When: Sunday, January 22, 2023, 10:00 am – 11:30 or 12:00 pm EST
To support our director Arunas Antanaitis’ healing, Lama Zopa Rinpoche recommended that he receive long-life initiations (tshe dbang). The practice of Buddha Amitāyus (tshe dpag med) “Infinite Life” is one of the Three Deities of Long life (tshe lha gsum) popular in all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. As a deity of longevity, Amitāyus’ practice is considered especially beneficial for the removal of obstacles to good health and long life. He appears in the saṃbhogakāya (enjoyment body) aspect, holding a vase of long-life nectar. The practices associated with Amitāyus include sūtra and mantra recitations, visualizations of healing and longevity, and the blessing of food and medicine.
This longevity initiation will be given by Geshe Sonam on Sunday, January 22nd beginning at around 10 am. The timing aims to make this event available to those who attend the Sunday teachings and would like exposure to visualization and mantra practice. Longevity initiations are an accessible gateway to the practice of deity yoga. The initiation may be received as a blessing, and we estimate it will be completed around 11:30 am or 12 noon.
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