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Teachings and Retreats
No matter who we are or what we do, we all seek happiness and freedom from suffering. From this universal foundation, Khentrul Rinpoche will explore what it means to have genuine happiness, and what strategies we can use to develop this happiness. Drawing from the ancient Kalachakra teachings, Rinpoche will present a unique vision of peace and harmony and how it relates to the legendary Land of Shambhala. In this way, students will explore their greatest potential and discover new ways of understanding their personal reality.
Our modern lives seem to be filled with numerous distractions and endless problems. These challenges make it difficult to maintain any sense of stability or peace of mind. In order to create the conditions for genuine happiness to arise, we need to develop practical strategies for working with our daily lives. In these teachings, Khentrul Rinpoche will introduce students to the powerful practice of meditation, showing them how it can be used to cultivate positive qualities and develop a healthy state of mind. Rinpoche will provide theoretical and practical instructions for establishing a daily practice and integrating insights with everyday life.
The world is filled with an incredible variety of people, each holding different views and belief systems that help them to make sense of their experiences. If we are ever going to develop genuine peace and harmony in this world, we need to learn how to live together within this pluralistic society. Key to this is the development of a non-sectarian philosophy that is founded on mutual respect and an informed understanding of different traditions. In these teachings, Rinpoche will explore the concepts of belief and faith, how they give rise to belief systems, examples of such systems and how we can deepen our own spiritual path through open dialogue with others.
An authentic lineage provides a structured step-by-step process for practitioners to develop their inner qualities and ultimately realise their true nature. The Kalachakra Path as taught by the Jonang-Shambhala Tradition is one such lineage. In these teachings, Rinpoche will discuss the origins of the Kalachakra System and the way that this system has been practiced for thousands of years in Shambhala, India and Tibet. He will provide a broad overview of the path, helping students to understand how each practice fits into the overall process of their spiritual development. He will also explore how these practices relate to other lineages and their potential for strengthening one’s personal practice.
The Jonang Tradition is known for two things: their mastery of the Kalachakra practices and their unique understanding of the absolute nature of reality known as Shentong Madhyamika. This easily misunderstood philosophy describes the very subtle way that our reality actually exists, also known as our Buddha Nature. In these teachings, Khentrul Rinpoche will present the core tenets of Buddhist philosophical systems, placing specific emphasis on the Madhyamika or Middle Way view. He will show how it can be understood on both gross and subtle levels, and will clarify some of the many debates that have arisen in relation to people’s understanding.
As we set out on the Kalachakra Path, we must first reflect on our present situation and let go of our attachment to destructive habits. To do this, we need to study the topics of karmic cause and effect, the suffering nature of samsara, our own precious human rebirth and the reality of impermanence and death. Together, these four topics are known as the “Four Convictions of Renunciation”. In this practice retreat, Rinpoche will present the theoretical basis for these topics and then guide the students in analytical meditations to help them gain deeper understanding and integrate these topics into their lives.
With a foundation in the Four Convictions of Renunciation, we are able to shift our focus away from worldly aims and orient ourselves towards the pursuit of genuine happiness. But in order to achieve this spiritual goal, we are going to need help. In this practice retreat, Khentrul Rinpoche will introduce us to subject of taking refuge in the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Students will also receive instructions for engaging in the practice of prostrations as a skilful means to strengthen our connection to these enlightened sources of refuge.
Since beginningless time we have been cultivating a self-cherishing attitude that puts our needs above those of others. The only result of this attitude has been pain and suffering. The enlightened masters of the past chose a different path. They chose to put others first and to develop an altruistic mind dedicated to the wellbeing of all sentient beings. In this practice retreat, Rinpoche will give teachings on how to develop this extraordinary mind of “Bodhicitta”. He will also show students how to expand and strengthen this mind through the unique practice of Tonglen (Taking and Giving).
Our absolute nature is like a jewel, hidden within a mountain of rock and dirt. In order to gain access to it, we are going to need to clear away the many obstacles and obscurations that we have built up around it. In this retreat, Khentrul Rinpoche will discuss the need for purifying the mind and how to do so through the extraordinary practice of Vajrasattva. This retreat will provide a balanced mixture of theory and practical experience, providing an environment for exploring this subject on a deeper level.
The Kalachakra Path is a difficult one, requiring great strength of mind and perseverance. To achieve our goal, we are going to need to generate a lot of positive energy. One of the most powerful methods to accumulate this merit is through the offering of the symbolic universe known as a mandala. Over the course of this retreat, Khentrul Rinpoche will explore the realm of our experience and how we can skillfully use this to cultivate positive qualities such as generosity, loving-kindness and compassion.
Ultimately, all practices contributes in one way or another to the direct realisation of our own true nature. This process of discovery is the principal purpose for engaging in the unique practice of Guru Yoga. In this practice retreat, Khentrul Rinpoche will discuss the many complex nature of the Teacher / Disciple relationship, highlighting different ways that we can relate to the Teacher in our spiritual practice. He will provide practical instructions for using Guru Yoga for drawing inspiration from your Teacher while at the same time strengthening your connection to your own absolute nature.
After completing the Outer and Inner Preliminary practices, students will be prepared for entering into the unique practices presented in the Kalachakra System. In this practice retreat, students will be introduced to the visualisation practices of Highest Yoga Tantra. Khentrul Rinpoche will bestow the first seven Kalachakra initiations (wang kur), empowering students to engage in generation stage practices. He will then give detailed instructions for the essential practice of Innate Kalachakra as practiced in the Jonang-Shambhala tradition.
Through the generation stage practices, students develop a conceptual connection the Kalachakra mandala. This is the basis for engaging with the unique meditation practice known as “The Three Isolations” (wen sum). In this retreat, students will receive the final four Kalachakra initiations (wang kur), empowering them to engage in the completion stage practices of the Six Vajra Yogas. They will then be give pith instructions for a powerful method to achieve single-pointed concentration similar to the practices presented in the Dzogchen and Mahamudra traditions.
We rarely talk about the process of dying. Death is a taboo subject that is seen as morbid or wasting time. When the time comes to face the loss of our own precious life, or that of someone we hold dear, we have no idea how to guide ourselves or loved ones through the rich landscape of dying. In this retreat, Khentrul Rinpoche will explore six periods of transition (known as “bardos”), that offer unique opportunities for spiritual practice.
Chod means “to cut through ignorance”. This is a profound and very special method to cut the root of ignorance which is the cause of self-cherishing. This self-cherishing attitude is the root of all our suffering and dissatisfaction. In this practice retreat, Rinpoche will provide pith instructions for training our minds to reduce this self-cherishing attitude.