Online RETIRO DE CHÖD Empoderamiento de Machig Labdrön. “Abriendo las Puertas del Cielo” con Khentrul Rinpoche
About the Practice of Chöd
Chöd is a powerful practice of accepting willingly what is undesirable, cutting through our concepts, reducing our self-cherishing nature leading us closer to our own true nature. The main obstacle to our own enlightenment is our clinging to our own ego, our own existence. When fear, fixation, and self-clinging are cut through, giving rise to the awareness of the pure nature of emotions and the emptiness of mental obscurations. Machig Labdrön created a unique practice of Mahamudra Chöd practice. She is the manifestation of Prajnaparamita, the Great Mother who gives birth to realisation of emptiness. Furthermore, Machig Labdron is also the manifestation of Arya Tara, who gives birth to compassion. A chöd pa (practitioner) can cut through anything and therefore his or her main intention should be to unify understanding of emptiness and loving kindness and compassion, just as Machig Labdron did. Khentrul Rinpoche has received the Chöd transmission and practiced in multiple traditions such as the Nyingma Kagyu, Jonang and the Gelug traditions.
Khentrul Rinpoche with the 9th Kalka Jetsun Dhampa. Rinpoche has received the Chöd Transmission from many masters. He had the pleasure of practicing Chod Retreat and receiving transmission from the Kalka Jetsun Dhampa considered to be a reincarnation of Taranatha and the spiritual head of Mongolia.
Throughout Buddhist history, female practitioners have been models of leadership in virtuous conduct, meditation, discipline and practice. Machig Labdron is an extraordinary example of a highly realised female practitioner. One of Rinpoche’s aspirations is to cultivate more realised female practitioners around the world and we hope this practice inspires the prominence and proliferation of more female Buddhist masters.
About the Empowerment
This is an incredibly rare and precious empowerment of Chöd from the primordial mind of master Jetsun Taranatha. It is the most extensive and detailed Chöd Empowerment. We will include a booklet to follow along through the empowerment. Part of the transmission includes stories of Machig Labdrön’s life in which we can all be inspired by this precious Dakini’s presence.
The Practice Texts Translated for this Retreat
Who can attend online?
This retreat is open to all.
Sunday 21th November 2021 – Free Online Pre-Teaching If you want to learn more about the retreat and the teaching tune into this teaching from Khentrul Rinpoche. 7 AM –
Chöd, Prajnaparamita and Zhentong Emptiness
Retreat Schedule – Online or In Person
*** All teachings (except transmissions), will be recorded and available for viewing in the learning centre.
Saturday 11 December
A Pearl Garland Narration of the Chöd Empowerment that Opens the Gate to the Sky (required attendance) This precious empowerment text by Jonang Lineage Master Jetsun Taranatha.
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Arrive, set up camp and have some lunch 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Session 1 Empowerment 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Tea Break 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Session 2 Empowerment 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Session 3 Empowerment
Sunday December 12
Facing your Fears – How to integrate Chod practice in Daily life
Understanding the Chod teachings and how it integrates into the Kalachakra practice.
Direct practice of Chod
Teaching of the Chöd Sadanas
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Session 4 Practice and Teaching 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Free Time and Lunch 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Session 5 Teaching and Practice 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Tea Break 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Session 6 Teaching and Practice 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner and Free Time 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Session 7 Teaching and Practice
Monday December 13
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Session 8 Teaching and Practice 11:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch and Pack Out
Ritual Objects to Bring or Pre-order by November 18
Optional extras for practice – To enhance your practice, we have additional items for you to purchase for home practice. All purchases through our Dzokden store run by volunteers goes directly to Rinpoche’s altruistic projects. Items in the Dzokden Store here for global shipping. Australians should use the special one time order form. As a kindness – If you want to special order these items to pick up a the Chöd Retreat in Australia, you must fill out this Australian order reservation form by November 18th. You will need to pick them up in person at the retreat. All items are subject to confirmation from the supplier for shipping due to Covid challenges. You will receive a confirmation email with a bill November 20th that the items are shipping for you. Remember you CAN take the retreat and receive the empowerment even if you do not have all these items. Chöd can be practiced in your daily life as well as ritualistically.
Chöd Drum Made by artisans in Nepal. Each Chöd ritual drum, comes with a brocade case and tail. This high quality damaru is made of Sengdeng wood. $225 AUD
Kangling Thigh Bone Trumphet (made out of wood) Made by artisans in Kathmandu Nepal. It is very difficult to get a human bone Kangling in these modern times. Many people worldwide use Trumphets made from wood to look like Trumphet. It comes with a case. $110 AUD
Dorje and Bell (Small or Large Size) Made with bell metal by artisans in Dehradun India. Brocade case color may vary from the one shown in the image.Ani Small Size – $150 AUD Large Size – $175 AUD
Machig Labdron silk print or framed Thangka- Only Available on the Dzokden store website from USA
How does the Online Retreat Work
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. If you are not already enrolled in it, 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. If you are not able to get them all don’t worry. They are symbolic and you can still receive the empowerment. More important 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 everyone will receive the empowerment, Rinpoche will kindly make his instruction booklet available to you as an eBook so you can follow along so you know exactly what is happening. You are not allowed to share this program book with anyone else or give them access to the empowerment. This is private for your personal use. Rinpoche typically gives the eBook out the night before.
3) You will receive access to the zoom for each of the sessions. You will be able to watch any of the course in learn.dzokden.org The empowerment must be received in real time. There are no recordings available of the empowerment.
Offering to Rinpoche and Sponsoring the Retreat
Khentrul RinpocheMaestro Jonang Kalachakra
Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö es el fundador y director espiritual de Dzokden. Rinpoche es el autor de Develando tu verdad sagrada, El gran camino del medio: Clarificando la visión Jonang del ‘vacío de lo otro’, Una vida más feliz y El tesoro oculto del camino de la profundización.
Rinpoché vivió sus primeros 20 años pastoreando yaks y cantando mantras en las mesetas del Tíbet. Inspirado en la vida de los Bodhisattvas, él dejó a su familia para estudiar en varios monasterios bajo la instrucción de más de 25 maestros de todas las tradiciones tibetanas. Debido a su enfoque no sectario, Rinpoché obtuvo el título de Maestro Rimé (libre de prejuicios) y fue identificado como la encarnación del gran maestro de Kalachakra, Ngawang Chozin Gyatso. Aunque en esencia sus enseñanzas reconocen el valor de la diversidad de toda tradición espiritual del mundo, Rinpoché se ha enfocado en las enseñanzas de la tradición Jonang- Shambhala. Las enseñanzas del Kalachakra (rueda del tiempo) contienen métodos profundos para armonizar nuestro entorno externo con el mundo interno del cuerpo y la mente; lo que finalmente manifiesta la Edad de Oro de la Paz y la Armonía (Dzokden).