2020 Calendar

Online Korwa Dongtruk Program

18 October 2020
10:00am - 4:00pm

Korwa dongtruk online program



An introductory program for
Korwa Dongtruk:
‘He Who Churns the Depths of Saṃsāra'
A practice for guiding those who have passed away.

We are pleased to announce a one day program for those who would like to learn more about the context and practice of Chokgyur Lingpa’s Korwa Dongtruk: ‘He Who Churns the Depths of Saṃsāra’, a name inscription ritual (chang chok) for guiding those who have passed away.

Date: Sunday, Oct 18th

  • 10.00–11.45am AEDT (Sydney) – general overview
  • 1.30–4.00pm AEDT (Sydney) – guided run-through of the practice
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NOTE: Registrations close on Friday the 16th of October.

The ongoing costs associated with running this training and SIA's activities are largely funded by donations. We request that you offer in accordance with your circumstances. Thank you.

Requirement:  Restricted to those with empowerment of Korwa Dongtruk from a qualified lineage holder.  Click here for further requirements.


Korwa Dongdruk is a revealed spiritual treasure of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (1829-1870). At the command of the treasure revealer the sādhana, entitled “All-pervading Benefit,” was compiled by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892) in accordance with the view of the root terma text. This practice involves generating oneself as Avalokiteshvara, summoning the consciousness of the deceased and gently guiding them towards rebirth in Amitābha’s pure realm of Sukhāvatī through purification and empowerment.

The workshop, led by Steve Cline and Sarah Wilkinson, will include information about the Korwa Dongtruk practice as a whole, an overview of the Tibetan view of what happens in the bardo after death, looking at how a chang chok ritual is similar and different to other forms of practices, and a guided run-through of the practice with detailed commentary.

It is hoped that this program will provide greater understanding and confidence in compassionately relating to those who have passed away.

 The only requirement for participation is that one must have received the Korwa Dongtruk empowerment. In advance of the program participants are encouraged to prepare by browsing through the practice materials and manual on the Korwa Dongtruk resource web page and by performing the brief daily practice of The Essential Sādhana of He Who Churns the Depths of Saṃsāra in order to become familiar with the deity, mantra, and dhāraṇī of Red Avalokitshevara. (It is suggested that one recite the root mantra OṂ MANI PADME HŪṂ HRĪḤ 1000 times and the dhāraṇī 21 times daily during the period leading up to the program.)

This program will serve as an introduction for future workshops which will provide more detailed, step-by-step instruction for those interested in becoming a resource for performing this practice within their local dharma community. Those workshops will include learning the roles of officiant, chant master, and shrine master, including visualizations, mudrās, use of vajra, bell and ḍamaru, shrine set up, torma and tsa-tsa making, and so on.

Steve Cline is a senior meditation instructor for Siddhartha’s Intent and has been involved with translation of the Korwa Dongtruk liturgies. Sarah Wilkinson holds a Master of Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy specializing in pastoral care and has trained in leading the Korwa Dongtruk ritual for guiding the dead.