Tibetan Buddhist Master to Teach at North Seattle College July 4-12, 2015

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HE Garchen Rinpoche will offer a comprehensive teaching program at North Seattle College July 4-12, 2015. HE Garchen Rinpoche is a featured teacher in the film “Yogis of Tibet.”

HE Garchen Rinpoche is a teacher of the Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. In the film "Yogis of Tibet" His Holiness the Dalai Lama discusses the importance of the Tibetan yogic tradition which has been passed down from teacher to student in an unbroken historical succession.

Rinpoche will be teaching the essential instructions of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism at North Seattle College July 4-12, 2015. Rinpoche will offer Chakrasamvara and Red Chenrezig empowerments and teachings and also teach the Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra which are the highest meditation instructions of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Even in Tibet these teachings are rarely given. North Seattle College is located at 9600 College Way North, Seattle, WA 98103, Room CC1456. The venue is ADA accessible. In addition to the English translation by Ina Dhargye the teaching program July 4-12 will be available with Vietnamese and Chinese translation via FM transmitter.

At the age of 22, Rinpoche was imprisoned for twenty years during the political turmoil of China’s Cultural Revolution. While in the labor camp, he received meditation instruction in secret from his root lama, the Nyingma Buddhist master Khenpo Munsel. Khenpo Munsel was astonished by Rinpoche’s vast achievement. Khenpo Munsel called him “an emanation of a Bodhisattva,” a being completely dedicated to the welfare of others.

HE Garchen Rinpoche says that although he faced great difficulties while serving hard labor, he is grateful for that experience because it was in prison that he met his root lama Khenpo Munsel and he used the time in prison to practice in secret. Though many around him were not able to bear the suffering and took their own lives, he was able to persevere and has much to share with us about what he learned through his hardships, namely, the infallibility of the law of karma and the urgent need to develop loving kindness impartially to all beings.

Rinpoche is the subject of a feature length documentary entitled: “For the Benefit of All Beings.” View the trailer for the movie here: http://youtu.be/tyHsv9M2hw0 This documentary played in many theaters across the US and is now available on DVD.

Tickets for the July 4-12, 2015 teaching program are available for purchase via Eventbrite. Complete details and ticket links are available at: http://www.drikungseattle.com

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