The Songs of Realization of the Kagyu Masters
Saturday, March 7, 8:00am - 5:00p.m.
For the past 1,000 years, masters of the Kagyu lineage have expressed their realization in spontaneous songs to instruct and inspire contemporary and future disciples. A selection of these are gathered in a compendium called An Ocean of the Songs of the Kagyu (a translation of the Tibetan title, Kagyu Gurtso). Under the direction of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, this collection was translated into English and published as The Rain of Wisdom.
These songs are traditionally recited on several important occasions. One such instance is the 15th day (the full moon) of the first lunar month, this year corresponding to March 9th. This is the anniversary of the Buddha displaying many miracles— one of four main Buddhist holidays observed in Tibet. This day is also the anniversary of Marpa the Translator, the first Tibetan forefather of the Kagyu, and just one day prior is the anniversary of the great lord of yogis Milarepa.
On Saturday, March 7th, we will gather at KCC and read these expressions of awakening, from beginning to end, in a contemplative environment. Steeping ourselves in a stream of wisdom will offer glimpses into the world of enlightened mind—the expressive play of our own buddha nature when freed of adventitious veils. This is sure to be a memorable and moving experience, and I hope that as many of you who are able will join us.
There is a suggested donation of $20 for the event, but this is optional. You will need to have a copy of "The Rain of Wisdom." To encourage participation, we will have a limited number of copies for sale at $30--a 25% discount from the retail price of $39.95. There will also be a small number of copies to borrow for the day on a first-come, first-borrowed basis. When you register, you can reserve a copy to purchase or borrow.