Blessing Empowerment of Avalokiteshvara

Saturday, May 21st, 2022

With Resident Teacher Ethan Lechner

What is an Empowerment?

“An empowerment bestows upon us special blessings that heal our mental continuum and awaken our Buddha nature.” ~Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche~

This empowerment is a transformative guided meditation through which we connect to Buddha Avalokiteshvara’s enlightened mind.  By receiving these inspired blessings we can swiftly actualize our own potential and gain the confidence we need to progress along the spiritual path.  Through the power of our compassion we can help to bring enormous relief to our suffering world.

 

Who is Buddha Avalokiteshvara?

Buddha Avalokiteshvara is the embodiment of the compassion of all enlightened beings.  Through sincerely engaging in Buddha Avalokiteshvara’s short meditation practice we can gradually awaken our compassionate Buddha nature.  We can solve our own daily problems by controlling our desirous attachment, anger, and ignorance, and then from this state we can bring so much extraordinary benefit to our family, our community, and our world.

 

 

 

“When we become a Buddha our happiness radiates eternally as compassion, nourishing all living beings and gradually drawing them into the same state.”  ~Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche~

 

 

Schedule for the Day

 

9:15 – 9:45am : Check-in   Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the empowerment so that we can get everyone comfortably seated on time.  Thank you ! 

10am – 12pm : Blessing Empowerment   You have the opportunity to make a small offering on the shrine, such as a fruit or chocolate.

1:30 – 3:00pm : Commentary Session and Guided Meditation   Ethan will be giving commentary to the practice of Avalokiteshvara Sadhana, based on Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s essential insights in Mirror of Dharma. Then, Ethan will guide the meditation and chanted practice of these prayers and requests to the Buddha of Compassion. By engaging in this practice together we can create special karmic causes for ourselves and our world.

 

 

Registration and Payment

This event is now offered in-person only

 

We welcome you to join us at the Center to experience the Empowerment day in-person with us! 

Please register early to secure a seat. 

In order to register for attendance, please send us an email at meditationinchapelhill@gmail.com to inform us of your intent to attend.

  • $55 for the day (for non-members)
  • $35 for the day (with a Basic Membership)
  • $25 for the day (with a Contributor Membership)
  • $15 for the day (with a Benefactor Membership)

To become a member or learn more about membership, please go to the following link: https://meditationinchapelhill.org/info-support/monthly-membership/

You are welcome to pay for your registration by cash, check, or online with a credit card.  If you wish to pay with a credit card, you can do so by making a donation to Kosala through PayPal.

**Please note :  attendees will be asked to wear masks if social distancing isn’t possible due to high attendance**

 

 

With Resident Teacher Ethan Lechner : Ethan became Kosala Center’s Resident Teacher in 2019. A practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism since 2008, he has traveled extensively throughout the world for teachings and retreat with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and the tradition’s most senior teachers.  Ethan is a native of Alabama and originally came to this area to get his PhD in ethnomusicology. These days he works part time as a therapist and enjoys playing piano. Ethan is appreciated for his warm, humorous, and relatable style of teaching Dharma.

 

 

For questions or assistance, please contact us at meditationinchapelhill@gmail.com .

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