Program Details

Parinirvana Day: Celebrating Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche


April 4 / 7:00 PM - April 4 / 9:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate the amazing life and teachings of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the twenty-seventh anniversary of his passing into parinirvana (death of an enlightened being).


On Friday, April 4th, 2014, the 27th Parinirvana day of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trunpa Rinpoche, we will come together for a celebration of his ever-present smile with a sumptuous Sadhana of Mahamudra pot-luck feast. Trungpa Rinpoche was the founder of the Ottawa Shambhala Centre, and alongside hundreds of other Centres and Groups we continue to unfurl his profound and delightful teachings on creating enlightened society. It is a great pleasure to gather as a community to celebrate his life and teachings, and we hope you’ll join us!


The Sadhana of Mahamudra is an important text given to us by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche at a turning point in his presentation of Buddhist teachings in the West. The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a binding factor for our community because students at all levels of practice can participate and experience a profound presentation of the spiritual path; this practice brings together the two main lineages in our community. One of its important teachings is that the nature of the practice itself undercuts any ideas and agendas of spiritual materialism. The practice lasts about an hour and involves both chanting and silent meditation. Texts for the practice are provided at the Centre and all levels of practitioners are warmly invited to participate.


A feast practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra is a special event, in which we eat and celebrate together as a form of practice. For this Parinirvana Day we’ll also have the wonderful opportunity to see a video compilation of selections of Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings prepared by the Shambhala Archives. Participants are also welcome to bring favorite readings, pictures, or experiences of relating with Trungpa Rinpoche or his teachings. Please register if you are planning to join, so that we know how many seats to set up. All food creations for our pot-luck feast are most welcome as a contribution to a delicious mandala of the five senses.

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