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Lions Roar : July 2010
Gampopa Retreat Program The Very Venerable 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche will be teaching "The Jewel Ornament of Liberation", composed by Gampopa. This is the root text detailing the stages of the path in which the unified view of Mahayana and Vajrayana is presented. In addition, Rinpoche will confer the empowerment of Gampopa, the guru yoga which brings the blessings of " Gampopa into one's very being. The 5 days of teachings on Gampopàs Jewel Ornament of Liberation will be given July 27,2010 - July 31,2010. Great Empowerment of Gampopa on August 1, 2010. Thrangu Monastery Canada Opening Ceremony on Saturday, July 25, 2010 The Very Venerable 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is pleased to announce the establishment of the first traditionally designed Kagyu lineage monastery, the only of its kind in Canada. Adorned with intricate Tibetan Buddhist art and architectural features, it is situated in the Vancouver-Richmond metropolitan area of British Columbia. Thrangu Monastery Canada offers guided dharma instructions by in-house retreat masters, lamas and Khenpos on meditation and ritual practices as well as Tibetan art and language classes. 20 SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2010 The nidanas are a three-lifetime cycle. The first three nidanas are regarded as Lifetime A, or the previous lifetime. First, there is ignorance. Then all the condi- tions-virtuous and nonvirtuous-come together as formative action, ready to be impelled into the next lifetime. The third nidana is the consciousness that is going to be impelled. With a few more actions, suddenly this consciousness is born. That marks the end of Lifetime A and the beginning of Lifetime B, our present life. Causes have come together to impel the consciousness into this lifetime. Es- sentially, all past virtue has produced the pleasures of this life, and all past nonvirtue has produced the pains. That conscious- ness has not been resolved, but it will be resolved as we live our life, which will then give birth to Lifetime C. Right now, we are preparing for that. The seeds have been planted. They are being nurtured, becom- ing more potent. The first nidana of Lifetime B is the fourth nidana in the cycle: name and form, our mind and body. The conscious- ness has ripened into a particular body and mind. As a result of karmic condi- tions, a being is born. The next nidana is the six sense fields. We have the basis-mind and consciousness- and now sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell are developed, as well as the mind. The next nidana is contact. Contact means we have an object, the sense fac- ulty, and consciousness. Contact happens before the level of thought or concept. The world is coming together continuously. Through the senses, the mind freezes the object, like taking a snapshot of what is going on: "That's rain:' This is contact. The next nidana is feeling, which also happens before thought. Is this rain plea- surable, painful, or neutral? Contact and feeling are now watering the karmic seed in a particular way. The next nidana is craving, which is based on feeling. Desiring to avoid pain or to experience pleasure, we continuous- ly water those karmic seeds in the eighth conSCIousness. The next nidana is appropriation, pos- session. While craving can be painful or