November 21 2020 Virtual Retreat

We will have a special guest at this retreat, Venerable Khenpo Karten Rinpoche. See   This is a retreat not to be missed.

PDF Cheat Sheet of Chants, etc. & Printable Schedule

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The custom of Dana, or generosity, set forth by the Buddha, is a compassionate, ethical practice based in the realization of interconnectedness, and a way that you can support a teacher and community of practice in sustaining the realization of Truth.

The exquisite paradox in Buddhism is that the more we give – and the more we give without seeking something in return – the wealthier (in the broadest sense of the word) we will become. By giving we destroy those acquisitive impulses that ultimately lead to further suffering.

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Saturday Cartoons! (All of these are less than 10 minutes….enjoy.)

The Misguided Monk

The Monk and the Fly

Give in to Giving

Kindness is my SuperPower

Meditation 101: A Beginners Guide

How Mindfulness Empowers Us

You are NOT your thoughts

Why Humans Experience Anxiety

The Present

The Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini, enlightened in Bodhgaya,

taught in Varanasi, entered nirvana in Kushinara.

As we spread the vessels of the Lord we pray that they who eat and the

things that are eaten, and the eating shall be universally void of self.

I offer to Vairochana, the Buddha of the pure Dharmakaya;

To Locana, the Buddha of the Sambhogakaya;

To Shakyamuni, the Buddha Nirmanakaya, with his ten trillion


To Maitreya, the Buddha of the future;

To Amitabha, the Buddha of the Western Paradise;

To All buddhas of the Ten Directions: past, present, and future;

To Manjushri, the Bodhisattva personifying wisdom;

To Samantabhadra the Bodhisattva personifying practice;

To Avalokiteshvara the Bodhisattva personifying Compassion;

To all other Bodhisattvas, Great Beings, Great Wisdom Practice.

I meditate upon this food as having three virtues and six tastes; I receive

it as an offering to the Buddha and the Sangha as well as to all sentient

beings in the Universe.

When I eat my meal I wish that all sentient beings enjoy the food of

Samadhi and may the joy of the Dharma pervade their bodies.

We surround all forms of life with infinite love and compassion. Especially, do we send out compassionate thoughts to those in suffering and sorrow, to those in doubt and ignorance, to all who are striving to attain truth, and to those whose feet stand close to the great change called death, we send forth all wisdom, mercy and love. 

May the infinite light of wisdom and compassion so shine within us that the errors and vanities of self may be dispelled. So shall we understand the changing nature of existence and awaken into spiritual peace. 

Assistant – May the merit of this penetrate in each thing in all places, so that we and every sentient being together, can realize Buddha’s way. 

All – All Buddhas throughout space and time, all Bodhisattvas, Mahasattvas, wisdom beyond wisdom, maha prajna paramita! 

Vandana (Pali) 

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammasambuddhassa (I venerate the Sacred One, the Great Sage, the Truly Enlightened One)


• May the suffering ones be suffering free,

• and the fear-struck, fearless be.

• May the grieving shed all grief,

• and the sick find health-relief.


Let us be respectfully reminded:

Life and death are of supreme importance.

Time swiftly passes by

and with it our only chance.

Each of us must aspire to awaken.

Be aware: do not squander your life.