Nine Sublime Days with His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche – August 2015, Fairfax, Virginia

SP MeditatingPurification and Obstacle Removal
Shitro (100 Deities) Empowerment
Six Bardos Teachings
Special 4-day Stages of Meditation


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Aug 13 – Aug 14, 2015: Achi Chokyi Drolma Empowerment & Practices @ DDSC Temple, 5300 Ox Road, Virginia 22030

Achi Chokyi Drolma is the great Dharma Protector and the divine mother of the Buddhas who manifested out of compassion in the form of the Dakinis of the Five Buddha families. She removes inner and outer obstacles to practice and lays the groundwork for circumstances best suited to our progress along the dharma path. Those who practice her meditation and recite her mantra are sure to be protected from Achi Chokyi Drolmaobstacles and hindrances.

Aug 13, 2015
7PM – 9PM                 Achi Chokyi Drolma Empowerment
Aug 14, 2015
10AM – 12PM            Achi Chokyi Drolma Teachings
12PM -2PM                 Lunch Break
2PM – 4PM                 Achi Chokyi Drolma Practices
Suggested Event Donation: $50/person/2-day program, included sadhana text
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Aug 15 – Aug 16, 2015: 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities (Shitro) Empowerment & Six Bardos Teaching @ George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia – Lecture Hall

The BuddhaDharma describes the dawning of the mandalas of the 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities in the Bardo following death. The Shitro empowerment introduces the practitioner to experiences described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Bardo Thodol) and helps prepare one for making the most of these transient opportunities to recognize the true nature of mind encountered in the bardo (intermediate state) between death and rebirth.   If we receive the Shitro empowerment and do the practice, we will establish a good connection with the deities during our lifetime. Six Bardos teachings are also rare and focused on the six Bardos reveal how to turn every phase of life into an opportunity to experience an uncontrived and natural liberation. Liberation can follow a single moment’s recognitiShitro Mandala of Deitieson at the time of death or in the Bardo between lives.

Aug 15, 2015
10AM – 12:30PM       Shitro Empowerment
12:30PM -2PM            Lunch Break
2PM – 3PM                   Practice Instructions
3PM – 3:30PM            Break
3:30PM – 5PM            Six Bardos Teaching

Aug 16, 2015   
10AM – 12PM             Six Bardos Teaching
12PM -2PM                  Lunch Break
2PM – 3:30PM           Six Bardos Teaching
3:30PM – 4PM           Break
4PM – 4:30PM           Q&A
4:30PM – 5PM           3-Jewel Refuge

George Mason University:  Building #34, Lecture Hall
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Suggested Event Donation: $70/person/2-day program, included sadhana text
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Aug 19 – Aug 22, 2015: Special 4-day Stages of Meditation @ DDSC Temple, 5300 Ox Road, Virginia 22030

From the perspective of the Dharma, through meditation, we can achieve not only temporary physical and mental well-being, but also attain ultimate peace and happiness. This program is organized with the belief that if it can offer aSP in retreat complete set of teachings on the stages of meditation to all disciples, it will be very beneficial to their practice.  To receive meditation instructions from a guru who possesses and masters the practice is a great blessing of the dharma and of the guru, and it will bring many additional benefits.

We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to receive these teachings from and practice with Garchen Rinpoche based on his personal experiences in meditation.  Receiving these direct oral instructions on meditation from Garchen Rinpoche will be one of the most meaningful events in our lives.

Special 4-day Mediation
Suggested Event Donation: $120/person/4-day program
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Aug 23, 2015: New Temple Opening Ceremony @ DDSC Temple, 5300 Ox Road, Virginia 22030
9AM – 12PM                         Consecration Ritual Ceremony