Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen, lineage holders and principal lamas of the Aro gTér tradition of the Nyingma school of Vajrayana Buddhism, will conduct a weekend of online teachings from 9–11 July to celebrate the publication of the second edition of their book Entering the Heart of the Sun and Moon.
The free event will center on the non-dual nature of romantic love in the context of Vajrayana Buddhist practice of vajra-romance, the application of the Nyi-da Melong—a Dzogchen tantra from the teachings of the Nyingma terton Khyungchen Aro Lingma (1886–1923).
“Entering the Heart of the Sun and Moon is an extrapolation on Khyungchen Aro Lingma’s Khandro dPa’wo Nyi-da Mélong Gyüd (mKha’ ‘gro dPa bo nyi zLa me long rGyud / མཁའ་འགྲོ་དཔ་བོ་ཉི་ཟླ་མེ་ལོང་རྒྱུད་ ),” event organizer the Drala Jong community shared. “This is the essential Dzogchen Long-dé teaching on vajra-romance. Entering the Heart of the Sun and Moon describes the essential non-dual nature of romantic love in the living application of a Dzogchen gTérma revealed by Aro Lingma. Her revelation explodes the myth that celibacy holds spiritual advantages over a natural life, and opens a portal to those inspired to integrate every aspect of life with non-dual absorption.”
This free event, which will be live-streamed from Wales in the UK, will be held on 9–11 July at the following times (all times British Summer Time [BST]) (click here to register):
Friday, 9 July: 19.00 to 20.30
Saturday, 10 July: 14.00 to 15.30
Sunday, 11 July: 14.00 to 15.30
For more information visit: Entering the Heart of the Sun and Moon – weekend event with Ngak´chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen (Facebook)
The Aro gTér tradition traces its lineage of enlightened female practitioners to the mother of Tibetan Buddhism, Yeshe Tsogyel, a female master and teacher who, together with her consort Padmasambhava, founded the Nyingma school of Vajrayana Buddhism. Aro gTér is a small family lineage within that tradition, founded by the female visionary Lama Aro Lingma in 1909. The teachers of the Aro gTér tradition are householders who are ordained tantrikas, rather than monastic practitioners. Many of them teach as married couples, maintaining conventional careers and raising families alongside their practice and teaching commitments.
In describing the practices and aims of the tradition, the affiliated Bristol-based Buddhist charity Sang-ngak-chö-dzong states: “The teachings of the Aro gTér, a Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist lineage, is singularly appropriate for many Westerners. The Aro gTér tradition is principally concerned with transforming our experience of everyday being, rather than achieving an esoteric or spiritualized mode of existence. Our aim is to engender cheerful courage, perceptive consideration, sincere determination, natural gallantry, graciousness, creativity, and spaciousness.”
Entering the Heart of the Sun and Moon – weekend event with Ngak´chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen
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