Bloomington Buddhist monastery to celebrate Dharma Festival

by Brooke Lillard, IDS, Nov. 30, 2010

Bloomington, Indiana (USA) -- The week-long  Dharma Festival began Tuesday at the Gaden Khachoe Shing Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, 2150 E. Dolan Road, in Bloomington.

Ven. Geshe Kunchok will be visiting from Italy, offering teachings throughout the week to commemorate the passing of Je Tsongkhapa, the 14th century Buddhist master who founded the Gelupgpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Kunchok earned the Geshe degree,the highest honor in Buddhist studies, from the Gaden Shartse monastic university in India in 1993. He has studied with more than 22 masters and scholars, including Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang, Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang and Kyabje Zaemey Rinpoche, according to a press release from Gaden Khachoe Shing Monastery in Bloomington.

Kunchok will offer teachings beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

He will also offer two full days of teaching from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

If you would like more information about the events, visit or call 812-334-3456.

Tsongkhapa Dharma Festival schedule of events

Songs of mystical experience of Je Tsongkhapa
Date: Wednesday
Time: 6:30 p.m.

50 verses on spiritual teacher (Guru Devotion)
Date: Thursday
Time: 6:30 p.m.

White Tara initiation
Date: Friday
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Origin, function and practice of Dharma protector Dorje Shugden
Date: Saturday
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Seventy topics of the Ornament of Clear Realization
Date: Sunday
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.