 98 mins. In Tibetan and Mandarin with English subtitles.) “His ability to speak eloquently of individual despair and the emergency of cultural obliteration is masterful; his ability to do this in films of such eloquent, quiet beauty is nothing short of astonishing.”—Cinema Scope $8 suggested donation Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

Saturday, August 16th

The Five Tibetan Rites – Tibetan Yoga with Robin Tosky

Robin_Tosky The Five Tibetan Rites is a series of daily exercises believed to be a traditional practice for Tibetan monks. Slow deliberate breathing is coordinated with movement, stimulating the energy centers and the entire endocrine system while enhancing strength and good health. Robin Tosky is a certified Karuna Reiki Master Teacher. After learning the Five Tibetan Rites in 2011, Robin realized her Reiki work with the Universal Energy Field, the chakra system, and the Five Tibetan Rites were entwined. She developed what she learned from the ancient exercises into a spiritual practice that moves biodynamic energy up and down the chakras, and grounds, opens and connects to higher forces. 10:00 am – noon An Introduction (background and demonstration) 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm The Rites (the complete exercise practice) Morning or afternoon session: $25/Morning plus afternoon session: $40 Please call 845-383-1774 or email info@tibetancenter.org to register.

Saturday, July 5th, 8:00 pm

Film: Bringing Tibet Home

Tenzing-Rigdol-and-bags-of-Tibetan-Soil Bringing Tibet Home (2013) is a documentary film about the creation of a site specific art installation in Dharamsala, India. Directed by Tenzin Tsetan Choklay, it tells the story of Tibetan artist Tenzing Rigdol’s realization that his father’s dream of returning to Tibet is shared by all exiles and his mission to reunite the Tibetan land with its people, literally, through an art project that involves smuggling 20,000 kilograms of native Tibetan soil to India. Choklay has called the collaborative film “an important documentation…of the Tibetan exile experience”. (South Korea, 82 minutes.) Tenzin Tsetan Choklay is a Tibetan filmmaker currently working out of Brooklyn, New York. Tenzin graduated from the prestigious Korean Academy of Film Arts in 2008. Tenzin has made a number of short films in South Korea and has worked as an Associate Producer at White Crane Films In India for the award winning film, The Sun Behind the Clouds by directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam. Tenzing Rigdol is one of the most well-known Tibetan contemporary artists based in the US. His work ranges from painting, sculpture, drawing, digital media to video installations and site-specific performance pieces. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States as well as in many different cities around the world. His artworks are held in major museums and collections worldwide and is represented by the Rossi & Rossi Gallery, London. $8 suggested donation Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

Sundays at 10:00 am (1 to 1-1/2 hr) Will resume in Fall

White Tara Sadhana Practice

with Venerable Ngawang Chog Sum Drolma (Ani Jane)

VenNgawang White Tara is a practice to help dispel obstacles to long life, to promote longevity (its main purpose), to promote healing (the body and mind), as well as to develop compassion. During this practice there will be a group reading of the text with explanation, followed by time for questions and discussion. There will be an opportunity to learn the mudras associated with the recitation of the text. The text we will be using is from the Drikung Kagyu lineage of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. Free and open to beginners and practitioners at all levels. Ani Jane took refuge in the Sakya tradition in 1996. She has studied extensively in the Sakya, Gelupa and Kagyu traditions. In 2004 she moved to India and Nepal where she lived until 2012. In 2006 Ani Jane received her vows of ordination from His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche, the leader of the Ngor school of the Sakya tradition. She has studied many of the great treatises of Buddhism with His Holiness Sakya Trizin, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, and many others including Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. In addition Ani La has received empowerments and transmissions of all major lower and highest yoga tantras, including 4 Kalachakras and is a practitioner of the Hevajra and Vajrayogini tantras. Ani Jane received the full transmission of the Sakya Lamdre Lob Shey in 2011 with His Holiness Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche and His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche. Ani La lives in upstate New York where she regularly volunteers, teaches meditation and leads dharma practitioners, and continues to study and practice the dharma.

 

Saturday, June 7th, 8:00 pm

Film: The Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet

With an Introduction and Talk by Hortsang Jigme

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1998. Written and directed by Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin. 50 minutes. When Tibet was invaded by forces from Communist China, thousands of Tibetans took up arms and waged a bitter and bloody guerrilla war. From the mid-1950s until 1969 they were aided in their efforts by an unlikely ally, the CIA. The project, code named ST CIRCUS, was one of the CIA’s longest running covert operations. The withdrawal of the CIA’s support in 1969 was as abrupt as its initial involvement was unexpected: the Tibetans had simply fitted into America’s larger policy of destabilizing or overthrowing Communist regimes, and were abandoned when that no longer applied. Tenzing Sonam’s father, Lhamo Tsering, was a senior resistance leader and the CIA’s chief coordinator for the Tibet operation. He said of that period: “We should look at it as one chapter in our continuing struggle for freedom, one that still has some meaning.” The screening of this documentary presents the occasion to learn about other facets of the history of Tibet, beyond the scope of the film. United States involvement in Tibet during this period is not well known, nor is the invasion and war of resistance, but some knowledge is crucial for understanding Tibet’s history and Tibet today. Following the film, Hortsang Jigme, former Member of Parliament in the Tibetan Government in Exile, poet, and author of The Greater History of Amdo, will speak about the persistent mark left by these events on Tibetan communities and on the demographics of the Tibetan population.

$8 suggested donation

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

 

May 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st 10:00 am – noon

Introduction to Tibetan Language, with instructor John Whitney Pettit, PhD

JohnPettit3 Students will learn fundamentals: how to write the Tibetan alphabet, spelling, and basic grammar. Writing materials will be available to purchase; study texts provided.

John Whitney Pettit holds three advanced degrees from Harvard and Columbia universities and is the author of Mipham’s Beacon of Certainty (Wisdom, 1999).
 

Registration requested. $15 per class/$60 full course. To pay/register online, use button below, call 845-383-1774, or email info@tibetancenter.org.

Dates

 

Saturday, May 3rd, 8 pm

Digital Dharma

Gene-with-HH[corrected] Digital Dharma, subtitled “one man’s mission to save a culture,” is a documentary by filmmaker Dafna Yachin (2012). When ancient writings of Sanskrit and Tibetan texts vanish during the 1950’s and 1960’s, the history of a whole society – it’s beliefs, customs and sense of enlightenment – is in danger of disappearing. Enter destiny in the form of an American pacifist E. Gene Smith, a Mormon from Utah, and the unlikely leader of an effort to rescue, preserve and share these early insights of mankind’s consciousness, from the medical to the mystical. Crossing multiple borders – geographic, political and philosophical – Digital Dharma is an epic story of a cultural rescue and how one man’s mission became the catalyst for an international movement to provide free access to the story of a people. In English. 82 minutes.

Suggested donation: $8

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

 

 

Saturday, April 5th, 8 pm

Monks in the Laboratory

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Why are Western researchers turning to Eastern spiritual practitioners for illumination on the workings of the mind? Buddhists have studied the nature of the mind for 2,500 years. Now scientists at Princeton, University of California, and University of Wisconsin are investigating what happens to the brain during the different stages of meditation. They want to learn how meditation affects attention and consciousness, how it controls the emotions, and how compassion develops. The Tibetan Buddhists involved in this project were pleased to participate in these studies.

In the early 1990s the Mind and Life project was started at the University of California, Davis. With the support of the Dalai Lama, scientists began performing field research in India on yogis to discover ways of reducing stress. At the University of Wisconsin, scientists explore how to cultivate compassion. They have located the emotion in the networking between the pre-frontal and the parietal cortex. The hope is that the cooperation of the spiritual and scientific community can add to the understanding of human nature and the cultivation of positive life skills. Directed by Delphine Morel, ARTE Films, 2006. In English, 52 minutes.

$8 suggested donation

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

 

Sunday, March 30th, 2-4pm

Lingdro Dance for Peace

The New York Lingdro Dance Troupe

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The Lingdro dance for peace is performed annually by the dance troupe during Losar (Tibetan New Year). The dances are the Lingdro Dechen Rolmo, a cycle of Ati Yoga dances

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invoking Gesar of Ling, Tibet’s most famous epic hero. As a powerful moving meditation, the text, music, and movements are a revealed treasure of the great 19th century Tibetan mystic and scholar Mipham Rinpoche. The dance cycle, comprised of 13 dances, is a rite of peace that focuses on engendering positive circumstances, averting war, and bringing harmony to the world. The colorfully dressed male and female dancers bless the area and all those present while the energy ripples out into the entire world. As they step, hop, and whirl, their movements stamp out negativity and stamp in bliss. Lin Lerner will introduce the background of the dances and tell a story of one of King Gesar’s exploits. The group of Western meditation students will be dancing to celebrate the lunar New Year of the Wood Horse. The event will also focus on creating peace in the world, and harmonizing, cleansing, and blessing the space, those attending, and the world. $10 suggested donation (under 10 free). Reservations not required.

Tibetan Music Series 2014

Made possible in part through the generous support of DLMWeb

Saturday, March 8th, 8 pm

Techung – Tibetan World Music Concert

Techung-Flyer-March8 Techung is a renowned Tibetan folk and freedom singer/songwriter living in exile in the U.S. Together with band members Michel Tyabji, Kito Rodriguez, Sherap Wangmo and Rinzing Wangyal, Techung creates a unique and captivating international sound, rooted in the band members’ Tibetan, Indian, African, North American and Caribbean heritage. The band’s New York tour culminates on March 11 at Carnegie Hall, where they will be performing alongside Philip Glass, Iggy Pop and others. Visit http://www.techung.com/ Throughout the world many other events to celebrate Tibetan culture are being organized to coincide with March 10th, the anniversary of an uprising in 1959 that was violently suppressed. 1959 was the year that the Dalai Lama and 80,000 others fled into exile. A unique opportunity to hear traditional and contemporary Tibetan music.

Presented by The Tibetan Center, 875 Route 28, Kingston, NY 12401

 

Tickets $15 ($18 at door). Purchase tickets online (below) or call (845) 383-1774

 

Saturday, March 15th, 8pm

Film: Wheel of Time

WheelofTime1 Directed by Werner Herzog (Germany, 2003, 80 mins, in English) Documentary film about the largest Buddhist ritual to promote peace and tolerance, held by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodh Gaya, India and Graz, Austria in 2002, including exclusive interviews with the Dalai Lama, access to secret rituals for the first time on film as well as footage of a pilgrimage to the Holy Mount Kailash in Tibet.

Suggested donation $8

 

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

The Five Tibetan Rites with Robin Tosky

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The Five Tibetan Rites is the name for a series of daily exercises thought to be practiced by Tibetan monks. Historically, very little exists in written form about the “Five Tibetan Rites”. Some legends relate that it influenced the development of yoga. Others describe it as an exercise practice for Tibetan monks. Its inherent benefits are said to maximize youthfulness and vibrancy. Slow deliberate breathing is coordinated with movement, to stimulate the energy centers (chakras). This is thought to stimulate the entire endocrine system enhancing strength and good health.
Robin Tosky is a certified Karuna Reiki Master Teacher. She was introduced to the Five Tibetan Rites in 2011. The exercises stimulate the chakras that keep the endocrine system vibrant, energetic,and healthy, which leads to increased vitality and long life. Robin realized her Reiki work with the Universal Energy Field, the chakra system, and the Five Tibetan Rites were entwined. She developed what she learned from the ancient exercises into a spiritual practice that moves biodynamic energy up and down the chakras, and grounds, opens, and connects to higher forces.
As with any new exercise, obtaining a medical release from your doctor is recommended.

10:00 am to noon

An Introduction (background and practical demonstration)

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

The Rites (the complete exercise practice, for those with prior experience)

Registration Fee: $25 for one session, or $40 for both sessions. To register, please call The Tibetan Center at 845-383-1774.

 

Friday, October 18th, thru Sunday, October 20th, 2013

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Teachings Livestreamed

We invite you to join us at any point. You may also stream the teachings on your home computer. Friday, October 18 9:30 am to 11:30 am & 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm The Heart Sutra, The Sutra of Truly Remembering the Sublime Three Jewels Saturday, October 19 9:30 am to 11:30 am & 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm The Wisdom Chapter of A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Sunday, October 20 9:30 am to 11:30 am His Holiness will bestow an initiation into The Buddha Establishing the Three Pledges 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Public talk on The Virtue of Nonviolence. For more details, please go to http://www.dalailamany.org Please note: On Saturday we’ll be playing the morning session, but will delay the afternoon session during Meg Ferrigno’s Pureland Project presentation, which is from 2:00 to 4:00.

 

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

One Woman’s Quest to Save Tibet

Pureland Project director Meg Ferrigno will discuss the nonprofit she founded in 2005. The project supports educational programs to empower communities in the achievement of long-term environmental sustainability and wellness.

The 2-hour program will feature a talk with PowerPoint, Q&A, and discussion, and is intended for nonprofit professionals, grass roots organizers, and those who simply want to become engaged where there is a need.

Complimentary tea and refreshments.

$15 suggested donation. Proceeds after program costs to benefit The Pureland Project (thepurelandproject.org). Please register by calling 845-383-1774.

 

August 21st – August 26th ~Programs with the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monks

Tour-Tashi The Tibetan Center is pleased to be hosting the Tashi Kyil Monks. Following an era of widespread destruction of monasteries in Tibet, when the original Labrang Tashikyil Monastery, was also destroyed, Venerable Gunthang Tsultrim and other exiled monks rebuilt their monastery in Dehra Dun, India in 1967. Seven monks are touring the United States to teach Dharma, educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet and to raise funds for their monastery. The monks will be constructing a sacred sand mandala, offering children’s art workshops, giving Dharma teachings, and hosting a Tibetan Dinner to benefit their monastery in northern India. Work on the sand mandala will take place daily, and take 5 days to complete. Visitors are invited to view it in progress as they pass the center. All events are by donation, 100% going to support the Tashi Kyil Monastery.

Chenrezig Sand Mandala

Wednesday, August 21st 5:30 pm Reception. 6:00 pm Talk: Significance of the Sand Mandala. 6:30-7:00 pm Mandala Opening: The monks begin by consecrating the site of the mandala sand painting with approximately 30 minutes of chants, music, and mantra recitation. 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Beginning the Mandala: Following the Opening Ceremony the monks will start drawing the line design for the mandala. Thursday, August 22nd – Monday, August 26th (daily) 10:00 am-6:00 pm Mandala Construction: In ongoing work that will take five days to complete, the monks will pour millions of grains of sand from traditional metal funnels called chakpur. The finished mandala is approximately four feet square. Monday, August 26th 6:00 pm Mandala Closing Ceremony. In a departure from custom, the finished mandala will be preserved for a duration before it is swept up and used for offering and blessing. This will give other visitors, over the next year, the opportunity to view the powerful and beautiful image the monks created, and which is itself a blessing for the viewer. Visitors returning to the Center next year will be able to view the final closing ceremony and receive a pouch of sand.

Tibetan Cooking Class

Friday, August 23rd 4:00-6:00 pm Participants will learn how to prepare and cook Tibetan food such as Mo-mos and Thugpa. The lessons end with a feast of delicious food.

Children’s Programs

Saturday, August 24th & Sunday, August 25th 2:00-5:00 pm Butter sculpture, sand painting, prayer flags. Ages 3 to 12 (adults also welcomed).

Childrens-Workshop

Benefit Dinner for the Tashi Kyil Monastery

Saturday, August 24th 6:00 pm Brief Talk on the Tashi Kyil Labrang Monastery 6:30 pm Benefit Dinner: Monks prepare a meal of Tibetan food for invited guests who make a donation to support Tashi Kyil Monastery.

Dharma Teachings

Sunday, August 25th & Monday, August 26th 1:00-2:00 pm Teachings on the Four Noble Truths, the components of a virtuous life, compassion, taming the mind, and explanation of ritual activities and mantras.

 

August 4th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Artist’s Reception: Erika deVries

The Tibetan Center, 875 Route 28, Kingston, NY

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A reception to welcome the neon work OUR INFINITE CAPACITY FOR LOVE. For the reception only, other recent works will be exhibited, including photographs from Ladakh, a region of India bordering Tibet.

For directions or information, please call 845-383-1774.

 

Saturday, July 13th, 8:00 pm

Prana’s Only Summer Concert

Baird Hersey & Prana perform at

The Tibetan Center 875 Route 28 Kingston NY 12401

Prana_Phoenicia The age old sacred music of Tibetan Buddhist multiphonic chant and Tuvan throat singing are the roots from which PRANA’s sound has grown. The technique of these ancient vocalizations is to shape the mouth and throat into a sympathetic resonating chamber for the voice. This produces a second beautiful high whistling harmonic or overtone. Many of the songs composed by Hersey for the choir are inspired by Indian and Tibetan chants or concepts of yoga philosophy and are sung a cappella. Join us for a unique evening of healing meditative music with these eleven singers: Baird Hersey, Peter Buettner, Bruce Milner, Joe Veillette, Julian Lines, Bill Ylitalo, Kirsti Gholson, Amy Fradon, Julie Last, Julie Parisi- Kirby and Renee Finkelstein.

Tickets: $20 in advance or at the door. 845-383-1774 or info@tibetancenter.org.

 

Saturday, June 8th, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Renowned Tibetan Spiritual Teacher, Sangyum Kamala

Sangyum Smile   Sangyum Kamala will give teachings from Sera Khandro’s cycle of teaching (Sera Khandro was understood to be the reincarnation of Yeshe Tsogyal, one of the most important of female figures of Vajarayana Buddhism, and herself an historic Buddha). Included will be a special talk on practice advice for women. Though centering on female figures, this teaching is intended for both male and female practitioners. She will also speak, with Lama Rangbar, on the Great Mandala for World Peace.

Schedule
 
10:00-12:30 Lama Nyima Ozer Rangbar: A Special Introduction of Sangyum Kamala. Sangyum Kamala: A brief history and an aural transmission of teachings from the famous female Buddhist practitioner and treasure revealer, Sera Khandro.12:30-2:30 Lunch Break
 

 

2:30-5:30 Sangyum Kamala and Lama Rangbar: The history and meaning of Boudhanath Stupa and The Great Mandala for World Peace, and a brief world peace meditation. A transmission on the practice of Tara will be offered.5:30-7:00 The opportunity for private interviews with Sangyum Kamala.
 

Registration Fee: $55. Scholarships available. To register, please call 845-383-1774 or email info@tibetancenter.org.

 

Saturday, May 18th, 6:30 pm

For the Benefit of All Beings: The Extraordinary Life of His Eminence Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche

Film screening, Reception and Q&A with award-winning film maker Christina Lundberg

Tickets $20

Just released, this biographical film is “an opportunity to come face to face with one of the most radiant teachers of our time, and experience his wisdom and blessings”. Light fare, including Tibetan Momos (savory dumplings) and assorted beverages will be served at a reception prior to the screening. Please purchase tickets in advance to ensure seating (845-383-1774 or info@tibetancenter.org).

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His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is a lama (teacher) of the Tibetan Buddhism Drikung Kagyu lineage. As a child, Garchen Rinpoche, recognized as the reincarnation of the Siddha Gar Chodingpa, heart disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon and thirteenth century founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, was enthroned in eastern Tibet. At seven, he was brought to Lho Miyal Monastery, which he administered from the age of eleven. He studied, practiced and received vast and profound instructions on the preliminary practices (ngondro), the fivefold practice of Mahamudra and the six yogas of Naropa. At the age of 22, after completing a two and a half year retreat, and during the political turmoil of China’s Cultural Revolution, he was imprisoned for 20 years. While in the labor camp, he received meditation instruction from his root lama, the Nyingma master Khenpo Munsel. Enduring hardship and practicing secretly, Garchen Rinpoche attained realization of the lama’s wisdom mind. Since his release from prison in 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has worked intently to rebuild the Drikung Kagyu monasteries, reestablish the Buddhist teachings, and build two boarding schools for local children in eastern Tibet. He is the founder and spiritual director of the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley, Arizona, and he is known for his vast realization, as well as for his great kindness.

Christina Lundberg

Christina Lundberg has made award winning films on Buddhism (Mystic Tibet: An Outer, Inner and Secret Pilgrimage, 2007; Maitreya Project, 2006; Discovering Buddhism, 2003) for over 20 years. She is a Dharma practitioner and resides in Colorado, USA.

 

 

Tuesdays in March-April

March 12, 19, 26 and April 2

6:30-8:00 pm

Tulku Sherdor

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa & Longchenpa—Timeless Instructions for the 21st Century

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Four consecutive Tuesday evenings in March-April, Tulku Sherdor of Blazing Wisdom Institute in Andes, New York, a frequent guest teacher at The Tibetan Center, will offer a complete course of practical instruction on The Four Dharmas of Gampopa & Longchenpa. Registrants should commit to attend the entire series, for which a donation of $75 (for all four sessions) is recommended. Please feel free to offer more or less according to your means and interest. Please pre-register by calling the Tibetan Center at (845) 383-1774, or by email to info@tibetancenter.org by March 8th. For more information about Tulku Sherdor and Blazing Wisdom Institute, please visit www.blazingwisdom.org

 

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

4 pm to 5:30 pm

Lama Rangbar Nyima Ozer

Dharma Talk: Arts as Compassionate Method

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This Dharma Talk is intended to introduce Lama Rangbar, Bodhivastu, and the Great Mandala Stupa for World Peace Project. Lama Rangbar will focus on the arts in the Vajrayana System of Buddhism, particularly what is known as liberation upon sight -“building enlightenment by construction of stupas and mandalas, and communication of the enlightened non-dual continuum”.
 
In honor of the Lingdro Dance Troupe performance in observation of Losar, Lama Rangbar will also introduce the context of the revealed treasures of Mipham Rinpoche and the Ati Yoga dances of Gesar of Ling, the history and meaning of the Dances, and the New York Ling Dro Dance troupe. This portion of his talk will offer a deeper appreciation of the dances, their history, context and meaning, and so is recommended for those attending the Ling Dro Dance performance.
 
Lama Rangbar is a Buddhist practitioner of the ancient school of Tibetan Buddhism over the past 30 years. He lived for 20 years in Nepal, studying and practicing several forms of Buddhist meditation, as well as traveling and teaching internationally. He is well known for his fresh approach and his style of communicating the ancient wisdom of his authentic lineage that makes it accessible for all.

 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

7 pm to 9 pm

Ritual Dance for Peace at Losar (Tibetan New Year)

Performance by The New York Lingdro Dance Troupe

Suggested donation: $10

Please join the Lingdro group of Western meditation students in welcoming the Year of the Water Snake with a ritual dance performance for peace. Lingdro Dechen Rolmo (the music of great bliss which is a dance of Ling) is a powerful moving meditation in which colorfully garbed male and female dancers step, stamp, hop, and whirl. They invoke Ling Gesar, the enlightened warrior-king, subject of the most famous Asian epic story, much like that of King Arthur. As they stamp out negativity and stamp in bliss, the dancers’ movements bless the area and all those present, while the energy ripples out to the entire world.The dance was received as a meditative vision by the great Tibetan scholar and mystic, Mipham Rinpoche, with the intention of averting war. Lin Lerner, PhD, director of the troupe, learned this dance in 1974-1975 while working on her doctorate in a Tibetan refugee camp in Orissa, India.

 

 

Saturday, February 23, 2-4 pm

The Future of Tibet, a Panel Discussion Co-sponsored by The Tibetan Center and the Human Rights Project, Bard College.

Multipurpose Room, Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

An intensification of protests and a sharp increase in the number of self-immolations by Tibetans, a response to the continued occupation of their homeland by the Communist Chinese, was seen last year, in 2012. For six decades, beginning with the illegal Chinese invasion, Tibetans have suffered from religious persecution, forced assimilation, violence, repression, displacement, torture and imprisonment. A convening of experts on Tibet, the panel will address vital issues such as Human Rights and the possibility for Tibetan autonomy or independence, and discuss how we, the world community, can help Tibet and help to shape its future.

The Honorable Lobsang Nyandak, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas
Tendor, Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet
Robert Thurman, PhD, influential Tibetan Studies scholar and President of Tibet House US
Robert Barnett, Director, Weatherhead East Asia Institute, Modern Tibet Studies Program, Columbia University
Ming Xia, Professor of Political Science, City University of New York
 
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The panel discussion will be held in the Multipurpose Room at the Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Saturday, February 23rd, with a reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public, however there is a suggested donation of $20 to support the Tibetan Center’s public programming. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For information please email info@tibetancenter.org or call (845) 383-1774. Audience members are invited to submit questions for the panel in advance, via email to info@tibetancenter.org.

 

Wednesdays in October

October 3, 10, 17, 24

6:30-8:00 pm

Tulku Sherdor

Shakyamuni Buddha Meditation Practice

Mipham, the great Rimay (non-sectarian) Buddhist master and scholar, more than 100 years ago composed a meditation practice based on Buddha Shakyamuni. The practice incorporates all of the core elements of the three vehicles of Buddhism and includes ample notes and instructions from Mipham himself. It has become perhaps the most universally known and practiced sadhanas (methods of accomplishment) in all schools and lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Four consecutive Wednesday evenings in October, Tulku Sherdor of Blazing Wisdom Institute in Andes, New York, a frequent guest teacher at The Tibetan Center, will offer a complete course of practical instruction on this Shakyamuni sadhana. It is particularly suited to those seeking, or seeking to deepen a basic understanding of the core teachings of Buddhadharma, and it is an accessible and effective meditation practice for incorporating into our lives. Registrants should commit to attend the entire series, for which a donation of $75 (for all four sessions) is recommended. Please feel free to offer more or less according to your means and interest. Please pre-register by calling the Tibetan Center at (845) 383-1774, or by email to info@tibetancenter.org by September 30th. For more information about Tulku Sherdor and Blazing Wisdom Institute, please visit www.blazingwisdom.org

 

Saturday, September 22

The Five Tibetan Rites, with Robin Tosky

10:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

Registration Fee: $40

The Five Tibetan Rites is a series of exercises some consider the forerunner of modern yoga. Traditionally a daily exercise, it is still practiced by Tibetan monks to stay young, vibrant and healthy. Slow deliberate breathing is coordinated with movement to stimulate the energy centers (chakras), promoting good health throughout the endocrine system. Robin Tosky is a certified “Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher. She was introduced to the Five Tibetan Rites at the beginning of 2011. The exercises stimulate the chakras that keep the endocrine system vibrant, energetic and healthy, which leads to efficient

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organs and increased vitality and long life. Robin realized her Reiki work with the Universal Energy Field, the chakra system and the rites were entwined. She developed what she learned from the ancient exercises into a spiritual practice that moves biodynamic energy up and down the chakras, grounds, opens, and connects to higher forces. Chakras are dynamic forces; Robin recommends that those intending to participate obtain a medical release from their doctor. Please pre-register by contacting Patterson Schackne at the Tibetan Center by calling (845) 383-1774, or email her at info@tibetancenter.org.

 

Sundays, 10:00 to 11:00 am White Tara Practice Led by Lama Karma Rinchen

Practice text provided. Please call 845-383-1774, or email us at info@tibetancenter.org for more information.


Saturday, June 16th, 6 pm Screening of TIBET IN SONG Reception, Talk and Q&A with Director NGAWANG CHOEPHEL Release of TIBET IN SONG CD $25 per ticket. To purchase tickets or

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for more information, please call 845-383-1774.

Ngawang Choephel has had a lifelong passion for Tibetan music and has devoted his life to its preservation and dissemination. He discovered his talent at an early age and received a degree in Tibetan Music from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala, India. Upon arriving in the West, in 1994, as a Fulbright Fellow at Middlebury College, Vermont, he studied video production and international music in preparation for the production of TIBET IN SONG. He was arrested by Chinese authorities in Tibet during filming and spent the next 6 1/2 years in prison in Tibet. His resilience in the face of adversity earned him the Courage of Conscience Award from Peace Abbey, received in 2002. After his release from prison in 2002, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Middlebury College, and a ‘Best Act in Exile’ award from Lobsang Wangyal Productions for his musical talent. TIBET IN SONG is his first feature-length documentary.

June 10, 11 & 12, 2012 LHO ONTUL RINPOCHE and KARMA RATNA RINPOCHE

Sunday, June 10, 7:00 pm

Public Talk on Bodhicitta: The Mind of Enlightenment $10 suggested donation

Monday, June 11 Jamgon Kongtruls Essence Lojong Teachings: Training the Mind in Absolute and Relative Bodhicitta Morning Session 9:30-12:15 Afternoon Session 2:15-5:00 $35 suggested donation

Tuesday, June 12 Morning Session 9:30-12:15 $17 suggested donation Healing Chod 2:30 $20 suggested donation

For the Monday and Tuesday Teachings, please call (845)383-1774 or email info@tibetancenter.org to register.

These special Lojong teachings come from a text written by the Great Jamgon Kongtrul and include both Mahayana and Vajrayana Mind Training. They contain both the pith instructions on Relative Bodhicitta which show how to transform ordinary daily life into Dharma practice, teachings on absolute Bodhicitta which include pointing out instructions to the Nature of Mind, and profound instruction on how to train in realizing all experience as the four Kayas. Lho Ontul Rinpoche enjoys giving these teachings because they contain the complete path of Dharma and are very practical for Westerners. The text Rinpoche will be teaching on was composed by the great Jamgon Kontrul who was one of the great teachers of 19th century Tibet and one of the founders of the Tibetan Rime (non- sectarian) movement. This is a rare opportunity to receive these precious teachings from Lho Ontul Rinpoche, a great Rime Master of our time with a deep understanding of Westerners. Lho Ontul Rinpoche is a master of both the Drikung Kagyu and Nyingma lineages. The Drikung Kyabgon H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche recognized Ontul Rinpoche to be the emanation of Drog Ban Khiu Chung Lotsawa, one of the twenty-five main disciples of Guru Rinpoche. Rinpoche is known for his warmth, humor, penetrating wisdom, and vast bodhicitta. Ogyen Rangjung Drodul Dechen Dorje Rinpoche (Karma Ratna Rinpoche) was recognized by H.H. Dalai Lama and H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang as the Quality Emanation of the great Drikung Treasure revealer Lho Nuden Dorje. Rinpoche is setting up the Drikung Lotus Mount Academy of Buddhist Studies (Drikung Pe-Tsek Nang-Cho Lob-Ling), a project initiated by Venerable Ontul Rinpoche and the Venerable Ogyen Drodul Dorje Rinpoche.


 

Friday, May 18th, 2012

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

Public Talk: Karma, Cause and Effect

Suggested donation $10

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu lama who was known in the thirteenth century as the Siddha Gar Chodingpa, a heart disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. In ancient India, he had incarnated as Mahasiddha Aryadeva, the lotus-born disciple of the great Nagarjuna. In the seventh century, he was known as Lonpo Gar, the minister of the Tibetan Dharma King Songsten Gampo. Garchen Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned in eastern Tibet by the former Drikung Kyabgon Zhiwe Lodro. When he was seven, he was brought to Lho Miyal Monastery, which he administered from the age of eleven. Studying and practicing under the direction of the Siddha Chime Dorje, Garchen Rinpoche received vast and profound instructions on the preliminary practices (ngondro), the fivefold practice of Mahamudra and the six yogas of Naropa. Then, at the age of 22, after completing a two and a half year retreat, he was imprisoned for 20 years during the political turmoil of China’s Cultural Revolution. While in the labor camp, he received meditation instruction from his root lama, the Nyingma master Khenpo Munsel. Enduring hardship and practicing secretly, Garchen Rinpoche attained realization of the lama’s wisdom mind. Since his release from prison in 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has made great effort to rebuild the Drikung Kagyu monasteries, reestablish the Buddhist teachings, and build two boarding schools for local children in eastern Tibet. Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley, Arizona. Garchen Rinpoche is known for his vast realization, as well as for his great kindness.

(April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th), 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Tulku Sherdor

Vajrasattva: The Embodiment of Pure Awareness

Vajrasattva practice is common to all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and applies at every stage of the path according to secret mantra (Vajrayana). Vajrasattva represents our own perfected being, and as a meditation deity serves to purify obscurations and aid us in continuing to make genuine progress in our spiritual development. This program will introduce the many layers of profound meaning of Vajrasattva and his six and hundred syllable mantras, so that each participant will have a foundation for further and effectively applying this practice in his or her own life. This practice is indispensable for those wishing to learn about and train in secret mantra meditation in general. Registrants should commit to attend the whole series, for which a donation of $75 (for all for sessions) is recommended. Please feel free to offer more or less according to your means and interest. Please register (by calling 845-383-1774, or emailing info@tibetancenter.org) by March 30th. For more information about Tulku Sherdor and the Blazing Wisdom Institute, please visit www.blazingwisdom.org.

 

Tuesdays in November: November 8th, 15th, and 22nd, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Tibetan Center

Tulku Sherdor The Three Principal Features of the Buddhist Path

Tulku Sherdor, director of Blazing Wisdom Institute in Delancey NY, will teach on The Three Principal Features of The Buddhist Path. According to Mahayana (including Vajrayana) Buddhism, anyone wishing to fully awaken, with wisdom, compassion and the skill to benefit others, must integrate the three main components of the path: renunciation (or the determination to become free from suffering); bodhicitta (or the determination to free others from suffering), and the correct view of reality (the true nature of suffering and what is beyond suffering). Join us for three sessions of discussion and applied meditation on these most fundamental topics. Advance reading of Tsong Khapa’s ‘Three Principal Aspects of The Path,’ found, among other places, in The Book of Common Tibetan Buddhist Prayers, is recommended. Please pre-register, and be able to commit to coming to all of the sessions. To pre-register, please contact the Tibetan Center by calling (845) 383-1774, or email info@tibetancenter.org, by November 3rd. There is a suggested donation of $10 to defray travel costs. For more information about Tulku Sherdor and Blazing Wisdom Institute, please visit www.blazingwisdom.org.

 

Thursday, September 22, 2011 7:00pm- 8:30pm

Khenpo Sonam Topgyal Rinpoche: Why Spiritual Practice Matters

Why spiritual Practice Matters $10 Recommended Donation at the door. For registration and inquiries please contact Patterson Schackne at the Tibetan Center by calling (845) 383-1774, or email info@tibetancenter.org Presented by Blazing Wisdom Institute and The Tibetan Center

September 19 and 20, 2011

Thought Transformation: training the mind

Monday ­– Morning Session

The Basis of Transformation

  • Lojong: transforming the mind
  • How our thoughts and emotions cause suffering
  • The antidotes to our afflictive emotions
  • The tool for training the mind: meditation

Monday – Afternoon Session

Transformation through Altruism and through Insight

  • Bodhichitta and compassion
  • How to cultivate compassion
  • Insight into the nature and causes of suffering and happiness
  • Insight into the ultimate nature of reality

Tuesday – Morning and Afternoon Sessions

The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation

These last two sessions will be devoted to an analysis of eight short verses written in the eleventh century by the Tibetan master, Geshe Langri Thangpa Dorjee Senge. Geshe Pema Dorjee was born into a nomadic family in Tibet. After completing degrees in both Prajnaparamita Philosophy (The Perfection of Wisdom) and in Madhyamika Philosophy (The Middle Way) from Drepung Loseling monastery in India, he attained his Geshe degree. Amongst his many academic appointments since then, he was the first Principal of the College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah. At the request of His Holiness, he founded and continues to direct both the Bodong Research and Publication Center in Dharamsala and the Bodong Monastery and school in Kathmandu. He devotes the rest of his time to humanitarian projects in Himalayan India and Nepal and to teaching and lecturing in countries around the world, including Sweden, England, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Finland, Norway, France, Estonia, Israel,

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and now the United States. For more information, see www.buddhistcharity.org. Sessions will include a period for practicing the techniques taught and each session will end with a Q & A period. For registration and inquiries please contact Patterson Schackne at the Tibetan Center by calling (845) 383-1774, or email info@tibetancenter.org The source of all misery in the world Lies in thinking of oneself. The source of happiness Lies in thinking of others. —Shantideva

Wednesdays July 6, July 20, August 3, August 17, August 31, 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Tibetan Center

Tibetan Buddhism: An Ongoing Discovery of the Buddhist View of Reality and Meditation Practice

A series led by Tulku Sherdor, Executive Director of Blazing Wisdom Institute in the Catskills. These meetings offer a continuing opportunity to learn more about the philosophy and practice of Buddhism. No previous background is required and those with all levels of experience are welcome. Participants engage in directed study and guided meditations, and enjoy lectures and discussion on topics of study and practice, all conducted in English. Prominent guest speakers will also be invited to join us from time to time. For more information about Tulku Sherdor and Blazing Wisdom Institute, please visit www.blazingwisdom.org.  

Tuesday, July 12th, 7 pm

Project Happiness Films in association with Spring Communications and Grace Creek Media present a special screening of

Project Happiness

Directed by John C. Sorenson Created by Randy Taran For more information, please call the Tibetan Center at 845-383-1774 This film, a 62 minute documentary, follows students from three continents on a journey to discover the true nature of happiness. The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with PROJECT HAPPINESS creator and nonprofit founder, Randy Taran. Suggested donation $10. All proceeds to benefit the Tibetan Center.

May 18th and 19th, 2011

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu lama who was known in the thirteenth century as the Siddha Gar Chodingpa, a heart disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. In ancient India, he had incarnated as Mahasiddha Aryadeva, the lotus-born disciple of the great Nagarjuna. In the seventh century, he was known as Lonpo Gar, the minister of the Tibetan Dharma King Songsten Gampo. Garchen Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned in eastern Tibet by the former Drikung Kyabgon Zhiwe Lodro. When he was seven, he was brought to Lho Miyal Monastery, which he administered from the age of eleven. Studying and practicing under the direction of the Siddha Chime Dorje, Garchen Rinpoche received vast and profound instructions on the preliminary practices (ngondro), the fivefold practice of Mahamudra and the six yogas of Naropa. Then, at the age of 22, after completing a two and a half year retreat, he was imprisoned for 20 years during the political turmoil of China’s Cultural Revolution. While in the labor camp, he received meditation instruction from his root lama, the Nyingma master Khenpo Munsel. Enduring hardship and practicing secretly, Garchen Rinpoche attained realization of the lama’s wisdom mind. Since his release from prison in 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has made great effort to rebuild the Drikung Kagyu monasteries, reestablish the Buddhist teachings, and build two boarding schools for local children in eastern Tibet. Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley, Arizona. Garchen Rinpoche is known for his vast realization, as well as for his great kindness.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011, 7pm His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche Public Talk on Karma: Cause and Effect Suggested donation $10

 

Saturday May 7th, 2011

BENEFIT FOR TIBET

Benefit for TibetHosted by the Tibetan Center in collaboration with Tibetan Home of Hope, at the Tibetan Center at 875 Route 28, Kingston, NY, this festive celebration will include dinner, a silent auction, a concert by Tenzin Cheogyal, a performance of singing bowls by Lumena Atherton, and remarks by guest speaker and distinguished Tibetan Studies scholar Robert Thurman. Proceeds from this benefit will support continuing earthquake relief in eastern Tibet, the development of our new Tibetan Center, as well as the building projects at Tibetan Home of Hope orphanage. Tickets are $55. Space is limited. Please call (845) 383-1774 to purchase and reserve tickets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BENEFIT CONCERT WITH TENZIN CHOEGYAL

TIbetan Festival 2011

Tenzin Choegyal

Celebrated Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal returns from Australia to give a concert at the Tibetan Center in Kingston, New York. This performance, on Saturday, May 7th, will benefit both the Tibetan Center’s programs and charitable projects, as well as its support of an orphanage for Tibetan children. Tenzin Choegyal is an exciting and inspiring performer who sings and plays dranyen (traditional Tibetan 3-string lute) and lingbu (flutes). He will be joined and accompanied by very special guest musicians. More information about this wonderful event will be announced soon. You can learn more about this amazing performer and hear his music by going to his website: tenzinchoegyal.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 20th 7pm Lama Surya Das.

Lama Surya Das

Lama Surya Das

Lama Surya Das, one of the foremost American Lamas in the Buddhist tradition, has been an integral part of Buddhism’s surge in popularity in recent years. From his first bestselling book, Awakening the Buddha Within (Broadway Books; 1997) to his newest release The Mind Is Mightier Than the Sword (Doubleday Religion; August, 2009), he has made Buddhism accessible and inspiring to serious practitioners and neophytes alike. Surya Das combines his extensive background and intensive training in Buddhist practices with his remarkable knowledge of other religions, philosophies, and psychology. Surya Das travels, teaches and leads meditation retreats throughout the world.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 26th, 7:30 pm

The New York Lingdro Troupe Tibetan Ritual Dance Performance for Peace

Suggested donation: $10

Lingdro Group

Lingdro Group

Please join the Lingdro group of Western meditation students in celebrating the Year of the Iron Rabbit with a ritual dance performance for peace. Lingdro Dechen Rolmo (the music of great bliss which is a dance of Ling) is a powerful moving meditation in which colorfully garbed male and female dancers step, stamp, hop, and whirl. They invoke Ling Gesar, the enlightened warrior-king, subject of the most famous Asian epic story, much like that of King Arthur. As they stamp out negativity and stamp in bliss, the dancers’ movements bless the area and all those present, while the energy ripples out to the entire world.The dance was received as a meditative vision by the great Tibetan scholar and mystic, Mipham Rinpoche, with the intention of averting war. Lin Lerner, PhD, director of the troupe, learned this dance in 1974-1975 while working on her doctorate in a Tibetan refugee camp in Orissa, India.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, February 26 2 pm and 7 pm

Film Day Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

The Snow LionThis film is a documentary about life in Tibet under the occupation. For more information about the film, please visit www.cryofthesnowlion.com. Suggested donation $5. Tea and refreshments.

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