Weekly Mahamudra Meditation Group Practice at Gaden Choling — Every Thursday 7:30pm

Join us for a weekly practice group on Gelug Mahamudra Mediation. There are no special requirements, all are welcome. Stephen Tang will lead meditation sessions and read from the Mahamudra commentary by H.E. Zasep Rinpoche. This is an opportunity to deepen Mahamudra practice and meditation. EVERY THURSDAY until December 12, 2019. “Mahamudra practice slows us down so we can see things as they really are. Mahamudra reveals the ultimate nature of the mind, intrinsically pure and empty of inherent nature: pure awareness, luminous and spacious clarity and cognisance.”  — H.E. Zasep Rinpoche

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“Enjoy your day. Enjoy your friendships. Enjoy your meditation. Rejoicing is the antidote for self-pity, envy and jealousy.” — Zasep Rinpoche

Most Buddhist practice — and Buddhist living — can be distilled down to the concept of “antidotes.” When our gurus give us teachings, it’s almost always in the form of an “antidote.” One of the most memorable descriptions of one of these antidotes came in a teaching by H.E. Zasep Rinpoche. The antidote to envy and jealousy, one of the great poisons described by Buddha, is a simple formula, but a profound one. Rinpoche advised: “It’s important to rejoice,” said Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche at a weekend Lam Rim and Green Tara retreat in Toronto. “It’s important to be positive.…

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Black Mahakala: when you practice this wrathful form of Chenrezig you “feel protected”

Black Mahakala is the wrathful Enlightened protector emanation of Chenrezig — Avalokiteshvara, the Compassionate Buddha. Just as any father might demonstrate wrath and fierceness to protect his children, Chenrezig appears as the ferocious six-armed “Great Black” Mahakala. [On July 23, 2019, Venerable Zasep Rinpoche will offer Six-Armed Mahakala empowerment. Details on event page>>] H.E. Venerable Zasep Rinpoche explains wrathful deities: “When you do wrathful deity practice, you… It gives you energy. You feel like “I am strong” and “I am protected.” But before you do wrathful practice, you start with lower tantras, the peaceful deities. And, every time you do…

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Chod Practice: Ultimate Bodhichitta “Cuts your attachments”

The vivid and visceral imagery of Chod Practice — where you visualize offering your own body to all sentient beings, chopped up into grisly bits, and presented in a human skull — can lead to extreme misunderstanding. Teachings such as Chod are advanced and profoundly effective practices that help us “cut” our ego, tame our internal “demons” and develop genuine bodhichitta for all beings. But, the need for explanation and teacher guidance is critical. The hypnotic beat of Chod drums and bells, and the careful chanting of melodious but mysterious chants at first seem provocative, and beautiful. Then, when the…

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Gaden Choling Toronto is a Buddhist Mahayana Meditation Centre, established over 30 years ago under spiritual director Venerable Zasep Rinpoche. Many great spiritual teachers, such as HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Tara Tulku Rinpoche and HH Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa Rinpoche have given many amazing holy teachings and initiations at Gaden Choling.

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637 Christie St, Toronto, ON, M6G 3E6
Tel: 1 (888) 123 4567