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Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche


June 9 -20 2004


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All teachings (except for a Swedish translation on June 7) will be in English.

June 7  (Mon.) 19.00 - 20.30 Teaching and meditation on bodhicitta (loving kindness and compassion) with HE Nubpa Rinpoche
June 9  (Wed.) 18.30 - 20.00 Public talk at Brygghuset: How to cultivate wisdom and compassion
June 10 (Thur.) 18.30 - 20.00 Milarepa Songs, part 1  (teachings and meditation instructions)
June 11 (Fri.) 18.30 - 20.00 Milarepa Songs, part 2  (teachings and meditation instructions)
June 12 (Sat.) 10.00 - 11.30

14.00 - 15.30

15.30 - 16.30

Chenrezig Empowerment

Teachings and meditation instructions

Meditation practice

June 13 (Sun.) 9.00 - 10.00

10.00 - 11.30

14.00 - 15.00

15.00 - 16.30

Meditation practice

Gong Chik teachings and meditation instructions, part 1

Meditation practice

Gong Chik teachings and meditation instructions, part 2

June 14 (Mon.) 18.30 - 20.00 Gong Chik teachings and meditation instructions, part 3
June 15 (Tue.) 18.30 - 20.00 Gong Chik teachings and meditation instructions, part 4
June 16 (Wed.) 18.30 - 20.00 The Song that Clarifies Recollection by Lord Jigten Sumgön (teachings and meditation instructions)
June 17 (Thur.) 18.30 - 19.30 Group interview with Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche
June 18 (Fri.) 18.30 - 20.00 Supplication to Tara by Lord Jigten Sumgön (teachings and meditation instructions)
June 19 (Sat.) 9.00 - 10.00

10.00 - 11.30

14.00 - 15.00

15.00 - 16.30

Meditation practice

Mandala Offering teachings and meditation instructions, part 1

Meditation practice

Mandala Offering teachings and meditation instructions, part 2

June 20 (Sun.) 9.00 - 10.00

10.00 - 11.30

14.00 - 16.30

Meditation practice

Mandala Offering group practice

Guru Yoga and Tsog

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June 9 (Wednesday) Brygghuset

Address: Norrtullsgatan 12N, 113 27 Stockholm (T-bana  Odenplan)

June 7, June10-20 Ratnashri Meditation Center, Friggavägen 11, 181 32 Lidingö

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June 10-11 Milarepa’s spiritual poems (doha)

Milarepa is one of the most inspiring figures in all of Buddhism, regardless of tradition. Because of his direct perception of samsara, his great renunciation, and his willingness to endure hardship, he achieved the realization of all the great Buddha qualities and became an instrument for perpetuating the Dharma in Tibet by effortlessly composing the vajra "doha" poems. Milarepa is a man of three powers. His body was equivlent to the body of Vajrapani, his voice was the voice of Manjusri, and his hearing was the hearing of Avalokitesvara. Milarepa was a healthy, vital man of matchless endurance in the search for liberation. His voice was beautiful and capable of rendering anything in spontaneous poem, and with it he expressed the essence of the Buddha’s Dharma in ways understandable to all types of listeners. His hearing was penetrating as Avalokitesvara’s – the compassionate bodhisattva who attends the voices of all living beings. Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche will provide profound insight into the meaning of several specially selected Milarepa’s vajra poems.

June 12  Chenrezig -- The Practice of Purification and Compassion

Chenrezig is the heart son of Buddha Amitabha.  He made the commitment in front of Buddha Amitabha to benefit all sentient beings until the end of Samsara.  His main emanation abides in Potala, Chenrezig's Buddhafield.  Buddha Shakyamuni instructed him to benefit many sentient beings by his activities in Tibet, where the Buddha had not been.  In Tibet, he manifested as the monkey bodhisattva who established humans in Tibet.  In the seventh century, he manifested as King Songtsen Gampo, and later, as many other Dharma kings.  He manifested in the form of many spiritual masters, such as Drom Tompa and so forth.  In this manner, he established the complete form of Buddhism in Tibet and benefited countless sentient beings.  In a sutra it is said, "Hearing the name and qualities of Chenrezig with faith becomes a cause to purify even the five heinous negative karmas, and hearing the name becomes a cause to make a connection to be reborn in Dewachen, the Buddha Amitabha's pureland.  Hearing the six syllable mantra once in the ear makes the connection to be reborn in the higher realms.  Even if one prints this with devotion on rocks or stones, one will attain the nonreturning stage and become a leader to benefit many.  Even reciting this mantra at the ear of dying animals will make the connection to be reborn in Dewachen.  It possesses inconceivable beneficial effects."

June 13-15 Gong Chik

The Gong Chik, The Single Intention or The Unified Enlightened Thought of the Buddha, is a collection of commentaries on Lord Jigten Sumgön's essential teachings on Buddhist philosophy and is the most profound philosophical work of the Drikung Kagyu.  Though usually only given to advanced students and practitioners, it is an essential teaching for all Buddhists.  Lord Jigten Sumgön, a great 12th century Tibetan Saint, was a reincarnation of Nagarjuna.  After attaining Buddhahood, he spread the Dharma throughout Tibet for many years.  During that time, many great teachers came to him expressing great devotion and faith.  Hundreds of thousands of students gathered to hear his teachings, many of them attaining Enlightenment in one lifetime.  Extensive commentaries on Jigten Sumgön's vast and profound teachings have been written by many of his disciples and eminent teachers.  The Gong Chik is a compilation of these commentaries in 152 vajre verses arranged into seven chapters on: the way in which Buddha turned the Three Wheels of the Dharma Teachings; the doctrine of interdependance; the Vinaya; Bodhicitta and Bodhisattva's teaching; Vajrayana teachings; the View, Meditation and Action of higher meditation practices; and lastly Buddhahood.  In short, it is a compendium of the complete Buddhist doctrine.  This year, we will focus on the first chapter, i.e., Three Turning of the Wheel of Dharma in 30 verses.

June 16 The Songs That Clarifies Recollection (a vajra song by Lord Jigten Sumgön)

June 18 Supplication to Tara (another vajra song by Lord Jigten Sumgön)

June 19-20 Mandala Offering (Ngöndro Practices, part 3)

A practitioner who wants to accumulate vast amounts of merit and benefit for the limitless sentient beings should practice the mandala offering.  Mandala offering is a way of developing and sustaining wisdom (the realization of mahamudra) and compassion (the profound bodhicitta).  Feeling deeply the wish that oneself and all sentient beings may attain Enlightenment, we offer the mandala -- which represents the entire universe -- to the enlightened ones who have always been full of compassion and wisdom.   We give it all away, ourselves and everything.  This offering helps us cut our clinging and attachment to this life.  In addition, the merit one acquires through mandala offering gives one the strength to nurture the mind of bodhicitta.  Generally speaking, the mandala offering is a great technique using interdependence to establish the Buddhafield.

June 20 afternoon Guru Yoga of Lord Jigten Sumgön and Tsog

There are many practices to enable one to attain Enlightment in the Buddha's teachings.  Among them, the Guru meditation practice is one of the most important and effective for actualizing Mahamudra.  This is the practice of Lord Jigten Sumgön who lived in Tibet from 1143 to 1217.  He is the incarnation of Arya Nagarjuna.  The Life and Liberation of the Great Lamas explain how the disciples communicate with their lamas through devotion.  In The Life and Liberation of Jigten Sumgön, The Peacock and Lion Rivers, the master says, "Anyone who merely hears my name or recalls me with devotion or faith, if he or she does any kind of virtuous practice will certainly cross the ocean of samsara.  From today on, with one-pointed devotion pray to your great master and practice according to what he teaches.  Thus, it is certain that you will achieve the ultimate accomplishment (Buddhahood)."  The ultimate devotion and confidence is the only method to realize the ultimate truth.

Tsog is a communal offering of food to all the enlightened beings. Please bring snack for the ceremony.

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By the innate roots of virtues, may all sentient beings seek omniscience without ever retreating.
While being in the various realms of existence, may their minds be undisturbed.
May they be able to liberate all sentient beings.
May they never stained by compounded things.
May they never lose unimpeded knowledge.
May worldly things cannot change or move them.
May they fulfill the pure awareness of transcendence.
May they be able to accomplish all knowledge and power.
May their fulfillment of causes and conditions of enlightening beings' practices and stages be inexhaustible.


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