Calendar of Events

April 2018

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.
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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

Summer Course 2018
June 18 to July 13, 2018

Summer Course Ad 2018

We at Deer Park are so happy and incredibly fortunate to again welcome our precious teacher, the newly enthroned Ganden Tri Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin, for the 2018 Summer Program. Even with his many responsibilities and demanding schedule, Rinpoche graciously continues to visit and enrich us with his profound teachings year after year.

In addition to Rinpoche's 2-week teaching program, Geshe Tenzin Dorjee and Geshe Tenzin Sherab, Deer Park's excellent resident teachers, will each give a special one-week course. Rinpoche will also confer an Amitayus Long Life initiation.

Course Details

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Registration Form

Day of Meditation
Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Deer Park teachers and community are pleased to invite you to a Day of Meditation to be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 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

Click this link to Register for event
... ($30 suggested donation which includes lunch)

This is the first in a series planned for 2018 on the theme "Making Your Life Meaningful".
Please save the date and plan to attend all four events.

Saturday, April 21st 2018

Saturday, June 16th 2018

Saturday, Sept 22nd 2018

Saturday, Nov 10th 2018

May 19 (Sat.) - May 21 (Mon.) 2018
Nyung Nay Avalokiteshvara Fasting Ritual

May 23 (Wed.) - May 29 (Tues.) 2018 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tangyur Reading

May 29 (Tues.) 2018 6:00 p.m.
Essence of Saka Dawa
Saka Dawa Guru Puja with tsok

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Starting August 6, 2017

Sundays from 10 AM to 12 noon

The Seven-Point Mind Training

Geshe Tenzin Dorje will begin teaching The Seven-Point Mind Training this Sunday, August 6 at 10 AM as part of Deer Park's regular Sunday morning teachings.

This celebrated teaching by the Kadampa Geshe Chekawa (1101-1175) is in the genre of texts on Mind Training which are designed to generate in the mind of the student, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.

It specifically aims to transform one's self-centered focus to a focus on the welfare of others.

Students are asked to bring their own copies of the text to class.

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 is teaching
Seven Point Mind Training

Regular Monthly Pujas all beginning at 6:30 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

Tsog Dates

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.

Tara retreat – held for one or two days on weekends, one or more times a year.

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).