Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was among the greatest masters of the Kagyu lineage of the twentieth century, and pivotal in bringing the highest Buddhist teachings to the West. His memoirs, "Blazing Splendor," offer an intimate glimpse into the extraordinary lives and experience of recent great masters of meditation in Tibet, including the great Treasure Master Chogyur Lingpa and his vajra brothers Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, Mipham Rinpoche, Patrul Rinpoche, and many others.
In particular, as principal holder of the Chogling Treasure lineage, which was extremely famous and widespread in Eastern Tibet before the Communist invasion, Tulku Urgyen was close to the 15th Karmapa, Kakhyab Dorje, and was a personal guru and advisor to the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpa'i Dorje, for many years at Tsurphu Monastery and in exile, accompanying him on his first visit to KTD more than twenty-five years ago.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of the miraculous passing of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, the authors of Blazing Splendor have requested a small number of his close students to host commemorative readings of excerpts from Blazing Splendor to celebrate his life and his activities on behalf of our precious practice lineage.
KTD will host a reading by Lama Sherab Dorje on February 4, 2006 at 2 pm. Lama Sherab will read passages from the book that are of special import to the monastery and its lineage, as well as share personal stories and anecdotes about Tulku Urgyen and other great masters, and tell of his recent pilgrimmage to the vulture fortress retreat center atop Tsurphu monastery in Tibet.
Lama Sherab's special guest will be Heinz Insu Fenkl, Director of the Creative Writing Program at SUNY New Paltz, who will read excerpts from his forthcoming novel about the Buddha's life based on the sutras, entitled "Siddhartha Gautama." Heinz was a Pen/Hemingway awards finalist in 1996 for his novel, Memories of my Ghost Brother, soon to be reissued by Bo Leaf Press.
All are welcome and there is no charge for this event. Nonetheless, advance registration is strongly recommended. Please use the following contact information, and be sure to indicate that you are coming for the reading event.
You may also want to drop us an email to let us know that you will be there. Bardor Rinpoche is also teaching at KTD that weekend, and you may register for and attend that program as well. Ask KTD for further information.
Thomas C. Schmidt /External Affairs Officer / Karma Triyana Dharmachakra
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Woodstock, NY 12498 USA
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