Take a few of days for yourself, to listen deeply to your own breath and feelings; keep your mind quiet and open your heart. This is a rare opportunity to retreat with His Holiness Gangri Karma Rinpoche and group of true Buddhist practitioners in the beautiful countryside.
Lama Chopa is a practice of guru devotion special to the Martsang Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In Sanskrit, lama is guru, and chopa is offering, so Lama Chopa translates into English as “offering to the spiritual guide.”
This special Lama Chopa practice dedicated to Choje Marpa Sherab Yeshe (1134-1203) the founder of the Martsang Kagyu School, was originally compiled by Drogon Richen and has subsequently been reedited by His Holiness Gangri Karma Rinpoche.
At this time of year, we celebrate your generous support and valued commitment throughout 2017. On this happy occasion we have a wonderful opportunity to set good intentions for sentient beings in 2018, as His Holiness Gangri Karma Rinpoche for the new year.
The practice of Avalokiteshvara helps to create the conditions through which beings are born into the pure land of Dewachen. The essential practice of Avalokiteshvara is single pointed concentration, trusting that one will be reborn in his Pure Land. Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva is able to benefit sentient beings in three main areas. First, to save them from the sufferings; second, to treat them for the three poisons and third, to respond to their two types of requests. He is also able to reach out to sentient beings and expound the Dharma according to their level of understanding. Besides having great compassion in liberating sentient beings, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva also possesses great wisdom to look deeply into the Five Aggregates and realise their intrinsic empty nature. This enables him to alleviate the sufferings of sentient beings.
Tibetan Buddhism is unique among Buddhist schools in teaching us how to awaken within dreams and how to practice spiritually while sleeping. This is the essence of Tibetan dream yoga, and the focus of all the practices associated with it. Dream yoga teaches that we can learn five spiritually significant wisdom lessons through assiduously practicing this path of awakening:
This is a unique introductory class is for those new to Buddhism, for those interested in using the teachings to improve daily life or diving deeper into Buddhist philosophy.
During this session, His Holiness Gangri Karma Rinpoche will outline some of the major principles of buddhist thought, after which there will be a Q&A. This is an incredible opportunity to learn from the lineage holder of Martsang Kagyu tradition. It will also be a great refresher for those already practicing the dharma in their daily lives, and an opportunity to connect directly with aliving master currently teaching in London.
As of one the highest spiritual leaders in Markham, East Tibet, in order to avoid China authorities’ constriction, His Holiness Gangri Karma Rinpcohe realised the only way to further his practice was to leave Tibet and it is this journey which brings him to your doorstep