Sedona AZ (January 13, 2017) – From 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday January 22, 2017, the eminent Tibetan spiritual master Garchen Rinpoche will bless us with a public talk at the Sedona Public Library community room on the timely topic of “Practicing Loving Kindness In Difficult Times.”
The library is located at 3250 White Bear Rd., just off of Dry Creek Rd.
This event is sponsored by the Garchen Buddhist Institute (https://garchen.net), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Chino Valley, AZ. People of all spiritual traditions are warmly invited to attend. A donation is requested but not required.
Garchen Rinpoche is a senior lama in the Drikung Kagyu lineage and one of the outstanding Tibetan Buddhist masters featured in the 2002 movie The Yogis of Tibet. His extraordinary life is also the subject of the stirring 2013 documentary film For the Benefit of All Beings.
Garchen Rinpoche was born in eastern Tibet in 1936. At the age of seven, he was recognized by the head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage as the reincarnation of a holy being whose emanations are known as far back as thirteenth century Tibet and ancient India. He then studied Buddhist teachings, practiced meditation, and administered the Lho Miyalgon monastery until he was imprisoned at the age of twenty-two during the political upheaval of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Garchen Rinpoche then spent twenty years in a Chinese forced labor camp. It was there that he met his root lama or main spiritual teacher, the Nyingma lineage master Khenpo Munsel with whom he practiced in secret, ultimately realizing his wisdom mind. Amazingly, these two spiritual masters were able to treat their time in prison as an extended meditation retreat.
Since his release in 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has worked tirelessly to rebuild his monastery in eastern Tibet and to offer Dharma teachings throughout the world. In his teachings and daily life, he embodies the intense devotion, depth of spirit, freedom and spontaneity that arise naturally from the mind of selfless love and boundless compassion for others. In acknowledgment of Garchen Rinpoche’s major contribution to our world’s spiritual wellbeing, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recently composed a special long life prayer for Garchen Rinpoche’s benefit.
For further information call 203-313-0063. Calls will be returned at our first opportunity. May all beings benefit!