THE renowned Buddhist master Gongkar Dorje Dhenpa Rinpoche will give a presentation at the Centro Internacional de Estudios Budistas in La Sella on Friday 22nd September.
The presentation, entitled ‘The awakening of love and wisdom’ will start at 8.00pm and will focus on meditation related to Tara.
Tara is a female Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears as a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. She is known as the “mother of liberation” and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements.
Tara is a tantric meditation deity whose practice is used by practitioners of the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism to develop certain inner qualities and understand outer, inner and secret teachings about compassion and emptiness.
Gongkar Dorje Dhenpa Rinpoche is the present throne holder of Dzongpa, a branch of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in India.
He was enthroned in 2003 and since then, he has taken full responsibility for the running of the monastery and the revival of his lineage, supported by the monastery’s abbot, Khenpo Jampal Chodzin, and sixty-one resident monks.
All the monks have personally taken part in building the monastery, which sits deep in a forest in the district of Dehradun. The winding forest road that leads to the monastery and the small Tibetan community of Khera Goan was also made by them and they cultivate their own organic fruit and vegetables, as well as put out the occasional unfortunate forest fire!