Phowa Teachings

Update
We just found out that khenpo is going to give us prelims for phowa. When he returns , he will do the last stage which requires a lama to chant while student does practice.

Khempo has giving us preliminaries last night to do before he returns, in about 3 months. If you are planing on joining us for the rest of the teaching please let us know. We will be selling the dvd soon.

Khenpo Choejur

Khenpo Choejur

MAY TEACHINGS: Sunday evenings @ 7pm
Translations by Professor Robert W. Clark, Ph.D. of Stanford University.

More information coming soon
PHOWA Instruction: May 3
Highly prized by Tibetan people, Phowa teachings and empowerments are rarely given in the West. Khenpo Choejor will give instructions in the Jonang lineage of Phowa. This teaching does not require a previous empowerment.

Phowa, literally “transferring consciousness”, has many meanings. Phowa is the practice one learns to transfer one’s mind stream to the Pure Land of Amitabha (Dewa Chen) at the moment of death. With a good practice, one is not reborn in Samsara, but remains in the Pure Land of Amitabha where one attains full enlightenment under the teaching of Amitabha Buddha.

AMITABHA Text and Commentary:

Date: not sure yet

Because the Phowa practice depends upon Amitabha (Buddha of infinite Light), Khenpo would like to spend time giving the complete text of Amitabha: Buddha of Infinite Light.
These texts, from both Nygma and Kagyu lineages, are major teachings in Tibet.
It is customary to give Phowa in conjunction with Amitabha teachings.
Amitabha

PHOWA TEACHING REGISTRATION:
We encourage early registration so that we can better plan space requirements.

Phowa registration fee $75 early registration $95 after April 20

Please make checks payable to “Dorje Ling” and mail to:

Dorje Ling Buddhist Center
3253 Shallowford Road
Chamblee, GA 30341

Other teachings offered with self-directed donation.
Donations also accepted through PayPal on our website at www.jonang.org

OTHER TEACHINGS:
Offerings are appreciated – your donations help pay for translations and center operations.

We want our Dharma teachings to be available to all.
If you have a financial need or want information, please call Lori Kuster at 770 270-0927.

If you live out of town and are interested in receiving teachings over the phone or by CD,
contact Eric Kuster at 770 270-0927.
GREEN TARA CHANTING: Join us Sunday mornings @ 10:30 am

KALACHAKRA EMPOWERMENT: coming in MARCH 2010

Manjushri and Vajrapani Empowerment

APRIL TEACHINGS: Friday evenings @ 8 pm
April 10, 17 and 24

Khenpo Choejor will deepen our understanding of the Vajrapani and Manjushri practices that many received from Tashi Gyaltsan Rinpoche.

We invite you to attend to help make your practice more meaningful and heartfelt. Location: Atlanta Center
Date: March  22nd 10:00am Vajrapani 2:30 Manjushri

Location: New York
Date: March: 8th 10:00am Manjushri 2:00 Vajrapani

Manjushri

Manjushri

Manjushri

Buddha’s powers manifest as compassion( Avalokiteshvara), wisdom( Manjushri) and the strength to be unshakable in the face of adversity (Vajrapani).

We are so fortunate at this time to have the opportunity to receive the blessings of 2 of these —Manjushri as well as Vajrapani from a living lineage holder coming all the way from Amdo, Tibet to Atlanta to give these blessing empowerments.
Manjushri helps our speech to become very clear and our minds to become very sharp. Vajrapani helps us conquer our fears and obstacles to we can do good for ourselves and others.
In this time of so much uncertainty, these blessings are very timely.

About Tashi Gyaltsan-
He is a lineage holder from Tibet and will come here to make these practices available to us. Recognized as the emanation of Taranatha, he is the spiritual head of the Jonang center here in Atlanta, Dorje Ling.

Vajrapani

Vajrapani

Vajrapani

On the popular level, Vajrapani, Holder of the Thunderbolt Scepter (symbolizing the power of compassion), is the Bodhisattva who represents the power of all the Buddhas, just as Avalokitesvara represents their great compassion, Manjushri their wisdom, and Tara their miraculous deeds.

For the yogi, Vajrapani is a means of accomplishing fierce determination and symbolizes unrelenting effectiveness in the conquest of negativity. His taut posture is the active warrior pose (pratayalidha), based on an archer’s stance but resembling the en garde position in Western fencing.

His outstretched right hand brandishes a vajra and his left hand deftly holds a lasso – with which he binds demons. He wears a skull crown with his hair standing on end. His expression is wrathful and he has a third eye.

Around his neck is a serpent necklace and his loin cloth is made up of the skin of a tiger, whose head can be seen on his right knee.

We are so fortunate at this time to have the opportunity to receive the blessings of 2 of these —Manjushri as well as Vajrapani from a living lineage holder coming all the way from Amdo, Tibet to Atlanta to give these blessing empowerments.

Manjushri helps our speech to become very clear and our minds to become very sharp. Vajrapani helps us conquer our fears and obstacles to we can do good for ourselves and others.

In this time of so much uncertainty, these blessings are very timely.

Cost: Suggested teacher Offering: $75 if you are just taking 1 Empowerment, $50 per for both. You can pay through our donation link on the lower right corner of the page.

To help us make sure we have enough space/ materials, if you plan to attend these empowerment, please RSVP to Lori Kuster @ 770-270-0927

We  depend on your tax deductible contribution for  our activities and classes.  If you would like to sponsor this  teaching—donation large or small—please call us! We would love a corporate sponsor.

Teachings by Tashi Rinpoche

You are cordially invited to  public talks on Basic Buddhism given
by Tashi Gyaltsan Rinpoche
this Saturday and Sunday evening March 28 and 29, from 7 to 9 pm at Dorje Ling Buddhist Center.

Tashi Rinpoche

Tashi Rinpoche

This is a wonderful chance to learn from Tashi Gyaltsan Rinpoche, who is here from Amdo Tibet, and experience his explanations of some of the basic concepts of Buddhist wisdom.


Please , come join us and bring your friends. One can attend both evenings , or one, as your schedule allows.

Dorje Ling is located at
3253 Shallowford Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
voice: 770 451-7715
Www.jonang.org

About Tashi Gyaltsan-
Recognized as the emanation of Taranatha, he is the spiritual head of the Jonang center here in Atlanta, Dorje Ling and also in NY.
He is a lineage holder from Amdo, Tibet.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Tashi Gyaltsan Rinpoche has announced that he will offer teachings on Phowa, the practice of conscious mind transference, over 8 weekends starting in May.

There will be a  practice  retreat offered at the conclusion of the teachings to help students become more stable in their practice.
Please contact our center for more information.