COMPLETED—EMPOWERMENTS with HIS EMINENCE GYANA VAJRA RINPOCHE April 21-22, 2019

April 2, 2019 by  
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His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche has kindly agreed to bestow the following two empowerments. 

 

 VAJRAKILAYA TORMA EMPOWERMENT on Sunday, April 21, 2019.   There is no prerequisite. This event is open to everyone.  The requested donation is $55.

TIME:  2:00 pm.  Arrive earlier to check in.   LOCATION:  Gyuto Foundation,   6401 Bernhard Ave, Richmond, CA 94805   Please don’t contact Gyuto about this event !

REGISTER and PAY FOR the VAJRAKILAYA TORMA EMPOWERMENT at the door.
Online registration is now closed.
NO CREDIT CARDS OR PAYPAL CAN BE USED AT THE DOOR.  CASH OR CHECK ONLY.
Please arrive early.
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VAJRAPANI BHUTADAMARA EMPOWERMENT on Monday, April 22, 2019.  This event is open to everyone. The requested donation is $35.  Cash or check only.

TIME:  7:00 pm.  Arrive earlier to check in.   LOCATION:  EWAM CHODEN
THERE IS NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION FOR THIS EMPOWERMENT.  Please register at the door.  Since space is limited, arriving early will assure your spot.

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ABOUT HIS EMINENCE GYANA VAJRA RINPOCHE

Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche was born in Dehradun, Northern India, on 5th July 1979, the tenth day of the fifth lunar month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, on the holy birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. Rinpoche’s birth was accompanied by auspicious signs, blessing the Sakya Dolma Phodrang with the arrival of a second lineage holder of the glorious Sakyapa Khön Tradition.
Rinpoche was given the Sanskrit name of Gyana Vajra (Tibetan: Yeshe Dorje), a practice that began with the birth of his noble father, His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin.

At the age of four, Rinpoche began to read and write in Tibetan, and was remarkably proficient in his learning. Under the guidance of his noble father and of Venerable Lama Rinchen Sangpo, his early years were dedicated to the study of religious texts, reading, writing, grammar, memorization of the main Sakya prayers and the performance of rituals.
At an early age, Rinpoche joined the Sakya Centre, His Holiness the Sakya Trizin’s main monastery, where he undertook his training in the principal rituals and prayers of the Sakya Tradition. After successfully completing the course of studies at Sakya Centre, Rinpoche joined Sakya College and pursued its curriculum of Higher Philosophical Studies under the guidance of the late Venerable Khenpo Migmar Tsering.
Throughout his life, Rinpoche has received from His Holiness the Sakya Trizin most of the major initiations, empowerments, oral transmissions, blessings and pith instructions that are inherent to the Sakya Tradition, notably the profound Lamdre teachings of ‘Taking the Result as the Path’. Furthermore, Rinpoche has received numerous common and uncommon teachings from some of the preeminent teachers of Tibetan Buddhism of our age, including His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, the late H.E. Dorje Chang Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, Khöndung Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, H.E. Luding Khen Rinpoche, H.E. Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche, the late H.E. Deshung Rinpoche and the late H.E. Khenchen Appey Rinpoche.
Rinpoche has, for several years, assisted His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin during his noble father’s teaching tours both in India and abroad, while he himself has regularly turned the wheel of Dharma in centers across the world, giving teachings and initiations to disciples in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. Rinpoche is fluent in English, Tibetan and Hindi.
(from https://www.glorioussakya.org/history/hegvs/)

 

COMPLETED—VAJRAKILAYA TORMA EMPOWERMENT with HIS EMINENCE GYANA VAJRA RINPOCHE on SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019

April 1, 2019 by  
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His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche has kindly agreed to bestow the following empowerment.

Vajrakilaya Torma Empowerment on Sunday, April 21, 2019.   There is no prerequisite. This event is open to everyone.  The requested donation is $55. 

TIME:  2:00 pm.  Arrive earlier to check in.   LOCATION:  Gyuto Foundation,   6401 Bernhard Ave, Richmond, CA 94805   Please don’t contact Gyuto about this event !

For registration, click here

See the post above under Special Events for information about His Eminence Gyana Vajra.

HE Gyana Vajra Rinpoche

COMPLETED—VAJRAPANI BHUTADAMARA EMPOWERMENT with HIS EMINENCE GYANA VAJRA RINPOCHE on MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019, 7:00 pm at EWAM CHODEN

April 1, 2019 by  
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VAJRAPANI BHUTADAMARAHis Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche has kindly agreed to bestow the following empowerment.
Vajrapani Bhutadamara Empowerment on Monday, April 22, 2019, 7:00 pm at Ewam Choden.  This event is open to everyone. The requested donation is $35.

There is no pre-registration for this empowerment.  Please register at the door.

See the post above under Special Events (above) for information about His Eminence Gyana Vajra.

 

HE Gyana Vajra Rinpoche

COMPLETED– EMPOWERMENTS of the 21 TARAS in the Surya Gupta Tradition at Ewam Choden on March 22, 23, 24, 25, 2019

February 4, 2019 by  
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VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE WILL KINDLY BESTOW THE ENTIRE EMPOWERMENT CYCLE OF THE 21 TARAS in the Surya Gupta (Nyima Baypa) lineage.

The schedule is the following:

FRIDAY, March 22—Start at 7:00 pm

SATURDAY, March 23—Start at 9:00 am.  Break for lunch at 12 noon. Resume at 1:30 pm. Finish at about 4:30 (or 5:00) pm

SUNDAY, March 24—Similar to Saturday.

MONDAY, March 25—Start at 7:00 pm.

Participants should plan on attending the entire series.  Individual Tara empowerments may not be taken.

Everyone is welcome.  There is no prerequisite.  Practice sadhana papers will be given for each Tara.  The empowerments may be received as blessings.

The donation amount for the 21 Tara Empowerments is $ 400.  Dana (offering to the lama) is separate.

ONLINE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

NOTE:  PARTICIPANTS SHOULD FOLLOW A VEGETARIAN DIET WITHOUT GARLIC OR ONION ON THE DAYS OF THE EMPOWERMENTS.

TARA is a BODHISATTVA  (Sanskrit: तारा, tārā; Tibetan སྒྲོལ་མ = Drolma) also known as Ārya Tārā, or Jetsun Dolma.

Each of her 21 emanations has her own mantra and enlightened quality including protection, pacification, purification, rescue, healing, and varieties of assistance to practitioners on many levels.  Tara is sometimes called the mother of the Buddhas. She is associated with Chenrezig and with Amitabha Buddha. There is a 21 verse prayer of praises to each Tara emanation, describing her qualities, which is recited in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

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REGISTER AND PAY HERE.““`

(1), payment by PayPal or credit card.  (2) Sign up, and then send a check to Ewam Choden.

(1)  CLICK FOR ONLINE PAYMENT

or

(2)  CLICK HERE FOR PAYMENT BY PERSONAL CHECK

 

Completed – TEACHING from KHENPO MIGMAR TSETEN, Monday, October 29, 2018 on Wisdom Gone Beyond

August 22, 2018 by  
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We are glad to welcome Khenpo Migmar Tseten, who will teach on PRAJNAPARAMITA  and TANTRA.

Lama Migmar will kindly discuss how the Heart Sutra is complementary to the four foundations of mindfulness meditation and how it is also indispensable in establishing the perfect view of emptiness to practice the creation and completion stages of Deity Yoga in Tantric sadhana practices.     Lama Migmar teaches in clear, fluent English with an empathy and understanding of the needs of students, and he is patient with all questions.

The teaching is on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Ewam Choden.     OPEN to EVERYONE.  Requested donation of $20.  (Offering to the lama is separate.)

ABOUT KHENPO MIGMAR TSETEN
Lama Migmar has been serving Harvard University as a Buddhist Chaplain since 1997. He received both a traditional and a contemporary education in India. He graduated with an Acharya degree in 1979 from Tibetan Institute of Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India, and with first position every nine years among four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He was awarded a medal for academic excellence by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. He was also recognized as Khenpo for his scholarship and service to the Dharma by His Holiness Sakya Trizin. Lama Migmar served as the head of Sakya Center in Rajpur, India, and the Sakya Monastery in Puruwalla, India, from 1981 to 1989, taking care of the well being of several hundred monastic residents. During this time he reintroduced the original form of the geshe educational system of Tibet, with degrees from kazhipa up to the rabjampa degree, with a curriculum that included all of the eighteen major texts, which are known as the Dragchen Chogyed. Additionally, Lama Migmar supervised the editing and publication of over 50 rare volumes of Sakya literature including the 31 volumes of Sakya Lamdre and the rare Golden Manuscripts of the Five Founding Masters of Sakya. He founded Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies in Cambridge, MA in 1990. He leads retreats at Buddhist centers throughout North America and Europe. He has created online teaching programs, and he is the author, editor and translator of a number of books.

For more information about Khenpo Lama Migmar’s background, teaching programs,  and activities, please visit www.lamamigmar.net and www.mangalamstudio.com and 21tara.net
He is also a recent visiting teacher at 1440.org in California.

 

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KHENPO MIGMAR Tara

Completed—EMPOWERMENT of SAPAN MANJUSHRI (Sajam Bagtuk) – SUNDAY Aug 27, 2017

August 14, 2017 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the Empowerment of Sapan Manjushri  (Sajam Bagtuk, Manjushri and Sakya Pandita Merged and Accomplished)   
DATE: Sunday, August 27     TIME: 1:00 pm  Please arrive early to register
LOCATION: Ewam Choden
The requested donation is $30.  Dana (Offering) to the Lama is separate.
There is no prerequisite.  Everyone is welcome.

This unique empowerment gives a connection with Bodhisattva Manjushri and with Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen, manifestation of Manjushri. Its practice leads to the wisdom that cuts through all delusion, the wisdom of the ultimate view.

Manjushri

 

Completed–EMPOWERMENT of GURU RINPOCHE – July 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Ewam Choden

July 15, 2017 by  
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Venerable Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment and practice teaching of GURU RINPOCHE.

There is no prerequisite to attend. Everyone is welcome.  The requested donation is $30.  Dana (offering) to the Lama and attending monastics is separate. The starting time is 1:00 pm. Please arrive early to register, and early enough to look for street parking.  Be considerate of neighbors.

You will be given a printed sadhana for practice, but this empowerment may be received as a blessing.

 

 

 

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COMPLETED – EMPOWERMENT of AVALOKITESHIVARA MAHAMUDRA – June 25, 2017 1:00 pm

June 20, 2017 by  
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Venerable Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment and practice teachings of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) practice with Mahamudra.  This is the practice of pure compassion in union with mahamudra, the great seal of bliss and emptiness.  The Chenresig with Mahamudra initiation empowers one to practice Mahamudra in the context of a Chenresig sadhana. 

There is no prerequisite to attend. Everyone is welcome.  The requested donation is $30.  Dana (offering) to the Lama and attending monastics is separate. The starting time is 1:00 pm. Please arrive early to register, and early enough to look for street parking.  Be considerate of neighbors.

You will be given a printed sadhana for practice, but this empowerment may be received as a blessing.

A special session for the practice of Avalokiteshvara Mahamudra is held monthly at Ewam Choden after the regular meditation on Sunday. Information about this will be available after the empowerment.

The Chenresig with Mahamudra practice was composed by Ngorchen Khonchog Lhundrup (1497 – 1557), who was the tenth abbot of Ngor Ewam Choden Monastery. This profound and inspiring text points us to our most compassionate and luminous potential. It has a special connection with Lama Kunga Rinpoche and the Ewam Choden Center since it originated with one of the great lamas of Ngor Monastery.

 It is a rare opportunity and not to be missed.

CHENRESIG MAHAMUDRA

 

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Completed—SPECIAL TEACHING FROM LAMA JAMPA THAYE ON SATURDAY, JULY 8 AND SUNDAY JULY 9 AT EWAM CHODEN

June 19, 2017 by  
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Lama Jampa Thaye will teach Instructions on shamata and vipassana meditation (calm abiding and insight meditation) This will be based on The Triple Vision text. He will teach this over the two days. This is a teaching that is of value to meditation practitioners of all levels and experience since it applies to practice up to the highest Vajrayana.

Shamatha, Tibetan  ཞི་གནས་, shyiné–the calm abiding which steadies, composes, unifies and concentrates the mind. 
Vipassanā, Tibetan  ལྷག་མཐོང་, lhaktong—the insight, which enables one to see and understand conditioned phenomena based on the five aggregates and gain insight into the true nature of reality

H.H. Sakya Trichen said, in a teaching on Parting From the Four Attachments, “The actual method of eliminating the afflictions is through the practice of insight wisdom. Before practicing insight wisdom, however, one must first develop a base of concentration meditation, also known as calm-abiding meditation. Altogether, the practice of the fourth line includes three stages: meditation on calm abiding, meditation on insight wisdom, and meditation on the combination of these two.”
“Insight wisdom, or vipassana, itself consists of three steps. The first is to establish all outer objects or outer appearances as the mind and as created by the mind. The second is to establish all mental objects as illusory. The third is to establish all illusions as devoid of inherent nature.”   A Teaching on Sachen Kunga Nyingpo’s Parting from the Four Attachments
by His Holiness Sakya Trizin, from http://www.hhthesakyatrizin.org/teach_fourattach4.html

Open to Everyone.             Requested donation: $40 per day or $60 for both days.  Dana (offering) to the Lama is separate.

SESSION SCHEDULE  on  SATURDAY July 8th and SUNDAY July 9th

10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Also, Lama Jampa will introduce and sign copies of his new book, Wisdom in Exile: Buddhism for Modern Times on the Saturday afternoon after the teaching.

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ABOUT LAMA JAMPA THAYE
Lama Jampa Thaye is a scholar and meditation master trained in the Sakya and Kagyu traditions by his two principal teachers, His Holiness Sakya Trichen and Karma Thinley Rinpoche.  Born in England in 1952, he became a student of Rinpoche at the age of 20 and met His Holiness a year later.  He has been authorized by these masters to teach Vajrayana and to bestow empowerments.

Lama Jampa obtained his PhD in Tibetan Buddhist history and served as Lecturer of Buddhist Studies and the History of Ideas for over twenty years at the University of Manchester. He was appointed by Karma Thinley Rinpoche as his dharma-regent in 1977 and given the authority to bestow Vajrayana initiations in 1988.  Since then he has traveled extensively giving teachings and initiations and is the author of numerous books and dharma treatises. His many dharma activities include a YouTube channel where his teachings can be heard.
His personal website is http://lamajampa.org/.  The main website for his centers is www.dechen.org and in the USA, it is https://www.dechen.us/

When Lama Jampa previously visited Ewam Choden, he taught on the history of the Rime movement and on comparing the views of emptiness in Rangton and Shangton and on the first two points of the Seven Point Mind Training, which includes the preliminaries and the actual practice of Tong-Len (གཏོང་ལེན་) (giving and taking).

 

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