The South African National Festival this year is a rare and special opportunity to receive the blessing empowerment of the Wisdom Buddha, Je Tsongkhapa and commentary to ‘Request to the Lord of All Lineages‘ prayer which Gen-la Kunsang received direct transmission of from Venerable Geshe-la.
The empowerment is a blissful guided meditation in which we will receive the special blessings of the Wisdom Buddha, Je Tsongkhapa upon our body, speech and mind. Through this we make a special connection with this enlightened being, enabling our compassion, wisdom and spiritual power to grow through our relying upon him. Je Tsongkhapa is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition of Buddhism with its many unsurpassed qualities. It has been said by renowned Buddhist masters that the power of Je Tsongkhapa’s blessings and his way of helping living beings is superior to other Buddhas.
Gen-la Kunsang will also explain the hidden meanings of the ‘Request to the Lord of All Lineages‘ which is a very blessed and powerful prayer composed by our Spiritual Guide, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. If used skilfully this prayer functions to bring about the realisations of all the stages of the path of Sutra and Tantra in our mind.
“We should mentally recite this prayer many times every day,
even when relaxing or lying down, while concentrating on the meaning of each individual verse.
Our understanding of the meaning of each verse should touch our heart,
and through this our mind will transform into wisdom,
cherishing love, compassion and so forth.
There is no greater meaning than engaging in this practice.
Please keep this advice in your heart.”
Therefore, how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to receive commentary to this prayer!
Gen-la Kunsang is an Internationally renowned Buddhist nun and senior teacher of the new Kadampa tradition. She is highly experienced, well-respected and has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 30 years.
She is also the National Spiritual Director of Austria, Switzerland, Italy and South Africa and teaches at National Festivals and Dharma Celebrations.
She has won the admiration and affection of many students throughout the world through her pure example and loving-kindness. Her teachings are powerful and clear.
Friday, 3 March
7:00 – 8:30pm Introduction
Saturday, 4 March
9:00 – 9:45am Meditation
11:00 – 1:00pm Empowerment
3:30 – 5:00pm Teaching 1
7:00 – 8:15pm Wishfulfilling Jewel with tsog (food offering)
Sunday, 5 March
9:00 – 10:00am Meditation
11:00 – 12:30pm Teaching 2
3:00 – 4:30pm Teaching 3
7:00 – 8:15pm Wishfulfilling Jewel with meditation
During the event we will use the following books and sadhanas (prayer booklets):
All of which are available from KMC Durban’s BOOKS AND GIFT SHOP.