*REGISTER NOW* EMPOWERMENT OF VAJRAYOGINI at Ewam Choden on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019

February 5th, 2019

Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the Blessing of Vajrayogini, (the Naro Kachod), at Ewam Choden on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.   

This event has a strict prerequisite. 

In order to receive this empowerment,  you must have already received a two-day empowerment of Hevajra or Cakrasamvara or Vajra Nairatmya, preferably from a Sakya lama but this is not required.  Ask us,  if you’re not sure about this.

The requested donation for the Empowerment is $ 75.00.  Dana (offerings) to the Lama is separate. 

Participants will receive the practice sadhana booklet.  This empowerment may be received as a blessing without a practice commitment.

The location is the Ewam Choden Center.  Please arrive early to sign in,  and to state how you fulfill the prerequisite. 

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VAJRAYOGINI

*REGISTER NOW HERE* EMPOWERMENTS of the 21 TARAS in the Surya Gupta Tradition at Ewam Choden on March 22, 23, 24, 25, 2019

February 4th, 2019

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.

SG.21 Taras

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EMPOWERMENTS with HIS EMINENCE GYANA VAJRA RINPOCHE on SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019 and MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019

February 3rd, 2019

His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche has kindly agreed to bestow the following empowerments.

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

Vajrapani Bhutadamara Empowerment on Monday, April 22, 2019.  This event is open to everyone. The requested donation is $35.

HE Gyana Vajra Rinpoche

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/)

 

EMPOWERMENT OF SINGHANATA at Ewam Choden on Sunday, MAY 26, 2019

February 2nd, 2019

Further information will be posted shortly.  Stay tuned.

EMPOWERMENT OF GYALTSEN TSEMO PUNG GYEN at Ewam Choden on Sunday, JUNE 30, 2019

February 1st, 2019

Gyaltsen Tsemö Pung Gyen (Tib. རྒྱལ་མཚན་རྩེ་མོའི་དཔུང་རྒྱན་, Wyl. rgyal mtshan rtse mo’i dpung rgyan)

Further information will be posted soon.

EMPOWERMENT OF MARICHI (LHAMO OSER CHENMA) at Ewam Choden on SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2019

January 31st, 2019

 Marichi Empowerment, Lhamo Oser Chenma

More information will be posted soon.

EMPOWERMENT OF SIMHAMUKHA Five Families at Ewam Choden on SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2019

January 29th, 2019

Information on this event will be posted as soon as possible.

Completed—EMPOWERMENT OF RED DZAMBHALA at Ewam Choden on SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019

January 8th, 2019

Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment of Red (Rakta) Dzambhala at Ewam Choden on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

The starting time is 1:00 p.m.  Please arrive earlier to register.  The requested donation is $30.  Dana (offering) to the Lama is separate. 

  A practice sadhana will be provided and Lama Kunga Rinpoche will explain how to do the practice of Rakta Dzambhala.

IMPORTANT:  This empowerment has a prerequisite.  In order to receive it, you should already have received either Cakrasamvara, Hevajra, or Vajrapani Bhutadamara.

 

All the Dzambhalas are associated with the attraction and distribution of material and spiritual wealth. This one is particularly powerful and magnetic.

Rakta Zambhala

Completed—EMPOWERMENT OF MILAREPA GURU YOGA, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018 at EWAM CHODEN

September 9th, 2018

Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will kindly bestow the Empowerment of Jetsun Milarepa Guru Yoga on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Ewam Choden.
The starting time is 1:00 pm.  Please arrive early to register at the door.
The requested donation is $30.  Dana (offering) to the lama is separate.
Everyone is welcome.  There is no prerequisite.  A practice sadhana will be given and explained.
The empowerment may be received as a blessing.

Jetsun Milarepa (Tibetan: རྗེ་བཙུན་མི་ལ་རས་པ) was a Tibetan siddha, who, guided by his guru Marpa, changed from being a young angry murderer to a Buddhist yogi, finally becoming fully accomplished.
In the Foreword to his book, Drinking the Mountain Stream, Lama Kunga Rinpoche writes:
“Milarepa is one the most celebrated spiritual teachers of all time. He was not only an eminent leader of the Kagyu lineage, but also a very important teacher for all schools of Tibetan Buddhism…..He was a man of three powers. His body was equivalent to the body of Vajrapani, his voice was the voice of Manjushri, and his hearing was the hearing of Avalokiteshvara.”

In the Guru Yoga Empowerment and practice, as we praise the guru for all of his qualities and accomplishments, we are able to imbibe their power and to gain a spark of understanding.
What makes this empowerment especially unique is that our guru, Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche, was recognized as a reincarnation of Seben Repa, one of Milarepa’s heart sons.
This event is not to be missed!

MILAREPA            LamaKunga on rock UL    

Completed—EMPOWERMENT OF YELLOW DZAMBHALA ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018 at EWAM CHODEN

September 7th, 2018

Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment of Yellow Dzambhala at Ewam Choden on Sunday, October 21st, 2018.

The starting time is 1:00 p.m.  Please arrive earlier to register.  The requested donation is $30.  Dana (offering) to the Lama is separate. 

There is no prerequisite and everyone is welcome.  A practice sadhana will be provided and Lama Kunga Rinpoche will explain how to do the practice of Yellow Dzambhala.

The practice of the Yellow Dzambhala increases wealth, prosperity and abundance, removing the obstacle of poverty,  to ease the circumstances of Dharma practitioners.  Yellow Dzambhala practice also encourages generosity. which is very meritorious, and helps increase lifespan and wisdom.

YELLOW DZAMBHALA

Completed—EMPOWERMENT OF VAJRAPANI BHUTADAMARA ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 at EWAM CHODEN

November 1st, 2017

Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment of the Vajrapani Bhutadamara. 

Vajrapani (Tibetan: chag na dor je. English: the Vajra Holder) is the wrathful-appearing Bodhisattva, representing the power of all Buddhas, who protects the Dharma and practitioners in various ways in his different forms. As caretaker and guardian of all the Tantras, he is special for removing the various types of obstacles that can arise during intensive practice as well as simply removing obstructions on the path of a practitioner.  This particular form, the Vajrapani Bhutadamara, is the “one who Subdues Demons.”  He stops discordant conditions and obstacles,  and the harms of all kinds of spirits and demons from above,  below, and in the middle.

DATE:  Sunday, September 23, 2018

TIME: 1:00 pm    Please arrive early to register at the door.

REQUESTED DONATION: $30.  Offering to the Lama is separate.

A practice sadhana will be given, but the empowerment may be taken as a blessing.
Everyone is welcome.  There is no requirement or pre-registration.

VAJRAPANI BHUTADAMARA

 

Completed—EMPOWERMENT OF WHITE TARA at THARPA CHO LING, Upper Lake, Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 12:00 noon

November 1st, 2017

The Venerable Lama Kunga, Ngor Thartse Rinpoche, will bestow the precious Tantric empowerment of White Tara. 

White Tara is an emanation of Great Compassion.
She is a deity that provides long life to those who practice her meditation.  She enables long life because she blesses a person to make wise and ethical choices that provide for longevity.  Receiving this empowerment is like obtaining a spiritual friend with great capabilities to help one in life.  The empowerment can be taken as a daily practice or as an auspicious blessing, like a seed to ripen later.  A meditation guide will be offered at the Empowerment. 

DAY — Saturday, June 30th, 2018   TIME–12:00 noon

The donation requested for this rare event is $30.00.

LOCATION  — THARPA CHO LING,   2225 Ladder Ridge Road, Upper Lake, Ca.  (This is about 2 1/2 hours from the inner S.F. Bay area.)  Email Ewam Choden for driving directions.  info@ewamchoden.org
For other information please phone Max Butler at 707-275-9435 or email:  virupa@hotmail.com

WHITE TARA

Completed—EMPOWERMENT OF BLACK MANJUSHRI on at Ewam Choden on Sunday, June 24, 2018

July 30th, 2017

Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment and teaching of BLACK MANJUSHRI at Ewam Choden on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. 

Manjushri is the Bodhisattva of transcendental wisdom.  In general, the practice of Manjushri cuts ignorance and delusion, and opens the mind of wisdom.  Additionally, the Black Manjushri, a more wrathful form,  is a powerful force against serious illnesses, obstacles, fears, obscurations, all kinds of negative forces, and a protector of traveling.
 

The requested donation is $30. and dana (personal offering) to the Lama is separate. 
Please arrive early to register, and be considerate of neighbors when parking. 
This event is open to everyone.

 

Black Manjushri

Black Manjushri

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

July 15th, 2017

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.

 

 

 

Guru-Rinpoche

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

June 20th, 2017

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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UPCOMING EMPOWERMENTS AT EWAM CHODEN

February 6th, 2017

Empowerments to be bestowed by Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche aren’t yet scheduled.  In February 2017, there are Losar events and in March 2017, Lama Kunga will be in India, returning on the 24th.  An empowerment schedule will be posted as soon as it is available.  If you have a special request, please send an email to Ewam Choden.

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Completed–EMPOWERMENT of BEGTSE by VEN.LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm. at Ewam Choden

September 17th, 2016

VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE will kindly bestow the Empowerment of Begtse on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. 

The requested donation is $30.  Dana (offerings) to the Lama and monastics are separate.  Please arrive early to register.

Begtse (Sanskrit, Prana Atma) is a fierce protector (dharmapala) of the Sakyapa, and later associated with Mongolia. Begtse wears the armor of a warrior and is surrounded by the flames of pristine awareness.

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Completed successfully! VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE WILL GIVE EMPOWERMENTS OF 21 TARAS in the Atisha tradition on DEC. 2-4, 2016 at Ewam Choden

September 17th, 2016

Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the entire 21 Tara series of Empowerments in the Atisha tradition on Friday, Dec. 2nd in the evening, and during the day, on Saturday the 3rd and on Sunday the 4th.   Everyone is welcome.  These empowerments may be received as a blessing.  For people interested in practice, there will be sadhanas (practice booklets) available for each of the 21 Taras.

It is necessary to register and pay for the entire series.  The donation amount is $375.00.  The Dana (offering) to the Lama and monastic at the end is separate.

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

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME FOR THE START TIMES.

Completed Friday, DEC 2     6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This teaching will begin with opening prayers and empowerments on two aspects of Tara.

Saturday, DEC 3    9:00 am Start to 6:30 pm (estimate)

This day will include Ten empowerments.

There will be a break for lunch, so attendees may bring something to eat.

 Sunday, DEC 4    9:00 am to 5 pm  Followed by a small Tsok

This day will include Nine empowerments.

There will be a break for lunch, so attendees may bring something to eat.

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TARA IS A (female) 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.

21TARAS