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 October 18, 2019

1. Sunday, October 20 Guru Puja 1:30 – 3:30 pm 
Guru Puja: – great for purifying negative karma, removing obstacles, and accumulating positive karma
Otherwise, the Centre is still closed for cleaning and transition.
2. Resuming November 1, 2019: 
Our regular Dharma classes, meditation classes, discussion group, Tibetan language classes, and Guru Pujas 

Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Buddhist Dharma guru puja meditation 112019

Land of Compassion Buddha Edmonton Buddhist Dharma guru puja meditation112019

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 from April 2019 to March 2020

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

Tibetan calendar India time Edmonton time (for 24 hours starting from:
30th April 5 (2019 below) Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
8th April 13 Friday, April 12, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
15th April 19 Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
30th May 4 Friday, May 3, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
8th May 12 Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
15th May 18 Friday, May 17, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
30th June 3 Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
8th June 10 Sunday, June 9, 2019 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 17 Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
30th and SOLAR ECLIPSE (effects multiply 100 million times) July 2 Monday, July 1, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
8th July 10 Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
15th and partial solar eclipse and Offering to all Protectors (effects multiply 100 million times) July 16 Monday, July 15, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
30th August 1 Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
4th and Buddha’s first turning of the Dharma-Wheel (effects multiply 100 million times) August 4 Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
8th August 8 Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
15th August 15 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
30th August 30 Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
8th September 6 Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
15th September 13 Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
15th September 14 Friday, September 13, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
30th September 28 Friday, September 27, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
8th October 6 Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
15th October 13 Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
30th October 28 Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 12:30:00 pm
8th November 4 Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 11:30:00 am
12th Kyabje Trijang Parinirvana (effects multiply 100 million times) November 9 Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:30:00 am
15th November 12 Monday, November 11, 2019 at 11:30:00 am
Buddha’s return from deva-land (effects multiply 100 million times) November 19 Monday, November 18, 2019 at 11:30:00 am
30th November 26 Monday, November 25, 2019 at 11:30:00 am
8th December 4 Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 11:30:00 am
15th December 12 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 11:30:00 am
Kyabje Ling Parinirvana (effects multiply 100 million times) December 17 Monday, December 16, 2019 at 11:30:00 am
Je Tsongkhapa Parinirvana (effects multiply 100 million times) December 21 Friday, December 20, 2019 at 11:30:00 am
30th and partial solar eclipse December 26 Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 11:30:00 am
8th January 3, 2020 Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 11:30 am
15th and partial solar eclipse January 10, 2020 Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 11:30 am
Jetsun Choegi Gyaltsen Parinirvana (effects multiply 100 million times) January 14, 2020 Monday, January 13, 2020 at 11:30 am
30th January 24, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 11:30 am
8th February 2, 2020 Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11:30 am
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

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