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

Summer Course 2022

We are so happy to announce that after two years of being unable to gather for our usual offering of teaching and practice programs, we are planning a two-week intensive study program with guest teacher Yangsi Rinpoche and one of Deer Park's resident teachers, Geshe Tenzin Sherab. 

Please note: In the interest of keeping everyone safe from Covid-19, all attendees must be fully vaccinated and boosted and wear a mask indoors, except when eating or drinking. 

  • Please carefully read 2022 Course Details to learn more about the teachers, the teachings, and the schedule.
  • This year there will be translation into English but not into Mandarin for Geshe Tenzin Sherab. Yangsi Rinpoche teaches in English.
  • Please register by Friday, June 11 using this Registration Form.
  • Review Housing Options to learn more about local accommodations.

The Schedule at a Glance
Monday, July 4 to Saturday, July 9, 2022
No teachings Wednesday, July 6 in order to celebrate the birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Yangsi Rinpoche, Geshe Lharampa and President and Professor of Buddhist Studies at Maitripa College, will teach the theory and practice of Mahamudra based on the root text by Panchen Losang Chökyi GyaltsenHighway of the Conquerors: the Mahamudra Root Text of the Precious Geden Oral Transmission, as well as the auto-commentary Lamp So Bright: An Extensive Explanation of the Mahamudra Root Text of the Precious Geden Oral Transmission.

Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15, 2022 
Venerable Geshe Tenzin Sherab, Geshe Lharampa and one of Deer Park’s excellent resident teachers, will review and then continue his commentary on the Special Insight section of Acharya Kamalashila's Middle Stages of Meditation. Special Insight ties in very well with the study of Mahamudra.
This text is considered a meditation manual and is a favorite of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama who has said, "This text can be like a key that opens the door to all other major Buddhist scriptures."

Both teaching programs will have morning and afternoon sessions.

Similar to previous Deer Park summer courses, a delicious lunch will be provided.
We hope you will be able to join us for some or all of this wonderful and auspicious program.
Thank you!

Deer Park Sunday Teachings have resumed starting
March 27, 2022

Geshe Tenzin Sherab gave the final 2021 Sunday teachings of the Wisdom Chapter of Shantideva's "Guide to a Bodhisattva's Way of Life" on December 19, 2021. These Sunday teachings have resumed in March 2022.

Deer Park Scheduled Pujas
Deer Park in-person and live-stream pujas will continue without interruption during the year.

The vaccinated and masked public are invited to attend scheduled pujas at Deer Park.
Every month, in-person and live stream Pujas on the First Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (Central Time) will alternate between Tara Puja and Medicine Puja. At 6:30 p.m. there will be Guru Pujas with tsok offering on the 10th of the Tibetan calendar.
All pujas will be live-stream through the Zoom app which is free. Download App for your device if you do not have it. 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

Nyung Nay Avalokiteshvara fasting ritual,
Saka Dawa Guru Puja and Tangyur Reading
June 4 to June 14, 2022

Nyung Ne 2022

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

Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9
GTS audio teaching 4/24/22

Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9
GTS audio teaching 5-1-22

Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9
GTS audio teaching 5-8-22

Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9
GTS audio teaching 5-15-22

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).


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