HISTORY OF THE JONANG-SHAMBHALA TRADITION
Why is the Jonang Tradition important? Firstly, the Zhentong Madyamika philosophy is recognised as the highest view by many of the most realised Tibetan masters. The Jonang is the only one of the five major Tibetan Buddhist schools that emphasises this unique doctrine and upholds its lineage.
Secondly, the Kalachakra Tantra is the most comprehensive and effective system within Tibetan Buddhism. The Jonang is the only tradition that holds the entire Kalachakra system, including the unique completion practice known as the “Six Vajra Yogas”.
Students wishing to attend the Phowa retreat who have not previously received a Kalachakra empowerment are asked to attend the preparatory teachings July 18-21.
There is a good amount of parking at the facility. If space runs out, there is street parking within walking distance.
Renowned Jonang scholar and Rime master, Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoche, studied in 11 monasteries under 25 teachers before becoming Khenpo (teacher) of Dzamthang monastery in Tibet. He was awarded the title of Rimé master, meaning master of all traditions, by the supreme master Lama Lobsang Trinley in 1997 and conferred by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2003. His vast and comprehensive knowledge offers the West a rare opportunity to engage in Buddhist practice from a non-sectarian point of view and access the most profound teachings of Highest Yoga Tantra as taught by the Jonangpa.
Khentrul Rinpoche is considered the 7th emanation of Bodhisattva Akasagarbha. His previous reincarnations appeared three times in Eastern Tibet as Washul Lhazu Lama, Trulku Ngawang and Getse Khentrul.
Today, Khentrul Rinpoche is a highly realised Vajra Master of Kalachakra Tantra. He is known for his pure morality, incredible scholarship, meditative attainments and deep unwavering compassion.
Rinpoche has written and published more than 10 books in Tibetan and other languages. He advises many monasteries and organisations.
There are no prerequisite to attend and practice at the Vajrasattva retreat. Some teachers require or give an empowerment into Vajrasattva prior to the practice but Khentrul Rinpoche does not. You can start practice at any time as you prepare to take the Kalachakra empowerment. It is beneficial to have taken refuge and boddhisattva vows formerly but are not necessary to attend the retreat and start the practice as long as you are able to earnestly take these vows in your heart.
KALACHAKRA EMPOWERMENT CEREMONY
There are no prerequisite to receive the Kalachakra Empowerment. Participants should be prepared to take refuge, bodhisattva and tantric vows when taking the generation stage Kalachakra empowerment. There is no set commitment. Participants are encouraged to practice regularly.
There are no prerequisite to attend the Kalachakra bardo teachings or phowa retreat. Participants should have an interest in the Kalachakra and a desire to be prepare to die well.
There are no prerequisite to receive the Vajravega Jenang but only those who have previously received a Kalachakra empowerment will be able to generate as Vajravega.
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
General Attendee – $20
Monks & Nuns – Free
No one turned away for lack of funds.
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Richmond Heights, CA 94805