Trinlay Chödron Karuna
Khenmo visits us each winter, bringing her scholarly
teachings and warm compassionate support to our practices.
is a religion for the curious, for those not satisfied by pat answers
to lifes questions.
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
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."
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.
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.
Jan 2011, TMC Gainesville
Texts used in
practice can be obtained directly from
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
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,
Eminence Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche
For The Benefit of All Beings "
Link to movie on YouTube
For the past 3 years
Garchen Rinpoches 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.
is a rare interview with Venerable Drubwang Rinpoche, a great yogi
who passed away in December 2007.
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.
click on EVENTS above to
see upcoming activities
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Sumgons 'Vajra Songs'
Meditation Center of Gainesville
63rd Terrace Gainesville FL
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 masters 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,
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
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
has a warm and informal style of teaching that invites inquiry
and introspection. Everyone is welcome.
An introduction to what meditation is-and isn't-plus practical
exercises to get you started.
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
3: Meditation for inner peace and relaxation. An introduction
to what meditation isand isntplus practical
exercises to get you started
.March 10: Combating alienation with love and compassion.
Learn how and why to purposefully cultivate a positive state
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.
4:00 PM to 5:30PM
for Innovation & Economic Development
530 West University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
$135 for Meditation Series
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with your name and contact information
Please register so we can get a count of how many people will be attending. But, have no obstacle to attending...
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.
There is no donation too small.
donation is happily accepted, and needed.
Generosity creates merit in your life.
'A Complete Guide
to the Buddist Path'
on the 'Jewel Treasury of Advise'
Hundred Teachings From the Heart'
Preview the Book Here:
by Khenchen Konchog
Edited by Khenmo
"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."
general remarks on the Dharma
Khenchen Rinpoche, Konchog Gyaltshen
founder of the
Tibetan Meditation Center - Gainesville
Additional Information on Drikung activities elsewhere:
about Khenchen's last teaching
in Gainesville here
in Frederick, Maryland
Sun, the Moon, and the Hung Syllable
by Khenpo Konchok Tamphel
of spiritual leaders in Dharamsala
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