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Heart Advice from Guru to Student
A Two-Day Virtual Retreat with Khenpo Karten Rinpoche
& Guest Teacher Thich Minh Tinh (Thay Kozen)
Saturday and Sunday, February 5-6, 2022
February 5th: 9:00am-10:00am, 10:00am-12:00pm & 2:00pm-4:00pm Pacific Time
February 6th:  9:00-10:30am, 10:30am-11:00am & 11:15am-12:15pm PT

Online via Zoom–Registration via EventBrite Requested
Donation requested at $10.00 per session, $50.00 for entire retreat
No one turned away for lack of funds

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About the Retreat

We are blessed in the Monterey area to have living with us an internationally recognized and revered Buddhist scholar, Khenpo Karten Rinpoche. Khenpo Karten leads the Manjushri Dharma Center in Pacific Grove, and he is a master at relating age-old wisdom from Tibet to our busy and distracted Western ways of life. Rinpoche will be leading a virtual retreat the first weekend of February to impart “Heart Advice from Guru to Student.” Khenpo Karten will be joined by Zen master Lama Thay Kozen for part of the teachings. Together, these veteran practitioners will have rich wisdom to share with both seasoned Buddhists and members of the public who would like to get a taste of what Buddhist practice is all about. We hope to see you on zoom!

Retreat Schedule

Saturday, February 5th, 2022

Session One:  9:00am-10:00am PT:  Teaching on Metta practice by Venerable Thich Minh Tinh (Thay Kozen).  “I would like to tell the story of the beautiful Metta Sutra and the wonder filled life living the Brahmavihāra. Metta (loving kindness ) opens our hearts to living a kind and caring life; as we learn to let go of anxiety, stress, anger, ignorance and desire,” says Ven. Kozen.

Session Two: 10:00am-12:00pm PT: Venerable Khenpo Karten Rinpoche will give a teaching on Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé ‘s “Advice for Lhawang Tashi”. This general advice from the great Master covers every level of the spiritual path. Drawing upon famous statements by Atiśa and Śāntideva, the text offers ethical guidance and practical instructions for watching the mind, cultivating renunciation, compassion and devotion, and realizing the nature of all phenomena.

Session Three:  2:00pm-4:00pm PT:  Continuation & conclusion of teaching on Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé ‘s “Advice for Lhawang Tashi”.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Session Four:  9:00am-10:30am PT:  Preliminary practices to include Amitabha prayers.  Following that, Rinpoche will give teachings on the final verse in the Lam Chok Rinchen Trengwa/Precious Garland of the Supreme Path by Venerable Gampopa Sonam Rinchen.  Khenpo Karten has been teaching this text since MDC’s January 2021 retreat, and he has chosen to auspiciously close our 2022 retreat with this culmination of Gampopa’s teachings, full of wisdom accessible to all practitioners.

Session Five:  10:30am-11:00am PT:  Bodhisattva Vows, Butterlamp Offering, Closing Prayers and Dedication of Merit

Post-Retreat All Sangha Meeting:  11:15am-12:15pm PT: All Sangha Board Meeting and New Board Elections


Registration, Donation, and Zoom Participation

  • Step one: REGISTER &  DONATE via EventBrite.  Click the link to register.
    • This is a fundraiser for the Manjushri Dharma Center, so your generosity in giving $10.00 per session or $50.00 for the retreat is appreciated. If you can give an additional amount to pay for those who cannot donate at this time, that would be greatly appreciated. If you cannot donate at this time, please know there is no shame in that, and you are still welcome to join all sessions. You will indicate any amount comfortable for you to complete registration. All donations are tax deductible.  A donation of $1.00 is required to process the registration on Event Brite.   You will be able to indicate if your donation includes dana (a monetary gift for the teachers or translator).
    • Other Ways to Donate:   There are three additional ways to donate for the MDC Retreat if you prefer
      • Online via MDC Giving Page:  https://manjushridharmacenter.org/give/
        • Please select: “I would like this donation to go to a specific fund” and indicate your donation is for the retreat and/or Dana for our teachers or translator.
      • Via Pay Pal: Going directly through Pay Pal is an alternative way to give and support Khenpo Karten Rinpoche and his Dharma teachings.  Please log into PayPal directly at https://www.paypal.com/ and enter your login information. Then select “Send” and enter the following email: carmelkhenpo@gmail.com and this will reach Manjushri Dharma Center. You may put the name “Manjushri Dharma Center” in the name if it requires it. You may put a note in the payment to specify that the donation is for Dana or any specific fund or purpose. We will make sure to honor your intentions.
      • Via the Mail:  Please make checks payable to “Manjushri Dharma Center” and mail to Manjushri Dharma Center, 724 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. You may put a note in the payment to specify that the donation is for the retreat or Dana etc. We will make sure to honor your intentions.
      • For any payment questions please contact:  tPam Krone, MDC Co-Treasurer:  pamkrone@gmail.com
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About the Venerable Khenpo Karten Rinpoche

Khenpo Karten Rinpoche is an accomplished teacher and practitioner of the Karma Kagyu Lineage and is also trained in the Nyingma Lineage of Buddhism. He was born in the beautiful mountains of the Himalayas of Tibet.  At the age of twelve, he was ordained at Ja-pa monastery, where he began his formal education of reading, writing and ritual practice. At the age of fifteen having completed the basic studies, he furthered his studies in the Sutra and Tantric texts under the accomplished master Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche and Pema Tsewang Rinpoche for eight years. Subsequently Khenpo Karten Rinpoche went to the hermitage of anther accomplished teacher, Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche and completed five years of retreat under the great master. In the retreat he completed the practices of the Naropa’s six yoga, Mahamudra and many others.  In recognition of his achievements, Sangye Tenzin Ringpoche bestowed upon him the title, Khenpo Karma Lekshe Tharchin in 1994.

In 1996, he left Tibet and traveled to Dharamsala, India to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Upon His Holiness’ advice, he spent another two years doing retreat. H.H Dalai Lama also recognizing his achievement, bestowed upon him the title Khenpo Rinpoche. After his retreat, Khenpo Karten Rinpoche was requested by H.E Tai Situ Rinpoche to go to the monastery of Venerable Tsoknyi Rinpoche, to teach the young monks there.

Khenpo Karten arrived in the United States in 2008, and taught in the Monterey Bay area for the first time in September of that year. After meeting a group of prospective students and seeing the hills of Big Sur which remind him of Tibet, he returned in 2009 to make the Monterey Bay his permanent home. Since then, Rinpoche has established the Manjushri Dharma Center (MDC) in Pacific Grove, California, which has become his main teaching location and his home residence.  With unflinching faith in the precious Buddha Dharma, Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, now a U.S. citizen, bestows sacred teachings to thousands of people all over the world, with weekly teachings and events.

About the Venerable Thich Minh Tinh (Thay Kozen)

Thich Minh Tinh (Thay Kozen) is a Buddhist monk in the Zen tradition, and co-founder of the Mount Adams Buddhist Temple at the Trout Lake Abbey retreat center in Trout Lake, Washington.  For several years, Khenpo Karten Rinpoche and his sangha in Portland, Oregon have made their annual retreat at the Trout Lake Abbey, where Thay Kozen and Khenpo Karten became good friends.   Thay Kozen has been transmitted in the Vietnamese Rinzai Zen line of Thich Thien An and Thich An Giao. In addition he has studied in Japan with Nanrei Kabori Roshi, then in the US with Soyu Mastsuoka Roshi, then in Japan with Doki Suda Roshi. Matsuoka Roshi later transmitted Kozen after a period of time as the Long Beach Zen Center’s administrative assistant. It is under Matsuoka Roshi’s and Thich An Giao’s request that Kozen teaches and maintains a temple and teaches. Saito Roshi from Japan, has been a mentor and dear friend and teacher.  Saito Roshi and Kozen were both student priests over 40 years ago in Southern Japan.



About the Venerable Gampopa Sonam Rinchen

The Venerable Gampopa (སྒམ་པོ་པ་བསོད་ནམས་རིན་ཆེན།) is known as the father of the Kagyu Lineage in Tibet.  Gampopa lived from 1070 to 1153 of the common era. He was born in Central Tibet, trained in Buddha-dharma and medicine, and was known as a great doctor and healer. At age 26, there was a terrible epidemic in Tibet.  He buried both of his children, a daughter and a son, and then his wife became ill.  He promised his wife on her deathbed that he would become a monk and devote his life to Buddhism.   He knew great sorrow, losing his wife and family, but determined to become a monk and fulfill his promise.  He eventually met the great yogi Milarepa and became his foremost student. He founded the system of Mahamudra which combines the tantric teachings of the great siddhas of India with the graduated path teachings of Atisha.

Gampopa wrote a number of commentaries on Buddha’s teachings, including The Jewel Ornament of Liberation and The Instructions of Gampopa: A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path.  In A Precious Garland he gives precise instructions on what is needed to develop one’s understanding, meditation and conduct on the spiritual path for practitioners of beginning, moderate, and advanced levels. Gampopa succinctly outlines in twenty-eight categories what we need to know in order to perfect our spiritual practice–bullet points for right actions and intentions.  The text includes many inspiring and poetic descriptions of the ultimate nature of mind and reality.


About the Venerable Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye

Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé (འཇམ་མགོན་ཀོང་སྤྲུལ་བློ་གྲོས་མཐའ་ཡས་) was a Tibetan Buddhist scholar, poet, artist, physician, tertön and polymath. He was one of the most prominent Tibetan Buddhists of the 19th century and he is credited as one of the founders of the nonsectarian Rimé movement. He achieved great renown as a scholar and writer, especially among the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages and composed over 90 volumes of Buddhist writing, including his magnum opus, The Treasury of Knowledge.

Jamgön Kongtrül was affected by the political and inter-religious conflict going on in Tibet during his life and worked together with other influential figures, mainly Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892) and also with the Nyingma treasure revealer Chogyur Lingpa (1829–1870) and Ju Mipham Gyatso (1846–1912). Kongtrül and his colleages worked together to compile, exchange and revive the teachings of the Sakya, Kagyu and Nyingma, including many near-extinct teachings. This movement came to be named Rimé (Ris med), “nonsectarian,” or “impartial,” because it held that there was value in all Buddhist traditions, and all were worthy of study and preservation.



“Here is an introduction to the lineage gurus for the teaching by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye’s “Advice for Lhawang Tashi” during our retreat. The first photo is Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye and the second photo is 15th Karmapa Khakyab Dorje wearing his “Liberation on Seeing” black crown. Next in the third black and white photograph shows the son of Khakyab Dorje , Palden Khyentse Osel who is the second Jamgon Kongtrul . In the 4th photo is my root guru Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche . So this teaching was passed on from the 1st Jamgon Kongtrul to his disciple , the 15th Karmapa Khakyab Dorje then to his son the second Jamgon Kongtrul and then to my root guru Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche. And my root guru passed on this teaching to me.”

Written by Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, shared with permission 2/14/22









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Butter Lamp and Khata Offering:

At the conclusion of the retreat, Khenpo Karten will lead us in a traditional “Butter lamp offering prayer.” The offering of butter lamps symbolizes filling the world with the light of wisdom and dispelling the darkness of ignorance, which is the root of all suffering. For this prayer, please have a candle ready to light and hold during the prayer. If you have one, please also have a khata (traditional Tibetan white silk scarf) ready, so that we may make a virtual khata offering to Rinpoche and the guest lamas at the conclusion of the retreat.

Advice for the Virtual Retreat & Zoom Shrine:

This weekend, let us collectively rejoice in the decision to engage in even a few days of online retreat. We are extremely fortunate to be able to hear the liberating wisdom of the Buddha dharma. To even have the inclination to focus our efforts on study and meditation on this long weekend, when many others are just watching extra Netflix shows, is a rare phenomenon. At the beginning of the COVID shutdowns nearly a year ago, many of us marveled at the quiet, and took advantage of both the heightened awareness of suffering and the time at home to step up our meditation practice. Now, we have an opportunity to reflect on where our mind and actions are, a year into the pandemic lifestyle. Have we continued to keep up the level of spiritual practice we might have been inspired to engage in when this situation began, or have we, like so many others, settled into the “new normal” and slowly reverted to a level of distraction and busy-ness similar to what we experienced before. Let us reinvigorate our determination to take advantage of our precious human life, and remember the suffering of motherly sentient beings in samsara. Even though most of us are in our own homes, and we might have family around us and other other responsibilities in the evenings, let us make a concerted effort, for these two-and-a-half days, to disengage from the distractions of ordinary activities and focus whole-heartedly on the Dharma to the greatest extent possible. If you are able sleep in a different room than usual (or even a tent) and maintain “noble silence” during the whole weekend, that is excellent! Perhaps you are only able to shut off your cell phone between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM. That is excellent! Whatever the case, consider the level of retreat you can realistically commit to, and maintain that discipline. This will be of great benefit to you, as it will increase the merit of your hearing, contemplation and practice of the teachings during this special weekend.
Khenpo Karten Rinpoche has expressed his preference that we leave our cameras on (as willing and able) during virtual practice and teachings. It brings him joy to see all of us sangha together as if we are in one place. During this upcoming retreat, Rinpoche has a special request for us to prepare a shrine in our practice space and make it visible on camera (it is okay to position the shrine behind us), as a way to inspire each other’s practice with many pleasing offering and images of holy dharma on screen. This is of course optional, but you are warmly encouraged to do so. Traditional Tibetan Buddhist shrines typically have supports for Enlightened Body (statues or pictures of deities and teachers), Enlightened Speech (scriptures and mantras), and Enlightened Mind (represented by a crystal, mirror, or stupa), and sense offerings such as flowers, candles, incense, or a row of seven bowls of water symbolizing seven types of offerings. However, your shrine may also be as delicately simple as a flower, a candle, and a photograph of the Buddha or other holy being.

How to Specify a Donation of Dana at the MDC January Retreat 2022 (if not using EventBrite to do so)

Dana is a monetary offering to an individual–it is a sign of respect and thanks for the teachings and services provided during the retreat.  You may make a dana offering by following the steps below:

Step 1:  Fill out our Dana Donation Form to specify your wishes

Step 2:  Make Payment by credit/debit card or by check (can be part of one payment for retreat/dana at time of registration)

We will distribute your donations to each teacher in the amount you specified.

For questions, contact:  Pam Krone, MDC Co-Treasurer:  pamkrone@gmail.com


For questions & more information

Please contact David Winkler, Manjushri Dharma Center Board Vice President, +1 607 227 0558 or wink01@gmail.com.  You may also subscribe to our weekly newsletter for updates on events and written teachings delivered to your email in-box each Monday.

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