Sunday, August 7, 2016

Guru Rinpoche Empowerment Given by Lopon Dorji Rinchin

For the first time, Lopon Dorji Rinchin, one of the highest meditation master from the Kingdom of Bhutan, gave an empowerment to more than 3000 people. The Buddha aspect given was that of Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Buddhism in Tibet.

According to legend, Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava, »The Lotus-born«, was not born from a mother’s womb, but appeared as a boy sitting on a lotus flower in the middle of a lake in the land of Oddiyana, which is generally considered to be the area know today as Gandhara.

Padmasambhava’s arrival in the 8th century was predicted by Buddha Shakyamuni himself centuries before. Until today, he is often referred to as the second Buddha of our time and is credited with bringing the tantric teachings to Tibet, Bhutan and the neighboring countries at the request of the Dharma King Trisong Detsen (759–797) .

Guru Rinpoche probably spent around 55 years in the Himalayas, leading countless beings to liberation and enlightenment with his teachings and by the power of his tantric practice. When the Lotus-born returned to India, the Bön religion and black magic practices gained strength again. Buddhism did not spread further until Marpa, the Translator, brought the teachings from India to Tibet for the second time. But it was Guru Rinpoche who many centuries earlier had cleared the way for this to happen.

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