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The Telescope of Faith and Initiation of Mahachakra Vajrapani

  • Dechen LA Sakya Budhdist Centre 220 Pier Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405 USA (map)

The Telescope of Faith by Karma Thinley Rinpoche

10:30am - 1:00pm

In this short work Karma Thinley Rinpoche, grand master of both the Sakya and Kagyu schools, examines the differences between our current understanding of the physical universe and that held at the time of the Buddha and depicted in the Buddha’s teachings. With reference to teachings from both sutras and tantras he shows how such differences are not atall contradictory to the aims of the dharma.

‘These days, because the teachings about Mount Meru and the distances of the sun and moon and so on found in the great Indian shastras such as Abhidharmakosha do not accord with science, young people lose faith in the Abhidharma and so on and have doubts. This is inappropriate. Even the great panditas and siddhas of India and Tibet who authored those teachings, while they composed dharma teachings and shastras in dependence only upon what they actually heard of the three baskets of the Buddha’s words, they certainly did not intend to completely contradict modern scientific views.'

Originally published on Karma Thinley Rinpoche's website, a translation by Dechen Foundation can be found at Dechen Foundation Books.

Initiation of Mahachakra Vajrapani

3:00 - 4:30pm

Vajrapani is one of the Lords of the Three Families and is revered in all traditions of vajrayana Buddhism as the embodiment of the power of all buddhas.