Dharma Lecture: Powa and Dream Yoga
Sunday, April 17th at 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members
Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will teach a meditation that is practiced before one goes to sleep. It constitutes the first step of dream yoga and is a tradition of powa (the transference of consciousness at the time of death). Powa practice is very popular in Tibetan Buddhism. Different powa practices are related to different deities. The powa being taught comes from Sakya Pandita and focuses on Buddha Amitabha. This is the easiest one and can be practiced every night or when you take a nap. If you do so, then when you die, there is no doubt that you will be reborn in Dewachen, the pure land of Buddha Amitabha. In Tibet it is traditional for people to take this teaching numerous times in their life. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will bestow the blessing of Buddha Amitabha and then he will give the instructions on the powa practice. There will be a question and answer session after the teaching.
Ven Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche. He was recognized by H.H. Dalai Lama's Nyingmapa teacher Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche. He received teachings from twenty-five masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Tulku Yeshi has written eight books, seven of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture including A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa. He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, and can bestow empowerments. Currently he working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle and is working on his own biography, Magic and Monk.