Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton – Edmonton Buddhist Temple

Welcome

Welcome to the Land of Compassion Buddha (LCB) Edmonton.  We are honoured to share Dharma teachings and other services to support your practice and learning journey.  We hope you will enjoy visiting our Centre, meeting our kind teachers, and feeling at home in our community.

Our spiritual director is the Venerable Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel, who founded and directs the Land of Compassion Buddha worldwide.  We are honoured to offer you teachings from Khensur Rinpoche and knowledgeable Geshes well trained in the Gelupga lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Our vision

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Buddhism is a way to train our own minds to realize true happiness within.  We intend to serve you in the best way we can to support you in your learning journey and practice of transforming your own mind, in order to feel more inner peace and happiness and strength, which you may then offer the world.

Shantideva, 8th century Indian Buddhist scholar said: “We are not here to change the world, the world is here to change us”.   We see this as saying: if we want to change the world, we must start by changing ourselves within.

Therefore, we aim to share programs to help all of us train our minds and cultivate greater lovingkindness, compassion, and wisdom, so we may awaken the Buddha nature that has always been inside each of us.

Indeed, the Buddha says our mind’s natural state is completely pure; the afflictions we have (anger, pride, jealousy, hatred, etc.) are “adventitious”, meaning they can be removed.  The analogy is that our mind is like a pure clear sky, and the afflictions are like clouds passing by.  We fall under the influence of afflictions in our daily lives, but they are not who we are.  Buddhism can help us lessen the influence of those afflictions, apply antidotes to them, and ultimately, remove them, to experience the true happiness that is within each of us.

Therefore, we sincerely wish the Dharma teachings our teachers offer will give you more tools to work with your own mind when dealing with your lives, apply to your own lives to improve your own lives and give you greater happiness, harmony, and all things auspiciousness.

It is said that the Buddha is like the Doctor, the Dharma (teachings) are like the medicine, and the Sangha are like the nurses to help us take the medicine, and the disease is the self-centred mind and associated afflictions.  Therefore, we sincerely wish you will find the Dharma teachings from our teachers helpful for you to work with your own mind and experience happiness and its causes and be removed from suffering and its causes.

Please see our Library where Geshela teaches various texts, as well as the Preliminary practices (Ngondro).  The bottom of that webpage also has Guru Puja – the text and an audio file of Geshela chanting.

Our services
We are pleased to offer Dharma teachings on Buddhist philosophy, meditation, empowerments or initiations, pujas, and practice sessions.

We welcome friends from all cultures and backgrounds.   We are a multicultural centre with teachings in Tibetan and translated into English and Mandarin Chinese.

As of December 30, 2019: 

Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Dharma Meditation Guru Puja 2020Jan

Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Buddhist Dharma Meditation 2020Jan
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Buddhist Dharma Meditation 2020Jan
  1. Dharma TEACHINGS and Q/A by Venerable Lharampa

Geshe Pema Tshering on

Shantideva’s “A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life”

 

In ENGLISH, Class Saturdays 6:50-8:30 pm

English Discussion Group Saturdays 6:00-6:45 pm

 In MANDARIN, Class Resume in Feb 2020
Mandarin skype discussion group:
(beginners) Fridays 6:30 –7:30 pm (e-mail wechat ID)Resume in Feb 2020
(intermediate) Friday 8-9:30 pm (email for skype ID)Resume in Feb 2020

  1. Insight MEDITATION led by one of our kind volunteers

Saturdays 5-6 pm

  1. Tibetan language class by Venerable Lharampa Geshe Pema Tshering: Tuesdays 7 –8 pm

  1. GURU PUJA (with tsog offering) chanting (purifying negativi-ties, removing obstacles, accumulating positive potential)

Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 10:00am -12:00 noon;
Sunday, Jan 5, 2020 10:00am -12:00 noon
Chinese New Year. Saturday, Jan 25, 10:00am -12:00 noon

All services (except retreats) are free of charge. Offers to support are welcome.

Please just bring yourself. No registration taken (except for retreats).

All times subject to change.  Please kindly CHECK WEBSITE before coming each time.

Description on the Dharma Teachings: Dharma is the teaching of the Buddha. Our Dharma classes teach the fundamental principles and philosophy of Buddhism and hopefully give us wisdom tools to work with our own minds when facing challenges in our lives and thus improve our lives. The discussion group is a wonderful opportunity if you’d like to reflect on our learnings, discuss the application of Buddhism to our daily lives and challenges, and meet other community members.

Our teacher, Geshe Pema, will begin the class by leading us through a light offering and short prayer. This symbolizes our intention to dispel ignorance from our minds and our wish to gain enlightenment to serve all sentient beings. You are welcome to join us in prostrations but no obligation; we wish you to be at ease and only do what you feel comfortable with.  Our teacher, Geshe Pema, will lead us through a short opening prayer and practice. This is followed by teaching and analysis on the text, Shantideva’s “Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life”. There is opportunity to ask questions at the end of class.

Our Sister Centre in West Covina: Teachings (and perhaps past empowerments) from Venerable Khensur Rinpoche:

E.g. please see Venerable Khensur Rinpoche’s teachings on Patience and Compassion within the 6 Perfections Parts 1 and 2
FYI Multiplying days and suggested practice:

The Tibetan calendar marks days where it’s said our thoughts and actions (good and bad) multiply.  Therefore, it is recommended on those days to be extra careful / mindful of our intentions and actions, and to do extra practices that purify negative karma, remove obstacles, and accumulate positive karma.

According to http://www.rabten.eu/downloads/calendarEN.pdf

Can also check against https://fpmt.org/media/resources/dharma-dates/

Recommended practices (from FPMT) 

https://fpmt.org/media/resources/dharma-dates/dates-explained/

https://fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/advice/sakadawa/

Recommended practices especially for Losar and the 15 days, culminating on Miracle Day

In Edmonton, we’ve got Losar 2019 Monday, February 4 11:30 am, and then 15 “Miracle Days”, through to Tuesday, February 19, 11:30 am (Miracle Day).  It’s said during this period, the effects multiply 100 million times!  So extra good to do prayers, purify negative karma, accumulate positive karma!

from FPMT

https://fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/advice/happy-losar/

How To Make The 15 Days Of Miracles Most Beneficial

https://fpmt.org/wp-content/uploads/teachers/zopa/advice/pdf/LZR_Losar_prayer_0207.pdf

The following are the Multiplying times until March 2020, and then until March 2021

http://www.rabten.eu/downloads/calendarEN.pdf

Tibetan calendar India time Edmonton time (for 24 hours starting from:
Please scroll down
15th February 9, 2020 Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:30 am
Thanksgiving to Dharma-Protectors (effects multiply 100 million times) February 22, 2020 Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:30 am
Tibetan New Year (effects multiply 100 million times from this day for 15 days) February 24, 2020 Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 11:30 am
Miracle Day (effects multiply 100 million times) March 9, 2020 Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Kyabje Rabten Parinirvana (effects multiply 100 million times) March 12, 2020 Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 12:30 pm
30th March 24, 2020 Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Tibetan calendar India time Edmonton time (MST) (for 24 hours starting from:
8th April 1, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
15th April 8, 2020 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
30th April 22, 2020 Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
8th May 1, 2020 Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
15th May 7, 2020 Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
30th May 22, 2020 Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
8th May 30, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
15th and SAKA DAWA (effects multiply 100 million times)

Some say the whole next month has multiplying effects, though it’s unclear how many times

June 5, 2020 Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
30th and partial SOLAR ECLIPSE June 21, 2020 Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
8th June 28, 2020 Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
15th and partial lunar eclipse and Offering to all Protectors (effects multiply 100 million times) July 5, 2020 Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
30th July 20, 2020 Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
Buddha’s first turning of the Dharma-Wheel (effects multiply 100 million times) July 24, 2020 Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
8th July 28, 2020 Monday, July 27, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
15th August 3, 2020 Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
30th August 19, 2020 Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
8th August 26, 2020 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
15th September 2, 2020 Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
30th September 17, 2020 Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
8th September 24, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
15th October 1, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
30th October 16, 2020 Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
8th October 24, 2020 Thursday, October 23, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
Kyabje Trijang Parinirvana (effects multiply 100 million times) October 28, 2020 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
15th October 31, 2020 Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:30:00 pm
Buddha’s return from deva-land (effects multiply 100 million times) November 7, 2020 Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:30:00 am
30th November 15, 2020 Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11:30:00 am
8th November 22, 2020 Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 11:30:00 am
15th and partial lunar eclipse November 30, 2020 Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 11:30:00 am
Kyabje Ling Parinirvana (effects multiply 100 million times) December 6, 2020 Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:30:00 am
Je Tsongkhapa Parinirvana (effects multiply 100 million times) December 10, 2020 Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 11:30:00 am
30th and solar eclipse (effects multiply 100 million times) December 14, 2020 Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 11:30:00 am
8th December 22, 2020 Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:30:00 am
15th December 29, 2020 Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:30:00 am
Jetsun Choegi Gyaltsen Parinirvana (effects multiply 100 million times) January 2, 2021 Friday, January 1, 2021 at 11:30 am
30th January 13, 2021 Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11:30 am
8th January 21, 2021 Tuesday, January 20, 2021 at 11:30 am
15th January 28, 2021 Wednesday, January 27 at 11:30 am
Thanksgiving to Dharma-Protectors (effects multiply 100 million times) February 10, 2021 Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:30 am
30th February 11, 2021 Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 11:30 am
Tibetan New Year (effects multiply 100 million times from this day for 15 days) February 12, 2021 Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:30 am
Miracle Day (effects multiply 100 million times) February 27, 2021 Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:30 am
Kyabje Rabten Parinirvana (effects multiply 100 million times) March 2, 2021 Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:30 am
30th March 13, 2021 Friday, March 12, 2021 at 11:30 am
8th March 21, 2021 Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:30 am
15th March 28, 2021 Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 11:30 am

His Holiness’ livestream 

His Holiness The Dalai Lama offers teachings and empowerments from time to time.  You can receive them via his livestream channel.

Please visit https://www.dalailama.com/live

Volunteers

We are absolutely wholeheartedly dedicated to serving you the best we can to provide you the valuable teachings of Buddha. Please kindly understand our centre is entirely run by volunteers. Therefore, we ask you to please kindly study our website first to see if it answers your questions before contacting us.  We will try to respond to your inquiries as soon as possible. Thank you for your kind understanding and compassion. We look forward to sharing Buddhism with you and welcoming you to our centre. Let us know if you would like to be added to our mailing list for updates and new class schedules.

Contact information: info@compassionbuddha.ca

Please find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Landofcompassionbuddhaedmonton/

Please kindly note our Facebook page exists but we are not updating it right now.

Hours open

The centre is open ONLY during our scheduled events right now.  Thank you for your kind understanding.

Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple

Celebrating His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s birthday with some cake 🙂

Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple - photo by our friend
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple – photo by our friend
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple - photo by our friend
Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Tibetan Buddhist centre or temple – photo by our friend