Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche: The Teacher and Student Relationship

IMG_7823 KTC Live Webcast – April 1-3, 2016, at KTD

“Like a family member who returns and tells the rest of their family about their adventures while away,” Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche began his weekend teaching on the teacher-student relationship by bringing the KTD family into his warm heart as he told, with characteristic humility, the story of his recent travels to Thrangu Monastery in Tibet and the Kagyu Monlam in India, brimming with the blessings of His Holiness the Karmapa and the lineage.

IMG_7865Throughout the weekend, Rinpoche invoked the atmosphere of the guru-disciple relationship, connecting each person’s heart to the life source of the teachings. Creating a living situation of devotion, faith, and pure outlook, Rinpoche spoke of the importance of holding a nonsectarian view while appreciating and trusting one’s own tradition.

Everything took place against the backdrop of Rinpoche’s own palpable devotion and commitment to the lineage. The question and answer sessions were full of sincerity and practical guidance.

Live Straming of Rinpoche's teachings to all the KTCs IMG_7875Sandy Hu offers each KTC a Dharma King bookIMG_7924Additionally, KTC Coordinator Sandy Hu (shown above) took the opportunity of KTD’s live webcast of the teaching to offer every Karma Thegsum Chöling center a copy of the KTD Publications’ recent book, Dharma King, The Life of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa in Images (right).

Karma Pakshi Tsok IMG_0169IMG_7867Saturday night saw a well-attended Karma Pakshi Tsok in the main shrine room celebrating Dakini Day (shown above). Led by Lama Karma Thendup, sponsored by Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin, this month’s tsok reflected the richness of the weekend’s teaching. After the puja, all were invited to continue the feast and celebration in the back of our Tilopa Dining Hall while watching the video of Khenpo Rinpoche’s long life ceremony conducted by His Holiness at the Kagyu Monlam earlier this year. Overall, it was a powerful weekend at KTD, full of blessings and appreciation of the lineage and our inspiring teachers.

Above synopsis of the weekend by Mitchell Singletary