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Celebrated Tibetan Buddhist Teacher Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche Talks at IUP

Considered one of the greatest living Tibetan masters today, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will visit IUP to present a series of lectures on techniques from Tibetan Buddhism that can be used in generating peace and compassion. His visit takes place from Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 10, 2013, at the Co-Op College Lodge.

The weekend events will begin with a vegetarian potluck at 5:00 p.m. followed by a public talk on “Meditation: Key to Self-Awareness and Compassion” by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. In three sessions on Saturday (10:30–noon and 3:30–5:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:30–noon), he will provide an in-depth teaching on the Four Immeasurables of loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. The weekend will end on Sunday afternoon with the Refuge Vow and Chenrezig Empowerment ceremonies at 4:00 p.m.

All events will take place at the Co-op College Lodge, located at 239 College Lodge Road, Indiana PA 15701. The Friday potluck is free and open to the public. If you wish to attend the potluck, bring a vegetarian dish to share and rsvp to registration@indianacountyktc.org. Tickets will be sold at the door. To preregister, contact registration@indianacountyktc.org. Attendance vouchers will be available for IUP students.

Registration fees for events are:

  • Friday Public Talk: $15 general admission or $10 for I-Card holders and seniors
  • Teaching Sessions on Saturday and Sunday: General admission
    • $15/session or $40 for all sessions
    • I-card holders or seniors: $10/session or $25 for all sessions
  • Refuge Vow and Chenrezig Empowerment Ceremonies: $15

Refuge is a prerequisite for the empowerment on Sunday afternoon. Refuge is a first step on the Buddhist path to enlightenment. The ceremony of the Chenrezig empowerment is given as a blessing and invokes Chenrezig, who is the embodiment of limitless compassion. For those interested in taking refuge, please contact registration@indianacountyktc.org.

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche is currently the abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachackra, one of the main Tibetan monasteries in the U.S. Ordained as a monk at the age of 12 at Thrangu Monastery in eastern Tibet, he is one of the few Tibetan scholars that have received the highest levels of training in Tibetan Buddhism. Due to the political situation in Tibet in the late 1950s, he fled his homeland in 1959 through the Himalayas to Bhutan and eventually India. In the following years, he resided at monasteries in Bhutan and India, where he provided teachings and support for Tibetan refugee communities. In 1975, His Holiness the 16th Karmapa acknowledged Rinpoche’s attainment with the title Choje Lama (Superior Dharma Master). At the request of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Khenpo Rinpoche immigrated to the U.S. in 1976 to establish and guide the development of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, located near Woodstock, N.Y. After more than 40 years of teaching on Tibetan Buddhist topics, Khenpo Rinpoche has a prolific body of work published in Chinese and English, as well as dozens of teachings that have been published in Densal magazine and transcripts by KTD’s Namse Bagdzo Bookstore. At age 89, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche still maintains a rigorous international teaching schedule. (See a more extensive biography and list of publications.)

Sponsored by the IUP student organization Friends of Himalayan Buddhism and Karma Thegsum Choling of Indiana (local Tibetan meditation center) and supported by the IUP Mindfulness Living and Learning Community.

For more information, contact registration@indianacountyktc.org or call 724-349-9426.

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