To our Dorje Ling sangha and friends,
Jampal and the Dorje Ling Board have just reached the difficult decision to
temporarily close our center and suspend all regular dharma activities, for
an undetermined period of time.
We are responding to the updates coming from the Oregon Health Authority and to Governor Kate Brown’s strongly worded mitigation measures announced yesterday, March 12, 2020. We encourage you to continue your practice at home, and to reach out and support one another in smart and healthy ways, while maintaining the social distancing that is our best hope to slow the spread of the virus. We will stay in touch. We may even become more digitally skillful! And in the interim, any of us can share teachings and links that inspire us, from different sources, words and videos that convey wisdom and compassion.
To reach Dorje Ling by email, please consider using this address rather than Jampal’s personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org With metta, Jampal and the Dorje Ling Board of Directors
At this very moment, for the peoples and the nations of the earth, May not even the names disease, famine, war, and suffering be heard. Rather may their moral conduct, merit, wealth, and prosperity increase, And may supreme good fortune and well-being always arise for them.
Orientation one Sunday a month 10:00am
Once a month Dorje Ling offers a one hour Orientation before the regular Sunday practice. This gives people new to Dorje Ling a chance to familiarize themselves with the practice and to ask quesions. We encourage, but do not require visitors to attend. Please check the calendar to find out when the Orientation will be this month.
Ngondro Meditation and Tsok Practice Sundays 11am
Weekly alternating schedule of Ngondro and Tsok practice
Our basic meditation practice is comprised of a Ngondro (Tibetan for "foundational") that has various Vajrayana components as well as silent meditation periods and mantra recitation. It is conducted in a friendly, informal manner and open to people at all levels of practice.
According to the Tibetan lunar calendar, there are special days of practice, called tsog or tsok celebrations, 5 days before full and new moon (the 10th and 25th lunar day of the lunar month or about 5 days prior to new and full moons). Food offerings are suggested and these are shared during the practice. We have found that having a Tsok every other Sunday works best with peoples schedules.
Buddhism Study Group - Tuesdays 7pm-8:30pm (with a few requirements for joining)
This is our weekly study group that consists of reading and discussion. We explore a broad spectrum of dharma and are now participating in an online course with B. Alan Wallace on “Restricted Dzogchen” teachings which will involve readings, video presentations and tests we will do as a group. The teachings will be based on Dudjom Lingpa’s Vajra Essence tantra. The restrictions mentioned require participants to be active students of Buddhism who observe their samaya (vows} they have taken. If you are interested, please contact Jampal through the contact form on this site to verify you meet the minimum requirements. All qualified students are welcome and you are not required to attend all classes or have joined the class from the beginning. We look forward to this wonderful opportunity to deeply engage in our Buddhist studies on the most profound level.
Meditation class - Wednesdays 7pm-8:30pm
We are currently practicing and studying shamatha in the Dzogchen tradition. Our practice is based on Dudjom Lingpa's mind treasure The Sharp Vajra of Conscious Awareness. This practice & study is suitable for all levels of experience, and no texts are necessary. Dzogchen is translated as Great Perfection or Great Encompassment. Shamatha is translated as Calm Abiding. Join us!
Teachings and Empowerments
At various times, lamas, senior dharma students and monastics will offer teachings. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more intensive practices, retreats and teachings, we have the Tashi Choling Center in Ashland, OR, where Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche and other teachers reside. There is a regular schedule of retreats and events. Recently, we've had teachings and empowerments with Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, H.H. Getse Rinpoche, Lingtrul Rinpoche, Lama Rinchen and others.
There is a retreat cabin located in the woods below the temple. It can be reserved for people who wish to have solitude for extended practice. Trails lead from the cabin into Forest Park. It is quiet, simple and serene.
We have recently built an Enlightenment Stupa, behind the temple, overlooking Portland, surrounded by gardens. Everyone is welcome to visit and circumambulate the stupa which generates enormous positive karma and benefits the entire environment!
The Pursuit of Virtue
Please join us, all are welcome!