Event : Cakrasamvara Drupchen and Empowerment
Date : August 2 @ 2pm - August 6 @ 5pm
Venue : Garchen Buddhist Institute, Chino Valley, Arizona
Directions : http://www.garchen.net/eventguide.html#directions
Website : http://www.garchen.net/schedule.html#in ... l-schedule
Cakrasamvara is the principal yidam (meditation deity) of all the Kagyu lineages. In the old tantras that were brought from India it is said that this deity is the utmost essence of all of the deities and all the tantras. The reason we do this practice is to purify the habitual tendencies of samsara and to purify all obscurations. We are also purifying the imprints of the birth process. When we engage in the creation stage practice of Cakrasamvara, the practice that utilizes bliss as the method, we come to an understanding of the wisdom of bliss and emptiness. This is called the illustrative wisdom, depending on which we realize the actual nature of wisdom, which is Mahamudra.
Cakrasamvara emanated from the Buddha Vajradhara and was the treasured yidam (meditation deity) of Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. Most of the famous 80 Indian mahasiddhas attained highest realization relying on this deity, which is considered to be the chief yidam within the Drikung Kagyu lineage. The general lineage derives from Vajradhara down to Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa, and Phagmo Drupa, and the tradition of practicing Cakrasamvara was established by Ga Lotsawa, a contemporary of Phagmo Drupa.
Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has asked that together we engage in this profound drubchen annually at The Garchen Institute. He says it will enhance the power of the empowerment if we engage in the drubchen. "Drubchen" literally means "great accomplishment" in Tibetan and is one of the most elaborate forms of Vajrayana Buddhist practice. A drubchen is a rare opportunity to concentrate body, speech, and mind in spiritual application, resulting in realization and merit to sustain spiritual development in this and future lives. Participating in a drubchen is said to generate merit and potential realization equal to one year of retreat or seven years of practice. Dedicating the practice to all sentient beings extends this benefit and enhances world peace and prosperity.
Event : Vajrakilaya Drubchen
Date : November 12-19
Vajrakilaya is a wrathful manifestation of Vajrasattva, the buddha of purification. The practice of Vajrakilaya focuses on removing intense inner and outer obstacles to peace, happiness, and enlightenment.
In today’s difficult times, anxieties about our personal life and world conditions can create disturbing thought-forms within us. With billions of people consumed by the same concerns, our shared thought-forms create an interwoven web of great turmoil around the world. This can give rise to afflictive emotions, creating inner obstacles to spiritual practice and happiness, which, in turn, manifest as outer obstacles in life. Vajrakilaya practice is especially helpful and suitable during this time, both for individual practitioners and for the well-being of the world community as a whole. And it is a perfect way to prepare for the New Year.
"Drubchen" means "great accomplishment" in Tibetan and is one of the most elaborate forms of Vajrayana Buddhist practice. A drubchen is a rare opportunity to concentrate body, speech, and mind in spiritual application, resulting in realization and merit to sustain spiritual development in this and future lives. Sincere participation in a drubchen is said to generate merit and potential realization equal to one year of retreat. Dedicating the practice to all sentient beings extends this benefit and enhances world peace and prosperity.