Rangjung Dorje, the third Karmapa (1284-1339), wrote "Aspirations for Mahamudra," the prayer we often say at KCC. In a commentary on this prayer, Thrangu Rinpoche wrote that it was composed to show us how to make a vast aspiration requesting that the realization of Mahamudra - the great seal, or the realization of simultaneous appearance and emptiness - would arise within us.
This prayer contains the entire path and is to be read as an experience and a practice, not as a philosophy. A focused reading can fake out our deluded view, as the text constantly twists and turns in unexpected directions. Our habitual, conceptual samsaric words and methods do not apply and we find ourselves going where we do not usually go. This is the point.
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The Six Paramitas - or Perfections - are Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Joyous Effort or Perseverance, Concentration and Wisdom. These six inspiring attitudes and methods are key to accomplishing the Mahayana-Bodhisattva path. The beauty of this path is the vast motivation to relieve all beings, without exception, of all suffering by fully developing our innate Buddha Nature.
In three Saturday morning sessions - April 2, 16, and 30 - we will apply the three wisdoms of studying, contemplating and meditating on each of the Six Paramitas so that we can realistically develop and apply them in our daily lives.
PAINT FOR A DAY IN THE VAST BEAUTY OF THE HIGH DESERT
This summer KCC is hosting a very special painting series at Ser Chö Ösel Ling, KCC's retreat property near Goldendale, Washington. Participants will spend the day painting landscapes on 240 acres of private property that features a mixture of high desert prairie, arid brushland, and pine and oak savannahs. Three of Portland's most highly-reputed plein air artists and instructors will guide participants in capturing the beauty of this sacred land on canvas for the first time. Read more about Ser Chö Ösel Ling (SCOL) here.
This series includes four different classes led by three different artists. Paint mediums and skill levels vary with each class.
The meditation on the Bodhisattva Chenrezig was the principle Vajrayana practice that Kalu Rinpoche introduced in the west because it was a simple yet complete path. Chenrezig (or Avalokiteshvara) is the manifestation of the compassionate activity of the enlightened mind of all Buddhas. Since we have the same innate potential as the Buddha, it is also true that we have the same intrinsic capacity for unconditioned loving kindness and compassion. The core of this meditation practice is to identify with this enlightened potential instead of our ordinary personal patterns and agendas. Through this we can directly connect to the fundamental unity of wisdom and compassion.
The retreat will include background teachings on Vajrayana practice but the emphasis will be on practice sessions with some guided meditation. Interviews will be available at this retreat.
Participation requires approval by the teacher. The retreat is suitable for individuals who have some familiarity with the Chenrezig practice and are interested in deepening their practice. Participation in at least one all-day Chenrezig practice day at KCC or similar experience and the empowerment for the practice are recommended. Prior participation in at least one residential weekend retreat is suggested.
We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Bokar International Yidam Seminar will be held September 18-27 in Tainan, Taiwan, directly following a 3-day Kagyu Monlam presided over by Khenpo Rinpoche at Tara Ling, in Taipei, Taiwan. Khenpo Rinpoche will teach from Atisha’s The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment during the Monlam, which is being organized and hosted through the kindness and generosity of Ani Sonam and her dharma center, Tara Ling.