Chakrasamvara Practice: It’s history and significance


Greg Smith, long-term practitioner, long-term resident of Drala Mountain
Center and the leader of the upcoming Hybrid Chakrasamvara Intensive Retreat discusses the history and significance of Chakrasamvara practice within the Kagyu and Shambhala lineages, as well as its effects on practitioners and the environment.

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  1. Michael Smith says

    I am not sure who this interview is intended for. Maybe Greg mentioned it and I was asleep with my eyes open but an important part of the vajrayana teachings is devotion to ones teacher and the connection to lineage. Trungpa Rinpoche had a strong connection to the Karmapa lineage which in Shambhala Buddhism has sadly been downplayed. Trungmase, the originator of the Trungpa lineage who was mentioned in the interview, was a student of the 5th Karmapa, Deshin Shekpa. Deshin Shkepa was also a teacher to the Chinese emperor Yung-lo who at one point presented the Karmapa with a Black Crown that was used in ceremonies by the 16th Karmapa Rigpe Dorje and which was attended by many students of Trungpa Rinpoche. Yung-lo is considered one of the important references in the Shambhala teachings so there is an example of that interplay between the Shambhala teachings and vajaryana Buddhism. Not mentioned in the interview is that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche did at least two Chakrasamvara Empowerments. I don’t know where the current Sakyong stands in reference to those teachings and the Kagyu lineage in general. What is clear is that many of the Chakrasamvara practioners are getting along in years and there are no younger students to carry on.

    • greg smith says

      Thanks Michael, all good points. I couldn’t remember which was the last Karmapa in the limited lineage who passed it on to Trungmase. Thanks for clarifying.

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