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Bardor Tulku Rinpoche's
New Zealand Tour
March-2006
Photo of H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche
 
In March of 2006 we were extremely fortunate to have the generous presence, teachings, and empowerments from Venerable Bardor Tulku Rinpoche. His busy schedule took him to Auckland, Gisbourne, and Wellington. Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Charitable Trust was able to welcome him to 23 Sturdee RD, Manurewa, where he was provided with a home from home, as the base of his stay in New Zealand.

 
On Friday and Sunday of the 17th and 19th of March, Rinpoche gave profound teachings on the Thirty-seven practices of a Bodhisattva. The teachings were based on a text written by Ngoichu Thogme Rinpoche (1295-1369 CE) on the Mahayana practice of developing bodhicitta and living one’s life as a bodhisattva.
 
The weekend of the 24th-26th March was a Tara Retreat. Green Tara is the embodiement of the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Benefits of the Green Tara practice include eliminates disasters, helps us overcome our fears, accumulates us merit, creates good karma, as well as it increasing our peace and good fortune. Rinpoche gave teachings on the practice of Green Tara, as well as bestowing the Green Tara Empowerment, with Sunday morning being the actual practice of Green Tara. As this was such a specially blessed occasion due to Rinpoche’s kindness in giving us such teachings and empowerments a Tsog puja (food offering that participants also share in) was included in the practice. The afternoon of the 26th March was inspiring and auspicious as Rinpoche gave the White Tara Empowerment. White Tara is beneficial at prolonging life, hence, the practice is often called the Wish-fulfilling Wheel.
 
Other events that took place around New Zealand included: teaching on “Living in Compassion” (Rinpoche has written a book of the same name), Chenresig empowerment, Karma Pakshi empowerment, Milarepa puja, and fire puja. The benefits of Rinpoche’s visit will be long lasting bringing peace to many. In particular, Rinpoche has asked us, in a combined effort, to recite a million times the seven-line prayer to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) in order to benefit the dharma teachings in New Zealand.

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