Drepung Loseling - Spiritual Development Program
December - 2019 Calendar

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December - 2019 Highlights

Tuesday December 3

Public Talk "The Life and Legacy of Tsongkhapa (1357-1419)"
by Geshe Dadul Namgyal

7:30 - 9:00 pm This year marks the 600th anniversary of Tsongkhapa's enlightenment. The Gelug International Foundation, under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the present Gaden Tripa (Throne Holder of Gelug Order of Tibetan Buddhism), declared 2019 as the Year of Tsongkhapa in honor of its illustrious founder. The occasion is being observed in numerous ways all over the world year round, including the just concluded Three-Day Monlam Prayer Festival held in New York City, participated by members of all Orders of Tibetan Buddhism, mainly from North America, and the upcoming Grand Commemoration at Gaden Monastery, the first Gelug monastery founded by Tsongkhapa himself, on the actual day of his anniversary on Dec. 21, 2019. This will be preceded by an International Conference on Je Tsongkhapa: Life, Though, and Legacy on the previous day to be graced with the Presence and Keynote address by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Our Center, Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. also belongs to Gelug Order and all of its resident teachers have had their training in major Seats of Learning of the Gelug Order. Geshe Dadul will take this opportunity in acquainting us with the extraordinary Life and Legacy of Tsongkhapa.

Tuesday December 10

Movie Screening "The Dalai Lama – Scientist"

7:30 - 9:00 pm To commemorate the 1989 award of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we are screening his new documentary that premiered on August 31, 2019. Described as featuring extensive rare and never-before-seen footage, "The Dalai Lama – Scientist" is billed as “telling the very human story of the Dalai Lama that no one knows.” In the documentary, His Holiness tells his own story in his own words of his lifelong journey from the world of Buddhism into the world of modern science, and how the world has changed as a result. Running time is 1h 34m.

Tuesday December 17

Statue Filling & Consecration
By the Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery

*Final Day to Drop off Statues Drepung Loseling Monastery monks will offer traditional filling of statues and stupas followed by a sacred Consecration Ceremony (rab-ne). We invite you to bring your statues and stupas used for personal devotion and practice, to be consecrated and blessed by the monks.

Tuesday December 17

Public Talk "How to Deal with Stress"
by Geshe Ngawang Phende

7:30 - 9:00 pm In the modern world, we live fast-paced, high demand lives, which cause higher and higher levels of stress and anxiety. This can eventually lead to deteriorating health, problems in our interactions with others and even depression and other mental diseases. In this talk, we will look at various techniques for dealing with stress by working with our own minds.

Saturday December 21

600th Anniversary of Parinirvana of Lama Je Tsonghkhapa
Day-long Celebration


In celebration of the 600th anniversary of the parinirvana of Lama Je-Tsong Khapa, the venerable monks of Drepung Loseling and the Mystical Arts of Tibet tour will lead a day-long recitation of the Essence of Eloquence in Tibetan followed by an evening Guru Puja Tsok Offering. This momentous celebration is being honoured worldwide in Tibetan communities on December 21, 2019.


Session I: The Essence of Eloquence - 10 am - 12:30 pm
Session II: The Essence of Eloquence - 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Guru Puja Tsok Offering - 6:00 – 8:00 pm .


An extensive offering of fruits, cakes, and other baked goods and juices, as well as flowers and candles are central to this ceremony and can be brought to the center during the sessions or for the puja. Please bring a personal offering and join us in the Meditation Hall.

Monday December 23

Special Medicine Buddha Healing Puja
With the Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery

6:00 - 7:00 pm The venerable monks and resident teachers of Drepung Loseling Monastery will be performing a powerful ceremonial healing puja for physical and mental health and well-being. This will be our last puja with both groups of the Mystical Arts of Tibet tour before they return home to India. In the Tibetan world, all practitioners associated with the healing profession seek out this empowerment, and then practice the associated mantra on a daily basis in order to enhance personal healing power. Suggested Donation $10

December 26-30

Special Year-End Retreat • Lam Rim: The Graded Path to Enlightenment • In Commemoration of Je Tsongkhapa's 600 Years
with Geshe Ngawang Phende

  Drepung Loseling Monastery is delighted to offer this Year-End Retreat on the Graded Path to Enlightenment - the essence of the entire corpus of Buddha’s teachings. The Lam Rim teaching presents a complete guide of the grounds, the paths, and the results interwoven through the presentation of the Buddhist view, meditation and conduct required for an individual practitioner to attain enlightenment.

*All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday 6:30 - 7:15 PM Medicine Buddha Practice
  7:30 - 9:00 PM Teachings, Meditation & Discussion
Thursday 6:00 - 7:00 PM Compassion Meditation
Sunday 9:30 - 10:15 AM Vajrasattva practice (transmission and instruction required)
11:00 AM - 12 noon
First Sunday of every month:
Basics of Meditation (instruction provided)
    All other Sundays:
Meditation - Led by DLM Resident Teachers

1st Sundays
*unless otherwise noted
11:00 - 12:00 PM Basics of Meditation - Led by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, founder and Spiritual Director of Drepung Loseling Monastery Inc.
Note: check calendar for actual dates
1st Sundays 12 Noon - 1:00 pm
Sunday Chai Social Hour
A community social hour to enable newer members and attendees to become better acquainted with one another, with older members and with our resident teachers.
3rd Sundays 10:30 am – Noon
DLM Member Elder Care
A discussion group formed and led by DLM members providing resources for caregivers for an older adult, someone with a disability, or for those needing information about aging, elder care, and end-of-life resources held monthly in the library. For more information visit DLMcare.org.
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