SAVE THE DATE! North American Mahamudra Seminar with Lama Eric Tribelhorn.
Location: Ser Chö Ösel Ling
Date: Wednesday, September 18 to Wednesday, September 25
Teacher: Lama Eric Triebelhorn
Registration coming soon!
Kagyu Changchub Chuling is pleased to announce that Lama Eric Triebelhorn has agreed to lead the North American Mahamudra Seminar covering the stages of the path of Mahamudra according to the Karma Kagyu Lineage. We heartily welcome the dharma community to participate in this opportunity to spend a week at Ser Chö Ösel Ling (SCOL) receiving teachings and meditating together.
This seminar is the centerpiece of the Mahamudra Program initiated by Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche in 1992 to provide a concise yet complete approach to the stages of Mahamudra practice suited to the lives of modern lay practitioners. The heart of the program is attending the seminar and engaging in ongoing daily meditation practice.
Beginning each day before breakfast with a session of Calm Abiding meditation and concluding with Chenrezig practice in the evening, the daily schedule will be full but will also allow time for rest and reflection. Lama Eric will offer teachings during the morning and afternoon sessions. Whether teaching, guiding meditation, or illustrating a point with a story, Lama Eric offers an inspiring example with his depth of knowledge, insight, enthusiasm, and kindness.
The main focus of the seminar will be to transmit the essential teachings and instructions that make it possible to integrate the dharma into our lives and to effectively engage in a graduated and sustained program of meditation on our own. The core of this program is the cultivation of Bodhicitta―Awakened Heart―and the progression of Calm Abiding (Shamatha), Insight (Vipashyana), and Mahamudra meditations. The traditional foundation practices (Ngondro) which support the cultivation of Mahamudra, will also be taught, as will the meditation on the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Chenrezig.
Who Should Come
Practitioners at all levels are welcome to join in the seminar. Participants should attend the whole seminar and be willing to take on the accompanying practice commitments. Participants should be practicing the Buddhist path or ready to enter the path.
The Practice Commitments
Since sustained personal practice is key to progress on the path, the practice commitments should be understood as an integral part of the program. For those beginning the program, the minimum commitment is 30 minutes of daily Calm Abiding meditation plus recitation of the Chenrezig mantra during the year. For those who wish to proceed with the subsequent stages of Insight meditation and Mahamudra in later years, the commitment also includes the practice of one of the four foundation practices of the Vajrayana (Ngondro) each quarter of the year. The practice commitments are made for one year at a time.
Background of the Mahamudra Program
Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche initiated this program drawing from a lifetime of study and intensive meditation retreat and the experience gained through many years as a retreat master. Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche was the Dharma heir of Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, a recognized meditation master in the Karma Kagyu lineage and holder of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage.
Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche was a close student of Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche for 50 years and taught at his side at the annual Bokar International Mahamudra Seminars in India until Bokar Rinpoche passed away in 2004. After numerous heartfelt requests by the international students of Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche and with the blessing and strong encouragement of His Holiness Karmapa, Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche agreed to resume the seminars in 2007. More about Mahamudra Seminar.
SPONSORED BY Kagyu Changchub Chuling, a Dharma Center in Portland, Oregon, is sponsoring this retreat. KCC was founded in 1976 by the Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche, one of the eminent meditation masters of modern Tibet and a holder of the Karma Kagyu and Shangpa Kagyu lineages. The mission of KCC is to make the teachings of these lineages accessible for all practitioners, whether they are just beginning to investigate Buddhism or are long-time students.