Starting this Monday (June 16), His Holiness Phakchok Rinpoche will start his series of teachings and empowerment in Thailand. Here is the program:
Mon 16 June: The Great “I”
Place: Grand Ballroom, 11th Floor
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tue 17 June: Healing in Buddhism
Place: Mongkolnavin Conference Room, Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital
Time: Registration starts at 11:45 a.m. Lecture 12:15 to 13:45, including Q&A.
Thu 19 June: Vajrasattava Empowerment and Teaching on “Accumulation of Merit”
Place: Boudhagaya Hall
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Registration starts at 5:00 p.m.)
I have known Phakchok Rinpoche for some time, as Thailand is one of his favorite places for a visit. Last time he gave a two-day teaching at Chulalongkorn University, an event organized by the Thousand Stars Foundation. He talked about mind training and how to do meditation in the style of Tibetan Buddhism. This was very good for Thai Buddhists, who were not at all familiar with Tibetan Buddhism and how to do meditation from another tradition rather than their own. This was really an eye opener and a very beneficial start of a dialog between the Thai and Tibetan traditions of Buddhism, which Rinpoche himself has been advocating for quite some time.
This time Rinpoche’s teachings will be much more wide ranging. He will start out with a talk on “The Great ‘I'”. Well, this is simply the root cause of all the sufferings that bind us with samsara. Then he talks about how the teaching of the Buddha could help with those with health problems. He will give the talk at the Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital and I am sure many patients and others will benefit a lot. Then on Thursday he will talk on how to accumulate merit and bestow an empowerment of the Buddha Vajrasattva. Vajrasattva is the Buddha of purification and the two topics fit together very well, as merit accumulation needs to be accompanied by the Vajrasattva practice of cleansing away our bad karmas in order for the merits to be most effective.
Then the highlight of his visit this year will be a teaching on Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation. Gampopa was a student of Milarepa, and he was the one who combined the monastic tradition transmitted by Atisha and the yogic tradition of Milarepa. So Thai people are really fortunate to be able to listen to this teaching.
Those of you who happen to be in Bangkok and would like to know more information please contact Khun Jarunee at jamjuree99 AT yahoo.com or download this file.