Dharma Teachings and Events

Gaden Choling offers teachings, meditation classes, and other special events throughout the year. These Buddhist teachings are based on the Gelukpa tradition of Je Tsongkapa. A detailed breakdown of upcoming events can been seen on the calendar.

Zasep Rinpoche's July 13 to July 23, 2019 visit

More information will be posted in the calendar as it becomes available.  Venerable Zasep Rinpoche is the resident teacher at Gaden Choling. Traveling throughout the year, he periodically visits Gaden Choling to offer extensive Dharma teachings.

Next Upcoming Events

May
27
Mon
2019
DISCONTINUED: Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This class has been discontinued. 

The best way to make the most of this life of leisure is to receive experiential instruction on all the stages of the path from the way to rely on a spiritual teacher up to calm abiding and special insight, and then to practice them each day…causing transformational experience of the stages of the path to arise.” The First Panchen Lama

Lamrim translates as “stages of the path” or “graduated path” and is a detailed and practical presentation of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings for the sincere practitioner. There are many different versions of Lamrim taught in the various lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. All are based on Atisa’s 11th century root text “A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment”. In this course, we will follow Je Tsongkhapa’s outline of the Lamrim from the “Lamrim Chenmo: The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” and Pabongka Rinpoche’s commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa’s text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand”. The classes will be led by student teachers Dan D’Agostino and Cristina Sanchez, and will involve guided meditations, teachings on the relevant topics, as well as time for discussion and questions. While the course is open-ended and people are welcome to attend at any time, it would be most beneficial for participants to attend the majority, if not all, of the classes as the topics build on one another.

May
28
Tue
2019
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition”
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

GANDEN GUILD CLUB – “THE PRACTICE OF MAHAMUDRA OF CHOD IN THE GELUGPA TRADITION”

Tuesday nights, weekly, from 7:30pm-9pm.  Open for practice to all who have received the Chod Tantric Empowerment in the Gelugpa Tradition.  

By donation.

Chod is a unique and very special tradition of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism originating from the famed Tibetan female Saint, Lama and Yogini, Machig Labdron (1055 – 1149 AD).

Literally meaning “to cut through”, Chod practice uses intense Tantric imagery, ritual, song, drumming, meditation and the philosophy of Prajnaparamita of Mahayana Buddhism to “cut” the “demons” and “gods” that are the obstacles and obscurations that characterize one’s own selfishness and provoke a “limit-experience” of the ego itself.

While Chod has many “shamanic” elements to it, such as trance-like rhythmic drumming, hauntingly beautiful melodies, merging with sky-like awareness and the presence and guidance of Buddhist “angels” – at it’s core, it is a tradition of Buddhist practice build around and fully expressing, the three principle paths of Renunciation, Bodhicitta and the Wisdom realizing Selflessness.

The roots of the Gelugpa Chod go right back to our Founder, the Incomparable Lama, Scholar and Yogi, Je Tsongkhapa Losang Drakpa. Chod has been practiced subsequently by the greatest Lamas of our Tradition, such as Dharmavajra Choki Dorje, Gyalwa Ensapa and the famed Panchen Lamas. The ideal Chodpa in the Gelug Tradition is one that embodies of the age-old ethics of the Kadam Lineage: humility, sincerity, great compassion and pure ethics.

Our Chod Guild follows closely both the teachings, protocols and lived examples of our Spiritual Guides and Chod Lamas: The Very Venerable Zasep Rinpoche, the Lineage holder of the Gelug Chod, H.H. Khalkha Jetsun Dampa Rinpoche and his amazing student-teacher, Yogini Miya Shimada.

Ganden Chod Guild will focus on the main of two lineages of Gelugpa Chod: the Gaden Ensa Chod.

Chod Guild will also lead Chod outdoors at locations throughout Toronto that are appropriate to the practice such as more secluded parks and rivers. It is wonderful to do Chod outdoors as we are then following in the sacred footsteps of our Lineage ancestors who, for millennia, have been wandering homeless yogins practicing under the open sky, sun and stars in the wild of Asia.

Chod Guild will also lead in-house and home retreats, traditional to our Lineage.

Jun
4
Tue
2019
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition”
Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

GANDEN GUILD CLUB – “THE PRACTICE OF MAHAMUDRA OF CHOD IN THE GELUGPA TRADITION”

Tuesday nights, weekly, from 7:30pm-9pm.  Open for practice to all who have received the Chod Tantric Empowerment in the Gelugpa Tradition.  

By donation.

Chod is a unique and very special tradition of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism originating from the famed Tibetan female Saint, Lama and Yogini, Machig Labdron (1055 – 1149 AD).

Literally meaning “to cut through”, Chod practice uses intense Tantric imagery, ritual, song, drumming, meditation and the philosophy of Prajnaparamita of Mahayana Buddhism to “cut” the “demons” and “gods” that are the obstacles and obscurations that characterize one’s own selfishness and provoke a “limit-experience” of the ego itself.

While Chod has many “shamanic” elements to it, such as trance-like rhythmic drumming, hauntingly beautiful melodies, merging with sky-like awareness and the presence and guidance of Buddhist “angels” – at it’s core, it is a tradition of Buddhist practice build around and fully expressing, the three principle paths of Renunciation, Bodhicitta and the Wisdom realizing Selflessness.

The roots of the Gelugpa Chod go right back to our Founder, the Incomparable Lama, Scholar and Yogi, Je Tsongkhapa Losang Drakpa. Chod has been practiced subsequently by the greatest Lamas of our Tradition, such as Dharmavajra Choki Dorje, Gyalwa Ensapa and the famed Panchen Lamas. The ideal Chodpa in the Gelug Tradition is one that embodies of the age-old ethics of the Kadam Lineage: humility, sincerity, great compassion and pure ethics.

Our Chod Guild follows closely both the teachings, protocols and lived examples of our Spiritual Guides and Chod Lamas: The Very Venerable Zasep Rinpoche, the Lineage holder of the Gelug Chod, H.H. Khalkha Jetsun Dampa Rinpoche and his amazing student-teacher, Yogini Miya Shimada.

Ganden Chod Guild will focus on the main of two lineages of Gelugpa Chod: the Gaden Ensa Chod.

Chod Guild will also lead Chod outdoors at locations throughout Toronto that are appropriate to the practice such as more secluded parks and rivers. It is wonderful to do Chod outdoors as we are then following in the sacred footsteps of our Lineage ancestors who, for millennia, have been wandering homeless yogins practicing under the open sky, sun and stars in the wild of Asia.

Chod Guild will also lead in-house and home retreats, traditional to our Lineage.

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