We are meeting in-person at the centre for our activities, and will continue sharing them on Zoom:


Meeting ID: 838 6426 2659
Passcode: 311753
To join by telephone: 438-809-7799

Membership and donations ensure the sustainability and flourishing of our Centre as well as supporting our resident lama.
Please give what you can.


Live from Pullahari Monastery in Nepal

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 24 & 25, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Teaching by the Very Venerable Shelri Choktrul Rinpoche

Devotion, Faith and the Guru / The teacher—student connection

Bio: The Very Venerable Shelri Choktrul Rinpoche, born in 1993, in Bhijer, Upper Dolpo, Nepal, was found in accordance with the prophecy by H. H. the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Urgyen Trinley Dorje, and formally returned to his Seat at Tsakhang Monastery in Upper Dolpo’s sacred Dragon Roar Crystal Mountain.

As prophesied by the 15th Gyalwang Karmapa, Khakyab Dorje, the Shelri Choktrul Rinpoches are emanations of Repa Shiwa Ö, one of the eight great heart sons of Jetsun Milarepa. The 5th Shelri Choktrul Rinpoche began training and studies in Pullahari Monastery and is currently in the Rigpe Dorje Monastic Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy, Lava, India.

Registration not required to assist in person at the Centre. We look forward to seeing you!

To participate on Zoom, or to have access to the Zoom recordings, please register by writing to centre@rigpedorjemontreal.org.

The Zoom link for this event will be sent to you on Thursday, September 22. 

Suggested Donation: $25 / $15 for members

Payments can be made by Interac, PayPal, cheque, or by cash at the centre.


Saturday, September 3, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Chöd Puja

led by Lama Rapten Tshering & Acharya Choying Gyurmey

Chöd is a spiritual practice found in the Tibetan Buddhism (where it is classed as Anuttarayoga Tantra). Also known as “cutting through the ego,” the practices are based on the Prajñāpāramitā or “Perfection of Wisdom” sutras, which expound the “emptiness” concept of Buddhist philosophy. Chöd combines Prajñāpāramitā philosophy with specific meditation methods and tantric ritual. The Chöd practitioner seeks to tap the power of fear through activities such as rituals set in graveyards, and visualization of offering their bodies in a tantric feast in order to put their understanding of emptiness to the ultimate test. The main goal of Chöd is to cut through ego-clinging.

Ritual Objects 

Practitioners of the Chöd ritual, chödpas, use a kangling, a human thighbone trumpet, and a chöd drum, a hand drum similar to but larger than the ḍamaru commonly used in Tibetan rituals. Lama Rabten and Acharya will perform the ritual with these instruments. 

Lama Rabten Tshering is the resident teacher and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi Canada. His dharma education started at a young age under guidance of his father who taught him music and Karma Kagyu tantras. Lama Rabten spent his early years at Rumtek Monastery, the principal seat of Gyalwang Karmapa in Sikkim, India, where he expanded his study and practice in the Tsurphu tradition—training in Vajrayana rituals, such as music, torma, tantra memorization, and dance.

In 1992, Lama Rabten was appointed disciplinary master of Rumtek Monastery by Tai Situ Rinpoche and Goshir Gyaltsap Rinpoche, and carried out this responsibility for five years. In 1997, he entered a three-year retreat at Pullahari Retreat Centre in Nepal. While there he completed more training in meditation and tantra under the guidance of Drupon Khenpo Lodro Namgyal, Bokar Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.

Suggested donation $15 / members $10. 

Please give what you can: https://rigpedorjemontreal.org/en/dons-activites/

Sundays, September 4, 11 & 18, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Calm abiding meditation (Shamatha)

Wednesdays, September 7 & 21, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Amitabha Sadhana

Wednesdays, September 14 & 28, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Chenrezik Sadhana,
A practice of loving kindness and compassion

Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Smoke Offering 

A Sang Offering (smoke offering) is a Tibetan Buddhist practice. Fragrant incense smoke is offered to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, the supreme enlightened beings and all sentient beings to accumulate merit, purify our past negative karma and repay our karmic debts. 

Suggested donation: $15/members $10 (or an amount of your choice) to cover expenses and support the Centre. Please come directly to our back courtyard, access by the alley. 

Followed by a Vegetarian Pot Luck lunch. Please join us!

Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Green Tara Sadhana

We chant the Green Tara prayer with the motivation to avert physical, emotional and spiritual obstacles and to generate an attitude of compassionate action and altruism.

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
6-week Tibetan Language class, Reading and Writing—Beginners level

with Acharya Choying Gyurmey

One must register for the full 6-week course: $60 / $45 for members

Acharya is happy to provide private Tibetan classes, all levels. Please contact Acharya directly for this or write to centre@rigpedorjemontreal.org 

Per class: $15 / $10 for members