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On Saturday, July 24th, 2021 at 6:30pm, Rinpoche will celebrate Gampopa’s day with special prayers.   Text and more details will be posted on the Manjushri Dharma Center (MDC) Facebook page and in the MDC Newsletter.   To subscribe to the newsletter, click here:  Manjushri Dharma Center Newsletter Sign Up

About the Venerable Gampopa Sonam Rinchen

The Venerable Gampopa (སྒམ་པོ་པ་བསོད་ནམས་རིན་ཆེན།) is known as the father of the Kagyu Lineage in Tibet.  Gampopa lived from 1070 to 1153 of the common era. He was born in Central Tibet, trained in Buddha-dharma and medicine, and was known as a great doctor and healer. At age 26, there was a terrible epidemic in Tibet.  He buried both of his children, a daughter and a son, and then his wife became ill.  He promised his wife on her deathbed that he would become a monk and devote his life to Buddhism.   He knew great sorrow, losing his wife and family, but determined to become a monk and fulfill his promise.  He eventually met the great yogi Milarepa and became his foremost student. He founded the system of Mahamudra which combines the tantric teachings of the great siddhas of India with the graduated path teachings of Atisha.

Gampopa wrote a number of commentaries on Buddha’s teachings, including The Jewel Ornament of Liberation and The Instructions of Gampopa: A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path.  In A Precious Garland he gives precise instructions on what is needed to develop one’s understanding, meditation and conduct on the spiritual path for practitioners of beginning, moderate, and advanced levels. Gampopa succinctly outlines in twenty-eight categories what we need to know in order to perfect our spiritual practice–bullet points for right actions and intentions.  The text includes many inspiring and poetic descriptions of the ultimate nature of mind and reality.

We are so fortunate that our resident lama Khenpo Karten Rinpoche has written a beautiful 80 verse distillation entitled Excellent Path of Freedom:  The Jewel Ornament of Liberation in Brief. As Rinpoche states in his colophon, it was written: “so that future disciples could know how to put all of the Jewel Ornament of Liberation into practice, day and night, in daily life…” Please join us for this very special weekly series as Rinpoche give commentary and teachings on his 80 verse composition, with consecutive interpretation kindly provided by Jampa Tharchin.

Link to Join Prayer Practice via Zoom:  Gampopa’s Day Prayer Practice

Password required:  WorldPeace

Or join by phone (your normal phone charges may apply):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 970 1801 1835 (No participant ID, press # to bypass)
Phone Password: 470102

International numbers available: https://middlebury.zoom.us/u/abeH9hRvO3

For questions, please contact:  rachelmdc2016@gmail.com.

Written by Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, originally posted to the Manjushri Dharma Center Facebook page in 2020. 

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