Upcoming Events

Below find a break down of the events happening at Gaden Choling.

Teachings & Classes:

Feb
26
Mon
2018
Mindfulness Mondays – Introduction to Meditation at Gaden Choling weekly on Monday nights
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mindfulness Mondays – Introduction to Meditation at Gaden Choling weekly on Monday nights

When : Every Monday from 6:30-8:30pm.

What : Moving between sitting and walking meditations in alternating intervals of three 20 min sits and three 10 min walking meditations.

Sessions include an Introduction to mindfulness training. Includes basic instruction on Annapurna breathing with guided mindfulness of body through observation of the sense gates. We will enter into introductory discussions on the nature of phenomenon, causal interdependence and emptiness. This will be centerd around selected passages from Gelugpa Mahāyāna texts. Some weeks will offer a focus on an introduction to or deepening of our Metta practice. A chance for short discussion surrounding our individual process will be offered at the end of each Monday sit.

Led by Student-Teacher Josh Reichmann


“My learning and experience has come through culturally traditional teachings, fellowship recovery modalities and my meditation and Buddhist-philosophy practice with a lama’s guidance. As well as extensive Sangha (Buddhist community) support and vanguard institutional learning with teachers at the forefront of the healing community through ITM and the resources at Nalanda. I have been practicing Mahayana / Vajrayana Buddhism, meditation and Dharma work within a temple setting for the last four years. I am currently studying the LamRim, Mahāmudrā and engaging in other formally observed Tibetan Buddhist practices. I have been working an active 12-step recovery program since 2006. I have worked with shamanic healers, Gestalt therapists and addiction specialists for over 13 years. I am currently studying Contemplative Psychotherapy from a Buddhist perspective at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in conjunction with Nalanda University, NYC. I have been involved in men’s healing circles and retreat sweats for six years. I initiated and currently help host a Buddhist-based recovery meditation group and have led retreats through this modality. “

For more information please visit:
Joshreichmann.com
Feb
27
Tue
2018
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition”
Feb 27 @ 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 to those with the Gaden Chod Tantric Empowerment. 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.

Student-teachers Matthew Richards and Cristina Sanchez are both honoured and pleased to facilitate the Ganden Chod Guild, hosted at Gaden Choling Temple.

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. Matthew and Cristina also practice and promote the extremely rare, other lineage of Gelugpa Chod – the Gaden Dakini Chod.

The format of each class will be to first do traditional Chod sadhana and then to leave time afterward to workshop the practice and facilitate a Q&A.

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.

Open for practice to all who have received the Chod Tantric Empowerment in the Gelugpa Tradition.

Open, to sit in with us, to all those who have received a Chod Tantric Empowerment from a qualified Lama in a valid lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

One may also come to receive healing energy from our Chod practice as this is the traditional healing-modality associated with this unique Spiritual Tradition. Please contact Matthew and Cristina directly beforehand with a formal request and for all appropriate details and protocol. By donation.

For questions or more information, please contact Matthew & Cristina:

twilightdakini@gmail.com

***

Cristina Sanchez has been a devoted and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in both the Gelugpa and Nyingma Traditions since 1996. She has been a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996 as well. Cristina has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a daily personal practice of Buddhist meditation, Hatha yoga and Qi-Gong. She was a Science Professor at Langara College in Vancouver BC from 2001-2014, with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Toronto [2000] and has extensive teaching experience.

Matthew Richards has been a devoted student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in the Gelugpa Tradition since 1995 and a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996. He has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from many high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a committed daily personal practice of meditation. He has a keen interest and background in Energy-Healing modalities and their relationship to Tantric Buddhism. In particular, he is a Master’s Level Reiki Practitioner and Teacher, has studied Therapeutic Qi Kung and East Asian Shamanic Traditions and has a personal connection to Japanese Shingon Tantric Buddhism. Matthew was a volunteer hospice worker for many years in both Vancouver and Toronto. Matthew earned a Masters Degree in Western Philosophy from University of Ottawa in 1997 and has been a full-time career Flight Attendant since 1994.

Both Cristina and Matthew have been actively involved in the Tibetan Buddhist community both in Toronto and Vancouver and have helped administer both Gaden Choling and Zuru Ling Temples. They recently completed the 4 & half month Chumig Gyatsa Wandering Chod Retreat in Alberta in the summer of 2015. Ven. Zasep Rinpoche has requested Cristina and Matthew to teach at his various centers here in Canada.

Feb
28
Wed
2018
Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class

“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.

Wednesdays, weekly, from 7pm-8:30pm

Mar
5
Mon
2018
Mindfulness Mondays – Introduction to Meditation at Gaden Choling weekly on Monday nights
Mar 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mindfulness Mondays – Introduction to Meditation at Gaden Choling weekly on Monday nights

When : Every Monday from 6:30-8:30pm.

What : Moving between sitting and walking meditations in alternating intervals of three 20 min sits and three 10 min walking meditations.

Sessions include an Introduction to mindfulness training. Includes basic instruction on Annapurna breathing with guided mindfulness of body through observation of the sense gates. We will enter into introductory discussions on the nature of phenomenon, causal interdependence and emptiness. This will be centerd around selected passages from Gelugpa Mahāyāna texts. Some weeks will offer a focus on an introduction to or deepening of our Metta practice. A chance for short discussion surrounding our individual process will be offered at the end of each Monday sit.

Led by Student-Teacher Josh Reichmann


“My learning and experience has come through culturally traditional teachings, fellowship recovery modalities and my meditation and Buddhist-philosophy practice with a lama’s guidance. As well as extensive Sangha (Buddhist community) support and vanguard institutional learning with teachers at the forefront of the healing community through ITM and the resources at Nalanda. I have been practicing Mahayana / Vajrayana Buddhism, meditation and Dharma work within a temple setting for the last four years. I am currently studying the LamRim, Mahāmudrā and engaging in other formally observed Tibetan Buddhist practices. I have been working an active 12-step recovery program since 2006. I have worked with shamanic healers, Gestalt therapists and addiction specialists for over 13 years. I am currently studying Contemplative Psychotherapy from a Buddhist perspective at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in conjunction with Nalanda University, NYC. I have been involved in men’s healing circles and retreat sweats for six years. I initiated and currently help host a Buddhist-based recovery meditation group and have led retreats through this modality. “

For more information please visit:
Joshreichmann.com
Mar
6
Tue
2018
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition”
Mar 6 @ 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 to those with the Gaden Chod Tantric Empowerment. 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.

Student-teachers Matthew Richards and Cristina Sanchez are both honoured and pleased to facilitate the Ganden Chod Guild, hosted at Gaden Choling Temple.

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. Matthew and Cristina also practice and promote the extremely rare, other lineage of Gelugpa Chod – the Gaden Dakini Chod.

The format of each class will be to first do traditional Chod sadhana and then to leave time afterward to workshop the practice and facilitate a Q&A.

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.

Open for practice to all who have received the Chod Tantric Empowerment in the Gelugpa Tradition.

Open, to sit in with us, to all those who have received a Chod Tantric Empowerment from a qualified Lama in a valid lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

One may also come to receive healing energy from our Chod practice as this is the traditional healing-modality associated with this unique Spiritual Tradition. Please contact Matthew and Cristina directly beforehand with a formal request and for all appropriate details and protocol. By donation.

For questions or more information, please contact Matthew & Cristina:

twilightdakini@gmail.com

***

Cristina Sanchez has been a devoted and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in both the Gelugpa and Nyingma Traditions since 1996. She has been a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996 as well. Cristina has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a daily personal practice of Buddhist meditation, Hatha yoga and Qi-Gong. She was a Science Professor at Langara College in Vancouver BC from 2001-2014, with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Toronto [2000] and has extensive teaching experience.

Matthew Richards has been a devoted student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in the Gelugpa Tradition since 1995 and a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996. He has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from many high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a committed daily personal practice of meditation. He has a keen interest and background in Energy-Healing modalities and their relationship to Tantric Buddhism. In particular, he is a Master’s Level Reiki Practitioner and Teacher, has studied Therapeutic Qi Kung and East Asian Shamanic Traditions and has a personal connection to Japanese Shingon Tantric Buddhism. Matthew was a volunteer hospice worker for many years in both Vancouver and Toronto. Matthew earned a Masters Degree in Western Philosophy from University of Ottawa in 1997 and has been a full-time career Flight Attendant since 1994.

Both Cristina and Matthew have been actively involved in the Tibetan Buddhist community both in Toronto and Vancouver and have helped administer both Gaden Choling and Zuru Ling Temples. They recently completed the 4 & half month Chumig Gyatsa Wandering Chod Retreat in Alberta in the summer of 2015. Ven. Zasep Rinpoche has requested Cristina and Matthew to teach at his various centers here in Canada.

Mar
7
Wed
2018
Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class

“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.

Wednesdays, weekly, from 7pm-8:30pm

Mar
12
Mon
2018
Mindfulness Mondays – Introduction to Meditation at Gaden Choling weekly on Monday nights
Mar 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mindfulness Mondays – Introduction to Meditation at Gaden Choling weekly on Monday nights

When : Every Monday from 6:30-8:30pm.

What : Moving between sitting and walking meditations in alternating intervals of three 20 min sits and three 10 min walking meditations.

Sessions include an Introduction to mindfulness training. Includes basic instruction on Annapurna breathing with guided mindfulness of body through observation of the sense gates. We will enter into introductory discussions on the nature of phenomenon, causal interdependence and emptiness. This will be centerd around selected passages from Gelugpa Mahāyāna texts. Some weeks will offer a focus on an introduction to or deepening of our Metta practice. A chance for short discussion surrounding our individual process will be offered at the end of each Monday sit.

Led by Student-Teacher Josh Reichmann


“My learning and experience has come through culturally traditional teachings, fellowship recovery modalities and my meditation and Buddhist-philosophy practice with a lama’s guidance. As well as extensive Sangha (Buddhist community) support and vanguard institutional learning with teachers at the forefront of the healing community through ITM and the resources at Nalanda. I have been practicing Mahayana / Vajrayana Buddhism, meditation and Dharma work within a temple setting for the last four years. I am currently studying the LamRim, Mahāmudrā and engaging in other formally observed Tibetan Buddhist practices. I have been working an active 12-step recovery program since 2006. I have worked with shamanic healers, Gestalt therapists and addiction specialists for over 13 years. I am currently studying Contemplative Psychotherapy from a Buddhist perspective at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in conjunction with Nalanda University, NYC. I have been involved in men’s healing circles and retreat sweats for six years. I initiated and currently help host a Buddhist-based recovery meditation group and have led retreats through this modality. “

For more information please visit:
Joshreichmann.com
Mar
13
Tue
2018
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition”
Mar 13 @ 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 to those with the Gaden Chod Tantric Empowerment. 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.

Student-teachers Matthew Richards and Cristina Sanchez are both honoured and pleased to facilitate the Ganden Chod Guild, hosted at Gaden Choling Temple.

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. Matthew and Cristina also practice and promote the extremely rare, other lineage of Gelugpa Chod – the Gaden Dakini Chod.

The format of each class will be to first do traditional Chod sadhana and then to leave time afterward to workshop the practice and facilitate a Q&A.

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.

Open for practice to all who have received the Chod Tantric Empowerment in the Gelugpa Tradition.

Open, to sit in with us, to all those who have received a Chod Tantric Empowerment from a qualified Lama in a valid lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

One may also come to receive healing energy from our Chod practice as this is the traditional healing-modality associated with this unique Spiritual Tradition. Please contact Matthew and Cristina directly beforehand with a formal request and for all appropriate details and protocol. By donation.

For questions or more information, please contact Matthew & Cristina:

twilightdakini@gmail.com

***

Cristina Sanchez has been a devoted and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in both the Gelugpa and Nyingma Traditions since 1996. She has been a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996 as well. Cristina has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a daily personal practice of Buddhist meditation, Hatha yoga and Qi-Gong. She was a Science Professor at Langara College in Vancouver BC from 2001-2014, with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Toronto [2000] and has extensive teaching experience.

Matthew Richards has been a devoted student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in the Gelugpa Tradition since 1995 and a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996. He has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from many high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a committed daily personal practice of meditation. He has a keen interest and background in Energy-Healing modalities and their relationship to Tantric Buddhism. In particular, he is a Master’s Level Reiki Practitioner and Teacher, has studied Therapeutic Qi Kung and East Asian Shamanic Traditions and has a personal connection to Japanese Shingon Tantric Buddhism. Matthew was a volunteer hospice worker for many years in both Vancouver and Toronto. Matthew earned a Masters Degree in Western Philosophy from University of Ottawa in 1997 and has been a full-time career Flight Attendant since 1994.

Both Cristina and Matthew have been actively involved in the Tibetan Buddhist community both in Toronto and Vancouver and have helped administer both Gaden Choling and Zuru Ling Temples. They recently completed the 4 & half month Chumig Gyatsa Wandering Chod Retreat in Alberta in the summer of 2015. Ven. Zasep Rinpoche has requested Cristina and Matthew to teach at his various centers here in Canada.

Mar
14
Wed
2018
Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class

“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.

Wednesdays, weekly, from 7pm-8:30pm

Mar
19
Mon
2018
Mindfulness Mondays – Introduction to Meditation at Gaden Choling weekly on Monday nights
Mar 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mindfulness Mondays – Introduction to Meditation at Gaden Choling weekly on Monday nights

When : Every Monday from 6:30-8:30pm.

What : Moving between sitting and walking meditations in alternating intervals of three 20 min sits and three 10 min walking meditations.

Sessions include an Introduction to mindfulness training. Includes basic instruction on Annapurna breathing with guided mindfulness of body through observation of the sense gates. We will enter into introductory discussions on the nature of phenomenon, causal interdependence and emptiness. This will be centerd around selected passages from Gelugpa Mahāyāna texts. Some weeks will offer a focus on an introduction to or deepening of our Metta practice. A chance for short discussion surrounding our individual process will be offered at the end of each Monday sit.

Led by Student-Teacher Josh Reichmann


“My learning and experience has come through culturally traditional teachings, fellowship recovery modalities and my meditation and Buddhist-philosophy practice with a lama’s guidance. As well as extensive Sangha (Buddhist community) support and vanguard institutional learning with teachers at the forefront of the healing community through ITM and the resources at Nalanda. I have been practicing Mahayana / Vajrayana Buddhism, meditation and Dharma work within a temple setting for the last four years. I am currently studying the LamRim, Mahāmudrā and engaging in other formally observed Tibetan Buddhist practices. I have been working an active 12-step recovery program since 2006. I have worked with shamanic healers, Gestalt therapists and addiction specialists for over 13 years. I am currently studying Contemplative Psychotherapy from a Buddhist perspective at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in conjunction with Nalanda University, NYC. I have been involved in men’s healing circles and retreat sweats for six years. I initiated and currently help host a Buddhist-based recovery meditation group and have led retreats through this modality. “

For more information please visit:
Joshreichmann.com

Special Events:

Mar
23
Fri
2018
Vajrasattva Yab-Yum Tantric Initiation
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fri., Mar 23rd, 7pm-9pm: Vajrasattva Yab-Yum Tantric Initiation

Vajrasattva is a manifestation of Buddha Conquerer Vajradhara and his practice is one of the most powerful healing and purification techniques in Vajrayana Buddhism.

Practice commitment: Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows

$25. Members / $30. Non-Members per event

 

Mar
24
Sat
2018
Commentary on Yamantaka Tantric Practice
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – Mar 25 @ 4:00 pm

Sat. & Sun., Mar. 24th & 25th, Both days 10am-4pm: Commentary on Yamantaka Tantric Practice

Yamantaka is the Anutara or Highest Yoga Tantra aspect of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. This practice is at the heart of the Gelugpa Tradition and a source of the highest spiritual attainments. H.E. Zasep Rinpoche will give detailed commentary and instruction and lead discussion on the many aspects of Yamantaka practice. A “must-have” for those who have received the Yamantaka Empowerment. Open to Initiates of Yamantaka practice.

Mar. 24th & 25th weekend package:

$40. Member / $50. Non-Member

Mar
27
Tue
2018
Chittamani Tara Empowerment
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tues., Mar. 27th, 7pm-9pm: Chittamani Tara Empowerment
Chittamani or “Mind-Jewel” Tara is the Anutara or Highest Yoga Tantra aspect of Green Tara, the Buddha of Compassion and Wisdom. Chittamani Tara is a relatively new practice, coming from a cycle of 13 Initiations from the “Clear Vision” of famed Gelugpa Yogi and Mahasiddha Takpuwa Dorje Chang in the 19thC and is unique to the Gelugpa Tradition. A peaceful, direct but very profound practice of Green Tara, Chittamani Tara is a source of the highest spiritual attainments in Tantra.
Practice Commitment: Guru / disciple commitment, Refuge, Bodhisattva and Tantric Vows and the short uncommon Guru Yoga Sadhana as a practice.
$25. Members / $30. Non-Members per event
Apr
3
Tue
2018
Guru Padmasambhava and Amityeus Empowerment
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tues., April 3rd, 7pm-9pm: Guru Padmasambhava and Amityeus Empowerment

This Initiation is extremely rare, again from the “Clear Vision” of famed Gelugpa Yogi and Mahasiddha Takpuwa Dorje Chang in the 19thC, like Chittamani Tara and is both unique to the Gelugpa Tradition and unique in that it combines the Deity practice of Amitayeus, the Buddha of Infinite Life with the Guru Yoga practice of Guru Rinpoche. In terms of Gelug practice, this makes it very singular & special. It is a healing and long-practice as well.
Practice Commitment: Guru / disciple commitment, Refuge, Bodhisattva and Tantric Vows.
$25. Members / $30. Non-Members per event

Pujas:

Feb
27
Tue
2018
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition”
Feb 27 @ 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 to those with the Gaden Chod Tantric Empowerment. 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.

Student-teachers Matthew Richards and Cristina Sanchez are both honoured and pleased to facilitate the Ganden Chod Guild, hosted at Gaden Choling Temple.

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. Matthew and Cristina also practice and promote the extremely rare, other lineage of Gelugpa Chod – the Gaden Dakini Chod.

The format of each class will be to first do traditional Chod sadhana and then to leave time afterward to workshop the practice and facilitate a Q&A.

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.

Open for practice to all who have received the Chod Tantric Empowerment in the Gelugpa Tradition.

Open, to sit in with us, to all those who have received a Chod Tantric Empowerment from a qualified Lama in a valid lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

One may also come to receive healing energy from our Chod practice as this is the traditional healing-modality associated with this unique Spiritual Tradition. Please contact Matthew and Cristina directly beforehand with a formal request and for all appropriate details and protocol. By donation.

For questions or more information, please contact Matthew & Cristina:

twilightdakini@gmail.com

***

Cristina Sanchez has been a devoted and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in both the Gelugpa and Nyingma Traditions since 1996. She has been a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996 as well. Cristina has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a daily personal practice of Buddhist meditation, Hatha yoga and Qi-Gong. She was a Science Professor at Langara College in Vancouver BC from 2001-2014, with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Toronto [2000] and has extensive teaching experience.

Matthew Richards has been a devoted student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in the Gelugpa Tradition since 1995 and a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996. He has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from many high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a committed daily personal practice of meditation. He has a keen interest and background in Energy-Healing modalities and their relationship to Tantric Buddhism. In particular, he is a Master’s Level Reiki Practitioner and Teacher, has studied Therapeutic Qi Kung and East Asian Shamanic Traditions and has a personal connection to Japanese Shingon Tantric Buddhism. Matthew was a volunteer hospice worker for many years in both Vancouver and Toronto. Matthew earned a Masters Degree in Western Philosophy from University of Ottawa in 1997 and has been a full-time career Flight Attendant since 1994.

Both Cristina and Matthew have been actively involved in the Tibetan Buddhist community both in Toronto and Vancouver and have helped administer both Gaden Choling and Zuru Ling Temples. They recently completed the 4 & half month Chumig Gyatsa Wandering Chod Retreat in Alberta in the summer of 2015. Ven. Zasep Rinpoche has requested Cristina and Matthew to teach at his various centers here in Canada.

Feb
28
Wed
2018
Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class

“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.

Wednesdays, weekly, from 7pm-8:30pm

Mar
3
Sat
2018
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition” – the Sacred Gaden Dakini Chod
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition” - the Sacred Gaden Dakini Chod

Gaden Dakini Chod practice – for initiates of this sacred lineage.

For questions or more information, please contact Matthew & Cristina:

twilightdakini@gmail.com

Mar
6
Tue
2018
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition”
Mar 6 @ 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 to those with the Gaden Chod Tantric Empowerment. 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.

Student-teachers Matthew Richards and Cristina Sanchez are both honoured and pleased to facilitate the Ganden Chod Guild, hosted at Gaden Choling Temple.

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. Matthew and Cristina also practice and promote the extremely rare, other lineage of Gelugpa Chod – the Gaden Dakini Chod.

The format of each class will be to first do traditional Chod sadhana and then to leave time afterward to workshop the practice and facilitate a Q&A.

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.

Open for practice to all who have received the Chod Tantric Empowerment in the Gelugpa Tradition.

Open, to sit in with us, to all those who have received a Chod Tantric Empowerment from a qualified Lama in a valid lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

One may also come to receive healing energy from our Chod practice as this is the traditional healing-modality associated with this unique Spiritual Tradition. Please contact Matthew and Cristina directly beforehand with a formal request and for all appropriate details and protocol. By donation.

For questions or more information, please contact Matthew & Cristina:

twilightdakini@gmail.com

***

Cristina Sanchez has been a devoted and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in both the Gelugpa and Nyingma Traditions since 1996. She has been a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996 as well. Cristina has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a daily personal practice of Buddhist meditation, Hatha yoga and Qi-Gong. She was a Science Professor at Langara College in Vancouver BC from 2001-2014, with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Toronto [2000] and has extensive teaching experience.

Matthew Richards has been a devoted student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in the Gelugpa Tradition since 1995 and a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996. He has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from many high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a committed daily personal practice of meditation. He has a keen interest and background in Energy-Healing modalities and their relationship to Tantric Buddhism. In particular, he is a Master’s Level Reiki Practitioner and Teacher, has studied Therapeutic Qi Kung and East Asian Shamanic Traditions and has a personal connection to Japanese Shingon Tantric Buddhism. Matthew was a volunteer hospice worker for many years in both Vancouver and Toronto. Matthew earned a Masters Degree in Western Philosophy from University of Ottawa in 1997 and has been a full-time career Flight Attendant since 1994.

Both Cristina and Matthew have been actively involved in the Tibetan Buddhist community both in Toronto and Vancouver and have helped administer both Gaden Choling and Zuru Ling Temples. They recently completed the 4 & half month Chumig Gyatsa Wandering Chod Retreat in Alberta in the summer of 2015. Ven. Zasep Rinpoche has requested Cristina and Matthew to teach at his various centers here in Canada.

Mar
7
Wed
2018
Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class

“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.

Wednesdays, weekly, from 7pm-8:30pm

Mar
10
Sat
2018
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition” – the Sacred Gaden Dakini Chod
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition” - the Sacred Gaden Dakini Chod

Gaden Dakini Chod practice – for initiates of this sacred lineage.

For questions or more information, please contact Matthew & Cristina:

twilightdakini@gmail.com

Mar
13
Tue
2018
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition”
Mar 13 @ 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 to those with the Gaden Chod Tantric Empowerment. 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.

Student-teachers Matthew Richards and Cristina Sanchez are both honoured and pleased to facilitate the Ganden Chod Guild, hosted at Gaden Choling Temple.

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. Matthew and Cristina also practice and promote the extremely rare, other lineage of Gelugpa Chod – the Gaden Dakini Chod.

The format of each class will be to first do traditional Chod sadhana and then to leave time afterward to workshop the practice and facilitate a Q&A.

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.

Open for practice to all who have received the Chod Tantric Empowerment in the Gelugpa Tradition.

Open, to sit in with us, to all those who have received a Chod Tantric Empowerment from a qualified Lama in a valid lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

One may also come to receive healing energy from our Chod practice as this is the traditional healing-modality associated with this unique Spiritual Tradition. Please contact Matthew and Cristina directly beforehand with a formal request and for all appropriate details and protocol. By donation.

For questions or more information, please contact Matthew & Cristina:

twilightdakini@gmail.com

***

Cristina Sanchez has been a devoted and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in both the Gelugpa and Nyingma Traditions since 1996. She has been a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996 as well. Cristina has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a daily personal practice of Buddhist meditation, Hatha yoga and Qi-Gong. She was a Science Professor at Langara College in Vancouver BC from 2001-2014, with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Toronto [2000] and has extensive teaching experience.

Matthew Richards has been a devoted student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in the Gelugpa Tradition since 1995 and a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996. He has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from many high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a committed daily personal practice of meditation. He has a keen interest and background in Energy-Healing modalities and their relationship to Tantric Buddhism. In particular, he is a Master’s Level Reiki Practitioner and Teacher, has studied Therapeutic Qi Kung and East Asian Shamanic Traditions and has a personal connection to Japanese Shingon Tantric Buddhism. Matthew was a volunteer hospice worker for many years in both Vancouver and Toronto. Matthew earned a Masters Degree in Western Philosophy from University of Ottawa in 1997 and has been a full-time career Flight Attendant since 1994.

Both Cristina and Matthew have been actively involved in the Tibetan Buddhist community both in Toronto and Vancouver and have helped administer both Gaden Choling and Zuru Ling Temples. They recently completed the 4 & half month Chumig Gyatsa Wandering Chod Retreat in Alberta in the summer of 2015. Ven. Zasep Rinpoche has requested Cristina and Matthew to teach at his various centers here in Canada.

Mar
14
Wed
2018
Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class

“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.

Wednesdays, weekly, from 7pm-8:30pm

Mar
17
Sat
2018
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition” – the Sacred Gaden Dakini Chod
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition” - the Sacred Gaden Dakini Chod

Gaden Dakini Chod practice – for initiates of this sacred lineage.

For questions or more information, please contact Matthew & Cristina:

twilightdakini@gmail.com

Mar
20
Tue
2018
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition”
Mar 20 @ 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 to those with the Gaden Chod Tantric Empowerment. 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.

Student-teachers Matthew Richards and Cristina Sanchez are both honoured and pleased to facilitate the Ganden Chod Guild, hosted at Gaden Choling Temple.

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. Matthew and Cristina also practice and promote the extremely rare, other lineage of Gelugpa Chod – the Gaden Dakini Chod.

The format of each class will be to first do traditional Chod sadhana and then to leave time afterward to workshop the practice and facilitate a Q&A.

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.

Open for practice to all who have received the Chod Tantric Empowerment in the Gelugpa Tradition.

Open, to sit in with us, to all those who have received a Chod Tantric Empowerment from a qualified Lama in a valid lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

One may also come to receive healing energy from our Chod practice as this is the traditional healing-modality associated with this unique Spiritual Tradition. Please contact Matthew and Cristina directly beforehand with a formal request and for all appropriate details and protocol. By donation.

For questions or more information, please contact Matthew & Cristina:

twilightdakini@gmail.com

***

Cristina Sanchez has been a devoted and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in both the Gelugpa and Nyingma Traditions since 1996. She has been a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996 as well. Cristina has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a daily personal practice of Buddhist meditation, Hatha yoga and Qi-Gong. She was a Science Professor at Langara College in Vancouver BC from 2001-2014, with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Toronto [2000] and has extensive teaching experience.

Matthew Richards has been a devoted student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in the Gelugpa Tradition since 1995 and a close student of Ven. Zasep Rinpoche since 1996. He has completed many Vajrayana retreats, received many teachings from many high Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism, including H.H. Dalai Lama, has done a number of Buddhist pilgrimages in Asia and maintains a committed daily personal practice of meditation. He has a keen interest and background in Energy-Healing modalities and their relationship to Tantric Buddhism. In particular, he is a Master’s Level Reiki Practitioner and Teacher, has studied Therapeutic Qi Kung and East Asian Shamanic Traditions and has a personal connection to Japanese Shingon Tantric Buddhism. Matthew was a volunteer hospice worker for many years in both Vancouver and Toronto. Matthew earned a Masters Degree in Western Philosophy from University of Ottawa in 1997 and has been a full-time career Flight Attendant since 1994.

Both Cristina and Matthew have been actively involved in the Tibetan Buddhist community both in Toronto and Vancouver and have helped administer both Gaden Choling and Zuru Ling Temples. They recently completed the 4 & half month Chumig Gyatsa Wandering Chod Retreat in Alberta in the summer of 2015. Ven. Zasep Rinpoche has requested Cristina and Matthew to teach at his various centers here in Canada.