TEACHINGS AVAILABLE IN-PERSON AND ON ZOOM;
SATURDAY REFUGE AND EMPOWERMENT ARE IN-PERSON ONLY
Please join Columbus KTC in welcoming Thrangu Vajra Master Lama Tobden for his first visit to an American urban dharma center!
This historic visit by Lama Tobden will include a review of the path of Vajrayana Buddhism, the path of deep meditation on the nature of mind (Mahamudra) and the practice of visualization and mantra.
Lama Tobden will present a four-part teaching on “The Path of Mahamudra” with sessions on Friday evening Aug. 25, Saturday morning Aug. 26, and the morning and afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 27. He will be assisted by translator Khenpo Sangye Trinley of KTD Monastery in Woodstock, NY.
On Saturday afternoon Aug. 26, Lama Tobden will bestow the Vow of Refuge to those wishing to start the Buddhist path, followed by the empowerment of the Buddha Vajrasattva, considered a powerful blessing for the removal of obstacles and obscurations in our minds and lives.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to meet and receive teachings from a meditation master born and trained in Tibet and blessed by many years of dharma practice.
|Public Talk: Path of Mahamudra, Part One||Friday, Aug. 25, 2023||7 p.m.||Columbus KTC
645 W. Rich St.
|Path of Mahamudra, Part Two||Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023||10:00 a.m. – 11:30|
|Refuge Ceremony followed by the Vajrasattva empowerment (refuge required for the empowerment)||Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023||2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m..|
|Path of Mahamudra, Part Three||Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023||10:00 a.m. – 11:30||Columbus KTC
645 W. Rich St.
|Path of Mahamudra, Part Four||Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023||2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m|
ALL PROGRAMS ARE IN-PERSON at the Columbus KTC Center, 645 W. RIch Street, Columbus, OH. Teaching sessions also will be offered virtually on the Zoom platform. The Refuge Ceremony and Empowerment are in-person only.
WANT TO PARTICIPATE BY ZOOM? Zoom tickets also are available to attend all workshops for a donation to KTC’s Operations Fund. All four “Path of Mahamudra” workshops will be Zoom-cast.
IF YOU LACK FUNDS TO ATTEND, please send a “message to the organizer” using the message button below and request a free ticket. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
LIMITED INCOME? A donation option is available.
ABOUT LAMA TOBDEN:
Vajra Master (Lopön) Lama Tobden from Qinghai Thrangu monastery was born in 1975 at Punang near Princess Wencheng Temple in the north of Jiegu, Ga District.
He began his dharma studies at the age of eight, and at the age of 16 he received his initial monastic vows at Thrangu Tashi Monastery. After completing the traditional Karma Kagyu three-year retreat, he received full monastic ordination, attended monastic college, and served as monastery chanting master (Umdze).
In 2007, Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche and Lodro Nyima Rinpoche jointly appointed Lama Tobden as the Vajra Master (Lopön) of Thrangu monastery, and he has held this position ever since.
Lama Tobden has visited Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery several times, accompanying Lodro Nyima Rinpoche in 2016 to establish the annual longevity practice and in 2017 to help consecrate KTD’s Eight Stupas. In 2019 he gave the two-month Reading Transmission of all of Karma Chakme Rinpoche’s written works at KTD. Afterward, when KTD founding abbot Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche passed away, Lama Tobden led the 49-Day memorial pujas
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche has praised Lama Tobden in his public talks, calling him a truly qualified vajra master of the lineage. With his knowledge and compassionate approach to students, he has inspired admiration among the sanghas of KTD.