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Grand Sur Puja for Ullambana

Grand Sur Puja for Ullambana

This is a FREE event and available both In-person and Online.

Experience the profound spiritual journey of grand Sur Puja, a sacred practice of immense significance. Khentrul Rinpoche will practice two powerful Sur Pujas: one written by Patrul Rinpoche, known as Patrul Sur Ginma, and another written by Bamda Gelek Gyatso and Lama Luthak. So, both Nyingmapa’s and Jonangpa ‘s Sur will be practiced.

Sur Puja is a universal practice that is open to all and without restrictions. It offers immense benefits to all sentient beings, with a special focus on those who have passed away and those in the bardo. This practice allows us to make offerings to a multitude of beings, enlightened or otherwise, to benefit them.

The Sur Puja involves the burning of offerings in fire, symbolizing one of the female Buddhas, Gökarmo (Pāṇḍarāvasinī), the consort of Amitabha. This nurturing mother nature bestows her blessings on these beings through the fire.

The Sur Puja is particularly beneficial for those who have passed away, be they relatives, pets, or any being with whom you share a special connection. It is also an effective practice for repaying karmic debts accumulated over countless lifetimes. For those who want to be connected to this, we can write the name of a special person, animal, or pet on the 6-realm mantra wheel and offer it for you. 

Through the Sur Puja, we provide physical offerings and impart the Dharma, guiding these beings towards liberation. This practice can help beings in lower realms attain higher rebirths, ultimately leading them towards enlightenment. Join us in this significant practice and contribute to the well-being of all sentient beings.

Ullambana

The Ullambana Festival, or the Filial Piety Festival, is a significant event in Chinese Buddhism. It provides a unique opportunity for individuals to express their appreciation toward their parents.

  1. Understanding the Ullambana Festival: “Ullambana” is derived from Sanskrit, signifying “rescue from being inverted.” The phrase “inverted” symbolizes the torment in hell. Individuals with negative karma may be reincarnated in hell and undergo severe punishment after death. Consequently, the Ullambana Festival embodies the concept of liberating those who are enduring agony in hell. It also allows everyone to honor their filial responsibilities towards their parents and forefathers.
  2. The Genesis of the Ullambana Festival The Ullambana tradition traces its roots back to the tale of Maudgalyayana (also known as Moggalana in Pali), one of Buddha’s esteemed disciples, who rescued his mother from the realm of famished spirits. Upon achieving Arahantship, Moggallana immediately remembered his late mother. Using his divine vision to explore all domains, he discovered that his mother had been reborn in the realm of famished spirits, suffering from extreme hunger and thirst due to her disproportionately large abdomen and minuscule neck.

Moved by his mother’s plight, Moggallana collected food in his alms bowl and attempted to feed his mother using his supernatural abilities. However, her selfishness and greed caused the food to transform into flaming coals before she could consume it. Distressed by his inability to alleviate his mother’s suffering despite his extraordinary powers, Moggallana sought Buddha’s guidance.

Buddha advised him to wait until the seventh lunar month and make substantial offerings to the monks on Pavarana day, marking the conclusion of the 3-month Rain Retreat. This would result in enormous blessings due to the monks’ rigorous spiritual practices during these three months. Transferring these blessings to his mother would liberate her from the realm of famished spirits and facilitate her rebirth in a divine realm.

Following Buddha’s counsel, Moggallana saved his mother and numerous famished spirits, enabling their reincarnation in heavenly realms. This inspiring narrative led to the annual celebration of the Ullambana Festival in the seventh lunar month, now referred to as the Ullambana month. This festival allows people to express gratitude towards their parents, grandparents, and ancestors.

Known as the month of absolution for the deceased, individuals respectfully present offerings to the Three Jewels during this time, transferring their merits to their ancestors. This act may liberate their ancestors from the realms of famished spirits and hell.

Khentrul Rinpoche will practice Sur and recite the prayer for rebirth in Shambhala to dedicate all living beings to the second golden age. Meanwhile, dedications will be arranged during pujas in monasteries in Tibetan areas.

Schedule by Timezone

East Coast USA, Toronto – SUNDAY August 18, 2024 / 2:00 PM
Melbourne, Australia – MONDAY August 19, 2024 / 4:00 AM
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan – MONDAY August 19, 2024 / 2:00 AM
Central Europe and South Africa – SUNDAY August 18, 2024 / 8:00 PM
São Paulo, Brazil – SUNDAY August 18, 2024 / 3:00 PM
West Coast USA – SUNDAY August 18, 2024 / 11:00 AM

Zoom Information

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84900820961?pwd=9zbXn90ugKYqM3iAislm79moMvEqTg.A9ShOdj1lhMiOABp
Webinar ID: 849 0082 0961         Passcode: 108108

QUESTIONS?
Please email [email protected]

Awaken through Suffering on the Sutrayana Path with Khentrul Rinpoche

Awaken through Suffering on the Sutrayana Path with Khentrul Rinpoche

While the Buddha taught that life is suffering, he also taught that there is a way to become free from suffering. In this evening’s talk, Shar Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoche will teach powerful mind-training techniques from the Sutrayana path of Buddhism to help us learn to cope with life and transform it. While we can’t prevent life’s challenges, we can become skillful in dealing with them.

Suffering can appear in our lives in so many forms, such as the easy-to-do identify suffering of illness, job loss, divorce, or other adverse life circumstances. Or suffering can be subtle and sneaky in the form of passing radiantly joyful emotions that are so wonderful we wish they would never leave. Even the best ice cream will melt in the hot sun if not eaten. 

While our feelings and emotions can change momentarily, it does not mean we must be thrown into turmoil by sadness, jealousy, anger, hatred, or frustration. Nor does that mean we must reject our emotions and experiences, hide them, or shame them away. The Buddha taught many precise antidotes that can be learned and used for each emotion to help us work through them as they arise. When this happens we can better achieve all of our life priorities in work, family, or spiritual realization.

These sutra antidotes can help practitioners at all levels. Even a tantric student wishing to work directly with emotion’s energy may find themselves in a moment when reducing the emotion’s intensity is necessary before transforming it. 

Schedule by Timezone

Central Europe and South Africa – FRIDAY June 28, 2024 / 6:00 PM
Melbourne, Australia – SATURDAY June 29, 2024 / 2:00 AM
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan – SATURDAY June 29, 2024 / 12:00 AM
Sao Paulo, Brazil – FRIDAY June 28, 2024 / 1:00 PM
East Coast USA, Toronto – FRIDAY June 28, 2024 / 12:00 PM
West Coast USA – FRIDAY June 28, 2024 / 9:00 AM

Offer Dana to Rinpoche
If you would like to offer Dana to Rinpoche virtually, you can do so here on Dzokden’s website. All donations to Dzokden are unrestricted contributions that allow us to direct the funds to Rinpoche’s projects based on their priority.

QUESTIONS?
Email [email protected].

Enter the New Year with a Bang! Vajrapani Empowerment and Retreat

Enter the New Year with a Bang! Vajrapani Empowerment and Retreat

Welcome to the Vajrapani Empowerment and Retreat

VAJRAPANI: Tame Your Demons
Tap into the power of all the Buddhas to tame your internal and external obstacles to realization. Vajrapani, the embodiment of the power of all the Buddhas of the ten directions and the three times, is a fearless Bodhisattva of the tenth level and the guardian of the Buddhist tantras.

Khentrul Rinpoche will bestow an extraordinary empowerment of Vajrapani known as the Demon Destroyer, and the practice that Lama Lutrin may have used in the retreat where he cured himself of Leprosy. This empowerment and retreat will help practitioners embrace their fierce power within to tame the obstacles on their path.

KHENTRUL RINPOCHE PERSONAL CONNECTION WITH VAJRAPANI
“For me Vajrapani is personally special because my root lama, Lama Lobsang Trinley, was considered as the actual Vajrapani. When he practiced it, he could completely heal his leprosy during a long solitary retreat. At the end of his retreat, he achieved the same realization of the great Indian mahasiddhas.
My root Lama’s teachings on Vajrapani were incredibly special. As many high Lamas came to our monastery in order to receive the Vajrapani empowerment from him, I could receive it many times. All these Lamas who came had no doubt about his realization. They said that he himself was the actual Vaprapani, as they were witnessing my Lama taming incredibly powerful demons who wish to bring harm to our regions.”

This practice has a very special connection to our lineage through both Lama Lutrin and the Shambhala Dharma King Suchandra. Suchandra who was an emanation of Vajrapani, requested the Buddha in the form of Deity of Kalachakra, transmit  the Kalachakra Tantra Teachings. Suchandra went on to establish these Kalachakra teachings in Shambhala where they flourished and came to us.

TANTRA EMOTIONS AND VAJRAPANI
In this retreat, Rinpoche will also explore further working with Vajrapani in your life as you work to engage on an authentic tantric path, harnessing, directing, and transforming the power of anger and other emotions on the path.  

Course Information

This first section will provide you with general information about the course that you will need to participate. This includes:

  1. Overview: If you ever get lost, you can use this page to remember where everything is and how to access what you need.
  2. Online Checklist:To join the live practice sessions for this course, you will need to make sure you have all of the necessary technologies installed and ready to use. For this reason, we have compiled a short guidebook for setting up Zoom and how to prepare for the various sessions.
  3. Live Session Schedule: This page provides all of the links for the live webinar sessions. You can find the schedule in a variety of timezones so that you can be sure not to miss anything. ORAL TRANSMISSIONS AND EMPOWERMENTS ARE NEVER RECORDED.
  4. Gratitude and Generosity: We take a moment to thank those who have made this event possible and provide details for how to offer Dana or give support so that we can all benefit from future activities.

 

Schedule by Timezone

Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan
FRIDAY December 27, 2024
4:30 AM – 6:00 AM – End of the Year Public Teaching: Use Your Brain: How to Cultivate Discriminating Awareness on the Path

SATURDAY December 28, 2024
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM – Session 1: Online Empowerment Preparation
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Session 2: Vajrapani EMPOWERMENT & ORAL TRANSMISSION
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Session 3: Vajrapani Practice
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Session 4: Vajrapani and the Kalachakra Lineage

SUNDAY December 29, 2024
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM – Session 5: Vajrapani Practice
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Session 6: Tantra and working with emotions and Anger
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Session 7: Vajrapani Practice
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Session 8: Vajrapani Practice and Q and A with Rinpoche 

MONDAY December 30, 2024
6:00 AM – 7:30 AM – Session 9: Final Retreat Practice

Questions?
Please email [email protected]

End of the Year Public Teaching: Use Your Brain: How to Cultivate Discriminating Awareness on the Path

End of the Year Public Teaching: Use Your Brain: How to Cultivate Discriminating Awareness on the Path

This is a FREE event and is available both Online and In-person.

As we head towards the end of the year, Khentrul Rinpoche will guide us through a thought process to understand what type of Dharma we are practicing, for what reason, and how that reflects in our life priorities. If you ask most people, they will say they are practicing Dharma to benefit all sentient beings or to get out of Samsara. Maybe they will say they are practicing mindfulness and meditation to deal better with their life and reduce their anxiety. There are many reasons in why people choose to practice Dharma. These reasons may be based in wisdom and compassion or they may be based in Samsaric motivations. Rinpoche will help guide us in an end-of-the-year self-reflection so we can dig deeper into our own minds and uncover our blind spots in our intentions. By discovering our true intentions with our practice, we can create the opportunity in the new year to truly transition into a deeper level of practice, walking more fully on the path mindfully with discriminating awareness.

Schedule by Timezone

Melbourne, Australia – FRIDAY December 27, 2024 / 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan – FRIDAY December 27, 2024 / 4:30 AM – 6:00 AM
Central Europe and South Africa – THURSDAY December 26, 2024 / 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Sao Paulo, Brazil – THURSDAY December 26, 2024 / 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
East Coast USA, Toronto – THURSDAY December 26, 2024 / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
West Coast USA – THURSDAY December 26, 2024 / 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Zoom Information

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86764827300?pwd=L21FRTl4dld2R1lCbHVaWmNIRHRQZz09
Webinar ID: 867 6482 7300       Passcode: 108108

Questions?
Please email [email protected]

Golden Age Peacekeepers: White Manjushri and Chenrezig Empowerments with Khentrul Rinpoche

Golden Age Peacekeepers: White Manjushri and Chenrezig Empowerments with Khentrul Rinpoche

This event is available both Online and In-person.

Join Kalachakra Master Khentrul Rinpoche at Tibet House US (or online) for an inspiring evening. During the evening, Khentrul Rinpoche, a Jonang Kalachakra master, who focuses on the teachings from the pure land of Shambhala, will plant blessings in our mindstream of White Manjushri and Chenrezig that we can activate through our own practice and reflection on the texts.

White Manjushri helps us cultivate wisdom, specifically through gentle methods that help us teach others through our speech. Chenrezig is the Tibetan name for Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. 

To overcome the darkness in our world and manifest the Golden Age on Earth, we must cultivate both wisdom and compassion with the altruistic mind set on enlightenment. Wisdom and compassion are like the two wings of a bird: in order to fly, we must exercise both wings in equal measure. We need to recognize that deep work must be done on ourselves, and we should do our best and work diligently to transform our own minds. The more our minds are rooted in deep wisdom and compassion with altruistic intention, the less we contribute to suffering in the world and the better-equipped we will be to help others. We can not get discouraged and overwhelmed by the temporary negative conditions in our world. We can start our path to manifest the golden age right here. We can become the peace we want to see in our world. 

Schedule by Timezone:

East Coast USA, Toronto – WEDNESDAY September 04, 2024 / 6:30 PM: White Manjushri and Chenrezig Empowerment
Melbourne, Australia –THURSDAY September 05, 2024 / 8:30 AM: White Manjushri and Chenrezig Empowerment
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan – THURSDAY September 05, 2024 / 6:30 AM: White Manjushri and Chenrezig Empowerment
Central Europe and South Africa – THURSDAY September 05, 2024 / 12:30 AM: White Manjushri and Chenrezig Empowerment
Sao Paulo, Brazil – WEDNESDAY September 04, 2024 / 7:30 PM: White Manjushri and Chenrezig Empowerment
West Coast USA – WEDNESDAY September 04, 2024 / 3:30 PM: White Manjushri and Chenrezig Empowerment

QUESTIONS?
Email [email protected]