Palyul Changchub Dargeling

Washington, DC Area

    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 complete class is taught in five sessions.  The class generally practices "calm abiding" (Shamatha) meditation, which is the art of calming the mind as taught in Tibetan Buddhism.  This course is ideal for those new to meditation and for those who wish to develop a strong foundation before embarking on the Vipashyana 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 five sessions of the Beginner's Class:

   The first session is an overview, designed to introduce the mechanics and techniques of Shamatha meditation.  The second class covers the basics of sitting and the basics of calming the mind.  The third class introduces the primary mind training techniques for cultivating calm abiding; mindfulness and introspection.  The fourth class is taught over two sessions.  These two sessions introduce two of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, that is, Mindfulness of the Body and Mindfulness of Consciousness. The Four Foundations are objects the yogi uses for mind training in the cultivation of calm abiding.

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

Overview of the four sessions of the Intermediate Class:

   Each 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

    • 01/21/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    For the next few weeks, we will not be teaching from our curriculum.  Instead, we will be simply covering the basics of meditation instruction.

    • 01/21/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    This week, we will be looking at the topic of suffering.  The class will be taught by Yeshe Dorje.  In addition to the teaching, there will be two-15 minute long meditation sessions.  Each one will begin with ten minutes of Shamatha meditation and end with five minutes of Vipassana meditation.
    • 01/21/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    There will be a tsog practice celebrating Ladrub Thigle Gyachen. Those who have received this empowerment are welcome to participate.

    • 01/28/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    For the next few weeks, we will not be teaching from our curriculum.  Instead, we will be simply covering the basics of meditation instruction.

    • 01/28/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    We invite new students who are curious about Tibetan rituals to participate in a food offering ritual in observance of Guru Rinpoche Day, a traditional Tibetan holiday commemorating the activity of the Indian master who brought Buddhism to Tibet. The Rigdzin Dupa tsog is a wonderful way to experience first hand the specialized meditation techniques of Tibetan Buddhism. Please note that this will be a two hour long ritual that primarily consists of chanting in Tibetan.

    • 02/07/2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • We meet at Yeshe's home in Washington, D.C. (near the Waterfront)

    This month, our book club is reading "Turning the Mind into an Ally" by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

    From Mipham's website, "Strengthening, calming, and stabilizing the mind is the essential first step in accomplishing nearly any goal. Growing up American with a Tibetan twist, Sakyong Mipham talks to Westerners as no one can: in idiomatic English with stories and wisdom from American culture and the great Buddhist teachers. Turning the Mind Into an Ally makes it possible for anyone to achieve peace and clarity in their lives."

    We meet at Yeshe's home in Washington, D.C. (near the Waterfront).  Please email us in order to receive Yeshe's home address and instructions for using the intercom system.  Pizza and other light snacks will be provided. Donations to PCD graciously accepted, but not necessary.

Past events

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
PCD-DC operates only by donations, and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. PCD-DC, P.O. Box 771, Alexandria VA 22313. The first perfection is the Dāna (Generosity) Paramita. Your generous giving helps to fulfill the wishes of our teachers and to offer the community and sangha a chance to practice, study, and discover the living Dharma within ourselves.
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