“Mindrol Lekshey provides a framework of everything that is possible to be transmitted for a practitioner to be fully equipped in their practice. How you make use of this to engage in the practices and bring them to fruition is entirely up to you.”
—Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche
We hope that everyone is well and send many greetings to all our friends around the world. Due to the current events of the ongoing pandemic and keeping everyone’s safety in mind, we will not be holding any summer programs at Mindrolling Lotus Garden this year. We continue to monitor the situation and are looking to see what possibilities the fall and winter may bring. During this time, we encourage everyone to stay safe and follow the guidelines set by your local health care authorities and the worldwide organizations monitoring the pandemic. This will be the first time in 17 years since Lotus Garden has been established that we will not be able to gather on the land.
To make the best out of the current situation, we are very happy to announce a two-week online course of review and teachings. This two-week program will begin on the auspicious day of Chökhor Düchen, July 24th 2020, which celebrates the Buddha’s First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. With sincerest aspirations to keep the continuity of the precious stream of teachings we have had the good fortune of receiving every year from Her Eminence Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, and to persevere in our own study and practice, we are inviting old and new students of all levels to partake in this precious opportunity to practice and study together.
The backbone of any practitioner’s journey along the path is the sincere and regular application of the three branches of hearing, contemplating, and meditating. Her Eminence Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche feels it is of the utmost importance to maintain this continuity through first hearing the teachings which then makes clear how one should contemplate and meditate upon them. In keeping with these instructions, Rinpoche has suggested the following curriculum for everyone to undertake.
In 2017, Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche began a multiple-year cycle of teachings based on Longchen Rabjam’s classic commentary, The Great Chariot, on resting the mind in natural ease. He composed this text “so that its readers could cross completely the ocean of sufferings of samsara to the fruition of Buddhahood.” Longchenpa (1308-1364) was a great scholar and meditation master of the Nyingma lineage. This great master was also a prolific writer and is considered one of the foremost masters in the transmission of the dzogchen lineage.
With the guidance of Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Longchenpa’s teachings will be presented from their beginning in a manner that will facilitate how to bring in-depth understanding of the Buddhist path into daily life. All practitioners, including those entering the path of practice, will greatly benefit from these teachings.
We will begin our review with Year 1 (2017) of Rinpoche’s teachings on The Great Chariot. This six-talk series will lay the foundation for the continued in-depth study and review of Year 2 (2018) and Year 3 (2019). This first two-week series will cover Year 1 of Rinpoche’s teachings.
Please note that the recordings from Year 1 (2017) and Year 2 (2018) are audio only, but for Year 3 (2019) there are video recordings.
Future online programs will cover Rinpoche’s teachings from Year 2 and Year 3. Students who follow the online reviews of Years 1, 2 and 3 will then be well prepared to receive further teachings when Rinpoche begins the Year 4 cycle of the Great Chariot teachings.
Teachings will be released on a scheduled basis for students to follow along sequentially. Once they are released, they will remain available for students to listen to as their individual schedules permit for the duration of the two-week program.
To take time to review the teachings and provide an outline of key points from each talk, senior students of Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche will lead 6 review sessions to help guide participants and answer any questions.
Teachings and Instructions from Rinpoche
Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche will speak with students each week and give additional teachings on The Great Chariot. Rinpoche will guide all students and give practical instructions for how to incorporate these teachings fully into our lives through the approach of hearing, contemplating, and meditating.
Program Schedule and Daily Practice Schedule
A two-week daily program schedule will be provided. We recommend that everyone participating keep to the program schedule diligently, just as you would if you were attending a program in person. A daily practice schedule will also be included to further strengthen and deepen the approach of hearing, contemplating, and meditating. Should your work or personal schedule not permit you to follow the schedule entirely, you may follow at your own pace and modify as needed.
Registration and Tuition
WHO MAY ATTEND: This two-week online course is being made available for students of all levels.
TUITION: The tuition for this online program is $200 ($180 for members).
Please note: Mindrolling Lotus Garden Members receive a 10% discount on all programs. If you would like more information on becoming a member and supporting the activities of Mindrolling Lotus Garden, please follow this link: https://www.lotusgardens.org/office/membership/
If you need to work out a payment plan for this online program, please let us know. Mindrolling Lotus Garden wishes to provide resources for study and practice to everyone who has the genuine aspiration to study and practice the dharma. We are happy to work with each individual according to your situation. Please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
When you register, you will receive an email confirming your registration.
Logging on to the Dharmashri Online Portal
The week prior to July 24th, we will be sending all those who have registered a link to our new online portal where you will create a user account and log in for the online program. All teachings, reviews and new teachings from Rinpoche will be available on the new online web portal. We will also be able to share any other materials or resources that will be made available during the two-week program through this new online web portal.
We are delighted to be embarking upon this journey together and are grateful for this opportunity to study and practice together!
Posted: 13 July 2020