PLEASE NOTE – due to a change in Holiness’ schedule, the date has been changed to Wednesday, July 29th!
10:00 AM-12:00 PM One-Thousand Arm Chenrezig Empowerment
2:00 PM-5:00 PM The Bodhisattva in the Modern World, Talk and Q & A
This program will be held at White Lotus Buddhist Center
815 Park Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
Pre-Registration is required! REGISTRATION details below.
One of the most accomplished spiritual masters in our time and head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, Chetsang Rinpoche was born into a prominent aristocratic family in Lhasa, Tibet. Recognized as an important reincarnate lama, his life was interrupted by the Chinese army invasion and the ensuing Cultural Revolution. Two decades later, he escaped Tibet and began his journey of fully taking on leadership of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. Due to these efforts, the Drikung Kagyu tradition has been revived not only in the Tibetan community in exile, but also in its monasteries in Ladakh and Dharma centers around the world. White Lotus is honored to host this extraordinary event.
For more information on Chetsang Rinpoche’s life: Full biography
Like the Dalai Lama, HH Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is considered an emanation of Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Thus, it is a precious opportunity to receive the empowerment of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig from him. Empowerment may be taken as a commitment to practice vast loving kindness and compassion or merely as a blessing to one’s heart and mind.
Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara, Skt) is the Bodhisattva of Compassion. It is said he made a vow never to rest until all sentient beings were saved. But despite working day and night for the benefit of all, there were always more beings to save. Contemplating how to help so many suffering beings, his head split into eleven pieces. Buddha Amitabha, seeing his plight, gave him eleven heads with which to hear the cries of the suffering. Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Avalokiteśvara attempts to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that his two arms shattered into pieces. Once more, Amitābha comes to his aid and invests him with a thousand arms with which to aid the suffering multitudes.
Registration Details –
Donation for the day: $75-$150 sliding scale
Or, Benefactor donation for the day – $250 on up. Please consider becoming a Benefactor and helping White Lotus bring this event to Rochester.
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Hotels & travel info: there are many hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area, please do a Google search. If you are flying in, the airport is Rochester, NY. There is no shuttle or bus service at the airport but there are taxis. You can also fly into Buffalo (70 miles west) or Syracuse (80 miles east) but there is no transportation to Rochester from these airports. You would need to rent a car.