Changling Rinpoche 2019: The Teachings of Khenpo Gangshar

August 9th—August 11th

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  • $250 Contributor Price
  • $175 Program Price
  • $108 Daily cost
  • Other amount that you can afford
Room: Main Shrine Room

Changling Rinpoche & Lama Tamang Numdul will present Teachings on Khenpo Gangshar to Vajrayana students from all communities. The weekend will also include a discussion of “Death and Dying."

For tantrikas / vajrayana students who have received the pointing-out instructions on the nature of mind.

We are very happy and fortunate that Venerable Changling Rinpoche is returning to teach us! Rinpoche will give vajrayana teachings based on the Life and Teachings of Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo, who was one of the primary teachers of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo was a renowned scholar and mahasiddha from Shechen Monastery in Tibet. In 1956, he came to Surmang to teach the Vidyadhara and also to teach at the new seminary there. During that time, he became very ill and appeared to have died. Amazingly, he returned to life and his personality changed dramatically. Once a respected scholar and model of a proper monastic, he began to manifest as a crazy-wisdom guru, teaching much more publicly and sometimes acting outrageously in order to push his students to realization during the tumult of the changing times. He was later imprisoned by the Chinese army and died in captivity in 1961.

Changling Rinpoche has visited and taught in Halifax and Dorje Denma Ling four times. He taught Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo’s Naturally Liberating Whatever You Meet at Dorje Denma Ling in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2010, Rinpoche also presented teachings on the Vidyadhara’s The Sadhana of Mahamudra at the Halifax Shambhala Centre. In 2015, Rinpoche taught on the life and teachings of Khenpo Gangshar.

Changling Rinpoche was born in 1977 in Kalimpong, India. At the age of ten, he was recognized by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Penor Rinpoche as the principal tülku of Changchub Ling Nyingma monastery in Central Tibet. He is a lineage holder of the Rechung Kagyü, which is based on the transmission of Milarepa’s disciple Rechungpa, who received the formless dakini teachings. Rinpoche is also a lineage holder of the Nyingma Northern Treasure (Changter) tradition, which is based on the terma of Rigdzin Gödemchen.

Changling Rinpoche entered Shechen Tennyi Dargye Ling Monastery in Nepal, where he received teachings and transmissions from His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche until His Holiness’s parinirvana in 1991. When Rinpoche was twelve years old, he entered the Shechen shedra and completed his studies at the age of twenty-one. He has continued to teach at the shedra, and has studied with Trülshik Rinpoche, Rabjam Rinpoche, and other teachers. Rinpoche is in charge of teaching monastics the ritual tradition and ceremonies of the Shechen lineage. Rinpoche has also been teaching with Yangsi Dilgo Khyentse and Rabjam Rinpoches in Croatia and India. In addition, he has taught in Australia and North America, and has been teaching within our Shambhala mandala since 2005.

Rinpoche is an excellent translator and during this visit he will continue to work with the Nalanda Translation Committee on translating The Collected Tibetan Works of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and of Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo.

Registering as a contributor generously supports those who cannot afford the full price. If you are able to pay the contributor price, we very much wish to say "Thank you!"

Note, this is not a Shambhala program and will not be supported by our regular Scholarship mechanism.  Nevertheless, the Center and Lotus Speech, which hosts Changling Rinpoche’s visit to North America, want all interested participants to know that they will be welcome, regardless of ability to cover the program fee.  There should be no financial obstacle to participate. 

The Baltimore Shambhala Center is delighted that through contributor support we can offer a subsidized pricing option and can also accomodate all interested students, regardless of their ability to pay.

Program is self-staffed/rota.  Lunches are in.