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Note: Chenrezig Initiation and Teachings now has an updated time and location, see teaching schedule for updated info.

Rinpoche gives the White Mahakala Initiation and Practice Commentary

Sat., October 22nd—Sun., October 23rd

10 AM—Noon, 2 PM—4 PM each day

KDK, 1892 Fell St., San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $100 ($50 for KDK Members) for the weekend; register @

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Belonging to the Glorious Shangpa Lineage, this is one aspect of the Principal Shangpa Protector, Six-Arm Mahakala, which is the actual essence of Avalokitesvara. This lineage came from India to Tibet through the principal lineage holder Kyungpo Naljor, who completely sacrificed his life to bring this lineage to the land of snows. The prinicpal gurus of Kyungpo Naljor are the Wisdom Dakinis Niguma and Sukhasiddha, Rahula Gupta, Shawaripa, and Maitreya. Kyungpo Naljor passed this lineage down and it has spread to all of the different schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

The deity Mahakala is prinicipal one to preserve the teachings and protect the practitioners from obstacles. The White Lord is the special method for summoning all kinds of different activities, such as wrathful, peaceful, multiplication, and magnetizing. The White Lord brings long life, good health and prosperity, and anything needed to practice Dharma through the practice and devotion to this particular White Lord. This initiation and teaching provides the complete information, where we at KDK offer the complete form of initiation and teaching needed to practice the deity. Otherwise, sometime people receive the initiation and no teaching, or receiving information here and there but no initiation. If you are interested, it is greatly beneficial and is of great value for your practice and your existence. We encourage you not to miss this opportunity.

About the Initiator, the Lama who has been involved with this lineage and practice for a long time: Under the guidance of the 20th century yogi, Kyabje Rangjung Kunchab (the previous Kalu Rinpoche), the relationship between this teacher and this disciple is an example for young people nowadays in Buddhism, especially those who want to practice Vajrayana. The initiator has to have samaya that is not violated before one attempts to give the initiation, such as viewing one guru as Buddha, teachings as the true Dharma, and devotion that is unwavering no matter what the circumstances are in one's life. By living with this view for one's teacher, this is quite essential to fulfill the Vajrayana samaya. By receiving an initiation from an initiator such as this, there is no doubt that there will be great blessings from the lineage for this practice.