Buddha’s Enlightenment Day ~ Saturday, April 15 ~ Fasting Retreat

Saturday, April 15th marks the anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni demonstrating the attainment of enlightenment in 589 B.C.E.
Please join in our annual purification retreat in celebration of Buddha’s Enlightenment Day.  This special fasting retreat  is very powerful for purifying negative karma, pacifying strong delusions, receiving blessings, and increasing our love, compassion and bodhichitta.

In this retreat we make prayers for all suffering to cease completely. We also emphasize outer and inner purification through fasting, prayer and prostrations. During this day of fasting, we take Precepts in the morning, and take only one meal at mid-day.   The retreat begins at 6:30am with the practice of taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts using the prayer booklet A Pure Life. Then we engage in three sessions of chanted prayers with prostrations to the compassion Buddha, Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara.

The Precepts session lasts about 30 minutes, and each session of prayers is about 1 and 1/2 hours.  Taking Precepts at 6:30 am on April 15 is required to participate in any session.
Cost: Free to all

The day will end with a beautiful teaching on “What is Enlightenment” then the traditional chanted prayers  Wishfulfilling Jewel. These are open to everyone regardless of whether you have attended the morning precepts session.

6:30am-7:15am –      Precepts 
8:00am-9:30am –      Session One 
10:30am-12:00pm – Session Two 
2:00pm-3:30pm –     Session Three 
4:30pm-5:45pm –     Wishfulfilling Jewel

Saturday, April 29 ~ with Kadampa Teacher Mike Racadio ~ Two classes: Love Without Pain and Developing a Kind Heart

Saturday, April 29
9:30am – 11 am    Love Without Pain
11:30am – 1pm     Developing a Kind Heart
with Kadampa Teacher Mike Racadio

Two special day courses on how to attain the love and compassion we are all looking for. Kadampa Teacher Mike Racadio will present practical and meaningful tools for developing a peaceful mind of love.  Each class is self-contained and will include teaching and meditation.

Mike Racadio is the Teacher of the Dharmachakra Kadampa Buddhist Center, and the representative of Gen Kelsang Rigpa, Western U.S. National Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and Resident Teacher of the Dharmachakra Kadampa Buddhist Center.

Registration: $15 for both classes, $10 for one
Dharmachakra Kadampa Buddhist Center
923 Crossley Road
Palm Springs, CA 92264

Friday Evening, March 31 ~ Sunday, April 2 The Blessing Empowerment of Je Tsongkhapa

Fortunate Modern Kadampa Disciples:

The Blessing Empowerment of Je Tsongkhapa with Gen Kelsang Rigpa
March 31 ~ April 2

Gen Kelsang Rigpa will grant the blessing empowerment of Je Tsongkhapa, and Kadampa teacher Mike Racadio will give commentary to the practice of Heart Jewel, the daily practice of modern Kadampa Buddhists, through which inspiration and realizations can be gained swiftly. Everyone is welcome to this special event.

An empowerment is a blissful guided meditation and ceremony through which we receive a Buddha’s inspiring blessings. Through receiving the empowerment of Je Tsongkhapa, we will awaken within our heart the qualities of wisdom, compassion, and spiritual power that he embodies.

Gen Kelsang Rigpa is the Western United States National Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU, and Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Hollywood, Kadampa Meditation Center California and Dharmachakra Kadampa Buddhist Center, Palm Springs.

Empowerment Schedule
Friday, March 31 Introductory Talk: Fortunate Modern Kadampa Disciples
7 – 8:30pm
Saturday, April 1 Empowerment, Teachings & Practice
10am-12pm Empowerment
12-2pm Lunch Break
2-3:30pm Commentary
4:15-5:15pm Heart Jewel practice
Sunday, April 2 Heart Jewel Retreat with Mike Racadio

Registration for this event: $65 the whole weekend; $10 Friday only; $55 Saturday only; $15 Sunday only
Preregistration for the whole weekend or Saturday only CLICK HERE
Preregistration is not necessary for Friday or Sunday only

Become a Supporter

Would you like to become a regular supporter of the Dharmachakra Buddhist Center?   Select a class, or several classes, to attend, then if you want to continue with your studies talk to the Assistant or Teacher at your class.   Your monthly pledge will be of great benefit to the DBC, and also to you.

When you become a member of Dharmachakra Buddhist Center you will receive discounts on classes, day courses and special events. In addition, your tax-deductible membership contributions will serve as the main source of income for the Center and help us to maintain and improve our facilities and spiritual programs for the benefit of people throughout the Coachella Valley.  We look forward to seeing you at the Center.

General Membership: $45 or more ~ provides all General Programs  plus 1/2 off on workshops and retreats

Foundation or Teacher Training Program Membership:  $65 or more  ~ provides all General Program classes, Foundation Program or Teacher Training Program,  all Center Workshops and Retreats, and a discount on Center Empowerments.

Great Benefactor: $100 or more ~ All classes, all workshops, all Center retreats plus a major Empowerment discount  are included.

Dharmachakra Buddhist Center is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition and is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization




A Special Present for Everybody

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How to Transform Your Life, a Blissful Journey

A special present for everybody from the author, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

“Inner peace, or mental peace, is the source of all our happiness. Although all living beings have the same basic wish to be happy all the time, very few people understand the real causes of happiness”.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

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Finding Happiness

Excerpt from ‘How to Transform Your Life’ by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

“We should consider how our human life is precious rare and meaningful. Due to the limitations of their body and mind, those who have taken rebirth as animals, for example, have no opportunity to understand or to practice the spiritual path. Only humans are free from such hindrances and have all the necessary conditions for engaging in spiritual paths, which alone lead to everlasting happiness. This freedom and possession of necessary conditions are the special characteristics that make our human life so precious.

Although there are many humans in this world, each one of us has only one life. One person may own many cars and houses, but even the richest person in the world cannot possess more than one life. When that life is coming to an end here she cannot buy, borrow, or manufacture another. When we lose this life it will be very difficult to find another similarly qualified human life in the future. Our human life is therefore very rare.

If we use her human life to accomplish spiritual realizations, it becomes immensely meaningful. By using it in this way, we actualize our full potential and progress from the state of an ordinary, ignorant being to that of a fully enlightened being, the highest of all beings. When we have done this we will have the power to benefit all living beings without exception. Thus, by using our human life for gaining spiritual realizations we can solve all are human problems and fulfill all our own and others wishes. What could be more meaningful than this?

Contemplating these points, we will arrive at the determination, to engage in spiritual practice. This book, which I prepared for daily spiritual practice, is a collection of many important instructions from my other books. Its subject matter is profound, but because it’s presentation is simple, even if you’re a beginner you will not find it difficult to understand. If you put the instructions into practice, you can solve your daily problems and find true happiness. In particular I believe that for those who are already familiar with my other books the instructions presented here will provide a powerful method for gaining the deepest experience of both the stages of the path and training the mind. If you read this book with a positive mind free from negative views you will definitely receive great benefits.

I pray that everyone reads this book experiences inner peace it accomplishes the real meaning of human life.”

-Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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