Great news! A rare opportunity to take the Guhyasamaja Empowerment in the U.S. with none other than Ven. Khensur Rinpoche Tsephel. Khen Rinpoche is in his 80s which perhaps makes this empowerment extra special.
Here’s an email from a friend who shared this with the FPMT Masters Program students:
Land of Compassion Buddha has announced teachings for this spring and summer that include a Guhyasamaja empowerment and week of commentary. It is given by Khensur Rinpoche Tsephel, retired abbot of Ganden Jangtse. He taught at Vajrapani last December and lead the first ever Yamantaka retreat there in the early 1990s. Bio here: http://www.compassionbuddha.org/tsephel.html
His teaching schedule in California is here:
Commitment: Daily practice of Six-session Guru Yoga, and Guhyasamaja short sadhana
- Preliminary— June 5 (Sun) 2:30 ~ 5:30 PM
- Empowerment— June 6 (Mon) 5:00 ~ 10:00 PM, June 7 (Tues) 5:00 ~ 10:00 PM
Guhyasamaja has been referred to as the “supreme king of all tantras”. Although it is practiced in all Tibetan Buddhist traditions, great emphasis is placed on it within the Gelug tradition. Chandrakirti states in his “Bright Lamp” that Guhyasamaja is the pinnacle because it is the source of all other tantras and the vessel of all the sutras. Studying and familiarizing oneself with it is therefore essential for anyone serious about tantric practice.
The empowerment includes a preliminary session on day one and the actual initiation on the following two days.
Commentaries on the Guhyasamaja Tantra by Lama Tsong Khapa
Pre-requisite: Guhyasamaja Empowerment
Commitment for these teachings: Daily practice of Six-session Guru Yoga, and Guhyasamaja short sadhana
- Teachings: June 8 ~ June 14 (Wed ~ Tues) 7:00 ~ 9:30 PM
- Sadhana Practice and Meditation Instructions: June 9 ~ June 14 (Thurs ~ Tues) 9:00 ~ 12:00 AM, 2:30 ~ 5:30 PM
- Tsog for offering thanks: June 15 (Wed) 7:00 ~ 8:00 PM
There are many commentaries of Guhyasamaja according to various traditions which lay out the complete stages of the path. Khensur Rinpoche will be offering teachings on two rarely taught commentaries of Guhyasamaja, namely “Stages of Pure Yoga” and “Compendium of Wisdom Vajra”, composed by Lama Tsong Khapa. Khensur Rinpoche received oral transmission of these precious texts from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. For those who have been practicing the Guhyasamaja sadhana for years, these commentaries will provide further insights into this deity yoga practice. In addition to the teachings, there will also be meditational instructions offered as we go through the sadhana session by session. Khensur Rinpoche will provide instruction and lead the morning session in person, and the afternoon session will be lead by other qualified teachers.