Please join us for Khenpo Thupten Gongphel’s First Visit to Los Angeles! Khenpo Thupten Gongphel will give teaching on “The Four Common Preliminaries” and “How to Practice Dharma” on his first teaching visit to Tsechen Chokhor Ling. He will also teach us in doing the Four Mandala Rite of Tara Practice and Vajrayogini Tsok practice. We hope you can join us and come meet Khenpo Thupten Gongphel.

Saturday, Nov 5, 2016
10 AM – 12 PM
Dharma Talk: “How to Practice Dharma”
2 PM – 4 PM
Four Mandala Rite of Tara Practice

Tara is the manifestation of all the Buddhas’ holy activities in the form of a female deity. she is said to be swift in bringing benefit and removing obstacles for all beings. This ritual is usually performed daily in all Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries. Practice text will be provided.

Sunday, Nov 6, 2016
10 AM – 12 PM
Dharma Talk: “The Four Common Preliminaries “

Many masters taught that The Four Common Preliminaries are the Foundation and indispensable basis of Dharma practice. The common preliminaries consists of a series of contemplations on the four thoughts which turn the mind towards Dharma: Preciousness and advantages of human rebirth, the truth of impermanence and change, Law of Karma, and the suffering of conditioned existence.”

*There is no prerequisite for above sessions and everyone is welcome.

Vajrayogini Tsok Teaching and Practice
Sunday, Nov 6, 2016
2 PM – 4 PM

*Prerequisite: One must have received Vajrayogini Blessing from qualified Sakya Rinpoche.

Free Admission and Vegetarian lunch provided for full day attendees. Donations welcome.

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Location of all events:

Tsechen Chokhor Ling
12037 Clark Street
Arcadia, CA 91006

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Khenpo Thupten Gongphel

khenpo_gongphelKhenpo Thupten Gongphel became a monk of the Sakya Order in 1984, when he joined the Sakya Centre in Dehradun and took his novice vows. He completed the Sakya curriculum of Tibetan grammer, and Buddhist rituals and scriptures. He took his full monk’s vows in 1990. In 1997, he joined the Sakya Institute, Puruwala and, in 2004, he obtained his Kachupa degree (equivalent to a BA in Buddhist Philosophy), and his Loppon degree (equivalent to an MA) in 2006. He spent the next two years teaching Buddhist Philosophy at the Sakya Institute.

In 2008, Khenpo Thupten Gongphel joined the International Buddhist Academy as a member of the Monastic Leadership Program. There, he learned English and Chinese Mandarin, while teaching Buddhist Philosophy in English to foreign students during the summer courses held at the Academy. He served as monastic disciplinarian during his last two years there. He is qualified to act as translator and interpreter in Tibetan, English, Chinese Mandarin, and Hindi. Khenpo Thupten Gongphel is known as a genuine monk of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism and a person of excellent moral character and standing.

In January 2016, he came from India to become resident lama for Sakya Thupten Dargyl Ling the Minnesota Sakya Center. He was given “Khenpo” title by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin on May 15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in front of about 1300 participants of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin’s teaching event.

Thank You!

Thank You to All Who Attended the Most Recent Visit by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin to Los Angeles, hosted by Tsechen Chokhor Ling. The visit was a very wonderful time and a great blessing for all. Please click here for photo galleries of the activities and check back here for news of the next visit as well as other upcoming events.

Important Message from His Holiness

The news of the earthquake, the loss of life and destruction in Nepal and the damage to the Great Stupa and monasteries amidst so much devastation has been very disheartening to me and to all of us. I extend my deepest condolences and sympathy to the monastics and to the people of Nepal. We pray and invoke the kindness of Three Jewels as we write . . .  >MORE