Every 3rd Sunday of the month
Every month, Rinpoche leads the life release activity that saves tens of thousands of lives from being slaughtered. Fish, shellfish and the like are released back into the ocean of San Francisco Bay. Our annual total sums up to hundreds of thousands of lives each year. To understand the merit of conducting life release, please click the link to find out:
A Brief Discourse on the Merit of Animal-Release and Live-Saving by Lama Drimed Rinpoche
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Dakini Day: Green Tara Mandala Practice
Every 25th of the Tibetan calendar month
Every 25th of the month according to the Tibetan (lunar) calendar, a vast number of dakinis are said to congregate in the sky particularly on this day. It is therefore the best time of each month to practice ganachakra offerings to the dakinis, who are the root of blessings for those beseeching mundane and supramundane accomplishments.
Green Tara is the principle deity amongst the Twenty-One Taras. Green Tara mantra hence subsumes all of Twenty-One Tara’s mantras. To practice Praises to Twenty-One Taras on a regular basis will purify one’s negativities in its entirety; severing all causes to take rebirth in the lower realms; free from the bondage of curses, black magics, or falling victim to demonic hindrances; staying shielded from the suffering of the pandemic diseases, and free from the painful predicaments caused by flood, fire, weapons, warfares, etc. One will gain increased wisdom, virtues, authority, and lifespan; fulfill one's wishes for whatever one intends; and swiftly attain the paths, bhūmis, and the ultimate state of enlightenment.
Guru Rinpoche Day: Shower of Blessing Tsok Practice
Every 10th of the Tibetan calendar month
As a Vajrayana Buddhist, one has to always couple the ganachakra offering with the other practice routines. The reason is that it serves as a powerful tool for practitioners to improve, maintain, and purify the state of their mind stream on a regular basis by accumulating virtues, confessing transgressions, and repairing samaya violations. In order to obtain worldly and ultimate happiness, up to and including enlightenment, we need to amass immeasurable amount of merits. Having practiced one ganachakra offering is equivalent to making offerings to all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. According to Guru Rinpoche, " If one refrains from committing any new transgression, then one will for sure take rebirth in the Western Pureland of Dewachen and the Pureland of Guru Padmasambhava!" In summary, the benefits of tsok offering are as below:
1. Remove the outer, inner, and secret obstacles, and all the obscurations inhibiting the worldly and
ultimate attainment. Outer obstacles refer to those that keep us from achieving success in worldly
activities; inner refers to those that weakens our mental and physical well-being; secret obstacles
prevent us from realizing our primordial wisdom.
2. Purify the downfalls of samaya transgressions through making confession, reinstate ourselves as a
suitable vessel for the pure and supreme teachings.
3. The ganachakra practice is completed with all four enlightened activities: pacification, enhancement,
magnetism, and subjugation.
4. Prolong lifespan; deflect the power of black magic or the practice of subjugation.
"Doing the tsok practice twice a month is the best preparation for accomplishment in this life, at the time of death, and in the bardo. This is true for even the worst practitioners of this lineage. After receiving the abhisheka, if we just keep the samaya by attending the bimonthly tsoks, Guru Rinpoche has promised that he will be there after our death to guide us to the Glorious Copper Colored Mountain"
~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
德 清 穰 大 自 在 蓮 悦 法 林
Dechen Rang Wangchen Padma Gyipe Choling