- 11 April 2014
Lama Zopa Rinpoche: Enlightened Courage
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Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Enlightened Courage: the Buddha's Path of Compassionate Wisdom
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1
10 July: 7.30 – 9.30pm
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Heruka Five Deities Great Initiation
Offered by Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
Friday 11 July from 7pm onwards (for a minimum of 5 hours)
Saturday 12 July from 7pm onwards (for a minimum of 5 hours)
Sunday 13 July from 7pm onwards (for a minimum of 6 hours)
Suggested donation £90
Please note that the suggested donation will in no way cover the costs incurred in hosting this visit. If you can give more, please do.
Rinpoche will teach on the key aspects of the Path to Buddhahood showing the need for both compassion and wisdom and how each supports the other. These are not just needed for enlightenment. They are useful in daily life.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the spiritual director of The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, is the reincarnation of the Sherpa Nyingma yogi Kunsang Yeshe, the Lawudo Lama.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, not far from the cave Lawudo, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, where his predecessor meditated for the last twenty years of his life.
While the Lawudo Lama's predecessor had belonged to the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the Lawudo Lama himself had been a great master of the complete tantric teachings of the Nyingma tradition.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche left Thami when he was about 4 years old and was put in a Monastery that was very close to the border of Nepal and Tibet. Rinpoche stayed at this Monastery for several years until he went to Tibet and took getsul ordination in 1958, and continued his studies in Domo Geshe's monastery in Phagri, Tibet.
In 1959 Rinpoche escaped from Tibet and continued his studies in Sera Jhe monastery in Buxa Duar, in the north of India. This is where the Indian Government housed the monks from Sera, Ganden and Drepung Monasteries who wanted to continue their studies, along with monks from the other Tibetan schools. It was at Buxa Duar that Rinpoche became the disciple of Geshe Rabten Rinpoche and then of Lama Thubten Yeshe.
Frida Bedi then invited him to join her school for incarnate lamas in Dalhousie where they were given the chance to learn English for 6 months. Upon completion he returned to Buxa Duar and his studies.
Lama Yeshe and Zopa Rinpoche's contact with Westerners began in 1965 in Darjeeling, when they met Princess Zina Rachevsky who was from a family of the old Russian nobility. She became the Lamas' first Western student. In 1969 they founded the Nepal Mahayana Gompa Center at Kopan, above Boudhnath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. At the insistence of Zina Rachevsky the Lamas started to teach courses on Buddhism for Westerns at Kopan.
In 1971 Rinpoche took gelong ordination from His Holiness Ling Rinpoche in Bodh Gaya. By 1975, twelve centers had started. In 1976, the growing worldwide organization was named by Lama Yeshe 'the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition' (FPMT). The FPMT is an organization devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche is known for the purity of his practice, the depth of his understanding and the breadth of his compassionate wish to engage beneficially with everyone he meets
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Kyabje Rinpoche has kindly offered to give the Highest Yoga Tantra Great Initiation of Heruka Five Deities over the weekend. There are two kinds of Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation, Great Initiations and Initiations.
This is a very rare opportunity to enter into the practice world of Buddhist Tantra, especially the Highest Yoga Tantra systems of Buddhist Tantra and to make an enlightening connection with an acknowledged master.
But you need to enter into this enlightening relationship and start engaging with these enlightening practice systems with your eyes wide open. It will not always be multicoloured lights, blissed out, soft focus and fluffy bunnies, There will be times when your practice will be very raw and intense and very challenging.
But that is the point of these practices. They challenge our unenlightened self obsession and self concern on a daily basis. And they set us free from unenlightenment so we can help others become free. For this to work we have be heartily sick of being unenlightened, find the sufferings of others unbearable and want to find the liberating wisdom and loving kindness that will put an end to to that.
Kyabje Zopa Rionpoche, in the words of Tsoknyi Rinpoche, will 'soak you in bodhicitta' - the wish to become fully enlightened in order to help others because we cannot bear the suffering in the world one moment longer.
In the Geluk tradition the practice of Heruka Five Deities coming through the the Indian master Ghantapada is a doorway to the practice of the Indian Master Luipa's more complex system and the extremely private practice of the Heruka Body Mandala.
The practice of Heruka Cakrasamvara is one of the three main Buddhist Tantra practices in the Geluk and a key component in the practice and ritual year of the Geluk Tantric Universities of Gyud Med and Gyud Tod.
The Heruka Cakrasamvara Tantra systems are mother tantras. These Buddhist Tantra practice systems are known for introducing students to techniques for taking the unenlightened energy of obsessive desire, bliss and pleasure (not just sexual) based on a complete misreading of the reality of our experience and transforming that into a blissful liberating wisdom that destroys our unenlightened patterns of behaviour at the most subtle level.
The tantric systems utilise subtle and very subtle energies also known of and identified in some of the yoga systems. The subtle body is about chakras (energetic centres), nadi (energetic pathways) and bindu (energetic drops). Attending and following through a Great Initiation acts to purify our own subtle body and start to make it workable fopr the job of becoming a Fully Enlightened Buddha for the benefit of all. Some like the Mother Tantras emphasise bliss and wisdom, others like the Father Tantras emphasise bodhicitta and manifesting for others, but both systems have all features.
*Kyabje Rinpoche is an acknowledged master practitioner in the mother tantras, his style utterly unique, his explanations of bodhicitta and emptiness unexcelled, and his warmth and compassion unbelievably vast.*
*People who wish to receive the initiation must attend all three evenings*, this is not optional. People coming who did not attend the first evening will not be given access. It is extremely delusional and disrespectful to imagine that you do not need to prepare for the initiation. Please also respect Kyabje Rinpoche's well known stance on Shugden.
Students wishing to take these initiations should have clearly and publicly taken refuge (i.e. have received a refuge name from a refuge master in a refuge cereminy). They should be very familiar with the meditations of the Lam Rim (Gradual Path to Enlightenment) meditation system. Students should either have already taken or be prepared to take the Bodhisatta Vows and the Tantric vows to to the Six session Guru Yoga daily.
The commitments for receiving this initiation for the first time are to recite the six session guru yoga six times a day, and to recite daily the the practice known as The Three Yogas of Purification. This combined recitation will initially add another 30 or so minutes to your daily meditation practice. The Bodhisattva vows are not secret and can be read about in a number of publications. Students are strongly advised to read up on them before coming to the initiation.
The commitments for those receiving this initiation a second or third time are refuge, Six Session Guru Yoga, the Yoga ogf the Three Purifications and whatever other commitments were given to you at that time by that master.
Please look carefully at the timings and be clear with yourself and the people you are staying with how you are going to get back to the place you are staying using the night bus system in London. Please be prepared to stay longer than five or six hours at each of the sessions, the length indicated is a minimum. Kyabje Rinpoche has been known to offer teachings and explanations for a lot longer.
This is an extraordinary and rare opportunity to connect with a supreme master practitioner and with a superlative subtle system of meditation. Carpe Diem. Seize the Day.
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