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Lama Karma Chotso Will Be Teaching in the Bahamas

Please register for this event at: SivanandaBahamas.org


Greetings from the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas! In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, our prayers are with the people of the Bahamas and the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, which suffered the brunt of that massive weather event.

The ashram staff are safe and the buildings and grounds have sustained no damage. Thankfully, New Providence, Nassau, and Paradise Island were not in the direct path of the storm, and hurricane preparation and evacuation protocols were in place. For more information on how to help the people on our sister islands, please read here.

 Our message to potential guests says that the best way to contribute to the Bahamas and support the ashram’s well-being right now is to make their plans to visit. This is the perfect time to be promoting your program!



ON DEATH AND DYING

A two weekend seminar taught by Lama Karma Chotso.

What is death? What does the mind experience when dying? How does one assist another person in their transition from this life? How do we prepare for our own death?

These and other questions on death and dying will be discussed in this seminar. Lama Karma Chötso will teach relevant sections from books such as The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Translation of Tibetan title: The Great Liberation by Hearing in the Intermediate States), adding from her own experience as a hospice chaplain, and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for the past 36 years.

The sessions will include teachings, discussions, meditations, and sessions for practicing dying.

This seminar is open to the public and recommended for anyone concerned with the above questions, who works and/or lives with the terminally ill. The Tibetan Buddhist view on death and dying can add new perspectives and practices that bring support, understanding and compassion to the last actions of this life.

Dates and Suggested Donation
Weekend 1:

November 16-17 – Saturday Sessions: 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00
Sunday Session: 2:00-5:00
(Suggested Donation for the Weekend: $90 / $75 for OABC Members)

Weekend 2:
December 7-8 – Saturday Sessions: 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00
Sunday Session: 2:00-5:00
(Suggested Donation for the Weekend: $90 / $75 for OABC Members)

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Click below to register:

Nov
16
Sat
2019
Seminar On Death and Dying: Part 1
Nov 16 – Nov 17 all-day
Lama Karma Chotso, Resident Teacher at Open Awareness Buddhist Center
Lama Karma Chotso, Resident Teacher at Open Awareness Buddhist Center

ON DEATH AND DYING

A two weekend seminar taught by Lama Karma Chotso.

What is death? What does the mind experience when dying? How does one assist another person in their transition from this life? How do we prepare for our own death?

These and other questions on death and dying will be discussed in this seminar. Lama Karma Chötso will teach relevant sections from books such as The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Translation of Tibetan title: The Great Liberation by Hearing in the Intermediate States), adding from her own experience as a hospice chaplain, and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for the past 36 years.

The sessions will include teachings, discussions, meditations, and sessions for practicing dying.

This seminar is open to the public and recommended for anyone concerned with the above questions, who works and/or lives with the terminally ill. The Tibetan Buddhist view on death and dying can add new perspectives and practices that bring support, understanding and compassion to the last actions of this life.

Dates and Suggested Donation
Weekend 1:

November 16-17 – Saturday Sessions: 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00
Sunday Session: 2:00-5:00
(Suggested Donation for the Weekend: $90 / $75 for OABC Members)

Weekend 2:
December 7-8 – Saturday Sessions: 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00
Sunday Session: 2:00-5:00
(Suggested Donation for the Weekend: $90 / $75 for OABC Members)

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Click below to register:




Nov
17
Sun
2019
Chanting, Butterlamp offerings & prayers
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Butterlamps Prayers at Open Awareness Buddhsit Center - MiamiBuddhism.com
Butterlamps Prayers

Chanting, butterlamp offerings &  prayers.

Sundays
9 a.m.

The offering of Butterlamps is a very auspicious and meritorious event.

In general, making offerings is an extremely important method for the practitioner to accumulate merit. The attainment of the state of enlightenment occurs when we have brought to full perfection our accumulation of merit. In particular, the method of offering bowls of saffron water is an excellent way of accumulating merit because it is an act of generosity in which you have no greed. You don’t have any particular attachment to the water, so it is a way to offer that which we have no concept of possessing. It is also excellent to offer the butterlamps, candles or light because this act of offering this light symbolizes burning away our mental afflictions of desire, aggression, greed, jealousy, pride and so forth.

If you are just doing something ordinary but you have a lot of support, you have a lot of people behind you, you have a lot of money, you have power behind you, it is easier to accomplish your aims. It is the same thing to rely on an authentic lineage. That is the support we need to bring our practice to fruition.

More on Butterlamps

Yoga in a Sacred Place with Wei Lin
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wei Lin Yoga in a Sacred Place - miamibuddhism.com Anusara, Ashtanga, Hot yoga, Kundalini, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Vinyasa.
Wei Lin Yoga in a Sacred Place – miamibuddhism.com
Anusara, Ashtanga, Hot yoga, Kundalini, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Vinyasa.

Yoga in a Sacred Place
with Wei Lin

Sundays
2 p.m.

Taught in the Shrine Room or Garden of Merit.
$20 payable to Wei Lin.

Wei was first introduced to yoga in early 2000 as a way to keep fit, physically and mentally, for his busy schedule as a massage therapist. From his very first classes with Yogis Bonnie Quiceno and Peter Barber, he was hooked! Since then, Wei practiced yoga on and off for about 14 years with different teachers in different styles such as Anusara, Ashtanga, Hot yoga, Kundalini, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Vinyasa. Having practiced in various different forms, he came to realize that all forms of yoga have the spirituality aspect in common. In 2014, he decided to go deeper into his study by taking an intensive yoga teacher training and became a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher.

“Yoga has brought me much balance, strength, knowledge, wisdom, peace, happiness, and love. And I wish it will do the same for you.”

Wei Lin
954-439-4861
Licensed Massage Therapist & Yoga Instructor

Nov
19
Tue
2019
Foundations of Buddhism & Meditation
Nov 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

MiamiBuddhism.com Open Awareness Buddhist Center Sangha, dharma classes, meditation miamibuddhism.comFoundations of Buddhism & Meditation
by Lama Karma Chötso

Tuesdays
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Suggested Donation: $20
* No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

About The Venerable Lama Karma Chotso

Nov
20
Wed
2019
Chenrezig Practice
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Chenrezig Practice at Open awareness Buddhist center, Miamibuddhism.com
Chenrezig Practice at Open awareness Buddhist center, Miamibuddhism.com

Chenrezig Chanting Practice

Wednesdays
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

MOVED TO WEDNESDAY EVENINGS!

CHENREZIG, THE BODHISATTVA OF COMPASSION (chanted with Tibetan phonetics)

THE KING OF ASPIRATION PRAYER (chanted in English)

CALM ABIDING MEDITATION (silent)

These practice sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. for one hour.

The sacred practice of Chenrezig was favored by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche as most beneficial to western students. Yidam practice in general is one of the most powerful Vajrayana methods for achieving enlightenment.

The practice of Chenrezig is required daily of all dharma path students and is highly recommended as an essential practice for all dharma students that have received the empowerment.

Chenrezig Practice at Open awareness Buddhist center, Miamibuddhism.com

Chenrezig’s mantra is
om mani peme hung.
The mantra recitation is suggested for all to do.

Lama Karma Chötso chants Perfect Seeing:

 

Nov
23
Sat
2019
November Merit Day
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

Garden of Merit Stupa Open Awareness Buddhist Center Miamibuddhism.com Feature Southernmost Tibetan stupas in the U.S. They were built to counter negativity and balance the elements, thereby benefiting the physical environment and all the beings sharing that environment. A basic design was shown by Buddha Shakyamuni when his disciples asked him how a reliquary should be constructed and what it should symbolize. The Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism has kept the basic design. These four stupas in Miami, Florida were built to face the four cardinal directions and symbolize various events in the life of the Buddha. Come experience the peace of our garden.

November Merit Day

Please join the Open Awareness Sangha for Merit Day on Saturday, November 23rd between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM as we perform much needed yard work and maintenance tasks around the property. Extra help is requested this month so that we can mark the end of another hurricane season by removing our storm shutters!  This is a great opportunity to make a personal connection with the Dharma Center, meet fellow Sangha members, and most importantly to gather Merit to remove obstacles and facilitate a deepening of your Dharma practice. Any amount of time you can offer to help would be greatly appreciated. Hope to see you there!

No experience necessary, All welcome!

Nov
24
Sun
2019
2019 Annual Sangha Meeting and Fall Pot Luck Lunch
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

2019 Annual Sangha Meeting and Fall Pot Luck Lunch

Open Awareness Buddhist Center will be holding its Annual Sangha Meeting and Fall Pot Luck Lunch on Sunday November 24th.  This is an important yearly gathering of the Sangha where OABC Board members are elected; upcoming events are announced; and important Sangha issues are discussed. It is also a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and to meet the other Dharma practitioners who consider OABC to be their spiritual home.  All members and friends of the Open Awareness community are welcome to attend any or all of the activities planned for the day. The day’s schedule will be as follows:

  • 9:00 – 12:00  Regularly Scheduled Sunday Chanting and Butterlamp Offerings.
  • 12:00 – 2:00  Fall Potluck Lunch – Please bring your favorite Fall dish to share with the community as we celebrate the harvest and the spirit of Thanksgiving.
  • 2:00 – 4:00  Annual Sangha Meeting and Board Elections.

Hope to see you there!

Chanting, Butterlamp offerings & prayers
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Butterlamps Prayers at Open Awareness Buddhsit Center - MiamiBuddhism.com
Butterlamps Prayers

Chanting, butterlamp offerings &  prayers.

Sundays
9 a.m.

The offering of Butterlamps is a very auspicious and meritorious event.

In general, making offerings is an extremely important method for the practitioner to accumulate merit. The attainment of the state of enlightenment occurs when we have brought to full perfection our accumulation of merit. In particular, the method of offering bowls of saffron water is an excellent way of accumulating merit because it is an act of generosity in which you have no greed. You don’t have any particular attachment to the water, so it is a way to offer that which we have no concept of possessing. It is also excellent to offer the butterlamps, candles or light because this act of offering this light symbolizes burning away our mental afflictions of desire, aggression, greed, jealousy, pride and so forth.

If you are just doing something ordinary but you have a lot of support, you have a lot of people behind you, you have a lot of money, you have power behind you, it is easier to accomplish your aims. It is the same thing to rely on an authentic lineage. That is the support we need to bring our practice to fruition.

More on Butterlamps

Yoga in a Sacred Place with Wei Lin
Nov 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wei Lin Yoga in a Sacred Place - miamibuddhism.com Anusara, Ashtanga, Hot yoga, Kundalini, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Vinyasa.
Wei Lin Yoga in a Sacred Place – miamibuddhism.com
Anusara, Ashtanga, Hot yoga, Kundalini, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Vinyasa.

Yoga in a Sacred Place
with Wei Lin

Sundays
2 p.m.

Taught in the Shrine Room or Garden of Merit.
$20 payable to Wei Lin.

Wei was first introduced to yoga in early 2000 as a way to keep fit, physically and mentally, for his busy schedule as a massage therapist. From his very first classes with Yogis Bonnie Quiceno and Peter Barber, he was hooked! Since then, Wei practiced yoga on and off for about 14 years with different teachers in different styles such as Anusara, Ashtanga, Hot yoga, Kundalini, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Vinyasa. Having practiced in various different forms, he came to realize that all forms of yoga have the spirituality aspect in common. In 2014, he decided to go deeper into his study by taking an intensive yoga teacher training and became a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher.

“Yoga has brought me much balance, strength, knowledge, wisdom, peace, happiness, and love. And I wish it will do the same for you.”

Wei Lin
954-439-4861
Licensed Massage Therapist & Yoga Instructor

Nov
26
Tue
2019
Foundations of Buddhism & Meditation
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

MiamiBuddhism.com Open Awareness Buddhist Center Sangha, dharma classes, meditation miamibuddhism.comFoundations of Buddhism & Meditation
by Lama Karma Chötso

Tuesdays
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Suggested Donation: $20
* No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

About The Venerable Lama Karma Chotso

Nov
27
Wed
2019
Chenrezig Practice
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Chenrezig Practice at Open awareness Buddhist center, Miamibuddhism.com
Chenrezig Practice at Open awareness Buddhist center, Miamibuddhism.com

Chenrezig Chanting Practice

Wednesdays
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

MOVED TO WEDNESDAY EVENINGS!

CHENREZIG, THE BODHISATTVA OF COMPASSION (chanted with Tibetan phonetics)

THE KING OF ASPIRATION PRAYER (chanted in English)

CALM ABIDING MEDITATION (silent)

These practice sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. for one hour.

The sacred practice of Chenrezig was favored by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche as most beneficial to western students. Yidam practice in general is one of the most powerful Vajrayana methods for achieving enlightenment.

The practice of Chenrezig is required daily of all dharma path students and is highly recommended as an essential practice for all dharma students that have received the empowerment.

Chenrezig Practice at Open awareness Buddhist center, Miamibuddhism.com

Chenrezig’s mantra is
om mani peme hung.
The mantra recitation is suggested for all to do.

Lama Karma Chötso chants Perfect Seeing:

 

Dec
1
Sun
2019
Chanting, Butterlamp offerings & prayers
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Butterlamps Prayers at Open Awareness Buddhsit Center - MiamiBuddhism.com
Butterlamps Prayers

Chanting, butterlamp offerings &  prayers.

Sundays
9 a.m.

The offering of Butterlamps is a very auspicious and meritorious event.

In general, making offerings is an extremely important method for the practitioner to accumulate merit. The attainment of the state of enlightenment occurs when we have brought to full perfection our accumulation of merit. In particular, the method of offering bowls of saffron water is an excellent way of accumulating merit because it is an act of generosity in which you have no greed. You don’t have any particular attachment to the water, so it is a way to offer that which we have no concept of possessing. It is also excellent to offer the butterlamps, candles or light because this act of offering this light symbolizes burning away our mental afflictions of desire, aggression, greed, jealousy, pride and so forth.

If you are just doing something ordinary but you have a lot of support, you have a lot of people behind you, you have a lot of money, you have power behind you, it is easier to accomplish your aims. It is the same thing to rely on an authentic lineage. That is the support we need to bring our practice to fruition.

More on Butterlamps

Yoga in a Sacred Place with Wei Lin
Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wei Lin Yoga in a Sacred Place - miamibuddhism.com Anusara, Ashtanga, Hot yoga, Kundalini, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Vinyasa.
Wei Lin Yoga in a Sacred Place – miamibuddhism.com
Anusara, Ashtanga, Hot yoga, Kundalini, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Vinyasa.

Yoga in a Sacred Place
with Wei Lin

Sundays
2 p.m.

Taught in the Shrine Room or Garden of Merit.
$20 payable to Wei Lin.

Wei was first introduced to yoga in early 2000 as a way to keep fit, physically and mentally, for his busy schedule as a massage therapist. From his very first classes with Yogis Bonnie Quiceno and Peter Barber, he was hooked! Since then, Wei practiced yoga on and off for about 14 years with different teachers in different styles such as Anusara, Ashtanga, Hot yoga, Kundalini, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Vinyasa. Having practiced in various different forms, he came to realize that all forms of yoga have the spirituality aspect in common. In 2014, he decided to go deeper into his study by taking an intensive yoga teacher training and became a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher.

“Yoga has brought me much balance, strength, knowledge, wisdom, peace, happiness, and love. And I wish it will do the same for you.”

Wei Lin
954-439-4861
Licensed Massage Therapist & Yoga Instructor

Dec
3
Tue
2019
Foundations of Buddhism & Meditation
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

MiamiBuddhism.com Open Awareness Buddhist Center Sangha, dharma classes, meditation miamibuddhism.comFoundations of Buddhism & Meditation
by Lama Karma Chötso

Tuesdays
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Suggested Donation: $20
* No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

About The Venerable Lama Karma Chotso

Dec
4
Wed
2019
Chenrezig Practice
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Chenrezig Practice at Open awareness Buddhist center, Miamibuddhism.com
Chenrezig Practice at Open awareness Buddhist center, Miamibuddhism.com

Chenrezig Chanting Practice

Wednesdays
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

MOVED TO WEDNESDAY EVENINGS!

CHENREZIG, THE BODHISATTVA OF COMPASSION (chanted with Tibetan phonetics)

THE KING OF ASPIRATION PRAYER (chanted in English)

CALM ABIDING MEDITATION (silent)

These practice sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. for one hour.

The sacred practice of Chenrezig was favored by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche as most beneficial to western students. Yidam practice in general is one of the most powerful Vajrayana methods for achieving enlightenment.

The practice of Chenrezig is required daily of all dharma path students and is highly recommended as an essential practice for all dharma students that have received the empowerment.

Chenrezig Practice at Open awareness Buddhist center, Miamibuddhism.com

Chenrezig’s mantra is
om mani peme hung.
The mantra recitation is suggested for all to do.

Lama Karma Chötso chants Perfect Seeing:

 

Dec
7
Sat
2019
Seminar On Death and Dying: Part 2
Dec 7 – Dec 8 all-day
Lama Karma Chotso, Resident Teacher at Open Awareness Buddhist Center
Lama Karma Chotso, Resident Teacher at Open Awareness Buddhist Center

ON DEATH AND DYING

A two weekend seminar taught by Lama Karma Chotso.

What is death? What does the mind experience when dying? How does one assist another person in their transition from this life? How do we prepare for our own death?

These and other questions on death and dying will be discussed in this seminar. Lama Karma Chötso will teach relevant sections from books such as The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Translation of Tibetan title: The Great Liberation by Hearing in the Intermediate States), adding from her own experience as a hospice chaplain, and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for the past 36 years.

The sessions will include teachings, discussions, meditations, and sessions for practicing dying.

This seminar is open to the public and recommended for anyone concerned with the above questions, who works and/or lives with the terminally ill. The Tibetan Buddhist view on death and dying can add new perspectives and practices that bring support, understanding and compassion to the last actions of this life.

Dates and Suggested Donation
Weekend 1:

November 16-17 – Saturday Sessions: 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00
Sunday Session: 2:00-5:00
(Suggested Donation for the Weekend: $90 / $75 for OABC Members)

Weekend 2:
December 7-8 – Saturday Sessions: 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00
Sunday Session: 2:00-5:00
(Suggested Donation for the Weekend: $90 / $75 for OABC Members)

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Click below to register:




Dec
8
Sun
2019
Chanting, Butterlamp offerings & prayers
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Butterlamps Prayers at Open Awareness Buddhsit Center - MiamiBuddhism.com
Butterlamps Prayers

Chanting, butterlamp offerings &  prayers.

Sundays
9 a.m.

The offering of Butterlamps is a very auspicious and meritorious event.

In general, making offerings is an extremely important method for the practitioner to accumulate merit. The attainment of the state of enlightenment occurs when we have brought to full perfection our accumulation of merit. In particular, the method of offering bowls of saffron water is an excellent way of accumulating merit because it is an act of generosity in which you have no greed. You don’t have any particular attachment to the water, so it is a way to offer that which we have no concept of possessing. It is also excellent to offer the butterlamps, candles or light because this act of offering this light symbolizes burning away our mental afflictions of desire, aggression, greed, jealousy, pride and so forth.

If you are just doing something ordinary but you have a lot of support, you have a lot of people behind you, you have a lot of money, you have power behind you, it is easier to accomplish your aims. It is the same thing to rely on an authentic lineage. That is the support we need to bring our practice to fruition.

More on Butterlamps

Yoga in a Sacred Place with Wei Lin
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wei Lin Yoga in a Sacred Place - miamibuddhism.com Anusara, Ashtanga, Hot yoga, Kundalini, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Vinyasa.
Wei Lin Yoga in a Sacred Place – miamibuddhism.com
Anusara, Ashtanga, Hot yoga, Kundalini, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Vinyasa.

Yoga in a Sacred Place
with Wei Lin

Sundays
2 p.m.

Taught in the Shrine Room or Garden of Merit.
$20 payable to Wei Lin.

Wei was first introduced to yoga in early 2000 as a way to keep fit, physically and mentally, for his busy schedule as a massage therapist. From his very first classes with Yogis Bonnie Quiceno and Peter Barber, he was hooked! Since then, Wei practiced yoga on and off for about 14 years with different teachers in different styles such as Anusara, Ashtanga, Hot yoga, Kundalini, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Vinyasa. Having practiced in various different forms, he came to realize that all forms of yoga have the spirituality aspect in common. In 2014, he decided to go deeper into his study by taking an intensive yoga teacher training and became a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher.

“Yoga has brought me much balance, strength, knowledge, wisdom, peace, happiness, and love. And I wish it will do the same for you.”

Wei Lin
954-439-4861
Licensed Massage Therapist & Yoga Instructor

Dec
10
Tue
2019
Foundations of Buddhism & Meditation
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

MiamiBuddhism.com Open Awareness Buddhist Center Sangha, dharma classes, meditation miamibuddhism.comFoundations of Buddhism & Meditation
by Lama Karma Chötso

Tuesdays
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Suggested Donation: $20
* No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

About The Venerable Lama Karma Chotso

Dec
11
Wed
2019
Chenrezig Practice
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Chenrezig Practice at Open awareness Buddhist center, Miamibuddhism.com
Chenrezig Practice at Open awareness Buddhist center, Miamibuddhism.com

Chenrezig Chanting Practice

Wednesdays
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

MOVED TO WEDNESDAY EVENINGS!

CHENREZIG, THE BODHISATTVA OF COMPASSION (chanted with Tibetan phonetics)

THE KING OF ASPIRATION PRAYER (chanted in English)

CALM ABIDING MEDITATION (silent)

These practice sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. for one hour.

The sacred practice of Chenrezig was favored by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche as most beneficial to western students. Yidam practice in general is one of the most powerful Vajrayana methods for achieving enlightenment.

The practice of Chenrezig is required daily of all dharma path students and is highly recommended as an essential practice for all dharma students that have received the empowerment.

Chenrezig Practice at Open awareness Buddhist center, Miamibuddhism.com

Chenrezig’s mantra is
om mani peme hung.
The mantra recitation is suggested for all to do.

Lama Karma Chötso chants Perfect Seeing: