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One of the dharma protectors of the Jonang lineage is the worldly Dharmaphala Rahula. In Tibetan astrology it is said Rahula swallowed the 9 planets from which his eyes are formed that see everything in the universe. He is also associated with the Vedic deities Rahu, the representation of the eclipse and Vishnu, who cut off the head of Rahu exposing him to the sun and the moon thus reminding practitioners of the impermanent nature of reality. Protector deities guard the mind from false securities that may lead us astray on the path, helping us overcome obstacles that are none other than obscurations of our mind. Meditating on the all seeing Rahula, allows us to pierce through ignorance and delusion with his bow and arrow, exposing our enlightened nature free of obstacles that has always been there.
Khentrul Rinpoché will give a teaching on the true source of protection from obstacles explaining samaya, abandoning non-virtue and cultivating virtue. He will help us understand the role of dharma protectors in tibetan buddhism so we can learn when and why someone would do their practices.
KHENTRUL RINPOCHE’S TORONTO SERIES
Wed, August 14 — Rahula Empowerment to Overcome Obstacles (Terma Foundation)
Thurs, August 15 — Red Dzambhala Empowerment for Wealth and Abundance (Terma Foundation)
Fri, August 16 — The Hidden Meaning of Shambhala in Kalachakra Tantra (TBD)
Sat-Sun August 17-18 — Intro to Kalachakra Tantra Weekend Workshop: Unveil Your Sacred Truth through the Outer, Inner and Enlightened Wheels of Time (TBD)