Monday, 8 November 2010

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche convenes first meeting of Western Dharma Instructors

As the Dharma becomes established, or re-established, in many different countries throughout the modern world, important questions arise as to which teachers are authentic and which are not, since would-be students often do not know what qualities they should be looking for in a teacher. This difficulty applies both to Tibetan teachers and also to the Western instructors now emerging in different sanghas.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche has taken the initiative to bring together instructors from his own sangha, Chagdud Rinpoche’s sangha and the Rigpa sangha as a first step in cross-sangha collaboration on this issue.

Thirteen instructors met with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche from 25 to 27 October in Bodhgaya, including Chagdud Khandro herself and Dominique Messent representing Rigpa. Drubgyü Tenzin Rinpoche also attended. The discussions focused on the specific challenges faced by Dharma instructors these days. A document reflecting this exchange will soon be edited and made widely available. It will serve as the basis for a training programme for Dharma instructors, the core of which Rinpoche hopes could become common to all Dharma groups.

For the next step, Rinpoche proposed a three-day training for instructors from several sanghas to be held in the near future.

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