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Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc.
is honored to present
Avalokiteshvara Empowerment
and Meditation by

His Eminence Khen Rinpoche
Geshe Lobsang Samten

Abbot of Drepung Loseling Monastery, India
November 4-5, 2023

*In Person Events

Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. is pleased and honored to announce a visit by His Eminence Khen Rinpoche, Geshe Lobsang Samten, abbot of Drepung Loseling Monastery, our six-hundred-year-old mother monastery, reestablished in India after the invasion of Tibet by the Chinese Communist regime. As abbot, Khen Rinpoche is in charge of religious, educational, and secular matters for the monastery and holds his position for a term of six years.
Khen Rinpoche, Geshe Lobsang Samten, earned his Geshe Lharam degree in 1999, the highest degree within the Tibetan Buddhist academic system. In addition to serving as a full-time teacher, Khen Rinpoche has served as the chair of the committee overseeing the Geluk Examination Board, coordinated the Science Meets Dharma program, and served as Secretary of the International Geluk Foundation. Khen Rinpoche was handpicked in 2018 from a select list of accomplished teachers by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to become the abbot of Drepung Losel Ling.

As one of the foremost scholars of his generation, Rinpoche has been entrusted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to both teach and represent the tradition in international settings. Most recently, Khen Rinpoche has written and published a commentary on the Prayer of the Seventeen Nalanda Panditas composed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and serves as the Deputy Director of the International Geluk Foundation.

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Receiving this empowerment fulfills a prerequisite for Drepung Loseling’s annual Nyung Ne retreat, a practice that originated with Bhikshuni Laxmi.

  Avalokiteshvara Empowerment
  Saturday NOV 4, 2023 • 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  *In Person Only

Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion, is perhaps one of the most deeply cherished deities in the Buddhist world. Known as Quan Am in Vietnamese, Kwan Yin in Chinese, Kannon in Japanese, and Chenrezig in Tibetan, Avalokiteshara’s manifestations are manifold. Avalokiteshara is known for his infinite compassion; that is, his ability to see the suffering of sentient beings and his resolve to relieve that suffering

Recognizing this resolve, Buddhists have relied on Avalokiteshvara’s blessings for millennia, finding solace and relief in times of emotional and physical illness and societal turmoil. The transformative potential of Avalokiteshvara is perhaps best exemplified by the story of Bhikshuni Laxmi, a 11th century Buddhist nun. Her devoted practice and sincere reliance on Avalokiteshvara resulted not only in her full recovery from leprosy, but also her complete enlightenment within her lifetime. Blessings transmitted through an empowerment activate the recipient’s potential for positive transformation as one engages in the practices related to that deity.

  Registration will close upon reaching capacity or by
Tuesday, October 31 at 6 PM.

Registration & Information

  $35 ($25 members)
    At the conclusion of the empowerment, there will be an opportunity for participants to receive a blessing from His Eminence at which time you are welcome to present a kata and/or other individual offering.
    It is traditional to make a personal, monetary offering in cash to the teacher.

DLM Dolls   Morning Meditation
  Sunday November 5, 2023 • 11:00 am (Eastern)
  In Person and Via Livestream
  Khen Rinpoche will offer our weekly Sunday morning meditation both in person and via Livestream. No RSVP is required; however, seating is limited and will be offered on a first come/first served basis.
  Free and open to the public

Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc.
1781 Dresden Drive • Atlanta, GA 30319