Everyone is welcome to attend our events.

Where applicable we ask that you please register in advance.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds, we do however ask for donations in order to offset the costs of our events.

Upcoming events

    • 02/23/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street, Alexandria VA 22314

       Our weekly meditation group continues our new program this Sunday, February 2nd.  "Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism" is a series of 13 classes on learning the basic practices of our Palyul lineage masters, with an emphasis on Guru Yoga practice.  The topic for our seventh class in the series is "Compassion and Bodhicitta."    

       We meet at our usual place, 316 Commerce Street, in beautiful Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia.  

       Everyone is invited to join us!  We're asking for $10 for this class to help us cover the cost of rent but no one will be turned away, regardless of ability to pay!

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    More details on our new program:

    Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism: How Guru Yoga is the Quintessential Meditation Instruction and the Main Practice of Palyul

       Palyul Changchub Dargyeling, Washington DC Area will offer a 13 week course introducing the Palyul practice of Guru Yoga from the Nam Cho Terma of Tulku Mingyur Dorje. The intention for this course is to provide students with a stronger understanding of Guru Yoga, the primary practice of the Palyul tradition, and to prepare students for other traditional practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Each class will include an instruction on various aspects of the preliminary practices (Ngondro), contemplations of those instructions, and a thirty minute Guru Yoga practice. All those interested are welcome to attend, there are no prerequisites; it is recommended that students attend the whole course in order to contextual the classes. Time for Q&A will be available during each class.

       “The ritual practices of guru-yoga in all Tibetan traditions include requesting inspiration from one’s visualized mentor to realize each step of the path to enlightenment and imagining the inspiration entering one’s heart in the graphic form of brilliant light.” -Alexander Bezin Wise Teacher, Wise Student (p. 64)

       “The Tibetan word jin-lab is loosely translated as ‘blessings.’ Jin-lap transforms our whole being—our body, our speech, the way we think, how we understand phenomena, and the way we relate to ourselves and the world. Ultimately, however, what jin-lap does is to break the shell of our ego and force us to see the true nature of our minds. Among the many other causes and conditions, in the Vajrayana it is the guru who is considered the most important and indeed supreme cause for doing all of the above.” -Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche Ocean of Blessings (p. vii)

       “If we continuously supplicate Padmasambhava with intense devotion, then he will not be somewhere far away—he will always be right here, inseparable from us. Whether or not we see Padmasambhava, inseparable from our root master, depends upon our recognizing that he is inseparable from us, visualizing him on the crown of our head, and generating one-point faith and devotion toward him.

       He is always present, so if we cannot see him it is due to our own obscurations, negative emotions, and conceptual thoughts.

       If we had pure perception from the beginning, we wouldn’t need to train in it. However, at present our mind is filled with disturbing emotions, our way of perceiving is very obscured, and we lack pure perception. Therefore, we need to train in pure perception.” -His Holiness Penor Rinpoche Ocean of Blessing (pp. 9-11)

    Class Schedule (date, topic, instructor):

    01/12 - CLASS 1: Introduction to the Series - Yeshe

    01/19 - CLASS 2: The Buddhist view of a meaningful life - Gail

    01/26 - CLASS 3: Death and the state between this life and the next - Rosemarie

    02/02 - CLASS 4: Karma and the cycle of existence - Mary

    02/09 - CLASS 5: The Cause of Suffering - Yeshe

    02/16 - CLASS 6: Renunciation and Refuge - Mary & Gail

    02/23 - CLASS 7: Compassion and Bodhicitta - Yeshe

    03/01- CLASS 8: Merit and Purification - Yeshe

    03/15 - CLASS 9: Obstacles - Yeshe

    03/22 - CLASS 10: Buddha Nature - Keith

    03/29 - CLASS 11: Introduction to Vajrayana - Yeshe

    04/05 - CLASS 12: Guru Yoga is the main practice - Keith

    04/12 - CLASS 13: The Uniqueness of Palyul - Yeshe  

    • 02/23/2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 316 Commerce St Alexandria VA 22314
       Please join us as we celebrate Dakini Day with the Yumka practice and tsog (banquet).  This dakini practice is one of the three roots practices of the Longchen Nyingtik.  In 1774 the omniscient Jikme Lingpa saw wondrous signs and beheld the face of the Wisdom Dakini as he received this sadhana.

       When you come, please bring offerings of finger food, non-alcoholic beverages, or flowers to add to the tsog. We meet at our usual place in beautiful Old Town, Alexandria.

    • 03/06/2020
    • 03/07/2020
    • 3 sessions
    • 521 East Luray Ave, Alexandria VA 22301
    Register

    We are pleased to announce that Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche will continue his teachings on the Yumka Dechen Gyalmo Sadhana. These classes will pick-up in the sadhana at the tsog and continue through to the dissolution and the conclusion of the sadhana. The earlier classes in this series on the Yumka, conducted this fall, are available on our website in the Member Portal

    Khenpo's teachings will be conducted via video conference and PCD-DC will gather to host a live viewing of the video conference at Geoff Edelmann's house in Alexandria. The teachings will begin Friday evening, March 6th and continue on Saturday, March 7th. Each class will be approximately 2 hours long and will include question and answer time with Rinpoche. 

    In addition, the video conference can be joined remotely. PCD-DC is experimenting with remote teachings using a teleconference service called "Zoom" which is available for free on all platforms. Those who cannot gather for the live viewing in Alexandria may participate in the video conference remotely. More information regarding remote viewing of the teaching is forthcoming.

    The program schedule is:

    Friday Evening, March 6th:

    6:30 pm to 7 pm - Registration

    7 pm  - Teaching

    Saturday Morning, March 7th:

    10:00 am to 10:30 am - Registration

    10:30 - Teaching

    Saturday Afternoon, March 7th:

    2:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Registration

    2:30 - Teaching

    Please register in advance, we are asking for $25 per class or $60 for members who are participating in the whole series. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.



Past events

02/16/2020 Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism - Class 6/13, Renunciation and Refuge
02/09/2020 Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism - Class 5/13, Suffering
02/02/2020 Rigdzin Dupa Tsok
02/02/2020 Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism - Karma
01/26/2020 Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism - Class 3 of 13
01/19/2020 Dakini Day with the Yumka Practice and Tsog
01/19/2020 Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism - Class 2 of 13
01/12/2020 Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism - Class 1/13
01/05/2020 Rigdzin Dupa Tsok
01/05/2020 Discovering Meditation & Ritual
12/22/2019 Discovering Meditation & Ritual
12/15/2019 Guru Yoga: Shower of Blessings Tsog
12/15/2019 Discovering Meditation & Ritual
12/08/2019 Rigdzin Dupa Tsok
12/08/2019 Discovering Meditation & Ritual
11/24/2019 Discovering Meditation & Ritual
11/17/2019 Discovering Meditation & Ritual
11/10/2019 Rigdzin Dupa Tsok
11/10/2019 Discovering Meditation & Ritual
11/03/2019 Guru Yoga: Shower of Blessings Tsog
11/03/2019 Discovering Meditation & Ritual
10/27/2019 Discovering Meditation & Ritual
10/20/2019 Guru Yoga: Shower of Blessings Tsog
10/20/2019 Discovering Meditation & Ritual
10/13/2019 Discovering Meditation & Ritual
10/06/2019 Guru Yoga: Shower of Blessings Tsog
10/06/2019 Discovering Meditation
09/29/2019 Rinpoche teaches Discovering Meditation Group - Sangha Lunch Afterwards
09/27/2019 Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche Teaching - "Sadhana of Yumka Dechen Gyalmo"
09/22/2019 Dakini Day with the Yumka Practice and Tsog
09/22/2019 Discovering Meditation
09/15/2019 Guru Yoga: Shower of Blessings Tsog
09/15/2019 Discovering Meditation
09/08/2019 Gathering of Vidyadharas Sadhana
09/08/2019 Discovering Meditation and Ritual
09/01/2019 Shower of Blessings Tsog
09/01/2019 Discovering Meditation and Ritual
08/25/2019 Dakini Day with the Yumka Practice and Tsog
08/25/2019 Combined Meditation Group
08/11/2019 Beginner's Meditation Class
08/04/2019 Beginner's Meditation Class
07/28/2019 Beginner's Meditation Class
07/21/2019 Beginner's Meditation Class
07/14/2019 Beginner's Meditation Class
07/07/2019 Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration: Rigdzin Dupa Tsog
07/07/2019 Intermediate Meditation Class
07/07/2019 Beginner's Meditation Class
06/30/2019 Dakini Day with the Yumka Practice and Tsog
06/30/2019 Intermediate Meditation Class
06/30/2019 Beginner's Meditation Class
06/23/2019 Intermediate Meditation Class
06/23/2019 Beginner's Meditation Class
06/16/2019 Hundred Deities Tsog
06/16/2019 Intermediate Meditation Class
06/16/2019 Beginner's Meditation Class
06/09/2019 Khenchen teaches Beginner's Meditation Group - How to Meditate
06/08/2019 Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche - Yumka Dechen Gyalmo Empowerment
06/05/2019 Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche's Teaching - "Ladder to Akanishta"
06/02/2019 Thigle Gyachen Tsog
06/02/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Wheel of Analysis
06/02/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Mindfulness and Introspection
05/26/2019 Dakini Day with the Yumka Practice and Tsog (banquet)
05/26/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group ***cancelled***
05/26/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group ***Cancelled***
05/19/2019 Hundred Deities Tsog
05/19/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Next Steps
05/19/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Vipashyana
05/12/2019 Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration: Rigdzin Dupa Tsog
05/12/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Ngondro Four Thoughts
05/12/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Four Immeasurables
05/05/2019 Thigle Gyachen Tsog
05/05/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Wheel of Analysis
05/05/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Mindfulness and Introspection
04/28/2019 Dakini Day with the Yumka Practice and Tsog (banquet)
04/28/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Heart Sutra
04/28/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - How to Meditate
04/21/2019 Hundred Deities Tsog
04/21/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Next Steps
04/21/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Vipashyana
04/14/2019 Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration: Rigdzin Dupa Tsog
04/14/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Ngondro Four Thoughts
04/14/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Four Immeasurables
04/07/2019 Thigle Gyachen Tsog
04/07/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Wheel of Analysis
04/07/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Mindfulness and Introspection
03/31/2019 Dakini Day with the Yumka Practice and Tsog (banquet)
03/31/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Heart Sutra
03/31/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - How to Meditate
03/24/2019 Hundred Deities Tsog
03/24/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Next Steps
03/24/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Vipashyana
03/17/2019 Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration ***CANCELLED***
03/17/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group ***CANCELLED***
03/17/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Four Immeasurables
03/10/2019 Hundred Deities Tsog
03/10/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Wheel of Analysis
03/10/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Mindfulness and Introspection
03/06/2019 Monthly Book Club - "Stilling the Mind: Shamatha Teachings from Dudjom Lingpa's Vajra Essence"
03/03/2019 Dakini Day with the Yumka Practice and Tsog (banquet)
03/03/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Heart Sutra
03/03/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - How to Meditate
02/24/2019 Thigle Gyachen Tsog
02/24/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Next Steps
02/24/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Vipashyana
02/17/2019 Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration: Rigdzin Dupa Tsog
02/17/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Ngondro Four Thoughts
02/17/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Four Immeasurables
02/10/2019 Hundred Deities Tsog
02/10/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Wheel of Analysis
02/10/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Mindfulness and Introspection
02/06/2019 Monthly Book Club - "Stilling the Mind: Shamatha Teachings from Dudjom Lingpa's Vajra Essence"
02/03/2019 Dakini Day with the Yumka Practice and Tsog (banquet)
02/03/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Heart Sutra
02/03/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - How to Meditate
01/27/2019 Lhadrub Thigle Gyachen Practice with Tsog
01/27/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - The Heart Sutra and the Wheel of Analysis
01/27/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - Discovering Meditation
01/20/2019 Sadhana of Twenty-One Taras with Tsog
01/20/2019 Intermediate Meditation Group - Intro to Heart Sutra, Part II
01/20/2019 Beginner's Meditation Group - New Year’s Resolution Part II
01/18/2019 Khenpo Kunsang - Lessons on The Heart Sutra
12/16/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Where to Go From Here
12/16/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Where to Go from Here?
12/09/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Deity Yoga - Part 2
12/09/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Introduction to Deity Yoga
12/02/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Deity Yoga - Part 1
12/02/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Guided Meditation on Suffering
11/18/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Emptiness - Part 2
11/18/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Introduction to Vipashyana - Part 2
11/11/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Emptiness - Part 1
11/11/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Introduction to Vipashyana - Part 1
11/04/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Suffering - Part 2
11/04/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Four Immeasurables - Part 2
10/28/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Suffering - Part 1
10/28/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Four Immeasurables - Part 1
10/21/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Guided Meditation
10/21/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Guided Meditation on Clarity of Mind and Continuity of Mind
10/14/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Guided Meditation
10/14/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Introduction to Mindfulness and Introspection - Part 2
10/07/2018 Sadhana of Vajrakilaya with Tsog
10/07/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Impermanence - Part 2
10/07/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Introduction to Mindfulness and Introspection - Part 1
09/30/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Impermanence - Part 1
09/30/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Guided Meditation on the Breath
09/23/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Multiplicity - Part 2
09/23/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - What is Meditation?
09/19/2018 Monthly Book Club - "The Lost Art of Compassion"
09/16/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Vipashyana
09/16/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Shamatha Meditation
09/04/2018 Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche's Teaching - "Stairway to Akanishta"
09/02/2018 Green Tara with Tsog
09/02/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Vipashyana
09/02/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Shamatha Meditation
08/26/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Vipashyana
08/26/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Meditation on Buddha
08/19/2018 Rigdzin Dupa with Tsog
08/19/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Vipashyana
08/19/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Meditation on Buddha
07/29/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Meditation on Buddha
07/22/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Inner Heat Meditation
07/15/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Meditation on Avalokiteshvara
07/08/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Meditation on Tara (Feminine Buddha)
06/24/2018 Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration: Shower of Blessings
06/17/2018 Lopon Damchoe Wangmo - Sunday Morning
06/16/2018 Lopon Damchoe Wangmo - Saturday Afternoon
06/16/2018 Lopon Damchoe Wangmo - Saturday Morning
06/15/2018 Lopon Damchoe Wangmo - Friday Evening
06/15/2018 Lopon Damchoe Wangmo; All Four Sessions (Fri-Sun)
06/10/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Sadhana, Part II
06/10/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Healing Buddha
06/05/2018 Monthly Book Club - "Ngondro Commentary"
06/03/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Uncommon Preliminaries
06/03/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Visualizations
05/27/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Bodhicitta and Tonglen
05/27/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Dealing with Negative Energy
05/20/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Four Immeasurables
05/20/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Compassion and Tonglen
05/13/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Sadhana, Part I
05/13/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Suffering, Equanimity and Love
05/06/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Samsara
05/06/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Death Awareness
05/02/2018 Monthly Book Club - "Gesture of Balance"
04/29/2018 Thigle Gyachen Tsog
04/29/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Karma
04/29/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Establishing a Meditation Practice
04/22/2018 Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration: Shower of Blessings
04/22/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Impermanence
04/22/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Breath
04/15/2018 Hundred Deities Tsok
04/15/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Investigation of Vipashyana Meditation
04/15/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Shamatha Meditation
04/08/2018 Dakini Day Celebration: Green Tara Practice and Tsog
04/08/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Recap of Khenpo's Teachings
04/08/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Part One: Four Immeasurables
04/01/2018 Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche - Sunday Morning
03/31/2018 Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche - Saturday Afternoon
03/31/2018 Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche - Saturday Morning
03/30/2018 Khenpo Tenzin Norgay; All Four Sessions (Fri-Sun)
03/30/2018 Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche - Friday Evening
03/25/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Part Four: No-Self/Emptiness
03/25/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Part Four: Introduction to Vipashayna Part 2
03/18/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Part Three: Suffering
03/18/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Part Three: Introduction to Vipashayna Part 1
03/11/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Part Two: Impermanence
03/11/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Part Two: Tonglen
03/07/2018 Monthly Book Club - "Good Life, Good Death"
03/04/2018 Lhadrub Thigle Gyachen practice with Tsog
03/04/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Part One: Multiplicity
03/04/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Part One: Four Immeasurables
02/25/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Topic four: no-self/emptiness
02/25/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - multi-week series part 4 The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
02/18/2018 Losar (New Year) Celebration: Shower of Blessings Tsog with Mipham's Shakyamuni Prayer
02/18/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Topic three: Suffering
02/11/2018 Dakini Day Celebration: Yumka Tsog
02/11/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Impermanence
02/11/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - multi-week series part 2 Basics of Sitting, Basics of
02/07/2018 Monthly Book Club
02/04/2018 Hundred Deities Tsok
02/04/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class
01/28/2018 Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration: Rigdzin Dupa Tsog
01/28/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class
01/28/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class
01/21/2018 Tsog Practice celebrating Ladrub Thigle Gyachen
01/21/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class
01/21/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class
01/14/2018 Dakini Day Celebration: Yumka Tsog
01/07/2018 Hundred Deities Tsog
01/07/2018 Intermediate Meditation
01/07/2018 Beginner Meditation
09/28/2017 Tulku Dawa

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