Heart Sutra Silent Retreat - March 22-24, 2019

posted Feb 15, 2019, 9:31 PM by Pema Choephel

The Manjushri Dharma Center is pleased to host a three-day retreat at the beautiful Sambosa Three Jewels temple in Carmel Valley. Venerable Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, Manjushri Dharma Center's resident lama, will give instructions on The Heart Sutra, one of the most precious teachings in all of Buddhism. The retreat will also include daily chanted prayers of Amitabha Buddha (the Buddha of Infinite Light) and the opportunity to receive or renew Bodhisattva vows (vows to help others and reduce harm). Rinpoche has requested that this be a silent retreat, which means trying to limit any talking to essential communications only. In advance of the retreat, Rinpoche has requested that, if you are able, please read "Essence of the Heart Sutra", by His Holiness the Dalai Lama - Wisdom Publications, 2002.

Retreat: Heart Sutra Silent Retreat

Friday to Sunday, March 22-24, 2019

Location: Carmel Sambosa Three Jewels Temple, 28110 Robinson Canyon Road, Carmel, CA

Donations requested:
$100-430, Scholarships available

Tibetan Uprising Commemoration - Sunday, March 10

posted Feb 15, 2019, 9:22 PM by Pema Choephel

March 10, 2019 marks 60 years since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959. Join Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, local Tibetan Buddhist monk and teacher, as well as supporters of the Tibetan community to speak out against aggression and cultural oppression, part of a world-wide day of protests known as Tibetan Uprising Day. May all cultures and peoples live together in harmony and peace.

Date and Time: Sunday, March 10, 2019; 4:30-6:30pm PST

Location: Windows on the Bay, Monterey, CA

Winter Solstice Blessing of the Waters - Friday, Dec. 21st, 4:30 - 5:00 pm

posted Dec 19, 2018, 9:19 PM by Khenpo Karten

Khenpo Karten Rinpoche will offer a Water Blessing Ceremony on the occasion of the Winter Solstice, Friday December 21, 2018, from 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm at Lovers Point beach in Pacific Grove. The blessing will honor all the earth’s elements as Rinpoche will chant to pray for their protection. This is a powerful and poignant way to gather in community and to celebrate the shortest day of the year. Participants are invited to offer a group prayer with candles to welcome back the light. Prayer copies and candles will be provided. The event is free to all. Participants are encouraged to bring flower petals to contribute to this beautiful and moving ceremony. We hope you can make it!

Lhabab Duechen - Wednesday, October 31st, 6:30 pm

posted Oct 25, 2018, 1:41 PM by Pema Choephel

Wednesday, October 31st is Lhabab Duechen or Buddha Shakyamuni's descent from the heaven. It is one of the holiest Buddhist holidays and we will be observing it with a 
short teaching on Thargyen followed by Guru Yoga practice of Kyabje Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche. The event will begin at 6:30 pm. 

Amitabha Practice in Connecticut - October 19 and 20, 2018

posted Oct 12, 2018, 9:49 PM by Khenpo Karten

Please join Khenpo Karten Rinpoche for Amitabha Practice in Connecticut on October 19 and 20, 2018 from 8am - 5pm.

Details to follow. 

Amitabha Practice in Portland, OR - September 22-30, 2018

posted Sep 16, 2018, 5:54 PM by Khenpo Karten   [ updated Sep 16, 2018, 5:56 PM ]

Please join us for the Eleventh Annual Dechen Shingdrub and Teaching with Ven. Khenpo Karten Rinpoche.

On site at the NWTCA Tibetan Community Center in Portland, OR

Day 1: Saturday, September 22nd 
Day 2: Sunday, September 23th 
Day 3: Monday, September 24th

Offsite at Mt. Adams Zen Buddhist Center in Trout Lake, WA

Day 4: Friday, September 28th 
Day 5: Saturday, September 29th and 
Day 6: Sunday, September 30th 

Cost of lodging is $25 (minimum) per person per night. Upgrades are available. 

Daily Schedule:
07:00 AM:    Sojong Dompa (གསོ་སྦྱོང་ངམ་བསྙེན་གནས་ཡན་ལག་བརྒྱད་ཀྱི་སྡོམ་པ།
07:30 AM:    Breakfast 
08:15 AM:    Dechen Shingdrub (བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིང་སྒྲུབས།)
10:00 AM:    Tea Break 
10:20 AM:    Dechen Shingdrub 
12:00 PM:    Lunch (vegetarian) 
01:00 PM:    Teaching & Meditation
02:30 PM:    Tea Break 
02:40 PM:    Teaching & Meditation
04:00 PM:    Q&A

Afternoon teaching will be based on ཐར་རྒྱན་རྣམ་གྲོལ་ལམ་བཟང། (Excellent Path of Freedom: The Jewel Ornament of Liberation) by Gampopa. 

Please contact Gelek Gyatso la or Pema Choephel la if you wish to sponsor a meal (breakfast $75, lunch $150), Rinpoche's air ticket ($405) or volunteer in the kitchen during Dechen Shingdrub at Bodkhang.

Ven. Chamtrul Rinpoche - Tuesday, August 21st

posted Jun 21, 2018, 12:03 PM by Khenpo Karten   [ updated Sep 5, 2018, 1:44 PM ]

Manjushri Dharma Center is delighted to announce the visit of Venerable Chamtrul Rinpoche to the center from August 20-22, 2018. 

Programs on Tuesday, August 21st:
  • Morning - Riwo Sangchoe (Mountain Smoke Offering)
  • Evening - Teaching on Lodog Namshi (The Four Aspects that Change the Mind)
For information about Chamtrul Rinpoche, please visit

Choekhor Duechen - Monday, July 16, 6:30 - 8pm

posted Jun 21, 2018, 11:39 AM by Khenpo Karten

Monday, July 16th is Choekhor Duechen (aka Drukpa Tseshi). It was on this day, more than 2600 years ago, Buddha Shakyamuni rose from meditation upon request by Brahma and turned the First Wheel of Dharma by teaching the Four Nobel Truths at Deer Park in Sarnath, Varanasi.

Please join us to observe this important Buddhist holiday with recitation of Lives of Buddha (Jataka Tales) from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. 

Dalai Lama's Birthday - Friday, July 6, 2018

posted Jun 21, 2018, 11:35 AM by Khenpo Karten

Please join us to celebrate the 83rd birthday of H.H. the Dalai Lama on Friday, July 6th, 2018 at 8:00 pm. A short prayer for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama followed by offering of scarves to his portrait and cake cutting.

Amitabha Puja and Teaching in South India - June 26-July 5, 2018

posted Jun 21, 2018, 11:20 AM by Khenpo Karten   [ updated Jun 21, 2018, 11:31 AM ]

Khenpo Karten Rinpoche will visit South India from June 26 to July 10, 2018. Rinpoche will lead Amitabha Puja and give Phowa and other teachings at the Tibetan Settlement of Kollegal in South India from June 20-July 5, 2018. 

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