Dharma Talk & Kurukulla Tantric Initiation
Empowerment by Ven. 13th Zasep Tulku Rinpoche of Tibet
Rinpoche will visit Kalamazoo the weekend of December 12-14. He will first give a public Dharma talk on The Meaning of Sutra and Tantra on Friday, December 12th, at 7:00 PM. This will take place at Henderson Castle, 1 Monroe St, Kalamazoo, Michigan. This event will be open to the public.
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Zoom-in map & parking instructions...
Out-of-town map to Henderson Castle...
Henderson Castle website...
On the Saturday following, Rinpoche will offer empowerment into the Tantra of Kurukulla to qualified persons. A workshop on the practice will follow on Sunday morning. Kurukulla is a wrathful aspect of Tara. She is red, has one face, two eyes, and four arms. She is seen standing on one foot among flames, dancing. She holds a flower-glarland bow and fascinates opponent forces, overcoming them through the power of attraction.
An independent article about Kurukulla may be read here: The Dakini of Magic and Enchantments.
Kurukulla appears in thangka imagery thus: 1, 2, 3.
Quality statues for Kurukulla practice are available here: www.namsebangdzo.com.
- Subject: Kurukulla initiation & instruction.
- Capacity: Undetermined number of persons, registered in advance.
- When: 2003-12-13 & 2003-12-14 at 10:00 - 12:00 & 13:00-15:00 (approximately)
- Where: Henderson Castle, see map above.
- Commitments: All genuine Buddhist practice entails some level of commitment. Initiation to Kurukula will include taking the Refuge, Bodhisattva and Tantric vows.
- The Refuge Vow commitment entails that you choose to regard the three jewels [Buddha, Dharma (the ultimate truth), Sangha (the Buddhist community)] as safe havens where your spiritual well-being will be fully preserved and nurtured.
- The Bodhisattva Vow commitment entails a private pledge to never abandon fellow beings. Please take note! A common (but grave) mis-understanding is to mistake it for a procrastination of one’s own Enlightenment. This is not so! On the contrary, one must attain Enlightenment in order to rescue sentient beings all the more fully. So the vow is a promise, that after attaining Enlightenment, one will choose not to retire completely away into a private enjoyment of Nirvana.
- The Tantric Vow commitment. No specific daily pracitce requirement for Kurukula.
- This & That: Bring your own meditation cushions if you prefer to sit in the traditional Eastern posture. Chairs will be available to any who prefer to sit Western style.
- Donation: To defray costs (Rinpoche’s air fare, etc.): Active LTKC members $20.00. Non-members $40.00 Please consider yourself an active LTKC member if any one of the following apply:
- You are a direct student of Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, previously empowered by him, regarding him as your principal guru.
- You are a regular participant at any other Gaden for the West meditation center (as listed on our links page).
- You are a regular participant with LTKC in sitting meditation practice (bi-weekly on 1st & 3rd Mondays, or weekly in a member’s home).
- Regular participation is here defined as any of the following:
- All of the past four scheduled events.
- Two out of every three for past three months.
- Half of all for past six months.
- Attendance requirements reduced by half for those residing more than an 50 miles distant.
- Registration: Mail this application to L. T. K. C., 224 Rose Place, Kalamazoo MI 49001-2617. Should you have any special questions, please feel free to email or write. As soon as further details are settled, they will be posted here first.
Lama Tsong Khapa Center
December 13th, 2003
Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
Lama Tsong Khapa Center
224 Rose Place
Kalamazoo MI 49001-2617
(be sure to include where we can reach you, in case registration is full)
Donation: Indicate amount enclosed
Member’s Donation $20.___________
Non-Member’s Donation $40.___________
Please make checks payable to Lama Tsong Khapa Center