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I had the blessing of being present for Drupon’s teachings in Charlottesville and the Tidewater area on two separate weekends.
Drupon taught on the preliminary practices for the most part, however, in Charlottesville he also gave the Bodhisattva vows and the Mahakala empowerment.
As the event organizer, I am always surprised when the lama or teacher asks me what I want them to teach. I think to myself – “I am not worthy! Why are you asking me?” But seriously, I am happy to make a request – the teacher knows what they will actually teach on when they sit in front of the audience.
Drupon taught on taking refuge and the four thoughts that turn the mind – very sound, quality, fundamental teachings which are mandatory for anyone looking to progress toward Buddhahood. Then in Va Beach, he taught on refuge practice and Mahamudra – the great seal. I would say more about this profound practice, but I know so little about it that I would swiftly insert my foot, directly into my mouth. I have heard, that in order to move toward realizing Mahamudra, one must stabilize their meditation through calm abiding.
After having organized the Mahakala weekend in C’ville, I was exhausted, to be frank. So I went to Va Beach and rested a little, walked on the beach, listened to blessed and extremely fortunate teachings and I also stayed in a gorgeous shrine room – they sure knew how to take care of us. The Sangha of Va Beach – Ratnashri Circle – are very generous, kind and connected – what a great example! Here is a picture of the bay from the house where I stayed – sunrise over Portsmouth.