Medicine Buddha practice
A place of peace and refuge for people of all faiths. The Palyul lineage, the Nyingma school of Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism. Founder: Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
18400 River Rd
KPC centers serve as venues for Jetsunma and other lamas of the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions to offer teachings and transmissions for all levels of the Buddhist path. Moreover, KPC centers provide ongoing opportunities to enter and grow in the practical aspects of making Buddhism a beneficial way of life. Commitment to virtue is encouraged as the foundation of a healthy path, and Jetsunma’s students include one of North America’s largest communities of Westerners ordained as Buddhist monks and nuns. The KPC temple in Poolesville, Maryland is Jetsunma’s main seat. In Maryland, KPC has been operating a 24 Hour Prayer Vigil for World Peace since 1985. The Prayer Vigil is considered the heartbeat of the temple, and is an ongoing expression of the fundamental Buddhist commitment to end suffering. The Temple’s Prayer Room is open 24 hours a day for all who seek refuge to pray and meditate. Under Jetsunma’s direction, 30 stupas (traditional Buddhist reliquaries) have been built in Maryland and Sedona, Arizona. As sacred structures and symbols of the Buddha’s enlightened mind, stupas are holy places of pilgrimage for anyone seeking spiritual comfort and inspiration.
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“If we develop a good heart we will progress to true compassion, and awaken Bodhicitta. This is the way of the Buddha’s method.” ~Her Eminence Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo Rinpoche
Kunzang Odsal Palyul Changchub Choling (KPC) means Glorious Dharma Continent of Absolute Clear Light. This Vajrayana Buddhist organization was founded by H. E. Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo under the guidance of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche to uphold the Palyul Lineage in the Nyingma tradition.
While KPC’s Prayer Room and all indoor spaces are currently closed to the public, the Virtual Temple is here for you 24/7 with resources to help you meditate, pray, study and request prayer: https://www.tara.org/virtual-temple/
The Peace Park with Stupas, walking trails, and meditation gardens is open dawn to dusk. All are welcome. Stay safe and keep others safe -- you must wear a mask, maintain social distance of at least six feet. Keep your dog on a leash. Port-a-potty is available near the parking lot. Bring hand sanitzer.
KPC provides a training ground for practicing compassion, both on the cushion and in action. Corona update: While the Temple is closed for health and safety, all programs are online: -- Meditation instruction and practice - Saturdays and Sundays at 10 AM EDT, -- Dharma teachings from Jetsunma - Wednesdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 11 AM. -- Teachings on Buddhism for Beginners from Atira Zeoli are offered twice monthly on Sundays at 5 PM EDT. -- Medicine Buddha practice is offered each evening at 7 PM EDT via FB Live. -- Amitabha practice is chanted on Sundays at 9 AM EDT via FB Live. Other programs, activities, and sacred space are offered online for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. See the Virtual Temple and the calendar on our website to find the links: https://www.tara.org/events-new/kpc-calendar/
KPC focuses on saving lives and caring for all beings, especially animals. www.tara.org