This is a post that is dedicated to sharing information about the Charlottesville Ratnashri Sangha, which is a small group of sincere Tibetan Buddhist practitioners which gathers weekly. The C’ville Ratnashri Sangha is a not-for-profit group that hosts teachers and desires to contribute to the sustenance of the Buddha-Dharma in the West. The group comes together every other Sunday evening for a discussion group, which is open to the public. At present the C’ville Sangha has been discussing one of Dilgo Khyentse’s books. If you would like to get on their email list or to learn more, leave a comment here and I am happy to connect you.
Ratnashri is the Sanskrit name of a Bodhisattva, a highly realized human being who works for the benefit of others. The founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, Jigten Sumgon, was said to be an emanation of Ratnashri. Khenchen Rinpoche, Konchog Gyaltsen, is the founder of the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick Maryland, a Drikung center. He suggested we use this name.
You can find a link to their website on the right side of this blog ——–>
The C’ville group sponsors teachers to come to C’ville, several times a year to teach on various subjects related to Tibetan Buddhism. Here are some of the teachers that have been sponsored and some of what they have taught. Khenchen Rinpoche, Konchog Gyaltsen, Drupon Thinley Ningpo, Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin, Khenpo Chophel, and Dr. Hun Lye have come to town in the past to lead weekend teachings – ranging from meditation practice (Shamatha), to the Jewel Ornament of Liberation (a book that contains a summary of the complete path to Buddhahood) as well as to bestow empowerments and blessings of various Buddhist deities and protectors, including Green Tara, Vajrayogini, Achi Chokyi Drolma and Mahakala.
Om Mani Padme Hung Hrih
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