Event : Losar Celebration with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
Lama Thubten Nima, Lama Abao, Lama Bunima,
and visiting lamas from other Drikung Kagyu centers
Date : Febuary 25
Venue : Garchen Buddhist Institute
Address : PO Box 4318 Chino Valley, AZ 86323
Map : http://www.garchen.net/images/map-interstate.gif
Directions : http://www.garchen.net/eventguide.html#directions
Registration : http://www.garchen.net/schedule.html
The Garchen Institute welcomes your participation in our annual celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. Please join us in celebrating this auspicious time of renewal! Lama Chöpa Practice with Tsok (feast offering) will be held at 10 a.m. in the temple followed by a free celebratory noon meal sponsored by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche in the dining room. Donations of fruits, nuts, and candies for the tsok are welcome! Please be sure to let us know if you plan to join us for the celebratory noon meal, so that we may prepare abundant food for all.
March 14-18: Teachings, Empowerment, and Refuge, with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
March 14-15 (9 am – 5 pm): Pith Instructions on Practicing with Attachment and Aversion
March 16 (9 am – 5 pm): White Tara Teachings
March 17 (9 am – noon): White Tara Empowerment
March 17 (2 – 5 pm): White Tara Teachings
March 18 (9 am – 5 pm): White Tara Teachings
March 18 (1 – 2 pm): Refuge Vows
This is an extraordinary opportunity to receive teachings and empowerment from White Tara herself! White Tara is H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s yidam (meditation deity), and her mantra is unceasingly in his mindstream. He has always said that whenever we recite her mantra, we connect with him and he can help us profoundly.
The teachings will be based on the “Refined Drop of Immortality: A Longevity Mandala Practice of Arya Tara, The Wish-Granting Cakra,” written by the previous incarnation of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Trinley Yongkhyab. Having seen three visions of Arya Tara herself, Trinley Yongkhyab wrote down this text, scarcely violating her enlightened speech. This particular form of White Tara is very sacred to students of Garchen Rinpoche.
In the approach stage, the first part of this practice, one visualizes oneself as White Tara and recites her mantra, while concentrating on the elaborate heart chakra visualization. Practicing in this way, one can attain the supreme state of an awareness holder with mastery of lifespan and can give rise to life, glory, strength, and the four enlightened activities. In the second part, the accomplishment stage, one visualizes White Tara and her mandala in the space before oneself and recites her mantra while light radiates from her heart and accomplishes the two objectives, enriching life and glory. By diligently practicing this Longevity Mandala of Arya Tara with great devotion, one can attain vitality, power, wealth, freedom from disease, and the like, as well as attain the supreme siddhi perfect enlightenment.