Tsewang Rinpoche planted the seeds for this empowerment and teaching as early as May of this year, when he visited the Guru Vajradhara 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa in San Francisco to beseech a teaching on behalf of students and fellow Vajrayana practitioners, and was graciously granted the request.
Since the establishment of Danang Foundation in 2006, Tsewang Rinpoche has spared no efforts in his Dharma activities. Besides regular classes and prayers conducted at Tibetan Buddhist Center, under the auspices of Danang Foundation, Tsewang Rinpoche has continuously created positive and non-sectarian conditions for the flourishing of the Dharma; inviting respected masters of legit Buddhist lineages to give teachings and empowerments.
The Guru Vajradhara 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa, Pema Donyo Nyinje Wangpo, was born in 1954, in Palyul, Derge, Tibet. He was enthroned at 18 months, and left Tibet at the age of 6 to be with His Holiness the 16th Karmapa at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim. He received all the transmissions of the lineage from His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, who is Vajra Dhara for 12th Kenting Tai Situpa, and some pith instructions from the 9th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche and Saljay Rinpoche. Most of the Tai Situpa’s philosophical trainings are received from the Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, the late Drikung Khenpo Konchok, the late Khenpo Khedup and many other great masters.
In 1992, following traditional methods, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje was recognized according to the prediction letter left by 16th Gyalwa Karmapa to the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa. His Holiness the Dalai Lama confirmed this recognition.
In 2000, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, escaped from Tsurphu Monastery, where he was enthroned, into exile in India, in order to continue his religious studies, and receive guidance and transmissions of the Mahamudra Lineage from the Kenting Tai Situpa.
Since the 1980s, the Tai Situpa, who is fluent in English, has regularly traveled the world to spread the Dharma. In the last decade, he has remained in India to received disciples from all over the world who come to seek teachings.
On this occasion, the Guru Vajradhara 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa will grant the empowerment of White Tara, as well as a teaching on Urban Life and Dharma Practice.
The practice of White Tara (whom, together with Amitayus and Ushnishavijaya, are known as the Three Deities of Longevity) is known to grant long life to sentient beings. According to records, Nagarjuna and Atisha both achieved accomplishments via the instructions of Tara.
The white body of the White Tara represents purity and stainlessness. Her wisdom eye glazes at the limitless Buddha fields in the ten directions, while her other six eyes – including those on the palms of her hands and soles of her feet, look compassionately on beings in the six realms, blessing them with swift liberation from suffering. The practice of White Tara is known to eliminate illness, and obstacles, and to increase life span and merits.
The Kenting Tai Situpa will also bestow an essence teaching specifically tailored for practitioners engaged in the hustle of urban life; how to incorporate Dharma practice into daily life, cultivate renunciation, disengage from the three poisons of desire, hatred and ignorance, reduce attachment, realize the impermanence of phenomena, enter onto the path and swiftly attain ultimate liberation.
We hope that everyone will take advantage of this rare opportunity, and come share and benefit from the Dharma!