Namgyalma Initiation by Ven Ribur Rinpoche, May 15, 2004
- Namgyalma Initiation: An event organised by our Dharma Friends in SunnyvaleRosashen@... wrote:From: 1:00-5:00pm,On: Saturday, May 15,At: Ramada Inn Silicon Valley1217 Wildwood Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089,Tel (408)245-5330.
Preregistration is not required. Admission is free, donation to cover the cost is welcome.
Please contact Rosa Shen at (650) 965-3480 (rosashen@...), or Jessica Wang at (408) 263-3962 (wangjessicatw@...) for information.
Namgyalma is one of the three long life deities. The practice of Namgaylma is very powerful to obtain long life, accumulate merits, and eliminate the bad karmas especially for those very sick people or in bardo state.
Ribur Rinpoche's bio
Ribur Rinpoche was born in the Kham region of Tibet in 1923, and was recognized by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the head lama of Ribur Monastery. After studying at Sera Me monastery, where he received numerous teachings from his root guru, Pabongka Rinpoche, Rinpoche received his geshe degree in 1948. Rinpoche was then confined in Lhasa from 1959 until 1976, during which time he experienced relentless interrogation and torture during thirty-five of the infamous struggle sessions. "If I told you what happened on a regular basis, you would find it hard to believe."
At the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, Ribur Rinpoche spent more than 10 years in Chinese labor camps and was given a job with the Religious Affairs Office in Tibet. On one of his trips to China, he worked with the Panchen Lama and recovered holy objects -- including the famous Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the Ramoche temple -- that had been dismantled and shipped to China. He also reestablished the destroyed stupa of Lama Tsong Khapa, which contained some of Lama Tsong bodily relics. Since his exile to India in 1985, Ribur Rinpoche has written numerous biographies of great lamas such as the Thirteenth Dalai Lama and an extensive history of Tibet, which includes his autobiography. He currently lives in northern California where he gives teachings and leads retreats