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The Buddhist Path and a Wealth Initiation

  • Dechen Bristol, UK Future Inn, Bond St Bristol BS1 3EN UK (map)

A Garland  of Jewels by Chogyal Phakpa

10:30am - 1:00pm

This celebrated text by Chogyal Phagpa was composed as a manual of instructions for the 13th century Mongol Prince Gibek Timur. In 204 verses it covers the entire Buddhist path, from the level of a beginner to that of full enlightenment. The first part of the teaching provides guidance for a good life; the second one outlines the path for liberation and the final major section  - the distinctive features of the Mahayana path. The text is beautifully written which makes it especially accessible.

The Initiation of White Ganapati

2:30pm - 4.30pm

Ganapati is a key Vajrayana wealth deity. Receiving such initiations and the instructions for practice contained in them empowers us to bring about the supportive and harmonious conditions so important for progress in dharma. This particular lineage of Ganapati was brought to Tibet by this he great master Atisha and preserved in the Kadam and Sakya traditions.