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Korwa Dongdruk Intensive Training in the Ritual for Guiding the Dead with Chris Jay
Dates: August 2 - 6, 2020
- 2 - 6 August 2020
- All Day
Place: Buddhism in Berlin, Neckarstrasse 12, 12053, Berlin
Program language: English (no translation)
Lodging and meals not provided. Fee to be determined.
For more details: marie(at)siddharthasintent.org
What practice should we do when someone dies? As practitioners, we face this question often – for friends, relatives, victims of tragedies – and increasingly, for our close sangha friends. Answering our supplications, Rinpoche has given us the Korwa Dongruk practice and bestowed its empowerment many times around the world. But when the time of need arises, few have the training and confidence to perform it.
Korwa Dongdruk – He Who Churns the Depths of Saṃsāra – is a "né lung" (Guiding the Dead) practice based on Red Avalokiteshvara. It is a terma treasure revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa, and the sadhana was composed by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. This practice benefits those who have died and are wandering in the bardo state by invoking their consciousness, empowering and guiding them to Sukhāvatī, the pure realm of Amithaba.
Chris Jay, a senior meditation instructor under Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, will teach this ritual for guiding the dead. He will be assisted by Sydney Jay, also a meditation instructor. This is a rare opportunity and places are limited. Participation is open to all who have received the empowerment wherever they live.
Applicants for this retreat will be asked to make verbal and written commitments as follows:
- To learn to perform this puja elegantly, even at very short notice.
- To practice it with your sangha at least one time per month, both for individuals who have died, and for the large number of beings who are dying constantly.
- To teach others in your local sangha how to help perform this puja.
During this retreat you can begin developing joyful proficiency in each of the three roles: vajra master, shrine master (chopon) and chant leader (umdze). There will be no spectators at this retreat – everyone will need to get in and learn all three roles, starting with making the tormas. Rinpoche gave us this practice so that we ourselves would learn how to do it – rather than requesting others to do it. This retreat is for those of you who aspire to fulfill Rinpoche’s wishes with this practice.
There will be at least a month of daily preparatory practices to do before the retreat which will take at least an hour a day. If you are in one of the Dharma Gars, you will be able to count these hours as part of your daily practice commitment.