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About Us: Our mission, as part of the Amitabha Foundation, is to preserve and promote the unique beauty of Tibetan culture. Using the analogy of the wings of a bird, we rely on the two “wings” of wisdom and compassionate activity. For wisdom, we provide an environment for disseminating and practicing the authentic teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. For compassionate activity, we support humanitarian projects worldwide, under the guidance of the Founder and Chairman, His Eminence Chöje Ayang Rinpoche. The Amitabha Foundation is a registered 501[c] charitable organization (Federal Entity Identification Number 95-4111288).
Our Teacher and Practices: Our local group concentrates on practices taught by His Eminence Chöje Ayang Rinpoche. These include shamata (calming the mind), Phowa (transference of consciousness at the time of death), Buddha Vajrasattva, Buddha Amitabha, the Dharma protector Achi Chokyi Drolma, and Guru Dragpo (wrathful form of Guru Rinpoche) meditations. Find out more about Ayang Rinpoche here and about his major teachings here.
Our Local Activities: We hold meditation practices on a weekly basis and according to the traditional Tibetan lunar calendar, and also offer instruction in beginning meditation. We sponsor visits and teachings from Ayang Rinpoche, and occasionally from other Tibetan Buddhist lamas, khenpos and teachers.
Group Meditation Practice: The Rochester Amitabha Foundation group meets on Sunday mornings 10-11 AM for Vajrasattva meditation, as taught by H.E. Choeje Ayang Rinpoche. These practices are guided visualizations, following an audio recording of Ayang Rinpoche.
We hold group practices of the Drikung Phowa (Full Moon day) and Nyingma Phowa (New Moon day) each month. Phowa practice is open only to those who have taken Ayang Rinpoche’s Phowa Course, although anyone is welcome to sit with the group at these times.
Practice Venue: Rochester Dharma Center, 11 South Goodman Street, Rochester, New York 14607
Current Practice Schedule:
|Sundays, 10-11 AM||Vajrasattva Meditation|
|15th Lunar Day||Drikung Phowa Practice|
|30th Lunar Day||Nyingma Phowa Practice|
|11 South Goodman Street|
|Rochester, NY 14607|
|585-461-1986 (voice mail) / 585-451-7039|