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Sat April 5, 9am-6pm

Blessing Empowerment of 1000 armed Buddha Avalokiteshvara


Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas. By relying on him, we will continually receive his special blessings and thereby experience inner peace all the time. We will also make rapid progress in our Dharma practice, gaining the ability to control our anger, attachment & self-grasping ignorance and increase our capacity to benefit others. Ultimately, we will attain the universal compassion of a Buddha and accomplish the supreme happiness of enlightenment.


Join us for a 2-day retreat following this event:

Mon-Tues April 14-15 

Nyungnay Purifying Ritual Retreat: A special purification and fasting retreat on Buddha’s enlightenment day in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara. More information here.


GenKelsangChögyan-Copy-262x300Gen Chogyan is the resident Teacher of the Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada. She will be granting the empowerment and give commentary to the practice of 1000 armed Avalokiteshvara.


9-10am       Meditation
11am-1pm  Empowerment
3-4:30pm    Commentary
5-6pm         Avalokiteshvara practice
Cost: $65

Registration: Please register online by clicking the link below, email or call 416.762.8033.

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What is an empowerment?

An empowerment is a traditional Buddhist ceremony during which a qualified master explains the nature of a particular tantric Buddha, his or her history, the empowerment’s function or the way this Buddha helps all living beings. The master also guides visualizations to receive blessings.


Why is this ceremony called an empowerment?

During the ceremony, we receive blessings of the body, speech and mind of a Buddha as well as the oral transmission of his or her corresponding mantra. This ceremony, therefore, gives us the power to gain results when we engage in the actual practice of this Buddha, which includes visualizations, and self-generating as his/her form. We also receive the permission to recite the mantra. There is no commitment pertaining to this practice.


What are the benefits of such a ceremony?

It is a unique and powerful experience, since all are brought to generate a good motivation to improve themselves to the best of their abilities by increasing their good heart, their connection to a particular buddha, and their wish to help others. This creates a vast amount of collective and individual virtue.


Who can participate in an empowerment?

Anyone can attend an empowerment.