June Special Events

We will hold these special events for the month of Saka Dawa. Email reminders will be sent out a couple days in advance of each event.

Tsog Offering marking beginning of Saka Dawa
Tuesday June 4, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
An offering of flowers, fruits or cookies for the altar is appreciated.

Full Day Retreat – Mahayana Precepts and Vajrasattva Retreat
Sunday June 16, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • 10:00 – First session – Mahayana precepts and Bodhisattva vow
  • 10:45 – Break
  • 11:00 – Second session: guided meditation on Vajrasattva’s purification and recitation of 100 syllable mantra and Confession of Moral Downfalls (homage to 35 Buddhas)
  • 12:00 p.m. – Vegetarian Potluck Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – Third session: guided meditation on Vajrasattva’s purification and recitation of 100 syllable mantra and Confession of Moral Downfalls (homage to 35 Buddhas)
  • 2:00 p.m. – Break
  • 2:15 p.m. – 4th session Mantra recitation
  • 3:00 p.m. – End of retreat with dedication

The eight precepts to keep for 24 hours are:
1. Avoid killing, directly or indirectly.
2. Avoid stealing and taking things without the permission of their owner.
3. Avoid sexual contact.
4. Avoid lying and deceiving others.
5. Avoid toxicants: alcohol, tobacco and drugs (except for medicinal purposes).
6. Avoid eating at wrong time. (Geshe la will explain)
7. Avoid sitting on a high throne or seat with pride. Also avoid sitting on animal skins.
8. Avoid wearing jewelry, perfume, and make-up. Avoid singing, dancing or playing music with attachment.

Note: Avoid eating black foods: meat, eggs, onions, garlic and any food containing animal fat and eggs.

Update with additional details:

  • The body should be cleansed prior to attending the retreat
  • Please arrive on time. There will be a blessed water rinse at the entrance
  • The precepts are to be held for 24 hours starting from the when we begin at 10 a.m.
  • We will have a vegetarian potluck lunch at 12 p.m.


This retreat coincides with the full moon, so there will be no evening full moon Tara prayer for June.

Thank you!

On behalf of H.E. Neten Tulku Rinpoche and Geshe Trinly, we offer our heart-felt appreciation for everyone who purchased a ticket, volunteered, donated or sponsored our fundraiser for Jam Tse Cho Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Calgary. This fundraising event to raise seed money to purchase a larger and permanent space for our temple was a resounding success due to your generosity and support!

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.

Dalai Lama

Extended break
Geshe la especially appreciates the volunteers working hard during the weeks leading right up to the event. He would like everyone to have a break, so we will resume teachings and prayers starting Sunday May 19.