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TARA MANDALA
NORTHERN SIERRA SANGHA

With Polly Ryan, MA at For Goodness Sake

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*aLL CLASSES oN sUMMER bREAK*

SUNDAY Afternoons

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Wednesdays: 9:00am - 10:30am

Dates subject to change. Click here to check the Calendar for dates.

Click here to read about donations (DANA).
Click here for information about Polly.

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Tsog

All are WElcome!

(Check the FGS calendar for specific dates)

Tsog is open to all participants, both in person as well as via the Internet.

Tsog is a Vajrayana Buddhist ritual feast. Tsog is Tibetan for feast, and it literally means gathering, both because we gather as a group and also because we gather fine foods, wine, etc. for the feast. Rigpawiki gives us a great understanding of tsog: "The practice of tsog is primarily a practice of offering. It is not just a practice of offering however; it is also a powerful method for purifying our samaya. The main benefit of tsog practice mentioned in the tantras is the accumulation of merit with conceptual focus as well as the accumulation of wisdom beyond focus. There could be no greater benefit than this.

In the termas, we also find mention of unimaginable benefits. For example, it is said that Guru Rinpoche himself will come and bless the tsog practitioners, or that the place where tsog is performed will become exactly the same as the Zangdokpalri heaven (realm) of Guru Rinpoche. And Yeshé Tsogyal said that to practice tsog just once closes the door to lower rebirths. It is also said that disease, famine and warfare will be pacified, and all the practitioners' wishes will be fulfilled without the slightest obstacle."

The food we bring is an offering for the Buddhas and Bodhisattva, therefore, it is not like a pot-luck. You should select the finest quality foods - as if you were expecting a very important guest. Please bring food that can be eaten by hand. Food and drink must be freshly bought specifically for the feast, or grown and harvested for it. Tantric Tsog feasts always include meat and alcohol (traditionally forbidden foods). In this context, these are precious samaya substances that have been transformed through mantra, mudra and the practitioner's samadhi.

You can join us in person at For Goodness Sake, in Truckee, or you can stream and join us virtually. The Tsog will begin at 1:30 pm and complete sometime around 4:30 pm. Here is the link to join virtually.

If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP to info@goodnesssake.org by the Thursday prior to the Tsog. All participants are asked to bring a finger food offering for our tsog meal.

For our online participants:

If you plan to join via the internet, here are some suggestions: You can prepare your own tsog at home with four small plates - three for the shrine and one for yourself. You could also just participate and not make plates.

Commonly, the plates are filled with a variety of items that have different flavors, colors, textures, etc. Please try to include something that is spicy, salty, sweet, bitter, etc. Here are some easy to prepare and easy to eat food suggestions for home plates: Wine and juice, and a little bit of meat. Finger food like cheese/crackers, hummus, cut fruit (items like clementines, grapes, strawberries are easy), cookies, nuts, salad greens, etc. The energy of abundance is also important to bring to this meal.

The suggested dana for this tsog is $15 - 25. We hope you will join us for this very special Tsog right here in our community/online community!

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