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His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Our Founder
henchen Rinpoche Konchog Gyaltshen.

A Scholar of the
Drikung Kagyu Lineage

We are Honored to Host

The Venerable
Khenmo Konchog Trinlay Chödron
February 15th, 2012 - March 27th, 2012

Khenmo Trinlay Chödron Karuna

Khenmo visits us each winter, bringing her scholarly teachings and warm compassionate support to our practices.

Approaching Buddhism

Buddhism is a religion for the curious, for those not satisfied by pat answers to lifes questions.

For more than 25 centuries, Buddhists have enjoyed a spirit of free inquiry and debate, encouraged by the Buddha himself. One time, he was approached by a group of people, called the Kalamas, who were tired of the steady stream of itinerant preachers who preached contradictory ideas. They were confused and didn't know which one to listen to. As recorded in the Kalama Sutra they complained to the Buddha, "There are some . . . [who] expound and explain only their own doctrines, they despise, revile, and pull to pieces the doctrines of others. Others come here and also expound and explain their own doctrines. The doctrines of others they despise, revile, and pull to pieces. When we listen to them, Sir, we have doubt and wavering as to which of these worthy ones speak truth and which speak falsehood."

The Buddhas reply to them has colored the Buddhist approach to doctrine ever since. He said, "It is proper for you, Kalamas, to doubt, to be uncertain; uncertainty has arisen in matters that are doubtful. . . . Do not go by revelation; do not go by tradition; do not go by hearsay; do not go on the authority of sacred texts; do not go on the grounds of pure logic; do not go by a view that seems to be rational; do not go by reflecting on mere appearances; do not go along with a considered view because you already agree with it; do not go along on the grounds that the person is competent; do not go along [thinking] this recluse is our teacher. Kalamas, when you yourselves know that these things are unwholesome, these things are blameworthy; these things are censured by the wise; and when undertaken and observed, these things lead to harm and ill, only then should you abandon them."

I often say that there is no sign at any Buddhist temple that says "Check your brains at the door." Buddhism is not about accepting dogma on blind faith. Such faith is regarded as superficial and a fault to be overcome in short, as spiritual laziness. Of course, faith may be necessary in the beginning, but over time it is gradually replaced by unshakable confidence based in personal experience.

How does this come about? There is a three-part process of listening, contemplating, and meditating. When we first listen to or read teachings, we just take in the raw information, and try to understand what the teacher or author saying. Then we contemplate what has been learned, mull it over, and test it. We ask: Does it make sense? Will I be happier if I adopt this point of view? We try it out and see for ourselves what works and what doesn't. Finally, we meditate on what we have adopted in order to integrate the new ideas into our mind. The founder of the Drigung Kagyu, Jigten Sumgön, described meditation as 'habituation.' So, we use meditation to bring our daily conduct more closely into line with our ideals. We systematically cultivate compassion, wisdom, or loving-kindness, for example, so that we can face adversity more positively.

Khenmo Trinlay
Jan 2011, TMC Gainesville

Texts used in practice can be obtained directly from

Vajra Publication http://www.vajrapub.org,

The Tibetan Meditation Center (TMC) of Gainesville, Florida was formed by the Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche in 1999 along with other centers throughout the U.S. The Tibetan Meditation Center is a center belonging to the Drikung Kagyu lineage. (more info here)

Meditation and practice at the The Tibetan Meditation Center -Gainesville are informal and comfortable. Everyone is welcome to practice and benefit from the treasury of the lineage teachers.

See the EVENTS page for both regular practice schedules and upcoming events.

Dedication : "By both the innate root of virtue and the roots of virtue accumulated in the three times by myself and all sentient beings, may I and all sentient beings quickly attain the precious, unsurpassable, authentic, perfected wisdom."

His Eminence Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche

" For The Benefit of All Beings "

Link to movie on YouTube

For the past 3 years Garchen Rinpoche’s extraordinary life and teachings have been documented on film in 14 countries: U.S.A., Canada, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, India, Chile, Germany, Sweden, Israel, Hong Kong, Tibet and China. Included is an unprecedented interview, with Garchen Rinpoche speaking candidly about his life.

Also captured is a rare interview with Venerable Drubwang Rinpoche, a great yogi who passed away in December 2007.

Khenchen Gyaltshen Rinpoches visit 2012

It was our delight and honor to host Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche in December 2011 thru January 2012 here in Gainsville.

Article here.


Khenchen with Drikung Leaders

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Jigten Sumgons 'Vajra Songs'

Sunday 10:00AM to 12:30PM


Tibetan Meditation Center of Gainesville

2000 NW 63rd Terrace Gainesville FL

Vajra Song Series

Vajra Songs, called doha in Sanskrit, are melodic expressions of the realization of great masters. They are not composed like ordinary tunes, but rather spontaneously pour out of a master’s heart. Since the beginning of Buddhism, these songs have been treasured and preserved by those fortunate enough to hear them. The Indian master Saraha and the Tibetan master Milarepa are especially renowned for their vajra songs, for example. Some songs from Jigten Sumgön, the founder of the Drigung Kagyu lineage, were translated into English and collected in the book Prayer Flags by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen, the founder of this center.

On Sunday mornings from 10 – 12:30,

Khenmo Trinlay will share some examples of this special kind of spiritual instruction. Each week, we will explore the deep and profound meaning of one such song with her:

February 19: The Song that Clarifies Recollection by Jigten Sumgön
March 4: Vajra Song at Tsa-uk called Tsa-uk Szong Drom by Jigten Sumgön
March 11: Supplication to the Seven Taras by Jigten Sumgön
March 18: Song of the Six Confidences by Jigten Sumgön
March 25: Song of the Fivefold Profound Path of Mahamudra by Jigten Sumgön

Khenmo-la has a warm and informal style of teaching that invites inquiry and introspection. Everyone is welcome.

Meditation Series

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Series: An introduction to what meditation is-and isn't-plus practical exercises to get you started.

It is said that doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result is insanity. So try something new.
Khenmo Trinlay Chodron and the Tibetan Meditation Center of Gainesville are offering four sessions of meditation instruction. This is indeed a rare chance to improve your life. Meditation costs you nothing but a little time, but can have wonderfully beneficial effects. Each session will cover a different style of meditation:

March 3: Meditation for inner peace and relaxation. An introduction to what meditation is—and isn’t—plus practical exercises to get you started
.March 10: Combating alienation with love and compassion. Learn how and why to purposefully cultivate a positive state of mind.
March 17: Coping with adversity through meditation. You can use meditation to reduce your stress level and build the mental strength to face difficulty.
March 24: Heart of the Buddha: the Essentials of Buddhist philosophy. How the Buddhists have used meditation for thousands of years, and what results they find when they do.
The classes will be taught by Khenmo Trinlay, an American-born Buddhist nun who has trained with Tibetan meditation masters for many years. She teaches in a clear and down to earth manner. Everyone is welcome.
Suggested donation; Please see our website for additional information. www.floridadharma.org

Saturday 4:00 PM to 5:30PM


March 3, 10th, 17th, 24th

Center for Innovation & Economic Development
530 West University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601

A Suggested donation:
$135 for Meditation Series



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It is our Center's policy to be open to everyone regardless of an ability to pay . Please give support by being as generous as you are able. All funds go to support the teacher and bringing him to our area.

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'A Complete Guide to the Buddist Path'

Commentary on the 'Jewel Treasury of Advise'

'One Hundred Teachings From the Heart'

Preview the Book Here:

by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche,

Edited by Khenmo Trinlay Chödron

"Buddhist teachings provide numerous methods for bringing greater meaning and happiness into our lives and into our relationships with others. In 'A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path' Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche reveals these methods in direct, vibrant, and down-to-earth language.

At the core of this work lies The Jewel Treasury of Advice, a text composed by Drikung Bhande Dharmaradza (1704-1754), the reincarnation of Drikung Dharmakirti. Khenchen Rinpoche interprets these ancient teachings with compassion, humor, and a keen awareness for their relevance in contemporary Western life. Those who sincerely want to study and practice the Buddha's teachings will find this an indispensable guide."

Some general remarks on the Dharma

by Khenchen

Khenchen Rinpoche, Konchog Gyaltshen
founder of the
Tibetan Meditation Center - Gainesville

Additional Information on Drikung activities elsewhere:

Read about Khenchen's last teaching
in Gainesville here

TMC in Frederick, Maryland

About Drikung Kagyu

Dharma Resources


Drikung SymbolDrikung Kagyu Symbol

The Sun, the Moon, and the Hung Syllable

Translated by Khenpo Konchok Tamphel

Conference of spiritual leaders in Dharamsala
May 2009

A ll the religious heads came to visit the Dalai Lama’s palace. The above picture was taken in front of the Dalai Lama’s sitting room and shows (from left): H.H. Lungtok Tenpa’i Nyima, H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. the Karmapa, H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.

Article here.