Rare Chance to Spend a Week with a Great Tibetan Master
Sravasti Abbey is extremely fortunate to host Dagri Rinpoche for a week of teachings on Lama Tsongkhapa’s “In Praise of Dependent Arising.” In addition to these wisdom teachings, which will especially focus on the nature of mind, Rinpoche will give empowerments (jenangs) for the Amitabha Buddha and White Tara practices.
Rinpoche’s visit is June 11-19. This is Rinpoche’s second visit, having taught on the Chenrezig practice and “Parting from the Four Clingings” in 2013.
An Extraordinary Lama
Dagri Rinpoche has lived an extraordinary life. Born in Tibet in 1958, he grew up during the Chinese Communist Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976. Although he was recognized at an early age as the reincarnation of Pari (Dagri) Dorje Chang, one of the very great geshes of Lhasa, the political situation in Tibet prohibited religious training.
Like other Tibetans, Rinpoche experienced great hardship during these years. He attended the ordinary government school and labored at various jobs including as an animal herder, a truck diver, and a coal miner. Even in such humble conditions, everyone who knew him was moved by his outstanding inner qualities—his warm heart, his power, and his care for others.
These qualities have continued to grow throughout Rinpoche’s present life.
In 1978, the Communist government relaxed the religious persecution somewhat and Rinpoche went to the capital city of Lhasa, where he was ordained as a monk. There, he began to study Buddhist philosophy, and helped to restore Tibetan monasteries.
Outside of Tibet, many students of Rinpoche’s previous incarnation—including Jangtse Choje Rinpoche, Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Lama Thubten Yeshe, and Geshe Lama Konchog—were encouraging Rinpoche to leave Tibet for India. They made requests, wrote letters, and eventually helped to make travel preparations and obtain travel documents for him.
Rinpoche escaped from Tibet in 1982 and began 17 years of Buddhist philosophical studies at Sera Je Monastery in South India. He received the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest qualification obtainable, and was first in his class during subsequent training at the Gyumed Tantric College.
Since 2001 Rinpoche has taught the Dharma in Asia, Europe, and North America. He is especially involved with supporting His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the work of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the FPMT.
In Praise of Dependent Arising
The great Tibetan school and yogi, Lama Tsongkhapa, composed “In Praise of Dependent Arising” on the morning he attained the final view, the clear realization of emptiness that is the essence of wisdom. His poem is a joyful praise to the Buddha for teaching this profound path and to Master Nagarjuna for further explaining it. Dagri Rinpoche will use Tsongkhapa’s text to teach about wisdom in Tibetan Buddhism, beginning with the nature of mind that can cultivate that wisdom.
In addition to the teachings, Rinpoche will give an empowerment (jenang) on the Amitabha Buddha practice on Thursday, June 15, from 9 am to noon and on the White Tara practice on Monday, June 19 from 9 am to noon. .
We hope you won’t miss this opportunity to meet, study with, and learn from a great Tibetan master: Dagri Rinpoche.