Want Spiritual Power? Rely on Je Tsongkhapa!

Because Je Tsongkhapa is the embodiment of all Buddhas’ wisdom, compassion and spiritual power at once, by relying on him we can attain these good qualities.

Je Tsongkhapa empowerment leaflet, ed.

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Blessings of Spiritual Power

Bodhisattva Vajrapani

Je Tsongkhapa is an emanation of Buddha Vajrapani, whose function is to destroy the negative minds of living beings by bestowing power on their body, speech and mind.
Liberated from the oppressive weight of negativity, we are free to power on with our lives, and reach the desired goal.

Asking for help from the holy beings is like opening the shutters on a sunny day, and letting the sun in. The sun’s always shining, all we have to do it let it in.
Buddha’s blessings are the same.
They’re always blessing the minds of living beings, it’s their job. By opening up to these blessings, we can transform our mind, and therefore our world.

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Lama Yeshe: benefits of relying on Lama Tsongkhapa

Kadampa Life: What are Blessings? As Shantideva says in the beginning of Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Buddha’s blessings are like lightning during a dark night, quickly illuminating the environment and so forth. Similarly, Buddha’s blessings suddenly illuminate our mind with positivity, peace, and calm. At that time we are happy.

Credits:
Je Tsongkhapa Empowerment notes from Gen Chönden’s empowerment teachings 20th April 2013, via Aileen Glen.
Ref: Heart Jewel, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Original flyer by Becky Maybury

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Vajrasattva Purification Practice and Empowerment

Vajrasattva Empowerment
with Gen Chönden

~ Sat 8th Dec 2012 

Buddha Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva is a Buddha of purification. The practice of meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva’s mantra is a powerful method for purifying our impure mind and actions. This makes us feel better now, and prevents us experiencing a similar but worse event in the future. (See karma articles for more on this.)

The short version of Vajrasattva’s mantra is:

om Vajrasatto sarwa siddhi hum

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Local News : Training in Mindfulness & Concentration – Afternoon Course

Gen Chönden

This short course on training in mindfulness and concentration, will present methods for developing the main mental functions that we use when we meditate.

Sunday 28 October, 2 – 5pm*
Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Bristol, UK

* There will be an opportunity to do a short retreat in December for those who follow the training.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the life force of meditation” – Geshe Kelsang.
It’s function is to prevent distractions, so that we don’t forget what we’re meditating on. It’s that simple, and that difficult!

Concentration

Concentration depends upon mindfulness. It is the ability to focus the mind on a particular object, and remain there without moving away from it.
We use these two mental factors to meditate on an object – penetrating deep into the heart of it, staying with it, and fully understanding it.

Retreat

It is important to study and learn about Buddhist teachings, and to meditate daily. But it is only on retreat that we really familiarise ourselves enough with Buddha’s teachings to change our minds on a fundamental level.

 


Meditation descriptions from ‘Understanding the Mind’, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
For booking information see Amitabha Buddhist Centre’s website
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Local News ~ Patience Day Course


Shantideva’s forest retreat

 Sunday 3 June – Relying upon Patience

Gen Chönden  10:30am – 5pm 
Amitabha Buddhist Centre 

Shantideva
‘There is no evil greater than anger,
And no virtue greater than patience.
Therefore, I should strive in various ways
To become familiar with the practice of patience’.


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ABC Website
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Local News – Wisdom and Compassion in Harmony, Day Course with Gen Chönden

Wisdom and Compassion in Harmony

Day Course with Gen Chönden
Sunday 13 May, 10:30am – 5pm  

The supreme good heart holding the true nature of all phenomena is the universal panacea for all our suffering and problems, and swiftly takes us to enlightenment.
This is the transforming Sutra path of compassion and wisdom at its most powerful.
Everyone who is now a Buddha, followed this path of relying upon and abiding in the perfection of wisdom.

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Courses include teachings, guided meditations and discussion, with breaks for refreshments and lunch (vegetarian).
Everyone is welcome to any course.

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the two wings of wisdom and compassion fly us to enlightenment

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