Gesar Empowerment and Sang, Auckland, NZ 15-16 February

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche will be giving Gesar empowerment and teachings on the 15 February and you are warmly invited to attend.
Within Vajrayana Buddhism’s enormous range of skilful means for approaching the awakened state, the practice path of Gesar, as the embodiment of Guru and Protector, specializes in the qualities of warriorship such as bravery, confidence, dignity and daring. Gesar opens our perceptions to the purity of our world as the warriors’ encampment where we can train to overcome vulnerabilities of depression and unsettled mind through all the methods of martial strategy.

You may purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dzongsar-khyentse-rinpoche-february-empowerment-and-teachings-on-gesar-tickets-91115251169

If you already had tickets to this event, you order will have been refunded, so you will need to purchase another ticket on the new event page linked above.

Rinpoche will be doing a Gesar Sang (fire offering ceremony) on Sunday the 16th of February.

You may purchase your tickets for the Gesar Sang and for the bus transportation here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dzongsar-khyentse-rinpoche-gesar-fire-offering-ceremony-auckland-tickets-91504399121

Contact for further information: Naeri Adam Fernandez at naeriadam@gmail.com

Read below for important informations about the empowerment and sang.

Message from Rinpoche concerning the Vajrayana initiation in  Auckland

As we live in a social media world, I’m sure many have heard of my upcoming visit to the Southern Hemisphere, which includes initiations in some venues.
In ancient times, practitioners would go out of their way to search for a guru and tantric initiations that were then kept secret from those not inclined to the Vajrayana teachings and from those without the capacity to receive them or who were not ready for them. Nowadays, alas, it’s almost the opposite: We announce such initiations as if the guru is trying to lure people to the Vajrayana.
Nevertheless, in trying to maintain tantric traditions, I need to say a few words especially to those new to the Vajrayana and those who have never received initiation from me. 
First and foremost, I want to discourage such people from coming to these tantric initiations, especially since I am the one bestowing them. In the Vajrayana, a proper understanding of the relationship between the initiation giver and initiation receiver is of utmost importance. While the initiation receiver needs all kinds of faculties, the initiation giver must also possess very many qualities of which I have none – as I have admitted over and again.
Moreover, my character and habitual patterns are of the kind that many may wish to avoid. For a more diverse selection of opinions and a different take on me, please go to websites like “Beyond the Temple” that are full of such opinions.
But for those who still insist on entering the Vajrayana path and especially on receiving abhishekas from me, I also won’t discourage them from coming to these initiations. It is, however, my duty to give you this warning.

Information about the Gesar Sang
The location for the Sang is: Goat Island Camping & Accommodation, Goat Island Road, Leah, Warkworth

 It is important you arrive at the venue no later than 2.00pm. The venue is about 75 minutes drive from Auckland (see transportation below).

 A light meal will be provided, and there will be fresh drinking water. There are toilets on site.

Please bring:

  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Umbrellas - good protection for sun and rain
  • Sun protection - hats and sun screen (we will set up a marquee for additional shade)
  • A cushion for sitting - we will have some chairs for those who are not able to sit on the ground
  • Offerings for the ceremony (examples listed below)

Transportation
There will be buses transporting people to and from the venue. To register for a seat in one of these buses, purchase a Bus Transportation ticket in addition to the General Admission ticket. If you do not purchase a Bus Transportation ticket in advance, we will assume you are making your own way to the venue and we cannot guarantee there will be a free seat on the bus for you on the day.

You must register for the bus by the 9th of February, so that we have time to book the appropriate number of buses.

The pick up and drop off spot for the bus is: Chao Shan General Association, 107 Neilson Road, Onehunga

Meet at the pick up spot at 12.20pm. The buses will depart at 12.45pm. We will not wait for latecomers.

The buses returning to Auckland will leave the venue at 7.15pm so you can expect to arrive back in Auckland at approximately 8.30pm.

Offerings for the ceremony
Important: Please avoid any plastic or other non-recyclable packaging. Please bring some offering substances for the ceremony, all highest quality / organic if possible. Below are some examples of substances offered in a Gesar Sang:

  • Oil - e.g. almond oil, olive oil
  • Grains: e.g. rice, flour, corn, quinoa
  • Medicines: e.g. spirulina, turmeric root, Chinese’s herbs, Ayurvedic medicines
  • Spices: e.g. cinnamon, pepper, cumin, cardamom
  • Alcohol: e.g. wine, spirits
  • Perfume
  • Essential oils
  • Flowers: marigolds are good but any flowers are fine
  • Silk in prayer flag colours
  • Gold leaf
  • Ground pearls or precious stones
  • 3 sweets: honey, sugar, molasses
  • 3 whites: butter, milk, yogurt