Day 3 ~ precious empowerment
empowering our entire practice
First we learned to listen well and thus create perfect inner conditions for the empowerment of Dorje Shugden. Then yesterday we received this extraordinary empowerment from Gen-la Dekyong. It was so clear, so accessible and so transforming! Receiving the blessings of Dorje Shugden's body, speech and mind, we set out on a very special path.
There’s a powerful sequence here - it’s festival traction taking hold. From the empowerment comes reliance on Guru Tsongkhapa, and from this reliance our experience of Kadam Lamrim is deepened and enriched. This, in turn, creates the perfect foundation for receiving the empowerments of Heruka and Vajrayogini and for success in our practice of Highest Yoga Tantra.
the empowerment at MKMC
setting the scene for kadam lamrim
As Genla Dekyong reminded us during the empowerment, the effectiveness of our Highest Yoga Tantra practice - how it works, how it functions to produce results - depends upon pacifying obstacles, gathering favourable conditions and receiving powerful protection.
Yesterday we received the powerful, lasting protection of the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden. An enlightened being whose very function is to pacify obstacles and create favourable conditions within our heart.
And today this remarkable journey continues with Gen-la giving two teachings on Kadam Lamrim.
We are just two days in and already we can feel the locomotive force of Venerable Geshe la’s special method – the NKT-IKBU International Festivals.
Why we are going to enjoy this festival
what do we need to practice lamrim?
international kadampa family online
Kelsang dana, UK
Thank you from the depths of my heart to Venerable Geshe-la and Gen-la Dekyong for a most extraordinary Dorje Shugden empowerment.
I’m so grateful to everyone involved in creating these extraordinary online Festivals. It feels like the technology is allowing us to feel more interconnected globally.
Denise Kelly, Australia
Hello Kadampa family, I am beyond humbled by this precious opportunity to attend my very first summer festival and receive HYT Empowerments🙏
How blessed and fortunate we are to have these precious teachings appearing to us!🙏
Due to lockdown/stay at home orders we are not permitted to attend our dharma centre, but I do not feel alone as I am surrounded by all the Buddhas’ love.🙏❤️🙏
Thank you dear Geshe-la, our most kind spiritual guide.💎
I took this yesterday during the Dorje Shugden Empowerment with the neighbor's cat who joined me during the whole empowerment (magically). He looks like a snow lion ;-).
Greetings from Switzerland and wishing everyone a fantastic festival!
May you open your heart to the blessings of this Festival. May you find more joy, love and peace. May your practice be pure. May you always shine the light of holy Dharma. May you become Buddha Heruka. You are a precious jewel, we all need you and love you.
Thank you so much for joining us.
Lupe, Nina, Zelo & Max, Brazil
We are overjoyed with this summer festival and have prepared a beautiful table of offerings for Dharma protector Dorje Shugden here at the Temple for World Peace in Brazil.
Gratitude for the blessings!
Thank you so much Gueshe-la and all for this online and live festival at home, it’s wonderful! And hello to all the sangha with love. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
one empowerment, many places
IKRC GRAND CANYON, USA
KMC NEW YORK CITY, USA
KMC Albacete, SPAIN
MENORCA IRC, SPAIN
Heruka KMC, Alicante, SPAIN
KMC Arizona, USA
KMC Avalokiteshvara, Huelva, SPAIN
Madhyamaka KMC, UK
Tharpaland KMC, GERMANY
KMC OSLO, NORWAY
the joy of meeting the wisdom protector
MY HEART IS MOVED
How powerful the blessings of our Dharma Protector can be was very palpable to me in the empowerment.
Especially when I remember that Dorje Shugden, Geshe-la and Je Tsongkhapa are one person in different aspects, my heart is moved and I feel my deep connection to the Wisdom Protector.
He is my Guru who guides me and removes all my inner and outer obstacles to my Dharma practice - I have realised once again that I want to rely on him much more, from the bottom of my heart.
Gen-la's explanation that Dorje Shugden also protects and guides our family was particularly inspiring for me.
My newborn son is just two months old and often I don't know what he is looking for. It is good to know that he is spiritually in the care of Guru Dorje Shugden, who is already guiding him through his blessings.
Thank you Gen-la for this precious empowerment.
LOOKING FORWARD TO A BANQUET OF LAMRIM
Yesterday we received from Gen-la Dekyong the Empowerment of the precious Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.
We are learning, using logical reasoning that Je Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden are the same person appearing in different aspects to perform different functions. The previous incarnations of Je Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden are the same. This was verified by different realized beings, including Kelsang Khedrubje who independently of each other wrote down the same list of incarnations, which began with Bodhisattva Manjushri.
We can also recognize Dorje Shugden as the Guru, Je Tsongkhapa; as the Deity, Heruka; and as the Dharma Protector. He leads us into the practice of Highest Yoga Tantra and to reveal this he holds a heart of compassion and a wisdom sword, showing that he helps us generate the supreme good heart of universal compassion and Great Bliss, and the wisdom realizing emptiness, the union of Sutra and Highest Yoga Tantra.
Dorje Shugden's function is to remove the obstacles of Dharma practitioners and create favourable conditions for their practice, and his retinue of 32 Deities, who are the same as the Deities of Je Tsongkhapa's Body Mandala all guide and help us in different ways with our practice of Sutra and Tantra.
We received the Empowerments of Dorje Shugden's body, speech and mind to purify our present contaminated body, speech and mind and through Tantric practice we can transform them into an Enlightened Deity's completely pure body speech and mind.
Now we're very much looking forward to the banquet of Lamrim teachings we will receive over the next 2 days.
GEN KELSANG CHÖ, ITALY
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