Featuring Rare Transmissions of Changchub Dorje
Dates: June 12 & 13
Time: 7pm EST
Venue: the Drikung Meditation Center at Jokhang Temple
Address: 15 Bartlett Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
Please join us next week for this wonderful opportunity to receive these transmissions and pointing-out instructions. If you cannot attend in person, there will be a live webcast.
Here is the link to register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/r ... =47ub76bab
And here is the official event description:
Atiyoga is the Sanskrit term for the supreme vehicle known as Dzogpa Chenpo (the Great Perfection). While often associated with the Nyingma school, great Dzogchen masters have emerged from all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as from the Bön tradition. Its approach has a close affinity with that of Mahāmudrā, and its meaning accords fully with the intent of Prajñāpāramitā and Madhyamaka. For that reason, it is a non-sectarian teaching that can be taught for the benefit of practitioners of varying levels and capacities. When a qualified teacher transmits the authentic knowledge of one's real condition, this is called "direct introduction to the nature of mind" or "pointing-out instructions."
Nyala Rinpoche Rigdzin Changchub Dorje was a Dzogchen master of the modern era who founded a self-supporting community of lay practitioners in a remote valley of Derge, in Eastern Tibet. His teachers included Adzom Drukpa, Nyala Pema Dündul, and Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen. Though outwardly a simple man, neither an accomplished scholar nor a master of ritual, Changchub Dorje was renowned for his clear, approachable eloquence that spontaneously distilled the wisdom essence of all the tantras. Drawing upon his direct experience, he gave pith instructions that conveyed the profound meaning in a manner intelligible to ordinary village yogis. Among his most eminent disciples is Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, who received from him the authentic transmission of Dzogchen. Both Changchub Dorje and his daughter reportedly manifested rainbow body.
We now have the great fortune of welcoming a teacher authorized to transmit these profound instructions. Lama Lena (Yeshe Kaytup) received these teachings from her root guru Ven. Wangdor Rinpoche, who received them from the Rigdzin himself. When she teaches, Lama Lena draws on her several decades of study and practice, which began when she journeyed to Nepal in 1972 to study under Lama Thubten Yeshe for three years. Subsequently, she spent seven years in retreat in a cave above Tso Pema (the Lotus Lake) in Relwasar, India, guided by Wangdor Rinpoche. Lama Lena familiarized herself with the dharma through her work as Rinpoche's English-language translator both in India and abroad, serving in that capacity for over 25 years. She continues to supervise the practice of monks, nuns, and lay practitioners at Tso Pema, and to secure medical support for Tibetan refugees, Indian villagers and mountain tribespeople. Lama Lena has been invited to teach by H. H. Zigar Choktrul Rinpoche and Ven. Wangdor Rinpoche.
While this event is mainly intended for practitioners who already have some acquaintance with teachings about nature of mind, whether Mahāmudrā or Dzogchen, there are no specific prerequisites. Since all sentient beings have buddha-nature, all have the potential to recognize what these teachings indicate and integrate the very fabric of their ordinary experience into the awakened state. Lama Lena is happy to introduce these profound teachings to anyone who is sincerely interested.
There is no formal fee for attendance, but offerings of dana and khata are encouraged.