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H.e. garchen rinpoche returns to dayton

FRIDAY MAY 20TH THRU SUNDAY MAY 22ND
THURSDAY MAY 26TH THRU SUNDAY MAY 29TH

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We are especially excited this year to be hosting two weekends of rare and precious teachings by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche during Saga Dawa. To help us understand our great fortune more fully, Khenpo Samdup has written the message below. As you will see, planning and preparing for the retreat early is especially helpful this year.

We hope you can join us for the return of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche to Gar Drolma.



From Friday, May 20 to Sunday May 22


Rinpoche will be giving the empowerment, oral transmission and practical teaching of the outer, inner, and secret practice of Chenrezig.

This special teaching is from the cycle of revealed (terma) Dzogchen teachings transmitted within the Drikung Kagyu tradition known as the Yang Zab.


SCHEDULE CHENREZIG YANGZAB DZOGCHEN TERMA

May 20th Friday
10:00am-12:00pm Yangzab Chenrezig mantra w/ Khenpo
12:00-2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm-5:30pm Empowerment Yangzab Chenrezig

May 21st Saturday Saga Dawa Duchen Celebration
9:00am-10:30am Buddha Enlightened Parinirvana
11:00am-12:00pm Practice, Teaching, & Celebration
12:00-2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm-5:30pm Chenrezig Yangzab Dzogchen Terma


May 22nd Sunday

10:00am-12:00pm Teaching on Yangzab Chenrezig Practice
12:00-2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm-5:30pm Teaching on Yangzab Chenrezig Practice

 


 

From Thursday, May 26 to Sunday May 29

Rinpoche will teach The Six Dharmas of Naropa.

This includes the practices of inner heat, illusory body, luminosity, dream yoga, transference, and bardo.



SCHEDULE NAROPA'S "VAJRA SONGS OF THE SIX DHARMAS"

May 26th Thursday
10:00am-12:00pm Teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa
12:00-2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm-5:30pm Teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa


May 27th Friday
10:00am-12:00pm Teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa
12:00-2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm-5:30pm Teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa

May 28th Saturday
10:00am-12:00pm Teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa
12:00-2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm-4:00pm Refuge vows
4:30-5:30pm Teachings on Six Yogas of Naropa


May 29th Sunday
10:00am-12:00pm Teachings on the Six Yogas of Naropa
12:00-2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm-5:30pm Lama Chopa Tsok & Kata Offering

 

A Message from Khenpo Samdup

Dear Dharma Students,

This year H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will visit Gar Drolma for Saga Dawa. It is deemed the most important month of the year for practice,
since Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment, and Parinirvana occurred during this time. Here is a brief introduction to the special Dharma
teachings Rinpoche will give.

During the first week Rinpoche will give the Chenrezig teachings and empowerment from the Yangzab Dzogchen terma.

During the second week Rinpoche will teach Naropa’s Vajra Song of the Six Dharmas. These teachings are very profound and are
not commonly offered by Rinpoche. Because of this, I request that anyone wishing to receive the Six Dharmas teachings complete
100,000 recitations of the short Vajrasattva mantra prior to attending. Completing this recitation will help to purify negativities
and accumulate merit. If it is not possible to accomplish this accumulation in advance, one must commit to completing it within the
year. Fulfilling this requirement is of great necessity both for benefiting one’s own mind stream and for the long life of the lama.

For new disciples, below are instructions on the short Vajrasattva mantra practice.

With Kind Regards,
Khenpo Samdup


 

 

 

KHENPO SAMDUP'S INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRACTICE
You can use any Vajrasattva sadhana for this practice, and if you have the Drikung Kagyu Ngondro sadhana this section starts on page 33. I am going to give a brief explanation of the visualization and practice. If you don’t have a sadhana, or don’t have time to do a long practice you can chant this short practice.
 

OM BENZAR SATTO HUNG



REFUGE (recite)
In the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha most excellent, I take refuge until enlightenment is reached. By the merit of my recitation of Vajrasattva’s practice, and other good deeds, may I attain Buddhahood for the sake of all sentient beings.
 
VISUALIZATION

Above the crown of your head visualize Vajrasattva as it appears in this picture. This is the front visualization.
 
MANTRA ACCUMULATION
Recite mantra as long as you have time
 
                         OM BENZAR SATTO HUNG

 
DISSOLUTION
Imagine that Vajrasattva is smiling, and dissolve the visualization into the crown of your head. Then, you become Vajrasattva. This is the self-generation stage.
 
COMPLETION STAGE
Next rest in the empty Nature of Mind, the completion stage, and maintain that as long as you are able.
 
DEDICATION (recite)
Through the virtue of this practice, may I achieve Vajrasattva’s great realization. To this state may I come to lead every being-not one left behind.
 
By this virtue may I achieve the all knowing state and may all who travel on the waves of birth, old age, and death cross the ocean of samsara by defeating all enemies- confusion (the cause of suffering).    
 

~Nargajuna’s short dedication prayer~

 
 


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