Tulku Damcho Rinpoche
Starts: Friday, September 28, 2018, at 7 PM
Ends: Tuesday, October 2, 2018, after lunch
Fee for the whole course:
• Coure fee including meals and accomodation: 350 € (reduced 318 €)
• Course fee with meals, but without accomodation: 310 € (reduced 278 €)
• Course fee alone (without meals and accomodation): 240 € (reduced 208 €)
Fee for single days:
Whole day (Saturday, Sunday or Monday)
• Course fee including 1x accomodation and 3 meals: 90 € (reduced 82 €)
• Course fee including 3 meals, but without accomodation 80 € (reduced 72 €)
• Course fee alone (without meals and accomodation): 64 € (reduced 55 €)
Fee for single empowerment session:
40 € (reduced 36 €)
7 PM Khorwa Dongtruk Empowerment
10 AM Preparation of Gyalwa Gyamtso Empowerment
2:30 PM Gyalwa Gyamtso Empowerment
7 PM Lung for Gyalwa Gyamtso
10 AM Preparation of Khorlo Demchok Empowerment
2:30 PM Khorlo Demchok Empowerment
7 PM Lung for Khorlo Demchok
10 AM Teachings on Könchog Chidü
2:30 PM Könchog Chidü Empowerment
7 PM Teachings by Acharya Lama Sönam Tsering
10 AM White Tara Empowerment
Tulku Damcho Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of the great master Lama Tsoknyi by His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche. At that time he had already lived several years as a monk in the Thrangu Tashi Choling monastery in Kathmandu.
His previous incarnation, Lama Tsoknyi, was an outstanding master of the Thrangu Tashi Choling monastery in Tibet in the time preceding the Chinese invasion. Already in his childhood his natural spirituality became evident. With great devotion he practized 2000 Nyungnes, a special practice of the Thousand-armed Chenrezig. Through this intense practice he gained extraordinary experiences and realizations. He founded new retreat places, renovated old temples and served the dharma with manifold activities.
After his death he was reborn in Nubri in Northern Nepal. From early on he wished to receive the monks vows. After the Thrangu Tashi Choling monastery was established in Kathmandu/Nepal, he insisted to become a monk there. Then, after spending several years as a monk there, he was finally recognized and inthroned as Tulku Damcho.
He was outstanding in his studies and his conduct, and completed the shedra with excellence. A traditional 3-year retreat and a one year Kalachakra retreat followed, which ended in 2007. Asked by Thrangu Rinpoche, he now travels to Karma Kagyu centers all over the world to give teachings and empowerments on a yearly basis.
Khorwa Dongtruk (tr. “Churning the Depths of Samsara“) is a manifestation of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. His body is red and stands on a white lotus. Khorwa Dongtruk is a terma, or revealed spiritual treasure, of the great Tertön Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (1829-1870). It is a particularly powerful practice, and includes a bardo section which aids in bringing the consciousness of the deceased into the pure realm of Amitabha. It was the first empowerment granted by the 7 year old Karmapa shortly after his enthronement in 1992.
At Halscheid it has become a tradition to hold a Khorwa Dongtruk Retreat every year at Pentecost.
Gyalwa Gyamtso, (tr. „Ocean of the Victors“) is a manifestation of Red Chenrezig in union with Vajravarahi, and an embodiment of the ‘ocean’ of Gurus, Buddhas, Yidams, Dakinis and Dharma protectors. This practice is one of the most important within the Karma Kagyu tradition and part of the traditional three-year retreat Yidam practices. The Karmapa is considered an embodiment of Gyalwa Gyamtso, and it is said that the 1st Karmapa, Düsum Khyenpa, gained great realization with the help of this practice.
The practice of Gyalwa Gyamtso belongs to the Father Tantras of the Highest Yoga Tantra, which focuses on the development of compassion or skillful means. The lineage of this practice is attributed to Rechungpa, one of the main disciples of Milarepa.
Khorlo Demchok (Skrt. “Chakrasamvara” or „Wheel of Supreme Bliss“) is regarded as the most important Yidam or meditational deity of Vajrayana Buddhism. Khorlo Demchok is the primary Yidam of the Father Tantras, originating in the meditation practices of the 84 Mahasiddhis of India and passing to Tibet from the great siddha Naropa to his disciple Marpa and to Milarepa. It has subsequently remained the pinnacle practice of the Karma Kagyu. Khorlo Demchok’s body is blue in color with twelve arms and four faces, each gazing in one of the four cardinal directions, but is often depicted in his more simple one-faced, two-armed form in union with his Wisdom Consort Vajravarahi: their embrace symbolizing the union of wisdom and skillful means.
Konchok Chidu („The Embodiment of All Precious Jewels“) is a Guru Rinpoche practice – a terma discovered by the great Terton Jatsen Nyingpo (1585-1656) – which encompasses all the Three Roots: the outer peaceful Padmasambhava the Guru, the inner wrathful Padmasambhava as the Yidam, and the secret Padmasambhava in the form of Simhamukha as the Dakini. Konchok Chidu is a very profound and wide cycle of teachings, and one of the most direct ways of accomplishing Padmasambhava’s mind.
At Halscheid we practice the short form of this Terma, which focuses on Guru Öbar, the Peaceful Guru.
White Tara, (Skrt. Cintachakra “Wish-fulfilling Wheel”) is the female Bodhisattva Tara who embodies long life, healing and serenity. With her seven wisdom eyes in head, hands and feet, she sees the suffering of beings in all realms of existence and the three times, and like a loving mother comes to the aid of all who need and call to her. As a focus for tantric deity yoga, the practice of Tara can be traced back to Yeshe Tsogyal and Padmasambhava, and to this day is widespread in all Dharma schools in Tibet. Many of the great masters of Vajrayana Buddhism have chosen her as their personal yidam, including the present Dalai Lama.