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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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photo of Lama Drodhul

Lama Karma Drodhul

Flyer for Chenrezig Empowerment

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.

Cover of Chenrezig book

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.


General Information

  • EVENT: Chenrezig Empowerment
  • COST: $60.00 (donation), for the weekend. $30 for KTC members.
  • DATES: June 11 - 12, 2016 (Saturday-Sunday)

Daily Schedule:
  • SATURDAY
    • 10AM - Noon: Teaching on Chenrezig Empowerment PART 1
    • 2:00PM - 4:00PM: Teaching on Chenrezig Empowerment PART 2

  • SUNDAY
    • 10AM - Noon: Teaching on Chenrezig Empowerment PART 3
    • 2:00PM - 4:00PM: Chenrezig Empowerment Ceremony

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).

Requirements:
There are three requirements before a student may begin a practice:
(exceptions are sometimes made for group practice when led by someone who has received the empowerment):

  1. the empowerment (Tibetan: wang)
  2. a reading of the text by an authorized holder of the practice (Tibetan: lung)
  3. instruction on how to perform the practice or rituals (Tibetan: tri).
Authorization:
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.

Commitments:
By receiving the empowerment, the student enters into a samaya (sacred commitment) connection with the teacher. Samaya traditionally entails the promise to observe certain attitudes and behaviors towards Buddha Dharma in general, and specifically one's teacher and personal practice. The Lama who confers the empowerment may also include particular directives, such as specifying that the student complete a certain amount of practice. These directives are usually explained in teachings, prior to the empowerment ceremony.

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.