Sat 8th and Sun 9th February 2020
Chagdud Khadro writes:
“On February 8th and 9th, Chagdud Gonpa practitioners in North and South America, Switzerland and Nepal will perform simultaneous longevity ceremonies. The inspiration for these is Tromge Jigme Rinpoche, who, since Chagdud Rinpoche’s parinirvana, has upheld Chagdud Gonpa everywhere through dzogchen retreeats, Vajrayana empowerments, drubchen ceremonies, and precious oral transmissions, and personal guidance of practitioners. Now, to overcome predicted obstacles to his health and continuance of activities, he will lead a group of pilgrims in eight days of longevity practice at the holy cave of Maratika. Maratika is where Guru Rinpoche and Mandarava consummated their power over longevity. Upon hearing of this auspicious event, the lamas of other major centers in Brazil and the United States organized so that their sanghas could join the Nepal group through simultaneous meditation, linking practice in their shrine rooms with the practice in the cave.”
At the Padmasambhava Peace Institute which is home to Chagdud Gonpa Ati Ling, and Rinpoche’s personal residence, we will do Rigdzin Dupa practice, including tsog, focusing also on the longevity section of the sadhana, and incorporating Vajrasattva recitations. All are welcome, even if you do not have the Rigdzin Dupa empowerment, and adjustments for the practice will be explained for those without empowerment. It is fine to attend for a half day only, if you are not able to participate in the full weekend.
There is no charge for this event, although there is a suggested offering of $10-15 to cover food expenses. Accommodations will be provided; please bring your own bedding. Registration is required. To register, please email us.
This is a wonderful chance to practise together, to offer and purify, dedicating the merit to the long life of our beloved teacher, with the wish that his activity continue to flourish. May this bring joy, clarity and lasting benefit for all beings!
Saturday 8th 9.30am t0 Sunday 9th 5pm.
Guests are welcome to arrive on Friday evening but please note we will NOT be providing dinner. Please inform us if you plan to arrive on Friday night. Please bring your own or eat beforehand. Breakfast on Saturday morning will be a simple self-serve at 8am.
Practice at PPI will be based on the Rigdzin Dupa and Vajrasattva — please bring your texts if you have them. For those who do not have the empowerments, instructions for front visualization only will be given. You are also welcome to simply join us in silent sitting if you prefer. The last short session of the day we will read supplication and aspiration prayers in English.
PARTICIPATING FROM YOUR HOME:
If you are not able to attend the event in person, we encourage you to spend some time on the Rigdzin Dupa and Vajrasattva practices if you have the empowerment, or otherwise on whatever practice you have received from Jigme Rinpoche, and dedicate the merit for his long life.
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Vase of Essential Nectar — This is the longevity practice from the Rigdzin Dupa. If you do not have Rigdzin Dupa empowerment, please practice this with front visualization only, not self-visualization. Note this is a draft translation only; please do not distribute as a final version.
To Make the Tears Fall — a devotional prayer by Jigme Lingpa — translation by Lotsawa House. This will be one of the prayers we will recite on Saturday evening. Others will include Oral Transmission that Delights the Dharma Kings, from p.65 in Galaxy of Heartdrops.
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Whether or not you are able to participate in this event, it is possible to make an offering for the tsog or butterlamps, with prayers that auspicious conditions prevail for the long life of Tromge Jigme Rinpoche and for the benefit of all beings. Butterlamps are $1.50 each; tsog offerings can be in any amount. There are two ways to make offerings:
1) To make on offing online with a credit card follow the links below and from the pull-down “Program Designation”, select tsog or butterlamps. 2) by mailing a check made out to ‘Ati Ling’