January 6th, 2021
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm PST
*** This initiation will occur online via Zoom with a very limited number of people able to join in-person to with prior approval only. To request an in-person spot, please see the instructions below***
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Namgyalma Initiation
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Lama Chöpa & Tsog
Land of Medicine Buddha invites you to join Jhado Rinpoche for the Namgyalma Long Life Initiation, followed by Lama Chöpa and Tsog. Namgyalma is one of the three long-life deities and is of the tathagata family of practices. Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains that the Namgyalma practice not only dispels life obstacles; it also purifies negativities and downfalls and protects against birth in the lower realms. Further, Lama Zopa Rinpoche said the Namgyalma practice is a powerful purification and it is especially beneficial for the sick and those with cancer.
- Have taken refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha
- Have taken the Bodhisattva Vows (or Aspiring to Bodhisattva Vows)
NO BLACK FOODS SHOULD BE EATEN ON DAY OF THE INITIATION (For example: No eggs, meat, radish, onion, garlic, or foods that may contain eggs)
“The kind, compassionate Guru Shakyamuni Buddha taught the benefits of reciting the Namgyalma mantra to the Four Guardian Kings. Even if you are in danger of dying because the karma that determines your life-span is running out, if you wash your body, wear clean clothes and, abiding in the eight precepts, recite the Namgyalma mantra one thousand times, you can increase your life-span, purify your obscurations and free yourself from disease.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains these further benefits of the mantra:
“The Namgyalma mantra is extremely powerful. If you put this mantra on a mountain, then the whole mountain is blessed and any human beings, animals or insects who touch or climb the mountain have their negative karma purified just through that. They are not reborn in the lower realms.
This is the main mantra for purifying and liberating from the lower realms—purifying negative karma by putting the mantra on the body of a person who has died or chanting it for a person who has died. What need is there to mention, therefore, how great the purification experienced by those who recite this mantra or keep it on their body?”
About Jhado Rinpoche
Jhado Rinpoche (Tenzin Jungne) was born in 1954 to a nomadic family living in the area of Namtso Lake, 220 kilometers north of Lhasa, Tibet. At the age of three he was recognized and enthroned as the 6th incarnation of the abbot of Jhado Monastery. After fleeing Tibet in 1959, Rinpoche lived briefly in Nepal and later spent several years in Dalhausie and Dharamsala in North India where he completed his basic studies in Tibetan reading, writing and reciting Buddhist texts. Rinpoche took his vows as a novice monk from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1964 and his full ordination vows from the late Ling Rinpoche in 1973.
From 1972 until 1990, Rinpoche studied at Sera Je Monastery in South India, where he received extensive teachings from manygreat lamas such as Khensur Rinpoche and the great master Lobsang Wangchuk – and afterwards at the Gyuto Tantric Monastic University. In 1991, he attained the degree of Geshe Lha Rampa, the highest level of education in the Geluk tradition. He then went on to continue his studies at Gyuto Tantric College in lower Dharamsala.
1992 until 1996, Rinpoche served as a teacher at Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, the personal monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1997, Rinpoche was appointed to the post of Abbot of Namgyal Monastery, and served the institution in that capacity until 2004. (Namgyal Monastery, founded in 1568 by the third Dalai Lama, served as a private monastery for subsequent Dalai Lamas.)
Jhado Tulku Rinpoche is one of the most highly esteemed lamas in the Geluk lineage today. In addition to his excellent education in the Geluk monastic college system, over the years Rinpoche has also received many oral transmissions and empowerments from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his two main tutors, as well as from many great teachers from other traditions, including the famous Nyingma master Trulshik Rinpoche and Chogye Trichen Rinpoche.
Renowned for his keen intelligence and dynamic teaching style, Jhado Rinpoche is also highly acclaimed for his ability to engage Western students in ways that are interesting and personally relevant. In addition to these qualities, Rinpoche is also well known and loved for his gentle demeanor and his kindness.
About the Translator – Ven. Steve Carlier
Ven. Steve has been studying Buddhism since 1977 and was ordained as a Buddhist monk by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1979. He then received full ordination from Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche the following year. He studied for eleven years at Nalanda Monastery in France, and from 1993 to 2004 was one of only a handful of Westerners who followed the Nalanda (India) tradition of studies at Sera Monastery in India. He currently resides at Land of Medicine Buddha; he teaches the Basic Program and also offers English interpreting to Lamas when his schedule allows. He has interpreted for several of the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism.
INTERESTED IN THE POSSIBILITY OF JOINING LIVE, IN-PERSON?
Once you have registered for online attendance please take these extra steps to request a spot to join in person (spaces are very limited):
2. WRITE IN EMAIL SUBJECT LINE/TEXT: in-person request, teaching name (ie. THE THREE PRINCIPAL PATHS) and confirm your availability for the entire duration of teaching.
3. BODY OF EMAIL/TEXT MESSAGE & PROOF OF VACCINATION: Include your first and last name and the best way in which to contact you (eg. email, cell phone, text, etc), AND Include a picture of your vaccination card as proof of full vaccination (Card must reflect two weeks past your 2nd dose. We will not keep this photo on file. Once your full vaccination has been recorded in our data base we will delete the photo correspondence, and you will not need to provide it again for future events.)
4. WAIT TO RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION NUMBER: If there is space available to accommodate you safely, you will receive a confirmation number from the Spiritual Program Department.
In order to keep everyone safe, there is a very limited number of seats available, so please email/text us as soon as possible. EMAILING/TEXTING US IS NOT A GUARANTEE OF A SPOT IN THE GOMPA. Please assume you will be joining the event online via Zoom, unless you have received a confirmation number from the Spiritual Program Department inviting you to join us . There will be no extra charge for the teaching to join us live and in-person.
Masks will be required at all times indoors, as well as proof of vaccination, and observance of proper social distancing.
Thank you for your understanding and patience while we navigate these new and often changing situations, during this pandemic. We are doing our best to keep everyone safe while also finding a way to cultivate community and connection.
We are able to offer this event due to the kindness and generosity of folks like you. All donations received to register for this event goes towards supporting Jhado Rinpoche’s visit, and the up-keep and running of Land of Medicine Buddha. To inquire about scholarships to the online teachings, please contact: .
INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION: If you are located outside the United States, you may pay your registration donation by clicking HERE.
|Date(s):||Jan. 6th, 6:00pm-9:30pm PST|
|Times:||6:00 pm - 9:30 pm|
|Type of event:||special event|
|Number of sessions:||1 Evening|
|Participation:||Attendance of Initiation 6pm - 7:30 mandatory|
|Location:||Online Via Zoom|
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