Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s visit to Chenrezig Institute
Chenrezig Institute is delighted to announce the visit of our Spiritual Director, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in June 2018.
Program of Events and Special Event Opening Hours
Saturday 2 to Monday 4 June Most Secret Hayagriva Initiation. Centre Open to ticket holders only – no other access.
Tuesday 5 June Celebration Breakfast for ticket holders. Centre Closed to public.
Wednesday 6 June Long Life Practice for Lama Zopa Rinpoche 3 pm to 4: 30 pm Free Event. All Welcome BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Please scroll down for more information.
Thursday 7 June CENTER CLOSED
Friday 8 June Centre Open usual opening hours.
Most Secret Hayagriva Initiation
SATURDAY 2 JUNE TO MONDAY 4 JUNE 2018*
Great Protector, Lama Zopa Rinpoche offers the Most Secret Hayagriva Initiation opening the door of the lineage to eliminate obstacles and suffering.
Most Secret Hayagriva Practice is drawn from the lineage of both Buddha Amitabha and Guru Padmasambhava. Lama Tsongkhapa gave his blessing for Hayagriva to be adopted as the principal protector of Sera Je Monastery and to this day these practices continue there in an unbroken lineage. This deity is also very special for Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche and has a powerful role within FPMT. Rinpoche strongly encourages those students connected to the organization, particularly those who have responsibilities, to take this initiation.
This empowerment is especially beneficial as an antidote to obstacles and is a powerful protection from serious illness. This is a rare opportunity to receive a tantric empowerment from an outstanding spiritual master, Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Your commitments for this Initiation are Refuge, Bodhisattva and Tantric Vows including six-session guru yoga daily and a mala of the deity mantra, daily for the rest of your life. Students will enter into a student-teacher relationship with Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Please note that you cannot take this initiation if you are a Shugden practitioner.
Ideally, students will also undertake the Most Secret Hayagriva Retreat which Chenrezig Institute is planning for 2019. The 2019 Most Secret Hayagriva Retreat will be complemented by a program of teachings and meditation from other qualified teachers, creating an ideal environment for practice.
*Please be prepared that the teachings and initiation are likely to take place in the evenings, with the potential to run until late at night. The schedule of the teachings and other sessions will be held flexible and may change at very short notice at Rinpoche’s instruction. It is highly likely that this Initiation will finish Tuesday morning.
Long Life Practice dedicated to Lama Zopa Rinpoche
WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE 3.00PM – 4.30PM
Long Life Practice dedicated to the long life of our precious teacher Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
We will join together in gratitude to offer our practice for Rinpoche’s long life following one of the beautiful practices of White Tara.
This is a free event and no initiation is necessary to attend, but it would be helpful if people would Register Online so that we can prepare materials (no meals will be available that day so please bring your own picnic if you wish to be here early).
We have requested that Rinpoche join us at the end of our meditation session so that we can personally offer our practice as well as make other offerings and request Rinpoche to return again very soon. His attendance is not assured however and will depend on his other commitments for the benefit of all.
Booking Your Package
Please be prepared that the teaching and initiation will take place in the evenings, with the potential to run until late at night. The schedule of the teachings and other sessions will be held flexible and may change at very short notice at Rinpoche’s instruction.
If you are having any difficulties with your bookings please email us at [email protected] so we can assist.
Meals: All meals are vegetarian with Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan options available. Meals will be served from two serving stations reducing wait times and queuing. In addition to meals, there will be a variety of cakes and snacks available for purchase throughout the visit. Please note there will be no access to a guest fridge to store food throughout this event.
Information for Ordained Sangha
Sangha are invited to attend Rinpoche’s Teaching and Initiation at no cost. However, all sangha are required to register for each teaching.
We have limited accommodation for Sangha onsite. All accommodation is shared for the duration of Rinpoche’s visit. Visiting Sangha can apply for spaces within this accommodation. Apply here. Chenrezig Institute is attempting to sponsor the cost of all Sangha Meals, Accommodation and Texts, however, we rely on the generosity of our community to be able to cover these costs. We greatly appreciate your understanding in this matter.
Supporting Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Visit
To make Rinpoche’s visit a reflection of the light he shines on all of us we are requesting our community to make offerings of both generosity and joyous effort through volunteering. May we create the positive karma to have Rinpoche visit us long into the future. Click on the images below to find out about the many ways you can create merit through sponsoring Rinpoches visit.