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Chanting The Rain of Wisdom
February 27, 2021, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Teacher: Lama Eric Triebelhorn
For the past 1,000 years, masters of the Kagyu lineage have expressed their realization in spontaneous songs 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 under the direction of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
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 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 just one day after the anniversary of his principal disciple, the great lord of yogis, Milarepa. This year the full moon conveniently falls on Saturday, February 27th.
We will gather on this Saturday via Zoom and chant these expressions of awakening, from beginning to end, in a contemplative manner. Bathing in this stream of wisdom 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.
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 about a dozen copies of Rain of Wisdom for sale at $30, a 25% discount from the $40 retail price. If you wish, you can purchase a copy during registration.