Dear sangha and friends,
Due to the more recent restrictions and recommendations made by local and national health authorities regarding the Coronavirus, CTBCC Officers and Board members have made the difficult decision to cancel all classes and activities at CTBCC until further notice. We are sorry for the inconvenience, however, the health and safety of our members is our primary concern. As we contemplate the severity of this pandemic, we understand that this too is impermanent and when it passes we will resume our previous schedule in order to continue to provide you and our community with the precious teachings of the Buddha.
During this time of "social distancing", we will remain in contact with you and maintain a presence on Facebook. We encourage all to take advantage of this opportunity to continue to study, listen to teachings and practice meditation. We have also been informed by our spiritual director, Venerable Losang Samten, that he will be live streaming Sunday Dharma services beginning Sunday, March 22nd, from 8am to 9:30 am MST(our time zone), for all those that would like to join in. In addition, the Philly sangha will be offering some prayers and Medicine Buddha mantras via a Zoom meeting that all can participate in, on Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:00 pm MST (our time zone). This will include Refuge prayer and 108 mantra recitations that will be offered each week for our protection and for the benefit of all beings. Links for both of these activities will be posted weekly on their website: https://www.tibetanbuddhist.org. What a wonderful way to stay connected with the sangha and our dear teacher, Losang!
As always, thank you for trusting us and for being a part of our sangha. Let's come together, during this difficult time, in prayer and open our hearts toward all those that have been affected by the virus and those who serve the most vulnerable in our country and the world. At times like this, it becomes so apparent that we are truly interdependent; we truly depend on others for our health and our lives!
Blessings to all from CTBCC Officers and Venerable Losang Samten!
OM MANI PADME HUM
We are a non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to sharing the Dharma with the community of El Paso and the surrounding area. Our mission is to stimulate the cultivation of compassion and loving-kindness based on the philosophy and methods taught by his His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Losang Samten and his family fled Tibet in 1959 to Nepal and later moved to Dharamsala, India in 1961. Losang studied at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and later joined the Namgyal Monastery where he earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy and Debate in 1985. He also became a scholar of the Sutra and Tantra teachings, a ritual dance master, chief artist of sand mandalas displayed throughout the United States, and served as a personal attendant for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Losang moved to Philadelphia in 1989 and is the Spiritual Director of several spiritual centers in North America.
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- H.H. Dalai Lama
Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Center
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