Kagyu Changchub Chuling

A center for the practice and study of Vajrayana Buddhism founded by His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche

Bokar International Mahamudra Seminar 2018 — Bodhgaya, India

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 8:00am to Friday, January 19, 2018 - 12:00pm
Event Leader: 
Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche
Bodhgaya, India


We are grateful and pleased to announce that Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche will once again offer the seminar for international students covering the complete stages of the path of Mahamudra according to the Karma Kagyu Lineage.  By offering this seminar, he continues the legacy of Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, holder of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage and Dharma heir of Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche. Bokar Rinpoche initiated this seminar in 1992 to make the full depth of Buddhist practice accessible to modern lay practitioners of Buddhism, drawing from experience gained through 17 years of intensive meditation retreat and a lifetime of study. This will be a special year, in that it marks the 25th anniversary of this program for westerners. Rinpoche encourages everyone to come.

The annual seminars offer a precious opportunity to spend a week meditating with Khenpo Rinpoche and receiving teachings in the gracious company of long term practitioners from all over the world. Other esteemed teachers frequently offer teachings and empowerments as well. The teachings presented in the seminars are accompanied by a multi-year graduated program of meditation practice which leads from the foundations of meditation and contemplation through Mahamudra practice. For those who have completed six years of the program and wish to continue with Vajrayana meditation practice, instructions for the stages of yidam practice are offered every other year. The next seminar is planned for late fall, 2019 and will most likely be a Yidam Seminar; the next Mahamudra Seminar would then be held in 2020.

This year the retreat will be at Bodhgaya, India.Participants will arrange their own lodging. After registration, you will receive more information about lodging options, the retreat format and helpful items to bring. If participants have not previously traveled in India or similar countries, we recommend that they refer to a travel guide book and network with people who have been there, if at all possible.

While all practitioners are welcome to join in the seminar, Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche would like to encourage especially those people who wish to make a direct connection with the lineage. Those participating should be practicing Buddhists or ready to commit to the Buddhist path and be willing to carry out the program of meditation practice for one year. To receive full benefit of the program, it is important to attend the whole seminar and consistently engage in the accompanying practice commitments. Practitioners ranging from beginners in the Dharma to those who have completed extended retreats have found the Mahamudra seminar very valuable. The seminar content is most accessible to the individuals who have at least some familiarity or affinity with the Vajrayana path. While a complete overview of the essential elements of the path is included in the seminar, those without previous background may find the seminar content challenging to integrate in a short period of time.

The practice commitments emphasize the progression of Calm Abiding (Zhinay), Insight (Lhaktong), and Mahamudra meditations and the cultivation of bodhicitta. The commitment also includes recitation of the Chenrezig mantra and, optional in the first year, focus on one element of the foundation practices of the Vajrayana (Ngondro) each quarter of the year.

If you have questions regarding the seminar content, please contact Bill Spangle or Dora DeCoursey. If you have questions about registration, please contact Julie Hurlocker.

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Kagyu Changchub Chuling (KCC) is a Dharma Center in Portland, Oregon. KCC was founded in 1976 by the Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche, one of the eminent meditation masters of modern Tibet and a holder of the Karma Kagyu and Shangpa Kagyu lineages. The mission of KCC is to make the teachings of these lineages accessible for all practitioners, whether they are just beginning to investigate Buddhism or are long-time students.