After the Mahamudra Ngöndro: Karma Pakshi Training at KTD

25897894422_6e196f4979_oStudents from all over the United Statescame to KTD in mid-March to learn the Guru Sadhana of Karma Pakshi, the 2nd Karmapa, at the annual Karma Pakshi Retreat. For these students, years of study and practice of the Mahamudra Ngöndro – finishing their 100,000 prostrations, 100,000 purification mantras, 100,000 mandala offerings and 100,000 to 200,000 guru yoga prayers – culminates in the receiving of the empowerment, reading transmission and practical instructions for this exceptionally powerful and profound Guru Sadhana.

25897939462_1875e8bbce_oAccording to Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, it was the wish of the 16h Karmapa that dharma students in the United States receive this practice, which is said to be the union of the Three Roots – the lama, the yidam, and the protector – all in one practice. The 16th Karmapa is said to have explained that in busy modern times, it may not be possible for some dharma students to complete Three-Year, Three-Month, Three-Day Retreat. But the essence of the Three-Year-Retreat, the unity of the practice of the lama, yidam and protector, is said to be contained in the Karma Pakshi Guru Sadhana.25389857323_a8b67fcd9c_o25923831221_62856e5512_oDuring this year’s annual retreat, dharma students received the empowerment from Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and the following day joined one of two classes: Individual Practice with Lama Kathy Wesley or Group Ritual Practice with Lama Lodro Lhamo. After two days of instruction, students participated in a three-day Karma Pakshi Retreat, chanting the sadhana for the benefit of beings in the KTD Main Shrine Room.25923849821_9a16db6067_oThose doing their Ngondro now can look forward to joining KTD’s Karma Pakshi Retreat in the future. Karmapa Khyenno!

More photos from the retreat here.25923840141_a05208ec88_o