The Bodhisattva Institute
A Kagyu Dharma Center 
Founded by H.E. Kalu Rinpoche,
Directed by Venerable Lama Lodu Rinpoche

714 N Desert Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85711 


About Our Weekly Activities

Green Tara Puja:

Tuesday and Friday mornings at 6:00-8:20 a.m. in the shrine room.  
Chenrezig Practice; Sundays at 10:00 am in the shrine room.
Included is the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche and mantra recitation.

    A short explanation of the practice:
In his great compassion the Buddha also emanated 
as Chenrezig, a form of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Practices such as the Chenrezig and Tara sadhanas can be approached by someone leading an ordinary life, and the Chenrezig meditation is uncommon both in the ease of its performance and the blessing that it bestows. It too is development stage practice, and regardless of which yidam is practiced, this practice is important because in it we work with our attachment to "I" or "I am." As long as we have the idea "I am my body," we cannot obtain Buddhahood. The Vajrayana teaches precise and skillful methods to transcend or abandon this clinging, and all of these involve changing one's attachment to physical existence.

   Instead of conceiving of oneself in an ordinary body, one visualizes oneself as Chenrezig. For example, one thinks, "I am Chenrezig, my form is that of Chenrezig." However, one does not think of the deity's body as solid or material, made of flesh and blood like one's ordinary body, or made of metal or stone like an idol. One thinks of it as appearance that is inseparable from emptiness, like a rainbow or like a reflection in a mirror. Although the visualization of oneself as Chenrezig is a mental attitude, it has been said that one's attitude can change phenomena. This means that if one maintains, over a period of time, the conviction that one is the deity, one will eventually become the deity.

Taken from a teaching given by Kalu Rinpoche titled "Following in the Footsteps of the Great Kagyu Forefathers," given at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra on the weekend of October 24, 1986. It was translated by LamaYeshe Gyamtso and edited by Sally Clay.

"Four Deity Yoga" from the practice written by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche
Tuesdays at 7:00pm

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