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Temple of Saint Zonkava in Philadelphia We depend entirely upon the support of our members and friends for our financial and operational sustenance. Your kind contributions allow us to help our most precious resident teacher, Ven. Geshe Sonam Yeshe, and of course, to cover our operating expenses like utilities for the temple and hall. And, as we are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit religious organization, your contributions are tax-deductible. We are truly, truly grateful for the financial and spiritual offerings of all of our members and friends. Thank you.
Temple of Saint Zonkava in Philadelphia We depend entirely upon the support of our members and friends for our financial and operational sustenance. Your kind contributions allow us to help our most precious resident teacher, Ven. Geshe Sonam Yeshe, and of course, to cover our operating expenses like utilities for the temple and hall. And, as we are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit religious organization, your contributions are tax-deductible. We are truly, truly grateful for the financial and spiritual offerings of all of our members and friends. Thank you.

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The Kalmyk Brotherhood Society general meeting was held on Saturday, February 8th at 1PM.  THANK YOU to those who attended and paid their membership dues.  Elections for a new board will be held in April/May. Date and time will be determined.

Those who would like to run or vote for an office MUST be a paid member.

The deadline to pay dues to participate in this election is April 1, 2014.

The following people were nominated from the membership:

President: Alta Buruschkin and Purma Muschajew
Vice President: Darryl Pereborow and Larissa Kalatschinow
Treasurer: Brenda Cucukov and Vera Ulzinow
Secretary: Natalie Schneider
Auditors: Sanje Abuschinow, Peter Zebekow, Udbala Buruschkin

Junior Board:  Sodnam Marchio, Sara Cucukov, Ryan Pereborow and Kyle Pereborow

The Junior Board of Directors is to get the younger generation involved in all aspects of running and caring for the temple.

If you are interested in a board or a junior board position, please let us know.
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The Kalmyk Brotherhood Society will be holding a general meeting on Saturday, February 8th. All current members should plan on attending. This is also an opportunity for those interested to become members. Thank you!
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We urgently request that Congress pass a special humanitarian bill that would direct the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to reopen the permanent residency application for Samdup Lama on the grounds of his unique ability to serve the religious and spiritual needs of the congregation of Buddhists he has been ministering to since 2008.

Please consider signing the online petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/freedom-of-religion-permanent-residency-for-the-very-reverend-lharampa-lobzang-samdup-lama

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Monday, October 7, 2013 @ 7: 30 pm
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
www.therotunda.org

ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

Where is Tuva? Tuva (sometimes spelled Tyva) sits at the southern edge of Siberia, with Mongolia to its south. Over the centuries, Tuva has been part of Chinese and Mongolian empires, and shares many cultural ties with Mongolia. In 1944 it became part of the USSR, and until the late physicist Richard Feynman drew attention to it, was largely unknown to westerners. Tuva is now a member of the Russian Federation.

Admission is FREE but donations are encouraged...
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Two Day Teaching by Visiting Teacher, Lama Lena (Yeshe Kaytup)

What: “The Flight of the Garuda,” by the great Tibetan Yogi, Shabkar.

When: Friday, October 4th 7pm to 9pm (first session)

Saturday, October 5th 10 am to 12 noon (second session)

Saturday, October 5th 2pm to 4pm (third session)

Where: Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia, 9th and Spring Garden Streets (entrance on Percy Street).

Offerings: The dharma cannot be sold or have a price put on it. Therefore, in accordance with Tibetan custom, there is no “door fee” for these teachings. Rather, it is appropriate to make an offering based on what you can manage. No one will be turned away for lack of money. Think of it as “sliding scale”. If you are unsure how much is appropriate to offer the teacher, a reasonable rule of thumb is roughly the amount you earn in one hour for each hour of teachings.
Traditionally, white scarves (katak) are used to wrap offerings for presentation to the lama at the end of the teachings. Your offerings can be presented in envelopes which will be available at the door. Also due to changes in banking regulations, if you are offering checks, you are asked to please leave the “pay to” field of the check BLANK so someone on Lama Lena’s clerical staff can handle the paperwork. Thank you.

Participants may make a separate offering to our center if they wish, to help with our expenses, it is entirely discretionary, our donation box is on the table by the front door.

Live Webcast: We will be webcasting these teachings. Regarding an offering for the webcasts, you may mail a check to be offered to the Lama (our mailing address is at the bottom of the page), or you may do this through our paypal link, or if you would like to make arrangements in advance to have a kata or other offering presented to the Lama, we can work this out in advance, too. As with the live participants, please note that offerings to the Lama, and to the center, need to be made separately. For Paypal offerings, please note with the payment for whom (TBC, Lama Lena) the offering is being made. If you are participating by webcast, we do ask that you let us know in advance, especially if any arrangements need to be made. Thanks for your understanding.

About Lama Lena: Over her nearly 40 years of dharma study and practice in this lifetime, Lama Lena spent three years studying with Lama Thubten Yeshe at his monastery in Nepal, and seven years in retreat and practice in a small cave above TsoPema (home of the Holy Caves of Guru Rinpoche) under the tutelage of her root teacher, Ven. Wangdor Rimpoche. For the past 25 years she has traveled extensive with Wangdor Rimpoche as his translator and assistant. In 2005, she returned to Tso Pema to assist Wangdor Rimpoche. She currently lives on the mountain above Lotus Lake with her two kandros. When she is not traveling, teaching or translating, she works providing medical assistance to the Tibetan refugee community as well as the local Indian villagers and mountain tribespeople. At the request of H.E., Zigar Choktrul Rimpoche and Ven.Wangdor Rinpoche – as well as many Western and Tibetan dharma students – she has been traveling and teaching from the lineages she holds in an informal style that is humorous, artful, and well worth experiencing.

Registration: Registration is requested but not required, and walk-in’s are welcome. If you plan to join us however, especially if you will be coming from out of town, please let us know so that we can know how many people to expect, and so help to make your visit here even better. Please email Marian Droba at tbcretreat@gmail.com

For other questions (or answers) and further information about these teachings, please contact Tony Boris (tonyboris@gmail.com) or see below to contact Lama Lena directly.

For more information generally about Lama Lena’s travel and scheduling, please refer to the calendar section of the web site: http://www.customjuju.com/wangdorrimpoche/calendar.htm for up-to-date information, including contact phone numbers, directions, etc.

The web site is your best resource for information. For questions to Lama Lena, please e-mail wangdorrimpoche@customjuju.com

About This Teaching

“The Flight of the Garuda,” by the great Tibetan Yogi Shabka

From Shabkar’s ‘Flight of the Garuda’–

“For the yogin who realizes the indivisibility of phenomena and emptiness like a rainbow in the sky or the reflection of the moon in water, , every experience of samsara and nirvana is a play of magical illusion. Watching the play of indivisible appearances and emptiness, the yogin whose intellect and mental processes are still, is content.

….therefore, children of my heart, without regard for sessions and intervals of formal practice, in constant meditation sustain this recognition day and night!”

Offered as a natural successor to Lama Lena’s teaching at our center last summer, Tsig Sum Ne Deb, “Three Words that Strike to the Heart of the Matter,” by Garab Dorje with Commentary by Patrul Rinpoche, this year, Lama Lena will share with us her extensive practice, insight and wisdom guiding us on an experiential journey within using Shabkar’s ‘Flight of the Garuda’ as the map for finding our inner unity of the ‘One Taste’ of awakened awareness. This teaching is open and suitable for meditation practicioners, both new and advanced in practice, entering with “beginners mind.” ‘This is a rare opportunity to receive teachings from the Heart of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Shabkar lived during the 19th century and was a great eccentric wandering yogi who engaged himself in extensive retreat through the methods of direct awakening found in the Dzogchen tradition. His poetic song, Flight of the Garuda, contains the essence of his realization and insight and conveys the depths and heart of its practice.
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Planning your summer schedule? One portion of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC has case studies that expose endangered languages and cultural heritage. The Kalmyks will be featured in One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage as a case study.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an annual international exposition of living cultural heritage presented by the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The festival is free and takes place outdoors on the National Mall. It typically attracts more than one million visitors each year.

The 2013 festival will take place on June 26 – June 30 and July 3 – July 7th (please note the 2 day gap).

Please mark your calendars for this event in Washington, DC.
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Planning your summer schedule? One portion of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC has case studies that expose endangered languages and cultural heritage. The Kalmyks will be featured in One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage as a case study.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an annual international exposition of living cultural heritage presented by the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The festival is free and takes place outdoors on the National Mall. It typically attracts more than one million visitors each year.

The 2013 festival will take place on June 26 – June 30 and July 3 – July 7th (please note the 2 day gap).

Please mark your calendars for this event in Washington, DC.
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On behalf of Ulan Zalata organization, it is with great honor we inform you that Shanjin Lama of Kalmykia, Telo Tulku Rinpoche will be visiting us in Brooklyn, NY.

The welcoming event will take place on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 from 3PM to 6PM at Pavilion Meeting Room.

Our organization has asked Telo Tulku Rinpoche for his patronage. During his visit, he will be giving our organization refuge in 3 Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. We also asked Telo Tulku Rinpoche to become our teacher. Refuge ritual is the beginner Buddhist's step.
Donations are greatly appreciated at that time. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person. All collected monies will cover meeting's expenses and will be donated to the Kalmyk Khuruls' Lamas that will take part in the ceremony.

Volunteers for helping out with the event are greatly welcomed, please e-mail ulanzalata@yahoo.com for details.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this very important meeting!
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Introduction to Yoga and a short explanation of our upcoming Holiday Tsagan.

Bring along your prayer hand outs
and yoga mats or towels
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The Kalmyk Brotherhood Society (KBS) of Philadelphia is an organization founded by and for the Kalmyk Mongol people living in and around the Philadelphia area. 
The organization is committed to supporting the religion, culture, traditions and future of the Kalmyk Mongols, particularly in the United States.
Although intended to specifically work to meet the needs and interests of the Kalmyk Mongols, the Kalmyk Brotherhood Society is also open to those who have a genuine interest in learning more about the culture or religion of the Kalmyk Mongols and supporting our continuance into the future.
The Kalmyk Brotherhood Society is a non-profit organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).
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