Wisdom, Emptiness, and Luminosity in Everyday Practice
A talk by Changling Rinpoche
Due to unforeseen temporary circumstances, this talk is rescheduled for a later date in August. More information and a new date will be announced in the coming days.
“The Heart Sutra is one of the most sublime spiritual documents of mankind.”
– Edward Conze, translator and scholar of the Heart Sutra
The Prajñāpāramitā Hridaya Sutra, The Sutra of the Heart of Transcendent Wisdom, famously known as The Heart Sutra, is the distilled essence of the Buddha’s highest wisdom. One of the most renowned sutras/scriptures of the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions, it is chanted, studied, and practiced by millions of Buddhists worldwide on a daily basis. The Heart Sutra expresses directly the fundamental nature of the mind and the world—emptiness / luminosity—and its inseparability from the forms of our everyday experience. It is the basis of genuine compassion. With the power to awaken us from ignorance, fear, and conflicting emotions, the Heart Sutra reveals uncontrived truth.
Changling Rinpoche is a close student and dharma heir of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He is the abbot and principal teacher at the Shechen Philosophical College (shedra) at Shechen Monastery in Nepal. As the abbot of the Shechen Shedra, he holds a post previously held in Tibet by such great lamas as Mipham Rinpoche, Shechen Gyaltsap and Khenpo Gangshar. Since 2005, Changling Rinpoche has also taught in Australia and North America. In Nova Scotia, Canada, Rinpoche taught extensively on the spiritual instructions of Khenpo Gangshar, as well as remarkable teachings on the Sadhana of Mahamudra. This is his first visit to Colorado.
At the age of ten, Rinpoche was recognized by His Holinesses Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Penor Rinpoche as the principal tülku (rebirth) of Changchub Ling Nyingma monastery in Central Tibet. He is a holder of the Rechung Kagyü lineage, based on the transmission of Milarepa’s disciple Rechungpa. Rinpoche is also a lineage holder of the Nyingma Northern Treasure (Jangter) tradition, based on the terma (mind treasure teachings) of Rigdzin Gödemchen (14th century).
With his vast experiential and scholarly knowledge of the Vajrayana, Changling Rinpoche is able to bring new depths and insights into one’s understanding and practice. Rinpoche teaches in English, has a delightful sense of humor, and enjoys engaging with the audience.