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Sadhana of Mahamudra Abhisheka with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Feb 13, 2012

We are delighted to announce that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will bestow the Sadhana of Mahamudra Abhisheka at Halifax Shambhala Centre on April 1, 2012.

This ceremony is a special occasion for practitioners to receive the blessing empowerment of this sadhana as part of the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the parinirvana of the Druk Sakyong, The Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.

In 1968, during a retreat at Taktsang Senge-ge Samdrup in Bhutan, the Vidyadhara made a profound connection with Padmasambhava and received as terma the Sadhana of Mahamudra. This sadhana addresses the problems of the current dark age and how to overcome its obstacles.

His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche requested the Vidyadhara to write the abhisheka and feast for this sadhana. Unfortunately, the Vidyadhara was never able to do so. After the parinirvana of Trungpa Rinpoche, His Holiness was requested to fulfill this intention. When he completed the composition in 1990, he conferred the empowerment upon the Sakyong (known then as the Sawang) alone, making him the sole holder of this lineage. As instructed by His Holiness, The Sakyong did the retreat practice of the sadhana and after three years was permitted to confer the abhisheka upon the Shambhala sangha.

First bestowed by the current Sakyong in 1993 and several times subsequently at Vajrayana Seminary, this will be the first time in many years that the sangha will have an opportunity to receive the blessings of this abhisheka.

The abhisheka is open to all and you may register online here - http://halifax.shambhala.org/program_details.php?id=93314&cid=197

In order to make this program available to as many people as possible, we are pleased to offer tiered pricing. Your generosity at any level will help cover the cost of the abhisheka. Please see the registration page for details.

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)