with Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Dawa
Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 11:00am – 1:00pm
**LIMITED SEATING. ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED.**
An empowerment is a ceremony where the vajra master, based on his own realization gained in retreat, transmits a connection to the deity and confers on us the blessings associated with the practice of the deity. White Tara is one of three deities particularly associated with a long lifespan. The other two deities of longevity are Amitayus and Namgyalma. The purpose or motivation to receive a long life empowerment is to lengthen our lifespan so that we can accumulate the most practice possible within this life and thereby achieve our goal of attaining Buddhahood in order to benefit all sentient beings.
During a long life empowerment, the vajra master generates himself as the longevity deity, consecrates the torma and nectar, bestows the body-speech-mind empowerment, and offers the recipients a long life pill and nectar which have been blessed through the power of the vajra master’s meditative concentration. There are many stories within the Tibetan tradition of how long life empowerments have been used to extend the lifespans of great scholars and practitioners such as Arya Nagarjuna; this blessing enabled them to live long lives and accomplish the greatest benefit for all beings.
Due to limited seating, advance registration is required. NOTE: Registration is not a guarantee of shrine room seating; please ensure you arrive early to secure your seat.For full details on this event including when to arrive and what to bring, please visit our calendar athttps://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/calendar.php?crd=gsl&.
There is no fee for empowerments at Gaden Samten Ling. Within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition it is customary to offer a donation to the hosting centre in gratitude for the opportunity to receive this blessing. If you would like a tax receipt for your donation, please donate online athttps://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/gaden-samten-ling-tibetan-buddhist-meditation-society/. If you do not require a tax receipt, you may place your donation in the box in the lobby of the centre.
Please visit http://www.gsl-ab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Khensur-Rinpoche-Geshe-Dawa-Biography.pdf to learn more about the vajra master Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Dawa who will confer the empowerment. The empowerment and instructions to students will be given in Tibetan. Translation into English will be provided.