The Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Avalokiteshvara with teachings on Powa practice

Everyone is welcome to join in this powerful weekend event where Gen Kelsang Rigpa, the Western US National Spiritual Director, will grant the blessing empowerment of Buddha Avalokiteshvara and give teachings on Powa practice.

Schedule

Friday, March 2, 2018 5:30-7:15pm Registration
7:30-9pm Introductory Talk with Gen Kelsang Choma
Saturday, March 3, 2018 8:15-9am Registration
9-10am Meditation with Kelsang Chogyop
11am-12:30pm Teaching with Gen Kelsang Rigpa
3-5pm Empowerment with Gen Kelsang Rigpa
6-7pm Wishifulfilling Jewel with Offerings
Sunday, March 4, 2018 8:15-9am Registration
9-10am Meditation with Kelsang Chogyop
11am-12:30pm Commentary with Gen Kelsang Rigpa
2:30-4pm Teaching with Gen Kelsang Rigpa
4-5:30pm Social Time & Clean-up

Who is Buddha Avalokiteshvara?

Buddha Avalokiteshvara is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas. Sometimes he appears with one face and four arms, and sometimes with eleven faces and a thousand arms. At the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, he manifested as a Bodhisattva disciple called ‘Chenrezig’ in Tibetan.

What is an empowerment?

An empowerment is a blissful, guided meditation and special practice through which we connect with Buddha Avalokiteshvara and receive powerful inspiring blessings.

Extracted from the teachings of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Summer Festival 2005

Avalokiteshvara is the Buddha of compassion. His four arms indicate that he is the synthesis of all the Buddhas of the four directions. This means that in reality he is the synthesis of all Buddhas. His first two hands pressed together at his heart and holding a jewel indicate that he attained enlightenment through sincerely relying upon his Spiritual Guide. His lower left hand holds a lotus, indicating that his nature is complete purity; he is a completely pure being. His lower right hand holds a precious mala or rosary, indicating that his function is to liberate living beings from the sufferings of contaminated rebirth, samsara.

He has the ability to benefit each and every living being every day through emanating countless different aspects, including animate and inanimate objects. He can emanate as anything, including environments, enjoyments, food or water. Although we ,may not recognize or understand this, practically we receive benefits from him every day.

By receiving the empowerment of Buddha Avalokiteshvara we receive his special blessings, which will cause our Buddha nature to awaken and function. Since beginningless time until now our Buddha nature has been sleeping and not functioning. Only through receiving the special blessings of Buddha will our Buddha nature awaken and function. When this happens, we will attain enlightenment very quickly and easily.

The benefits of receiving this empowerment are immeasurable. Through receiving the special blessings of Avalokiteshvara, Buddha of Compassion, we will experience inner peace – a peaceful mind – all the time and because of this we will be happy all the time. This is what we really want; this is everybody’s wish.
Through receiving the special blessings of Buddha we can make progress in our Dharma practice quickly and easily. In particular, through receiving the special blessings of Buddha, we will be able to control our anger, attachment and self-grasping ignorance. Through controlling these delusions we can solve all our human problems.

The practice of powa, transference of consciousness

Extracted from the teachings of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Summer Festival 2005

The practice of transferring our own or others’ consciousness through the force of meditation from the place of samsara to the Pure Land of Buddha has great meaning. It is very profound.
The lineage blessings and practical experience of these instructions are still alive. Even now we can see that many people are able to transfer their own or another’s consciousness from the place of samsara to the Pure Land of Buddha.
This is a wonderful practice because in this impure world of samsara there is no pure happiness.

We want to experience pure and everlasting happiness, but there are only two ways to accomplish this. The first is to meditate sincerely on the stages of the path to enlightenment, progressing from the path of accumulation to the path of No More Learning. The second is to go directly to a Pure Land through practising powa. This is a special technical method to accomplish pure and everlasting happiness.
Through this practice we can either transfer our own consciousness from the place of samsara to the Pure Land of Buddha, or we can transfer the consciousnesses of other living beings, such as the consciousness of someone recently deceased. This practice is very simple but has great meaning.

If we are reborn in the Pure Land of Buddha, we will experience pure and everlasting happiness. We will experience permanent liberation from samsara because in the Pure Land of Buddha there is no suffering and no cause of suffering.