Saturday, May 5
Healing Humanity’s Heart
Sunday, May 6
Maitreya is the embodiment of the kindness of all Buddhas. It is said that when Buddha Shakyamuni’s influence has disappeared from our world, emanations of Maitreya will appear, touching the hearts of human beings, teaching kindness and generosity to all.
Gradually, through his kindness, wisdom, and blessings, all people will come to love and respect one another. Buddha Maitreya is not inactive now. His blessings already pervade the world, and we can draw close to him through receiving this empowerment. Empowerment is a Mahayana Buddhist ritual meditation practice through which we can experience an initiation into deep inner peace and be refreshed with inspiring energy. The ritual blessing empowers us to develop our own “buddha nature” and eventually become an enlightened being.
Everyone is welcome to attend this empowerment. No experience is necessary.
In the afternoon following the empowerment, Gen Kelsang Dema will give practical instructions in the tantric self-generation practice called The Yoga of Buddha Maitreya.
On Sunday morning we can learn from Maitreya’s wisdom, how it is possible to change the world by opening our own heart to all living beings with equanimity. In the afternoon, we will engage in a short meditation retreat on love, compassion and offer our practice as a supreme prayer for world peace.
Saturday, May 5
11am-12:30pm: Empowerment of Buddha Maitreya
3-5pm: Teaching: The Yoga of Buddha Maitreya
Sunday, May 6
10:30am-12pm: Teaching: Healing Humanity’s Heart
2-3pm: Meditation on Giving Love
4-5pm: Prayers and Meditation for World Peace
Saturday & Sunday: $85 / $75 for Supporting Members
Saturday only (Empowerment & teaching): $65
Sunday only (teaching & meditations): $30
What is Empowerment?
Empowerment is a special ritual and deep meditation practice and through which we receive strong blessings from Buddha. During the ceremony, we receive blessing empowerment through our Spiritual Teacher in dependence upon our faith and karma. The Buddhas bestow blessings on all living beings continuously through their pure minds and their spontaneous compassionate intention but an empowerment brings very special blessings. Through blessing empowerment we come begin a i a close relationship with a particular Buddha and our potential to become just like him or her begins to ripen.
What are the benefits of Empowerment?
By receiving empowerment our wisdom and compassion is quickened. We may also receive permission to engage in special tantric meditation practices. We can then engage in prayers, requests and tantric practices with the help of a sadhana, –a prayer booklet that contains prayers and meditation instructions. At every NKT centre an empowerment is always followed by a commentary (or series of commentaries) – teachings that explain clearly the meaning and method of practice.
What happens in an Empowerment?
Most of the action in an empowerment is done by the Spiritual Teacher who is granting the empowerment. At the beginning there may be a traditional ritual with chanted prayers performed by the teacher to purify the environment and remove obstructions. Then he or she will explain the special good qualities of the Buddha who is blessing us and engage in the prayers and ritual for bestowing the empowerment, explaining every step so that everyone can understand the meaning. The entire empowerment ceremony is usually about 90 minutes but varies according to commentary and ritual.
What do I need to do to receive an Empowerment?
Anyone can receive empowerment if they have a good intention, and a strong wish to receive the special blessings of Buddha. The best intention is to seek to receive these special blessings so that we ourselves can perfect our minds and become Buddhas so that we can benefit all living beings. This sincere wish to receive blessing is aspiring faith.Empowerment can help to increase our faith as well. Empowerment blessings are and received in the ceremonyand it is through our choice and through maintaining faith in Buddha that our spiritual nature will grow and ripen into full enlightenment, just as a Buddha.
You may feel very happy, and you may have a deep inner experience –a knowing that is all your own. Or you may feel and experience nothing in particular. Nothing happens in an empowerment that will cause you to feel uncomfortable or strange.
Should I bring anything?
Please come with a good intention and an open mind. It is traditional to make an offering of pure objects such as flowers, incense, candles or pure delightful foods like honey or cakes. Whatever you wish can be offered with love and faith.
There is a monetary fee for empowerment ceremonies, which we should consider to be an offering to the Dharma Centre. No one with strong faith and a special wish would ever be turned away because of lack of funds.