March 2020

Buddha Path Practice

During this time of ‘social distancing’, the Salt Lake Sangha offers weekly online sessions, on Skype, every Monday evening at 7:30-8:30 pm.

Everyone is welcome; no prior experience needed.

If you would like to participate, please send your Skype ID to saltlakebuddhapath@gmail.com and we will add you to the call.


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H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

How to Prevent Fear and Protect Ourselves: 100% Cautious 0% Fear

A Message from our Holy Vajra Master

Our compassionate teacher, H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, has taken steps to help Sangha around the world to care for themselves and others during this time of worldwide spread of COVID-19:

“At this time, many people around the world have fear and suffering because of the novel coronavirus. During this time, it is very good to pray and practice Dharma more. As said by the Buddha, during earthquakes, natural disasters, war, epidemics, or famine, those who practice Dharma and help others create immeasurable merit that will benefit oneself and all beings.

“The fundamental characteristic of the minds of beings is hope and fear. All beings always hope for happiness and fear suffering. Now there is a new disease spreading and everyone is afraid. Sentient beings already have fear. Now they have more fear than usual. We must manage and reduce our fear and worry, focus on solutions, and take refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha more than ever. Do not fixate on fear or worry, or overreact to the situation.”

To download his complete message, click here.

In addition, Rinpoche has announced a mantra campaign of 108 million sacred mantras. To participate in this worldwide campaign, download and read the complete letter here.

Rinpoche is currently giving amazing compassionate teachings, daily, on Facebook. To watch, visit here.


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When: Monday, March 9 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Ogden Main Library

Join Mari Abe Evans for light-hearted dharma discussion and practice, specifically for women. ‘Dakini’ has many meanings: it can be any woman, or it can refer to enlightened female qualities. Ultimately, it means anyone who wants to do good things. That virtuous intention is so powerful! Mari will share some ideas for how to access that power and bring happiness and fulfillment to your life.

Mari (Principal Dharma Acharya Trainer Padma Shiwa Tso) is an authorized Dharma Teacher of the Dzogchen Buddha Path Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Mari was born and raised in Japan and she currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she met Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche in 2005. She is a member of the Dzogchen Shri Singha Association of Salt Lake City, where she gives frequent teachings to the local sangha. Mari has attended eight Dzogchen Lineage Internships and numerous week-long retreats. In 2012, Mari completed translation of the Buddha Path, 2nd Edition into Japanese.

Please confirm attendance: saltlakebuddhapath@gmail.com


Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation retreats

For starting or deepening your practice, the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation provides many opportunities throughout the year, including a retreat in Las Vegas, a Dakini Retreat and Spring Retreat at the Dzogchen Retreat Center, and the Tara Drupchen.

Retreat schedule

February 2020

Buddha Path Practice

First and third Mondays: February 3rd and 17th at 7:30-8:45 pm. Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled in before practice. Contact saltlakebuddhapath@gmail.com for location and details.


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Bodhi Lama Orgyen Zangpo (Lama Kunzang)

Special Event: Two Public Teachings with Visiting Teacher Bodhi Lama Kunzang

Happiness is In Your Grasp!
How timeless Buddhist teachings can help you to be happy in our busy, modern world
Sunday, February 9th, 7-9 pm
Wasatch Retreat Center (ECCU)
75 South 200 East, SLC, UT 84111

Essentials of Buddhist Meditation
How meditation on Buddha’s teachings increase happiness, wisdom, and compassion
Monday, February 10th, 7-9 pm
Ogden Main Library
2464 Jefferson Ave, Ogden UT 84401

Suggested donation for each event: $20 (No one turned away for lack of funds)
Bodhi Lama Orgyen Zangpo (Lama Kunzang) has studied and practiced Buddhism for over twenty-five years as both a lay practitioner and monk-in-training. Since 2003, he has devoted his practice to the vast and profound teachings of the Dzogchen Lineage under the guidance and instruction of his root teacher, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. He has received extensive Dharma teacher’s training during numerous Buddhists retreats and extended Dzogchen Lineage Internships. Orgyen Zangpo is recognized for his clear and direct teaching style, which emphasizes making the Dharma accessible and practical for modern students. He has dedicated his life to preserving and propagating the authentic teachings of the Buddha for the benefit of all beings.


Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation retreats

For starting or deepening your practice, the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation provides many opportunities throughout the year, including the Daka Retreat at the Dzogchen Retreat Center, retreats in Hawaii, Portland, and Moscow.

Retreat schedule

January 2020

Buddha Path Practice

First and third Mondays: January 6th and 20th at 7:30-8:45 pm. Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled in before practice. Contact saltlakebuddhapath@gmail.com for location and details.


Tibetan Buddhist Meditation: An Introduction

University of Utah Lifelong Learning Class: Four Tuesday evenings starting January 21, 6:30-8:30pm

Learn to reduce stress, anxiety, and traumas, and increase well-being and happiness through Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Explore calm abiding meditation (shamatha), The Four Noble Truths, developing compassion (tonglen practice), the 12 Wisdoms, and fundamentals of Buddhist view according to the Dzogchen Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. No previous meditation experience is required. Students may sit on the floor (please bring a comfortable cushion), or chairs will be provided. Registration is limited; sign up today! If the class is full, you can sign up for the waiting list.


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Bodhi Lama Orgyen Zangpo (Lama Kunzang)

Special Event: Two Public Teachings with Visiting Teacher Bodhi Lama Kunzang

Happiness is In Your Grasp!
How timeless Buddhist teachings can help you to be happy in our busy, modern world
Sunday, February 9th, 7-9 pm
Wasatch Retreat Center (ECCU)
75 South 200 East, SLC, UT 84111

Essentials of Buddhist Meditation
How meditation on Buddha’s teachings increase happiness, wisdom, and compassion
Monday, February 10th, 7-9 pm
Ogden Main Library
2464 Jefferson Ave, Ogden UT 84401

Suggested donation for each event: $20 (No one turned away for lack of funds)
Bodhi Lama Orgyen Zangpo (Lama Kunzang) has studied and practiced Buddhism for over twenty-five years as both a lay practitioner and monk-in-training. Since 2003, he has devoted his practice to the vast and profound teachings of the Dzogchen Lineage under the guidance and instruction of his root teacher, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. He has received extensive Dharma teacher’s training during numerous Buddhists retreats and extended Dzogchen Lineage Internships. Orgyen Zangpo is recognized for his clear and direct teaching style, which emphasizes making the Dharma accessible and practical for modern students. He has dedicated his life to preserving and propagating the authentic teachings of the Buddha for the benefit of all beings.


Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation retreats

For starting or deepening your practice, the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation provides many opportunities throughout the year, including the Daka Retreat at the Dzogchen Retreat Center, retreats in Hawaii, Portland, and Moscow.

Retreat schedule


 

December 2019

Buddha Path Practice

First and third Mondays: December 4th and 16th at 7:30-8:45 pm. Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled in before practice. Contact saltlakebuddhapath@gmail.com for location and details.


Public Teaching: Principles of Meditation

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In this session we will examine the five points of powerful practice from the sutra section of The Buddha Path – pure intention, clear visualization, powerful recitation, perfect mudra, and correct meditation – then practice The Great Peace Prayer of Buddha together.

Monday, December 9th
7-8:30pm
Location: Anderson-Foothill Library

Dharma Acharya Instructor Joseph Evans (Orgyen Shiwo Dorje) has been studying with Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, a Tibetan Meditation Master, for 15 years and has completed more than 12 months of retreat in the Dzogchen Shri Singha lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.


Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation Retreats

For starting or deepening your practice, the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation provides many opportunities throughout the year, including the 2019 Dzogchen Buddha Path Buddhism and Science Conference; a winter retreat at the Dzogchen Retreat Center; and retreats in Hawaii, Portland, and Moscow.

Retreat schedule


Generosity Opportunity

Meditation Cushion Sets for The Dzogchen Retreat Center

The Dzogchen Retreat Center, located in central Oregon, is a place where students of Tibetan Buddhism train to improve their lives, become authorized dharma teachers, and ultimately become enlightened beings through the extraordinary Dharma system of the Dzogchen Lineage, thus bringing benefit to this world and all beings. The ‘Vajrasana’ is a traditional meditation seat that is an important condition for these goals, since students spend several hours each day in formal meditation on their cushions.

One set, including mat and cushion, is produced specifically for this purpose, and costs approximately $100 USD. The Salt Lake City Dzogchen Sangha has pledged to sponsor 30 sets, so our goal is to raise $3,000 USD. Please join this generosity opportunity and create great merit! It is said that anyone who sponsors a virtuous activity such as a meditation retreat gathers equal merit as the practitioner, so your contribution will generate lasting benefit to yourself and others. Even a small contribution of a few dollars is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

We are getting close to our goal: only $780 left to go before December 31st. Please help us meet our goal and create beautiful merit!

Make a donation

For more information about the Dzogchen Lineage: http://www.thebuddhapath.org

November 2019

Buddha Path Practice

Regular practice with sangha: November 4th at 7:30pm. Please plan to arrive at 7:15pm. Contact saltlakebuddhapath@gmail.com for location and details.


Cultivating Gratitude: Buddhist Meditation for Thanksgiving

Join Mari Abe Evans (Dharma Acharya Pema Shiwa Tso) for a light-hearted sampling of meditation techniques for increasing love, compassion and joy in the holiday season.

A native of Japan, Mari has been studying Buddhism for 15 years under the guidance of H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist Yogi in the Dzogchen Lineage. She has attended numerous retreats, and recently completed a Japanese translation of The Buddha Path, a daily practice text. Mari currently lives in Salt Lake City.

When: Monday, November 18th at 7-8:30pm
Where: Anderson-Foothill Library, 1135 South 2100 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108


Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation Retreats

For starting or deepening your practice, the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation provides many opportunities throughout the year. The next is the Autumn Retreat at the Dzogchen Retreat Center, October 26th – November 3rd. Retreat schedule


Generosity Opportunity

Meditation Cushion Sets for The Dzogchen Retreat Center

The Dzogchen Retreat Center, located in central Oregon, is a place where students of Tibetan Buddhism train to improve their lives, become authorized dharma teachers, and ultimately become enlightened beings through the extraordinary Dharma system of the Dzogchen Lineage, thus bringing benefit to this world and all beings. The ‘Vajrasana’ is a traditional meditation seat that is an important condition for these goals, since students spend several hours each day in formal meditation on their cushions.

One set, including mat and cushion, is produced specifically for this purpose, and costs approximately $100 USD. The Salt Lake City Dzogchen Sangha has pledged to sponsor 30 sets, so our goal is to raise $3,000 USD. Please join this generosity opportunity and create great merit! It is said that anyone who sponsors a virtuous activity such as a meditation retreat gathers equal merit as the practitioner, so your contribution will generate lasting benefit to yourself and others. Even a small contribution of a few dollars is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Make a donation

For more information about the Dzogchen Lineage: http://www.thebuddhapath.org

October 2019

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation: an Introduction

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University of Utah Lifelong Learning Class: Four Tuesday evenings starting October 22, 6:30-8:30pm

Learn to reduce stress, anxiety, and traumas, and increase well-being and happiness through Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Explore calm abiding meditation (shamatha), The Four Noble Truths, developing compassion (tonglen practice), the 12 Wisdoms, and fundamentals of Buddhist view according to the Dzogchen Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. No previous meditation experience is required. Students may sit on the floor (please bring a comfortable cushion), or chairs will be provided. Register here


Buddha Path Practice

Regular practice with sangha: October 7th and 21st (1st and 3rd Mondays) at 7:30pm. Please plan to arrive at 7:15pm. Contact saltlakebuddhapath@gmail.com for location and details.


Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation Retreats

For starting or deepening your practice, the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation provides many opportunities throughout the year. The next is the Autumn Retreat at the Dzogchen Retreat Center, October 26th – November 3rd. Retreat schedule


Generosity Opportunity

Meditation Cushion Sets for The Dzogchen Retreat Center

The Dzogchen Retreat Center, located in central Oregon, is a place where students of Tibetan Buddhism train to improve their lives, become authorized dharma teachers, and ultimately become enlightened beings through the extraordinary Dharma system of the Dzogchen Lineage, thus bringing benefit to this world and all beings. The ‘Vajrasana’ is a traditional meditation seat that is an important condition for these goals, since students spend several hours each day in formal meditation on their cushions.

One set, including mat and cushion, is produced specifically for this purpose, and costs approximately $100 USD. The Salt Lake City Dzogchen Sangha has pledged to sponsor 30 sets, so our goal is to raise $3,000 USD. Please join this generosity opportunity and create great merit! It is said that anyone who sponsors a virtuous activity such as a meditation retreat gathers equal merit as the practitioner, so your contribution will generate lasting benefit to yourself and others. Even a small contribution of a few dollars is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Make a donation

For more information about the Dzogchen Lineage: http://www.thebuddhapath.org

Summer 2019

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Saga Dawa Retreat and Celebration

Join us for a special event commemorating Saga Dawa Duchen! Saga Dawa is the fourth lunar month and the holiest time of the Tibetan Buddhist Year. This precious time culminates in the observation of Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment and parinirvana on the 15th Lunar Day, known as Saga Dawa Duchen.

This year, Saga Dawa Duchen occurs on Monday, June 17th 2019. On this auspicious day, the power of positive and negative intentions and actions increases one billion (1,000,000,000) times or more. With this in mind, the Salt Lake City Sangha would like to invite you to join our half-day retreat and celebration to commemorate Buddha Shakyamuni’s Enlightenment and Parinirvana.

This ceremony will be a precious time for Sangha to get together, engage in virtuous Dharma activities, and enjoy each other’s company. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Schedule:
4-4:50 pm Mandala offering practice
5:10-6 pm Buddha Path practice (Sutra or Dzogchen section)
6-7:30 pm Dinner (Indian/Nepali take-out)
7:30-8:30 pm Prayers, Mantras and Aspirations; Concluding practice

Please join us for dinner and concluding practice at 6 pm, even if you can’t come at 4 pm.

We will meet at Jay Moreland’s home in Sandy. Please inquire for address and confirm attendance.

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Volunteer at the Dzogchen Retreat Center

Volunteers needed for the 2019 Dzogchen Lineage Internship (July-September)! We are looking for babysitters, kitchen help, operation manager and assistants, from as little as one week to the full three months. Great opportunity to meet international sangha, receive teachings, and experience the magical atmosphere of the Dzogchen Retreat Center near Eugene, Oregon. Contact us for more information.

Buddha Path Practice

Regular practice of The Buddha Path with local sangha: 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7:30 pm. Please inquire for address.