Tibetan Buddhist master visits UW

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche will be giving a public talk on “Karma & Loving Kindness” in Seattle on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the University of Washington, Kane Hall, room 210.

Rinpoche, said to be the eighth incarnation of Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche, is a Buddhist teacher and yogi in the Drikung Kagyu tradition.

At age 22, Rinpoche was imprisoned for 20 years during the China’s Cultural Revolution. While he was incarcerated in a labor camp, he received meditation instruction in secret from the Nyingma Buddhist master Khenpo Munsel, who called Rinpoche “an emanation of a Bodhisattva,” meaning a person “completely dedicated to the welfare of others.”

“The most important thing is to have a really good understanding of karma,” says Rinpoche.

“Once we have understood the law of karma, half of our misconceptions about suffering are gone.”

In 2013, Rinpoche established a nonprofit Tibetan Buddhist group in Seattle called Drikung Seattle, where he is overseeing the spiritual program. Drikung Seattle has open Tibetan dharma practice every Sunday in the Wallingford area. Its weekly practice includes meditation and prayers.

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s public talk is open to people of all faiths. Tickets, which range from $15 to $20, are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/530019. (end)

For more information, see drikungseattle@gmail.com.

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