Please join us on the first Sunday of the month for our day-long Chenrezig Nyinthün program; led by our resident Canadian spiritual friend, Lama Rabten Tshering.
The program is both in person at our Nalandabodhi Vancouver Centre, Maitrivana (Skt. Garden of Loving Kindness), and online via Zoom.
Nyinthün Schedule (Pacific):
9:45 am Doors open
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Chenrezig practice with teaching/instruction
12:00 – 2:00pm Lunch break (vegetarian potluck lunch)
2:00 – 3:30pm Chenrezig Practice
3:30 – 4:00pm Break
4:00 – 5:30pm Chenrezig Practice followed by Mahakala Practice
The practices will be in Tibetan language with English phonetics. Liturgies will be supplied/screen-shared.
Registration and Making Offerings:
To join in-person:
No registration required.
Address: Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver, BC V5R 3R2
Doors will open at 9:45 am.
12:00-2:00pm: Vegetarian potluck lunch
Please note: in-person participants are asked to be vaccinated, to wear a mask inside Maitrivana, and to observe physical distancing.
To join online:
Please register and a Zoom meeting link and passcode will be emailed to you automatically.
This program is free, though offerings are much appreciated.
Please feel welcome to join all or part of this program, in-person or online. Please also feel free to pass this message along to interested others.
About the Practices:
In the Tibetan language, nyin means “day,” and thün means meditation “session.” Essentially, a nyinthün is a one-day meditation retreat.
Chenrezig, also known as Avalokiteśvara, is the most revered of all Bodhisattvas, embodying the compassion of all Buddhas. His name means the “One who gazes with eyes of love and compassion on all beings in the six realms of samsara.” The practice of Chenrezig is one of love and compassion. The Tibetan Buddhist tradition relates Chenrezig to the six-syllable mantra, Oṃ Maṇi Padme Hūṃ, and when this mantra is recited it invokes his benevolent power. “Doing the practice of Chenrezig means developing our love and compassion, and giving rise to bodhichitta. Accomplishment means being able to manifest [ourselves at] the level of Chenrezig.” ~ HH Karmapa
Mahakala is the main Dharma Protector of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. By practising Mahakala we eliminate outer, inner, and secret obstacles in our Dharma practice and develop the capacity to benefit ourselves and others.
About the Teacher:
Lama Rabten’s dharma education started at a very young age and he spent his early years training at Rumtek Monastery, seat of Gyalwang Karmapa in Sikkim, India. In 2000 he completed three-year retreat at Pullahari Retreat Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, under the guidance of Drupon Khenpo Lodro Namgyal, Bokar Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, and Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. To serve the Nalandabodhi community, Lama Rabten came to Canada in 2002 under the invitation of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Lama Rabten is now the resident teacher and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi Canada. He is fluent in several languages, including Tibetan, Mandarin, and English and he teaches and supports Nalandabodhi students throughout Canada.