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A Buddhist Empowerment and Meditation Teaching is in town for June!

From: Jairo M.
Sent on: Friday, May 21, 2010 2:23 PM
Hello meditators,
I didn't want to post this as a scheduled meetup because it is more of an announcement for an event that is happening at my favorite place to meditate and learn about Buddhism. It is an event that is very Buddhist and of a particular organization and Buddhist lineage that comes from Tibet. But still everyone is welcomed and you don't have to be Buddhist or become a Buddhist, however it may involve taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Taking refuge means that you wish to turn your mind towards the spiritual in times of trouble.

Title of Event: Empowerment of Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa
When: June 5
What Time: 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Included: Empowerment, Vegetarian Lunch, commentary (teachings), the meditation practice.
Additionally there is more commentary given the following day at 1 pm.
Instructor: Ricc Bishop.

Location: Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Center, Montana St. near Mills and Virginia.
Cost: for Saturday only $50, but if you feel you are under heavy financial difficulties or a student, they allow giving a little less, say $40. Consider the $50 a suggested donation figure to cover the cost of the lunch and the teachings and help the center continue its efforts to educate others on Buddhist practices and meditations. The additional Sunday commentary is extra: $20.

For more info on who Je Tsongkhapa is I gathered this from Wikipedia:
Tsongkhapa (1357?1419), whose name means ?The Man from Onion Valley?, was a famous teacher of Tibetan Buddhism whose activities led to the formation of the Geluk school. He is also known by his ordained name Lobsang Drakpa (blo bzang grags pa) or simply as Je Rinpoche (rje rin po che).

Tsongkhapa heard Buddha?s teachings from masters of all Tibetan Buddhist traditions, and received lineages transmitted in the major schools.

His main source of inspiration was the Kadampa tradition, the legacy of Atiśa. Based on Tsongkhapa?s teaching, the two distinguishing characteristics of the Gelug tradition are:

The union of Sutra and Tantra, and
The emphasis on Vinaya (the moral code of discipline)

If you are a fan of the Dalai Lama's teachings then you may discover that much of the Dalai Lama's teachings come from Je Tsongkhapa, or at least were covered in Je Tsongkhapa's excellent encyclopedic work on practical Buddhism called the Lamrim Chenmo.

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