[Gerry has asked me to help spread the word about these upcoming events at his temple. So if you are surprised by this in my stream, chalk it up to my honey.] His Eminence Chokling Rinpoche, one of Asia’s most colourful lamas, is making his first trip to Canada and will be bestowing empowerments at Toronto’s Riwoche Tibetan Buddhist Temple August 11-13. H.E. Chokling Rinpoche is one of the great figures in the world of Tibetan Buddhism and a is widely recognised as an accomplished master and teacher.
In recent years more and more Lamas are coming to Toronto, but it is still pretty rare and colourful experience to meet one in person. Chokling Rinpoche is known for his friendly, caring spirit as well as an audacious and jovial sense of humour. Not only that, but he is a profound spiritual teacher whose message comes across in an easily accessible style.
During his visit H.E. Chokling Rinpoche will bestow 3 empowerments:
This is the most esoteric of the 3 empowerments. In it H.E. Chokling Rinpoche will bestow a complete set of Three Roots (Lama-Yidam-Khandro) from the Chokling Zabter. Lama will be Trinley Nyingpo, Yidam will be Sangtig Phurba, and Khandro will be Sangwa Yeshe.
Sat August 12 at 7:30pm-9:30pm— Destruction of the Hell Realms Empowerment
H.E. Chokling Rinpoche will confer the Destruction of the Hell Realms Empowerment. A traditional Tibetan ceremony for dispelling negativity at its very source. This colorful ceremony will benefit anyone who has aspirations for overcoming negativity and creating positive energy in their lives. [upcoming.org]
Sun August 13 at 9am-11:30am —Great Blessing on the Environment
H.E. Chokling Rinpoche will perform the Great Blessing on the Environment. A traditional Tibetan ceremony for the purification of the city, its people, animals, the air, water and all living things. Anyone who is interested in the environmental welfare of our city and beyond is welcome to attend. [upcoming.org]
Tickets for the empowerments are available for $50 – order online at www.riwoche.com Or call (416) 766-7964 and leave a message. Tickets can also be purchased at the door at Riwoche Tibetan Buddhist Temple — 28 Heintzman Street, Toronto, Ontario, (Yahoo! Maps, Google Maps).
August 8: Tuesday at 10am–11:30am — H.E. Chokling Rinpoche Welcome Ceremony
August 17: Tuesday at 12pm—1pm — H.E. Chokling Rinpoche Departure
[images used without permission from Riwoche’s website. I’m getting permission now.]