His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche at Blazing Wisdom Institute
May 18, 2012 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu lama who was recognized and enthroned in eastern Tibet by the former Drikung Kyabgon Zhiwe Lodro. Studying and practicing under the direction of the Siddha Chime Dorje, Garchen Rinpoche received vast and profound instructions on the fivefold practice of Mahamudra and the six yogas of Naropa.
At the age of 22, after completing a two and a half year retreat, he was imprisoned for 20 years during the political turmoil of China's Cultural Revolution. While in the labor camp, he received meditation instruction from his root lama, the Nyingma master Khenpo Munsel. Enduring hardship and practicing secretly, Garchen Rinpoche attained realization of the lama's wisdom mind. Since his release from prison in 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has made great effort to rebuild the Drikung Kagyu monasteries, reestablish the Buddhist teachings, and build two boarding schools for local children in eastern Tibet. Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley, Arizona.
After receiving the Ganges Mahamudra instruction of Tilopa from Garchen Rinpoche last year, and recognizing his extraordinary accomplishment and realization of two-fold bodhicitta, Tulku Sherdor resolved to invite this venerable living master to bless Blazing Wisdom with his presence and instruction.