Annual Seminar: The Vajrayana in Study and Practice
Lama Tsultrim Sangpo
August 3 - 8
Though Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is unable to travel to California this summer, he strongly wishes for us to continue to study, reflect, and meditate together at Gomde’s Anuual Seminar. This year’s Seminar will focus on the key points of Deity practice, the core meditation techniques of the Vajrayana. Drawing from the knowledge and experience of Gomde’s Lamas and translators, our Annual Seminar presents a unique opportunity to refine your ongoing practice or give you the confidence to begin training in the profound methods of the Vajrayana.
The Three Roots: Guru, Yidam, Dakini
As Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche frequently reminds us, Deity practice is an essential support and compliment to training in the nature of mind. At Rinpoche’s specific request, Lama Tsultrim Sangpo will offer both an overview and detailed explanation of the key points of Deity practice as expressed through the traditional triad of Guru, Yidam, and Dakini.
Basing his teachings on Gomde’s core lineage practices from the Tukdrub Barche Kunsel, The Heart Practice that Dispels all Obstacles, Lama Tsultrim will explain how to begin and refine your deity practice through instructions on visualization, mantra recitation, and ritual practice. Lama’s depth of personal experience in these practices will be of benefit to anyone practicing the Vajrayana, regardless of lineage or experience.
Practicing the Vajrayana
The most effective way to truly take such profound instructions to heart is to put them into immediate practice. We will thus apply Lama Tsultrim’s teachings in daily practice sessions of the Trinley Nyingpo, the Guru practice from the Tukdrup Barche Kunsel. In these sessions Gomde’s resident Lamas will guide us in the full ritual practices of the Vajrayana, including daily feast offerings.
Lama Gerry Prindiville will lead daily discussion sessions to further clarify Lama Tsultrim’s teachings and answer all questions that arise from both Lama’s instructions and the practice sessions.
The Mind and and Emotions in Buddhist Practice
As a compliment to the instructions of our Lamas, Ryan Damron of Gomde’s Dharmachakra Translation Center will lead a series of evening talks that explore Buddhist frameworks for working with the mind and emotions as taught in all three vehicles: the Vehicle of Early Disciples, the Great Vehicle, and the Vajrayāna. We will investigate the system of the five aggregates, the Yogācāra system of consciousness and perception, the Madhyamaka view of mind and reality, and the ways these systems, taken together, allow us to harness our minds and emotions in Vajrayana practice.
About the Teacher
A senior monk and chant master at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Kathmandu, Lama completed a traditional three year retreat under the guidance of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. He currently trains the younger monks at the monastery in the practice of the ritual arts.