Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche’s Visit to Khadiravana
I just got back from Khadiravana. Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche was there for 5 days. Rinpoche said Khadiravana was a special place and it has progressed tremendously from his last visit (2007). He expressed his wish to go back there and stay in retreat for an extended period of time.
Opening Ceremony of Vasutara Sala & Tara Empowerment
On Saturday Rinpoche performed an opening ceremony for Vasutara Sala and a Khadiravani Tara (Green Tara) empowerment.
As soon as the Sala was officially opened, it poured down heavily. Somehow the unexpected rain connected our hearts. And the Sala and Khadiravana were purified by mother nature.
During the empowerment, Rinpoche taught us to visualize on Tara and taught us the essence of Tibetan Buddhism.
Planting Bodhi Trees & Blessing the Stupa Site
After the empowerment was over, Rinpoche planted two bodhi trees and blessed the Shanti Tara Maha Stupa site. It’s a special moment of joy to be with Rinpoche at the site, which is the heart of our work.
Workshop on How to Deal with Anger
“How can we get Rinpoche’s smile and laugh?”
“You have to be happy always.”
Rinpoche called us a group of Bodhisattvas & Dakinis
After dinner, we gathered at Sala to watch a documentary film on Lelap Ring in France (Thanks to Matteo for this film). The temple and inauguration ceremony inspired all of us.
We sat in a circle afterwards listening to Rinpoche’s teaching on anger. He urged us not to be angry because anger takes away all the merits we have accumulated in countless lives. It is the main obstacle to enlightenment. He taught us how to do “tonglen” meditation: giving our joy & happiness to others and taking in others’ sorrow & suffering. At the end, he asked each one of us how long we could be away from anger. Some of us have already committed to him to be free from anger till the rest of our life.
Transmissions of Tara Sadhanas
Sunday morning the retreatants meditated and did prosttrations soon after we got us. Then Rinpoche gave us two oral transmissions of Khadiravani Tara sadhanas based on Mahasiddha Suriyagupta (Nyima Pepa Rinpoche) and Khache Pandita. These sadhanas have been practiced by Atisha and other masters from that time until now. Rinpoche received transmissions from his root teachers Luding Khen Rinpoche and Sakya Trizin Rinpoche. We did Tara meditation together and Rinpoche explained how to do Kerim (generation stage) and Dzogrim (completion stage), which are deity visualization and dissolving into shunyata.
Teaching on How to Take Refuge in the Triple Gems
Apart from Tara practice and advice on how to deal with negative emotions, Rinpoche taught us on the meaning of taking refuge in the three jewels, which I believe touched everyone’s heart and reaffirmed our devotion and commitment in Buddhism.
Unexpected Empowerment on Amitayus Buddha
After the retreat was over, Rinpoche went to visit my parents in Hua-Hin. He specially performed an Amitayus ( long-life) empowerment for my mother at Khadiravana the next day. At first, we thought there would be only my mother but many unexpected guests including Soraj’s mother came that day and got an auspicious occasion to attend the empowerment. The message for that teaching is: be compassionate to all sentient beings, don’t treat them discriminately, be happy and don’t be angry. Rinpoche said anger shortened our life and was a root cause of all sorts of illnesses. He used Mahasiddha Thathong Gyalpo sadhana which was transmitted by Guru Rinpoche. Thathong Gyalpo lived 130 years and a few of his diciples lived more than 100 years.
Thanks to Yontan, Christel & Yidrol for these lovely photos.