Cangioli Che Reports on Rinpoche’s Consecration of Padmasambhava’s Pureland and Eventful Trip to the Rainforest.
Over six hundred people from all over Brazil and the world attended the week-long consecration ceremonies and offering rituals to celebrate the completion of the replica of the Glorious Copper Colored Mountain (Padmasambhava’s Pureland) near Três Coroas, Rio Grande do Sul.
The seed of the project was planted by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche before his death in 2002, and it has been nurtured by the intention and effort of his many students, as well as other lamas, artists, and sponsors, under the inspired and capable leadership of Chagdud Khadro. Chagdud Gonpa’s replica of Padmasambhava’s Pureland brings from Tibetan culture symbols of nonviolence and inner clarity.
During this visit, Rinpoche:
• Conducted the consecration of Padmasambhava’s Pureland at Chagdud Gonpa Khadro Ling in south Brazil
• Taught in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to large and attentive audiences
• Visited the native Asháninka, deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, to learn from their wisdom and share their plight, which is also ours.
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For much more information and videos of scenes from the consecration ceremony, go to the Padmasambhava’s Pureland site.
Photographer John Swearingen has posted even more photos of Rinpoche at the consecration on his site, dharmaphotos.skillful-means.com.
Supporting Buddhist Education in Brazil
During the visit, Rinpoche met with Chagdud Khadro and representatives from Chagdud Gonpa and Khyentse Foundation to explore ways to set up and support Buddhist education programs for both children and adults in Brazil.
In Rio de Janeiro, Rinpoche taught publicly for the first time on how to do the Ngöndro (preliminary practices) and how beginners who are interested in pursuing the Buddhist path can start practicing. His talk was based on his new Student Manual, which is still a work in progress.
Preserving the Rainforest and Supporting Its People
After the consecration and teachings, Rinpoche visited the Asháninka, a native group of the Amazon rainforest, living in the state of Acre in northwestern Brazil near the Peruvian border. It took two days of travel to reach the Asháninka from R io de Janeiro (two commercial flights, a chartered flight, and a three-hour boat ride). Because of their location, the Asháninka are at the frontline of the deforestation and exploitation that are threatening their culture and livelihood. Rinpoche learned about efforts to preserve the rainforest and to support its people.
Rinpoche is taking action to mitigate his carbon footprint. He has asked his students to estimate the carbon emission from all aspects of the Rio teaching, including all travel, and has offered to cancel the carbon emission by planting trees, supporting alternative renewable energy, and other means.