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Milarepa, Cakrasamvara, and Phowa in the Drikung Kagyu lineage
Associated practice resources for initiates

Keywords: Buddhism, Mahayana, Tantra, Great Seal Mahamudra awareness yoga, Cakrasamvara, goddess Vajrayogini, Tibetan Buddhism, Empowerment, Sadhana, Practice Texts, Dechen Ling Press, Ven. Lama Thubten Nima and Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche of the Drikung Kagyu Tradition, Garchen Buddhist Institute Chino Valley, Arizona.

Summary: This post is both a major event announcement and a major teaching article. It is profoundly useful for orientation, personal practice, and high level master class teaching. Major tantric Buddhist practices require empowerment through recognized teachers, plus Buddhist commitments and practice texts. All these are well covered in this one article.

Ven. Lama Thubten Nima and Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
Give a Major Set of High Tantric Buddhist Transmissions, Teachings, and Lead Short Retreats.
Chino Valley Arizona Late July and Early August 2014

These include the following practices of Highest Yoga Tantra:
1) Phowa ( Transference of Consciousness At The Time of Death )
2) Milarepa Guru Yoga
3) Cakrasamvara / Vajrayogini

Milarepa is the quintessential guru yoga of the Kagyu lineage. The Milarepa practice includes
1) psychic heat practice and Chod / Mystic Sacrifice
2) a form of Vajrayogini practice
3) Mahamudra primordial awareness authorization
4) Psychic Heat Yoga
5) all the necessary authorizations for basic practice, Vajrasattva, Vajrapani Protector Practice, Ngondro and so forth.

Cakrasamvara includes
1) Vajrasattva high empowerment
2) Goddess Vajrayogini
3) Psychic Heat Yoga
4) Mahamudra primordial awareness authorization
5) Four Armed Mahakala Protector Practice and Vajrapani Protector Practice
6) The Four Mandala Activities - Purification/ Healing, Enrichment, Magnetization, and Wrathful Subjugation.

Milarepa
For background see
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milarepa

and, in greater detail:
www.samye.org/mila.htm

Cakrasamvara
"Chakrasamvara is the nature of our mind, and in order to realize this we must follow the path.

"Chakrasamvara emanated from the Buddha Vajradhara and was the treasured Yidam (meditation deity) of Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage.

"For practitioners of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, it is most important and very precious to have the good fortune to receive the empowerment of Chakramsavara. The reason we do this practice is to purify the habitual tendencies of samsara and to purify all obscurations. We are also purifying the imprints of the birth process.

"The lineage of this practice has been sustained uninterruptedly, utterly pure and without samaya breakage, and thus its blessings have not vanished. Whoever is able to receive the Chakrasamvara empowerment will receive the blessings of this immaculate and powerful lineage and should consider themselves extraordinarily fortunate."
-- Khenpo Samdup

Each of these is a complete, high and powerful practice in itself.
They are also very closely related practices in all the Kagyu schools of Indo-Tibetan Vajarayana Buddhism.

NOTA BENE: Basically anyone can walk into Buddhist empowerments these days. Attendees are not pre-screened as such. HOWEVER, all high Buddhist transmissions such as these definitely require Buddhist refuge, Mahayana Buddhist vows, and the major sets of tantric Buddhist vows and precepts. That includes a commitment to practice ( yoga sadhana ) and to honor the lineage and fellow Mahayana Buddhist practitioners. And avoiding a broad array of the usual bad and harmful activities.

For a clear summary of Buddhist refuge, Mahayana, and tantric practice culture, rely upon the book
"Dakini Teachings", by Padmasambhava.

See also the very accessible but classical book
"Heartfelt Advice" by Lama Dudjom Dorjee

SCHEDULE
From
www.garchen.net/schedule.html#intl

GARCHEN BUDDHIST INSTITUTE SUMMER TEACHINGS
July 24 - August 8 (9 am – 5 pm)

Note: All full days of teachings begin at 9 am and conclude at 5 pm. Empowerments begin at 9 am and conclude at noon. The drubchen will start at 9 am on August 4 and continue around the clock until 5 pm on August 8.

Morning and Evening Practices: From July 24 – August 3, except on the break day August 1, there will be morning Lama Chopa practice from 7-7:45 am and evening White Tara practice from 6:30-7:30 pm. These practices will not take place during the drubchen.

July 24-27 (9 am - noon): Great Drikung Phowa Instructions and Practice, Ven. Lama Thubten Nima

July 28 (9 am – 5 pm): The Purpose and Importance of Retreat, Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

July 29 (9 am – noon): Milarepa Empowerment, Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
July 29 (2 - 5 pm) and July 30-31 (9 am – 5 pm): Milarepa Retreat Teachings, Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

August 1: Break day (there will be no meal service and no teachings or morning/evening practices this day)

August 2 (9 am - noon): Chakrasamvara Empowerment, Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
August 2 (2 - 5 pm ) and August 3 (9 am – 5 pm): Chakrasamvara Teachings, Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
August 4-8 (around the clock from 9 am, 8/4, to 5 pm, 8/8): Chakrasamvara Drubchen [ Intensive Practice ], Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and Ven. Lama Thubten Nima

Note: You must have received a Chakrasamvara Empowerment in order to participate in the drubchen.

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED, SEATING LIMITED
See
www.garchen.net/eventguide.html
To preregister, please submit no later than one week in advance of an event your nonrefundable deposit of one day's tuition ($30) and 50% of the cost of meals you wish to purchase ($5 for breakfast, $8 for lunch during the Winter Teachings, $7 for dinner). Please note that your meal deposit must be received one week in advance of an event. To preregister please email the institute at questions@garchen.net or call 928-925-1237. Please mail or email your reservation early.

Location and contact:

www.garchen.net/about.html
Garchen Buddhist Institute
Post Office Box 4318
Chino Valley, Arizona
86323-4318

Driving Directions From Prescott Arizona
www.garchen.net/eventguide...#directions

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More from the Garchen Buddhist Institute on this retreat

GREAT DRIKUNG PHOWA INSTRUCTIONS AND PRACTICE with VEN. LAMA THUBTEN NIMA
JULY 24 - 27

Preregistration deadline to reserve meals: July 17

Life’s most awesome event is death, and death comes to all, regardless of our wealth, intelligence, fame, and so forth. Although our death is inevitable, how we die—either terrified and confused, or with confidence and spiritual mastery—is within our control. Phowa, or conscious dying through the transference of consciousness at the time of death, is the Tibetan Buddhist method for gaining this mastery, and it can be of great benefit to both our self and others. Instead of being driven without choice or control through the intermediate after-death state and into a new rebirth in the samsaric cycle of existence, with successful Phowa practice the consciousness transfers directly to a Pure Land. The practice of Phowa may also enable us to help others at their moment of transition.

Ven. Lama Thubten Nima will give the main Phowa instructions on the first day with additional instructions and question & answer sessions on subsequent days, and he will do several Phowa practice sessions with us daily.

TEACHINGS ON THE PURPOSE AND IMPORTANCE OF RETREAT AND ON THE ULTIMATE RETREATANT, THE GREAT YOGIN MILAREPA EMPOWERMENT, with VEN. DRUPON RINCHEN DORJEE RINPOCHE
JULY 28 - 31

Preregistration deadline to reserve meals: July 17

The Purpose and Importance of Retreat: July 28

Silent, solitary retreat is extremely important in the Drikung Kagyu lineage and yet many practitioners in the West have little understanding of this treasured tradition. We’ve asked Drupon to explore with us the following topics related to retreat: What is the purpose of retreat? What are the benefits of secluding body, speech, and mind in this way? What do we do in retreat? What can arise in retreat and how do we work with it? Drupon will also talk about the 100-day Four Thoughts retreat, the 3-year retreat, and retreating at home.

“Why should one go to a secluded place? From solitude comes silence, and from silence comes mental quiet . . . the practitioner should stay in a clean, quiet, secluded place. Many great practitioners said that the mind becomes clear and realization is easily attained in a clean place with pure water and air. In such an environment experience and realization have a chance to increase quickly . . .”—Ven. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

MILAREPA EMPOWERMENT
JULY 29
MILAREPA RETREAT TEACHINGS

7/29: 2 pm – 5 pm
7/30-31: 9 am – 5pm

The pinnacle of all retreatants, the Great Yogin Milarepa’s last pith and “very secret” instruction to his disciple Gampopa was to show him the hardened calluses on his buttocks from years and years of sitting in meditation. He told Gampopa that this was how he reached enlightenment—through sitting and meditating—and that Gampopa would need to make the same effort to reach enlightenment in that life. He told him there is no instruction more profound than this. Arising from his enlightened mind—the fruition of his decades of retreat practice—Milarepa spontaneously composed 100,000 songs, or “dohas.” Drupon will give teachings on some of the exquisite dohas that directly address retreat practice, and he will alternate the teachings with short contemplation and meditation sessions.

A pith instruction on meditation from Milarepa: “When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick. Every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.”

CHAKRASAMVARA EMPOWERMENT, with VEN. DRUPON RINCHEN DORJE RINPOCHE
AUGUST 2 (9 am to noon) CHAKRASAMVARA TEACHINGS, with VEN. DRUPON RINCHEN DORJE RINPOCHE

Preregistration deadline to reserve meals: July 17

Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will very generously bestow the rarely given Chakrasamvara empowerment and then give teachings on this deity. Drupon has said about Chakrasamvara: “Chakrasamvara emanated from the Buddha Vajradhara and was the treasured yidam (meditation deity) of Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. Most of the famous 80 Indian mahasiddhas attained highest realization relying on this deity, which is considered to be the chief yidam within the Drikung Kagyu lineage. The general lineage derives from Vajradhara down to Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa, and Phagmo Drupa, and the tradition of practicing Chakrasamvara was established by Ga Lotsawa, a contemporary of Phagmo Drupa.” Drupon emphasizes that this empowerment is considered very secret and is not given nor should it be received carelessly.

He further states: “Whenever we receive an empowerment, there are always accompanying vows (samayas).There are many samayas for the Chakrasamvara empowerment, but the principal one is that we must not cause any discord in the sangha, and especially not among those with whom we receive the empowerment. We must commit to always being harmonious in the sangha and to benefiting sentient beings, or at least to not harming them.”

CHAKRASAMVARA DRUBCHEN, with VEN. DRUPON RINCHEN DORJE RINPOCHE and VEN. LAMA THUBTEN NIMA
AUGUST 4 - 8 (AROUND THE CLOCK FROM 9 am, 8/4 to 5 pm, 8/8

Preregistration deadline to reserve meals: July 17

Note: You must have received a Chakrasamvara Empowerment to participate in any part of the Chakrasamvara Drubchen

Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has asked that together we engage in this profound drubchen annually at Garchen Institute. He says that it enhances the power of the empowerment if we subsequently engage in the drubchen. “Drubchen” literally means “great accomplishment” in Tibetan and is one of the most elaborate forms of Vajrayana Buddhist practice. A drubchen is a rare opportunity to concentrate body, speech, and mind in spiritual application, resulting in realization and merit to sustain spiritual development in this and future lives. Participating in a drubchen with pure intention is said to generate merit and potential realization equal to one year of retreat or seven years of practice. Dedicating the practice to all sentient beings extends this benefit and enhances world peace and prosperity.

Chakrasamvara is the principal yidam (meditation deity) of all the Kagyu lineages. In the old tantras that were brought from India it is said that this deity is the utmost essence of all the deities and all the tantras. The reason we do this practice is to purify the habitual tendencies of samsara and to purify all obscurations. We are also purifying the imprints of the birth process. When we engage in the creation stage practice of Chakrasamvara, the practice that utilizes bliss as the method, we come to an understanding of the wisdom of bliss and emptiness. This is called the illustrative wisdom, depending on which we realize the actual nature of wisdom, which is Mahamudra.


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Key Background References

(1)

Drinking the Mountain Stream: Songs of Tibet's Beloved Saint, Milarepa [Paperback]
Jetsun Milarepa (Author), Lama Kunga Rinpoche (Translator), Brian Cutillo (Translator)

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Wisdom Publications; Rev Sub edition (May 1, 2001)
ISBN-10: 0861710630

www.amazon.com/Drinking-M.../0861710630

This is an extraordinary and inspiring book. Along with the teaching songs there is an excellent introduction to this type of yogic Buddhism.

Review By Saef

"This is a wonderful book wherein the enlightening songs of one of the great yogis, Milaraspa, reveal his realizations as they manifest, for the benefit of all beings who seek liberation from bondage and . . . sufferings of all kinds. His story at each event of his precious yogic adventure, is sung with beauty and compassion and gratitude. THe verses are compelling so there is no boredom or ordinariness in this translation of a remarkable life in the caves and along the mountain streams of Tibet. His enlightenment is fully realized and along his way he shares his good fortunes with the reader and all others who hear his beneficial teachings.
The details of his life are sometimes astounding so be prepared to reevaluate your sincerity and devotion as you are apt to compare yourself to one of the great yogis of all time."


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A Complete Guide To The Buddhist Path [Paperback]
Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen (Author), Khenmo Trinlay Chodron (Editor)

Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1559393424

www.amazon.com/Complete-G...1559393424/

About the Author
Khenchen Könchog Gyaltshen, founder of several Buddhist centers worldwide, is respected and beloved as an accomplished scholar, meditation master, teacher, translator, and author. In 2001 he received the high honor of being enthroned as Khenchen (great abbot) [ in the Drikung Kagyu lineage ]. He lives in Frederick, Maryland.

Editorial Reviews

"I am delighted to know that Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen has written A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path. Because it is written in a manner that is easy to understand, it will reach far and wide. This book contains the complete teachings of Buddhism, from the very basic up to the very profound trainings of the Mahayana and Vajrayana systems, including the Six Yogas of Naropa. . . . The practice of all these teachings step-by-step will lead us one day to bear the fruit of complete enlightenment. I therefore thank Khenchen Rinpoche and welcome his light of commentary to illuminate the teachings of our great Lamas making them available to all."
— His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, from the Foreword

"A masterpiece of poetry and a profoundly moving religious instruction . . encompass[es] the entire path. . . The book can be read from start to finish or opened anywhere. The editors have done an excellent job with the book."
—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

"A fresh, intimate, and timely interpretation that will meet the needs of those who want to deepen their practice and understanding of the teachings of the lamas of Tibet. Reading this work is like having a wise, compassionate, and learned teacher at your side one who knows that laughter is an important component of spiritual life. . . . Readers new to Tibetan Buddhism will be aided by the glossary of specialized terms and the descriptions of persons mentioned in the book and will find the annotated bibliography a valuable aid to further study. . . . Contains the essence of dharma teachings and goes deep enough to meet the needs of the serious student; it is a highly recommended guide to be kept at one's side and read over and over again."
—Spirituality & Health

"A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path lives up to its title by presenting the methods that Buddhism offers for improving the quality of one's life in plain terms accessible to readers of all backgrounds. . . . Invaluable to anyone seeking to better follow, understand, and practice the Buddha's teachings in everyday life."—Library Bookwatch

"A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path lives up to its title by presenting the methods that Buddhism offers for improving the quality of one's life in plain terms accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Constructed around the core of "The Jewel Treasury of Advice", a classic Buddhist text created by Drikung Bhande Dharmaradza (1704-1754), A Complete History of the Buddhist path is invaluable to any seeking to better follow, understand, and practice the Buddha's teachings in everyday life. Highly recommended."
- By Midwest Book Review

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"The Garland of Mahamudra Practices"
by Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen and Katherine Rogers.

This is a short summary of Cakrasamvara / Vajrayogini deity yoga and Mahamudra awareness yoga translated by a Drikung abbot from the writings of Kunga Rinchen, the Fifteen Lineage Holder of the Drikung Kagyu transmission. It is remarkably clear teaching on the essentials of New School vajrayana practice.

www.amazon.com/Garland-Ma...1559391731/

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Heart Lamp: Lamp of Mahamudra and The Heart of the Matter [Paperback]
Tsele Natsok Rangdrol (Author), Erik Pema Kunsang (Translator)

www.amazon.com/Heart-Lamp...9627341606/

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 4 edition (December 15, 2009)
ISBN-10: 9627341606

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Major Practice References for Cakrasamvara, Vajrayogini, and Tara

(1)
Source of Supreme Bliss Heruka Chakrasamvara Five Deity Practice
228 pages
Translated by David Gonsalez
$50

dechenlingpress.org/product/...practice/

Source of Supreme Bliss contains the first English translations of important commentaries on the Highest Yoga Tantra system of the Heruka Chakrasamvara Five Deity practice. Included is a lucid, practical, and deeply profound explanation of the generation stage by Ngulchu Dharmabhadra. This is followed by an extremely rare and profound commentary by the First Panchen Lama Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen on the completion stage.

Also included is a commentary on how to perform a proper retreat of Chakrasamvara. The latter half of the book comprises translations of the ritual texts associated with the commentaries. Everything needed to engage in the practice of Heruka Five Deity is included within the pages of this book, which will be indispensable for anyone who undertakes this practice and will provide rich and profound insights for those interested in Highest Yoga Tantra in general. Line drawings provided by Andy Weber.

The material in this book is restricted. This book may be read only by those who have received a Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment. In order to do the practice, you must have received the Heruka Five Deity initiation.

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The Ecstatic Dance of Chakrasamvara
Translated by David Gonsalez
576 pages / $65.00

The Ecstatic Dance of Chakrasamvara is a translation of oral teachings on the generation and completion stages of the Heruka Body Mandala in the lineage of Mahasiddha Ghantapa.

The commentary was given by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche Losang Yeshe, who was the junior tutor to His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, in Dharamsala, India in 1973.

The Ecstatic Dance of Chakrasamvara is a translation of oral teachings on the generation and completion stages of the Heruka Body Mandala in the lineage of Mahasiddha Ghantapa. The commentary was given by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche Losang Yeshe, who was the junior tutor to His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, in Dharamsala, India in 1973.

This teaching was based on Changkya Rolpai Dorje's and Dakpo Kelsang Kädrup's commentaries on the generation stage as well as the Panchen Lama Chökyi Gyaltsen's and Dakpo Kelsang Kädrup's commentaries on the completion stage, combined with the notes on Kyabje Pabongkha Nyingpo's teaching on the generation stage that Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang himself compiled.

The teachings were recorded and, at the request of Ribur Rinpoche, painstakingly transcribed by Gen Lobsang Choephel, and were subsequently translated into English by David Gonsalez. This profound text brings together various rare scriptural sources with the oral lineage handed down through a succession of enlightened beings. Many of the texts that Trijang Rinpoche taught from are sealed-in-secrecy texts, making the contents of this book even more rare and valuable.

Many of the instructions presented in this book have been carefully maintained as an oral lineage that must be learned from one's own guru, resulting in a wellspring of profound instructions on both Chakrasamvara in particular and highest yoga tantra in general. The teachings within this book are the very pinnacle of the most profound teachings available in the Vajrayana tradition.

This book also contains a new translation of the Heruka Body Mandala sadhana to facilitate a greater understanding of the commentary, and which can also serve as a ritual text when undertaking the practice.

Trijang Rinpoche (1900-1981) was the foremost disciple of Pabongkha Rinpoche (1878-1941) and the junior tutor to the current Dalai Lama, as well as the main teacher of the vast majority of practitioners within the Gelug tradition alive in his day. His influence was such that nearly every Gelugpa practitioner alive in his time as well as today has in some way benefited from the great accomplishments of this sublime being.

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Vajrayogini: Her Visualization, Rituals, and Forms (Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism)
Elizabeth English, PhD Oxford University
Paperback: 608 pages
Publisher: Wisdom Publications; 1st Wisdom Ed edition (June 15, 2002)
ISBN-10: 086171329X

www.amazon.com/Vajrayogin...086171329X/

Elizabeth English (Locana) received her MA and PhD in Classical Indian Religion from Oxford University and is a member of the Western Buddhist Order. She is the founder and director of Life at Work, a right-livelihood business that provides consultancy and training for supporting people, teams, and organizations through communication skills and conflict resolution.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Study, May 8, 2003
By John Wakeman (Corwen, North Wales)

This review is from: Vajrayogini: Her Visualization, Rituals, and Forms (Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism) (Paperback)
This is a fine - and beautifully produced and illustrated - study in the Indian (i.e. pre-Tibetan Buddhist) origins of the Vajrayogini cult. It examines the forms and practices associated with Vajrayogini in India, and introduces readers to recent academic thinking and research on this area.

Academic specialists will have their own responses to the book, but practitioners and devotees of Vajrayogini, as well as anyone with an interest in the development of Buddhist tantra, will find much of interest and value in this study.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! - A must have for Tantric Practice !, July 22, 2004
By Vajracharya "heruka108" (Philadelphia)

This review is from: Vajrayogini: Her Visualization, Rituals, and Forms (Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism) (Paperback)
I was initiated into Vajrayogini by Sakya Trizen. I recommend anyone that has been initiated into the "Yogini" systems -- Chakrasamvara, Vajrayogini, Hevajra, etc, obtain this book. It is better than any of the other Vajrayogini books that have been printed so far (not mentioning names) -- most of which just re-iterate the Tibetan monastic tradition.

Because this book dissects and discusses the original Sanskrit texts --It is essential reading to understand the background of the practices, the nuances of the ritual, and the overal scheme of Buddhist tantra. Whether you believe that Buddhism took over "Saivite rituals" as Ms.English and her Prof Sanderson at Oxford believe, the book goes well beyond the historical backdrop to discuss in detail the ritual "moments".

Many well put together graphs and tables break down the deities, correspondences, and practice elements in a helpful and explicative way. She also discusses the elements of sexual yoga in a frank, honest and accurate way throughout the book, something which few Tibetan monastics dare to do. In short, this is not a book that can be missing from your shelf !

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Goddess White Tara Practice

The Milarepa and Cakrasamvara empowerments fully authorize the Twenty One Practices of Goddess Tara, including the following White Tara Practice Text:

Refined Drop of Immortality
A Longevity Mandala Practice of Arya Tara, the Wish-Granting Cakra

www.google.com/url

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Mahamudra, The Great Seal of Primordial Awareness Yoga

(1) Here is a teaching link to my basic article on Mahamudra. It introduces a major and wonderful reference compendium, "Straight from the Heart: Buddhist Pith Instructions".

Mahamudra: A Buddhist awareness yoga of highest yoga tantra ( jnanayoga )
zenbuddhism.tribe.net/thread/...bee29583


(2) Essential Mahamudra Verses from the Great Adept / Mahasiddha tradition of North India
From
www.keithdowman.net/guestpag...tripa.htm

"Maitripa's Essential Mahamudra Verses"

Translated into English by Nicole Riggs.


To innermost bliss, I pay homage!

Were I to explain Mahamudra, I would say—
All phenomena? Your own mind!
If you look outside for meaning, you'll get confused.
Phenomena are like a dream, empty of true nature,

And mind is merely the flux of awareness,
No self nature: just energy flow.
No true nature: just like the sky.
All phenomena are alike, sky-like.

That's Mahamudra, as we call it.
It doesn't have an identity to show;
For that reason, the nature of mind
Is itself the very state of Mahamudra
(Which is not made up, and does not change).
If you realize this basic reality
You recognize all that comes up, all that goes on,
as Mahamudra,
The all-pervading dharma-body.

Rest in the true nature, free of fabrication.
Meditate without searching for dharma-body—
It is devoid of thought.
If your mind searches, your meditation will be confused.

Because it's like space, or like a magical show,
There is neither meditation or non-meditation,
How could you be separate or inseparable?
That's how a yogi sees it!

Then, aware of all good and bad stuff as the basic reality,
You become liberated.
Neurotic emotions are great awareness,
They're to a yogi as trees are to a fire—FUEL!

What are notions of going or staying?
Or, for that matter, "meditating" in solitude?
If you don't get this,
You free yourself only on the surface.

But if you do get it, what can ever fetter you?
Abide in an undistracted state.
Trying to adjust body and mind won't produce meditation.
Trying to apply techniques won't produce meditation either.

See, nothing is ultimately established.
Know what appears to have no intrinsic nature.
Appearances perceived: reality's realm, self-liberated.
Thought that perceives: spacious awareness, self-liberated.
Non-duality, sameness [of perceiver and perceived]: the dharma-body.

Like a wide stream flowing non-stop,
Whatever the phase, it has meaning
And is forever the awakened state—
Great bliss without samsaric reference.

All phenomena are empty of intrinsic nature
And the mind that clings to emptiness dissolves in its own ground.
Freedom from conceptual activity
Is the path of all the Buddhas.

I've put together these lines
That they may last for aeons to come.
By this virtue, may all beings without exception
Abide in the great state of Mahamudra.


Colophon

This was Maitripa's Essential Mahamudra Instruction (in Tibetan: Phyag rgya chen po tshig bsdus pa), received from Maitripa himself and translated by the Tibetan translator Marpa Chökyi Lodrö.

© Nicole Riggs 1999. Reproduction welcome if not for profit and with full acknowledgement.

(3)
Tilopa's Mahamudra Instruction to Naropa in Twenty Eight Verses
www.keithdowman.net/mahamudra/tilopa.htm


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VAJRASATTVA KARMA MANTRA, with teaching and references ( repost )
From
dzogchen.tribe.net/thread/d...ad9925ff1

This translation is partially based on that of the great Nyingma scholar / Dzogchen master Khetsun Sangpo Rinbochay, and also that of the great Dzogchen master Terton Sogyal Tulku Rinbochay. Khetsun Sangpo has provided an excellent commentary which brilliantly summarizes Vajrasattva practice and all the esoteric preliminary practices from the standpoint of the Old School ( Nyingma ) tradition: see
"Tantric Practice in Nying-ma"
by Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche, ISBN-10: 0937938149

Because Vajrasattva is so important in all schools and all levels of Buddhist tantra, it is quite helpful to have both these books.

The Sanskrit phonetic text following is broken out on a phrase by phrase basis without punctuation. The English interpretation follows between each phrase.

I have provided some clarification and elucidation, mostly within the parenthesized parts.

Translation follows:

> > > Begin Translation > > >

Om vajrasattva samayam anupalaya
Om Vajrasattva ( Diamond Being )! Protect the sacred commitment.

Vajrasattva tvenopatistha
Vajrasattva abide in me.

dridho me bhava
Make me firm.

sutosnyo me bhava
Grant me complete satisfaction.

suposnyo me bhava
Fulfill me ( increase the positive within me ).

anurakto me bhava
Make me compassionate ( or: be loving towards me ).

sarva siddhim me prayaccha
Grant me all siddhi ( powers and attainments, both relative and transcendent ).

sarva-karma su ca me chittam sriyam kuru
Manifest for me all ( noble ) actions. Make my mind wholly virtuous.

"hum"
"hum" ( the bijmantra, the essential vibratory wave-particle of Vajrasattva )

"ha ha ha ha"
"ha ha ha ha" ( the Four Joys, Four Immeasurables, Four Levels of Tantric Empowerment, the Four Dimensions of Sacred Being - Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, Nirmanakaya, Svabhavivakaya )

"ho"
"ho" ( exclamation of joy at accomplishing these sets of four )

bhagavan sarva-tathagata-vajra
Transcendent Lord who embodies ( or: who is together with ) all the Indestructible Realized Buddhas !

ma me munca
Do not abandon me.

vajri bhava maha-samaya-sattva
Make me indivisible, Great and All Encompassing Pledge Being ( great angel of angels ).

"ah"
"ah" ( release into vast primordial pure wisdom-dimension beyond all limitations and obscurations )

(optional : hum phat! )
(hum phat!) Hum here means manifest great diamond power! Phat! has the sense of strike / cut through all confusion, grasping and negativity! I.e. by prajnopaya, the Union of Wisdom and Skillful Means.

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Sarva mangalam!
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Abide in the great state of Mahamudra."

Written in partial fulfillment of my formal teaching responsibilities.

KT posted Fri, June 20, 2014 - 4:45 PM
Vajrapani ( Buddhist Angel of Power & Protection ) Empowerment and Teaching ( community » other ) Vajrapani ( Buddhist Angel of Power & Protection ) Empowerment and Teaching

Keywords: Meditation, guardian angels, Buddhism, Yoga, Mantra, inner healing, Shao Lin Temple, pagan mysticism, Tantra, Vajrayana, Vajrasattva, Vajrapani mantra + sadhana, psychic protection, Medicine Buddha teachings, defense against the dark arts, Jamchen Buddhist Centre Balwyn ( Victoria Australia ), Lama Zimwock (Zimog) Tulku Rinpoche.

Summary: This is a short teaching article on Vajrapani deity practice which includes an event in Australia, good introductory background and a very broad set of practice resources for use by people everywhere.

The gods help those who help themselves.
Aesop


Introduction

Vajrapani is a "guardian angel", a mahabodhisattva ( Buddhist great-angel ) focused on spiritual power and removal of negativity. By negativity is meant the following: psychological problems ( such as post traumatic stress disorder and depression ), psychic obstacles, energy blockages, interfering spirits, and envionmental disharmony. This is a profound practice of inner healing and inner warrriorship common to many schools and lineages of Buddhist Asia. It is a key esoteric practice of Buddhist Kung fu and of defense against the dark arts.

Vajrapani is one of the most widespread practices of Mahayana Buddhism from India through Tibet, China, and Japan. Vajrapani is a primary protector of the kung-fu lineages of Shao Lin Monastery China, of the Amitabha Pure Land School and of the Medicine Buddha teachings. Many of the key esoteric practices and deity yogas of Buddhist tantra directly develop from or incorporate Vajrapani practice. Examples are the Tibetan Gesar guruyoga, the Kagyu practice of Karma Pakshi guruyoga, some fierce forms of Guru Padmasambhava, and so forth.

Note that a full Vajrapani empowerment always includes the peaceful practice of Hundred Syllable Vajrasattva, one of the core inner practices of all Indo-Tibetan schools of Buddhist tantra. ( This is further discussed below in the reference links. )

A Vajrapani empowerment is either Highest Yoga Tantra or lower tantra. In either case it includes Mahayana Buddhist vows and either a lower tantra practice of Vajrasattva or a high practice of Vajrasattva.

Basic Mahayana refuge includes authorization to practice Medicine Buddha and to evoke Vajrapani, using "NAMO VAJRAPANIYE". Highest Yogatantra empowerment of Medicine Buddha authorizes the high tantric practice of Vajrapani, as does Padmasambhava empowerment. This article provides a good set of Vajrapani mantras and sources for practice texts.

Why do protector practices, such as Vajrapani mantra and deity yoga? Because we have to be strong when bad things happen, when there are dangers, threats and attacks for example.

For example, on July 8th the most holy sacred site for the entire Buddhist world was bombed nine times:
"Nine blasts in 30 minutes rock Bodh Gaya, Buddha's abode bombed in Mahabodhi temple"
www.hindustantimes.com/India-...83.aspx

To which one can only give the answer that Winston Churchill gave to Adolph Hitler in 1940:
"You do your worst. We'll do our best."

N.B. Please keep in mind that Very Useful Self Care Practices like physical yoga and mantra yoga are NO Substitute for clinical medical checkups and western psychological therapies. Someone who has an acute issue or chronic issue should see a doctor first.
One that step is taken it is reasonable to see a spiritual doctor. Yes, this is a form of "spiritual medicine", but it should be viewed as complementary medicine, not as a "magic bullet."

For some general background on Vajrapani see
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vajrapani

There are many types and levels of Vajrapani practice. At this point I will discuss the basic healing aspect of Vajravidaran / Vajrapani, and later a specific aspect of Vajrapani Bhutadamara.

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Vajravidarana - An Inner Healing Practice

There are three stages of Vajrapani mantra practice: those of the peaceful Vajravidarana, which is more basic, the wrathful Vajrapani, and the extremely ferocious Vajrakilaya. ( Vajrakilaya is one of the key practices. It includes Vajrapani but is not included in Vajrapani. )

Here I give the original Sanskrit recitation for Vajravidarana. It may be practiced by anyone who has a Vajrasattva empowerment, a Vajrapani empowerment, a high Medicine Buddha empowerment, and so on.

Vajravidarana mantra:
Namo chanda vajra khrodha hulu hulu tistha tistha bandha bandha hana hana amrita hum phat.

There is a much longer mantra for this deity as well. Although the mantra is wrathful, the deity Vajravidarana is a peaceful green form of Vajrasattva, sitting cross legged, holding a cross-vajra in his right hand at the heart, and a bell/ ghanta in his left hand at the left hip ( bell side up ).

For image and background see
www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm

"Vajravidarana is a male meditational deity. He can appear as white and peaceful, green and semi-peaceful/semi-wrathful, or blue and wrathful. Four different forms are found in the Kriya classification of Tantra and one wrathful form with a seventy-five deity mandala in the anuttarayoga classification of Tantra.

"...Vajravidarana is very much a deity of purification and belongs to the group known as the Five Cleansing Deities. The form with a Seventy-five Deity Mandala is also included as a branch initiation and practice in the Margapala (Lamdre) Tradition of the Sakyas.

"The principal attribute of Vajravidarana is a double vajra held in the right hand. In peaceful form, Vajravidarana is almost identical in appearance with the meditational deity Vajrasattva. The two deities are differentiated by the double or single vajra and in painting by the colour of the body. Vajravidarana is often depicted with three eyes while Vajrasattva generally has only two."

See also the mandala at
www.himalayanart.org/image.cfm/817.html

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From
Buddhist Deity: Vajrapani Main Page
at
www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm

"In the Sutra tradition of Mahayana Buddhism the bodhisattva Vajrapani is regarded as one of the 8 heart-sons of Shakyamuni Buddha and portrayed in a peaceful appearance. In the tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism, Vajrapani is typically shown in a wrathful form and further known as Guhyapati - 'the Lord of Secrets.' Historically he is the main recipient, holder and protector of all the Tantra texts and teachings received from the Buddha Shakyamuni (in the appearance of Vajradhara)."

Vajrapani Bhutadamara - Diamond Scepter In Hand / Subduer of Elemental Spirits
from
www.himalayanart.org/image.c...549.html

Dark blue in colour with one face and four hands, the first pair perform the 'Daemon Subduing' mudra (hand gesture) at the heart. The second pair of hands hold a vajra upraised in the right and a lasso in the left. Very wrathful in appearance with large bulging eyes and hair flowing upwards like flame he wears jewel and snake ornaments and a lower garment of tiger skin. On the back of the white daemon Aparajita - with four hands and an elephant head, he stands atop a sun disc and multi-coloured lotus surrounded by the flames of pristine awareness.

Historical Background for Bhutadamara from the Shining Sun Commentary:

"...generally it is said, in the precious Tantras of the great secret Vajrayana there are immeasurable deities of great accomplishment and deities for accomplishing the increase of activities; this is the main [method] of the deity accomplishing the increase of activities, making firm the common attainments. Practicing this is also the method for the arising of the supreme attainment. This is special for pacifying obstacles, daemons, hindrances, bhutas, rakshas, and the like - commonly, and the four maras which are obstructions to enlightenment - [specifically]. All the great superior teachers [of Sakya] say; 'before entering any retreat it is foremost to do the Achala or Vajrapani retreat first.' To elaborate, of the great six [Vajrapani practices]: the [1] Powerful Great Wheel [Mahachakra], [2] Fierce Garuda, [3] Dharma Protector for the Benefit of Beings, [4] Tantra of the Great Stick, [5] Mantra of the Wrathful Acharya and [6] the Subduer of Daemons, the latter one, the Subduer of Daemons Bhutadamara is the most well known and found in many Tantras. The [long] Bhutadamara Tantra of 160,000 verses has remained in Oddiyana." [(See Kriya Tantra Toh.747, for the short Bhutadamara Tantra)].

"...of the many mahasiddhas to come to Tibet, Acharya Tathagata Rakshita made famous the teachings of the short Charya Tantra of Bhutadamara. In the Vajravali of Acharya Abhayakaragupta there are three mandalas of Bhutadamara, these, extracted from the Tantras contain the essence letters, the long mantra is not taught. Both Trailokyavajra and the Omniscient Buton Rinchen Drub wrote from this Charya Tantra..."

"...now, for the Non-dual Anuttara uncommon explanatory Tantra to the Hevajra, called the Vajrapanjara, it is said; Trailokyavajra's greater and lesser Bhutadamara meditations are based on this - which is found in the Sadhanasamgraha [Sadhanamala]. For the lineage of Atisha the text is found in the Narthang Gyatsa, a very famous collection of teachings. Also, there are the texts of Ngorchen Konchog Lhundrub and Panchen Drangti who wrote the abridged Sadhanasamgraha. Again, Lhachen Shakya Palwai who actually saw the face of Bhutadamara wrote a meditation and initiation text. From the various meditation texts, that of Ngorchen Konchog Lhundrub is used as the basis for the explanation of the practice." [from the commentary of Zhuchen Tsultrim Rinchen (1697-1774) of Dege Gonchen Monastery].

www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm
www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm


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Here is an example for an upcoming Vajrapani empowerment being given in Australia. This may well be the Highest Yoga Tantra initiation of Sakya school Vajrapani Bhutadamara, which I have and use. ( The Four Armed Vajrapani Bhutadamara is a restricted practice so in the following resources I cannot provide the extended mantra. )

Vajrapani Empowerment and Retreat
November 2013
Victoria Australia
Offered by The 6th Zimwock (Zimog) Tulku Rinpoche, Ngawang Tenzin Trinley Norbu Pal-Sangpo
through Jamchen Buddhist Centre Balwyn, Victoria.


From
jamchen.com/event/vajrapani-initiation/

Start:November 15, 2013 6pm on Friday 15th
End:November 18, 2013 5pm on Monday 18th
The initiation will be offered on Saturday morning.
The Refuge ceremony will be conducted on Friday evening after dinner. Please contact Jamchen if you wish to take Refuge.

$120 Saturday only (includes lunch but no accommodation)

Cost:$460 / $415
The cost of the retreat ticket includes:
the empowerment, teachings and guided meditation sessions,
all meals, from dinner on Friday night through to lunch on Monday,
twin-share accommodation in comfortable ensuite rooms,
Vajrapani practice booklets.

Book your tickets now through our secure online service.
Please book your ticket early – it will help Jamchen to make this retreat better organised for you if you purchase your ticket online as early as possible.
Prior to the retreat you will receive a retreat preparation message by mail from Zimwock Rinpoche, once the bookings are closed.

Restrictions:
At no time is non-vegetarian food to be brought onto the property.

Contact:
Ms Teresa Harding,
Email: info@jamchen.com
Tel: 0451 084 228
also
jamchen.com/contact/

Venue:
Maitripa Centre
528 Myers Creek Road, Healesville, Victoria, 3777, Australia
( upper Yarra Valley of Victoria )

Recharge your spirit with the power of Vajrapani!

A beautifully illustrated passageway to personal fulfilment, spiritual growth, and a true sense of self-worth, this Vajrapani retreat is a unique guide to holistic well-being. Drawing on Buddhist insights and techniques, you can discover that inner power is full of wisdom and instruction for finding the perfect mind-body-spirit balance.

Two Teachers

Vajrapani empowerment and teachings will be offered by
Zimwock Rinpoche. See
jamchen.com/about-jamche...ock-rinpoche/

Meditations and practice with the guidance of Freeman Trebilcock.

Book your tickets now through our secure online service.



About Vajrapani

Vajrapani – the Lord of Secrets – Guhyapati – Sang wa’i dag po – Holder of the Thunderbolt – Chana Dorje – is the power, energy and fearlessness of all the Buddhas and represents the power aspect of complete enlightenment. He is a means of accomplishing fierce determination and symbolises unrelenting effectiveness in the conquest of negativity.

Vajrapani is the protector and guide of the Buddha. The practice of Vajrapani helps us with fear of death and fear of travel to unknown places.

As he is the keeper of all the tantras of Vajrayana Buddhism, traditionally one needs to first complete a retreat upon Vajrapani before engaging in other practices, retreats and teachings.

This retreat is open to and beneficial for Buddhists who have taken Refuge in any tradition. If you have not taken Refuge but wish to do so, Zimwock Rinpoche will perform a Refuge Ceremony at the start of the retreat.

The retreat offers specially devised exercises for controlling emotions, maintaining positive thinking, and attaining mental clarity. This retreat specially demonstrates how to plan and follow a spiritual calendar – from awakening the senses in winter to reaching maturity in the summer. Full of practical advice for improving self-esteem, overcoming adversity and opening up to the beauty, harmony and value of the self and the world around, this retreat will guide meditators along a new path to a fuller life, by cutting through adversities and troubles.

Following the Initiation, the Sadhana will be explained with great patience. Then for over two days we will practise together and chant both the short and long Mantras. The importance of hand mudras, the recitation of the mantra and the use of vajra, bell, and damaru as well as the type and use of the mala will all be explained. It will be a retreat with practical useful guidance to take back home.

NB: Meals are strictly vegetarian. Special diets can be catered providing they are advised no later than one week before the retreat commences. If you have any special food restrictions or requirements, please contact Ms Teresa Harding on Mob 0451 084 228 after you have made you booking.

About the Venue

The Maitripa Centre is a peaceful oasis of garden and tree-ferns in the heart of the beautiful upper Yarra Valley in Victoria. Surrounded by 53 acres of lush native forest, it provides plenty of opportunity for solitude and walking. It is an easy hour and a quarter drive from the centre of Melbourne (subject to traffic!) and about 6.5 km north of Healesville.

Accommodation is in recently renovated, comfortable, shared rooms (up to 3 beds – no bunks).

Maitripa has hosted many great international and local teachers and retreats over the past few decades and is well known to Buddhists in Victoria. It has become a sacred place in its own right.


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References for Vajrapani mantra

The short common form of Vajrapani mantra is
HUM VAJRA PHAT

A somewhat longer general form is
OM VAJRAPANI HUM PHAT

Also, from fpmt.org, the mantra
OM AH VAJRAPANI HUM HUM PHAT

And the Vajrapani activity mantra ( from my teaching article below )

OM VAJRA CHANDA MAHA ROSHANA HUM PHAT
OM APRATI HATA VALA HUM PHAT
SARVA BHIGHANAN ANTARAYA VINASHKARA MARAYA HUM PHAT.


Mantra of MahaChakra / Secret Vajrapani
from
www.lamayeshe.com/index.php
is
OM NILAM BARADHARA VAJRAPANI HRIDAYA MAHAKRODHA SATTVA HUM PHAT


Four Vajrapani mantras, from
tbsn.org/english2/article.php

"This practice involves the transformation and manifestation of the vajra seed within the Alaya consciousness, for once the Tantric practitioner receives the spiritual current of the Five Wisdoms, he becomes Vajrapani himself.

"Vajrapani, while residing within the moon disc of the heart, bestows blessings upon sentient beings with love by reciting the mantra: OM MAHA MAITRYI SPHARA.

"Vajrapani, while residing within the moon disc of the heart, liberates sentient beings from their sufferings with compassion by reciting the mantra: OM MAHA KARUNAYA SPHARA

"Vajrapani, while residing within the moon disc of the heart, transmits the dharma to sentient beings with joy to generate the heart of cultivation by reciting the mantra: OM SARVA SUDDHA PRAMODA SPHARA

"Vajrapani, while residing within the moon disc of the heart, bestows bodhicitta upon sentient beings with equanimity by reciting the mantra: OM MAHOPEKSA SPHARA"

VAJRASATTVA KARMA MANTRA, with teaching and references ( repost )
dzogchen.tribe.net/thread/d...ad9925ff1

Sadhana ( practice text ) from Drikung Kagyu ( generic )
vajrapub.com/product/vaj...-collection/

Vajrapani Mahachakra Daily Practice (bklt_lttr) - Restricted to initiates
shop.fpmt.org/Vajrapani-M..._p_1258.html

Karma Kagyu lineage Vajrapani practice ( generic )
www.namsebangdzo.com/Vajrapa...0138.htm


See my short Vajrapani teaching, with mantras and scripture, and a practice for death by war, weapons, and accidents, "Vajrapani, Guardian of the Medicine Buddha teachings", at

sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...dac6e14

This includes a Sanskrit praise, the Vajrapaninamastottarasatastotram, and an excerpt from
"Sutra of the Whole-Body Relic Treasure Chest Seal Dharani, The Heart Secret of All Tathagatas."

. . .

Vajrapani said, “I pray that the Tathagata, out of compassion for us all, will pronounce this dharani.”
The Buddha responded, “Hearken, contemplate, and do not forget it! The radiance of the copies of the bodies of all Tathagatas of the present and the whole-body relics of all Buddhas of the past are contained in this Treasure Chest Seal Dharani. The three bodies of every Tathagata are also in it.”

Then the Buddha pronounced the dharani [ sacred recitation for accomplishment ] :

namas tryadhvikanam sarva tathagatanam |
om bhuvi-bhavana-vare vacana-vacati |
suru suru dhara dhara |
sarva tathagata dhatu dhare padmam bhavati |
jaya vare mudre |
smara tathagata dharma-cakra pravartana vajre bodhimanda-alamkara-alamkrte |
sarva tathagata-adhisthite |
bodhaya bodhaya bodhi bodhi budhya budhya |
sambodhani sambodhaya |
cala cala calantu sarva-avaranani |
sarva papa vigate |
huru huru sarva soka vigate |
sarva tathagata hrdaya vajrini |
sambhara sambhara |
sarva tathagata guhya dharani mudre |
bhute subhute |
sarva tathagata-adhisthita dhatu garbhe svaha |
samaya-adhisthite svaha |
sarva tathagata hrdaya dhatu mudre svaha |
supratisthita stupe tathagata-adhisthite huru huru hum hum svaha |
om sarva tathagatosnisa dhatu mudrani sarva tathagata sadhatu vibhusita-adhisthite hum hum svaha ||

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Other

Book references and discussion at my extended post
"some classical core guidance on mantra recitation, short mantras for a number of tantric deities, strategies for mantra practice and results of practice"
See
tibetanbuddhism.tribe.net/threa...bbc093

For comprehensive teaching resources regarding Medicine Buddha, see my post
seattle.tribe.net/listing/M...279c00b7d3

For a general set of deity yoga practices, see
"Pearl Rosary The Path of Purification"
vajrapub.com/product/pea...urification/

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Note that I do not represent any teacher or organization mentioned here.

Sarva mangalam! May All Beings Benefit.
Siddhi Rastu! May There Be Yogic Accomplishment!

KT
in partial fulfillment of teaching responsibilities

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Other thoughts


Judi Dench, from Skyfall:

"Well, I suppose I see a different world than you do.
And the truth is that what I see frightens me.
I'm frightened because our enemies are no longer known to us.
They do not exist on a map. They're not nations. They are individuals.
And look around you. Whom do you fear? When you see a face, a uniform, a flag?
Our world is not more transparent, now. It's in the shadows.
That's where we must do battle.
So before you declare us irrelevant, ask yourselves: How safe do you feel?"

"I say again:
Never give up.
No matter what is happening.
No matter what is going on around you.
Never give up.”
HH the Dalai Lama

Courage to move into the darkness

"The Hobbit is going to have a very particular resonance, a prescience of what is to come...it's Europe of the 1930s. They can feel war coming but everyone is saying 'The world is at peace' There are things afloat...something terrible is coming.

"I think that what is noble and heroic about Gandalf and Galadriel is that they are prepared, together, to look that in the eye. That's what makes Gandalf the most wonderful hero for this decade. He has the courage to move into the darkness that no one else is prepared to go into, against popular opinion, to save the earth. I find that very noble and very brave."
- Cate Blanchett, Aussie
posted Sat, September 14, 2013 - 2:20 PM
Healing Practice Open To All Everywhere : Medicine Buddha Shared Chant June & July 2014 | With Extensive Resources ( community » other ) Healing Practice Open To All Everywhere Medicine Buddha Shared Chant June/July
Medicine Buddha chants and teaching references and a broad range of classical practice methods

>>> NEW SECTION ( 19 June ) Prayer Flags : A Practice For Blessing and Peacemaking

Introduction and Overview:
-This is an open ( and unofficial ) invitation to a classical inner healing practice continuing through July 2014, that of Medicine Buddha, free of formal Buddhist commitments, for anyone anywhere to take up at home on their own schedule. An online running total of mantra recitations will be kept for all participants, with each receiving the benefit of all recitations.

-This article is obviously going out to many diverse groups. Why? Medicine Buddha is exceptionally open and supports / integrates all the traditional Asian healing practices. Medicine Buddha practice includes a formal system of integrative psychology, has a guardian practice for psychic healing and protection, and unlike esoteric ( tantric ) practice does *not* require formal Buddhist commitments. It is an “interoperable”, non-exclusive, and “open-source” healing practice strongly suited to yogis, naturopaths, psychologists, wizards, and all high-level wellness practices generally. Medicine Buddha as a “healing mandala” is also strongly associated with environmental health. I provide detailed references for Buddhist and other classical healing practices in the dharma teaching reference links that follow the article.

-It is directly prompted in part by the many US school shootings in the past eighteen months, e.g. Santa Barbara, Seattle, and Portland ). This is dedicated in significant part to these innocent victims. It is also partly a response to developing and very dangerous maelstroms of conflict in Ukraine, Iraq and the middle cross section of Africa, and with deep concern for environmental poisoning and in particular the continuing severe losses in bees, beehives, and agricultural pollination, an issue I am working in scores of venues. Because of these ongoing crises I also provide some references for generally useful guardian angel practice ( Hindu Ganapati ) and background on Bee Colony Collapse Disorder, and a perspective by a young schoolteacher who survived the Columbine massacre.


Imee Ooi - Medicine Buddha Dharani (Bhaisajyaguru)
www.youtube.com/watch

03 Medicine Buddha Mantra
www.youtube.com/watch

"I am a physician, not a philosopher. Those who would serve the sick and suffering, come serve with me."
-- Guru Sakyamuni Buddha ( the first Medicine Buddha )

"To improve your practice you have to KNOW that you can do well. You can definitely change. We are born with a positive essence...It’s important to know that our mind is so powerful, we can create our own success or failure."
--HH Phakchok Rinpoche

"The gods help those who help themselves."
- Aesop

"Our past is not our potential. In any given moment, with all the stubborn teachers and healers who have called us to our best selves, we can re-choose to awaken. Awakening brings its own assignments, chosen by each of us, unique to each of us. But whatever you may have thought about yourself, and however long you may have thought it, you are not just 'you'. You are a seed, a silent promise. You are the Conspiracy."
-- Marilyn Ferguson, in her book "The Aquarian Conspiracy"


Summary:
1) This summer a “shared practice” of Buddhist healing mantra is being co-ordinated from a Buddhist center in upper New York State. I am extending a personal ( and wholly unofficial ) invitation to you: please join and help this group effort for the benefit of all involved ( and dedicate the merit in a universal way ).
2) Detailed background on Medicine Buddha and related healing practices is provided in several reference links.
3) Here is the link for the shared practice this summer for Medicine Buddha:
2014 PBC Sangha
Medicine Buddha Accumulation
www.padmasambhava.org/mantra_accum.php

What Is Medicine Buddha Practice?

1) The Medicine Buddha transmission goes all the way back to Guru Sakyamuni Buddha, a guru of healing and Medicine Buddha. This is traditionally a major practice of many schools of Mahayana ( Great or Universal Way ) Buddhism. It is a major practice in the Chinese Ch'an ( Zen ) and other major Chinese schools, in Korea, Japan, and the central Asian countries. Buddhist medicine is one of the main ways the Buddhist teaching became established in different parts of Asia.

2) The Medicine Buddha is known in Sanskrit as "Bhaisajyaguru Vaidurya Prabha", the "Medicine Teacher of Aquamarine Light”. The central idea of the practice is inner purification. This means a specific focus of pure awareness and healing technique to remove ALL the root karmic and energetic imbalances and disorders which manifest as mental or physical distress and sickness. The deepest goal or capability of Medicine Buddha teaching and practice is to purify the Three Poisons ( Ignorance, Grasping, and Anger ) which manifest as suffering and also prevent our developing the freedom and pure awareness that lead to final liberation.

Invitation and Approach

I invite you to participate free of any obligation. By all means, do some Medicine Buddha practice as a non-Buddhist this summer, add your mantra counts to the global accumulated count, and then be done with it, also as a non-Buddhist. You have nothing to lose. The benefit of joint practice is significant and can be felt ( by some ), like taking a transmission in person.

Currently the fellowship has accumulated 945,087 recitations. And those who contribute a decent amount ( say, a few thousand ) each receive the total benefit of everyone’s participation anywhere in the world.

My intention is to contribute 20,000 recitations, and receive the benefit of over 1 million combined recitations. Solo practice would take two years daily recitation, and I’ll be done in a couple days.

This mantra accumulation is for a specific formula of Medicine Buddha, one of the most general and broadly practiced methods in the general Buddhist repertoire.

The formula to use ( in the original Sanskrit ) is
TADYATHA OM BHAISAJA BHAISAJYA
MAHA BHAISAJYA RAJA SAMUDGATE SVAHA

This says “Om Medicine Medicine Great Medicine King…”

This is from a general Great Way / Mahayana Buddhist scripture and rite. It is not specific to esoteric ( tantric ) Buddhist transmissions. Like the basic practice of Avalokitesvara deity yoga recitation of OM MANI PADMA HUM, the general ( not esoteric ) practice of Medicine Buddha is open to all, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike.

This “open source” approach to mantra recitation is not something I made up. It is definite that all people ( Hindu or otherwise ) may practice the Hindu mantra of Ganapati, the Remover of Obstacles. This is a major guardian angel and a major Hindu practice, sometimes employed by Buddhists but not a major Buddhist protector. The point is anyone can do the basic Ganapati mantras or Medicine Buddha or Avalokitesvara without specific commitments. So this is not proselytizing. The goal is simply to provide and promote practices to help people purify and develop their consciousness.

In no cases do I make any specific claim of inner or outer healing. Each individual, with their distinctive strengths and weaknesses, certainly needs their own approach to healing or high-level wellness. This is a practice of inner purification and protection, not a magic bullet per se.

Perhaps what a person most needs is cognitive behavioral therapy, or physical hatha yoga practice, or a good dental plan. The practices of Ganapati, Medicine Buddha, or Avalokitesvara are *not* intended to replace conventional medicine.

What I am saying comes down to two points: Medicine Buddha is “open to all”, and you can make a good connection through this summer’s group accumulation. Quite a few Buddhist practices are automatically conferred through taking basic Mahayana Buddhist vows, including Medicine Buddha, Avalokitesvara, and Amitabha Buddha. Many more require specific or higher level commitments, e.g. tantric Buddhist vows. Here we recognize the universal importance of healing, and the universal value of healing and protective practices.

Some weeks ago I participated in a Amitabha Buddha group accumulation held across the Pacific in Taiwan. I contributed 20,000 recitations, and the claimed final group total was five hundred million recitations. Reaching that total by myself would have taken about one hundred years, which is really too long. I will tell you that at around 15,000 recitations, I could FEEL the practice working. It was a good connection from thousands of miles away. I had just started, and doing the practice by myself felt very purifying and energizing, like taking a major transmission. I also engaged another group recitation this Spring organized in Arizona. But Medicine Buddha relates to ALL the healing disciplines.

From the standpoint of the Medicine Buddha, herbal medicine and Hindu Ayurveda and Taoist practices and naturopathy etc. are all part of the same culture of healing. One of my gurus HH Orgyen Kusum Lingpa said: “If it is a healing practice, it derives from Medicine Buddha.” By this he refers to a level of pure awareness, not a divine person per se.

Historically, there is much overlap between the Buddhist practices of healing and yoga and martial arts with other cultural systems, especially the Hindu and the Taoist. Classical Buddhist medicine includes herbology, acupuncture, and moxa therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, pranayam ( chi kung ), kundalini yoga and so forth. Buddhist medicine includes flower essence therapy and crystal healing, including the use of pearl powder and crystal meditations.

While the PBC Sangha ( Padmasambhava Buddhist Center Fellowship ) group recitation is mainly directed towards their own circle of initiates in different states and countries ( e.g. India ), it is certainly and necessarily open to all other Great Way Buddhists (Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese etc. ) who do Medicine Buddha practice.

As I have said, Medicine Buddha is a practice open to all people. What I am saying that is new is that you can participate also, whether as a Hindu or Taoist or naturopath or wizard or shaman or person in need of inner purification. This statement is wholly unofficial, but I am a Buddhist spiritual doctor, and I get feedback that this practice definitely helps ( some ) people.

There is a westerner who suffers from some chronic heart issues from many years ago, and also some psychic disturbance in recent years. This person is initiated into both Hindu and Buddhist mantra disciplines.

This individual recently began the practice of Medicine Buddha and ( the protector of the Medicine Buddha ) Vajrapani, and tells me that these practices have already really helped with both the heart and with clearing away the psychic disturbance where the Hindu mantras did not. ( I myself got incredibly good results with one million short recitations of Vajrapani back in 1984. )

And that is a licensed naturopathic physician / yogi talking. So I take this individual at their word. Again, I make no representations regarding fitness for any one health vulnerability or presenting issue. Different practices work for different people.

It is certainly true that the Buddhists have a lot of “long-life practices”, and one renowned high level Tibetan guru told his students that such-and-such a Buddhist deity yoga mantra practice has added seven years to his life. Sounds like a good investment to me.

In a certain sense, those who participate in this group accumulation as general Mahayana Buddhists or esoteric tantric Buddhists are practicing “yoga”, and will visualize themselves as Medicine Buddha with some internal visualization practices. Those who are not Mahayana Buddhists will visualize Medicine Buddha either in front or resting on their heads, and be performing a prayer practice, not yoga sadhana per se.

From my standpoint, all participants will be accumulating mantra recitations, and a substantially greater total count will benefit everyone, however many participants are abiding in Buddhist commitments or not.

Some may choose to continue in this practice as such, or even to begin the formal Buddhist study and practice. My diverse Tribe listings provide many teachings and avenues of practice and resources for people in North America, Europe, and Australia, both Buddhist and other classical Asian disciplines.

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"If we are visualizing Medicine Buddha in practice, we visualize the body as not solid but translucent, like blue crystal (beryl) that shines with a blue light. Indeed, that could even give a blue sapphire-like appearance, and that colour is also related to the blue hue of the lapis stone. We see lapis related to blue deities in many ways where the stone is used to represent blue practices such as malas [ rosaries ] made of ‘lapis’. However, when it comes to the actual description and the actual visualization of Medicine Buddha, then a body of blue sapphire-coloured light is closer to the original blue-coloured crystal indicated by vaidurya, that is, beryl."
--Erick Tsiknopoulos [Shérab Zangpo]

Long Dharani ( extended mantra ) for Medicine Buddha, from
sugatagarbhatranslations.com/201...tra/

THE DHARANI KNOWN AS ‘LAPIS LIGHT WHICH GENERATES THE POWER OF THE TATHAGATA’S MEDITATIVE IMMERSION’

NAMO RATNA TRAYĀYA/ NAMO BHAGAVĀTE/ APRATIHATA/

BHAIṢAJYAIRĀJĀYA/ TADYATHĀ/ OṀ SARVA TATHĀGATA HŪṀ/ GHUME

GHUME/ IMINI MIHI/ MATI MATI/ SAPTA TATHĀGATA/ SAMĀDHYA

DHIṢTHITE/ ATE MATE PĀLE PĀPAM ŚODHANI/ SARVA PĀPAM NAŚAYA/

MAMA BUDHE/ BUDHO TATAME/ UME KUME/ BUDHAKṢE TRAPARI ŚODHANI/

DHAMENI DHAME/ MERU MERU/ MERU ŚIKHARE/ SARVA AKĀLA ṀṜTYU

NIVĀRANI/ BUDHE SUBUDHE/ BUDHE ADHIṢTHITENA/ ADHIṢTHITENA/

RAKṢANTUME/ SARVA DEVA SAME ASAME/ SAMANVĀHARANTUME/ SARVA

BUDDHA BODHISATTVA/ ŚAME ŚAME/ PRAṢAMANTUME/ SARVA ITYU

PADRĀPA/ VYADHAYAḤ PŪRANI/ SUPŪRANI/ PŪRAYAME/ SARVA ĀŚĀME/

VAIḌŪRYA PRATIBHĀSI SARVA PĀPAM KṢAYAM KARI SVĀHĀ/ OṀ BHAIṢAJYA

BHAIṢAJYA/ MAHĀ BHAIṢAJYA BHAIṢAJYA/ SAMUDGATE SVĀHĀ


This was translated, edited, and checked by the Indian panditas Jinamitra, Danashila, and Srirendrabodhi, and the [Tibetan] translator and editor Lotsawa Bendé Yéshé Dé. Later, it was revised and checked according to new linguistic terminology by the Indian pandita Dipamkara Sri Jñana [Atisha] and Gélong Tsultrim Gyëlwa, in the Golden House of Thönding.
Translated from Tibetan into English by Erick Tsiknopoulos [Shérab Zangpo] in late April, 2013 CE, in the Sanctuary of Yearning for Release [Thardö Ling], McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, India.

For more English translations of Buddhist texts from Tibetan, please see the official website of Erick Tsiknopoulos and the Sugatagarbha Translation Group, Sugatagarbha Translations, at: http:/www.sugatagarbhatranslations.com


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Reference Links to Teaching Articles and Many Resources for Healing in Ayurveda, Buddhist practice, and Taoist practice:

1) Medicine Buddha empowerment ( instances and teachings, references, other events, resources, etc. for everyone )

vancouver.tribe.net/event/Me...75a6ccf0f

2) Buddhist Medical Tantra - Resources and Transmissions and Ayurveda ( Hindu-Buddhist yogic medicine )

sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...dac6e14

3) Medicine Buddha Teachings ( and Empowerment ) - a teaching article

seattle.tribe.net/listing/M...279c00b7d3

4) Vajrapani ( Buddhist Angel of Power & Protection ) Empowerment and Teaching

australia.tribe.net/listing/...f1ec534d5

Vajrapani is a "guardian angel", a mahabodhisattva ( Buddhist great-angel ) focused on spiritual power and removal of negativity. By "negativity" is meant the following: psychological problems ( such as post traumatic stress disorder and depression ), psychic obstacles, energy blockages, interfering spirits, and environmental disharmony. This is a profound practice of inner healing and inner warriorship common to many schools and lineages of Buddhist Asia. It is a key esoteric practice of Buddhist Kung fu and of defense against the dark arts.

Vajrapani Mantra
www.youtube.com/watch


5) Lujong tantric Buddhist healing practice : teachers and resources and SF Bay Area event

sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...9ba5689

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New Section : Prayer Flags For Peace and Harmony

The FPMT Foundation Store encourages as many people as possible to join in the cause of supporting world peace by displaying these auspicious prayer flags.

The prayer on this flag was written by the great Tibetan yogi Thangtong Gyalpo when a war broke out between the Sakya clan and their surrounding neighbors. Due to the power of reciting the prayer, the war was averted.

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In our current world situation, with so much disharmony, fighting, and violence, it is greatly beneficial to recite this prayer or to hang these flags so that the prayer written on it goes out to the world on the wind. Each flag measures 12 x 12 Inches( 30 x 30 cms ) approx.

Translation found at
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Prayer excerpt:

“When the sentient beings of the time of quarrelling and five degenerations
By the explosion of the great ocean of evil karma and jealousy
Are tormented by the intensive suffering of fighting and quarrelling
Please dry this up by the power of transcendental wisdom and compassion.

“Please bless all those who are born and die
To have a long life, no sicknesses, to pacify all quarrelling and fighting,
Enjoy the ten virtues, have rainfall at the right times, always have good harvests,
And for all the habitat and inhabitants to be auspicious and increase. “


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Clare’s online request for “all the help I can get” some years back, and my response.
>
> Hi Everyone,
> I'm new here, i only recently heard of the medicine buddha, i dont know
> much about any of this, i'm going through a very tough time at the
> moment and I’m desperate for all the help i can get. can the medicine
> buddha help with mental and emotional problems? Any advice from anyone
> because im really in need of help,
> Clare
>

KT responds:
Hi Clare.

The short and unequivocal answer is YES! The Medicine Buddha can and does help with mental and emotional problems...all the way to complete liberation. That's because it is ( sometimes ) bestowed as a Highest Yogatantra empowerment.

At the same time, no one can claim that a specific number of recitations or hours of mantra practice and visualization etc. will solve deep or long term mental / emotional problems.

Do as much of the good things as you can and put aside as much of the bad things as you can.

"Bad things" will refer to cigarette smoking, alcoholism, sleeping around, continuing involvement with negative and destructive people beyond what is avoidable, drug abuse, poor diet, lack of exercise and lack of rest.

"Good things" will refer to yoga and kundalini yoga, tai chi and chi kung, Buddhist mantra and Buddhist empowerments, Buddhist ethics ( Ten Precepts and Mahayana Vows ), nutritional medicine, acupuncture, lots of deep rest, fresh air, healthy self criticism, good supportive friends and health care professionals ( such as an effective naturopath and/ or Doctor of Chinese Medicine or homeopathic doctor ) and so on.

There are books to buy, personal life issues to consider and practices to do. You can do lots of different things and find out what works for you. . . The simple act of continuing to take small steps towards physical, mental, and spiritual health EACH DAY builds the ability to understand and work with oneself in ever deeper and more effective ways.

According to any of the Great Way schools of Buddhist practice, your true nature, your deepest nature is free of all confusion, sickness, despair, and limitation. The nature of your awareness is simple, whole and free from the very beginning, and this cannot be destroyed, only temporarily obscured.

There are many many pathways in Buddhist yoga. The important point is to get a GOOD transmission from a GOOD teacher, get an associated GOOD practice text, learn what it means and become a GOOD practitioner.

Remember always that this is not a crutch. This is a method of personal realization with the specific goal of becoming capable of helping, healing and even liberating others. It's a noble work, and if you can begin to dedicate yourself to becoming someone able to truly benefit others, then that is the fundamental requirement for Buddhist practice...

KT

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Other References

1) Expecto Patronum! Ganesha / Ganapati "Lord of Obstacles" / The Elephant Headed God, Propitiated by mantra to remove obstacles.

sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...3707e2c

2) Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

2a) Bee Colony Collapse : A Clear And Present Danger to Agriculture - Background, Nongovernmental Organization Work, and the Green Movement
uspolitics.tribe.net/thread/...b4ef6adb

2b) See
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colo...e_disorder

"The rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task, though Gondor should perish, if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I also am a steward. Did you not know?"
-- Gandalf the White, speaking to Denethor

3a) The Gun Talk. By a Columbine Survivor & School Teacher

Katie Lyles, who teaches third graders in Colorado, was a student at Columbine during the massacre 14 years ago.

uspolitics.tribe.net/thread/...d2d6e692

3b) A closer look: How many Newtown-like school shootings since Sandy Hook?
Thu June 12, 2014

www.cnn.com/2014/06/11/u...s-cnn-number/

(CNN) -- After Tuesday's shooting at an Oregon high school, many media outlets, including CNN, reported that there have been 74 school shootings in the past 18 months.

3c) From
www.stoptheshootings.org/

"Children ages 5-14 in America are 13x more likely to be murdered with guns as children in other industrialized countries."


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Dedication Prayers

N.B. It is important to offer universal dedication prayers at the close of each practice session to commit the energy of the practice.
That way it is not lost to circumstances. Here are two good examples.

"May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed.
May the powerless find power
And may people think of benefiting each other."
-- Santideva

The prayer Dzam Ling Chi Dang... by HH Dujdom Rinpoche


DZAM LING CHI DANG YUL KHAM DI DAG TU
at this very instant, for all the people and nations of Earth,

NED MUG TSHON SOK DUG NGAL MING MI DRAG
Let not even the words "disease," 'famine," "war" and "suffering" be heard,

CHÖ DAN SO NAM PAL JOR GONG DU PHEL
But may virtue, merit, wealth and plenty increase

TAG TU TASHI DE LEG PHUN TSHOG SHOG
And auspiciousness and well-being ever abound.

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Because there is much strife and upheaval and great instability due to war and provocation and subtle imbalances at this time, the inner purification teachings are correspondingly more important to pacify harshness and mental poisons. I have therefore provided this set of teachings as an outreach effort to many everywhere, on the most auspicious day of Guru Sakyamuni Buddha, the foundational Medicine Buddha of our era.

May All Beings Benefit!
May there be accomplishment!
May the teaching and practice of Medicine Buddha flourish!
May those who suffer trauma and even loss of life in school shootings be freed of suffering and the lower paths!
May we all be protected from arbitrary violence!

( Again, I do not represent any person or organization referenced here, not do I claim any specific clinical or psychological benefit for any meditation practice. )

This was written on a primary Buddhist day of observance, 15 June 2014, when acts of service are considered vastly more powerful. “The Buddha's birth, enlightenment and entry into Nirvana at his death are observed [ by Tibetans ] together on the 15th day of Saga Dawa, which in 2014 is June 13. “

I also am a steward.

KT

What was it he said?
He said: Remember the message. The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.

Ministry of Magic - "More Than Enough"
www.youtube.com/watch

"The weapon we have, is still love
It's more than enough
And having a few good friends, is still more than enough..." posted Fri, June 13, 2014 - 11:40 PM
Tantric Buddhist Guru Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche : Introduction and Approach and Schedule for 2014 ( community » other ) Tantric Buddhist Guru Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche : Introduction and Approach and Schedule for 2014

Tantric Buddhist Guru Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche
Introduction, 2014 Schedule for California and New York, Practice of Tantric Buddhism
Book reference on Great Perfection / Dzogchen and Mahamudra Awareness Yoga
References to background teachings and book references in four article links

"Without compassion, you will never realize your already enlightened nature."
HH Phakchok Rinpoche

"To improve your practice you have to KNOW that you can do well. You can definitely change. We are born with a positive essence [ Buddha nature ]...It’s important to know that our mind is so powerful, we can create our own success or failure."
--HH Phakchok Rinpoche

from his Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/phakchokrinpoche

"Pith instructions are so simple and direct that we can easily apply them without fear of mistakes. These days, the most effective style of teaching is not lengthy scholarly explanations but rather direct guidance manuals."
--Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

The Traditional Vajrayana path

www.phakchokrinpoche.org/study...a-path

"This is the path that was most commonly followed by the practitioners and great masters of the past in Tibet. While you must definitely undergo some study of the main principles of dharma [ general Buddhist teaching ], this path focuses very much on practice. As Phakchok Rinpoche is a primary lineage holder of the New Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa or Chokling Tersar this path is centered around these profound teachings and practices.

"It begins with the four mind-changings and the Four Foundations after which you also practice some emptiness meditation and receive the pointing-out to the nature of mind. From there, you engage in the practice of the three roots:

The guru, the root of all blessings;
The yidam ( tutelary deity ), the root of accomplishment; and
The dakini ( goddess, wisdom goddess ), the root of activities.

"These are the three inner objects of refuge that are taught in the Vajrayana, where the three jewels are explained to be the outer refuge. Here, the guru is seen as the buddha, the yidam as the dharma, and the dakini as the sangha.

"Each of these three roots has profound meaning, but to merely explain in brief ‘guru’ or master (‘lama’ in Tibetan) literally means unsurpassable or unexcelled. It also has the meaning of being heavy with excellent qualities, and of unobstructed compassion just like a mother for her cherished children.

"Yidam (deva in Sanskrit) literally means mental (yid) commitment (dam) referring to the one’s main deity with whom one has an inseparable bond through pure samaya. Each practitioner has a particular yidam deity with whom they have an inseparable connection.

"Khandro (dakini in Sanskrit) can be translated literally as sky-goer referring to the sky or space of the basic space of phenomena, the dharmadhatu, in which primordial wisdom mind travels unimpededly.

"As it says in A Torch for the Path to Omniscience:
'The three roots are the lama, yidam, and khandro, the inner refuge of the Secret Mantrayana. They are like the root or the basis for all the positive accumulations until you attain enlightenment.'

"One begins by practising the Guru sadhana, which in our tradition is usually Guru Rinpoche [ Guru Padmasambhava ]. Having completed that you then begin the Yidam sadhana, which is most commonly Vajrakilaya or Vajrasattva but depends on one’s own karmic link. After that one practises the Dakini sadhana, which is most commonly Kurukullé, Sangwa Yeshé, or Tara. You also practice the Dharmapala sadhana, such as Chökyong Gongdü Nyingpo, thus completing sadhana practice for the three roots.

[ N.B. : A set of teaching references on Guru Padmasambhava, Goddess Tara, Goddess Kurukulle, Vajrasattva, and Vajrakilaya are given in links following the body of this listing. ]

"After that, you will be introduced to Dzogchen meditation while at the same time taught the Six Dharmas or Yogas of Dzogchen, such as phowa, most often following the Kunzang Tugtik cycle from the Chokling Tersar. From then on, you will be guided more and more deeply in the Dzogchen teachings."

[ Dzogchen / Great Perfection primordial awareness yoga : See book reference below. ]

About His Holiness Phakchok Rinpoche

HH Phakchok Rinpoche is a Kyabgon, a Principal Tantric Buddhist Lineage Holder. He is head of the Taklung Kagyu lineage and a lineage holder of the Profound Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa ( Nyingma ).

He is a young lama, teaches in English and is very down to earth and accessible.

Rinpoche’s teachings are direct, lively, and practical, with a strong emphasis on the view of the Great Perfection/ Dzogchen, the uncontrived non-conceptual meditation of Mahamudra, the tireless implementation of the Bodhisattva conduct, and the Mahayana teachings on wisdom and compassion.

[ Mahamudra / Great Seal primordial awareness yoga : See book reference below. ]

Phakchok Rinpoche's emanation-basis is the Lord of Secrets Dharmevajra, the compiler of the teachings of the Great Secrets (Vajrayana) of all buddhas; the arhat Ananda, the foremost disciple of our teacher (Buddha Shakyamuni); Lhalung Palgyi Dorje, the direct disciple of the Second Buddha of Uddiyana (Padmasambhava); (Rechung) Dorje Drakpa, the lord of siddhas; and many others.

The reincarnation of this sublime master was the seventh Phakchok Rinpoche, Tendzin Jigmey Drakpa, born in the Year of the Iron Bird, 1981, of the seventeenth year cycle. The family he was born into is, among the six original clans, the Nangchen Tsangsar of the Khepaga line which were chiefly holders of the Barom Kagyü Dharma lineage, a family line who maintained an unbroken tradition of combining Kagyü and Nyingma.

A learned scholar, Rinpoche was awarded the Khenpo title ( similar to a PhD ) after completing, within seven years, the traditional nine-year curriculum of Buddhist philosophy at Dzongsar Institute of Advanced Buddhist Studies in India.

An accomplished meditator, Rinpoche received the instruction of the nature of mind from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. An avid preserver of Dharma, Rinpoche is abbot of several monasteries in Nepal, assists monasteries and practice centers in Tibet, heads dharma centers in North America and Asia, and actively promotes the translations and publications of rare texts.

A compassionate activist, Rinpoche energetically oversees a wide range of humanitarian projects in South Asia. A gifted teacher, Rinpoche’s teachings are uniquely non-sectarian, combining the teachings of the Vajrayana, Mahayana and Theravada.

From a young age, Rinpoche received an abundance of transmissions, empowerments, and instructions from great masters such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche etc. Moreover, from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, whom Phakchok Rinpoche considers his main root gurus, Rinpoche received direct instructions on the nature of mind.

Rinpoche is the son of H.E. Chokling Rinpoche, nephew of H.E. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, and grandson of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.

For more information about Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche, please visit:
www.phakchokrinpoche.org/rinpo...poche/
gomdeusa.org/lineage-tea...ok-rinpoche/

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Leggett California [ Northern California ]
June 19th – 22nd, 2014
Phakchok Rinpoche In Residence
June 22 - 27, 2014
gomdeusa.org/

Phakchok Rinpoche will return to Gomde California on the weekend of June 19th – 22nd to give teachings on Mahamudra [ New School Primordial Awareness Yoga ]. Rinpoche will base his instructions on the Amrita of the Essential Accomplishment, a pithy Mahamudra text by the Taklung Kagyu master Gelong Ngawang Tashi Paldrub. In the first and second levels of Mahamudra, Rinpoche will guide students through the four mind changings, the preliminary practices, the stages of shamatha with and without focus, vipasyana meditation, and introduce the practice Mahamudra.

In addition to daily teaching sessions, the program will also include group meditation and discussion sessions.

The cost of the retreat includes the necessary texts, as well as a Mahakala tsatsa that Rinpoche has commissioned as a support for the protector practice connected with these Mahamudra instructions.

Address 66000 Drive Thru Tree Road Leggett CA 95585
Tel: 707-925-0201
General email: information@gomdeusa.org

Map:
gomdeusa.org/useful-prog...etting-here/

Gomde is located just off Highway 101 on the outskirts of the small town of Leggett, three and a half hours drive north of San Francisco. The beautiful Eel River winds through 250 acres of woodlands, meadows and bluffs, forming several very welcome swimming holes along its course.

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Schedule 2014

San Francisco
June 28-29, 2014
www.orgyendorjeden.org

In this weekend teaching, Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche will not focus on a particular empowerment and sadhana practice, but will instead teach on the meaning of the Vajrayana Path as well as the components and organization of sadhana/deity practice. Rinpoche will teach on the general "mechanics" of sadhana practice, which will apply to all of us who are working with generation/completion stage sadhana practices, and will do so from the viewpoint of the Great Perfection and Mahamudra.

Orgyen Dorje Den
2244 Santa Clara Ave.
Alameda, CA 94501

June 28th & 29th, 2014
Saturday 5:00-7:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30-6:30pm


Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, Cooperstown N.Y.
www.rygcooperstown.org/

For General Inquiries:
gomdecooperstown@gmail.com

For Summer Programs:
gomdenyprograms@yahoo.com


In 2014 we are exceptionally fortunate to host Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche at Gomde Cooperstown as he shares some very precious teachings and leads us in meditation practice.

July 30-August 2, 2014
Mahamudra Retreat Levels I and II with Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche

The Path of Meditation, Mahamudra, follows in the footsteps of the great yogis of India. Rinpoche will be teaching from the blessed lineage of the Taklung Kagyu. This progressive path of meditation guides a student step by step through the stages of meditation. The level one retreat will be open to anyone interested in learning meditation or deepening their practice through guidance of a great meditation Master.

Level II Mahamudra Retreat will be restricted to students who have previously studied with Rinpoche and admission to that level will require a group interview. Rinpoche will be teaching both levels concurrently and will be giving clear practice instructions. Sessions will then be conducted following the directions we have studied.

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Rangjung yeshe publications
www.rangjung.com/

Book:
"Perfect Clarity"
Erik Pema Kunsang, Translator
208 pages
From Rangjung Yeshe Publications

Product Description

"For practitioners on the paths of Dzogchen and Mahamudra, one of the greatest joys is to personally receive oral instructions from a realized teacher. The excitement of being able to train based on that advice is further enhanced by the stimulation and support that guidance manuals provide. All of the selections presented in Perfect Clarity offer incredible teachings that are inspiring and vital.

"Pith instructions are so simple and direct that we can easily apply them without fear of mistakes.
These days, the most effective style of teaching is not lengthy scholarly explanations but rather direct guidance manuals. The Dzogchen tantras themselves were written in a style that shrouds and conceals the meaning so that only a master who is extremely well-versed in oral instructions and treatises is able to clarify the meaning.

"On the other hand, based upon oral instructions a guidance manual is a short, comprehensive teaching written in a clear and simple manner. Such summaries of the Mahamudra and Dzogchen teachings contain all the teachings that a worthy practitioner requires to reach the state of primordial enlightenment in this very life."
-- Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

"The amazing collection in Perfect Clarity is rounded out by an introduction by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, a preface by Marcia Dechen Wangmo, biographical data of the authors, a glossary, line drawings and photos and Tibetan source material references.

Customer Reviews

By Vitashi
This text is the bomb! Full of juicey pith instructions. Definetely a must have for all you Mahmudra and Dzogchen yogins! Previously published under the title Crystal Cave as a restricted text and is now being made widley available. If you have a passion to realize the nature of mind then get this!

An excellent book on Tibetan Buddhism
By Fong Ho Yin
An excellent book on Tibetan Buddhism especially on dzogchen and mahamudra. A book of high quality and should not be missed. Highly recommended.

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Tantra Practice: Million Mantra Accumulation May 2014 + European and Australian Teaching Schedules for Old School Tibetan Masters
arizona.tribe.net/listing/T...4ec7106375

Keywords: meditation, yoga, tantra, sadhana, pagan mysticism, Mahayana Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism / Vajrayana, Nyingma ( Old School ) Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Padmasambhava ( Guru Rinpoche ) , Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, HE Dzogchen Rinpoche, Ven. Sogyal Rinpoche, Lama Pema Dorje, H.E. Gochen Tulku Sangngak, mantra music, practice texts and resources, wizard sing alongs and traditional chantways ( ethnomusicology ).

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Love, Magic and the Goddess Kurukulle ( Buddhist Red Tara ) : Teaching and Empowerment / Reference texts
seattle.tribe.net/listing/L...e7caf4ae17

Summary: This is a teaching article on Buddhist tantra, focused on the Goddess Tara, specifically Kurukulle / Red Tara. Here I give... remarkably useful texts on Tara, reference links to a short Kurukulle practices, etc. Thus this article is broadly useful to many people everywhere.

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Vajrasattva ( Buddha of Healing and Purification ) Resources + Tantric Buddhist Empowerments and Teachings
seattle.tribe.net/event/-Va...d684e9a0d8

Summary: This listing provides resources for the practice of Vajrasattva, a primary Buddhist deity yoga. These are useful everywhere to tantric Buddhist practitioners, and those who aspire to Buddhist tantric yoga in general.

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Gimme Shelter! The Guardian Angel Diamond Dagger / Vajrakilaya : Empowerments, Teachings, and Practice Resources
seattle.tribe.net/listing/G...8fad722275

Summary: Vajrakilaya, a primary tantric practice of Guru Padmasambhava, is now practiced in many countries for inner purification and protection and the removal of negative conditions. In this listing I provide...background teaching on Vajrakilaya, and access to a broad and deep set of Vajrakilaya practice resources.


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I do not represent any person or organization referenced here.
Long life to HH Phakchok Rinpoche and the Gurus of the Chokling Tersar.
May this lineage and the Mahamudra teaching greatly flourish!
May All Beings Benefit!

KT
posted Thu, June 12, 2014 - 2:22 AM
Buddhafest Films | Talks | Meditation | Music June 19-22 2014, Arlington Virginia - With Teaching References ( community » other ) Buddhafest Films | Talks | Meditation | Music June 19-22 2014, Arlington Virginia - With Teaching References
www.buddhafest.org/

"Life IS suffering, Princess. And anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell you something."
- The Dread Pirate Roberts ( Westley ) & Sakyamuni Buddha

"There are two basic motivating factors : fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. . . Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life."
- John Lennon

Summary: This article gives details on the 2014 Buddhafest held annually on the East Coast near Washington DC. It also gives a set of links to foundational Buddhist teaching as orientation, and following the event information goes on to provide other links to the Kalama Scripture, the Heart of Wisdom Scripture, Dharma Psychology book references and Medicine Buddha Teachings, etc. Thus a broad range of useful Buddhist teachings are put forward that support all the Buddhist schools from across Asia, Buddhist practitioners generally and those interested in such teachings and practices here in the West.

Buddhist Chant - Heart Sutra (Sanskrit) by Imee Ooi
www.youtube.com/watch

The Heart Sutra Mantra by Deva Premal
www.youtube.com/watch

Remembrance Guru Rinpoche 45 Minute version
www.youtube.com/watch

Buddhism [ survey article ]
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism

The Noble Eightfold Path, which characterizes the Buddhist Teaching [ Buddhadharma ] and distinguishes Buddhadharma from non-Buddhist teachings
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobl...tfold_Path

Purpose of Buddhafest: "Presenting events that promote spiritual awareness, compassion and peace in the world."

With Margo McLoughlin M.Div., Tara Brach PhD, Sharon Salzberg, Roshi Joan Halifax, Gelek Rimpoche, Acarya Fleet Maull ( and Ram Dass via Skype)

BuddhaFest is a 4-day festival inspired by the Buddhist practices of mindfulness, compassion and meditation. It's held at Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA, just outside Washington, DC. The 2012 festival filled over 4,000 seats, and almost all events sold out.

Founding Sponsor
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

www.buddhafest.org/2014-tic...schedule/

Location:
Arlington Virginia - Spectrum Theatre, The Ballroom at Artisphere

Venues and Map
www.buddhafest.org/venue-locations/

"We created BuddhaFest to serve the dharma [ way/ teaching/ method/ practice as taught by Sakyamuni Buddha ]. We wanted to share stories that would encourage people to explore meditation, live mindfully and seek greater levels of awareness and compassion. We also felt it was important for people to connect to their own stories and to each other as part of a greater tale -- one that is woven together as we approach our awakening from our various circles of belonging. So we added leading teachers who could serve as guides before and after the films. It’s a way for people to be with each other and more deeply enter into the themes expressed in the movies.

"With your support, and with the help of our many dedicated volunteers, we hope to present BuddhaFest for many years to come. Please join us for compelling films, new and returning teachers, and opportunities to create sangha [ fellowship ] and share in community."

Sincerely,
Eric Forbis and Gabriel Riera
BuddhaFest Co-Directors

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Saturday, June 21

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD [ a major Zen Buddhist spiritual doctor ]

Shedding Light on Courage in Buddhism:
Fully Inclining toward Compassion and Care

10am - 11:30am

The great and wise teachings of Buddhism help us realize that this whole life is practice, everything within its embrace. Being completely and vividly present for the rich details of our lives is the means that we use to transform our anguish, discover truth and help others. This practice then is not a place to be consoled but rather a challenge of discovery and confrontation through direct experience.

From the point of view of engaged Buddhism, integrity, stability, resilience, and compassion are essential in our work of service to others. To strengthen these qualities, we need time to integrate the values and practices that make it possible for us to meet the world with compassion and actions that are effective and compassionate. Today, June 21, the complete inclination of our planet toward the sun marks solstice or "sun standing still." What does it mean to stop, to really stop, and actualize the courage of compassion in our lives? Roshi Joan will explore this on summer solstice morning of BuddhaFest.

Gelek Rimpoche [ Tibetan Buddhist spiritual doctor ]
The Generosity of Bodhisattvas as a Way of Life
2:15pm - 3:30pm

Bodhisattvas, or Buddhas in training, are known for perfecting six main attributes in order to benefit humanity. The first perfect attribute, generosity, involves giving without any personal or self-serving agenda. The way of a bodhisattva is to give whatever one can – materially, spiritually, and by giving comfort and service to those in need. Since the perfection of generosity is not limited to bodhisattvas, Gelek Rimpoche, a renowned incarnate Tibetan lama, will discuss the benefits and qualities of the bodhisattva level of generosity and inspire us to be able to develop that same quality.

Tara Brach PhD Clinical Psychology
Removing the Armor: Letting Love Flow Freely

7pm - 9pm
Through much of human history, the Summer Solstice has invoked a sense of both our love for life and the fleeting, ever-changing nature of existence. In this talk, Tara will explore how our hearts awaken to unconditional loving as we release the armoring against change and loss.This night is the Summer Solstice -- a turning of the wheel. Tara Brach leads us in honoring the energy of the Solstice as we welcome the long days of summer and the vitality of the sun’s energy. With the new season, we think of abundance, re-creation, generosity, gratitude. In line with the older traditions, we turn our minds and hearts to the sacred feminine in all its manifestations.

As we embrace the turning of the wheel, we also transition from that which has come before -- we acknowledge impermanence and open to the awareness of how precious each season, each life, each moment truly is. We think about the natural forces around us, our environment, and the care we need to give it and each other.

In the spirit of the Solstice, it will be an evening of feminine energy on stage. Tara Brach will be joined by Angela Blueskies and Margo McLoughlin. A member of our community, Angela is a classically trained musician whose talents have been devoted to music that uplifts the spirit and bring us back to a deep sense of home. Angela’s gorgeous voice will lead us in chants and songs to connect us with our hearts and the energy of the earth.

Margo is a magical storyteller and dharma teacher who is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School and has trained at Spirit Rock. Margo will transport us to other places as she skillfully creates the feeling of being around the fire listening to stories that are colorful and fantastical, and layered with deeper meaning than what they appear to be about. She's known for her knowledge of Buddhist stories, and has written a book called, The Giving Heart. We’re certain she’ll fill you with wonder and appreciation for the power of the oral traditions.

Sunday, June 22

Fleet Maull, Acarya [ Buddhist spiritual doctor ]
Dharma at the Edge: Bringing Healing and Transformation to the Forgotten
and Marginalized Living in the Charnel Grounds of our Society

2:15pm - 3:45pm

In many traditional Asian societies, the charnel ground was where people would bring dead bodies, to be eaten by vultures and jackals. From the tantric yogi's perspective, this was an ideal place to practice, because it is right at the crossroads of life, where birth and death, fear and fearlessness, impermanence and awakening unfold right next to each other.

Fleet Maull spent 14 years practicing, teaching and serving in such a charnel ground, a federal prison hospital during the height of the AIDS crisis. For the past 14 years since his release, he has continued to practice, teach and serve in many of society's charnel grounds… in jails and prisons, on the streets and in places of violence and genocide while continuing the journey of transforming his own charnel ground demons.

This journey has given him a unique perspective and deep insights into the collective nature of our suffering and the roots of violence in our culture.

Acharya Maull will share his journey through the charnel grounds and shadow realms of our society, his understanding of the endemic suffering and violence that plagues our world and an inspired vision for social transformation grounded in the realization of the innate goodness of humanity, society and life altogether.

Rich Fernandez
Plus a Panel Featuring Sharon Salzberg, Fleet Maull and Barbara Bonner
Mindful Leadership: Inspiring the Best in Yourself and Others

4:15pm - 5:30pm

There is an alternative to just leading from the top down. It's leading from the inside out. That’s what mindful leadership is all about. It’s about recognizing that your leadership is in service to others. It’s about creating the space in your life to cultivate self-awareness and compassion, and leading with authenticity in a way that inspires others. Doing this, we can transform our own lives, our organizations, our communities – and the world.

Each of us has the natural ability to lead with excellence by cultivating our innate qualities of awareness, focus, authenticity and compassion. Mindfulness helps us to do that. It helps us to be less reactive so we can make better decisions, to see the bigger perspective so we can create better results, and to develop environments of trust and safety, where there is respect for each individual's unique style, skills and contributions.

This is the path of leadership excellence. Mindful leadership offers us the opportunity to work with our natural wisdom and humanity, while inspiring the best in ourselves and others.

Closing Night Program: The Power of Generosity
7pm - 9:30pm
A Talk by Sharon Salzberg and Barbara Bonner
Plus a Conversation with Ram Dass, (via Skype), Sharon Salzberg and Barbara Bonner
Music by LEA

Closing Reception in Celebration of BuddhaFest's 5th Anniversary

"The Buddha said that a true spiritual life is not possible without a generous heart. Generosity is the very first parami, or quality of an awakened mind. The path begins there because of the joy that arises from a generous heart. Pure unhindered delight flows freely when we practice generosity. We experience joy in forming the intention to give, in the actual act of giving, and in recollecting the fact that we’ve given."
- Sharon Salzberg

When the Buddha taught, he began with generosity. In our individual lives, families and communities, true generosity holds the power to completely transform the way we live. Ram Dass, Sharon Salzberg and Barbara Bonner have communicated the power of generosity as a force for good in the world through their teachings, books and personal example. This animated evening will focus on how generosity can manifest in our day to day lives in often unexpected ways, opening us to new pathways of greater meaning.

The speakers will broaden our understanding of generosity far beyond contemporary culture’s definition of giving money and material wealth, to considering what it means to live a truly generous life. Barbara will share from her new book of stories and poems, Inspiring Generosity. And soul-folk singer and songwriter LEA will add to the joy of the evening as she performs for us live.

The evening closes with a reception celebrating the 5th anniversary of BuddhaFest.

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Meaning of Sangha

Physician-Abbot Chagdud Tulku

www.ripaladrang.org/index.ph...ng-sangha

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Kalama Scripture
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalama_sutta

"The Kalama Sutta [ scripture ], which sets forth the principles that should be followed by a seeker of truth, and which contains a standard things are judged by, belongs to a framework of the Dhamma; the four solaces taught in the sutta point out the extent to which the Buddha permits suspense of judgment in matters beyond normal cognition. The solaces show that the reason for a virtuous life does not necessarily depend on belief in rebirth or retribution, but on mental well-being acquired through the overcoming of greed, hate, and delusion."

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_Sutra

Shorter Prajñaparamita Hridaya Sutra [ Heart Sutra ]
www.lapislazulitexts.com/short...a.html

Translated from Taisho Tripitaka volume 8, number 251

When Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva was practicing the profound Prajñaparamita, he illuminated the Five Skandhas and saw that they were all empty, and crossed over all suffering and affliction.

“Sariputra, form is not different from emptiness, and emptiness is not different from form. Form itself is emptiness, and emptiness itself is form. Sensation, conception, synthesis, and discrimination are also such as this. Sariputra, all dharmas are empty: they are neither created nor destroyed, neither defiled nor pure, and they neither increase nor diminish. This is because in emptiness there is no form, sensation, conception, synthesis, or discrimination. There are no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, or thoughts. There are no forms, sounds, scents, tastes, sensations, or dharmas. There is no field of vision and there is no realm of thoughts. There is no ignorance nor elimination of ignorance, even up to and including no old age and death, nor elimination of old age and death. There is no suffering, its accumulation, its elimination, or a path. There is no understanding and no attaining.

“Because there is no attainment, bodhisattvas rely on Prajñaparamita, and their minds have no obstructions. Since there are no obstructions, they have no fears. Because they are detached from backwards dream-thinking, their final result is Nirvana. Because all buddhas of the past, present, and future rely on Prajñaparamita, they attain Anuttara Samyaksambodhi. Therefore, know that Prajñaparamita is a great spiritual mantra, a great brilliant mantra, an unsurpassed mantra, and an unequalled mantra. The Prajñaparamita Mantra is spoken because it can truly remove all afflictions. The mantra is spoken thusly:

gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha


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North American + European Buddha of Compassion ( Avalokitesvara ) Initiations / How to Expand Lovingkindness and Compassion

seattle.tribe.net/listing/N...50cbf80667

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Dharma Psychology book references + "The Psychology of Loving Awareness", A Seminar with Jack Kornfield PhD Seattle Wa April 2014

seattle.tribe.net/listing/D...14f6b52ce4

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Medicine Buddha Teachings ( and Empowerment ) - a teaching article
seattle.tribe.net/listing/M...279c00b7d3

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Buddha Amitabha Pure Land Practice

taiwan.tribe.net/listing/B...ba7df464eb

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Tantra Practice: Million Mantra Accumulation May 2014 + European and Australian Teaching Schedules for Old School Tibetan Masters

arizona.tribe.net/listing/T...4ec7106375

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Sarva mangalam!
May it be auspicious!
Siddhi rastu!

NB : I do not represent any person or organization referenced here.

KT
posted Mon, May 19, 2014 - 3:39 PM
Internal Energy Yoga: Great Perfection / Dzogchen / Yantra Yoga Retreats and Resources ( Tantric Buddhist Whole Body Yoga / Kundalini Yoga ) ( community » other ) Great Perfection Yantra Yoga Retreats and Resources ( Tantric Buddhist Whole Body Yoga / Kundalini Yoga )

Keywords: meditation, sadhana, inner healing, human energy systems, kundalini yoga, Buddhism, buddhist tantra, great perfection / atiyoga / dzogchen, yoga teaching retreats, pranayama, chi kung, Fabio Andrico, Namkhai Norbu, International Dzogchen Community, Kripalu, Tara Mandala Colorado.

Summary: Fabio Andrico, Senior Yantra Yoga Instructor under the world renowned Tibetan Dzogchen Master Namkhai Norbu, is giving three yoga teaching retreats this Fall, in Colorado, Mexico City and Massachusetts. Resources and references and international contacts are given for Yantra Yoga and the Dzogchen teachings and centers of Namkhai Norbu. This is not only a set of event listings, but a comprehensive dharma teaching article meant to be useful long term for people everywhere who seek to realize their innermost potential, their own inherent Buddha nature.

"Uplevel yourself and others."
Yogi Bhajan, PhD

"The best way to develop happiness is to gain more freedom, even if it means less comfort."
HH the 17th Karmapa, Urgyen Trinley Dorje

"This is for everyone."
Dr Tim Berners-Lee, London Olympics, 2012

Namo Guru Sri Padmasambhavaye!
Homage to Guru Padmasambhava!

Yantra yoga is a sophisticated, powerful and effective whole body system of tantric yoga in the Buddhist tradition of the Nyingma ( Old School "Tibetan" Buddhism ). In Tibetan language it is called "trulkor" and there is a basic discussion on it at Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trul_khor
which I excerpt below.

This post contains a lot of material. The basic point however is very simple: the remarkable system of yantra yoga is now available to all, in book form, in DVD sets, and through licensed teachers.

Many people have access to youtube streaming media. This makes it very simple to offer the following 3 introductory videos:

1) Yantra Yoga: Tibetan Yoga of Movement
www.youtube.com/watch


2) YANTRA YOGA The Tibetan Yoga of Movement
www.youtube.com/watch

3) Yantra Yoga Demonstration
www.youtube.com/watch

A primary web site for Yantra Yoga giving the updated teaching schedule is, of course,
www.yantrayoga.org

This completes the basic introduction.

There is no specific affiliation associated with the use of these materials. One need not take Buddhist refuge, Mahayana Buddhist vows, nor tantric Buddhist vows.
There is no need to travel to a foreign country. You can practice this type of teaching anywhere, even just by yourself.
There is no need to spend a lot of money to obtain this teaching, nor to tithe income each year.
There is no need to fundamentally change one's personal life, either to become a renunciate or anything else.

It's just a matter of balanced, progressive practice, of listening to yourself and working with yourself.

Now for some more context and supporting material, including advance word of "Tibetan Yoga of Movement", which is a new book by Ven. Namkhai Norbu due out in 2013, followed by the Yantra Yoga event listings for Fall 2012, and contact information for the international centers for the Dzogchen Community of Ven. Namkhai Norbu.

In all that follows, please keep in mind that I do not represent any specific teacher or organization mentioned in this post.

Yantra yoga is known in the West more generally as "kundalini yoga", which is practiced in the yogic traditions of the Hindus and Sikhs.
Hindus sometimes call this "kriya yoga", or the method of the siddhas, the yogic adepts.

In the Far East there are very closely related sets of Buddhist and Taoist practices going by the names "kungfu" and/or "chi kung". Tenzin Wangyal has also published related kundalini yoga teaching materials in the pre-Buddhist Tibetan tradition of Bonpo shamanism.

In both theory and practice there is significant overlap between Buddhist yogas and other systems, such as Hinduism, Bon, Taoism, and 3HO Sikh dharma. It is definite that the non-Buddhist internal energy systems and traditions incorporate some elements of Buddhist yoga, and that Mahayana Buddhism also developed depth and breadth by incorporating a range of teachings and practices from local traditions of India, Tibet, and China.

For a general discussion see my post
"Human Energy Systems and Kundalini Yoga, Theory and Practice ( Hindu, Buddhist, 3H0 Sikh, etc. )"
tantra.tribe.net/thread/74...6d74374f4d
which is excerpted below, and which contains the book reference for Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's book "Healing With Form, Energy and Light".
You may add to the ongoing dialogue on that thread.

I will continue to maintain that thread, which content has gone out to about twenty tribes.
It is primarily because of my public teaching work on Tribe.Net that kundalini yoga type practices and tantra are effectively presented ( from 2007-2012 ).
The same is true for mantra yoga, Buddhism, and Taoist chi kung.
Somebody has got to know and share how this stuff works.

Why? There is for example a discussion at tribe kundalini yoga,
"kundalini yoga causing insanity?"
to which I have added my perspective in a section below with that title.

The short answer to this supposed dire issue is that yoga and mantra ( and kung fu and tai chi ) develop integrated and balanced awareness by the very nature of the practice, not psychological imbalance.
Yoga, including kundalini yoga, is a proven *therapy* for emotional and psychological disorders.

A key example of this is the practice of nadi shodhana pranayam, or "alternate nostril breath." This is in fact common to numerous yoga traditions, such as hatha yoga, 3HO kundalini yoga, and numerous forms of Buddhist tantra.

In the Buddhist system of tantric yoga, we speak of yoga as "purifying and integrating Body Speech and Mind", which in western terms translates into the more common description "purifying and integrating Body Mind and Spirit". For more on this, see appended section below.

My own work with internal energy yoga goes back to 1979 with 3HO Sikh Kundalini yoga, and internal energy Taoist chi kung, also in 1979.
Long term personal experience shows this type of practice is strongly compatible with Taoist internal energy practices and 3HO Sikh internal energy practices.

"Yantra yoga" as distinct system is part of the Great Perfection / Atiyoga / Dzogchen lineage of Buddhatantra that was brought from India to Tibet by such teachers as Padmasambhava and Vairocana. It is in essence a kundalini yoga system for purifying and strengthening body energy systems and developing pure awareness. This is done through combined breath, movement, and visualization practices.

Yantra yoga was first brought to Europe by Namkhai Norbu, an extraordinary meditation master who has many thousands of students in twenty countries.

I am an individually trained Buddhist guru and I rely very much on the practices given by Namkhai Norbu, which are typically available only by initiation or "world wide transmission".

Ven. Namkhai Norbu has written many valuable books in English translation, among which the following is an excellent introduction to Dzogchen / Primordial Awareness Yoga.

"The Crystal and the Way of Light: Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen"
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; First American Edition edition (October 1, 1999)
ISBN-10: 1559391359
ISBN-13: 978-1559391351

www.amazon.com/The-Crysta...1559391359/

Teaching materials for yantra yoga are available in book and DVD format. I have the following book and both DVDs and they are first quality:

www.amazon.com/Yantra-Yog...1559393084/
www.amazon.com/Tibetan-Yo...B005V3XCTM/
www.amazon.com/Tibetan-Yo...B0062U29W4/

See also the new book by Namkhai Norbu coming out in 2013:
"Tibetan Yoga of Movement: Art and Practice of Yantra Yoga"
www.amazon.com/Tibetan-Yo...1583945563/


Two western teachers of this system are Fabio Andrico and Laura Evangelisti.
Their web site is
www.yantrayoga.org/

From the above web site:

"Fabio Andrico has been teaching Yoga internationally for over 30 years. He is famous for using great skill, clear precision, and delightful humor to help students deepen their practice and understanding of yoga.

"Andrico began his yoga career in the mid-seventies, when he studied Sivananda Yoga during a trip to India. In the following years, Andrico was exposed to many different yoga traditions. He ultimately met his teacher, Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and had the rare opportunity to learn the Tibetan tradition of Yantra Yoga directly from this lineage holder.

"Laura Evangelisti met her Master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, in 1980 and has followed the Dzogchen Teachings ever since. In 1994, she was authorized by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu to teach Yantra Yoga and train prospective Yantra Yoga teachers. Laura extensively collaborated on the book Yantra Yoga, the Tibetan Yoga of Movement, with commentary by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu."

I do not represent any of the teachers or institutions referenced in this post.

Some of the practice material given in the Yantra Yoga is beyond my capabilities, and will be so for some others, but this is extraordinarily important teaching.

For those who find this type of practice too challenging, there are other teaching resources available for Taoist chi kung practice, which in many cases is quite gentle and can be practiced by all ages. See below for the reference section "Book References for Taoist / Energetic Practice".

May this public communication greatly benefit many people of all different countries, and may this teaching flourish and manifest powerfully for the benefit of all, and long endure.

This is written in partial fulfillment of my teaching responsibilities as a tantric guru and mahayana guru.
"Mahayana" means Great Way Buddhism, which really does mean helping everybody, not just one group, such as only Buddhists.
This post is truly for the benefit of all. May it serve you well!

I am giving you my very best.
Don't waste these opportunities!

All Our Relations.

Sarva mangalam! Siddhi rastu!
KT


"We can't put it together. It IS together."
The Last Whole Earth Catalog, 1968


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See also
www.shangshungpublications.org/
and
www.tsegyalgar.org/


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Yantra Yoga, Or "Trulkhor"

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trul_khor

"Tsa lung Trul khor (lit. "magical movement instrument, channels and inner breath currents") known for brevity as Trul khor (lit. 'magical instrument' or 'magic circle'; Sanskrit: adhisara ) is a Himalayan tantric discipline which includes breathwork (or pranayama), meditative contemplation (or dhyana) and precise dynamic movements (or Body work) to centre the practitioner and to engender the body-mind precision of a keened instrument. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, a prominent exponent of Trul khor, prefers to use the Sanskrit equivalent term, Yantra Yoga, when writing in English. Trul khor hones the practitioner's faculty and supports the mindstream re-emergence of natural body-mind or primordial awareness or rigpa (cf. Dzogchen).

"Trul khor traditionally consists of 108 movements, including bodily movements (or dynamic asana), incantations (or mantra), breathwork, and visualizations, all timed to heart rhythms. The flow or vinyasa (Sanskrit) of movements are enlikened to beads on a mala. The body postures (or asanas) of ancient Himalayan yogis are depicted on the walls of the Dalai Lama's summer temple of Lukhang. Trul khor is the fruitful distillation of the confluence of centuries of ancient Bön movements, Indian yogic traditions, and Chinese movement forms (that developed into disciplines such as T'ai chi ch'uan).

"Himalayan physical yogas vary between lineages and the complexity of the practices are not disclosed until a deep level of samaya is realised by the practitioner.


Tsa lung
"The 'subtle body' which is often referred to as the Vajra Body in medieval Tibetan Buddhist discourse is constituted by the flow of subtle energy currents: 'rtsa' (Wylie) is equivalent to Sanskrit: nadi, sira, srota and dhamani; 'rlung' (Wylie) is equivalent to Sanskrit: prana or vayu. Metaphorically, the two outer channels are gendered in the Himalayan tradition of Buddhism and Bon where the male channel is lunar and Moon oriented and the female channel is solar and Sun oriented which is a particular inversion of Shavite, Shakta and Shakti tantric traditions of Sanatana Dharma where the male is generally identified as solar and the female as lunar.

"Tsa lung Trul khor employs the tsa lung and they constitute the internal yantra or energetic sacred architecture of the Himalayan yoga's alternate nomenclature, yantra yoga. Yantra therefore not only denotes the asana of the physical bodily posture and position and transition between asana, but also denotes the 'spiritual energy' (rlung) generated from the vinyasa of the movement but also the vajra of the subtle body, the energetic yantra."



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From my post at
healingenergy.tribe.net/thread...f536ffe

Kundalini yoga is an energetic process.

Kundalini yoga is an evolutionary process.

Kundalini yoga is a whole person process, involving the physical system and metabolism and sexual energy, the emotions, consciousness, and the human aura, or bioenergetic field.

Kundalini yoga is the deeper, broader, more complete form of what westerners call "hatha yoga".

Kundalini yoga is consciously practised in
a) the Hindu traditions
b) in the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist traditions
c) in the non-Buddhist Bon system ( Tibetan Bon )
d) in the 3H0 Sikh tradition
and also, in a comparable similar form, in the
e) Taoist traditions.

All the above traditions overlap to a significant extent. In particular, the Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh systems are largely grounded in Ayurveda, the ancient medical science, which uses Five Element theory ( Pancabhuta in Sanskrit ), i.e. Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. . . .

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kundalini yoga causing insanity?
kundaliniyoga.tribe.net/thread...714efeb

Re original post by Amanda:
"the few people i have met outside of the kundalini yoga community who have actually ever heard of these techniques have warned me to "be very careful" because this type of yoga will cause people to go insane. i am interested to hear if anyone has ever known, or of knows of anyone who has in fact 'gone insane' because they did yoga. . . ." ?

KT responds as follows:

Yes, people are often strongly cautioned against kundalini yoga.
Like any serious practice, one should begin gradually.

In particular, many such practices should *not* be performed by pregnant women, or people with certain physical impediments.
However, there are many simple and useful breath meditations in the kundalini yoga lineages that can be practised in moderation by beginners, by the young, the old, and the infirm.

That's one of the main reasons for having teachers who have been through the process, who know the pitfalls and can evaluate students capacities and provide feedback and guidance.
Westerners have coaches and therapists, yogis have adepts and siddhas, gurus and lamas and licensed instructors.

We all have different strengths and weaknesses on different levels. We need to learn to listen to ourselves, and understand where we are on the path in terms of basic health and fitness, breath capacity, energetic balance and yogic development.

The "issues" with kundalini yoga are no different than aikido, kung fu, jujitsu and esoteric forms of Buddhist tantra.

Each session requires some warm up and preparation, and some closing technique. Each type of practice has preliminaries and prerequisites, even if it is just a matter of
a) making sure to understand the exact form of the practice
b) one's present ability to engage the practice
c) knowing when one is pushing the practice too far.

We all need to use basic common sense, the health care kind, yogic common sense, psychological common sense and so forth. These different and yet related forms of "common sense" can and MUST be taught and also learned from within. Part of this has to do with comparing different texts and seeing different teachers and talking to other practitioners.

We are all on the road. . .

I have 18 of the 3HO Sikh kundalini yoga manuals, which is more than almost anyone, including 3H0 teachers. This includes an unpublished 3HO kundalini yoga manual priovately circulated briefly in 1984.

None of the types of techniques in these practice manuals lead to nervous breakdowns or psychosis.
Instead, these types of techniques, starting with navel point pumping practices, promote strong psychophysical integrity and emotional balance. . . .

Speaking professionally as a tantric Buddhist guru, I strongly recommend ( appropriate levels of ) 3H0 kundalini yoga, starting slowly and gently, for
- working through many kinds of problems on all levels,
- working through emotional distress,
- working through unclear and stuck and negative thought patterns,
- integrating body and mind into a more coherent, functional, effective vehicle to hanlde many of life's challenges,
- healing energetic weaknesses and sickness,
- releasing karma,
- profound spiritual development.


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Book References for Taoist / Energetic Practice
This deep and broad survey includes some Buddhist teaching and some Korean Taoism.
This bibliography is useful at all levels of practice.
It includes some very new important titles.

Spiritual Practice : Taoism, Taoist Practice Resources, and Eighth Annual Taoist Gathering ( CA )
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...c239a42

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Primary book reference on Dzogchen Primordial Awareness Yoga

"The Golden Letters"
containing
The Last Testament of Garab Dorje: "The Three Statements that Strike the Essential Points"

See
vajranatha.com/books/the-...etters.html

" It is called the Great Perfection because there is nothing lacking (dzogpa, perfection) and it is total with nothing higher or beyond it (chenpo, great). . .Finding oneself in the Nature of Mind and its capacity for intrinsic awareness (Rigpa) is what is meant in the Dzogchen context by contemplation."
John Myrdhin Reynolds ( Lama Vajranatha )


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Core Buddhist Precepts ( Buddhadharma ) Via The Teaching of Guru Padmasambhava
( Who happens to be one of the key teachers of Great Perfection / Dzogchen )

There are different kinds and levels of Buddhist Refuge practice, outer inner, secret and absolute. The absolute level is known as Mahamudra or Atiyoga / Great Perfection.

It is necessary to understand refuge in order to practice it properly. For that one needs a good, clear, exact book length teaching.

"Dakini Teachings" by Padmasambhava covers this need in a most valuable and effective way. The teachings given in the first one hundred pages are indispensible for anyone engaging outer or inner levels of Buddhist Refuge, including Ten Precepts, Mahayana vows and so forth.

Yes, it is a Nyingma ( Old School Tibetan Buddhist ) text. But it is not only Nyingma. The principles developed in the text are universal to Mahayana and Buddhatantra in general, and I would recommend this book just as much to my fellow Chinese Chen-Yen tantric Buddhists and my fellow Shingon Japanese tantric Buddhists, and also my fellow Buddhist kungfu practitioners.

There are other good texts, but I have seen nothing better than this. This is my primary, central text as a Buddhist guru. Without this kind of teaching, Buddhist practice can be extremely weak, confused, and may founder through lack of a clear map and compass. What you need most is a clear map and compass for Dharma practice, and here you have it!

This exposition of the Buddhist Teaching ( Buddhadharma ) is perfectly acceptable to the Sakya and Kagyu lineages. It is perfectly acceptable to HH the Dalai Lama. That should be good enough for most people here!

For someone new to the Buddhist teachings, this will be a challenging text, but extraordinarily worthwhile.
My advice is give it time, and grow into it.
It will save you years of confusion and mistakes, and provide the necessary sound foundation underpinning functional Buddhist practice.

www.amazon.com/Dakini-Tea.../9627341363

Dakini Teachings (Paperback)
by Padmasambhava (Author), Erik Pema Kunsang (Translator), Nyang-ral Nyima Ozer (Author), Yeshe Tsogyal (Author), Marcia Binder Schmidt (Author), Erik Pema Kunsang (Author)


Product Description
"Padmasambhava, the Indian mystic and tantric Buddhist master, is second only to Buddha Shakyamuni as the most famous personage in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism. In the ninth century, he made the journey across the Himalayan Mountains to establish Buddhism for the people in that country. Now, more than 1,000 years later, we are able to hear and be touched by his voice as contained within this collection of oral advice. The selections in Dakini Teachings are timely advice - short, direct instructions relating to the three levels of Buddhist practice: Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. The main emphasis of Padmasambhava's teaching is that spiritual knowledge must be personalized and not remain as mere theory. The book includes an introductory discourse by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and a short biography of Padmasambhava by Jamgon Kongtrul the First. "


Product Details
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 2nd edition (June 29, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9627341363
ISBN-13: 978-9627341369

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Buddhism Has No Monotheism
Buddhists do not do Qabalah ( Jewish Mysticism )
Scientology is NOT Buddhism

1)
"Re: Kabalah and Buddhism are completely incompatible; Buddhism is unrelated to any of the Middle Eastern ( Abrahamic ) faiths. "
From
tribes.tribe.net/vajrayana...e255aa8531

Re Matthew:
"Do you think someone can study the kabbalah and be a practicing buddhist at the same time?"

Answer:
NO. There is no compatibility between Buddhist refuge and QBL / Kabalah / Jewish mysticism / Jewish religion.
The theory and practice and history for these two cultural domains are completely separate.

Therefore the study of Qabalah / Kabalah cannot work with Buddhist practice in any way, shape or form.
To an observant Jew, all Mahayana Buddhism is pagan polytheism. That assessment is completely correct!

Buddhism is 100% pagan and has no support for the Old Testament / Torah / Talmud, and no support for the New Testament nor for the Quran.

Buddhism is provably unrelated to any of the Middle Eastern ( Abrahamic ) faiths.

These Abrahamic faiths ( as sets of religious texts ) are completely closed systems and cannot incorporate any Buddhist scripture whatsoever.

There is no creator god in Buddhism. Thus no religious tenets of the Abrahamic faiths can be brought into Buddhism.

In Buddhism, you do get to do a lot of Hindu practices like yoga and mantra and Taoist-type practices such as tai chi and acupuncture, just not anything monotheistic. Mainly what you get in Buddhism is the teaching on karma, interdependence ( pratitya-samutpada ), individual responsibility, and buddha nature.

In technical terms,
a) the Abrahamic religions are MONOTHEISTIC.
b) Buddhism is NONTHEISTIC and TRANSTHEISTIC.

See
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monotheism
and
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nontheism
and
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transtheism

2)

"Have read up on academic class examinations of Scientology; Scientology IS a religion, as originally defined."
scientology.tribe.net/thread/...ac58e95a

. . .
Scientology is NOT a branch of the Buddhist teaching.
It does NOT in any way build on Buddhist principles, such as the Four Noble Truths or the Noble Eightfold Path, or basic Buddhist refuge.

That is the clear proof of my statement that Scientology is NOT Buddhism in any way, shape or form.

KT


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1) Western Colorado retreat
taramandala.org/program/ya...-breathing/

Yantra Yoga & Harmonious Breathing
With Fabio Andrico
September 2 - 7, 2012


Location: Tara Mandala Colorado
Mailing Address: PO Box 3040, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
E-mail: info@taramandala.org

Phone: 970-731-3711

"Yantra Yoga is one of the oldest recorded systems of yoga in the world. It has come to us by way of Tibet, a land that holds a vast, rich Buddhist knowledge and heritage. Yantra Yoga’s unique series of positions and movements, combined with conscious breathing, can help coordinate and harmonize one’s personal energy so that the mind can relax and find its authentic balance. This is a superb method to attain optimal health, relaxation and harmony through the coordination of breath and movement.

"In this workshop, internationally renowned Senior Yantra Yoga Instructor Fabio Andrico will help participants discover the real essence of Yantra Yoga by clarifying its rich theory and practice. Andrico will begin by demonstrating techniques that will help participants discover the experience of naturally relaxed, complete breathing. Using this fundamental experience as a base, Andrico will introduce the most essential Yantra Yoga exercises, which can reshape, transform, and deepen the effect of our practice by coordinating and enhancing the quality of our more subtle and powerful energies.

"Harmonious Breathing: internationally renowned yoga instructor Fabio Andrico will explain simple and effective exercises that will deepen and clarify the student’s experience of naturally relaxed, harmonious breathing. This breathing method, inspired by Andrico’s knowledge of the ancient Tibetan tradition of Yantra Yoga, is an invaluable tool for finding relaxation balance and harmony in everyday life."


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2) Mexico City, Mexico
First Level Supervision and Kumbhaka with Fabio Andrico
Date(s) - 09/11/2012 - 09/17/2012

From
www.yantrayoga.org/events/f...-andrico/

First Level Supervision & Kumbhaka with Fabio Andrico

September 11-17, 2012
Total 7 days includes day and night program:

Supervision course daytime: Morning: 11:00-13:30 and Afternoon: 15:30-18:00

Kumbhaka training with Fabio in evenings: 8pm-9pm

Come for both!

Tel: 55333278 – email:casadrolma@gmail.com

Info: pelzomling@gmail.com

www.facebook.com Comunidad Dzogchen Mexico

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3) Western Massachusetts retreat

From
kripalu.org/presenter/V0...fabio_andrico

September 23–28, 2012
Kripalu
In the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts
kripalu.org/
866.200.5203

"Fabio Andrico is an internationally recognized expert on the unique tradition of Tibetan yoga known as Yantra Yoga, from the lineage of the renowned Tibetan translator and Dzogchen master Vairocana. He studied directly under the great Tibetan cultural scholar and Dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, who learned this potent and transformative form of yoga from his uncle, yogi Togden Ugyen Tenzin. Fabio is both a hatha yoga and Yantra Yoga instructor, as well as an authorized trainer of Yantra Yoga teachers. Born and raised in Italy, he teaches Yantra Yoga internationally to groups of up to 700 participants in venues on six continents."

www.yantrayoga.org

For all levels.

"Yantra Yoga is one of the oldest recorded systems of yoga in the world. Coming to us by way of Tibet, Yantra Yoga is a unique series of positions and movements, combined with conscious breathing, that helps to coordinate and harmonize the body’s energy so the mind can find its authentic balance. It’s a superb method for attaining optimal health and relaxation through breath and movement."

Discover the essence of this potent and transformative practice with senior Yantra Yoga instructor Fabio Andrico, who introduces these essential exercises:

•The Vairocana Position
•Tsigjong (Loosening the Joints)
•The Nine Purification Breathings
•Lungsang (Purifying the Prana)
•Tsadul (Controlling the Energy Channels)
•The First Series of Yantras
•The Pranayama of Rhythmic Breathing
•The Vajra Wave: Overcoming Energy Obstacles.
Immerse yourself in techniques that can reshape, transform, and deepen the effect of your practice by enhancing the quality of your subtle energies.

Note: This five-day course adds two series of movements to the weekend program that took place last spring: Tsigjong and the First Series of Yantras, plus a more in-depth training of natural, harmonious breathing. Fabio Andrico gives extended instruction on all the material covered, and directly helps students deepen and expand their knowledge and experience. This extended program gives students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in this unique tradition.

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International Centers for the Dzogchen Community of Ven. Namkhai Norbu, from
tsegyalgar.org/communityw...yworldwide/

GARS

• Merigar East (Romania) www.dzogchen.ro
• Merigar West (Italy) www.dzogchen.it
• Namgyalgar (Australia) www.dzogchen.org.au
• Tashigar North (Venezuela) www.tashigarnorte.org
• Tashigar South (Argentina) www.tashigarsur.com
• Tsegyalgar (North American) www.tsegyalgar.org
• Kunsangar South (Ukraina) www.dzogchencommunity.ru


LINGS

Europe
• Austria yeselling.at
• Austria www.dzogchen.at
• Czech Republic www.dzogchen.cz
• Estonia (Tashiling Estonia) www.dzogchen.ee
• France www.association-dzogchen.org
• Germany www.dzogchen.de
• Great Britain www.dzogchencommunity.org
• Greece www.dzogchen.gr
• Holland www.dzogchen.nl
• Hungary www.dzogchen.hu
• Lithuania www.dzogchen.lt
• Poland www.dzogczen.pl
• Slovakia www.dzogchen.sk
• Kundusling (Spain) www.dzogchen.es

Italy

• Adzamling (Molise) www.adzamling.it
• Milan www.dzogchenmilano.it
• Namdeling (Naples) www.dzogchennapoli.org
• Zhenphenling (Rome) www.zhenphenling.it
• Kunsalling (Brescia) www.kunsalling.it, www.dzogchenbrescia.it
• Gyamtsholing www.gyamtsholing.org

Russian-Speaking Countries

• Russia www.dzogchencommunity.ru
• Rinchenling www.rinchenling.ru
• Kunphenling www.kunphenling.ru

Other

• Israel www.dzogchen.org.il
• Ireland Community www.dzogchen.ie
• Dekyitling (Costa Rica) www.dekyitling.org
• Lhundrubling (Brazil) www.dzogchen.com.br
• Garbaling (Greece) www.dzogchen.gr
• Kundusling (Spain) www.dzogchen.es
• Namdrolling (Singapore) www.namdrolling.com

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Closing Prayer from the Great Perfection ( Dzogchen ) Lineage

"Kye! To all the Buddhas of the Three Times
Inseparable from the great absolute space,
Great intrinsic nature of phenomena,
Space of awareness uncontrived and ever free,
The primordial Buddha Samantabhadra -
We bow in order to realize our self-nature,
And vow from now not to separate from it. . .

The primordial space of the Ground, Dharmakaya,
is the Adi Buddha among all Buddhas . . .
The great space beyond conceptualized views.
May we realize the nature as it is.

All-pervasiveness beyond all partiality and limitations,
Expanse free from attributes and labels,
Great confidence that there is nothing to give up and nothing to gain:
May we realize the nature as it is. . ."

from "A Prayer From the Sang Ti Kagyama - Secret Esoteric Instruction",
by Dudjom Lingpa
page 9 of "The Lamp of Liberation: A Collection of Prayers, Advice and Aspirations"
by Dudjom Rinbochay, translated by the late Dr. Terry Clifford
posted Mon, August 27, 2012 - 3:41 PM
Updated : Tantric Buddhist Empowerments Europe and US, HE Garchen Rinpoche et Al ( Sept 2012 through January 2013 ) ( community » other ) Tantric Buddhist Empowerments Europe and US, HE Garchen Rinpoche ( Sept - December 2012 )
Venues : Kiev UKRAINE, Warsaw POLAND, Schneverdingen GERMANY, and
United States: Chino ARIZONA, Houston TEXAS, Fairfax VIRGINIA

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New Additions To Schedule
Vajrayogini Empowerment 30 Dec Arizona

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European teaching dates for another two major Drikung teachers,His Eminence Ontul Rinpoche and His Eminence Ayang Rinpoche ( October - November 2012 ) :
FRANCE, GERMANY, ESTONIA

Keywords: meditation, yoga, tantra, pagan mysticism, Mahayana Buddhism and Pure Land Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism / Vajrayana, Tantric Buddhist empowerment, Kagyu lineage / Drikung Lineage, Winter 2012, HE Garchen Rinpoche, Drikung Kagyu practice centers worldwide, Kagyu and Mahamudra book references, Garchen Institute Bookstore.

Summary :
- This is a broad outreach / teaching article which provides globally useful links to Buddhist and Kagyu school Mahayana Buddhist practice.
- A major teacher of the Kagyu lineage of Buddhist tantra, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, is offering profound and powerful transmissions in several parts of Europe and the United States. These are of great value to Mahayana / Pure Land Buddhists, Nyingma oriented Tibetan Buddhists, and Kagyu, Sakya and Gelugpa practitioners. Two other Kagyu teachers are giving other transmissions in Europe this Fall, and their schedules are provided.
- Here I provide background, a teaching schedule, book references and so forth to establish communication and context, useful for those who can attend and for anyone who wishes to make a connection to these kinds of transmissions.
- Also given are substantial online teaching references from the renowned Buddhist scholar Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche ( Karma Kagyu lineage ).

NAMO GURU SRI HASYAVAJRAYE
Homage to the Great Adept Milarepa!

Homage to Mila Joyous Vajra, King of the Mountain Yogis. For the ordeals you endured, for the sweetness of this profound transmission, and for "a few cotton threads" we thank you from our innermost hearts!

"By engaging in this kind of practice, infinite clarity of mind is achieved, and through such power, we are able to purify our ordinary body and manifest the body of the deity. Likewise, we are able to purify ordinary speech, and manifest wisdom speech. Furthermore, we are able to purify the deluded ordinary mind, and realize the wisdom mind."
His Holiness Chetsang Tulku, principal lineage holder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, in the foreword to the book "Pearl Rosary"

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is giving major tantric Buddhist empowerments this Fall and Winter in Europe and the US.
The European venues are Germany, Ukraine, and Poland. The US venues are Arizona, Virginia, Texas. Other Drikung teaching events in Europe for this Fall are also provided.

These teaching events and transmissions serve a very broad range of Great Way / Mahayana Buddhist students and practitioners, not just "Tibetan Buddhists". For example, the Pure Land method of Amitabha practice, which is common to all the Northern Schools of Mahayana Buddhism, is directly supported as well ,as the teaching schedule sows.

The Drikung lineage is a branch of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, which derives from the famous great adept / mahasiddha Milarepa. The Kagyu lineage bearers, Tilopa and Naropa of India, Marpa and Milarepa of Tibet, were profound mystics, wizards and yogis. This is shown very directly by the extraordinary life of Milarepa, who was a great sorcerer in his earlier years before becoming an ascetic and mountain yogi.

See
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milarepa

www.samye.org/mila1.htm
www.samye.org/mila2.htm
www.samye.org/mila3.htm
www.samye.org/mila4.htm

All Kagyu Buddhist practice is Mahayana Buddhist practice, which is common to all the schools of Northern Buddhism from Nepal to Japan, with several hundred million practitioners. This means all Kagyu meditation, mysticism and yoga takes place in the context of Buddhist refuge / commitment and Mahayana Buddhist vows.

See
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahayana
and
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism
for the overall scope and background of this teaching.


An excellent set of classical and direct teachings by the great Kagyu abbot, Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche ( Karma Kagyu lineage ), has been posted under
www.rinpoche.com

See the many extensive teachings available at
www.rinpoche.com/teachings.html
e.g.
www.rinpoche.com/teachings/4dharmas.pdf
www.rinpoche.com/fornob.html
www.kagyu.org/kagyulineag...ra/tra06.php
www.rinpoche.com/teachings/3vehicles.pdf
www.rinpoche.com/teachings/conduct.pdf
www.rinpoche.com/teachings...nature.htm

and the Kagyu prayers at
www.rinpoche.com/prayers.html

For information on HE Garchen Rinpoche, see

www.garchen.net/

and

www.garchen.net/GBI-Shop/

and

"Official Website of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism"
www.drikung-kagyu.org/

"A Brief History of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism"
www.drikung-kagyu.info/index....lineage

Drikung Centers Worldwide
www.drikung-kagyu.info/index....centers

"Welcome to Vajra Publications"
www.vajrapub.org/



Reference Books and Practice Materials

"Pearl Rosary The Path of Purification"
shop.vajrapub.org/product.sc

"Drinking the Mountain Stream: New Stories and Songs by Milarepa", by Lama Kunga Rimpoche and Brian Cutillo. This book is extraordinarily good as an introduction and in providing key teaching/ precept songs which are both poetic and intuitive.

www.amazon.com/Drinking-M.../0861710630

"The Garland of Mahamudra Practices", by Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen and Katherine Rogers. This is a short summary of Cakrasamvara / Vajrayogini deity yoga and Mahamudra awareness yoga translated by a Drikung abbot from the writings of Kunga Rinchen, the Fifteen Lineage Holder of the Drikung Kagyu transmission. It is remarkably clear teaching on the essentials of New School vajrayana practice.

www.amazon.com/Garland-Ma...1559391731/


"Clarifying the Natural State", by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal ( translation by the priceless western scholar Eric Pema Kunsang ). This practice summary for the primordial awareness yoga of Mahamudra is held to be "preeminent" and "indispensible" by the great modern scholar-yogi Khenchen Thrangu Rinbochay. 'Nuff said.

www.amazon.com/Clarifying...9627341452/

"Becoming Vajrasattva; the Tantric Path of Purification", by [ Lama ] Thubten Yeshe, 2nd edition. A remarkably useful retreat and teaching manual on Vajrasattva. With this and Vajrasattva empowerment one can practice the indispensible deity of Purification, Vajrasattva / Diamond Being.

www.amazon.com/Becoming-V...0861713893/


His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, 2012 Schedule
from
drikung.ru/index.php/en...int-tour-2012

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"Mahamudra: A Buddhist awareness yoga of highest yoga tantra"
See my post at
tantra.tribe.net/thread/b7...b61de91b30
for summary introduction and reference materials.

The profound meaning of "Mahamudra", which means "Great Seal" in the innermost esoteric Buddhist yoga, is "primordial awareness yoga", as sealed by the nature of awareness as originally pure and all-encompassing. It is a yogic instruction based on the Guru Sakyamuni Buddha's teaching of Prajnaparamita, in particular the core text known as the Heart Sutra, the Prajnaparamita Hrdaya.

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His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

"His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu lama who was known in the thirteenth century as the Siddha Gar Chodingpa, a heart disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. In ancient India, he had incarnated as Mahasiddha Aryadeva, the lotus-born disciple of the great Nagarjuna. In the seventh century, he was known as Lonpo Gar, the minister of the Tibetan Dharma King Songsten Gampo.

"Garchen Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned in eastern Tibet by the former Drikung Kyabgon Zhiwe Lodro. When he was seven, he was brought to Lho Miyal Monastery, which he administered from the age of eleven. Studying and practicing under the direction of the Siddha Chime Dorje, Garchen Rinpoche received vast and profound instructions on the preliminary practices (ngondro), the fivefold practice of Mahamudra and the six yogas of Naropa.

"Then, at the age of 22, after completing a two and a half year retreat, he was imprisoned for 20 years during the political turmoil of China's Cultural Revolution. While in the labor camp, he received meditation instruction from his root lama, the Nyingma master Khenpo Munsel. Enduring hardship and practicing secretly, Garchen Rinpoche attained realization of the lama's wisdom mind. Since his release from prison in 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has made great effort to rebuild the Drikung Kagyu monasteries, reestablish the Buddhist teachings, and build two boarding schools for local children in eastern Tibet. Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley, Arizona.

"Garchen Rinpoche is known for his vast realization, as well as for his great kindness."


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EUROPE

From
info.drikung.de/

European Drikung Centers and Organisations:
• Austria
• Croatia
• Estonia
• France
• Germany
• Hungary
• Latvia
• Poland
• Spain
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• Ukraine

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From
info.drikung.de/

Schedule: H.E. Ayang Rinpoche
Contact the centers for more information.

Date Center
2012.10.01 - 2012.10.13 Amitabha France
Teachings on Five Level Vajrasattva practice

2012.10.15 - 2012.10.17 Drikung Sherab Migched Ling, Aachen, Germany
Public talk on Bardo and Phowa, Phowa practice, Buddha Amitabha Ganapuja

2012.10.19 - 2012.10.28 Kamalashila Institut, Langenfeld, Germany

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From
info.drikung.de/

Schedule: H.E. Ontul Rinpoche
Contact the centers for more information.

Date Center
2012.09.28 - 2012.09.30 Germany, Aachen, Drikung Sherab Migched Ling e.V.
Teachings on practice of Tibetan Buddhism (essentials on Vajrayana)

2012.10.03 - 2012.10.09 Estonia, Tallinn, Drikung Dzogchen Community

2012.10.12 - 2012.10.25 Germany, Staufenberg, Drikung Namchag Mebar Dzong

2012.10.31 - 2012.11.05 Germany, Mannheim, Drikung Dharma-Gruppe Mannheim

2012.11.08 - 2012.11.11 Germany, Muenchen, DANA e.V.

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Teachings and Transmissions Schedule for His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

September 27 - October 3: Kiev, Ukraine, Drikung Community Ratnashri


Drikung Community Ratnashri
Contact person: Olga Kornyushyna
Kiev
Ukraine

Fon: +38/97/9824157
Email: ratnashri.ua@gmail.com
URL: ratnashri.org.ua/

September 27: "For The Benefit of all Beings" screening

September 28: Public talk

September 29: Yamantaka empowerment, Guru Yoga teachings
[ Yamantaka is a high empowerment of the wrathful form of Manjusri. ]

September 30: White Tara empowerment, Refuge and Guru Yoga teachings
[ White Tara is a purifying and healing practice of the Goddess Tara. ]

October 1-2: White Tara Drubcho

October 3: Guru Yoga and tsog

Contact: ratnashri.ua@gmail.com

Website: ratnashri.org.ua


October 4 – 10: Drikung Samten Choling, Warsaw, Poland


Drikung Samten Chöling
Krzysztof Nitka
Warsaw Poland

Email: info@garchen.pl
URL: www.garchen.pl


October 4: "For The Benefit of all Beings" screening

October 5: Public talk

October 6: Amitabha teachings

October 7: Amitabha empowerment, Vajrayogini teachings
[ Amitabha is the major practice of Pure Land Budhism. ]

October 8: Vajrayogini empowerment, refuge and Phowa teachings
[ Goddess Vajrayogini is a highest yoga tantra and primary practice of the New Schools of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. ]

October 9: Phowa practice and tsog

Contact: info@garchen.pl



October 27 - November 4: Milarepa Retreat Center in Schneverdingen, Germany

Milarepa Retreat Zentrum
Carolina von Gravenreuth
Reimerdinger Str. 18
29640 Schneverdingen
Germany

Fon: +49/5193/97432-011
Fax: +49/5193/97432-099
Email: carolina.gravenreuth@milareparetreat.de
URL: www.milareparetreat.de

Ceremonial Opening of the Milarepa Retreat Center in Schneverdingen, Germany by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche.

October 27: Opening Ceremony with following lunch for the Sangha and all invited guests

Fivefold Mahamudra Empowerment by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

October 28: Guru yoga puja and Mahamudra Teachings by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

October 29: Namgyal Tongchöd with H.E. Garchen Rinpoche: Long life ritual of Namgyalma (Ushnisha Vijaya)

October 30 - November 4: Chakrasamvara Drubchöd conducted by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

October 30-31: Great Chakrasamvara Empowerment
[ The Great Chakrasamvara is a high empowerment into Chakrasamvara / Vajrayogini. ]

October 28: Continuation of the Empowerment and practice

November 1-3: practice

November 4: End of Drubchöd with Tsog, dedication and fare-well

Website: www.milareparetreat.de, www.garchen-stiftung.de


Centers, Groups and Organisations in Germany:
info.drikung.de/



U.S.


November 9-17: Chino Valley, Arizona: Garchen Institute

Vajrakilaya Empowerment, Teachings, and Drubchen

November 9 (9 am – 5 pm): Vajrakilaya Teachings

November 9 (1-2 pm): Refuge

November 10 (9 am – noon): Vajrakilaya Empowerment
[ Vajrakilaya is a fierce form of Vajrasattva, and a primary practice of the Old School / Nyingma lineage. ]

November 10 (2-5 pm): Vajrakilaya Teachings

November 11 – 17 (around the clock from 9 am, 11/11 to 5 pm, 11/17): Vajrakilaya Drubchen
[ Intensive accomplishment short retreat. ]

Contact: questions@garchen.net

Website: garchen.net




November 27 – December 3: Virginia: Drikung Dharma Surya Center

Amitabha Million Mantra Accumulation, Amitabha Empowerment, Amitabha Chang Chok, and Refuge


From
www.drikungdharmasurya.org/index.html

In order to benefit all sentient beings, Drikung Dharma Surya Center (DDSC) is organizing a 100-Million Amidewa Recitation Retreat to be led by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche near Washington DC. The aspiration of this Special Event is to also promote innate qualities of love and compassion, wisdom and understanding, harmony and peace for our world.

Date: Dec 1 and Dec 2, 2012

Location: Jewish Community Center, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, Virginia 22031, U.S.A.

Events: Amitabha Mantra Recitation, Amitabha Empowerment, Amitabha Chang Chok, Great Drikung Phowa transmission or "Drikung Phowa Chenmo”

Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of Infinite Light, is practiced to liberate one's being into Amitabha's pure land, Sukhavati. Because of Amitabha's compassionate aspiration, it is the easiest of all pure lands to attain. Even without much realization, if we have a true wish to be reborn in Sukhavati, and we receive the empowerment in the Esoteric Great Way Mantrayana tradition and do the practice, our wish will be fulfilled.

Amitabha is central to the practice of Phowa and is considered to be the protector of beings who call upon him as they experience death and the after-death transitions.

Death is inevitable for us all, but how we die—either terrified and confused, or with confidence and spiritual mastery—is within our control. Phowa, the transference of consciousness at the time of death, is the Tantric Buddhist method for gaining this mastery. It may even enable us to attain full enlightenment at the time of death, and it also allows us to help others during their transition.

Don't miss this very precious opportunity to receive these instructions from our beloved Phowa Master Garchen Rinpoche and do the practice with him.

Email: DrikungDharmaSurya@gmail.com | P. O. Box 2183, Centreville, VA, 20122-2183 | 703-249-5081



December 4-10: Houston, Texas: Viet Nalanda Foundation

[ No further information. ]

Contact: tung.d.vu@att.net
USA/Tel: 713-382-6874

www.vietnalanda.org/sideengindex.html


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December 27 - January 4: Winter Teachings
Garchen Buddhist Institute Chino Arizona
From
www.garchen.net/schedule.html#Winter

December 27 - 29 (9am - 5pm): Winter Meditation Retreat, Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
December 30 (10am - Noon): Vajrayogini Empowerment, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche
December 30 - January 4 (2 - 5 pm on December 30 and 9am - 5pm on December 31 - January 4): The Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

Ven. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the Three-Year Retreat Master at Garchen Institute and Spiritual Director of the Chicago Ratna Shri Sangha in Illinois. He has completed many years of retreat, and his great wisdom and compassion are a treasure.

Drupon will give meditation instructions based on Lord Jigten Sumgon’s Pointing-Out Instructions on Meditation in Introduction to Mahamudra, and he will guide us in meditation practice. Lord Jigten Sumgon is the founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, and this is a rare opportunity to receive these precious pith instructions from a great meditation teacher.

In response to your many requests, Garchen Rinpoche will give the Vajrayogini Empowerment the first morning of his teachings. Vajrayogini is a Highest Yoga Tantra yidam (meditation deity) who is considered to be the Essence of all the Buddhas, a representation of complete buddhahood in female form. She is a semi-wrathful deity, and with her great power of wisdom and compassion she conquers all afflictions.

"The Vajrayogini yoga method is extremely powerful. It is just what we need in these degenerate times, with our delusions running rampant and our minds grasping at concretized sense pleasures. Therefore, a method such as this, which has the wisdom to transform delusions, is of the utmost need, especially as it has the profound property of becoming more powerful as delusions becomes stronger."--Lama Yeshe

Rinpoche will give his unsurpassed commentary on "The Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices" by Ngulchu Thogme Zangpo, which crystallizes the Dharma into 37 powerful verses. Rinpoche has given out many tens of thousands of copies of this remarkable text around the world and asks us to study it every day. It is truly extraordinary to receive these precious teachings from a great buddha who has realized the practice of every single verse. What better way to ring in the New Year!

Please join us for any of the Winter Teachings, participating in all or part as your schedule permits.


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Audio
Chants by Garchen Rinpoche
available for download at
www.drikungdharmasurya.org/HisE....html

1. Guru Rinpoche (5 min, 36 sec)

2. Ratnashri Mantra

3. Vajrasattva (5 min, 54 sec)

4. Om Mani (1 min, 07 sec)

5. Vajrakilaya (17 min, 13 sec)

6. White Tara (1 min, 54 sec)

7. Green Tara (26 sec)


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Diamond Being Activity Recitation ( Vajrasattva Karma Mantra )
is central and primary to all the esoteric schools of Buddhist tantra ( yoga ) in Tibet.

This is one of the most well known and important practices in pagan mysticism and high magic and mantra yoga worldwide, as I will now explain.

1) The practice of Vajrasattva is strongly emphasized by the greatest Buddhist teachers and yogis, such as Guru Milarepa of Tibet, and by Guru Padmasambhava of India.

2) Most high "Tibetan" Buddhist liturgies include the Vajrasattva Hundred Syllable Mantra given below.
Most tantric Buddhists in the four Tibetan schools of tantra are asked to complete 100,000 recitations of this Hundred Syllable mantra.
This is done to purify one's energy field and consciousness as a foundational practice for the other tantric practices.
It is a primary practice for inner healing and repairing mistakes in practice and Buddhist ethics.

3) Vajrasattva lineage and practice is of primary importance to the Indo-Chinese and Japanese schools of Buddhist tantra, the Chen Yen and the Shingon, respectively. Millions of Chinese Buddhists practice some Vajrasattva on a daily basis.

4) Through the international teaching work of gurus ( such as Chogyal Namkhai Norbu among others ), the Vajrasattva method is known and practiced in twenty four ( 24 ) countries on four continents.

5) Some of the key practices and yogas are in fact based directly on Vajrasattva.
One example is Kalacakra, which HH the Dalai Lama gave to 17000 people in Washington DC some months ago.
Two of the main practices of the Early Translation ( Nyingma ) lineage are based directly on Vajrasattva. These are Bardo / Hundred Deities and Vajrakilaya.
Indeed, the entire Nyingma lineage is founded on the lineage and teaching of Vajrasattva to the original Great Perfection guru Prahevajra / Joyous Vajra of India.

Since this practice is esoteric tantra, formal tantric Buddhist initiation and vows are required as a basis for doing this practice.
Equally important, all the high initiations of Buddhist tantra include a full Vajrasattva initiation by definition.
So, the initiations of Padmasambhava, of Cakrasamvara, or Vajrayogini etc., as bestowed by Drikung teachers in this teaching schedule, or other major initiations by major teachers in other schools fully bestow this crucial practice.

Having introduced this practice, I will now give the phonetic Sanskrit and the English translation.
May this powerful method greatly benefit all!


VAJRASATTVA KARMA MANTRA, with teaching and references
dzogchen.tribe.net/thread/d...ad9925ff1

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Om vajrasattva samayam anupalaya
Om Vajrasattva ( Diamond Being )! Protect the sacred commitment.

Vajrasattva tvenopatistha
Vajrasattva abide in me.

dridho me bhava
Make me firm.

sutosnyo me bhava
Grant me complete satisfaction.

suposnyo me bhava
Fulfill me ( increase the positive within me ).

anurakto me bhava
Make me compassionate ( or: be loving towards me ).

sarva siddhim me prayaccha
Grant me all siddhi ( powers and attainments, both relative and transcendent ).

sarva-karma su ca me chittam sriyam kuru
Manifest for me all ( noble ) actions. Make my mind wholly virtuous.

"hum"
"hum" ( the bijmantra, the essential vibratory wave-particle of Vajrasattva )

"ha ha ha ha"
"ha ha ha ha" ( the Four Joys, Four Immeasurables, Four Levels of Tantric Empowerment, the Four Dimensions of Sacred Being - Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, Nirmanakaya, Svabhavivakaya )

"ho"
"ho" ( exclamation of joy at accomplishing these sets of four )

bhagavan sarva-tathagata-vajra
Transcendent Lord who embodies ( or: who is together with ) all the Indestructible Realized Buddhas !

ma me munca
Do not abandon me.

vajri bhava maha-samaya-sattva
Make me indivisible, Great and All Encompassing Pledge Being ( great angel of angels ).

"ah"
"ah" ( release into vast primordial pure wisdom-dimension beyond all limitations and obscurations )

(optional : hum phat! )
(hum phat!) Hum here means manifest great diamond power! Phat! has the sense of strike / cut through all confusion, grasping and negativity! I.e. by prajnopaya, the Union of Wisdom and Skillful Means.

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THE USNISAVIJAYA [ NAMGYALMA ] MANTRA
www.tonglen.oceandrop.org/NAMGY...RA.htm

"Namgyalma is a deity for long life and purification. Her mantra has infinite benefits. . .

"There is a story from the time Guru Shakyamuni Buddha was on earth concerning a deva [ god ] called Paripu Denpa. Due to karma, when devas start experiencing the signs of death, they spontaneously remember their previous lives and see their future lives; they perceive that they are about to be reborn in the lower realms and so forth. Since their realm has unbelievable enjoyments thousands of times better than those of the richest country on earth, when they realize that they are about to leave a life of such pleasure and be reborn where there is incredible suffering, their minds suffer greatly.

"Thus, as he was dying, the god Denpa saw that he was about to be reborn as six types of animal—dog, monkey and so forth. Very worried, he asked King Indra what to do. King Indra suggested that he see the Buddha, which he did. Buddha manifested as the deity Namgyalma and gave him the mantra. Denpa recited it six times daily and in seven days completely changed his karma so that he did not have to be reborn as those six types of animal. The Namgyalma mantra is unbelievably powerful for purification. I have translated its benefits and explained how to recite it for people who have cancer and other diseases.

"The kind, compassionate Guru Shakyamuni Buddha taught the benefits of reciting the Namgyalma mantra to the Four Guardian Kings. Even if you are in danger of dying because the karma that determines your life-span is running out, if you wash your body, wear clean clothes and, abiding in the eight precepts, recite the Namgyalma mantra one thousand times, you can increase your life-span, purify your obscurations and free yourself from disease.

"If you recite the Namgyalma mantra into the ear of an animal, you ensure that this is its last animal rebirth. If somebody suffering from a heavy disease that doctors cannot diagnose does the practice Lord Buddha taught to the deva Denpa, he or she will be liberated from that disease, bring to an end all future rebirths in the lower realms, and after death be reborn in a blissful pure land. For humans, the present life will be their last rebirth from the womb.

. . . Throwing seeds blessed by the Namgyalma mantra onto the bones or body of a dead being purifies that being’s consciousness, and even though that being may have been reborn in hell or any other lower realm, that being can be reborn in a deva realm.

"If you put this mantra in a stupa [ reliquary ] or on a banner inside your house or above the roof, whoever is touched by even the shadow of that stupa or banner will not be reborn in the lower realms. Also, any being touched by a breeze that has first touched a stupa, banner or statue containing this mantra is purified of the karma to be reborn in the lower realms. What need is there to mention, therefore, how great the purification experienced by those who recite this mantra or keep it on their body."

Go here www.lamayeshe.com/lamazopa/...nam_mantra to read the mantra.

Namgyalma Mantra


Short mantra: OM BHRUM SOHA OM AMRITA AYUR DADE SOHA

Long mantra:
OM NAMO BHAGAVATE SARVA TRAILOKYA PRATIVISHISHTAYA BUDDHAYA TE NAMA
TADYATHA OM BHRUM BHRUM BHRUM SHODHAYA SHODHAYA VISHODHAYA VISHODHAYA
ASAMA SAMANTA AVABHA SPHARANA GATI GAGANA SVABHAVA VISHUDDHE ABHISHINTSATU MAM
SARVA TATHAGATA SUGATA VARA VACANA AMRITA ABHISHEKERA MAHAMUDRA MANTRA PADAIH
AHARA AHARA MAMA AYUS SANDHARANI SHODHAYA SHODHAYA VISHODHAYA VISHODHAYA
GAGANA SVABHAVA VISHUDDHE USNISHA VIJAYA PARISHUDDHE SAHASRA RASMI SANYTSODITE
SARVA TATHAGATA AVALOKINI SAT PARAMITA PARIPURANI
SARVA TATHAGATA MATE DASHA BHUMI PRATISHTHITE
SARVA TATHAGATA HRIDAYA ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE MUDRE MUDRE MAHA MUDRE
VAJRA KAYA SAMHATANA PARISHUDDHE
SARVA KARMA AVARANA VISHUDDHE PRATINI VARTAYA MAMA AYUR VISHUDDHE
SARVA TATHAGATA SAMAYA ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE
OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI VIMUNI VIMUNI MAHA VIMUNI
MATI MATI MAHA MATI MAMATI SUMATI TATHATA BHUTAKOTI PARISHUDDHE VISPHUTA BUDDHI SHUDDHE
HE HE JAYA JAYA VIJAYA VIJAYA SMARA SMARA SPHARA SPHARA SPHARAYA SPHARAYA
SARVA BUDDHA ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE SHUDDHE SHUDDHE BUDDHE BUDDHE
VAJRE VAJRE MAHA VAJRE SUVAJRE VAJRA GARBHE JAYA GARBHE VIJAYA GARBHE
VAJRA JVALA GARBHE VAJRODBHAVE VAJRA SAMBHAVE VAJRE VAJRINI VAJRAM BHAVATU
MAMA SHARIRAM SARVA SATTVANANCHA KAYA PARISHUDDHIR BHAVATU ME SADA
SARVA GATI PARISHUDDHISHTSA
SARVA TATHAGATAYA MAM SAMASVASAYANTU
BUDDHYA BUDDHYA SIDDHYA SIDDHYA BODHAYA BODHAYA VIBODHAYA VIBODHAYA
MOTSAYA MOTSAYA VIMOTSAYA VIMOTSAYA SHODHAYA SHODHAYA
VISHODHAYA VISHODHAYA SAMANTENA MOTSAYA MOTSAYA
SAMANTA RASMI PARISHUDDHE SARVA TATHAGATA HRIDAYA ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE
MUDRE MUDRE MAHA MUDRE MAHAMUDRA MANTRA PADAIH SVAHA



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Garchen Buddhist Institute
PO Box 4318 Chino Valley, AZ 86323

About Us
The Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley has been constructed through the extraordinary generosity of several principal donors.

Now built and available for the benefit of all sentient beings, these wonderful facilities require that the institute pay mortgage, insurance, utility, transportation, and ongoing maintenance costs.

In addition, our communications including telephone, this website, newsletters and notices help sangha members and dharma centers worldwide in organizing and publicizing Garchen Rinpoche's teachings, as well as insuring sangha members can communicate with Garchen Rinpoche wherever he may be.

Garchen Institute Facilities for Conference and Retreat
Nestled in the forested foothills near the mountains surrounding Prescott with spectacular panoramic views of the red cliffs of Sedona, the San Francisco peaks, and Chino Valley, Arizona the Garchen Institute Retreat Center offers a setting of extraordinary natural beauty. Garchen Institute facilities are available for individual or group retreats, workshops, classes, weddings, memorial and award ceremonies.

The Garchen Institute retreat center is surrounded by 75 private acres of natural wilderness bordering on the Prescott National Forest.

All our buildings are wheel-chair accessible. All buildings are heated and evaporatively cooled. The Garchen Institute produces its own electricity from solar-panels with generator back-up, and provides water from its own well.

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www.vietnalanda.org/sideengindex.html

[ This organization is based in westernized Vietnamese culture and functions in different parts of the United States, Canada and Australia. ]

" Viet Nalanda Foundation promotes the "non-sectarian" spirit, as well as equal respect and appreciation for the great masters and teachings of Buddhism and its Three Vehicles, especially of the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions and all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, namely, Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Gelug.

"Viet Nalanda Foundation at all times shall maintain affiliations with, and have representatives in the Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and Outreach Council from all four major schools, including sub-schools, of Tibetan Buddhism of which purpose is to transmit the precious teachings of Mahayana and Vajrayana under the auspice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

"What we think is most unique and most inspiring is that although members of our group all follow different traditions, have different root teachers, maintain different practices according to our respective lineages, yet we joyfully chose to remain open, committed and supportive of one another, and appreciative and respectfully of one another's teachers, traditions and aspirations. As we embark on this quest of spirituality, it is very much in the spirit of the non-sectarian tradition that we and a large sector of the Vietnamese Vajrayana practitioners are embracing.

"At all times, we happily welcome participation of, and support from our non-Vietnamese Dharma friends and members of the community-at-large. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at vietnalanda@ymail.com or call us at
949-390-7062."


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Long Life Prayer for Garchen Rinpoche

PHAK-PE YÜL-NA AR-YA-DE-VA ZHE/
The one known in the Holy Land as Aryadeva,.

DO-KHAM CHOK-SU GAR-GYI RIK-SU TRÜL/
Emanated into the Gar clan of Eastern Tibet as Chodingpa

JIK-TEN-GÖN-PO THUK-SE CHÖ-DING-PA/
The heart son of Jikten GÖnpo

PEL-DEN GAR-CHEN KU-TSE KAL-GYAR-TEN/
May the life of glorious Garchen remain steadfast for a hundred aeons!

NYIG-DÜ GYAL-TEN NYAK-TRE NE-KAB DIR/
In this age of strife when the Victor's teaching faces hardship

THU-TOB DOR-JE TA-BÜ TÜL ZHUK-KYI/
through his powerful, vajra-like conduct,

RI-ME TEN-PE KHUR-CHI DAG-GIR ZHE/
He takes on himself the heavy responsibility of the unbiased teaching.

TEN-PE-NYI-MA GAR-CHEN ZHAP-TEN SÖL//
May Garchen, the Sun of the Teachings, live long!

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Mahamudra is the quintessential awareness yoga of the Kagyu scholl of Indo-Tibetan vajrayana.
I dedicate this teaching article to the flourishing of the Mahamudra teachings throughout the West, for the benefit of all!

OM AH NAMO GURU VAJRA DHRIKA MAHAMUDRA SIDDHI PHALA HUM
OM AH NAMO GURU PRAJNABHADRA MAHAMUDRA SIDDHI PHALA HUM
OM AH NAMO GURU JNANASIDDHI MAHAMUDRA SIDDHI PHALA HUM
OM AH NAMO GURU DHARMAMATI MAHAMUDRA SIDDHI PHALA HUM
OM AH NAMO GURU VAJRA DHVAJA MAHAMUDRA SIDDHI PHALA HUM. . . . .
NAMO NAMAHA

May the Mahamudra transmission remain wide open like the sky!
May the Mahamudra transmission remain pervasive like the earth!
May the Mahamudra practitioners remain unshakeable like mountains!
May awareness remain shining like a flame!
May wakefulness remain lucid like a crystal!

Sarva mangalam! May All Benefit!
Siddhi rastu! May there be yogic accomplishment!

KT posted Wed, September 19, 2012 - 1:21 PM
Primordial Awareness Yoga ( Great Perfection + Great Seal ) Transmissions and Teachings in London England, May - June 2013 ( community » other ) The HEALING POWER of VAJRAYANA:
CUTTING OBSTACLES in LIFE, AFTERLIFE and DREAMS
LONDON, MAY 23-JUNE 2, 2013
King Alfred’s School, Manor Wood, North End Road, London NW11 7HY

Keywords: Keywords : inner spiritual work, Buddhist tantra, Buddhist shamanism, dream yoga, psychic healing and purification, tantric empowerment and short retreat, Nyingma lineage, Great Perfection / Atiyoga / Dzogchen, Red Vajrasattva / Hundred Deities, Great Seal / Mahamudra, Chod / Mystic Sacrifice, Machig Labdron.

From
www.tibetanchod.com/events/europe/

"Tsewong Rinpoche is a highly respected Bhutanese meditation teacher and yogi, who has spent over 20 years in retreat. He is coming to England for the first time in May 2013 where he will be giving teachings with Lama Jinpa and Lama Pema; who collectively form the school of Tibetan Healing Chod. They will be conducting two sessions of Healing Chod which is available to anyone regardless of faith and belief; participants relax and lie down as the lamas perform these ceremonies.

"There will also be a Bardo ceremony which helps those participating travel the Bardo when the time comes, photos and names of those who have already died can also be bought along. The Chod and Red Vajrasattva (necessary for the Bardo teachings) Empowerment will also be given to those who wish to train in these practices further. Profound teachings and training in dream yoga will also be taught for healing, clarity and enlightenment. Please see our website for the finer details.

We recommend that you pre-book the event due to its popularity – to do so please:
contact Claire Higham: clairehigham108@gmail.com 01353 968127/07708836858

Fri, May 24, 6:30 pm: Introduction To Healing Chod
Sat, May 25, 2-5 pm: Healing Chod, Part 1
Sun, May 26 10-12 pm: Chod Empowerment
Sun, May 26, 1-5 pm: Healing Chod, Part 2
Fri, May 31, 6:30pm: Introduction To Bardo Ritual
Sat: June 1, 9-12 pm: Red Vajrasattva Empowerment
Sat, June 1, 1:30-5 pm: After Death Guidance Ritual
Sun, June 2, 9-5 pm: Dream Yoga Teaching And Training.

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Note by KT -

For a description of Red Vajrasattva and Hundred Deities / Bardo Practice, see my article
"Major Tantric Buddhist Empowerment- Retreat / September 2012 / Northern California : Red Vajrasattva / Hundred Deities"
at
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...5d2a484



For complete background on Great Perfection / Primordial Awareness yoga, see my extensive teaching article at
"UPDATED comprehensive teaching article: Tantric Buddhist Empowerments and Teachings and Retreats", at

sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...830ef8b

Regarding Chod, which is the main form of Buddhist shamanism, I have given a basic overview and references here:
"Chod is defined as the functional enactment of prajnaparamita. It can also be Mahamudra or Atiyoga"

tribes.tribe.net/chodtribe...b94cc8a1f9

Re
"i once heard that machig's main teaching though was the prajnaparamita"

KT responds:
Chod is defined as the functional enactment of prajnaparamita theory.

It is a shamanic enactment, because it is an encounter with spirits.

It is a mahayana practice, since it is - at the literal level - an offering of mahayana dharma to aforesaid spirits with mahayana intention.

It is vajrayana, because it uses classical Vajrayana deity yoga and includes completion stage yoga. Being passed down in one or more vajrayana lineages, it is a vajrayana practice by definition. One of the Karmapas stipulated that 100,000 Chod offerings is required as a Mahamudra preliminary. So said HH Khentin Tai Situpa in a teaching on Mahamudra I received in Honolulu back around 1994.

Chod can be is either Mahamudra or Atiyoga at the innermost level, depending on lineage. In fact, Chod can itself be part of guruyoga. I received a Milarepa Chod empowerment from HH Chetsang Tulku Rinbochay.

So, Chod is all of these.

Machig Labdron is held to be an incarnation of the Primordial Wisdom Goddess Prajnaparamita. She is also held by Nyingmas & fellow travelers as being a remanifestation of Dakini Yeshe Tsogyel. . .

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The teaching of Machig Labdron is Mahamudra, the Great Seal.
An excellent starter text on this is small but profound book by an English Buddhist psychotherapist, James Low.

This includes a short Machig Labdron practice.
Excellent, clear and simple text by a longtime dzogchen yogi and psychotherapist.
Recommended for all chod practitioners.

"Being Right Here: A Dzogchen Treasure Text of Nuden Dorje entitled The Mirror of Clear Meaning"
by James Low
at
www.amazon.com/Being-Righ...1559392088/

Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; Bilingual edition (February 24, 2004)
ISBN-10: 1559392088
ISBN-13: 978-1559392082



Note also that I do not represent any person or group referenced here.
KT


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Chod in England
SUMMARY OF EVENTS
CHOD

FRI, MAY 24, 6:30 pm: Introduction to Healing Chod

SAT, MAY 25, 2-5 pm: Healing Chod, Part 1

SUN, MAY 26 10-12 pm: Chod Empowerment

SUN, MAY 26, 1-5 pm: Healing Chod, Part 2
BARDO

FRI, MAY 31, 6:30 pm: Introduction to Bardo Ritual

SAT: JUNE 1, 9-12 pm: Red Vajrasattva Empowerment

SAT, JUNE 1, 1:30-5 pm: After Death Guidance Ritual
DREAM YOGA

SUN, JUNE 2, 9-5 pm: Dream Yoga teaching and training.
1. HEALING CHOD

Friday; May 24 (Evening)
MaChik Labdron INTRODUCTION to HEALING CHOD

An evening talk by Lama Jinpa and Tsewong Rinpoche to introduce guests to the principles and methods of these ancient healing rituals, and why they are so relevant and effective today including:

The short and long-term benefits of healing Chod
Physical, emotional and spiritual healing effects
Karmic clearing
Clearing of negative entities, curses and toxic emotions around us.
(for more information about healing Chod, check here.

Sat-Sun; May 25-26 (Two Afternoons)
The FOUR HEALING RITUALS of CHOD

The greatest female saint of Tibet, MaChik Labron developed four extraordinary healing rituals for total healing and karmic clearing

We will perform these four rituals in two afternoon sessions.

The Nail of the Four Elements
The 100 Torma Offerings
The Offering in Six Parts
The Feast of the Nine Demons


NOTE: You may bring pictures (with name and birth date) of any deceased (or living!) relatives or friends, so that the healing power fo the ritual can be transmitted to them, wherever they may be.

Sunday, May 26 (Morning)
CHOD EMPOWERMENT

The Opening of the Sky Door is the sole and fundamental empowerment for entering into the study and practice of Chod, whatever lineage or tradition one may be affiliated with. While there are several versions of this “wongkur” (transmission of power), this come directly from the tradition of MaChik and is potent in its blessing and depth.

If one is planning on undertaking formal training in the School of Tibetan Healing Chod, either live or Distance Learning, this is mandatory.
For all others, it is the door to begin your Chod practice, whatever ones context might be.
And if one has taken the empowerment before, it is very valuable to repeat and refresh this transmission.
For those who, for any reason whatsoever, do not intend to actually practice Chod in the future, this is still a wonderful blessing and healing ceremony, and there is no specific commitment or “samaya” associated with receiving this empowerment.
For more details you can read about the Chod empowerment, as well as Distance Learning page.

2. BARDO HEALING

Friday, May 31 7 pm
Introduction to AFTER DEATH CARE

Based on Indian tantric and Himalayan shamanic sources, the Tibetan truly perfected the art of After Death Care. These various ritual and meditation methods allow us to directly help those who have left this earthly plane, yet now wander in the state between death and the next incarnation. These same rituals also heal the ilving and set us up for our own safe journey through the after death or Bardo interval.

Saturday, June 1 (Morning)

Red Vajrasattva
RED VAJRASATTVA EMPOWERMENT

This empowerment is an extraordinary blessing and transmission that has several purposes.

For those who wish to train in our Distance Learning Program, to train in performing these rituals for others
For the general public or dharma practitioner, it is a powerful purification and healing transmission that benefits in this and future lives, creating a powerful connection or TENDRIL in our consciousness.

Saturday, June 1 (Afternoon)
BARDO RITUAL for the DECEASED

The lamas will perform the full ritual for guiding the consciousness of the deceased through the chaotic realms of the After Death state, helping place them in a pure realm or fortunate and favorable rebirth.
NOTE: You may also bring pictures (with name and birth date) or a small article clothing of any relatives or friends, so that the healing power fo the ritual can be transmitted to them, wherever they may be.
Bardo Cards

Meditation Cards Used in Bardo Ritual


3. DREAM YOGA

Sunday, June 2 (am & pm)
Training in the Dream Yoga practices of Kagyu and Nyingma lienages. Using dream for healing, clarity and enlightenment
Part of the renowned Six Yogas (or Dharmas) of Naropa, the practice of using dreams iss a path of meditative clarity and recognizing the true nature of mind and phenomena. These teachings permeated all lineages and form a core of the higher practices of Vajrayana Buddhism.
IMPROMPTU

..and of course some Chod in the Wild, visiting cemeteries of London town!


CONTACT

Claire Higham contact us here
Phone: 0135 3968127 or 0770 8836858
SUGGESTED DONATIONS

Friday Talks: £5 or according to your generosity.

Healing Cho rituals: £35
Chod or Red Vajrasattva Empowerments: £35
Bardo Ritual: £35
Dream Yoga day: £65

Proceeds go to cover our costs and support Rinpoche’s monastic community in Eastern Bhutan, as well as various projects worldwode.
LOCATION

The nearest tube station to the school is Golders Green which is on the Northern Line. Buses 210 and 268 go up North End Road from Golders Green.

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Tsewong Sitar Rinpoche
Modern Day Master of Vajrayana
from
www.tibetanchod.com/aboutus/...rinpoche/


Lama Tsewong Sitar Rinpoche is the head of the historic Sangye Teng Monastery in eastern Bhutan. He began his studies at the tender age of four, under the tutelage of his renowned father, learning Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan reading and writing. Having spent more than twenty years in meditative retreat in his Himalayan hermitage, he was recognized as a reincarnation of Nubchen Sangye Yeshe (heart disciple of Padmasambhava), by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse.

He is the main lineage-holder of Terton Pegyal Lingpa and is master of the Longchen Nyingtig. A dynamic and powerful teacher, he is particularly known for his profound teachings on Dzokchen. Rinpoche is also a qualified stupa builder, having created a number of these sacred power structures in the America and Asia. He embodies the ideal of a realized master, with immense compassion, humility and good nature. Rinpoche is also a householder and brings the essence of dharma into all aspects of daily living.


Recently also has designated his America seat as SangNgak ChoKor Ling: the Path of Secret Mantra. The non-monastic approach is particularly appropriate for Western students, as it is about integrating profound spiritual knowledge and practices with the chaos and confusion of the daily world. Rinpoche has students in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Colorado, Florida and New York.

CHOD MASTER

Sitar Rinpoche mastery of Chod is profound and rare, as his knowledge spans an unusually broad spectrum of Cho practices. Indeed, his monastery specializes in the complete systems of Machik (Kagyu), the LongChen Nyingtig Cho of Jigmé Lingpa and the Troma practices of Dudjom Lingpa. He is also the lineage holder of the Pegyal Lingpa Cho, and other lesser know teachings and practices, such as that of Shugseb Ani Lochen.

Rinpoche provides the empowerments and transmissions for all the texts and practices for the School of Healing Cho. Tsewong Rinpoche is also the main Eastern teacher for the School of Tibetan Healing Cho. He currently visits North America for six months each year, centered in the San Francisco Bay area and teaching in Calgary, Memphis, Florida, Oregon and at various centers around the country as well as parts of Europe and Asia.

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The transmission of Vajrasattva is absolutely essential to the inner esoteric Buddhist teachings, and most tantric Buddhists complete 100,000 recitations of the long 100 syllable mantra for Vajrasattva, which is given below.

From
dzogchen.tribe.net/thread/d...ad9925ff1

Vajrasattva Activity Mantra
Translation follows:

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Om vajrasattva samayam anupalaya
Om Vajrasattva ( Diamond Being )! Protect the sacred commitment.

Vajrasattva tvenopatistha
Vajrasattva abide in me.

dridho me bhava
Make me firm.

sutosnyo me bhava
Grant me complete satisfaction.

suposnyo me bhava
Fulfill me ( increase the positive within me ).

anurakto me bhava
Make me compassionate ( or: be loving towards me ).

sarva siddhim me prayaccha
Grant me all siddhi ( powers and attainments, both relative and transcendent ).

sarva-karma su ca me chittam sriyam kuru
Manifest for me all ( noble ) actions. Make my mind wholly virtuous.

"hum"
"hum" ( the bijmantra, the essential vibratory wave-particle of Vajrasattva )

"ha ha ha ha"
"ha ha ha ha" ( the Four Joys, Four Immeasurables, Four Levels of Tantric Empowerment, the Four Dimensions of Sacred Being - Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, Nirmanakaya, Svabhavivakaya )

"ho"
"ho" ( exclamation of joy at accomplishing these sets of four )

bhagavan sarva-tathagata-vajra
Transcendent Lord who embodies ( or: who is together with ) all the Indestructible Realized Buddhas !

ma me munca
Do not abandon me.

vajri bhava maha-samaya-sattva
Make me indivisible, Great and All Encompassing Pledge Being ( great angel of angels ).

"ah"
"ah" ( release into vast primordial pure wisdom-dimension beyond all limitations and obscurations )

(optional : hum phat! )
(hum phat!) Hum here means manifest great diamond power! Phat! has the sense of strike / cut through all confusion, grasping and negativity! I.e. by prajnopaya, the Union of Wisdom and Skillful Means.

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posted Sun, May 5, 2013 - 7:22 PM
Great Perfection tantric empowerments California Spring 2013 ( Nyingma lineage ) ( community » other ) Great Perfection tantric empowerments California Spring 2013 ( Nyingma lineage )

Keywords: meditation, yoga, tantra, pagan mysticism, shamanism, guardian angels, Mahayana Buddhism, Feminist spirituality, Tibetan Buddhism / Vajrayana, Tantric Buddhist empowerment, Guru Padmasambhava, Old School / Nyingma Lineage Buddhatantra, Great Perfection Primordial Awareness Yoga (Dzogchen ), Vajrakilaya, Wrathful Goddess Kali / Troma, Mystic Sacrifice / Chod and Buddhist shamanism, Goddess Tara, Very Venerable Yangthang Tulku, Lama Jigme Rinpoche, Northern California ( San Francisco and Redding CA ).


"The quintessential revolution is that of the spirit."
Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Laureate, Burma

"The Guru’s blessing like the warming of water and earth
If I do not receive it there is no way to recognize my own true nature
When I step on the short path without turning in circles
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching."
HH Dudjom Rinpoche


Summary : there will be two sets of Old School tantric transmissions in California this Spring. Here I provide extensive teaching references and event information.


Background:

All of the teaching of Guru Padmasambhava is condensed into a few key principles, which are Vision, Meditation, and Action. Namkhai Norbu, a refugee Tibetan lama and university professor, has written extensively on this teaching and practice.

For a basic and extremely useful introduction to Great Perfection type tantra and the core teaching of Guru Padmasambhava, see his book

"The Crystal And The Way Of Light: Sutra, Tantra And Dzogchen,
Chogyal Namkhai Norbu (Author), John Shane (Compiler, Editor) "

at
www.amazon.com/The-Crysta...1559391359/

I have provided a deep and detailed teaching article on Old School / Nyingma teaching and practice at the following link:

sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...830ef8b

The above link is a comprehensive introduction and context which contains many book references.
It has been viewed over 4700 times and has helped many.

I do not formally represent any of the teachers or fellowships mentioned here.

One of the major practice centers for Nyingma is Orgyen Dorje Den, in San Francisco ( Alameda ). This practice center is of great importance to me although I do not in any way represent it. It was founded by Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, who has made available a tremendous amount of tantric Buddhist teaching and transmissions. I have received major transmissions at Orgyen Dorje Den and make use of their excellent practice texts and tantric commentaries.

Rigdzin Ling is another major practice center where major transmissions are given each year.
Ven. Jigme Rinpoche is an excellent teacher, from whom I have a major Tara transmission in full form.
Rigdzin Ling is also the site of Tibetan Treasures, which makes available a profound and powerful set of Nyingma practice texts, which are mostly restricted to initiates of these specific practice lineages, such as the Dudjom Treasures.
See
www.tibetantreasures.com

All these empowerments are based on receiving and holding three sets of Buddhist commitments, the basic Buddhist Refuge, the Mahayana vows, and the tantric vows.

The overall context of Buddhist vows and practice are given in the book
"Dakini Teachings"
by Padmasambhava
www.amazon.com/Dakini-Tea...9627341363/

This book is indispensable for those who take these empowerments.


You have been helped.

KT

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Long lineage ( Kama cycle ) of Old School transmissions in San Francisco
( March and April 2013 )
at Orgyen Dorje Den


Orgyen Dorje Den invites you to join us for another historic event with Ven. Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche. At the request of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, starting on March 15th, 2013, Ven. Yangthang Rinpoche will bestow the transmissions from the Nyingma Kama.

The Nyingma Kama, translated as the "Oral Transmission of the Nyingma", in parallel with the terma tradition, is one of two unique streams of teachings in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The Nyingma Kama includes Indian root texts and commentaries as well as Tibetan commentaries and instructions based on the Indian tradition. The Kama was brought to Tibet by Guru Rinpoche and other great vajramasters during the early translation period, and passed down in an unbroken stream of blessings from teacher to student to the present day.

Please note, it is also possible that Ven. Yangthang Rinpoche will bestow all or some of the empowerments from Terchen Dorje Dechen Lingpa. We will keep you all informed via email as the details of his schedule and the programs offered become known to us.

Where: Orgyen Dorje Den 2244 Santa Clara Ave. Alameda, CA 94501


When: beginning March 15th, 2013. At this point we are planning that the
Kama Wangs will last 3 weeks; as we get more details from Yangthang Rinpoche we will send updates via email.

The wangs will begin at 12:30pm each day. Stay tuned for further information regarding registration.

Requested Donation: $1000. for the entire program


We encourage everyone to attend the entire Wangchen, but it is acceptable to attend on a daily basis according to your schedule. In a future email we will provide daily pricing and if possible a daily schedule of the empowerments.

Contact
www.orgyendorjeden.org

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Dakini Legacy Empowerments
with Jigme Rinpoche

Dates: April 6-7, 2013

Location: Northern California ( Redding CA, near Oregon )
chagdudgonpa.org/events/di...dzin-ling/

Jigme Rinpoche Empowerment
During the time of Guru Rinpoche, one of his 25 intimate disciples was the great siddha[ adept ], Gyalwa Chokyang. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche was an incarnation of this great master and during Rinpoche's lifetime he revealed several hidden dharma treasures (termas). Chagdud Rinpoche bestowed these transmissions on Jigme Rinpoche as caretaker, to uphold the transmissions and, when conditions were right, to bestow them to others. Through the ripening of our collective dharma-virtue, Jigme Rinpoche will give these empowerments at Chagdud Gonpa Rigdzin Ling, the North American seat of the Chagdud tulkus. Jigme Rinpoche will bestow the pure vision termas of Green Tara and Seven-Eyed Red Tara in addition to the empowerments of Lion-faced Dakini and Black T’hroma from the Dudjom Cycle of Termas.

Please join us as we receive blessings from these sacred treasures!


Saturday, April 6:
(9:00AM Start time)
Seven Eyed Red Tara Empowerment
T'hroma Empowerment [ Chod / major Buddhist Shamanic cycle of practice
Lion-Faced Dakini Empowerment
Teachings


Sunday, April 7:
Green Tara Empowerment, Practice, and Tsog

Cost:

Camping/Local: $140
Dormitory: $180
Double Room (per person): $250
Single Room: $280

The cost for this event covers attendance for the event, lodging and three meals/day for the two day weekend. Sheets and towels are provided for all, excluding campers.


Contact
sangha@chagdudgonpa.org
530.623.2714

Chagdud Gonpa is an international Nyingma Buddhist organization, founded in 1983 by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (1930-2002), a highly revered meditation master, artist and Tibetan physician who taught extensively in the East and West. Through its many activities, which include offering public teachings and retreats, translating, and publishing texts, Chagdud Gonpa Foundation upholds and preserves the arts, philosophy, and meditation practices of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.

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"May I constantly practice"
A Prayer by HH Dudjom Rinpoche

meditationclub.tribe.net/threa...f17fad


(Tsoknyi Rinpoche requested that this poem be read aloud to participants at the Crestone September 2008 month-long retreat.)

Thus having united the meaning of the diamond words of the past saints, I have written this as my own prayer. ~ Dudjom Rinpoche (Jigdral Yeshe Dorje)

Sole unfailing and unchanging Refuge, Lord of the Mandala
Most precious and kind Root Guru, hold me with compassion
When I squander the freedoms and endowments
Ignoring death, providing only for this life.

This fleeting human life like a dream
It it’s happy that is alright, if it’s unhappy, that’s alright.
Without concern for happiness or sorrow
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This mortal existence, like a candle in the wind,
If it’s long that’s alright, if it’s short that’s alright…
Without intensifying the tight grip of the ego,
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

These intellectual judgments, like the lure of a mirage
If they’re suitable that’s alright, if they’re not that’s alright
Discarding like hay, talk that carries the eight worldly concerns
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This entourage like a flock of birds in a tree
If it’s assembled that’s alright, it it’s scattered that’s alright
Without letting others lead me by the nose
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This illusory body like a hundred year old house
If it survives that’s alright, if it collapses that’s alright
Without becoming entangled with obsessions for food, clothes and medicine
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This religious position like a child’s game
If it’s kept up that’s alright, if it’s dropped that’s alright
Without deceiving myself with numerous diversions
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

These gods and demons, like reflections in a mirror
If they are helpful that’s alright, if they are harmful that’s alright
Without perceiving my own hallucinations as the enemy
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This delusive talk, like a trackless echo
If it’s pleasing that’s alright, if it’s unpleasing that’s alright
Taking the Three Jewels and my own mind as witness
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

That which is useless at the time of need like the antlers of a deer
If it’s known that’s alright, if it’s unknown that’s alright
Without simply relying on the various sciences
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

These religious possessions like virulent poisons
If they are acquired that’s alright, if they are not that’s alright
Without devoting my life to sinful, unwholesome means of survival
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This form of greatness like dog excrement wrapped in brocade
If its obtained that’s alright, if it’s not that’s alright
Having smelled the rottenness of my own head
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

These relationships like gatherings on a market day
If they are loving that’s alright, if they are spiteful that’s alright
Cutting the ties of passionate attachment from deep within the heart
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This rank like a little bird perched in a tree
If it’s high that is alright, if it’s low that is alright
Without concentrating on that which actually brings sorrow
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This black magic like a sharpened weapon
If it’s successful that is alright, if it’s not that is alright
Without buying the blade that will cut off my life
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

These recitations like a parrot’s six syllables
If they are repeated that’s alright, if they are not that’s alright
Without counting the numbers of the various practices
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

Mere religious discourse like a mountain cascade
If it’s eloquent that’s alright, if it’s not that’s alright
Without thinking of this glibness as Dharma
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

The mind quick to judge like a pig’s snout
If it’s sharp that’s alright, if it’s dull that’s alright
Without uselessly digging up the rubble of anger and attachment
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

The yogi’s experience like a stream in spring
If it expands that is alright, if it recedes that’s alright
Without chasing rainbows like a child
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

These pure visions like rain on a mountain top
If they happen that’s alright if they don’t that is alright
Without giving credence to illusory experiences
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

The freedoms and endowments like a wish-fulfilling gem
If I do not obtain them there is no way to accomplish Dharma
When I have them in hand without letting them spoil
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

The glorious Guru, light on the path of liberation
If I do not meet him there is no way to realize the true nature
When I know the way to go without jumping into the precipice
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

The holy Dharma like a cure that removes sickness
If I have not heard it there is no way to decide
What to give up and what to take up
Distinguishing the beneficial from the harmful without swallowing the poison
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

The alternation of happiness and suffering
Like the changing of summer and winter
If I do not recognize it there is no way to develop renunciation
Being certain that I will suffer in turn
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This immersion in samsara like a stone in water
If I do not get out of it now I will not be free of it later
Holding on to the lifeline of the compassionate Three Jewels
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

The qualities of liberation like an island of jewels
If I am unaware of them there is no way to develop diligence
Seeing the unending benefits to be gained
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

The life stories of the great saints like the essence of nectar
If I am unacquainted with them there is no way to awaken faith
When I recognize the real gains and losses
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

The aspiration towards enlightenment like a fertile field
If I do not cultivate it there is no way to attain Buddhahood
Without becoming indifferent to the accomplishments of this great goal
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

These thoughts of mine like a monkey’s antics
If I do not tame them there is no way to eliminate my negative emotions
Without falling into all kinds of crazy mimicry
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This attachment to ego like an inherent shadow
If I do not give it up there is no way to reach the peaceful land
When I recognize the enemy without befriending it
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

The five poisons like glowing embers in the ash
If I do not extinguish them I cannot abide in mind’s self nature
Without breeding venomous baby snakes in my bed
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This temperament of mine like the stiff hide of a buffalo-bag
If I do not soften it the Dharma and my mind will never blend
Without indulging the child that is born from myself
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

These ingrained bad habits like the course of a river
If I do not eliminate them I cannot part from the profane
Without delivering weapons into the hands of the enemy
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

These distractions like the ceaseless rippling of water
If I do not reject them there is no way to become steadfast
When I have the freedom of choice without devoting myself to samsara
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

The Guru’s blessing like the warming of water and earth
If I do not receive it there is no way to recognize my own true nature
When I step on the short path without turning in circles
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

The solitary place like a summer valley of medicine plants
If I do not dwell there, there is no way for the good qualities to grow
When I stay in the mountains without wandering off to samsaric cities
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This desire for comfort like a greedy ghost lodged at the hearth
If I do not part from it painful efforts will never cease
Without making, as to a god, offerings to a hungry demon
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This alert mindfulness like the key to a fortress
If it is not relied upon the movements of delusion will never stop
At the time the thief arrives without leaving the latch unfastened
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

The true nature like the unchanging space
If I do not realize it the ground of the view will not be found
Without chaining myself in iron fetters
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This awareness like a stainless crystal
If I do not see it, the concept and effort of meditation cannot dissolve
When I have this inseparable companion without searching for another
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

This natural mind like an old friend
If I do not recognize it all my activities will be deluded
Without fumbling around with my eyes closed
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.

In short, if I do not abandon the concerns of this life
There is no way to apply the teachings for the benefit of the next life
Having resolved to be kind to myself
May whatever I do become the Supreme Teaching.

To doubt the Guru’s instructions that accord with the Dharma
To feel bitterness toward the deity when bad karma emerges
To discontinue the sadhana and so forth when adverse circumstances arise
May such obstacles not occur as accomplishment approaches.

All this doing has no more meaning than walking around a desert
All these efforts make my character rigid
All this thinking just reinforces my delusions
What worldly beings consider to be Dharma is the cause of binding myself.

All this exertion produces no result
All these ideas bring not a single actualization
All the numerous wants will never be fulfilled
Abandoning activities may I be able to meditate on the oral instructions.

If you think you want to do it, take the Victorious One’s words as witness
If you think you will really do it, blend your mind with Dharma
If you think you can practice, follow the example of the past saints
You spoiled ones, is there any other way?

Taking a humble position rich with the treasure of contentment
Free from the binds of the eight-worldly concerns
Firm and strong hearted in practice
Receiving the Gurus’s blessing realization becomes equal to space
May we attain the Kingdom of the All Good.

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posted Thu, February 21, 2013 - 11:43 AM
Love, Magic and the Goddess Kurukulle ( Buddhist Red Tara ) : Teaching and Empowerment / Reference texts on Tara and Kurukulle practice ( community » other ) Love, Magic and the Goddess Kurukulle ( Buddhist Red Tara ) : Teaching and Empowerment / Reference texts on Tara and Kurukulle practice

Keywords: meditation, yoga, tantra, magic, pagan mysticism, Goddess Tara ( Kuanyin ), guardian angels, Mahayana Buddhism, Feminist spirituality, Tibetan Buddhism / Vajrayana, Tantric Buddhist empowerment, Sakya lineage and Sakya Monastery Seattle.

Summary: This is a teaching article on Buddhist tantra, focused on the Goddess Tara, specifically Kurukulle / Red Tara. Here I give an event listing for an empowerment into a Buddhist Goddess practice, that of Kurukulle. Also provided are remarkably useful texts on Tara, reference links to a short Kurukulle practices, etc. Thus this article is broadly useful to many people everywhere.

( Note that I do not represent this lineage or center. )

"The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be."
HH the Dalai Lama

"Love is the real protection."
HH the Dalai Lama

"There are two basic motivating factors : fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. . . Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life."
John Lennon


Red Tara Mantra chant online
OM KURUKULLE HRIH SVAHA
www.youtube.com/watch



Red Tara is a "magnetizing" and even erotic aspect of the Goddess Tara. There are both Hindu and Buddhist forms of Tara and of Kurukulle. This article and associated references all focus on the Buddhist Tara as practiced in the Indo-Tibetan tradition of esoteric ( tantric ) Buddhism.

What is the purpose of doing such a "tantric" practice? There is a broad range of reasons based in "self-development". These include
* development of psycho-physical energy and balance and power
* development of emotional balance, sensitivity and harmony
* generating a bright and clear energy field ( aura )
* purification of negative, confused, divisive and self-defeating mental states and the opening up of expansive, pure sky-like awareness.

In short, the purpose is to become a more fully conscious and high functioning human being. The basis is actual whole person practice founded on lineage teaching, not mere religious belief and the naive hope for "pie in the sky, bye and bye." In other words, what is put forward is spiritual discipline rather than dualistic theology.

For an extraordinarily good introduction to ( Buddhist ) Kurukulle, see

"KURUKULLA The Dakini of Magic and Enchantments"
at
vajranatha.com/teaching/Kurukulla.htm

This describes the several sources and meanings associated with Goddess Kurukulle practice.


For the Sanskrit mantra of Kurukulle, see
www.visiblemantra.org/kurukulla.html

For an example short Kurukulle practice text, see:
tibetanaltar.blogspot.com/2007/...a.html

See also
A SHORT SADHANA OF KURUKULLE - Gaden for the West
( pdf file )
at
gadenforthewest.org/sadhanas/Kurukulle08.pdf

"This sadhana practice is intended only for those people who have received this Kurukulle Yogatantra Initiation from a qualified Lama."



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Kurukulle Initiation, Seattle Washington
Sunday, December 16

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
108 NW 83rd Street Seattle, WA 98117
USA Tel: (206) 789-2573
Fax: (206) 789-3994
Monastery@Sakya.org

Sakya Monastery is located in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. To get to Sakya Monastery, from Interstate 5 take the 85th Street Exit and go West. You will cross Aurora Avenue, then cross Greenwood Ave. N. At the second light after Greenwood Ave. N., make a left hand turn onto 1st Ave. NW. Go two blocks and Sakya Monastery is on your right at the intersection of 1st Ave. NW and NW 83rd St.


From
www.sakya.org/specialeven...eaching.html

Kurukulle Initiation and Teaching
Offered by Venerable Tulku Yeshi
Sunday, December 16
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 pm
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members

"Kurukulle (Rigchedma) is a very popular female deity in Tibetan Buddhism, particularly in the Sakya Tradition. Kurukulle is part of the 13 Golden Deities of the Sakyapa. Her practice is very helpful for improving health, wealth, and spiritual energy. Her practice can bring peacefulness, joy, and wisdom. Ven. Tulku Yeshi will give the oral transmission and teaching on the daily practice.

"Venerable Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche. He was recognized by H.H. Dalai Lama's Nyingmapa teacher Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche. He received teachings from twenty-five masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

"Tulku Yeshi has written thirteen books, ten of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture including A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa. His most recent work entitled A Modern Liberation Odyssey - An Autobiography of a Tibetan Nomad Lama, will be published soon. He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, can advise people on how to enjoy their life, and can bestow empowerments. "



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Skillful Grace: Tara Practice for Our Time (Paperback)
Marcia Binder Schmidt (Author), Erik Pema Kunsang (Author)

www.amazon.com/Skillful-G...9627341614/

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books (October 16, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9627341614
ISBN-13: 978-9627341611

Product Description
"Tara is one of the most inspiring of Buddhist deities, embodying the most compelling and vital qualities of the feminine: beauty, grace, and the ability to nurture, care for, and protect. This complex goddess, whose practice transcends sect and class, is also a true warrior, vanquishing fear and ignorance–in a sense the earliest known incarnation of Buddhist feminism. Skillful Grace is an elegant introduction to practice and meditation techniques based on the Vajrayana path.

"The book is divided into three main sections. The first contains the basic text of Tara practice, The Essential Instruction on the Threefold Excellence, which connects the seeker to the profound essence of Tara as revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa. The other two sections feature enlightening commentaries on the text by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Jamgön Kongtrül, and Adeu Rinpoche.

"Skillful Grace includes all the preliminaries of Tara practice, as well as its main part and the subsequent yogas. Tara Bennett Goleman’s foreword, Marcia Schmidt’s introduction, and various appendixes and footnotes add useful context."

About the Author
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (1921—1996) was among Tibetan Buddhism’s greatest 20th-century masters. Adeu Rinpoche lives at the Tsechu Monastery in Tibet.

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The Cult of Tara: Magic and Ritual in Tibet (Hermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions) (Paperback)

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"The unique importance of Stephan Beyer's work is that it presents the living ritual of Tibetan Buddhists. The reader is made a witness to cultic proceedings through which the author guides him carefully."

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Paperback: 564 pages
Publisher: University of California Press (June 12, 1978)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0520036352

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In Praise of Tara: Songs to the Saviouress

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"The most dearly loved of all the Buddhist deities is the blissful goddess Tara. She acts with lightning speed to aid those in distress and to fulfill their wishes. In Praise of Tara is a complete guide to understanding this Buddhist goddess, including a history of the Tara Tantra, canonical and practice texts, and lyrical praises."

www.amazon.com/Praise-Tar...0861711092/

Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Wisdom Publications (May 25, 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0861711092


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Sarva mangalam!
Siddhi rastu!

KT posted Thu, December 6, 2012 - 10:46 AM
Rick Hanson, PhD Neuropsychologist and meditation instructor - Resources and Schedule ( community » other ) Rick Hanson, PhD Neuropsychologist and meditation instructor - Resources and Schedule

Keywords: positive psychology, neurobiologically informed psychotherapy, psychological self-help / resilience/ coping, neurology and neuroplasticity, scientific basis for meditation practice and emotional self-regulation, Rick Hanson book references and tour schedule.

"If I know one thing for sure, it's that you can do small things inside your mind that will lead to big changes in your brain and your experience of living. I've seen this happen again and again with people I've known as a psychologist and meditation teacher . . ."
- Rick Hanson


Summary: Here we introduce the work of Rick Hanson, his books and current tour schedule. His web site provides a remarkably rich set of references and his work has a very strong scientific foundation.

This article has seven parts, which are:
Introduction
Biography
Link to key scientific papers
Fall 2013 tour schedule
Reviews of 2 books
Q&A with Rick Hanson
Link to Skilful Means Wiki.

And a side reference to Jack Kornfield and Daniel Siegel, "The Neuroscience of Well-being, Mindfulness and Love" .

Books by Rick Hanson (detailed later ):
(1)
New release in October:
"Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence"
(2)
"Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom"

Fall 2013 Events
USA: Bay Area, Seattle, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland.
Canada : Vancouver BC, Toronto.

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Introduction
From
www.rickhanson.net/science

"...the modern sciences of psychology and neurology have been slowly but surely establishing a body of knowledge about the mind and its relationship to the brain and the body.

"This emerging “science of mind” is in its infancy, particularly when compared to scientific fields such as astronomy or chemistry, and a certain humility is called for.

"That said, these are very exciting times, since enough information has emerged to begin connecting some of the major dots, shedding real light on questions like these:
•How might the mind and brain be connected? When the mind changes, how does the brain change, and vice versa?
•What is happening in my mind/brain when I feel upset? Or peaceful or loving or happy?
•How are the brains of people connected, in some sense, with each other?
•What’s going on in the mind/brain when a person is having a personally meaningful insight? Meditating? In a state of deep absorption or bliss? Or – if it is even possible to ask – in communion with God, or in Nirvana, or in a condition of Enlightenment?
•What is the neurology of consciousness?
•What are scientifically-validated methods for activating the brain states that support positive mental states (e.g., “flow,” joy, equanimity, lovingkindness)?"

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Biography

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (from Random House in October, 2013; in 4 languages), Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (New Harbinger; in 24 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (New Harbinger; in 12 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships (Penguin). Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and an Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson's work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, CBC, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine, and his articles have appeared in Tricycle Magazine, Insight Journal, and Inquiring Mind. He has several audio programs with Sounds True, he edits the Wise Brain Bulletin, and his weekly e-newsletter - Just One Thing - has over 94,000 subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites.

A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, and he served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine years, and was President of the Board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California. He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.

For more information, please see his full profile at
www.RickHanson.net

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www.rickhanson.net/science/key-papers

Key Scientific Papers

These are fundamental scientific papers – all in the public domain – related to brain science, relationships, well-being, contemplative practice, and related topics. (And I welcome your own suggestions.) So many breakthroughs are happening these days that it is very exciting. Certainly we need to take it all with a healthy dose of salt, but as John Maynard Keynes once said: When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?

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Calendar
www.rickhanson.net/teaching...ent-11907

Click on any workshop title listed in blue to be directed to the information/registration page for that workshop. If a title doesn’t have a link, then information on the program is forthcoming.

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Hardwiring Happiness: The Hidden Power of Everyday Experiences
TEDxMarin, San Rafael, CA

October 2, 2013
6:00pm
October 2, 2013
10:30pm

Positive experiences are the main source of the neural structures underlying motivation, self-worth, the executive functions, good mood, kindness, resilience, and other inner strengths. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a negativity bias to help our ancestors survive, making it like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones. This talk will present the powerful method of taking in the good, which turns passing, everyday experiences into lasting neural resources.


Hardwiring Happiness: Weaving Love and Inner Peace into Your Brain and Your LifeBook Benefit, Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA
October 6, 2013
6:00pm
October 6, 2013
9:00pm

The Buddha taught the mental causes of suffering and happiness, and now 2500 years later, we are beginning to understand the underlying neural causes of these causes. This "neuro-dharma" offers exciting and powerful ways to deepen insight, strengthen motivation, and cultivate love and inner peace.

In this benefit for Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Dr. Rick Hanson will describe how the brain evolved to make us crave and suffer in order to survive. In particular, its negativity bias means that most experiences of mindfulness, compassion, virtue, and wisdom pass through the brain like water through a sieve, with no lasting value, which undermines motivation and growth on the path of awakening. He will explore one way to solve these problems, through a simple practice that turns everyday experiences into lasting neural resources. You get a strong sense of your needs being met that dramatically reduces the feeling of deficit and disturbance that drives craving, stress, fear, frustration, and heartache. And you rest increasingly in a natural peace, contentment, and love.

There will also be experiential practices and discussion, and no background in neuroscience or Buddhism is needed.

Hardwiring Compassion: Strengthening the Neural Substrates of Love
FACES,
Seattle, WA
October 10, 2013
9:00am
October 10, 2013
10:30am

Recent research on experience-dependent neuroplasticity is revealing how targeted mental activity can stimulate and thereby strengthen neural substrates – and this practical, experiential, clinically-focused talk will teach effective ways to take in the good to build “love muscles” in your brain.

Hardwiring Compassion: Helping Clients Heal Wounds of the Heart
FACES,
Seattle, WA
October 10, 2013
10:45am
October 10, 2013
12:15pm

The brain evolved a “negativity bias” that continually looks for, reacts to, and stores negative experiences, which shapes the interior landscape of the mind. This talk will highlight how the acceptance of feeling loved can nurture the brain toward healing from old trauma and in return, provide a foundation for being loving.

Hardwiring Happiness: Rewiring Yourself for Well-Being and Happiness One Step at a Time
Nalanda Institute, New York, NY

October 11, 2013
7:00pm
October 11, 2013
10:00pm

The mind shapes the brain: neurons that fire together, wire together. Positive experiences are the main source of the neural structures underlying motivation, self-worth, the executive functions, good mood, kindness, resilience, and other inner strengths. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a negativity bias to help our ancestors survive. It's like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones. To solve this problem, this lecture will present the four simple HEAL steps of taking in the good, which turn passing experiences into lasting neural resources. We'll explore how to use these methods to build confidence, focus attention, lower anxiety, and fundamentally, hardwire happiness into the brain.

Hardwiring Happiness: Weaving Love and Inner Peace into Your Brain and Your Life
NY Insight, New York, NY
October 12, 2013
9:00am
October 12, 2013
5:00pm

The mind shapes the brain: neurons that fire together, wire together. Positive experiences are the main source of the neural structures underlying motivation, self-worth, the executive functions, good mood, kindness, resilience, and other inner strengths. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a negativity bias to help our ancestors survive. It's like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones. To solve this problem, this workshop will present the four simple HEAL steps of taking in the good, which turn passing experiences into lasting neural resources. We'll explore how to use these methods to build confidence, focus attention, lower anxiety, and fundamentally, hardwire happiness into the brain.

Hardwiring Happiness: The Practical Science of Growing Inner Strength and Peace
King of Prussia, PA
October 15, 2013
8:00am
October 15, 2013
4:00pm

The mind shapes the brain: neurons that fire together, wire together. . .

Dr. Hanson will cover:
• How your mind alone can change your brain for the better
• Why the brain evolved a negativity bias - like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for positive ones - and how it affects us today
• The four HEAL steps that tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to build up your sense of feeling strong, happy, peaceful, and loved
• How to have and take in the “antidote experiences” you most need, including for healing old pain
• How to use the HEAL steps for motivation, children, recovery, depression, and trauma
• Why taking in the good brings us home to the Responsive, “green” setting of the human brain that is the fundamental basis of long-term health and happiness

Hosted by CMI/PESI, providers of continuing education seminars.

Hardwiring Happiness: The Practical Science of Growing Inner Strength and Peace
Columbia, MD
October 17, 2013
8:00am
October 17, 2013
4:00pm
The mind shapes the brain: neurons that fire together, wire together. . .

Hosted by CMI/PESI, providers of continuing education seminars.

Hardwiring Happiness: Weaving Love and Inner Peace into Your Brain and Your LifeInsight Meditation Community of Washington, Rockville, MD
October 19, 2013
9:30am
October 19, 2013
5:30pm

The mind shapes the brain: neurons that fire together, wire together. . .


Buddha’s Brain: Strengthening the Neural Foundations of Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation Leading Edge Seminars
Toronto, Canada
October 21, 2013
9:00am
October 21, 2013
4:30pm


Hardwiring Happiness: The Practical Science of Growing Inner ResourcesLeading Edge Seminars, Toronto, Canada
October 22, 2013
9:00am
October 22, 2013
4:30pm


Hardwiring Happiness: Growing Inner Strengths in Children, Parents, and Teachers
Eaton Educational Group Neuroplasticity and Education Conference,
Vancouver, Canada
October 25, 2013
2:45pm
October 25, 2013
4:00pm

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"Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence" Hardcover
by Rick Hanson (Author)

www.amazon.com/Hardwiring...0385347316/

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Harmony (October 8, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0385347316


Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated?

Because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences but slowly from the good ones.

You can change this.

Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Dr. Hanson’s four steps build strengths into your brain— balancing its ancient negativity bias—making contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. In mere minutes each day, we can transform our brains into refuges and power centers of calm and happiness.

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Reviews

"Rick Hanson is a master of his craft, showing us a wise path for daily living in this book. Based in the latest findings of neuroscience, this book reveals that if we understand the brain a little, we can take care of our lives a lot, and make a real difference to our well-being. Here is a book to savor, to practice, and to take to heart."
-- Mark Williams, Ph.D., Professor, University of Oxford, author of Mindfulness

"In this remarkable book, one of the world's leading authorities on mind training shows how to cultivate the helpful and good within us. In a beautifully written and accessible way, Rick Hanson offers us an inspiring gift of wise insights and compassionate and uplifting practices that will be of enormous benefit to all who read this book. A book of hope and joyfulness."
--Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., O.B.E., Professor, University of Derby, author of The Compassionate Mind

"I have learned more about positive psychology from Rick Hanson than from any other scientist. Read this book, take in the good, and change your brain so that you can become the person you were destined to be."
--Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., Professor, University of California at Davis, Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Positive Psychology


Hardwiring Happiness provides the reader with a user friendly toolkit to expand feelings of happiness and to functionally erase the profound consequences of negative memories and experiences.
Stephen Porges, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, author of The Polyvagal Theory

Learning to take in the good is like fully and mindfully breathing in life: it allows us to access our inner strengths, creativity, vitality and love. In his brilliant new book, Rick Hanson gives us the fascinating science behind attending to positive experiences, and offers powerful and doable ways to awaken the deep and lasting wellbeing we yearn for.
Tara Brach, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

"Hardwiring Happiness teaches us the life-affirming skills of inverting our evolutionary bias to hold on to the negative in our lives and instead soak in and savor the positive. What better gift can we give our selves or our loved ones than an effective strategy to increase joy through brain-based steps that are both accessible and pleasurable? Bravo"
--Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine, author of Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, and Brainstorm

"Truly helpful and wise, this book nourishes your practical goodness and feeds the vitality of your human spirit. Following these practices will transform your life."
--Jack Kornfield, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, author of A Path With Heart


"Dr. Hanson has laid out an amazingly clear, easy, and practical pathway to happiness."
--Kristin Neff, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, author of Self-Compassion


"Rick Hanson is brilliant at making complex scientific information about the brain simple. For anyone wanting to decode the black box of the brain and take advantage of its potential, this is the book to read."
--Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., co-author with Helen LaKelly Hunt of Making Marriage Simple


"With current neuroscience to back him up, Rick Hanson has given us an incredible gift. The practices within this book don’t take much time at all, yet have the potential to yield true and lasting change."
--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

"Dr. Hanson offers a remarkably simple, yet transformative, approach to cultivating happiness. He provides clear instructions for bringing these insights into challenging areas such as parenting, procrastination, healing trauma, and transforming relationships. This book is a gift, one you will want to read over and over and share with your friends."
--Christopher Germer, Ph.D., Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School, author, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, co-editor, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

"Seamlessly weaving together insights from modern neuroscience, positive psychology, evolutionary biology, and years of clinical practice, Dr. Hanson provides a wealth of practical tools anyone can use to feel less anxious, frustrated, and distressed in everyday life. With humor, warmth, and humility, this book combines new research and ancient wisdom to give us easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to live richer, happier, and more loving lives."
--Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School, and author, The Mindfulness Solution

"Rather than offering simplistic positive thinking, Dr. Hanson's synthesis of the new science of the brain is realistic and practical. Stop needless suffering, take in the good with his HEAL formula, calm down and green your brain, and flip the switch. We all need Hardwiring Happiness as a wise, daily practice."
--Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of The Hormone Cure

"Dr. Hanson shows us, in compelling prose sprinkled with humor, how we can learn to “re-wire” our brain, so that we can respond to the world in a receptive mode, one resting in peace, contentment, and love. I can’t imagine a better prescription for our troubled world!"
--Robert D. Truog, MD, Professor of Medical Ethics, Anesthesiology, and Pediatrics and Director of Clinical Ethics, Harvard Medical School

"Why should you read this over any other happiness or mindfulness book? Because the prose, stories, and concrete strategies are beautiful, lucid, and most importantly, they work. I cannot remember the last time a book brought me peace of mind as quickly and effectively."
--Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, George Mason University, author of Curious?


"Carefully explaining both the neurobiology and practice of happiness Dr. Hanson writes simply enough that anyone can use this book as a primary resource to bring more joy and less stress into their lives."
--Frederic Luskin, Ph.D., Director of Stanford Forgiveness Projects, author of Forgive for Good


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"Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom" Paperback
by Rick Hanson (Author) , Richard Mendius (Collaborator)

www.amazon.com/Buddhas-Br...1572246952/

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (November 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1572246952

"Solidly grounded in the latest neuroscientific research, and supported by a deep understanding of contemplative practice, this book is accessible, compelling, and profound—a crystallization of practical wisdom!"
—Philip David Zelazo, PhD, Nancy M. and John E. Lindahl Professor at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

"With the mind of a scientist, the perspective of a psychologist, and the wise heart of a parent and devoted meditator, Rick Hanson has created a guide for all of us who want to learn about and apply the scintillating new research that embraces neurology, psychology, and authentic spiritual inquiry. Up-to-date discoveries combined with state-of-the-art practices make this book an engaging read. Buddha’s Brain is at the top of my list!"
—Richard A. Heckler, PhD, assistant professor at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA

"An illuminating guide to the emerging confluence of cutting-edge neuropsychology and ancient Buddhist wisdom filled with practical suggestions on how to gradually rewire your brain for greater happiness. Lucid, good-humored, and easily accessible."
—John J. Prendergast, PhD, adjunct associate professor of psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies and senior editor of The Sacred Mirror and Listening from the Heart of Silence

"Buddha’s Brain will show you how mental practices, informed by the contemplative traditions, can increase your capacity for experiencing happiness and peace. This book provides a scientific understanding of these methods, and clear guidance for practices that cultivate a wise and free heart."
—Tara Brach, PhD Clinical Psychology, author of Radical Acceptance

388 of 395 people found the following review helpful
Five stars out of five. Highly Recommended
By NCReview.com on November 23, 2009

We have often been told that by altering our thoughts, deeds and words, we can create a happier, more fulfilled life. This book, at the intersection between psychology, neuroscience, and Buddhism, offers effective methods to show us how to live such a life by being fully present in the moment.

Hanson and Mendius, a neuropsychologist and a neurologist and both practicing Buddhists, show us just how the brain programs us to experience the world a certain way by combining information from the external world with information held in neural pathways within the brain. These pathways operate in the background of our awareness, influencing our conscious mental activity. Unless we consciously interrupt this process, we are destined to develop deeper neural networks and even stronger programming.

The argument that the brain has the ability to simulate the world is not new. What is interesting is how Hanson and Mendius link Buddhist teachings on the causes of suffering (painful situations cannot be avoided but our emotional responses to them can) to the deep programming in our brains caused by ancestral survival strategies. They suggest that this hardwiring helped us survive constant life-threatening situations but is based on erroneous beliefs that we are separate, that it is possible to stabilize an ever changing world, that we can avoid situations that create pain and pursue only those that give us pleasure. None of these beliefs are true or can be attained. Their inherent contradictions cause us to live with an underlying feeling of anxiety taking us away from our true ground of being and causing much physical and psychological ill-health.

The main part of the book is a practical guide and is packed with useful exercises and guided meditations to help us develop a more loving, happier, and wiser state of being. The methods Hanson and Mendius suggest are informed by their experiences as therapists and management consultants, and are rooted in Buddhist teachings on mindfulness, virtue, and wisdom. I particularly liked the way they use neuroscience to underpin the tools they offer, only choosing "methods that have a plausible scientific explanation for how they light up neural networks of contentment, kindness and peace." Now I know why taking five deep inhalations and exhalations calms me.

Many of their methods show how to activate desired brain states by consciously changing the association between an event and its painful or pleasurable feelings. This can take a long time. Understanding the neuroscience behind the process can help us be compassionate with ourselves when "swimming against ancient currents within our nervous system."

This book is very informative, with helpful summaries at the end of each chapter. The authors' writing, even when explaining the intricacies of neuroscience, is infused with humor and fun to read. This is a good working manual to help us to become who we already are, and an important contribution to the growing body of knowledge on the relationship between mind, brain, and consciousness. Highly Recommended.

Review by Marta Freundlich

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Q&A with Rick Hanson
Q. What does it mean to “hardwire happiness,” and why is it important?

A. Whether we are happy or sad, loving or angry, or wise or foolish depends on what’s inside the brain. Bringing good things into your brain is the key to well-being and effectiveness, psychological healing, creativity, and spiritual practice.

So, how do you get good things—such as resilience, self-worth, or love—into your brain? These inner strengths are grown mainly from positive experiences. Unfortunately, to help our ancestors survive, the brain evolved a negativity bias that makes it less adept at learning from positive experiences but efficient at learning from negative ones. In effect, it’s like Velcro for the bad but Teflon for the good.

This built-in negativity bias makes us extra stressed, worried, irritated, and blue. Plus it creates a kind of bottleneck in the brain that makes it hard to gain any lasting value from our experiences, which is disheartening and the central weakness in personal development, mindfulness training, and psychotherapy.

To solve this problem, I developed the four HEAL steps of taking in the good: Have a positive experience; Enrich it; Absorb it; and if you like, Link it to negative thoughts and feelings to soothe and eventually replace them.

Q. Is it really possible to overcome this Stone Age negativity bias? How much time does it take?

A. Your brain is constantly changing its structure based on what you think and feel; scientists call this “experience-dependent neuroplasticity.” When you take in the good, you take charge of this structure-building process.

Hardwiring happiness is not mere positive thinking, which is usually wasted on the brain. It’s about transforming fleeting experiences into lasting improvements in your neural net worth. It usually takes less than half a minute. Any single time you do this won’t change your life. But half a dozen times a day, day after day, you really can gradually change your brain from the inside out.

Q. What could I get out of doing this?

A. Besides building up specific inner strengths such as determination or feeling cared about, taking in the good has additional, general benefits. It’s a way to be active rather than passive—a hammer rather than a nail—at a time when people feel pushed and prodded by events and their reactions to them, a way to build oneself up when the world is wearing you down. When you take in the good, you treat yourself like you matter, which is especially important if you haven’t mattered enough to others. And over time, you could sensitize your brain to positive experiences, so it becomes more efficient at learning from them: making it like Velcro for good.

This is the good that lasts. Many little moments add up to big results over time.

Q. Some researchers believe that there is a happiness set point; do you agree?

A. This was the idea that people tend to return to their baseline after a big positive or negative experience—which was used sometimes to argue that there is no point in trying to become happier since we’ll just sink back into our old ways.

More recent research has shown that many people do gradually lift their happiness set point over time. But we have to earn this happiness. We have to do the work . . . which, in terms of taking in the good, is pretty enjoyable!

Q. Is taking in the good just another way to chase after positive experiences?

A. By incorporating these positive experiences into your brain—by building up the sense of being already happy, loved, and peaceful—you won’t have to seek out those feelings outside yourself. Your well-being will become increasingly unconditional, less dependent on external conditions like a partner being nice or having a good day at work. Experiencing that your deep needs are basically met, there’s no basis for the craving and clinging that lead to suffering and harm for yourself and others.

This practice (both the most pleasurable and the most powerful way to defeat the negativity bias and to build up inner strengths) brings you home—home to a comfortable intimacy with your own experience, to a confident openness to life, and to a sense of competence, even mastery, with your own mind.

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Welcome to the Skillful Means Wiki!

The purpose of this wiki is to be a comprehensive resource for people interested in personal growth, overcoming inner obstacles, being helpful to others, and expanding consciousness. Here you will find instructions in everything from common psychological tools for dealing with negative self talk, to physical exercises for opening the body and clearing the mind, to meditation techniques for clarifying inner experience and connecting to deeper aspects of awareness, and much more.


There are three main sections in this wiki:
- Meditation Practices
- Psychological Practices
- Other Practices


The creators of this wiki are people just like you! You are invited to apply to become a contributor. Contributors can create new pages that contain techniques not described here, or edit existing pages to add more material to them. This collaborative model means that we can add much more material, allow relatively unknown ideas to share a place at the table, and represent many different viewpoints.

If you are interested in creating or editing pages, look here.


Skillful Means is sponsored by the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom

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Seminar "The Neuroscience of Well-being, Mindfulness and Love" w/ with Jack Kornfield PhD and Daniel Siegel MD
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"Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation" Paperback
by Daniel J. Siegel (Author)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (December 28, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0553386395

www.amazon.com/Mindsight-...0553386395/

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Lujong tantric Buddhist healing practice : teachers and resources and SF Bay Area event ( community » other ) Lujong tantric Buddhist healing practice : teachers and resources and SF Bay Area event

Keywords: movement meditation, healing practices, yoga. naturopathic medicine, Ayurveda, Tantra, Buddhist meditation, Tibetan healing yoga, lujong ( Lu Jong ), Medicine Buddha, events, books, online resources, Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche, Rose Taylor Goldfield, Tulku Lobsang, Taoism, Yantra Yoga, Ray’s Music Exchange Chicago.

Summary : This listing provides three items from three teachers for Lu Jong, a Tibetan healing yoga. These resources can benefit people everywhere. Also provided are links to extensive reources for Taoism / Taoist Healing, and tantric Buddhist yantra yoga.

"If I could talk about it, there would be no point dancing it."
- Isadora Duncan

"Lu Jong is Tibetan Buddhist yoga. This lengthens the life of the body and stabilizes the mind. The physical benefits include a good constitution, a comfortable body, less sickness, and improved digestion. Also, the body's essence will increase, and the body will maintain strength, healthy joints, easier movement (more flexibility), and clear eyes. Lu jong will also slow the aging process and give a longer life. For the Dharma practitioner, it will benefit all stages of meditation. The Lu Jong practice has been taught now for several years. People from all directions of the world have expressed deep thanks for the benefits and blessings they have received from this practice, which makes me happy. It has always been my wish that Lu Jong will benefit the mind and body of whoever has interest in these teachings. Hearing that Lu Jong has benefited many of my students gives me more energy to continue teaching the Lu Jong Chhime Palter practice to all students who are sincerely interested."
- Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche

Buddhist Yoga: Joining with Naturalness. ~ An article in Elephant Journal
www.wisdomsun.org/index.php...nt-journal

“So why didn’t you ask me baby, or didn’t you think I could? I would have shown you how to do it right. Twist it, shake it shake it shake it baby! ”
- Ray Charles, Ray’s Music Exchange Chicago

The Blues Brothers (4/9) Movie CLIP - Shake A Tail Feather (1980) HD
www.youtube.com/watch


> > > >
REVISED 4 May 2014
No longer recommending Lama Lobsang, see below.
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Teaching Event
Where: Orgyen Dorje Den
2244 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda, CA 94501

When: September 28-29, 2013
9:30- 2:00 and 2:00-4:30

Teacher: Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche

Tuition: $145

Registration: If you'd like to attend, or would like more information, please contact Susanne Bersbach at tigerfire@earthlink.net, or call (415) 927-3093.

Please click here for a biography of Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche: www.sangchenpemachholing.org/Inc...html

Registration: If you'd like to attend, or would like more information, please contact Susanne Bersbach at tigerfire@earthlink.net, or call (415) 927-3093.

Lama Pema Dorje teaches Buddhist tantra in East Asia, North America, and Europe. This includes Lujong teaching in diverse locales.
See
www.sangchenpemachholing.org/

Contact Address for Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche:
Sangchen Pema Chholing
681 37th St, Oakland, California 94609-2338
(Email: kunsangtara@yahoo.com)

Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche is an authorized guru of the Nyingma lineage of Indo-Tibetan vajrayana and of the Dudjom Treasure lineage within the Nyingma. For detailed background on the Nyingma school and the Dudjom Treasure lineage see:

"UPDATED comprehensive teaching article: Tantric Buddhist Empowerments and Teachings and Retreats"
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...830ef8b

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(2) book
Training the Wisdom Body: Buddhist Yogic Exercise [Paperback]
Rose Taylor Goldfield
(Author), Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso (Foreword)
www.amazon.com/Training-W...1611800188/
• Paperback: 176 pages
• Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (September 17, 2013)
• Language: English

Training the Wisdom Body presents the practice of lujong—exercise for our entire system, from the coarse aspects to the subtler and more profound. (Lujong is a Tibetan compound word: lu meaning "body" and jong meaning "training" or "practice.") It provides a thorough foundation for those new to the practice, supports continued practice for those already familiar with the exercises, and helps people engaged in any form of yogic exercise to deepen the potent fusion of meditation and physical movement.

The book includes an overview of the unique tradition of Buddhist yoga; presentations on the three foundational principles of renunciation, compassionate bodhichitta, and the profound view of reality; and an explanation of the three aspects—body, mind, and subtle body—that comprise our whole being. There are instructions on how to work with the body and mind in seated meditation and discussion that explores ways we can further our practice by working with adversities such as fear, procrastination, and anxiety and by looking at how to bring practice mind into daily life. Finally, the book includes exercise instructions that give a complete explanation of the movement practices, with photos to illustrate.

About the Author

ROSE TAYLOR GOLDFIELD is a second-generation Buddhist teacher of meditation, philosophy, and yogic exercise and dance. She holds an MA in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies from Naropa University. Having studied and practiced extensively in the Shambhala lineage, she began training in 2002 under the close guidance of the Tibetan master Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso, who appointed her teacher to his nuns in Bhutan and Nepal in 2005. Since childhood, she has trained extensively in a variety of physical disciplines, including classical ballet, competitive kickboxing, Nepalese dance, and Indian and Tibetan yoga. Rose lives in San Francisco and teaches under the auspices of the Wisdom Sun practice and study community.

Amazon Review
This is generous information September 19, 2013
By kestrel

Training the Wisdom Body is direct, has simplicity of intention and gives the direction needed to practice this mind/body discipline especially for "beginners." It helps me integrate a yoga class twice a week with maintaining intention at home. I appreciate very much her grounding the practice in basic Buddhism which is presented very simply and I appreciate her placing each posture within a particular intention within a wider purpose. The reminder that this is not just physical exercise but a moving meditation is particularly helpful and suggestions for using poses to relieve especially mental "afflictions" such as anxiety or anger are more than useful. Rose Taylor Goldfield honors her teachers, and her own practice by sharing these teachings with us, at the direction of her own teacher. And, her careful instructions can be used safely if one follows her wisdoms about listening to the body. Not about extreme postures, it is about open heart, open mind. Highly recommended.

Rose Taylor Goldfield
Rose Taylor Goldfield is a Buddhist teacher empowered by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and her teacher Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. She teaches Buddhist meditation, philosophy, yogic exercise and dance. Rose has written and translated books, articles, and songs of realization, including Khenpo Rinpoche’s book Stars of Wisdom and a chapter in Freeing the Body, Freeing the Mind: Writings on the Connection Between Yoga and Buddhism. Her latest book is on Lujong and due for release by Shambhala Publications in the summer of 2013.

Rose grew up in a Buddhist household, her mother having become a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner after meeting Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1968. Rose holds an MA in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies from Naropa University. Having studied and practiced extensively in the Shambhala lineage, Rose began training under Khenpo Rinpoche’s close guidance in 2002. In 2005, he appointed her teacher to his nuns in Bhutan and Nepal where she taught advanced philosophical texts and meditation. From 2007-9, Rose attended Khenpo Rinpoche daily.

Rose and her husband Ari Goldfield currently teach internationally from their home base in San Francisco under the auspices of Wisdom Sun, the practice and study community they established in 2011.

Web site:
Wisdom Sun
www.wisdomsun.org/index.php/home


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NO LONGER RECOMMENDED
Edited 4 May 2014

(3) online resource
Tulku Lobsang's Lu Jong Tibetan Healing Yoga
From
www.lujong.org/

"Welcome to the official website for Tulku Lobsang's Lu Jong Tibetan Healing Yoga! Tulku Lobsang is a precious teacher of the Tantrayana Buddhist tradition, an eminent astrologer and doctor of Tibetan Medicine..."

KT discussion:
Re: Lama Lobsang accredited as a Tibetan medical doctor? When and where? Don't see it.

One key diagnostic point of inquiry is in the title to this post:
"Lama Lobsang accredited as a Tibetan medical doctor? When and where? Don't see it."

First and foremost, I see no *definite* statement of Lama Lobsang completing a set of *formal* exams to become an Amchi, a Tibetan Buddhist medical doctor.

I do not do Tibetan or Chinese acupuncture, nor do I prescribe medicinal compounds, not do I perform pulse diagnosis. That would be practicing medicine without a license.

An amchi / Tibetan MEDICAL doctor does CLINICAL work, and has to be able to do all three, and to do so they need to pass an exam in a medical college environment. To practice medicine WITH a license.

So here the follow-up question is obvious: when and where was accreditation as amchi received?

Anyway, there are a number of red flags and issues in the Tulku Lama Lobsang story. Even though it has recently evolved from mere fluff to something to analyze.

I have here put forward one very concrete and serious issue, the matter of amchi accreditation.

Lama Lobsang does do pulse diagnosis, as I am personally told.
When you do pulse diagnosis, that is the same as claiming to be a Chinese TCM doctor or an amchi.

I am not an amchi or TCM doctor, but I certainly know what that means.
And it is a very serious responsibility.
And a FORMAL responsibility.
For people's health and indeed their lives.

We can't play around with these matters. It's actually quite serious.
And that means real subject matter expert credentials really matter.

End re-edit May 2014

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See also
"Spiritual Practice : Taoism, Taoist Practice Resources, and Eighth Annual Taoist Gathering ( CA )"

Summary : here I introduce Taoist ( Daoist ) teaching, teachers, and practices. Taoist means East Asian shamanism/ mysticism/ yoga/ healing / martial arts. There is an important West Coast gathering ( official announcement referenced ). A substantial, practical, and updated set of book references is provided. Primary texts on The Book of Changes ( I Ching ) also provided to give the ethos ( spirit, perspective, character, philosophical context ) of Tao. Taoism is shown to be a comprehensive pagan path of inner cultivation for all purposes.

At
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...c239a42

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See also:

"Internal Energy Yoga: Great Perfection / Dzogchen / Yantra Yoga Retreats and Resources"
at
boston.tribe.net/listing/I...60a6bd0816

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"Buddhist Medical Tantra - Resources and Transmissions and Ayurveda ( Hindu-Buddhist yogic medicine ) "

sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...dac6e14


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Medicine Buddha Teachings, Medicine Buddha sadhana/ practice texts, resources

seattle.tribe.net/listing/M...279c00b7d3

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Buddhist contemplative psychology

Rick Hanson, PhD Neuropsychologist and meditation instructor - Resources and Schedule

Keywords: positive psychology, neurobiologically informed psychotherapy, psychological self-help / resilience/ coping, neurology and neuroplasticity, scientific basis for meditation practice and emotional self-regulation, Rick Hanson book references and tour schedule.

sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...e8436c9

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NB : I do not represent any teacher or organization mentioned here.

You have been helped.

Sarva mangalam! May All Benefit!
Siddhi rastu! May There Be Yogic Accomplishment!

KT


Someone has to know how this stuff works. posted Wed, September 25, 2013 - 11:30 AM
Medicine Buddha Teachings ( and Empowerment ) - a teaching article ( community » other ) Medicine Buddha Teachings ( and Empowerment ) - a teaching article


Keywords: ethnomedicine, Buddhist psychology, Medicine Buddha, Mahayana Buddhism, Buddhist tantra, Healing, Spiritual Healing, Naturopathic Medicine, Complementary Medicine, Ayurveda ( Hindu/Buddhist medical yoga ), Vajrapani & Buddhist guardian angels, psychic healing, kundalini yoga.

"I am a physican, not a merely theoretical philosopher. Those who intend to help the suffering, come serve with me."
Guru Sakyamuni Buddha, about 500 B.C.E.

Summary : resources, references, empowerments and teachings for Medicine Buddha. This includes online Medicine Buddha practice texts, multimedia Medicine Buddha mantra chants at youtube.com, teachings on Vajrapani ( the guardian angel of the Medicine Buddha teachings ), and other references.

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Homage to the Medicine Buddha
Namo Bhaisajyaguru

Homage to the Diamond Protector
Namo Vajrapaniye

Introduction

Medicine Buddha ( Lapis Lazuli Light Royal Buddha Guru of Healing ) is one of the signature practices of Mahayana / Great Way Buddhism. This is a practice system of physical and inner magical/yogic healing which includes a full medical system, and which follows and puts forward the Hindu / Buddhist medical system known as Ayurveda / Life Science.

I have previously written several articles specifically on Buddhist healing and tantric healing yoga which have been read four thousand times. This article builds on those.

These Buddhist / pagan / yogic teachings are broadly useful, although not to be viewed as a "magic bullet". This is a deep and extensive teaching article with many new resources provided, and the hope is that this will substantially help people everywhere in a time of great change, upheaval, struggle, and disorientation.

The teaching cycle of Medicine Buddha include acupuncture ( not necessarily the whole Chinese system ), nutritional medicine ( Medicine Buddha holds triphala, the Three Roots of Indian Ayuvedic Medicine ), behavioral therapy for constitutional types ( different metabolic types ), a complete system of psychology, an advanced system of alchemical medicine, deity yoga and guru practices of Medicine Buddha and Vajrapani, and so forth.

Obviously we cannot begin to cover these here. The point however is that Medicine Buddha praxis is broadly based and of major interest to those engaged in alternative practices of healing and psychology, the different Buddhist communities, yoga and tantra, etc. For this reason I have taken the bold step of doing very broad outreach in order to establish a common ground of communication and understanding.

The teachings of Medicine Buddha go back 25 centuries to Guru Sakyamuni Buddha. These teachings survive to this day, despite
a) the massive cultural destruction of Buddhist India and South Asia ( by invading Muslims from the northwest )
b) the almost complete cultural destruction of Mahayana Buddhism in China, Tibet and East Asia by the Chinese Communists.

There is for example a system of Buddhist physical yoga in Thailand today that goes all the way back to Sakyamuni Buddha’s personal physician. I have seen this in a recently published English language book. Giving healing treatment and medicine is one of the Four Forms of Generosity recommended by the Buddha.

This article directly supports that goal by making such practices known to many, and I as a Buddhist guru bear a direct responsibility through my teaching lineage to put forward the practice of Medicine Buddha, which I have received and studied through Tibetan and Chinese lineages. In my own practice and in Asian Buddhist culture generally, there is a strong blending or overlap between the Buddhist and Hindu practices of healing, between the Buddhist and Taoist practices of healing, including both very concrete methods and mystical teachings, some of which certainly go back four thousand years.

It is evident that these distinct but historically related systems of ethnomedicine are now becoming established in the West as resources for complementary medicine. This is a Good Thing for everyone. Now to begin.

Medicine Buddha

From
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicine_Buddha

Sanskrit: Bhaisajyaguru

Chinese: Yàoshifó
Japanese: Yakushi
Tibetan: Sangye Menla
Korean: Yaksayeorae, Yaksabul

Venerated by: Mahayana, Vajrayana
Attributes: Healing


Bhaisajyaguru (Ch. Yàoshifó, Jp. Yakushi), more formally Bhaisajyaguruvaiduryaprabha (Jp. Yakushiruriko nyorai) and also known as the Master of Healing or Medicine Buddha, is the Buddha of healing. His full name means "Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light". In Mahayana Buddhism, Bhaisajyaguru represents the healing aspect of the historical Buddha Sakyamuni. The use of the analogy of a Buddha being depicted as a doctor who cures the illness of suffering using the medicine of his teachings appears widely in Buddhist scriptures.

"Bhaisajyaguru is described in the eponymous Bhaisajyaguru-sutra (Jp. Yakushi-kyo) as the bodhisattva who made and fulfilled 12 vows, two of which related to healing. On achieving Buddhahood, he became the Buddha of the realm of Vaiduryanirbhasa (Jp. Joruri), or "Pure Lapis Lazuli", in the eastern quarter similar to Akshobhya Buddha. There, he is attended to by two bodhisattvas symbolizing the sun and moon respectively: Surya prabha (Jp. Nikko ) and Chandra prabha (Jp. Gakko )."

From www.sakya.org event listing
"The Medicine Buddha, or Bhaishajyaguru, alleviates suffering, sickness, and injury and thus prolongs human life, improving the human opportunity to attain enlightenment. The Medicine Buddha is a manifestation of Shakyamuni Buddha, who gave medicine teachings to the Fourfold Assembly. He holds a medicine bowl and radiates healing rays of energy to all sentient beings."

From my in depth teaching article Medicine Buddha post
"Medicine Buddha Medicine Buddha teachings ( online ) and empowerments" at
seattle.tribe.net/event/Med...d2d58f380c

"Medicine Buddha is one of the primary Mahayana practices from one end of Buddhist Asia to the other. It is a classical practice dating back to Guru Sakyamuni Buddha, who was himself a fully accomplished Medicine Buddha. This teaching and practice are used by millions worldwide. This is a Buddhist practice of Ayurveda, and as such is very intimately connected to the Hindu system of Ayurveda, a complete system of Naturopathy. This is also a spiritual psychology and yogic method, specifically a tantric form of deity yoga and Ayurveda both."

This is the long version of the Medicine Buddha Mantra in Sanskrit:
om namo bhagavate Bhaisajyaguru vaiduryaprabharajaya tathagataya arhate samyaksambuddhaya tadyatha: om Bhaisajye Bhaisajye mahaBhaisajye Bhaisajye raja samudgate svaha

Sakyamuni Buddha is one of the basic set of Medicine Buddhas. Thus a Medicine Buddha empowerment is also a Sakyamuni Buddha empowerment. Here is the mantra for Sakyamuni Buddha, which is open to all, and authorized through any Mahayana Buddhist refuge in any tradition:
OM MUNI MUNI MAHAMUNI SAKYAMUNIYE SVAHA

From my in depth teaching article Vajrapani post at
australia.tribe.net/listing/...f1ec534d5

Vajrapani is a "guardian angel", a mahabodhisattva ( Buddhist great-angel ) focused on spiritual power and removal of negativity. By negativity is meant the following: psychological problems ( such as post traumatic stress disorder and depression ), psychic obstacles, energy blockages, interfering spirits, and envionmental disharmony. This is a profound practice of inner healing and inner warrriorship common to many schools and lineages of Buddhist Asia. It is a key esoteric practice of Buddhist Kung fu and of defense against the dark arts.

DISCLAIMER
N.B. Please keep in mind that Very Useful Self Care Practices like physical yoga and mantra yoga are NO Substitute for clinical medical checkups and western psychological therapies. Someone who has an acute issue or chronic issue should see a doctor first.
Once that step is taken it is reasonable to see a spiritual doctor. Yes this is a form of "spiritual medicine", but it should be viewed as complementary medicine, not as a "magic bullet."

Disclaimer 2 : Please note that I do not represent any individual or group mentioned in this article. I am a Buddhist spiritual doctor and am glad to provide much needed practice resources, but there is no claim made her that any, much, or most of this teaching will help any one specific individual or any one medical condition. This teaching article is provided for reference purposes only.

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Disambiguation: This Medicine Buddha initiation is possibly Highest Yoga Tantra, in which case it includes Highest Yoga Tantra authorizations for Vajrasattva and the guardian angel Vajrapani, who is the principal guardian of the Medicine Buddha teachings.

The initiation could also be more basic, as in a blessing ( Tibetan : Jenang ). I do not know, and I do not represent Sakya Monastery. In any event, it is a full Mahayana initiation and establishes participants in the Mahayana/ Great Way Buddhist vows and precepts.

Medicine Buddha Initiation and Teachings
Seattle Washington
Sunday 6 October

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
108 NW 83rd Street
Seattle, WA 98117 USA

Suggested contribution for empowerment: Public $35, Members $30

Prerequisite: On the day of the initiation, one must be vegetarian (no eggs, meat, alcohol, or garlic) and celibate the entire day (24 hours).

Reference link for this event:
www.sakya.org/specialeven...tiation.html

Empowerment offered by H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya 10am 6 October
Practice Teachings offered by Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche at 1:30 pm. 6 October

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Medicine Buddha Chants

Imee Ooi - Medicine Buddha Dharani (Bhaisajyaguru)
www.youtube.com/watch

Medicine Buddha Mantra
www.youtube.com/watch

Medicine Buddha Mantra Lama Gyurme
www.youtube.com/watch

.Medicine Buddha: Image & Mantra .
www.youtube.com/watch

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Medicine Buddha Teachings

Thrangu Rinpoche is the foremost scholar of the Karma Kagyu lineage and only
member to hold the highest Khenchen ( Great Abbot ) degree.

volume 4, number 1 june 2000 - Shenpen Osel Online Magazine
www.shenpen-osel.org/issue9.pdf
This issue of Shenpen Ösel is devoted to a series of teachings on the Medicine
Buddha Sadhana given by the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

volume 4, number 2 sept. 2000 - Shenpen Osel Online Magazine
www.shenpen-osel.org/issue10.pdf
the Medicine Buddha Sadhana. In this issue, the Very Venerable. Khenchen
Thrangu Rinpoche presents the teachings of the Medicine Buddha Sutra

Medicine Buddha Teachings: Khenchen Thrangu www.amazon.com/Medicine-Bud...dp/1559392169
In this rare gem from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, we learn more than just the
details of this particular Medicine Buddha practice. . .

www.amazon.com/Medicine-Bud...dp/1877294152
Thrangu Rinpoche is the foremost scholar of the Karma Kagyu lineage and only
member to hold the highest Khenchen degree.

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Other Medicine Buddha practice texts

www.paltulrinpoche.com/downlo...ort.pdf

www.paltulrinpoche.com/downlo...ong.pdf

Medicine Buddha
Sadhana and meditation ( Seven Medicine Buddhas )
www.buddhabedurya.org/ENG/MBp...gweb.pdf

The Sutra On The Original Vows And Merits Of The Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light Tathagata
ctzen.org/sunnyvale/enUS/index.php

www.dharma-haven.org/tibetan...ddha.htm

www.tibetanmedicine-edu.org/

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References

"Medicine Buddha Medicine Buddha teachings ( online ) and empowerments" at
seattle.tribe.net/event/Med...d2d58f380c

"Vajrapani"
australia.tribe.net/listing/...f1ec534d5

"Lujong tantric Buddhist healing practice : teachers and resources"
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...9ba5689

"Buddhist Medical Tantra - Resources and Transmissions and Ayurveda ( Hindu-Buddhist yogic medicine )"
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...dac6e14

See my extensive set of links and resources at tribe "Medicine Buddha", within the post
"Human Energy Systems and Kundalini Yoga, Theory and Practice ( Hindu, Buddhist, 3H0 Sikh, etc. )"
tribes.tribe.net/medicineb...35283c487a

This gives references for Ayurveda, Buddhist kundalini yoga sadhana, Bonpo kundalini yoga, 3H0 Sikh kundalini yoga sadhana and so forth.

See also my response for
"Needed a real help"
chakratribe.tribe.net/thread/...600696e5

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Buddhist Ethics ( required for those taking Buddhist empowerments and/ or Mahayana Buddhist vows )

"Dasasila / Ten Precepts as Taught By Guru Sakyamuni Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava ( NOT Ten Commandments )"

tribes.tribe.net/buddhadha...d0d2269936

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www.newyuthok.it/en/links.html

LINKS
TME - Tibetan Medicine Education center
Prof. Pasang Yonten Arya Tendi Sherpa's website is an informative and educational site dedicated to the transmission of the Tibetan culture's world heritage to the West. Its contents go from Tibetan shamanism to Buddhist philosophy, and its healing knowledge and practices.

TME also organizes Tibetan Medicine 3-year online course programs, as well as advanced seminars for post-graduate students
www.tibetanmedicine-edu.org

The Buddha Bedurya Center
The Buddha Bedurya meditation center is a non-profit Buddhist and spiritual association founded by Prof. Dr. Pasang Yonten Arya T. Sherpa.
The Center organizes free teachings in Buddhist meditation, healing yoga, Medicine Buddha practice as well as various cultural and religious seminars, and other activities for the spiritual benefit of its members.
www.buddhabedurya.org

Men-Tsee-Khang
The official website of Tibetan Medical & Astro Institute of H.H. The Dalai Lama
www.men-tsee-khang.org

DÄGfA Die Deutsche Ärztegesellschaft für Akupunktur.
The German medical Acupuncture and related technique "DÄGfA" organization is one of the biggest oganizations in Germany for natural medicine and related therapy. It also organizes Tibetan medicine introduction courses for German medical doctors for natural medicine congresses. The Tibetan medicine course part 1-2 is held in Freudenstadt, Baden-Baden, Bad Nauheim.
www.daegfa.de

Institut für Ost-West Medizin
There is also a basic education course on Tibetan Medicine for medical doctors which is held in Bad Homburg and organized by the Ost-West Medizin Institute.
contact: info@ostwestmedizin.de

Pro-cultura
Pro-Cultura, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness and facilitating the understanding of traditional health systems, resources and knowledge among the medical and scientific communities, and among donor and humanitarian organizations.
www.procultura.org

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May All Beings Benefit! Sarva Mangalam!
May There Be Yogic Accomplishment! Siddhi Rastu!

May the teachings and practice of Medicine Buddha and Vajrapani flourish everywhere!

KT
posted Fri, September 20, 2013 - 4:10 PM
"The Nature of Mind" Teaching: The Dalai Lama in San Francisco 22 February 2014 ( community » other ) "The Nature of Mind" Teaching: The Dalai Lama in San Francisco 22 February 2014
Book References and Supporting Materials for Buddhist Awareness Yoga


"The real buddha is the nature of our mind. Right now, our buddha nature is covered by obscurations that we need to purify. We also need to gather the two accumulations of merit and wisdom. A practice in which we think that the buddha is outside of ourselves, while ignoring the buddha within, will, by itself, never bring complete enlightenment.

"If we expect an external buddha up there in the sky to give us all the common and supreme accomplishments, we are merely placing our hopes in an outer object.

"The ultimate deity is within our own mind. We attain enlightenment by recognizing our true nature and training in that recognition."

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
from
wearebuddhamind.blogspot.com/sea...ture

Nature of Mind : Essence, Nature, and Compassion
From
www.rigpawiki.org/index.php
Sogyal Rinpoche says: "In the modern world, we do not have a real understanding of the mind. Most people think of the mind as being merely thoughts and emotions, but these are simply the appearance of the mind, not the true nature of the mind itself."

The nature of mind is often described in terms of essence, nature and compassion (or energy, or responsiveness). Sogyal Rinpoche writes:

"Imagine a sky, empty, spacious, and pure from the beginning; its essence is like this. Imagine a sun, luminous, clear, unobstructed, and spontaneously present; its nature is like this. Imagine that sun shining out impartially on us and all things, penetrating all directions; its energy, which is the manifestation of compassion, is like this: Nothing can obstruct it and it pervades everywhere."

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Event:
The Dalai Lama in San Francisco

Time and Location:
February 22, 2014 2pm
Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco

Tickets:
Tickets on sale at City Box Office (ph: 415-392-4400)
www.cityboxoffice.com/eventpe...nces.asp

From
www.himalayan-foundation.org/

The American Himalayan Foundation and the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley are honored to welcome His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. He will give a talk on "The Nature of Mind."



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Some recent public statements by the Dalai Lama

www.dalailama.com/news/post...n-shillong

February 4th 2014

Shillong, Meghalaya, India, 3 February 2014 - Concluding his visit to Guwahati, this morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama returned to the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, venue of the Festival of Tibet to give a White Tara Long-Life Empowerment. He spent some time performing the preparatory rituals while the 3000 strong audience gathered, many of them Buddhists from Guwahati and Mon-Tawang in nearby Arunachal Pradesh. He took the opportunity to encourage his listeners to be 21st century Buddhists, not to be satisfied with blind faith, but to find out what the Buddha is, what the historical Buddha taught and how it can be put into practice in their own lives...


He said that whether we follow a religious path or not, as human beings we all need affection. Warm-heartedness gives rise to the self-confidence and inner strength that supports a calm mind. Peace of mind in turn contributes to our physical health. This is based on the fostering of basic human values that His Holiness promotes as secular ethics. He mentioned that while some of his Christian and Muslim friends elsewhere have expressed misgivings that the word secular is dismissive of religion and spirituality, he uses it in the way it is used in India to indicate equal respect for all religions and even for those who profess none. He said that of the 7 billion human beings alive today, 1 billion claim to have no interest in religion, and yet as human beings they also wish for happiness and have a right to achieve it. He feels it important that they also have the opportunity to appreciate the contribution compassion and warm-heartedness make to happiness.

“When you face problems in your lives, don’t resort to the use of force, try to employ dialogue to find a solution. Pessimism is a source of failure, while optimism is a source of confidence. Try to remain truthful. The power of truth never declines. Force and violence may be effective in the short term, but in the long run it’s truth that prevails. Being honest and truthful engenders trust and trust leads to friendship and a good reputation. Because we all need friends, honesty and transparency are a basic aspect of human nature.

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The Nature of the Mind
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Nottingham, England, 24 May 2008

www.berzinarchives.com/web/en...nd.html


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Book Reference:

"The Great Secret of Mind: Special Instructions on the Nonduality of Dzogchen"
by Tulku Pema Rigtsal (Author) , Keith Dowman (Translator)

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion (April 8, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1559394013

www.amazon.com/The-Great-...1559394013/

Review
“I pray with whatever prayers I know that the great waves of benefit that [Tulku Pema Rigtsal] generates for Buddha’s teaching in general, and particularly the study and practice of the Kama and Terma teachings of the Nyingma and Tersar traditions, from his ancestors up to his holy father, increase like rivers in summertime, and that he has a long life.”—Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

“I strongly recommend this work to all those who meditate. I believe this work will bring benefit to people of both the West and the East who have an interest in Dzogchen, and I urge everyone who wants to practice buddha-dharma to take time to read this book.”—Domang Yangtang Tulku

“The fundamental teachings of Mahayana Buddhism in general and of Dzogchen in particular are elucidated in this book in the clearest possible way. For anyone who is open to learning the sacred secret of the mind that we all treasure, this is an eye-opening book to read.”—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth

“The Great Secret of Mind is the condensed meaning of buddha-dharma and particularly the Nyingma teachings. . . . I am pleased by his work and pray to the Triple Gem and bodhisattvas that it may benefit all students of Buddhism.”—His Holiness Penor Rinpoche
About the Author
Tulku Pema Rigtsal is one of the last Tibetan tulkus to receive the benefit of a full traditional training with no disruption from political conflict, and one of the last to head a traditional monastery. He lives in Nepal.

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Nonduality - sublimely obvious....
By applewood on April 24, 2013
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In this translation of a recent training manual by a relatively young Tibetan abbot (Tulku Pema Rigtsal, b. 1963), Keith Dowman has given us a clear and lucid glimpse into both an ancient culture of Central Asia (the Nyingma tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism), and the essence of timeless cultureless wisdom (Dzogchen or "Great Perfection" teachings). As the title says in so many words, this book is about the "Great Secret of Mind", and specifically, "special instructions on the nonduality of dzogchen". Yet it does this in a gentle and subtle and somewhat indirect way. The inescapable point of nonduality is boundary-less inclusiveness - all stages of the path, all activities we may engage in, all thoughts and emotions we may experience are not something other than this nonduality - and the direct pointing out of this (awakening our primordial awareness) is the essence of dzogchen....

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Profoundly Valuable - Don't Miss It!
By Nova Spivack on June 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have a large library of hundreds of great, rare and special Dharma texts and transmissions assembled over 30 years. This text is in the top 10% in terms of overall value toward putting Dzogchen into actual practice. The first 2/3 of the book cover the basics, but with surprising brilliance, revealing many new insights and deepening our faith and resolve to practice. The last third of the book provides incredibly high-potency direct Dzogchen transmissions, with detailed commentaries that make the actual meaning so clear you just cannot miss it. In other words, this is a truly awesome text for serious Dzogchen practitioners. The more experience you have, the more you will get out of this text. Get this text and read it slowly, without jumping ahead. Oh all right, jump ahead if you must, but then go back and read the whole text anyway because even what may seem introductory or basic is actually filled with profound insight. Tulku Pema Rigtsal is clearly a wonderfully wise teacher and I feel inspired to meet him by reading this text. You will too. Best wishes for speedy success in your practice!


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Book Reference 2:

"Being Right Here: A Dzogchen Treasure Text Of Nuden Dorje Entitled The Mirror Of Clear Meaning"
by James Low (Commentary)

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion; Bilingual edition (February 24, 2004)
ISBN-10: 1559392088

www.amazon.com/Being-Righ...1559392088/

Review
"James Low has made an invaluable contribution to Dzogchen studies with his excellent translation and commentary on this precious Tibetan text. Anyone interested in the view and meditation practices of Dzogchen, the Natural Great Perfection teachings, would benefit from keeping this handbook close to their hearts and minds, as I myself do."—Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within and founder of the Dzogchen Center

"Being Right Here is a must-read for anyone interested in awakening the enlightened nature of the mind."—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of The Practice of Dzogchen and The Healing Power of Mind

"The text is itself a condensed presentation of the entire Buddhist path from meditations on suffering, compassion, and emptiness through tantric visualizations to the effortless freedom and spontaneity of Dzogchen. This short, readable text offers an excellent introduction to the feel, thought, and practice of this ancient Tibetan philosophy of awareness in easily understandable terms and analogies."—Altar Magazine

"Renders a clear and authentic account of the view and essential meditation of dzogchen. . . . An expansion of the traditional concepts embodied in the text and an examination of how they can function in contemporary life."—Watkins Review


7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Not to be missed: One of the Finest Books on Dzogchen!
By Satinder K. Dhiman on August 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am quite amazed at the level of understanding, depth, and precision of James Low's commentary on Nuden Dorje's original terma text entitled "The Mirror of Clear Meaning." One marvels at the fact that a book like this exists in print, especially when you consider that the teachings were given extemporaneously during a 5 day retreat. There is not a single line in these 160 pages that one can omit!

I found James Low's talks illuminating, penerating, and enlightening. One gets a crystal clear glimpse of the original naked presence of the true nature of our mind. All the keys to this primordial state are handed over quite casually and effortlessly. From preliminary practices to all the way to "experiencing" the true nature of mind, the instructions are presented in a manner suitable for the modern audience. The author has studied Tibetan Buddhism for last 30 years and it shows. Quite an amazing feat. Million Thanks Venerable Dr. James Low.

In Buddhism, a great emphasis is placed on having the right "view"--a deep understanding of the way the things really are. Right "view" in the final reckoning is about having no view at all, obtaining freedom from our mind's habitual tendency of concept-making....

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Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The nature of mind
wearebuddhamind.blogspot.com/201...html

Like waves, all the activities of this life have rolled endlessly on, yet they have left us emptyhanded. Myriads of thoughts have run through our minds, but all they have done is increase our confusion and dissatisfaction.

Normally we operate under the deluded assumption that everything has some sort of true, substantial reality. But when we look more carefully, we find that the phenomenal world is like a rainbow-vivid and colorful, but without any tangible existence.

When a rainbow appears we see many beautiful colors—yet a rainbow is not something we can clothe ourselves with, or wear as an ornament; it simply appears through the conjunction of various conditions. Thoughts arise in the mind in just the same way. They have no tangible reality or intrinsic existence at all. There is therefore no logical reason why thoughts should have so much power over us, nor any reason why we should be enslaved by them.

Mind creates both samsara and nirvana. Yet there is nothing much to it—it is just thoughts. Once we recognize that thoughts are empty, the mind will no longer have the power to deceive us. But as long as we take our deluded thoughts as real, they will continue to torment us mercilessly, as they have been doing throughout countless past lives. To gain control over the mind, we need to be vigilant, constantly examining all our thoughts, words, and actions.

To cut through the mind's clinging, it is important to understand that all appearances are void, like the appearance of water in a mirage. Beautiful forms are of no benefit to the mind, nor can ugly forms harm it in any way. Sever the ties of hope and fear, attraction and repulsion, and remain in equanimity in the understanding that all phenomena are nothing more than projections of your own mind.

To realize that appearance and voidness are one is what is called simplicity, or freedom from conceptual limitations.

Practice

Obstacles can arise from good as well as bad circumstances, but they should never deter or overpower you. Be like the earth, which supports all living creatures indiscriminately, without distinguishing good from bad. The earth is simply there. Your practice should be strengthened by the difficult situations you encounter, just as a bonfire in a strong wind is not blown out, but blazes even brighter.

When someone harms you, see that person as a kind teacher showing you the path to liberation. Pra y that you maybe able to help that person and never hope for revenge.

Look right into it, and you will see that the person who is harmed, the person who does the harm, and the harm itself are all totally devoid of any inherent reality. Faced with these empty appearances, is there anything to be lost or gained? It is all like an empty sky. Recognize that!

As long as you pay heed to your hatred and attempt to overcome your external opponents, even if you succeed, more will inevitably rise up in their place. Even if you managed to overpower everyone your anger would only grow stronger. The only really intolerable enemy is hatred itself. To defeat the enemy of hatred, meditate one-pointedly on patience and love until they truly take root in your being.

Ask yourself how many of the billions of inhabitants of this planet have any idea of how rare it is to have been born as a human being. How many of those who understand the rarity of human birth ever think of using that chance to practice the dharma? How many of those who think of practice actually do? How many of those who start continue? How many of those who continue attain ultimate realization? Indeed, those who attain ultimate realization, compared to those who do not, are as few as the stars you can see at daybreak.

As long as you fail to recognize the true value of human existence you will just fritter your life away in futile activity and distraction. When life comes all too soon to its inevitable end, you will not have achieved anything worthwhile at all. But once you really see the unique opportunity that human life can bring, you will definitely direct all your energy into reaping its true worth by putting the dharma into practice.

Adapted from "mind" and "practice" by dilgo khyentse rinpoche. Reprinted by permission of editions padmakara: st. Leon sur vezere, france, 1990.

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It is free just as it is
from
wearebuddhamind.blogspot.com/sea...ture

By Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

For ordinary beings, mind is discursive. It moves. It moves towards objects. It moves towards the three times. It is constantly thinking about one thing or another. Mind is moved by thoughts of the five poisons. When mind encounters an object it likes, it moves towards that object with thoughts of attachment. When mind encounters an object it does not like, it moves towards that object with thoughts of aversion, thoughts of anger. When mind judges something incorrectly, it moves towards that object with bewilderment. When one’s mind believes that one has qualities that one does not have, it moves towards oneself with thoughts of arrogance. When mind looks at somebody else and sees things that it does not have, it moves towards that person with thoughts of jealously. In this way, thoughts of the five poisons constantly move the mind.

“Leave thinking mind to rest without contrivances.” When thoughts of the five poisons are moving the mind, just let mind rest without trying to fix anything, without trying to change anything, without reviewing the past kleshas (disturbing mental states) or wondering what happened to them; and without anticipating what types of disturbing states of mind one might experience in the future. Do not review the past, do not guess the future. Just let mind relax as it is right now.

We do not need to try to prevent thoughts of desire from arising. We do not need to try to stop thoughts of anger or jealously once they have arisen. Do not try to prevent anything; do not try to stop or change anything; just simply do not take any of those movements of mind to be truly existent. That is the instruction because we could not stop the thoughts of the five poisons from arising, even if we wanted to! We could not do that, but we do not have to. All we have to do is recognize that these thoughts lack any essence.

How do we do this? Whatever thought arises, look straight at it with your eye of wisdom and settle into its basic nature. When you do that, all thoughts and all disturbing states of mind are liberated within the dharmakaya. They are self-liberated. The whole collection of thoughts is free just as it is. This is awareness, and this awareness is awareness-emptiness. Since this awareness-emptiness is pure in nature, whatever obscurations there may be have no essence. Awareness itself is self-liberated. It is free just as it is.

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Original Mind
By Shodo Harada Roshi

from
wearebuddhamind.blogspot.com/sea...ture

In Buddhism, its often said that humans’ Original Mind, that Mind we have at birth, is like a clear mirror, pure and uncluttered, without shape, form, or color, with nothing in it whatsoever. If something comes before it, the mirror reflects it exactly, but the mirror itself gives birth to nothing. If what has been reflected leaves, its image disappears, but the mirror itself loses nothing. Within the mirror there is no birth, no death. No matter how dirty a thing that is reflected might be, the mirror doesn’t get dirty, nor does it become beautiful because something beautiful is reflected in it. Just because additional things are reflected, that doesn’t mean anything increases in the mirror itself, nor does anything ever decrease when fewer objects are reflected. A mirror is without increase or decrease.

Humans’ pure Original Nature is just this. Without shape, form, or color; without birth and death; not clean or dirty; not increasing or decreasing; not male or female; not young, not old; not intelligent, not stupid; not rich, not poor. There are no words, no explanation possible, no description that will apply here, only a pure mirror-like base. This is humans’ true quality; this is an actual experience. From our zazen (sitting meditation), cut all nen (mind-instants), dig down completely to the source of those nen—dig, dig, dig until we reach the place where the human character has been totally cleared. When the source point is reached, this state of Mind can be touched.

This clear human character, which is like a mirror, can accept and receive everything, but nothing that is reflected can get stuck to this mirror. It reflects everything exactly as it is, but the mirror itself stays untouched. This mirror-like Mind has no sense of "that’s me" or "that’s him, not me." It has no dualism; it makes no distinctions like that. At that true base, there actually is no differentiation between self and others. The world that is reflected in—reflected by—that mirror is not one of self and other; it has no such separation, it accepts everything as one unified whole. From the origin there is only one world, with no division into "my" world and "your" world.

To understand this as an actual fact with your own experience is the wisdom of the Buddha. From there arises the functioning of the human Mind that naturally feels another’s pain as one’s own pain, feels another’s joy as one’s own joy. A warm, encompassing Mind naturally arises from this wisdom and experience. That is what is called the compassion of the Buddha.

If we can realize the source point of our human character, then naturally all of the world becomes One. Not divided, it is encountered as one unified Whole, a great, expansive, and huge world of One. Wisdom works here and humans’ joy, suffering, and sadness become our own joy, suffering, and sadness. It is not somebody else’s joy; it is one’s very own joy as well. This is how a warm, all-encompassing Mind becomes naturally revealed and serves as the source of our action. Simply put, this is what the Buddha meant when he said, "Seek the light within yourself."

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Dharmakaya
from
wearebuddhamind.blogspot.com/sea...ture

Now listen, fortunate one. Look without distraction at the
naked self-clarity of this present moment of awareness. Do not
indulge your thoughts or try to rein them in. Awareness cannot
be spoiled by moral judgments or tainted by hope and fear.

It is clear, yet ungraspable; lucid, yet without inside or out; wide
open, but without slipping into a state of diffusion. It is inherently
radiant, yet cannot be identified.

It is transparent, expansive,
and even. This naked state, just as it is, is the Dharmakaya
itself-naturally luminous and unchanging.

Simply maintain recognition of this ungraspable self-radiance.
This is Buddhahood, pure and pristine,
The Dharmakaya of unchanging self-awareness. Vivid,
vibrant, and clear, like a cloudless autumn sky.
Rest like a mountain, steady and immutable.
Rest like the ocean, still and clear.
Rest like space, infinite in breadth.

However still your mind may be,
Rest in that as the state of awareness.
However your mind may manifest,
Rest in that as the radiance of awareness.
Motion and stillness are self-awareness,
Isolate their pure lucidity and rest.
Rest in the self-clarity of phenomena,
Which never waver from the state of awareness,
Just as birds can never escape space, wherever they may fly."

Ngedön Tendzin Zangpo , The Third Dzogchen Rinpoche (1759-1792)

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View and Meditation of the Great Perfection
By Dzogchen Master The First Jamgon Kontrul Rinpoche
from
wearebuddhamind.blogspot.com/sea...ture


Homage to the Guru, the teacher.

The View and Meditation of Dzogchen can be explained in many, many ways, but simply sustaining the essence of present awareness includes them all.
Your mind won't be found elsewhere.
It is the very nature of this moment-to-moment thinking.
Regard nakedly the essence of this thinking and you find present awareness, right where you are.

Why chase after thoughts, which are superficial ripples of present awareness?
Rather look directly into the naked, empty nature of thoughts; then there is no duality, no observer, and nothing observed.
Simply rest in this transparent, nondual present awareness.
Make yourself at home in the natural state of pure presence, just being, not doing anything in particular.

Present awareness is empty, open, and luminous; not a concrete substance, yet not nothing.
Empty, yet it is perfectly cognizant, lucid, aware.
As if magically, not by causing it to be aware, but innately aware, awareness continuously functions.
These two sides of present awareness or Rigpa-its emptiness and its cognizance (lucidity)-are inseparable.
Emptiness and luminosity (knowing) are inseparable.
They are formless, as if nothing whatsoever, ungraspable, unborn, undying; yet spacious, vivid, buoyant.
Nothing whatsoever, yet Emaho!, everything is magically experienced.
Simply recognize this.
Look into the magical mirror of mind and appreciate this infinite magical display.

With constant, vigilant mindfulness, sustain this recognition of empty, open, brilliant awareness.
Cultivate nothing else.
There is nothing else to do, or to undo.
Let it remain naturally.
Don't spoil it by manipulating, by controlling, by tampering with it, and worrying about whether you are right or wrong, or having a good meditation or a bad meditation.
Leave it as it is, and rest your weary heart and mind.

The ultimate luminosity of Dharmakaya, absolute truth, is nothing other than the very nature of this uncontrived, ordinary mind.
Don't look elsewhere for the Buddha.
It is nothing other than the nature of this present awareness.
This is the Buddha within.

There are innumerable Dharma teachings.
There are many antidotes to many different kinds of spiritual diseases.
There are many words in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen nondual teachings.
But the root, the heart of all practices is included here, in simply sustaining the luminous nature of this present awareness.
If you search elsewhere for something better, a Buddha superior to this present awareness, you are deluding yourself.
You are chained, entangled in the barbed wire of hope and fear.
So give it up! Simply sustain present wakefulness, moment after moment.
Devotion, compassion, and perfecting virtue and wisdom are the most important supportive methods for completely fulfilling this naked, nondual teaching about present awareness, the innate Dharmakaya.
So always devote yourself to spiritual practice for the benefit of others and apply yourself in body, speech, and mind to what is wholesome and virtuous.

Sarva mangalam.
May all beings be happy!

Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé (1813-1899)

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From
www.keithdowman.net/dzogchen...a_che.htm

The Exalted Spaciousness of Vajrasattva

- Verses -


A full translation of this transmission is included in
Eye of The Storm




The Revelation of All Things As One:
The Root of All Experience

As one, completely free of attributes,
the yogin is like the flight-path of a bird in the sky;
in the unstructured, unoriginated, matrix
how can there be any inflated projections?


The Identity of Samsara and Nirvana:
The Fallacy of Inner and Outer

Inner and outer are one, the inner the outer itself,
so there is no ulterior field to realize;
under the power of a mistaken dichotomy,
samadhi lacks ultimate sameness.


The Reality of Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva, vast exalted spaciousness,
in the all-good expanse of existential space,
is the utterly pristine, dynamic process of liberation,
never begun, never-ending and conceiving nothing.


Complete and Perfect Dzogchen

Totally complete, nothing excluded,
unchanging, Dzogchen is simply present;
boundless, like space,
nothing is dependant upon anything else.


Immediate and Spontaneous Enlightenment

In the field of ordinary understanding lies pure pleasure,
which itself is the pristine purity of mundane existence;
through the concentration of finite light focused therein
the entire ten directions of space are illuminated.



These are the first five verses of the Dorje Sempa Namkhache Lung in the order given in the Dochu and translated accordingly to the Dochu commentary..

The Namkha Che is the realization of Garab Dorje who recited it when a child. It was given to Pagor Vairotsana by Shri Singha in Oddiyana and was one of the first five translations of the Semde tantras made at Samye in Tibet. It is considered to be the root text of the Semde Series.


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VAJRASATTVA KARMA MANTRA, with teaching and references ( repost )

dzogchen.tribe.net/thread/d...ad9925ff1

This translation is partially based on that of the great Nyingma scholar / Dzogchen master Khetsun Sangpo Rinbochay, and also that of the great Dzogchen master Terton Sogyal Tulku Rinbochay. Khetsun Sangpo has provided an excellent commentary which brilliantly summarizes Vajrasattva practice and all the esoteric preliminary practices from the standpoint of the Old School ( Nyingma ) tradition: see
"Tantric Practice in Nying-ma"
by Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche, ISBN-10: 0937938149

Because Vajrasattva is so important in all schools and all levels of Buddhist tantra, it is quite helpful to have both these books.

The Sanskrit phonetic text following is broken out on a phrase by phrase basis without punctuation. The English interpretation follows between each phrase.

I have provided some clarification and elucidation, mostly within the parenthesized parts.

Translation follows:

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Om vajrasattva samayam anupalaya
Om Vajrasattva ( Diamond Being )! Protect the sacred commitment.

Vajrasattva tvenopatistha
Vajrasattva abide in me.

dridho me bhava
Make me firm.

sutosnyo me bhava
Grant me complete satisfaction.

suposnyo me bhava
Fulfill me ( increase the positive within me ).

anurakto me bhava
Make me compassionate ( or: be loving towards me ).

sarva siddhim me prayaccha
Grant me all siddhi ( powers and attainments, both relative and transcendent ).

sarva-karma su ca me chittam sriyam kuru
Manifest for me all ( noble ) actions. Make my mind wholly virtuous.

"hum"
"hum" ( the bijmantra, the essential vibratory wave-particle of Vajrasattva )

"ha ha ha ha"
"ha ha ha ha" ( the Four Joys, Four Immeasurables, Four Levels of Tantric Empowerment, the Four Dimensions of Sacred Being - Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, Nirmanakaya, Svabhavivakaya )

"ho"
"ho" ( exclamation of joy at accomplishing these sets of four )

bhagavan sarva-tathagata-vajra
Transcendent Lord who embodies ( or: who is together with ) all the Indestructible Realized Buddhas !

ma me munca
Do not abandon me.

vajri bhava maha-samaya-sattva
Make me indivisible, Great and All Encompassing Pledge Being ( great angel of angels ).

"ah"
"ah" ( release into vast primordial pure wisdom-dimension beyond all limitations and obscurations )

(optional : hum phat! )
(hum phat!) Hum here means manifest great diamond power! Phat! has the sense of strike / cut through all confusion, grasping and negativity! I.e. by prajnopaya, the Union of Wisdom and Skillful Means.

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May All Beings Benefit!

KT
posted Sat, February 8, 2014 - 11:25 PM
Chod ( Mystic Sacrifice ) Buddhist / Shamanic Training : Healing Rituals in Tibetan Mysticism ( community » other ) Chod ( Mystic Sacrifice ) Buddhist / Shamanic Training : Healing Rituals in Tibetan Mysticism

NEW SECTION 24 Mar : Chod authorization via Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
NEW ADDITION 25 Mar : Ron Returns and related clips...
NEW SECTION 26 Mar : Joseph Campbell
NEW SECTION 28 Mar : "The spirits in my house wont go away HELP!"
NEW SECTION 1 April : "Who would have known you don't need a wand to start a spark?" Wizard Love

Sanskrit Chant
"The Heart Sutra Mantra by Deva Premal"
From the Prajnaparamitahridayasutra given by Mahabodhisattva Avalokitesvara
"Gateh Gateh Paragateh Paramsamgateh Bodhi Svaha"
www.youtube.com/watch


"The only real prison is fear. And the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
The quintessential revolution is that of the spirit."
Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Laureate, Burma


> > > > new section > > > >

London escape : "Aaahh, that'll be the books."
Harry Potter DH - "Always a Tone of Suprise"
www.youtube.com/watch

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows "Three Brothers Story"
www.youtube.com/watch

"i'll go with you" full scene
www.youtube.com/watch

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Harry Uses The Resurrection Stone Scene (HD)
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The Power of Myth - Resonances with our own innermost being and reality

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

“Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that’s what it is. The nature is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image.

"The inner world is the world of your requirements and your energies and your structure and your possibilities that meets the outer world. And the outer world is the field of your incarnation. That’s where you are. You’ve got to keep both going. As Novalis said, 'The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet.' ”
- Joseph Campbell, from "The Power of Myth"


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"Right now you have the opportunity.
Look for the essence of mind--this is meaningful.
When you look at mind, there is nothing to be seen.
In this very not seeing, you see the definitive meaning."
- Machig Labdron

"If we expect an external buddha up there in the sky to give us all the common and supreme accomplishments, we are merely placing our hopes in an outer object.
The ultimate deity is within our own mind. We attain enlightenment by recognizing our true nature and training in that recognition."
- Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

from my post at
"The Nature of Mind" Teaching: The Dalai Lama in San Francisco 22 February 2014
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...223f859

Introductory article by KT from
Re: "real meaning of demons and psychic interferences"

Carried over from:
tribes.tribe.net/chodtribe

Re: "real meaning of demons and psychic interferences"

Machigma:

"The origin of all demons is in Mind itself.
When awareness holds on & embraces any outer object,
It is in the hold of a demon.
Likewise, mind is stained when a [mental image]
Is wrongly taken to be a real object."


Barry:
"I have been taught that the real meaning of demons in Chöd [ Buddhist inner offering ] is anything which is an obstacle to realisation."

Yeshes Dawa:
"Or in another regard, perhaps, anything that 'freezes' the free flow of awareness: fears, worries, attachments, and so forth. They become 'demons.' "


U:
"it doesn't make sense that demons occur only in the [ individual ] mind. If that were true then their would be no need of exorcists."


KT replies:

Yes three times. All these are valid and classical answers. There is no contradiction.

It is necesary to study the source texts, such as from the Chod lineage founder Machig Labdron, also the fundamental source text, which is the Heart Sutra ( Prajnaparamita Hridaya ), and practice commentaries.

Chod practice is Mahayana/ Universal Service AND shamanic, and therefore used to bless or work with spirits. It is also psychological and yogic. All at the same time.

There are levels of theory and practice in all Buddhist methods, and in Chod. These levels are all valid and related to each other. This is consistent with the teaching of Machig Labdron, as her collected cycle of instruction shows.

Guru Padmasambhava and his lineage heir Yeshe Tsogyel were both top level exorcists. And they both did engage in psychic warfare with Bonpo shamans.

KT

Also from KT

Re
"i once heard that machig's main teaching though was the prajnaparamita"

Chod is defined as the functional enactment of prajnaparamita theory.

It is a shamanic enactment, because it is an encounter with spirits.

It is a mahayana practice, since it is - at the literal level - an offering of mahayana dharma to aforesaid spirits with mahayana intention.

It is vajrayana, because it uses classical Vajrayana deity yoga and includes completion stage yoga. Being passed down in one or more vajrayana lineages, it is a vajrayana practice by definition. One of the Karmapas stipulated that 100,000 Chod offerings is required as a Mahamudra preliminary. So said HH Khentin Tai Situpa in a teaching on Mahamudra I received in Honolulu back around 1994..

Chod can be is either Mahamudra or Atiyoga at the innermost level, depending on lineage. In fact, Chod can itself be part of guruyoga. I received a Milarepa Chod empowerment from HH Chetsang Tulku Rinbochay.

So, Chod is all of these.

Machig Labdron is held to be an incarnation of the Primordial Wisdom Goddess Prajnaparamita. She is also held by Nyingmas & fellow travelers as being a remanifestation of Dakini Yeshe Tsogyel. If you have a Longchen Nyingtik empowerment of Yeshe Tsogyel ( i.e. the "Dechen Gyalmo" ), you automatically have full authorization for the Chod practice of Longchen Nyingtik. I did not know this until just a couple years ago.

A major Nyingma Chod empowerment, such as that of Dudjom Tersar Troma Nagmo ( Black Wrathful Mother ), will include dzogchen trekcho and dzogchen togal, the two Primordial Awareness Yogas of Ati.

The innermost meaning of "Chod" in Nyingma - and of prajnaparamita for that matter - is therefore Trekcho and Togal.

K T


N.B. For good book references on Chod see my original post

"Chod is defined as the functional enactment of prajnaparamita. It can also be Mahamudra or Atiyoga"
tribes.tribe.net/chodtribe...b94cc8a1f9


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April 21-23
Berkeley California ( San Francisco Bay Area )
The School of Tibetan Healing Cho

www.tibetanchod.com/
CHOD: CUTTING THROUGH

Chod is a spiritual path that “cuts through” obstacles, negativity and self-delusion, while relying on Feminine Wisdom energy to purify body, mind and spirit. Combining all the elements of Tibetan Buddhism in a single practice, it brings about a direct experience of one’s inner brilliance and original wisdom.

The practice of Chod cultivates fearlessness, certainty and unrelenting compassion, connecting us to our deepest core. The unique combination of sacred song, ritual instruments, meditation and visualization creates a rich tapestry that reweaves our everyday experience and redefines our limited sense of self.

It is also the practice of ultimate and relentless generosity, pacifying the sickness, suffering and spiritual blindness of sentient beings, and healing disturbed environmental energies.

THE SCHOOL of TIBETAN HEALING CHO

The School of Tibetan Healing Chod was created to deliver the world’s only comprehensive training in the living traditions of Chod, as preserved in the vast and isolated Himalayan regions for a millennium. This six-part program provides an opportunity to learn the full scope of Chod, giving them the ability to:

Clear hindering karmic stains, accumulated over thousands of lifetimes.
Heal others, purifying the five elements of body and mind.
Heal the land, and change disturbances in the environment.
Experience true warriorship, creativity, human warmth, grounding and the wisdom of the the five-fold mandala of Sacred Being.

BASIC COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM

We will discover a vast and profound reservoir of methods for benefiting oneself and others within the field of Chod. Through progressive studies, participants will become conversant with all the texts associated with the Chod of MaChik, Nyingtig and Dudjom systems, as well as that of other treasure revealors. With live trainings and distance learning modules one can can receive a comprehensive trainings as a Chopa; And gain the ability to take the brilliance and power of this ancient, yet living Chod tradition into the complexity and chaos of modern life.

Module 5-The Healing Rituals
WHEN: April 21-23
WHERE: Rudramandir, Berkeley, CA

One of the most unique benefits of Chod is its focus on the healing process. As an adjunct to natural and holistic treatments, as well as mainstream medicine, it is second to none. This is because it addresses all the deep-level spiritual causes of physical and mental disease and suffering that are almost wholly ignored by contemporary health care systems.

While all Chod practices have healing benefits, the MaChik tradition has left us with four main, and several ancillary healing rituals, each with their own profound effect on healing our deepest selves. Read more here…

Module 5 is open to all qualified practitioners. The four core practices we will learn are the healing rituals used universally by Chodpas of all lineages: Kagyu, Nyingtik, Dudjom, Do Khyentse, etc. They are addendum that are added on to any Chod feast or daily practice. An ideal method of healing others, these methods are also excellent for one’s own practice or retreat. Cutting to the roots of illness, these practices address a broad spectrum of disease causation: karma, demonic influences, elemental imbalance and so on.

Prerequisite for taking this 3-day training is Module 1, or long term involvement in any Chod lineage (Kagyu, Nyingma, Gelugpa, Bon), to be individually assessed on application to the school. We will use a brief daily Chod (PeGyal Lingpa’s Concise Chod or Kusali Tsok of Jigmé Lingpa as the “envelope” for learning these rituals, aided by Lama Jinpa’s clear translations, slides and diagrams. The first ever translation of these texts will be available as a hard bound book.


Chod
www.tibetanchod.com/curriculum/module-5/

Chod Module 5
MODULE 5: HEALING CHOD
PURPOSE

Learning the meditations, methods & sadhanas for Healing Chod rituals.
Understanding the practice of Ransom, Torma and Elemental Healing.
Comprehending the ethics and responsibilities of healing rituals.

TRANSMISSIONS

Transmission (lung) of the healing rituals contained in the Rinchen Tengwa: 100 Changbu, Nail of the 4 Elements, Offering in 6 Parts and Demon Feast.

TEACHINGS

The MaChik cycle contains a series of practices for profound clearing of obstacles, demonic influences, repaying massive karmic debts and correcting imbalances of the five elements of body and mind. These Healing Chod methods can be used in ones daily practice or in a group or solo retreat. Once these skills are acquired, these traditional tools are tremendously effective in helping alleviate the suffering and illness in others. Accomplished Chodpas are able to accomplish remarkable cures with repeated series of these rituals.

These practices have not been previously translated or openly taught in the West.
ULTIMATE & RELATIVE

The ultimate goal of Vajrayana, the Tibetan Diamond Path, is none other than enlightenment, the realization of our full human potential. But as part of the Mahayana, it goes beyond personal accomplishment and also seeks to relieve all beings from confusion and suffering. These two benefits, for oneself and others, are accomplished through the two meanings, Wisdom and Skillful Means (Tib: Sherab and Tab).

Wisdom and Means relate to the polarity of ultimate and relative reality, that strange paradox wherein the diverse forms and phenomena of the material world co-exists alongside the ultimate, open and luminous matrix from which they arise! Wisdom is the direct experience and dwelling in that ultimate state. Skillful Means are the ways in which we act in this world to relieve the suffering of those who cannot see beyond the relative.

The goal is to engender Wisdom in others, while working to alleviate the infinite ways in which beings experience pain and limitation. Thus Tibetan spirituality, particulary in the form of Healing Chod, contains many practical methods for helping us in our daily struggles.

HEALING CHOD

Naturally, one of the most important ways of benefiting others and ourselves is through the art of healing. In the Tibetan culture, the wandering practitioner of Chod was called upon regularly to minster to all manner of sickness of body and mind. Further, the rigorous life of the the nomadic yogi or yogini required remarkable fortitude and vital strength. Thus, since the time of MaChik, the field of Chod developed a rich tradition of healing chod practices and rituals.

These vary in duration, style, melody and performance. But they all share the same fundamental understandings about the nature of sickness and health, and have a similar approach to clearing the deeper causes of illness, while augmenting the forces that bring about health.
DEMONS OF SICKNESS

The causes of illness are biological, hereditary, environmental, toxicological, and so on. But they are also deeply psychological, karmic and related to negative energies, toxic influences and entities. It is these last areas that Chod addresses, and which are utterly ignored by materialistic, reductionist science. Such forces are very real and very potent, playing a powerful, yet hidden role in the lives of people. Chod is the ultimate method for clearing these factors, through relentless generosity, cleansing spiritual energies, and the power of pure enlightened consciousness.

THE HEALING CHOD PRACTICES

The Changbu Ritual
1. CHANGBU GYATSA: 100 Hand Print Tormas

This basic and popular Healing Chod ritual utilizes various ransom substances to clear the karmic patterns and obscurations of those needing healing. Dough balls are pressed to the body to pick up our DNA and energetic signature. Then these torma, wash water, blood (tea or colored water) and meat form the basis of the repeated offerings.
Healing Tormas

2. NAIL OF THE 4 ELEMENTS: Jang Shi Zerbu

This very important healing chod ritual makes specific feast offerings to clear the karmic imprints and stains of the Earth, Water, Fire and Air Elements. All sickness and all suffering arise within these elements. At the same time, each element within the participants body is purified and renewed. An ideal practice for self and others.

3. OFFERING IN 6 PARTS: Tabpa ChaDruk

Feasts are offered to the mandala of Troma in the six directions (including above and below). Special tormas and martor are offering in each of these directions, simultaneously clearing our defilements in relation to the five Buddha families, five elements and five poisons.


4. FEAST OF THE NINE DEMONS: Don Tsok Guma

In this ritual, special feasts are offered to the nine classes of demons, such as the sinmo, nagas, elementals and so on. This is used to calm the specific effects of each of these negative influences on our health, home and inner happiness. There are no torma offerings in this practice, but a special hand mudra offering.
Practice Materials

Module 5 includes all practice texts, as well as two discs:

CD containing MP3s of all teachings and practices and a DVD
DVD with all the torma offering sections of the first three of the healing practices, so that students can learn the accurate and effective method of offering these ritual substances.
Additionally, a video of the full torma making process for all rituals, and the hand mudras of the Feast of Nine Demons, is part of the training packet.
An extended set of 8 fully edited and titled DVDs is available, that offers a visual dimension to all the teachings and full practices.

ADMISSION

Students: Module 5 is open to all students who have taken Module 1 or beyond. Though this is “out of sequence,” we are offering Module 5 because of the urgency of creating skilled healing Chod practitioners. Don’t worry…You DO NOT have to fill out an additional application, since I already know who you are!

Chod Practitioners: For the same reason, module 5 is open to non-students of the School. To apply, please DOWNLAOD the Application Form, fill ti out and email it back. Since Chod training varies tremendously, further interview (by email, phone or Skype) may be needed to make sure practitioners have the requisite knowledge and skill set to attend Module 5.

These are extremely powerful and formerly secret practices. While registration is open, if an individual is not suitable for this kind of practice, through problems with maturity, motivation, inflation, malicious intent, serious power issues, and so on, it is not appropriate that they undergo this training. The assessment of suitability lies at the sole discretion of the school’s director.
TUITION

The fees for Module 5 are $375 for Distance Learning Chod training, included CD of all texts and slides and MP3 audio training

a DVD of the all the torma sections of the rituals.
Torma-making instruction DVD.
Due to the expense of creating, printing and mounting the seminar, payment in full must be received by April 1st, unless alternative arrangements are made.
Checks can be sent to “Tibetan Cho” may be sent to: School of Chod, 4442 W. Kling St., Burbank, CA 91505, USA. Or you may pay by Paypal (3.5% automatically added to the total).

Chod
Healing Rituals of MaChikMACHIK’S HEALING CHOD

The texts of these essential Cho healing rituals have been translated for the first time in the West, and put together in a format that is both practical and beautiful, as befits these extraordinary works of sacred science.

Includes the full Healing Chod ritual translations, which maintains the accuracy and poetry of the original Tibetan text.
Transliteration that is uniquely readable and logical to pronounce, while maintaining the syllable structure of the Tibetan words (making learning of Tibetan phrases and jargon far easier).
Contains original Tibetan text, for all levels of users, on a separate page from the English translation/transliteration for clarity, easier reference and language study.
Color coding and color illustrations
Includes original instructions (Tibetan version of “footnotes”) of the original text, in a separate appendix.
Musical annotation for damaru and kangling


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Chod authorization via Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Chod is a restricted and mystical practice of high yoga tantra in the Buddhist Mahayana / Great Way. A true Chod practice requires a real Chod empowerment or authorization. These come to us in the present day from different lineages and in different forms, basically all from the Tibetan culture of previous centuries.

Chod has become an important practice in the West because the transmission ( tantric empowerment ) is being given repeatedly in North America, for example on the West Coast and in the Northeast.

Just about two years ago, one thousand people took Chod initiation from His Holiness the Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje in India, including several hundred westerners.

Also, the reincarnate Dudjom Rinpoche, a young but enormously important guru, has given Troma Nakmo / Chod at least once to a group of about one thousand, again in India.

I myself have these Kagyu and Troma initiaions in full, from HE. Kalu Rinpoche and H.E. Chagdud Tulku, as well as several others. I have also once performed a spiritual healing, of which one half was a Troma Chod blessing, and it was a complete and worhwhile success.

I am very glad to tell you that authentic Chod authorization is available in quite a few countries in different parts of the world, including South America and Eurasia through one major world-class teacher, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu.

He is a true scholar, a profound mystic, and one of the most important yoga teachers in the entire world.

Authorization for Chod practice ( and Chod teachings ) can be obtained from Ven. Namkhai Norbu in one of two ways.

The first is by attendance at one of his short retreats in any of a number of countries. This is optimal. It is a strong and direct connection to his lineage and authorizes a broad and powerful set of restricted practices, including a good practice for Chod.

The second is what is called a "world wide transmission" which is basically a web broadcast that happens several times a year. At least three world wide transmissions per year are given, with many participating local fellowships hosting the password restricted sessions.

On attending even one of these restricted sessions at a local center, anyone is authorized to become a member of the Dzogchen Community, that is buy a membership pass and then buy and use various restricted practice texts by Namkhai Norbu.

These texts are exclusively for the use of the worldwide Dzogchen Community and not EVER to be seen by others. One of these is the Chod practice text, available to all members of the Dzogchen community.

For further information see website for the Dzogchen Community, e.g. at
tsegyalgar.org/

The current 2014 worldwide teaching schedule is given at
www.melong.com/retreats.html

This current tour gives teaching dates for Italy, Romania, USA East Coast, India, Bhutan, Singapore, China, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Venezuela.

I as a tantric Buddhist guru have the greatest respect for the lineage, the practices and the teachings of Namkhai Norbu. I have comprehensive practice cycles for the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and I find the Namkhai Norbu practices to be extraordinarily valuable.

One of my principal strategies and forms of guidance as a Buddhist spiritual doctor is to say "Attend a restricted transmission or retreat with Namkhai Norbu and obtain his teaching materials. These are highest quality and you can use these practices for the rest of your life."

Thus this teaching article on Chod is magnified in value by making known the way in which many many people in different parts of the world can easily obtain access to the teaching and practice of Chod and much more in the lineage of the Great Perfection, the direct yoga praxis of primordial pure awareness.

May All Beings Benefit!

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Again, there are many more references and teachings at my post
tribes.tribe.net/chodtribe...b94cc8a1f9

I will continue to maintain that thread, the major shamanism / Chod thread on Tribe.net.

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From
tribes.tribe.net/compassio...c562cb10bc

Re:
"The spirits in my house wont go away HELP!"

You can easily handle the problem by chanting mantras.

The Hindu mantra for Ganapati and the Buddhist mantra for Green Tara are both available for public use.

You can find mantras on youtube.

The following chant covers most of an hour. Just kick it off in the evening.

What you meditate upon is what you become. Within Tantric Buddhism the vast expanse of luminous wisdom bliss, that is the deepest nature of your own mind, presences in the world through transformational configurations of light and sound - the tantric deities. When you chant these mantras and engage the visualizations body, speech and mind begin to resonate in accord with their deepest reality through harmonic resonance. This is a 45 minute meditation on Guru Rinpoche through his mantra and sublime 7 line song.

Remembrance Guru Rinpoche 45 Minute version
www.youtube.com/watch

Also
Vajrakilaya Mantra - Song Style
www.youtube.com/watch

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This is written in partial fulfillment of my responsibilities as a tantric Buddhist guru.

Sarva mangalam!
Siddhi rastu!

KT

Let me put it to the way Marilyn did: "Our past is not our potential. In any given moment, with all the stubborn teachers and healers who have called us to our best selves, we can re-choose to awaken. Awakening brings its own assignments, chosen by each of us, unique to each of us. But whatever you may have thought about yourself, and however long you may have thought it, you are not just 'you'. You are a seed, a silent promise. You are the Conspiracy."
Marilyn Ferguson, in her book "The Aquarian Consipracy"

Time After Time - Aiza Seguerra
www.youtube.com/watch

"We're in this together."
Harry, Hermione, and Ron- "I'll Go With You"
www.youtube.com/watch

NEW ADDITION 25 Mar : Ron Returns
Harry Potter DH - Ron Returns
www.youtube.com/watch

Harry Potter || OPEN AT THE CLOSE
www.youtube.com/watch

19 Years Later Scene - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 [HD]
www.youtube.com/watch

harry potter | good life
www.youtube.com/watch

ONEREPUBLIC LYRICS
"Good Life" (c) OneRepublic
www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/on...dlife.html

Woke up in London yesterday
Found myself in the city near Piccadilly
Don't really know how I got here
I got some pictures on my phone

New names and numbers that I don't know
Address to places like Abbey Road
Day turns to night, night turns to whatever we want
We're young enough to say

Oh this has gotta be the good life
This has gotta be the good life
This could really be a good life, good life

Say oh, got this feeling that you can't fight
Like this city is on fire tonight
This could really be a good life
A good, good life

To my friends in New York, I say hello
My friends in L.A. they don't know
Where I've been for the past few years or so
Paris to China to Colorado

Sometimes there's airplanes I can't jump out
Sometimes there's bullshit that don't work now
We all got our stories but please tell me-e-e-e
What there is to complain about

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"How can we let go of the ones that we call friends?"
End of an Era - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls Lyrics
www.youtube.com/watch

I will keep on smilin'...

Harry Potter DH - Ron and Hermione play Piano
www.youtube.com/watch

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Dumbledore: This kind of mark cannot be seen.
It lives in your very skin.
Harry: What is it?
Dumbledore: Love, Harry, love.


"I never thought you'd be in my life.."
"Who would have known you don't need a wand to start a spark?"

Wizard Love - Harry Potter Music Video - Meekakitty Featuring heyhihello
www.youtube.com/watch
posted Sat, March 22, 2014 - 2:29 PM
Dharma Psychology book references + "The Psychology of Loving Awareness", A Seminar with Jack Kornfield PhD Seattle Wa April 2014 ( community » other ) Dharma Psychology book references Kornfield and Goldstein and Hanson
The Psychology of Loving Awareness, A Seminar with Jack Kornfield PhD Clinical Psychology
A Weekend Immersion in the Transformative Tools of Buddhist Psychology
Seattle Wa April 2014

"If I know one thing for sure, it's that you can do small things inside your mind that will lead to big changes in your brain and your experience of living. I've seen this happen again and again with people I've known as a psychologist and meditation teacher . . ."
- Rick Hanson

The following from "Practice", by HH Dilgo Khyentse
"Ask yourself how many of the billions of inhabitants of this planet have any idea of how rare it is to have been born as a human being. How many of those who understand the rarity of human birth ever think of using that chance to practice the dharma? How many of those who think of practice actually do? How many of those who start continue? How many of those who continue attain ultimate realization? Indeed, those who attain ultimate realization, compared to those who do not, are as few as the stars you can see at daybreak.

"As long as you fail to recognize the true value of human existence you will just fritter your life away in futile activity and distraction. When life comes all too soon to its inevitable end, you will not have achieved anything worthwhile at all. But once you really see the unique opportunity that human life can bring, you will definitely direct all your energy into reaping its true worth by putting the dharma into practice.

Adapted from "mind" and "practice" by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. (c) editions padmakara: st. Leon sur vezere, france, 1990.

> > > >
NEW ADDITION 4 May : book "Wake Up To Your Life" [ Paperback ] by Ken McLeod
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Loving awareness, mindfulness, and compassion have enormous power to benefit every human life. These time-tested tools of Eastern psychology are widely supported by modern neuroscience in more than three thousand studies and research papers from the past 25 years.

The Psychology of Loving Awareness, master teacher Jack Kornfield invites professionals and meditators alike to join him in Seattle, Washington to discover the transformative practices from Buddhist psychology that are now being applied in therapy, education, medicine, business, law, athletics, the arts, and in the personal lives of millions.

The following from
www.soundstrue.com/shop/The...s/4545.pd

26 April – 27 April
Seattle Wa
Regular admission: $249

Sounds True, in partnership with the Portland Insight Meditation Community, presents:
The Psychology of Loving Awareness
A Two-Day Training in Transforming Difficulty into Ease and Well-Being
With Jack Kornfield, PhD Clinical Psychology

Dates:
Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, 2014
9:30 am–4:00 pm PT; doors open at 9:00 am

Where:
Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

A Weekend Immersion in the Transformative Tools of Buddhist Psychology
Sounds True, in partnership with the Portland Insight Meditation Community, presents:

The Psychology of Loving Awareness
A Two-Day Training in Transforming Difficulty into Ease and Well-Being with Jack Kornfield

Dates:
Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, 2014
9:30 am–4:00 pm PT; doors open at 9:00 am

Where:
Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Admission:
Early Registration Special: $199 until March 15, 2014
Regular admission after March 15: $249
Space is limited—register early to ensure your seat


Jack Kornfield, PhD, trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He has written more than a dozen books including The Wise Heart; A Path With Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and more.


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The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
by Jack Kornfield (Author)
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (May 19, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0553382330

www.amazon.com/The-Wise-H...0553382330/

“The Wise Heart is Jack Kornfield at his most wonderful and illuminating. He brings to life a way to understand and cultivate mindfulness, compassion, lovingkindness and true wisdom that penetrates to the core of what liberation is all about.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses and Arriving at Your Own Door

“The Wise Heart offers more than remedies—it points the way to a life of flourishing.”—Daniel Goleman PhD, author of Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence

"This masterpiece of a dedicated life’s work unveils the principles of an ancient ‘science of mind’ that are woven seamlessly into a wondrous map of the human heart—one that is astonishingly consistent with the discoveries of modern neuroscience.”—Daniel Siegel, M.D., author of The Developing Mind and The Mindful Brain

"Warm, funny, moving, and tremendously inspiring, The Wise Heart brings Buddhist psychology to life. Reading it is, in itself, a transformational experience.” —Mark Epstein, M.D. Harvard Medical School, author of Thoughts without a Thinker and Psychotherapy without the Self

“Jack Kornfield harvests a lifetime of experiences to create a masterful, clear, and moving picture of the human mind and heart, a picture whose hopeful healing power I find astounding.”—Norman Fischer, former abbot, San Francisco Zen Center; author of Sailing Home: Using the Wisdom of Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Your Spiritual Journey

“Through clear teaching and wonderful storytelling, Jack Kornfield inspires us to realize and embody the love, presence and freedom that is our very essence.”—Tara Brach PhD Clinical Psychology, author of Radical Acceptance


“His best book yet…. Kornfield comes across as the therapist you wish you’d had…. Provides convincing and illustrative anecdotes and stories, and reaches into world traditions and literature as well as contemporary scientific research.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

146 of 164 people found the following review helpful
Timeless wisdom made accessible
5/5 stars
By Robert Feraru on May 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This wonderful book makes the timeless teachings of Buddhist psychology explicable and accessible to all.
With explanations and exercises that are not culture specific and with a healthy helping of Jack's great stories that further illuminate the psychological wisdom of the Buddha, this book opens the deep understandings of Buddhist thought for all to use for their own benefit and for the benefit of all beings.

As the Dalai Lama says, "Buddhism isn't a religion. It is a science of mind"
and IMHO, a science of mind that can help bring healing to our own lives and to our wounded world.


5.0 out of 5 stars Guru of common sense kindness, March 22, 2014
By Mary Elizabeth Reynolds "author of Lowcountry... (SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States)
This review is from: The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology (Paperback)
It's part of my practice to read spiritual messages of some sort everyday, for the last six months this has been my book. I have also read three of his other books and probably every lecture this man has given. I think he is a rarity in this day and the time, a man with a calling and passion and a gift for words.

It concerns me greatly when I read reviews that say this is not this type of Buddhism or this other type. What does it matter? The teachings of the Buddha are very clear, you can muddy the waters like every organized religion or you can follow the eightfold (google it) path. That's it and that is what this book and Jack teaches, but he also like the Buddha, don't believe me, believe what your heart says is true.There is something cleansing about this man and his works within this rather dirty world.


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Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening Hardcover
by Joseph Goldstein (Author)

Hardcover: 456 pages
Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (November 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 162203063X

www.amazon.com/Mindfulnes...162203063X/

From education and medicine to business and politics, we are in the midst of a great flowering of mindfulness. And with each new application we find for it, priceless benefits emerge. Yet the original purpose of mindfulness has remained throughout the centuries: spiritual awakening. With Mindfulness, Joseph Goldstein shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the realization of inner freedom.

Goldstein's source teaching is the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha's legendary discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness that became the basis for the many types of Vipassana (or insight meditation) found today. Exquisite in detail yet wholly accessible and relevant for the modern student, Mindfulness takes us through a profound study of:

. The four qualities of mind-ardency, clear knowing, mindfulness, and concentration
. Mindfulness of the body, including the breath, postures, activities, and physical characteristics
. Mindfulness of dhammas (or categories of experience), including the Five Hindrances, the Six Sense Spheres, the Seven Factors of Awakening, and much more

"There is a wealth of meaning and nuance in the experience of mindfulness that can enrich our lives in unimagined ways," writes Goldstein. Now readers everywhere are invited to mine these riches together, with Mindfulness.

About the Author
Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Forest Refuge. Since 1967, he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma, and Tibet. His books include A Heart Full of Peace and One Dharma. He lives in Barre, Massachusetts. See dharma.org


Review
"Mindfulness seems to be everywhere these days. It's clear the ideas associated with it provide helpful direction for dealing with things like addiction, emotional imbalance, and recovery from abuse. Joseph Goldstein, a leading meditation teacher and retreat leader, has put together a discussion of mindfulness in the context of its Buddhist origins, bringing it back to its relevance as a tool for spiritual awakening.

"Goldstein offers clearly-written discussions of things like awareness of motivation, sustainable application of effort, wholesome recollection, continuity of mindfulness, contemplating impermanence, personalizing difficulties, doubt disguised as wisdom, and mindful listening. The language of the book is down-to-earth and compassionately supportive. Non-English terms are carefully explained and used sparingly.

"This is a serious, yet very readable text, rooted in traditional, scholarly Buddhist philosophy without distancing itself from lay readers. Let your customers know that the welcoming tone of the writing creates the experience of opening a window and breathing in fresh air."
-Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight


"A major contribution to the clarifying and deepening of our understanding of mindfulness and its traditional Dharma roots."
-Jon Kabat-Zinn
Author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners


"Author Joseph Goldstein, one of the most wise, lucid, and experienced teachers of our times, has written a book on mindfulness that calls forth the depth and power of classical Buddhist teachings. If you are drawn to meditation out of a longing to realize spiritual freedom, this book will be a cherished resource on your path."
-Tara Brach, PhD
Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge


"Joseph Goldstein has written an immensely clear, practical, and accessible guide to living a mindful life. From examining its roots to exploring its manifold expressions, this deeply significant work shows the path for mindfulness to become our closest friend. I feel like I've waited a long time for a book just like this, and here it is!"
-Sharon Salzberg
Author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

"In eloquent and compelling detail by a master of the art, Goldstein's new book shows how mindfulness leads to calm, well-being, and the joy of self-realization. The most complete and understandable book on mindfulness in print."
-Reggie Ray
Author of Touching Enlightenment and Mahamudra for the Modern World


"Useful advice that can help any meditator, no matter where they are on the path. Mindfulness should become an instant classic."
-DANIEL GOLEMAN
Author of Emotional Intelligence

"Lucid, clear, enormously helpful, a wise and mature vision of Buddhism."
-JACK KORNFIELD
Author of A Path With Heart

"America is damn lucky there is a Joseph. He has shepherded Western Buddhism in his ever-expanding teachings . . ."
-STEPHEN LEVINE
Author of Turning Toward the Mystery

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Rick Hanson, PhD Neuropsychologist and meditation instructor - Resources and Schedule
From
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...e8436c9

Keywords: positive psychology, neurobiologically informed psychotherapy, psychological self-help / resilience/ coping, neurology and neuroplasticity, scientific basis for meditation practice and emotional self-regulation, Rick Hanson book references and tour schedule.

Introduction
From
www.rickhanson.net/science

"...the modern sciences of psychology and neurology have been slowly but surely establishing a body of knowledge about the mind and its relationship to the brain and the body.

"This emerging “science of mind” is in its infancy, particularly when compared to scientific fields such as astronomy or chemistry, and a certain humility is called for.

"That said, these are very exciting times, since enough information has emerged to begin connecting some of the major dots, shedding real light on questions like these:
•How might the mind and brain be connected? When the mind changes, how does the brain change, and vice versa?
•What is happening in my mind/brain when I feel upset? Or peaceful or loving or happy?
•How are the brains of people connected, in some sense, with each other?
•What’s going on in the mind/brain when a person is having a personally meaningful insight? Meditating? In a state of deep absorption or bliss? Or – if it is even possible to ask – in communion with God, or in Nirvana, or in a condition of Enlightenment?
•What is the neurology of consciousness?
•What are scientifically-validated methods for activating the brain states that support positive mental states (e.g., “flow,” joy, equanimity, lovingkindness)?"


Biography

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (from Random House in October, 2013; in 4 languages), Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (New Harbinger; in 24 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (New Harbinger; in 12 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships (Penguin). Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and an Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

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The Mind's Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation [ Paperback ]
by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD (Editor), Richard J. Davidson PhD (Editor)

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (September 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1608829928

www.amazon.com/The-Minds-...1608829928/

In Washington, DC, the Dalai Lama met with Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living, Richard Davidson, and other leading meditation researchers to explore the intersection between ancient meditation techniques and modern neuroscience.

The result is a fascinating and revealing conversation about the potential of the human mind to heal itself through mindfulness meditation, transcribed and presented to the public for the first time in The Mind's Own Physician.

By inviting the Dalai Lama and leading researchers in medicine, psychology, and neuroscience to join in conversation, the Mind & Life Institute set the stage for a fascinating exploration of the healing potential of the human mind.

The Mind’s Own Physician presents in its entirety the thirteenth Mind and Life dialogue, a discussion addressing a range of vital questions concerning the science and clinical applications of meditation:
How do meditative practices influence pain and human suffering?
What role does the brain play in emotional well-being and health?
To what extent can our minds actually influence physical disease? Are there important synergies here for transforming health care, and for understanding our own evolutionary limitations as a species?

Edited by world-renowned researchers Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard J. Davidson, this book presents this remarkably dynamic interchange along with intriguing research findings that shed light on the nature of the mind, its capacity to refine itself through training, and its role in physical and emotional health.

“The Mind’s Own Physician is a journey of understanding, in which an integrative dialogue unfolds between the spiritual leaders of contemplative meditation and scientists at the forefront of mind-body medicine. This transformative conversation provides valuable insight into how meditative practices can balance the mind with effects on the body, as well as, potential benefits for human health.

"This blending of contemplative traditions with Western science opens a mindful awareness that has the empowering capacity to fully engage people in their health, and more broadly, in the well-being of our societies.”
—Michael R. Irwin, MD, Cousins Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

“The Mind’s Own Physician brings you straight into the heart of a remarkable interchange between His Holiness the Dalai Lama, renowned contemplative teachers from Buddhist and Christian traditions, and world leaders in neuroscience, psychiatry, stress physiology, and clinical medicine. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard Davidson guide the reader through an authentic chronicle of a landmark meeting of extraordinary minds as it unfolds through a series of crystalline presentations and probing dialogues about the nature of mind, meditation, and brain function.

"These dialogues provide the foundation for discussion on the biological effects of chronic stress, treatment and relapse prevention in depression, and the historical and evolutionary roots of Western medicine’s struggle to understand and care for the whole person. The highly accessible and rich treatment of each of these areas is fascinating to read. The constant presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s deeply engaged attention, teaching, and critical ear reverberates throughout. The participants’ common commitment to fostering the conditions necessary for human flourishing through intercultural and interdisciplinary inquiry is truly inspiring.

"In capturing this arc of information and intent, The Mind’s Own Physician becomes an essential treatment of one of the most hopeful directions in thought alive today: the human capacity to ease our suffering through introspective insight and our growing scientific investigation into how this may occur.”
—Clifford Saron, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, University of California, Davis Center for Mind and Brain

“The Mind’s Own Physician offers us a precious portal into the seminal conversations that gave birth to the nascent field of contemplative neuroscience. The issues digested, debated, and ignited in its pages will serve as a road map and inspiration for my students and their students over the coming decades.”
—Amishi P. Jha, PhD, contemplative neuroscientist, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Miami

“If you want to see how to build bridges between the deepest wisdom of the heart and the highest standards of contemporary neuroscience, look no further. This series of meetings between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Western scientists and meditation teachers will prove to be epoch-changing, and this book shows why.

"Here, you will find interior and exterior empiricism in exquisite dialogue. Drink it all in. The brilliance of the participants shines through on every page.”
—Mark Williams, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, Director, Oxford Mindfulness Centre

“Can meditation improve your health? This question is just the starting point for a series of innovative exchanges across different ways of knowing among first-ranked clinicians, scientists, Buddhist teachers, and the Dalai Lama.

"Thoughtful, rigorous, and surprising by turns, this dialogue reminds all of us who care about the effects of the mind on health just how much more thinking remains to be done.”
—Anne Harrington, PhD, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, author of The Cure Within


“Our thoughts can seem too real, giving our imaginings about tomorrow the power to create chronic stress and unhealthy changes in our bodies. Our sense of self can seem too fixed, creating a cage where our habitual worries can run in depressing circles. In the moment that we recognize our thoughts as thoughts and our habits as habits, new and liberating possibilities emerge for the way we live our lives. Contemplative traditions such as Buddhism have long seen the transformative power of that simple moment of recognition, and more recently, clinicians in various domains have discovered the potential that this contemplative insight offers for the treatment of chronic stress, depression, and other especially modern maladies.

"Yet the potential of interventions based on contemplative approaches has only begun to emerge. The full realization of that potential requires a careful, critical, and honest dialogue among contemplatives and scientists so as to allow research and clinical practices to develop effectively. This remarkable book provides a fresh and clear record of such a dialogue. Informative and highly accessible, The Mind’s Own Physician is a groundbreaking moment in the development of contemplative science.”
—John D. Dunne, Associate Professor of Religion, Emory University

“A must-read for anyone interested in understanding how Buddhist contemplative traditions and Western scientific traditions can work together to uncover the complexities of the human mind. Mind and Life has done it again: engaged a group of distinguished contemplative scholars, clinicians, and scientists in a lively, productive, and inspiring dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama that furthers our understanding of meditation and its potential to heal.”
—Jeanne Tsai, Associate Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, Director, Stanford Culture and Emotion Laboratory

“This book marks a milestone in the emerging field of contemplative sciences. Within its pages, you can relive a seminal 2005 Mind and Life conference that brought together world-famous neuroscientists, clinicians, and contemplative scholars in a dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This groundbreaking work explores the development of scientifically based tools and programs aimed at creating more balanced and healthy lives.

"How does stress evolve? What does it do to our minds and bodies? How can we use ancient mindfulness and meditative practices in our everyday, modern lives and also in clinical settings to reduce stress and cultivate healthier minds? This book is a must for everyone who is interested in making this world a more human place.”
—Tania Singer, PhD, Director, Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

“Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard Davidson bring together an internationally acclaimed cast of neuroscientists and scholars for a stimulating dialogue with the Dalai Lama. They weave a rich tapestry of information on how meditation can be useful for a wide variety of conditions, ranging from depression and stress to anxiety and psoriasis. In easy-to-understand, conversational style, the experts lay out how the mind’s powerful healing effects can be harnessed in ways that are becoming increasingly illuminated by scientific discoveries.”
—Stuart J. Eisendrath, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, Director of the UCSF Depression Center


75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Provides Overview of Current Scientific Findings Related to Meditation, Mindfulness, and Medicine
By L. Erickson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 31, 2011Format: Hardcover
This book was different from what I was expecting, but still extremely valuable. Based on the subtitle, 'A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Powers of Meditation', and the cover shot featuring the Dalai Lama speaking, I was expecting the book to be a collection of talks given by the Dalai Lama on this subject, with the 'dialogue' being questions posed to him.

In fact, it is almost the reverse - in 2005 a collection of scientists, psychologists, and clinical practitioners each presented their latest research on topics related to mindfulness, meditation, neuroscience, and how these intersect with mental and physical health, to the Dalai Lama at a conference sponsored by the Mind-Life Institute, and this book is an edited transcription of this conference. Although the Dalai Lama is asked questions and does participate in parts, most of the speaking is not done by him.

However, the information presented is fascinating, and done in bite-size chunks that lay readers can mostly understand ('lay' referring both to non-Buddhists and non-scientists ). I say 'mostly' because although I am very familiar with Buddhism, I am most definitely not a neuro-scientist ( although I have read a lot of meditation related research ), and the more technical brain discussions did get a bit over my head. However, in most cases the question and answer sessions brought things back down to a practical level that I could understand.

The conference sessions, and the book, are divided into 5 themed sections: Meditation-Based Clinical Interventions, Biological Substrates of Meditation, Meditation and Mental Health, Meditation and Physical Health, and Integration and Final Reflections. Each features 1-3 speakers presenting their research, followed by a panel discussion with questions and answers (in some cases including questions from the audience.)

The panels are themselves a who's who of Western Buddhism, featuring names that will be familiar to many - Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield, Alan Wallace, Jon Kabat-Zinn and more. For the first time a Christian representative, Father Thomas Keating, was included as well.

That being said, most of the discussion is secular in nature. The principal discussion is how MBSR( mindfulness-based-stress-reduction ) and MBCT ( mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy ), both based on Buddhist practices but developed in a secular context outside of them, impact the brain, and how they can be utilized to heal and to maximize human potential. The greater emphasis is placed on the former - on clinical applications to both mental and physical health ailments. Research presented addresses the proven and potential impact of MBSR and MBCT for managing the impact of stress, clinical depression, and chronic pain, as well as for changing negative thought and emotional patterns and developing positive ones.

In that sense, this really isn't a 'science of spirituality' kind of book, as it doesn't spend a lot of time looking at spiritual and mystic experience or beliefs per se (for that consider Fingerprints of God: What Science Is Learning About the Brain and Spiritual Experience).

And although it is possible to extrapolate from the research presented here to develop practices for yourself, this also isn't a personal spirituality book ( for a presentation of some of this info for that purpose, try another book by the Mind Life Institute Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves ).

But if you are looking for a current ( 2005 being current in the science research world ) and accessible overview of the science behind meditation and mindfulness, and how these may impact humanity on many levels, this is a great offering.

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NEW ADDITION 4 May 2014
New addition to Dharma Psychology booklist.

I have now studied this book, after first seeing it in May 2014.
Highest recommendation. A true breakthrough book in general psychology and Buddhist psychology both.
Am profoundly grateful for this major contribution.
KT

Wake Up To Your Life: Discovering the Buddhist Path of Attention [ Paperback ]
by Ken McLeod (Author)

Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: HarperOne; 1 Reprint edition (March 26, 2002)
ISBN-10: 0062516817

www.amazon.com/Wake-Your-...0062516817/


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The Roots of Buddhist Psychology with Jack Kornfield
From
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(c) © 2014 Sounds True Inc. All rights reserved

Among the world's great religions and philosophies, Buddhism has developed one of the most detailed and practical maps of consciousness in recorded history. In this interview, Jack Kornfield looks at the roots of Buddhist psychology, and describes the transformative means that can lead practitioners to a true “freedom of the heart.”

Sounds True: How would you describe the essence of Buddhist psychology?

Jack Kornfield: The essence of Buddhist psychology is practical and transformative. It offers a way to understand the heart and mind so that we can be free, authentically compassionate, and happy in the midst of all the things that change in our world. Buddhist psychology provides tools and practices for true happiness in the midst of praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and pain.

It is also an old psychology—thousands of years old—so it's very well developed. There is an understanding of the nature of the senses, the body, and the mind taught in monasteries whose details are as sophisticated as an MIT course on cybernetics. And at the same time it leads to direct ways of transforming our relationship to the world so that we are free. ..

Sounds True: What do you mean by that—“freedom of the heart?” Is that something we can actually have in our lives on a daily basis?
Jack Kornfield: Freedom is possible for each of us. It is the capacity and birthright of every human being. The circumstances of our lives cannot always be changed, yet even in the midst of the greatest difficulties we have within us a longing to be more loving, to be open, to not be so caught up and reactive. And this freedom in the face of fear, anger, addiction, and confusion connects us to what we really know to be true in ourselves. This can be cultivated and awakened through a wise practice and understanding.

Sounds True: What are the practices of Buddhist psychology?
Jack Kornfield: They are initially practices of sacred attention—to reconnect the body and mind. We begin by learning to know our breath and our body intimately. Then we expand our attention to the world of our senses; to sight, sound, taste, and smell, to understand the life of the senses and the body. From this we begin to examine the nature of mind and how our moods and inner stories affect all the relationships that we have as the world changes around us.

From this point, there comes the possibility of the practices of the spacious heart of forgiveness: of letting go, of inner abundance and ease. With these we shift from the “body of fear,” from the small-self stories that we've identified with, to our Buddha nature: an inherent happiness.

Within this set of teachings are practices for reawakening our natural lovingkindness; for cultivation of profound forgiveness; practices of compassion and joy and the practice of equanimity—which brings a sense of divine equilibrium, or sacred ease in the midst of all things of life.

Sounds True: On The Roots of Buddhist Psychology audio set, you talk about an actual shift in personal identity that happens in the process of studying and practicing Buddhist psychology. Please explain this shift.

Jack Kornfield: To understand Buddhist psychology, we are invited to study ourselves. For example, we might study our anger and begin to notice when it comes. To name it and bow to it. To feel it in our body; to hear the stories it tells. Then as we sense more deeply its roots, we can identify those stories that arise out of fear, out of disappointment, out of pain, and so on. We can see the stories that we've been taught or our mind tells about how the world should be and who we think we are.

Through respectful and careful attention we begin to discover that these stories and reactions are not who we are—they are conditioned responses and old habits. There's an enormous space of knowing and ease that can be found surrounding the fear or the contraction that seem to be our problems. This begins to reverse the image of ourselves we have fixed in our being. Instead of being a person who is lost, climbing in a dark forest, all of a sudden it's as if we come out in a clearing and see the sky and the space all around. ..

Sounds True: What is this new identity like?
Jack Kornfield: When you ask I can hear my teacher's wonderful laughter. I also remember his great kindness and mercy for the pain we all share, that we can learn to hold in our heart of a Buddha. As our identity shifts, our body, personality, friends, and habits may remain much the same. But to the extent that we continue to believe that's all of who we are, we may still be frightened or lost or needy.

The practices of Buddhist psychology bring a shift from the small self—where we feel that we're this limited person who can only do and know so much—to a sense of interconnectedness with all the world. Our innate Buddha nature is awakened, which has within it a great abundance…
In the end, it is us that becomes the source of the love that we seek.

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Practice Reference

Guided Meditation on Loving-kindness ( Maitri )

"The Healing Power of Loving-Kindness (Book and Audio-CD Set): A Guided Buddhist Meditation"
by Tulku Thondup (Author)

Paperback: 128 pages ( + 3 compact audio discs )
Publisher: Shambhala; Pap/Com edition (April 14, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1590306673

www.amazon.com/Healing-Po...590306678//

The best-selling author of The Healing Power of Mind presents Tibetan Buddhist instructions for transforming negative thoughts and feelings into loving-kindness toward all beings. Tulku Thondup instructs that by bringing to mind images and thoughts of Avalokitesvara, the Buddhist deity of loving-kindness, we can connect from the heart with the Buddha's example. According to Tulku Thondup, when we awaken loving-kindness through this practice, our outlook on life fundamentally changes and we ourselves can become a source of joy and inspiration to others.

On the first CD, Tulku Thondup describes the benefits of loving-kindness and offers guidance on how to practice the meditations. On the second and third CDs, he leads guided meditations for invoking and sharing the blessings of the Buddha of Loving-Kindness. In the book, Tulku Thondup offers teachings on the Buddhist view of loving-kindness and philosophy behind Tibetan Buddhist visualization and prayer practices. The package also includes a full-color illustration of Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Loving-Kindness, for help with the visualization.

About the Author
Tulku Thondup Rinpoche was born in East Tibet and was recognized to be a tulku at age five. He studied at Tibet’s famed Dodrupchen Monastery, settling in India in 1958 and teaching for many years in its universities. He came to the United States in 1980 as a visiting scholar at Harvard University. For the past three decades he has lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he writes, translates, and teaches under the auspices of the Buddhayana Foundation. His numerous books include The Healing Power of Mind, which has now been published in eighteen languages, and Boundless Healing, which has been published in eleven languages.

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
exceptional contribution to loving-kindness teachings
By Massachusetts on April 30, 2009

For serious practitioners of Buddhist meditation who are interested in loving-kindness, this book and set of three CDs offers an exceptional and (perhaps) unique contribution to loving-kindness teachings. To begin with, Tulku Thondup is the genuine article. He was raised and educated in a monastery in East Tibet until he fled to India in 1958, eventually coming to the West in 1980 as a visiting scholar at Harvard, and then continuing to live in Cambridge, MA. Tulku Thondup is wise, humble, and articulate, combing deep practice with an intellectual and practical understanding of traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings.

The gem of this book/CDs are the 2nd and 3rd CD disks which, taken together, are a two-hour guided meditation on loving-kindness that provides the listener with a rich and transforming journey. I have practiced and taught meditation, mostly in the Insight Meditation tradition, for the past 25 years. I know of no better guide to loving-kindness practice than this. But, one must be prepared to spend an hour or so at a stretch for purposes of the guided meditation practice.

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Healing Power of Loving-Kindness
By Sheila McBroom on October 27, 2009

THE HEALING POWER of LOVING-KINDNESS offered by Tulku Thondup is a wonderfully generous gift for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. I found the book and the set of three CDs instructive and inspiring. The availability of visual and auditory guidance helped me orient my body and mind to receive the instruction in preparation for a deep, extended meditation experience. The first CD gives pertinent step-by-step instruction. Tulku Thondup's gentle voice of wisdom explains the meaning of the Buddha of Loving-Kindness and the necessary meditative tools.

The second CD provides the opportunity to align posture, breath, and conceptual mind before visualizing and evoking the tangible blessings of Loving-Kindness. The third CD offers a series of visualizations and mantra that stimulate one's own devotion and activates a genuine desire for personal and global peace and happiness. In a world full of turmoil and stress, I feel so fortunate for this sublime help offered by an authentic and esteemed Buddhist teacher.
Sheila McBroom, educator, California

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North American + European Buddha of Compassion ( Avalokitesvara ) Initiations / How to Expand Lovingkindness and Compassion

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"The Nature of Mind" Teaching: The Dalai Lama in San Francisco 22 February 2014

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"The Nature of Mind" Teaching: The Dalai Lama in San Francisco 22 February 2014
Book References and Supporting Materials for Buddhist Awareness Yoga


"The real buddha is the nature of our mind. Right now, our buddha nature is covered by obscurations that we need to purify. We also need to gather the two accumulations of merit and wisdom. A practice in which we think that the buddha is outside of ourselves, while ignoring the buddha within, will, by itself, never bring complete enlightenment.

"If we expect an external buddha up there in the sky to give us all the common and supreme accomplishments, we are merely placing our hopes in an outer object.

"The ultimate deity is within our own mind. We attain enlightenment by recognizing our true nature and training in that recognition."

Sogyal Rinpoche says: "In the modern world, we do not have a real understanding of the mind. Most people think of the mind as being merely thoughts and emotions, but these are simply the appearance of the mind, not the true nature of the mind itself."

The nature of mind is often described in terms of essence, nature and compassion (or energy, or responsiveness). Sogyal Rinpoche writes:

"Imagine a sky, empty, spacious, and pure from the beginning; its essence is like this. Imagine a sun, luminous, clear, unobstructed, and spontaneously present; its nature is like this. Imagine that sun shining out impartially on us and all things, penetrating all directions; its energy, which is the manifestation of compassion, is like this: Nothing can obstruct it and it pervades everywhere."

[ Short texts and book references follow. This is a teaching article. ]

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Buddhist events from all traditions in British Columbia, Washington State, Oregon:

Pacific Northwest Buddhist Events Calendar:
northwestdharma.org/nwda-calendar/

The Northwest Dharma Association

From
northwestdharma.org/about-nwda/

The term Buddhism refers to the insights, practices, and ways of life that have been inspired by the life and teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, who lived in India more than 2,500 years ago. Buddhism focuses on freeing human beings from suffering and providing a path to liberation.

The Buddha taught that struggle and suffering arise from confusion, craving, and aversion. He saw that the whole of existence is a net of interdependence; that nothing exists in isolation from anything else. He explained how our experience is shaped by how we see the world, and how it is possible to free ourselves from confused notions and counter-productive behaviors. The Buddha’s teachings show how to enjoy a freer life and, ultimately, how to overcome suffering completely.
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The Buddha’s teaching is often described as a combination of wisdom and compassion: the wisdom to see life and reality as it actually is, and, as a result of that recognition, the compassion to act for the welfare of others. All Buddhist traditions rest in the time honored principals of generosity, kindness and wisdom.

Buddhism arose in India then spread around the world, adapting to languages, cultures, and worldviews as diverse as Tibetan, Thai, Japanese, Russian, and now, in the modern era, European and North and South American. Because the Buddha’s teachings are vast and comprehensive, there are myriad ways of practicing that include meditation and study, faith and devotion, all rooted in ethical behavior and acts of kindness. In the West, mindfulness practices derived from Buddhist meditation, which utilize the strategy of moment-by-moment awareness and acceptance of present experience, are increasingly being recognized as a foundation of both mental and physical health, and introduced into health care, education, and other institutional settings.

Rather than trying to impose a single version of Buddhism, the Northwest Dharma Association invites you to explore the many traditions and lineages available in our region, and encourages you to find a group that is inspiring and useful to you. As the Buddha said 2,500 years ago: Come and see for yourself!

The Northwest Dharma Association’s Member Group Directory lists our Member Groups: temples, sanghas, meditation groups, etc. throughout the Northwest region representing this diversity. Here, you can find out about groups in your area and their ongoing activities. Our Calendar of Events provides information about upcoming special events throughout the region: classes, teachings, retreats, and so on.

If you want more information on how to begin your journey into Buddhist practice, you can always write to us at info@northwestdharma.org.


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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism


Buddhism
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Buddhism is a nontheistic religion[1][2] that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, who is commonly known as the Buddha, meaning "the awakened one". According to Buddhist tradition, the Buddha lived and taught in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE.[1] He is recognized by Buddhists as an awakened or enlightened teacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end their suffering through the elimination of ignorance and craving by way of understanding and the seeing of dependent origination, with the ultimate goal of attainment of the sublime state of nirvana.[3]

Two major branches of Buddhism are generally recognized: Theravada ("The School of the Elders") and Mahayana ("The Great Vehicle"). Theravada has a widespread following in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar etc.). Mahayana is found throughout East Asia (China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan etc.) and includes the traditions of Pure Land, Zen, Nichiren Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Shingon, and Tiantai (Tendai). In some classifications, Vajrayana—practiced mainly in Tibet and Mongolia, and adjacent parts of China and Russia—is recognized as a third branch, while others classify it as a part of Mahayana.

While Buddhism is practiced primarily in Asia, both major branches are now found throughout the world. Estimates of Buddhists worldwide vary significantly depending on the way Buddhist adherence is defined. Estimates range from 350 million to 1.6 billion, with 350–550 million the most widely accepted figure. Buddhism is also recognized as one of the fastest growing religions in the world.[4][5][6][7]

Buddhist schools vary on the exact nature of the path to liberation, the importance and canonicity of various teachings and scriptures, and especially their respective practices.[8] The foundations of Buddhist tradition and practice are the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma (the teachings), and the Sangha (the community). Taking "refuge in the triple gem" has traditionally been a declaration and commitment to being on the Buddhist path, and in general distinguishes a Buddhist from a non-Buddhist.[9]

Other practices may include following ethical precepts; support of the monastic community; renouncing conventional living and becoming a monastic; the development of mindfulness and practice of meditation; cultivation of higher wisdom and discernment; study of scriptures; devotional practices; ceremonies; and in the Mahayana tradition, invocation of buddhas and bodhisattvas.

[ Note: there is a tremendous amount of good material on Wikipedia. It is very clear and well-organized and remarkably rich in content. Highly recommended, and of course, free to all. ]


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N.B. I do not represent any individual or organization mentioned here.

This is written in partial fulfillment of my formal responsibilities as Buddhist teacher and bodhisattva for the benefit of the many, especially those who need psychological help.

Remember this: Nobody owns you. You must consciously choose your own responsibilities. You are free and responsible.

Sarva mangalam!
KT


"The inner world is the world of your requirements and your energies and your structure and your possibilities that meets the outer world. And the outer world is the field of your incarnation. That’s where you are. You’ve got to keep both going. As Novalis said, 'The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet.' ”
- Joseph Campbell, from "The Power of Myth" posted Wed, April 9, 2014 - 5:26 PM
West Coast Tantric Initiations San Francisco + Maitripa College Portland Oregon + Seattle Wa. / many events and Teaching References ( community » other ) West Coast Tantric Initiations San Francisco + Maitripa College Portland Oregon + Seattle Wa. / many events and Teaching References

Vajrasattva and Mahamudra Teaching Article
wizard rock - 6 videos


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NEW SECTION

Bay Area Empowerments ( San Francisco May 2014 ) / A Teaching article with references and practices (SF Bay Area)

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Medicine Buddha Empowerment Alamaeda / East Bay 11 May 2014
Goddess White Tara Empowerment ( Blessing / Jenang ) Berkeley 15 May 2014
Yeshe Tsogyel Empowerment Berkeley / East Bay May 17 - May 18 2014
Vajravidarana Empowerment Kensington /North Berkeley ) 25 May 2014

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Portland 19 April : Vajrasattva Initiation by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Eugene Oregon 18 April - 20 April : Mahamudra Instructions of the Mahasiddha Saraha by Drupon Rinchen Dorje
Seattle 9 May : Avalokitesvara Initiation

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Portland 6 May - 11 May: Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala and Blessings
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NEW SECTION Portland 17 May : Compassionate Communication with LaShelle Lowe-Charde
NEW EVENT Seattle June 6-8, 2014 : "Four Dharmas of Gampopa" with Ven. Dorzin Rinpoche
NEW SECTION Seattle 25 June : Vasudhara [ Goddess Tara ] Initiation and Teaching
NEW SECTION Seattle June 29 : Dharma Lecture: Tibetan Medicine and Healing Mantras
NEW SECTION Seattle 18-20 July : Maitreya [ Buddhist Relics ] Tour
NEW SECTION 15 April : Dalai Lama book "From Here to Enlightenment"
NEW SECTION 15 April : Karma Is Our Business - Some Notes on Theology
NEW SECTION 19 April : Steph Anderson from Tonks and the Aurors plays her song "We Are Magic"


Key book references and teaching links for Buddhist practice, Vajrasattva and friends
regional Buddhist organization : Northwest Dharma Association

Keywords: Meditation, guardian angels, Buddhism, Yoga, Mantra, inner healing, pagan mysticism, Tantra, Vajrayana, Vajrasattva, Avalokitesvara and Tara empowerments, healing mantras transmission, Four Dharmas of Gampopa, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Maitripa College, Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication, Sakya Monastery, Drikung Lineage, Maitreya Relics Tour, The Northwest Dharma Association, Pacific Northwest Buddhist regional events calendar, Steph Anderson from Tonks and the Aurors, wizard rock.

“Live the life for others. We work so hard for the (inherently existing) ‘I’ that when you search, can’t find! Strange isn’t it?”
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche, From Ven. Roger Kunsang’s Twitter page, posted on March 29, 2014

We've got to get back to Hogwarts
We've got to get back to school!
Darren Criss - Back to Hogwarts
www.youtube.com/watch

"Welcome to Hogwarts
It's gonna be a great seven years
Welcome to your new home
I think I'm gonna like it here
I've got homework to finish
The Hufflepuff common room is pretty nice.."
- Tonks and the Aurors

"Gotta get down to the library
Gotta make my mind up which book should I read?
Ravenclaws, Ravenclaws
Studying, Studying.
Learn, learn, learn, learn
Learning all the magic that we can...
We're Ravenclaws, Ravenclaws
We're the smart kids
Everyone wishes they were in our house, our house..."

"And the library's only open to those who sing our songs
We walk the walk with wizard rock
All other rock is muggle rock."
- The Boyz Who Lived

Tessa Violet: " What, what house would you say that you are, Dubster? You're not really a Slytherin."
Jakub Andrew: "Definitely not. I'm a Ravenclaw. All the way."
Tessa: "Do you like to eat books?"
Jakub:"That's how I absorb all my knowledge."

Funny Scene with Harry, Ron and Snape
www.youtube.com/watch

Harry Potter-Dolores Umbridge deleted scene!
www.youtube.com/watch

"Common to all four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, the practice of Vajrasattva is used to purify negative karma, illness, and obstacles to spiritual development. Lama Yeshe, the inspirational teacher who strongly influenced the development of Buddhism in the West, found that the practice of Vajrasattva brought dramatic results for his Western students."

Introduction
Vajrasattva is one of the most important, most useful yogas in Buddhist practice.
Vajrasattva is a key preliminary practice, a key practice of inner healing, and a key source of many of the most profound Buddhist teachings.
This practice is part of many or most of the highest Buddhist practice texts in Buddhist tantra.
It authorizes a broad range of practices, such as general mantra practices for Vajrapani, Manjusri, Avalokitesvara, Goddess Tara / 21 Taras and so forth. Therefore Vajrasattva initiation is extremely valuable for a number of reasons.

And by the way, if you didn't get your letter of admission to Hogwarts, that could be due to the fact that Hogwarts School is only for Brit kids, not for Americans. We have lots of Buddhist tantra and mantra practice schools in the USA. And a couple colleges too.

Since Maitripa College Portland is demonstrably a place where major Buddhist tantric transmissions are bestowed, such as in April 2014, it is definite that you can do mantra and magic in Portland, as well as at many other practice centers throughout the West Coast and beyond.

The Gelugpa order or lineage of Tibetan Buddhism is very strait-laced and proper, and very scholarly ( very Ravenclaw ). They are definitely not known for being very rock and roll ( whereas I am, see wizard rock videos following the article ). But they have serious high level practitioners. The Dalai Lama comes to mind. He's not rock and roll either, but he's still pretty amazing.

I practice in the lineage of the Indian great adept Maitripa and the Maitripa Mahamudra and honor this connection with Maitripa College. I personally am a non-sectarian practitioner but more Kagyu, not so much Gelugpa, while Maitripa College and the FPMT are based in the Gelugpa lineage of Atisa and Tsongkhapa.

I have honored and supported the lineage of Atisa and Tsongkhapa by putting forward the teaching schedules and books of the Dalai Lama on ninety ( 90 ) Tribe.net tribes across the world. Ninety eight percent of the Buddhist teaching work on Tribe these past seven years is by my hand.

Kagyu and Gelugpa schools share a common source in Maitripa, among others. I have therefore provided a Maitripa Mahamudra teaching in this article. And a major book reference on Mahamudra, which includes a good chapter on Maitripa. You need not enroll anywhere to get these precious teaching materials.

Also referenced here are substantial teaching articles on Buddhist deity yoga. These materials are immediately useful to those who have a Vajrasattva empowerment. Welcome to ( our kind of ) Hogwarts, if you've got tantric Buddhist transmission. It's mostly about doing lots of homework. We help as many people as we can. It's not about the money per se. The main offering made to a Buddhist teacher is practice / sadhana. And more practice. And in my case, public service/ outreach work of this kind...since I got drafted in 1985. Wasn't my idea, but it's important work.

There are many kinds and orientations of Buddhist practice, not just Mahayana and tantra. As a Buddhist teacher I gladly support all the ( real ) Buddhist schools; it is another primary aspect of my teaching work. Fortunately, there is a major association of Buddhists in the Pacific Northwest, The Northwest Dharma Association, and I am glad to make their important work known here ( see below ).

And anyway, Vajrasattva in the form of Vajrapani is one of the two key deity yogas of the Zen school known as Shaolin Monastery / kungfu. Therefore all Zen Buddhists ( read Chan and Zen Buddhists ) honor Vajrapani as well as Avalokitesvara.

N.B. Please keep in mind that Very Useful Self Care Practices like physical yoga and mantra yoga are NO Substitute for clinical medical checkups and western psychological therapies. Someone who has an acute issue or chronic issue should see a doctor first.
One that step is taken it is reasonable to see a spiritual doctor. Yes, this is a form of "spiritual medicine", but it should be viewed as complementary medicine, not as a "magic bullet."


Location:
Maitripa College | 1119 SE Market Street | Portland, Oregon USA 97214 | phone: 503-235-2477 | email: info@maitripa.org

Dates:
19 April and 21 April


Note: These transmissions include formal Buddhist commitments and practice obligations.

PLEASE CONTACT NAMDROL at education@maitripa.org IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.

This listing also serves to introduce Maitripa College, a Buddhist-oriented liberal arts school with a Tibetan / Gelugpa lineage focus.

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7 pm
VAJRASATTVA INITIATION

The initiation will be Vajrasattva with consort (this is a Highest Yoga Tantra initiation but not a Great Initiation) The preparation & initiation take place in one day. The event is scheduled to begin at 7, and will likely go until midnight.

Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche is not directly available for conversation until early March. However, the following information reflects Rinpoche's standard when giving this practice. This will be confirmed by March 10.

Commitment: 21 long mantras or 28 short mantras every day for the rest of your life, OR the 100,000 mantra retreat within one year.

[ Note: It is possible to complete 100,000 long Vajrasattva in one year as a daily practice. ]

Prerequisites: Students wishing to take this initiation should be very familiar with the lam-rim [ progressive stages of the Buddhist path, a Gelugpa teaching ]. They should be prepared to take bodhisattva and tantric vows, and to do the Six Session Guru Yoga daily.

[ Note - I have provided a summary reference in the book below, which is a comparable and equivalent teaching. ]

Note: Rinpoche gives Vajrasattva with consort. However students do not have to take tantric vows (generally students should take tantric vows, but Lama Yeshe chose not to make this a requirement, and Rinpoche follows Lama's example). Taking bodhisattva vows are required.

BY DONATION ONLY. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO HOLD YOUR PLACE. (Click on the link below).
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Monday, April 21, 2014, 7 pm
ORAL TRANSMISSION FOR DORJE KHANDRO
[ Fire Offering Ritual ]

[ The prerequisite for this teaching would be the Vajrasattva empowerment above, or something equivalent. ]

ABOUT THE PRACTICE

Making burning offerings to Dorje Khadro (Vajradaka) is considered to be "a golden Dharma" passed directly from Manjushri to Lama Tsongkhapa. It was one of Lama Tsongkhapa's heart practices and, as such, has a special connection with the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

The practice of Dorje Khadro comes highly praised for its power to purify negative karma in general, but especially for its ability to purify obstacles caused by broken vows and samaya related to highest yoga tantra. It also assists us in assembling the most conducive conditions for success in long retreats.

This practice is encouraged as a powerful way to help those who are sick or dying and as a method to readily clear the mind of challenging disturbing emotions.

- From Dorje Khadro - The Preliminary Practice of Dorje Khadro: A practice text by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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Registration is required to attend, please follow the link below to register. The teaching is offered by donation only.

When you register, you will have the opportunity to pre-order the hardcopy text "The Preliminary Practice of Dorje Khadro: A practice text by Lama Zopa Rinpoche" which contains the practices as well as commentaries.

The collection provides everything one needs to be able to do the complete ngöndro of Dorje Khadro, the recitation of the principal mantra 100,000 times coupled with extensive visualization and prayers.

The book's practice section includes the Dorje Khadro practice text, Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga and lam-rim and dedication prayers. In addition, the book contains teachings that contribute to a student's understanding of how to best engage in this practice. A precise commentary from Geshe Lama Konchog, an inspiring teaching from Lama Zopa Rinpoche based on a commentary written by Panchen Losang Chökyi Gyältsen, and a unique teaching from Lama Yeshe comprise the commentary section. The book's advice section includes guidelines for how to use the materials to complete the preliminary practice, either as a full-time retreat or as a daily practice.

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VENERABLE LAMA THUBTEN ZOPA RINPOCHE is the Spiritual Director of the FPMT. Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, not far from the Lawudo cave where his predecessor had meditated for the last 20 years of his life. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is now the Spiritual Director of the Foundation and oversees all of its activities. For complete biographical information, teachings, travel schedule and other resources, please visit the fpmt website.

Foundation For The Preservation of the Mahayana Trust, a global Buddhist community in the lineage of Tsongkhapa:
fpmt.org/

What is the Foundation for the
Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition?

The FPMT is an organization devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service. We provide integrated education through which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion.

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Mahamudra Instructions of the Mahasiddha Saraha

18 April - 20 April
Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute
477 E. 40th. Ave.
Eugene, OR 97405

Teacher: Drupon Rinchen Dorje
Sponsor: Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute
Phone: 5413593588
Email: info@saraha.org

northwestdharma.org/calendar...post-4520

On the weekend of April 18-20, meditation master Drupon Rinchen Dorje of the Kagyud Lineage of Buddhism, will honor Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute with his visit, and present teachings in an event entitled:

"A Song for the King : Mahamudra Instructions of the Mahasiddha Saraha."

These important teachings are pith instructions for the view and meditation of Vajrayana Buddhism, originally offered in verse form by the Buddhist master Saraha, the namesake of Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Institute. Live translation will be provided by Heidi Nevin.

Schediule

Friday April 18, 5-7 pm, Group Practice with Tsok, followed by public welcome dinner at Saraha

Sat. April 19: 10 am - 12 pm Teaching Session 1
Sat. April 19: 2 pm - 4 pm Teaching Session 2
Sat. April 19: 4:30-6 pm, Group Practice with Tsok

Sun. April 20: 10 am - 12 pm Teaching Session 3
Sun. April 20: 2 pm - 4 pm Teaching Session 4
Sun. April 20: 4:30-6 pm

Cost of event: $25 per session, $100 for entire event. Please come on time to all events. Please bring clean, wholesome food offering to contribute as part of Tsok events on Friday and Saturday.

The event title "A Song for the King" also refers to an excellent book by Khenchen Trangu Rinpoche of the same name.

Interested students are encouraged, by the teacher Drupon Rinchen Dorje, as well as Saraha Nyingma Buddhist Insitute, to get and read this book in preparation for this event. This book is available on Amazon at this link: www.amazon.com/Song-King-.../0861715039


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Avalokitesvara Initiation Seattle 9 May
[ Kuan Yin, Kwannon, Chenresig ]

1,000 Armed Chenrezi Initiation
Friday, May 9, 2014 7pm-9pm
bestowed by His Holiness Sakya Trizin

[ N.B. I do not know if this is highest yoga tantra or not. ]

Sakya Monastery
108 NW 83rd St
Seattle, WA 98117

maps.google.com/maps

Cost: $50 Adults; $45 Seniors; $35 Students

Phone: 206-789-2573
Email: monastery@sakya.org
www.sakya.org

From
northwestdharma.org/calendar...post-5262

Avalokiteshvara is the embodiment of all the Buddhas’ great compassion, referred to by Tibetans as Chenrezi, their patron Bodhisattva. The meditations of Chenrezi are also the central practice of Sakya Monastery. Of the numerous forms in which he manifests, the special aspect with a thousand arms (Mahakarunika Sahasrabhuja) is very powerful for purifying illness, negativities and obscurations, and awakening love and understanding in the heart.

Most auspiciously, His Holiness is bestowing the empowerment of the lineage that comes from Bhikshuni Shrimati (Tib. Gelongma Palmo), a renowned princess from ancient Oddiyana who gave up her royal privileges to become a fully ordained Buddhist nun. She attained miraculous healing through the fasting rituals of Nyung-nye and practice of Chenrezi, who appeared to her in a pure vision with a thousand arms of dynamic compassion and a thousand eyes of omniscient wisdom.

Obtaining this initiation from such a great master is not only the gateway to the purifying practice of Nyung-nye, but the entry-point to discovering the same liberating wisdom and compassion in our hearts.

[ Teaching reference for Avalokitesvara practice found below. ]

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Portland 6 May - 11 May: Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala and Blessings

www.maitripa.org/event_san..._3014.html

MEDICINE BUDDHA SAND
MANDALA FOR HEALING & PEACE

Open to all; Donations appreciated.

From Sera Monastery in India, comes the Compassion & Healing Tour to Maitripa College for six days of sand mandala creation and prayers for healing. A team of monks will construct an intricate Medicine Buddha sand mandala by arranging millions of grains of colored sand in a traditional iconography of sacred symbols. Creating a mandala is a rare and traditional Tibetan Buddhist ritual art that is also a method of generating peace, healing, and blessing for our earth, its inhabitants, and viewers of the mandala.

The daily schedule includes morning prayers and the opportunity to observe and speak with monks. During the six day visit, there will be three public ceremonies with chanting and meditation, particularly focused on the Medicine Buddha and healing. After the mandala is completed, monks sweep up the sand in a closing ceremony as a reminder of impermanence. The sand is distributed to those in attendance, and the blessings are thereby carried into the environment.

All events are open to the public and offered on a donation basis.

DAILY SCHEDULE

Tuesday, May 7 - Friday, May 9
9 - 9:30 am ~ Morning prayers, open to public
9:30 am - 6 pm ~ Drop in anytime to observe the creation of the sand mandala

SPECIAL EVENTS

Tuesday, May 6
9 - 10 am ~ Opening Ceremony

Thursday, May 8
7:30 pm ~ Healing Ceremony with the Sera Monastery Monks

Saturday, May 10
10am - 5pm ~ Monks will finish the sand mandala in the morning, and it will be available for blessing and viewing the rest of the day

4 pm ~ Introduction to Traditional Tibetan Medicine, with Dr. Tsering Lhamo
Dr. Tsering Lhamo is the first traditionally trained Tibetan doctor (MenTseeKhang) to also earn an MD (University of Washington) in the United States.

Sunday, May 11
5 pm ~ Closing Ceremony

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Maitripa College Portland Oregon 17 May 2014

Compassionate Communication & the Four Divine Abidings
with LaShelle Lowe-Charde

Saturday, May 17, 2014 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cost : $75

From
www.maitripa.org/event_las..._2014.html

Loving Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity: No matter what your mind state, you can always turn to one of these, also known as the Four Immeasurables. Learn to cultivate them in your life and interactions with others in this workshop based in Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication methods.

LaShelle Lowe-Charde is a psychologist who has enjoyed offering Compassionate Communication or Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and mindfulness counseling and training for the last nine years. Her workshops offer an understanding of human nature along with a concrete set of tools to help us act and live from a place of clarity and compassion. LaShelle is passionate about helping people express their deepest values while relating with compassion and integrity with others. She is a resident of Dharma Rain Zen Center.

*$75

*Current degree students, faculty & staff - No charge but register to reserve your space.

*American Psychological Association Continuing Education: please inquire

This workshop, postponed due to snow and ice in February has now been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014. If you have already registered and/or paid, you do not need to do anything further to confirm your space. If you pre-paid but are no longer able to attend on the re-schedule date, you may convert your payment to a tax-deductible donation, or request a refund by writing to accounts@maitripa.org.

New participants are welcome to register by clicking the link below.
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Seattle June 6-8, 2014

"Four Dharmas of Gampopa"
with Ven. Dorzin Rinpoche

University Heights Center,
5031 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105
Friday & Saturday Room 109, Sunday Room 108.

Sponsored by Drikung Seattle
drikungseattle@gmail.com

Suggested Teaching Donations
Friday evening—$30
Saturday OR Sunday teaching—$45
Saturday AND Sunday teachings­—$80
Full program—$110

Ordained sangha are our welcomed guests. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please register so we will be expecting you with adequate materials. Partial attendance is allowed. There are no pre-requisites to attend. All are welcome.

Online registration and program details are available on our website: www.drikungseattle.com

Gampopa (1079-1135) also known as Dakpo Rinpoche, is one of the most important figures in the Kagyu lineage. The foremost disciple of Jetsun Milarepa, he truly consolidated the Kagyu tradition

Four Dharmas of Gampopa
Grant your blessing so that my mind may turn towards the Dharma.
Grant your blessing so that Dharma may progress along the path.
Grant your blessing so that the path may clarify confusion.
Grant your blessing so that confusion may dawn as wisdom.

www.drigar-dargyeling.com/web/i...npoche

Dorzin Dhondrup Rinpoche completed the Yangzab preliminary practices in closed retreat. Furthermore, he received Tregcho Dzogchen teaching from Khenpo Munsel Rinpoche. From his root guru, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, he received the empowerments, instructions and transmissions of the preliminaries to the Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra, all subsequent stages of the Five-Fold Path, Mahamudra, Dzogchen, and the Six Yogas of Naropa. Following these instructions, he practiced them in retreat over the course of several years.

In addition, he received the empowerments, instructions and transmissions of Phowa – the Transference of Consciousness, Yamantaka, Vajrakilaya, the Kagye Deities, Chakrasamvara, Vajrayogini, and many other classes of Tantra, as well as the protectors according to the Drikung Kagyu tradition such as Mahakala and Achi Chokyi Drolma.

From Khenchen Tenzin Sangpo he received extensive commentary on the Bodhicharyavatara, the 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas, the Nyingma Domsum Namye, and Phowa. During his stay at the monastery, he has completed several retreats on the nature of mind.

In 1994, he arrived in Dehra Dun, India, and joined the Drikung Kagyu Institute Jangchubling Shedra, where he studied for six years receiving instructions on the Five Major Volumes of Philosophical Texts and Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation from Khenpo Togdröl and Khenpo Tashi. From Khenchen Könchok Gyaltsen Rinpoche he received instructions on the major scriptures such as the Gongchik, the Essence of Mahayana, the Uttaratantra, and the Seven Verses of Supplication to Tara.

H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche had imparted on him various empowerments, transmissions and instructions, and in particular, instructions on the great collected works of Lord Jigten Sumgön and the past Kagyü masters, as well as the Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra and the Yidam Chakrasamvara. Thereupon, he completed the Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra starting with the preliminaries all the way through Chakrasamvara including the fire puja.

In addition, he received transmissions and instructions on the complete Indian texts of Mahamudra, the three Cycles of Luminosity – Mahamudra instructions by Dagpo Tashi Namgyal, the Six Yogas of Naropa, and extensive commentaries and transmissions on Phowa.

From Kyabje Trülshig Rinpoche he received empowerment and transmission of the complete Treasury of Pith Instructions (Damngag Dzo). He received various empowerments and transmissions from Chöje Togden Rinpoche. From Drubwang Konchog Norbu Rinpoche, he received instructions on Mahamudra and the Mani (Chenrezig) practice. From Ayang Rinpoche he received instructions on Phowa and together with him engaged in a Phowa retreat in Bodhgaya. He also received various empowerments, transmissions and instructions from the great non-sectarian senior Lamas in India.

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Vasudhara [ Goddess Tara ] Initiation and Teaching Seattle 25 June

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7pm-9pm
bestowed by Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho

Sakya Monastery
108 NW 83rd St
Seattle, WA 98117

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Cost: $50 Adults; $45 Seniors; $35 Students

Phone: 206-789-2573
Email: monastery@sakya.org
www.sakya.org

Vasudhara (Tib. Norgyunma), sometimes referred to as Gold Tara in the West, is the sister of Saraswati (Tib. Yangchenma). Her name translates to stream of gems. She is a wealth deity and Buddhist bodhisattva of wealth, prosperity, and abundance.

from
northwestdharma.org/calendar...teaching/

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Dharma Lecture: Tibetan Medicine and Healing Mantras

Sunday, June 29, 2014 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Cost: $30 Public; $25 Members

Teacher: Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche

Sakya Monastery
108 NW 83rd St
Seattle, WA 98117

Phone: 206-789-2573
Email: monastery@sakya.org
www.sakya.org

From
northwestdharma.org/calendar...-mantras/

Traditionally, Tibetans take medicines that have been blessed by the recitation of numerous mantras during the process of the making of the medicine. Thus when we take the medicine, we are taking in the blessing of the mantras. The doctor who makes the medicines recites many mantras during the process of making the medicine.

Tibetan medicine helps many physical and mental ailments. In this class, Tulku Yeshi will give the oral transmission of many healing mantras that could be used for oneself, other people, pets, and all sentient beings.

[ See also extensive set of Medicine Buddha teachings at link below. ]

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Maitreya [ Buddhist Relics ] Loving Kindness Tour Seattle 18-20 July

Dates:
Friday, July 18, 2014 through
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cost: free

Seattle Unity Church
200 8th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Sponsor: Drikung Seattle
Contact: James Tierney
Phone: 425 241 1968
Email: jamesti44@gmail.com
www.maitreyarelictour.com


From
northwestdharma.org/calendar...post-4394

A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is touring the world. The relics were found from among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. The relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom.

Visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics. While some are inspired to pray for world peace and to develop their inner wisdom, others are overcome by emotion as the powerful effects of the relics open their hearts to compassion and loving-kindness.

The relics are clearly visible inside display cases that encircle a life-size, golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Visitors may participate in a Blessing Ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s head for a personal blessing.

According to Buddhist scriptures, Maitreya will be the next Buddha to bring teachings of loving-kindness to the world. Eventually, the relics will be enshrined in a 150-ft/45-m bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha to be built in Bodhgaya, northern India. The Relics were collected over many year by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Spiritual Founder of the Relic Tour.

[ KT adds: Have seen this tour on 2 separate days. Very powerful. The British Museum and the Louvre in Paris are lower priority. ]


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Medicine Buddha Teachings ( and Empowerment ) - a teaching article
seattle.tribe.net/listing/M...279c00b7d3

Keywords: ethnomedicine, Buddhist psychology, Medicine Buddha, Mahayana Buddhism, Buddhist tantra, Healing, Spiritual Healing, Naturopathic Medicine, Complementary Medicine, Ayurveda ( Hindu/Buddhist medical yoga ), Vajrapani & Buddhist guardian angels, psychic healing, kundalini yoga.

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Core teachings on Buddhist refuge, bodhicitta and tantra are given in the first hundred pages of the following book.

Dakini Teachings Paperback
by Padmasambhava (Author), Nyang-ral Nyima Ozer (Author), Yeshe Tsogyal (Author)
www.amazon.com/Dakini-Tea...9627341363/

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Comment on a Profound Teaching
By Kelly Mackin on January 10, 2011
Format: Paperback

Yeshe Tsogal and his Holiness Guru Rinpoche cut through the noise of everyday life and have given the human race a profound set of teachings that is accessible to a new student, but which delivers the most concise exposition on the teachings that I have ever read. This is a book of discussion and practices, and by working through the commentaries and practices, it is almost inevitable that one will develop a profound respect for this amazing being and his most loyal student, Yeshe Tsogal, Princess of Karchen.

This book was dictated in the distant past by Guru Rinpoche to Yeshe Tsogal, who concealed it in code and hid it in a cave. Guru Rinpoche named the individual who would find it generations later.

The book begins with a foundational set of practices that enable even a novice to develop a different awareness of one's own mind, it's structure, components, and their interaction. The results of those practices are then built upon by succeeding chapters. Buddhism at this level is a profound science of the nature of our minds, how they work, and where the perception of phenomena can become distorted. It also contains advice for the student in how to correct herself or himself within the context of the teachings; an area where most Buddhist books in English are silent.

In particular, Guru Rinpoche describes the outer, inner, secret, and sublime components of awareness in a way that is accessible to anyone with average or better capacity. For a book that was written so long ago, it is profoundly fresh in most places and even Rinpoche's jokes and wry sense of humor come through completely alive.

He assists the practitioner on almost every page and anticipates the problems that modern students might have with the material.

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Becoming Vajrasattva: The Tantric Path of Purification [ Paperback ]
by Lama Thubten Yeshe (Author), Nicholas Ribush (Editor), Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche (Foreword)

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Wisdom Publications; 2nd edition (June 15, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0861713893

www.amazon.com/Becoming-V...0861713893/


"The practice of purification is one of the most important solutions to life's problems." - Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Common to all four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, the practice of Vajrasattva is used to purify negative karma, illness, and obstacles to spiritual development. Lama Yeshe, the inspirational teacher who strongly influenced the development of Buddhism in the West, found that the practice of Vajrasattva brought dramatic results for his Western students.

Becoming Vajrasattva is a complete guide to this purification practice, providing instruction on the method, commentary on the traditional texts, and insight into tantra. Also included is an entire section of complete retreat instructions - indispensable reading material for anyone undertaking a retreat in the Tibetan tradition.

"[FOUR STARS] Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-84), one of the best loved and most highly accomplished lamas teaching Westerners, has gifted us with a number of very important books based on his talks to students. Among his superb publications, all released by Wisdom Publications, are Introduction to Tantra, The Bliss of Inner Fire, and Becoming Compassion Buddha: Tantric Mahamudra for Everyday Life.

"Becoming Vajrasattva has the same direct quality as Lama Yeshe's other works, allowing the reader to sense and enjoy some of the immediacy of receiving oral instructions from a highly realized teacher. As the founder of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), with over 100 centers around the world, he has created a lasting legacy. This book is the first full-length treatment of the Vajrasattva meditation/visualization practice, which is considered very important by all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. We are very generously given a close-up view of how the meditation is to be done, including its associated rituals, and also of the minutiae of an actual Vajrasattva retreat. Lama Yeshe's accompanying instructional talks are, as always, precious and enormously clarifying and encouraging." (Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies Interactive)



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From Here to Enlightenment: An Introduction to Tsong-kha-pa's Classic Text The Great Treatise of the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment [ Paperback – February 11, 2014 ]
by H.H. the Dalai Lama (Author), Guy Newland (Translator)

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion; Reprint edition (February 11, 2014)

ISBN-10: 1559394234
www.amazon.com/From-Here-...1559394234/


The most extensive teaching given by the Dalai Lama in the West on a seminal Tibetan Buddhist text.

When the Dalai Lama was forced to go into exile in 1959, his copy of Tsong-kha-pa's classic text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment was one of the few items that he could take with him. This text distills all of the essential points of Tibetan Buddhism, clearly unfolding the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment.

In 2008, celebrating the long-awaited completion of the English-language translation of this text, the Dalai Lama gave a historic six-day teaching at Lehigh University to explain its meaning. From Here to Enlightenment makes this momentous event available for a wider general readership.

About the Author

HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people, a Nobel Peace Laureate, and a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, he is a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored numerous books. He is a tireless worker for peace who travels extensively throughout the world.

GUY NEWLAND is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University, where he has taught since 1988. Newland has authored, edited, and translated several books on Tibetan Buddhism, including the three-volume translation of The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.

KT Review

This is an extremely valuable book on the philosophy of Buddhist practice, in particular as an accessible summary overview of the core teaching of Je Tsongkhapa ( Tibetan Gelugpa order ). As such it is indispensable for practitioners of the Gelugpa school.

The Lamrim Chenmo ( Stages of the Path ) is the core text around which Gelugpa practitioners wrap themselves. It is comprehensive and the commentaries are quite long. That is because the Gelugpa approach to Buddhist praxis has always been extremely scholarly. Going through an entire Lamrim Chenmo commentary is a really heavy read.

The Dalai Lama has with this streamlined teaching performed an extremely important service to Tibetan Buddhism and the Gelugpa Order and religious scholarship generally. He is one of the very greatest religious scholars of our era, Buddhist or otherwise, and he has spent a lifetime focused on this text.

In distilling the Lamrim Chenmo into a six day teaching, and with a superb translation into modern English, the Dalai Lama and Professor Newland have built an important and practical bridge for the classical Gelugpa teaching to connect to the West and to modern public thought.

Many people have seen the Dalai Lama, he has inspired a whole generation, and he is greatly respected throughout the world. Now we have in one book the distilled core of the Dalai Lama's teaching of Tsongkhapa. Bravo.


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VAJRASATTVA KARMA MANTRA, with teaching and references ( repost )
repost from tribe: teaching yoga
dzogchen.tribe.net/thread/d...ad9925ff1


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A full Vajrasattva empowerment includes these three bodhisattva practices.

Vajrapani Bodhisattva of Power

Vajrapani ( Buddhist Angel of Power & Protection ) Empowerment and Teaching
australia.tribe.net/listing/...f1ec534d5

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattava of Compassion

North American + European Buddha of Compassion ( Avalokitesvara ) Initiations / How to Expand Lovingkindness and Compassion
seattle.tribe.net/listing/N...50cbf80667


Manjusri Bodhisattva of Wisdom

Mahabodhisattva Manjusri ( & Wrathful Manjusri / Yamantaka ) resources : scripture and commentaries and practice resources
nonsecularbuddhism.tribe.net/thr...2914


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The following post gives three important books on Goddess Tara.

seattle.tribe.net/listing/L...e7caf4ae17

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Vajra Vidarana, The Vajra Subduer ( Tibetan : Dorje Namjom )

Vajravidarana is a purifying practice and an aspect of Vajrasattva.
Anyone who has a basic or high Vajrasattva empowerment can do this practice.

Vajravidarana is the basic level of wrathful purification practice. The second level is Vajrapani.
The third level is Vajrakilaya, which requires a special empowerment.

Here I will present practice materials of Vajravidarana: the short mantra, a short practice text, and the long mantra. I have done some cleanup of the mantras to return them to the original Sanskrit.

Vajra Vidarana short mantra
NAMO CHANDA VAJRA KRODHAYA HULU HULU TISHTHA TISHTHA BHANDHA BHANDHA HANA HANA AMRITÉ HUNG PHET

Vajra Vidarana medium length mantra
NAMO RATNA TRAYAYA NAMA CHANDA VAJRAPANAYE MAHAYAKSHA SENAPATAYE TADYATA OM HARA HARA VAJRA MATHA MATHA VAJRA DHUNA DHUNA VAJRA DAHA DAHA VAJRA PATSA PATSA VAJRA DHARA DHARA VAJRA DHARAYA DHARAYA VAJRA DARUNA DARUNA VAJRA TSINDHA TSINDHA VAJRA BHINDHA BHINDHA VAJRA HUNG PHETT


Vajra Vidarana short practice text
www.losangsamten.com/sadhana...mjum.pdf



www.losangsamten.com/sadhana...mjum.pdf

The Vajra Subduer: Vajra Vidarana
From
www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan...isattvas

deshin shekpa tamché kyi

All the buddhas' power and strength


tu top chiktu düpé dak

Is condensed within you alone,


dorje trowöi kur tönpa

Who manifest as the enlightened form of vajra wrath—


nampar jom la chak tsal lo

Vajra Subduer, to you I pay homage!


gang tuk nyi su mepé yeshe kyi

With the non-dual wisdom of your enlightened mind,


dorje rinchen kun nas barwé tü

And through the power of your blazing vajra and jewel,


dü shyi top nam nampar jom dzepa

You vanquish completely the forces of the four maras,


dorje nampar jom la chak tsal tö

Dorje Namjom (Vajra Subduer), to you we offer homage and praise!



NAMO RATNA TRAYAYA NAMA TSANDA VAJRA PANAYA MAHA YAKSHA SENAPATAYE TAYATA OM KHRODHA KHRODHA KHRODAYA KHRODAYA SPHUTA SPHUTA SPHOTAYA SPHOTAYA GHURNA GHURNA GHURNAPAYA GHURNAPAYA SARVA SATVANI BHODHAYA BHODHAYA SAMBHODHAYA SAMBHODHAYA BHRAMA BHRAMA SAMBHRAMAYA SAMBHRAMAYA SARVA BHUTANI KUTTA KUTTA SAMKUTTAYA SAMKUTTAYA SARVA SHATRUN GHATA GHATA SAMGHATAYA SAMGHATAYA SARVA VIDYAM VAJRA VAJRA SAPOTAYA VAJRA VAJRA KATA VAJRA VAJRA MATA VAJRA VAJRA MATHA VAJRA VAJRA ATA HASANILA VAJRASU VAJRAYA SVAHA HEPULLU NIRUPULLU GRIHANA KULLU MILI TSULLU KURUKULLU VAJRA VIJAYAYA SVAHA
KILIKILAYA SVAHA
KATA KATA MATA MATA RATA RATA MOTANA PRAMARDANAYE SVAHA
TSARANI TSARA HARA HARA SARA SARA MARAYA VAJRA VIDARANAYA SVAHA TSINDHA TSINDHA BHINDHA BHINDHA MAHA KILIKILAYA SVAHA
BHANDHA BHANDHA KRODHA VAJRA KILIKILAYA SVAHA
TSURU TSURU TSANDA KILIKILAYA SVAHA
TRASAYA TRASAYA VAJRA KILIKILAYA SVAHA
HARA HARA VAJRADHARAYA SVAHA
PRAHARA PRAHARA VAJRA PRABHANJANAYA SVAHA
MATISTHIRA VAJRA SHUTISTHIRA VAJRA PRATISTHIRA VAJRA MAHA VAJRA APRATI HATA VAJRA AMOGHA VAJRA EHAYEHI SHRI GHRAM VAJRADHARAYA SVAHA DHARA DHARA DHIRI DHIRI DHURU DHURU SARVA VAJRAKULA AWARTAYA SVAHA
AMUKA MARAYA PHET
NAMA SAMANTA VAJRANAM SARVA VAJRA KULAM MAWARTAYA MAHABALE KATAPALE TATALE ATSALE MANDALA MAYE ATI VAJRA MAHABALA BEGA RANA RANA AJITE JWALA JWALA TISTHA TISTHA TING GALE DAHA DAHA TEJAVATI TILI TILI BHANDHA BHANDHA MAHABALE VAJRA ANGKUSHA JWALAYA SVAHA
NAMO RATNA TRAYAYA NAMA TSANDA VAJRAPANAYE MAHAYAKSHA SENAPATAYE TEYATA OM HARA HARA VAJRA MATHA MATHA VAJRA DHUNA DHUNA VAJRA DAHA DAHA VAJRA PATSA PATSA VAJRA DHARA DHARA VAJRA DHARAYA DHARAYA VAJRA DARUNA DARUNA VAJRA TSINDHA TSINDHA VAJRA BHINDHA BHINDHA VAJRA HUNG PHETT


NAMO CHANDA VAJRA KRODHAYA HULU HULU TISHTHA TISHTHA BHANDHA BHANDHA HANA HANA AMRITÉ HUNG PHET


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Maitripa on Great Seal ( Mahamudra ) Primordial Awareness Yoga

Maitripa was one of the great adepts of ancient India before the destruction of Buddhist wisdom culture by the Islamic armies which invaded from the northwest.

He was one of the main Indian sources of the goddess Vajrayogini practice and of the Mahamudra teachings.

Here Maitripa gives a short summary teaching on Mahamudra awareness yoga as a key guidance for Cakrasamvara / Vajrayogini practice.

From
www.keithdowman.net/guestpag...tripa.htm

Maitripa's Essential Mahamudra Verses
Translated into English by Nicole Riggs.

To innermost bliss, I pay homage!

Were I to explain Mahamudra, I would say—
All phenomena? Your own mind!
If you look outside for meaning, you'll get confused.
Phenomena are like a dream, empty of true nature,

And mind is merely the flux of awareness,
No self nature: just energy flow.
No true nature: just like the sky.
All phenomena are alike, sky-like.

That's Mahamudra, as we call it.
It doesn't have an identity to show;
For that reason, the nature of mind
Is itself the very state of Mahamudra
(Which is not made up, and does not change).
If you realize this basic reality
You recognize all that comes up, all that goes on,
as Mahamudra,
The all-pervading dharma-body.

Rest in the true nature, free of fabrication.
Meditate without searching for dharma-body—
It is devoid of thought.
If your mind searches, your meditation will be confused.

Because it's like space, or like a magical show,
There is neither meditation or non-meditation,
How could you be separate or inseparable?
That's how a yogi sees it!

Then, aware of all good and bad stuff as the basic reality,
You become liberated.
Neurotic emotions are great awareness,
They're to a yogi as trees are to a fire—FUEL!

What are notions of going or staying?
Or, for that matter, "meditating" in solitude?
If you don't get this,
You free yourself only on the surface.

But if you do get it, what can ever fetter you?
Abide in an undistracted state.
Trying to adjust body and mind won't produce meditation.
Trying to apply techniques won't produce meditation either.

See, nothing is ultimately established.
Know what appears to have no intrinsic nature.
Appearances perceived: reality's realm, self-liberated.
Thought that perceives: spacious awareness, self-liberated.
Non-duality, sameness [of perceiver and perceived]: the dharma-body.

Like a wide stream flowing non-stop,
Whatever the phase, it has meaning
And is forever the awakened state—
Great bliss without samsaric reference.

All phenomena are empty of intrinsic nature
And the mind that clings to emptiness dissolves in its own ground.
Freedom from conceptual activity
Is the path of all the Buddhas.

I've put together these lines
That they may last for aeons to come.
By this virtue, may all beings without exception
Abide in the great state of Mahamudra.


Colophon

This was Maitripa's Essential Mahamudra Instruction (in Tibetan: Phyag rgya chen po tshig bsdus pa), received from Maitripa himself and translated by the Tibetan translator Marpa Chökyi Lodrö.

© Nicole Riggs 1999. Reproduction welcome
if not for profit and with full acknowledgement.

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Key book reference for Mahamudra primordial awareness yoga.
This includes a whole chapter on Maitripa ( p125 - 190 ).

Straight From The Heart: Buddhist Pith Instructions [ Hardcover ]
by Karl Brunnholzl (Translator, Introduction)

Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion; 1St Edition edition (May 11, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1559392797

www.amazon.com/Straight-H...1559392797/

Straight from the Heart brings together an inspiring collection of Buddhist teachings, songs of realization, meditation instructions, and enlightened poetry all chosen for their power to speak directly to the student. Drawn from Indian Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism as well as from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, some will impress with their beautiful poetry and powerful imagery; others with their profound power of instruction.

Still others share personal advice for life that seems to come directly from the mouth of the author, and some serve as immediate and profound practice instructions. Several are just delightfully unconventional, even outrageous, letting in fresh air on petrified views or musty traditions. Most of them are simply unknown precious gems, which deserve a wider audience.

Each of the works is preceded by a brief introduction and a short biography of its author. Many of these are legendary accounts of supernatural feats edifying examples for students on the same spiritual path, meant to expand their limited outlook with “mind-blowing” stories. Miraculous deeds, magnificent songs, and pithy instructions distinguish this collection assembled by the Buddhist scholar and translator Karl Brunnhölzl, whose years of work among dharma texts and his skill as a translator yield a rich mine of teachings all chosen for their ability to speak directly to the heart.

Editorial Reviews
Review
"Essential teachings. . . . The deepest insights are presented here straight from the heart. I consider this a great contribution to the study of Buddhism."
—Ringu Tulku

"Straight from the Heart is a priceless garland of Mahayana and Vajrayana literary gems that were previously difficult to locate. . . . Beautifully translated. . . . All communicate the singular power and beauty of the Dharma and undoubtedly will awaken or deepen faith in the reader as well as instruct and delight. . . . Brunnhölzl’s thoroughness in presenting these rare and inspiring materials can be gauged from the fact that the book contains well over one thousand footnotes furnishing further details both for the general reader and scholars. Straight from the Heart has an almost magical quality; it makes one feel as though one were sitting in the presence of all those wonderful masters."
—Georg Feuerstein, PhD

"In the preface to Straight from the Heart: Buddhist Pith Instructions the translator Karl Brunnhölzl aptly compares his new anthology to a box of fine chocolates. There is a tremendous variety within the collection, and as with chocolates these unique and rich poems, songs, and pithy treatises are best appreciated one or two at a time. . . . For readers who enjoy a book that may be repeatedly dipped into for inspiration, Straight from the Heart is a very deep well indeed. Brunnhölzl strives for a balance of precision and clarity in his translations that make these esoteric instructions more accessible, and his commentaries contextualize the verses just enough without burying them in too much explanation."
—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

"Straight from the Heart: Buddhist Pith Instructions is an exciting new collection of poetry, songs, meditation, instructions, and philosophical works by Indian and Tibetan Buddhist masters, much of which has previously been unavailable in Western languages. The eminently capable translator Karl Brunnhölzl has made his selections from the writings of such famous teachers as Nagarjuna Asanga and the Karmapas of Tibet as well as from those of lesser known teachers. Each selection is prefaced by an introduction and a biographical sketch of its author and is copiously annotated. The result is a compendium of profound and witty writings that will delight, inform, and inspire all who are interested in the Buddhist spiritual path."
—Elizabeth Callahan, editor and translator of The Treasury of Knowledge, Book Six, Part Three: Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy

"Well presented. . . . Brunnhölzl is an eminently capable translator and has made his selections from famous teachers like Nagarjuna Asanga and the Karmapas of Tibet. . . . Profound and witty writings that speak straight to the heart."—The Middle Way


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Karma Is Our Business - Some Notes on Theology

"What does it mean to be Pagan? How, for yourself, is Paganism defined? What things are component of Paganism, and even more, what are the "essential" components?"

From
tribes.tribe.net/c70c7a4b-...f8ae45d294

Re: What does it mean to be Pagan? "The Abrahamic God is not our business. . ."

Short answer:
When the Dalai Lama went to the Vatican in 1973, the Bishops asked him "What about God? What about God?" His reply was
"God is YOUR business. Karma is MY business."

Some people think the Dalai Lama is monotheistic! Don't know why. He was born in Tibet. Do you think his mother was Jewish? There is a very small Muslim population documented in pre-Communist Tibet. But the 14th Dalai Lama was brought up as a Buddhist monk. Just so you know.

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Welcome to Hogwarts + We Are Magic (Tonks and the Aurors)

Welcome To Hogwarts (Tonks and the Aurors)
www.youtube.com/watch

Welcome to Hogwarts
It's gonna be a great seven years
Welcome to your new home
I think I'm gonna like it here
I've got homework to finish
The Hufflepuff common room is pretty nice..

Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles at the Wizard Rock Festival...

Steph Anderson from Tonks and the Aurors plays her sixth and final song "We Are Magic" at the Wizard Rock Festival at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on 2/17/12.

This song is about Remus and Tonks, but it has one of those choruses that goes meta and transcends the original meaning to touch the entire fandom.

"So this song goes out to you guys and it's called We Are Magic"

You were shy and unassuming
And I was always the wild child
But when we first met,
I knew you felt it, like I...
We are, we are, we are magic
We are, we are, we forever are magic magic magic
I never knew what it was like, to defend love...
Until someone tried to take it away from us
We are, we are, we are magic
I can feel you near me still
You protect me, as I protect you
We are magic magic magic
- Steph Anderson from Tonks and the Aurors

We Are Magic (Tonks and the Aurors) - Wizard Rock Festival Los Angeles
www.youtube.com/watch

tonksandtheaurors.com/

www.myspace.com/tonksandtheaurors

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maitripa.org/about_vision.html

Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon, offers graduate-level Buddhist Studies classes for part-time and full-time students through our Buddhist Studies MDiv programs, retreats and workshops with visiting scholars through our Extension Program, introductory classes in Buddhism through the Discovering Buddhism courses, and weekly public Dharma teachings and prayer services in the Jokhang Meditation Hall under the direction of Yangsi Rinpoche.

Maitripa Institute received legal authority in July 2008 from the State of Oregon to offer graduate degrees in Buddhist Studies. This approval means that Maitripa is now a College, and that its program courses are available for college credit. Maitripa is currently offering a Master of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies and a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) degree. This achievement is the first step towards regional accreditation. We hope to expand this program into a fully-functioning accredited university in the future, and to continue the precedent of great scholarship in and practical application of this rich philosophical tradition in America.

If you live in - or plan to visit - the Portland, Oregon area and have an interest in Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist scholarship, or meditation, please attend one of our events, take a class, or contact us for a tour of the College.

THE MAITRIPA VISION & MISSION STATEMENT

Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon, will produce enlightened practitioners, politicians, businesspeople, social workers, teachers, artists, philosophers, scientists, environmentalists, and healthcare workers for the 21st century. We will fulfill this vision through the development of an accredited Buddhist University offering graduate and undergraduate education guided by the principles of the Buddhadharma.

The College will educate students in traditional areas of liberal arts, such as philosophy, political science, languages, and the arts, as well as in practical areas of expertise, such as psychology, social work, environmental sciences, business, and healthcare. The emphasis of the education at Maitripa will be on integrating Buddhist principles into the student’s chosen field of study, and on developing the qualities of a good heart, tolerance, forgiveness, and joy in the students’ minds as a basis for active engagement and benefit in society.

The mission of Maitripa College is to:
*Offer educational programs in Buddhist philosophy, languages, liberal arts, social service, and social science that reflect the standard of the tradition of scholarship of Tibetan Buddhism

*Offer all educational programs on a scholarship basis to those students who demonstrate both merit and need

*Develop a community of scholars, practitioners, and friends to foster the spirit of analysis and exploration of Tibetan Buddhism in all its facets, and to integrate the principles of Buddhist philosophy into western culture

*Create educational programs that function in conjunction with a program of meditation/mind training that will contribute to the development of the qualities of a good heart, tolerance, forgiveness, and joy

*Encourage academic study, meditation for personal development, and community service as three aspects of a complete education

*Operate in the spirit of the Buddhadharma, under the principles of awareness of logical analysis, karmic cause and effect, ethics, equanimity, compassion, wisdom, and dependent arising

*Remain committed to remaining non-sectarian in relation to the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and encourage and foster an environment in which interfaith and interdenominational dialogue is supported, encouraged, and utilized as a resource for personal development

*Complete the accreditation process and become a recognized, accredited University

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Pacific Northwest Buddhist Events Calendar ( all Buddhadharma traditions in several states and British Columbia ):
northwestdharma.org/nwda-calendar/

From
northwestdharma.org/about-nwda/

The term Buddhism refers to the insights, practices, and ways of life that have been inspired by the life and teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, who lived in India more than 2,500 years ago. Buddhism focuses on freeing human beings from suffering and providing a path to liberation.

The Buddha taught that struggle and suffering arise from confusion, craving, and aversion. He saw that the whole of existence is a net of interdependence; that nothing exists in isolation from anything else. He explained how our experience is shaped by how we see the world, and how it is possible to free ourselves from confused notions and counter-productive behaviors. The Buddha’s teachings show how to enjoy a freer life and, ultimately, how to overcome suffering completely.
Continue...

The Buddha’s teaching is often described as a combination of wisdom and compassion: the wisdom to see life and reality as it actually is, and, as a result of that recognition, the compassion to act for the welfare of others. All Buddhist traditions rest in the time honored principals of generosity, kindness and wisdom.

Buddhism arose in India then spread around the world, adapting to languages, cultures, and worldviews as diverse as Tibetan, Thai, Japanese, Russian, and now, in the modern era, European and North and South American. Because the Buddha’s teachings are vast and comprehensive, there are myriad ways of practicing that include meditation and study, faith and devotion, all rooted in ethical behavior and acts of kindness. In the West, mindfulness practices derived from Buddhist meditation, which utilize the strategy of moment-by-moment awareness and acceptance of present experience, are increasingly being recognized as a foundation of both mental and physical health, and introduced into health care, education, and other institutional settings.

Rather than trying to impose a single version of Buddhism, the Northwest Dharma Association invites you to explore the many traditions and lineages available in our region, and encourages you to find a group that is inspiring and useful to you. As the Buddha said 2,500 years ago: Come and see for yourself!

The Northwest Dharma Association’s Member Group Directory lists our Member Groups: temples, sanghas, meditation groups, etc. throughout the Northwest region representing this diversity. Here, you can find out about groups in your area and their ongoing activities. Our Calendar of Events provides information about upcoming special events throughout the region: classes, teachings, retreats, and so on.

If you want more information on how to begin your journey into Buddhist practice, you can always write to us at info@northwestdharma.org.

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Dedication Prayer

"May all sentient beings have happiness and love, the cause of happiness.
May all sentient beings be free from suffering and self-grasping, the cause of suffering.
May all sentient beings attain great bliss beyond suffering by recognizing their own true nature, self-knowing, innately clear awareness."
- Translated by Ina Bieler, a very gifted Drikung translator

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I do not represent any individual or any organization referenced here.
All materials belong to their respective copyright owners.

Also, note that no house-elves were mistreated in the course of making these videos.
Honest.

Sarva mangalam!
Siddhi rastu!

KT, for the Ministry of Magic




Ravenclaws (Friday Parody)
www.youtube.com/watch

"Gotta get down to the library
Gotta make my mind up which book should I read?
Ravenclaws, Ravenclaws
Studying, Studying.
Learn, learn, learn, learn
Learning all the magic that we can...
We're Ravenclaws, Ravenclaws
We're the smart kids
Everyone wishes they were in our house, our house..."


WIZARD LOVE : "Who would have known you don't need a wand to start a spark?"

Tessa Violet: " What, what house would you say that you are, Dubster? You're not really a Slytherin."
Jakub Andrew: "Definitely not. I'm a Ravenclaw. All the way."
Tessa: "Do you like to eat books?"
Jakub:"That's how I absorb all my knowledge."
Tessa: "I'm definitely a Gryff! GRYFFINDOR! What! Err! Shoes!"

"Oh girl, this isn't like me
Two hearts quickly beating
Oh, it's taking hold,
The whole world is shining red and gold
I never thought you'd be in my life.
Who would have known you don't need a wand to start a spark?"

Wizard Love - Harry Potter Music Video - Meekakitty Featuring heyhihello
www.youtube.com/watch


Wizard Rock (The Boyz Who Lived)
www.youtube.com/watch

And the library's only open to those who sing our songs
We walk the walk with wizard rock
All other rock is muggle rock
The double U rock is what it's all about
The hard core kids can start a riot
But all of us are keeping quiet
And the library's only open to those who sing our songs
da da da dah...

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Nyingmas Get Down and Party
No, wait, I DIDN'T mean that. Not Nyingmas. This is SLYTHERIN PARTY.

Whatever.
Getting Crazy.
Tonight, tonight
And we pull out our wands with a swish and a whirl
Come on
All the houses, everybody
Just don't stop just pass me that potion
Feeling that motion down in Hogsmeade
Feeling so high
Neville told me he'd bring gillyweed...


HARRY POTTER Tonight Tonight -- Hot Chelle Rae Music Video (Slytherin Night)
www.youtube.com/watch

Partying hard on a Slytherin Night...


HOGWARTS: Which House Are You?
www.youtube.com/watch


"Hermione Granger : registered bad-ass"
"All my life I've been good, but now what the hell!"
Hermione- What the Hell
www.youtube.com/watch


Ministry of Magic - "More Than Enough"
www.youtube.com/watch

Lyrics:

"As we move on
It doesn't mean what we had is gone
When we graduate we must make way for the next generation

The weapon we have, is still love
The weapon we have, is still love
It's more than enough
The weapon we have, is still love
It's more than enough
And having a few good friends, is still more than enough..."

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Remus Lupin's "boggart" class (HD)
www.youtube.com/watch

Harry Potter (Umbridge pisses off Snape)
www.youtube.com/watch

Smile, Severus!
www.youtube.com/watch

Goin' Back To Hogwarts ( Reprise - singalong )

Guys! We're going to have to study hard
If we're going to be witches and wizards
We've got to get back to Hogwarts
We've got to get back to school!

From
Goin' Back To Hogwarts by StarKidPotter
www.youtube.com/watch posted Sun, April 13, 2014 - 1:04 PM
Bay Area Empowerments ( San Francisco May 2014 ) / A Teaching article with references and practices ( community » other ) Bay Area Empowerments ( San Francisco May 2014 )
A Teaching article with references and practices

Medicine Buddha Empowerment Alamaeda / East Bay 11 May 2014
Goddess White Tara Empowerment ( Blessing / Jenang ) Berkeley 15 May 2014
Yeshe Tsogyel Empowerment Berkeley / East Bay May 17 - May 18 2014
Vajravidarana Empowerment Kensington /North Berkeley ) 25 May 2014

"I am a physican, not a merely theoretical philosopher. Those who intend to help the suffering, come serve with me."
Guru Sakyamuni Buddha, about 500 B.C.E.

Keywords: ethnomedicine, Buddhist psychology, Medicine Buddha, Mahayana Buddhism, Buddhist tantra, Healing, Spiritual Healing, Naturopathic Medicine, Complementary Medicine, Ayurveda ( Hindu/Buddhist medical yoga ), Vajrapani & Buddhist guardian angels, White Tara, psychic healing, kundalini yoga, Gaden Shartse monks tour, Lama Yeshe Wangmo, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, Bay Area Tibetan Buddhism ( directory ), Bay Area Buddhism ( directory ).

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Tantric Buddhist empowerment of Medicine Buddha
in the Nyingma Treasure tradition ( Nam Cho )
11 May 1 pm ( Sunday )

San Francisco California ( East Bay / Alameda )
Orgyen Dorje Den 2244 Santa Clara Ave. Alameda, CA 94501
www.orgyendorjeden.org

To be given by the Great Abbot / Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche is one of the most senior professors at the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute at Namdroling Monastery in southern India. He teaches at Palyul Dharma centers around the world.

Cost : By donation
Donations for this event will be gratefully accepted. Any amount is appreciated and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Contact:
Bill Speckart at speckart@astound.net
Phuntsok Gaphel at pgaphel@gmail.com
( Orgen Dorje Den has no further information at this time. )
San Francisco Palyul Center:
Palyul Changchub Dargyeling
P.O. Box 1514
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tel: 415-945-9842


Presented by Palyul Changchub Dargyeling.
"Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment and give teachings on Sangye Menla (Medicine Buddha) in the Nam Cho tradition of Terton Mingyur Dorje."

"The practice of Medicine Buddha, the Supreme Healer (Sangye Menla), is not only a very powerful method for healing and increasing healing powers both for oneself and others, but also for overcoming the inner afflictions of attachment, hatred, and ignorance.

"Meditating on the Medicine Buddha can help decrease physical and mental illness and suffering. Khenchen will bestow the empowerment of Sangye Menla according to the Namchö (Space Treasure) cycle of Terma revealed by Rigdzin Migyur Dorje and give instruction on the practice of the Medicine Buddha sadhana."

DISCLAIMER
N.B. Please keep in mind that Very Useful Self Care Practices like physical yoga and mantra yoga are NO Substitute for clinical medical checkups and western psychological therapies. Someone who has an acute issue or chronic issue should see a doctor first.
Once that step is taken it is reasonable to see a spiritual doctor. Yes this is a form of "spiritual medicine", but it should be viewed as complementary medicine, not as a "magic bullet."

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Goddess White Tara Empowerment ( Blessing / Jenang )
15 May 2014 evening

Location: Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron St, Berkeley, CA 94702
Parking is plentiful in the neighborhood and North Berkeley BART is a ten minute walk.

Contact: info@sacredstream.org

www.sacredstream.org/

Gaden Shartse Dokhang: White Tara (Buddha of Long Life)
If space is available, tickets will be sold at the door for $25.

Registration $20
Thursday, May 15, 2014
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

White Tara (Buddha of Long Life)
White Tara is the goddess of long life, good fortune and wisdom. Performing the practice of White Tara brings protection for a long life and increases good fortune and wisdom. This empowerment will include the transmission of the mantra OM TARE TUTARE TURE SOHA.

Monies made from the tour will go towards funding the tour and helping to rebuild the monks’ dormitory, as well as other needs of the monastery, including medical and geriatric care.

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From
jnanasukha.org/may-2014-programs

Empowerment of Wisdom Goddess Yeshe Tsogyal,
According to the Dakini Heart Essence, Khandro Thuk Thik
Berkeley California
May 17 - May 18 2014

Lama Yeshe Wangmo will offer entry or empowerment into the mandala of the female buddha and wisdom dakini, Yeshe Tsogyal, according to the Dakini Heart Essence, Khandro Thuk Thik, a mind-treasure of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. There will also be in-depth teachings and guided meditations. This is an opportunity for all levels of experience.

For more advanced teachings, practices, and support, participants will be qualified to sign-up for Lama's upcoming online course offerings. More information at the events.

Saturday Schedule:
9:30AM-12:30PM: Preparatory teachings for the empowerment.
2:00PM-5:00PM: Empowerment and transmissions.

Sunday Schedule:
9:30AM-12:30PM: Teachings and practice.
2:00PM-5:00PM: Teachings, practice, and feast offering.

If you wish to receive only the empowerment and transmissions, please email info@jnanasukha.org.

Cost:
Sliding scale of $100-$160 for the weekend. Includes a $10 donation to the scholarship fund, a color image of Yeshe Tsogyal, and the practice text.

A deposit of $50 reserves your space. Fully refundable if your space can be refilled. Balance due at the event—cash, check, credit card.

Space limited to 20 in Berkeley. Onsite registration on a space availability basis.

The Dakini Heart Essence is a revelatory teaching in the Nyingma esoteric lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

In 1928, the timeless wisdom dakini, Yeshe Tsogyal, transmitted the seminal verses of these teachings to His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, one of the greatest masters of 20th Tibet.

Concerned only with the mandalas of the enlightened feminine, these instructions and trainings span the three internal tantra-yogas of maha, anu, and ati.The principal deities are Yeshe Tsogyal as the outer dakini, Kurukulle as the inner dakini, Singhamukha as the secret dakini, and Throma as the innermost secret dakini.

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Vajravidarana Empowerment
Kensington ( North Berkeley ) California
25 May 2014 1pm
Given by Lama Kunga Ngor Thartse ( Sakya Lineage )
From
www.ewamchoden.org/

Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center
254 Cambridge Avenue
Kensington, CA 94708
www.ewamchoden.org/

For the first time, Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment of Vajravidarana, or Dorje Namjom in Tibetan, at Ewam Choden on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.

Vajravidarana is green and holds a double vajra. His practice provides powerful purification and cleansing of negativity and diseases.

The requested donation is $30. Dana to the Lama is separate.
Please arrive early to register, and be considerate of neighbors when parking.
This event is open to everyone.

At the age of 7, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche was recognized as a reincarnation of Sevan Repa, a heart disciple of Milarepa, Tibet’s great 11th century poet-saint. Rinpoche entered Ngor Monastery at age eight and was ordained as a monk at age sixteen. In 1959, he became Vice-Abbot of Ngor Monastery, in the Sakya tradition

To contact Lama Kunga Rinpoche and Ewam Choden, send an email to:
info@ewamchoden.org

To reach Ewam Choden by telephone, call:
510-527-7363.

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White Tara mantra

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MA ME AYU PUNYE JNANA PUSTIM KURU SVAHA

White Tara Practice Texts ( useful in general )

www.bodhicittasangha.org/wp-co...na.pdf

www.lamalodro.ca/media/pdfs/...13July13.pdf

www.gyutofoundation.org/downlo...PMT.pdf

http://70.40.198.177/dechenlingpress/Old.Site-04-12-2013/downloads/White%20Tara%20Booklet.pdf

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Some mantras for Vajrapani ( protector of the Medicine Buddha Teaching ) and Medicine Buddha / Bhaisajyaraja

Nyingma School mantras for Vajrapani

Short mantra
OM VAJRA CHANDA MAHA ROSANA HUM PHAT

Extended mantra of Vajrapani ( Nyingma )
OM VAJRA CHANDA MAHA ROSANA HUM PHAT
OM APRATIHATA VALA HUM PHAT
SARVA VIGHNAN ANTARAYA VINASHKARA
MARAYA HUM PHAT

Short Medicine Buddha Mantra
OM BHAISAJYA BHAISAJYA/ MAHA BHAISAJYA BHAISAJYA/ SAMUDGATE SVAHA

Medium Medicine Buddha Mantra
[ OM ] NAMO BHAGAVATE BHAISAJYAGURU
VAIDURYA PRABHA RAJAYA TATHAGATAYA
ARHATE SAMYAKSAMBUDDHAYA TADYATHA:
OM BHAISAJYE BHAISAJYE MAHABHAISAJYA-
[ BHAISAJYA RAJA ] SAMUDGATE SVAHA.

Long Medicine Buddha Mantra
From
sugatagarbhatranslations.com/201...tra/

NAMO RATNA TRAYAYA/ NAMO BHAGAVATE/ APRATIHATA/ BHAISAJYAIRAJAYA/

TADYATHA/ OM SARVA TATHAGATA HUM/ GHUME GHUME/ IMINI MIHI/ MATI MATI/

SAPTA TATHAGATA/ SAMADHYA DHISTHITE/ ATE MATE PALE PAPAM SODHANI/

SARVA PAPAM NASAYA/ MAMA BUDHE/ BUDHO TATAME/ UME KUME/

BUDHAKSE TRAPARI SODHANI/ DHAMENI DHAME/ MERU MERU/ MERU SIKHARE/

SARVA AKALA MRTYU NIVARANI/ BUDHE SUBUDHE/ BUDHE ADHISTHITENA/

ADHISTHITENA/ RAKSANTUME/ SARVA DEVA SAME ASAME/ SAMANVAHARANTUME/

SARVA BUDDHA BODHISATTVA/ SAME SAME/ PRASAMANTUME/ SARVA ITYU PADRAPA/

VYADHAYAH PURANI/ SUPURANI/ PURAYAME/ SARVA ASAME/

VAIDURYA PRATIBHASI SARVA PAPAM KSAYAM KARI SVAHA/

OM BHAISAJYA BHAISAJYA/ MAHA BHAISAJYA BHAISAJYA/ SAMUDGATE SVAHA

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Vajravidarana - An Inner Healing Practice

There are three stages of Vajrapani mantra practice: those of the peaceful Vajravidarana, which is more basic, the wrathful Vajrapani, and the extremely ferocious Vajrakilaya. ( Vajrakilaya is one of the key practices. It includes Vajrapani but is not included in Vajrapani. )

Here I give the original Sanskrit recitation for Vajravidarana. It may be practiced by anyone who has a Vajrasattva empowerment, a Vajrapani empowerment, a high Medicine Buddha empowerment, and so on.

Vajravidarana mantra:
Namo chanda vajra khrodha hulu hulu tistha tistha bandha bandha hana hana amrita hum phat.

There is a much longer mantra for this deity as well. Although the mantra is wrathful, the deity Vajravidarana is a peaceful green form of Vajrasattva, sitting cross legged, holding a cross-vajra in his right hand at the heart, and a bell/ ghanta in his left hand at the left hip ( bell side up ).

For image and background see
www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm

"Vajravidarana is a male meditational deity. He can appear as white and peaceful, green and semi-peaceful/semi-wrathful, or blue and wrathful. Four different forms are found in the Kriya classification of Tantra and one wrathful form with a seventy-five deity mandala in the anuttarayoga classification of Tantra.

"...Vajravidarana is very much a deity of purification and belongs to the group known as the Five Cleansing Deities. The form with a Seventy-five Deity Mandala is also included as a branch initiation and practice in the Margapala (Lamdre) Tradition of the Sakyas.

"The principal attribute of Vajravidarana is a double vajra held in the right hand. In peaceful form, Vajravidarana is almost identical in appearance with the meditational deity Vajrasattva. The two deities are differentiated by the double or single vajra and in painting by the colour of the body. Vajravidarana is often depicted with three eyes while Vajrasattva generally has only two."

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Background on Medicine Buddha

Medicine Buddha Teachings ( and Empowerment ) - a teaching article
seattle.tribe.net/listing/M...279c00b7d3

This article contains a major set of references for Medicine Buddha.

Medicine Buddha ( Lapis Lazuli Light Royal Buddha Guru of Healing ) is one of the signature practices of Mahayana / Great Way Buddhism. This is a practice system of physical and inner magical/yogic healing which includes a full medical system, and which follows and puts forward the Hindu / Buddhist medical system known as Ayurveda / Life Science.

These Buddhist / pagan / yogic teachings are broadly useful, although not to be viewed as a "magic bullet". This is a deep and extensive teaching article with many new resources provided, and the hope is that this will substantially help people everywhere in a time of great change, upheaval, struggle, and disorientation.

The teaching cycle of Medicine Buddha include acupuncture ( not necessarily the whole Chinese system ), nutritional medicine ( Medicine Buddha holds triphala, the Three Roots of Indian Ayuvedic Medicine ), behavioral therapy for constitutional types ( different metabolic types ), a complete system of psychology, an advanced system of alchemical medicine, deity yoga and guru practices of Medicine Buddha and Vajrapani, and so forth.



volume 4, number 1 june 2000 - Shenpen Osel Online Magazine
www.shenpen-osel.org/issue9.pdf
This issue of Shenpen Ösel is devoted to a series of teachings on the Medicine Buddha Sadhana given by the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

volume 4, number 2 sept. 2000 - Shenpen Osel Online Magazine
www.shenpen-osel.org/issue10.pdf
the Medicine Buddha Sadhana. In this issue, the Very Venerable. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche presents the teachings of the Medicine Buddha Sutra

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Vajrapani is the protector of the Medicine Buddha Teachings. Every Medicine buddha empwoerment include a full Vajrapani empowerment and therefore also a full Vajrasattva empowerment.

"Vajrapani ( Buddhist Angel of Power & Protection ) Empowerment and Teaching"

australia.tribe.net/listing/...f1ec534d5

Keywords: Meditation, guardian angels, Buddhism, Yoga, Mantra, inner healing, Shao Lin Temple, pagan mysticism, Tantra, Vajrayana, Vajrasattva, Vajrapani mantra + sadhana, psychic protection, Medicine Buddha teachings, defense against the dark arts.

Summary: This is a short teaching article on Vajrapani deity practice which includes an event in Australia, good introductory background and a very broad set of practice resources for use by people everywhere.

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Great Abbot Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
from
www.palyul.org/eng_biokhe...ggyatso.htm

Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche was born in 1954 in a village near Lhakhang Dzong in the southern region of Tibet bordering Bhutan called Lhodrak.

In 1969 he entered the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan studies at Sarnath, near Varanasi. There he followed a nine-year curriculum in Buddhist studies and general education under his principal teacher, Khenpo Palden Sherab, and other masters. His class work included Sanskrit, English and intensive studies in the textual traditions of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism.

He graduated with the degree of Acharya in 1978, ranking first overall among the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism represented at Sarnath. His Holiness the Dalai Lama honored his achievement with the award of a silver medal.

After graduation he was invited to teach at Palyul Namdroling Monastery at the Tibetan settlement in Bylakuppe, near Mysore in South India. For several years he was engaged in training the young monks and teaching in the monastic college, the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (Shedra). In 1983 he was enthroned as a khenpo by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche. In the Nyingmapa tradition, a khenpo is a professor of Buddhist studies.

Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso has received all of the major lineage empowerments and transmissions of the Nyingmapa school, including the Dudjom Tersar from Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche; the Longchen Nyingthig Yabshi, and Nyingma Kama from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche; and the Rinchen Terdzod and Nam Chos from Pema Norbu Rinpoche. He has done intensive dzogchen practice under the guidance of Penor Rinpoche and other eminent masters including Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. Pema Norbu Rinpoche has authorized him to represent the monastery and to teach, to confer empowerments and to give personal instruction in Buddhist practice.

For more information on the Palyul Lineage, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, and the annual Palyul Summer Retreat, please visit www.palyul.org.

Namchö Mingyur Dorje
from
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Migyur_Dorje

Namchö Mingyur Dorje (Wylie: gNam-chos Mi-'gyur rdo-rje) (1645–1667) was an important Terton or treasure revealer in Tibetan Buddhism. His extraordinary "pure vision" revelations, which mostly occurred around the age of 16, are known as the "Sky Dharma" (Namchö) treasures. He first transmitted these to his teacher Karma Chagmed, who wrote them down. The collection of his revelations fill thirteen Tibetan volumes and are the basis of one the main practice traditions of Palyul, a major branch of the Nyingma school.

Old School ( Nyingma )
from
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyingma

The Nyingma tradition actually comprises several distinct lineages that all trace their origins to the Indian master Padmasambhava, who is lauded in the popular canon as the founder of Tibetan Buddhism in the eighth century, and is still propitiated in the discipline of reciprocity that is guru yoga sadhana, the staple of the tradition(s).

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Key foundational Book References

Some heartfelt advice

As a tantric Buddhist guru here in the West, Lama Dudjom Dorjee's book is now the main text I recommend as a starting point for new practitioners and interested outsiders. It is also strongly recommended by major Buddhist teachers guiding many practitioners in the West. All that is required to benefit is straightforward English and a willingness to reflect on oneself, on life, and on karma.

"Heartfelt Advice" [Paperback]
Lama Dudjom Dorjee (Author)
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1559393467

"Dakini Teachings"

This is worth a whole library of other texts on tantra. It is an essentialized encyclopedia of Buddhist and Tantric practice.

For most people, i.e. newcomers, the book mentioned above, "Heartfelt Advice" by Lama Dudjom Dorjee, is the best place to start, followed by "Dakini Teachings".
These two books provide the essential context for all tantric Buddhist practice.


"Dakini Teachings" [Paperback]
Padmasambhava (Author), Erik Pema Kunsang (Translator), Nyang-ral Nyima Ozer (Author), Yeshe Tsogyal (Author), Erik Pema Kunsang (Author), Marcia Binder Schmidt (Author)

This completes the foundational teaching. It will save you years. 'Nuff said.

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bayvajra.info/

About BayVajra.info
BayVajra.info is a guide to San Francisco Bay Area Tibetan Buddhism. I post a few events on the site that I think might be of general interest, and a few that I like. You can use the list of Bay Area Buddhist centers to find groups, see what events they are having, and subscribe to their email lists.

Bay Area Buddhism: a seeker's guide
bayareabuddhism.blogspot.com/

The listings here are in no particular order. Many of the listings here are based on information from each group's web site. I've done my best to verify the accuracy of the info. I'd be happy for any group to re-write its listing according to their own wishes.

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I do not represent any individual or group mentioned in this article.

Sarva mangalam!
siddhi rastu!

KT
posted Tue, April 22, 2014 - 11:50 PM
Tantra Practice: Million Mantra Accumulation May 2014 + European and Australian Teaching Schedules for Old School Tibetan Masters ( community » other ) Tantra Practice: Million Mantra Accumulation May 2014 - Open To All Anywhere /
Padamasambhava Vajra Guru Mantra and Teaching
USA Transmissions and Retreats in California, Colorado, Massachusetts and New York City
European and Australian Teaching Schedules for Old School Tibetan Masters

NEW SECTION 5 May : Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche ( MA, NYC, New Mexico )
NEW ADDITION 2 May : East Coast USA Retreats July 2014 with Chogyal Namkhai Norbu - NYC and Massachusetts
2014 Teaching Schedule for HE Dzogchen Rinpoche Europe ( Suisse, Deutschland, Nederland ) and Australia
Ven. Sogyal Rinpoche European Program 2014 - France, Reino de España, Nederland, Ireland
NEW ADDITION 4 May : August 2014 H.E. Gochen Tulku Sangngak in Colorado
NEW SECTION 4 May : Lama Pema Dorje in Sweden, Russia, Suisse, Deutschland etc.
NEW ADDITION 2 May : Northern California Hundred Deities Transmission/ September Retreat with Gochen Tulku Rinpoche
NEW ADDITION 2 May : Chantways ( traditional pre-Christian spiritual culture )
NEW ADDITION 5 May : video by Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche on "What is Dzogchen?"

Keywords: meditation, yoga, tantra, sadhana, pagan mysticism, Mahayana Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism / Vajrayana, Nyingma ( Old School ) Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Padmasambhava ( Guru Rinpoche ) , Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, HE Dzogchen Rinpoche, Ven. Sogyal Rinpoche, Lama Pema Dorje, H.E. Gochen Tulku Sangngak, mantra music, practice texts and resources, wizard sing alongs and traditional chantways ( ethnomusicology ).

Lama Gyurme & Jean Philippe Rykiel - Guru Rinpoche [Mantra of Padmasambhava]
www.youtube.com/watch

Vajra Guru mantra
www.youtube.com/watch

GURU RINPOCHE MANTRA
www.dailymotion.com/video/xs...tra_music

The Mantra of Guru Rinpoche - In Meditation
www.youtube.com/watch

Hermione Granger: 'Harry — you're a great wizard, you know.'
Harry Potter: 'I'm not as good as you,' said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him.
'Me!' said Hermione. 'Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery and —'
from
en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Harr...%27s_Stone

"Can't take all of these muggles
But despite all of my struggles
I'm still alive..."
from Goin' Back to Hogwarts
- Darren Criss @ the Garage, London 6/7/2011

"...And may people think of benefiting each other."
- Santideva

"...And having a few close friends, is still more than enough."
- Ministry of Magic

"I want you to sing as loud as you can."
- Elton John

"It is said that the twelve syllables
‘Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum’
carry the entire blessing of the twelve types of teaching taught by Buddha, which are the essence of His Eighty-four Thousand Dharmas. Therefore to recite the Vajra guru mantra once is the equivalent to the blessing of reciting.....or practicing the whole teaching of the Buddha.
The wisdom mind of Padmasambhava is manifested in the form of the mantra; these twelve syllables are actually the emanation of His wisdom mind, and they are endowed with His entire blessing. The vajra guru mantra is Padmasambhava in the form of sound. So when you invoke Him with the recitation of the twelve syllables, the blessing and merit you obtain is tremendous. In these difficult times there is no Buddha or refuge we can call upon who is more powerful than Padmasambhava.”
- HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

This May ( through 19 May ) the Garchen Institute of Arizona is hosting a wizard sing along, a Million Mantra Accumulation for Guru Padmasambhava. It is open to all, and serves as a quick way for people everywhere to quickly establish some connection to the protective, healing, and empowering practices of Guru Padmasambhava, or to strengthen their Esoteric Buddhist / Vajrayana practice.

Also, teachings and transmissions related to Guru Padmasambhava will be given in Europe and Australia by His Eminence the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche and Ven. Sogyal Rinpoche. And we are favored by a North American visit by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu to New York City and Massachusetts. Well, this is a tale that grew in the telling. Please be patient with me as I lay out the necessary background, motivation, guidance and resources.

Let's take it from the top. What are we talking about? Basically spiritual rock and roll. The old school kind. Very old. I remember when this stuff was young.

Who is Guru Padmasabhava? A Buddhist wizard, yogi, and witch doctor from northern India. He had tremendous influence throughout central Asia prior to the destruction of traditional culture by the Chinese Marxists last century, and his influence is now felt in many parts of the West. As a modern Buddhist wizard/ yogi/ witch doctor, my own practice centers on Guru Padmasambhava and his core praxis, and my Chinese teaching lineage emphasizes the importance of Guru Padmasambhava, as do three of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism in exile. And as you will see in this article, the beat goes on.

This article gives complete background on the Great Adept Padmasambhava and his core practice, and many key references, e.g. in the teaching article links. Together, these are more than sufficient to connect with this teaching and yoga sadhana. The sadhana, the formal yogic practice, is magic in the form of Sanskrit Buddhist recitation, specifically that of Guru Padmasambhava.

Guru Padmasambhava is more than of the key figures in classical Buddhist history, and more than a primary founder of Buddhism in Tibet. He is one of the greatest wizards and yogis in world history, and also a Medicine Buddha. You can try to find someone comparable outside the Buddhist culture, but that seems a tall order. In other words, "Try and beat this!"

The practices of Guru Padmasambhava are of central importance in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, and of major importance in the Kagyu and Sakya schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava is a daily practice for millions of contemporary Chinese Buddhists ( e.g. of the Ling Shen / True Buddha School ), and this practice flourishes in many different parts of the West through very diverse teachers and lineages. I have Padmasambhava empowerment in all Four Schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and in the Ling Shen as well.

Anyone anywhere in the world can participate in this shared practice of sacred Sanskrit recitation. There is no prerequisite. Every single individual who participates will receive the entire benefit accumulated by all participants. For those who have received formal empowerment into the practice of Padmasambhava, the benefit is the energy of mantra yoga and the restoration of commitments. For those who do not have this empowerment or formal Buddhist refuge, the benefit is prayer and establishing a profound link which opens the door to later esoteric Buddhist practice. Should you so choose.

Usually a retreat of weeks or months is required to accumulate a million mantras. Typically, one might complete one million mantras of the 12 syllable Padmasambhava mantra
OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM
in one year of short daily practice. A short but real daily practice which turns out to be 2800 recitations per day. And one single recitation of the 12 Syllable Mantra accomplishes the result of reciting the entire scriptural collection of the Buddha's teachings. That is a Very Good Thing.

By practicing together it is possible for each person to complete one million recitations of the 12 Syllable Mantra in just a few days. A shared count will be maintained for this event to track progress by participants. I have already begun my count as of 1 May.

The practice of Guru Padmasambhava has been growing very strongly in the West for many years. This includes several key practices brought by Padmasambhava from India to Tibet, such as Great Perfection / Dzogchen primordial awareness yoga, Bardo / Hundred Deities, and Vajrakilaya protector practice.

So the next question is : What is the basis for this practice? What are the principles and priorities? I have provided two clear and effective book references in this post:
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...830ef8b

1) Heartfelt Advice, by Lama Dudjom Dorjee
2) Dakini Teachings, by Padmasambhava

These 2 books cover everything needed to understand and take up the Buddhist Mahayana and tantra, should anyone want to try. The first is very simple and accessible, and the second is profound and technical and inspiring. With these as a basis, you cannot go wrong. Note well that my own primary teaching text - out of the many sources available - is (2) by Padmasambhava. That is classical and It.Is.Be.yond.Con.tes.TA.TION. Just so you know. And very few Buddhists ( much less any others ) have that level of guidebook, or anything near.

There are many forms of Padmasambhava mantra, shorter and longer, peaceful and wrathful. I have received over one hundred distinct forms of the Padmasambhava mantra. Different Padmasambhava empowerments may include human goddesses such as Mandarava or Yeshe Tsogyel, which are ultimate Goddess Tara empowerments. They may in some cases include the entire cycle of the Shitro / Bardo Hundred Deities.

The Seven Line Prayer to Padmasambhava and the 12 Syllable Mantra of Padmasambhava are the primary ways to connect to Great Perfection yoga, Vajrakilaya and so forth. Essentially all practices of the Nyingma school begin with Padmasambhava practice, and in this school new students complete 1 million recitations of the 12 syllable mantra as a foundational practice. This is done to connect with the power of the lineage.

A short practice text for Guru Padmasambhava is available for free download at
Guru Padmasambhava Guru Yoga
www.losangsamten.com/sadhana...hava.pdf

N.B. Mantra and yoga practices are no substitute for professional western medical care of body and mind. If someone needs to see a physician or psychologist then doing so should be the first priority. Furthermore the esoteric practices of mantra and Buddhist yoga are not suited for everyone or even most people. These practices work for some, in some cases very profoundly. But no Buddhist teacher can make promises of any definite and concrete result. It's magic and yoga.

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padmasambhava

Teachings and practices ascribed to Padmasambhava

The Vajra Guru (Padmasambhava) mantra Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum is favoured and held in esteem by sadhakas. Like most Sanskritic mantras in Tibet, the Tibetan pronunciation demonstrates dialectic variation and is generally Om Ah Hung Benza Guru Pema Siddhi Hung.

In the Vajrayana traditions, particularly of the Nyingmapa, it is held to be a powerful mantra engendering communion with the Three Vajras of Padmasambhava's mindstream and by his grace, all enlightened beings. In response to Yeshe Tsogyal's request, the Great Master himself explained the meaning of the mantra although there are larger secret meanings too. The 14th century tertön Karma Lingpa has a famous commentary on the mantra.


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Event Announcement

GURU RINPOCHE MILLION MANTRA ACCCUMULATION with VEN. LAMA THUBTEN NIMA
MAY 17-19 (9 am – 5 pm)
Chino Arizona and also open to people everywhere

www.garchen.net/schedule.h...ururinpoche

The Buddha prophesied that a second Buddha would appear who was even greater than himself, and it is said that this Buddha was Guru Rinpoche [ Padmasabhava ]. Although the Buddha first taught secret mantra, it was Guru Rinpoche who extensively propagated these teachings.

Secret mantra is of supreme importance because it is the vehicle of fruition that makes it possible to attain enlightenment in a single lifetime. It is especially beneficial during the present degenerate age in which beings experience very strong afflictive emotions. Guru Rinpoche predicted secret mantra would be of great benefit during the height of the degenerate age when many sicknesses of mind and body prevail.He said that during this time we should continuously supplicate him, and one means is recitation of his mantra: OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG.

Please join us in accumulating one million recitations by either
1) coming to the Garchen Temple as your schedule permits or
2) reciting the mantra at home and adding your daily totals to the counter that will be posted at the Garchen Institute website starting on May 10.

You may also email your daily totals to questions@garchen.net or call them in to 928-925-1237. However many recitations you are able to do, all participants receive the merit for a million mantras.

To preregister, please download the above registration form and email the filled-out form to questions@garchen.net. Daily tuition will be just $15 for this event, and there will be no meal service. Amy will coordinate group cooking for anyone interested, but you must email or call her at 928-925-1237 no later than May 14.

You are welcome to participate in whatever part of this event your schedule permits, and the mantra counter will remain at the website for at least a week following the event. To inquire about lodging and about work-study opportunities for this event, please email or call the Institute.

www.garchen.net/about.html

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NEW SECTION 5 May : Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche ( MA, NYC, New Mexico )

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche ( Nyingma Dzogchen master and scholar )
East Coast ( MA and NYC ) May 2014
New Mexico June 2014

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche trained for ten years with the renowned master HH Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. Through this teacher he holds the high degree of Khenpo. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently on tour.


Contact
info@pristinemind.org

Pristine Mind Foundation
Box 10671
San Rafael CA 94912

Schedule from
pristinemind.org/programs/

Massachusetts

Jamaica Plain 9 May
Boston 10 May

New York

Brooklyn 17 May
Union Square NYC 18 May
Tibet House NYC 21 May
Queens NYC 23 May - 24 May

New Mexico
Santa Fe 8 June

Audio and Written Teachings
pristinemind.org/library/category/audio/

pristinemind.org/library/c...y/written/

Bio

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche is a meditation master in the Nyingma lineage of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. He began his studies at the age of fourteen at Larung Gar in Serta, eastern Tibet, with His Holiness Jigmed Phuntsok Rinpoche, who is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of the twentieth century.

Over the next ten years he received teachings, meditation instructions, and spiritual training in the Mahayana, Vajrayana, and Dzogchen traditions. He completed the studies, practice, and meditation training required for the khenpo degree, the highest degree of Buddhist study and practice.

In 1993 he began teaching in Nepal at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling for two years as a resident teacher to lamas, monks, and western students. In 1996 Lama Tharchin Rinpoche hosted Orgyen Chowang at Pema Osel Ling in Santa Cruz, California, where he taught in the College of Buddhist Studies. Three years later, he moved to Berkeley, California in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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2014 East Coast USA Teaching Schedule for Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

New York City July 2014 Retreat with Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
See
tsegyalgar.org/localcenters/kundrolling/

Great Perfection Quintessential Teaching ( Upadesha, Mannakde )
Dzogchen Longsal essential Man-ngag “Khorva Yedal”

July 4th - July 6th, 2014
Location:
St. Vartan Cathedral New York City
630 Second Avenue between 34th & 35th Streets

Contact information:
Kundrolling, The New York Dzogchen Community
151 West 30th Street, near 7th Avenue
New York City

nydzogchencomm@gmail.com
www.nydzogchen.com

See also
tsegyalgar.org/localcente...thchoegya3/

For the Massachusetts retreat July 16th to 20th, 2014
"Four Dharmas of Longchenpa"

"Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, born in Tibet in 1938, is one of the primary living masters of Dzogchen. After teaching for more than twenty years at the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples, Italy, he is at present dedicating himself to the transmission and preservation of Dzogchen teachings and Tibetan culture at large.

"Norbu Rinpoche is the founder of the Dzogchen Community, whose centers of practice and study are found all over the world. Rinpoche has published numerous books and scholarly articles, which are today considered classics."

tsegyalgar.org/

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2014 Teaching Schedule for HE Dzogchen Rinpoche
Europe and Australia

His Eminence the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche, Jigme Losel Wangpo [ Longchen Nyingtik Lineage ]
from
www.dzogchen.org.in/seventh-...-rinpoche

His Eminence the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche, Jigme Losel Wangpo, is one of the highest lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is the head of Dzogchen Monastery, one of the six major Nyingma monasteries, and the authentic holder of the Dzogchen lineage, the renowned Great Perfection or Great Completion teachings. With his totally natural, relaxed dignity, His Eminence is the embodiment of Dzogpachenpo, the fully awakened mind.

www.dzogchen.org.in/teaching-schedule

Chur, Suisse
How to Truly Follow your Heart Empowerment and Teaching
Sat 21st June Flumserberg
Rest in the Heart of the Guru
Dzogchen Retreat
Sun 22nd - Fri 27th June

Berlin Deutschland

How to Truly Follow your Heart
Empowerment and Teaching
Sat 5th July
Fürstenberg/Havel
Rest in the Heart of the Guru
Dzogchen Retreat
Sun 6th - Fri 11th July

Amstelveen Nederland

How to Truly Follow your Heart
Empowerment and Teaching
Sat 19th July
Vorden
Rest in the Heart of the Guru
Dzogchen Retreat
Sun 20th - Fri 25th July

Australia
Empowerment and Teaching at
Melbourne Australia Sat 20th September
Adelaide Australia Sat 27th September
Alice Springs Australia Sat 11th October
Maroochydore Australia Sat 18th October

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Ven. Sogyal Rinpoche European Program 2014
[ Longchen Nyingtik Lineage ]

www.rigpa.org/index.php/e...inpoche.html

Ven. Sogyal Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Rigpa, an international network of over one hundred and thirty Buddhist centres and groups in forty countries around the world. He has been teaching for over thirty years and continues to travel widely in Europe, America, Australia and Asia.

www.rigpa.org/index.php/e...retreat.html

28 May - 1 June 2014: Berlin Spring Retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche

14-15 June 2014: Weekend of Teachings with Sogyal Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, Southern France

21 - 22 June 2014: Weekend of Teachings with Sogyal Rinpoche, Valencia, Spain

27 - 29 June 2014: Weekend of Teachings with Sogyal Rinpoche, Amsterdam

4 - 13 July 2014: Summer Retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche, Dzogchen Beara, West Cork, Ireland

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NEW ADDITION : August 2014 H.E. Gochen Tulku Sangngak in Colorado

Western Colorado August 2014
Wisdom Goddess Accomplishment Short Retreat

White Dakini Drub Chen
With His Eminence Tulku Sang-Ngag Rinpoche and Lama Tsultrim Allione

taramandala.org/program/wh...-drub-chen/

August 5 - 16, 2013

Tara Mandala
info@taramandala.org
970-731-3711
PO Box 3040, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

The fourth Drub Chen (Great Accomplishment Ceremony) of the White Dakini practice from Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self-Liberation from Fixation) treasure cycle will be performed at Tara Mandala. This lineage comes directly from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to Sang-ngag Rinpoche who will be the Vajra Master at the Drub Chen. We will experience a traditional empowerment given by Sang-ngag Rinpoche, and will be lead through an in depth process of learning and practicing the White Dakini mandala. This White Dakini practice is the union of Machig Labdrön and Yeshe Tsogyel (surrounded by the dakinis of the five families).

HE Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche was recognized in early childhood by the great nonsectarian lama Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö [1893-1959], as well as by the former Zigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, to be the reincarnation of the Gochen Tulku. His Eminence is a lineage holder of the Namchak lineage and other profound and widely practiced lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He founded Ewam in Montana and teaches widely.

Ewam Buddhist Center in Missoula, MT
www.ewam.org/

Tara Mandala is an international Vajrayana Buddhist community with its home base in Pagosa Springs at 7,500 feet altitude in Southwest Colorado. It is guided by Lama Tsultrim Allione, author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons. Lama Tsultrim has studied Tibetan Buddhism under traditional teachers for more than 45 years.

Tara Mandala
taramandala.org/about/

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NEW SECTION 4 May

Lama Pema Dorje in Sweden, Russia, Switzerland, Germany etc.


Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche ( Nyingma lineage )
2014 Teaching Schedule Europe

Contact Address
Sangchen Pema Chholing
(Email: kunsangtara@yahoo.com)

From
www.sangchenpemachholing.org/

Sweden August 15 - 21

Russia St. Petersburg August 22 - September 3

Switzerland September 4 - 11

Germany September 12 - 21

Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche Biography
www.sangchenpemachholing.org/Inc...html

At the age of 4, Pema Dorje Rinpoche started his Buddhist education under the instruction of Serta Rinpoche. He received from Serta Rinpoche the Dudjom Lingpa lineage upper tradition of the Namkha Kyungzong teachings, including Throma ngondro and the Zabsang Khandro Nyingthig ngondro, which is the main Dudjom lineage ngondro of the Profound Secret Heart Essence of the Dakinis.
...From HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche he received all the Nyingma Treasures, many other teachings, and much kind advice and personal instruction.
...on 20 March 1991, HH Dilgo Khyentse authorized and encouraged him to spread the dharma. Rinpoche's other teachers Chagdud Rinpoche, Lama Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche, and Kyangchak Rinpoche...also encouraged and authorized him to teach. Therefore he...started his teaching career in America, Taiwan and Brazil. Rinpoche also has students from Taiwan, Japan, America, Tibet and elsewhere.

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NEW ADDITION 2 May : Northern California Hundred Deities Transmission/ September Retreat with Gochen Tulku Rinpoche

Padmasambhava / Hundred Deities ( Shitro ) Empowerment & Retreat
Northern California ( Redding )
September 2014
To be given by Ven Tulku Gochen Sang-ngak Rinpoche

"Red Vajrasattva Drubchen with Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche"
From
chagdudgonpa.org/red-vajra...-drubchen/

September 20 - September 28, 2014
Empowerment: September 20

All obstacles whether outer, inner or secret, can be conquered through the direct blessings of Vajrasattva. This Red Vajrasattva practice comes from the cycle known as "The Union of Enlightened Intent of the Three Kayas" revealed by the terton Padgyal Lingpa.

Guru Rinpoche said that anyone who sincerely engages in a Drubchen (Great Accomplishment Practice) will gain the same benefits as practicing for three years in a solitary retreat. Participating in a Drubchen with an altruistic motivation reduces mental afflictions, restores broken spiritual commitments, and allows positive qualities and circumstances to arise unhindered. This Red Vajrasattva retreat is a wonderful and effective way to bring benefit and happiness to oneself and others.

Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche was recognized by the great master Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, as the reincarnation of the Gochen Tulku. Throughout Rinpoche's childhood, he studied his family tradition of religious rituals and liturgies as well as traditional Tibetan medicine. During the ten years of Rinpoche's imprisonment under the Chinese Communists, he met his root-guru, Tulku Orgyen Chemchok, who secretly guided him through the entire path of the Great Perfection.

After his release, he went to Nepal where he spent fourteen years with Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He also stayed in Bhutan with the treasure revealer Padgyal Lingpa who entrusted both Tulku Sang-Ngag Rinpoche and Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche as lineage holders and custodians of his Terma Lineage.

Red Vajrasattva is the heart-essence practice of these treasures that were revealed by Padgyal Lingpa for these corrupt and difficult times. Twenty years ago, in 1993, Chagdud Rinpoche invited Tulku Sang-ngag to Rigdzin Ling to introduce this practice to his western students. It has been practiced here ever since.

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www.rigpawiki.org/index.php

Vajra Guru mantra — the twelve syllable mantra of Guru Padmasambhava is:

om ah hum vajra guru padma siddhi hum

Commentary

Sogyal Rinpoche says:

The Vajra Guru Mantra is the very heart essence of Padmasambhava. It is also the mantra of all the masters, buddhas, yidams, dakas, dakinis, and protectors. When you chant it, you are invoking the very embodiment of Padmasambhava.

Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo says:

It begins with OM AH HUNG, which are the seed syllables of the three vajras (of body, speech and mind).
VAJRA signifies the dharmakaya since [like the adamantine vajra] it cannot be “cut” or destroyed by the elaborations of conceptual thought.
GURU signifies the sambhogakaya, which is “heavily” laden with the qualities of the seven aspects of union.
PADMA signifies the nirmanakaya, the radiant awareness of the wisdom of discernment arising as the lotus family of enlightened speech.

Remembering the qualities of the great Guru of Oddiyana, who is inseparable from these three kayas, pray with the continuous devotion that is the intrinsic display of the nature of mind, free from the elaboration of conceptual thought.

All the supreme and ordinary accomplishments—SIDDHI—are obtained through the power of this prayer, and by thinking, “HUNG! May they be bestowed upon my mindstream, this very instant!”

Benefits of the Vajra Guru Mantra

Trulshik Rinpoche says:

"For the practice of approach it is generally said that one should recite the mantra of Guru Rinpoche 1,200,000 times. If we can accomplish these 1,200,000 recitations, it is said that we will receive the blessing of Guru Rinpoche. It is also said, “With ten million siddhis, you will reborn in a place of vidyadharas.” This means if you recite the Vajra Guru mantra ten million times, you will be reborn in a realm of vidyadharas.

It is even said that if you recite the 1,200,000 accumulation seven times, you will become the same as Guru Rinpoche in this very life. By reciting the mantra ten million times (literally ‘one hundred times one hundred thousand times’) you will reach the stage from which you can never turn back. So the benefits of reciting the Vajra Guru mantra are truly inconceivable."

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From
www.padmasambhava.org/

What is Dzogchen? A Soaring Introduction!

On April 1, 2014 at Padma Samye Ling, Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche gave a soaring introduction to Dzogchen meditation while he explained the title of the famous text by Lama Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol, "The Flight of the Garuda: A Song Illustrating the View of Cutting Through, According to the Clear Light Great Perfection, endowed with the Power of Enabling One to Quickly Move Through All the Paths and Bhumis."

This extensive teaching distills the complete meaning of Flight of the Garuda, and Dzogchen in general. Enjoy!

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Dzogchen, the Great Perfection

The Great Perfection teachings are rapidly spreading in different parts of the world, but remain little known to the general public. I will therefore provide a clear, simple book reference by a living master. It is the best place to start learning about Great Perfection / Dzogchen.

"The Crystal and the Way of Light: Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen"
Chogyal Namkhai Norbu (Author), John Shane (Compiler, Editor)

www.amazon.com/Crystal-Wa...1559391359/

Amazon.com Review

"Within Tibetan Buddhism, there is a little-known discipline called Dzogchen, the turbo path to liberation. In some traditions, the path to liberation extends over lifetimes of diligent practice, but Dzogchen is an accelerated way to achieve self-perfection. After many years of formal study, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu was initiated into this less-formal practice, which is one of the highest yet most accessible of Tibetan Buddhist teachings.

"Namkhai Norbu eventually made his way to Italy to teach, where John Shane transcribed and translated Namkhai Norbu's lectures, putting together what is now one of the most popular books on Dzogchen. Namkhai Norbu makes it clear that these teachings are not a handbook for practice but rather an overview of Dzogchen, notably its three divisions: the base, the path, and the fruit.

"The ultimate and immediate goal is to achieve the primordial state of non-dual awareness, the one taste, and to maintain it. With colorful anecdotes from his own experience (finding an ancient text manifested in a dream, for example, and visiting eccentric cave yogis), Namkhai Norbu's teachings illustrate that Dzogchen is not just theory but the way to a new, and almost incomprehensible, way of being." --Brian Bruya

Review
"One of the most significant contributions to the understanding of Tibetan Buddhism to have appeared in recent years." --The Middle Way, Journal of the Buddhist Society, London

tsegyalgar.org/

tsegyalgar.org/theteachings/dzogchen/

Dzogchen is an ancient spiritual teaching developed in Tibet within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It does not belong to a school or religious system. Rather, it is the knowledge that Tibetan masters have transmitted without being limited by sectarianism. The word 'Dzogchen', meaning 'total perfection', actually refers to the true inherent nature of all beings, their primordial state, which is free from all limitations and conditioning. The master's transmission of this state of knowledge lies at the very heart of the Dzogchen teachings.

The Dzogchen tradition has been passed from master to student in an unbroken lineage over the centuries, right up to the present day. Due to its direct and unelaborate approach, it transcends cultural boundaries making it accessible to all nationalities regardless of their spiritual background.

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Padmasambhava Guru Yoga Text Download "Shower of Blessings" and Detailed Teaching for "Shower of Blessings" ( DVD set for purchase )

Shower of Blessings Practice Text
www.palpung.org.uk/wp-conte...hower.pdf

heartteachings.com/

Heart Teachings
by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche [ Dudjom Tersar Lineage ]

The Friends of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche have put together this site for Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's video series. The video series is the main vehicle Rinpoche used to disseminate his vast knowledge of Buddhist teachings.

Anyone interested can purchase any of the past Series as an individual set, or subscribe to the Series in progress on an ongoing basis. There are also a few teachings offered as individual DVDs or DVD sets.

Series 24: Shower of Blessings
A Guru Yoga based on the Seven Line Prayer
by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoché
A six DVD set

Preview:

From Lama Tharchin Rinpoché:

“This sadhana and tsok, based on the Seven Line Prayer, comes from the great Jamgon Mipham Rinpoché (1846-1912), one of the most influential Tibetan scholars and mahasiddhas. Tibet has had three emanations of Manjushri and one is Mipham Rinpoché. He has been most kind for the Nyingma doctrine in particular. In ancient times, the Dharma in Tibet had “Khen-Lob-Cho-Sum” (Khenpo Shantarakshita, Loppon Pema Jungnay, and Chogyal Trisong Deutsen); then after Guru Rinpoché, “Zo-Sur-Nub-Sum (Zo Yeshé Jungnay, Sur Shakya Gyaltsen, and Nub Sangyé Yeshé); and later Rang-Long-Ju-Sum (Rangdzompa, Longchenpa, and Ju Mipham). In this way, the Dharma continues in an unbroken stream since it was established, maintained, and spread throughout Tibet and the world.

“This practice of Shower of Blessings is central to all Nyingmapa and particularly to our own lord protector Dungsé Thinley Norbu Rinpoché, who leads us in this practice all the time. It is so profound and rich, yet so simple and easy to do. Generally for the Nyingmapa, the essence of practice is the Seven Line Prayer, a treasure found by so many treasure revealers. This Shower of Blessings is related with that practice, a guru yoga based on Guru Rinpoche. Guru yoga is the highest and fastest method for attaining realization.

“Our sangha does this Shower of Blessings tsok on Guru Rinpoché Day, in particular, and because everyone’s doing the practice, I thought it would be good to make some commentary so we can more deeply understand its profound meaning and enrich our practice, absorbing its blessings. Please join us for a dharma party retreat at Pema Osel Ling this Thanksgiving weekend.”

Text available from Bero Jeydren Publications through Dharma Treasures Bookstore: store@vajrayana.org

Available through FOLTR monthly Subscription Series. For more information, please see the subscription information page

6 discs, $198

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The General Visualization for Prayers to Guru Rinpoche / Padmasambhava
from
www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan...lization

༄༅། །ན་མོ་གུ་རུ། ཨོ་རྒྱན་རིན་པོ་ཆེའི་གསོལ་འདེབས་སྤྱིའི་རྟེན་བསྐྱེད་ལ།

The General Visualization for Prayers to Guru Rinpoche

by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

ཐོག་མར་སྐྱབས་སུ་འགྲོ་བ་ནི།

tokmar kyab su drowa ni

1. Taking Refuge

ན་མོ༔ བླ་མ་བདེ་གཤེགས་འདུས་པའི་སྐུ༔

namo lama deshek düpé ku

Namo! Lama, in your perfect form, you embody all the sugatas;

དཀོན་མཆོག་གསུམ་གྱི་རང་བཞིན་ལ༔

könchok sum gyi rangshyin la

Your very nature is that of the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

བདག་དང་འགྲོ་དྲུག་སེམས་ཅན་རྣམས༔

dak dang dro druk semchen nam

Until enlightenment is fully realized,

བྱང་ཆུབ་བར་དུ་སྐྱབས་སུ་མཆི༔

changchub bardu kyab su chi

We and all beings of the six realms take refuge in you.

3 times

སེམས་བསྐྱེད་ནི།

2. Arousing the Awakened Mind of Bodhichitta

སེམས་བསྐྱེད་འགྲོ་བ་ཀུན་དོན་དུ༔

semkyé drowa kün döndu

We arouse the bodhichitta, the heart of the awakened mind, and, for the sake of all living beings,

བླ་མ་སངས་རྒྱས་བསྒྲུབས་ནས་ནི༔

lama sangye drub né ni

When we have accomplished the enlightened state of the master,

གང་ལ་གང་འདུལ་ཕྲིན་ལས་ཀྱིས༔

gang la gang dul trinlé kyi

We vow to liberate them all, through the enlightened actions

འགྲོ་བ་བསྒྲལ་བར་དམ་བཅའོ༔

drowa dralwar damcha'o

Of teaching each and every one according to their needs.

3 times

ཡན་ལག་བཅུ་པ་ནི།

3. The Seven Branch Offering

བླ་མ་ཡི་དམ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་གཤེགས༔

lama yidam khandro shek

Approach now, gurus, devas, and dakinis:

ཉི་ཟླ་པདྨའི་གདན་ལ་བཞུགས༔

nyi da pemé den la shyuk

Take your seats on these cushions of lotus, sun and moon.

ལུས་ངག་ཡིད་གསུམ་གུས་ཕྱག་འཚལ༔

lü ngak yi sum gü chaktsal

We offer homage, while devotion fills our body, speech and mind.

ཕྱི་ནང་གསང་བའི་མཆོད་པ་འབུལ༔

chi nang sangwé chöpa bul

We make offerings, outer, inner and secret.

ཉམ་ཆག་སྡིག་སྒྲིབ་མཐོལ་ཞིང་བཤགས༔

nyam chak dikdrib tol shying shak

We confess all impairments and breakages of vows, all our harmful actions and obscurations.

གསང་སྔགས་བསྒྲུབས་ལ་རྗེས་ཡི་རང་༔

sang ngak drub la jé yi rang

We rejoice that the secret mantrayana is being accomplished in practice.

སྨིན་གྲོལ་གསང་སྔགས་ཆོས་འཁོར་བསྐོར༔

mindrol sang ngak chökhor kor

We request you to turn the wheel of the secret mantra teachings, which ripen and liberate.

མྱ་ངན་མི་འདའ་བཞུགས་སུ་གསོལ༔

nyangen mi da shyuk su sol

Remain with us without passing into nirvana, we pray.

སྙིང་པོ་སེམས་ཅན་དོན་དུ་བསྔོ༔

nyingpo semchen döndu ngo

We dedicate all merit so that sentient beings attain the essence of enlightenment.

ཡང་དག་རྡོ་རྗེའི་དོན་རྟོགས་ཤོག༔

yangdak dorje dön tok shok

May we all realize our true vajra nature!

རྟེན་བསྐྱེད་དངོས་ནི།

4. The Main Visualization

མདུན་གྱི་ནམ་མཁར་འོད་ལྔའི་ཀློང་༔

dün gyi namkhar ö ngé long

Before us in the sky, in a shimmering sphere of light, white and blue, yellow, red and green,

སེང་ཁྲི་པདྨ་ཉི་ཟླའི་སྟེང་༔

sengtri pema nyidé teng

Floats a throne held aloft by lions, with cushions of lotus, sun and moon.

སྐུ་གསུམ་རྒྱལ་བ་འདུས་པའི་དངོས༔

ku sum gyalwa düpé ngö

There you preside, the actual presence of all the buddhas of the three kayas,

རྩ་བའི་བླ་མ་པདྨ་འབྱུང་༔

tsawé lama pemajung

Root master, in the form of the Lotus-born Guru.

དཀར་དམར་མདངས་ལྡན་ཞི་ཁྲོའི་ཉམས༔

kar mar dangden shyitrö nyam

Your complexion is white, tinged with red, your expression slightly wrathful,

པད་ཞྭ་གསང་ཕོད་ཆོས་གོས་དང་༔

pé shya sang pö chögö dang

Wearing the lotus hat, gown, and Dharma robes, with

ཟ་འོག་བེར་སྨུག་བརྗིད་པར་གསོལ༔

zaok ber muk jipar sol

A magnificent dark red cape of shining brocade.

ཕྱག་གཡས་རྡོ་རྗེ་རྩེ་ལྔ་དང་༔

chak yé dorje tsé nga dang

Your right hand holds a five-pointed vajra;

གཡོན་པས་བྷནྡྷ་ཚེ་བུམ་བསྣམས༔

yönpé bhenda tsebum nam

Your left a skullcup containing the vase of long-life.

གྲུ་མོ་གཡོན་ན་ཁ་ཊྭཱཾ་འཆང་༔

drumo yön na khatam chang

A khatvanga cradled in your left arm,

རྡོ་རྗེའི་སྐྱིལ་ཀྲུང་དང་བཅས་ཏེ༔

dorje kyiltrung dangché té

You are seated in the vajra posture.

སྐུ་གསུང་ཐུགས་ཀྱི་དཀྱིལ་འཁོར་ལས༔

ku sung tuk kyi kyilkhor lé

From the mandalas of your wisdom body, speech and mind

རྩ་གསུམ་ཆོས་སྲུང་རབ་འབྱམས་ཀུན༔

tsa sum chösung rabjam kün

Appear infinite gurus, devas, dakinis and dharmapalas;

འཕྲོ་འདུའི་གཟི་བྱིན་ལམ་མེ་བ༔

trodü zijin lammewa

All send out and gather back brilliant, dazzling light,

མངོན་སུམ་བཞིན་དུ་བཞུགས་པར་གྱུར༔

ngönsum shyindu shyukpar gyur

And all become actually present, here.

ཅེས་གསལ་བཏབ་ལ། གསོལ་འདེབས་ལེའུ་བདུན་མ་དང་བསམ་པ་ལྷུན་འགྲུབ་མ། གཞན་ཡང་ཚིག་བདུན་གསོལ་འདེབས་དང༌། བར་ཆད་ལམ་སེལ་སོགས་གཏེར་ཁ་སྔ་ཕྱི་ལས་བྱུང་བ་དང༌། དམ་པ་གོང་མའི་རྡོ་རྗེའི་གསུང་ཚོགས་བྱིན་རླབས་ཅན་གྱི་གསོལ་འདེབས་གང་རིགས་མོས་གུས་གདུང་ཤུགས་དྲག་པོས་བྱ།

Visualizing this, recite ‘The Prayer in Seven Chapters’ and ‘The Prayer to Guru Rinpoche that Spontaneously Fulfils All Wishes’, ‘The Seven Line Prayer’, and ‘The Prayer which Removes All Obstacles from the Path’, along with prayers taken from the earlier and later terma treasures, and prayers of any kind that carry the blessing of the vajra speech of the saints of the past. Recite them with an intense longing and yearning, and an all-consuming devotion.

དེ་ཙམ་མི་ནུས་ན་བླ་མ་སྐུ་གསུམ་དང༌། བསམ་པ་ལྷུན་གྲུབ་ཁོ་ནས་ཀྱང་ཆོག །གང་ལྟར་ཡང་མཇུག་ཏུ་ཐུགས་རྒྱུད་བསྐུལ་བའི་ཕྱིར་བཛྲ་གུ་རུའི་བཟླས་པ་ཅི་ནུས་བྱས་མཐར།

If you can not manage this much, then it will be all right simply to recite ‘The Prayer to the Three Kaya Guru’ and ‘The Prayer to Guru Rinpoche that Spontaneously Fulfils All Wishes’. Whatever you do, at the end call out to Guru Rinpoche and invoke his wisdom mind by chanting the Vajra Guru mantra as much as possible.

5. Empowerment and Dissolution

བླ་མའི་གནས་གསུམ་འབྲུ་གསུམ་ལས༔

lamé né sum dru sum lé

From the three syllables OM AH HUNG at the three centres of the master,

འོད་ཟེར་རིམ་དང་གཅིག་ཆར་འཕྲོས༔

özer rim dang chikchar trö

Rays of light burst out, one after another, and then all together.

བདག་གི་གནས་གསུམ་ཐིམ་པ་ཡིས༔

dak gi né sum timpa yi

Streaming into our three centres, where they dissolve,

དབང་བཞི་ཐོབ་ཅིང་སྒྲིབ་བཞི་དག༔

wang shyi tob ching drib shyi dak

Granting us the four empowerments, purifying our four obscurations, and

ལམ་བཞི་སྒོམ་པའི་སྣོད་དུ་གྱུར༔

lam shyi gompé nö du gyur

Making us a suitable vessel to practise the four paths.

མཐར་ནི་རང་ཐིམ་དབྱེར་མེད་ངང་༔

tar ni rang tim yermé ngang

Finally, the master dissolves into us, merging inseparably,

བློ་འདས་ཆོས་སྐུའི་རང་ཞལ་བལྟ༔

lodé chökü rang shyal ta

And in that state, we gaze into our original face: the dharmakaya, beyond the ordinary mind.

6. Dedication of Merit

དགེ་བ་འདི་ཡིས་མྱུར་དུ་བདག །

gewa di yi nyurdu dak

Through the positivity and merit of this, may I swiftly

ཨོ་རྒྱན་བླ་མ་འགྲུབ་གྱུར་ནས། །

orgyen lama drub gyur né

Accomplish the realization of the master of Orgyen, and so

འགྲོ་བ་གཅིག་ཀྱང་མ་ལུས་པ། །

drowa chik kyang malüpa

May I bring each and every single living being

དེ་ཡི་ས་ལ་འགོད་པར་ཤོག །

dé yi sa la göpar shok

To that perfect state as well!

ཅེས་སོགས་བསྔོ་སྨོན་གྱིས་རྒྱས་གདབ་བོ། །

So, seal the practice with prayers of dedication.

ཞེས་པའང་སྤྲུལ་པའི་གཏེར་ཆེན་མཆོག་གྱུར་བདེ་ཆེན་གླིང་པའི་ཐུགས་དམ་ཞལ་འདོན་དུ་འདི་ལྟར་བྲིས་ཞེས་བཀའ་སྩལ་བལྟར། མཚོ་སྐྱེས་བླ་མ་དགྱེས་པའི་འབངས་མཁྱེན་བརྩེའི་དབང་པོ་པདྨ་འོད་གསལ་མདོ་སྔགས་གླིང་པའི་སྡེས་བྲིས་པ་དགེ་ལེགས་སུ་གྱུར་ཅིག། །།

To fit the exact requirements in the request made by the great incarnate treasure revealer Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa, this was composed by the favourite servant of the lake-born guru, Khyentséi Wangpo Pema Ösel Dongak Lingpa. May all things be well!

| Translated by Rigpa Translations copyright (c) Rigpa Translations


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The Guru Yoga of the Profound Path
from
www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan...und-path

༄༅། །ཟབ་ལམ་བླ་མའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར་བཞུགས་སོ། །

The Guru Yoga of the Profound Path

ཧཱུྃ༔ སྤྱི་བོ་པདྨ་ཉི་མའི་སྟེང༔

hung chiwo pema nyimé teng

Hūṃ! Above my head, on a lotus and sun-disk seat,

གུ་རུ་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཐོད་ཕྲེང་རྩལ༔

guru dorje tötreng tsal

Is the Guru, Dorje Tötreng Tsal,

མཐིང་ནག་ཤིན་ཏུ་ཁྲོས་པའི་སྐུ༔

tingnak shintu tröpé ku

Dark blue and extremely wrathful,

ཞལ་གདངས་མཆེ་གཙིགས་སྤྱན་གསུམ་བསྒྲད༔

shyaldang chetsik chen sum dré

His mouth gaping open, baring his fangs, with his three eyes open wide,

རལ་པ་དམར་ནག་ལྕང་ལོ་འཁྱིལ༔

ralpa marnak changlo khyil

His hair is dark red and tied up in braids,

ཞབས་གཉིས་དོར་སྟབས་དགྲ་བགེགས་བརྗིས༔

shyab nyi dortab dragek ji

His two feet are in striding posture, intimidating enemies and obstructing forces.

ཕྱག་གཡས་གནམ་ལྕགས་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཕྱར༔

chak yé namchak dorje char

In his right hand, he holds aloft a vajra made of meteoric iron,

གཡོན་པ་དྲིལ་བུ་དཀུ་ལ་བརྟེན༔

yönpa drilbu ku la ten

And with his left, he holds a bell against his hip.

དུར་ཁྲོད་ཆས་ཀྱིས་འཇིགས་པར་བརྒྱན༔

durtrö ché kyi jikpar gyen

He appears terrifying, ornamented with all the charnel ground accoutrements.

ཧཱུྂ་སྒྲ་དྲག་པོས་སྲིད་གསུམ་འདར༔

hung dra drakpö si sum dar

Fiercely proclaiming Hūṃ, he causes the three worlds to tremble.

མེ་དཔུང་འབར་བས་གདོན་བགེགས་འཇོམས༔

mepung barwé dön gek jom

Surrounded by a mass of flame that destroys harmful influences and obstacle-makers.

བླ་མ་སྐུ་གསུམ་ཡི་དམ་ལྷ༔

lama ku sum yidam lha

Gurus of the three kāyas, yidam deities,

ཡེ་ཤེས་མཁའ་འགྲོ་སྲུང་མའི་ཚོགས༔

yeshe khandro sungmé tsok

Wisdom ḍākinīs and guardians,

མཁའ་ལ་སྤྲིན་ལྟར་གཏིབ་ལས་ཀྱང༔

kha la trin tar tib lé kyang

All gather in the sky like clouds,

རིགས་འདུས་བླ་མའི་སྐུ་ལ་ཐིམ༔

rik dü lamé ku la tim

And dissolve into the guru, embodiment of all the buddha families,

ཀུན་འདུས་རྡོ་རྗེ་སློབ་དཔོན་ལ༔

kündü dorje lobpön la

To the vajra guru, the embodiment of all,

གུས་པས་ཕྱག་འཚལ་སྐྱབས་སུ་མཆི༔

güpé chaktsal kyab su chi

In devotion, I pay homage. I take refuge in you.

བདག་གི་ལུས་ངག་ཡིད་གསུམ་པོ༔

dak gi lü ngak yi sumpo

My own body, speech and mind

རྗེ་བཙུན་ཁྱེད་ལ་བྲན་དུ་འབུལ༔

jetsün khyé la dren du bul

I offer to you in servitude.

སྡིག་སྒྲིབ་ཉམ་ཆགས་དག་པ་དང༔

dikdrib nyam chak dakpa dang

Purify all my harmful actions, obscurations, impairments and breakages.

རྐྱེན་ངན་བར་ཆད་ཞི་བར་མཛོད༔

kyen ngen barché shyiwar dzö

Pacify all adversity and obstacles!

ལུས་ངག་ཡིད་གསུམ་བྱིན་གྱིས་རློབས༔

lü ngak yi sum jingyi lob

Bless my body, speech and mind!

མཆོག་དང་ཐུན་མོང་དངོས་གྲུབ་སྩོལ༔

chok dang tünmong ngödrub tsol

And grant me the attainments, both ordinary and supreme!

ཨོཾ་ཨཱཿཧཱུྂ༔

om ah hung

འོག་མིན་ཆོས་དབྱིངས་ཕོ་བྲང་དུ༔

okmin chöying podrang du

In the dharmadhātu palace of Akaniṣṭa,

ཨོ་རྒྱན་ཆོས་སྐུ་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང༔

orgyen chöku dorje chang

Is the Guru of Orgyen, the dharmakāya Vajradhāra,

དད་མོས་དྲག་པོས་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས༔

dé mö drakpö solwa deb

With fervent faith and devotion, I pray to you:

བྱིན་རླབས་དངོས་གྲུབ་ཆར་ཆེན་ཕོབས༔

jinlab ngödrub char chen pob

Shower down your blessings and attainments!

ཧཱུྂ་ཧཱུྂ་ཧཱུྂ༔

hung hung hung

བདེ་ཆེན་ལྷུན་གྲུབ་ཕོ་བྲང་དུ༔

dechen lhündrub podrang du

In the spontaneously perfect palace of great bliss,

ལོངས་སྐུ་ཐོད་ཕྲེང་སྡེ་ལྔ་ལ༔

longku tötreng dé nga la

Are the saṃbhogakāya forms, the five classes of Tötreng.

དད་མོས་དྲག་པོས་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས༔

dé mö drakpö solwa deb

With fervent faith and devotion, I pray to you:

བྱིན་རླབས་དངོས་གྲུབ་ཆར་ཆེན་ཕོབས༔

jinlab ngödrub char chen pob

Shower down your blessings and attainments!

ཧཱུྂ་ཧཱུྂ་ཧཱུྂ༔

hung hung hung

འགྲོ་འདུལ་གདུལ་བྱའི་ཞིང་ཁམས་སུ༔

drodul duljé shyingkham su

In the heavenly realm for guiding beings to be trained,

སྤྲུལ་པའི་གུ་རུ་མཚན་བརྒྱད་ལ༔

trulpé guru tsen gyé la

Are the eight manifestation of the Guru.

དད་མོས་དྲག་པོས་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས༔

dé mö drakpö solwa deb

With fervent faith and devotion, I pray to you:

བྱིན་རླབས་དངོས་གྲུབ་ཆར་ཆེན་ཕོབས༔

jinlab ngödrub char chen pob

Shower down your blessings and attainments!

ཧཱུྂ་ཧཱུྂ་ཧཱུྂ༔

hung hung hung

སྐུ་གསུམ་ཡོངས་རྫོགས་འདུས་པའི་དཔལ༔

ku sum yongdzok düpé pal

Glorious embodiment of all three kāyas,

བླ་མ་རྡོ་རྗེ་དྲག་པོ་རྩལ༔

lama dorje drakpo tsal

Guru Dorje Drakpo Tsal,

དད་མོས་དྲག་པོས་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས༔

dé mö drakpö solwa deb

With fervent faith and devotion, I pray to you:

བྱིན་རླབས་དངོས་གྲུབ་ཆར་ཆེན་ཕོབས༔

jinlab ngödrub char chen pob

Shower down your blessings and attainments!

ཧཱུྂ་ཧཱུྂ་ཧཱུྂ༔

hung hung hung

སྣང་སྲིད་ཆོས་སྐུའི་ཕོ་བྲང་དུ༔

nangsi chökü podrang du

In the dharmakāya palace of appearance and existence,

ཕྱོགས་མེད་བརྒྱུད་པའི་བླ་མ་ལ༔

chokmé gyüpé lama la

Are the lamas of the non-sectarian lineage.

དད་མོས་དྲག་པོས་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས༔

dé mö drakpö solwa deb

With fervent faith and devotion, I pray to you:

བྱིན་རླབས་དངོས་གྲུབ་ཆར་ཆེན་ཕོབས༔

jinlab ngödrub char chen pob

Shower down your blessings and attainments!

ཧཱུྂ་ཧཱུྂ་ཧཱུྂ༔

hung hung hung

རང་སྣང་དག་པའི་ཞིང་ཁམས་སུ༔

rangnang dakpé shyingkham su

In the heavenly realm of my own pure perception,

ཨོ་རྒྱན་ལས་རབ་གླིང་པ་ལ༔

orgyen lerab lingpa la

Is Orgyen Lerab Lingpa.

དད་མོས་དྲག་པོས་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས༔

dé mö drakpö solwa deb

With fervent faith and devotion, I pray to you:

བྱིན་རླབས་དངོས་གྲུབ་ཆར་ཆེན་ཕོབས༔

jinlab ngödrub char chen pob

Shower down your blessings and attainments!

ཧཱུྂ་ཧཱུྂ་ཧཱུྂ༔

hung hung hung

བླ་མ་རྣམས་ཀྱིས་བྱིན་གྱིས་རློབས༔

lama nam kyi jingyi lob

Lamas, please inspire me with your blessings!

ལུས་ལ་སྐུ་ཡི་དབང་མཆོག་སྩོལ༔

lü la ku yi wang chok tsol

On my body, bestow the supreme empowerment of enlightened form!

ངག་ལ་གསུང་གི་དབང་མཆོག་སྩོལ༔

ngak la sung gi wang chok tsol

On my voice, bestow the supreme empowerment of enlightened speech!

ཡིད་ལ་ཐུགས་ཀྱི་དབང་མཆོག་སྩོལ༔

yi la tuk kyi wang chok tsol

On my mind, bestow the supreme empowerment of enlightened wisdom!

དབྱེར་མེད་ལྷན་སྐྱེས་དབང་མཆོག་སྩོལ༔

yermé lhenkyé wang chok tsol

Grant me the supreme empowerment of inseparability!

རྟོགས་པའི་རྩལ་ཆེན་རྫོགས་པ་དང༔

tokpé tsal chen dzokpa dang

Perfect the strength of my realization,

ཕྲིན་ལས་རྣམ་བཞི་འགྲུབ་པར་མཛོད༔

trinlé nam shyi drubpar dzö

And cause me to accomplish the four kinds of activity!

བླ་མ་རང་ལ་གཉིས་མེད་ཐིམ༔

lama rang la nyimé tim

The guru dissolves into me and we merge inseparably.

ཐུགས་ཡིད་ཆོས་ཀྱི་དབྱིངས་སུ་འདྲེས༔

tuk yi chö kyi ying su dré

My mind blends with his wisdom mind in the dharmadhātu.

ཆོས་དབྱིངས་དོན་གྱི་བླ་མའི་ངང༔

chöying dön gyi lamé ngang

In that space, the ongoing experience of the absolute lama,

མ་བཅོས་རང་བབ་མཉམ་པར་བཞག༔

machö rangbab nyampar shyak

Do not alter, but simply settle and rest at ease.

ཨ་ཨ་ཨཱ༔

a a ah

ཨོ་རྒྱན་ལས་རབ་གླིང་པའི་ཟབ་གཏེར་ལས༔ ཆོས་རྒྱལ་ཆེན་པོས་ལྕགས་ཡོས་ལོར་བཀའ་རྒྱ་གྲོལ་དགོས་པའི་ལུང་བསྟན་པའོ། །

From the profound terma of Orgyen Lerab Lingpa. The great Chögyal (Nechung Oracle) prophesied that the seals of secrecy should be released in the year of the Iron Hare (1891).

བཀྲ་ཤིས། །

May everything be auspicious!

| copyright (c) Rigpa Translations, Adam Pearcey, 2013.


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The Syllable by Syllable Commentary
Explaining the Benefits and Advantages of the Vajra Guru Mantra
By the great tertön Karma Lingpa (14th century)
From
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By the great tertön Karma Lingpa (14th century)
The Vajra Guru Mantra is the mantra associated with Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava. This is a draft translation of a treasure text which explains the Vajra Guru Mantra. It was originally concealed during the time of Padmasambhava in Tibet and later rediscovered by Karma Lingpa (14th century) who brought it forth from its place of concealment and copied it down on reams of gold.

It is simply known as "The Syllable by Syllable Commentary Explaining the Benefits of the Vajra Guru Mantra." It begins with an invocation and then goes into a dialogue between Yeshe Tsogyal, the spiritual consort of Padmasambhava, and Padmasambhava himself.

And so, Yeshe Tsogyal begins:

I, the woman Yeshe Tsogyal, having offered to you the inner and outer mandala on a vast scale, have the following request. Oh great teacher, Pema Jungne, you have been extremely kind to us, the Tibetan people, leaving for us a legacy that will benefit us now and in future lives. Your kindness is so great that we have never experienced anything like this before, nor will we ever experience anything like this in the future. In particular, so that now even though I am a humble person, I have no doubt that I will attain enlightenment.

In the future, sentient beings will have very short attention spans and a great many things will clutter and occupy their minds. Their characters will be rough and difficult to tame. They will develop many wrong views towards the sacred Dharma. In particular, a time will come when people will cast dispersions on the Secret Mantra teaching of the unsurpassable levels of tantra. At that time, all sentient beings will suffer heavily from disease, famine, and war.

Because of the spread of these three calamities, in particular, China, Tibet and Mongolia will experience the same kind of turmoil as an ant's nest when it is destroyed, and the time will come for the people of Tibet to suffer greatly. Though you have spoken at length of many skillful means to salvage what is possible from that situation, sentient beings in the future will not have the time to practice. Even though they may have some slight inclination to practice, they will encounter many great obstacles.

Sentient beings will experience a great deal of disharmony. They won't be able to get along or reach any kind of accord, and in the wake of this, their behavior will become very impure. Bad times such as this will be very difficult to avert.

That being the case, what kinds of benefits and advantages would there be for those beings in the future were they to rely solely upon the Vajra Guru Mantra as their practice? I ask you to relate this for the benefit of individuals in the future who are not able to perceive this and therefore have to have it explained to them.

Then the great master, Pema Jungne replied:

Oh faithful lady, what you have said is so very true. In the future, such times will befall sentient beings and both in a temporary and in a long term sense, the benefits of the Vajra Guru mantra can be definitely be felt. Since my spiritual instructions and the methods of practice that I offer are immeasurable, I have hidden a great number of treasure teachings in the water, rocks, the sky and so forth.

In these evil times, even individuals with fortunate karma will find it difficult to encounter these teachings. It will be difficult to bring together the necessary circumstances for these teachings to be revealed. This is a sign that the collective merit of beings is on the wane.

However, at such times, if this essence mantra, the Vajra Guru mantra, is repeated as much as possible, a hundred times, a thousand times, ten thousand times, a hundred thousand times, a million, ten million, a hundred million times and so forth, if it is repeated in holy places, in temples, next to great rivers, in areas where gods and demons abound, if it is recited in these places by tantric practitioners with pure samaya, by people with monastic ordination who maintain their vows purely, by men and women who
possess faith in the teachings, if they give rise to bodhicitta on a grand scale and recite this mantra, then the benefits and advantages and energy of such practice are truly inconceivable.

This will avert all of the negative forces of disease, famine, unrest, bad harvests and all bad omens and indications in all the countries of the world, such that the rain will fall in a timely manner for the crops so there will always be a plentiful supply of water for agriculture and for human and animal life, and all regions and areas will experience prosperity and auspicious conditions.

In this life, in future lives, and in the intermediate state between death and rebirth, these individuals who practice in this way will meet with me again and again. The very best of these individuals will actually meet me in their waking consciousness. Those of middling degree of attainment will meet with me again and again in their dreams. Gradually perfecting the different paths and levels of their practice, they will attain to the ranks of the masculine and feminine holders of intrinsic awareness in my pure land in the continent of Ngayab. Have no doubt of this.

If this mantra is recited a hundred times a day, merely a hundred times a day without interruption, one will become attractive to others and will effortlessly come by food and wealth and the necessities of life.

If one recites it a thousand or ten thousand times on a daily basis, one is able to literally overwhelm others with one's brilliance, in the sense of becoming very charismatic and influential in exerting a positive influence over others, and one will gain unhindered force of blessings and spiritual power.

If one repeats it a hundred thousand or a million times on a regular basis one will become capable of effecting an immeasurably great benefit for beings, exactly as one would wish to.

If one recites the mantra three or seven million times, one is never separate from the buddhas of the three times and one becomes inseparable from me. All the gods and demons of existence will attend to one and offer their praises.

In the most excellent cases, individuals will attain the rainbow body, and the final level of attainment in this lifetime. On a more middling level, at the moment of death, the mother and child aspects of radiant luminosity will meet. At the very least, individuals will behold my face in the bardo state and all the appearances of the bardo state will be free in their own ground such that these individuals will be reborn on the continent of Ngayab and from that vantage point, be able to accomplish an immeasurable amount of
benefit to beings. Thus the Guru replied to Yeshe Tsogyal.

She responded by saying:

Oh great master, it is extremely kind of you to have spoken of these vast and immeasurable advantages of the spiritual energy of this mantra. For the benefit of sentient beings in the future however, a detailed explanation would be of enormous benefit, and so I would ask you to speak in a brief way about the different syllables of this mantra.

To which the great master replied:

O daughter of good family, the Vajra Guru mantra is not just my single essence mantra, it is the very essence or life force of all the deities of the four classes of tantra, of all the nine yanas, and all of the 84,000 collections of dharma teachings. The essence of all of the buddhas of the three times, all of the gurus, yidams, dakas, and dakinis, dharma protectors, etc., the essence of all of these is contained and is complete within this mantra.

How, you may ask, does this work? What is the reason for all these being complete with this mantra? Listen well and hold this in mind. Read it again and again. Write it out for the benefit of sentient beings, and teach it or demonstrate it to beings in the future.

OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG are the sublime, essence of the principles of enlightened body, speech, and mind
VAJRA is the sublime essence of the indestructible family
GURU is the sublime essence of the jewel family
PEMA is the sublime essence of the lotus family
SIDDHI is the sublime essence of the activity family
HUNG is the sublime essence of the transcendent family

OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG


OM is the perfect splendor and richness of sambhoghakaya
AH is the total unchanging perfection of dharmakaya, the manifest body of absolute reality
HUNG perfects the presence of Guru Padmasambhava as the nirmanakaya, the manifest body of emanation
VAJRA perfects all the heruka deities of the mandalas
GURU refers to the root and transmission gurus and the holders of intrinsic awareness
PEMA perfects the assembly of dakas and dakinis
SIDDHI is the life force of all the wealth deities and the guardians of the treasure teachings
HUNG is the life force of the dharmapalas, the protective deities

OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG are the life force of the three classes of tantra
VAJRA is the life force of the monastic discipline and the sutra class of teachings
GURU is the life force of abhidharma and kriya (action) yoga, the first level of tantra
PEMA is the life force of the charya (conduct) yoga, the second class of tantra, and yoga (joining) tantra, the third class of tantra
SIDDHI is the life force of the mahayoga and anuyoga classes of teachings
HUNG is the life force of the ati yoga, the Natural Great Perfection (Dzogchen)

OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG purify obscurations arising from the three mental poisons: desire/attachment, aversion, and ignorance
VAJRA purifies obscurations which stem from anger
GURU purifies obscurations which stem from pride
PEMA purifies obscurations which stem from desire/attachment
SIDDHI purifies obscurations which stem from envy/jealousy
HUNG in a general way purifies obscurations which stem from all emotional afflictions

OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

Through OM AH HUNG one attains the three kayas
Through VAJRA one realizes mirror-like pristine awareness
Through GURU one realizes the pristine awareness of equalness
Through PEMA one realizes the pristine awareness of discernment
Through SIDDHI one realizes the all-accomplishing pristine awareness
Through HUNG one realizes the pristine awareness of basic space

OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

Through OM AH HUNG gods, demons, and humans are subdued
Through VAJRA one gains power over malevolent forces of certain gods and demons
Through GURU one gains control over the malevolent forces of the Lord of Death and the cannibal demons
Through PEMA one gains control over the malevolent influences of the water and wind elements
Through SIDDHI one gains control over the malevolent influences of non-human forces and spirits bringing harm and exerting negative control over one's life
Through HUNG one gains control of the malevolent influences of planetary configurations and earth spirits

OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG accomplishes the six spiritual virtues
VAJRA accomplishes pacifying activity
GURU accomplishes enriching activity
PEMA accomplishes magnetizing activity
SIDDHI accomplishes enlightened activity in general
HUNG accomplishes wrathful enlightened activity

OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG avert all imprecations and curses
VAJRA averts the negative consequences of breaking one's samaya with the deities of pristine awareness
GURU averts the negative influences of the eight classes of gods and demons in samsara
PEMA averts the negative influences of nagas and earth spirits
HUNG averts the negative influences of gods, demons, humans, samsaric gods

OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG defeats the army of the five mental poisons
VAJRA defeats anger
GURU defeats pride
PEMA defeats desire/attachment
SIDDHI defeats envy and jealousy
HUNG defeats the armies of gods, demons and humans

OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG brings about the spiritual accomplishments or siddhis
VAJRA brings about the siddhi of peaceful and wrathful deities
GURU brings about the siddhi of the awareness-holders and the lineage gurus
PEMA brings about the siddhi of the dakas and dakinis and dharma protectors
SIDDHI brings about the mundane and supreme siddhis
HUNG brings about the siddhi of accomplishing whatever one wishes

OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG transfers consciousness to the pure realms of experience
VAJRA transfers consciousness to the eastern pure realm of Manifest Joy
GURU transfers consciousness to the southern pure realm of Glory & Splendor
PEMA transfers consciousness to the western pure realm of Great Bliss
SIDDHI transfers consciousness to the northern pure realm of Excellent Activity
HUNG transfers consciousness to the central pure realm of Unwavering

If a physical form could demonstrate the benefit of even one recitation of OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG, the entire earth would not be sufficient to contain the merit. All sentient beings who see, hear, or remember this mantra will definitely be established in the ranks of the masculine and feminine awareness-holders.

If it is the case that these words of truth of the Vajra Guru mantra do not accomplish for sentient beings what they wish to accomplish just as I have promised, then I Pema Jungne, am truly deceiving sentient beings. But I have not deceived you, so you should practice according to my instructions.

Even if you are not able to recite the mantra for whatever reasons, you should mount it on the top of a victory banner, even when the wind touches it, and that wind touches sentient beings, it will free them without a doubt. Alternately, you may inscribe it in clay or carve it in stone. This will also guard the path upon which these syllables are placed and guard that region from malevolent effects.

You may also write this mantra out in gold ink on dark blue paper and wear it as an amulet. When you die, if this amulet is burned with your corpse, rainbows will be seen and your consciousness will be transferred to the realms of Supreme Bliss. The benefits of writing out, reading or reciting this mantra defy any accurate measure and defy any standard measurement that could be applied. Having established this for the benefit of beings in the future, I am hiding this treasure. May it meet with a fortunate child of mine in the future who has good karma.


Samaya. Sealed. Sealed. Sealed.

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Teachings and practices ascribed to Padmasambhava

The Vajra Guru (Padmasambhava) mantra Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum is favoured and held in esteem by sadhakas. Like most Sanskritic mantras in Tibet, the Tibetan pronunciation demonstrates dialectic variation and is generally Om Ah Hung Benza Guru Pema Siddhi Hung.

In the Vajrayana traditions, particularly of the Nyingmapa, it is held to be a powerful mantra engendering communion with the Three Vajras of Padmasambhava's mindstream and by his grace, all enlightened beings.[33] In response to Yeshe Tsogyal's request, the Great Master himself explained the meaning of the mantra although there are larger secret meanings too.[34] The 14th century tertön Karma Lingpa has a famous commentary on the mantra.[35]


GURU RINPOCHE
from book
"White Lotus: An Explanation of the Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Padmasambhava"

According to the annals of Tibetan history, when King Trisongdetsen wished to establish the Buddhist teachings in his country, his first move was to invite to Tibet the great monk and scholar Shantarakshita, the renowned abbot of Nalanda, the vast monastic university that, at that time, was the glory of Buddhist India ( before being destroyed by the Islamists ). Arriving in Tibet, Shantarakshita endeavored to instruct the king and people. He began the construction of the temple at Samye, ordained the first monks, and inaugurated the translation of Buddhist scriptures.

His efforts, however, were less than successful. He met with powerful opposition from the Tibetan nobility and royal ministers, whose hearts and vested interests lay with the beliefs and practices of their native religion, the cult of the gods and spirits of Tibet. Intense as their hostility was, however, Shantarakshita sensed that the greatest opposition to his work came not from human agency at all but from the gods themselves.

For the latter were disturbed by the presence of the foreign acharya ( teacher ), whose teachings threatened to abolish the blood sacrifices that sustained them and to disrupt the links they enjoyed with the land and its people; and they demonstrated their fury by an unprecedented series of natural disasters.

Shantarakshita concluded that the only solution was to deal with the gods directly and to fight magic with magic. Frankly admitting that exploits of this kind were beyond his capacity, he advised the king to seek the protection of Guru Padmasambhava, a master of the Buddhist tantras and a yogi of unobstructed power.

The great Guru duly arrived and, in answer to the pleas of the king, transformed Tibet into a Buddhist land. As Shantarakshita had predicted, his first task was to subdue the gods, the strong and arrogant spirits that until then had reigned supreme. Tradition tells of many occasions in different parts of the country when Guru Rinpoche confronted and defeated them, not by destroying or driving them out, but by overwhelming them with his majesty, so that they became meek and submissive to his word.

Many, it is said, took refuge in him. They entered the Dharma and became Buddhist. Others, less amenable, were subjugated by his yogic power and bound under oath to protect the Doctrine. Having thus pacified the spirit world, Guru Rinpoche was free to disseminate the Buddhist teachings, especially the Vajrayana, unhindered. And in so doing, it is said that he hallowed the land so completely that not a place remained untouched by his sacred feet, no clod of earth was not saturated with his blessing.

This was not the first time that an attempt had been made to effect the conversion of Tibet by occult means. Tibetan literature records that King Songtsen Gampo, several generations before, had constructed a whole network of temples located in places of geomantic significance, the purpose of which was to pin down the unruly country, envisioned as an enormous female figure- the "supine ogress"-stretched out on her back.

The texts tell us that, for a time, this method was successful and the Buddhist teachings began to spread and take root. Being widely scattered throughout the land, however, these "border-taming" temples were hard to maintain. And as they fell into disrepair following the death of Songtsen Gampo, Buddhist practice too began to diminish, overtaken by the encroaching shadows of the old ways.

As a safeguard against a similar decline, which was liable to occur after his own departure and the later collapse of the royal dynasty, it is said that Guru Rinpoche provided for the future of the country by concealing treasures of teachings to be revealed to future generations by the incarnations of his closest disciples.

This treasure, or terma, tradition, which was and remains an important feature of the teachings and practice of the Nyingma school, is one of the most amazing legacies of Guru Rinpoche's visit to Tibet. It has acted as a protection for the lineages of transmission, on which the practice of the tantras depends and has been a recurrent means whereby the teachings have been revitalized and refreshed.

By his conversion of the human and nonhuman inhabitants of the country and by the power of his blessing, Guru Rinpoche thus created in Tibet and throughout the Himalayan region a protected land where the study and practice of the sutras and tantras could thrive uninterrupted for a thousand years. Here the teachings of the Buddha were to be kept vigorously alive for centuries after they had been annihilated in the land of their birth. At various stages in the history of Tibet, the tradition was enlarged and enriched by the appearance of other great masters who founded new schools and lineages.

In so doing, they were able to build upon the foundations of an already existing tradition that had survived intact despite persecution and the lapse of time. And they and their teachings were able to flourish thanks to the protected environment created and sustained by the blessing of Guru Rinpoche. So closely was Guru Rinpoche associated with the destiny of Tibet that when, owing to sectarian intolerance, greatly aggravated during the disastrous interregnum between the death of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama and the accession of the Fourteenth, the special rituals devised by Guru Rinpoche for the protection of the country were neglected, this was seen by many Tibetans as the certain harbinger of the catastrophe that effectively followed.

Reading further in the traditional accounts of the life of Guru Rinpoche, we find that however great his exploits were in Tibet and its neighboring territories, they were far from exhausting the activities of the great Guru. According to the traditional accounts and as prophesied in the tantras, Guru Rinpoche's first appearance in this world, in the form of a beautiful child sitting on a magnificent lotus in the lake of Dhanakosha, occurred not long after the mahaparinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni.

He was adopted and grew up in the household of the local king, Indrabhuti, and, on attaining manhood, received monastic vows from Ananda himself. At a later stage, through the practice of the Vajrayana and specifically the teachings of the Great Perfection, he achieved a level of accomplishment known as the "rainbow body of great transference" whereby his human body was transformed into light and never died. And by the time he encountered Trisongdetsen and Shantarakshita in Tibet, he was, by earthly reckoning, well over a thousand years old.

Neither were his activities confined to this world. He is said to have visited countless different world-systems in order to instruct the beings there. In his long career, he assumed many different shapes and forms according to need, including eight great manifestations and countless minor ones. Finally, after completing his work in Tibet, he left for the country of the demon rakshasas in the land of Chamara, the subcontinent that, according to ancient Indian cosmology, lies to the southwest of Jambudvipa (our world, itself the great continent situated to the south of Mount Meru, the axis of the universe).

Even then, the story is far from over. Ever mindful of Tibet and his faithful disciples scattered about the world, Guru Rinpoche visits them regularly, especially on the tenth and twenty-fifth days of the lunar month, returning from Chamara astride the beams of the rising and the setting sun.

This brief account of the life and deeds of Guru Rinpoche is meant to spell out, without concessions to modern sensibilities, all that is generally believed about him within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Moreover, for his many devoted followers, Nyingmapas or otherwise, Guru Rinpoche is not simply a historical figure, a hero remembered from the past.

He is a present reality. He is invoked constantly. His direct intervention in the affairs of everyday life is expected without hesitation and as a matter of course, and in teachings given by lamas and even in the conversation of ordinary people, the events of his life, the wonders he performed, and his appearances to saints and yogis are spoken of as if they were recent occurrences-as indeed some of them are.

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Dedication Prayer
from
www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan...g-wishes

༈ དུས་བབས་ཀྱི་གསོལ་འདེབས་དུས་གསུམ་སངས་རྒྱས།

The Prayer to Guru Rinpoche for Removing Obstacles and Fulfilling Wishes

a Terma of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa

དུས་གསུམ་སངས་རྒྱས་གུ་རུ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ༔

dü sum sangye guru rinpoche

Guru Rinpoche, the Buddha of past, present and future,

དངོས་གྲུབ་ཀུན་བདག་བདེ་བ་ཆེན་པོའི་ཞབས༔

ngödrub kün dak dewa chenpö shyab

‘Dewa Chenpo’—Guru of Great Bliss—the source of all siddhis,

བར་ཆད་ཀུན་སེལ་བདུད་འདུལ་དྲག་པོ་རྩལ༔

barché kün sel düdul drakpo tsal

‘Düdul Drakpo Tsal’—Wrathful One that Subdues Negativity—who removes all obstacles,

གསོལ་བ་འདེབས་སོ་བྱིན་གྱིས་བརླབ་ཏུ་གསོལ༔

solwa deb so jingyi lab tu sol

Grant your blessings, we pray!

ཕྱི་ནང་གསང་བའི་བར་ཆད་ཞི་བ་དང༌༔

chi nang sangwé barché shyiwa dang

Through them, may all obstacles—outer, inner and secret—

བསམ་པ་ལྷུན་གྱིས་འགྲུབ་པར་བྱིན་གྱིས་རློབས༔

sampa lhün gyi drubpar jingyi lob

Be quelled, and may all our aspirations be fulfilled.

ཞེས་གཏེར་ཆེན་མཆོག་གྱུར་བདེ་ཆེན་གླིང་པས་སེང་ཆེན་གནམ་བྲག་གི་གཡས་ཟུར་བྲག་རི་རིན་ཆེན་བརྩེགས་པ་ནས་སྤྱན་དྲངས་པའི་དུས་བབས་ཀྱི་གསོལ་འདེབས་འདི་ཉིད་བྱིན་རླབས་ཤིན་ཏུ་ཆེ་བས་ཀུན་གྱིས་ཁ་ཏོན་དུ་གཅེས་པར་ཟུངས་ཤིག། །།

Discovered by the great terma-revealer Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa, from the right hand side of the Sengchen Namdrak rock on Mount Rinchen Tsekpa, ‘The Pile of Jewels’. Because the blessing of this prayer, one intended for this present time, is so immense, it should be treasured by all as their daily practice.

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Dedication Prayers HH Dudjom Rinpoche

N.B. It is important to offer universal dedication prayers at the close of each practice session to commit the energy of the practice.
That way it is not lost to circumstances.

(1)
The prayer dzam ling chi dang... by HH Dujdom Rinpoche


DZAM LING CHI DANG YUL KHAM DI DAG TU
at this very instant, for all the people and nations of Earth,

NED MUG TSHON SOK DUG NGAL MING MI DRAG
Let not even the words "disease," 'famine," "war" and "suffering" be heard,

CHÖ DAN SO NAM PAL JOR GONG DU PHEL
But may virtue, merit, wealth and plenty increase

TAG TU TASHI DE LEG PHUN TSHOG SHOG
And auspiciousness and well-being ever abound

(2)
and the prayer khenlob cho sum...

KHEN LOB CHO SUM RING LUK CHE
May the great tradition of the Abbot Shantarakshita,
the Master Padmasambhava, and the Dharma King Trisong Detsun

DZAM LING SA SUM KHYAN PAR PEL
Increase and spread throughout the three realms of this world.

DRO GYUD CHOG SUM NANG WA DANG
May the appearance of the Three Jewels and the mindstreams of beings

MI DRAL DU SUM GE LEK SHOG
Remain inseparable and bring sublime well-being throughout the three times.

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Chantways
Traditional pre-Christian spiritual culture
May the Circle Be Open and Unbroken.

The original focus of this article was to support Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Arizona, and those who can benefit from their work. I have three major transmissions from HE Garchen Rinpoche.

And my approach to witch doctoring is not so different from the Navaho and the Lakota witch doctors. They work with 'The circle of the spirit", what Buddhists call the mandala principle. Traditional Hopi and Navaho and Lakota are pre-Christian. Western Buddhists are post-Christian. So there is a real symmetry to be found and experienced. May the Circle Be Open and Unbroken.

I have a connection to the traditional indigenous chantways through the Lakota Sioux. Specifically I am a pipe carrier through Wallace Black Elk.

In late April I received a phone call and did a chant from 3am to almost 5am for someone in need. Never did a pre-dawn chant for someone before, but it helped some when really needed. I am relieved, and will take this opportunity to honor my connection with the traditionals. There is more than one way to skin a cat.

Here are some references to basically traditional practices from my post at
Native American Songs and Teaching
shamanism.tribe.net/thread/f...f16eddcec

(1)
"Navajo and Tibetan Sacred Wisdom: The Circle of the Spirit" Paperback
by Peter Gold (Author)

Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (October 1, 1994)
ISBN-10: 089281411X

www.amazon.com/Navajo-Tib...089281411X/

From Scientific American
This remarkable book coalesces the fruits of a personal odyssey that ranged back and forth between two continents over a period of many years. As an anthropologist, I am impressed by Peter Gold's sustained fieldwork among two peoples, so far apart in space, language, history. This is not a work of conventional social science or of comparative mythology; rather, it invites the reader to search beyond his or her cultural framework and enter onto a quest of spiritual anthropology.

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Lakota Peyote Healing Song
www.youtube.com/watch

Wani wachiyelo Ate omakiyayo
Atay nimichikun
Oshiya chichiyelo
Wani wachiyelo Atay omakiyayo
Wani wachiyelo Atay

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Wizard Sing Along

Darren Criss & Joe Walker - Goin' Back to Hogwarts Live @ The Garage, London
www.youtube.com/watch

101 Reasons to Ship Harry & Hermione
www.youtube.com/watch

Ministry of Magic - "More Than Enough"
www.youtube.com/watch

The weapon we have, is still love
It's more than enough
And having a few good friends, is still more than enough...

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Old School Type Sing Along
"I want you to sing as loud as you can."
- Elton John
Elton John-Crocodile Rock
www.youtube.com/watch

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Natalie
mystical pisces girl gets down & starts the party

Natalie Imbruglia - Beauty On The Fire
www.youtube.com/watch

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N.B. Please note that I do not represent any individual nor any organization mentioned here.
All copyrights to respective owners.


Sarva mangalam!
Siddhi rastu!

"May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed.
May the powerless find power
And may people think of benefiting each other."
- Santideva

All Our Relations.

KT
Ministry of Magic, Dept. International Magical Co-operation
posted Thu, May 1, 2014 - 1:54 PM
Expecto Patronum! Ganesha / Ganapati "Lord of Obstacles" / The Elephant Headed God, Propitiated by mantra to remove obstacles. ( community » other ) Expecto Patronum!
Ganesha / Ganapati, Magical Ally, Guardian Spirit
The Shamanic Hindu ( and Sometimes Buddhist ) "Lord of Obstacles"

“To those for whom these village fires still have meaning:
Oh, may your own most beautiful Animal of Light come safely to you!”
from the Last Whole Earth Catalog

"The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in the stars but in ourselves that we are slaves."
from Julius Caesar, by Shakespeare

Princess Buttercup : "We'll never succeed. We may as well die here."
Westley : "No, no, we have already succeeded..."
Princess Buttercup : "What about the ROUSes?"

"Life IS suffering, Princess. And anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell you something."
- The Dread Pirate Roberts ( Westly ) & Sakyamuni Buddha

"In the end, what doesn't kill you makes stronger
Stand a little taller..."
Kelly Clarkson & Friedrich Nietzsche

“Without music, without mantra, without magic, life would be a mistake. So Wrock On!”
KT & Friedrich Nietzsche

Keywords : magic, patronus charm, guardian angels, mysticism, occult technology, shamanism, dealing with obstacles & bad vibes & tough astrological transits, Defense Against The Dark Arts, nature spirits, animal totems, power animals, Ganapati the Elephant Headed God, mantra, astrological mantras, mantra music, Hinduism, Buddhism, Buddhist guardian angels & dralas & werma.

Summary: This is a short self-contained teaching article on Ganapati deity yoga practice which includes good introductory background, a substantial set of mantras and other practice resources including multimedia links. It is written to provide help for those going through tough times and situations in a period of great change and psychic difficulty.

Patronus Charm
"This ancient and mysterious charm conjures a magical guardian, a projection of all your most positive feelings. The Patronus Charm is difficult, and many witches and wizards are unable to produce a full, corporeal Patronus, a guardian which generally takes the shape of the animal with whom they share the deepest affinity. You may suspect, but you will never truly know what form your Patronus will take until you succeed in conjuring it."
—Miranda Goshawk

"A Patronus is a kind of positive force, and for the wizard who can conjure one, it works something like a shield, with the Dementor feeding on it, rather than him. In order for it to work, you need to think of a memory. Not just any memory, a very happy memory, a very powerful memory… Allow it to fill you up... lose yourself in it... then speak the incantation "Expecto Patronum"
—Remus Lupin

From
harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Pa...us_Charm

Tibetan nun reciting Ganapati praise and mantras in Sanskrit
Ani Choying Drolma - Ganesha Mantra, Concert, Munich 07
www.youtube.com/watch

An amazing World Beat / Cool Jazz Ganapati
Susheela Raman - Ganapati
www.youtube.com/watch

Classical
Ganpati prayer-Gana nayaka
www.youtube.com/watch

Deva Premal Om gam ganapataye Namaha YouTube#!
www.youtube.com/watch


Ganapati ( Ganesh ), Reasons And Methods For Practicing
Propitiated by mantra to remove obstacles.
Propitiated also before beginning tasks or new ventures.
Propitiated for astrological issues.
Called upon as a major patronus charm.

ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपति गुं हवामहे
कविं कवीनामुपमश्र वस्तमम् |
ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पत
आन् श्रृण्वन्नू तिभि: सीद सादनम् ||
Maha Ganapataye Namah


"Let us think of the one-toothed, let us meditate on the crooked trunk, may that tusk direct us." - Ganapati Upanishad

See
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganapati
for background on Ganapati.

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Introduction

There are many practices for Ganapati, one of the most ancient and main practices of Hindu India. Ganapati is key to Hindu practice in general because it is used to set up other practices, and also because it is a main practice for "success" and "removing obstacles".

The origins of Ganapati devotion go all the way back to pre-Vedic India, and so Ganapati is originally a shamanic practice incorporated into the Hindu religious cultural complex. Ganapati mysticism is very significant in terms of being shared by early shamanic culture, Vedic and tantric Hindu culture, and tantric Buddhist culture ( tantric Buddhist culture of central Asia and Japan ).
Ganapati mantra is also of primary importance in Hindu astrology ( jyotish ).

According to the renowned scholar Shankara, the ( Hindu ) mantras of Ganapati are open to all; there is no prerequisite and one need not take up a specific Hindu religious commitment. ( Of course, there are also Hindu initiations for Ganapati. ) So overall, Hindu Ganapati mantras are available to *everyone* whereas many Buddhist mantras require specific Buddhist commitments and/or transmissions. That is the formal basis for sharing a worthwhile and indeed powerful set of Ganapati practices.

This article by itself has the depth and breadth to connect anyone to Ganapati mantra practice. It is far more functional and useful than a book on Ganapati I bought years back, and good references are provided here for an excellent Ganapati CD recording ( "Inner Voice: Ganesh Mantra" ), an excellent Ganapati book ( "Ganapati: Song of the Self" by John Grimes, Ph.D.), and several good Ganapati chants on youtube.

The mystical practices of Ganapati are not well known in the West, nor much applied, even among the eclectic western pagan groups. However, it is clear that Ganapati is important for shamanism / totemic magic, for astrology, for syncretic Hindu-Buddhist sadhana, and for general "independent magical practice". Anyone who reads this article can do Ganapati practice. You now have, here and now, a guardian angel practice, a power animal teaching, a patronus charm, if you so choose.

This article is useful for many different people everywhere who have different backgrounds, circumstances and needs. All that is necessary is a willingness to do some daily practice, as with any other real inner discipline. If you have no other mantras or inner practices or magic, this teaching gives you a lot of good teaching and ways to develop yourself. Of course, no specific claims can be made, and mantra practice is no substitute for professional care.

But anyone can do these practices, even if they are poor, friendless, bewildered, or far from cosmopolitan locales. It requires no parampara, no lineage. I wish that in 1979, when I felt the need to uplevel myself ( do yoga sadhana and so forth ) that I had access to such a teaching. I would have jumped on it and begun a daily mantra practice.

This is my gift to you all, in a time of change and uncertainty, and on the full moon of another grand cardinal cross in the heavens. It is professional class teaching as I am a full mantrayana guru, one who has Ganapati diksha and, once, an inner Ganapati connection.

Since I am a Buddhist guru and not a Hindu guru, no one can claim that I am evangelizing for my own lineage or dharma. This is put forward as public service for the many. As Buddhist lineage holder the Seventeeth Karmapa ( Urgyen Trinley Dorje ) said ( 23 Feb 2000 ) : "Benefiting all beings is central to the Buddhist tradition." Thus in writing this I am fulfilling my mahayana commitments.

For those who may be interested, this article references detailed teachings on two Buddhist guardian angels, Vajrapani and Vajrakilaya. Both require Buddhist Mahayana commitments, so they are not for general usage. They are relevant as other major forms of patronus charms. Vajrapani is the main protector of the overall Mahayana Buddhist teaching, and Vajrakilaya is one higher order form of Vajrapani.

In any event, one can well expect the practice of Ganapati - mainly the Hindu practices of Ganapati - to take root more broadly and deeply here in the West, among many diverse kinds of yogic and magical people. May this greatly benefit many.

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There are many many forms of Ganapati in Hindu practice.
I received one thousand classical Ganapati mantras from Vedacarya Thomas Ashley Farrand.

Here are some examples:

Aum Shri Ganeshaya Namah

Aum Gam Ganapataye Namah

Aum Vakratundaya Hum

Aum Kshipra Prasadaya Namah

Aum shrim hrim klim glaum gam ganapataye vara varada sarva janamme vashamanaya svaha

Aum Ekadantaya namah

Aum sumukhaya Namah

Aum kapilaya Namah

Aum gajakarnikaya namah

Aum lambodaraya namah

Aum Vikataya Namah

Aum Vigna Nashanaya Namah

Aum Vinayakaya Namah

Aum Ganadhyakshaya Namah

Aum Bhalachandraya Namah

These... "Ganesh Siddhi Mantras are very powerful Mantras which can be used in Jaap to attain success, knowledge and fulfillment of wishes. This mantras are repeated in multiples of 108 and chanted using a Rudraksha Japa Mala with utmost devotion concentrating on the meaning of the mantra and visualizing the Elephant God."


There are also Ganapati mantras in the Buddhist traditions of Tibet and Japan, such as the Twelve Armed Red Ganapati, an emanation of Avalokitesvara in the Sakya Tibetan tradition. The image heading this post is the Buddhist Red Ganapati.

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Tsokdak ( Ganapati ) Praise by Mipham ( Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist scholar-master )
From
"The Swift Fulfilment of All Wishes—Offering the Flag of Windhorse"
Composed by Mipham Rinpoche
bhadrasblog.blogspot.com/p/lungta.html

ཁྱད་པར་དཔལ་མགོན་ཚོགས་བདག་ཡབ་ཡུམ་དང༌། །
khyepar palgön tsokdak yabyum dang
Glorious protector Ganapati, with your consort,

སྐུ་གསུང་ཐུགས་མགོན་ཕྱོགས་བཅུ་སྡེ་བརྒྱད་མགོན། །
ku sung tuk gön chok chu dé gyé gön
Protectors of body, speech and mind, and protectors of the eight classes in the ten directions,

དགྲ་བླ་དམག་དཔོན་ཚེ་རྫི་ཤུགས་མགོན་བཅས། །
drala makpon tsedzi shukgön ché
Along with the drala Makpön Tsedzi Shuk—

གསོལ་ལོ་མཆོད་དོ་བསྟོད་དོ་མངའ་གསོལ་ལོ། །
sol lo chö do tö do ngasol lo
We pray to you, make offerings, praise and exalt you!

དབུ་འཕང་གཉན་པོ་ཆོས་ཀྱི་དབྱིངས་སུ་བསྟོད། །
upang nyenpo chö kyi ying su tö
Your awesome majesty we glorify as high as the dharmadhātu!

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The following restricted practice text should NOT have been published. It is ONLY to be used by initiates.
But here it is, and it is authentic:

First, the description, from
www.thangkar.com/art/show/p009-en.htm
which holds the copyright:

"This form of Ganapati is regarded as an emanation of Avalokiteshvara.
Shri Ganapati with a body red in colour, having an elephant face with sharp white tusks and possessing three eyes, black hair tied in a topknot with a wishing-gem and a red silk ribbon all in a bundle on the crown of the head.

"With twelve hands, the six right hold an axe, arrow, hook, vajra, sword and spear. The six left hold a pestle, bow, katvanga, skullcup filled with blood, skullcup filled with human flesh and a shield together with a spear and banner.

"The peaceful right and left hands are signified by the vajra and skullcup filled with blood held to the heart. The remaining hands are displayed in a threatening manner. Wearing various silks as a lower garment and adorned with a variety of jewel ornaments, the left foot is extended in a dancing manner, standing in the middle of the bright rays of red flickering light."


"The Accomplishment-Text The Great Red Ganapati (Tsog-Dag Mar-Chen)"
www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/e...hp

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From
tribes.tribe.net/practical...f17e94593b

Re Dave:
"There are no short cuts to get rid of the impact of the planets."

KT responds:

Disagree most strongly. There is mantra practice. Mantra changes the energy.
Dharma eliminates the karma.
Maybe not all of it, all at once.

Unless of course anyone here wishes to attack mantra practice as somehow being useless. In that case you would have to reject most Hindu and most Buddhist practice, for starters.

For the time being the statement stands:
"Mantra dharma eliminates karma." And that would include astrologically indicated karma.

If you reject mantra dharma then you reject Ayurveda and much or most yoga sadhana. I think doing so would be a very bad idea, and very non-dharmic.

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There are many mantras used as remedies in the Hindu and Buddhist systems of astrology.
In the Hindu system of astrology, the most basic and comprehensive astrological mantra is that of Ganapati.

Example big astrological challenge:
May 14th Full Moon in Scorpio
astronuts.tribe.net/photos/e...2844f0f0c

See
anamikas.hubpages.com/hub/Lor...bstacles

Again, I am not an astrologer per se, nor really knowledgeable in this subject matter.

My main purpose in writing is to point out the following
a) there is a well developed Hindu astrology
b) there are mantras ( Sanskrit recitations ) for working with the energies / subtle influences associated with heavenly bodies
c) esoteric Hindu and Buddhist spiritual practitioners ( like me ) work on the lunar cycle
d) the lunar cycle is very very important energetically speaking
e) the most important point is not the birth chart nor the progressed chart - it is what we do in our consciousness and what we do in our yoga practice and our life that matters.

Astrological question : how to succeed in business, exams etc. for professional growth. A wizard-yogi responds.
astronuts.tribe.net/thread/8...51d78b84a

To begin with, the Vedacaya David Frawley will strongly support the statement that mantra directly works with the factors of Jyotish and karma generally. Mantra balances the factors in the birth chart. That's the main point for studying the birth chart and progressed charts anyway, to figure out what to do, especially what mantras to apply.

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"Life IS suffering, Princess. And anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell you something."
- The Dread Pirate Roberts

The Princess Bride - Fire Swamp Scene
www.youtube.com/watch

A basic reason for doing Ganapati recitation practice is that life is tough, with or without challenging astrological transits. I just learned there is a new standard phrase for this : FML.

F MY LIFE

From
www.fmylife.com

Today, my daughter was scared to go to the bathroom because she thought there was a person behind the shower curtain. There actually was a person behind the shower curtain. FML

Today, my little sister was in charge of doing the vacuuming, when she decided our hamster had "dust on his back". FML

F MY LIFE
www.youtube.com/watch

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"His association with obstacles comes from the great strength of the elephant, the intelligence of the human and the subtelty or ability to penetrate small spaces like a mouse or rat. Ganesha is usually shown with four arms - these represent the four directions of space or the four elements - the god being the spirit or quintessence of these. The word Ganesha means lord of hosts...The hosts are the hosts of spirits or denizens of the three worlds.

(c) Mike Magee 2006
www.shivashakti.com/ganesh.htm

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Ganesha Vedic Shloka
www.youtube.com/watch

ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपति गुं हवामहे
कविं कवीनामुपमश्र वस्तमम् |
ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पत
आन् श्रृण्वन्नू तिभि: सीद सादनम् ||

gananam tva ganapati gum havamahe
kavim kavinam upamashravastamam
jyeshtharajam brahmanam brahmanaspata a nah
sranvannutibhi sidhasadhanam
mahaganapataya nama

English Translation :
May we worship Ganapati, the Protector of Noble People
The best Poet, the Most Honourable,
The Greatest Ruler and the treasure of all knowledge
O Ganapati, please listen to us and take your seat in our heart

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Ganapati Prayer:

Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakotee Sama Prabha
Nirvighnam kuru mey Deva
Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvadaa

You of the twisted trunk and the massive body
With the dazzling light of countless suns
Lead me on a path that has no obstacles nor hindrances
Clearing the way in all that I do, ever and always!

VAKRATUNDA MAHAKAYA Ganesh Mantra
www.youtube.com/watch

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Ganapati Main Name Mantra
( Per Vedacarya David Frawley ):

Om Gam Ganapataye Namah

Ganesh Mantra - Obstacle Breaker (STROBE)
www.youtube.com/watch

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The Rare Eight Syllable Mantra of Ganapati
( This is the correct form from the official teachings of Swami Nikhilananda):

Om Gam Ganapatyiae Gam Namah

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Om Sri Mahaa Ganapathaye Namaha

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Ganesh Mantra "for mental peace"
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Ganesh Mantra "for blocked work"
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Ganesh mantra "to progress in your job"
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Ganesh Protection Mantra
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Vijay Ganapati Mantra "which makes one victorious"
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Ganesh Mantra "to emerge victorious"
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Ganesh Uchatan mantra "to stop an enemy from troubling you"
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Good Fortune Ganapati

Om shrim gam saumyaya ganapataye varavarada
sarvajanam me vashamanaya svaha

www.shivashakti.com/ganesh.htm

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Ganapati Root Mantra ( Mul Mantra ):

Aum shrim hrim klim glaum gam ganapataye vara varada sarva janamme vashamanaya svaha

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Siddhivinayaka mantra:

Om namo siddhivinayaka sarvakaryakartrai
sarvavighnaprashamanaya sarvarajyavashyakaranaya sarvajanasarvastripurushakarshanaya
shrim om svaha

From
www.shivashakti.com/ganesh.htm

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Ganapati Gayatri Mantra:

Aum Ekadantaya Vidmahe
Vakratundaya Dheemahi
Tanno Danti Prachodayat.

"Let us think of the one-toothed, let us meditate on the crooked trunk, may that tusk direct us." - Ganapati Upanishad

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Maha Ganapati Mool Mantra
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Ganesh Mantra Compact Disc

I have this audio recording. It is excellent.

Inner Voice: Ganesh Mantra
Kedar Pandit/Sanjeev Abhyankar | Format: Audio CD

www.amazon.com/Inner-Voic...B00005KBQA/

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Essence of Ganapati

The source for this mantra is the book
"Ganapati: Song of the Self"
by John Grimes, Ph.D.
Paperback: 231 pages
Publisher: State University of New York Press (July 1995)
ISBN-10: 0791424405
ISBN-13: 978-0791424407

It is available on Amazon.
www.amazon.com/Ganapati-S.../0791424405

Ganapati is the Hindu Lord of Beginnings, the Keeper of the Threshold, the Remover of Obstacles, Master of the Mind, Son of Siva, Elephant-headed, plump, and loveable. This book offers a wide range of information about Ganapati gathered from such diverse sources as hymns, poems, myths, shrines, practices, and theologies.

It considers Ganapati's complexity: his transcendence of sectarian and territorial limits, his delayed but dramatic development into the religious pantheon, his paradoxical mythology, and his physical manifestation, an elephant's head on a human body.

Ganapati: Song of the Self fosters an understanding from within a tradition. It presents a positive interpretation of the material and encourages an inner quest for spiritual truth.


ARYAGANAPATIHRDAYA
( Essence of Ganapati )

Note that this extended mantra, which is used by Hindus, follows a characteristically Buddhist format, uses a Buddhist type title, and uses the Buddhist seed syllable for Ganapati GAH rather than the Hindu GAM syllable.

Tadyatha
Namo stute mahaganapatiye svaha.
Om kata kata
Mata mata
Dara dara
Vidara vidara
Hana hana
Grihna grihna
Dhava dhava
Bhamja bhamja
Stambha stambha
Jambha jambha
Moha moha
Dehi dehi
Dapaya dapaya
Dhana dhanya siddhi me prayaccha samayamanusmara maharudra vacaniye svaha.
Om kuru kuru svaha.
Om turu turu
Om bhava samti vasu pustim kuru svaha.
Adguta bindu ksabhita mahavidara
Samagacchati mahabala
Mahabaya
Mahavarakra
Mahahasti
Mahadaksinaya pracidayamai svaha.
Om kuru kuru
Curu curu
Muru muru
Om ga ga ga ga ga ga ga ga
Om namo nama svaha.

[ end mantra ]

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gane...s#Buddhism

Buddhism

Ganesha also appears in Buddhism, not only in the form of the Buddhist god Vinayaka, but also portrayed as a Hindu deity form also called Vinayaka.[12] His image may be found on Buddhist sculptures of the late Gupta period.[13] As the Buddhist god Vinayaka, he is often shown dancing, a form called N?tta Ganapati that was popular in North India and adopted in Nepal and then into Tibet.[14] A dancing Ganesha is evident in the Malay archipelago in the temple of Candi Sukuh.

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The following is copyrighted material from The Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon, at
www.uwest.edu/sanskritcanon/index.html

I do not see it there now.


The source text is “ Source: Pandey, Janardan Shastri ed. Bauddha strotra Samgrah. Varanasi : Motilal Banarsidass, 1994”.

This is provided as a necessary and specific demonstration that classical Indian Buddhist culture incorporated Ganapati deity yoga as a tantric practice.

Ganesastotram
A Buddhist Praise to Ganapati

kharvam sthulataram gajendravadanam lambodaram sundaram
vidhnesam madhugandhalubdhamadhupavyalolagandasthalam|
dantodghatavidaritahitajanam sindurasobhakaram
vande sailasutasutam ganapatim siddhipradam kamadam|| 1||

herambah paramo devah karyasiddhividhayakah|
saibhagyarupasampannam dehi me sukhasampadam|| 2||

ekadantam mahakayam lambodaram gajananam|
sarvasiddhipradataram gangaputram namamyaham|| 3||

vande tam gananathamaryamanagham daridrayadavanalam
sundaadandavidhuyamanasamalam samsarasindhostarim|
yam natva surakoyayah prabhuvaram siddhim labhante param
sindurarunavigraham paripataddanambudharahrtam|| 4||

uccairbrahmandakhandadvitayasahacaram kumbhayugmam dadhanah
presannagaripaksapratibhatavikatasrotratalabhiramah |
devah sambhorapatyam bhujagapatitanusparddhivardhisnuhasta-
strailokyascaryamurtirjayati trijagatamisvarah kuñjarasyah|| 5||

ganapatisca herambo vidhnarajo vinayakah |
deviputro mahateja mahabalaparakramah || 6||

mahodaro mahakayascaikadanto gajananah|
svetavastro mahadiptastrinetro gananayakah || 7||

aksamalam ca dantam ca grhnan vai daksine kare|
parasum modakapatram ca vamahaste vidharayan|| 8||

nanapusparato devo nanagandhanulepanah |
nagayajñopavitango nanavidhnavinasanah || 9||

devasuramanusyanam siddhagandharvavanditam|
trailokyavidhnahartaramakhvarudham namamyaham|| 10||

sumukhascaikadantasca kapilo gajakarnakah |
lambodarasca vikato vidhnarajo vinayakah || 11||

dhumraketurganadhyakso bhalacandro gajananah |
vakratundah surpakarno herambah skandapurvajah || 12||

sodasaitani namani yah pathecchunuyadapi|
vidyarambhe vivahe ca pravese nirgame tatha|| 13||

samgrame samkate caiva vidhnastasya na jayate|
vidhnavallikutharaya ganadhipataye namah || 14||

sriganesastotram samaptam|

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Vajrapani and Vajrakilaya
Teaching Articles on Primary Buddhist Guardian Angels

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Vajrapani is a "guardian angel", a mahabodhisattva ( Buddhist great-angel ) focused on spiritual power and removal of negativity. By negativity is meant the following: psychological problems ( such as post traumatic stress disorder and depression ), psychic obstacles, energy blockages, interfering spirits, and environmental disharmony. This is a profound practice of inner healing and inner warrriorship common to many schools and lineages of Buddhist Asia. It is a key esoteric practice of Buddhist Kung fu and of defense against the dark arts.

Vajrapani is one of the most widespread practices of Mahayana Buddhism from India through Tibet, China, and Japan. Vajrapani is a primary protector of the kung-fu lineages of Shao Lin Monastery China, of the Amitabha Pure Land School and of the Medicine Buddha teachings. Many of the key esoteric practices and deity yogas of Buddhist tantra directly develop from or incorporate Vajrapani practice. Examples are the Tibetan Gesar guruyoga, the Kagyu practice of Karma Pakshi guruyoga, some fierce forms of Guru Padmasambhava, and so forth.

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Summary: Vajrakilaya, a primary tantric practice of Guru Padmasambhava, is now practiced in many countries for inner purification and protection and the removal of negative conditions.

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"In the end, what doesn't kill you makes stronger
Stand a little taller...
What doesn't kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter..."
Kelly Clarkson

Harry Potter - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
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Made To Be a Gryffindor (The Nifflers)
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“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, Or, How to Philosophize With the Hammer

Raga On!

Anoushka Shankar plays 'Pancham Se Gara'
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Innovative sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar plays 'Pancham Se Gara' by Ravi Shankar with Tanmoy Bose (tabla) and Kenji (Tampura) at the Neurosciences Institute.

This is a folk tune based raga thus the sweet simple melody. This is being played from the Swara Pancham which in western scale is similar to the fifth note or Fa. Transposition of swara from Sadaj to Pancham is done here(First to fifth) and the scale is accordingly transposed, thus Pancham Se Gara (Gara from the fifth). The compositions are such that they occupy more of the lower and middle octave than the upper one.

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All Our Relations.

Sarva mangalam! May All Benefit!

Siddhi rastu! May there be accomplishment!

KT
Ministry of Magic Dept. Int'l Magical Co-operation
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