The Concise Practice of Guru Rinpoche
With Dr. Catherine Dalton
July 17 - 19, 2021
In this online workshop, Dr. Catherine Dalton will elucidate the profound meaning of the Tibetan text of the Manual for Concise Daily Practice (Gyünkyi Köljang), revealed by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa as part of his Dispeller of All Obstacles (Tukdrup Barché Künsel) treasure cycle.
This simple, essential practice focuses upon Guru Padmasambhava, known affectionately as Guru Rinpoche, crowned by Avalokiteshvara, embodiment of compassion, and Amitayus, Lord of Infinite Life. It is said in Guru Rinpoche’s own instructions that the most powerful way to dispel obstacles is to pray to the guru—the master who embodies all the awakened beings of past, present, and future—and he composed this easy-to-follow practice so that we too can call upon the guru, and come to embody his boundless love, wisdom, and compassionate activity.
This workshop will take place auspiciously in the days leading up to, and end with a tsok practice on, Guru Rinpoche’s birthday—the 10th day of the 6th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar—when he is praised has having miraculously taken birth from the heart of a blossoming lotus, amidst the milky-white waters of Dhanakosha in the northwestern land of Uddiyana. It was on this occasion that the dakinis implored him to come to this world and continue to the activities of Shakyamuni Buddha, and in particular to teach the Secret Mantra Vajrayana to destined disciples, by intoning these vajra words:
Hung! On the northwest border of the land of Uddiyana,༔
on the anthers of a lotus flower,༔
you attained the marvelous supreme siddhi,༔
renowned as the Lotus Born,༔
surrounded by a retinue of many dakinis.༔
please come and bestow your blessings!༔
Guru Pema Siddhi Hung
Join us as we explore the revealed words of the Manual for Concise Daily Practice, the most essential of sadhanas in our tradition for invoking the blessings of all the buddhas of the three times, embodied in the glorious Lotus-Born Guru, Padmasambhava. This workshop will serve as an essential complement to Lama Tsultrim Sangpo’s July 27—August 5 teaching series Becoming Diving: Four Stakes that Bind the Life-Force, which will provide guidance on how to actually put the sadhana into practice and to train authentically in the development stage.
Dr. Catherine Dalton will lead this workshop via Zoom on July 17–19, 2021. Registrants will gain access to the recordings of all sessions, which integrate teaching, practice, and Q&A. There are four sessions, each approximately 2 hours in length.
Saturday, July 17th & Sunday, July 18th
Morning Session: 10 a.m.–12 p.m. PDT
Afternoon Session: 2 p.m.–4 p.m. PDT
Monday, July 19th
Guru Rinpoche Tsok Offering: 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. PDT
Suggested Price of $108 (sliding scale)
Gomde California is providing this program on a sliding scale, allowing all who are interested to join at the level they are able. We suggest giving $108 if possible, to help us cover the center’s program and operational costs. Upon registration, there will also be opportunities to contribute to initiatives currently underway at Gomde. In addition, if you are able, we encourage you to help us sustain the Dharma in the West becoming a monthly donor here: Giving to Gomde.
- A Zoom link to access the retreat will be sent upon registration.
- We will use the Zoom platform for the entire retreat.
- The teachings will be recorded and made available to participants afterwards. An email will be sent out when the recordings are available.
- You can view the program at a time that is convenient for you. You are not required to join the live sessions.
- If you enroll after the program starts you will have access to the recordings.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After receiving a BA in Religion at Middlebury College, Catherine moved to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2001 to continue her studies of Tibetan Buddhism. From 2003 to 2011 she worked as an oral interpreter and Tibetan language instructor at Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies and directed the Centre’s Translator Training program for several years. Catherine received an MA degree in Buddhist Studies from the Centre in 2008. She has been a member of the Dharmachakra Translation Committee since 2005, and her published translations include Middle Beyond Extremes (2005), A Practice of Padmasambhava (2009), Vajra Wisdom (2011), and the Lalitavistarasūtra (2013). She completed her PhD in Buddhist…
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