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Chetsang Rinpoche in Massachusetts, Labor Day Weekend

August 8, 2010

Just a reminder, this event is this weekend for those in Massachusetts or anywhere close by!

His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, co-head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, will be in Massachusetts during Labor Day weekend. He will be leading empowerments, teachings and giving a transmission on Phowa practice.

I’ve cut and pasted the info below from the Drikung Meditation Center (home of the US Jowo Rinpoche statue) website. I’ll be there for both session on Sunday and hope you’ll attend these important teachings from a truly wise and compassionate teacher.

Labor Day Weekend Schedule, September 3 – 5

Wednesday, September 1
His Holiness arrives from New York.

Friday, September 3
Blessing of the U.S. Jowo Rinpoche Statue
Time: TBA; Place: DMC, 15 Bartlett Ave., Arlington, MA

Finding Peace and Happiness Within: a public talk

Time:7pm; Place: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 10-250

Saturday, September 4
Five-fold Mahamudra Torma Empowerment
10am – Noon; Place: the Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA. Ticketed event. See below fordetails.

Teachings on Jigten Sumgon’s Vajra-songs
2pm – 5pm; Place: the Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA. Ticketed event See below for details.

Sunday, September 5
Amitayus Empowerment
10am – Noon; Place: the Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA.
Ticketed event. See below for details.

Great Drikung Phowa Transmission & Teachings
2pm – 5pm; Place: the Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA.
Ticketed event. See below for details.

Tuesday, September 7
His Holiness departs for Vermont.

Directions to MIT and the Regent Theatre

Schedule Details

Friday, September 3

Open House and Blessing of the U.S. Jowo Rinpoche Statue
Time: TBA; Place: DMC, 15 Bartlett Ave., Arlington, MA

Possible book signing before the public talk. Stay tuned.

Finding Peace and Happiness Within: a public talk sponsored by Prajnopaya at MIT
Time: 7pm; Place: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 10-250
For directions click here

Suggested Donation $20 at the door. First come first served. Doors open at 6pm. Copies of His Holiness’s new biography From the Heart of Tibet will be available for purchase. Co-sponsored by MIT. Please do not contact MIT about this event. Thank you!

The ability to be happy and free exists within all of us. All beings, animals and humans alike, share in
the desire to have peace and to be happy. His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche will give a heartfelt
public talk on this subject that is suitable to all, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.

Saturday, September 4

“In three nights and four days, my karma and obscurations were purified. I realized the cause and effect of interdependent origination. The treasure of the profound tantra revealed itself. In the oneness of the great luminosity, the two fixations of meditation and activity were purified!
I recognize that I am (now) a lord of yogins.”
-Jigten Sumgon.
(Written at the age of thirty-five, he sang this song upon attaining enlightenment.)

Five-fold Mahamudra Torma Empowerment
Saturday 10am – Noon; Place: Regent Theatre, Arlington Center, MA (next to Starbucks) 7 Medford Street. Tickets available through the Drikung Meditation Center. Doors open at 9am.Directions

The Drikung Kagyu lineage is the main holder of a system of Mahamudra practice first taught by Gampopa‚ main disciple, Phakmo Drupa and later by Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon (founder of the DrikungKagyu). This system, known as the Five-fold Mahamudra, presents a complete path to enlightenment in five essential parts: generating the mind of enlightenment (bodhicitta), arising as the deity, practicing guru-yoga, meditating on Mahamudra and dedicating the merit and wisdom. This empowerment gives us permission to practice this profound system of spiritual realization. The empowerment utilizes a torma (a ritual cake) that represents Cakrasamvara, the highest yoga tantra deity.

Teachings on Jigten Sumgon’s Vajra-songs
Saturday 2pm – 5pm; Place: Regent Theatre, Arlington Center, MA (next to Starbucks) 7 Medford Street. Tickets available through the Drikung Meditation Center. Directions

Jigten Sumgon wrote many poetic songs of spiritual realization and was considered to be fully enlightened, a buddha. His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche has been reincarnating as a Drikung Kagyu lineage holder since the 17th century and is the direct lineage holder of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon. Jigten Sumgon prophesied repeatedly, “In the future my teachings will flourish by the two Bodhisattvas (Chetsang & Chungtsang), who are like the sun and the moon, through their compassion and wisdom.” It is very special to receive teachings on Jigten Sumgon from His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche.

Sunday, September 5

Join us for a day of healing and being empowered by overcoming the fear of death.
This fear is natural, but we don’t have to accept ourselves as powerlessness.
The Dharma teaches us that we can heal, and we can use inevitable death to our advantage.
We may not be able to control the moment of our death, but we can use it to
attain the ultimate freedom. Receiving these teachings from His Holiness
Chetsang Rinpoche is extremely important and precious. May all benefit!

Amitayus Empowerment: Healing & Restoring
Sunday 10am – Noon; Place: Regent Theatre, Arlington Center, MA (next to Starbucks) 7 Medford Street. Tickets available through the Drikung Meditation Center. Doors open at 9am.Directions

Amitayus, the “Buddha of Boundless Life”, holds a vase filled with the nectar of life-energy.
By gaining this empowerment and engaging in this practice, we repair our life-force that has been damaged. Also, by doing this practice on a daily basis, we gain the necessary merit and connection to be reborn in Buddha Amitabha’s pureland.

Great Drikung Phowa Transmission & Teachings
Sunday 2pm – 5pm; Place: Regent Theatre, Arlington Center, MA (next to Starbucks) 7 Medford Street. Tickets available through the Drikung Meditation Center .Directions

Phowa is the practice of using the moment of death to our advantage. Through this practice, we can attain a better rebirth or even enlightenment. “The profound practice of Phowa is the only method to attain enlightenment forcefully by even a sinful one, in an instant projection without need of long and diligent meditation practice.” To get this transmission from His Holiness is very, very powerful and helpful to us. This practice can be done be anyone, and is a practice done monthly at our center.

Registration

Registration is open. Reserve your space and take advantage of lower rates.
Ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased through the Drikung Meditation Center. Cash, checks, and credit cards. First come first served. Reserve now. Open seating. Tickets will be available at the registration table at the venues. Tickets will be also available the day of the event.

Pre-Registration Weekend Package (non-members).
Register now through August 15th and get the weekend package special of $175 ($200 after 08/15).
Pre-registration helps us. The cost of hosting these teachings is expensive. Please pre-register if you can. Thanks!

Pre-Registration Discounts
Register by August 15th
$175 (non-members)
$145 (members)

After August 15th:
Weekend Package $200 (non-members)
Per session: $60
Weekend Package $175 (members)
Per Session: $50


Per Session Tickets

Saturday, 10am – Noon

Saturday, 2pm – 5pm

Sunday, 10am – Noon

Sunday, 2pm – 5pm

Work Study Scholarships Available
Limited work study slots are available. Please apply by submitting a short paragraph describing your request to our work study coordinator, Tim. All participants are required to pay a minimum fee. Requests will be reviewed by DMC’s team within 5 days of submission.

To Volunteer to help click here

For a list of hotels click here.

To view the complete schedule for the U.S. Tour click here.

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