You will receive total consciousness
Thursday (Sept. 3), 10am & 6pm and Friday (Sept. 4), 6:30pm at Maui Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center
Only a few oracle spirits remain, of the hundreds believed to have once existed, according to Tibetan Tradition. Conduits between the natural and spiritual realms, the mediums known as kuten—literally translated as “the physical basis”—are the men and women whose bodies have been entered by the oracle spirit, with their most important function being the protection of the Buddha Dharma and its practitioners (among healing and foretelling the future). Given the rank of a deputy minister in the exiled Tibetan government, the principal protector divinity—considered the manifestation of Dorje Drak-den (Nechung)—is the Nechung Kuten, the State Oracle of Tibet. Ordained as a monk in 1970 at the Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling Monastery in Dharmasala, Northern India as a boy of twelve, the Venerable Thupten Ngodrup was fully recognized as the Nechung Kuten by the Dalai Lama himself on September 4, 1987, and will preside over three events on Maui. First he will be a guest at a Medicine Buddha prayer service (Thursday, 10am), and later will present at a dharma talk and Vajrakiaya blessing by the Great Paia Lha Bab Peace Stupa (Thursday, 6pm). Finally, he will conduct “A Shower of Blessings” prayer service and guru yoga session (Friday, 6:30). Keeping with the theme, I’ll also remind Pick readers of the Maui Film Festival’s Candlelight Cinema Friday night screening of Unmistaken Child at 5:30 and 7pm (see Film Capsules & Show Times for more).