White Manjushri Initiation (Jenang) with Geshe Sonam

White Manjushri Initiation (Jenang) with Geshe Sonam

time 10:00 AM


When: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 am EDT (Rain date: Sunday June 26th)

Where:  In person at Lama Yeshe Ling Centre, 1287 Coric Avenue, Burlington ON L7R 3S4 (recommended for those nearby), and online for those who live elsewhere (for those who qualify – * see points below)

We are very pleased that Lama Yeshe Ling will once again be holding in-person events. We ask that certain precautions are taken to protect the health of all of us. This event will be held in our backyard, weather permitting. Please use the gate on the NE side of the house to enter the backyard (house side rather than garage side). Masks will be required (we will have some on hand for those who need them). Please stay at home if you have any symptoms of COVID.

We ask that people register ahead of time if they plan to attend in person as there are a limited number of spaces available. Please bring your own lawn chairs if needed. We will have some cushions to use when sitting on the ground but you can bring your own as well. A ground cover will be provided.

If the weather is not cooperating, we will email you the day before with alternatives.

Participants are requested to maintain a vegetarian diet the day of the ceremony and avoid the pungent plants (garlic, chives, onion, shallots, leeks) and eggs the morning before the initiation.

Please be aware that due to our small space and Covid-prevention measures, there could be issues with internet connectivity. We will do our very best to provide quality audio and video.

Please register in advance here to attend (in person)

Those who wish to attend in person are requested to register with the centre so we can make suitable preparations for the number of attendees.

* People can receive the initiation as a blessing via Zoom if they meet ONE of the following three criteria:

1. They are students of Geshe Sonam’s who live overseas (i.e. the Netherlands, France, India, etc.)

2. They participate at least once a month in classes, study groups, or pujas at the centre (on-line or in-person)

3. They have previously received an initiation of Kriya tantra (such as Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, Medicine Buddha) from Geshe Sonam or another qualified teacher of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Registration qualifying form (to attend initiation via Zoom)

White Manjushri Initiation (Jenang)

The practice of White Manjushri, a peaceful and gentle aspect of the Buddha of wisdom, is a profound method to develop wisdom in general, and the capacity to remember the teachings in particular. This deity is a favourite of Geshe Sonam’s, and the practice was one that he often relied on during his Buddhist philosophy studies while a student in the Geshe program.

Those who receive the initiation will be qualified to embark on the sādhana practice of White Manjushri, a brief but profound ritual involving beautiful, peaceful visualizations, mantra recitation, simple offerings, and other practices. The method is very accessible and suitable for those with limited time.

This is a practice of the Kriyā (action) class of tantra of the Rinjung Gyatsa collection. The initiation does not require students to receive tantric vows. There will not be a daily commitment given at this initiation, although Geshe la does encourage people to recite the mantra as often as possible. Those who do not wish to receive the bodhisattva vows may participate as a blessing rather than take the full initiation if they wish.

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