The Grand Opening Ceremony for Barom Kagyu Kuala Lumpur will be presided over by Venerable Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche and Venerable Lama Namsai on the anniversary of foremost forefathers of our Kagyu Lineage, Marpa Lotsawa and Milarepa.
Marpa Lotsawa (1040 -1123), the Translator, who transmitted many Buddhist teaching from India to Tibet. He traveled to India seeking teachings from the great master Naropa, although the journey from Tibet to India was full of danger and hardship. Upon his return to Tibet, Marpa spent many years translating the Buddhist scriptures and made a major contribution to the transmission of the complete Buddha dharma to Tibet. Without Marpa, the Kagyu lineage would not exist.
Milrepa, the disciple of Marpa, who’s life is one of Tibetan’s most favourable stories. As a son who was born in a wealthy and aristocratic family in Tibet, he was sent to study sorcery as per mother’s request for taking the revenge to his relatives who took over his family assets after the early death of his father; his revenge resulted the summoning of a giant hail storm to demolish the house of his enemy and killing of 35 people. Milerpa eventually came to regret his terrible crime, he set out to train with a Buddhist master in order to expiate the karmic effect. He was directed to seek out Marpa Lotsawa, the great translator in Lhodra, Southern Tibet.
Marpa Lotsawa, who had the vision that Milarepa would become his foremost disciple, he subjected his new disciple a stream of verbal and physical abuse, forcing Milerepa to endure a series of ordeals, including a trial of constructing a series of four immense stone towers, the trials were actually a means of purifying the sins Milrepa had committed earlier in his life. Marpa imparted the lay and bodhisattva vows, granting Milarepa the name Dorje Gyeltsen. Milarepa then received numerous tantric instructions that Marpa had received from India. Milerepa spent the rest of life practicing meditation in seclusion and teaching groups of disciples mainly through spontaneous songs of realization.
In honour of the anniversaries of Marpa Lotsawa and Milarepa, Barom Kagyu Malaysia Centre will be opened after years of preparation and hard work from all the students in Malaysia, Vietnam, USA and Australia.
Grand Opening Day, 12th March 2017
9:00 am – 10:00 am Sixteen Arhats Prayer
10:00 am – 10:30 am Welcome Speech & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony presiding over by Venerable Sonam Rinpoche & Venerable Lama Namsai & VIP guests
10:30 am – 11:30 am Giving Souvenirs
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Barompa Aspiration Prayer & Dedication.
On behalf of Venerable Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche and Venerable Lama Namsai, we are looking forward to meeting you in Barom Kagyu Malaysia on this very auspicious day of Buddha’s miracle, your merit will be multiplied 10 millions times, which happens only 4 times per year. May compassion benefit all sentient beings, and the spirit of Dharma spread all over the world.