Albuquerque KTC Presents:
Four-Arm Chenrezig Empowerment
We are pleased to announce a special opportunity to receive the empowerment for Chenrezig, Bodhisattva of Compassion by meditation master, Lama Karma Drodhul.
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PLEASE NOTE: Attendance during the empowerment teachings is a requirement for receiving the empowerment. The teachings provide essential information on the commitments made by taking the empowerment, as well as instruction on hand mudras, visualization, and the outer, inner, and secret meanings of the practice.
The empowerment given by Lama Drodhul authorizes the individual to perform the Four-Arm Chenrezig sadhana as part of his/her personal practice. Without the empowerment, one is authorized to perform the sadhana only in group practice, when led by someone who has received the empowerment. The specific sadhana included in this empowerment is called "For the Benefit of All Beings as Vast as the Skies", and was written by the great Buddhist yogi, Tangtong Gyalpo, "King of the Empty Plain" (1361-1485).
Copies of the bilingual (Spanish and English) book Chenrezik: For the Benefit of all Beings by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will be available for purchase during the empowerment weekend. Rinpoche's book provides a description of the practice, and instructions for practitioners.
About the Chenrezig Empowerment
Teaching on Chenrezig Practice (sadhana) by the Most Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.
An empowerment in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition initiates a student into the practice of a particular tantric deity. Here, a student is a dedicated practitioner who has previously taken refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Generally speaking, a tantric practice is not considered effective, or as effective, until a qualified master has transmitted the corresponding power of the practice directly to the student. This transference is performed during a ritual ceremony, called an empowerment (Skt. abhisheka).
Unless special concession is given, an individual is not allowed to engage in a deity practice without the empowerment for that practice. The details of an empowerment ritual are often kept secret as are the specific rituals involved in the deity practice.
About Lama Karma Drodhul
Lama Karma Drodhul is Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche's principal attendant and assistant. He became a monk when he was nine years old and at twenty received both getsul (intermediate) and gelong (full) ordination from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Lama Karma excelled in all aspects of dharma study and completed his education in five years. Thrangu Rinpoche sent him to the U.S. to deepen his understanding of the dharma under the tutelage of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. In March 2004, Lama Karma completed his first and in February 2008 his second traditional three-year, three-month retreat under Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center. He now is the Drubpon (retreat master) at Karme Ling. He travels to different centers to teach and is the author of two books, Siddhas of Ga: Remembered by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and Amrita of Eloquence: A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.