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Changling Rinpoche's Teaching Schedule 2008

Berkley, CA

“Teachings of Khenpo Gangshar Rinpoche”
A Special Program with Changling Rinpoche
Saturday, April 26, 2008
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

We are honored to welcome Changling Rinpoche of Shechen Monastery on his first visit to the Berkeley Shambhala Center.

This rare and special day-long program for Shambhala tantrikas introduces the teachings of Khenpo Gangshar Rinpoche, who along with his root guru Shechen Kongtrul Rinpoche, was one of the two principal gurus of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet. Khenpo Gangshar Rinpoche is regarded as having transmitted the lineage of crazy wisdom to the Vidyadhara, as Trungpa Rinpoche documented in his narrative poem, “Light Rays of the Sun and Moon: the Story of the Gem and the Stone.”

For more information, contact Carl R. Castro at carlRcastro@yahoo.com or visit the Berkeley Shambhala Center website at http://www.berkeley.shambhala.org for more information and registration.

More details to follow for April 27-May 4

Santa Cruz, CA
SANTA CRUZ, APTOS, SOQUEL, CA

Sunday, May 4, 7 pm; Monday, May 5, 7 pm
Changling Rinpoche will teach the text "Liberating Whatever One Encounters." This is a teaching on the fourth empowerment by Khenpo Gangshar of Shechen, a root teacher of of the eleventh Chogyam Trungpa. Attendees must have taken at least one empowerment.

The teachings are at the home of Sondra Scales in Aptos. Due to parking restrictions, we will need to shuttle people to the teachings. Please meet at the Deluxe Market parking lot, in front of the Bank of America. Take the Rio Del Mar exit off of Hwy 1. Deluxe Market is just beyond the gas station, which you will see upon exiting.

Tuesday May 6th, 7 pm Empowerment Thuje Chenpo Tsa Sum Nying Thing; Great Compassion, the Essence of the 3 Roots.
This is a terma of Garwang Dorje who revealed a branch of the Northern Treasures and the teachings known as the Western Treasures. Since the text was lost for many years, it has never been given in recent times. Changling Rinpoche was able to find the texts and subsequently receive the teachings from Trulshik Rinpoche. People may receive this empowerment as a blessing. The teachings will be at 5019 Ironwood Drive in Soquel.

Berkley, CA

“The Life & Lineage of King Gesar of Ling:
Enlightened Warriorship in Difficult Times”
A Weekend Program with Changling Rinpoche

Friday, May 9, 2008, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, May 10 & 11, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

We are honored to welcome Changling Rinpoche of Shechen Monastery on his first visit to the Berkeley Shambhala Center.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has said that while Shakyamuni Buddha is a Buddha for the Hinayana and the Mahayana, and Padmasambhava is a Buddha for the Vajrayana, the enlightened warrior king Gesar of Ling is a Buddha for Shambhala. Indeed, the Druk Sakyong Trungpa Rinpoche dedicated his first “Shambhala book” (Shambhala, the Sacred Path of the Warrior) to Gesar of Ling.

Although enlightenment is sometimes depicted as an expression of ease, it also involves overcoming obstacles, as well as fearlessness in placing obstacles on the path, and constancy in doing so for the benefit of beings. King Gesar incarnated at a time when Tibet and the Dharma were threatened by evil kings of four regions surrounding Ling, who represented the forces of materialism. Even before subduing these forces, Gesar had to overcome many obstacles just to take his rightful seat as the king of Ling. The life of King Gesar an example of enlightened warriorship, toward the purpose of creating enlightened society.

For more information, contact Carl R. Castro at carlRcastro@yahoo.com or visit the Berkeley Shambhala Center website at http://www.berkeley.shambhala.org for more information and registration.

Boston, MA

Living without Regret
with Changling Rinpoche
May 16 / 7:00 PM - May 16 / 9:00 PM
Price: $15.00 Members ($15.00 General Public) We all want to live a life that we find meaningful, without regret. Join us for a public talk with this most esteemed meditation master on the topic of living without regret.

The Life and Teachings of Rechungpa
with Changling Rinpoche
May 17 / 9:00 AM - May 17 / 5:00 PM
Price: $80.00 Members ($100.00 General Public)

Rechungpa met the Kagyu saint Milarepa at the age of eleven and spent many years studying and practicing under the guidance of his teacher. At one time he was married to a local princess before taking to the homeless life of a wandering yogin. Rechungpa travelled to India three times and obtained teachings and transmissions which Marpa had not managed to receive in his time. In particular he received the entire “nine-fold cycle of the formless Dakinis” and upon Rechungpa's return to Tibet, he presented these teachings to Milarepa. While a brilliant student Rechungpa also struggled with his pride but went on to found the Rechung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

This public day-long program on the life and teachings of Rechungpa will be led by Changling Rinpoche, a lineage holder of Rechungpa's tradition.

The Teachings of Khenpo Ganghsar
with Changling Rinpoche
May 18 / 9:00 AM - May 18 / 5:00 PM
Price: $80.00 Members ($100.00 General Public)
Changling Rinpoche will instruct us on the teachings of Khenpo Gangshar, the Vidyadhara's crazy wisdom guru.

This day-long program is open to Shambhala sadhakas only.

Chicago, Illinois

Monday May 19 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Northern Treasures Guru Rinpoche Empowerment
May 20 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM- Introduction to Vajrayana

Atlanta, Georgia

May 21 – 24, 2008
Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta Shambhala
1447 Church , Decatur, GA

The Way of the Bodhisattva (introduction to Mahayana)
May 21, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Public Talk –

Introduction to Samaya
For Vajrayana students
Thursday, May 22, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, May 23, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Saturday, May 24, 9:30am – 5:30pm

The Warrior King Gesar: Epic Lessons in Bravery and Compassion for Today

The Epic of King Gesar is the central epic poem of Tibet and much of Central Asia. King Gesar’s heroic deeds in subduing evil forces in Tibet and bringing peace to the land involved great insight, skillful means and compassion. This mystical legend of bravery and compassion holds great wisdom for working with today’s challenges.

 

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