Venerable Arjia Rinpoche at the IU Mongolian Society attending a lecture by Batnairamdal Ch. MD. PhD. who gave a talk on Monks Dietary Practices. Batnairamadal was joined by his teacher, Seesregdorj S. MD. PhD. and his sister Badmaarag and other members of the Mongolian community. ... See MoreSee Less
Laura and I would like to thank again all those who came to mom’s – Mary Pattison’s – service, and the many expressions of love and care that reached us on-line from near and far.
Along with these thanks, a very special ask to the TMBCC Community: Mary’s beloved dogs – Pugsley and Norjin – need a loving home to spend together their limited, remaining years.
We are hoping to find someone affiliated with the shanga to adopt them so the dogs can remain connected with the TMBCC and its grounds, where they lived most of their lives. If you can provide a loving home for them, please contact us at (317) 280-0887. Thanks, from the heart! ... See MoreSee Less
Venerable Geshe Kunga and monk Tenpa met with Katherine Smanik, Chaplain and Assistant Dean of Civic Engagement and Professor Sami Asiz, both from DePauw University. It was their first visit to the Center. ... See MoreSee Less
Today, at TMBCC Venerable Geshe Kunga, taught how to practice the Bodhisattva Vow. He also taught how to take what we learn and put it into action and to exchange ourselves with others, to develop bodhicitta. Those who were ready, then took the Bodhisattva Vow for the benefit of all sentient being. ... See MoreSee Less
Photos highlighting all the activities at TMBCC for Lunar New Year this week. The Lunar eve dinner, the fire puja, blessing and hanging prayer flags and offering a khata to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. All photos by Alan Yates. ... See MoreSee Less
After today's 108 Lamp Puja, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche and monks presided over the wedding of Dorjee Tsering & Huixia Li. It was a wonderful way to begin their lives together during this 2019 Losar Celebration. ... See MoreSee Less
Today to celebrate Losar, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Kunga and monks blessed prayer flags and had a smoke puja to welcome in the New Year and offered a khata to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the benefit of all sentient beings. ... See MoreSee Less
Venerable Arjia Rinpoche, Geshe ཀླུ་འབུམ་ ཀུན་དགའ།, Tibetan Mongolian and all friends at Buddhist Cultural Center, and Allan Yates: Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of the LOSAR Ceremony. Sending kind regards and blessings for a wonderful and Happy New Year, ~ KP Singh - Indianapolis, Indiana USA.
Tonight Venerable Arjia Rinpoche and Venerable Geshe Kunga welcomed everyone as TMBCC celebrated Lunar New Year eve with a delicious potluck dinner. Food brought by friends, made by volunteers and monks was enjoyed by all. It was a wonderful way to begin 2019, the Year of the 🐖 Pig. ... See MoreSee Less
Long live His Venerable Arja Rinpoche. I got a chance to visit this center last Friday. The center was absolutely beautiful with so many holy objects and histories for which one can be drawn to explore. I felt so peaceful walking under the prayer flags and around the temples and the stupas. Rinpoche was kind to allow me to pay respect to him, and guess what folks, I got Rinpoche signed his autograph on his book "Surviving The Dragon". I feel blessed. They have only two copies in English language left in the gift shop there, so if someone wants a copy of it, you need to hurry.
Today Venerable Geshe Kunga taught that we can change our minds by following the teachings. The Buddha's teachings not only benefit us but all sentient beings. He also taught that every day we should check our own minds and practice equanimity, strive for a tranquil mind and watch that we are not self-grasping. And if we take the Bodhisattva Vows we should try our very best to develop compassion for all sentient beings. ... See MoreSee Less
Today Venerable Geshe Kunga began his teaching with us praying The Mantra of Compassion for our beloved Ama Mary, who passed away last week. He taught us how to visualize the Buddha of compassion and to spread his light to Ama Mary, ourselves and to all sentient beings. Then we reviewed the Bodhisattva Vow and Geshe- la said we should study, contemplate, and meditate on what we have learned. Once we receive the precepts, we should strive to see all sentient beings as our mothers and vow to repay that loving kindness back to them. ... See MoreSee Less
Tonight's meditation, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche talked about 3 important things that influence us: our thoughts, minds, and environments. He then taught that by following the 8 Fold Noble Path we can train ourselves for better outcomes. We then said The Lam Rim prayer. ... See MoreSee Less
Today Venerable Arjia Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Kunga and monks will chant The 108 Lamp Puja for the benefit of all sentient beings. Also prayers for Ama Mary, Mary Pattison who passed away yesterday.🙏🙏🙏 ... See MoreSee Less
Mom, thank you for all of your love. It made all of the difference. I keep you always in my heart and mind.
Venerable Arjia Rinpoche and Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center friends: We are with you with our thoughts and prayers as you honor and celebrate the beautiful life, tireless service, and amazing spirit of dear Mary Pattison. I am unable to be with you. I have posted a tribute in her honor on my Facebook page: <www.facebook.com/KPSinghDesigns> with several photos of Mary and related and significant happenings at TMBCC over the past several years where she was a very blessed and welcome presence. You are welcome to share the post! ~ KP Singh - Indianapolis, Indiana USA.
My father n realitives helped build the Philadelphia temple about 50 yrs ago. 🙏🏫
I wish there was a temple near me upstate N.Y. I use to go the 1 in Phila. Pa. But moved 7 yrs ago. Blessed be.
So sad to her to leave us! Condolences for her love ones! May Lord Buddha bless her and guide through the journey of rebirth! Many will miss her ! I will Ama Mary la! Your great deeds for Tibetan people will be remembered ! ཨོཾ་མ་ནི་པདྨའི་ཧཱུཾ྄:
Much love, light, and metta for a dear dharma friend ❤
I always spotted Mary somewhere, doing something, every time I've visited the center. <3
A great loss for all of us and for the cultural Center
Mary was a strong voice when needed and a gentle touch when needed. I will miss her compassionate ways.
Um Maani Badme Hum
Om mani padme hum
Venerable Arjia Rinpoche and Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center: We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Mary Pattison, the Mother or Amma of TMBCC for several decades. We extend our deepest condolences to Mary's family, to her friends at TMBCC, and others who knew her and admired her. Mary was always so kind and thoughtful to everyone and to me each time we visited TMBCC for various celebrations. Mary will be greatly missed. May her soul rest in peace and in eternal rest in the highest Spiritual Realm among the stars. ~ KP Singh - Indianapolis, Indiana USA. (Photo by Allan Yates, 2018 Losar)
Our precious Mary 🙏
I loved her. She was a very important friend.
So Sorry ! May Buddha bless and guide her rebirth ! Om Mani Pedme Hum!
She was a wonderful person and a compassionate friend. <3
Oh so sorry to hear this news. I am so glad I got to see her at the anniversary celebration. She will be missed....🙏🙏
Om Mani Padme Hum! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Om mani padme hum
I will miss her very much. She was such a great ambassador for TMBCC. I know she was loved by many and Arjia Rinpoche, Geshe-la and the monks will give her the send-off she deserves. It won't be the same there without her. My sympathy to all. Om mani padme hum.
Om mani pedma hu
Very sorry to hear this news, my prayers are with you all
At tonight's meditation, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche taught that we all share 3 important aspects of our lives. Our time, our wealth, and our health. We should be careful of our time as it slips away quickly, and not to waste it. Our pursuit of wealth is ok but we need to learn to be satisfied with what we have, and not grasp for more. And, as for our health, we should strive to be healthy with meditation as part of that. Then he taught us the 7 point meditation position, whether sitting on a cushion or in a chair. ... See MoreSee Less
The gift shop at the center has been cleaned and reorganized after much hard work by the monks and volunteers. Please stop by and see our changes and all our beautiful merchandise. ... See MoreSee Less
Today Venerable Geshe Kunga, taught the class how to develop Bodhicitta (awakening mind). As practitioners, he taught, our goal should be to study The Six Great Perfections. As we put our efforts into dharma practice, this will expand our spiritual knowledge and realization. With strong aspiration, faith and perfecting ourselves, we can then share what we have learned. ... See MoreSee Less
Tonight, Venerable Geshe Kunga taught that we can overcome our suffering by steady meditation, either single pointed or analytical. He further taught that meditation can change our way of thinking and thus transform our minds to wisdom and compassion. ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday we had new visitors during the prayers. Venerable Arjia Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Kunga and Tenpa posed for pictures with them. The visitor on the right of Venerable Arjia Rinpoche is Tom Canada's niece. ... See MoreSee Less
Today, Venerable Geshe Kunga continued to teach from Atisha's The Lamp for The Path to Enlightenment. Today's lesson focused on the Mahayana concept that we all have the capacity for enlightenment, but it must be learned. He further taught that the seed of enlightenment is within us all, it just needs nurturing. And through our steady efforts, a process that will take some time, we can reach the goal of becoming bodhisattva. ... See MoreSee Less
At tonight's class,Venerable Geshe Kunga, taught that through meditation we can overcome our problems by changing our minds. Using meditation, we can develop wisdom by observing the mind, and with practice we can change our way of thinking. ... See MoreSee Less
Venerable Arjia Rinpoche and Venerable Geshe Kunga presented gifts to Venerable Shingza Rinpoche, who just returned from a successful trip to India. These gifts were given in appreciation of his many teachings at the Center. ... See MoreSee Less
Venerable Arjia Rinpoche and leaders, teachers, and friends at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center: Thank you for your prayers for peace and harmony; your living the message of compassion and service of all beings. May the spirit of the enlightened Buddha of Compassion, His Holiness the Dalai Lama all great Messengers bless us all in the New Year. ~ Kind regards, KP Singh - Indianapolis, Indiana USA - January 2, 2019.
Tonight, to celebrate the New Year, TMBCC had a potluck dinner with our Sangha family and friends, who brought delicious dishes to share. The monks, Dachong, Badmaarag and helpers made many traditional dishes including Momos everyone's favorite. Venerable Geshe Kunga wished everyone a very happy New Year and a wish that His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche, and all the Buddhist scholars, may they have a very long and heathy life. He also thanked everyone for their continued support of the Center and added we (TMBCC) have a diverse community that practices here which reflects peace and harmony. Venerable Arjia Rinpoche gave all the volunteers gifts and thanked them for their efforts and wished everyone a very happy New Year. ... See MoreSee Less
Today to a full class, Venerable Geshe Kunga reviewed some basic concepts of Buddhism, listening to the teachings, contemplating the teachings and meditating on the teachings.He also said we should think and review our actions, good and bad, from 2018 as we enter the new year 2019. ... See MoreSee Less
Today, Venerable Arjia Rinpohe, Venerable Geshe Kunga, and the monks at the TMBCC are doing a 108 lamp offering puja with mantras to Tsongkhapa and dedicating these to people in need or sick and those that have recently pasted as well as for all of us to have a healthy and great new year! ... See MoreSee Less
The dharmachakra (wheel of dharma) that adorns the entry gate of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center (TMBCC) is almost luminous, freshly gilded for the center’s 40th anniversary celebration. Yet, despite its decades-long history, visitors still ask, “Why is this place in the middle of Indiana?”
Story by Tracy Zollinger Turner
Photo by Nicholas Demille
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Today, after the teaching, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche, just returned from his travels, led the prayers for the deceased and all sentient beings with Venerable Geshe Kunga and the Monks. The sangha and guests are so happy to have Rinpoche home! Welcome back!🙏🙏🙏 ... See MoreSee Less
The Monks commemorated today, the date The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, by praying for his long life and continued health.Dalai Lama: I am very happy to be here with you today to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. I feel honored, humbled and deeply moved that you should give this important prize to a simple monk from TIBET. I am no one special. But I believe the prize is a recognition of the true value of altruism, love, compassion and non-violence which I try to practice, in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha and the great sages of India and Tibet
I accept the prize with profound gratitude on behalf of the oppressed everywhere and for all those who struggle for Freedom and work for world peace. I accept it as a tribute to the man who founded the modern tradition of non-violent action for change Mahatma Gandhi whose life taught and inspired me. And, of course, I accept it on behalf of the six million Tibetan people, my brave countrymen and women inside Tibet, who have suffered and continue to suffer so much. They confront a calculated and systematic strategy aimed at the destruction of their national and cultural identities. The prize reaffirms our conviction that with truth, courage and determination as our weapons, Tibet will be liberated. ...... - Nobel Peace Prize Day ... See MoreSee Less