Topic: The Noble Mahāyāna Sūtra “The Rice Seedling”
When: December 21, evening
In this sūtra, at the request of venerable Śāriputra, the bodhisattva mahāsattva Maitreya elucidates a very brief teaching on dependent arising that the Buddha had given earlier that day while gazing at a rice seedling. The text discusses outer and inner causation and its conditions, describes in detail the twelvefold cycle by which inner dependent arising gives rise to successive lives, and explains how understanding the very nature of that process can lead to freedom from it.
Topic: Empowerment: Korwa Dongtruk – He Who Churns the Depths of Saṃsāra
When : December 22, morning and afternoon
Korwa Dongtruk is a revealed spiritual treasure of the great dharma king Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (1829-1870). The associated sādhana, entitled “All-pervading Benefit,” is a practice of Red Avalokiteshvara, and was compiled by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892) in accordance with the view of the root terma text, at the command of the treasure revealer.
This practice includes specific meditations to benefit those who have passed away. In the practice communities under Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, this sādhana is the recommended basis for rituals for the deceased. As such it is typically performed on the weekly anniversary of the death of an individual until the third or seventh week. Separate from its arrangement as a ritual for those who have passed away it can also be taken up as a personal sādhana practice.