Kunzang Palyul Choling - KPC Buddhist Temple

Kunzang Palyul Choling - KPC Buddhist Temple 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
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Kunzang Odsal Palyul Changchub Choling (KPC) is a Vajrayana Buddhist organization founded by Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo to uphold the Palyul Lineage in the Nyingma tradition. On-going compassion projects, for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, focus on saving lives and caring for beings, especially animals.

Mission: Under Jetsunma’s spiritual direction, the KPC mission is to inspire people to improve the world and bring an end to suffering for all beings. To that end, KPC offers the Dharma at physical centers and in cyberspace, as well as the opportunity to serve as caretakers of the earth through 24 hour prayer and compassionate activity.

Operating as usual

09/04/2020

9.3

KPC is an inclusive community that nurtures and recognizes the equality and inherent Buddha Nature of each individual re...
09/04/2020

KPC is an inclusive community that nurtures and recognizes the equality and inherent Buddha Nature of each individual regardless of social or economic status, sexual orientation, color or religion.

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Offering teachings, meditation, and a peaceful place of refuge. To learn more, visit our website, www.Tara.org

09/03/2020
09/02/2020

9.2 Medicine Buddha

"It's important to get rid of all arrogance and become humble, noble, and free of pride about your practice and accompli...
09/02/2020

"It's important to get rid of all arrogance and become humble, noble, and free of pride about your practice and accomplishments. You might have certain experiences and realizations that you would like to tell others about, but there is nothing special about such experiences, and you should keep them to yourself. One of the four maras is the devaputra mara, the demon of the divine child, which refers to pride and distraction. Whether lamas, monks, nuns, or lay practitioners, we are all deceived by pride and distraction. When good thoughts or signs appear, such as rainbows in the sky or visions of deities, we give rise to pride and attachment about them. We may also have good dreams about seeing deities and going to buddha fields, so we feel very joyful and excited, but when practicing the yidam deity and having good experiences and realization, we shouldn't get carried away by pride, thinking, “I have such a good practice!" Since we are worldly people, of course we will have such emotions, but if we get attached to these things, we are still bound—but with golden chains. Instead, we should just keep doing our practice and rest within the nature of awareness, without holding on to these experiences. Otherwise, our practice will not improve and we won't make any progress. Whatever good experience you have, you should develop faith and devotion; then your experience and realization will develop and your good qualities will unfold. The moment you have dualistic concepts of subject and object, that itself is the worst obscuration that blocks good qualities. Whatever thought arises, good or bad, you should be free of doubt and not hold on to it.

Once there were two lamas who encountered two evil spirits, and each of the spirits decided to follow one of the lamas to cause him harm. One spirit immediately killed the lama he was following, but the other spirit helped the lama he was following attain some good signs like clairvoyance and miraculous power, so that lama became very arrogant about having such great qualities and started deceiving many beings, and when he died he was reborn in hell. Later, when the two spirits met again, the first one said that he killed the lama immediately. Hearing this, the other spirit said, "You didn't really cause much harm then." To which the first one replied, "Then what did you do to the lama you were following?" The second spirit explained, "I helped him attain clairvoyance and other magical powers so that he became quite famous. Due to this he became quite arrogant and his disturbing emotions increased, so when he died he was reborn in hell, where he still remains."

We have no real external enemies. Our true enemies are the five disturbing emotions within us: desire, anger, ignorance, jealousy, and pride. It is due to them that we have endlessly wandered in samsara. These five are the result of clinging to our ego. Such ego-clinging causes the worst obscurations and can cast us into the hell realms. If we have outer enemies, we can physically defeat them with the help of weapons, but no weapons will help overcome your inner enemies, the five disturbing emotions: they can only be defeated by our supplicating the Three Jewels and subduing our mind through Dharma practice."

--HH Penor Rinpoche, An Ocean of Blessings

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08/31/2020

Medicine Buddha Practice

What is one small way you will make a difference today? Share in the comments!Image Description: Black background with w...
08/31/2020

What is one small way you will make a difference today? Share in the comments!

Image Description: Black background with white letters saying “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito in the room.”
--Dalai Lama

08/30/2020

Medicine Buddha Practice

08/30/2020

Amitabha Practice 9:00 am

08/29/2020

Medicine Buddha Practice

08/29/2020
Riwo Sang Chod

Riwo Sang Chod, smoke offering to purify karma for all beings.

08/28/2020

MEDICINE BUDDHA PRACTICE

Bell and Dorje SymbolismMusical instruments are very important in Buddhism -- not only for their sounds in practices but...
08/28/2020

Bell and Dorje Symbolism

Musical instruments are very important in Buddhism -- not only for their sounds in practices but also for their symbolism. The bell is always held in the left hand and symbolizes wisdom (the feminine aspect of the practice). In the right hand, the dorje or vajra is held to symbolize compassion (the masculine aspect of the practice). The bell and dorje are always seen together and never separate.

The sound of the bell signifies emptiness and the shape represents the mandala.

08/27/2020

8.27 Medicine Buddha practice

08/26/2020

8.26 Medicine Buddha practice

Did you know that, across the street from KPC’s temple, there are 65 acres of walking trails, meditation gardens, prayer...
08/26/2020

Did you know that, across the street from KPC’s temple, there are 65 acres of walking trails, meditation gardens, prayer wheels and Stupa parks? Looking to get outside and away from city noise? Come for a visit and explore KPC’s beautiful Peace Park!

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08/24/2020

8.24 Medicine Buddha practice

As the Buddha said, it is where we place our intention that our life will ultimately go. It is the same as riding a moto...
08/24/2020

As the Buddha said, it is where we place our intention that our life will ultimately go. It is the same as riding a motorcycle; where we are looking is where we will go. So in motorcycle school, they teach us to always look up and forward, not to look at the ground. All dharmas are led by the mind. Dharma is led by intention.

--Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

08/23/2020

Medicine Buddha Practice

08/23/2020

Amitabha Practice

08/22/2020

Medicine Buddha Practice

Sunday 8/23 5pm ET ~ Buddhism for Beginners seriesWatch Live on our YouTube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/kunzang...
08/22/2020

Sunday 8/23 5pm ET ~ Buddhism for Beginners series

Watch Live on our YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/kunzangpalyulcholing

To Like or Not to Like?
Taught by Atira Zeoli

Whether on social media or in real life, we respond with attachment, aversion, or neutrality to everything we encounter. This endless evaluation of our experience is exhausting for the mind and is where our experience of suffering begins.
This class will explore how to relax the habit of mental reactivity with meditation and mindfulness, and will include a short meditation to calm and center the mind. Both relaxing and healing, this meditation can be practiced by anyone, regardless of religious tradition.

Sources:
Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo: Faults of Cyclic Existence
Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo: Why We Suffer
Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo: Stabilizing the Mind
Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche: Change of Heart
Khenpo Palden Sherab & Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal: The Door to Inconceivable Wisdom and Compassion

08/21/2020

Medicine Buddha Practice

Buddhism 101: The Eight Auspicious SymbolsThere are eight auspicious symbols: the vase, the lotus, the knot, the wheel, ...
08/21/2020

Buddhism 101: The Eight Auspicious Symbols

There are eight auspicious symbols: the vase, the lotus, the knot, the wheel, the conch, the banner, the parasol, and a pair of golden fish. The eight symbols represent good fortune and were offered to the Buddha upon his attainment of enlightenment.

The Vase: Represents inexhaustible treasures
The Lotus: Represents the blossoming of all virtuous activity
The Knot: Represents the ceaseless doctrine
The Wheel: Represents the turning of the wheel of dharma
The Conch: Represents the Buddha's enlightened speech
The Banner: Represents the Buddha's victory over Mara
The Parasol: Represents both the Buddha's sovereignty and his protection from suffering, illness, obstacles, and harmful forces
The Golden Fish: Represents the lunar and solar channels

08/20/2020
Naga sang offering

Naga Sang offering to purify karma for all beings in all realms, especially the nagas who care for the earth.

08/19/2020

Medicine Buddha Practice

A sacred Buddhist monument of peace and compassion, the Amitabha Stupa is located in Sedona, Arizona and attracts hundre...
08/19/2020

A sacred Buddhist monument of peace and compassion, the Amitabha Stupa is located in Sedona, Arizona and attracts hundreds of visitors each day. One of the many KPC stupas, it was built under the direction of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 2004. A sacred place of prayer, contemplation and meditation, it’s a must see if you are visiting the southwest!
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08/18/2020

8.18 Medicine Buddha practice

08/17/2020

Medicine Buddha Puja

"As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is ...
08/17/2020

"As people alive today, we must consider future generations:
a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier,
than we found it." ~His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Image: The quote above is in a yellow box at the top of the image. Below the quote is a graphic of two people holding up the earth together. Around them are geometric patterns and plants.

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08/17/2020
Naga Sang

Welcome to the Naga Sang practice! Here we make offerings to the beings that are caring for the earth.

Address

18400 River Rd
Poolesville, MD
20837

General information

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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KPC: Kindness. Prayer. Community. Online and outdoors. COVID-19 Update

“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

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Comments

Do you have an online store? I am looking for a stand that rotates when placed above a lamp. Not sure what it's called. Thanks!
Thank you Jetsunma 🙏🙏 🥰💐🌞🌙🌈💦🌺🏺🐚🥙🎼💖
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Neda is an awesome friend! Join her in supporting KPC, a place she loves! (me too!)
Happy birthday, Jetsunma. Tsering nemay. May you stay longer to benefit more sentient beings!
Great visit today. Always clearing to circumambulate the great stupa. A great blessing to meditate in the temple which has been praying for world peace for decades.
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Regardless of your belief, this place is awesome... They have PRAYED NONSTOP for PEACE ON EARTH 24/7 for OVER 28 YEARS , 2 hour shifts for each person to pray.
I have written three times to ask if it is possible to gain access to your teachings "Ngöndro Teachings by Lopon Pem". I paid the fee as I would like to listen to the teachings. Please tell me if that is possible.
Thank you SOOOOO much KPC for the Ustream of tonights teaching. I saw many who were at retreat in McDonough a sight that warmed my heart, as well as seeing everyone else. Tashi Delak!