Kunrig Empowerment

Bestowed by Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, March 6
Time: 9:00 am - Noon (Prayers)
1:30 pm (Empowerment)
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: Public $50, Members $35
Prerequisite: Must be vegetarian the entire day of the empowerment

Kunrig is the main deity in the Elimination of Bad Rebirths (past, present, and future). There will be an introduction, explanation, empowerment (wang) of the Kunrig (Sarvavid-Vairocana) practice. This empowerment helps to prepare oneself for the time of death. Receiving this empowerment will be of great benefit to oneself, past, present, and future generations of one’s family, beings in the bardo, those who are suffering and sick, and all sentient beings. The empowerment helps to clear our body, speech, and mind of obscurations, attachments and desires in this life, after passing, during the bardo, and in the next life. After receiving this empowerment, one can participate in the 49 days memorial and spiritual practices that lamas traditionally perform near the time of death.

Ven. Khen Jampa Rinpoche comes to us from the Dzongsar Insitute in North India, where he taught and served as library director for many years. He received his Degree of Acharya after nine years of study and graduated from Dzongsar University with a Ph.D. in philosophy. Following his 13 years of study, he was ordained an Abbott (Khenpo) in 2004 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He spent seventeen years studying with his main teacher, H.E. Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk. He also spent three years of silent retreat in Tibet. He has received empowerments from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and from many great masters including H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche, H.H. Karmapa, and H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse. He now teaches intermediate and advanced level classes on Buddhist philosophy, sutra and highest yoga tantra all over the world. He is also the founder and president of Tibetan Education Foundation, as well as the president of the International Association of Non-sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions (IANTRT) of North America.