Six monks from Nechung Monastery, led by the Nechung Chogtrul Rinpoche, are scheduled to visit Mount Shasta on Aug. 4, 5 and 6. Events on Saturday and Sunday will be held at 1520 Shasta Acres Road in Mount Shasta. Guests are asked to park on the east side of the road.

The monks will offer an Outdoor Ceremony for Purification of the Local Environment, classes on Dzogchen (meditation on the primordial nature of mind), and a Vajrasattva Initiation.

Vajrasattva is a purification practice allowing one to deepen understanding of Dharma teachings and practices. A community potluck, with a question and answer period with Nechung Rinpoche will conclude the events. There will be a professional Dharma translator.

The Nechung Chogtrul Rinpoche was mutually recognized by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the Medium of the Nechung Oracle, the Venerable Thupten Ngodup, (the State Oracle of Tibet).

Born in Lhasa, he escaped Tibet and was officially enthroned as the Nechung Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, in 1995. He completed monastic studies at both Nechung and Mindrolling Monastery.

Schedule of Events

All events are led by the Nechung Rinpoche.

Saturday, Aug. 5

10 a.m. to noon – Outdoor Environmental Purification and Blessing Ceremony.

2 to 3 p.m. – Introduction to Dzogchen, the Primordial Nature of Mind.

3:45 to 4:45 p.m. – Dzogchen Teaching: Session 2.

Sunday, Aug. 6

10 a.m. to noon – Vajrasattva Initiation (avoid “black foods” – meat, fish, eggs, onion, garlic, and radish – on this day).

2 to 3:30 p.m. – Dzogchen Teaching: Session 3.

5 to 6:30 p.m. – Community potluck meal with the monks, followed by an informal Q & A. Everyone is invited to join and bring a favorite dish.

For more information contact Kate at 262-8512.

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