H.E. Garchen Rinpoche 2014 Seattle Teachings

About the teachings
According to the supplication by Drikung Kagyu Seattle disciples, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche kindly agreed to visit the center again in 2014 and graciously offered to teach for two consecutive weekends. Rinpoche granted the Amitabha empowerment and Phowa instructions as well the Shitro empowerment and Bardo teachings. Finally, Rinpoche offered the White Tara long-life empowerment.

Even though practitioners of the modern day do wish to practice the Dharma, they are busy and do not have sufficient time. The Buddha taught countless Dharmas with great love according to the needs of diverse sentient beings. Je Marpa Lotsawa said: “All others have instructions that lead to enlightenment if one meditates. But I have an instruction that will lead to enlightenment without meditation.” Thus, we are extremely fortunate to receive the instructions on Phowa, a practice that does not require long periods of meditation, from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, for these instructions will place a powerful imprint into our minds. Even if we are not able to train in Phowa perfectly throughout our lives, the mental imprints of these instructions will be of tremendous benefit to us at the time of death. Whether or not we wish to die, or are powerful, smart, rich or poor, we are all bound to die sooner or later. The Shitro empowerment, then, introduces us to the true nature of our body and elements. The Bardo instructions explain the nature of the visions that will appear to us during the Bardo state after death.

Friday, March 7, 2014
Public Talk
University of Washington

Saturday, March 8, 2014
10am-12pm: Amitabha empowerment

Saturday, March 8, 2014
2pm-5pm: Four Causes to be Reborn in Dewachen

Download Wishing Prayer of Dewachen Booklet Download Amitabha Deity Image

Sunday, March 9, 2014
10am-12pm: Phowa teachings

Sunday, March 9, 2014
2pm-5pm: Phowa practice

Download Phowa Text Download Humg Image

Friday, March 14, 2014
10am-12pm: Lama Chopa prayer teachings

Saturday, March 15, 2014
9am-12pm: Shitro empowerment

Sunday, March 16, 2014
The Tibetan Buddhist holy day known as Chotrul Duchen, “The Day of Miracles”
10am-12pm: Bardo teachings

Sunday, March 16, 2014
The Tibetan Buddhist holy day known as Chotrul Duchen, “The Day of Miracles”
2pm-5pm: Taking refuge ceremony, Bardo teachings and Lama Chopa Tsog

Download the Six Bardos Text Download Lama Chopra Booklet

Long Life Prayer for HE Garchen Rinpoche

PHAK-PE YÜL-NA AR-YA-DE-VA ZHE/
The one known in the Holy Land as Aryadeva,.

DO-KHAM CHOK-SU GAR-GYI RIK-SU TRÜL/
Emanated into the Gar clan of Eastern Tibet as ChÖdingpa

JIK-TEN-GÖN-PO THUK-SE CHÖ-DING-PA/
The heart son of Jikten GÖnpo

PEL-DEN GAR-CHEN KU-TSE KAL-GYAR-TEN/
May the life of glorious Garchen remain steadfast for a hundred aeons!

NYIG-DÜ GYAL-TEN NYAK-TRE NE-KAB DIR/
In this age of strife when the Victor’s teaching faces hardship

THU-TOB DOR-JE TA-BÜ TÜL ZHUK-KYI/
through his powerful, vajra-like conduct,

RI-ME TEN-PE KHUR-CHI DAG-GIR ZHE/
He takes on himself the heavy responsibility of the unbiased teaching.

TEN-PE-NYI-MA GAR-CHEN ZHAP-TEN SÖL//
May Garchen, the Sun of the Teachings, live long!

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