Wisdom has one purpose: to remove ignorance. Through wisdom, we can learn how to stop perpetuating the mind which supports these obscurations. In order to do this we need, to realize the nature of reality then habituate ourself to that realization.
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 in 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 the Jonangpa Dolpopa’s Zhentong view of emptiness, Khentrul Rinpoche will shed light on the rangtong / zhentong debate to point out the definitive meaning and what each perspective is saying about buddha-nature.
Over the course of the weekend, we hope to create a space in which many questions will arise at all levels, leading to discussion and debate of ideas, cultivating the opportunity for clarity to arise.
2019 Colorado Teaching Schedule
Thurs, July 19-21 — Awake in the Bardos Retreat: Bring your practice into every moment of life and death. Retreat includes a Wrathful Kalachakra Empowerment (Vajra Vega Jenang) and Phowa Transmission (Crestone, CO)
Fri, July 26 — The Subtle Body: Chakras, Channels, Winds and Drops in Tibetan Buddhism (Boulder, CO)
Sat-Sun July 27-28 — Primordial Wisdom: Emptiness and Buddha-nature (Boulder, CO)
Contact Francisco of the Colorado organizing committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 (720) 525-0035