Lho Ontul Rinpoche teaching in Pittsburgh in April

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drodul
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Lho Ontul Rinpoche teaching in Pittsburgh in April

Post by drodul » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:47 am

Below is the schedule for Ontul Rinpoche's teachings in Pittsburgh. On April 20, Rinpoche will teach at Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center. Please contact me for location of the other teachings. There is no formal registration process, but space is limited, and we need to have an idea of how many people will attend. Rinpoche will teach at several other locations in the US and Canada this spring and summer. Please check www.lhorigdzin.org for details.


Thursday, 18 April:
10:30 a.m: Empowerment of the Yangzab Maroon Brother and Sister Protectors
3:00 pm: Teachings on the Yangzab Maroon Brother and Sister Protectors continue.

Friday, 19 April:
10:30 a.m: Empowerment of the Yangzab Five Vajravarahis
3:00 p.m: Teachings on the Yangzab Five Vajravarahis

Saturday, 20 April (at Three Rivers Dharma Center:)
11:00 a.m: Empowerment for the Ruby Garland Amitabha practice of Rigdzin Nuden Dorje
3:00 p.m: Teachings on the Ruby Garland Amitabha practice continue.

Sunday, 21 April:
10:30 a.m: Teachings on the Yangzab Five Vajravarahis continue.
3:00 p.m: Teachings on the Yangzab Five Vajravarahis continue.

Monday, 22 April:
7:00 p.m: Dharma teachings continue.


The rich Drikung lineage contains not only the Mahamudra teachings of the Kagyu and the Kadampa teachings of Atisha, but also the Dzogchen-oriented treasure (terma) and pure vision teachings of tertons (treasure discoverers) like Lord Rinchen Phuntsog and Rigdzin Nuden Dorje. Ontul Rinpoche is a master of all the practices but decided early on that the teachings that aimed toward the practice of Dzogchen would be the most effective for his Western students.

The Five Vajravarahis and the Maroon Protectors are practices from the Damcho Gongpa Yangzab ("Very Profound Intent of the Holy Dharma") terma that the master Padmasambhava concealed near Drikung, Tibet, in the eighth century, to be rediscovered by the seventeenth Drikung Kagyu Throneholder, Je Rinchen Phuntsog. The unique Five Vajravarahis practice can be approached from the perspective of each of the three levels of inner (higher) tantra: mahayoga, anuyoga, and atiyoga (Dzogchen.) This practice is the basis for the Six Yogas as presented in the Yangzab terma. The Maroon Brother and Sister Protectors are the Dharma protector deities who protect the Yangzab teachings and its practitioners.

The Ruby Garland Amitabha practice is a pure vision of the 19th century master Nuden Dorje. There is a concise daily practice that, while short and easy to do, contains activity mantras to help the deceased and the living to reach the pure land of Dewachen. I think Rinpoche will probably focus on this brief text in the limited time that will be available. There is also a beautiful long sadhana with lineage prayer, multiple mantras, tsok section, and protector practice; and there is a phowa practice that's associated with it. Rinpoche has said in the past that he would like his groups in the US eventually to do yearly drubchen (or drubchung) practices of the longer text, so maybe he would give the lung transmission for it; we'll have to see.

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