Almost every Sunday, we offer a beginner's class on meditation instruction and practice that begins at 10:00 am and lasts one hour.  The meditation techniques of shamatha (calm abiding) from Tibetan Buddhism tradition are taught in the beginner class.  This course is ideal for those new to meditation and for those who wish to develop a strong foundation before embarking on the vipashyana (clear seeing) techniques offered in the 11:30 am Intermediate class.  The practice of meditation can enable a deeper insight into the nature of self and of the world to positively transform our relationship with ourselves and with others.  No experience is needed  and all are welcome.  

Overview of the multi-week beginner's class:

The beginner class is an on-going course designed to provide a basic foundation in the calm abiding techniques. Each class offered at 10 am will be accessible to those with little to no background in meditation. The multi-week course repeats several times throughout a year. In each class we offer instructions in the meditation technique of shamatha and the topic if the day, two 10 minute meditation sessions, and time for questions and discussion. The multi-week course begins with a class on the benefits of meditation, a class on the basic techniques, and a class on the essential points of mindfulness and introspection. We also give an introduction to the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as found in the Satipatthana Sutta, the Four Immeasurables and the Tibetan breathing technique tong-len (sending and receiving). The later portion of the multi-week series is designed to introduce the general concept of vipashyana and to explain its significance. The multi-week course usually spans eight to twelve weeks centered around the visits from the Rinpoches of the Palyul linage and other visiting lamas (monks).

Overview of the four sessions of the intermediate class:

After a 30 minute coffee/chat break, we offer an intermediate level meditation class at 11:30 am.  This class is based on "The Wheel of Analytical Meditation" by the 19th century meditation master and celebrated scholar Mipham Rinpoche.  All are welcome, but those who have never received meditation instruction in the past are encouraged to join the 10 am class.

The intermediate class will focus on one of the four topics from the Wheel of Analytical Meditation. The class begins with a brief recitation of traditional Tibetan auspicious prayers to set the tone for the meditations.  Afterward there will be a brief synopsis of the methods of Shamatha and Vipshyana, including the topic (see below) of the day. There will be two 15 minute meditation sessions. After which there will be time for questions and discussion. The class will close with traditional Tibetan dedication prayers.  Please note that the class will be 90 minutes in length.

The four topics from the Wheel of Analytical Mediation that are covered in this class are:

1. Multiplicity
2. Impermanence
3. Suffering
4. No-self

Details of our events are also posted on MeetUp.

Upcoming events

    • 06/03/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    The Beginner's Class will talk about "Visualizations: Body of Light and Simple Purification Meditation."

    The class includes two brief meditation sessions and will be taught by Christine Lehmann.

    Everyone is invited to join us!

    • 06/03/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    This week we present the first in a new series of topics. Today’s topic is a basic introduction to "Uncommon Preliminaries.

    The class will be taught by Yeshe Dorje. 

    Please bring your questions. All are Welcome!

    • 06/06/2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Yeshe's home 800 4th St. SW, Apt. S-811 · Washington, DC near the Waterfront

    The selected title for our next Book Study Group meeting is Ngondro Commentary, by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.  This book is a brief commentary on the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro, which “provides a superb means of opening the door to the nature of mind.”

    We meet at the home of Yeshe Dorje, who lives in SouthWest DC, near the Waterfront.

    800 4th St. SW, Apt. S-811 · Washington, DC

    On the call box enter the code “539.” When the door rings open, enter the lobby; go right, past the concierge.  Find the south-side elevators at the end of the hall and take the elevator to the eighth floor. Knock on door 811. For help call 301-233-9040.

    From Amazon's website:

       “The Dudjom Tersar Ngondro—succinct, unelaborate, and grounded in guru yoga—provides a superb means of opening the door to the nature of mind. The Tibetan word ngondro means ‘to go before’ or ‘preliminary,’ and these preliminary practices fall into two basic categories. The first, that of the outer preliminaries, common to both the Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhist paths, consists of contemplation of the ‘four thoughts that turn the mind.’ Then there are the extraordinary preliminaries special to the Mahayana and Vajrayana paths: refuge, bodhicitta, mandala offerings, Vajrasattva purification, guru yoga, and transference of consciousness.

    As we undertake ngondro, we acquire certain skills that we will use again and again in Vajrayana practice. We learn to contemplate, to develop a visualization, to recite prayers and mantra, to perform prostrations and mandala offerings, to dissolve the visualization, and to rest in nonconceptual meditation. We begin our practice with pure motivation, follow the lineage instructions in each section, redirect our attention whenever it wanders, and close with the pure dedication of virtue to all sentient beings. In general, we learn how to meditate.

    The ngondro in Tibetan Buddhism establishes the foundation for the entire Vajrayana path—it is as fundamental to the practitioner’s development as the alphabet is to written language. Among the preliminaries of the various lineages, the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro of the Nyingma tradition—on which this commentary is based—is possibly the most concise. Written, then concealed in the eight century by Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), it was intended for these times when few people have sufficient leisure to fully practice. H.H. Dudjom Lingpa (1835–1904) revealed this treasure; his incarnation, H.H. Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje (1904–1987), from whom I had the excellent fortune to receive these teachings, clarified the text and taught it widely throughout his life.

    Practice of the outer and the extraordinary preliminaries provides a strong foundation for spiritual development. The teachings on the four thoughts give rise to the renunciation of ordinary attachments and guide us toward what is beneficial. Refuge creates a sense of protection and blessing. Bodhicitta clarifies our motivation and arouses our compassion—we acknowledge our highest spiritual aspirations. Mandala offerings generate the accumulation of merit and the revelation of pristine awareness that we will need to fulfill our aspirations. Vajrasattva provides a method by which we can purify the obstacles to enlightenment—the mind’s poisons, habitual patterns, negative karma, and intellectual obscurations. Guru yoga enables us to receive the pure qualities of the lama’s realization. Transference of consciousness allows us to continue our path uninterrupted after this lifetime by finding rebirth in the pureland.

    Thus these are extremely powerful practices for turning the mind toward dharma, for purifying obscurations, and for bringing forth the qualities of realization. They enhance devotion to the dharma and receptivity to the highest level of teachings, the Great Perfection. For practitioners with receptive minds, the Great Perfection perspective can evolve from ngondro itself.”—His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

    • 06/10/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    The Beginner's Class will talk about "Meditation on the Healing Buddha."

    The class includes two brief meditation sessions and will be taught by Yeshe Dorje.

    Everyone is invited to join us!

    • 06/10/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    This week we present the first in a new series of topics. Today’s topic is an introduction to Sadhana (Avalokiteshvara), Part II

    The class will be taught by Keith Matis. 

    Please bring your questions. All are Welcome!

Past events

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 Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration: Rigdzin Dupa Tsog
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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