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  1. May

    1. Nyung Nay Avalokiteshvara Fasting Ritual
      4:30 am – 4:30 am

      Nyung Nay Avalokiteshvara Fasting Ritual May 31 (Sat.) – June 2 (Mon.) 2014

      Deer Park will host the Nyung Nay Avalokiteshvara fasting ritual led by Geshe Tenzin Dorjee la starting Saturday, May 31 at 4:30 a.m. to Monday morning, June 2

      Prerequisites: For those planning to attend, there is a prerequisite of having had either a Chenrezig empowerment or a highest yoga tantra initiation.

      Registration: Starting in mid-April, there will be a sign-up sheet for this in the temple. Anyone intending to participate in this ritual should sign up in advance in the temple or call Drolma at (608) 835-6990 with your name and phone number as we need a count for meals and texts. Please bring your own copy of the text if you have one.

      Description of practice: This practice, based on the Buddha of compassion, involves fasting and multiple daily sessions of prostra¬tion and recitation of the sadhana, praises, and mantras. This is an intensive spiritual practice to purify obscurations and negativities and accumulate merit. The practice involves taking only one pre-noon vegetarian meal on Saturday provided by Deer Park and then fasting until the Monday morning breakfast provided by Deer Park.

      Schedule: The schedule for Saturday and Sunday involves taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts (24 hour vows) at 4:30 a.m. at Deer Park. Please plan to be in the temple BEFORE 4:30 a.m. so that we can start promptly. Sunday is a day of silence with no food or liquid to be taken. Participants should plan to attend the entire ritual.

      Details: Please bring some padding to place on the floor to protect your knees during prostrations. Also you may want to bring two small towels your hands. Lunch on Saturday will be offered by several Tibetan families.

      Cost: Contributions are welcome.

      4:30 am
      Nyung Nay Avalokiteshvara Fasting Ritual
  2. Jun

    1. Kangyur Reading
      8:30 am – 5:30 am

      Kangyur Reading: June 7 (Saturday) – June 13 (Friday) 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

      Deer Park will host a reading of the entire Kangyur, the Buddha’s speech. The Kangyur will be read in Tibetan. For those who do not read Tibetan, there are a few sutras available in English. These include: Vajra Cutter Sutra, the Sutra of Golden Light, and the Sanghata Sutra. Deer Park has a limited number of these sutras in English. If you have your own copies to read, please bring them.

      The purpose for this reading is for the long life and good health of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for the long lives and good health of Geshe Sopa Rinpoche, Jangste Choje Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Geshe Tenzin Dorjee la, and for world peace. This reading is especially dedicated to the long life and good health of our most precious teacher, Geshe Sopa la.If any Tibetan families would like to or are able to sponsor morning or afternoon tea with bread or lunch or dinner during one of the 7 days of Kangyur reading, please con¬tact Thinley Namgyal at 608-332-8272.

      In order to plan for meals during this time, we request that anyone planning to attend any days of the Kangyur reading, contact Sherab at 608-332-7080 or email to inform him of the specific dates you plan to attend. Anyone is welcome to make a donation to this virtuous activity by sending a check to Deer Park at 4548 Schneider Drive, Oregon, WI 53575, and by noting in the memo “for Kangyur reading”.

      8:30 am
      Kangyur Reading
  3. Jun

    1. Essence of Saka Dawa and Saka Dawa Guru Puja
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Essence of Saka Dawa and Saka Dawa Guru Puja

      June 13 (Friday) at 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 13 is the 15th day of the Tibetan month of Saka Dawa. This day is the “essence of Saka Dawa” because it commemorates Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana. On this day, the merit of virtuous activities is multiplied exponentially. Deer Park will host a Guru Puja with tsok at 6:00 p.m. this day. You are welcome to bring cookies, fruit, etc. to offer as tsok. All are welcome to attend. As part of the puja, you are welcome to bring a nonperishable food item which Deer Park will donate to an area food pantry.

      6:00 pm
      Essence of Saka Dawa and Saka Dawa Guru Puja