Here is the schedule for Rinpoche’s upcoming visit to Toronto in December 2017. Looking forward to Yamantaka HYT Initiation and teachings.

Je Tsongkapa Parinirvana Gaden Nag Cho Puja Light Offering and Tsog Feast @ Gaden Choling
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Je Tsongkapa Parinirvana Gaden Nag Cho Puja Light Offering and Tsog Feast @ Gaden Choling | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

On this day we celebrate the life and pairnirvana of the illustrious founder of our Ganden Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Je Tsongkhapa. Known as “Je Rinpoche”, this saint was at once an unsurpassed yogi, scholar and teacher and seen as the emanation of Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani, the Buddhas of Wisdom, Compassion and Power respectively. This day is traditionally celebrated festively with lights and a feast offering. Participants are asked to bring an offering of food or drink.

Open to all. By suggested donation.

Teachings on Ngondro Preliminaries @ Gaden Choling
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Ngondro” or “Foundation Practices” are those meditations are rituals performed as a pre-requisite and ground for higher practice and learning in Vajrayana. They serve to create a lot of needed merit and purification.

Cost:  $25. Members / $30. Non-Members

Yamantaka Preparation Initiation @ Gaden Choling
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

Note: Yamantaka initiation is a serious commitment, usually only for senior students who already practice a Lower Tantric Deity and are ready for a Higher practice. There are two initiations required: The preliminary (Preparation) initiation the night before and the main initiation.

Cost:  $40. Member / $50. Non-Member (for the whole weekend)

Yamantaka Initiation @ Gaden Choling
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Yamāntaka is a wrathful expression of Mañjuśrī, the Samyaksambuddha of wisdom who, in other contexts, also functions as a dharmapala or a Heruka. Yamāntaka manifests in several different forms, one of which (via yogatantra) has six legs, six faces and six arms holding various weapons while sitting or standing on a water buffalo.

Within Buddhism, “terminating death” is a quality of all buddhas as they have stopped the cycle of rebirth, samsara. Yamantaka, then, represents the goal of the Mahayana practitioner’s journey to enlightenment, or the journey itself: in awakening, one adopts the practice of Yamāntaka – the practice of terminating death.


Pre-requisites: You should have received the Yamantaka Preparation Initiation, or previously been initiated into Yamantaka practice.

To learn more (external link)

Commitments: Higher Yoga Tantra come with additional practice commitments and Tantric commitments including Guru Yoga and Tsog offerings twice monthly.

Cost:  $40. Member / $50. Non-Member (for the whole weekend)

Gaden Relief Projects Charity Gratitude Dinner
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Gaden Relief Projects Charity gratitude dinner for former director Conrad Richter, for serving the community for more than 25 years.

Open to all. By donation.

Lama Chopa Guru Puja @ Gaden Choling
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lama Chopa Guru Puja @ Gaden Choling | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Offering to the Spiritual Guide Ceremony. Continued teaching and commentary on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment. This teaching is a preparation for Vajrayana in general and Highest Yoga Tantra in particular.