In August we will have the honor of receiving Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Odsal Ling for an evening of teachings.
On Saturday, August 24, Lama Tsering will continue to teach about Ngöndro, the foundation of all Vajrayana Buddhist practice. In order to participate, you must have taken part in the Ngöndro retreat in July, or previously received instructions about the practice.
Following the annual tradition at Odsal Ling, we will hold the Red Tara Drubchöd with an offering of 100,000 Tsoks in October. The Drubchöd has ceremonies and offerings that are just as elaborate as those of a Drubchen, but concentrated over a shorter period of time. Lama Tsering will be the vajra master.
This empowerment grants the student the blessings of the lineage and the permission to perform the practice of Tara meditation, as revealed by Apong Tertön and brought to us by Chagdud Rinpoche.
"May I clearly perceive all experiences to be as insubstantial as the dream fabric of the night and instantly awaken to perceive the pure wisdom display in the arising of every phenomenon." (Red Tara Sadhana)
Phowa is a Buddhist method through which one can acquire the ability to consciously direct one's next rebirth. Amitabha empowerment, which will be granted on morning of November 2, is a prerequisite for participating in the teachings.
On the morning of November 2, Chagdud Khadro will be granting Amitabha Buddha empowerment.