Buddhist Study/Practice Group Series:
Please note that we are no longer having our Wednesday evening class
Saturday sessions are at 11AM and are focused on
meditation, Heart Sutra, Equanimity and Compassion practices.
There will be no sessions on Saturday, Feb 11th or Feb 25th.
Our next Saturday session for silent mediation, prayers, and the
Heart Sutra will be on Saturday February 18th at 11AM. This
session will include instruction on equanimity/compassion practice
for all the turmoil in the world.
On Saturday, March 4th at
11AM, we will be celebrating the first week of the Tibetan New Year
with meditation, reading of the Heart Sutra and continued
equanimity/compassion practice for ourselves, our country, and our
All are Welcome!
Saturday sessions meet at our temple at 118 Olinda Drive,
Charlottesville, Va. 22903, which is about 5 min. from U.Va. Please e-mail Jts108va@aol.com if you have any questions or need directions.
"Lo Sar" Tibetan New Year Celebration
us for our Tibetan New Year Celebration 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 at
temple at 118 Olinda Drive, Charlottesville. We will be meeting for
prayers, and a puja for the Green Tara. A short talk by Ven. Gephel of
inspiration for practic in the New Year, a brief puja, tea &
traditional Lo Sar snacks. Ven. Gephel
is in the process this week of making the various traditional
offerings for the altar for the NewYear and a talk on the history of
the center will also happen this day. All are welcome!
New Years Eve Practices
December 31st, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
and January 1st, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
We will be having special New Year's Eve & New Year's Day practices and hope you'll join us! We'll be focusing on purification meditation practice (Vajrasattva), shamatha meditation, & the Heart Sutra for
blessings for our wisdom practice. (Please note that we will be doing
a form of Vajrasattva meditation that does not require having had the
empowerment.) It's a good way to end the year & start our new year
off on the right foot. We'll be dedicating our practice for personal
purification, for the well-being of our center, and for increasing
peace in our world.
Saka Dawa 2015: SAGA DAWA
Holy Day & One Day Mahayana Vows
Continuing in our annual tradition, Tuesday June 2nd 2015 at 5:30 AM Ven. Gephel will deliver Tegchen Sojong (one day Mahayana vows) for anyone
who is interested at our temple at 118 Olinda Drive. This is a wonderful
opportunity to accumulate vast amounts of merit on an extremely auspicious
day celebrating Buddha Shakyamuni's birth, enlightenment &
. August 2nd Chokhor Duchen
Saturday July 25th we observe Chokhor Duchen, commemorating Buddha's 1st
sermon, the Four Noble Truths. We will meet at 11:00 am for 30 minute
meditation and a recitation of the Heart Sutra. This is a very
auspicious time and hope you will join us. There will be an opportunity
to volunteer after the session to help with the center. Please make it
if you can!
Meditation Retreat March 15th and 16th 2014
Tibetan Society is offering a day and half-day retreat in the Practice
of Meditation. This will be a blend of Shamatha, Analytical meditation,
Compassion and Bodhicitta meditation Practice. Ven. Gephal will be
leading the analytical and compassion meditations and Dr. Sandy
Newhouse will lead the shamatha meditation instruction.
Last topic for Wednesdays series was "The Six Perfections".
Special Saturday's in July 2014
Saturday July 6th is H.H. Dalai Lama's 78th Birthday.
Join us in study/practice of H.H. Dalai Lama's Book How to Paractice
the Way to a Meaningful Life. In addition to the regular study and
meditation, we will do some special prayers dedicated to the long life
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Saturday July 13th -- In addition to regular Saturday class at 11:00 am, we will celebrate Chokhor Duchen
(officially falls July 12th) commemorating Buddha's first sermon on the Four Noble Truths. The Buddha's first sermon is called
the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, meaning the sutra (sermon of the
Buddha) "setting the wheel of Dharma in motion". It is typical on the
day for Tibetan Buddhists to make pilgrimages to holy places, offering
incense and hangind prayer flags.
Saturday May 11th, 11:00 am to 12:30 2014
Victor will be leading a discussion on the 4 schools of philosophical
thought in Tibetan Buddhism and leading us in some analytical
meditations in conjunction with our Saturday classes current emphasis.
We are studying the meaning of emptiness and how to practice it though
May 18th Shamatha Meditation Retreat 2014
day retreat held at a quiet location on East Market Street, not far
from Charlottesville downtown mall, with Ven. Gephel. The schedule will
be 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. The day involves about 4 hours of
silent meditation, divided into about 8 periods of 30 minute meditation
each. Lunch will be provided at the retreat and several tea breaks.
fee for the retreat will be $55. which includes a vegetarian lunch.
This fee can be lowered for those who make a monthly pledge to the
center or for those who have very limited finances.
Compassion Retreat - Tibetan Medicine
Workshop Downtown Mall, Charlottesville
Saturday Feb 2
10:00 am to 5:30pm
and Sunday Feb 3rd 10:00am to 1:00 pm 2013
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Tsampa Ngawang, Tibetan Dr. & Lama
from Mustang, Nepal
10th generation Himalyan Tibetan medical doctor and Lama (Nyingma
lineage) from Mustang, Nepal. He was featured in the beautiful film
from the Virginia Film Festival: www.agiftforthevillage.com. Advanced
registration required. E-mail Jts108Va@aol.com if you are not currently on our
e-mail list and would like further information.
$60 Feb. 2nd and $30 Feb. 3rd or $80 for both days
Four Foundations of
Mindfulness Retreat Dec. 31st and Jan 1st
We are excited to announce that Ven. Gephel will be teaching and leading
meditation practice on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (from the Mahayana
perspective) on Monday, December 31st and Tuesday, January 1st. This is a great
way to end the year and start the new one in a very positive way
Reviewing the Meditative Reflections -- deepening our understanding,
transforming ourselves into pure Dharma through meditation on these topics.
H.H. Dalai Lama's Book- How to See Yourself As You Really Are
Buddhist Study/Practice Group Series: The focus is on His
Holiness Dalai Lama's book, How to
See Yourself As You Really Are, a beautiful book
translated by Jeffrey Hopkins which covers the key concepts of how
compassion, love and insight work cooperatively with each other to
progress on the path.
Saturday, February 25th, 2012 -- Tibetan New Year Celebration!
us for our Tibetan NewYear Celebration
Saturday, February 25th, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 at our temple at 118
Olinda Drive, Charlottesville. We will be meeting for
meditation, prayers, recitation of the Heart Sutra, tea & traditional Lo Sar snacks. Ven. Gephel is in
the process this week of making the various traditional auspicious
offerings for the altar for the NewYear. Reciting the Heart Sutra
and doing these other practices contributes to removing obstacles to
one's spiritual practice & life for the coming year. $10.
A Gift for the Village
at Vinegar Hill Cinema as part of the Virginia Film Festival
Showing at 10:00 AM
November 7th, 2010
film tells the story of Blacksburg, Virginia artist Jane Lillian Vance
and her long connection with a Buddhist healer named Amchi Tsampa
Ngawang Lama of Jomsom, an ethnically Tibetan village on the Annapurna
Circuit in the Himalayas of Nepal. In 2007 a team of Virginians
traveled to his village to deliver a thangka, or Tibetan life narrative
painting. Along the way we visited the restricted area of Lo, in Upper
Mustang, and documented the traditional way of life and the changes
taking place there. Tickets are $7 at Vinegar Hill.
Puja in Honor of Geshe Jampel Thardo
Sun. Sept. 26th, 6:30 p.m., 2012 ANNUAL BUDDHIST PUJA & POT-LUCK with
local Tibetan & Buddhist community in honor of Geshe Jampel
Thardo's kindness in teaching Buddhist practice for numerous years in
Charlottesville and to honor his clear light meditative state
realizations at the time of his passing from this world! Please
bring vegetarian food to share for the pot-luck. Khenpo Ngawang
Dorjee is kindly leading the puja for us. There is the
opportunity to bring flowers & healthy snack food offerings for the
puja. Any monetary donations given at the puja will be used
towards an offering for Khenpo-la; any remaining donations collected
will be donated to Geshe Jampel Thardo's Tsang-pa Khamtsen at Drepung
Loseling Monastery, India. They have a special need now for
donations to help provide medicines for the elderly monks in the
The Four Noble Truths with His Holiness The XIV Dalai Lama
all posses this innate desire to seek happiness and to overcome
suffering. How do we become a Buddha, enlightened, awakened, omniscient
and compassionate? How do we realize the meaning of our existance? In
his first teaching the Buddha presented the world with these answers.
It consisted of four expositions or Noble Truths: The truth of
suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering and the
path that leads to the cessation of suffering.
On July, 1996, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama gave two days teachings
on the Four Noble Truths at the Barbican Hall in London. This was the
first time he had given these teachings to the west.
The Saturday meetings are led by Sandy Newhouse, Ph.D., one of Geshe Jampel Thardo's
most senior students, who has studied and practiced Buddhism for the
last 30 years. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of
Virginia and is a clinical psychologist.
WEDNESDAY EVENING CLASS: Wednesday class finished the discussion of "Mind
Training for Cultivating Happiness" based on Buddhist verses of "The Seven-Point Thought Transformation" on December 21st, 2011.
Composed centuries ago, these verses teach us to respond to difficulties with
patience and joy, gradually changing our attitudes about ourselves and others,
we can enjoy peace of mind in every situation. Ethics for a New Millennium movie with H.H. Dalai Lama
In honor of our new decade!
Part One: Saturday,
January 16th, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Ethics for a New Millennium
a film of an intimate talk H.H. Dalai Lama gave at the Royal Albert
Hall in London. His Holiness speaks of a new and transformed
outer world in this millenium. With warmth, directness and humor,
he urges us to link individual happiness to an ethical vision of the
world in which we care about others. Adopting an approach that
blends realism and optimism, he recommends ways in which each of us can
begin to make inner changes that will affect these problems.
Part Two: Saturday, January 23rd, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Discovering Buddhism Series
Each week includes a 25 min. videotape from the FPMT (Foundation
for the Preservation of the Mahayana tradition), shamatha meditation, brief
prayers, discussion & question/answer time. - Understanding Suffering & Developing Lasting Happiness
Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; meets at
JTS temple, 5 min. from U.Va.
Saturday, December 5th,
Saturday, December 12th,
Saturday, December 19th,
Saturday, November 21st,
Topic: "The Power of Meditation"
Saturday, November 14th,
Topic: "How to develop Bodhicitta"
Saturday, October 31st,
Topic: Understanding Taking Refuge in the 3 Jewels
Saturday, October 24th,
Topic: Transforming Problems
Saturday, October 17th,
Topic: Samsara and Nirvana
Saturday, October 10th,
Topic: Meditation & General Discussion
Saturday, October 3rd,
Topic: "Impermanence, Death & Rebirth and Shamatha Meditation"
Saturday, September 26th,
Topic: "Overview of the Buddhist Path- Practice & Goals"
Saturday, September 19th,
Topic: "Karma & Our Spiritual Practice"
Special Prayer Ceremony: Anniversary commemoration of
Venerable Geshe Jampel Thardo's passing.
Sunday, September 20th, 7:00 p.m.
puja for Geshe-la will be proceeded by a 6:00 p.m. potluck. It is
traditional to bring flowers, candles and donations as offerings to the
puja. All are welcome to attend.
Buddhist Study Group
Taught by Ven. Geshe Jampel Thardo
The JTS temple is located at 118 Olinda Drive near
UVa. Please call or e-mail If you need directions. The JTS temple is only open during scheduled
activities. To visit at other times, please call or e-mail to schedule
- Last Wednesday evening topic was the
classic text on Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend.
- The text is a poetic rendition of 123
verses which covers the entire Mahayana (the Great Vehicle)
path. It is known for its unusual clarity & memorable imagery;
this text is frequently quoted in written and oral commentaries
on other Tibetan texts.
- Nagarjuna is generally considered to be
one of the most important historic figures of Mahayana Buddhism
- Excellent translation was provided by
Jann Ronis, Ph.D.
candidate in Buddhist Studies, University
of Virginia. This was of great benefit in allowing for Geshe-la's
profound knowledge of this topic to be presented, as well as
participants' questions to be fully answered.