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The Ottawa Palyul Dharma Centre, Palyul Dhonyag Shedrup Ling, was formally inaugurated by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoché on June 29, 2008. It is the manifestation of the sincere intentions of many people who have come together to form the Ottawa Palyul Sangha. This sangha is under the spiritual direction of Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoché, who was sent to further the Dharma in the west by the late HH Pema Norbu (Penor) Rinpoché. Although the main liturgical practices of the Ottawa Palyul Sangha follow the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, the culture of the Centre is one of inclusiveness and non-sectarianism. It is a place where one can find support for the difficult task of blending the Dharma with everyday life.
(Please check the practice calendar monthly for exact days and times)
Practice sessions at the Ottawa Palyul Centre are open to all who wish to explore the teachings of Buddhism and the riches of their own mind. Our sessions include:
- Silent and guided meditation for the purpose of stilling the mind and regaining equilibrium in our daily lives;
- Vajrayana visualization practice and rituals that are intended to transform those deep-seated aspects of ourselves that the conscious mind cannot access;
- Dharma talks, debates, and discussions where we can learn from tradition, question tradition, challenge our ordinary perceptions of things, and expand our intellect.
All sessions take place at the Centre, 58 Lindhurst Crescent. There are no fees for participating in any Dharma activity at the Centre. Our work is carried out entirely by volunteers and the bills are paid by the donations of those who wish to see this Centre continue and flourish. If you find yourself returning because you benefit from our activities, then do help us in whatever ways you can
Meditation & Dharma Discussions
Dharma Discussions & Meditation Practice on Sunday afternoons
These sessions are intended for all who would like to learn more about various Buddhist topics (Buddhist thought, philosophy, ritual, meditation, etc.). It will provide an opportunity for contemplation and discussion as it relates to our daily lives and to our ongoing spiritual paths and practices. It will also be beneficial to those who want more sitting meditation time and find that group support is helpful to establish and strengthen their own practices. The sessions will open and close with about 15-20 minutes of meditation. There will be some meditation instruction given and questions are encouraged. Suggestions for group discussion topics are also welcome.
Amitabha Practice on the 15th of the lunar month (full moon)
These sessions are particularly helpful for anyone who wishes to discuss topics related to the end of life. They are also beneficial to anyone who is dealing with a sick or dying loved one. The session includes prayers to the Medicine Buddha and Bardo prayers as well as a brief visualization and mantra recitation dedicated to the Buddha Amitabha, whose name means Boundless Light and who is particularly associated with the clear light of liberation that dawns when one recognizes the true nature of ones own mind. This subtlest manifestation of mind arises also at death and is known as the clear light of death.
Discussion - After this practice, we discuss a particular topic or passage either from various books or u-tube videos that promote our familiarization with death. The session will end with a few minutes of silent meditation.
Palyul Ritual and Liturgical Practices
Tsok on the 10th and 25th days of the lunar month
Tsok means gathering together for a spiritual feast. The practitioners come together, the food and drink to be offered to everyone is assembled, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas gather together, and finally as a result of this practice, merit and wisdom are accumulated or gathered together by the participants. All are welcome to attend; it is traditional to
bring a small offering to contribute to the tsok fruit or nuts or cookies or chocolate, whatever you consider delicious and worthy of offering to the Buddhas. Flowers are also welcome or tea or candles for the centre.
Rigdzin Dupa tsok on the 10th of the lunar month is dedicated to the archetypal Nyingma
Lama, Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rinpoche.
Queen of Great Bliss tsok on the 25th of the lunar month is dedicated to Padmasambhavas
consort, the female face of Enlightenment, the enlightened wisdom Dakini, Yeshe Tsogyal.
Chanting is done in both Tibetan and English
Vajrakilaya Practice on the 29th day of the lunar month
Vajrakilaya is the main Nyingma protector deity that dispels harmful beings and negative circumstances, creating beneficial conditions for Dharma practice and the path to enlightenment. This practice will also help you to establish a connection with the Palyul lineage practices and liturgy that are done in Palyul monasteries and at the upstate New York summer retreat centre.
It includes the following:
- Verses of the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones the opening prayer that establishes an auspicious beginning to any program or project
- Riwo Sangcho the offering of smoke and scent to benefit all wandering spirits and to avert obstacles
- Vajrakilaya sadhana visualization and mantra recitation dedicated to Vajrakilaya.
- 21 Verses of Praise to Tara a homage to the female Buddha of Compassion, Tara, who is regarded by Tibetans as a quick and powerful saviouress from all that we fear. Chanting on this day is done in Tibetan as a way of familiarizing ourselves with, and preparing for the traditional Palyul practices carried out at the upstate retreat.
Medicine Buddha Practice on the 8th day of the lunar month
The Medicine Buddha practice is dedicated to all those who are in need of healing whether of body or mind, including ourselves. The chanting is done in both Tibetan and English.
Buddha: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Carrithers
Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown
Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana
What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula
Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up by B. Alan Wallace
A Flash of Lightening in the Dark of Night by HH the Dalai Lama
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
Enlightened Journey: Buddhist Practice as Daily Life by Tulku Thondop
Path to Buddhahood: Teachings on Gampopa's Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Ringu Tulku
For more in depth reading:
The Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche
The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva - Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara by the Padmakara Translation Group
Introduction to Tantra: the Transformation of Desire by Lama Yeshe - edited by Jonathan Landaw
Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection by HH the Dalai Lama
Opening and Closing Prayers for Ottawa Palyul Sangha Gatherings
Dedication of Practice Space
Dedication of Merit
Other Chants and Prayers
Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche
Twenty One Verses in Praise of Tara
Vajrasattva Hundred Syllable Mantra
Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the 4th Pema Norbu Rinpoche
Long Life Prayer for Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
Long Life Prayer for His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche
Food Offering Prayer
Prayers in MP3 Format
Benza Guru Mantra
Long Life Prayer for Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche