Wood Valley Temple & Guest House

Events

First Sunday — White Tara Meditation Practice
Sep
1
10:00 AM10:00

First Sunday — White Tara Meditation Practice

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Every first Sunday of the month we hold a White Tara longevity service. It is a practice for long life and wisdom. Tara has 21 manifestations, in each form she takes a different color — such as Blue Tara and Black Tara — and offers a different energy or virtue to help on our spiritual paths.

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First Sunday — White Tara Meditation Practice
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

First Sunday — White Tara Meditation Practice

  • Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling, Wood Valley Temple & Retreat (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Every first Sunday of the month we hold a White Tara longevity service. It is a practice for long life and wisdom. Tara has 21 manifestations, in each form she takes a different color — such as Blue Tara and Black Tara — and offers a different energy or virtue to help on our spiritual paths.

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First Sunday — White Tara Meditation Practice
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

First Sunday — White Tara Meditation Practice

  • Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling, Wood Valley Temple & Retreat (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Every first Sunday of the month we hold a White Tara longevity service. It is a practice for long life and wisdom. Tara has 21 manifestations, in each form she takes a different color — such as Blue Tara and Black Tara — and offers a different energy or virtue to help on our spiritual paths.

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First Sunday — White Tara Meditation Practice
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

First Sunday — White Tara Meditation Practice

  • Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling, Wood Valley Temple & Retreat (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Every first Sunday of the month we hold a White Tara longevity service. It is a practice for long life and wisdom. Tara has 21 manifestations, in each form she takes a different color — such as Blue Tara and Black Tara — and offers a different energy or virtue to help on our spiritual paths.

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Sunday Puja
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Puja

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On Sundays when there are no teaching programs, the standard practice is Green Tara with recitations of the 21 Tara praises. Tara represents enlightened activity, her practice brings fulfillment of wishes, and elimination of obstacles which hinder one’s life and spiritual practice. She has 21 manifestations, each form symbolizes a different aspect and may appear in various colors & appearances — such as the Red Tara (energy/power), Yellow Tara (increase), etc. — offering a different energy or virtue to help on our spiritual paths. Green Tara is the embodiment of all the aspects of Tara & is most commonly practiced..

The process of the practice begins with taking Refuge and engendering the altruistic mind (bodhicitta), invocation of Tara & enlightened beings, presentation of offerings, visualization of Tara, mantra recitation, dissolution and dedication.

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Sunday Puja
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Puja

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On Sundays when there are no teaching programs, the standard practice is Green Tara with recitations of the 21 Tara praises. Tara represents enlightened activity, her practice brings fulfillment of wishes, and elimination of obstacles which hinder one’s life and spiritual practice. The process of the practice begins with taking Refuge and engendering the altruistic mind (bodhicitta), invocation of Tara & enlightened beings, presentation of offerings, visualization of Tara, mantra recitation, dissolution and dedication.

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Sunday Puja
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Puja

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  • Google Calendar ICS

On Sundays when there are no teaching programs, the standard practice is Green Tara with recitations of the 21 Tara praises. Tara represents enlightened activity, her practice brings fulfillment of wishes, and elimination of obstacles which hinder one’s life and spiritual practice. The process of the practice begins with taking Refuge and engendering the altruistic mind (bodhicitta), invocation of Tara & enlightened beings, presentation of offerings, visualization of Tara, mantra recitation, dissolution and dedication.

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Sunday Puja
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Puja

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  • Google Calendar ICS

On Sundays when there are no teaching programs, the standard practice is Green Tara with recitations of the 21 Tara praises. Tara represents enlightened activity, her practice brings fulfillment of wishes, and elimination of obstacles which hinder one’s life and spiritual practice. The process of the practice begins with taking Refuge and engendering the altruistic mind (bodhicitta), invocation of Tara & enlightened beings, presentation of offerings, visualization of Tara, mantra recitation, dissolution and dedication.

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First Sunday — White Tara Meditation Practice
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

First Sunday — White Tara Meditation Practice

  • Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling, Wood Valley Temple & Retreat (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Every first Sunday of the month we hold a White Tara longevity service. It is a practice for long life and wisdom. Tara has 21 manifestations, in each form she takes a different color — such as Blue Tara and Black Tara — and offers a different energy or virtue to help on our spiritual paths.

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Sunday Puja
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Puja

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  • Google Calendar ICS

On Sundays when there are no teaching programs, the standard practice is Green Tara with recitations of the 21 Tara praises. Tara represents enlightened activity, her practice brings fulfillment of wishes, and elimination of obstacles which hinder one’s life and spiritual practice. The process of the practice begins with taking Refuge and engendering the altruistic mind (bodhicitta), invocation of Tara & enlightened beings, presentation of offerings, visualization of Tara, mantra recitation, dissolution and dedication.

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Sunday Puja
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Puja

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  • Google Calendar ICS

On Sundays when there are no teaching programs, the standard practice is Green Tara with recitations of the 21 Tara praises. Tara represents enlightened activity, her practice brings fulfillment of wishes, and elimination of obstacles which hinder one’s life and spiritual practice. The process of the practice begins with taking Refuge and engendering the altruistic mind (bodhicitta), invocation of Tara & enlightened beings, presentation of offerings, visualization of Tara, mantra recitation, dissolution and dedication.

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Sagadawa & the First Teaching
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Sagadawa & the First Teaching

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Seven weeks after Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment which is commemorated during the 4th lunar month of Sagadawa, he was requested to teach by the gods, Brahma & Indra. As an offering, they presented auspicious symbols — a wheel and a conch — to mark the occasion of the “First Turning the Wheel of Dharma” on the 4th day of the 6th lunar month.

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First Sunday — White Tara Meditation Practice
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

First Sunday — White Tara Meditation Practice

  • Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling, Wood Valley Temple & Retreat (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Every first Sunday of the month we hold a White Tara longevity service. It is a practice for long life and wisdom. Tara has 21 manifestations, in each form she takes a different color — such as Blue Tara and Black Tara — and offers a different energy or virtue to help on our spiritual paths.

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Padmasambhava Guru Yoga & Tsok concise practice
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Padmasambhava Guru Yoga & Tsok concise practice

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Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava was one of the Indian masters responsible for bringing Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century. He helped establish the first monastery, Samye, and it was during his tenure that the first monks were ordained. Padmasambhava also tamed many of the negative forces that obstructed the teachings & practice of Buddhism, converting powerful entities into protective guardians of the Dharma. Nechung Monastery’s roots are associated with this preeminent master.

This Guru Yoga & Tsok is concise practice—a liturgy with beautiful melodic verses dedicated to Padmasambhava and our lineage gurus. Tsok is a gathering of people assembled to make inner, outer, and secret offerings of all that is precious in the world to our teachers and the myriad of enlightened beings.

Nechung Rinpoche will explained this meditative practice and we will engage in the Guru Yoga & Tsok together.

Times: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Course Fees: $150/weekend, includes lunch. Please register in advance.

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Vajrasattva “Je-Nang” Initiation, Explanation of Visualization and Meditation
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Vajrasattva “Je-Nang” Initiation, Explanation of Visualization and Meditation

Nechung Rinpoche will bestow the Vajrasattva “Je-Nang”, a Permission Initiation and give an commentary on the 100 syllable mantra associated with this practice. He will also give a detailed explanation of the visualization of Vajrasattva and how to do the meditation. Vajrasattva is one of the most effective tantric practices for purification of illness, harms and non-virtue. Practice sessions & accumulation of the mantra will be done with Rinpoche.

Course Fees: $150/weekend, includes lunch. Please register in advance.

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Weekend Retreat - 35 Confessional Buddhas, Auspicious, Long Life Prayers & Dedication Verses
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Weekend Retreat - 35 Confessional Buddhas, Auspicious, Long Life Prayers & Dedication Verses

In addition to the March 16 & 17 weekend on the 21 Taras, Rinpoche will teach on the 35 Confessional Buddhas, also call “Sutra of the 3 Heaps” (a) names of the 35 buddhas, b) declaration of non-virtue, c) rejoicing in goodness of oneself & others. This is an important recitation for purification.

A meditation practice often closes with Auspicious & Long Life prayers for good fortune and longevity. Dedication verses are essential at the completion of a session by sharing the goodness & merit generated from one’s practice for the well-being and enlightenment of all.

Times: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Course Fees: $150/weekend, includes lunch. Please register in advance.

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Weekend Retreat - Teachings on the 21 Aspects of Tara
Mar
16
to Mar 17

Weekend Retreat - Teachings on the 21 Aspects of Tara

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Nechung Rinpoche will explain the significance of the Tara practice, the different aspects and symbolism of the 21 Taras, the visualization and mantra for the meditation.

“The female Buddhist deity Tara is an object of devotional worship and meditative practice for Tibetan Buddhists everywhere, both male and female. She clears away fears, overpowers negative emotions, and enables all beings to reach enlightenment. She has special resonance as a source of female spiritual wisdom. Tibetans of all schools and traditions recite the (21) verses on which this commentary is based. Focused, contemplative meditation in relation to the myriad aspects of Tara work to transform the practitioner’s mind into those enlightened qualities and mind states that Tara represents.” (from Tara’s Enlightened Activity by Khenchen Palden Sherab & Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal)

Times: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Course Fees: $150/weekend includes lunch. Please register in advance.

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Basics of Buddhist Meditation
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Basics of Buddhist Meditation

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On Sunday, March 10th, Nechung Rinpoche will teach the Meditation of the Four Mindfulnesses. These are contemplation of the body, feelings, mind, and dharma.

Time will be allotted for Q&A and discussion, so students can get clarification of this topic, as well as other subjects related to Buddhism. Meditation practice will be done with Rinpoche.

Times: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Course Fees: $75/day includes lunch. Please register in advance.

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 Tibetan New Year Celebration
Mar
7
10:00 AM10:00

Tibetan New Year Celebration

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The Tibetan year is based on the lunar calendar and generally consists of twelve months. 2019 to 2020 is the year of the Female Earth Pig, a leap year with thirteen months — specifically two-first months — starting with the first day in the first month on February 5th. The first day of second lunar month is on Thursday, March 7th.

We will celebrate Losar (new year in Tibetan) on March 7th since Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche is in residence, beginning at 10:00 am with a prayer service. Offering tea & sweet rice, recitation of auspicious prayers, and performing cleansing rituals will be part of the ceremonies. This will be followed with a potluck lunch. Please join us!

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Spring Visit of Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Spring Visit of Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche

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Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche arrives back on the island on March 2 and will be in residence until early May. We will host several weekend retreats led by Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche throughout his stay.

Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche is one of the two head lamas of Nechung Monastery, and the reincarnation of Nechung Rinpoche, who established the temple in Wood Valley in 1973. Choktrul Rinpoche was recognized by the 14th Dalai Lama in 1993 and presently lives at Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala. He visits Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling in the spring & fall of each year.

During this visit, Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche will give a commentary on the 4 Mindfulness Meditations. In addition, he will finish teaching the practices outlined in the 2nd part of the temple practice book, which covers many of the basic principles of Tibetan Buddhism. These recitations have been part of the temple practice since the late 1970s, having been instituted by the previous Nechung Rinpoche. In the Fall of 2018, Choktrul Rinpoche completed a commentary on the 1st half of the book which included: Refuge & Bodhicitta, Mandala & Offerings, the meditation & mantra recitation of Shakyamuni Buddha, Manjushri, and Avalokitesvara.

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