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Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Minneapolis, MN
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Gungbar Chungtsang Rinpoche will be providing teachings in Tibetan every Saturday and Sunday in addition to the already scheduled teachings. View a detailed schedule here: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=gyuto.us%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Chicago 
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This is an update on the Nyung Ne retreat this weekend at Guyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery.  As previously announced, the retreat is in conjunction with Saka Dawa, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Shakyamuni Buddha.

At 9:00 pm on Friday evening, May 29,  Geshe Ahten will provide teaching and instruction on the retreat.  This will provide those participating with an understanding of the purpose of the retreat and how it is conducted.  On Saturday morning, May 30 at 5:00 am, the actual retreat will begin with the taking of the Mahayana Vows, including the 5 lay vows and the 3 one day vows.  The retreat itself will begin after this.

Retreatants can leave for the day at the end of prayers.  However, because of the strict dietary vows and the vow of silence during the second day of the retreat, and because of the early starting time each morning, those attending may find it easier to remain at the monastery until the retreat ends on Monday morning.  Please bring your own bedding, the needed toiletries and a change of clothing.

As a reminder, note that there will be no teaching on Saturday evening, May 30 because of the retreat.  Teaching will resume on Saturday June 6.  A schedule of June events will follow soon.

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Teachings from Venerable Geshe Ajan are now available online.  Please see the Teachings tab for details.  Note the current uploads only run through August 23rd, 2014, more are being processed, and will be made available as they are completed.

Gyuto Monastery Monks & Tibetan Nuns will host a
Thanksgiving Day Event:
All Day Mantra Retreat and Long Life Puja for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, 10am- 4pm.
 
The Gyuto Monastery's Thanksgiving Day Mantra Retreat and Long Life Puja for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is an open-to-the-public, free event for those who want to spend part or all of the day in a dedicated Dharma practice with some of our community’s monks and nuns. 
 
Everyone is welcome. It is acceptable to attend all day or just part of the day on a walk-in basis. Hours are 10am-4pm at Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery at 2605 Taylor St. NE, Minneapolis, 55418.
 
The morning practice will begin at 10:00 am, will include Green Tara, Shakyamuni, Chenrezi, Amitabha and Guru Rinpoche mantras dedicated to peace and especially to the millions of turkeys and other animals whose lives are sacrificed for
Thanksgiving Day. 
 
The long life prayers dedicated to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will be in morning and afternoon programs. Everyone, especially the Tibetan community, is encouraged to attend. 
 
A sponsored vegetarian lunch and tea will be served. If you plan to attend and can RSVP, this will help plan food quantities.  Donations accepted,100% of proceeds benefiting Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery.
 
NOTE: The regularly scheduled Lama Chopa puja also remains scheduled for 7pm at Gyuto on the Thanksgiving Day, November 28th.

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Please note that because of activities associated with the visit of the Sakya Trizin this weekend, teaching at Gyuto has been cancelled this Saturday, July 27.  Geshe Ajan will resume teaching on Saturday August 3.

Please see the Calendar on our site for more details about our up-coming events.

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Geshe Ajan, who served Gyuto for many years, and is remembered by some of us as Gangkar Rinpoche's attendant has returned to Minnesota.  He plans to stay and teach at Gyuto for the next several months.  His teaching topics have not yet been announced, and an update will be provided when this is determined.  Geshe-la is an exemplary teacher in his own right, and we are fortunate to have him with us.  He will begin teaching this Saturday, June 29 at 7:00 pm.  A full schedule for Gyuto events in July will follow shortly.  Check back to the calendar for updates.

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Our April schedule is now available on the calendar.

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Thanksgiving Day Mantra Retreat for Peace & for Animals on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, 10am- 4pm --hosted by Gyuto Monastery Monks and Tibetan Nuns in Minneapolis.

The Thanksgiving Day Mantra Retreat for Peace & for Animals is an open, free event for those who want to spend part or all of the day in a dedicated dharma activity with some of our community’s monks and nuns. This day’s mantra practice will be dedicated to peace, and especially to the millions of turkeys, cows, chickens, pigs, and other animals whose lives are sacrificed for Thanksgiving Day.

Everyone is welcome to join in meditation or participate in the chanting. It is acceptable to attend all day or just part of the day on a walk-in basis. Hours are 10am-4pm at Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery at 2605 Taylor St. NE, Minneapolis, 55418.

A sponsored vegetarian lunch and tea will be served. If you plan to attend and can RSVP, this will help plan food quantities. (RSVP to nancydadak@gmail.com.) Donations accepted,100% of proceeds benefiting Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery.

The monks and nuns will lead participants in three sessions of mantras: Amitabha, Shakyamuni and Chenrezig mantras. The short written mantras will be available at the Monastery.


Amitabha is called the Buddha of Immeasurable Light and the Buddha of the Pure Land of Sukhavati (Tibetan - Dewachen). Practitioners who recite the mantra of Amitabha Buddha with devotion will direct consciousnesses into the pure land after death.

Shakyamuni Buddha, “the Awakened One”. Through simply hearing this mantra, a vast accumulation of merit will be gained and all karmic obscurations will be purified, and obstacles will not occur. By reciting this mantra only once, all harmful actions you have committed throughout 800,000 kalpas will be purified.

Chenrezig, “the Compassion Buddha”. Saying the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. It is said that all the teachings of the Buddha are contained in this mantra.

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The Ven. Taklung Matul Rinpoche will offer a teaching "Fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism" at Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery on Saturday, July 7th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Rinpoche will offer a question and answer session during the last half hour of his teaching. Everyone is welcome, there are no prerequisites, and the event is free. Free will offerings accepted.

Please note:  This teaching will be followed by the regularly scheduled lecture by Roger Jackson at 7pm.

Biography of Taklung Matul Rinpoche–

"Taklung Matul Rinpoche is a delightful master who speaks English. He is much loved for his ability to communicate the Dharma and he manifests joy and kindness." 
Tenzin Kunzang Jigme Rinpoche, the seventh H.H. Taklung Matul Rinpoche, was born in 1977 to Ngawang Tendar and Deden Zangmo.  In 1987, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama formally recognized him as the reincarnation of the sixth H.H.Taklung Matul Rinpoche, Thupten Jigme Choechok.  He has received the traditional Taklung Kagyu teachings from H H Taklung Shabdung Rinpoche Thupten Jangchup Choeki Nima, and is considered the head of the Taklung Kagyu lineage.  He also received his formal training including Buddhist philosophical studies under the guidance of H. H. the Dalai Lama at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics School, Dharamsala, and completed his Sutra and Tantra studies in 2003.  Currently, Rinpoche resides in Manali, Kulu, in Himachal Pradesh, India.

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Join the Gyuto Monks at the Interfaith Prayer event on July 1st at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Avenue South in Minneapolis at 2:00 p.m.  More details in the link below.
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