The founder of the the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, MD, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche is giving a series of 3-day weekend retreat teachings on fundamental Buddhist principles based on Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation. Rinpoche is in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
The classes are also available online.
In addition, the Center has a spring retreat with teachings on Mahamudra, the Bodhisattva vow, and a Milarepa empowerment. The retreat runs from May 16 to June 10th.
Rinpoche teaches in English and his style is readily accessible.
A brief bio follows:
Khenchen Rinpoché was born in the village of Tsari in southwestern Tibet in 1946. Tsari is an important pilgrimage site in Tibet, being the sacred place of the enlightened-mind of Vajravarahi and Rinpoché lived there until 1959 when his family was forced to flee to India due to the political unrest of the time. While in India, Rinpoché attended school and eventually took the complete monk’s vows from Kyabjé Kalu Rinpoché in 1968. He was among the first batch of students to graduate from the then newly established Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Varanasi. Among the great teachers Rinpoché received extended teachings from were the 16th Karmapa and Khunu Lama Rinpoché. Subsequently, Rinpoché entered into the traditional 3-year retreat with a group of young Drikung Kagyu lamas (including His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoché) under the guidance of Vajradhara Kyungka Rinpoché.
In the 1980s, Rinpoché arrived in the US and spent the next twenty years building and supporting the TMC and other centers and groups in the US. During these years, Khenchen Rinpoché translated critical Drikung Kagyu practices, prayers and histories into English and publishing several highly regarded books such as the translation of Jewel Ornament of Liberation, Garland of Mahamudra Practices and Jewel Treasury of Advice. This priceless work formed the essential base from which the holy Dharma could be taught and practiced.
For more information and registration, please visit the Tibetan Meditation Center website.