Friday, 7 p.m.
Chenrezig is the Buddha of Compassion and is the embodiment of boundless loving-kindness and compassion. Every person whose heart is moved by love and compassion, who deeply and sincerely acts for the benefit of another person, animal or part of the natural world without concern for fame, profit, social position or recognition expresses the activity of Chenrezig.
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Suggested Donation: Friday $35, Saturday $45, Sunday $75, Full Weekend $125
Please bring your favorite cushion to sit on. Lunch not included
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Phakyab Rinpoche (Ngawang Sungrab), is a renowned Buddhist scholar, practitioner, and healer. He was born in Kham, Tibet in 1966, ordained at the age of thirteen, and began his monastic training at Ashi Monastery. After leaving TIbet, he entered Sera Mey Monastery in southern India, where he was tutored by Ven. Khenpo Lobsang Jamyang and Ven. Khensur Tinle Topgye.
In 1994, he was recognized by his Holiness the Dalai Lama as the eighth rebirth of the Phakyab Rinpoche, a beloved Lama from Kham. After this recognition, the Dalai Lama requested that Rinpoche return to Tibet in order to assume leadership of Ashi and Lithang Monasteries, the traditional seats of the Phakyab Rinpoche. While in Tibet, Rinpoche became known for his ability to perform Tantric obstacle-clearing rituals to assist individuals in their physical and emotional healing. While in Tibet, Rinpoche faced severe health challenges, and in 2003 was granted full political asylum by the United States Government. Rinpoche spent many months in a New York hospital dealing with these health issues. At a critical moment in his healing, he consulted with the Dalai Lama, and made the decision to rely on spiritual practices and faith to heal himself. After six months, to the astonishment of his doctors, Rinpoche was on the path of regaining radiant health. In 2009, after being granted his green card, he was able to return to India, reunite with his family, and received his Geshe degree.
Rinpoche is a powerful example of the potential we all have to cultivate the life of the Bodhisattva or spiritual hero. He is a steadfast advocate of non-violent conflict resolution and he brings humility, cheer and boundless compassion to his teachings. His personal story of self-healing vividly demonstrates our inherent potential to heal ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally. Rinpoche also serves as a reminder that obstacles can be transformed into resources for spiritual awakening.
Rinpoche currently resides in Jackson Heights, New York, where he has established a Buddhist educational and healing center. He teaches both locally and throughout the world. He aspires to teach Buddhism, fostering ecumenical dialogue between practitioners of Buddhism and other spiritual and healing traditions. Rinpoche welcomes questions and requests from students of all faiths and backgrounds.