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Khensur Rinpoche confers Yamantaka Initiation

10:30 am Sunday, November 13, 2022

Khensur Rinpoche confers Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation

~ Yamantaka ~

In a rare and precious opportunity, Khensur Rinpoche will confer a Yamantaka Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation at Kadampa Center.
Sunday, November 13, 10:30 am
This is a Highest Yoga Tantra initiation, the highest level of tantra initiation, therefore students who choose to receive the full initiation must have taken Refuge, and take bodhisattva vows and tantric vows (given during the initiation) and will be given commitments for daily practice. Students taking the full initiation should have a good intellectual understanding of the three principal aspects of the path.
Students who choose NOT to take the full initiation are highly encouraged to take the initation as a blessing only.  Although taking the initiation as a blessing does not require vows or commitments, it is still incredibly powerful and auspicious to receive the initiation as a blessing.


There are many opportunities to participate in these auspicous events and to serve Khensur Rinpoche, our Geshes, and countless other beings.


All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Yamantaka Initiation! Students may choose to take the initiation as a blessing only or to receive the full initiation ~ see below for requirements.

The Yamantaka initiation will begin at 10:30 am on Sunday, Nov 13, and will continue for several hours, with a lunch break as needed. Khensur Rinpoche will determine the ending time. 

Students who choose to receive the full initiation:

  • Must attend in person at Kadampa Center.
  • Must have taken refuge.
  • Should understand that taking the full initiation includes taking bodhisattva vows and tantric vows ~ both of which will be given during the initiation. 
  • Should also understand that they will be given commitments of a daily practice connected to the initiation deity for the initiation taken. There will be a brief explanation of the commitment during the initiation. This will be the only instruction on the commitments at this time. Geshe Gelek advises students to focus intently so as not to miss this. Also, because Highest Yoga Tantra includes taking tantric vows, your commitment will include the daily practice of the Six Session Guru Yoga
  • Should have a good intellectual understanding of the three principal aspects of the path.


Students should perform a Yamantaka sadhana every day, beginning today, November 13.

Copies of the Yamantaka Solitary Hero sadhana are available in English for download from  the FPMT Foundation store.  If a student is unable to read the sadhana, then it is OK not to do it. 

Six Session Guru Yoga - this practice ensures that you keep your tantric vows. It is to be done daily, three sessions in the morning and three in the evening. 

Please be aware, if you attended the initiation as a blessing, you do not have permission to do this practice.

Mantra - Khensur Rinpoche did not give a specific number of mantra recitations to do.


Students who take the initiation as a blessing:

  • Do not need to take refuge or any vows.
  • Will not be bound to commitments of a daily practice.
  • May attend in person, online via Zoom or via live stream on YouTube.  Register here for Zoom. (note: the recording of the YouTube live stream will NOT be saved or available to view after the initiation).
  • Khensur Rinpoche highly encourages students (who are NOT receiving the full initiation) to take the initiation as a blessing, as this is still a rare and very auspicious opportunity.


Sera Jey Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Delek, the former abbot of Sera Jey Monastic University in southern India and of Gyüme Tantric College, one of the foremost teachers of the "Five Major Texts" at Sera Jey, one of the last living masters educated at Sera Jey Monastery in Tibet - and, the last living teacher of our own beloved Resident Geshes, Geshe Gelek Chodha and Geshe Palden Sangpo - will confer this initiation. 

Learn more about Khensur Rinpoche here.


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  • All persons entering the gompa for the iniations, teachings, and events must be fully vaccinated.
  • Masks are required to be worn upon entering the building(s).
  • Students who are not vaccinated, or who are unable to attend in person, may take the initiation as a blessing online via Zoom, or via live stream on YouTube  (note: the recording of the YouTube live stream will NOT be saved or available to view after the initiation).