His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche, July 29, 2015

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. img005_1000armChenrezigIt 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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Or, pay with a check or money order: Send a check or money order made out to White Lotus Buddhist Center and mail to White Lotus Buddhist Center, PO Box 10384, Rochester, NY 14610. Include a note with the names of those you are registering and contact information: email and phone number. Thank you!

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.

Garchen Rinpoche: Vajrakilaya & Teachings on the Six Perfections

Gar R-for website and emailAugust 5-10, 2015   Vajrakilaya Retreat & Teachings on the Six Perfections  

Each day will begin and end with sessions of Vajrakilaya practice, including a daily ganachakra (tsok offering). At 11:00 and 2:00 each day Rinpoche will teach on the Six Perfections and offer Bodhisattva Vows on the last day. The detailed schedule can be found below.

Vajrakilaya

 

Vajrakilaya is known as the Swift Destroyer who dispels obstacles to the flourishing of Dharma and the development of authentic realization in practitioners. He embodies the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas, and his practice is famous for destroying the forces hostile to compassion especially in this difficult era.

The positive energy gathered from reciting the mantra of the deity for five days as a group is one of the most efficacious and profound means for purifying negative karma and amassing merit and wisdom. Through the power of awareness the afflictive emotions collapse and this collapsing is revealing of their true nature, primordial wisdom. This collapsing or transformation is the wrathful deity. In addition, the benefits from engaging in this practice together are not limited to the participants of the retreat, but spread a positive influence over the entire physical locale as well as the inhabitants of the region, the country, and the whole world, becoming the cause for harmony, prosperity, joy and ultimately, liberation for all beings.

Teachings on the Six Perfections (Sk. Paramitas) – The Bodhisattva Path

The Six Perfections are bodhicitta, the cause of Buddhahood, in action. They comprise the training of a bodhisattva and thus serve as an essential guide for Mahayana Buddhist practitioners. In Sanskrit, paramita means “perfection.” The Tibetan translation literally means “gone to the other shore,” and indicates transcendence of mental fixations concerning a subject, objects, and actions.  Rinpoche will address each of the perfections during the week and at the end will bestow the Bodhisattva Vows.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Co-Sponsored by the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies & Dialogue, Nazareth College. Program is free to Nazareth students, faculty, and staff.
The retreat will be held in Medaille Hall on the Nazareth College campus, 4245 East Ave, Pittsford (Rochester) NY. The campus is conveniently located near restaurants and hotels. In addition, Nazareth college dormitory suites are available for those coming from out of town – please see Accommodations below to reserve a bed or room.

Each day will begin and end with Vajrakilaya practice, enabling a full recitation of all sessions normally included in a sangdrup (retreat). In addition, Rinpoche will teach on the Six Perfections – one session in the morning and one session in the afternoon.

This is an open retreat; participants may come and go as their schedules permit. If you are participating part-time, plan to arrive at least 15-20 minutes before the sessions you are  attending. Part-time participants are encouraged to reduce unnecessary distractions during the week as much as possible in order to maintain a high level of focus on the practice.

Schedule
August 5 – 10:00 AM Registration & check-in opens / 2:00 PM Vajrakilaya Empowerment
August 6-9 – 9:00 AM Kilaya, 11:00  Six Perfections / 2:00 Six Perfections, 4:00 Kilaya August 10 – 9:00 AM Kilaya, 11:00 Bodhisattva Vows / 2:00 Final Kilaya Ganachakra

!! PRE-REGISTRATION IS A MUST !!  

COST This year we are offering registration on a sliding scale. The lowest amount listed is required, the upper amount listed is a suggestion. Please be as generous as possible so we can cover the considerable expenses incurred in bringing a program like this to Rochester – travel, food, translation, site rental, set-up expenses.

Full program $225-$350—all sessions plus Empowerment and Bodhisttva Vows
Six Perfections $210-$325 —all teaching sessions plus Bodhisattva Vows
Per day $65  —  includes all sessions in one day
Vajrakilaya Empowerment $50 — August 5
Bodhisattva Vows $50 — August 10 
Registration after July 22nd — add $25

Some scholarships are available. If you would like to attend this retreat and need financial assistance to do so, please contact info@whitelotusdharma.org. We will work with you to make sure you can attend.

Click here to Register ON-LINE thru Eventbrite (fees will be applied) OR
Download Registration form (pay by check)

ACCOMMODATIONS
Nazareth College 
Dormitory rooms are suites that house four people: two single beds per room, two rooms per suite, all sharing one bathroom. The beds are $27/night + a linen  charge of $18. If you bring your own bedding you don’t need to pay the linen charge. Reserve here:


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DHARMA OFFERINGS
It is traditional in any Buddhist practice to make an offering of something precious, usually gold, silver, or money to the teacher as a representative of the Three Jewels. Your registration fee includes an offering for Rinpoche, his attendants and translator. These offerings are set at modest amounts to keep registration fees to a minimum in order to facilitate the attendance of as many practitioners as we can. There will be an opportunity at the end of the final ganachakra (tsok, or feast offering) on August 10th to make personal offerings. If you will not be here on that day, you can make your offerings at the last session before you leave.

It is said that a person who supports another practitioner in retreat earns the same merit as the person doing the retreat. If you are unable to participate in the retreat, but would like to make a make an auspicious connection to Rinpoche and the other participants, you can:

Make a monetary donation to help cover the cost of airfare for Rinpoche, Lama BuNima, Ani Samten, the translator, or to sponsor another sangha member’s participation. You may dedicate the merit to someone of your choosing or in memory of a family member or friend. The donor’s name and who it is for will be placed on the shrine for the duration of the retreat and the merit gratefully dedicated. Donations may be sent to White Lotus Buddhist Center, PO Box 10384, Rochester, NY 14610 or made at the Center or at the retreat site.

Offer to help with set up and take down, registration on site and other support work. If you are able to offer this kind of support, please contact us at info@whitelotusdharma.orgThank you!

 

Drikung Kagyu Lineage Masters at White Lotus Summer 2015

 “This opportune moment is extremely hard to meet. Once met, it yields the welfare of mankind. If the advantage is neglected now, how will this meeting come again?”

HH Chetsang and Garchen R Nepal 2004 Great Lotus Stupa Lumbini.pdf

His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche – July 29, 2015 (please note this is a change in the originally scheduled date!)
One-Thousand Arm Chenrezig Empowerment
Role of the Bodhisattva in the Modern World,  Talk and Q & A
   
                                 

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 elsewhere.

For Program details click here

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His Eminence Garchen Triptrül Rinpoche – August 5 – 10, 2015  

White Lotus Buddhist Center is extremely fortunate to host this event with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, a teacher with rare accomplishment and world-wide renown. Although he was imprisoned by the Chinese for twenty years during the prime of his life, he holds no bitterness and instead, spreads his message of love and compassion as the Path to his thousands of students around the world. Due to impermanence and his advancing age, each event with this great teacher is rare and precious. He has instructed White Lotus to learn this Vajrakilaya sadhana well so as to transmit it to the West.          

Vajrakilaya Retreat & Teachings on the Six Perfections                                                   9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Daily with a break for lunch                                                                 This event will be held on the campus of Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave, Rochester (Pittsford), New York 14618

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Death & Dying: Teachings with Drupon Rinchen Dorjee

Death comes to us all, regardless of our wealth, intelligence or fame. Although our death is inevitable, how we die—either terrified and confused, or with confidence and spiritual mastery—is within our control. Phowa, one of the Six Yogas of Naropa, is the Tibetan Buddhist method for gaining this mastery, and knowledge of the bardo teaches us how to help others who have died.

Transference of Consciousness at Death – Phowa                                       September 10, 11, 12 – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM                                                                           If you wish to take the Phowa teachings you must attend all three evenings.

Phowa is a profound technique that utilizes the moment of death to transfer one’s consciousness to an exalted state.  Thus, death is transformed into an opportunity for liberation. We are released from fear and assured that we will not die in a state of uncertainty and drift helplessly after death.

Those who have captured the stronghold of the absolute during their lifetime and have achieved mastery over birth and death still appear to die. But for them death is no different from moving from one place to another.  On the other hand… Phowa is essential for practitioners who have not attained stability on the path, or who have committed numerous harmful actions.”     – Patrul Rinpoche

Training in phowa, transference of consciousness at the moment of death, inspires confidence in one’s life, in one’s spiritual practice, and in one’s dying. In daily life, even the most ordinary activities take on new significance when viewed through the lens of impermanence and death. The phowa teachings directly address the fact that death is inevitable and that with each moment one moves closer to death . . . .

The ability to perform phowa ensures that even if death intervenes and cuts short one’s opportunity to practice in this lifetime, one will be able to continue the path amid superb conditions. Even with unpurified karma, the practitioner need not fall back into the confusion and waywardness of samsara. Moreover, phowa provides excellent training in the development and completion stages of Vajrayana Buddhism . . . and establishes a strong basis . . . for achieving the special signs of Vajrayana accomplishment.                        – Chagdud Khadro

Buddha Amitabha Empowerment                                                                        Saturday, September 13 – 10:00 AM

buddha_amitabha4                                                                      Buddha Amitabha (Infinite Light) resides in Sukhavati, his Pure Land of Great Bliss. Sukhavati is unique among the Pure Fields created around Buddhas because even ordinary deluded beings weighed down by faults and obscuration can be reborn there. Buddha Amitabha’s Vow of Great Compassion makes Sukhavati accessible to all.

 

                                                       

Bardo Teachings: How to help those who have died                                     September 13 – 2:00 PM-5:00 PM                                                                          September 14 – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM-5:00 PM

“Bardo literally means gap or intermediate state when we find ourselves suspended uncertainly between two situations. Tibetan Buddhism defines six bardos – our waking experience of birth to death, dream bardo, the bardo of meditative concentration, the bardo of the moment of death, the bardo experiencing the true nature of phenomena and the experience from death to rebirth. Although Drupon will touch on bardo in general, these teachings will concentrate on the bardo of the moment of death.

“The dying process takes place in the bardo of the moment of death, which closes with the last breath and the merging in the heart chakra of one’s original male and female energies. This bardo may be very short-lived, if one meets untimely death by accident or violence, or it may be prolonged, if one dies of a lingering illness. The bardo of the moment of death serves as a crucial transition in the cycle of existence because this is the time when phowa can be done and liberation into the pure realm easily obtained. However, to accomplish phowa one should train thoroughly in the practice during the birthplace bardo, because confusion usually prevails at the time of death.”   – Chagdud Khadro

We are pleased to welcome Drupon Rinchen Dorjee back to Rochester.      Drupon (a title Pics with Lama5184 x 3456-3meaning “retreat master”) is Resident Lama of the Chicago Ratna Shri Center and is also Retreat Master at Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley, AZ.

Rinchen Dorjee began his monastic training in Tibet in 1984 and subsequently studied at Jangchubling monastery in Dehra Dun, India, under several great scholar/masters. From 1996 to 2004 he spent his time in retreat in Almora, India, and in Lapchi, a mountain region on the border of Tibet and Nepal where Milarepa spent many years in retreat. Respected for his high degree of realization, Drupon is known for his gentle, understated presence.

Registration – Pre-registration is a MUST for Phowa! 


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If you would like to attend these teachings but need financial help to do so, please contact us at info@whitelotusdharma.org. Students with I.D. and Seniors (65 and over) receive a 15 % discount.
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If you are coming from out of town and need help with accommodations, please contact us at info@whitelotusdharma.org.    

Vajrakilaya, June 4-10, 2014

At the request of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche White Lotus will again sponsor a Vajrakilaya Drubpa (retreat) in June 2014.

VajrakilayaVajrakilaya is known as the Swift Destroyer who dispels obstacles to the flourishing of Dharma and the development of authentic realization in practitioners. He embodies the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas, and his practice is famous for destroying the forces hostile to compassion especially in this difficult era.

The positive energy gathered from reciting the mantra of the deity for five days as a group is one of the most efficacious and profound means for purifying negative karma and amassing merit and wisdom. Through the power of awareness the afflictive emotions collapse and this collapsing is revealing of their true nature, primordial wisdom. This collapsing or transformation is the wrathful deity. In addition, the benefits from engaging in this practice together are not limited to the participants of the retreat, but spread a positive influence over the entire physical locale as well as the inhabitants of the region, the country, and the whole world, becoming the cause for harmony, prosperity, joy and ultimately, liberation for all beings.

Venerable Lama Thubten Nima will give the empowerment and lead the Vajrakilaya drubpa. He was born in Tibet in 1965, Lama Gapetook refuge vows from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and trained at Gar Monastery and under several other Tibetan masters. He came to the United States in 2002 and currently serves as chant master for all Garchen Rinpoche centers in America and as visiting Lama to Rinchen Choling in Los Angeles. For a more complete biography go to https://www.garchen.net/teachers.html

Registration & General Information

The drubpa this year will take place at White Lotus Buddhist Center, 815 Park Ave, Rochester, NY. Space is limited so be sure to register early! We will make every effort to provide places in local sangha homes for out of town participants to stay. A list of nearby hotels and B&B’s can be found below. To inquire about lodging or any other questions, contact us at info@whitelotusdharma.org

This is an open retreat; participants may come and go as their schedules permit. If you are participating part-time, plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the sessions you are planning to attend. Part-time participants are encouraged to reduce unnecessary distractions during the week as much as possible in order to maintain a high level of focus on the practice.

Schedule                                                                                                             Wednesday, June 4                                                                                                          2:00-5:00 pm  Registration check-in                                                                                  7:00 pm Empowerment, retreat begins

Thursday, June 5 – Monday, June 9                                                                             Regular Vajrakilaya sessions from 8:00 am-9:00 pm with lunch and dinner breaks.

Tuesday, June 10                                                                                                           Drubpa ends by 12:00 noon.

COST OF RETREAT*                                                                                                        Full retreat (incl meals) $265 / Per day (incl meals) $45 / Per session (no meals) $25      *WL members: 10% discount on above prices / Registration after May 20 add $25.

Some scholarships are available. If you would like to attend this retreat and need financial assistance to do so, contact us at info@whitelotusdharma.org. We will work with you to make sure everyone who wants to can attend.                

Make checks out to White Lotus Buddhist Center and leave in the Donation Box at the center or mail to White Lotus Buddhist Center, PO Box 10384, Rochester, NY 14610.

For payment online:                                                                                                                In order to keep retreats such as this affordable for all, please consider becoming a Patron of this retreat at the Bronze ($300), Silver ($350), or Gold ($400) level. Thank you!


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Transportation: You can get to Rochester by air, train, bus or car.                               Airport is Rochester, NY (ROC) – if you send us your arrival information, we will arrange a ride from the airport to the Dharma Center.

Accommodations near White Lotus Buddhist Center:                                      Contact us by email if you would like accommodation in a sangha home.         East Avenue Inn & Suites   http://eastaveinn.com/                                                      Towpath Motel  http://www.towpathmotel.com/                                                      Strathallan Hotel  www.strathallan.com                                                                          Edward Harris House http://www.edwardharrishouse.com/accommodations.htm   Comfort Inn www.comfortinn.com/hotel-rochesternew_york-NY357