Parinirvana Day - Celebrating Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche passed away on 4 April 1987. The anniversary of his passing away or parinirvana is commemorated every year at Shambhala centres by the special celebratory practice of the feast offering of the Sadhana of Mahamudra.
The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a mind treasure which was received by Trungpa Rinpoche in 1968 while he was on retreat at Taksang in Bhutan. At that time he was living in Britain and was facing the problem of how to properly communicate the Buddhist teachings to Western students. It is the only vajrayana practice composed or received by Trungpa Rinpoche which is available to students who have not formally received vajrayana transmission
The feast offering or ganachakra* for the Sadhana of Mahamudra was composed by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Its practice is normally restricted to vajrayana students but at Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's specific request, all Shambhala members, including non-vajrayana students, are invited to participate at the annual parinirvana feast as a celebration of Trungpa Rinpoche's life and teachings.
We will celebrate Parinirvana Day this year on Tuesday 4th of April from 7.00pm onwards. As is customary, participants will share in the activities of preparing (from 5.00pm), enjoying and clearing away the feast. In addition to the feast offerings of food and drink it is appropriate to make offerings of poetry, music or song. There will be a charge to cover the cost of food and drink.
* The Nalanda Translation Committee defines ganachakra as "a practice in which desire and sense perceptions are made part of the path. By celebrating the phenomenal world, the practitioner simultaneously extends his or her understanding of sacredness and further surrenders ego."
There ia a suggested donation for food and drink of £8
Open to all members of Shambhala, people who have developed a connection to Sadhana of Mahamudra practice and people who feel a particular connection to Trungpa Rinpoche. Please register so we know how many to cater for.
If you are available to help with preparations then please email [email protected]