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His Holiness

The Drikung Kyabgön

At Urban Dharma

February 2nd, 3rd & 4th

FRIDAY 2/2, 9AM – Noon

Green Mountain NC

Land Consecration

His Holiness will consecrate the land for the Drikung Forest Hermitage in Green Mountain, NC which is an hour north of Asheville. This will be a forest monastery for monks and nuns who choose to live a life of simplicity and grace. It will also be a place of short-term refuge and retreat for the laity and visiting monastics.

Please meet at Urban Dharma parking lot by 8:45 AM so that we can carpool & caravan to the land. We will be doing a beautiful ceremony of requesting permission from the guardian and landowner spirits, enhancing the good qualities of the land by burying treasure vases & offering cleansing-smoke to clear all impurities and stains.

SATURDAY 2/3, 10AM – 4PM [SOLD OUT—register to attend on Zoom]

Urban Dharma, West Asheville

Bodhichitta Vow Ceremony

His Holiness will confer the Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony for those who are formally taking this Vow for the first time as well as for those who wish to renew their Vow. The definition of Bodhisattva Vow is: “the determination/commitment to attaining the difficult-to-attain state of perfect and complete buddhahood out of love and compassion for all sentient beings.” Especially for those taking this Vow for the first time, please bring an offering of light (tea-lights) flowers (cut or potted) and/or fruits to the buddhas and bodhisattvas.

[Note: Dr. Lye will be offering an in-person weekend retreat on The Heart Sutra at UDNC to help stabilize and strengthen our Bodhisattva Vow. This retreat will be on the weekend of March 2 & 3, 2024. If you are not local, you can join us via Zoom.]

Reading-Transmission & Blessing of Kyobpa Rinpoché’s Teachings

The founder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, Kyobpa Jikten Sumgön was an early Kagyu master who attracted a great number of disciples and one indicator of this is the many different teachings and instructions that he gave in his life and today published in a 12-volume set of “Collected Teachings” (kabum). Most of the contents of this set has not been translated but His Holiness will give the reading-transmission (Tibetan: lung) of a set of over 20 teachings translated and published by the Drikung Dharmakirti Translation Team. His Holiness will also give a “textual blessing” of the entire set thus cementing for attendees a deep karmic connection with Kyobpa Jikten Sumgön. There is no better person to receive this blessing from than the current holder of the Dharma-throne of Kyobpa Jikten Sumgön!

Sunday 2/4, 10AM – 4PM

Canon Lounge, Warren Wilson College

Lion-Face Dakini Empowerment

Lion-Face Dakini (Sanskrit: Simhamukha, Tibetan: Sengdongma) is a feminine and fierce expression of Reality in the vajrayana tradition of Buddhism. On the ultimate level, her meditation is practiced for swift destruction of confusion and suffering. On the relative level, her practice is reverses negativity, protects against hidden harm and destroys the ill-intent of malevolent beings. While followers of the New Translation Schools (i.e. Kadampas, Sakyapas, and Kagyupas) locate her origins in the Cakrasamvara cycle of tantras, followers of the Ancient Translation School (i.e. the various Nyingmapa lineages) consider her variously as a secret, female form of Guru Rinpoche, and also an emanation of the feminine primordial buddha, Samantabhadri.

Lion-Face Dakini’s fierce and formidable appearance demonstrates her ability to overpower and destroy all obstacles and negative influences on the path; she is the fierce clarity of wisdom itself that cuts through fear and ignorance. Like the great Milarepa once said:

“When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick: every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.”

Our Dorje Lopön (“Vajra Master”), Dr. Lye has requested His Holiness to confer Lion-Face Dakini empowerment at Urban Dharma as a means to strengthen her lineage of practice within Drikung Kagyu, as well as offering a rare opportunity to those with a past karmic connection to Lion-Face to ripen that karma in this lifetime.

[Note: Dr. Lye will offer an in-person Lion-Face Dakini retreat at UDNC on the weekend of March 30 & 31. If you are not local, you can participate via Zoom.]

In-Person Registration

To register to attend any of these days in person, please select the ticket option below.
For each ticket, enter an amount that you wish to offer. There is no suggested amount for the Friday program. The suggested donation for Saturday & Sunday is $50 per day (but you can enter any amount more or less).

Your donation for the tickets helps us cover the cost for His Holiness and retinue’s airtickets (domestic & international), housing rental and food. Do note that this donation does not cover the personal offering to His Holiness and lamas that is done at the end of Saturday and Sunday.
[Only 50 tickets available per day for Saturday, & 210 for Sunday.]

For Zoom Registration, visit