Upcoming Events: September and October 2008

A Commentary on “Parting from the Four Attachments”


Monday, September 1
2:00 – 4:00 pm
The Unitarian/Universalist Church, 1625 Wiehle Ave., Reston VA 20190

Suggestion donation: 0 – $15 members; 0 – $25 non-members; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen was the son of the great founding master of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. He is revered as a representative of the oral tradition instruction lineage of realized meditators. At the age of twelve, through a direct realization of the Bodhisattva Manjushri, he received the teaching known as “The Parting from the Four Attachments” which brought him to a very profound understanding of the path to enlightenment. The teaching itself is only one verse of four lines, but its meaning included the entire path leading to Buddhahood.

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche provides a commentary on this seminal text in the Mind Training tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Suggested Reading:

Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, Parting from the Four Attachments, Snow Lion Publications, 2003.

Green Tara Empowerment & Commentary


Saturday, September 13
10:30 am – 4:00 pm
The International Campaign for Tibet, 1825 Jefferson Place NW, Washington, DC 20036, 4th floor conference room, no elevator

Green Tara — the Swift Liberator — is one of the most well known bodhisattvas. She is the principle female manifestation of enlightenment and is considered the kind mother of all the Buddhas. According to legend, in one life she was the Princess Wisdom Moon — a tireless practitioner who became a bodhisattva and vowed “Until samsara is empty, I shall work for the benefit of all sentient beings in a woman’s body”.

Prerequisites for receiving empowerments: None. Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche will offer refuge vows at the beginning for anyone who hasn’t already taken them. The Bodhisattva vows are given during the ceremony. Please see the Shugden policy below.

Please arrive 15 minutes early and bring your own cushion if you prefer a cushion to a chair. The initiation will be held in the 4th floor conference room, there is no elevator.

Registration required by September 8: email Patricia Harvey: registration at guhyasamaja.org (replace the at with “@”), or call 703-774-9692.

Suggested Reading for newcomers to Tantra:

Lama Yeshe, Introduction to Tantra. Wisdom. 2001.

Guidelines for day of empowerment: on Saturday, please abide by the following until the empowerment is completed:

  • No food containing meat, fish, eggs, onion, garlic or radish
  • No sex, lying, harsh words, gossip, stealing
  • Please shower or bathe and brush teeth before arriving at center

Parking is limited, take the Metro (Red Line) to Dupont Circle, it’s about a five minute walk South on Connecticut Ave.


10:30 am – 12:30 pm Initiation
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch on your own
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Commentary

Donations: For this event, we are not specifying a suggested donation. Your generous donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Six Arm Mahakala Empowerment & Commentary


Sunday, September 21
8120 Erika Drive, Manassas, VA.

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche offers the empowerment of Six Arm Mahakala, the protector of the Gelugpa practitioners of the Great Scope. Mahakala is a wrathful emanation of Chenrezig (Skt Avalokitesvara), his role is to fulfill the four enlightened activities of pacifying interferences, increasing favorable circumstances, gaining control over situations, and destroying obstacles.

Prerequisites for receiving empowerments: Limited to Highest Yoga Tantra initiates.

Daily practice commitment: a one verse prayer.


10:30 am – 12:30 pm Initiation
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Pot-luck lunch
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Commentary

Suggested donation:

  • Members: $0 – $30
  • Non-members: $0 – $60

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Statue & Stupa Filling Workshop, Part 2

Sunday, October 12
4:30 – 6:00 pm
8120 Erika Drive, Manassas, VA.

In Part Two, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche blesses the completed statues!

All are welcome to participate. Did you know that empty statues can not be placed on the altar? More information about filling statues from our blog…

Suggested total donation for Parts One and Two:

  • members – $50
  • non-members – $70

The donation covers materials including a master copy of the mantras that you can take home and use to make more mantras, and an offering for Rinpoche and Ven Tashi. Any remainder is a donation to the Center Building Fund. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Suggested readings:

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Benefits and Practices Related to Statues and Stupas, Parts 1 – 3. FPMT, see link for Part 3. These books may be helpful, however, you don’t have to purchase them as the workshop covers most of the information.

Statues available from:

FPMT’s Foundation Store.

Please visit our website for more information about these events including any schedule or location changes.

Shugden Policy

A Restriction: Guhyasamaja Center has a new policy regarding the Dorje Shugden practice in accordance with the general approach of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and the teachers at the great Gelugpa monasteries. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has expressed the wish “not to have a guru-disciple relationship with anyone who is practicing Shugden.” Likewise, Gyume Khensur Rinpoche has recently made a commitment at Sera Monastery with respect to the Shugden issue. Therefore, those who are doing this practice are requested not to attend any initiations or tantric teachings with Rinpoche or at the center in general.


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