The Venerable K.C. Ayang Tulku Rinpoche

The following article is from the Summer, 1991 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

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In Honor of the Year of Tibet

To give Phowa Courses in United States and Canada

Phowa is the Tibetan Buddhist method which allows us to transfer our own or others' consciousness at the time of death to Dewachen, the Pure Land of Amitabha, the Western Buddha of Infinite Light. Through a combination of breath, mantra, and visualization techniques, the consciousness is released from the crown aperture, circumventing the Bardos and avoiding rebirth in the six realms of cyclic existence. Marpa, the great translator, said, There are teach ings for one to become enlightened, but I have a teaching (Phowa) that offers enlightenment without meditation. In the course of a Phowa retreat with an accomplished master, it is usual for the practitioner to manifest physical signs of attainment. If they have the opportunity, those who plan to attend are advised to complete 100,000 Amitabha mantras with visualization before the course begins: please call or write Bob (phone and address below) for a copy of that practice.

The Venerable Ayang Tulku Rinpoche is a reknowned Phowa Master considered by many to be the greatest living Master of this practice. He has received the transmissions of both the Kagyu and Nyingma Schools, including those of Rinchen Ter Dzod, Kagyu Nag Dzod, the Six Yogas of Naropa and Mahamudra, all Nyingthig initiations and teachings, the Phowa and Upadcsha, Kalachakra, Chagchcn Kundzod Chig She Kundrol, and the Dam Nag Dzod, which contains the essense of all initiations and teachings of all schools.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Œ‡ Aug. 15 - 27, 1991, Sept. 2 - 4, 1991

AMITAYUS LIMITLESS - LIFE EMPOWERMENT Œ‡ Thursday, Aug. 15, 7:30 pm. Recommended for those taking the Phowa Course

PHOWA RETREAT Œ‡ Friday, Aug. 16, 7:30 pm until Sunday, Aug. 25, 10:00 pm. If you would be unable to enter the retreat until Saturday morning, please call and discuss it. If you must leave early on Sunday, Aug. 25, that's OK. If you must work during the day on weekdays, please call.

TEACHINGS: THES PUERE OF THE INNERMOST ESSENCE OF VAJRASATTVA Œ‡ Monday - Tuesday, Aug. 26-27 Œ‡ 7:30 pm; Monday, Sept. 2 Œ‡ 3-6 & 8-10 pm; Sept. 3-4 Œ‡ 7:30 pm. Special teachings from Rigdzin Tsewang Norbu, a Kagyu/Nyingma Joint lineage teaching revealing outer, inner, and secret aspects of Vajrasattva practice.

Prices: S200 all events, $170 if paid by July 15; Phowa Retreat $150, $120 by July 15; Vajrasattva teachings $60.

Events at Ananda Hall. 920 So. New Hampshire Avenue, Los Angeles, 1 hour or less from LAX depending on traffic. Some low-cost accommodations for travelers and work scholarships are available.

Please call or write for a flyer. Drikung Kagyu Center, PO Box 34638, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Bob Els wick 213-394-2702, Lucy Sheen 818-282-9182 (day)/ 818964-2563 (eve).

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK Œ‡ Sept.6-26, 1991

PHOWA COURSE AND EMPOWERMENT Œ‡ Sept. 7-15

MILAREPA EMPOWERMENT, TEACHINGS: The sphere of the innermost essence of Vajrasattva and special Bardo teachings from the illuminating depth of Dharmadhatu; dissolving illusion. Œ‡ Sept. 16-26

Call Ani Tsering Chodon 716454-3844.

TORONTO, ONTARIO: Kinmount Retreat Center Œ‡ Sept. 27 - Oct. 16, 1991

PIIOWA COURSES AND EMPOWERMENT Œ‡ Sept. 27 - Oct.6.

MILAREPA EMPOWERMENT; MAHAMUDRA RETREAT (restricted), Oct. 6-16

Call Cynthia Meyer 416-6515593

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Œ‡ Oct. 18-25, 1991

THE SPHERE OF THE INNERMOST ESSENCE OF VAJRASATTVA . Other teachings to be announced.

Call Ani Tsering Chodon 716454-3844.

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