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New Meetup: Meditations on Death, Dying, the Bardo, Powa. Tampa Bay area.

From: Jairo M.
Sent on: Sunday, December 5, 2010 9:45 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Orlando Meditation Meetup Group!

What: Meditations on Death, Dying, the Bardo, Powa. Tampa Bay area.

When: Saturday, December 18,[masked]:00 AM

Where: The Testa's Home Ratnashri Sangha of Tampa Bay- Hudson
12733 Oakwood Drive
Hudson, FL 34669

Thanks for your interest in the Powa Ceremony last Sunday December 4th. Powa deals with the dead and the dying, the Bardo (the Intermediate States between lives), Amitabha Buddha, and Avalokiteshvara Buddha of Compassion [also known as Chenrezig, or Kuang Yin]. So if you wish to learn more about Powa and related practices, there will be a weekend retreat on Powa.

Powa (or Phowa) is practiced in all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Je Tsongkhapa, a master of all the best Tibetan Buddhist practices and teachings of his time, first studied at a Drikung Kagyu monastery, then went on to study all other traditions of his time. The Drikung Kagyu tradition continues to preserve and practice Powa [the transference of consciousness yoga practices (including prayers for the deceased or dying, as expressed in liturgies in texts such as the Tibetan Book of the Dead]. Powa is one of the six Yogas of Naropa.

Pictured on the right is the face of the retreat teacher [Drupon Thinley Nyingpo Rinpoché] who will be giving the talk (on December 17), teachings (on the Bardo December 19), and the Powa empowerment on December 18.

On Friday December 17 at 7:00 PM, there will be a talk on Impermanence (and death) Why study death? By realizing that we are going to die, we will take life more serious and do what's really important immediately. Also by understanding the death process, we will become less fearful of it when it happens to us, and so we will have less suffering during the process, and we will confidently take our journey into the Bardo. We can also help others who are dying to have a safe journey in the Bardo, through the prayers we did in the Powa Ceremony at Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Center last Sunday December 4th.

The preliminary talk on Impermanence and death will prepare us for the empowerment and teachings on Saturday and Sunday.
The Friday public Talk on Impermanence and death will occur at
Unity Church of Port Richey
5844 Pine Hill Road
Port Richey, FL 34668

The talks, teachings and empowerment this weekend will be given by Drupon Thinley Nyingpo Rinpoché. We call him Drupon for short. In 1999, he completed a traditional Tibetan Buddhist three year retreat where he focused on the Five-fold Mahamudra practice and the six Yogas of Naropa. The In the six Yogas of Naropa, one of the Yogas is Powa. Based on his accomplishments, the title name "Drupon" which means "retreat teacher" was conferred to him by the lineage throneholder His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoché of the Drikung Kagyu lineage.

Drupon visits Tampa Bay several times a year to give dedicated students of our area teachings such as Medicine Buddha, and now Powa, or death and dying related practices. Last year, Drupon gave the following empowerments and teachings in various centers in Florida: Amitabha , Powa, Namgyalma, Mahakala, Chakrasambava, Guru Yoga, Refuge Vows, Bodhisattva Vows, "Generation and Completion teachings" for Tantric meditation, "Channels, Winds and Drops" for Mahamudra, and he performed a Sand Mandala offering. So Drupon has been coming fairly often to Florida. Last time he gave Powa empowerment and teachings was in Tallahassee. This year he gives it in the Tampa Bay area, so it's not too far from Orlando. Doesn't come around this often to this area. For this reason, I announce this empowerment here for serious students of Vajrayana Buddhism.

We need teachings on death in order to prepare for our own deaths, and help those who have recently died. We also accumulate virtuous karma when we pray for those who have recently died, so that some day there may be others like us who will pray for us in our time of dying.

On Saturday, the empowerment related to death practices is given. It is titled:
Amitabha Empowerment by Drupon Thinley Nyingpo Rinpoché.

The Testa's Home Ratnashri Sangha of Tampa Bay- Hudson
12733 Oakwood Drive
Hudson, FL 34669

It starts at 10 AM and I am thinking that the empowerment is in the morning and related teachings are in the afternoon, and I assume there will be breaks and a long one for lunch, but be prepared for anything and expect to stay until 5 PM or later. There are additional related practices and teachings on Sunday.

On Sunday, in the same location as for the empowerment, Testa's home, there will be a teaching given by Drupon on the Bardo at 2 PM.

So there you have it. More on death, dying, the Bardo, and Powa. There is so much you will learn that may not want to wait to die, just to try it out for real. But no, please wait, and have a very long and healthy life. Do your best to attain Buddhahood in this life. Thank you.


Even though I scheduled only Saturday, it is recommended that you attend all three days, beginning with Friday December 17 at the Unity Church of Port Richey, call them at[masked]
for directions. The address is 5844 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey, FL 34668 and the google maps link showing that address is,+Port+Richey,+FL+34668&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=33.764224,78.662109&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=5844+Pine+Hill+Rd,+Port+Richey,+Pasco,+Florida+34668&z=16

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