❧ If you wish to request a puja or other Dharma Service, please call the Temple Office 812-336-6807.
Geshe Kunga is the Spiritual Teacher at the Kumbum Chamtse Ling Temple. Every Sunday, Geshe-la gives a Dharma teaching at 10:00 at the Temple. He chants prayers for special intentions and the welfare of all sentient beings every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend his teachings and chantings as well as the special spiritual programs he presents (see below).
Geshe Kunga was born in 1963 in Amdo, Tibet in the region called "Tso Ngongpo" (Blue Lake). He is one of nine children of a nomad family. Because of the Cultural Revolution, he was unable to enter Kumbum monastery until age seventeen. There he studied privately with a teacher and joined a renovation team working on reconstruction. At 18 he became a monk and studied Buddhist philosophy. In 1986, he hiked over the Himalayan Mountains and continued his studies at Drepung Gomang monastery. In 2001 he earned his Geshe Degree and studied at Gyumed Tantric College for one year. He served as an administrator at Gomang for 6 years. Geshe Kunga has taught at TMBCC since 2010.
Each Sunday at 10:00 our Spiritual Teacher, Geshe Kunga, gives a Dharma Teaching in the Kumbum Chamtse Ling Temple. When our Director, Arjia Rinpoche, is at the center, he gives a teaching at 11:30 am. After the teaching(s), we have tea and snacks in the Kitchen . Everyone is invited to spend some time socializing.
Meditation Instruction: Each Monday at 6:00 pm followed by Sitting/Walking Meditation from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Sitting/Walking Meditaton each Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m
(Our Schedule is subject to change. Please check the weekly calendar or contact the Center at 812-336-6807 for the current week's schedule.)
In addition to their personal practices, monks perform various religious services for the benefit of lay people, in particular our Mongolian and Tibetan sponsors.
Pujas are performed each Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for the benefit of all sentient beings. Practitioners may request prayers for special intentions. Other pujas are performed at various times upon request.
Each month at the time of the full moon (15th day of the lunar calendar), the monks perform a Guru Tsok Pujas. The public is invited to participate by bringing Tsok Offerings such as fruits, packaged food or sweets to the offering and/or by making a monetary contribution. Donated food not used in the Tsok will be donated to a local food bank.
Prayers are recited to accumulate positive merit or karma, to eliminate obstacles, and to promote peace and happiness for all beings. Depending on the purpose of the patron, prayers may be recited for the success of personal business and for the removal of obstacles to a healthy life. Following are some prayers that you can select on the basis of your requirement:
- Dolma Bum-tsok (One hundred thousand recitation of Tara puja) Purpose: Mainly for the removal of obstacles in one's life or for a specific venture.
- Dug-kar (White Umbrella Deity recitation) Purpose: Mainly for the purification of hindrances from evil spirits and illness.
- Do (Sutra recitation) Purpose: Mainly for the removal of one's obstacles and to accumulate merit in order to achieve enlightenment in future lifetime.
- Gya-shi (Four Hundredfold offering) Purpose: Mainly to assist in the elimination of negative karma and hindrances for a successful life and to achieve the ultimate objective of Buddhahood.
Creation of a Sand Mandala
One of the unique and sacred arts of Tibetan Buddhism is the representation of Buddhist spiritual symbols. The sand mandala is used as a tool for the consecration or blessing of the earth and its inhabitants. It provides the practitioner a visual framework for establishing the enlightened mind of the Buddha. The following are some mandalas that our monks can construct at your request.
- The Mandala of the Medicine Buddha.
- The Mandala of the Buddha of Compassion.
- The Mandala of Yamantaka (Wrathful Manifestation of the Buddha of Wisdom).
- The Mandala of Ghuyasamaja.
- The Mandala of Amatayus.
Creation of Butter Sculpture
In the Tibetan Buddhist culture, exquisite butter sculptures are offered to the objects of refuge as a part of a sacred religious ceremony. After the offering ceremony, you can keep the sculpture on your altar as a unique item of art.
Creation of Buddhist Ritual Cakes:
Torma (in the Tibetan language) are constructed as a part of a ritual representation and offering to deities for various purposes. These decoreated cakes are constructed from Tsampa (roasted barley flour) and often have additional special ingredients.
One can increase one's positive karma and power over life, wealth, and health through hanging the wind horse symbol high up in the sky. This activity will be performed according to the Tibetan tradition with recitation of required prayers.
Consecration and Blessings
The monks can consecrate statues, thangkas, and ritual dharma objects while performing special blessings and prayers for the ill and deceased, the blessing of a marriage, or the birth of a child. One can bring dharma objects to the temple for consecration and blessings.