November 9-10

The Three Principal Paths of Lam Rim by Lama Je Tsongkhapa

Rinpoche will teach how to meditate step by step on the three principal paths of Lam Rim. The Three Principal Paths is a very concise presentation of the entire Lam Rim path composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa. This text is universally recognized as a concise yet eloquent presentation of Renunciation, Bodhichitta, and the correct view of Shunyata.

November 11

Sarasvati initiation, with Commitment, Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows

Sarasvati is a Buddha of Wisdom. Doing her practice helps us memorize Dharma texts, gain deep wisdom in understanding the meaning of Dharma, and engage in creative Dharma pursuits such as literature, visual arts, music and dance.

November 12

Launch of Rinpoche’s autobiography, A Tulku’s Journey from Tibet to Canada.                  Wychwood Library, 1431 Bathurst St, 2 – 4 p.m..

November 13

Medicine Buddha initiation

The Medicine Buddha Sutra was taught by Lord Buddha upon the request of Bodhisattva Manjushri for healing the body/mind and cultivating harmony and peace in the world.

November 14, 16, 28, 30

Lama Je Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga Path of Clear Light and Bliss

Zasep Rinpoche will give a commentary on Lama Chopa Guru Yoga written by the revered master, the First Panchen Lama Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen. Guru Yoga is a practice that helps our mind understand the wisdom mind of our Guru and Yidam as one. The Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa is an oral, sacred teaching of Manjushri to Lama Je Tsongkhapa; more than simply Guru Yoga, it contains the gradual path of enlightenment of a Buddha.

November 17 – 27

Rinpoche will be teaching at Gaden Khachoe Sheng monastery in Bloomington, Indiana.

December 1

Chod initiation

The essence of Chod practice is the chapter on the subjugation of demons in the Prajnaparamita Sutra. Chod originated with Machig Labdron, a highly realized Dakini who promulgated the practice in Tibet during the 12 th century. The Chod practice dispels negative mental states, which are our “demons.” The Chod practice transforms
mental defilement into the wisdom of Bodhichitta and Shunyata.

December 2

Vajrayogini Initiation, with Commitment, Bodhisattva and Tantric Vows, including making a Tsog offering twice per month

Venerable Vajrayogini is a very sacred practice that is the essence of all mother Tantras. Through the practice, it is possible to attain the state of Vajrayogini, a fully realized Buddha, within this life time. It is said that if you practise Vajrayogini a time when true spirituality is declining, then you will have greater opportunity to attain her realizations.

Note: In order to receive this initiation, as a prerequisite, you need to have had a Yamantaka or Heruka initiation.

December 3-4

Weekend teaching on the precious 11 Yogas of Vajrayogini

December 7

Black Manjushri initiation

The Black Manjushri initiation and practice are helpful in healing cancer and protecting against curses and negative energies.

December 8

Palden Lhamo initiation

Palden Lhamo, or Sri Kali Devi, is a Dharma Protector of all Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhists; she is an emanation of Tara.


All teachings and initiations will take place at Gaden Choling, 637 Christie St., Toronto.