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Online: Chöd Empowerment and Retreat with Khentrul Rinpoche

online and in-person in Austria
This page is for registration to attend in person only. If you would like to register to attend the event at Dzokden Kalapa, please click here.

About the Practice of Chöd
Our attitude of self-cherishing is one of the main obstacles on our spiritual path. Although this attitude fuels biased feelings and the many afflictions, we can approach this challenge using either direct or indirect means. Indirect methods work with the conditions of self-cherishing, preventing them from arising in the future, whereas direct methods work with the actual mind of self-cherishing to remove its capacity to harm us. To this end, the practice of Chöd is universally recognised as one of the best ways to eradicate the self-cherishing mind. This unique practice lineage can be found in all of the major Tibetan traditions.

The Tibetan yogini Machik Labdrön developed her unique practice of Mahamudra Chöd. A chöd pa (Chöd practitioner) can cut through anything. Throughout Buddhist history, female practitioners have embodied the qualities of leadership in virtuous conduct, meditation and practice. Machik Labdrön is an extraordinary example of a highly realized female practitioner. Shar Khentrul Rinpoche has an aspiration to cultivate more realized female practitioners around the world, and we hope that this practice will support more female masters to manifest prominently.

Rinpoche has received the Chöd transmissions and practiced it in multiple traditions, including the Nyingma, Kagyu, Jonang, and Gelug traditions. He had the honor to receive a transmission directly from the 9th Kalka Jetsun Dhampaformer spiritual head of Mongolia, who is also considered to be a reincarnation of Jetsun Taranathaand to practice a Chöd retreat with him.  

Khentrul Rinpoche with the 9th Kalka Jetsun Dhampa.

 

About the Empowerment and Retreat
This is a rare and precious empowerment of Chöd from the primordial mind of master Jetsun Taranatha. You will receive a booklet to follow along throughout the whole empowerment. Part of the text includes inspiring stories about Machik Labdrön’s life. 

This event includes the following:

  1. Introductory Teaching
  2. Preparatory Practice to the Empowerment
  3. “The Chöd Empowerment that Opens the Gates to the Sky” written by Jestun Taranatha 
  4. Oral Transmission of “Subduing Through Splendour” (a traditional Chöd Sadhana of the Jonang Tradition) 
  5. Oral Transmission of “A Brief Practice of Object Severance” (a condensed Chöd Sadhana written by Shar Khentrul Rinpoche)
  6. Translated Texts of the Empowerment Booklet and Sadhanas 
  7. Daily group and individual practice sessions with senior students
  8. Chöd Teaching with Rinpoche, including Taranatha’s Commentary on Chöd 
  9. Q&A session with Rinpoche 

Participants online are encouraged to take part in as many live sessions as possible. However, all the teachings and the scheduled practice sessions will be recorded, and can be accessed later in our online learning center. As usual, the empowerment and oral transmissions must be attended live and will not be recorded.

Who can attend?
This event is open to all. There are no formal prerequisites to attend. However, previous Buddhist study and practice (such as the Ngöndro) are very helpful. If you are new to the Buddhist path, you may also like to study beforehand Khentrul Rinpoche’s course titled “What’s Real?” in our learning center and to read Books One and Two of Rinpoche’s trilogy “Unveiling Your Sacred Truth”. 

Schedule 

Melbourne, Australia
AEST – Melbourne, Australia
HKT - Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore
HKT – Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan
Central Europe
Central Europe

Vienna Time (CEST)
Lines in italics are relevant only for those attending in-person.
FRIDAY 4th August
14:00 to 16:00 – Check-in at Kalapa Retreat Center.
17:00 – Welcome Meeting at the Yoga Room (mandatory)
18:00 – Dinner
19:30 – 21:00 – Public Teaching with RINPOCHE –  Overcoming Fears and Limitations: The Practice of Chöd

SATURDAY 5th August
06.30 – Wake Up Gong
07:00 – 08:30 – Vajrasattva Purification as a Preliminary Practice for the Empowerment
(sadhana “Divine Ladder” is published in the Vajra Book”)
08.30 – Breakfast
09:30 – 10:30 – Karma Yoga
11.00 – 13:00 – CHÖD EMPOWERMENT part 1
13:00 – Lunch and Break
15.00 – 16.30 –  CHÖD EMPOWERMENT part 2 (Tsok)
and ORAL TRANSMISSION of the Sadhanas
17.00 – 18.00 – Free time for rest, dharma discussions, self-study and self-practice
18.00 – Dinner
19.30 – 21.00 – CHÖD Practice Session 

SUNDAY 6th August
06.30 – Wake Up Gong
07:00 – 08:30 – CHÖD Group Practice Session
08.30 – Breakfast
09:30 – 10:30 – Karma Yoga
11.00 – 12:30 – CHÖD Group Session offline (for those at Kalapa)
+CHÖD online Session (for those attending online)
13:00 – Lunch and Break
15.00 – 16.30 – CHÖD Q&A with RINPOCHE
17.00 – 18.00 – Free time for rest, dharma discussions, self-study, and self-practice
Optional Yoga Class
18.00 – Dinner
19.30 – 21.00 – CHÖD Group Practice Session

MONDAY 7th August
06.30 – Wake Up Gong
07:00 – 08:30 – CHÖD Group Practice Session
08.30 – Breakfast
09:30 – 10:30 – Karma Yoga
11.00 – 12:30 – Dharma Discussion in small groups (for those at Kalapa)
+Online Session (for those attending online)
13:00 – Lunch and Break
15.00 – 16:30 – CHÖD Group Practice Session
17.00 – 18.00 – Free time for rest, dharma discussions, self-study, and self-practice
Optional Yoga Class
18.00 – Dinner
19.30 – 21.00 – Teaching with RINPOCHE

TUESDAY 8th August
06.30 – Wake Up Gong
07:00 – 08:30 – CHÖD Group Practice Session
08.30 – Breakfast
09:30 – 10:30 – Karma Yoga
11.00 – 12:30 – Individual Chöd Practice in the nature area (for those at Kalapa)
+Online Session (for those attending online)
13:00 – Lunch and Break
15.00 – 16:30 – CHÖD Group Practice Session
17.00 – 18.00 – Free time for rest, dharma discussions, self-study, and self-practice Optional Yoga Class
18.00 – Dinner
19.30 – 21.00 – Teaching with RINPOCHE

WEDNESDAY 9th August
06.30 – Wake Up Gong
07:00 – 08:30 – CHÖD Group Practice Session
08.30 – Breakfast
09:30 – 10:30 – Karma Yoga
11.00 – 12:30 –
Dharma Discussion in small groups (for those in-person in Kalapa)
+Online Session (for those attending online)
13:00 – Lunch and Break
15.00 – 16:30 – CHÖD Group Practice Session
17.00 – 18.00 – Free time for rest, dharma discussions, self-study, and self-practice
Optional Yoga Class
18.00 – Dinner
19.30 – 21.00 – Teaching with RINPOCHE

THURSDAY 10th August
06.30 – Wake Up Gong
07:00 – 08:30 – CHÖD Group Practice Session
08.30 – Breakfast
09:30 – 10:30 – Karma Yoga
11.00 – 12:30 – CHÖD practice with Rinpoche and Closing Session
13:00 – Lunch / Departure


BRT - São Paulo, Brazil
BRT – São Paulo, Brazil
EDT USA & Toronto
EST / AST – East Coast USA, Toronto
West Coast, USA
PT – West Coast

Optional extras for practice
To enhance your practice, you can purchase some additional items as suitable. Our Dzokden store is run by volunteers, and all purchases directly support Rinpoche’s altruistic projects. Although you can take and receive the empowerment and participate in the retreat even without any of these items, they are recommended as traditional supports for Chöd practice.
If you are attending online, you can order Chöd supplies from the international Dzokden store based in the USA.
If you are attending in-person, you can order and reserve your implements online beforehand and pick it up upon arrival.

  • Chöd Drum (2 sizes)
    Made by artisans in Nepal. Each ritual drum comes with a brocade case and tail. This high-quality drum is made of Sengdeng wood.
  • Kangling Thigh Bone Trumpet (made out of wood)
    Made by artisans in Kathmandu, Nepal. Naturally, obtaining a Kangling made of real bone is very difficult in these modern times. As an alternative, many people worldwide use trumpets made from wood. Comes with a case. 
  • Vajra and Bell (Small or Large Size)
    Made with metal by artisans in Dehradun India. The color of the brocade case may vary from the one shown in the image. 

HOW THE ONLINE EMPOWERMENT WILL WORK
1) Register for each attendee that will be receiving the empowerment. You will receive a confirmation email. All of our online events use the Dzokden learning center where you will find everything. If you do not already have an account, you will be invited to learn.dzokden.org. 

2) Before the empowerment, you will receive information on some simple supplies you should get to help make the experience as authentic as possible. However, don’t worry if you are not able to get them all. They are symbolic, and you can still receive the empowerment. Most importantly, you must understand what is happening. Just attending an empowerment does not mean you receive it. You must know what is going on. To ensure that everyone receives the empowerment, we will provide an instruction booklet as an eBook so you can follow along and know exactly what is happening. You are not allowed to share the booklet with anyone else or give others access to the empowerment. This document is private, and is for your personal use only. Rinpoche typically allows the eBook to be uploaded the night before the empowerment.

3) You will receive access to the Zoom webinar for each of the sessions, and you will be able to watch any of the recorded sessions later on learn.dzokden.org. The empowerment and oral transmissions must be received in real time; no recordings will be available.

DANA for KHENTRUL RINPOCHE
Beyond the empowerments, Khentrul Rinpoche has kindly agreed to give teaching sessions and to support the retreat leaders which will guide the practice sessions. If you wish to show your generosity to Rinpoche’s precious teachings and to his immense efforts, you can do it in-person at the end of the retreat or, if you are attending online, offer Dana for Rinpoche on the Dzokden website here.

Book Event

Program Attendance Free Attendance

If you would like to contribute to the program or make a donation to Rinpoche you can do so on the website

Available Tickets: Unlimited
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Date

Aug 04 - 10 2023

Time

Vienna
All Day

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
  • Date: Aug 04 - 10 2023
  • Time: All Day

Location

Dzokden Kalapa
Garanas 41, 8541 Bad Schwanberg, Austria
Website
https://kalapa.org

Organizer

Dzokden Kalapa
Phone
+43 676 395 8898
Email
[email protected]
Website
https://kalapa.org/
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Speaker

  • Khentrul Rinpoche
    Khentrul Rinpoche

    Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö is the founder and spiritual director of Dzokden. Rinpoche is the author of Unveiling Your Sacred Truth, The Great Middle Way: Clarifying the Jonang View of Other-Emptiness, A Happier Life, and The Hidden Treasure of the Profound Path.

    Rinpoche spent the first 20 years of his life herding yak and chanting mantras on the plateaus of Tibet. Inspired by the bodhisattvas, he left his family to study in a variety of monasteries under the guidance of over twenty-five masters in all the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Due to his non-sectarian approach, he earned himself the title of Rimé (unbiased) Master and was identified as the reincarnation of the famous Kalachakra Master Ngawang Chözin Gyatso. While at the core of his teachings is the recognition that there is great value in the diversity of all spiritual traditions found in this world; he focuses on the Jonang-Shambhala tradition. Kalachakra (wheel of time) teachings contain profound methods to harmonize our external environment with the inner world of body and mind, ultimately bringing about the golden age of peace and harmony (dzokden).

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