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Chenrezi—The Union of Relative and Ultimate Bodhichitta

April 22, 2021, 5:30 pm - April 25, 2021, 6:30 pm

Teacher: Lama Eric Triebelhorn

Chenrezi—the embodiment of the compassion of all the buddhas—is probably the most well known yidam and his mantra, om mani padme hum, the most renowned mantra. In this vajrayana practice, we imagine our body, speech, and mind as expressions of awakened mind, and by doing so we strive to swiftly reveal our inherent qualities of wisdom, compassion, and ability.

Through creating the image of Chenrezi and reciting the mantra, we train in various aspects of relative bodhichitta—the wish to attain awakening for the highest benefit of beings (aspiration bodhichitta) and the practices we employ to do so (application bodhichitta). Then we let go of the relative supports of the image and mantra and rest in the nature of mind—ultimate bodhichitta.

Over these three days, we will explore the core and some auxiliary components of this yidam practice. We will also spend some sessions engaging in the complimentary practices of shamatha, loving-kindness, compassion and learn how to incorporate such techniques in the practice of Chenrezi itself.

There are no prerequisites to attend the retreat. It is not necessary to have received the empowerment, but if one wishes to continue with this practice, it would be good to receive it eventually. All of the texts will be displayed on the screen.

Pricing Options

$290 – Your extra contribution allows these events to be available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend
$240 – Suggested donation
$180 – Reduced level
$120 – Reduced level
$ 80  – Reduced level
$ 40 – Reduced level
$  0 – No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Everyone is welcome.

(Recordings will be made available to those who register.)

Schedule (PST)


(Lunch Break)

Suggested Reading
1. Chenrezig—Lord of Love by Bokar Rinpoche
2. Continuous Rain to Benefit Beings by the 15th Karmapa Khakyab Dorje
3. Chenrezig—The Practice of Compassion by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

There are limited copies of #2 and #3 at the Portland Center. Please contact the DharmaBookShop to inquire about availability.

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April 22, 2021, 5:30 pm
April 25, 2021, 6:30 pm
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