what we practice
In 2017, Khentrul Rinpoché visited South Africa as part of his world travels to promote peace and harmony through a series of events focused on introducing students to the unique system of practice found in the Kalachakra Tantra.
The Kalachakra Path is the most extensive and comprehensive system for achieving direct and clear realisations of increasingly profound wisdom. Through these unique characteristics we are able to penetrate deeply through the layers of our obscurations and gradually reveal the non-dual nature of our most sacred truth. To help us get the most out of our spiritual practice, Khentrul Rinpoché has put together a number of guidelines for his students to follow when engaging with this extraordinary path.
We practice Rime Buddhism based on the third turning of the wheel, following the Vajrayana path.
The first practice of the month is usually The Divine Ladder, while the second practice session is any of the other Rime or Vajra prayers available to us. We also study Buddhism, working our way through Khentrul Rinpoche’s and others’ books and having discussions.
When we practice
The group meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. The venue is either in Villieria or Meyerspark in Pretoria, and sometimes we might go elsewhere. Always look at the Facebook events page for the specific venue for each practice session.
Shar Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö
Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoche was originally born in the mountain ranges of the Golok region of Tibet. After taking full ordination, he studied and practiced with more than 25 teachers from all of the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions, earning himself the title of “Rimé Master”. He was later officially recognised as the second reincarnation of the great master Lama Ngawang Chözin Gyatso. When he was chosen to be a teacher (khenpo) of the prestigious Tsangwa Monastery in Dzamthang, Rinpoche chose to renounce his position though in favor of dedicating himself to strict practice. After a time in retreat, he came to India to continue his practices and make pilgrimage to Buddhism’s most sacred sites. It was here that Rinpoche met His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama supported Rinpoche’s plans to travel to the West and to spread the teachings of the Kalachakra Tantra. In 2003, Rinpoche moved to Australia and founded the Tibetan Buddhist Rimé Institute. Since then, Rinpoche has written and translated a number of books to guide students in the practice of the Kalachakra Path as presented by the Jonang-Shambhala lineage. While his main focus has been on the Kalachakra system, Rinpoche emphasises a non-sectarian approach helping his students draw from the vast wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
2017 WAS VERY FIRST TIME THE KALACHAKRA EMPOWERMENT AND TEACHINGS WERE PRESENTED IN SOUTH AFRICA .