On Wednesday 28th September a Buddhist blessing ceremony will take place to inaugurate the new Aro Ling Cardiff meditation room in Whitchurch. The Lineage Holders of the Aro gTér, the incarnate Lamas Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen, will perform the blessing ceremony, in the company of practitioners, interfaith friends, and dignitaries.
The Aro gTér is a Tibetan Nyingma Buddhist Lineage whose ordained members are tantrikas – holding the vows of Vajrayana. In their view and practice, tantrikas embrace the ordinary and extraordinary. Everyday life is the ground of their practice. Ordinary experience is transformed into realised experience. Ordained tantrikas wear robes for formal practice occasions and when representing their Lineage, but otherwise practitioners appear to be ordinary citizens, marrying, raising children, and engaging in working life, and creative activities.
The new venue for the Aro Ling Cardiff Buddhist Vajrayana Group is the converted summer room at the home of the teachers, Ngakma Nor’dzin Pamo and Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin Tridral. The meditation room offers the traditional appearance of a Tibetan shrine room with vibrant colours symbolic of the natural colours of the elements, and wall hangings of Vajrayana imagery. It is an expansively intimate space for the practice of meditation.
Teachings, meditation groups, and classes in physical yogas, take place regularly in the meditation room. To find details of the schedule of the Aro Ling Cardiff Buddhist Vajrayana Group please visit the Aro Ling Cardiff website (http://aroling.org/cardiff) or MeetUp (http://meetup.com/aro-ling-cardiff). A small donation is requested for attendance at events. This enables Aro Ling Cardiff to support the project to establish Drala Jong (http://drala-jong.org/), a residential retreat centre in Wales for the Aro gTér Lineage.