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Tsok Bum Series: Pema Khandro (Kurukulle)

January 23 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

We are joyfully announcing a series of 100,000 ganachakra feast offerings (or: tsok bum) that will be completed at the sacred site of the Asura cave, where Guru Rinpoche attained the siddhi of Mahamudra.

Tsok is a profound Vajrayana practice of offering that swiftly gathers the accumulations of merit and wisdom and simultaneously purifies our obscurations. Bum means that the offering will be accumulated 100,000 times.

Phakchok Rinpoche will commence each gathering offering from the main shrine room at Asura Cave along with the three-year retreatants, who are practicing there. The feast offerings will be arranged directly in front of Guru Rinpoche’s practice cave. Simultaneously monks, nuns, and lay practitioners in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan will participate in.

So that everyone who wishes can practice together in this great vajra net of accumulating merit, the gathering offerings will be video-streamed live via YouTube. We invite everyone to participate in this chain of mantra resounding throughout the globe.

Register and pledge the malas you will accumulate on Zoom

Zoom registration is required for everyone, regardless of whether or not you will join the Zoom meeting. Please follow these steps for registering, pledging the number of malas of recitations, and attending Zoom:

Please click here to register and pledge the malas that you will accumulate

Joining via YouTube

At the same time that we are practicing via Zoom, we will be live-streaming aspects of the Samye Zoom meeting via YouTube.

Practice Text

The full practice text for the upcoming tsok bum of Pema Khandro is available on the Lhasey Lotsawa website here:

Pema Khandro Gathering Offering Set

Accumulation prayers

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An Introduction to the Practice of Kurukulle

by Phakchok Rinpoche

The natural state of all phenomena comprises the dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and nirmanakaya. These three kayas manifest as the three roots of guru, yidam, and dakini. Therefore, the Vajrayana path greatly emphasizes the three roots. By practicing the three roots, one will be able to accomplish the three kayas. Regarding the dakini, the third of the three roots, the wisdom dakini embodies innate wisdom, or the wisdom of dharmadhatu. As such, the dakini manifests in the sutra tradition as Prajnaparamita, the mother of all buddhas. In the tantric tradition, the dakini manifests as Vajrayogini. The lineages of Chokgyur Lingpa and other great masters have innumerable profound sadhanas of Vajrayogini and other dakinis through which the practitioner can swiftly reach great realization. Within the tradition of Chokgyur Lingpa in particular, the dakini appears in dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and nirmanakaya forms. Among these, the followers of the Chokling Tersar nowadays place great emphasis on the practice of the goddess Kurukulle, also known as Pema Dakini or Lotus Dakini. This practice belongs to the Seven Profound Cycles (Tib. Zabpa Kordün). Within these, Guru Rinpoche taught four dakini practices to accomplish the four activities—namely, pacifying (Sitātapatrā, Tib. Dukkar), enriching (Mahāpratisarā, Tib. Sosor Drangma), magnetizing (Kurukulle, Tib. Pema Khandro), and subjugating (Vajraṇakhī, Tib. Dorjé Dermo). This time we will engage in the magnetizing practice of Kurukulle through which we will be able to magnetize all the siddhis. Outwardly we’ll magnetize everything we wish for, inwardly we’ll magnetize our mind into the form of the deity, and secretly we’ll magnetize our mind into the innate nature.

Notes

For more information on Kurukulle practice, see:

Chokgyur Lingpa. Dakini Activity: The Dynamic Play of Awakening. Ed. Marcia Schmidt. Rangjung Yeshe Publications: Leggett, 2018.

And, for a further teaching on Magnetizing Activity by Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, see:

http://all-otr.org/vajrayana/38-magnetizing-activity-what-is-it-how-to-practise-it

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Date:
January 23
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
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Asura Cave Retreat Center
Pharping, Nepal + Google Map

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