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Medicine Buddha
Medicine Buddha Medicine Buddha is the Buddha of healing and happiness. Practicing Medicine Buddha is a powerful tool to help understand the causes of happiness and aids in the ending of suffering Transcending sorrow leads to achieving inner peace, balance and harmony thereby increasing unity among all beings.

  • General Introduction to Tantric Buddhist Practices
  • Methods for Meditation
  • Instruction on the Medicine Buddha Practice
  • Medicine Buddha Empowerment
  • Closing Ceremony-Sang Chöd or Smoke Offering
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For More Information Email Us or call/text: 585-317-7060.

At Brighton Pathways

7:00 p.m. - 8:30- Introductory Talk
(Free and Open to all)
(Donations are welcome)

9:00 a.m. - noon- Medicine Buddha Teaching I

Noon - 2:00 p.m.- Lunch (Luncheon pending at nearby Thali's of India. Cost TBD)

2:00 p.m. - 5:00- Medicine Buddha Teaching II

9:00 a.m. - 11:30- Medicine Buddha Empowerment

11:30 a.m. - 12:00- Closing Sang Chöd* or Smoke Offering Ceremony
(Free and Open to all)
(Attendance at both Saturday sessions is suggested for the Empowerment session)

All proceeds go to Namgyal Monastery, a NYS 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization in Ithaca, New York.
Note: Reduced Tuition for all three sessions: $180.00

Brighton Pathways
3200 Brighton Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
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*Sang Chöd or Smoke Offering Ceremony is the best practice for clearing any obstacles and for fulfilling both temporary and long-term wishes. The smoke offering helps us accumulate merit and wisdom, bringing happiness and ultimate enlightenment. Sang Chöd Smoke Offering cuts through obstacles of all kinds, thereby removing negativity and eliminating hindrances to fulfilling our wishes and dreams.

Geshe Tsering Choephel, Master Teacher, Scholar Monk

Geshe Tsering Choephel was ordained at a local monastery as a novice monk at the age of 14. While there, he undertook the study of chanting and memorizing the texts of Guhyasamaja, Ya-mantaka, etc. He learned sand painting and built many sand mandalas, while also becoming a Chant Master. Along with these, he studied the great Treatises of Buddhist Philosophy and Tantra. Later, he was admitted to the great Drepung Loseling Monas-tery where he studied under its many resident spiritual masters. After studying the great Treatises, he received the much-honored Geshe degree in 2009 and became known throughout the 3 main Gelugpa Monasteries as a highly skilled debate master. These talents and skills led to a one-year residency, initiated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at Sera and Drepung Monasteries. There he joined their program Science Meets Dharma, organized by the Swiss Government and the Rikong Monastery. Also by direct invitation of His Holiness, Geshe Choephel participated in 3 separate Mind and Life Institute Confer-ences. In 2005, Namgyal Monastery (India) invited him to Dharamsala where he has since taught classes on the Great Treatises and Tantra as part of their on-going monastic training. He has also taught many groups of eastern and western lay students who aspire to study the Buddhadharma.

Venerable Lobsang Choegyal, Retreat Assistant

Lobsang Choegyal, Namgyal Ithaca's newest resident monk, was born on April 10, 1975 in Mussorie, Uttar Pradesh, India. He joined Namgyal Monastery India in 1990. He memorized the following classical texts: Guhyasamaja, Heruka, Yamantaka, Kalachakra and Pujas related to Dharma Protectors and the Thee Jewels. Venerable Choegyal has also studied Buddhist Dialectic Studies and in 2008, he completed the 13 years of study and received his Master Degree in Sutra and Tantra. He is trained in creating sand mandalas for Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Heruka, Guhyasamaja and Vajrakilaya. He is also trained in ritual cymbals and dance, butter sculpture and chanting.

Palden Oshoe, Translator

Palden Choedek Oshoe is the official resident translator at Namgyal Monastery Ithaca. He has formally translated for all the Tibetan lamas, visiting teachers and English-speaking students since 1994. He was educated in Dharamsala, India at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics. Palden is a wonderful teacher who has a keen understanding of western philosophical sciences and culture, and shares his knowledge of all levels of Buddhist teachings through his expert Tibetan to English and English to Tibetan translation skills.