Compassion Buddha Practice
"Every person whose heart is moved by love and compassion, who deeply and sincerely acts for the benefit of others without concern for fame, profit, social position, or recognition expresses the activity of Chenrezig."
-- Chenrezig: Lord of Love
In the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon of enlightened beings, Chenrezig is renowned as the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
According to legend, Chenrezig made a vow that he would not rest until he had liberated all the beings in all the realms of suffering. Chenrezig may be the most popular of all Buddhist deities, except for Buddha himself -- Chenrezig is beloved throughout the Buddhist world. He is known by different names in different lands: as Avalokiteshvara in the ancient Sanskrit language of India, as Kuan-yin in China, as Kannon in Japan.
As Chenrezig, he is considered the patron Bodhisattva of Tibet, and his meditation is practiced in all the great lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.
Whenever we are compassionate, or feel love for anyone, or for an animal or some part of the natural world, we experience a taste of our own natural connection with Chenrezig. Although we may not be as consistently compassionate as some of the great meditation masters, Tibetan Buddhists believe that we all share, in our basic nature, unconditional compassion and wisdom that is no different from what we see in Chenrezig and in these lamas.
No prior experience is necessary to participate.
Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche or one of his senior students will be leading us in this practice. Please join us at the Gampopa Center at 7 pm as your schedule permits. No preregistration is required. The suggested donation each week is $10 for patrons and $15 for non-patrons. Those unable to donate are welcome!
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