FREE MEDITATION SESSIONS
In lieu of monthly meditation practice sessions at Windward Buddhist Temple, which is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, we are offering Zoom Meditation for all-Hawaii sangha every 4th Saturday at 10:00 to 11:00am. We offer guided Tibetan style meditations, alternating with Shamatha, Tonglen, and Heart Sutra. Please see Meditation section of this website for details.
Virtual Coffee Hour
A monthly Virtual Coffee Hour is held after Hawaii-wide meditation sessions. It is an informal gathering to check in on the needs and concerns of each other during the pandemic, as well as to plan and discuss community outreach projects. Click on the Meetup logo below for more details or to sign up (you need not attend the earlier meditation).
Zoom Meditations from Katogcholing, parent sangha
During the pandemic, Zoom meditations are offered five days every week in three time zones. Visit webitate.katogcholing.com
Zoom Medicine Buddha Meditation - December 26, 2020 10:00 - 11:00
A special Medicine Buddha Meditation for ailing members of the community was held on Saturday, December 26, 2020.
This replaced the regular Meditation Practice held on the fourth Saturday of every month for Hawaii-wide sangha.
Medicine Buddha is a practice that promotes healing for ourselves and others. It addresses all diseases and afflictions---mental, physical or spiritual---through purification of negative karma and mental obscurations. Ultimately it helps facilitate progress on the path to enlightenment.
This is an advanced practice for those who have received empowerment or permission to practice. Here are some recommended resources for preparation and study:
Recorded teachings on Medicine Buddha by Khentrul Rinpoche from https://katogcholing.com/recordings
Book by Thrangu Rinpoche on the Medicine Buddha is one of the best authentic English explanations. The visualization is a bit more elaborate than our version of Katog Choling, but keeping that in mind, one would get many useful details about the Medicine Buddha and the Medicine Buddha practice, from this book.
For those with faith, who are already in the Vajrayana Path (have taken refuge and received at least one empowerment), here is HH Dalai Lama giving the Medicine Buddha empowerment in 2008: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7YfVfmzOIs
Teachings with Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche
During the pandemic, Rinpoche gave six live webcast teachings attended by over 1,000 from all over the world.
A Live Webcast Shedra Practice Retreat was held over four weekends in November 2020.
Check Katog.org/schedule for announcements of new teachings.
Medicine Buddha Meditation
A Medicine Buddha Meditation was held on October 11, 2020 for sangha member Esti, who is healing from cancer. Led by Greg, following Rinpoche's directions, it was attended on Zoom by almost 30 from all four Hawaiian islands and beyond. This was a special event, apart from our regular meditation practices, which are all free and open to the public.
The Six Noble Actions of Compassion Based on a Text by Patrul Rinpoche
If we were to reverse our negative thoughts and actions and instead, cultivate positive thoughts and actions, we would be freed from both immediate and long-term suffering. We would experience physical and mental ease. This can be proven through logical reasoning because it is the way things operate by nature. That’s why it is an important point to study and practice. This text contains all of the methods for cultivating positive intentions and actions in our daily lives. It illustrates how by using examples and the application of “the six flavors.” These trainings are easy to apply and are profoundly beneficial.
After careful consideration and with sensitivity to all that is going on in the world, we have decided to not have anyone travel and gather in person for teachings this spring.Now Khentrul Rinpoche will be presenting The Six Noble Actions of Compassion streaming live online. This decision is for the protection of each and every one of us and our many connections, near and far, from the uncertainties and risks of the global coronavirus epidemic.
As Rinpoche wants to continue to offer dharma teachings, we hope that you can participate from your homes! All you need is a device with internet service. We ask that everyone participating register and then we will email all registrants on April 1st with details about how to join the teachings.
Saturday and Sunday, April 4th and 5th, 2020
10:00 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Hawaii Standard Time
Suggested Donation: Any amount you wish to give
Mantra Rolling July and August 2019
Many mahalos (thanks) to our hosts Margaret, Peter and Cyndi
20+ contributors, including 2 from Anchorage and Kauai Sanghas
It was a beautiful sunny day in paradise. Palm trees swayed to the trade winds along the banks of Kaneohe Bay.
Katog Mati Ling gathered together, rolling and chanting Om Ye Dharma all day long, in peace and harmony.
In total almost 300 mantra rolls were completed---153 at Margaret's, 145 more were completed at Cyndi's afterwards.
Peter hanging mantras just painted with saffron-tinted solution by Cyndi and Margaret, prepared the previous day with precious substances by Margaret, Lily, and Tommy from Anchorage Sangha.
Peter cutting a mantra. One of 300! He is later relieved by Tommy and Beth. Peter wears a bandana to avoid breathing on the sacred mantras.
Beth, Tommy, Esti from Kauai teaching us how to roll, and Greg. Notice the cool face masks, fashioned out of silk and linen---tailormade for the tropics!
Lunch Break! Enjoying Margaret's delicious home cooking are Lily, Greg, Margaret, Carol, Alyson, Esti, Tommy. Cyndi and Peter are fasting, and Beth is taking this photo (and most of the other photos ---thank you, Beth)
Margaret's back, Tommy, Buddha statue, and Greg chanting and rolling in the sacred grotto. Note blue cheat sheets with Om Ye Dharma mantra prepared by Meg. We are also aided by Tommy's ambient sound mix of Rinpoche's chanting of the mantra.
Above:Greg, Margaret, Tommy, Cindy, chanting and rolling away in the grotto
Below: Alyson and Lily chanting and rolling in tea room
Above: Carol, Beth and Cyndi chanting and rolling. Below: Meg happily rolling
We are all focused on the task at hand, mindful of this rare opportunity to contribute sacred mantras to be inserted into new statues at KatogRithrod.
Nearly 300 completed! Greg hand delivered them in October to Arkansas in time for consecration and installation.
Fabric contributed by Matt; dutsi by Ka'ohulani; camphor by Greg; labels and cedar sticks by KatogKarmaLing; ; Tibetan incense by Veronica; calendula by Yojana; hours of advice and inspiration from Kauai's Yojana, KC's Caitlyn, Wyk, Paloma and Rinpoche.