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Cultivating Bodhichitta and Being Chenrezi
January 27, 7:00 am - January 29, 5:30 pm
Teacher: Lama Eric Triebelhorn
[NOTE: Initially, the schedule was created for a hybrid event—allowing for people to attend both in-person and online. Travel time and other considerations were factored into the timings. Since it will be exclusively over Zoom, the schedule has been adjusted slightly. Thank you for your understanding.]
In Mahayana Buddhism—which includes the Vajrayana—wisdom and compassion are both the ultimate fruition of our practice and the means to accomplishing it. In this retreat we will explore their cultivation from the perspectives of both the sutras and tantras.
For the sutra approach we will practice developing relative and absolute bodhichitta. Absolute bodhichitta is discovering the inherent wisdom that is our nature, and relative bodhichitta is concerned with developing loving kindness, compassion, and the wish to attain buddhahood to be able to lead all beings to that same realization. These practices are skillfully and thoroughly presented in the Mind Training Tradition, and we will draw from these techniques for our meditations.
In the Vajrayana, Chenrezi (or Avalokiteshvara) is a bodhisattva who is said to be the embodiment of the compassion of all the buddhas of the three times and ten directions. The practice of Chenrezi includes visualizing oneself in this form, reciting the well-known mantra, om mani padme hum, and imagining engaging in the enlightened activity of benefiting beings. By holding our body, speech, and mind to be awakened, we hasten the realization of our true nature which is wisdom and compassion, inseparable.
Prior or subsequent to this retreat, participants may be interested in attending one or both current study groups on these topics. The Chenrezi Study Group meets the third Wednesdays of the month from 6:30-8:30pm and is going over Chenrezi: Lord of Love by Bokar Rinpoche. The Mind Training Study Group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 7:00-8:30pm and is reading The Practice of Lojong by Traleg Kyabgon (lojong is Tibetan for mind training). All are welcome.
Suggested readings: Chenrezi: Lord of Love by Bokar Rinpoche and The Practice of Lojong by Traleg Kyabgon.
7:00 am-8:00 am
9:30 am-11:00 am
11:30 am-12:30 pm
2:30 pm-4:00 pm
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
$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
$ 30 – Reduced level