2024 New Year’s Magic of Shambhala Retreat: 8 Shambhala Kings & Marichi Empowerments with Teachings at Land of Shambhala
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ABOUT MARICHI EMPOWERMENT
Marichi is the life-long personal protector from Khentrul Rinpoche. She is also considered the proteress of the Sublime Realm of Shambhala. Our center situated in Kalapa is the center of Shambhala. Rinpoche will bestow her Empowerment and transmit a Marichi sadhana written by him which is based on his own visionary experience with this buddhist goddess.
This retreat will include a study of the Marichi Sutra, sadhana practice and the Marichi Puja.
THE BUDDHIST PROTECTRESS MARICHI
In some lineages of the Vajrayana Buddhism, Marichi is considered to be one manifestation of Tara, appearing for example as the 21st Tara. There are other forms from her found also in other spiritual systems. She is the colour of the sunset, a wondrous, glowing orange. She comes with the sun and, as the sun, her blessings pervade everywhere.
This sadhana is also extremely helpful for those working with the Drolmi Kazug Puja. Beyond the empowerment and oral transmission of the Marichi Sadhana, Rinpoche will also give an introductory teaching on her and will join us in a Q&A session during the retreat. The practice sessions on the weekend will be transmitted online as well.
RINPOCHE’S PERSONAL CONNECTION WITH MARICHI
Marichi (also known as Marīcī and Özer Chenma) came to Rinpoche’s life when he was a young boy herding yak cattles in Tibet. Without fences, it was quite difficult to take care of them. Some yaks hide themselves from the boy Rinpoche under rocks, and so used to spend the night in danger of being attacked by wolves. To help protect them, his family shared with him the Marichi mantra and the faith in her when he was still very young.
“I do not know exactly why, perhaps because of having no doubt when doing this or because of a special connection, when I recited her mantra and did the ritual according to the traditional manner of protecting the yaks, I have 100% guarantee that the yaks would be safe during the night. I never had problems with yaks being killed by the wolves since then, really never. So I kept that in mind and I recited innumerable mantras, many times, when I took care of them. So, afterwards, anytime when we had an obstacle I always relied on her.”
“So this is why Tibetan says that praying for Marichi helps. But, of course, it does not help everyone individually, as it depends for example on the individual connection and on the level of faith. You must have no doubt at all. I have indestructible faith in Marichi since my childhood, so this helped me to develop many connections with her during my life.”
FRIDAY December 29, 2023
3:00 PM – Arrival anytime if staying at the Rime Institute
7:00 PM – Public talk on the Realm of Shambhala
SATURDAY December 30, 2023
9:00 AM – 8 Shambhala Dharma King Empowerment
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – 8 Shambhala Dharma King Teaching and Practice Session
SUNDAY December 31, 2023
9:00 AM – Marichi Tara Empowerment
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Marichi Practice and Teaching
MONDAY January 01, 2024
9:00 AM – 1000 Buddha Sadhana Chanting and final consecration of the Shakyamuni Buddha Statues
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Kalki King Sadhana Practice
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Closing Teaching and Practice with Rinpoche
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