Khorde Rushen: Distinguishing Between the Ordinary and Sublime with Khandro Kunzang
Module 1: Body Rushen
Dates: Begins Sunday, March 27, and runs every other Sunday until June 5
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 PM CST (Chicago)
Suggested donation: $108
Khorde Rushen is a series of practices that are considered to be the Preliminary Practices (Ngondro) to the Dzogchen Path. Khorde Rushen literally means to separate or distinguish between our samsaric, ordinary, or relative truth reality from our inherent Buddha nature, or absolute truth. This series of skillful practices are divided into three sections: Body Rushen, Speech Rushen and Mind Rushen, as well as outer, inner and secret levels.
In Module 1, we will be exploring the Body Rushen practices, in the outer, inner and secret forms. Through these practices, we come to directly experience the meaning of the Buddha’s teachings on samsara and suffering, and of discovering our true nature. This will be practice-intensive, and students should be ready to participate. Some lecture and theory will also be presented, but this series is meant to introduce you to these profound methods of practice in order to become familiarized with them. In the future we will be holding live, in-person retreats in the US, Mexico and Europe to deepen these practices further.
We will be primarily following the text format from the Khamsum Yangdrol of the Konchok Chidu, with supplemental practices from the Dudjom Ter and Jang Ter, in accordance with the oral teachings of Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche and Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche.
From Khandro Kunzang: “When I first invited Lama Dawa Rinpoche to come to Maryland in 1998, he taught an 8-day Khorde Rushen course. He then taught this twice more in 1999, and also lead a 10-day retreat in Iowa in 2002. It was his intention to lead another Rushen retreat in 2015 at P’hurba T’hinley Ling, but due to his sickness it was cancelled. Therefore, I am picking up where he left off and offering this as an online introduction, with the aspiration that in the future we continue to deepen these pratices in a formal retreat setting. In addition to Lama Dawa’s instructions, I have also received extensive teachings on these practices from my root Guru, Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche, in 2007. They are among my heart practices and I am looking forward to sharing them with you.”
Schedule for Module 1:
- March 27: Introduction and Outer Body Rushen of the Six Realms
- April 10: Outer Body Rushen of the Six Realms
- April 24 – Inner Body Rushen Seed syllables
- May 8 – Inner Body Rushen Seed syllables
- May 22 – Secret Body Rushen, the Flaming Vajra
- June 5 – Secret Body Rushen, the Flaming Vajra
While the Khorde Rushen is a preliminary practice, and can be an entry point to Dharma practice, it is highly recommended that you have some prior practice experience and some knowledge of the Dharma in order to get the most out of this course.
Registration is required. Upon registration, you will be asked to fill out a short form outlining your past practice experience. To register: support@saraswatipublications.
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