Peinture de Guru Rinpoché par SS the 17e Gyalwang Karmapa
Painting of Guru Rinpoche by HH the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava (born from a Lotus) is a central figure in the transmission of Buddhism from India to Tibet.

Prayers to Guru Rinpoche are considered to be increasingly potent during these difficult times, and he is often invoked for protection and the removing obstacles. Konchok Chidu sadhana is also a Guru Yoga practice, one of the most profound, the highest and most secret way of accomplishing the mind of Guru Rinpoche. It helps to avert spiritual obstacles and pacifies all negativity on the path to enlightenment.

In degenerate times, it is very important to practise Guru Rinpoche … The Karma Kamtsang lineage has a very close relationship to Guru Rinpoche and it is said that all the Karmapas’ minds are inseparable from Guru Rinpoche … It is said if you have devotion, Guru Rinpoche comes and sleeps on your doorstep… —The Gyalwang Karmapa, December 2010, Bodhgaya (from KTD website)


Saturday, March 30

  • 10 a.m.—12 p.m.: Teaching
  • 12 p.m.—2 p.m.: Lunch break
  • 2 p.m.—5 p.m.: Empowerment

Sunday, March 31

  • 10 a.m.—12 p.m. and 2 p.m.—5 p.m.: Guru Rinpoche Sadhana and Tsog offering, concluding with a Lamp Offering. 

(Please bring cookies, cake, nuts, fruit, juice, etc. for the Tsog offering, limiting the amount of plastic packaging.)

Lama Tashi Dondup will conduct this retreat in person at our centre. It will also be shared on Zoom. You are encouraged, however, to try to be with us in person, especially for the empowerment on the Saturday afternoon.

Lama Tashi teaches in Tibetan. We will have translation into English, with simultaneous translation into French and Chinese. If you are attending in-person at the centre and wish to access the simultaneous translation into French or Chinese, please have your electronic device (phone, iPad, etc.) and headphones with you, in order to listen to the simultaneous translation via the Zoom link sent to you in the email confirming your registration.

By registering, you will receive the link to a digital copy of the Konchok Chidu sadhana, as well as the unique Zoom link to join this special program from your home. You will also need this link if you are attending in person but wish to access the simultaneous translation in French or in Chinese.

About Lama Tashi Dondup: Venerable Lama Tashi Dondup is the founder and Abbot of Karma Tekchen Zabsal Ling in Toronto. He was born in Lodrag, Tibet in 1952. From 1970 to 1988, he resided at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India, the seat of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, and received teachings on the major texts from Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Ven. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Salje Rinpoche, and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso. He completed the traditional three-year-plus retreat at Rumtek and entered a one-year Kalachakra retreat under Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche’s guidance in Mirik in Darjeeling, India. He is exceptionally knowledgeable in ritual music, torma, and mandala making, as well as the construction of stupas.

Suggested donation:

$80 for the full program / $65 for members
Empowerment only: $35 / $25 for members
Saturday teaching session only: $30 / $25 for members
Sunday sadhana practice and Tsog offering only: $20 / $15 for members

Your donations are accepted online, or in person at the Centre.
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