Come join us for an evening of sacred sounds from the roof of the world. Long hidden behind the Himalayan mountain ranges, the ancient Tibetan culture remained virtually untouched by the outside world for thousands of years.
The sacred ritual dances of Tibetan Buddhism are not simply a performance; they are an ancient, spiritual ritual created to transform negativities and obstacles within our world system into positive, harmonious conditions. The origins of these dances have their roots steeped in the secret path of tantric Buddhism. At the monastery they are part of an elaborate ritual that can last from one day to two weeks.
The dances require years of intensive training as well as proper initiations to be performed properly.† Throughout the dance every movement and ritual implement utilized have a deep and profound inner and outer meaning. The whole performance is a powerful, transformative experience operating on two levels. On one level the dancers are creating conducive conditions for enlightenment, while simultaneously purifying negativities and obstacles preventing it. Essentially, consciousness enters as a demon, is transformed, and exits as a deity.
Though these are secret and sacred dances steeped in profound experience that are not intended for the general public, on the tour we are able to perform short excerpts of some of the major ritual dances along with Tibetan folk dance to give the audience a taste of their transformative power. The performances include several dances in full costume, narration, and a brief explanation of each dance.
In this Empowerment, participants are purified, receive the blessings, of Vajrasattva, and given the transmission of the mantra of Vajrasattva, the Purification Buddha. This is considered one of the most powerful methods for purification, healing and the removal of obstacles in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Empowerments are meant to establish a special connection between the participant and the particular Buddhist deity. This can only be done through a highly-trained, fully empowered, authentic Lama in accordance with all the proper preparations and rituals. Receiving an Empowerment is like the planting of a seed. Properly cultivated with the right conditions, this seed will sprout and help you grow into the enlightened state of Buddhahood.
During the Empowerment, each participantís three doors (body, speech, and mind) are purified of negativities and blessed individually. Thus there is a Body Initiation, a Speech Initiation and a Mind Initiation. In this way, the defilements of each of the three doors are purified and they are empowered to visualize the form of the Deity, to recite the Deityís mantra and to meditate on the mind of the Deity. Participants receive the direct transmission of the mantra passed down in unbroken ancient lineage.
Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche taught that one can take an empowerment:
1. With the intention of simply receiving blessings.
2. With the intention of doing the associated practice at some future time.
3. With the intention of beginning the regular associated practice immediately.
Vajravidaran is a Buddha associated with purification and health. Health is a result of our karmic imprints. This ritual offers an opportunity to improve your health by purifying negative karma. The Vajravidaran ritual of purification and has three stages: the removal of negativities, the cleansing of subtle negative imprints, and protection from their return
Tibetan Monks of the Gaden Shartse Monastery Present
Unity in Edinboro
Thursday, Sept. 16: 5:30-6:30
Friday, Sept 17: 4:30-6:30
Saturday, Sept 18: 5:30-6:30
This 3-session workshop will provide instruction for those wishing to establish a daily practice with the focus of Chenrezig (Buddha of Compassion). This is a wonderful practice for students of all levels, incorporating purification, contemplation, and lojong (mind training). In addition to the live teaching, each participant will receive a DVD of Venerable Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen's teaching of this practice and the text of the practice. Sessions are Thursday 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Friday 4:30pm to 6:30pm, and Saturday 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Suggested donation is $95, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please register with Rev. Joanne Rowden
Join us for a rare peek inside the world of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The monks will give a video slideshow capturing the essence of their sacred lifestyle as well as behind the scenes images. The presentation includes narration and a question and answer period. The audience will have an opportunity to engage with the monks and learn more about their ancient way of life.