Special Practice Days February and March 2018

1/31/2018 (Wednesday)

 Total Lunar Eclipse

On January 31st, 2018, there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse. We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra on this special day. 

The karmic benefits and merits of practicing and meditation during the lunar eclipse will turn to hundred thousand times.  We strongly recommend you to take this great opportunity to accumulate great merit and benefits.

Please click the following link for more information: https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEplot/LEplot2001/LE2018Jan31T.pdf.

2/15/2018 (Thursday)

Partial Solar Eclipse & Last day of the Fire Rooster year

On February 15, 2018, there will be a Partial Solar eclipse.

The karmic benefits and merit of practicing and meditation will be multiplied 1000 million times during the solar eclipse. We strongly recommend you to take this great opportunity to accumulate merit and benefits.

We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra” to accumulate merit

Please click the following link for more information: https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot/SEplot2001/SE2018Feb15P.GIF

2/16/2018 (Friday)

New Year (Losar Tashi Delek! Year of the Earth Dog)

Please reciteShakyamuni Buddha’s mantraThe Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deeds” and “The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra to accumulate benefits and merit.

During the first two weeks of the 1st Tibetan month, it is celebrated that the Buddha Shakyamuni displayed a miracle each day to increase the merit and devotion of future disciples.

3/01/2018 (Thursday), the 14th of the 1st month, is Milarepa’s anniversary. Extra practice is highly advised.

It is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 million times on the Day of Miracles, so practice is strongly advised.

We also would like to suggest reciting Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra and The Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deeds during the first two weeks of the 1stmonth (2/16/2018-3/01/2018) to accumulate merit and benefits.

With thanks to Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center who keeps us abreast of upcoming Special Days for practice. May all benefit!

Special Practice Days in November & December 2017

 

11/10/2017 (Friday)

Lord Buddha’s Descent from Heaven (the 22nd of the 9th month)

November 10, 2017 is an anniversary date of Lord Buddha’s Descent from the Heaven.   It is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 million times on this special day, so we would like to suggest you to recite Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra and The Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deedson this auspicious holy date to accumulate merit and benefits.

 12/21/2017 (Thursday)

The first day of Winter

 We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra”.

  12/31/2017 (Sunday)

The last day of 2017

 We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra”.

Thank you to Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for keeping us abreast of these special practice days for the benefit of all.

Cremation Ceremony of Venerable Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche

Venerable Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche, spiritual leader of the Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center of Danville, NJ, and Taipei, Taiwan, and accomplished scholar of the Drigung Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, passed away on the 15th of October, 2017 in Denville, NJ. Following both Tibetan customs and Buddhist tradition, His cremation ceremony will take place on Friday, the 27th of October, 2017from 9 am to 1 pm

, at Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge, NJ. Reception immediately follows at 1: 30 pm at Sakura Grill & Supreme Buffet in East Hanover, NJ.

Donations in His memory could be sent to the “Cremation Ceremony and Memorial Fund of Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche”, Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center, 6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ, 07834, USA.

 

Detailed Information

Cremation Ceremony Site:

The Chapel of Somerset Hills Memorial Park
95 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Phone: 908-766-0522

(Should parking space is not available in the parking lot, please park on roadside near the building.)

Ceremony Schedule:

9 am-1 pm:      Prayers, Puja and Cremation service.

1:30pm:           Reception

Sakura Grill & Supreme Buffet

240 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936

 

*Please refrain from wearing jeans, sneakers or flip flops

Cremation Service and Memorial Fund of Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche

It is with great sadness that we write to let you know the passing of Venerable Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche in the United States on the 15th of October, 2017.  While mourning for our loss, the sangha and friends of the Gampopa Vajrahana Buddhist Center (GVBC) are undertaking the preparation of the cremation service according to Tibetan customs and Buddhist tradition. As of today, no specific date has been set. We nevertheless would like to share with you the latest arrangements and information.

Prior to Rinpoche’s passing, he gave the following instructions: cremation of his body should take place in the United States, and his relics be divided into seven parts to be sent to designated monasteries and centers in Tibet, Nepal, Taiwan and United States, where they could be installed in the stupa at each location.

Rinpoche was the eldest son of the aristocratic Nangchen family of Drongpa, one of the 25 ruling familiesfrom the last era in the Kham region of eastern Tibet.  As is customary for all sovereignty leaders who passed away, offerings are to be made to the entire sangha in all monasteries under the family’s sovereignty, as well as to sangha in major monasteries in each of the Tibetan regions. In addition to following this custom, it is the wish of the GVBC to offer lights and request prayer services to monasteries in Tibet, Nepal, India and other places within 49 days of Rinpoche’s passing to dedicate the merits.

GVBC is in the process of raising money to achieve this aim, which is estimated to require about $200,000. We’d like to invite disciples from ten directions to support “Cremation Service and Memorial Fund ofLamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche”, which is set up specifically for this purpose. Should there be surplus in fund after the ceremony, it will be used to publish Gyalpo Rinpoche’s writings and collections of teachings in English and in Chinese.

The funeral and cremation ceremony of Gyalpo Rinpoche depends on the commitments and support from students and friends from all corners of the world. Your generous donations will make possible the timely realization of this aim and bring immense blessings to all involved. All supporters will receive a report detailing the event, expenses and names of contributors. Supporters can choose to remain anonymous, too.

Donations to the “Cremation Service and Memorial Fund of Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche” could be made via the followings:

In USA

Check payable to “GVBC” (please specify “Gyalpo Cremation and Memorial”) and sent to:   

GVBC, 6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ 07834.

In Taiwan

Please contact Taipei Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center

(+886)2-2784-6125)

Other Countries

Please use the following information for bank wiring

(Please send an email to gvbc.admit@gmail.com with the supporter’s name and wire amount after sending the wire.  Thank you!):

Bank Name: PNC Bank

SWIFT Code: PNCCUS33

Routing Number: 031207607 

Bank Address:

PNC Bank NA

500 First Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA

MailStop P7PFSC03W

Bank Tel: (+1)800-762-2265

Account Name: Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center

Account Address: 6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ 07834

Account No.: 8027085901

May all complete the two accumulations and live in equanimity with no attachment.

Sincerely Yours,

 

The Sangha of Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center

Special Days in June 2017

6/09/2017 (Friday)

Anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s Enlightment & Parinirvana (the 15th of the 4th month)

On June 9th, 2017, it is the anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s Enlightment and Parinirvana.  

We also would like to suggest you to recite Buddha Shakyamuni’s mantra and ‘The Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deeds.

It is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 million times on this special day, so practice is strongly advised.

6/21/2017 (Wednesday)

The first day of Summer

We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra“.

We appreciate Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for the reminders of these auspicious dates. May all sentient beings benefit.

Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center invites devotees worldwide to join us on this very special occasion to celebrate the life and 80th birthday of Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche.  It is a unique opportunity to experience gratitude, devotion and celebrate the occasion as a community together.

Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche is the descent of the unbroken Royal Lineage of the MHUK- PO- DONG, which goes back several centuries in Tibetan history and he has made enormous contributions to both Tibetan culture and to Tibetan Buddhism.  He is revered and beloved by His followers. He is one of the longest living members of the NANGCHEN DRONGPAS in history.

Therefore, to commemorate the occasion of His 80th birthday, we sincerely invite you to join The Long Life Mandala Offering on July 8th, 2017 at 10 am at St. Pius X Church.

No Fee. Donations are appreciated. Vegetarian Lunch will be provided on that date (If you have special diet needs or allergies or wish to eat elsewhere, there is a variety of restaurants in the area). Please register by June 1st, 2017.

Location St. Pius X Church, 24 Changebridge Road Montville, NJ 07045

Contact

email: tsaiemma02@gmail.com TEL: (973)586-2756

Website:WWW.GAMPOPA.ORG

Special Announcement

Special Announcement

2/10-2/11/2017 (Friday-Saturday)

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

On February 10, 2017-February 11, 2017, there will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra on this special day. 

The karmic benefits and merits of practicing and meditation during the lunar eclipse will turn to hundred thousand times.  We strongly recommend you to take this great opportunity to accumulate great merit and benefits.

2/26/2017 (Sunday)

Total Solar Eclipse

On February 26, 2017, there will be a Total Solar eclipse.

The karmic benefits and merit of practicing and meditation will be multiplied 1000 million times during the solar eclipse. We strongly recommend you to take this great opportunity to accumulate merit and benefits.  

We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra” to accumulate merit. 

Thank you to Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for providing the announcement of these special days for practice.

Saka Dawa Duchen – Birth, Enlightenment, and Parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha

Overlooking Lotus Pond

Honoring and Practicing for the benefit of all:

5/21/2016 (Saturday)

Anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s Birth, Enlightenment & Parinirvana (the 15th of the 4th month)

On May 21st, 2016, it is the anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana.   (known in Tibetan as Saka Dawa Duchen)

We would like to suggest you to recite Buddha Shakyamuni’s mantra and ‘The Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deeds‘.

It is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 million times on this special day, so practice is strongly advised.

6/22/2016 (Wednesday)

The first day of Summer

We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra” .

We thank Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for sharing this information.

May all sentient beings benefit!

Special Practice Days – March 2016

3/09/2016 (Wednesday)

Total Solar Eclipse

On March 9, 2016, there will be a Total Solar Eclipse (you can check the link at http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2016Mar09Tgoogle.htm). We also would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra on the solar eclipse day. 

The karmic benefits and merit of practicing and meditation will be multiplied 1000 million times during the solar eclipse. We strongly recommend you to take this great opportunity to accumulate merit and benefits.  

3/23/2016 (Wednesday)

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

On March 23, 2016, there will be a Penumbral Lunar eclipse (you may check the link at  http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEplot/LEplot2001/LE2016Mar23N.pdf  for more information).

The karmic benefits and merits of practicing and meditation during the lunar eclipse will turn to hundred thousand times.  We strongly recommend you to take this great opportunity to accumulate great merit and benefits.

We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra” on the lunar eclipse day to accumulate merit. 

We thank Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for keeping us abreast of these important practice days.

May all beings benefit!!!

Special Practice Days

Chotrul Duchen ~ The Day of Miracles is Monday February 22, 2016 (the 15th day of the Tibetan Lunar calendar). During the first two weeks of the 1st Tibetan month it is celebrated that the Buddha Shakyamuni displayed a miracle each day to increase the merit and devotion of future disciples. It is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 million times on the Day of Miracles, so practice is strongly advised.

Milarepa’ Anniversary is Sunday February 21, 2016, the 14th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar. Practice is highly advised.

Marpa’s Anniversary is Monday February 22, 2016, the 15th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar. Practice is highly advised.

The first day of the New Year of the Fire Monkey was February 8/9, 2016. In case you are not aware, it has been suggested to recite Shakyamuni Buddha’s Mantra and Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deeds during the first two weeks of the 1st month (2/09/2016 – 2/22/2016) to accumulate merit. It is said that each day the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 10 million times during these two weeks.

May you have a Peaceful, Joyful, Prosperous and Happy Year of the Fire Monkey!

We thank Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for keeping us well-informed of important days to remember.

New texts have been added to the Sutras & Texts page of this blog.

May this benefit all beings!

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Relief for Nepal Continues

Nepal Earthquake relief  (Lapchi)Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center would like to announce the following fundraising project sponsored by “North America Drikung Kagyu Association”:

“As you are all aware of the recent tragedy that shook Nepal on Saturday April 25, 2015, the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has taken over 6000 lives and destroyed many homes leaving thousands homeless. Many remote villages have also been badly destroyed, Lapchi being one of them. We have been notified by the members of Lapchi association that almost all of the homes in Lapchi have been destroyed, along with roads, bridges, monastery and retreat homes. A few of the people have also been injured and they were brought down to Kathmandu to be admitted in the hospital.

Monastery in Lapchi

Our nonprofit charitable North America Drikung Kagyu Association has offered to raise funds for the recovery of Lapchi village and its people. All the donations will be sent directly to the Nechok Lapchi Kaguy Milarepa Association that takes care of the Lapchi yogis and villagers. Kindly pray for all who have suffered and donate towards his fund raising effort.”

All donations are greatly appreciated! Please make your check payable to GVBC, note “Lapchi project” in memo, and mail to GVBC (6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ 07834) by 10/01/2015. GVBC will wire all donations directly to the dedicated bank account in Nepal.

In addition, Phag Dru Monastery, which was founded by Lamchen Gylapo Rinpoche in Nepal in order to provide advanced Drikung Kagyu teachings to sangha and retreatants, is also damaged in the earthquake. We will repair and renovate the damage next year after the estimate and planning. Please make your check payable to GVBC, note “Phag Dru Monastery” in memo, and mail to GVBC (6 Fox Lane, Denville, NJ 07834).

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Blessings for the Year of the Wood Sheep!

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Mindfulness Peace Prayer

There is peace of mind.
May I realize peace of mind.
There are obstacles to peace of mind.
May all obstacles to realizing peace of mind be removed.
There are causes to experience peace of mind.
May all causes arise to facilitate my experiencing peace of mind.
There are pathways leading to stabilizing peace of mind.
May all pathways leading to stabilizing my peace of mind arise.

There is peace.
May there be peace.
There are obstacles to peace.
May all obstacles to peace be removed.
There are causes of peace.
May all causes of peace arise and stabilize.
There are pathways leading to peace.
May all pathways leading to peace be revealed and cultivated.

There is happiness.
May there be happiness.
There are obstacles to happiness.
May all obstacles to happiness be removed.
There are causes of happiness.
May all causes of happiness arise and stabilize.
There are pathways leading to happiness.
May all pathways leading to happiness be revealed and cultivated.

May all sentient beings desire to pursue peace and happiness!
May all sentient beings cultivate peace and happiness!
May all sentient beings experience peace and happiness!
May all sentient beings assist in stabilizing peace and happiness
in the world!

(composed by Venerable Ani Drubgyudma)