The 18th Annual Phowa course, Bodhgaya, 2012


[quote]If you study Phowa, then at the time when death is approaching, you will know no despair but will be full of cheerful confidence.”- Marpa The Translator[/quote]

Right after Kalachakra, from January 14th till January 23th 2012, His Eminence Choeje Ayang Rinpoche, a holder both Nyingma and Drikung Phowa lineage, gave 18th annual Phowa teaching in Bodhgaya.Before the course Rinpoche was worried if students would get opportunity to attend the course at very “packed” time in Bodhgaya during Kalachalra so he recommended that everybody`book flights and hotels in advance. Fortunately everything went well: so many students joined the course that even the tent made especially for the Teaching couldn’t seat all people.

Ayang Rinpoche’s course shecdule was demanding as always. Sometimes course started at 7 am and finished at 9 pm. We were completely immersed in the course. “Take you tea and came back quickly” – that what we heard every day before short tea breaks. In spite of his cold Rinpoche with compassion and kindness gave us his gradual and detail teachings, talking both in English and Tibetan.

Despite the demanding schedule, or maybe because of it many people on the course had some very powerful experiences and a lot even achieved some Phowa “signs”. I personally felt very privileged to attend the course and am hoping to make it an annual event. Phowa is truly an amazing practice and Ayang Rinpoche is a true Phowa Master, therefore I would highly recommend this course to everybody both beginners and experienced Buddhist alike, just be prepared to be totally immersed in the 10 day course.

Intensive schedule of Phowa Course included:
– Teachings like Introductory teaching on Phowa, The Three Excellences, Vajrasattva practice techings, Detailed Nyingma and Drikung Phowa […]

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32th Kalachakra For World Peace, Bodhgaya, 2012

As His Holiness Dalai Lama said during the teachings, to get Kalachakra Initiation in the holy place where Budda Shakyamuni reached enlightment is the same as getting Kalachackra 7 times in other places. This rare opportunity brought an unprecedented number of people to Bodhgaya. Different sources say 200 000 to 400 000 Buddhists from all over the world attended the long-awaited 32th Kalachakra (the last time the Kalacharka initiation was given in Bodhgaya was 8 years ago, in 2003). Among the people receiving the Kalachakra initiation were special guests such as HH Sakya Trizin, HH 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, The Ganden Thripa (“Holder of the Ganden Throne” in Gelug tradition) Rizong Rinpoche, politicians and activists as Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) of the Tibetan Government in Exile Lobsang Sangay; Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief minister; Ela Gandhi, the granddaughter of Mohatma Gandhi, and also famous actor Richard Geer.
Eventful 10-days Kalachakra program (1st-10th January 2012) included Public Teachings by classic texts like “Eight Verses on Mind Training” by Geshe Langri Thangpa Dorje, “Thirty-Seven Practies of Bodhisattvas” by Gyalsey Thokmay Sangpo, “Hymm to the World Transcendent” by Nagarjuna etc, The Initiations of Kalachakra, Long Life Puja with Dakinis’ dance and Oracles’ prediction, and also some other cultural events. H.H. The Dalai Lama pointed out the importance of listening to dharma teachings; especially before so complicated tantric initiation like Kalachakra.
At this auspicious occasion, His Holiness decided to give full Kalachakra Initiation which happens only rarely. The full version consisted not only of Preliminary Initiation and Seven Initiations of Getting into Mandala like a Child (usually Dalai Lama confines by these initiations), but also Four High, Four Highest Initiations and Vajra Master Empowerment.
We survived getting soaked under rain, going […]

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