Palyul Dhonyag Shedrup Ling was inaugurated by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoché on June 29, 2008. It is the manifestation of the sincere intentions of many people who came 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 diffcult task of blending the Dharma with everyday life.
(Please check the practice calendar monthly for exact days and times)
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.
Medicine Buddha Practice on the 8th day of the lunar month
The Lapis Lazuli Blue Medicine Buddha practice is dedicated to all those who are in need of healing whether of body or mind, including ourselves.
Phowa Practice on the 15th of the lunar month (full moon)
These sessions involve visualization focused on 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 one’s own mind. This subtlest manifestation of mind arises also at death and is known as the clear light of death. The Phowa practice prepares one for transfering the subtle mind to the Pure Land of Amitabha at the moment of death.
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 Padmasambhava’s consort, the female face of Enlightenment, the enlightened wisdom Dakini, Yeshe Tsogyal.
Vajrakilaya Practice on the 29th day of the lunar month
Vajrakilaya is the main Nyingma protector deity whose practice dispels all 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.
For more in depth reading:
Opening and Closing Prayers for Ottawa Palyul Sangha Gatherings
Other Chants and Prayers
Prayers in MP3 Format
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