DGCEC Newsletter November 20, 2014


DGCEC Weekly Newsletter November  20, 2014
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Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion
Tashi Gomang Dharma Center Louisville, KY

There will be NO teaching this Saturday, November 22nd at 3:30pm.  Geshe Yonten Gyatso, the leader of the Sacred Arts Tour, will offer a teaching on “The Three Principal Aspects of the Path” on Sunday, Nov 23rd at 10am.CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING
The 2014 Sacred Arts Tour (Eastern) will create an Interfaith World Prayer Sand Mandala at 2200 Bardstown Road in the Loop Heine Brothers over the Thanksgiving Holidays!  The opening ceremony will be Tuesday, Nov 25th at 2pm.  Work on the mandala will be Nov 25, 3-6pm, Nov 26 8am – 4pm, Nov 27 Thankgiving Day: 8 – 12:30pm, Nov 28: 8 – 12:30, Nov 29: 10 – 1pm with the Dissolution Ceremony following at 1pm.  Merchandise will be sold as well.  All funds help provide food and medical needs by monks at Drepung Gomang Monastery.  For updates for this and other tour events check our website at www.DrepungGomangUSA.com or call 502-619-1652.
We are taking paid orders now for luscious Tibetan momos, vegetarian/vegan or meat-filled, for Friday, November 28th.  The tour monks will create them fresh and steaming on that day and you can pick up between 5 and 8pm.  7 momos for $10 and 16 momos for $20 (come with salad and hot sauce).  Vegetarian momos are filled with potato, cabbage, carrot and chives and meat momos are made from ground beef and chives.  Place your order (with tele number and estimated pick up time) by emailing [email protected], calling 502-614-5616, or filling out a form at DGCEC.  Please note that we request that all orders be pre-paid.

Looking for a gift for someone who “has everything”?  Perhaps a tour sponsorship donation will fit your list!  Tell us the size of your donations and we will provide a card explaining your sponsorship of the Sacred Arts Tour monks (and the Monastery) and the Thanksgiving Interfaith World Peace Sand Mandala.

Schedule your house or office blessing or other event by our visiting Tibetan Buddhist Monks for Nov 23 – Dec 1 or Dec 16 – Jan 15th by contacting us at 502-614-5616 or [email protected].

The footer walls are going in Wednesday!  Despite rain and snow, the expansion will go on!  Come and see.  Catch the excitement!

The following dates and locations will have a range of Tibetan merchandise including prayer objects, clothes, jewelry, with some items made in the monastery, and some by Tibetan refugees.  Purchased here, your gift gives twice:  to your friend and to the support of our dharma center!   Come buy holiday gifts and enjoy being together!
Sat, Dec 6, 12 – 3pm:  At St. Matthews Rainbow Blossom on Lexington Road (Eastern Tour merchandise)
Sat, Dec 13, 10am – 1pm:  At DGCEC (our Tibetan Market’s merchandise)
Sat, Dec 20, 10am – 4pm:  Middletown Rainbow Blossom (Western Tour merchandise)Book Study Group on Mondays
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
The next discussion will be Monday, Dec 1 (Ch 16-20), 6-7:30pm.  The group meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays through December, discussing the profound Tibetan Buddhist teachings presented in this internationally bestselling spiritual classic.  Whether you are an advanced practitioner or a timid newcomer to Buddhist teachings, this book makes the teachings accessible for the Western mind.  Meeting dates are Mondays Dec 15 (21- Appendices).  Info:  Tobby Spalding – [email protected].Questions and Discussion with our Translator:  December 6th
Geshe Rapgyal and Geshe Sonam will be traveling to Ohio for a house blessing on December 6th.  At 3:30 that day our translator, Tenam, will field your questions and be part of a discussion about Tibet and dharma practices for lay people.

Our usual first Saturday prayer will be moved an hour earlier than usual to 9-11am.

Requesting a Tea Puja (Tinchol) For Your Intention
The Tea Puja service is an integral part of Tibetan Buddhist practice as assistance in time of need.

Geshe Rapgyal has commented:
“For greater world peace, welfare of countries, communities and families or individuals, whatever needs and aspirations are for them, big or small; the tea puja can help. For instance a merchant can request a tea puja for business success. A student preparing for exams, or a traveler going abroad, a family moving into a new home, for example, can be helped by having a tea puja done for good luck and driving away evil spirits. In summary, for all sorts of purposes such as a person needing to safeguard his or her good name, the tea puja is used. In another way, it is also beneficial in times of natural calamities like earthquakes, floods, famine, plagues and wars.”

Please approach Geshe Rapgyal with your request or email [email protected].  Geshela will honor and pray to his own protector deity to fulfill whatever request is made speedily.  It is customary to express gratitude by offering a donation of $10, $20 or an amount you can afford when making such a request.

Upcoming Events

Sunday Services
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Held each week

– Nov 23 and 30
Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva

Wednesday Meditation
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Held each week

Saturday Teaching
3:30 – 5pm

– Nov 22:  NO teaching
– Nov 29:  Three Principal Aspects of the Path
– Dec 6: Questions with our Translator

Ngondro Intensive for Registered Students
6 – 7:30 pm
(NOTE: no meeting 11.22.14)
– November 29, 6:00 pm

Green Tara Prayer
First Saturday
Dec 6, 9 – 11:00am (special time)

Special Events
Book Discussion Group
– Monday, Dec 1, 6-7:30pm
Chapters 16-20

Sacred Arts Tour Monks
– Opening Ceremony for Sand Mandala
Nov. 25th 2pm
– Sand Mandala at Heine Bros, Loop
Nov 26-29th
– Carryout Momo Sale (preorder):
Black Friday, Nov 28, 5-8pm

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”JUSTICE IN TIBET
China releases last Tibetan anti-mining protester in Chabcha
Phayul.com, November 18, 2014, by Phuntsok YangchenChinese authorities Chabcha County in Tsolho (Hainan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture have on October 28 released a Tibetan man, the last person to be released among 27 Tibetans detained in June for protesting against an illegal mining by Chinese miners.

According to US funded Radio Free Asia, Donkho was held for over five months, longest period in detention among those arrested as authorities believed him to be the ringleader of the protests against mining. All others were released after being in detention for a few weeks.

In June this year, Chinese authorities detained 27 Tibetans for protesting against the mining activities that ran beyond the expiration of its contract and had begun to encroach on sacred sites in Karsel village. Tibetans had pledged to block the Chinese mining activities that had begun to affect the local environment.

The Chinese have been reportedly mining white marble from the region since 1989, past its expiration of contract.

A number of illegal mining activities have been reported this year with Tibetans continuing to resist the escalating rate of illegal mining in Tibet.

Please Register Your Kroger Plus Card and Each Purchase Provides Funds to DGI

Welcome to a new, easier way to generate these Kroger donations – for you, your friends and family! All that is required is for you to register your Kroger Plus card online, denoting Drepung Gomang Institute as your non-profit recipient. After registration, DGI will get a percentage of most everything you buy there.  Have your Kroger Plus card handy and register it online at krogercommunityrewards.com. (If you don’t have a Kroger Plus card, you can get one at the customer service desk at any Kroger. It’s a customer reward card, not a credit card and doesn’t cost you anything.)  Use DGI’s NPO number:  12286 and the name Drepung Gomang Institute. Select it and click on confirm.  To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see the group’s name on the right side of your information page.
PLEASE share our NPO number (12286) with friends and family, so they also can contribute to our cause.  Problems or questions?  Please email Maggie Jezreel at [email protected] or call her at 502-821-1840.  The sooner you get signed up, the sooner your purchases help DGI. 

About Us

Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization under Kentucky state law. DGI and its resident monks are wholly supported by donations from kind friends, supporters, and volunteers. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion is the official sister organization of Drepung Gomang Monastery in India.

Did You Know?

You can make donations to DGCEC  on-line through the Community Foundation of Louisville.  Visit www.cflouisville.org for more information.

You can also use www.goodsearch.com to earn donations for DGCEC.

DGCEC receives a percentage of sales from the Heine Brothers “Monks Blend Tea.” Ask for it at Heine Brothers, or purchase at DGCEC in the Tibetan Marketplace.

DGCEC receives 4% of sales from Kroger Fundraising Cards. This is no cost to you, just shop and earn for our center. Call Maggie Jezreel, DGCEC Treasurer, at 502-425-1840 for details.

Thank you for your kind support.



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