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

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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

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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.

LAMA JAMPA.RB. SM.CL

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).