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HISTORY OF TSL EVENTS SINCE 1996

11 November 2000
Meditation and celebration at Ganden House observing Lhabab Duchen, Buddha's decent from the 33rd heavenly realm where he taught his mother the Dharma.

October 2000
Khensur Rinpoche , the former abbot of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's monastery spoke to an audience of approximately 150 at Shove Chapel.  He spoke on "Awakening Compassion" using the Eight Verses in Mind Training as the root text.  

August 2000
With the generous support of many students, TSL is able to provide Ven. Tenzin with a modest (and we hope, reliable) 1988 Toyota Cellica for her use in commuting to Boulder and Naropa University.

July 2000
A new series of classes begin which will provide and in depth review of HH the Dalai Lama's teachings in Los Angeles.  This will include the root texts "Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment," by Atisha and "Lines of Experience," by Tsong Khapa.  Chenresig meditations continue on Wednesday evenings at Shove Chapel.

July 9th, 2000
HH the Dalai Lama's birthday (July 6th) is celebrated with a potluct dinner on the lawn outside "Ganden House."  A long life prayer is recited for His Holiness.

June 2000
Several TSL students attend HH the Dalai Lama's teachings at USC in Los Angeles.  Many volunteer to support the activities there.

June 2000
Ven. Tenzin receives a monastic scholarship from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and will pursue a degree on a part-time basis, commuting from Colorado Springs.

February 14th, 2000
Ven. Tenzin begins a new series of lam rim teachings for new students. This is an "open class" and will meet every other Monday.

February 7th, 2000
Ven. Tenzin begins a three month pilot course on "Death and Impermanence."  The course is designed for the more dedicated and experienced students.  There is a commitment to attended class (only one absence permitted) and to meditate 45 to 60 minutes daily.  Classes will meet every other Monday.

February 6th, 2000
Losar Celebration
Grand Opening of "Ganden House" and Ven. Tenzin's new residence.

November 6th and 7th, 1999
Ven. Geshe Gyeltsen – “Great Compassion” and “Emptiness.”  Tenzin Dorjee provided the translation.

September 1999
Ven. Tenzin is invited to begin teachings at the United States Air Force Academy for three or four cadets that have an interest in Buddhism.

June 1999
Weekend Retreat at Fountain Valley School Mountain Campus near Mount Princeton and Buena Vista, CO.   Ven. Tenzin began teachings on the Six Far Reaching Attitudes  

May 1999
TOUR OF THE NUNS OF KHACHOE GHAKYIL (KOPAN) NUNNERY
Ten nuns from the Kopan Nunnery in Kathmandu presented present sacred music, chant, dance and art in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition during an appearance in Colorado Springs on May 4, 1999.  

April 1999
Weekend Retreat at Benet Pines.  The focus was on the Vajrasattva Purification Practice.  

February 1999
Losar Celebration (Tibetan New Year).  A wonderful potluck served in a common room of a dormitory on Colorado College.  Entertainment and music was provided.

December 1998
Weekend Retreat at Shove Chapel  

September 1998
TSL starts a new era with a resident teacher!  Ven. Tenzin Kacho began her residency in Colorado Springs
Monday evening lam rim teachings
Wednesday evening guided meditations  

June 17, 18, and 19 1998
Ven. Geshe Gyeltsen – Teachings on “Three Principle Aspects of the Path”  

June 1998
Web site re-established on Tripod.com
http://members.tripod.com/thubten_shadrub_ling  

February and March 1998
Ven. Tsenla, Eight Verses of Thought Training
Teachings at Shove Chapel  

November 1997
Ven. Thubten Chodron – Dealing with Emotion
Three evenings of lectures at the All Souls Unitarian Church
Nov. 3 - Working With Anger
Nov. 4 - Taking the Ache Out of Attachment
Nov. 5 - Transforming Guilt into Forgiveness and Self-Acceptance
Other activities - Chodron gave a lecture at The Colorado College, spoke at a local high school and held a book signing in Poor Richard's Book Store 11 AM to 1 PM on 5 Nov.  

October 20 - November 24 1997
Ven. Tenzin Kacho, from Los Angeles, presented a series of teachings and guided meditations during her month long stay. Her focus was on practice and meditations that develop the six paramitas.
Oct. 21 - Generosity
Oct. 28 - Patience
Nov 11 - Morality
Nov 18 - Effort
Nov 14-16, A weekend retreat with the focus on developing a sound meditational practice.  

July 1997
Creation of web site featuring TDL General Prayers chanted in Tibetan and Sanskrit by Ven. Geshe Gyeltsen and Tom Leech’s slide show “Sights and Sounds of Tibet.”
Hosted on pcisys.com and quietmountain.com

July 1997
Teachings on “Transforming the Mind” Ven. Thubten Dekyong (“Tsen-la”)
"Achieving Tranquillity and Mental Stabilization" Tue days, 7:30 PM at Shove Chapel on the Colorado College campus, July 15, 22, and 29.
"Understanding Emptiness, The Essence of Wisdom" Thursdays, 7:30 PM in Manitou Springs, July 10, 17, 24 and 21.
Lessons and Discussion on "Establishing a Sound Meditation Practice" 
Weekend retreat on July 18-20.

June 1997
TSL ordered tickets for 24 members and friends to attend His Holiness the Dali Lama’s visit to Los Angeles, 
June 5-8.  

March 1997
Ganden Shartse Monks constructed the Medicine Buddha sand mandala
Friday, March 7th at 8 PM in Packard Hall: Ven. Geshe Pende gave a lecture on an “Introduction to Buddhism and Buddhist Practice” and a “Purification Ritual” was conducted.
Saturday, March 8th , 9-11 AM and 2-4 PM in Shove Chapel: Geshe Pende gave teachings and meditations on Lam Rim (the path to attain enlightenment) topics.  The focus was on renunciation, altruism and emptiness.  

February 1997
Ven. Geshe Gyeltsen was in Colorado Springs February 28th through March 2nd and presented a series of lessons on the meaning and commitments related to Bodhisattva Vows. The teachings were in the residence of Joyce Treulieb-Kolostyak at 16 Via Maria Theresa in Manitou Springs on Friday at 7:30 PM and on Saturday at 10 AM and 2 PM and on Sunday at 10 AM.

February 1997
Monday, February 17th  at 7 PM in the WES Room of the Worner Center on the Colorado College Campus, Tom Leech, artist and papermaker, presented a talk and slide show entitled ”The Paper Road/Tibet Project.”  

January 31st through February 2nd 1997
About a dozen TSL members had an extraordinary experience on the retreat that took place January 31st through February 2nd.  We briefly reviewed all of Pabongka Rinpoche’s teachings in Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand.  This ambitious goal was realized through the exceptionally dedicated efforts of those attending. Seven volunteers presented 60 minute summaries on sections of the text. The retreat was a beneficial and valuable means of learning about the organization and content of the Lam Rim.  Our meditation/study was concluded on Sunday afternoon with a Tsog Ceremony, a very special expression of guru devotion led by Sesame Fowler.  TSL wishes to express our heartfelt thanks to Sesame, Magee Kress, Joyce Treulieb-Kolostyak and her family for accommodating, at the last moment, our having this retreat in Colorado Springs so that more of our members could attend.  

December 1996
Ven. Thubten Dekyong (Tsen-la) was with us during most of the month of December.  

11, 12 and13 October 1996
Ven. Geshe Gyeltsen gave teachings on “An Introduction to Buddhism in Four Lessons”   

September 1996
Dharma Lessons by Telephone began. This experiment with Geshe Gyeltsen began September 10th in the office lounge at Shove Chapel on Colorado College. Telephone Dharma is happening every Tuesday evening.  

September 1996
Performances by the Sera Je Monks:
3 PM Sunday, September 22 at Shove Chapel-Healing Ceremony of the Medicine Buddha
8 PM Tuesday, September 24 at Packard Hall-Spirit of Tibet: Wild Life, Tame Mind
The monks of Sera Je Monastery presented two separate programs in Colorado Springs.  On Sunday, September 22 at 3:00 PM at Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. the monks performed a Healing Ceremony of the Medicine Buddha featuring three scared dances renowned in Tibet for their power to restore physical and mental harmony.  On Tuesday, September 24 at 8:00 PM at Packard Hall on the Colorado College Campus they presented their multi-media program, Spirit of Tibet: Wild Life, Tame Mind which incorporated slides and video with the live performance of the monks, who were specially trained in the classical ritual arts of music, dance and mandala sand painting.   Admission to each performance was $10, $8 for students and seniors.  

August 1996
Ven. Geshe Yeshe Pheygey from Thubten Rinchen Ling in Houston, TX
gave teachings on Bodhicitta. Bodhichitta is a principle aspect of Mahayanna Buddhism.  It is expressed through an attitude unconditional love and compassion for all sentient beings.  This series of lessons  explain the role of Bodhichitta in Buddhist practice, how it can be developed and integrated into daily life through mind training and meditation.
Thursday, August 22, 7:30 PM at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Avenue
Topic: The Three Principle Aspects of the Path (Renunciation, Bodhichitta and Wisdom)
Friday, August 23, 7:30 PM at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Avenue
Topic: The Benefits of Bodhichitta
Saturday, August 24, 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Avenue
Topic:  Developing Bodhichitta Through Training the Mind
Saturday, August 24, 1:00 to 3 PM at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Avenue
Topic:  Developing Bodhichitta Through  Meditation
Sunday, August 25, 9:00 AM at Shove Chapel on the Colorado College Campus, 1010 N. Nevada
Topic:  Engaging in a Bodhisattva’s Action
Sunday, August 25, 1:00 PM.  Potluck lunch and social gathering.

May 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 1996
Ven. Geshe Gyeltsen gave teachings on
“The Quality of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha"  
"The Nature of Karma” and
"An Explanation of the Precepts and a Taking Refuge Ceremony”
Translation provided by David Molk

May 1st , 1996
David Molk from Big Sur, California began TSL’s series of guided meditations with a lecture on
“How to Meditate”  

February 8-11, 1996
Teachings given by
His Eminence the Ninth Khalkha Jetsun Dampa
Thursday, February 8, 7 PM -- Foundation of Excellencies
Friday, February 9, 7 PM -- Foundation of Excellencies
Saturday, February 10, 10 AM --Kalachakra Blessing Empowerment
Saturday, February 10, 2 PM -- Kalachakra Teachings
Sunday, February 11, 10 AM  -- White Tara Empowerment
Sunday, February 11,  2:30 PM  --  Teachings on Tara  


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