1000-Arm Chenrezig Jenang and Retreat
by Ven. Yangsi Rinpoche
Ven. Yangsi Rinpoche
Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit) is the embodiment of the compassion of all the buddhas. His mantra, om mani padme hung, is the most recited, and most well-known, mantra in the Tibetan tradition. The practice of Chenrezig is aimed at increasing our compassion so that it arises spontaneously for all sentient beings. HH the Dalai Lama is seen by many as the personification of Chenrezig, and in essence is Chenrezig the same as Kwan Yin or Cannon in the Chinese and Japanese schools of Buddhism.
The 1000 Arm Chenrezig Jenang can be taken as a blessing or a full empowerment. A full empowerment is only possible for people who have earlier received a Highest Yoga Tantra initiation and thereby already have the refuge and bodhisattva vow foundation. There will be a commitment to daily recite the Chenrezig mantra.
Note: On the day of the initiation, people are not supposed to eat 'black foods' - such as meat, fish, eggs, onions and garlic.
Yangsi Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of Geshe Ngawang Gendun, a renowned scholar and practitioner from Western Tibet, at the age of six.
Rinpoche trained in the traditional monastic system for over twenty-five years, and practiced as a monk until the age of 35. In 1995 he graduated with the highest degree of Geshe Lharampa from Sera Je Monastery in South India. He then completed his studies at Gyume Tantric College, and, in 1998, having the particular wish to benefit Western students of the Buddhadharma, Rinpoche came to the West to teach and travel extensively throughout America and Europe.
He served as a resident teacher at Deer Park Buddhist Center in Madison, Wisconsin for five years, and is currently the Spiritual Director of Ganden Shedrup Ling Buddhist Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Spiritual Director of Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle, Washington.
He founded Maitripa College in 2005 in Portland, Oregon. Rinpoche is the author of Practicing the Path: A Commentary on the Lamrim Chenmo, published in 2003 by Wisdom Publications.
Rinpoche teaches in English, and is admired wherever he travels for his unique presentation of the Dharma, his interest in and enthusiasm for Western culture, and his evident embodiment of the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist path.
Friday and Saturday June 29 and 30: 10.00 - 17.00 hrs,
Sunday July 1: 10.00 - 13.00 hrs.
Suggested donation: Friday and Saturday €60, each. Sunday €30.
All weekend €120, or €100. for students or min. income.