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This eight-session class will meet biweekly, and cover the following topics:
  1. Brief historical background and presentation of the lineage of the Vajrayogini practice
  2. The Vajrayogini principle and what it means “to arise as” or “to be” Vajrayogini during sadhana practice
  3. The inseparability of the three types of Vajrayogini as presented by the Sixth Karmapa, Tongwa Töndon, the composer of our Vajrayogini sadhana
  4. The visualization of the protection circle & the body of Vajrayogini & the sources of dharmas & the principle of visualization
  5. Self-visualization, vase-visualization, and front-visualization: what is common, what is different
  6. Four ways of working with kleshas
  7. Hand-offering
  8. Four offerings and praises
  9. The preliminaries of the abhisheka section & the abhisheka section itself
  10. The feast section

Hosted by: Ocean and KCCL

Image Credit: Vajrayogini painted by the 17th Karmapa.

About the Instructors

Lodrö is a student of the late Ven. Trungpa Rinpoche and of Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche. Born 1952 in Germany, he received his first ordination in the Karma Kagyü Sangha in 1984, France, and then moved to Gampo Abbey, Canada. From 1985–2002 he served as Secretary of International Kagyü Sangha Association of Buddhist Monks and Nuns and published its magazine The Profound Path of Peace. He completed the traditional three year retreat in 1996 and a four year study retreat in 2003. He also served for a few years as Acting Director of Gampo Abbey, was one of the co-founders of Nitartha Institute and served as chair of Vidyadhara Institute, the monastic college of Gampo Abbey, since its inception. His focus of study is in the systematic traditions of Buddhist Abhidharma. He has translated and published—under the supervision of Prof. Ernst Steinkellner —Erich Frauwallner’s The Philosophy of Buddhism (Motilal). He is the general editor and main translator of The Collected Works of Louis de La Vallée Poussin, of which Volume I: Abhidharmakośa-Bhāṣya of Vasubandhu, was published in 2012, and Volume II: Vijñapti-mātratā-siddhi. A Commentary (Cheng WishLun) on Vasubandhu’s Triṃśikā by Xuanzang, was published in 2017. He was also engaged for several years in translating the Collected Works of Prof. Lambert Schmithausen. As President of Karma Changchub Ling, he is presently engaged in establishing it as a monastic centre of the Karma Kagyü lineage.

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