In this Festival, Gen-la Khyenrab will grant the blessing empowerment of Buddha Arya Green Tara.
Enlightened Mother Arya Tara, manifestation of the swift, wind element, of all the Buddhas, is greatly delighted with those who sincerely practice Kadam Lamrim, the stages of the path to enlightenment. She promised Atisha, the Founder of Kadam Lamrim, to give her special care, protection and blessings to his followers throughout their life, and in life after life.
Gen-la Khyenrab will further explain how we can recognize all conventional appearances as the magical, or illusory, play of the mind and how we can stop grasping strongly at their apparent differences through recognizing everything as a manifestation of emptiness, the actual nature of all things.
- Friday evening: Introduction
- Saturday: Morning meditation followed by the empowerment of Arya Green Tara. Afternoon commentary will be given by Gen-la Khyenrab
- Sunday & Monday: Morning meditation followed by two commentaries/teachings with Gen-la Khyenrab
- Monday evening through Wednesday Lunch: Guided retreat
ABOUT the TEACHERS
Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab, the Retired General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and the Resident Teacher at KMC Canada, will grant the empowerment and give the teachings at the Festival. Having trained closely with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for nearly thirty-five years Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is an internationally renowned teacher and Buddhist monk who is greatly admired for his powerful teachings as well as his pure example of humility and loving-kindness.
Gen Kelsang Rigpa, the Western US National Spiritual Director and the Resident Teacher at KMC Hollywood and KMC California, will give the Festival Introduction. His heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone.
Kadam Morten Clausen, the Eastern US National Spiritual Director and Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York City, will lead the Festival retreat. He is greatly admired and is especially known for his clarity, humor and inspirational presentation of Dharma.
Gen Kelsang Lingpur, the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Arizona, will guide the morning meditations at the Festival. She is appreciated for her ability to articulate Buddha’s teachings in a way that is easy to understand and that touches people’s hearts.
WHO is ARYA TARA
The female Buddha of active compassion who, as the manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas, is known as the “Mother of the Conquerors.”
She is also known as the “Great Liberator” who pacifies all sickness, poverty, misfortune, fighting, and quarreling and causes the Dharma and all good fortune to flourish.
Her green-colored body symbolizes that she is also the manifestation of the fully purified wind element of all the Buddhas, and like the wind is quick to respond to the prayers of those in need. Her right leg extended also indicates her readiness to help others.
It is said that when Buddha Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion, saw the immensity of suffering in the world he started crying, and Tara was born from a lotus that arose from his lake of tears.