Chanting the Rain of Wisdom—The Songs of Realization of the Kagyu Masters
March 19, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Teacher: Lama Eric Triebelhorn
For over 1,000 years, masters of the Kagyu lineage have expressed their realization in spontaneous songs sung to instruct and inspire contemporary and future disciples. A selection of these songs is gathered in a compendium called The Kagyu Gurtso—An Ocean of Songs of the Kagyu. This collection was translated into English and published as The Rain of Wisdom. We will again recite these songs this year and add to them some expressions of realization by some of the awakened women of the past.
These songs are traditionally recited on a variety of occasions, including the full moon day of the first lunar month. This day, known as the Day of Miracles, is one of the four main Buddhist holidays in the Tibetan tradition. It marks the culmination of Buddha Shakyamuni displaying various miracles over the first fifteen days of a new year. It is also the anniversary of Marpa the Translator, the first Tibetan forefather of the Kagyu, and is just one day after the anniversary of his principal disciple, the great lord of yogis, Milarepa. This year the full moon conveniently falls on Friday, March 18th, and we will gather on Saturday, March 19th for our celebration.
We are again pleased that some of our dharma brothers and sisters from the Shambhala community will be joining us. Given the uncertainty around what kinds of gatherings will be possible at this time, we are uncertain if this will be a Zoom only event or if it will be a hybrid happening with in-person and Zoom options. At the very least, it will be held over Zoom. Please check the website for updates as the date approaches.
Chanting these expressions of realization allow us to bathe in a stream of wisdom that can offer glimpses into the sphere of enlightened mind—the expressive play of our own buddha nature when freed of adventitious veils. Many have found this to be a memorable and moving experience. I hope that as many of you who are able will join us.
The day is admittedly long, but it is good and even important to undergo some difficultly for the sake of accumulating merit. I have never heard anyone express regret around this experience. Having said that, participate as much as you are able.
This text containing the songs—as well as the introductory and concluding prayers—will be displayed on the Zoom screen. However, for those of you who would prefer to read from a physical book, KCC has copies of Rain of Wisdom for sale at $30, a 25% discount from the $40 retail price. If you wish, you can reserve a copy to purchase when you register.
Registration coming soon!