Newsletter April 2023


Special Events and on-going classes and practices, both at the Center and streaming on Zoom, are described and links provided.

On Saturday, April 1st, Lama Tsering will visit Dorje Ling, teaching on Guru Yoga and the Four Empowerments. On Sunday, April 16, there will be the Riwo Sang Chod smoke offerings, and on Saturday, April 22, there will be an Orientation for new and prospective students.

Plus pujas, ngondro, and meditation practices. See below.

photo credit: Jude Foster

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About Lama Tsering:

Born in the US, Lama Tsering served H.H Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche as his translator for more than I1 years. After completing a three year retreat in 1995, she was ordained as a lama and recognized by Rinpoche as a holder of the Red Tara lineage, authorized to give teachings and empowerments. In the same year she was invited to teach in Brazil where she moved shortly thereafter.

Her warm and humorous style reflects Rinpoche's own humor and empathy, with focus on cultivating compassion, training the mind, and applying the dharma in daily life. She teaches and conducts retreats in many cities across Brazil, Chile, New Zealand and Australia as well as returning each year to fulfill the requests of her students in North America.

Lama Tsering is the resident lama and director of Chagdud Gonpa Odsal Ling in São Paulo, Brazil, where she conducts retreats, teachings and ceremonies, and frequently travels throughout Brazil and worldwide in order to teach.

She is currently coordinating the construction of The Nagmo Forest Project in Cotia /Brazil - along with her husband Lama Padma Norbu.

Orientation to Dorje Ling

Saturday, April 22, 11:00 am


So many people have reached out in the last year to sign up for our emails and connect with Dorje Ling. You might be new or fairly new to Buddhism, or new to Tibetan Buddhism, and definitely new to Dorje Ling. On Saturday, April 22 at 11:00 am, we are offering an orientation meeting and you are warmly invited. What are the basic teachings of the Buddha? What does taking refuge mean? How does the sangha (the community of practitioners) work? What are the best practices for beginners? What are the special features of the Nyingma lineage that Dorje Ling follows? How can you learn more?  


We’ll also show you around, sharing the history of this center, introducing the temple inside and stupa outside, and recommending some good texts and books to bring to your Buddhist path.. Whether you have started attending or have never visited before – it’s all good - we’ll start where we are! We plan to continue with more orientations and discussions in future months.

Photo credit: Jude Foster


Riwo Sang Chod

"The Mountain of Burnt Offerings"

Smoke Offering for the Troubled World

Sunday, April 16, 3:00-5:00 pm

Outside at Dorje Ling

This is an offering of white and sweet substances, not a dharma burn. We provide the substances and have texts available, You are invited to bring tsog food offerings for the sangha.

Photo: Mark Fry attends the smoke offering in March. Photo Credit: Jude Foster

Practices and Classes

April 2023


His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

Ngondro Practice

and Teaching Schedule

Practice: All Sunday mornings 11:00-12:15


Resume on April 9, 12:20-1:30, and will continue all following Sundays in April

Classes taught by Matthew Small

Offered both at Dorje Ling and on Zoom

We have printed texts at the temple and we share screen the text for Zoom attendees.

The Ngondro is a preliminary practice for students who want to enter the path of Vajrayana Buddhism. It provides a spiritual foundation by which we can refine our body, speech and mind in order to become a more suitable vessel to receive Buddhism’s blessings. 

Doing a regular Ngondro practice builds compassion, integrity and perseverance. 

Practitioners gain the confidence and clarity we need as we begin to progress along the path. 

We practice the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro, which we have received from a close and direct lineage. This Ngondro was written by Dudjom Lingpa and his reincarnation, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche. Dudjom Rinpoche himself appointed Ven Gyatrul Rinpoche, our Spiritual Director, to establish Yeshe Nyingpo centers in the West, (including Dorje Ling in 1980).

Ngondro Zoom link

Meditation Class

Wednesday nights


Offered in person

at Dorje Ling

No prerequisites needed

Everyone invited

Drop-ins encouraged

Buddhist meditation is a practice of wakeful presence. During meditation, everything outside ourselves is left as it is. Attention is focused on the present moment. The purpose of meditation is to wake up from the maze of habitual distractions and dissatisfactions. The goal is to be simply present, to experience things as they are.

There are many different types of Tibetan Buddhist meditation. Currently, these Wednesday night sessions are a survey of different techniques, including: silent sitting practices with awareness on the breath, like calm abiding; analytical practices like insight meditation; loving-kindness, and compassion meditations like sending and receiving. 

These Wednesday night sessions are an evolving exploration of the different types of meditation Buddhism has to offer. We practice together in the shrine room.

Lunar Day Puja Schedule

The Arya Tara puja is offered in the Shrine Room

We have texts available.

Please bring a tsok (food) offering to share.

Puja Times: 4:00-6:30 Pacific

Full Moon

Arya Tara

Wednesday, April 5


All the remaining pujas are offered with streaming from Tashi Choling.

We have texts available.

If you attend in person, please bring a tsok (food) offering to share. You can also use the link to attend online from your own home.

Dakini Day

Yeshe Tsogyal 

Saturday, April 15

New Moon

Troma Nagmo

Thursday, April 20

Guru Rinpoche

Sunday, April 30


What is a puja?

Puja is a Sanskrit word which means worship. A puja is a Deity Yoga ritual that generally involves liturgy and visualization. Performing pujas is very beneficial for the energy of the Dharma Center and for the participants themselves. 

PHOTO: This lovely print of a Thangka of Dorje Palmo, was donated to Dorje Ling by student Diane Taudvin. It is now in the shrine room.

Zoom LInk and All You Need to Know to Attend Pujas

Come and Visit Dorje Ling

Blossoms beginning soon.

The stupa in sun and

Mt. St. Helens in the background. . .

Meditation Class, Pujas, Smoke Offering, Ngondro Practice

are all offered at the temple

Although some events are offered on Zoom as well as in person, it's empowering to gather together as a sangha whenever possible. You are also welcome to come and practice, to use the library, to circumambulate the stupa, to sit on the lawn and take in the magnificent view, to take our private path down to the Wildwood Trail, to garden, etc. 

To visit, call or text: (541) 821-7659

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