Parinirvana of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

April 7th

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    Room: Decatur

    Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche died on April 4, 1987. The day of a high lama’s death is called a Parinirvana. We will celebrate Trungpa Rinpoche’s Parinirvana on Sunday, April 7 from 12-3 with a potluck Sadhana of Mahamudra feast practice. In addition to chanting the Sadhana of Mahamudra (which he wrote) we will watch a video of Trungpa Rinpoche and encourage stories from members of our community who knew him. Please bring a dish to share.

    The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a mind treasure which was received by Trungpa Rinpoche in 1968 while he was on retreat in Bhutan. At that time he was living in Britain and was facing the problem of how to properly communicate the Buddhist teachings to Western students. It is the only vajrayana practice composed or received by Trungpa Rinpoche which is available to students who have not formally received vajrayana transmission.

    The feast is done within the practice of the Sadhana. A feast offering is defined as “a practice in which desire and sense perceptions are made part of the path. By celebrating the phenomenal world, the practitioner simultaneously extends their understanding of sacredness and further surrenders ego.”

    As is customary, participants will share in the activities of preparing enjoying and clearing away the feast. In addition to the feast offerings of food and drink it is appropriate to make offerings of poetry, music or song. 

    The practice is free and open to everyone but please register to help us plan.