His Eminence Chöje Ayang Rinpoche's
Annual Phowa Course in Bodhgaya will be held
December 25 to January 3, 2011.
AUGUST 6-14 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
A 9-day residential retreat
Contact: 708-358-0045 Email
AUGUST 19-22 NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities (Shitro) Empowerment
Contact: 718-938-5293 Email
AUGUST 24-25 ROCHESTER, NEW YORK
Vajrasattva Meditation Practice and Tsok
Contact: 585-261-7094 Email
AUGUST 28-29 KINMOUNT, ONTARIO
True Nature of Mind Teachings and Guru Dragpo Empowerment
A 2-day residential retreat
Contact: 705-874-8942 Email
SEPTEMBER 1-5 EDMONTON, ALBERTA
10 Levels Buddha Amitabha Meditation Teachings
SEPTEMBER 7-15 VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Guru Dragpo and Achi Empowerments; True Nature of Mind Teachings
Contact: 604-726-5106 Email
SEPTEMBER 19-22 EUGENE, OREGON
Buddha Amitabha Empowerment and Teachings; Introduction to Phowa and the Bardo; Teaching on the Three Excellents
SEPTEMBER 24-28 MEXICO CITY
Introduction to Phowa and the Bardo Public Talk; Buddha Amitabha Empowerment and Teachings; Teaching on the Three Excellents
OCTOBER 2-10 LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Achi Empowerment and additional teachings to be announced
For more detailed information please visit individual
Amitabha Foundation websites
PHOWA (transference of consciousness at the time of death): "Among the tantric methods, Phowa practice is the most direct, quickest way to achieve to the enlightenment state. More than this nothing. This Phowa practice is very easy compared to other practices in the Vajrayana Buddhism. Everybody can do this practice."
“One time [taking the Phowa] course is not enough. Those who have been in the Phowa course 7 or 8 times, those people still they need more practice." ~ H.E. Ayang Rinpoche
“It [Phowa] is extremely helpful for the dying person and, like a traveler being put on the right path by a friend, has the power to prevent rebirth in the lower realms.” ~ Words of My Perfect Teacher, Patrul Rinpoche
100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities (Shitro): This empowerment introduces the practitioner to experiences described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead and prepares one for making the most of these transient opportunities to recognize the true nature of mind encountered in the bardo (intermediate state) between death and rebirth.
Guru Dragpo: Wrathful Guru Rinpoche is a fierce protector of the Dharma and a destroyer of obstacles on the path to enlightenment. This practice is especially beneficial for transforming negative conditions into wisdom light.
Achi Chökyi Drolma: Wisdom dakini Achi Chökyi Drolma is a major dharma protector in the Drikung Kagyu lineage. Known as the divine mother of the Buddhas, she was the emanation of Vajra Yogini, embodiment of the wisdom and compassion of all the Buddhas, and was the grandmother of the head of the lineage, Jigten Sumgon. It is said that whoever will practice Achi with full devotion will be freed from unfavorable circumstances and obstacles and will achieve Buddhahood.
True Nature of Mind ("Pointing Out") Instructions: Rinpoche will directly introduce practitioners to their Buddha Nature, pure awareness or rigpa. "Without recognizing the true nature of mind one cannot attain enlightenment. This is the most important teaching." Learn how to calm, focus and direct your mind beyond ordinary thoughts and emotions.
Buddha Amitabha: The "10-Level" teachings encompass the complete path of Buddhist meditation practice, including calm abiding (shinay), the development stage of visualizing oneself as a deity surrounded by the Pure Land of Amitabha, Dream Yoga and Clear Light practice with both development and completion stages together.
Vajrasattva: Central to all practices in Tibetan Buddhism, Vajrasattva, the Adamantine Being, is the Buddha of purification and represents the purity and healing power of all the Buddhas as well as the purity of the true nature of one's mind.