Kagyu Changchub Chuling

A center for the practice and study of Vajrayana Buddhism founded by His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche

Chenrezi—Approaching the Essence through Appearance

Event Leader: 
Lama Eric Triebelhorn
Zoom conference call

The practice of Chenrezi—the bodhisattva of compassion—is probably the most widely practiced meditation of the vajrayana tradition. When Kalu Rinpoche founded dharma centers across the world in the 1970s and 80s, this was the practice he first instituted. Among all tantric practices, there are none so accessible yet so profound.

Chenrezi is a creation stage practice through which one replaces our habitual identification with ordinary body, speech, and mind with familiarization with the awakened body, speech, and mind of Chenrezi. But Chenrezi should not be understood to be some being or entity separate from us. Chenrezi is the union of wisdom and compassion. The nature of our mind is the union of wisdom and compassion. Through working with the appearances of the relative body, speech, and mind of this Chenrezi, we approach the ultimate essence of our minds.

This retreat will be an intensive introduction to this practice. Beginners will learn all they need to know to begin practicing on their own. Those already familiar with the practice will probably learn some new tools to integrate in their practice and find ample practice time to deepen their experience.

Registration now closed.

The retreat will be conducted over Zoom. No prior experience is necessary, and no empowerment is required. The text for the practice will be displayed on the screen.

Thursday Schedule

Friday through Sunday Schedule


  • $290 — Your extra contribution helps make these events available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend.
  • $240 — Suggested Donation. Your donations make these events possible.
  • $120 — Reduced level
  • $ 60 — Reduced level
  • Your choice — Pay as you are able, as little as $0. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Texts and Reading Suggestions

Practice texts are available through the KCC bookstore, though they are not required, as the text will be displayed on the screen over Zoom.

Optional readings prior to or during the retreat include:

  • Chenrezig, Lord of Love by Bokar Rinpoche
  • Chenrezig, The Practice of Compassion by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
  • A Continuous Rain to Benefit Beings by Khakyab Dorje, the 15th Gyalwang Karmapa

(Bokar Rinpoche’s book and the 15th Karmapa’s books are available through the KCC bookstore; both books explain the practice from the beginning).

A book for those who wish to broaden their reading on the practice is Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.