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Update: Khentrul Rinpoche will teach on Jetsun Taranatha’s commentary on the Heart Sutra which is from the Zhentong point of view as part of this event.
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.
When: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday, July 6 – 7 —Primordial Wisdom; Emptiness and Buddha’ Nature (Lhabsum Choe Ling Fremont Temple)
Wednesday, July 10 — Radically Engage with Life: Buddhist Tantra (The Center SF)
Thursday, July 11 — Kalachakra for World Peace (Lumbini Gallery Berkeley)
Friday, July 12 — Female Enlightenment: Honoring the Female Buddhas (San Francisco Dharma Collective)
Sat July 13 – Rahula Empowerment for Overcoming Obstacles (Lhabsum Choe Ling Fremont Temple)
Sun July 14 — Red Dzambhala Empowerment for Wealth and Abundance (Lhabsum Choe Ling Fremont Temple)
Contact the organizing committee at firstname.lastname@example.org