Welcome to Drikung Kagyu Dharma Circle (DKDC) of Madison, Wisconsin
KHENCHEN RINPOCHE, RESIDENT LAMA
Our group is under the direction of Khenchen Konchok Gyatshen Rinpoche. We offer ancient teachings for modern times – teachings on understanding and working with suffering and its causes.
If you are a newcomer – welcome! We strive to make our weekly meditation and discussion relevant, fun, and engaging. Our goal is to foster a community that helps people relax and return to themselves – to help us all open our hearts and minds to bigger possibilities…we hope to meet you soon.
The Drikung Kagyu Dharma Circle of Madison now meets virtually every Monday and in-person every Saturday, unless otherwise noted. Please see below for details.
JEWEL ORNAMENT OF LIBERATION TEACHINGS WITH KHENCHEN RINPOCHE: JULY and AUGUST 2022
Khenchen Rinpoche will be giving teachings on Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation (JOL) via Zoom:
Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-12pm Chicago Time, USA:
August 6th & 7th
August 13th & 14th
August 20th &21st
August 27th & 28th
Zoom ID: 857 7694 0654
Also Facebook Live:
Drikung Kagyu Dharma Circle
Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen
Vietnamese and Spanish translation rooms available!
Study guide documents for these teachings can be found here.
To make a donation to Rinpoche and/or help with Zoom costs, please click here.
The Jewel Ornament of Liberation is a meditation manual composed by the Enlightened Tibetan Master, Je Gampopa (1079–1153) . It is the complete foundation for Buddhist study and practice covering the initial entry into the path and continuing through the achievement of Buddhahood.
Rinpoche received the transmission of this essential text from Khunu Lama Rinpoche, who once said, “If you know the Jewel Ornament, then you can say you know the Buddhadharma.”
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DR. LYE TEACHING IN-PERSON IN MADISON – JULY 13, 2022
Dr. Lye gave in-person teachings in Madison on Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation. Link to teaching – coming soon!
Dr. Lye gave teachings on the “Mindfulness of Breathing Sutra” in the context of H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoché’s “Shravasti Meditation”. His Holiness’s integrated approach to meditation uses this fundamental sutra as a main source while illuminating and supplementing it with teaching and techniques from the Mahamudra, Dzogchen, and Zen traditions. This program combines practical application with theoretical understanding.
About Dr. Lye – Dorje Lopon
In 2013, soon after Dr. Lye decided to leave the secular, Western academic field of religious studies, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoché (one of the two Heads of the Drikung Kagyu lineage) appointed Dr. Lye as a dorjé lopön (lit. “vajra-master”) of the Drikung Kagyü lineage. Dr. Lye was then formally enthroned and charged with the responsibility of transmitting the teachings and practices of the Drikung Kagyu lineage that he has himself received and practiced well. Soon after the enthronement, Dr. Lye was sent by His Holiness to visit and teach at Drikung centers in South America. Since then, Dr. Lye has been dividing his time between serving as His Holiness’s special assistant in various projects in Asia and the Americas, and supporting the local Buddhist community at Urban Dharma North Carolina.
JULY 2022 UPDATES
Hard to believe it is already July 2022!
We are having regular study and practice sessions via Zoom and in-person — please see below for more information. If you are new to our center and-or new to Buddhism and have any questions, please let us know how we can help! You can email or call us:
Vajra Publications Update
Varja Publications now has more downloadable pdf’s available! Check out their webpage and these recent additions:
DKDC WEEKLY SCHEDULE
ZOOM MONDAYS 5:30-7:00 PM
Meditation from 5:30–6:00pm and Dharma Discussion from 6:00-7:00
On Monday evenings we have a period for contemplation and discussion. Right now we are discussing the book A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path. You don’t need to have the book to join us!
Meditation practice followed by a discussion of Khenchen Rinpoche’s book:
“The Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path.”
Zoom info: Meeting ID: 895 3255 9441; 108
You can purchase this book here.
SANGHA SATURDAYS 10:00-12:30 PM
Meditation and Dharma Discussion
We are currently meeting in-person at the Wilmar Center to watch Khenchen Rinpoche’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation Teachings (see above), Saturdays from 10am-12:30pm, and having a brief discussion afterwards. Wimar Center is located here:
Wilmar Center – Upstairs
504 S Brearly St, Madison, WI 53703
Come when you can!
URBAN DHARMA TEACHINGS
TUESDAYS & SATURDAYS
Urban Dharma Teachings
Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – currently discussing chapter 9.
7:00-9:00am Chicago time
(8:00-10:00am NY time)
Starting on May 11, Dr. Hun Lye from Urban Dharma begins a new series on the Indian Buddhist classic Bodhicharyavatara. Please find the details for the program below.
Every Tuesday & Saturday
7-9 AM, Chicago Time
8-10 PM, Singapore Time
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Meeting ID: 852 9257 9977
TEACHING TEXT ARCHIVE
BODHISATTVA VOW TEACHINGS
Khenchen Rinpoche gave the Bodhisattva Vow and teachings on June 14th, 2022. The recording can be accessed here.
TEACHING / PUBLIC TALK GIVEN BY KHENPO CHOEPEL – JUNE 2022
Please Welcome Khenpo to Madison on his first visit!
Khenpo Choephel gave an in-person public talk, “How to Liberate Our Own and Other’s Suffering, through the Wisdom of Buddha’s Teachings.” We were so grateful for his visit and teachings! Video of his teachings – coming soon.
Brief bio of Khenpo Choephel Rinpoche:
Rinpoche is originally from Drigung Thil Monastery, the head-monastery of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. He was ordained as a monk by Vajradhara Pachung Rinpoche at a young age. While at Drikung Thil, he received many teachings and instructions – first from Pachung Rinpoche and, later from Pachung Rinpoche’s successor Gelong Rinpoche – Vajradhara Tenzin Nyima.
Rinpoche is also a master in the ritual-traditions of Drikung Thil Monastery, and received debate and philosophy training at Drepung Monastery in Tibet. Before he left Drikung Thil, Rinpoche served as the chant-master of the monastery.
In 2007, he was appointed “Khenpo” by Drikung Thil Monastery. Rinpoche has lived in the United States for several years and has served as one of the three spiritual directors at Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, Maryland before going to the Drinkung center in Pittsburgh in November 2011. Khenpo Choephel is currently giving teachings and leading retreats on the Fivefold Path of Mahamudra , which he considers to be he most profound practice and essence of Buddha Dharma.
A MESSAGE FROM KHENCHEN
MAY 21, 2021
“I have given you many teachings over these past few months. Now, I want you to take some time to study, contemplate and put the teachings into practice. If I just keep giving teachings, these precious teachings will not be valued. So before I teach again, I want you to practice! Then we will see!” ~Khenchen Rinpoche
So please, everyone, continue to study, practice and meditate!
Samsara and Nirvana PDF Download
A Guru Yoga that Brings the Dharmakaya onto the Path - PDF Download
A Vajradhara-Focused Guru Yoga Relaxing the Mind in its Natural State PDF Download
TEACHINGS FROM JULY 2021
“This is a very profound teaching and I have a requirement that you practice before attending this teaching” ~Khenchen Rinpoche
(which can be found in the Pearl Rosary text).
Either of the two Guru Yogas I taught you:
Guru Yoga Vajradhara- Rest the Mind in It’s Natural State
(teaching given 4/17/21, click here for link to teaching on YouTube)
ONLINE RESOURCES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
YOU TUBE CHANNEL
ZOOM INFORMATION FOR TEACHINGS
Join Zoom Meeting
Click here for the Zoom teaching
Meeting ID: 834 8515 8203
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+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
VIETNAMESE TRANSLATION OF INFORMATION
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