Welcome to the March newsletter for New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center.

Slowly the grey cold of winter is beginning to recede, and while it is not fully here, the new life that Spring brings is on its way.  When we take a moment to notice all of the little changes that are happening around us, the increased songs of birds for example, we are afforded a rich opportunity through which we can explore meditation; a rich way to interact dynamically with our environment (outer and inner), and a way to explore our relative awareness of all of the amazing changes that occur as Winter turns to Spring.

We continue to offer a wide variety of classes.  On Mondays and Tuesdays we offer general meditation sessions from 6:45 to 8:00 pm.  During these periods we explore Calm Abiding meditation as a means to still the mind and take a break from the habitual busyness that we experience on a daily basis. 

These classes are open to all, with a suggested donation of $15, and we encourage you to feel free to come explore them with us.

In addition to weekly meditation sessions we offer the following on-going classes:.

Ngondro: The Four Extraordinary Foundational Practices.

For a complete class description click here.

A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path, a commentary on the teachings of the Buddha written by Je Gampopa.

For a complete class description click here.

Mapping Our Inner Worlds: An engaged approach to tantric Buddhism, finding certainty in making it our own.

For a complete class description click here.

If you have any questions about these clases or would like to discuss some of these themes and how they intersect with your practice please contact the instructors, Lama Dorje Odzer: dorjeodzer@goshir.org, or Lama Karma Sange Rinchen: ksangyerinchen@goshir.org.

The full list of our classes and pujas for March can be seen here.

~Lama Sangye Rinchen and Lama Dorje Odzer

March: Death and Dying
Easter is upon us!  As a way of touching on the spirit of rebirth that Easter represents we are holding a special three hour class on Easter (March 31st) on Death and Dying in the Tibetan Tradition from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at the dharma center which is located at 183 15th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Join us as we engage in a meditation on death which will be followed by a discussion of what questions are alive for us as we contemplate what death means for us.

There will be an explanation of the general Vajrayana perspective regarding death and dying and an exploration of how we can bring our practice to the experience of death.

We will also discuss creating a "death kit"- a way of preparing what we would like to have around us at the time of death, items that bring meaning and carry a valence that benefits us at this transitional moment.

Lama Dorje will share reflections on how we can work with hospital and hospice staff to help facilitate a meaningful experience of death for oneself or for a loved one based upon his experience in training a a chaplain.

Feel free to let others know about this and all of our classes!

Suggested donation: $25

Please contact us to register for this class at: info@goshir.org
Samantabhadra Initiative:

Part of our activities at New York Tsurphu Goshir Center include the Samantabhadra Contemplative Care Initiative, a project aimed at offering spiritual care for a variety of people.  As a part of this project Lama Karma Sangye Rinchen will be continuing with a meditation and and discussion group with folks from the SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) Community in Queens, N.Y.

We are currently working to implement a prison dharma program in which Lama Dorje will offer meditation training and discussion groups to inmates in the NYC prision system.

Similar projects involve counseling LGBTQ youth with a curriculum designed by Lama Sangye and Hospice and hospital visits by Lama Dorje.

These projects reflect the aspirations and qualities demonstrated by the bodhisattva Samantabhadra~ his generosity, meditation and compassion for all beings.

We invite you to share with us any information, contacts or advice on how to maximize our program's reach.

As always, we continue to invite you to explore the rich history of the Goshir Gyaltsabpas on our website: goshir.org.  And encourage you to come join us for meditation practice, ritual observance or any number of classes that allow us to taste this powerful lineage and blend it within our experience of life.
A night with Ringu Tulku!

We are pleased to announce that Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will be visiting with us for an evening of teaching from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on May 2nd.  Rinpoche will be teaching on the nature of mind from his recent book, Confusion Arises as Wisdom: Gampopa's Heart Advice on the Path of Mahamudra.  This will be a unique event that marks his last teaching for his North American Tour.

Ringu Tulku, Karma Tsultrim Gyurmé Trinlé, was born in Kham, in east Tibet, and was recognised by His Holiness the sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa as the incarnation of one of the tulkus of Ringu monastery, a Kagyüpa monastery in his home province. He studied with some of the most distinguished khenpos of the Nyingma and Kagyü traditions and received teachings from many outstanding masters, including Thrangu Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoche and the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa.

Since 1990 he has been traveling and teaching Buddhism and Meditation at Universities, Institutes and Buddhist Centers in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. He also participates in various interfaith and Science and Buddhist dialogues.  Rinpoche is the founder of Bodhicarya.org, a non-profit Educational & Cultural Association dedicated to the collection, transcription, translation, and publishing of Buddhist teachings and educational materials, and supporting educational and healthcare projects around the world.

Seating is limited please RSVP by contacting us at: info@goshir.org

Suggested donation: $40
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and as such, we rely upon donations to help support us in developing the core activities of New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center. 

Should you feel moved to support us, you can make a donation through our secure and convenient paypal account here.  You can also mail checks to:

New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center
183 15th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215

We are grateful for all of the support that we receive. 

Thank you.

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