Visit of Khenpo Damcho Dawa Rinpoche – Teachings from Gampopa

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 15/06/2018 - 19/06/2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin

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Dear Friends,

WKDDR TIBET FLOWERS 2017e are delighted to announce the return visit of Khenpo Damcho Dawa Rinpoche to Dublin this summer.

The visit in 2017 was a huge success, with many people making the connection with Rinpoche, and through him, renewing a connection with Akong Rinpoche, to whom he was very close. Many remarked on the beauty of his teachings as well as the excellent translation by Katia Holmes. So we are honoured that Rinpoche, and Katia, will come back to Dublin.

Good News!!! Rinpoche has been granted his visa so it is all systems go!!! We will update teaching times shortly, as soon as we have them finalised with Rinpoche

In 2017,Khenpo Damcho Dawa Rinpoche based his teaching on Gampopa’s book The Collection of Teachings taught at the request of Lekdze (referred to in short as “Lekdzema). This great text covers the fundamental topics of the Mahayana and Vajrayana path presented from the deepest point of view – Mahamudra.

As it was greatly appreciated by all, for this year Rinpoche has proposed a rich theme which actually embraces the whole spiritual path at all levels.

‘APPLYING THE ESSENCE OF SUTRAS AND TANTRAS THROUGH A GENUINE PRACTICE’

Ground, Path and Result” are the very essence of the sutras and tantras, as taught through the deep Instructions. How to take this to heart and apply it in practice?

Gampopa offers a brilliant explanation, remarkably clear yet easy for all to understand.”

A luminous teaching which can awaken understanding.

Many fundamental topics are evoked: karma and suffering, what is needed for an authentic practice, dealing with delusion, how to relate to others, appearences and realities, what to do with thoughts and afflictions, etc.

A rich discovery for newcomers, at the same time an illuminating eye-opener for more experienced in practice.

Gampopa, disciple of Milarepa and guru of the 1st Karmapa, was at the origin of our Kagyu lineages. His brilliant teachings make clear the Buddha’s intention.

Khenpo Damchö Dawa Rinpoché will base his teachings on a rich Collection of Instructions given by Gampopa to his disciples on key practice topics.

Gampopa’s advice is luminous and directly relevant to practice. Whether the topics are familiar to you or quite new, you may feel that a light has just been switched on in your mind, opening new dimensions to your understanding.

***Please note that teachings will be in Tibetan with direct translation into English***

We are delighted to announce the teaching schedule for the visit, as follows:

Thursday 14th June – Rinpoche arrives in KSDD (time to be announced shortly)

Friday 15th June: Teaching Session 1     7.30pm – 9pm

Saturday 16th June: Teaching Session 2     10.30am – 12.30pm

                                    Lunch 12.30pm – 2.30pm

                                    Teaching Session 3     2.30pm – 4.30pm

Sunday 17th June: Teaching Session 4     10.30am – 12.30pm

                                 Lunch 12.30 – 2.30pm

                                 Teaching Session 5     2.30pm -4.30pm

Monday 18th June: Teaching Session 6     7.30pm – 9pm  This session has been cancelled in order to allow Rinpoche (and Katia!) to rest!

Tuesday 19th June: Teaching Session 7      7.30pm – 9pm (Final session)

Wednesday 20th June: Rinpoche departs KSDD (time to be announced shortly)

*It is possible to attend all or any of the sessions*

***The costs of bringing Rinpoche and his translator, Katia Holmes, to Dublin are considerable (visas, flights, hosting, etc). No price can be put on the beauty and clarity of the Buddha’s teachings, but can be put on an airfare! The suggested donation is €15 per week night and €50 per weekend day. However, please feel free to give whatever you can afford, and do not let finances be an obstacle.***

To book your place please email info@buddhism.ie or call 01 4537427. Space is limited in the Shrine Room so be sure to book early.

If you are available to assist during the visit – hosting, meal preparation, preparing the Centre, Shrine Room and Lama’s Room, recordings etc, please get in touch on info@buddhism.ie or call 01 4537427 to volunteer. We always need plenty of help during Lama visits so any time/expertise you have before or during the visit is greatly appreciated.

KDDR

Khenpo Damcho Dawa Rinpoche is a highly respected lama, teacher and publisher. He has served to preserve ancient wisdom, to bring various traditions together and to directly assist those in greatest need.

Khenpo Rinpoche was born to a herdsman family in Juela village of Nangchen County, Eastern Tibetan Area of China. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1980 when he was 13. He then received a traditional Tibetan Buddhist education, studied extensively, and received practice instruction from some of the greatest Buddhist masters.

He spent five years studying at a Shedra and attained the title of Khenpo, equivalent to a professor of Buddhist studies. In 1995, with the strong support of the President of ROKPA International, Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche, and at the request of Dzongtshod Rinpoche, he established a new Shedra in the town of Yushu, close to the area where he grew up.

Since the establishment of this Shedra, he has been the leading Khenpo in charge of all teaching, practice supervision and administration. This particular Shedra is unique in two respects: Firstly, it is predominantly reserved for Tulkus (those recognised as reincarnate lamas). They are highly respected in the Tibetan tradition, and ensuring their full education is of great importance. Secondly, this Shedra has monks from all four of the major sects of Tibetan Buddhism living and studying together. Such revolutionary practice is very rare and has brought Rinpoche a great deal of respect.

Khenpo Rinpoche has also made a lot of effort to preserve endangered Buddhist traditions. He continues to teach throughout China on both philosophical and practical aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. Through compiling and collecting scriptures that were almost entirely destroyed, he has managed to publish some long lost texts which are of key importance to Buddhist scholars. Some valuable texts have also been translated into Chinese in order to help a growing number of Chinese students.

Rinpoche’s work is not limited to Buddhist practice and study. He is renowned for providing humanitarian assistance in his local area. In 1999 he founded Chola Xiang Orphanage School for orphans and poor children in his home town where access to basic education is very limited. The school now has almost one hundred and eighty students. Several high-achievers have been subsidised to continue their studies in the city. Furthermore, the recent devastating earthquake which hit Yushu has severely damaged much of the surrounding area and led to great loss of life. Rinpoche has been very active in raising funds for the survivors, providing basic supplies, and performing prayer rituals for the deceased.

In the recent years, Khenpo Rinpoche has been invited by ROKPA International to give regular teachings on Buddhist Philosophy, texts and practice in the UK and Europe. His visits have brought mutual learning, understanding and great benefit to all.