Tibetan Buddhist practice and study group
Meeting: every Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
at Ekoji Buddhist Sangha of Richmond, Virginia
We are a small, friendly group of people aiming to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. Our teacher, Lama Norlha Rinpoche, is abbot of Kagyu Thubten Choling, New York, and we keep in close contact with him.
A few of us have been on the path for over 30 years; others have just begun. Lamas Chodron and Chonam frequently attend our Thursday practice. Regardless of our backgrounds or other attributes, we practice together as equals.
7:30 to 8:30 · Chenrezi: the Lord of Compassion ·
We chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion. Includes a period of silent meditation. The liturgy is translated as well as written phonetically. We chant in Tibetan, except on the first Thursday of each month, when we chant in English.
First Thursday of each month · We chant Chenrezig in English.
8:30 to 9:30 · Dharma study · Question and answer, and discussion.
Our practice is authentic and traditional, but we try to make it "user-friendly" by explaining the basic points and providing texts to everyone attending. You can chant along, read the liturgy to yourself, or enjoy meditating on the sounds.
Click here for some further thoughts on the Chenrezig practice.
A respectful and open mind and the willingness to ask questions are the best preparations. Don't worry if you're new to Buddhism. As the Tibetan proverb says, "Dharma is good at the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end." Dress comfortably, and with respect to the temple setting. (Traditionally, men and women keep their legs and upper arms covered. No short shorts, tank tops or low-cut shirts.)