Tsog Dates 2023/24

Suggested List of Introductory Books on Tibetan Buddhism
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Prayer for the Quick Return of
Geshe Sopa Rinpoche
Composed by
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

COVID Policy for visitors to Deer Park Temple

We are now requiring all visitors to Deer Park to be vaccinated and masked-- including children under 12. This accords with guidelines of Dane County health officials to protect others and prevent the spread of COVID.


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"

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

Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Ganden Ngamcho Lama Tsongkapa Day Guru Puja with Tsok
and Opportunity to Donate to Area Food Pantry.
Open to the Masked and Vaccinated Public.
The vaccinated and masked public is invited to attend a guru puja with tsok on Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 6 PM in celebration of Ganden Ngamcho, the anniversary of Lama Tsongkapa's parinirvana.

Lama Tsongkapa was a 14th century scholar and yogi who established reforms in Tibetan Buddhism and founded the Gelug order of Tibetan Buddhism. His parinirvana is celebrated with prayers and special light offerings. 
Merit on this auspicious day is multiplied millions of times. 

Please bring some fruit or cookies, etc as tsok offering.

As part of this celebration, you are welcome to bring a nonperishable food item which Deer Park will donate to an area food pantry.

You can bring your donation to Deer Park at any time starting Saturday, December 17 and up until the puja on Sunday, December 18.

Please bring your donation to the main temple second floor prayer hall where a table will be set up for this purpose.

This puja will not be livestreamed

Deer Park's Last Teaching of 2022 and
Winter Break Monthly Pujas to Continue during Winter

Last Teaching of 2022

Deer Park's last teaching of the year will be on Sunday, December 18 at 10 AM. 
This will be followed by a winter break, after which regular Sunday morning teachings will resume around
mid-March 2023.
Monthly Pujas to continue during Winter
During winter break, Deer Park will continue to host monthly
Guru Pujas on the 10th of the Tibetan lunar calendar.
Also, Medicine Buddha puja alternating with Tara Puja will continue
to be held on the first Wednesday of each month.
Pujas start at 6:30 p.m.  
All events will be announced via email as usual.

Nyung Nay Avalokiteshvara fasting ritual - May 27 to 29, 2023
Saka Dawa Guru Puja and Tangyur Reading - May 30 to June 4, 2023

Nyung Nay 2023 details

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

Bodhicarayavatara Chapter 9
GTS audio teaching 10/16/22

Bodhicarayavatara Chapter 9
GTS audio teaching 10/23/22 Reat of Wisdom Chapter

Bodhicarayavatara Chapter 9
GTS audio teaching 10/30/22 Dedication Chapter

Bodhicarayavatara Chapter 9
GTS audio teaching Dedication Chapter verse 4-9

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).


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