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SCHEDULED PRACTICES

All scheduled practices are open to the public. Most special events are also open to the public, although attending an Empowerment generally requires that you will have Taken Refuge in the Three Jewels of Buddhism.

Medicine Buddha Meditation

Tuesday Evenings 7:30 p.m.

Stimulates the benefit of natural healing influences for the health and well-being of oneself and others, especially those suffering from physical and mental afflictions.


Tranquility Meditation

Thursday Evenings 8:00 p.m.

Cultivates mindfulness and awareness in a simple practice which allows the busyness and speed of habitual mind to subside so that intrinsic peace and clarity may manifest naturally.


Green Tara Meditation

Saturday and Sunday Mornings 9 a.m.

Invokes the feminine aspects of enlightened wisdom in the form of Green Tara and nurtures the development of compassion.

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Dzogchen Retreat with Ven. Khenpo Yeshe Gyaltsen Rinpoche

Sunday, May 7, 2017 to Saturday, May 13, 2017
8 am to 8:30 pm each day, ending at noon on the 13th

Lonchenpa (1308-1364) is the main Tibetan lineage holder of the Nyingma Dzogchen teachings and is the author of many treatises. Ven. Khenpo Yeshe Gyaltsen Rinpoche will guide retreatants through Lonchenpa's treatise, The Excellent Path to Enlightenment. This precious teaching will illuminate how the mind can be transformed, suffering overcome, and the path to true understanding to the nature of reality revealed. Attendance for the full week is required. In addition, one must have permission by a qualified Vajrayana master to attend the retreat. Retreat is limited to 25 students.
Ven. Khenpo Yeshe Gyaltsen Rinpoche Rinpoche was born in Riwoche, Kham, in Eastern Tibet. He entered the local monastery at a young age and received extensive training as a Tibetan Doctor, whilst performing several retreats. He came to Nepal to study with HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in 1985 and became one of his close disciples. He completed his studies and taught extensively at the Shechen Shedra (Monastic College) in Nepal as directed by HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche until 2000. In 2001, he was appointed as the principal tutor to HH Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche.
Cost: For registration, the cost is $600 CAD. Tenpai Jindag members receive a discount at $500. Registration must be made prior to the retreat.
Required texts: These will be available in the Temple store. Both are required.
The Excellent Path to Enlightenment. Sutrayana $25
The Excellent Path to Enlightenment $25

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Namgyal Tong Cho — Thousand-fold Offerings of Namgyalma

Saturday, May 27, 2017 and Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 9:30am–4:00pm daily

Namgyalma is the deity of longevity and purification. Namgyalma practice is effective and powerful in removing obstacles and cleansing negative karma that hinders good health and long life. According to scripture, Her mantra has infinite benefits and blessings. It is said to be so powerful that anybody who hears it will never again be reborn in the lower realms. During the puja, one thousand sets of torma, lamp, incense, water bowl, and other offerings will be meticulously prepared and respectfully offered for the accumulation of merit, purification, longevity, and accomplishment. The benefits of Namgyal Tong Cho, according to scripture:
  • Helps to purify all of your defilements.
  • Helps to pacify all of your obstacles, at present and for the future.
  • Helps to grow and increase your life span, fortune, wisdom, and other good qualities.
  • After this life, you will be reborn in the Pure Land of Bliss.
  • Assists you to swiftly attain the Great Enlightenment.
Each morning precepts will be taken, therefore participation for the full day on any day attended is mandatory. The Eight Precepts must be observed for twenty-four hours. Please do not eat breakfast prior to coming to the Temple; coffee or tea is acceptable.
The Eight Precepts are:
  • Refrain from harming living beings.
  • Refrain from taking that which is not given.
  • Refrain from sexual activity.
  • Refrain from incorrect speech.
  • Refrain from taking intoxicants which lead to loss of mindfulness.
  • Refrain from eating at the forbidden time (the one meal a day will be served at the temple).
  • Refrain from dancing, singing, music, shows and wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying with cosmetics.
  • Refrain from the use of high and luxurious seats and beds.
A simple vegetarian lunch will be served daily to all practitioners. People attending will need to bring their own plate, cup, and utensils. We are making an effort to be more environmentally responsible and to reduce the amount of waste produced.
If you cannot attend and would like to offer a donation to help defray the cost of daily food and tea for all practitioners, it would be greatly appreciated. Please email pema@riwoche.com.

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Dechen Shin Drup — Amitabha Buddha Practice

Friday, June 9, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 9:30am–4:00pm daily

During the auspicious month of Saga Dawa, Venerable Khenpo Sonam Rinpoche has offered to give teachings on Amitabha Buddha, the Buddha of Boundless Light, and his Pureland. In conjunction with the teachings, Rinpoche will conduct a daily practice of Amitabha Buddha.
Each morning precepts will be taken, therefore participation for the full day on any day attended is mandatory. The Eight Precepts must be observed for twenty-four hours. Please do not eat breakfast prior to coming to the Temple; coffee or tea is acceptable.
The Eight Precepts are:
  • Refrain from harming living beings.
  • Refrain from taking that which is not given.
  • Refrain from sexual activity.
  • Refrain from incorrect speech.
  • Refrain from taking intoxicants which lead to loss of mindfulness.
  • Refrain from eating at the forbidden time (the one meal a day will be served at the temple).
  • Refrain from dancing, singing, music, shows and wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying with cosmetics.
  • Refrain from the use of high and luxurious seats and beds.
Attendance for the full week is not required. You may choose the days on which you can attend. A simple vegetarian lunch will be served daily to all practitioners. We ask all practitioners who will be attending for the full week to please notify us in advance to assist the kitchen staff. If you cannot attend and would like to offer a donation to help defray the cost of daily food and tea for all practitioners, it would be greatly appreciated. People attending will need to bring their own plate, cup, and utensils. We are making an effort to be more environmentally responsible and to reduce the amount of waste produced. Please contact Konchok Dolma or email pema@riwoche.com.


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Translation at most Riwoche Temple events is generously provided by Shakya Dorje, an
accomplished Tibetan interpreter and fully qualified Emchi, or physician of Tibetan medicine,
a student of the eminent physician the late Venerable Dr. Trogawa, Rinpoche.