1892 Fell Street, San Francisco,
California 94117, USA
Lama Lodu Rinpoche leads a Red Chenrezig Teaching Retreat
Sept 19th - 20th, 2015
KDK Retreat Land, Laytonville CA
Tuition: $50/day ($25 KDK Members), $100 ($50 for KDK Members) for the weekend; Email email@example.com for info.
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Important Note: This retreat is closed to the public; only those showing proof of having received the Red Chenrezig empowerment previously by one of these Kagyu masters will be admitted to the retreat compound: H.E. Tai Situpa; H.E. Gyaltsab Rinpoche; H.H. 16th Karmapa; H.H. 17th Karmapa; H.E. Mingyur Rinpoche; H.E. Kalu Rinpoche; H.E. Thrangu Rinpoche; H. E. Sanggye Nyenpa Rinpoche
Avalokitesvara, the essence of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattva's compassion, appears in the divine form as Chenrezig. This is the very essence of the Buddha's teachings of Mahayana and Vajrayana. All the Buddha's teachings are condensed into relative truth and absolute truth. The absolute truth is that every phenomena is dependently originated, and therefore all phenomena have the nature of emptiness. The relative truth is that the Buddha taught infinite methods, such as loving kindness and compassion without discrimination. The compassion aspect of Avalokitesvara represents the relative truth of the Buddha's teachings, which is very important in this dark age where beings are afflicted with all the kleshas, but especially anger. This mental poison has no remedy other than compassion and loving kindness, which will overcome the angry, trembling mind. In this time, we are more focused to learn how to develop Relative Bodhicitta, which is caused by love and compassion. For these reasons, the practice of Avalokitesvara becomes essential to Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.
Avalokitesvara is emanating in this world as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa and many other realized beings in order to benefit endless sentient beings. The Kamtsang lineage holder His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa is the actual essence of the compassion of Avalokitesvara taking the form of a human being to benefit many beings. His Holiness has practiced Chenrezig throughout all of his different incarnations, and especially the High Tantra practice Red Chenrezig, his principal Yidam and innermost practice. When we are devoted to follow His Holiness the Karmapa and view him as our root guru, this practice is most sufficient and the blessings are more rapid to the practitioner.
Being that KDK belongs to the Kagyu tradition, His Holiness the 16th Karmapa gave the Red Chenrezig initiation privately to a selected group of KDK members. Later, His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche gave the expansive form of this initiation publically to over 1,000 people, and next His Eminence Mingyur Rinpoche gave this initiation openly to the public as well. These three empowerments were all part of the KDK schedule. None of these great masters had time to give detailed instruction to this practice, so many students have urged Lama Lodu Rinpoche to give instructions. Lama Lodu Rinpoche will give this teaching in detail based on the sadhana composed by His Holiness the 15th Karmapa, Khakyab Dorje. Only those who have this initiation from these Kagypa masters may attend: H.E. Tai Situpa; H.E. Gyaltsab Rinpoche; H.H. 16th Karmapa; H.H. 17th Karmapa; H.E. Mingyur Rinpoche; H.E. Kalu Rinpoche; H.E. Thrangu Rinpoche; or H.E. Sanggye Nyenpa Rinpoche. It is mandatory for you to bring proof that you attended the empowerment (for example, the Red Chenrezig Sadhana) or you cannot be admitted to these teachings.