September Special Events with Ven Khensur Rinpoche

In his final month of this season’s visit to our Center, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche has very kindly accepted our requests for these precious teachings and an initiation:

Teachings on the Extraordinary Preliminary Practices (Ngondro)
Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6
1 – 4:30 p.m.
8120 Erika Drive, Manassas, VA.
Suggested donation: $75 – $100 members; $125 – $150 nonmembers

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche will teach how to do the main practices of the Extraordinary Preliminaries including Vajrasattva purification practice, Mandala offering practice, the correct method of engaging in Prostration practice, and also Guru Yoga which is the very heart of the path. Rinpoche will teach them in a way that will allow you to integrate these practices into your regular Dharma practices. He will explain how to do a preliminary practices retreat for those who wish to complete that traditional preparation for advanced Tantric practices.

Emptiness – The Ultimate Nature of Reality

Saturday, September 19, 2009
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Unitarian/Universalist Church, 1625 Wiehle Ave., Reston VA 20190
Suggested donation: $35 members $55 nonmembers

Khensur Rinpoche discusses the ultimate nature of reality by offering a commentary on verses written by the reknowned First Panchen Lama, Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen. Rinpoche will explain the ultimate view of the Buddha, a topic which was later elaborated on in detail by Nagarjuna and Lama Tsongkhapa. These teachings will clarify the actual meaning of emptiness in Buddhist practice. Rinpoche will describe how to meditate on emptiness.

Amitayus Long Life Initiation

Sunday, September 27, 2009
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Unitarian/Universalist Church, 1625 Wiehle Ave., Reston VA 20190
Suggested donation: $25 -$ 35 members $50 -$60 nonmembers

Rinpoche will grant a special initiation of Amitayus on this, his last day of teachings in the DC area this year! Amitayus practice is said to help practitioners to have long lives so as to be able to have more opportunity to practice Dharma and be of service to others for longer.

Please check our website for more information about these events as well as other September teachings. There are no pre-requisites for any of these events other than a sincere interest and respect for the Dharma. We hope you can attend these final opportunities to be with Khensur Rinpoche before he returns to his center in Connecticut at the end of September.


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