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Guru Rinpoche Retreat

The 1000 Stars Foundation is holding a three-day Guru Rinpoche retreat on January 10-12, 2008 at the Tara Khadiravana Retreat Center. The retreat will start in the afternoon of January 10 (after the stupa foundation stone laying ceremony) and will be concluded by the Guru Rinpoche empowerment in the late morning of January 12. His Eminence Kundrol Mongyal Lhasray Rinpoche will lead the retreat and conduct the empowerment. Sang-ngag Lingpa Rinpoche (Lhasray Rinpoche’s son who is a tulku of a great terton or treasure revealer) will also preside in the ceremony and join us in the retreat and empowerment.

Lhasray Rinpoche is a senior Dzogchen master from the New Bon Tradition. His family inherited directly from the lineage of Buddha Tempa Sherab. His late father Hungchen Drotu Lingpa and older sister Khabcho Wangmo were one of the greatest tertons Tibet has known. Lhasray Rinpoche is also a great master in the Nyingma lineage. His life story is a noble one full of wisdom, compassion, patience, diligence and faith in Buddhism. Although he was imprisoned for 21 years, he turned his prison cell into a meditation place and he developed no hatred or any negative thought towards those who made him suffer.

Tentative Program

January 10
10.30 Gather at Khadiravana
11.09 Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony (The general public is welcome.)
13.00 Lunch
15.00 Guru Rinpoche Retreat; Dharma teaching
17.00 Break
18.00 Dinner
19.30 Meditation and prayer
21.30 Rest

January 11
8.00 Breakfast
9.00 Blessing the Tara statue for Khadiravana water project; Dharma teaching
10.30 Tea break
11.00 Meditation and prayer
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Mantra recitation
15.00 Tea break
15.30 Making of clay stupa; Mantra recitation
17.00 Break
18.00 Dinner
19.30 Meditation and prayer
21.30 Rest

January 12
8.00 Breakfast
9.00 Making of clay stupa; Rinpoche preparing for the empowerment
10.30 Tea break
11.09 Guru Rinpoche Empowerment
13.30 Lunch
End of Retreat

Registration fees for the three-day retreat: 1,500 baht; for the empowerment only: 600 baht.
There is no registration fee for those who wish to attend the foundation stone laying ceremony only.

The fees will conribute to the round-trip airfares of the two Rinpoches between Chengdu and Bangkok and will cover Rinpoches’ and retreatants’ meals, camping gear and other necessary expenses.

More detail, please contact Worawanna Petchkij at worawora@gmail.com or Parida Sukprasert at aimer_nuch@hotmail.com.

Registration closes on January 5, 2008.

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