Program Details

Avalokiteshvara Feast

with Larry Mermelstein
April 6 / 4:00 PM - April 6 / 7:30 PM

The Sadhana of Nonmeditation,
A Practice of No Activity drawn from
The Heart Treasure of Samantabhadra

An Earth Terma on the Practice of Avalokiteshvara
from Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

RESTRICTED TO TANTRIKAS WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE LUNG (reading transmission)   Thangka image by Greg Smith        


Acharya Larry Mermelstein, executive director of the Nalanda Translation Committee, will be the Dorje Loppon for this feast and will tell us more about this feast practice written by Trungpa Rinpoche and how it came to us.

Do join your vajra siblings for this powerful ati practice. Like last year's well-attended Parinirvana celebration, this Avalokiteshvara feast of the spontaneous compassion that arises from awareness will be an especially potent remembrance of the Vidyadhara.


Avalokiteshvara FEAST on SUNDAY, April 6
from 4 PM until about 7:30 PM
in the Main Shrine Room at the Boulder Shambhala Center

Texts will be provided for use during the feast.

New practice texts ($40) and 2 thangka prints ($10 each) will be available for purchase before the feast - bring your checkbook.

Vajrayogini sadhakas may bring practice implements if you wish.

Cost $15

Lung required

LUNG:  To make it possible for more people to attend, Lynele Jones is offering two opportunities to receive the lung before this feast: 

Sunday, March 30, 2-3:30PM
Thursday, April 3, 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Location: the Boulder Shambhala Center, downstairs Auxiliary Shrine Room
Prerequisite: Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly

BACKGROUND OF THE PRACTICE AND RESTRICTIONS:  The Vidyadhara received a treasure container with small blue scroll in dakini script directly from Ekajati when he was nineteen years old, during a ganachakra at Kyere Shelkar.  This "Sadhana of Nonmeditation" of Avalokiteshvara is one of the terma that emerged when he later decoded the script on retreat. 

His nephew, Karma Senge Rinpoche, compiled this terma, along with other terma discovered by the Vidyadhara, into a feast practice, and conferred the Avalokiteshvara abhisheka during his last visit to Canada in 2007.

The only prerequisite for the lung is completion of Vajrayana (or Vajradhatu) Seminary or Sacred World Assembly.  Individual practice of this sadhana, however, requires that you have received the full abhisheka. Therefore, receiving this lung does NOT involve additional individual practice commitments - just the opportunity to join group practices which are offered in Boulder about every second month.

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