Calendar of Events

Updated Covid Policy
July 28, 2021

Deer Park is continuing its policy that only the vaccinated public can come to Deer Park.
However, we are now requiring that vaccinated visitors must also wear masks when in the temple.

Please note that children under 12 years old are requested to wear masks in the temple.

Dane County health officials are now strongly recommending the wearing of masks indoors for even vaccinated persons.

Upcoming Special Events

Suggested List of Introductory Books on Tibetan Buddhism

Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, are interested in recruiting participants to partake in their ongoing meditation research.
Click on link to get more info.

Tsog Dates 2021/22
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Prayer for the Quick Return of
Geshe Sopa Rinpoche
Composed by
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Chanting the Names of Manjusri
Recitation recommended by
His Holiness for students of
Geshe Sopa Rinpoche
(booklet layout)

1.PDF version (small file 399KB)

2.PDF version (big file 3.6MB) for printing

Listen to the audio file (152 MB file) of His Holiness' teaching in Madison, May 2013 of
Je Tsongkhapa's
"In Praise of Dependent Origination"

Note: audio file is big so please
be patient for the file to load.

Deer Park Buddhist Center Policy Regarding Shugden / Dolgyal

Geshe Lhundub Sopa Rinpoche, the founder of Deer Park Buddhist Center, did not practice or endorse the practice of Shugden.

Throughout his life, Geshe Lhundub Sopa Rinpoche fully supported His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s wish that the practice of  Shugden should not be done.

Monks at Deer Park Buddhist Center do not practice or endorse in the practice of Shugden.

It is the policy of Deer Park Buddhist Center to fully support the wishes and advice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with regard to the practice of Shugden.

Upcoming Special Events at Deer Park

In-Person Sunday Teachings to Resume for the Vaccinated Public

Starting Sunday, June 27, 2021
10 AM - 12 noon

Deer Park is pleased to announce that we will be switching from the online Zoom teachings of the Wisdom Chapter of Shantideva's "Guide to a Bodhisattva's Way of Life" by Geshe Tenzin Sherab to regular in-person Sunday teachings in the Deer Park Temple for the vaccinated public starting next Sunday, June 27 from 10 AM to 12 noon.
There will be no teachings the following Sunday, July 4 due to Independence Day, and the in-person teachings will resume the following Sunday, July 11.

As a courtesy to the Deer Park monastic community, the community of students, and to those with health issues, unvaccinated persons are requested to refrain from coming to Deer Park. We ask for your understanding and patience in this matter. Children under 12 years old are requested to wear masks upon entering the temple.

We apologize that in-person teachings will not be available online for livestream as this interferes with the sound system in the temple. However, you can access audio recordings of the teachings from this website as they become available.

Live Stream Pujas

Every month, Live Stream Pujas on the First Wednesday at 7 p.m. (Central Time) alternating between Tara Puja and Medicine Puja. Also Guru Pujas on the 10th of the Tibetan calendar will be streamed live through the Zoom app which is free. Download App for your device if you do not have it. Deer Park will no longer use Jitsi Meet to livestream events. Zoom will be used instead. Please download the Zoom app. Then click on the link and enter the meeting ID and passcode below. Please also mute audio and visual.

To use the internet:
Click on the following link:

Meeting ID: 299 365 1234
Passcode: 435299


The Nyung Nay Avalokiteshvara fasting,
Saka Dawa Guru Puja and Tangyur Reading have been Cancelled.

Weekly audio files of teachings
by Geshe Tenzin Sherab:
Geshe Tenzin Sherab

Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9
GTS audio teaching 9/26/21

Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9
GTS audio teaching 10/3/21

Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9
GTS audio teaching 10/10/21

Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9
GTS audio teaching 10/17/21

Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9
GTS audio teaching 10/24/21

Medicine Buddha

Special Dedication of Merit -Medicine Buddha Puja

Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, Deer Park Buddhist Center is offering this video recording of its resident monks’ reciting the Medicine Buddha Puja in hope of a speedy containment and eradication of the coronavirus that is affecting so many around the world.

Cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
Nyung Nay Avalokiteshvara Fasting Ritual
Saturday - May 23, 2020 – Monday - May 25, 2020

Cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
Tangyur Reading or Reading of the Collection of
Commentaries to the Buddha’s Speech

Saturday - May 30, 2020 – Friday - June 5, 2020

Cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Essence of Saka Dawa
Saka Dawa Guru Puja

Friday - June 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Day of Meditation
Stay Tuned for 2020 schedule of upcoming Days of Meditation

Saturday, 2020 Dates to be announced
8:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

The Deer Park teachers and community are pleased to invite you to a Day of Meditation to be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Deer Park Buddhist Center. The day will include morning and afternoon sessions of sitting and walking meditation along with teachings by Deer Park resident teachers, Ven. Geshe Tenzin Dorje and Ven. Geshe Tenzin Sherab. We will observe silence throughout the day in order to enjoy each other in a mindful way. All new and experienced practitioners are welcome

* Sitting & walking meditation practice in silence
* Dharma teachings in both morning and afternoon sessions
* Lunch and refreshments
* Meditation cushions but if you prefer, bring your own or feel free to sit in a chair

Started Sunday, April, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Geshe Tenzin Dorjee started teaching on the Wheel of Sharp Weapons Mind Training (Lojong)

Geshe Tenzin Dorje starded teaching on the Wheel of Sharp Weapons Mind Training (Lojong) on Sunday mornings, April 28 as part of the regularly scheduled Deer Park teachings.

The Wheel of Sharp Weapons is one of the most important Mahayana mind training texts as it teaches a very powerful method to destroy self-grasping and self-cherishing.

Geshe la will teach from a commentary by former Gandan Throne Holder, Lobsang Yeshe Tenpa Rapgye (1759 - 1815).
The commentary is roughly translated as Nectar Generating the Sprout of the Mind to Benefit Others (Shan pen nyu gu kye wei dutsi).

The commentary for this teaching is not available in English, but Geshe la states that having a commentary would be helpful to the student.

Geshe Lhundub Sopa la's book, Peacock in the Poison Grove, is one such commentary and can be purchased online.
A pdf for the root text can be found at

All are welcome to attend these teachings.

Regular Weekly Teachings and Pujas

Thursdays 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Geshe Tenzin Sherab is teaching Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life by Shantideva

Sundays 10:00 a.m. to noon
Geshe Tenzin Dorjee will teach on the Wheel of Sharp Weapons Mind Training (Lojong)

Regular Monthly Pujas all beginning at 7:00 p.m.

First Wednesday of each month
Medicine Buddha Puja or Tara Puja on alternating months

10th day of the Tibetan Month
Guru Puja with tsok. All are welcome.

25th day of the Tibetan Month
Vajra Yogini Puja with tsok
Initiation of Vajra Yogini necessary prerequisite for attendance

Please note that pujas will be cancelled on Sundays and Thursdays due to regular teachings.

Tsog Dates 2021/22

Periodic Retreats and Pujas

Nyung Ne retreat – this is a weekend long fasting retreat held near Sagadawa, the celebration of Sakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana.

Other pujas are held on special days such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Birthday, Wheel-turning day, Buddha's Descent from Tushita, and the Anniversary of Je Tsong Khapa’s Parinirvana (Ganden Ngam Cho).