News Flash! Dzogchen Lineage Announcements – May 18, 2008
Dzogchen Retreat Center One Year Anniversary Celebration Celebration and Work Weekend
May 23rd thru May 25th 2008
I am pleased to announce that this May 23rd is the one-year anniversary of the purchase by DSSF of our amazing property in Oregon. It also commemorates for us the birthday of the Buddha which fell on May 23rd last year when we signed the papers. In honor of this historic milestone, we will be offering a celebration at the Dzogchen Retreat Center. This festive event will take place in the late morning and early afternoon on Friday, May 23 and will kick off a weekend of joyous work. All Sangha members are encouraged to attend. Please put the word out to your local mailing lists to inform other Sangha members that they are also welcome to participate. You can forward this message.
Work Weekend: Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers to help complete ongoing projects at the retreat center and encourage all those attending the celebration to stay throughout the weekend to complete these projects. We have a lot of work on the Mandala Garden Project, The Tech Department Project, and the Dzambhala Kitchen Project. Volunteers are needed for the next six weeks leading up to July 4. Your hands-on assistance of a day, a week, or more is much needed and will be greatly appreciated.
To help me with planning for food and project teams, please let me know ASAP if you or anyone else will be visiting the DRC for the May 23 events, that work weekend, or any other days you can volunteer before the retreat starts on July 4. Drop me a note with your plans at John Sullard <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Auspicious Time for Donations
Khenpo Choga Rinpoche stated that it would also be particularly good merit to donate money to the Retreat Center on this date. Currently we have a Tax Rebate Pledge challenge where donors are encouraged to pledge this year's economic stimulus tax rebates to the Dzogchen Retreat Center. We have $1800 pledged so far, and still have quite a ways to go towards achieving our goal of raising $112,00 for our July 4th land installment payment. Of course, any amount you give will go a long ways towards accomplishing our goals. I suggest that checks be written and dated for May 23, 2008.
Checks are to be made out to:
If you are pledging your Tax Rebate, please contact Sean Young so we can keep a running total. His email: email@example.com
Happy Birthday to Buddha, and Happy Birthday to the Dzogchen Retreat Center!
Looking forward to seeing all of you.
NOTE: The Birthday of the Buddha occurs according to the Tibetan Calendar on June 7th this year. Vesak Day commemorates the birth of the Buddha according to the Theravada tradition on May 19th.
FUNDRAISING DRIVE: Tax Rebate Challenge “Redirect your Rebate and Rejoice”
To help raise sufficient funds to make our next land installment payment of $112,000, we are pleased to announce The Tax Rebate Challenge. Most U.S. Taxpayers will be receiving a rebate check this May as a part of the Economic Stimulus Package passed by Congress earlier this year. Some generous Sangha members saw this as a great way to redirect additional funds towards our highest aspirations. What better way to stimulate true prosperity than to help ensure that the Dzogchen Retreat Center continues to train future Dharma students? These rebates are essentially "bonus funds" that will be sent to all that filed a tax return for 2007. These additional funds may be an easier way for people on limited incomes to give and contribute to our cause. The best part is that these donations will be tax-deductible. Of course, you can pledge all of your rebate or even a portion of it. Every dollar will help.
We have $1,800 pledged so far.
Please help us increase this amount and pledge today.
Here's how it works:
Pledge your tax rebate today by emailing Sean D. Young with your pledge amount at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. This will allow us to keep a running total of pledged amounts to encourage others to join in. Please forward this to anyone that can help. Once you receive your rebate, deposit it in your account and write a check or money order, payable to:
Write "Tax Rebate Challenge" the memo area for tallying up the donations. Time is of the essence. We need to raise $112,000 by July 3rd. We have $1,800 pledged so far, and we humbly ask for your support.
Special Event June 18th, 2008 at the Dzogchen Retreat Center
H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche to Bestow Important Vows
June 18th, 2008 is Saga Dawa Duchen, one of the most important days in the Tibetan Calendar. This day honors Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment and Parinirvana. Marking this special day, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche will be bestowing the Pratimoksha vows and monastic vows. Taking these vows on this day are particularly auspicious because the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 10 million times.
If you are interesting in taking these vows and/or have any questions, please contact John Sullard at: email@example.com, and John will put you in contact with Rinpoche.
Pratimoksha, or “individual liberation” vows are an important foundation for all Buddhist practitioners. These vows belong to the Shravakayana level of practice and emphasize personal discipline with an emphasis on decreasing negative thinking, physical discipline, and refraining from harming others. Monks, nuns, novices, and lay practitioners can all take this vow. The lay level of these vows are also known as Upaseka, or Genyen, vows.
The monastic tradition is a vital component of Tibetan Buddhist practice. The first novice monk ordination, called Rabjung, involves taking 8 vows. The Getsul ordination involves 36 vows and full ordination, Gelong, involves 253 vows. NOTE: Both men and women may take monastic vows, save for Gelong or Gelongma, and have different protocol. Please check with Rinpoche about the requirements.
The motivation for taking any vows is the attitude of Bodhicitta, the wish to become Buddha and free all beings from suffering. The vows are an important commitment and the merit generated by a heartfelt commitment made with absolute certainty is vast. Please check with Rinpoche about your intention and to resolve any concerns or questions.
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