The Guru Yogas and Pith Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
A Class for Vajrayana Practitioners *
In the last several years a number of brief and powerful compositions by the young Chögyam Trungpa and by his guru Khenpo Gangshar have been discovered in Tibet and elsewhere, and translated into English. These include The Profound Guru Yoga composed by Trungpa Rinpoche and A Short Guru Yoga: Gathering of Blessings composed by Khenpo Gangshar. These and a number of short songs, pith instructions, and letters of advice are invitations directly into the enlightened mind of these two realized siddhas. They unlock the essence of the buddhadharma and place it in one’s hand.
We will practice the two guru yogas throughout this course and delve into the penetrating mind instructions embodied in these profound and seminal compositions of these two great accomplished masters. The class will consist of practice, talks, and discussions.
Presenters for the class: Hazel Bercholz, Bob King, Cassell Gross, Clarke Warren.
A preliminary list of texts to be studied:
Khenpo Gangshar: A Short Guru Yoga: Gathering of Blessings;
Dispelling Obstacles: Song of the Way to Sustain the Nature of Mind; Vomiting Gold: A Pith Instruction in the form of advice for the diligent practitioner, the excellent Atsang; The Song of the Mani Mantra.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche: The Profound Guru Yoga and commentary; The Seal of Pure Intention, A Spontaneous Song Sent from England in the West; Spontaneous Song of the Sun; Songs of Experience: “Don’t Wander,” “Endowed with Glory,” and “My Dear Good Friend.”
When: Monday evenings, – March 9 – May 11, 2020, 7pm-9pm
There will be no class on Monday, April 6.
Saturday, April 4, Parinirvana Day of Chogyam Trungpa Trungpa, Ri-mé Society will host a Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast.
Tuesday, April 7, Ri-mé Society will host a public talk by Kalu Rinpoche. These events will take place at the Naropa University Nalanda Events Center. Details to follow.
Where: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Avenue, Boulder, CO 80303. See directions and map below.
Financial assistance: Ri-mé Society will accommodate anyone needing financial assistance to attend Ri-mé Society classes and events. If this applies to you, send your request for financial assistance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Who: This class is open to anyone who has received formal Vajrayana transmission, or pointing out instruction, from a qualified Vajarayana lineage holder. If you have any questions about this, please send an email to email@example.com.
Sun of Wisdom Feast, Saturday, May 16, 2020, 4-7pm: The spring, 2020 Ri-mé Society session will conclude with a Sun of Wisdom Feast. This is a guru yoga composed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche for his guru Jamgön Kongtrül of Shechen. It is an exquisitely beautiful and poetic practice, and links the practitioner to the practice lineage and blessings of the Ri-mé tradition. Details will be forthcoming. Cost of feast is $25.
Directions to The Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder, CO:
From Boulder: Drive east on Arapahoe Ave to Eisenhower Drive, which curves around and after a few blocks curves left to become Pennsylvania Ave. The church is then on the immediate left.
From East Boulder County: Drive west on Arapahoe Ave, turn left on 55th St., turn right on Pennsylvania Ave., drive down a ways to the church, on the right.
The Google Map link is: Unitarian Univeralist Church