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‘Grant your blessings
that our minds turn to the dharma,
that the dharma becomes the path,
that the path clarifies confusion, and
that confusion transforms into wisdom.’
We are very happy that Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has agreed to teach this extension course in which he will start with the teachings he will continue during the Kagyu Monlam. This enables the participants to gain a profound insight into The Four Dharmas of Gampopa.
These few short lines were once directed by Gampopa to his teacher Milarepa in the form of a prayer. Despite their simplicity, these lines comprise the entire Mahayana teachings. In the Four Dharmas, Gampopa does nothing less than summarize the entire gradual path according to the Kagyu tradition. The in-depth presentation of this is contained in his main work The Jewel Ornament of Liberation.
Turning our minds to the dharma primarily means learning to appreciate our precious human existence and making a conscious decision to apply this on the path. Praying that the dharma becomes the path means actually practising the dharma in order to reach buddhahood. Clarifying confusion means that the three mental poisons that cloud our minds – ignorance, desire, and hatred – are also purified. Transforming confusion into wisdom means nothing less than realizing our own buddhanature. Since buddhanature thoroughly permeates all sentient beings since beginningless time, realizing this also means realizing our original minds, the absolute nature of reality.
At the end of this course, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will give the Chenrezig Empowerment (23rd of August at 10 a.m.). The empowerment is included in the course fees for course 8.3 but can also be booked separately!
In order to receive the empowerment, the recipients must have taken Buddhist refuge. Please register for this in the office at the beginning of the course.
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If course 8.3 is booked together with the Kagyu Monlam, the total fees including meals are € 393 / reduced price € 343 or without meals € 260 / reduced price € 210.