On October 28-30 Zhaxi Zhuoma read preliminary translations of dharma discourses given by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III at a retreat held at the Heartwood Refuge and Conference Center shown above and located near Hendersonville, North Carolina. The retreat started with an introduction to the Buddha Master and why we know He is a Buddha. The rinpoche also explained how the various Buddhist sects and schools have come into being and the four major traditions that still exist in the world today: the Lineage of the Elders (Theravada), the Profound and Method Lineages (Mahayana), and the Practices and Blessings Lineage (Tantra or Secret) of the Vajrayana. Over the course of the weekend, she provided what H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has taught us about various aspects of the Vajrayana. This was the first time that many present, who were mostly from Theravada groups, had heard these teachings. The discussions that followed were very informative and insightful. On Sunday, she also reread a particularly profound discourse on the various types of intelligence and wisdom to the local sangha as well as those attending the retreat.
The Heartwood Refuge and Conference Center is operated by Ven. Pannavati, the co-director of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage. It was formerly a summer Jewish retreat that includes a 30 room Victorian mansion and around 60 more individual cabins.
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