We welcome a new year this week on Thursday morning so I wanted to take a moment to pass along my wishes for your happiness and good health in the year to come. A smoke offering, and other prayers, will be performed early on Losar morning here at Machig Ling in Calgary and dedicated to all sentient beings.   May… Read more →

Photos from the Chod empowerment, transmission and teachings

Last weekend Rinpoche kindly bestowed the empowerment, transmission and teachings for the Lujin Chod here at our centre in Calgary. It was a weekend full of blessings, happiness and harmony. We’re so grateful to Rinpoche, there are no words that can express the extent of the gratitude.

Rinpoche will be returning annually and bestowing the empowerment on each visit for the benefit of newer students.

Change to Rinpoche’s Schedule

Rinpoche’s schedule for this month has changed. As a result, He will only be available here in Calgary until the evening of the 13th of January. This has not had an effect on the schedule for the Refuge Vow ceremony, or the Chöd empowerment, transmission and teachings. Rinpoche would also like everyone who participates in the empowerment, transmission and teachings… Read more →

A Short Teaching From Machig Labdrön

Ignorant ego-fixation produces the five poisons of afflictive emotion, and this is called demon. From the very beginning of eternity, the timeless wisdom of reflexive awareness, which is primordially pure, unborn dharmakāya, and the afflictive emotion of ignorant ego-fixation emerge together. Awareness and ignorance are joined equally and exist as such. This is called god and demon joined together, or coemergence.… Read more →

Divination and Healing January 12-15, 2015

Venerable Chödpa Lama Rinpoche was born to a family of Ngagpa  Lineage and Mo Masters. This illustrious Ngagpa lineage and “the ancient practice of Juthig Mo” divination is solely directed by Ven. Yogi Kalsang Rinpoche, the father of Ven. Chödpa Lama Rinpoche. Yogi Kalsang Rinpoche attained his insight and wisdom as a recognized Tibetan healer through devotion to meditation, years… Read more →

Rinpoche’s January 2015 Visit

Venerable Chödpa Lama Rinpoche will be here at Machig Ling Calgary from January 8 to 15, 2015. He will grant the empowerment, transmission and teachings required to undertake the practice of Chöd from the Kagyü tradition known widely as the Lujin, on January 10. On the remaining days of Rinpoche’s visit to Calgary, He will be available for private audiences… Read more →

The Karmapas

The readings we will share together starting next Sunday are from a history of the previous sixteen Karmapas. We’ll attempt to cover the life of one Karmapa each Sunday. The text we will use for study is ‘History of the Sixteen Karmapas of Tibet’ by the 4th Karma Thinley Rinpoche Karmapa means “the one who carries out buddha-activity” or “the embodiment of… Read more →

Dietary Advice for Dharma Practitioners

“But after this experience, she would eat anything, except meat, without consideration of good or bad, even from the hands of lepers and beggars – a sign that she had severed the attachment to food.” ~ Machik’s Complete Explanation: Clarifying the Meaning of Chöd. Our guru, Venerable Chödpa Lama Rinpoche has also offered us His wisdom on the subject of… Read more →

Tonglen Time

Of course it is always a good time to practice tonglen meditation, but given recent tragic events in Canada it seems even more appropriate. The suffering in this country is now to a large extent palpable. Beginning this evening we will be focusing our practice on tonglen meditation. We will also be reciting Geshe Langri Tangpa’s “8 Verses of Training… Read more →