A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path: A Three-Day Virtual Retreat with Khenpo Karten Rinpoche & Guests
January 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm| $10.00 – $50.00
The Instructions of Gampopa: A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path
A Three-Day Virtual Retreat with Khenpo Karten Rinpoche
& Guest Teachers Lama Leshe Zangpo and Thich Minh Tinh (Thay Kozen)
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, January 16-18, 2021
10:00am-12:00pm & 2:00pm-4:00pm Pacific Time
Online via Zoom–Registration Required
Donation requested at $10.00 per session, $50.00 for entire retreat
No one turned away for lack of funds
About the Retreat
Spend three days with Tibetan monk, scholar, and meditation master, Khenpo Karten Rinpoche as he teaches on The Instructions of Gampopa: A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path, written by the Venerable Gampopa Sonam Rinchen. With warmth and clarity, Rinpoche will draw on his decades of personal study and meditation practice to explain the nature of happiness and methods to cultivate it. Attendees will receive the oral transmission of the text, as well as extensive teachings on one of the masterworks in the Buddhist tradition. In Precious Garland of the Supreme Path, Gampopa lays out 28 lists, each containing key oral instructions on all levels of the path to Enlightenment–succinct points for right actions and intentions. The text includes many inspiring and poetic descriptions of the ultimate nature of mind and reality. Time will be made during each day for the chanted prayer practice of Amitabha Buddha (the Buddha of Infinite Light), and on Saturday and Sunday morning, we will enjoy special guest teachings from the Venerable Lama Leshe Zangpo and the Venerable Thich Minh Tinh (Thay Kozen). Additionally, Rinpoche will give all attendees the opportunity to renew the Bodhisattva vow (a promise to practice love and compassion), and to pray for peace in the coming year. Teachings will be in Tibetan and English (with English interpretation/translation). A preliminary schedule and more details are below.
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021
Session One: 10:00am-12:00pm PT: Oral Transmission, Amitabha Practice & Dharma Teaching from the Venerable Leshe Zangpo on the Four Causes for Rebirth in Sukavatti.
Session Two: 2:00pm-4:00pm PT: Oral Transmission & Teachings on A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path from Khenpo Karten Rinpoche
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021
Session Three: 10:00am-12:00pm PT: Amitabha Practice & Dharma Teaching from the Venerable Thich Minh Tinh (Thay Kozen). “I would like to tell the story of the beautiful Metta Sutra and the wonder filled life living the Brahmavihāra. Metta (loving kindness ) opens our hearts to living a kind and caring life; as we learn to let go of anxiety, stress, anger, ignorance and desire,” says Ven. Kozen.
Session Four: 2:00pm-4:00pm PT: Teachings on A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path from Khenpo Karten Rinpoche
Monday, Jan. 18, 2021
Session Five: 10:00am-12:00pm PT: Amitabha Practice, Bodhisattva Vows, Butter Lamp Prayer & Conclusion of Teachings
Registration, Donation, and Zoom Participation
- Step one: REGISTER via EventBrite. Click the link to register.
- Step two: Donate–This is a fundraiser for the Manjushri Dharma Center, so your generosity in giving $10.00 per session or $50.00 for the retreat is appreciated. If you can give an additional amount to pay for those who cannot donate at this time, that would be greatly appreciated. If you cannot donate at this time, please know there is no shame in that, and you are still welcome to join all sessions. You will indicate any amount comfortable for you to complete registration. All donations are tax deductible.
- Step three: Zoom link–The Zoom link is below, or you may join by phone.
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 992 4340 7554 (No participant ID, press # to bypass)
Phone Password: 8787813131
International numbers available: https://middlebury.zoom.us/u/
About the Venerable Khenpo Karten Rinpoche
Khenpo Karten Rinpoche is an accomplished teacher and practitioner of the Karma Kagyu Lineage and is also trained in the Nyingma Lineage of Buddhism. He was born in the beautiful mountains of the Himalayas of Tibet. At the age of twelve, he was ordained at Ja-pa monastery, where he began his formal education of reading, writing and ritual practice. At the age of fifteen having completed the basic studies, he furthered his studies in the Sutra and Tantric texts under the accomplished master Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche and Pema Tsewang Rinpoche for eight years. Subsequently Khenpo Karten Rinpoche went to the hermitage of anther accomplished teacher, Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche and completed five years of retreat under the great master. In the retreat he completed the practices of the Naropa’s six yoga, Mahamudra and many others. In recognition of his achievements, Sangye Tenzin Ringpoche bestowed upon him the title, Khenpo Karma Lekshe Tharchin in 1994.
In 1996, he left Tibet and traveled to Dharamsala, India to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Upon His Holiness’ advice, he spent another two years doing retreat. H.H Dalai Lama also recognizing his achievement, bestowed upon him the title Khenpo Rinpoche. After his retreat, Khenpo Karten Rinpoche was requested by H.E Tai Situ Rinpoche to go to the monastery of Venerable Tsoknyi Rinpoche, to teach the young monks there.
Khenpo Karten arrived in the United States in 2008, and taught in the Monterey Bay area for the first time in September of that year. After meeting a group of prospective students and seeing the hills of Big Sur which remind him of Tibet, he returned in 2009 to make the Monterey Bay his permanent home. Since then, Rinpoche has established the Manjushri Dharma Center (MDC) in Pacific Grove, California, which has become his main teaching location and his home residence. With unflinching faith in the precious Buddha Dharma, Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, now a U.S. citizen, bestows sacred teachings to thousands of people all over the world, with weekly teachings and events.
About the Venerable Thich Minh Tinh (Thay Kozen)
Thich Minh Tinh (Thay Kozen) is a Buddhist monk in the Zen tradition, and co-founder of the Mount Adams Buddhist Temple at the Trout Lake Abbey retreat center in Trout Lake, Washington. For several years, Khenpo Karten Rinpoche and his sangha in Portland, Oregon have made their annual retreat at the Trout Lake Abbey, where Thay Kozen and Khenpo Karten became good friends. Thay Kozen has been transmitted in the Vietnamese Rinzai Zen line of Thich Thien An and Thich An Giao. In addition he has studied in Japan with Nanrei Kabori Roshi, then in the US with Soyu Mastsuoka Roshi, then in Japan with Doki Suda Roshi. Matsuoka Roshi later transmitted Kozen after a period of time as the Long Beach Zen Center’s administrative assistant. It is under Matsuoka Roshi’s and Thich An Giao’s request that Kozen teaches and maintains a temple and teaches. Saito Roshi from Japan, has been a mentor and dear friend and teacher. Saito Roshi and Kozen were both student priests over 40 years ago in Southern Japan.
About the Venerable Lama Leshe Zangpo
Lama Leshe Zangpo is a longtime friend of Khenpo Karten Rinpoche and fellow ordained monk in the Gelug tradition. He will teach on the Four Causes for Rebirth in Sukhavatti, using the text “Sukhavatti Aspiration.”
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.
Texts and Resources:
- Mandala Offering and Request for Teaching (recited by the students for each teacher)
- The Recitation for Accomplishment of Sukhavati from the Sky Dharma Mind Terma (Amitabha Prayers)
- Sukavatti Aspiration Prayer (Saturday morning text by Ven. Leshe Zangpo)
- The Instructions of Gampopa: A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path, Shambala Publications, 1996; or on Amazon (we cannot offer a free version here, but plan to show the text on the screen during our Zoom retreat)
- Bodhisattva Vows Prayer
- Butter Lamp Prayer
- Prayer for World Peace
- Prayer for the Long Life of Khenpo Karten Rinpoche
- Additional resources:
- Khenpo Karten Rinpoche previously taught on the Jewel Ornament of Liberation, and he composed a succinct and poetic commentary called the “Excellent Path Of Freedom, The Jewel Ornament of Liberation in Brief.”
- Khenpo Karten wrote “Showing the Path to Liberation: An Exhortation To Seek Isolated Places,” which is a good text to read prior to retreat, along with his blog post, “A Reminder Prior to Retreat.“
Butter Lamp and Khata Offering:
Advice for the Virtual Retreat:
How to Make a Donation of Dana at the MDC January Retreat 2021
Dana is a monetary offering to an individual–it is a sign of respect and thanks for the teachings and services provided during the retreat. You may make a dana offering by following the steps below:
Step 1: Fill out our Dana Donation Form to specify your wishes
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