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Wisdom has one purpose: to remove ignorance which does not know reality as it is. In order to do this we need, to realize the nature of reality then habituate our mind to that realization.
Hidden in plain site is a profound connection between emptiness and the wisdom of the Kalachakra tantra which guides students to the ultimate nature of reality. At the same time the buddha was teaching the heart sutra, a pivotal teaching on emptiness, at Vulture Peak mountain, he was turning the wheel of dharma, emanating in another form in the south of India teaching the Kalachakra tantra to the King of Shambhala.
In this day retreat, Khentrul Rinpoche will take us on a journey of emptiness, unraveling some of the layers that make this important teaching seem difficult. The buddha, understanding that sentient beings are at different stages on the path to enlightenment, taught the teaching of ultimate reality in gradual phases in relation to each turning of the wheel of dharma. Each turning focuses on a particular subject matter which is suitable for a practitioner at a particular stage of development. Emptiness and buddha-nature are often taught outside of this context which can lead to confusion about which teaching on emptiness is definitive and obscures the essence of our ultimate nature. Khentrul Rinpooché cuts through to the essence to transmit the meaning easy to understand plain english for each turning of the wheel of dharma.
As a Rimé Master, having studied in every tradition of Tibetan buddhism, Khentrul Rinpoché is uniquely qualified to help us understand these teachings in context of different traditions such as Gelug, Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, Bon and Jonangpa. As one of the world’s premiere scholars on Jonangpa Dolpopa’s Zhentong view of emptiness which arose not just from logic but profound meditative realization. Khentrul Rinpoche will explain the difference in the Rangtong and Zhentong view to point out how each view the definitive meaning of reality and what each perspective is saying about buddha-nature.
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NEW YORK SERIES
Wednesday, August 7 — Rituals of Empowerment (Rubin Museum)
Thursday, August 8 – How to Live a Happier Life Regardless of Circumstances (Buddhist Insights)
Friday, August 9 — Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times: Shambhala and World Peace (Tibet House New York)
Sat August 10 – Jonang Kalachakra: A Clear Step-by-Step System to Enlightenment (Tibet House New York)
Sun August 11— Retreat: Primordial Wisdom: Emptiness and Buddha-nature in Kalachakra (Tibet House New York)
Sun – Fri, August 25 – 30 – Kalachakra for World Peace – Empowerment and Retreat (Omega Rhinebeck, New York)
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