When: Saturday, September 24, 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 am EDT (rain date: Sunday, September 25, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT)
Where: In person at Lama Yeshe Ling Centre, 1287 Coric Avenue, Burlington ON L7R 3S4 (in the backyard), and online for those who live afar.
A limited number of cushions and chairs will be available. People are welcome to bring their own as well.
Out of concern for the Sangha and all who will attend, please stay home if you are feeling unwell. – Thank you!
Please register here to watch online.
Long awaited, and carefully prepared for, Lama Yeshe Ling welcomes an inspiringly beautiful marble statue gift of Ksitigarbha – Earth-Essense bodhisattva offered to us by the Earth Treasury Cultural Association of Canada. Geshe Sonam will lead us in a public consecration ceremony on September 24 at 10:00 am EDT.
In the Chinese Mahayana tradition, Ksitigarbha is known as Di Zang Wang Pu Sa, Earth-Essence or Earth-Treasury bodhisattva (Tibetan: Sayi Nyingpo). Ksitigarbha famously made the great vow, “Until the hell realms are emptied, I shall not attain buddhahood”, as recorded in the sutra popular in Chinese Buddhism: “Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra”.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche recommends reciting the Ksitigarbha mantra ( download the full mantra here) and doing this practice to improve health and financial problems and also to avert disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and fires. “This practice is especially beneficial for those who have insurmountable problems, serious health problems, difficulties in big projects and financial difficulties. I suggest they should recite either the long or the short mantra every day for protection, or at least four or five times or more, depending on the magnitude of the problems.”
“By making offerings to bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, whatever prayers you make become most unbelievably powerful—a hundred million times more powerful for success, and it is much more powerful than praying to other bodhisattvas. It is most unbelievable for great success to happen as quickly as possible.”
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