Program Details

Kurukulla Abhisheka

with Walker Blaine & Walker Blaine
May 17 / 12:00 AM - May 17 / 12:00 AM

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has invited Kurukulla into the Shambhala mandala as an adornment for this stage in the community’s growth.  A retinue practice, the Kurukulla  Sadhana is done incidentally, at times when we need to enact a karma to benefit the world or to increase the effect of that activity within our life. The Sakyong wishes for his students to make a personal relationship with the Kurukulla sadhana, but there are no mantra requirements nor is there a number of sessions to do.

Prerequisites - The Kurukulla abhisheka is open to practitioners who have established the Werma Sadhana as their main practice for more than one year. It is also open to all Vajrayogini sadhakas in the Shambhala mandala who have a connection to the Sakyong.

About Housing – The Sakyong wishes to offer this empowerment during his annual teaching visit to Karme Choling.  Because other programs will be in progress, most staff and participants for this abhisheka will need to arrange off site accommodations.  Karme Choling will send you a list of off-site options in the area with rates and contact information shortly after you register.

  • There will be a materials fee of approximately $130.

  • Repeater Rate $175

About Kurukulla - Kurukulla is a well-known dakini, or female wisdom deity, in the Tibetan and Indian tradition. She is a central figure associated with the activity of magnetizing people, wealth, and energy to virtuous dharmic endeavors. Kurukulla practice has a specific role to play in our community: to draw people with a connection to warriorship to Shambhala. The Werma and Shambhala Sadhanas will remain the central liturgical practices in the Shambhala tradition, and the Kurukulla sadhana will play the role of a "retinue practice" ­- assisting the community’s primary purpose of creating enlightened society.

Kurukulla belongs to the padma family of deities, which includes Amitabha, Avalokiteshvara, Padmasambhava, Hayagriva, and the other deities mentioned in Jamgön Mipham Gyatso’s short chant entitled Great Clouds of Blessings: Supplication for Magnetizing the Phenomenal World, which is practiced daily at our land centers. Often she’s referred to as Padmadakini, which reflects her connection to the padma family and is her name when she manifests as one of the four wisdom dakinis in the retinue of Vajrayogini. Her name in Tibetan is Rikchéma (rig byed ma), which literally means ‘she who gives knowledge’.


In Tibet, Kurukulla practice was popular during periods of expansion of the dharma, such during as the spreading of the Nyingma tradition at the time of the siddha-scholar, Rongsom Chökyi Sangpo (also known as Rongsom Pandita, 1012-1088) and during the times of the early Dalai and Panchen Lamas. Jamgön Mipham Gyatso (1846-1912) encouraged many Nyingma practitioners, among them the king of Dege, to practice Kurukulla during the massive growth and articulation of the Nyingma tradition that occurred during the second half of the 19th century.

The empowerment we will receive is drawn from Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye’s massive collection of termas, the Rinchen Terdzö. The specific abhisheka is the yangter, or rediscovered terma, of Rongsom Chökyi Sangpo, who was instrumental in firmly establishing the Nyingma view at a time when it was under intense criticism during the 11th century. His scholarship is renowned for its depth and had a great impact on Jamgön Mipham Gyatso. The Rongsom Chökyi Sangpo Kurukulla empowerment will introduce us to the deity, but the practice bestowed this summer will be a Kurukulla sadhana composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, which incorporates texts written by Jamgön Mipham Gyatso.

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