Ksitigarbha, one of the Eight Great Bodhisattvas, is highly revered in all Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese monasteries. He is lesser known to Western Dharma students but is heavily praised in East Asia. Lama Lodro will lead us in our weekly Chenrezik practice after the teaching.
Several natural disasters struck during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, including floods, earthquakes, floods, and droughts. All of these disasters have caused many problems and brought suffering to people throughout the world. We all wish to do whatever we can to put an end to these disasters as soon as possible and we long to create a better future. In terms of stopping disasters and fulfilling wishes, it is stated by Shakyamuni Buddha, the historical Buddha, that praying for just one moment to Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is more effective than praying to other bodhisattvas for many eons. Creating a connection to Ksitigarbha can accomplish all of our goals: from as noble as reaching Buddhahood or taking rebirth in the Western Pureland of Sukhavati and those as ordinary as good fortune and the fulfillment of wishes.
A number of Ksitigarbha statues were generously donated to KTC Jacksonville to help us fundraise for our future permanent Center building in Jacksonville. These statues were kindly filled with blessed substances and consecrated by Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, our parent monastery in Upstate New York. The blessed statues will be available for sponsorship on our online Etsy shop. We hope you will be inspired by Lama Lodro’s teaching and bring a statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva to your home. All donations benefit KTC Jacksonville.
About Lama Lodro Lhamo: Lama Lodro Lhamo has been a student of the late Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1990. She completed three consecutive three-year retreats at Karme Ling under Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and received her full monastic vows (bhikshuni ordination) in 2008. She is currently the women’s retreat master at Karme Ling Retreat Center. She has a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Columbia University. She’s also fluent in Chinese, English, and Tibetan.
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