Changling Rinpoche: Cutting Through Ego-Clinging, The Teachings of Khenpo Gangshar

July 19th—July 21st

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  • $210 Program Price
  • $250 Patron Price
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Room: Main Shrine Room

For tantrikas / vajrayana students who have received the pointing-out instructions on the nature of mind.

You can register separately for aSadhaka audience Thursday July 18 and a Tantrika audience Monday July 22.

There is a modified generosity policy for this program, though you must arrange this before the program by contacting Aimee Silver at [email protected]

We are very happy and fortunate that Venerable Changling Rinpoche is returning to Halifax to teach us! Rinpoche will continue to give vajrayana teachings based on the Life and Teachings of Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo, who was one of the primary teachers of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo was a renowned scholar and mahasiddha from Shechen Monastery in Tibet. In 1956, he came to Surmang to teach the Vidyadhara and also to teach at the new seminary there. During that time, he became very ill and appeared to have died. Amazingly, he returned to life and his personality changed dramatically. Once a respected scholar and model of a proper monastic, he began to manifest as a crazy-wisdom guru, teaching much more publicly and sometimes acting outrageously in order to push his students to realization during the tumult of the changing times. He was later imprisoned by the Chinese army and died in captivity in 1961.

Changling Rinpoche has visited and taught in Halifax and Dorje Denma Ling four times. He taught Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo’s Naturally Liberating Whatever You Meet at Dorje Denma Ling in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2010, Rinpoche also presented teachings on the Vidyadhara’s The Sadhana of Mahamudra at the Halifax Shambhala Centre. In 2015, Rinpoche taught on the life and teachings of Khenpo Gangshar.

Changling Rinpoche was born in 1977 in Kalimpong, India. At the age of ten, he was recognized by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Penor Rinpoche as the principal tülku of Changchub Ling Nyingma monastery in Central Tibet. He is a lineage holder of the Rechung Kagyü, which is based on the transmission of Milarepa’s disciple Rechungpa, who received the formless dakini teachings. Rinpoche is also a lineage holder of the Nyingma Northern Treasure (Changter) tradition, which is based on the terma of Rigdzin Gödemchen.

Changling Rinpoche entered Shechen Tennyi Dargye Ling Monastery in Nepal, where he received teachings and transmissions from His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche until His Holiness’s parinirvana in 1991. When Rinpoche was twelve years old, he entered the Shechen shedra and completed his studies at the age of twenty-one. He has continued to teach at the shedra, and has studied with Trülshik Rinpoche, Rabjam Rinpoche, and other teachers. Rinpoche is in charge of teaching monastics the ritual tradition and ceremonies of the Shechen lineage. Rinpoche has also been teaching with Yangsi Dilgo Khyentse and Rabjam Rinpoches in Croatia and India. In addition, he has taught in Australia and North America, and has been teaching within our Shambhala mandala since 2005.

Changling Rinpoche teaches in English, and will give an audience for tantrikas and sadhakas while he is here. Rinpoche is an excellent translator and during this visit he will continue to work with the Nalanda Translation Committee on translating The Collected Tibetan Works of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and of Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo.

Transcripts of Rinpoche’s previous teachings on Khenpo Gangshar from 2008, 2009, and 2010 at DDL are available here. Transcripts of Rinpoche’s teachings on The Sadhana of Mahamudra from 2010 are available here.