Chusang Rinpoche Visit

We are very excited to announce that our dear friend Chusang Rinpoche is coming to visit the Shala.  We will have a few special events with him and with Buddhist teachings & meditation.  The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 28
11:00am - 1:00pm:  Teaching and Sangha Gathering with Chusang Rinpoche
                                 Tea & Snacks will be served

Sunday, June 29
8:00am - 8:30am:  Chusang Questions & Sharing Session (replaces Conference)

6:00pm - 7:00pm:  Tibetan Buddhist Natural Meditation w/ Richard Beattie -
                               Featuring Paramita Five - Mindfulness & Meditation (DHYANA)

7:00pm:  SURPRISE birthday party for Chusang

In 1965 His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confirmed the 5th incarnation of the Venerable Chusang Rinpoche, Ngawang Lobsang Thubten Dronme.  Rinpoche began his studies under the guidance of Pelbar Geshe Rinpoche at a small retreat centre in Helambu.  Following this, he studied for a further 7 years in Dharamsala under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Ven. Lati Rinpoche.  He received teachings on Sutra and Tantra from late Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and late Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.  Subsequently Rinpoche studied for 13 years at Sera Mey Monastic University in South India, where he obtained the traditional Geshe Lharampadegree (equivalent to a Ph.D.) in 1990.

Rinpoche is spiritual head and director of Chusang Monastery, based in Boudha, Nepal, and it is there that he spends most of his time.  This monastery follows the yellow hat school or the Gelugpa tradition, to which His Holiness the Dalai Lama belongs.  In 1991, Shiri Chusang Rinpoche accepted the leadership of another monastery, Zhekar Choedhe Monastery in Kalimpong, India, and has more recently agreed to take on a new role assisting the monks of Sertog Gaden Choekhor Ling Monastery in the state of Sikkim.

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