Amitabha and Bardo practice: meditations, prayers and rituals for the sick and the deceased – 2024

Amitabha and Bardo practice: meditations, prayers and rituals for the sick and the deceased with Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi und Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye.

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Meditation on Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless Light, can help us at the moment of death to enter his Pure Realm of Great Bliss (Tib.: dewachen, Skt.: sukhavati). According to tradition, Amitabha made a promise to grant a life of bliss to all beings who hear, think or speak his name with full confidence until they attain Nirvana. Pure land in this context is not a place, but is to be understood as a state of consciousness, an aspect of the enlightened mind.

We can also perform the Amitabha ritual for the deceased, even if their death occurred a long time ago. After an introduction to the practice and the topic of death and transition from a Buddhist perspective, the focus will be on the joint practice of the Amitabha Sadhana.

On Saturday the focus will be on the practice for the extension of the life span, while on Sunday the practice will be mainly for the deceased. The retreat will conclude with a special bardo puja for the recently deceased, which will include burning the written names of the deceased to help them transition into the realm of Great Bliss (Tib.: dewachen).

These prayers and rituals may also include special remembrance of those who died in the Covid 19 pandemic.

This is a hybrid course. The times below are subject to change but will be finalised in time.

Wednesday, Novembre 20
08:00 pm to 09:30 pm Introduction

Thursday, Novembre 21
07:30 am – 08:30 am Amitabha practice
10:00 am – 11:15 am Instruction on Amitabha Sadhana Practice (Lama Sönam)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Amitabha practice
03:00 pm – 04:15 pm Instruction on Bardo practice (Lama Kelzang)
04:45 pm – 05:45 pm Amitabha practice
from 08:00 pm Amitabha and long life practice

Friday, Novembre 22
07:30 am – 08:30 am Amitabha practice
10:00 am – 11:15 am Instruction on Amitabha Sadhana Practice (Lama Sönam)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Amitabha practice
03:00 pm – 04:15 pm Instruction on Bardo practice (Lama Kelzang)
04:45 pm – 05:45 pm Amitabha practice
from 08:00 pm Amitabha and long life practice

Saturday, Novembre 23
07:30 am – 08:30 am Amitabha practice
10:00 am – 11:15 am Instruction on Amitabha Sadhana Practice (Lama Sönam)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Amitabha practice
03:00 pm – 04:15 pm Instruction on Bardo practice (Lama Kelzang)
04:45 pm – 05:45 pm Amitabha practice
from 08:00 pm Amitabha and long life practice

Sunday, Novembre 24
07:30 am to 08:30 am: Amitabha practice
10:00 am to 12:30 am: Amitabha practice with tsog and bardo puja for the deceased

English with German translation.

Additional Texts used for daily practrice: PDF Download

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Please note: this course is run as a hybrid course. This means that there will be participants on site in presence at Kamalashila and there will be participants online via Zoom.
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About Instructor

Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye

Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye has been one of the resident lamas of Kamalashila Institute since 1999. He was born in Nepal and studied at Karma Shri Nalanda Monastic University in Rumtek/Sikkim, later teaching at Karma Lekshey Ling Monastery in Kathmandu. His most important teacher, with whom he took refuge and was ordained, was the 3rd Jamgön Kongtrul, Karma Chökyi Lodrö Senge. As part of his teaching activities, he visits Buddhist centers throughout Europe and supervises Kamalashila city groups. He is a competent teacher of Buddhist philosophy and the meditation practices of sutra, tantra and Mahamudra.

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Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi

Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi is one of the resident lamas at Kamalashila Institute. He was born in Bhutan and studied and taught for 13 years at the Karma Shri Nalanda Monastic University in Rumtek, Sikkim. He received many teachings from H.E. Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. In 2004, Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi first went to the USA, where he still teaches today for Nitartha Institute, and then came to Germany. Since then, he has been living and teaching at Kamalashila Institute, and is visiting Buddhist centers throughout Europe and supervising Kamalashila city groups. He is a competent teacher of Buddhist philosophy and the meditation practices of sutra, tantra and Mahamudra, and an expert of the Abhidharma.

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