Kurukulla Abhisheka

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23 August 2013 - 26 August 2013
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Walker Blaine

For Vajrayogini sadhakas and Werma practitioners:

Shambhala Vajrayogini practitioners who feel a strong connection with the Sakyong, and also with magnetizing practice are invited. Also Werma practitioners who feel a strong connection with the Sakyong and this practice are encouraged to attend. Anyone who has received the Rigden Abhisheka and has practiced the Werma sadhana as their base practice for a year may receive the empowerment.

More information about the empowerment will be published on Shambhala Times soon.


Kurukulla is known as the Padmadakini Kurukulla, an enlightened wisdom deity who at the ultimate level magnetizes the mind of enlightenment. Kurukulla belongs to the padma family of deities, which includes Amitabha, Avalokiteshvara, Hayagriva, and Padmasambhava. In her most popular form, Kurukulla is red with four arms, and stands in dancing posture holding a bow and arrow, hook and lasso, all of which are made of lotus flowers.

Traditionally, Kurukulla is invoked to magnetize people, wealth, and energy to virtuous endeavors. In Tibet, she was especially popular during periods of rapid growth and popularization of the dharma, such as during the spread of the Nyingma tradition at the time of the 11th century siddha-scholar, Rongzom Pandita. The Sakyong’s previous incarnation, Jamyang Mipham Gyatso (1846-1912) encouraged the practice of Kurukulla during a time of great expansion and consolidation of the Nyingma during the Rime period.

One of the most important empowerments for Kurukulla comes from Rongzom Pandita in a terma discovered by Mipham's root teacher, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892). Another important empowerment comes from Chogyur Dechen Lingpa (1829-1870). Both of these empowerments are included in the Rinchen Terdzö.

Please note: for attendance of this Abhisheka it is necessary that your attend the first talk on August 23 at 19.30. If you miss it you cannot attend the programme further.

The Sakyongs honorarium is included in the price. Additional material costs.

All Dechen Chöling tents are now fully booked! Participants who still wish to join are warmly invited to bring their own tent or organise their accommodation outside Dechen Chöling.