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Keywords: Meditation, mysticism, yoga, mantra, psychic healing and purification, Buddhist mysticism and shamanism, Mahayana, tantra, empowerment and retreat, Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, Great Perfection / Dzogchen awareness yoga, Machig Labdron and the Chod lineage, Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje’s Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self Liberation of Clinging) treasure cycle (terma), transpersonal psychology, H.E. Khentin Tai Situpa and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Tulku Sang-gnak Rinpoche, Lama Tsultrim Allione and Tara Mandala Colorado.

Tantric Buddhist Shamanism and the Wisdom Goddess Tradition
Introduction
Bay Area Events
Colorado Event
Chod authorization via Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Great Kagyu Teachers on Chod : Detailed Teachings Online
Major Book References

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

Ani Choying Drolma - CHÖ - Munich 08
www.youtube.com/watch

"The origin of all demons is in the mind itself. When awareness holds on and 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. In this way, all outer and inner objects grasped by mind as if they were real which thereby generate desire, aversion, or arrogance, should be viewed as demons because they prevent the realization of the clear light emptiness nature of mind, Mahamudra...

"Since mistaken grasping to reality comes from material objects, I have explained this as tangible demons...The intangible demons...are the positive or negative thoughts that arise in the mind...are the emotions such as suffering and so forth...they all derive from arrogance, the faulty grasping onto a self."
-- Machig Labdron, Founder of the Chod Tradition in Tibet

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Chod / Mystic Severance
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%B6d

Chöd (Tibetan: གཅོད, Wylie: gcod lit. 'to sever'), is a spiritual practice found primarily in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism (where it is also known as Mahamudra) and Bon (where they are classed as Anuttarayoga Tantras). Also known as "Cutting Through the Ego,", the practices are based on the Prajñāpāramitā or "Perfection of Wisdom" sutras, which expound the "emptiness" concept of Buddhist philosophy.

According to Mahayana Buddhists, emptiness is the ultimate wisdom of understanding that all things lack inherent existence. Chöd combines prajñāpāramitā philosophy with specific meditation methods and tantric ritual. The chod practitioner seeks to tap the power of fear through activities such as rituals set in graveyards, and visualisation of offering their bodies in a tantric feast in order to put their understanding of emptiness to the ultimate test.

Teaching Article:

Chod is defined as the functional enactment of prajnaparamita.

tribes.tribe.net/chodtribe...b94cc8a1f9

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

KT replies
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..


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Machik Labdrön’s Prayer to All Lineages

Tibetan phonetics

Pa gyu tab gyi gyu pa la sol wa deb
Ma gyu sherab gyi gyu pa la sol wa deb
Nyi me don gyi gyu pa la sol wa deb
Kal den nyam gyi gyu pa la sol wa deb
Drup tob chod kyi gyu pa la sol wa deb
Tob den chod kyong gyi gyu pa la sol wa deb
Trul nang jik ten gyi ja wa la
Zhen pa lok par jin gyi lob
Jung shi du pay gyu lu la
Chay dzin dral war jin gyi lob
Gal kyen nay don bar cho la
Ro nyom nu par jin gyi lob
Nang si sem kyi chontrul la
Rang ngo shay par jin gyi lob
Rang rik ku sum lhun drup la
Rang wang tob par jin gyi lob
Chir dak tang dro druk sem chen nam
Gyu nyi dzin gyi dri ma kun pang nay
Lamay jang chub nyur tob shok

English translation

I supplicate the father lineage of method.
I supplicate the mother lineage of wisdom.
I supplicate the non-dual lineage of meaning.
I supplicate the lineage of fortunate ones with experience.
I supplicate the Chöd lineage of siddhas.
I supplicate the symbolic lineage of the dakinis.
I supplicate the lineage of powerful dharma protectors.
Bless me so that I may develop disgust
For deluded appearances and worldly activities.
Bless me so that I may stop cherishing
This illusory body of the four elements.
Bless me to develop the ability to experience the single flavor
Of discordant conditions, sickness, demons and obstacles.
Bless me to know the inherent nature
Of all that appears, the miraculous display of my mind.
Bless me to gain independence
Within self-awareness, the spontaneously present three kayas.
Generally, may I and sentient beings of the six realms,
Having abandoned the cause, the stain of dualism,
Attain unsurpassable enlightenment.
-- Machig Labkyi Dronma, Founder of the Tibetan lineage of Chod / Mystic Severance


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Mahamudra
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahamudra

Mahāmudrā (Sanskrit, Tibetan: Chagchen, Wylie: phyag chen, contraction of Chagya Chenpo, Wylie: phyag rgya chen po) literally means "great seal" or "great symbol." It "is a multivalent term of great importance in later Indian Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism" which "also occurs occasionally in Hindu and East Asian Buddhist esotericism."[1]

The name refers to a body of teachings representing the culmination of all the practices of the Sarma schools of Tibetan Buddhism, who believe it to be the quintessential message of all of their sacred texts. The mudra portion denotes that in an adept's experience of reality, each phenomenon appears vividly, and the maha portion refers to the fact that it is beyond concept, imagination, and projection.[2]

Thubten Yeshe explains: "Mahāmudrā means absolute seal, totality, unchangeability. Sealing something implies that you cannot destroy it. Mahāmudrā was not created or invented by anybody; therefore it cannot be destroyed. It is absolute reality".[3]

Aryadeva summarises: "The discussion of how to attain mahāmudrā entails methods for meditating on Mind itself as something having voidness as its nature".[4]


Mahamudra Instruction of Maitripa

ganachakra.com/2010/06/20...-mahamudra/

Maitripa’s Essential Mahamudra Verses

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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Dakini Wisdom – an Evening Lecture at Stanford University
With Lama Tsultrim Allione


taramandala.org/program/da...university/


When:
April 27, 2015

Where:
Stanford University
Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Earth Science Building
397 Panama Mall
Stanford, CA

By
Lama Tsultrim Allone
taramandala.org/about/lama-tsultrim/

While on pilgrimage in Tibet in 2007, Lama Tsultrim was recognized as an emanation of Machig Labdrön by the resident Lama of Zangri Khangmar (Machig’s monastery in Tibet). Before Lama Tsultrim’s arrival, the resident Lama had had a dream of a white Dakini coming from the West loudly sounding a damaru (drum used in Chöd). There were other indicative signs during the visit such as rainbows that stayed for hours, rain after a long drought, etc. After these signs manifested, Lama Karma Dorje Rinpoche, tulku of the brother of the second Karmapa, Karma Pakshi, made the announcement of the recognition and gave Lama Tsultrim Machig’s relics to bring back to Tara Mandala, professing that the future of Machig’s lineage would be in the West.

Dakini Wisdom: Tracing the Emergence of the Feminine Principle and the Role of Women in Buddhism

When the prince Siddhartha decided to cease fasting and embrace the middle way, it was a woman who fed him his first meal of milk rice. When Mara, the demonic shadow figure, challenged Siddhartha to provide a witness for his right to take his seat under the Bodhi tree the night of his enlightenment, he reached forward and touched the earth. He invoked the goddess of the earth, Prithivi, who knows and remembers all that has happened on her vast body. She gave her testimony by quaking and roaring, and caused Mara and his hordes to retreat, opening the space for Siddhartha’s enlightenment. The precise way she intervened differs according to various accounts, but always the earth goddess bears witness and acts as the Siddhartha’s principle ally at this pivotal moment in his life.

The feminine entered Buddhism during the Mahayana period through Prajnaparamita (or Perfection of Wisdom) Sutra, which formed the foundational body of Mahayana literature. Prajnaparamita was envisioned as a cosmic feminine principle, mother of knowledge, source of all the Buddhas. She was the philosophiae regina, the Buddhist Sophia, representing transcendent wisdom. Even Buddhas and bodhisattvas paid homage to her as their mother. With possible historical connections to Sophia in the Mediterranean and certainly sharing many similar attributes, we find in Prajnaparamita the beginning of a philosophical inclusion of the sacred feminine in an essentially patriarchal tradition.

Later in the Tantric period of Indian Buddhism, the feminine as wisdom and women teachers burst onto the scene. Through stories of these wild and wise women, who came to be called Dakini (Skt) or Khandro (Tib.), we see the important presence of women in the sociological changes occurring within Buddhism at that time, and what changed in Buddhism as a result. Evolving from Indian Buddhism, in Tibet the primordial feminine became Yum Chenmo, the great mother. The role of the Dakini as deity developed in Tibet, as well as that of women holding the role of the Dakini in various manifestations and historical contexts. How then, is the feminine relevant as Buddhism migrates to the West?

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Lama Tsultrim Allione Dzinpa Randrol Empowerment and Chod

( Empowerment may be taken separately from the 3 day retreat. )

When
Apr 30 – May 3, 2015

Where
Alameda California ( East Bay )
orgyendorjeden.org/maps.html

Orgyen Dorje Den
orgyendorjeden.org/index.html

2244 Santa Clara Avenue Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 337-1163
Email: orgyendorjeden@gmail.com

Description

For the first time, Lama Tsultrim Allione will give the empowerment for Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje’s Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self Liberation of Clinging) treasure cycle (terma). This retreat is open to all. There are no prerequisites, but if you plan on attending the retreat, you must receive the empowerment on Saturday evening. You may come for the empowerment only if you are unable to attend the full retreat. This retreat requires a Chöd drum and bell. (The kangling is optional). If you do not already have a Chod drum and bell/dorje, it is recommended that you purchase them ahead of time.

You can find them in the Tara Mandala store:
dakinibookstore.mybigcommerce.com

Pricing 3-day weekend: $250 (includes Empowerment) Suggested dana: $75-$125 Empowerment only: $30 Suggested dana: $40-$80 In order to pre-register, please send your check, payable to ODD, to Orgyen Dorje Den, 2244 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, CA, 94501. Please indicate in the memo that the payment is for the Parchangma Chod event.

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White Dakini Drubchen
With Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche and Lama Tsultrim Allione

When
August 22 - September 2, 2015

Where
Tara Mandala
Pagosa Springs Colorado ( Western Colorado )

taramandala.org/program/wh...bchen-2015/


The annual Drubchen (Great Accomplishment Ceremony) of the White Dakini practice from Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Randröl (Self-Liberation from Fixation) treasure cycle will be performed at Tara Mandala. This lineage comes directly from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to Sang-ngag Rinpoche, our Drubchen Vajra Master. We will experience a traditional empowerment given by Rinpoche and we will be led through an in-depth process of learning and practicing the White Dakini mandala.

This practice is the union of Machig Labdrön and Yeshe Tsogyel surrounded by the dakinis of the five families. In addition to the precious teachings from Tulku Sang-ngag, Lama Tsultrim will help frame the experience through discussion and further teachings.
This retreat is open to all.

There will be two days of introductory teachings with Lama Tsultrim August 22-24. Please choose either to register for the teachings and Drubchen (August 22 – September 2), or you may register only for Drubchen (August 24 – September 2).

Tara Mandala
taramandala.org/

info@taramandala.org
970-731-3711
PO Box 3040, Pagosa Springs,
CO 81147

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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.

A few years 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 also have these Kagyu and Troma initiations in full, from HE. Kalu Rinpoche and H.E. Chagdud Tulku, as well as several others. I have found that spiritual healing can be provided by Chod practice.

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. Recently Chogyal Namkhai Norbu has repeatedly given Chod authorizations by open webcast.

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
www.tsegyalgar.org/

The current worldwide teaching schedule is given at
www.melong.com/retreats.html

The practices and the teachings of Namkhai Norbu are practical and profound. One of my principal strategies and forms of guidance as a Buddhist teacher 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.


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Great Kagyu Teachers on Chod : Detailed Teachings Online

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His Eminence Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
An Introduction to Chod

www.rinpoche.com/teachings/chod2.htm

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Most Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
Chod – The Introduction & A Few Practices

www.rinpoche.com/teachings/chod.htm

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Teaching Articles

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"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."
--Sogyal Rinpoche


"The Nature of Mind" Teaching: The Dalai Lama in San Francisco 22 February 2014
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...223f859

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Buddhist Resources / Holy Day of "Buddha's Descent from Heaven"

newyork.tribe.net/listing/B...38b77b62cf

Sakyamuni Buddha Day : Background references, philosophy, mantra practices and practice texts, community journal references, and major new books for Buddhist teaching across all traditions.

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References

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This first book reference is very accessible and relates directly to Machig Labdron and the Great Perfection / Dzogchen teaching.

"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

James Low
www.simplybeing.co.uk/about-james-low/

James Low is a disciple and teacher in the Byangter and Khordong lineages of the late Chhimed Rigdzin Lama.
He began studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism on India in the 1960’s and has had teachings from Kalu Rinpoche, Chatral Rinpoche, Kanjur Rinpoche and Dudjom Rinpoche. Having met his root teacher, Chhimed Rigdzin Lama (also known as C R Lama), he lived in his home in West Bengal, India for many years, serving him as required and being taught many aspects of the tradition.


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Primary Reference

Machik's Complete Explanation: Clarifying the Meaning of Chod (Expanded Edition) (Tsadra)

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications (June 25, 2003)
ISBN-10: 1559391820

www.amazon.com/Machiks-Co...1559394145/

Fear, anger, and negativity are states that each of us have to contend with. Machik's Complete Explanation, the most famous book of the teachings of Machik Lapdrön, the great female saint and yogini of eleventh- to twelfth-century Tibet, addresses these issues in a practical, direct way.

Machik developed a system, the Mahamudra Chöd, that takes the Buddha's teachings as a basis and applies them to the immediate experiences of negative mind states and malignant forces. Her unique feminine approach is to invoke and nurture the very "demons" that we fear and hate, transforming those reactive emotions into love. It is the tantric version of developing compassion and fearlessness, a radical method of cutting through ego-fixation.

This expanded edition includes Machik Lapdrön's earliest known teaching, the original source text for the tradition, The Great Bundle of Precepts on Severance (Chöd). This pithy set of instructions reveals that the teachings of the perfection of wisdom are the true inspiration for Chöd. It is beautifully clarified in a short commentary by Rangjung Dorje, the Third Karmapa.


Reviewed by Michelle Sorensen (Center for Buddhist Studies, Columbia University Department of Religion)
Published on H-Buddhism (September, 2006) © H-Buddhism 2006

The Complete Explanation consists of ten chapters, composed in a wide range of genres. The first two chapters are in the rnam thar ("liberation biography") genre. The colophon of the Tibetan text ascribes the liberation story to the fourteenth-century figure Namkha Gyaltsen (Nam-mkha' rGyal-mtshan), who has been recognized as eighth in the Gangs-pa Chöd lineage originating with Machik. These two chapters have been translated into English numerous times, including popular interpretations by Tsultrim Allione and by Jerome Edou.[5] Although Harding does not intend to provide a comparative study of the various biographies of Machik, the majority of which are still awaiting translation, her recontextualization of the rnam thar within a work of indigenous Chöd commentarial literature provides readers with a more nuanced understanding of Machik and her system, and contributes to a growing discussion on Tibetan Buddhist liberation stories.[6]

The following eight chapters illustrate core elements of Chöd philosophy and praxis according to the traditions of Machik. Each of these chapters takes the form of a dialogue between Machik and a principal student or students. The third chapter includes Machik's discussion of the periodic degeneration of the Buddhist Dharma, as well as a description of a visualization of Machik and her retinue. Here Machik also outlines characteristics of the "specialness of Chöd": Chöd contains the essence of sutra and tantra combined, it liberates the four bdud (negative forces), and it cuts the root of ego-fixation.

The fourth chapter discusses bdud and lha-dre (divine-demonic forces). The motif and significance of bdud in Chöd have been discussed by many writers, and Chöd is often reductively represented as exclusively concerned with bdud. Etymologically, "bdud" is a Tibetan translation of the Sanskrit word "mara," and refers to the source of death, including spiritual death. In Indic and Buddhist traditions, mara has been personified into a demon (or demons) which causes obstructions to spiritual practice. As Harding's translation makes clear, in Chöd the four mara are manifestations of the individual's own mental afflictions, thus differing from conventional presentations in Buddhist texts. Although Harding acknowledges the complexity of Machik's systems of bdud, she opts primarily to translate bdud as "devil" (p. 38), thus obfuscating the individual's mental production of the bdud. Although Machik does entertain the "reality" of demons and deities, her primary emphasis is on the role of the mind in producing and elaborating such manifestations as a source of ego-clinging and suffering.

The fifth chapter, which Harding says "is unquestionably the core of the book" (p. 16), provides a detailed description of Chöd praxis.[7] Although Harding does not point this out, Chöd is presented here in the form of preliminary activities (sngon 'gro) that traditionally form the foundation for Tibetan Buddhist practice in various lineages. With little variation from other traditions, the text describes taking refuge, cultivation of bodhicitta, training of the mind in the Four Immeasurables, offerings for the accumulation of merit, and the act of dedication. Because Chöd stresses the equality of all beings, as well as the development of compassion towards those who are conventionally discriminated against, traditional teachings on topics such as "the Four Immeasurables" have a special poignancy and depth in the context of Chöd. Chöd differs from other traditions in its emphasis on the ultimate perfection of generosity--in particular, the giving of one's own body to a variety of sentient beings without discrimination--and it echoes Mahayana teachings such as the meditations on the equalizing and exchange of self and others. These offerings are perhaps Chöd's most distinctive and most misunderstood element, but this book's detailed account clarifies that visualizing the offering of one's body to satisfy the needs and desires of all sentient beings is a means of developing both compassion and the wisdom of emptiness. The ultimate aim of such offerings is to develop awareness that is non-referential regarding self and others.

The sixth chapter presents a lexicon of the signs of death and a physiology of the coarse and subtle bodies. As Harding notes (p. 17), this discussion might be influenced by the fact that one of Machik's primary teachers was Drapa Ngonshechen, who is credited with the discovery of the four medical tantras (the sman gyi rgyud bzhi). Chapter 7 considers the ethical and social responsibilities of a Chöd practitioner, including obligatory vows, appropriate dress, and ritual implements and places for practice. This chapter also explains the interpretation of dreams and visualizations to evaluate one's success in the practice. This topos is continued in the eighth chapter, wherein various categories and types of apparitions are described and analyzed within the context of Chöd praxis. Finally, echoing the topic of the degeneration of the Dharma presented in chapter 3, chapters 9 and 10 are explicitly of the lung bstan ("prediction") genre, considering the future of Chöd in the respective contexts of political decline and spiritual degeneration.


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Machig Labdron And The Foundations Of Chod
by Jerome Edou (Author)
• Paperback: 256 pages
• Publisher: Snow Lion; 1st. ed edition (January 1, 1995)
• ISBN-10: 1559390395

www.amazon.com/Machig-Lab...1559390395/

Machig Labdron is popularly considered to be both a dakini and a deity, an emanation of Yum Chenmo, or Prajnaparamita, the embodiment of the wisdom of the buddhas. Historically, this Tibetan woman, a contemporary of Milarepa, was an adept and outstanding teacher, a mother, and a founder of a unique transmission lineage known as the Chöd of Mahamudra. This translation of the most famous biography of Machig Labdron, founder of the unique Mahamudra Chöd tradition, is presented together with a comprehensive overview of Chöd's historical and doctrinal origins in Indian Buddhism and its subsequent transmission to Tibet.

Chöd refers to cutting through the grasping at a self and its attendant emotional afflictions. Most famous for its teaching on transforming the aggregates into an offering of food for demons as a compassionate act of self-sacrifice, Chöd aims to free the mind from all fear and to arouse realization of its true nature, primordially clear bliss and emptiness.

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5 stars out of 5. Proper perspective on the Chöd of Mahamudra
By Neal J. Pollock

This is a great book on Chöd. It explains 3 levels of practice with the most famous, the offering of one's body to the demons, as the lowest level and Mahamudra approach as the highest. It provides the context for understanding (i.e. knowledge vs. mere information). It also describes the many varied sources used in this study. Lineages are described in both words and diagrams.

It includes not only historical/biographical data but also the hagiographical/miraculous/mythical tradition. The latter is expertly explained via pithy, concise endnotes. Most importantly are the explanations of the relationships among Chöd, Mahamudra, and the Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita Sutras of various lengths--see Conze's translations--including the Heart Sutra). Perhaps the most key concept is the definition of demon (there's an interesting analysis of 4 types provided by Machig).


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Perfection of Wisdom Scripture - The Foundation of the Chod Teaching In the General Sutrayana

This teaching and chant is foundational for many Great Way Buddhist schools of Tibet, China, Japan and Korea.
Here I give the Sanskrit and further references.

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Heart Sutra in Sanskrit - Tâm Kinh Phạn Ngữ - 心经 梵音
www.youtube.com/watch


Prajñāpāramita-hṛdayam sūtra
Oṃ namo bhagavatyai ārya prajñāpāramitāyai!

ārya-avalokiteśvaro bodhisattvo gambhīrāṃ prajñāpāramitā caryāṃ caramāṇo vyavalokayati sma:
panca-skandhās tāṃś ca svābhava śūnyān paśyati sma.

iha śāriputra: rūpaṃ śūnyatā śūnyataiva rūpaṃ; rūpān na pṛthak śūnyatā śunyatāyā na pṛthag rūpaṃ; yad rūpaṃ sā śūnyatā; ya śūnyatā tad rūpaṃ. evam eva vedanā saṃjñā saṃskāra vijñānaṃ.

iha śāriputra: sarva-dharmāḥ śūnyatā-lakṣaṇā, anutpannā aniruddhā, amalā avimalā, anūnā aparipūrṇāḥ.

tasmāc chāriputra śūnyatayāṃ na rūpaṃ na vedanā na saṃjñā na saṃskārāḥ na vijñānam. na cakṣuḥ-śrotra-ghrāna-jihvā-kāya-manāṃsi. na rūpa-śabda-gandha-rasa-spraṣṭavaya-dharm­āh. Na cakṣūr-dhātur. yāvan na manovijñāna-dhātuḥ. na-avidyā na-avidyā-kṣayo. yāvan na jarā-maraṇam na jarā-maraṇa-kṣayo. na duhkha-samudaya-nirodha-margā. Na jñānam, na prāptir na-aprāptiḥ.

tasmāc chāriputra aprāptitvād bodhisattvasya prajñāpāramitām āśritya viharatyacittāvaraṇaḥ. cittāvaraṇa-nāstitvād atrastro viparyāsa-atikrānto niṣṭhā-nirvāṇa-prāptaḥ.

tryadhva-vyavasthitāḥ sarva-buddhāḥ prajñāpāramitām āśrityā-anuttarāṃ samyaksambodhim abhisambuddhāḥ.

tasmāj jñātavyam: prajñāpāramitā mahā-mantro mahā-vidyā mantro 'nuttara-mantro samasama-mantraḥ, sarva duḥkha praśamanaḥ, satyam amithyatāt. prajñāpāramitāyām ukto mantraḥ.

tadyathā: gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā.

iti prajñāpāramitā-hṛdayam samāptam.

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I have propagated the General Mahayana Prajnaparamita on many tribes.
All those sets of Prajnaparamita teaching now point here:
Heart Sutra ( Hannya Shin-Gyo or Prajnaparamita Hrdaya Sutra ) and Mahamudra, part 1
zenmonkeys.tribe.net/thread/...3154539c

(3)
This contains a reference to Heart Sutra chants in several languages:
Heart Sutra Chants ( Videos ) in Japanese, Chinese, and Sanskrit, With Phonetics
zenmonkeys.tribe.net/thread/...eb1d73d6

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Dedication Prayer of HH Dudjom Rinpoche
hh dudjom rinpoche 1960
www.youtube.com/watch

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.

The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo (Subtitled) 能显自然根本智普贤王如来祈愿文 (字幕)
www.youtube.com/watch

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I do not represent any person or organization referenced here.

Written in partial fulfillment of my responsibilities as Mahayana guru.

May these teachings and transmissions greatly flourish!

Subham!

KT posted Mon, April 20, 2015 - 10:47 PM
Pamela Geller : "Truth Is The New Hate Speech : Welcome To The War" - Freedom of Speech vs. Islam ( community » politics ) Pamela Geller : "Welcome To The War" - Freedom of Speech vs. Islam

Free Speech Events in New York City ( Brooklyn College talk by Pamela Geller ) and Texas ( Visual Art: Muhammad Cartoon Exhibit )
Muslim Student Association Attacks on College Freedom of Speech
Public Ad Campaign Controversies : AFDI 'My Jihad' ads for New York City, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington DC
Grizzly Joe Takes On CAIR
Book References on Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom
Dr. Bill Warner and Political Islam
KT quotes post-massacre Charlie Hebdo article and responds to Charlie Hebdo Editor-in-Chief Gérard Biard


"I hate this war so much."
Ilsa, in Casablanca
parismoviewalks.webs.com/casab...12.jpg

The Last Time - Casablanca (2/6) Movie CLIP (1942) HD
www.youtube.com/watch

"The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or sect, a party or a class. It is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity."
-- Anna Julia Stewart

"By protecting others you save yourself."
- from the film Seven Samurai

"Will there continue to be 'yes, but?' "
-- Gérard Biard, Charlie Hebdo Editor-in-Chief

“Pamela Geller is a dynamo of energy and a paragon of courage and fearlessness.”
— Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch

"There is a war on the truth...It's important that the truth be kept from you. This is a war in the information battle space."
-- Pamela Geller

"Pretending that fourteen hundred years of Islamic imperialism and expansionism didn’t happen doesn’t change reality."
-- Pamela Geller

"You will not like what comes after America."
--Pamela Geller

Banned Speech at the Hyatt: Pamela Geller, "Truth is the New Hate Speech"
www.youtube.com/watch

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3 incidents in Michigan where Muslims shut down college programs:

rightwingnews.com/culture/m...r-showing/

At Eastern Mi. Univ. the 8:00 p.m.
showing went on as planned, but the 10:00 p.m. showing was canceled.

www.foxnews.com/opinion/20...wn-by-cair/

CAIR shut down Honor Diaries at the U of M Dearborn.

politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/20...tml

Muslims tried to shut down the showing of American Sniper at U of M, Ann Arbor until Coach Harbaugh entered into the fray.

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Events

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Event Flier
www.jihadwatch.org/wp-conte...lier1.jpg

pamelageller.com/2015/04/t...cair.html/

Pamela says:

I will be speaking at Brooklyn College this Wednesday. So terror group CAIR is “calling on Brooklyn College to Protect Muslim, Arab Students After Appearance by Hate Group Leader.” Protect them from what? Protect them from whom? They are in no danger. It’s the Islamic groups like Muslim Brotherhood MSA and SJP that present a very real and present danger to Jewish students and those that stand with Israel.

CAIR’s premise is so absurd. The students who are being menaced on college campuses today are not Muslims, but Jews. Muslim groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine and others have made college campuses unsafe for Jewish students. See here for details about how Jews are under assault on campuses nationwide. Much of this violence is perpetrated by Muslims. So CAIR is employing its typical projection, trying to deflect attention away from increasingly aggressive and predatory Muslim students on campus and portray Muslims as victims of marauding counter-jihadists who exist only in Ibrahim Hooper’s fevered mind.

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Texas Event 3 May 2015

AFDI Inaugural Muhammad Cartoon Exhibit and $10,000 Cartoon Contest

freedomdefense.typepad.com/fdi/....html

#JeSuisCharlie

"To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men." Abraham Lincoln

Last Monday, a Muslim mob in Pakistan that was protesting against the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Muhammad forced open the gates of a Christian school, smashed windows, destroyed property, and demanded that the school be closed. This followed demonstrations in which tens of thousands of Muslims in Pakistan demanded that the West adopt Sharia blasphemy laws. 800,000 demonstrated against free speech in Chechnya. Muslim mobs in Niger set 45 churches on fire in their rage against the actions.

Meanwhile, a carnival in Germany canceled plans for a Charlie Hebdo float. A cartoon museum in Belgium canceled plans for a Charlie Hebdo tribute. An art museum in Paris removed an artwork from exhibit after Muslim threats. This stunning cowardice proves, yet again, that it hardly ends with cartoons. It begins there. The West is giving these savages the ultimate power over us. They seek to control what we say, what we think, and how we live.

And we are giving them that power. This is how France responds after Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre? Shameful. It’s time the free world said Enough is enough. These savages need to be held to account, and the West has to stop this pathetic cowardice and submission to barbarity. They’re just cartoons. Enough already. The Muslim world has stop imposing its savagery on the non-Muslim and secular Muslim world. It’s time to stand up. That’s why my organization, the human rights advocacy group the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), announced that it will be holding a contest for cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and an exhibit of Muhammad cartoons,a retrospective this May in Garland, Texas.

The contest will be online, with entries posted at the AFDI website. The winning cartoon will be announced at the May 3 cartoon exhibit in Garland, Texas. The winning cartoonist will be awarded a $10,000 prize.

The cartoon exhibit will feature images of Islam’s prophet, both historic and contemporary, and speeches by internationally renowned free speech advocates.

The exhibit will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland on Sunday, May 3. AFDI President Pamela Geller said in a statement: “This was the site of a Muslim conference denouncing ‘Islamophobia’ — an obscene stand for them to take after the Charlie Hebdo massacre – and our massive Free Speech Rally outside that event. The Muslim event was held in a hall owned by the local school district. When asked why they allowed that event on their premises, they answered that their hall was open to anyone who wished to rent it. So we are renting it for our Muhammad Cartoon Exhibit.”

Geller said that the Cartoon Exhibit was a logical next step following AFDI’s Free Speech Rally in Garland: “This event will stand for free speech and show that Americans will not be cowed by violent Islamic intimidation. That is a crucial stand to take as Islamic assaults on the freedom of speech, our most fundamental freedom, are growing more insistent.”

Geller added: “Of course, this event will require massive security. But this exhibit has to be staged. If we don’t show the jihadis that they will not frighten us into silence, the jihad against freedom will only grow more virulent.”
Please help us pay the massive security costs and other expenses involved in this all-important event.

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Responses To Pamela Geller

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Hamas-linked CAIR seethes as Pamela Geller Brooklyn College speech moved to larger venue

www.jihadwatch.org/2015/04/...ger-venue
(c) 2015 Jihad Watch

'Pamela Geller has been invited to speak at Brooklyn College, and Hamas-linked CAIR is furious. First the authoritarian thug Ibrahim Hooper tried to strong-arm Brooklyn College officials into canceling her talk...
...
'Hamas-linked CAIR is intent on silencing and destroying not just Pamela Geller, but anyone and everyone who speaks a word against jihad terror. If they succeed, that jihad terror will be able to advance without a word of demur from anyone — all those who are left will be too afraid to oppose it, for fear of being tarred as “racist,” “bigoted” and “Islamophobic.”

"In this instance, all of it has backfired. Hamas-linked CAIR’s frenzied rage that the light of truth will shine on a college campus has aroused so much interest in her talk that it has been moved to a larger venue. And — irony of ironies — she will be speaking about the freedom of speech, why it is important, and how severely it is threatened today. It is imperative to support Pamela Geller’s talk at Brooklyn College and the other rare instances in which the blades of grass poke through the concrete of the dreary falsehood and disinformation to which we’re subjected daily. Her talk is this Wednesday at 7 at Brooklyn College — and it’s open to the public.

Write to her at pamelageller@gmail.com to reserve a space. Do it now — how often do you get a chance to hear the nation’s foremost freedom fighter and truth-teller in person?

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"When you insult Islam and its Prophet...you are violating the laws of our country."
-- Zaynab Mosaad, US citizen, to Pamela Geller

beforeitsnews.com/opinion-c...78198.html

Hello.

I am 15 years old, and my name is Zaynab Mosaad, Respectfully, I wanted to say a few things concerning this event. As you can probably tell from my name, I am a Muslim. And guess what, regardless of all the things you guys are saying about my religion, I am proud to be one. I am not angry about this event, I am just sad. Sad that you do not realize what you are really doing.

Because do you think by having this event you will help the cartoonists who died unjustly in Paris? Do you think, by having this event, that you will help stop ISIS from killing innocent people? No. Not at all. Do you know what is really happening when you insult Islam and its Prophet? You are violating the laws of our country. Um, hello? Whatever happened to freedom of religion? And I’m sorry, but there is a limit to freedom of speech. Because when freedom of speech reaches the point where its insulting and hurting another American (yes. I was born and raised here, so I am a Muslim American), it is no longer freedom of speech. It is a violation of that freedom. That is what it is. I understand that you believe you are trying to raise “awareness” by having this event. That is what its purpose is, correct?

Well, let me tell you one thing. This so-called “awareness” you are trying to raise is based off of lies. Lies and prejudice against another religion. So stop. As Muslims, we cannot do anything but sit back and watch the name of Islam being dragged in the dust. And it hurts. Because don’t you know? Like you, I too, am an American. But unlike you, I have morals. And I, as an American teenager, am going to stop the hate that you are spreading concerning Islam. I am tired of the weird looks I get at the mall, or the looks of suspicion I get from police officers on the train. I am innocent. Islam is innocent. So stop this slander. I beg of you, stop.

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Pamela Geller Takes On CAIR With Ad Campaigns In Four Cities

AFDI 'My Jihad' ads
New York City, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington DC

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Winning in Philly, Suing in NYC and Running in DC
freedomdefense.typepad.com/fdi/....html

AFDI is in the news again this week. The Pennsylvania Transit Authority called a press conference Thursday and announced THEY WILL NOT APPEAL OUR WIN.

Our ads of truth will hit the Philadelphia streets this week.

PHILLY: Last week, my human rights organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), scored another major free speech victory in Philadelphia. The court ruled that our ads highlighting Islamic Jew-hatred and the Nazi-Islamic alliance, which had been previously denied, could not be prohibited. The judge ruled they had to run.
...
Last Tuesday, we argued before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on our motion for a preliminary injunction, asking the court to enter an order requiring New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to run our AFDI anti-Hamas, anti-jihad ad on MTA buses.

I was there, and let me tell you, the foes of free speech made some telling and fascinating admissions.


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freedomdefense.typepad.com/fdi/...-ads/

NEW YORK, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A prominent national human rights organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), has denounced San Francisco city leaders' condemnation of their ads telling the truth about the jihad threat that Americans face.

The AFDI ads feature actual quotes from Osama bin Laden, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a witness to the jihad of Fort Hood mass murderer Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Hamas TV and Times Square jihad car bomber Faisal Shahzad. They depict Osama bin Laden's actual explanation of why he took down the Twin Towers: "The first thing we are calling you to is Islam." They note that Hasan was shouting "Allahu akbar" as he murdered 13 Americans at Fort Hood. They recount a Hamas TV music video that included the lyric, "Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah," and report Shahzad's words on how jihad involving "weaponry" is "an obligation and duty in Islam on every Muslim."

"Americans need to understand the threat they're facing," said AFDI Executive Director Pamela Geller. "That is the point of our ads. The slaughter of Christians in Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Algeria et al -- that doesn't warrant a statement, let alone a press conference from San Francisco authorities, but my ads do. Think about that. Hundreds of thousands dead, but it would be blasphemy to talk about. The slaughter in the cause of jihad is OK, but my talking about it is the problem."

Geller continued: "It is significant that they did not condemn the cynical and deceptive Hamas-linked CAIR ads that ran on buses earlier, and to which my ads are replying. Their inconsistency and politically motivated selective outrage are manifest."

"Hamas-CAIR," she said, "an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest Hamas funding trial in our nation's history, has created out of whole cloth a propaganda campaign that dissembles, deceives, and deliberately lies about the definition of jihad. Our ads reply to that campaign with the truth about the jihad threat in the words of the jihadis themselves."

CAIR is indeed an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR's cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements. Its California chapter distributed posters telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI.

Hamas-linked CAIR's attempt to defame AFDI and dictate to New Yorkers what messages they can and cannot see is consistent with its long record of pro-jihad duplicity, deception and thuggery. One member of this unsavory gang has even previously called for these ads to be defaced. Although it has received millions of dollars in donations from foreign Islamic entities, it has not registered as a foreign agent as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), despite spreading Islamic supremacist propaganda within the United States.

Although it presents itself as a civil rights group, CAIR actually has numerous links to hateful and violent Islamic supremacist and jihad groups.

CAIR founders Omar Ahmad and Niwad Awad (who still serves as CAIR's executive director) were present at a Hamas planning meeting in Philadelphia in 1993 where they and other Hamas operatives conspired to raise funds for Hamas and to promote jihad in the Middle East. CAIR has steadfastly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups.

Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror.

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September 28, 2013
Burning CAIR's Islamophobia Report
By Grizzly Joe
Excerpt (c) 2013 American Thinker and/or Grizzly Joe

www.americanthinker.com/articl...rt.html

This past summer, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) changed its corporate name to Washington Trust Foundation, Inc. (WTF). Last week CAIR/WTFreleased, under the CAIR moniker, "Legislating Fear -- Islamophobia and its Impact in the Unites States." Originally scheduled for release on the day of the Navy Yard shooting massacre, CAIR presumably elected to delay release of the report until they were reasonably certain Jihad played no role in this latest example of workplace violence at an American military facility.

Does CAIR seek to suppress the free speech of any group with which it disagrees? Why does CAIR label speech it disagrees with as "Islamophobic"?

One could literally write a book critiquing the intellectual shortcomings of the 148-page report. Certainly not written at the reading level of "The 9/11 Commission Report," it reads more along the lines of a 7th Grade English paper derived from the Cliff Notes version of a Dr. Seuss book.

To frame their thesis, CAIR lumps a number of individuals and organizations into an "American Islamophobia network." Sounds ominous, doesn't it? (Full Disclosure: this writer has met and/or written about at least five members of this "network".)
...

CAIR lists sixty-nine groups in their Islamophobia Network and demonstrates how, horror of horrors, many of these groups actually communicate and work with each other. Like-minded people and groups working together towards a common political goal, that's bad and well, just plain un-American, right?

CAIR mentions in passing "anti-Muslim propaganda films such as Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West and The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America. (p. 24) CAIR ignores the fact that Obssession clearly states "This is a film about radical Islamic terror... It's important to remember most Muslims are peaceful and do not support terror." A review of The Third Jihad asserted that "It is clear that the only folks who would not want this DVD shown are the very people the DVD warns us about, the Islamic Jihadists already on our soil." Might that last sentence be viewed as somewhat hyperbolic? Certainly. Nevertheless, given CAIR's portrayal of these films as "anti-Muslim" rather than anti-Jihad, even the most uninformed reader must wonder, what exactly is CAIR up to with this "Islamophobia" nonsense?

Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs is of particular concern to CAIR. "In September 2012, [Geller's Stop the Islamization of Nations] hosted [English Defence League] Tommy Robinson at a rally at the UN detailing a war on free expression. Robinson was later arrested for entering the United States on a false passport." (p. 35) That "rally" was actually a daylong conference on September 11, 2012 hosted by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch. The conference explored, among other issues, whether some Muslim groups seek to suppress free speech and Western notions of liberty. Issue: why did CAIR chose to be ambiguous about the exact date the conference was held? Note well that this was also the date of the Benghazi embassy attack by Islamic Jihadists. Does CAIR seek to censor Ms. Geller's and Mr. Robinson's freedom to speak about a perceived conflict between Islam and Western free speech? Recognize also how CAIR mischaracterizes and dismisses the potentially positive educational value of the SION conference with a single sentence noting Mr. Robinson's passport issue upon his return to Great Britain. What is CAIR's true agenda?

Oddly enough, we finally find CAIR's definition of Islamaphobia towards the back of the report. "Islamophobia is close-minded prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims." (p. 136) Contrast this with the definition proffered by Robert Spencer on September 11, 2013 as he stood where the shadows of the World Trade Center used to fall; "Islamophobia is a term that is manipulated to... intimidate people into thinking... that there is something wrong with resisting Jihad, that it's bigoted and hateful to resist terrorism."
CAIR recommends that groups mentioned in their report"should be ostracized from mainstream public discourse in a manner similar to white supremacist, anti-Semitic or other groups..." (p. 133) Translation: CAIR seeks to suppress the free speech of any group with which CAIR disagrees.

Anyone who is unfamiliar with CAIR/WTF "advocacy" of Islamic issues is well advised to read this report if for no other reason than to recognize the intellectual dishonesty of said advocacy. For extra credit, every time you read "anti-Islam" in the report, think "counter-Jihad."

Grizzly Joe blogs at OccupyBawlStreet.com occupybawlstreet.com/. Follow him on Twitter @OccupyBawlStree twitter.com/OccupyBawlStree

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Dr. Bill Warner Part 1

The Study of Political Islam
by Bill Warner | posted in: Interviews, The Study of Political Islam
www.politicalislam.com/the-st...-islam/

"But the Trilogy is clear about the doctrine. At least 75% of the Sira (life of Mohammed) is about jihad. About 67% of the Koran written in Mecca is about the unbelievers, or politics. Of the Koran of Medina, 51% is devoted to the unbelievers. About 20% of Bukhari’s Hadith is about jihad and politics. Religion is the smallest part of Islamic foundational texts.

"Political Islam’s most famous duality is the division of the world into believers, dar al Islam, and unbelievers, dar al harb. The largest part of the Trilogy relates to treatment of the unbelievers, kafirs. Even Hell is political. There are 146 references to Hell in the Koran. Only 6% of those in Hell are there for moral failings—murder, theft, etc. The other 94% of the reasons for being in Hell are for the intellectual sin of disagreeing with Mohammed, a political crime. Hence, Islamic Hell is a political prison for those who speak against Islam."

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Book References:

(1)
Freedom or Submission: On the Dangers of Islamic Extremism & American Complacency
by Pamela Geller (Author)
Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 3, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1484019652

www.amazon.com/Freedom-Su...1484019652/

Author’s Introduction
We are at war. Our mortal enemy has made no secret of its goal and stated aim: “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house,” and installing a universal caliphate. Pretending that fourteen hundred years of Islamic imperialism and expansionism didn’t happen doesn’t change reality. Ayn Rand said that you can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.

If you refuse to fight, you forfeit. If you forfeit, you lose. And I mean, lose everything. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Islamic supremacists are more assertive in the United States than they ever have been before. They’re building large mega-mosques in communities where the local Muslims can neither fill nor afford them. They’re demanding—and receiving—special privileges for Muslims in workplaces and special installations for Islamic prayers in public universities, as well as in airports and other public facilities. (Islamic law places Muslims in a special class, giving them rights that non-Muslims do not have.)

They’re bringing back prayer in public schools—but only for Muslims: they are seeking special legal status for Islam. They’re shutting down the national debate that we urgently need to have about Islam and Islamization. They are demonizing as “bigots,” “racists,” and “Islamophobes” anyone who suggests any anti-terror measure or who asks the Muslim community in the U.S. to do something effective about the jihadists and Islamic supremacists in their midst. Fight back. The question isn’t who is going to let you, it’s who is going to stop you.

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Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance
by Pamela Geller (Author)
Hardcover: 198 pages
Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1936488361

www.amazon.com/Stop-Islam...1936488361/

Islamic supremacism is seeping into every aspect of American life. Islamic jihad groups aren't solely concentrating on terror attacks (although another one of those could come at any moment), but on the creeping encroachment to introduce Islamic law into this country, step-by-step and bit-by-bit, until finally America wakes up to a country transformed into an Islamic state.

In Stop the Islamization of America, the renowned activist Pamela Geller lays bare the chilling details of the Muslim Brotherhood's strategy of steady subversion and erosion of our freedoms, while offering a practical guide for how to fight back. Written by an original thinker and innovative, tested, successful activist, Stop the Islamization of America is a much-needed wake-up call about a sinister, subversive agenda that could do nothing less than destroy the United States - with unique instructions about how we can, and must, fight back now to defend our nation and our civilization.

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Understanding Dhimmitude

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhimmitude

The concept of "dhimmitude" was introduced into Western discourse by the writer Bat Ye'or in a French-language article published in the Italian journal La Rassegna mensile di Israel in 1983.[2] In Bat Ye'or's use, "dhimmitude" refers to allegations of non-Muslims appeasing and surrendering to Muslims, and discrimination against non-Muslims in Muslim majority regions.[3]

The associations of the word "dhimmitude" vary between users:

Bat Ye'or defined dhimmitude as the condition and experience of those who are subject to dhimma, and thus not synonymous to, but rather a subset of the dhimma phenomenon: "dhimmitude [...] represents a behavior dictated by fear (terrorism), pacifism when aggressed, rather than resistance, servility because of cowardice and vulnerability. [...] By their peaceful surrender to the Islamic army, they obtained the security for their life, belongings and religion, but they had to accept a condition of inferiority, spoliation and humiliation. As they were forbidden to possess weapons and give testimony against a Muslim, they were put in a position of vulnerability and humility."[7] The term plays a key role in the allegedly Islamophobic[8] conspiracy theory of Eurabia.[9]

A more recent pejorative usage variant of "dhimmi" and "dhimmitude" divorces the words from the historical context and applies them to situations where non-Muslims in the West and India are championing Islamic causes above others. "Dhimmi" is treated as analogous to "Quisling" within this context.[citation needed]

Sidney H. Griffith states that it "has come to express the theoretical, social condition" of non-Muslims "under Muslim rule".[10]

According to Bassam Tibi, dhimmitude refers to non-Muslims being "allowed to retain their religious beliefs under certain restrictions". He describes that status as being inferior and a violation of religious freedom.[11]


book:

Understanding Dhimmitude
by Bat Ye'or (Author)
• Paperback: 244 pages
• Publisher: RVP Press (June 5, 2013)
• ISBN-10: 1618613359
www.amazon.com/Understand...1618613359/

UNDERSTANDING DHIMMITUDE brings together for the first time twenty-one talks and lectures in which Bat Ye'or explains in layman's terms the essential concepts from her studies, the fruit of over four decades of groundbreaking research. "Bat Ye'or's pioneering studies of the Islamic concept of dhimmitude have revolutionized our understanding of Islam's past, present and future. She remains one of the few analysts in the world with the courage and insight necessary to tell the truth."
-Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch

"[Bat Ye'or is] the acknowledged expert on the plight of Jews and Christians in Muslim lands, and their vigorous champion." -Sir Martin Gilbert "Bat Ye'or's scholarship is highly impressive, and her analysis is as persuasive as it is terrifying. (. . .) It is imperative that these issues are openly discussed. There are, however, alarming signs of attempts in the West to shut down such discussion on spurious grounds of prejudice. This is, of course, itself a prime example of the condition of 'dhimmitude' which Bat Ye'or so graphically describes."
-Melanie Phillips, Jewish Chronicle

"It is not surprising that [Bat] Ye'or's study of jihad and dhimmitude has been stimulating substantial and disturbing discussion in academic and ecumenical circles. (. . .) Perhaps the single most significant contribution of the author is her definition and development of the concept of 'dhimmitude' (. . .) [Bat] Ye'or's books on dhimmitude and jihad have an essential place in the ecumenical world; ignoring them will only perpetuate illusion."
-James E. Biechler, Journal of Ecumenical Studies

"Bat Ye'or has enriched our understanding of how Islamic societies are structured by defining the concept of dhimmitude. Her contribution to Islam critique can't be underestimated. Yes, she and her late husband, the human rights activist and historian David Littman, are the king and queen of the genre."
-Professor Johannes J.G. Jansen

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The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom
by Mark Durie (Author), Bat Ye'or (Foreword)
• Paperback: 270 pages
• Publisher: Deror Books; 1 edition (April 15, 2010)
• ISBN-10: 0980722306

www.amazon.com/The-Third-...0980722306/

The Third Choice provides a compelling introduction to Islam on the basis of its primary sources, the Qur'an and the life of Muhammad. Topics covered include the sharia; interpretation of the Qur'an; abrogation; women's rights (including female genital mutilation); lawful deception (taqiyya); Muhammad's responses to opposition; Islamic antisemitism; religious freedom; and prospects for reforming Islam.

After this critical introduction of Islam, there follows an explanation and critique of Islam's policy for non-Muslims living under Islamic conditions. The doctrine of the three choices (conversion, the sword, or the dhimma pact of surrender to Islam) is explained, including an analysis of the meaning of tribute payments (jizya) made by non-Muslims (dhimmis) to their Muslim conquerors. Durie describes the impact of dhimmitude on the human rights of non-Muslims in Islamic contexts around the world today, in the light of global Islamic resurgence and advancing Islamization, including pressure being exerted through the United Nations for states to conform to sharia restrictions on freedom of speech.

The Third Choice offers indispensable keys for understanding current trends in global politics, including the widening impact of sharia revival, deterioration of human rights in Islamic societies, jihad terrorism, recurring patterns of Western appeasement, interfaith dialogue initiatives, and the increasingly fraught relationship between migrant Muslim communities in the West and their host societies.

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About Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller is the founder, editor and publisher of Atlas Shrugs.com and President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). She is the author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America, with Robert Spencer (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton) (Simon & Schuster); Freedom or Submission: On the Dangers of Islamic Extremism and American Complacency; and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance (WND Books). She is also a regular columnist for World Net Daily,the American Thinker,Breitbart.com and other publications.

Geller’s activism on behalf of human rights has won international notice. She has led awareness campaigns in U.S., Europe, and Israel on behalf of the victims and potential victims of honor killing, for the human rights of apostates from Islam, for the freedom of speech, and more. She has placed ads nationwide on buses, taxicabs, billboards, and in subway stations, calling attention to the plight of victims of Sharia and countering the deceptive and misleading ad campaigns of the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Islamic supremacist groups.
. . .
Pamela Geller has been the subject of a profile on 60 Minutes, and of cover stories in the Sunday New York Times Metro section and the UK’s Independent. The Times also published an in-depth interview with her. She has made appearances on NBC Nightly News, ABC, CNN, AP, Reuters, the Sean Hannity Show, the Bill O’Reilly Show, Red Eye, Geraldo, the Mike Huckabee show, and other shows on the Fox News channel. She has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the Daily Mail and the Telegraph.

Geller’s articles and op-eds have been published in the Guardian, Fox News, The Washington Times, Big Government, Big Journalism, Human Events, The American Thinker, Newsmax, Hudson NY, Pajamas Media, Israel National News, World Net Daily, FrontPage magazine, New Media Journal, and Canada Free Press, among other publications.

Geller is a frequent guest on talk radio and has regular segments on two radio shows, The Jaz McKay Show and Jamie Allman In the Morning. Geller has been a featured speaker at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s Restoration Weekend and at numerous Tea Party and pro-freedom events across the nation.

pamelageller.com/

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Dr. Bill Warner Part 2

Key Historical Analysis

Quote from Dr. Bill Warner
"After 1,400 years of Jihad, brutality, enslavement, theft, deception, rape, annihilation and insults, the Kafir mind has become identical to that of an abused victim - like a beaten wife, raped child or abused dog"

We have not been told the whole truth about the "Golden Age' of Islam, we have not been taught the true facts of 1,400 years of brutal atrocities by Islam.

Please watch and share this video. It will open your eyes.

Dr Bill Warner Why We Are Afraid
www.youtube.com/watch

www.politicalislam.com

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Welcome To The War

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship - Casablanca (6/6) Movie CLIP (1942) HD
www.youtube.com/watch

Charlie Hebdo editorial: Will there continue to be 'yes, but?'
Gérard Biard, Charlie Hebdo Editor-in-Chief

www.cnn.com/2015/01/14/o...rd/index.html
Updated 10:52 AM ET, Thu January 15, 2015

I would like to close by addressing Gérard's above editorial statement that "Nevertheless we are going to try to be optimistic, even though it is out of season." This is the most important thing. The bad guys can only win if and when the good guys give up. There is a long tradition of fighting for freedom and the attack on Charlie Hebdo does in fact directly relate to the partisans of French Underground in World War 2 who risked their lives to undermine and oppose Nazi rule.

Technically, Gérard Biard and all of the remaining staffers of Charlie Hebdo live under the same death threat that claimed Stéphane Charbonnier. These people knew for years that they were asking for the worst, and they had already been targeted. Stéphane Charbonnier's explicit response was "I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees." I never met him, but that man was my brother in arms, and he remains for me a profound inspiration, no less than Albert Camus. Honor him, and never give up the fight.

<< Nous sommes tous Charlie. >>

Welcome to the war.

KT

No copyright infringement intended. All rights to respective copyright holders. Educational purposes asserted.
posted Mon, April 20, 2015 - 2:23 AM
Tantric Buddhist Empowerments Entire West Coast Fall/ Winter 2014 : A Teaching Article With Many Events ( community » other ) Tantric Buddhist Empowerments West Coast Fall 2014 January 2015 : A Teaching Article With Many Events
Vancouver BC ( several events ), Seattle WA ( many events ), Portland Oregon and Ashland Oregon ( several events ), San Francisco Bay Area CA ( many events ), Los Angeles CA ( several events ), Baja Sur Mexico.

Keywords: Meditation, mysticism, yoga, mantra, psychic healing and purification, Buddhism, Mahayana, tantra, empowerment, Medicine Buddha and Goddess of Healing White Tara and Green Tara, Great Being of Compassion Avalokitesvara, Great Being of Wisdom Manjusri, wrathful protectors Vajrapani and Mahakala and Vajrakilaya, Great Guru Padmasambhava, Primordial Awareness Yoga ( Dzogchen ), Four Orders of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism ( Vajrayana ), regional associations.

Summary: This is a very substantial set of teachings and resources for Buddhist practice at the three levels of Refuge, Mahayana, and Buddhatantra. At the level of tantra, it is necessary to have direct access to Buddhist gurus and tantric empowerments in order to practice. Here we provide event listings through early 2015 for seventeen major Buddhist gurus across the west coast of North America, accessible to many, and of great value to all practitioners and aspirants of the Great Way, the Buddhist Mahayana. Also provided are two regional associations: Bay Vajra ( San Francisco Bay Area ) and Northwest Dharma Association.

"It's Real For Us" Official Music Video
www.youtube.com/watch

"Yeah and it's cool and it's totally awesome."
It's September. Let's begin the new school year with the school song. Americans do not get acceptance letters to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but Buddhist mysticism, like Hogwarts School, operates according to formal magical principles from over a thousand years ago. In a Buddhist context, of course.

"Gotta get back to Hogwarts
Gotta get back to school..
It's all that I love, and it's all that I need...
Back to spells and enchantments, potions and friends
To Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin
Back to the place where it always begins:
Hogwarts, Hogwarts!"

Darren Criss & Joe Walker - Goin' Back to Hogwarts Live @ The Garage, London
www.youtube.com/watch

Hermione Granger: "And how is it you just happen to have the sword of Gryffindor?"
Ronald Weasley : "It's a long story."

This schedule includes some major empowerments of highest yoga tantra.
In approximate chronological order.
And some teachings and spells from the Restricted Section of the ( Hogwarts ) School Library.
These are classical teachers of all four Indo-Tibetan Buddhist lineages known as the Sakya, the Gelugpa, Kagyu ( Shangpa Kagyu ), and the Nyingma. For context, these four Tibetan terms are full entries in Wikipedia.

HH Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche, Seattle WA
Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal, Los Angeles CA
>>>>
NEW ADDITION
Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche Portland Oregon
<<<<
Lama Kunga Rinpoche, San Francisco Bay Area CA
Abbot Ngawang Jorden Rinpoche, San Francisco Bay Area CA
Lama Dawa Rinpoche, San Francisco Bay Area CA
>>>>
NEW ADDITIONS
Yangsi Rinpoche, Portland Oregon
Her Eminence Jetsun Kusho, Vancouver British Columbia Canada
Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho, Seattle WA
Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, Seattle Wa
Palyul Lhatul Rinpoche, Alameda / San Francisco Bay Area CA
<<<<
Lama Pema Dorje, Ashland Oregon and Los Angeles CA
HH the Dalai Lama, Vancouver British Columbia
Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche, Watsonville California
Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Los Cabos Mexico ( Baja Sur )
>>>>
NEW ADDITION
Lama Thubten Nyima, Seattle Wa
<<<<
Lama Lodu Rinpoche, Ashland Oregon and San Francisco Bay Area CA

This outreach serves a very broad range of needs for many kinds of practitioners. The transmissions to be given include some of the most universal practiced Great Way / Mahayana practices, such as the healing practice Medicine Buddha and the Buddha of Compassion Avalokitesvara / Kuan Yin / Kwannon, and Amitayus ( Amitofo, Amida ).

Also, this post includes references to a substantial set of teaching resources and a set of key book titles following the event listings. These include teachings common to all the Great Way / Mahayana schools throughout classical Buddhist Asia, such as
- Avalokitesvara ( Kuan Yin ) practice
- Amitabha Pure Land practice
- Medicine Buddha practice
- Vajrapani practice
- Manjusri practice
- Primordial Awareness ( Prajnaparamita ) Teachings ( Sutra Mahamudra and Tantra Mahamudra )

What is the purpose of doing a specifically "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.

The esoteric tantric practices develop historically as extensions of the general Great Way / Mahayana practices. For example, the Sanskrit recitations for Mahayana deities in China and Japan are found also in Tibetan tantra, Chinese tantra, and Japanese tantra, notably for Manjusri, Avalokitesvara, and Vajrapani, the archetypes or angels of Wisdom, Compassion and Power respectively.

Manjusri Angel of Wisdom spell ( for sharpening speech and the mind ):
OM A RA PA CA NA DHI

Avalokitesvara Angel of Compassion spell ( for purification and developing compassion ) :
OM MANI PADMA HUM
or
OM MANI PADMA HUM HRI PHAT SVAHA ( per the Seventeeth Karmapa Urgyen Trinley Dorje )

Vajrapani Angel of Power Spell ( for powerful protection ):
OM VAJRAPANI HUM
or
OM AH VAJRAPANI HUM HUM PHAT ( per the FPMT Foundation )

Again, you can find these as full entries in Wikipedia. The same is true for Amitabha Buddha, Medicine Buddha, and so forth. They are the same basic archetypes across all the Mahayana schools.

The general Mahayana schools such as Pure Land typically have the same reliance on mantra practice as do the esoteric schools of tantra.

The same philosophy of prajna is found in all the Mahayana schools, and the Heart Sutra ( Prajnaparamita Hrdayam) is of enormous importance throughout the scriptural ( Sutrayana Mahayana ) and tantric schools ( sometimes called Tantra, Secret Mantrayana and so forth ). There is a one for one equivalence between all these schools at the basic level, not any division, not any separate foundation. It's all the same basic material. Note that the book reference given later in this post, "Straight From the Heart', is an excellent set of teachings on Prajnaparamita Wisdom, and includes teachings from India.

All tantric Buddhist gurus uphold and serve the general Mahayana teachings, such as the Heart Sutra, Avalokitesvara, and Medicine Buddha. These transmissions profoundly manifest the general Mahayana teaching for all Mahayana practitioners. Tantric transmissions are rapidly becoming widespread and increasingly popular among many tens of thousands in the Western countries, and they are beginning to flourish all along the West Coast and in other regions.

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"Now that I've got you here at Hogwarts, I'm going to make a couple rules..."
-- Darren Criss

These empowerments come packaged with Buddhist commitments, that is
1) Buddhist refuge
2) Mahayana Buddhist vows
3) Tantric Buddhist vows

A complete foundation for understanding these vows is available online free ( ! ! ), from one of the greatest modern scholar-yogis, the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

See
The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
www.rinpoche.com/teachings/4dharmas.pdf

The Four Noble Truths Rinpoche speaks on the first teachings of the Buddha.
www.rinpoche.com/fornob.html

Buddhist Conduct: The Ten Virtuous Actions
www.rinpoche.com/teachings/conduct.pdf

The Bodhisattva Vow Rinpoche explains the purpose and benefits of this vow.
www.kagyu.org/kagyulineag...ra/tra06.php

The Three Vehicles of Buddhist Practice
( Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana )
www.rinpoche.com/teachings/3vehicles.pdf

The above book length teachings are clear, functional, highest quality and equally useful across all the schools of Buddhism in any part of Asia or the world. These and other texts of V.V. Thrangu Rinpoche are central to my teaching work. There is no one at Harvard Divinity School who comes close to the Great Abbot ( Khenchen ) Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche of the Karma Kagyu lineage. He is senior tutor to a principal Kagyu lineage holder, the Seventeenth Karmapa Urgyen Trinley Dorje.

See
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrangu_Rinpoche

It is important to have the above teachings as a basis for both ( general ) Mahayana practice and ( for specifically ) tantric practice.
With this foundation it is possible to discuss tantra.

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Tantra, specifically Buddhatantra

A "tradtional tantra" is a classical tantric text, as in "sacred scripture", and the basis for a magical / yogic type of esoteric spiritual practice. The tantras are oriented towards deep personal practice and experience and accomplishment, not mere religious belief of externalist "faith followers". To a classical tantric practitioner, religion and religious belief is basically all muggle culture, and mostly an obstacle to mystical practice and realization, which is wizard / siddha culture.

A core classical scripture is called a "tantra". These typically come to us from Hindu and Buddhist Sanskrit root sacred texts that were written down in medieval times, and were said to be delivered by oral transmission before, often over many centuries.

The word "tantra" has the sense of "weaving together" or integration, of wholeness, and in the Buddhist sense, primordial unity and "original Buddha Nature".

All Buddhist tantras build upon and carry the general Buddhist refuge vows and the universal Buddhist vows known as the Mahayana. So, Buddhist tantra is distinguished by *strictly* following the theory and practice of the Mahayana, while Hindu tantra and other tantras are very diverse, and do not follow a single consistent theory and practice such as the Mahayana.

All the Buddhist tantra lineages of ancient India, and Nepal, China, and Japan, are based in Mahayana ethics and philosophy as central and primary teachings. To practice Buddhist tantra in any lineage or any culture is to be a member of the great worldwide Mahayana community, which include Zen and Pure Land and the other such schools, and further as a tantric Buddhist to respect all these schools.

All the Mahayana teachings demonstrate a deep internal coherence of theory and practice, as well as relating historically and thematically to parts of other yogic and mystical systems of Asia, such as Hinduism, Taoism and so forth. Mahayana does not in any way relate to the four monotheisms ( Judaism, Christianity, Islam or Mormonism ).

( The statements by Alexander Berzin and some others that Buddhism is somehow "compatible" with Islam and other eternalist and closed belief systems is clearly absurd and already disproven. That is why the Islamists destroyed Buddhist universities in medieval India, such as Nalanda University. )

It is claimed that many tantras were originally spoken by Guru Sakyamuni himself, and passed through the oral transmission lineages, like other early Mahayana teachings. Such tantras would include the root Tara Tantra and the root Guhyasamaja Tantra.


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Samaya, or Sacred Commitment

Please note that in accordance with the tradition one will be taking Buddhist Refuge and Bodhisattva vows and accepting Vajrayana Samaya with every empowerment. Please be or become familiar with these topics as they are essential on every step of the path to enlightenment. People have asked what will be the “commitment", and that can vary from transmission to transmission, but all have a common foundation which must be understood or the practice does not work.

Broadly speaking, in an empowerment, we are vowing to have pure perception and deep faith in the teacher and the teachings, promising to transform our negative habits and passions ( individual liberation or Pratimoksha ) and awaken to our inherent Buddha nature as quickly as possible with the motivation to benefit all beings ( Mahayana motivation ).

Six Basic Points For Approaching This Kind of Practice:

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Reasoned Faith, not blind faith

From
hotandsmart.tribe.net/thread/...d15a2ba6

HH the Dalai Lama at the Vatican, 1972:
"God is your business. Karma is my business."

Sakyamuni Buddha On Belief

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
Guru Sakyamuni Buddha, Kalama Sutra

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In general, it is offensive and unacceptable to approach a Buddhist teacher with smoke or alcohol on one's breath, or while using drugs.
Most Buddhist teachers and most Buddhist gatherings and retreat centers forbid the use of tobacco or "self-medicating" drugs.
Classically, many Buddhists take the ethical precept of abstaining from all alcohol, but there is some ( small ) alcohol use, e.g. in sacraments.

Simply put, these drugs are toxic and they can kill you. They also weaken the system and can ruin a yoga practice. Also, mantra practice won't work well with smoking, and probably won't work much at all. Anyway, don't poison yourself or go to a Buddhist practice or teacher while using. That is the general rule.

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It is important to obtain and study the core teaching materials, to understand and uphold Buddhist refuge. It's required. The necessary teaching materials are provided in the above links and the book references which follow, so no excuse.

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The whole point of taking transmission is to practice. Doing some daily practice - even a short daily practice - is considered to be a definite commitment upon taking tantric empowerment.

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No one gets to do things fundamentally contrary to the Buddhist system or to mix it with incompatible approaches, e.g.
(a) those who follow terrorist Vladimir Lenin ( as in Marxism-Leninism );
(b) Wahhabi Islamists. Buddhists are not "People of the Book" and do not have the right to live under classical Islamic Law.
(c) Voodoo priests or anyone who performs blood sacrifices and black magic.

Buddhism is a pagan practice, not monotheistic, not Abrahamic tradition. It is a tradition of magic and yoga sadhana, but it is not Hindu because all Buddhists reject the caste system.

Some things that Buddhists are not:
(a) Buddhists are not followers of Jewish faith tradition;
(b) Buddhists are not Christian;
(c) Buddhists are not Islamic;
(d) Buddhists are not LDS / Mormon;
(e) Buddhists are not Scientologists.

From the standpoints of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Latter Day Saint Mormonism, all Buddhists are atheists and pagans.

Buddhists follow the clear and well-defined Buddhist tradition, based on formal Refuge in the Three Jewels, the Awakened One, His Path, and His Community. There is significant overlap with some practices of Hinduism and Taoism, but Buddhists commit to Buddhist Refuge and Ethics.

The core reference provided here to define the Buddhist teaching and practice is the book "Dakini Teachings", for which see below.

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Mahayana Buddhism is non-sectarian. And it has lots of ( mantras and ) magic. And tons of stuff to study.
And a Restricted Section of the School Library. Like Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Wizard Love - Harry Potter Music Video - Meekakitty Featuring heyhihello
www.youtube.com/watch

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The Buddhist practices of tantra are basically yoga practices for self development. They are not meant to work "immediate miracles". None of these transmissions or practices can substitute for physician care or clinical psychological care. If you need to see a doctor, then do so. Also, I do not represent any of the teachers or organizations referenced here.

Simple enough.

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In Buddhist tantra, everything begins with the guru ( a known-good guru ), and pure motivation to accomplish what the guru teaches. An authentic guru connects us to a lineage or lineages of accomplishment and realization, particularly through empowerment.

So we will begin with a supplication.

PRAYER SUPPLICATION TO THE ROOT GURU

LAMA KHYEN-NO
Guru please hear us

YIDAM KHYEN-NO
Personal Deities please hear us

CHO-KYONG KHYEN-NO
Dharma Protectors please hear us

SANG-GYAY KUN DU LAMA RINPOCHE
Precious Lama, who is inseparable from all the Buddhas,

DAK ZHEN SEM CHEN THAM CHAY DREN PAI PAL
I together with all sentient beings are drawn to your splendour.

KA DRIN TSUNG ME TSA-WAI LAMA-LA
I pray to the Root Lama from the bottom of my heart.

NYING KHONG RU PAI TNG NE SOL WA DEP
Your kindness is incomparable.

JAM DANG NYING JE JANG CHUP SEM KYE NAY
Thinking of your loving kindness and compassion and great
bodhi mind,

TA GOM CHO SUM RANG GYU LHUN GYI DRUP
These three: View, Meditation, and Action, spontaneously
arise within my being.

DRO WA MA LU DREN PAI DE PON GYUR
You are the master who guides limitless sentient beings.

CHAK CHEN NE LUG TOK PAR JIN GYI LOP
Please bless me with the realization of Mahamudra.

And a short protector chant for the Protector Mahakala

Mantra de Mahakala
www.youtube.com/watch

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EVENT SCHEDULE
( Subject to change. Please call ahead and make reservations as necessary. )

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Seattle Washington ( Greenwood North Seattle )
27 September
Long Life empowerment of Amitayus-Hayagriva
Bestowed by HH Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche ( Sakya also Nonsectarian )
Also Long Life Prayers to HH Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche 26 September - 28 September

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
www.sakya.org
108 NW 83rd Street
Seattle, WA 98117 USA
Tel: (206) 789-2573
Monastery@Sakya.org

For information, please contact Sakya Monastery’s office Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to Noon.

See also link below for
Buddha Amitabha Pure Land Practice

H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya will bestow the Amitayus-Hayagriva Initiation. The practice of Amitayus, the Buddha of Boundless Life and Wisdom, is a meditative yoga for a prolonged and meaningful life, transcending sickness, disease and untimely death. Hayagriva represents protection. This fierce protector is a terrifying form of Noble Chenrezi (Sanskrit - Avalokitshvara).

His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, head lama of Sakya Monastery, was born in Tibet in 1929. He continues the great Sakya lineage which began with Khon Konchok Gyalpo (1034 - 1102). He received teachings of the unbroken Sakya lineage, the Sakya Vajrakilaya, the Hevajra and the complete Lamdre Tsogshe, from his father, H.H. Trichen Ngawang Thutop Wangchuk, the last Sakya throne holder in Tibet. He also studied with many other great Buddhist teachers, including Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi and Dingo Khyentse Robsal Dawa.

On September 26th, 27th and 28th, 2014, a Long Life puja honoring His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya will be sponsored by Ponlop Tashi Rinpoche

See
www.sakya.org/specialeven...tenshug.html

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Los Angeles
September 27 - September 28 2014
Dzogchen Teaching
by Abbot ( Khenpo ) Sonam Tobgyal ( Nyingma - Dzogchen )

lhundrupcholing.com/
2028 Corinth Avenue (Back house),
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 445 0913

Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal will again teach on Dzogchen, presenting the second half of the Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s text "The Mirror that Clarifies the Practice of Dzogchen."

He will review of the first half of the text, so both old and new students are welcome to this teaching.

Both audio and video recordings will be archived so that course participants will have an opportunity to access the teachings at a later date. These teachings will not be live broadcast.

9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm both days.

Suggested donation for these teachings is $50 for the Weekend or $15 per session

About Khenpo Sonam
Khenpo Sonam received his Khenpo degree after 12 years of study and practice in the Nyingma Shedra (Teg Gui Leg Shed Ling – College for Learning the Nine Yanas) in Nepal and Sikkim, under the guidance of H.H. Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche (from whom Khenpo received the Longchen Nyingthig), H.H. Penor Rinpoche (from whom he received the complete Palyul transmission), the principal master of the school Khenchen Rigdzin Dorje (from whom he received the all the core Nyingma teachings and Nyingthigs) and Palyul Chogtrul Rinpoche.

Khenpo Sonam was also blessed to study under H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche from whom he received the entire Dudjom Treasure lineage, under Kyabje Kunzang Dechen Lingpa from whom he received the transmission of his treasure lineage, and under H.E. Namkha Drimed Rinpoched, from whom he received many heart transmissions of the Ripa Lineage, including the Tagsham Yeshe Tsogyal practice.

In short, Khenpo Sonam has received full transmission of the Nyingma canon, and holds a special lineage of Mahamudra teachings from Kagyu masters (Gedun Rinchen and Dorje Lopon Ngawang Tenzing) of his as well. Khenpo Sonam has had the aspiration to open a center for a number of years, and his root lama, Kyabje Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, gave him his blessing to do so almost 7 years ago, bequeathing the name L’hundrup Chöling (Land of Spontaneous Accomplishment of the Dharma)...


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Portland Oregon
September 27, 2014
Dzogchen Trekcho ( Primordial Awareness Yoga ) Transmission and Buddhist Refuge Ceremony
to be given by Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche ( Nyingma Dzogchen )

Location:
Portland Insight Meditation Community
6536 SE Duke St.
Portland, OR, 97206

Dzogchen is the highest, ultimate teaching of the Buddha, which directly and effortlessly reveals the enlightened nature of one’s own mind. The famous text "Three Words that Strike the Crucial Point" was the final testament of Garab Dorje, the first human teacher of Dzogchen in our world. It includes the heart essence of Dzogchen and all the teachings of the Buddha in three words. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche will give the transmission, lineage blessings, and pith instructions of this extraordinary, sacred teaching.

A Buddhist Refuge Ceremony will be offered by Khenpo Rinpoche on Saturday evening. Please contact PBC Portland if you would like to take refuge.

Saturday, Sept. 27, 10am - 5 pm
$75

See the Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches book, Lion's Gaze, for a detailed commentary on this sacred text: www.padmasambhava.org

Portland Insight Meditation Community
6536 SE Duke St.
Portland, OR, 97206

For more information:
(503) 234-6480
paul@awakeninthedream.com

www.padmasambhava.org

Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche

In 1978 Rinpoche was enthroned as the abbot of the Wish-fulfilling Nyingmapa Institute in Boudanath, Nepal by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, and later became the abbot of the Department of Dharma Studies, where he taught poetry, grammar, philosophy and psychology. In 1981, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche appointed Rinpoche as the abbot of the Dorje Nyingpo Center in Paris, France. In 1982 he was asked to work with H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche at the Yeshe Nyingpo Center in New York. During the 1980s, until H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche’s mahaparinirvana in 1987, Rinpoche continued working closely with him, often traveling as his translator and attendant.

In 1988, Rinpoche and his brother founded the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center. Since that time he has served as a spiritual director at the various Padmasambhava centers throughout the world. He maintains an active traveling and teaching schedule with his brother, Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche.

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San Francisco Bay / East Bay ( Kensington )
28 September 2014 1 pm
Empowerment of Manjusri + Avalokitesvara + Vajrapani

www.ewamchoden.org/

*Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche ( Sakya Lineage )will give the RIGSUM GOMPO—Empowerment of the Three Bodhisattvas–plus special teaching on September 28 at 1 pm at Ewam Choden

Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will kindly offer the three empowerments known together as the Rigsum Gompo. They are Vajrapani, Manjushri, and Avalokiteshvara. The empowerment of the three Bodhisattvas will be given in a special one-day Rigsum Gompo empowerment.

The empowerment will be followed by a special teaching on the Sadhana practice by Lama Kunga Rinpoche.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm Please come early to register.

The donation for the day is $60 and $45 for Ewam Choden members. Dana (offering) to the Lama and monastic helpers is separate.

Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche was born into a noble family in Lhasa in 1935...At the age of 7, he 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, but fled through western Tibet with some of his countrymen at the time of Chinese invasion.

Rinpoche came to America in 1972, and subsequently established the Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center in Kensington California. Lama Kunga has also taught in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon, Utah, Arkansas, Florida, southern California, and Hawaii.


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San Francisco East Bay
27 September 28 September 2014

Venerable Ngawang Jorden Rinpoche ( Gelugpa, Abbot of Sera Mey Monastery)
will be teaching at Gyuto Foundation
www.gyutofoundation.org/

The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas (37 here)
Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (session 1)
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (session 2)

Sunday, September 28, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (session 3)
Suggested $30 donation per session:
(if you are unable to donate, please come, you are still welcome!)

Hayagriva, Vajrapani, Garuda Empowerment
Sunday, September 28, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm *This event is free

It is taught that, as times degenerate and the afflictions increase, this empowerment helps to remove illness, emotional disturbance, and harmful spirit at every level through a mantra combining the methods of Vajrapani, Hayagriva and Garuda. The deeper significance of this practice is its ability to liberate our minds from ignorance, hatred, and desire through the path of compassion joined with wisdom in order to help us be of benefit to all beings.

Prerequisite:
If you have not received a highest yoga tantra empowerment and have a strong interest in doing the practice, you may still come and receive it as a blessing.

Recommended commitments:
Take and keep the bodhisattva vows.
Recite the Vajrapani Hayagriva Garuda mantra daily.
(om vajrapani hayagriva garuda hum phat)

6401 Bernhard Avenue
Richmond Heights CA 94805

Email:
info@gyutofoundation.org
Phone:
(510) 926-3969 / (510) 926-3973

Ven. Ngawang Jorden Rinpoche is the Abbot of Sera Mey Monastery. He was previously the 121st and youngest Abbot in the history of the Gyuto Tantric Monastery. Rinpoche was born into a family of nomads in the village of Tsangwa Day, just outside of Shigatse, the location of Tashilungpo, the seat of the Panchen Lamas. In 1959 his family were driven into exile by the Chinese invasion and as a baby, Rinpoche was carried on his mother’s back to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. At 22 he became fully ordained and in 1991 passed his examinations at the highest level, that of a Lharampa Geshe.

In order to study the Tantras, Rinpoche then entered Gyuto Monastery. His first year was dedicated to learning Tantric practices, rituals, texts and the monastery rules. His second year was used to prepare for his Tantric examinations which take place in an open debate format. After passing these examinations, Rinpoche returned to Sera Mey Monastery.


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Sonoma, California
September 24 - October 4, 2014
Acharya ( Lama ) Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche ( Nyingma Lineage - Dudjom Tersar Lineage )

saraswatibhawan.org/program/...schedule/

Lama Dawa Rinpoche will be returning to Sonoma, California to offer an extensive series of empowerments and teachings for our west coast Sangha. In particular, he will be offering the empowerments for the Three Roots of the Dudjom Tersar: Yeshe Tsogyal, Lake Born Padmasambhava, and Vajrakilaya. In addition, Rinpoche will give transmission on important Sutras which are very powerful methods to dispel obstacles.
Schedule of Events:

Sept. 24: Teachings on the Tashi Tsegpa Sutra, 7:00 pm

Sept. 25: Empowerment of the Seven Line Prayer, 7:00 pm

Although the Seven-Line Prayer of Guru Rinpoche is well-known and is commonly recited at the beginning of any practice, few people know that there is an empowerment for this prayer. Just as with any tantric practice, it is important to receive the empowerment and transmission before reciting the prayer.

Sept. 26, 27, 28: Empowerment of the Three Roots of the Dudjom Tersar

Lama Dawa Rinpoche will be bestowing this essential cycle of empowerments which are the basis for all Dudjom lineage practitioners.

Sept. 26: Yeshe Tsogyal Empowerment, 2:00 pm

Sept. 27: Lake Born Padmasambhava Empowerment, 2:00 pm

Sept. 28, Vajrakilaya Empowerment, 2:00 pm

Oct. 1: Teachings on the Khachu Nagpo Sutra and Thirteen Chakra Sutra, 7:00 pm

The Khachu Nagpo Sutra from the collection of Sutras in the Zung-Due, is a special Sutra whcih addresses legal cases, lawsuits, and any dispute. It is often recommended in mirror divination to be recited when one is experiencing difficulties with legal matters.

The Thirteen Chakra Sutra and mantra is a powerful method of protection from negativity, particularly the negative energy generated from broken samaya (damsi).

Oct. 2: Teachings and Practice on Naga Offerings, 7:00 pm

Oct. 3: Medicine Buddha Empowerment, 7:00 pm

Oct. 4: White Tara Long Life Empowerment, 2:00 pm

Location: (google): Sherab Dorje Dharma House

Address: 19015 Hickory St.
El Verano, CA, 95433

Program Contact: Tenzin Chodron.
Email: bhumi@sonic.net.
Phone: 707-758-7296.

Since space is limited to 25 attendees, pre-registration and deposit is required for all empowerments in order to hold your spot.

To pre-register and reserve your place, please contact Tenzin Chodron at bhumi@sonic.net. Upon pre-registration, you will receive confirmation and information on logistics. Please note, due to limited class space, the full payment of registration fees must be received no later than August 30, 2014. If not received in time your name will be moved to the bottom of the wait list. You will be notified of any changes. Once an event fills up (25 registrants), there will be a waiting list.


About the teacher:

Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche was born into the Jova family, a lineage of yogis (ngakpas) which traces back to the time of Milarepa. He was born on Guru Rinpoche’s day near Mukhti Narayan, a sacred pilgrimage spot in Northern Nepal. After his birth, he was taken to the great Mahasiddha, Golok Sert’hong Rinpoche, who recognized him as the reincarnation of Nakchu Gelong Konchok, a siddha who left handprints in the caves of Mount Kailash. Golok Sert’hong Rinpoche made many auspicious predictions and named him Dawa Chhodak, in honor of the great Buddhist Masters.

From his Gurus HH Dudjom Rinpoche, HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Kyabje Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche, Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche has received full authority to teach and transmit these rare and precious lineages to fortunate disciples worldwide. As an experienced yogi and erudite scholar, who speaks and teaches in English, Tibetan, Hindi, Nepalese and Sanskrit; Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche is fully capable of guiding students according to their individual capacities. Since 1989, he has been traveling and teaching in North America to small groups of serious students who are committed to traversing the entire path.

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Portland Oregon
4 October 2014
One Day Goddess Tara Retreat
Offered By Yangsi Rinpoche ( Gelupga Lineage )
At Maitripa College, a Buddhist Liberal Arts College
Open To All.

Suggested Donation $45
10 am - 4pm October 4th
Simple vegetarian lunch provided.

Location
Maitripa College
1119 SE Market Street
Portland, OR 97214

Tara is the swift and loving manifestation of enlightened female energy, whose activities are focused on the quick resolution of suffering, unhappiness, and obstacles for the benefit of all beings.
Tara practice can help people enjoy long lives, provide protection from dangers, and accomplish virtuous actions.

No pre-requisites apply; this practice is equally suitable for all levels of practitioners.


Contact
Leigh Miller
Maitripa College
503-235-2477
program@maitripa.org

maitripa.org/

Maitripa College Mission Statement: Maitripa College is a Buddhist institution of higher education offering contemplative learning culminating in graduate degrees. Founded upon three pillars of scholarship, meditation and service, Maitripa College curriculum combines Western academic and Tibetan Buddhist disciplines. Through the development of wisdom and compassion, graduates are empowered with a sense of responsibility to work joyfully for the wellbeing of others. We serve our students and the region through diverse and relevant educational, religious and community programs.

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Seattle WA
9 Oct 2014
Green Tara Initiation
Offered by Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho

Green Tara Initiation
Thursday, October 9, 2014 | 7:00pm

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
108 NW 83rd Street
Seattle, WA 98117 USA
Tel: (206) 789-2573
www.sakya.org
Monastery@Sakya.org

Suggested contribution: Public $30, Members $25

Prerequisite: One must not eat any meat, eggs, garlic, or consume alcohol on the day of the initiation. One must also be celibate for those hours.

As the embodiment of the Great Wisdom Mother, Green Tara is the Savior of all beings. Meditation on Green Tara is believed to be very effective in releasing beings from distressing circumstances both great and small.

Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya was born in Kham, Eastern Tibet. As the niece of one of the most highly realized Sakya Masters of the twentieth century, H.E. Dezhung Rinpoche III, her training in Buddhist practice began at an early age. She has received extensive teachings and empowerments from many great lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism throughout her lifetime. Dagmola is married to H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya of the Khön lineage, the Head Lama of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. Dagmola specializes in Tara empowerments, practices, and teachings, and has many students throughout the world.


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Vancouver British Columbia Canada
11 October, 12 October, 18 October 2014
Her Eminence Jetsun Kusho ( Sakya )

Empowerments and teachings for Avalokitesvara, Manjusri, Vajrapani

11 October
Avalokitesvara Empowerment and teaching.

12 October
Manjusri Empowerment and teaching.

18 October
Vajrapani Empowerment and teaching.

Sakya Tsechen Thubten Ling
9471 Beckwith Road,
Richmond, B.C.
V6X 1V8
Canada

Tel: (604) 370-1120

Email: sakyavancouver@shaw.ca
www.sakyatsechenthubtenling.org

H.E. Jetsun Kushog Rinpoche

Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Chimey Luding Rinpoche frequently referred to as Jetsun Kushok or Jetsunma, is the spiritual director of Sakya Tsechen Thubten Ling. She is also the sister of His Holiness Sakya Trizin. Both His Holiness and Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche were taught and guided by leading masters of the Sakya tradition. She started her training at six, began teaching at eleven and became a fully empowered lineage holder at eighteen.

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition altogether Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche is one of only a few female lineage-holders and is one of three known female teachers to have transmitted the precious Lamdre (path and its results) teachings of the Sakya tradition. In 1971, Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche and her family moved to Canada where she worked and cared for her family. At the request of His Holiness she later began to give teachings and nowadays teaches at her Centre in Vancouver and at other centres around the world.

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Seattle Washington
Sunday 19 October 2014, 1:30 pm

Goddess Saraswati Initiation and Teaching
Bestowed by Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche ( Sakya )

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
108 NW 83rd Street
Seattle, WA 98117 USA
Tel: (206) 789-2573

Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $25 Members
Prerequisite: No meat and no alcohol from the morning of the initiation until the next morning

Saraswati (Yangchenma) is a goddess of both Buddhism and Hinduism. She is the goddess of poetry, the arts, music, and of learning. Many Tibetan Buddhist scholars attained mastery and enlightenment by her blessing and accomplishment. She has a variety of emanations, both peaceful and wrathful. By her blessing we can more easily grasp the essence of Dharma and have clearer realization. Tulku Yeshi has done the Saraswati practice for the past 30 years. Bring any kind of musical instrument you play for consecration and for making music together after the initiation. You can bring your friend’s instrument for blessing as well (even if they are not attending). If you are a singer, you can sing a song afterwards.

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.

For more on the Goddess Saraswati, see
Sarasvati mantra ( a form of Tara )
taras.tribe.net/thread/da2...cd9c50ce741


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San Francisco ( East Bay Alameda )
October 18 - 19 2014

Palyul Lhatul Rinpoche ( Nyingma )

Saturday, October 18, 2014 6-9pm
Suggested donation: $30
Shower of Blessing Tsog & Heart Advice for Life & Practice

Sunday, October 19, 2014 2:30pm
By donation at the door
Empowerment of 21 Dzambalas
Rinpoche will bestow the 21 Dzambala Empowerment from the Namchö cycle of Terma revelations of Terton Migyur Dorje. Dzambala is an emanation of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. The empowerment and practice of Dzambala helps us minimize misfortunes and obstacles. It also helps to eliminate poverty as an impediment to enlightenment and increase good fortune and happiness.


www.orgyendorjeden.org/

Orgyen Dorje Den
2244 Santa Clara Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 337-1163


Brief Bio of Palyul Lhatul Rinpoche

Palyul Lhatul Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of the Fourth Lhatul Rinpoche by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje.

In 1975 he was enthroned by HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche, from whom he received the empowerments and transmissions of sutra and secret mantra. He did his higher studies at the Namdroling Shedra, receiving extensive teachings from the three Khenchens during this time. He also received many other essential Dharma instructions from countless other great masters, practicing until he received signs of accomplishment.

He has established and helped Dharma centers all over the world including Tibet, India, Nepal, Canada, USA, Singapore, Taiwan, Sikkim and China. His work has made it possible for over 10,000 students to receive the ripening and liberating instructions of Dharma, bringing them happiness in this life and putting them on the path to future liberation.

Palyul Lhatul Rinpoche (in English)
www.palyullhatul.com/categor.../page/2/

Many videos and other information (in Chinese) can be found here:
www.palyullhatul.com


Parking:
Parking at ODD is reserved.
Park one block away from ODD, at the Civic Center Parking Lot: 1416 Oak St., between Central and Santa Clara Aves.


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Lama Pema Dorje ( Nyingma - Dzogchen, Dudjom Tersar Lineage )
Ashland Oregon, October
Los Angeles Ca October

www.sangchenpemachholing.org/

Tashi Choling Center for Buddhist Studies
Ashland, Oregon
www.tashicholing.org/

Tashi Chöling Center for Buddhist Studies
2001 Colestine Road, Ashland, OR

October 3 - 14: Khandro Thug Tig Tsalung, Trulkor and Illusory Body yoga and Dream yoga

Los Angeles CA

October 21 - 26

[ No further details provided, contact www.sangchenpemachholing.org ]

Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche Biography
www.sangchenpemachholing.org/

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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Vancouver British Columbia Canada
October 21st - Oct 23rd
His Holiness the Dalai Lama : Forum, Teaching, Empowerment ( Gelugpa Lineage - also Nonsectarian )

21 October
His Holiness will participate in a forum with leading scientists in economics, neuroscience, psychology and public policy on the theme Science of Education of the Heart in the afternoon at the Vancouver Convention Center.

Contact Website:
www.dalailamacenter.org

23 October
Teaching and empowerment
His Holiness will give a Buddhist teaching based on Geshe Langri Thangpa's Eight Verses of Training the Mind (lojong tsikgyema) and confer the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment (chenrezig wang) organized by the Tibetan Cultural Society of British Columbia and Tsengdok Monastery at UBC Thunderbird Arena.

Contact Website:
www.dalailamavancouver.com

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Watsonville California
November 1st - November 2nd 2014
Two Day Meditation Retreat with Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche ( Nyingma Dzogchen )
"The Heart Essence of Longchenpa and Objectless Meditation"

Vajrayana Foundation

www.vajrayana.org/

Phone: (831) 761-6266
Email: office@vajrayana.org
Address: 2013 Eureka Canyon Rd., Watsonville,CA 95076

“It is my heart wish that you come and make a connection with Khen Rinpoche (Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche) as he is truly special. Our lord of refuge Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche has said that this khenpo is unlike any other – really genuine. Not only is his knowledge vast, but he brought this into his experience, so that when he teaches he talks from his heart, which brings authentic penetration.” Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

From
www.vajrayana.org/events/21/

Traditionally, meditation practice is presented in two categories: meditation with an object and meditation without an object. This retreat will explore meditation instructions from the Vajrayana tradition, which emphasize combining the use of focusing on enlightened images such as Guru Rinpoche and abiding in one’s natural state of mind through formless meditation.

The teachings will be based on a practice manual from The Heart Essence of Longchenpa that Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche has personally translated from the Tibetan.

Rinpoche will provide guided meditation instructions as well as commentary on how the practice can be applied to different circumstances and occasions, such as moments of happiness and sadness, when sleeping and eating, throughout our life and at the moment of death.

During these two days, we will practice together, meditate, and receive instructions from Rinpoche on this powerful form of practice that combines meditating with and without an object as a means of transforming our lives and journeying toward enlightenment.

Biography
Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche is a meditation master and teacher residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is known for his practical, passionate, and joyful approach to personal transformation. Rinpoche is currently writing his first book and teaching in the Bay Area, as well as traveling throughout the world speaking on meditation and spirituality.

Pristine Mind Foundation
San Rafael CA
pristinemind.org/

See
www.vajrayana.org/media/fil...npoche.pdf

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Ashland Oregon
November 14 - November 16
Lama Lodu Rinpoche

Kagyu Sukha Chöling, Ashland, Oregon
kscashland.org

Mahakala initiation and teachings by Lama Lodu Rinpoche

Mahakala is one of the principal protectors of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners.

Friday Evening 7:30 PM to 9 PM:

Skillful Compassion Engaged in Every Day life

Saturday Morning 10 AM—Noon:

Mahakala Initiation

Saturday Afternoon 2 PM—4 PM, Sunday 10 AM—Noon and 2 PM— 4 PM:

Mahakala Teachings

Rinpoche will give a teaching on Friday evening on compassion in everyday life, which will be available to the public.

The following morning, Rinpoche will give the Mahakala Initiation followed by three sessions of teachings on this protector practice. Participation is strictly limited to serious practitioners by the discretion of Lama Pema and Lama Yeshe.

For more information, see the website:
kscashland.org

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Los Cabos Mexico ( Baja Sur )
Organized by Tsegyalgar West
December 26 2014- December 31 2014

Great Perfection/ Dzogchen Retreat with Chogyal Namkhai Norbu ( Nyingma - Dzogchen )
tsegyalgarwest.org/upcoming-retreat/

We are thrilled to announce Rinpoche will be with us for 6 days and teach on an Ati Dzogchen text called “Jangchub Semgom”—one of the original main texts translated and transmitted by the great teacher Vairocana.

Dzogchen
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzogchen

Namkhai Norbu
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namkhai_Norbu

West Coast Community
tsegyalgarwest.org/about-dz...ommunity/

The main Dzogchen practice sites in Western North America include Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Hawaii, New Mexico, Baja Sur, Mexico, and Mexico City.


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Seattle Washington
January 9-11 2015

Lama Thubten Nyima ( Drikung Kagyu )

Details to come.

Drikung Seattle
drikungseattle@gmail.com
4509 Interlake Ave N, #267 Seattle WA 98103 – drikungseattle@gmail.com

www.drikungseattle.com/group-...ce.html

www.drikungseattle.com/

Drikung Seattle was founded by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche in 2013. Drikung Seattle is a Dharma center in the Drikung Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Please see 'Group Practice' for information about our weekly practice gatherings–beginners are welcome! Sign up on the 'Mailing list' page to be informed of future events including HE Garchen Rinpoche's 2015 Seattle teachings.



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San Francisco Bay Area
January 31st 2015 - February 1st 2015
Guru Padmasambhava Initiation and Teachings, January 31st—February 1st

By Lama Lodu Rinpoche ( Kagyu - Shangpa Kagyu )

KDK, 1892 Fell St., San Francisco
www.kdk.org

Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) revealed tantric teachings to Tibet in the 8th Century. This empowerment bestows the blessings of Guru Rinpoche, allowing participants access to the extraordinary wisdom expressed through Guru Rinpoche's Seven-Line Prayer and Meditation. During these two days of teachings participants will receive the wisdom of Guru Rinpoche through an empowerment, explanation and commentary by Lama Lodu Rinpoche.

Tuition: $50/day, $100/weekend ($50 for KDK Members) or visit kdk.org/event_reg.html

Jan 31st, Sat, 10 AM—Noon—Initiation

Jan 31st, 2 PM—4 PM—Teachings

Feb 1st, 10 AM—Noon, 2 PM—4 PM—Teachings

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Key Foundational Book References
"Heartfelt Advice" by Lama Dudjom Dorje
"Dakini Teachings", by Padmasambhava
"Straight From The Heart: Buddhist Pith Instructions"

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.

"Dakini Teachings" is more challenging. It is worth a whole library of other texts on tantra. It is an essentialized encyclopedia of Buddhist and Tantric practice. The larger volume "Straight From The Heart: Buddhist Pith Instructions" gives profound teaching on the nature of awareness. These three books provide the context and grounding for all tantric Buddhist practice.

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"Heartfelt Advice" [Paperback]
Lama Dudjom Dorjee (Author)
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1559393467

www.amazon.com/Heartfelt-...1559393467/

"A terrific example of the traditional genre of shal-dam, or life advice, written for contemporary North Americans. This small book touches lightly on profound topics, gently suggesting ways of viewing the world and one's existence in it in a radically new way. The ninety-five short sections—many less than a single page—address foundational ideas of the Buddhist path such as renunciation, impermanence, and cause and effect."—Alexander Gardner, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

"Heartfelt Advice, from the uniquely qualified scholar and meditation master Ven. Lama Dudjom Dorjee, is a wonderful treasure for Western Dharma practitioners. Anyone who comes into contact with this comprehensive collection of key Buddhist teachings will receive the gift of priceless wisdom." —Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, author of Mind beyond Death [ and tantric Buddhist guru of the Kagyu lineage ]

"Whoever reads this book will receive blessings and benefit. . . . [Lama Dudjom Dorjee] is both scholarly and a highly accomplished practitioner." —Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche [ tantric Buddhist abbot of the Kagyu lineage ]

"Heartfelt Advice provides a brilliant picture of the depth and breadth of Buddhist meditation. This book is a masterful integration of Buddhist teachings and how they can be applied in difficult life situations. This book provides a unique view formed from his experiences as a Tibetan refuge, Lama scholar, father, and husband. After thirty years of teaching around the world, Heartfelt Advice is a gift to behold." —Dr. William Bradshaw, PhD, professor at University of Tennessee

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"Dakini Teachings" [ Paperback ]
by Padmasambhava (Author), Nyang-ral Nyima Ozer (Author), Yeshe Tsogyal (Author)
www.amazon.com/Dakini-Tea...9627341363/

Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Rangjung Yeshe Publications; 2nd edition (August 1, 1999)
ISBN-10: 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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Key book reference for Mahamudra primordial awareness yoga.

"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


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Teaching on Vajrasattva, Vajrapani, and Vajrakilaya

All high empowerments in Buddhist tantra, whether peaceful or wrathful, New School or Old School, include the key practice of Vajrasatta and the protector aspect Vajrapani.

Here is a teaching article on Vajrasattva, including teaching links for Vajrapani and Vajrakilaya.

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

From which the following:

Translation of the VAJRASATTVA KARMA MANTRA
( Diamond Being Action Recitation Which Is All-Accomplishing )

". . . Identical to Vajrasattva, the supreme siddhis ( powers ) are perfected in him; he attains the blissful pure land, supreme wisdom becomes his display, and he is an exemplar to gods and men; he is empowered in body speech and mind and whatever he imagines is actualized."
- - from the Thirty First Chapter of the Guhyagarbha tantra, The Chapter on Direct Perception of Vajrasattva

> > > 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.

< < < End Translation < < <


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Teachings and Resources For the Buddha of Compassion Avalokitesvara

Buddha of Compassion ( Avalokitesvara ) Initiations / How to Expand Lovingkindness and Compassion
An Extensive Set of Resources
seattle.tribe.net/listing/N...50cbf80667

Greater Transmission of The Compassionate Buddha Avalokitesvara: Teaching article with references and practices
aussie.tribe.net/thread/2a...bf5297399a

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Manjusri Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Wisdom Sword And All

Mahabodhisattva Manjusri ( & Wrathful Manjusri / Yamantaka ) resources : scripture and commentaries and practice resources

nonsecularbuddhism.tribe.net/thr...2914

From which the following:

"Only a true Gryffindor could have pulled that out of the hat, Harry."
—Albus Dumbledore to Harry Potter

Before he died, Dumbledore entrusted the sword to Harry in his will. However, Rufus Scrimgeour claimed that the sword was not Dumbledore's to give away, and refused to give it to Harry.

Rufus Scrimgeour: "Was it because Dumbledore believed that only the sword of Godric Gryffindor could defeat the Heir of Slytherin? Did he wish to give you that sword, Potter, because he believed, as do many, that you are the one destined to destroy He Who Must Not Be Named?"
Harry Potter: "Interesting theory. Has anyone ever tried sticking a sword in Voldemort?"
— Scrimgeour and the trio discussing the contents of Albus Dumbledore's will

Hermione : "And how is it you just happen to have the sword of Gryffindor?"
Ron : "It's a long story."

The basic mantra is
OM A RA PA CA NA DHI
and the seed syllable is
DHI

Here is the meaning of this mantra:
"The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom sets out the following meanings for the first syllables:
A is a door to the insight that all dharmas are unproduced from the very beginning (adya-anutpannatvad);
RA is a door to the insight that all dharmas are without dirt (rajas);
PA is a door to the insight that all dharmas have been expounded in the ultimate sense (paramartha);
CA is a door to the insight that the decrease (cyavana) or rebirth of any dharma cannot be apprehended, because all dharmas do not decrease, nor are they reborn;
NA is a door to the insight that the Names [i.e. nama]" of all dharmas have vanished; the essential nature behind names cannot be gained or lost."

( In Sanskrit, from Manjusri Namasamgiti )

"A a: sarvatathagata hrdayam
hara hara om hum hri:
bhagavan jnanamurti
vagishvara mahapacha
sarvadharma gaganamala
suparishuddha dharmadhatu
jnanagarbha a:"

( The same, translated. )

"A a: – the heart of all the Thusly Gone,
Take out, take out – om hum hri:
Vanquishing master surpassing all, embodied deep awareness,
Powerful lord of speech, the great one who ripens,
The complete total purity of all the existents, stainless like space,
Womb of deep awareness of the sphere of reality – a:"

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Healing Practice Open To All Everywhere : Medicine Buddha Shared Chant June & July 2014 | With Extensive Resources

Medicine Buddha chants and teaching references and a broad range of classical practice methods in this link and in the sublinks.

newyorkstate.tribe.net/listing/Healing-Practice-Open-To-All-Everywhere-Medicine-Buddha-Shared-Chant-June-July-2014-With-Extensive-Resources/new-york-us/c69f3623-503e-40ad-a71c-ced46e7076ee

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Buddha Amitabha Pure Land Practice
taiwan.tribe.net/listing/B...ba7df464eb

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Tara's Tribe - a resource for Tara practitioners.
I will be posting more teachings at Tara's Tribe.
See
taras.tribe.net

Goddess Tara practice

Green Tara - Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha - Mercedes Bahleda
www.youtube.com/watch

www.lamayeshe.com/index.php

Tara Mantra for Success and Dispelling Obstacles

[posted Apr 2012]
Arya tara sarva pati gyana ma tara ni

In the Tibetan language the mantra called: Promised by the Arya Mother Liberator Herself

Then recite the mantra:

( slightly corrected by KT )

TADYATHA /
OM TARE TARAYA HUM HUM HUM SAMAYA STHITE BHARA BHARA SARVAVAA BHARANA VIBHUSHITE PADMA NI PADMA MAHA PADMA ASANA STHITE HASA HASA TRAILOKYA VARADE SARVAVAA DEVA DANAVA /
PUJITE SMARAHI BHAGAVATE TARE /
SMARAHI BHAGAVANTA TATHAGATAYA PURATA SAMAYAM DHARA DHARA MAHA SATVA AVALOKITE MANI KANI KA VITSI PRABHARANI OM VILOKAYA (insert name here or for self use MA ME ) BHAGAVATE TARA HRING HRING HRING PHAT SVAHA

Just by remembering this mantra all fears and dangers are dispelled. One will achieve all realizations and have control over all sentient beings. If you make extensive offerings to Tara on the eighth and fifteenth days of the Tibetan month and then recite this mantra until you actually see Tara, whatever you wish for will be granted and all the sublime realizations will be received. If this doesn’t happen, it means that one has committed the five uninterrupted karmas. Even beyond all this, one will also receive inconceivable benefits.

This came from the Tantra of the Sublime Vajra.

Now here the mantra promised by the Arya Mother herself is complete.

Colophon:
This translation was dictated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche on 30 May 1997 and checked by Ven. Thubten Nyingje on 11 January 1999.

The mantra transliteration was checked against the Tibetan text on 20 March 2000 by Ven. Constance Miller, FPMT Education Department. The text has been lightly edited for grammar and spelling mistakes. All errors are the responsibility of the editor.

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Key Book References For Goddess Tara

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"Skillful Grace: Tara Practice for Our Time"
Marcia Binder Schmidt (Author), Erik Pema Kunsang (Author)

www.amazon.com/Skillful-G...9627341614/

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books (October 16, 2007)
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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(2)

"The Cult of Tara: Magic and Ritual in Tibet (Hermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions) (Paperback)

Product Description
"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."

www.amazon.com/Cult-Tara-...0520036352/

Product Details

Paperback: 564 pages
Publisher: University of California Press (June 12, 1978)
ISBN-10: 0520036352

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(3)
"In Praise of Tara: Songs to the Saviouress"

Product Description
"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)
ISBN-10: 0861711092

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Great Perfection ( Nyingma / Dzogchen ) and Guru Padmasambhava

Some of the above transmissions and teachings are in the Buddhist lineage known as the Great Perfection, for the events marked ( Nyingma / Dzogchen ). These 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)

Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion; New edition edition (October 1, 1999)
ISBN-10: 1559391359

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

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For more on this subject, see

UPDATED comprehensive teaching article: Tantric Buddhist Empowerments and Teachings and Retreats - Nationwide USA and India
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...830ef8b



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Regional Buddhist Resources

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California

There are many practice centers for mantra and tantra in California.
Home ◦ Guide to Bay Area Tibetan Buddhism
bayvajra.info/

Led Zeppelin-Going to California Live
www.youtube.com/watch

(2)

Pacific Northwest - British Columbia, Washington State, Oregon

Northwest Dharma Association
northwestdharma.org/

"The mission of the Northwest Dharma Association is to support Buddhist teachings, practice, and community in the Pacific Northwest.

"We foster a network of friendship and support among Buddhist groups and individual Buddhists from all traditions. We promote communication among Buddhists and with the larger community. We sponsor activities of interest and benefit to Northwest Buddhists.

"NWDA seeks to fulfill its mission by maintaining an informative website, publishing the NW Dharma News, and sponsoring events of interest to Buddhists of multiple traditions.

"We are a membership organization welcoming Buddhist groups throughout the Pacific Northwest.

"The Northwest Dharma Association offers its website information and online News freely, at no charge, to anyone who is interested in learning more about Buddhism in the Northwest."


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Dedication Prayer to Guru Padmasambhava

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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Prayer for the Flourishing of the Teachings
www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan...eachings

A prayer given by a ḍākinī in a vision to Lerab Lingpa

༄༅། །སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་ནས་ཁམས་དགོན་བསྟན་པ་རྒྱས་བྱེད་སྨོན་ཚིག་ཞིག་བྲིས་གསུངས་ལྟར་བྲི་བར་བརྩམ་པའི་ཚེ་ཌཱཀྐི་དམར་མོ་ཞིག་གིས་ད་དུང་སྡོད་ཅིག །དུས་སུ་ངས་སྨྲ་བར་བྱེད་དོ་ཟེར་བར་ཡུན་རིང་ལུས་མཐར་རྒྱལ་སྟོད་པདྨ་ཤེལ་ཕུག་ཏུ་ཌཱཀྐི་དེས་འདི་ལྟར་གསུངས།

Tulku Namgyal had asked me to write a prayer for causing the Teaching of Buddha to flourish in the Khamgön monastery, and I was just beginning to write when a red ḍākinī appeared and said: “Wait! When the time comes, I’ll speak it to you!” Time went by, and I was in the Crystal Cave of Padma in Gyaltö, when that same ḍākinī appeared and this is what she said:

དཀོན་མཆོག་གསུམ་དང་ཤཱཀྱའི་རྒྱལ། །

könchok sum dang shakyé gyal

Buddha, Dharma and Saṅgha, and the Lord of the Śākyas, Śākyamuni,

རིགས་གསུམ་མགོན་དང་མ་ཕམ་པ། །

rik sum gön dang mapampa

Avalokiteśvara, Mañjuśrī and Vajrapāṇi, and Maitreya,

གནས་བརྟན་ཆེན་པོ་བཅུ་དྲུག་དང༌། །

neten chenpo chudruk dang

The sixteen Great Sthaviras,

པདྨ་འབྱུང་གནས་བདེན་སྟོབས་ཀྱིས། །

pema jungné den tob kyi

And Padmākara—

བླ་མའི་སྐུ་ཚེ་བརྟན་གྱུར་ཅིག །

lamé kutsé ten gyur chik

Through your power and through your truth, may the lives of the masters be secure!

དགེ་འདུན་སྡེ་འཕེལ་ཐུགས་མཐུན་ཤོག །

gendün dé pel tuktün shok

May the Saṅgha increase and dwell in harmony!

བསྟན་པའི་འགལ་རྐྱེན་ཀུན་ཞི་ཞིང༌། །

tenpé galkyen kün shyi shying

May all circumstances hostile to the Teaching be pacified!

བཤད་སྒྲུབ་ཕྲིན་ལས་དར་རྒྱས་ཤོག །

shedrub trinlé dargyé shok

May the activities of study and practice grow and spread!

ཨ་མའི་ཁ་ཆད་ཀྱི་ཚིག་འདི་ཡིན། ད་དུང་མང་པོ་ཡོད་པས་དུས་དུས་སུ་བཤད་པས་ཆོག་གོ །ཅེས་གསུངས་པ་ལྟར་ལས་གླིང་གིས་བྲིས། །

“These words are the mothers’ last advice. There is still much more to this, and it will be explained, when the time is right.” This is what she said and I, Lerab Lingpa, wrote it down.

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Dedication Prayer of 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.

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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N.B. : I do not represent any of these teachers nor any of these fellowships or associations.

May All Beings Benefit!
May there be yogic accomplishment!
May the Mahayana teaching and community flourish!
May obstacles and negativity be cleared away!

Written in partial fulfillment of my responsibilities as Buddhist guru.

KT posted Sat, September 20, 2014 - 2:50 AM
Love and War and Heroism and Dharma: Kirtan / Chant for Lord Rama. Go Ram. Save Sita. "In true love there is no fear. Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram." ( community » other ) Love and War and Heroism and Dharma: Kirtan / Chant for Lord Rama. Go Ram. Save Sita. "In true love there is no fear. Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram."

Summary: This listing gives resources and practices for the yoga of chant, including three youtube videos for Lord Rama chants. Lord Rama is the primary Hindu archetype of the devoted husband and warrior. His Sanskrit seed syllable "RAM" is sounded for protection, upliftment, and for developing courage. Book references on mantra are provided, and references to classical mythology by Joseph Campbell. This article emphasizes the noble qualities of friendship, courage and love as powerful and universal themes, and the importance of dharma ( personal commitment to higher values ). Because all of these poetic images of mythology refer to something in you.

Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", Act 1 Scene 1 Page 5
nfs.sparknotes.com/msnd/page_10.html
LYSANDER:
Ay me! For aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth.

"If you cannot love each other, you cannot achieve your goal."
-- Neem Karoli Baba
maharajji.com/Maharajji-Q...harajji.html


"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
-- Joseph Campbell

"...and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you."
-- Joseph Campbell

"In true love there is no fear. Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram."
-- Kristin Luna Ray

"If there's no love in your politics then it's just worthless."
-- Don McLean

Or in your religion for that matter. Go Ram. Save Sita.

"The future has several names. For the weak it is the impossible. For the fainthearted it is the unknown. For the thoughtful and valiant it is the ideal."
-- Victor Hugo

"If you can do what others cannot, then you are a bodhisattva."
-- Terton Sogyal Tullku

"Now the only moral value is courage...We have nothing to lose but everything, so let us begin."
-- Albert Camus

"I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees."
-- Stéphane Charbonnier

Go Westley. Save the princess!

The Princess Bride - Fire Swamp Scene
www.youtube.com/watch

Miracle Max : Hey! What do you have that's worth living for?
Westley ( mostly dead, whispers ) : Truueee luuuhhve.

Miracle Max
www.youtube.com/watch

"Yoga" really means dharma, "that to which one holds". Dharma means whole person commitment and a definite system of ethics, as in Sanatana Dharma ( Hindu culture ), Sikh Dharma, or Buddhadharma ( Buddhism ). It means integrity and followthough. The original word in Sanskrit translates as "way, teaching, method, practice, personal commitment, philosophy of life, spiritual culture" and much more. Dharma is a most important word and concept in Sanskrit and classical spiritual practice. It applies to everything in life, even love and war.

In the ancient Hindu teaching Lord Rama is the embodiment and epitome of Dharma as action in the world. His story is that of love and war. He is a classical hero, both a culture hero and a romantic hero. Here we present three chants for Ram.

The main yoga of India is the yoga of chant, bhakti yoga and mantra sadhana. The yoga of chant has both conative ( devotional ) and yogic / transformational aspects, and these overlap significantly.

Devotional chant is very important in the Dharmic traditions ( the dharma traditions of South Asia ), that is in the Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist traditions. Devotional chant develops or strengthens a felt connection to a spiritual tradition or archetype or community ( sangha ), usually all at the same time.

Rama
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rama

"Rama and Sita are the protagonists in one of the most famous love stories of all time. Described as being deeply in love, Sita and Rama are theologically understood as Incarnations of Lakshmi and Vishnu respectively. When Rama is banished from the kingdom, he attempts to convince Sita not to join him in a potentially dangerous and certainly arduous existence in the jungle, but Sita rejects this. When Rama orders her in his capacity as husband, Sita rejects it, asserting that it was an essential duty of a wife to be at her husband's side come good or ill.[40] Rama in turn is assiduously protective and caring for Sita throughout the exile.

"When Sita is kidnapped by Ravana, both Sita and Rama undergo great personal hardships during their separation. Sita protects her chastity assiduously, and survives over a year in captivity on the strength of her love and attention to religious values and duty. She is completely unfettered in her resolve despite Ravana's courting, cajoling and threats. Meanwhile Rama, not knowing who had kidnapped Sita or where was she taken, often succumbs to despair and tears, denouncing himself for failing to defend her and agonizing over her safety and pain. Sita knows that it is in Rama's destiny to fight to rescue her (she refuses to be rescued thus by Hanuman, who discovers her), but is deeply anxious for his safety and fearful of Ravana's power."

The ancient story of Rama, Sita and Hanuman is about courage, friendship and love. These are universal themes that go well together. We find these themes driving many major and much loved tales, such as Casablanca ( World War 2 ), The Princess Bride, and Harry Potter ( the big wizard war story, 300 million sold ). And also in the deep background of Lord of the Rings ( Aragorn and Arwen ).
These are all major stories where love, struggle and friendship make all the difference.

One of the Harry Potter wizard rock ( wrock ) songs, by RiddleTM goes
"Life is precarious
But that doesn't mean we can't have hope.
I'm not afraid anymore.
Here's to life and here's to love...
We have courage, friendship and love,
A magic stronger than anything you have,
And you underestimated us,
You don't understand friendship or love...
The last thing to be defeated is death."

So here's to friendship, love and struggle. And with that I give you some chants for Lord Rama, and some book references on mantra and myth.

(1)
"Sita Ram" by Kristin Luna Ray [Official Music Video]
From the album "One Shared Heart"
30,250
www.youtube.com/watch

(2)
Krishna Das-Samadhi Sita Ram
240,285
www.youtube.com/watch

(3)
Krishna Das - Sri Ram Jai Ram - Boston - March 18, 2011
64,933
www.youtube.com/watch

The syllable "RAM" by itself is a yoga, a powerful mantra. It is a protective vibration.
As in RRRAAAAAAAHHHHHMMMMMMMMM.
It will brighten and clarify and warm up your magnetic field.

Magical Chakra Meditation Chants for Solar Plexus Chakra | RAM Seed Mantra Chanting and Music
www.youtube.com/watch

The Sita Ram mantra has balance and a forward momentum.

RAM RAM SITA RAM RAM RAM SITA RAM
SITA RAM SITA RAM RAM RAM SITA RAM


Concerning mantra:

Mantra
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantra

"Mantra (Sanskrit मंत्र) means a sacred utterance, numinous sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power. Mantra may or may not be syntactic or have literal meaning; the spiritual value of mantra comes when it is audible, visible, or present in thought.

"Earliest mantras were composed in Vedic times by Hindus in India, and those are at least 3000 years old. Mantras are now found in various schools of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism."

See also my tribe Sound Healing and Sacred Speech
soundhealing.tribe.net

and
Sacred Conduit / Blessing Way
sacredconduit.tribe.net


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Key book references

(1)

Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound: Secret of Seed (Bija) Mantras
by David Frawley (Author)
www.amazon.com/Mantra-Yog.../0910261946

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Lotus Press (September 16, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0910261946

5 stars out of 5
simply amazing, September 20, 2012
By shakti
Alongside "Garland of Letters," this is a resource of high authority. A required and crucial text for yogis, tantrikas, sound healers, and anyone on the pursuit of enlightenment and higher states of consciousness.

5 stars out of 5
impressive and invaluable book, January 15, 2012
By Squirrel
This book is filled with information and practices concerning Yogic, Tantric, and Vedic sound and mantra philosophy. It is comprehensive and well written. I am deeply grateful to Pandit Vamadeva Shastri for his contributions and insights into Indian knowledge and philosophy.

5 stars out of 5
What a wonderful book. I learned so much from this book, October 21, 2014
By amazonian (westchester, NY)
I know that every book written by Dr. David Frawley is worth its weight in gold. My first book by this author was Ayurvedic Healing. I have no words to express how grateful I am to the author for this book. What a wonderful book. I learned so much from this book. Everyone interested in learning or even just chanting any Mantra MUST read this book to understand the meaning behind the words and sounds.

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Book reference for mantra ( a basic selection of mostly Hindu mantras ):

Shakti Mantras: Tapping into the Great Goddess Energy Within
by Thomas Ashley-Farrand (Author)

www.amazon.com/Shakti-Man...0345443047/

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (September 30, 2003)
ISBN-10: 0345443047


SHAKTI MANTRAS
Tapping into the Great Goddess Energy Within

• Enhance your spiritual gifts
• Lighten your karmic burden
• Improve your health and increase prosperity
• Live in harmony with the universe

"Now, with Shakti Mantras, we can all benefit from this ancient practice. Thomas Ashley-Farrand, a Vedic priest, is an American expert in the intricacies of Sanskrit mantra. With nearly thirty years and thousands of hours of experience in chanting, he is supremely well-equipped to write the first book that teaches women (and men as well) to tap into the dynamic feminine energy of love in all its manifestations.

"By sharing enchanting Hindu myths and astonishing true stories from his own practice, Ashley-Farrand helps us to understand the real power that this age-old art awakens in those who perform it. Through dozens of actual mantras–each one presented with phonetic spelling for easy pronunciation and recommendations for specific applications–he enables us to increase our “shakti” (power) and use it to solve problems, ensure abundance, create health and well-being, summon protection, and invoke personal and universal peace.

Whether you’re new to chanting or an old hand, Shakti Mantras will take you places you’ve never been before . . . and measurably enrich your life."

“Ashley-Farrand throws light on some important secrets. . . . Shakti Mantras is a comprehensive work presenting an easily readable account of a range of cultures, mantra practices, and spiritual traditions. [It] provides a wealth of information that can lead to a most rewarding life experience. The mantras are presented in an easy way to pronounce for a Westerner.”
–DR. SARASVATI MOHAN Director, Sanskrit Academy

58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5 stars out of five
Mantras for Every Occasion
By Laura De Giorgio on November 5, 2004

"This book is a treasure house of mantras for just about any occasion. Thomas Ashley-Farrand writes insightful and informative books - and I like all of them - and I also enjoy his recordings with mantras.

"Together with mantras and their applications, he also provides lot of interesting stories about people who used them and the effects the use of mantras had upon their lives.

"Some stories also relate to abuse of mantras, or rather inner power one has developed; while some also point out that it's not only mechanical repetition of mantras that brings desired results, but also investment of one's energy, belief and expectation in their effectiveness [e.g. self-hypnosis].

"Mantras do help to focus your mind on a desired outcome, to align you vibrationally with certain frequencies - but you'll also find stories of different people using the same mantra and getting quite different results [the determining factor here being one's belief and expectation].

"Together with this book, I do recommend his recordings. All in all, you can sing a good deal of your problems away and align yourself with vibrations of love, health, peace, abundance, happiness, and anything else your heart desires."

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Book References on Mythology, from my favorite Ravenclaw-ish author

"Books and cleverness...there are more important things...friendship and bravery and...oh Harry, be careful!"
-- Hermione Granger

(1)

The Power of Myth
by Joseph Campbell (Author), Bill Moyers (Collaborator)

www.amazon.com/Power-Myth...0385418868/

Paperback: 293 pages
Publisher: Anchor (June 1, 1991)
ISBN-10: 0385418868

Finally available in a popularly priced, non-illustrated, smaller-format edition, which is ideal for the college market and general reader alike, this extraordinary best-seller is a brilliant evocation of the noted scholar's teachings on mythology.

Five stars out of five
Excellent Study of Mythology, June 22, 2014
By Ben Klein (Anchorage, AK)

This book holds great insight into the power of myths and how they, based on humans perception of their surrounding, create repeat symbolism and religious context. Campbell, because of his lifetime of study, makes connections that will make sense. It's in an easy to read format since it's in the form of a conversation. This makes it quick and interesting as opposed to a textbook on mythology. Great read!


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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The Hero with a Thousand Faces (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)
by Joseph Campbell (Author)

www.amazon.com/Thousand-F...1577315936/

Series: The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: New World Library; Third edition (July 28, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1577315936

"Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world’s mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

"As part of the Joseph Campbell Foundation’s Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, this third edition features expanded illustrations, a comprehensive bibliography, and more accessible sidebars.

"As relevant today as when it was first published, The Hero with a Thousand Faces continues to find new audiences in fields ranging from religion and anthropology to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists—including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers—and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories."

90 of 100 people found the following review helpful
Humanities Scholar Writing for the Layperson
By P.G. on January 10, 2010

So what is "Hero?" Campbell is a comparative mythologist, and the original title was "How to Read a Myth." While scholarly in nature, "Hero" is not a formal scholarly paper and should not be read as such. Instead, it falls in the realm of literature. Campbell was awarded the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Contributions to Creative Literature for "Hero." As a scholar, he was particularly proud of this fact. While the book is not necessarily an easy read, it was written for the general public. It's difficulty may account for the "snooze factor" some reviewers attribute to it.

"Hero" is a broad survey of what is similar about the world's mythologies, remarkable in breadth for its length. Rather than focus on what makes us different, as most comparative religion scholars do, he chose to focus on what makes us similar. If this interests you I suggest you read it. If after you are finished you wish for more depth, I suggest you try his four volume series "Masks of God."

If you read some of the negative reviews you will get the impression Campbell tries to provide you with answers to life's great mysteries. This is false. Instead, he borrows vocabulary from a staggering variety of the world's mythologies to describe that mystery. You will also get the impression that Campbell thinks he found the one and only way to interpret mythology. This is also false. On page one of the epilogue he says, "There is no final system for the interpretation of myths, and there will never be any such thing." You may also get the impression that Campbell was a mystic or part of the New Age movement. Again, false. When asked what method of meditation he practices, he once responded, "I underline sentences." In other words, he is a scholar.

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"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 ( Nalanda University India , 8th C. C.E. )

Sarva mangalam.

Love and struggle!

KT

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Postscript : On Love, Courage And L'Homme Engage', The Engaged Man

"...we are going to try to be optimistic, even though it is out of season."
-- Gérard Biard, Charlie Hebdo Editor-in-Chief, January 15, 2015

Paris en Janvier. #charliehebdo Neither Victims Nor Executioners, by Albert Camus
la-vie-a-paris.tribe.net/threa...7e96ac

"Now the only moral value is courage...We have nothing to lose but everything, so let us begin."
-- Albert Camus

Albert Camus - Nobel Laureate, Resistance Fighter and Humanitarian
people.tribe.net/aa35e5c2-...2bc6326c98

Casablanca Paris Scene
parismoviewalks.webs.com/casab...12.jpg

The Last Time - Casablanca (2/6) Movie CLIP (1942) HD
www.youtube.com/watch

"As Time Goes By" - Casablanca - The Original Sam (Dooley Wilson) song
www.youtube.com/watch

Charlie Hebdo editorial: Will there continue to be 'yes, but?'
Gérard Biard, Charlie Hebdo Editor-in-Chief
www.cnn.com/2015/01/14/o...rd/index.html
Updated 10:52 AM ET, Thu January 15, 2015

I would like to close by addressing Gérard's above editorial statement that "Nevertheless we are going to try to be optimistic, even though it is out of season." This is the most important thing. The bad guys can only win if and when the good guys give up. There is a long tradition of fighting for freedom and the attack on Charlie Hebdo does in fact directly relate to the partisans of French Underground in World War 2 who risked their lives to undermine and oppose Nazi rule.

Technically, Gérard Biard and all of the remaining staffers of Charlie Hebdo live under the same death threat that claimed Stéphane Charbonnier. These people knew for years that they were asking for the worst, and they had already been targeted. Stéphane Charbonnier's explicit response was "I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees." I never met him, but that man was my brother in arms, and he remains for me a profound inspiration, no less than Albert Camus. Honor him, and never give up the fight.

""The future has several names..." posted Wed, March 4, 2015 - 10:05 PM
A Magical Calender for 2015, With Resources for Magic, Mantra, Tantra and Astrology / Kalacakra Initiation January 2016 ( community » other ) A Magical Calender for 2015, With Resources for Magic, Mantra, Tantra and Astrology ( Jyotish, Sino-Tibetan Calendar )
Kalacakra Tantra and Kalacakra Initiation January 2016 India by the Dalai Lama
Discussions on Divination

Keywords: astrology and astromancy, magic, Buddhism, tantra, jyotish ( Hindu astrology ), Chinese astrology, FPMT, Liberation Calendar for 2015, Samye Ling and Samye Ling Tibetan Calendar for Europe. Kalacakra Tantra and Initiation.

Summary: A set of resources for magic and astrology are provided, focusing on two calendars for Buddhist astrological aspects of 2015, the Sino-Tibetan Wood Sheep Year. These calendars give elemental correspondences for each day of the year and so can be used by anyone. These calendars are particularly useful for those who do magical workings. Resources and event information for Kalacakra initiation ( 2016 Bodh Gaya India ) also given.

"The fault dear Brutus lies not in the stars, but in ourselves, that we are slaves."
-- from Julius Caesar, by Shakespeare

"Astrology has been a part of Buddhism since Lord Buddha Shakyamuni first taught the Kalachakra Tantras 2,500 years ago.
-- Ven. Jhampa Shaneman
www.buddhist-astrology.com/

"Happy is one who knows samsara and nirvana are not two."
-- The Great Adept / Mahasiddha Milarepa, quoted in the FPMT 2015 Calendar for March.

Wrathful deities " Simhavaktra Dakini "Mantra by Tulku Bema Ohse Rinpoche
www.youtube.com/watch

Tibetan Buddhist chants -Palden Rangjung by Choying Drolma & Steve Tibbetts
www.youtube.com/watch

From the Oxford English Dictionary
www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/d...mancy
and from
en.wiktionary.org/wiki/astromancy

astromancy

Divination by the stars; astrology:
‘the religious community was, generally, antagonistic to astromancy’

Also
astro- +‎ -mancy. From Latin astromantīa, from Ancient Greek ἀστροµαντεία (astroµanteía), from ἄστρον (ástron, “star”) + μαντεία (manteía, “divination”).

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Disclaimer Notice, from
sacredconduit.tribe.net/thread...d76b25a

The Chinese also use a sophisticated form of astrology.

Astrology is not a muggle practice, and it is of course not science. There are different forms of astrology, and they all relate primarily to mysticism.

I find the solar and lunar eclipses to be very powerful, so in that sense astrology is important to my consciousness and my understanding of the universe.
. . .
Of course I can make no scientific claims for any of this. It's just standard mantra yoga practice. There are many more such teachings in my Listings, reachable through my Tribe profile.

Certainly, the trivial mechanistic "cause-effect" forms of astrological prediction are to be rejected. Use critical thinking skills always. Accept nothing on mere tradition. That is key teaching of Sakyamuni Buddha, and it applies very importantly here.

See also "More On the Case Against Astrology" below.

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Two basic kinds of astrological calendar.

There are two basic kinds of magical calendar. These are
a) the generic calendar of detailed astrological transits used to determine angles and placements of planets in astrological houses
A good example is the Celestial Guide calendar. See
www.amazon.com/Celestial-.../1935482343

b) the esoteric type of calendar which gives interpretations of astrological weather for each day of the year. There are several different kinds, including several different Buddhist astrological calendars.

Both types focus on the lunar cycle and both relate to interpretations of subtle energy patterns, of which the most basic is the lunar cycle.
Here we will focus on an important and useful East Asian magical / esoteric calendar system that anyone can use without previous knowledge of this approach.

At least two instances are available this year, one available in Europe, and the other available in North America.

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(1) Tibetan Calendar for Europe

Samye Ling ( Scotland ) Astrological Calendar for Tibetan Year Feb 2105 - Feb 2016
www.samyelingshop.com/index.php

Brand new diary for the Tibetan Female Year of the Wood Sheep

This diary is a must for all Buddhist practitioners, giving major festivals, some of the principal astrological elements each day, special prayer days, UK, Irish, US and Canadian holidays and the holy days of major world faiths.

Please note that this diary follows the Tibetan year and so begins on the 19th of February 2015 and ends on the 8th of February 2016.

Measures approximately 4 x 7 inches. Averages 5 days to a page

www.samyeling.org/
and
www.samyelingshop.com/

(2) Tibetan Calendar for North America

It is "Liberation Tibetan Calendar 2015 / Year of the Wood Sheep 2142" from FPMT ( www.fpmt.org )

This is simple, practical and inexpensive, and available in North America at least, perhaps also in other lands.
I made an online order in late December via the home page for the FPMT store
shop.fpmt.org/

The 2015 calendar is presently available to purchase at
shop.fpmt.org/2015-Libera...p_2227.html#

And the calendar arrived quickly from FPMT Portland Oregon. Total cost with priority shipping was less than $18. I always buy an FPMT calendar every year, along with the Jim Maynard Celestial Guide mentioned above.


FPMT Calendar Description:

The Liberation calendar includes the Tibetan lunar dates and information about more than thirty kinds of practice days and auspicious and inauspicious days for each month.

Every year since 1999, Liberation Prison Project has produced and sold thousands of Liberation Tibetan lunar calendars to support their work, helping people in prison with their Buddhist practice.

The calendar is prepared by astrologer Ngawang Thartho based on the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institutes calendar, with additional advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of FPMT, and Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, astrologer lama of FPMT's Tse Chen Ling in San Francisco.

The calendar includes:
Buddhist images, Inspirational sayings from Buddhist spiritual masters, Good days for practice, Birthdays and anniversaries of holy beings, Unfavorable days ( days to avoid for wedding, new business ventures, parties, or surgery ), monthly practic days for Medicien Buddha, Tara, and fire offerings, Moons and eclipses.

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The Tibetan and Chinese calendars both focus on a 12 year / 5 element cycle and their new year begins in February.
The new year is Wood Element and Sheep character. This Wood Sheep year 2015 will start on February 19 and end on February 7, 2016.
The FPMT calendar covers 1 Jan 2015 through Dec 31st 2015 instead of starting in February. That means the time to get and start using it is right now.

Some people call this type of calendar superstition, but it is a matter of cosmic weather. The Buddhist system is not superstitious and the magical or astrological qualities of the days are not central or primary to Buddhist practice.
Instead the Buddhist system is based on karma and awareness and personal responsibility, not superstition.

From a Buddhist standpoint, the notion that astrology or a cosmic being rules one's fate is superstition. Thus from a Buddhist standpoint, many classical forms of Christianity are in fact definitely superstitious by nature.
Astrology is circumstance and change, like the weather. Astrology does not lead anyone's life.
The point here is to be sensitive and careful with regard to these energetic cycles.
And the dominating theme in Buddhist psychology and practice is that
Character Is Destiny.

Regarding the energetic cycles of the lunar calendar, within tantric Buddhist practice the Full Moon and New Moon days have specific usages, and so do the four quarters of the moon. This is typically true in western magic in one way or another.
This calendar of course focuses on the Buddhist magical usages and ritual cycle of month and year.
Nevertheless, the basic way of using this calendar works for anyone.

This is done by consulting the elemental character of each day.

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ELEMENT COMBINATIONS

Earth-Earth: Auspicious. The double encounter of earth brings power together. Power lets all wishes be achieved.

Water-Water: Auspicious. The double encounter of water brings nectar together. Nectar increases life‘s force.

Earth-Water: Auspicious. The encounter of earth with water brings youth together. Youth brings great happiness.

Fire-Fire: Auspicious. The double encounter of fire brings increase together. This will increase food and wealth.

Wind-Wind: Auspicious. The double encounter of wind brings perfection together. Perfection brings quick accomplishment of one‘s
wishes.

Fire-Wind: Auspicious. The encounter of fire and wind brings strength together. Strength brings all good omens.

Earth-Wind: Inauspicious. The encounter of earth and wind brings incompatibility. Incompatibility exhausts food and wealth.

Water-Wind: Inauspicious. The encounter of water and wind brings disharmony together. Disharmony separates friends.

Earth-Fire: Inauspicious. The encounter of earth and fire brings burning together. Burning creates suffering.

Fire-Water: Inauspicious. The encounter of fire and water brings death. Death robs life away.

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If I were a non-Buddhist wizard, I would still buy and use this FPMT calendar every year, because it gives a professional astrological reading for each day of the year. As a Buddhist spiritual doctor I have a second and compelling reason, which is that I need to practice according to the ritual lunar calendar of Buddhist tantra.

I have already given the background for this type of approach here:

Hindu Astrology/ Jyotish, Ayurveda & guardian angel purification and protection practices for Jyotish and Rahu.
astronuts.tribe.net/thread/4...be9351c49

"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."

This FPMT calendar, while specifically Buddhist, is in fact useful for Chinese astrology and Vedic astrology and magic generally.

Using the FPMT Calendar

How do you as an individual use this astrological calendar?

1)
By examining the elemental attributes listed for each day. Different days have different harmonies or discordances. There are in general six kinds of favorable days and five kinds of unfavorable days based on elemental relationships.
The most favorable is the Earth-Earth Day, and the the most unfavorable are the Fire-Water Day and the Very Unfavorable Day.

In the Tibetan Lunar Calendar of any year, the following days are are inauspicious for specific activities:
Lunar days 2,12,22 each month are not good days for a new business venture.
Lunar days 10,20,30 each month are not good days for community events.
Lunar days 4,8,11,15,18,22,25,29 each month are not good days for medical procedures.

The Very Unfavorable Days for 2015 / Wood Sheep Year are
1/11, 2/7, 3/3, 3/30, 4/27, 5/24, 6/20, 7/18, 8/14, 9/11, 10/9, 11/6, and 12/4, 12/31.

So those are days to be careful, to minimize unnecessary major risks.

There are however some very important days where energies are very strong, especially the Lunar and Solar Eclipses.

This year the lunar eclipse days are 4/4 and 9/28, and the solar eclipse days are 2/3 and 2/26.
These are strong multiplying days for whatever karma one makes.
There are many other characteristics of the days of the month. These terms are defined in the front and the back of the FPMT calendar.

2)
By employing it as a ritual calendar for practice, observances, and specifically for Buddhist practice.

Please note that different Buddhist lineages of Buddhist Asia mark their observances differently.


Important: “According to Ven. Choden Rinpoche, one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachers, observation of auspicious days should be according to the date in India, not the date in one's home country. Therefore, when Lama Zopa Rinpoche is not in India, he celebrates Buddha Days and other auspicious dates according to the time in India.”

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Kalacakra Tantra and Kalacakra Initiation January 2016 India by the Dalai Lama

Kalachakra
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalachakra

"The Kalachakra (Sanskrit: कालचक्र Kālacakra, Tibetan: དུས་ཀྱི་འཁོར་ལོ།, Wylie: dus kyi 'khor lo; Mongolian: Цогт Цагийн Хүрдэн Tsogt Tsagiin Hurden; Chinese: 時輪) is a term used in Vajrayana Buddhism that means wheel of time or "time-cycles".

The word Kālacakra is usually used to refer to a very complex teaching and practice in Tibetan Buddhism. Although the teaching is very advanced and esoteric, there is a tradition of offering it to large public audiences.
. . .

"Kālacakra refers both to a patron Tantric deity or iṣṭadevatā, (Wylie: yi dam) of Vajrayana Buddhism and to the philosophies and meditation practices contained within the Kālacakra Tantra and its many commentaries. The Kālacakra Tantra is more properly called the Kālacakra Laghutantra, and is said to be an abridged form of an original text, the Kālacakra Mūlatantra which is no longer extant. Some Buddhist masters assert that Kālacakra is the most advanced form of Vajrayana practice; it certainly is one of the most complex systems within tantric Buddhism.

The Kālacakra tradition revolves around the concept of time (kāla) and cycles (chakra): from the cycles of the planets,[1] to the cycles of human breathing, it teaches the practice of working with the most subtle energies within one's body on the path to enlightenment."

International Kalacakra Network
kalachakranet.org/

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama has given the Kalachakra initiation frequently all over the world, and we consider that the Kalachakra forms a fundamental element in his mission to our planet in this time. We wish to extend the effectiveness of that mission through offering practical support for pure traditional practice of Kalacakra
To quote from our Memorandum of intent, we want "to provide world-wide, trans-sectarian support for Kalachakra practice and study in authentic lineages, by acting as a non-hierarchical communication platform between vajra brothers and sisters, with the deepest respect for the advice of fully qualified teachers such as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

"The IKN is interested in supporting the development of Kalachakra Practice Groups around the world, and we can give advice from our experience in London and other groups on guidelines for facilitating such groups successfully. It is recommended that these groups be trans-sectarian, but we will support any groups rooted in an authentic lineage.

"This website has a public area and an area restricted to people who have received the Kalachakra initiation and registered with us. This restricted area is needed to protect the tantric secrecy vows, which are intended to ensure proper guidance by a qualified teacher and to avoid misunderstanding regarding these advanced practices. "

"The initiation to the Kalachakra is one of the most important…
because it takes everything into account, the body and the human mind, and the whole external aspect – cosmic and astrological.
We firmly believe in its power to reduce conflict and we believe it is capable of creating…peace of spirit and therefore peace in the world."
-- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Kalachakra 2016 at Bodh Gaya (Updated)
From
tibet.net/2014/09/24/ka...-at-bodh-gaya/

DHARAMSHALA: Sikong Dr. Lobsang Sangay today announced that His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give the 34th Kalachakara initiations at Bodh Gaya in India from 14 -25 January 2016.

“The 14th Kashag is immensely blessed that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has kindly consented to our request to give the Kalachakra initiation at Bodh Gaya,” Sikyong said at a prayer service held today.

The Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration will be mainly responsible for the Kalachakra teachings along with other co-sponsors.

Since 1954, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has given 33 Kalachakra Initiations, including four times at Bodh Gaya in 1974, 1985, 2003 and 2012. The Kalachakra teachings in 2012 drew over 200,000 devotees from across the world, which include about 8,000-10,000 Tibetans from Tibet.

(The Kalachakra is scheduled for 14-25 January 2016, and not 15 – 25 January as reported earlier. )


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Primary Book Reference

Buddhist Astrology: Chart Interpretation from a Buddhist Perspective

by Jhampa Shaneman
www.amazon.com/Buddhist-A...073870315X/

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1st edition (February 8, 2003)
ISBN-10: 073870315X

About the Author

Jhampa Shaneman (British Columbia, Canada) has been an astrological consultant for twenty-five years and a Buddhist for forty-two. He is one of the first Western practitioners to be given permission by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to teach all levels of Mahayana and Vayrayana Buddhism. In 1980, Jhampa entered the traditional Great Retreat and spent the next three and a half years on the mountain above Dharmsala, India.

17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
BUDDHIST ASTROLOGY PIERCES THE VEIL OF MORTALITY
Five stars our of five. By A Customer on June 22, 2003

The introduction to Buddhist thought and philosophy is worth the price of this book. The astrological interpretations, given from this Buddhist perspective, offer peace and tranquility in the face of stormy life-situations and inner turmoil. The message which permeates these pages is: you are not mortal; your true being is one with life, not at odds with life. Buddhist Astrology--the book and the approach--pierces through the veil of an illusional mortality. Astrological consultations, whether through a personal astrologer or through a well-written book, ought to bring hope, peace, comfort to the seeker. These things are to be found here.


www.buddhist-astrology.com/

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Related Book References

Western esoteric psychology and astrology
(1)
Person Centered Astrology, by Dane Rudhyar
astronuts.tribe.net/thread/6...3e5fa057c

Key book reference for yogic psychology and subtle energy psychology:
(2)
Ayurveda and the Mind: The Healing of Consciousness
by Dr. David Frawley (Author)
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Lotus Press; 1st edition (March 21, 1997)
ISBN-10: 0914955365

www.amazon.com/Ayurveda-M...0914955365/

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Hermione and Prof Trelawney Discuss Divination
www.youtube.com/watch

More On
The Case Against Astrology"

www.kalacakra.org/calendar/!astrol.htm

Since Jung, the first major modern attempt to take an objective approach towards astrology was published in the 1977 book, "Recent advances in natal astrology", by Geoffrey Dean. A telling comment early in the book is this: "The picture emerging suggests that astrology works, but seldom in the way or to the extent that it is said to work." There are two points in that sentence: first, that astrology appears to work, and second, but not in the way expected.

On the first point, all too often simple gullibility is the reason that people think that astrology "works". The same book describes surveys in which, for example, newspaper adverts invited people to send in their birth details, they would then receive a reading, and would be asked to comment on its accuracy. They were all sent the same reading, and yet, in one case, 94 per cent said the fake horoscope accurately described their character. There have been several such experiments, with broadly similar results. This is the first difficulty in assessing astrology. Users and practitioners of astrology should be extremely wary of confirmation bias.

The second point poses the question of just what people's expectations are of astrology, and the way it is expected to work. A problem lies in the fact that people have a different attitude towards astrology than towards other forms of divination – they seem to assume or expect some form of causality.

One form of divination commonly used by Tibetans uses a māla, a rosary of beads: applying a particular meditation and considering the question, the practitioner grasps the beads at random and counts inwards, usually in threes, until arriving at a number of beads between one and six (a die can also be used). This number is the result of the divination and forms the basis of the prognosis that is given. Does anybody ever think that the resulting number causes the future that is then foretold? Of course not.

Take a western example: tea leaves. In the days before tea bags, the tea leaves at the bottom of a finished cup would be swirled around, and quickly turned upside down into the saucer. Many leaves would stay in the cup, sticking all around the inside. From patterns formed in the cup, suggesting perhaps images or letters, the prognosis would be divined. Again, nobody in the their right mind would consider that the patterns of the tea leaves caused the future predicted events.

And yet with astrology, the whole grammar that has grown up around the subject suggests exactly some form of causality: "I am aggressive, because I am an Aries", and so forth. This grammar, this way of thinking and talking about astrology, tends to lead to a certain suggestion of inevitability, of fatalism, even; a direct causality. But this is not the view within Buddhism. Of all Buddhist texts, the one most closely associated with astrology and the philosophy behind it is the Kālacakra Tantra and its commentary, the Vimalaprabhā. The latter says this, quoting the Kālacakra Mūlatantra:

"Ultimately, all good and bad (results) are determined by one's actions. Regarding this: 'For all weekdays, lunar days, mansions and yogas, karaṇas, ascendants and evil planets, good will result when virtue is practised. Beings born in the same moment will have different lives and different outcomes; dependant on their individual actions, they will not have the same result. As a result of [for example] battles, forest fires and catchment in fishing nets, many beings come to die at the same time. The virtues of beings create strong life, effort, power and fortune, and their evils weaken life, effort and power.'"

Is this not a clear statement to the effect that astrology, as it is normally understood, simply does not work? Your future is not "written in the stars". The important point here is that although the horoscope does not determine a person's future, it can perhaps be suggestive of that future, indicating the potential of that individual. This is more like a general system of divination, and in fact the use of astrology for natal astrology was a late development in its history. The first uses of astrology were in horary astrology, where a question is asked; usually the horoscope is drawn up for the time when the astrologer is asked the question. No causality is suggested here – the position of the planets at that time could not be thought to cause the ensuing result; they more indicate, suggest, the answer. This places horary astrology in exactly the same position as any other system of divination; it follows that natal astrology, the later development, should be viewed in the same way; it is non-causal.

So, what is the connection between the planets and our lives? Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche called it the maṇḍala principle and Jung called it synchronicity, an "acausal connecting principle"; the point being that there is a meaningful relationship between otherwise non-causally connected events.


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FPMT

"In Buddhism, we are not particularly interested in the quest for intellectual knowledge alone. We are much more interested in understanding what’s happening here and now, in comprehending our present experience, what we are at this very moment, our fundamental nature."
–- Lama Zopa Rinpoche, FPMT

fpmt.org/fpmt/

"The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) is an international, non-profit organization founded in 1975 by Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-84) and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, both Tibetan Buddhist monks. The Foundation is devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide by creating opportunities to listen, reflect, meditate, practice and actualize the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha and based on that experience spreading the Dharma to sentient beings."

"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 and service."

We are a rapidly growing non-profit organization participating in many aspects of the world community. Some of the projects which are affiliated with FPMT are:
-Monasteries and nunneries in 6 countries
-Meditation Centers in 37 countries
-Health and Nutrition Clinics
-Hospice Services
-Liberation Prison Project programs
-Building statues of Maitreya, the future Buddha, by the Maitreya Projects in India
-Publishing houses
-Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom schools and programs

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Kagyu Samye Ling

www.samyeling.org/

The first Tibetan Buddhist Centre in the West

Located in a peaceful valley on the banks of the river Esk in Scotland, Kagyu Samye Ling was the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre to have been established in the West. It is a centre for wisdom and learning within the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and is open to people of all faiths and none. You are welcome to come for day visits, short stays or to participate in our meditation retreats and courses available throughout the year.

Founded in 1967 and currently under the guidance of Abbot Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, Samye Ling is part of Rokpa Trust, a registered charity which has three main areas of activity: spiritual, humanitarian aid, and Tibetan medicine and therapy. Our activity extends around the world through an international network of Dharma centres.

Please visit our courses and retreats pages to get a full picture of the activities available at Samye Ling, where we are open all year round for visits and other activities. We have plentiful accommodation for overnight and longer stays, and a wide ranging programme of activities and instruction. We look forward to seeing you!

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A Blessing and purification mantra given by Guru Sakyamuni Buddha to the Protector Vajrapani.
This is for healing and protection and spiritual development.

It is offered to all as a blessing to heal the many traumas of 2014, and for personal meditation.
This is a very modern rendition of a Vajrapani mantra, and Vajrapani is the general protector of the Buddhist teachings, and a main practice for working through astrological issues.

Casket Seal Dharani - Wang Xiaolu 宝箧印陀罗尼 - 夏瓦曲呷(汪小璐) / 八吉祥乐团 (李志辉作曲)
www.youtube.com/watch

Casket Seal Dharani, also known as Treasure Chest Seal Dharani. Music composed by Chinese musician, Li Zhihui. Sung by Chinese singer, Wang Xiaolu. From the album "Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism".
宝箧印陀罗尼。 作曲: 李志辉。 唱颂: 夏瓦曲呷 (汪小璐) / 八吉祥乐团。 专辑: 八吉祥。

宝箧印陀罗尼

Namah sdeliya divi kanam
拿莫 悉地哩呀 地尾噶南
sarva tathagatanam
萨瓦 达他噶达南
om bhuvibha vadha vari vachari vachatai
奥母 部尾吧瓦达瓦利 瓦者利 瓦者泰
suru suru dhara dhara
苏鲁 苏鲁 达拉 达拉
sarva tathagata
萨瓦 达他噶达
dhatu dhari padma bhavati
达睹 达利 巴得吗 巴瓦地
Jayavari mudri smara
者呀瓦利 母得利 思吗拉
tathagata dharma chakra
达他噶达 达吗 扎卡拉
Pravartana vajri bodhi bana
波拉瓦达那 巴者利 包地 班那
Rumkara rumkirti
楞卡拉 楞给哩地
sarva tathagata dhistite
萨瓦 达他噶达 地思提地
bodhaya bodhaya bodhi bodhi
包达呀 包达呀 包地 包地
buddhya buddhya samboddhani samboddhaya
布达 布达 三布达你 三布达呀
chala chala chalamtu
者拉 者拉 者懒都
sarva varanani
萨瓦 瓦拉那你
sarva papavigate
萨瓦 巴巴尾噶地
huru huru sarva sukhavigati
户鲁 户鲁 萨瓦 戍迦尾噶地

sarva tathagata hridaya vajrani
萨瓦 达他噶达 和利达呀 巴者拉你
sambhara sambhara sarva tathagata
三巴拉 三巴拉 萨瓦 达他噶达
suhaya dharani mudri
苏哈呀 达拉你 母得利
buddhi subuddhi
布地 苏布地
sarva tathagata dhistita
萨瓦 达他噶达 地思提达
dhatu garbhe svaha
达睹 噶比 斯瓦哈
samaya dhistite svaha
三吗呀 地思提地 斯瓦哈
sarva tathagata hridaya dhatu mudri svaha
萨瓦 达他噶达 和利达呀 达睹 母得利 斯瓦哈
supra tisthita stubhe tathagata dhistite huru huru hum hum svaha
苏布拉 地思提达 思度比 达他噶达 地思提地 户鲁 户鲁 轰轰 斯瓦哈
om sarva tathagata
奥母 萨瓦 达他噶达
usnisa dhatu mudrani sarva tathagatam sadha tuvi bhusita dhistite
乌思你沙 达睹 母得拉你 萨瓦 达他噶单 萨达 睹尾部西达 地思提地
hum hum svaha
轰轰 斯瓦哈

Original Sanskrit verse for Casket Seal Dharani

Ārya sarva tathāgata adhiṣṭhāna hṛdaya guhya dhātu karaṇḍa mudrā nāma dhāraṇī

Namas triya-dhvikānāṃ sarva tathāgatānām.
Oṃ, bhuvi bhavana vare vācāle vācāṭai.
Curu curu, dhara dhara, sarva tathāgata-dhātu dhare padmāṃ-bhavati jaya vare mudre smara.
Sarva tathāgata dharma-cakra-pravartana, vajra-bodhi-maṇḍa alaṃ-kāra alaṃ-kṛte.
Sarva tathāgata adhiṣṭhite, bodhaya bodhaya, bodhi bodhi, budhya budhya, saṃ-bodhani saṃ-bodhaya.
Cala cala calantu sarva ā-varaṇāni, sarva pāpa vi-gate, huru huru sarva śoka vi-ghāte.
Sarva tathāgata hṛdaya vajrāṇi, saṃ-bhāra saṃ-bhāra, sarva tathāgata guhya-dhāraṇī mudre.
Buddhi su-buddhi, sarva tathāgata adhiṣṭhita dhātu garbhe svāhā.
Samaya adhiṣṭhite svāhā.
Sarva tathāgata hṛdaya dhātu mudre svāhā.
Su-pratiṣṭhita stūpe tathāgata adhiṣṭhite huru huru hūṃ hūṃ svāhā.
Oṃ sarva tathāgatoṣṇīṣa dhātu mudrāṇi, sarva tathāgataṃ sad-dhātu vi-bhūṣita adhiṣṭhite hūṃ hūṃ svāhā.


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


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Dedication

"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 ( Nalanda University India , 8th C. C.E. )


"The future has several names. For the weak it is the impossible. For the fainthearted it is the unknown. For the thoughtful and valiant it is the ideal."
-- Victor Hugo


N.B. I do not represent any person or organization referenced here.

Ven. KT
posted Sat, December 27, 2014 - 11:35 PM
Major tantric transmission : "Red Vajrasattva / Hundred Deities" Seattle December 2014 ( community » other ) Major tantric transmission : "Red Vajrasattva / Hundred Deities" Seattle December 2014

The Red Vajrasattva is an extraordinary, high level transmission and practice that was only recently revealed from the "sacred treasure" lineage, in 1964, by Padgyal Lingpa. It is a practice of Guru Padmasambhava, an Indian wizard-yogi and principal co-founder of Buddhism and Buddhist tantra in Tibet.

The source of this cycle is the same as that which Guru Padmasambhava brought to Tibet over a thousand years ago, the "Tibetan Book of the Dead". The real purpose of this practice is to develop full realization ( liberation as an awakened Buddha ) in this lifetime, or shortly thereafter.

A secondary purpose of a full Bardo transmission is to purify the negative thoughts and acts of thirteen ( 13 ) lifetimes. In other words, this is a powerful transmission.

Location:

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
108 NW 83rd Street
Seattle, WA 98117 USA
www.sakya.org

From
www.sakya.org/specialeven...tiation.html

Red Vajrasattva and 100 Shitro Deities Initiation

Bestowed by Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche
Sunday, December 14th
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution:
$30 Public, $25 Members
Requirements: Do not eat meat that day and no alcohol from the morning of the initiation until the next morning.

Red Vajrasattva (Dorje Sempa Marpo) and 100 Shitro Deities is the deity of purification and spiritual energy. If one practices tummo or wishes to practice in the future, receiving the Red Vajrasattva initiation is helpful. Through this practice, if you follow the instructions clearly, it helps to open your central channel (or tsa-uma) by the union of bliss and emptiness. Tulku Yeshi will give a transmission of the short sadhana for daily practice.

If you have a Vajrasattva text, please bring it for instruction on visualizing. If you don’t have a sadhana, one will be provided. For practicing Shitro, first you have to receive empowerment, then oral transmission. In this initiation you receive the 100 Shitro deities’ empowerment so one can practice Shitro. The word "shi" represents the 42 peaceful deities, and "tro" represents the 58 wrathful deities. You will see all of them in your body. After the Empowerment you can read and practice the Tibetan Book the Dead.

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

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It is crucial to keep in mind that only a full Bardo class empowerment authorizes one to practice the mantras given in the "Tibetan Book of the Dead" "( referenced below ).

Furthermore, this high empowerment carries serious responsibilities. These include taking formal Buddhist commitments of Refuge and Universal Service.

Within this set of transmission avenues, Red Vajrasattva is both a Guru Padmasambhava practice and a Hundred Deities practice. As such it includes complete authorization for many of the restricted, high level practices of the Nyingma / Ancient Tradition of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. These include many of the restricted practice texts made available only to initiates:

These include the profound and extensive manual
Red Vajrasattva and general Vajrasattva
Akshobhya
Amitabha
Vajrakilaya
Hayagriva
Lion-Faced Dakini
Manjusri
Padmasambhava ( peaceful form, Shower of Blessings ).

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

> > > 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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References:

(1)

General introduction to Buddhist tantra as practiced by the principal founder of Buddhism in Tibet, Guru Padmasambhava, written by a modern master.

"The Crystal and the Way of Light: Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen"
Chogyal Namkhai Norbu (Author), John Shane (Author, Editor, Compiler)
(Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy) [Kindle Edition]
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; First American Edition edition (October 1, 1999)

ISBN-10: 1559391359

Available at
www.amazon.com/Crystal-Wa...1559391359/

(2)

Important parts of this specific Bardo / Hundred Deities teaching have been made fully public.
See the book

"The Tibetan Book of the Dead: First Complete Translation (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)"
Gyurme Dorje (Translator)
Publisher: Penguin Classics; Deluxe edition (January 30, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0143104942

at
www.amazon.com/The-Tibeta...0143104942/

From Amazon Reviews:

"The most celebrated and widely read work of Tibetan literature outside Tibet . . . now in its finest and most complete form in this excellent English translation." (Bryan J. Cuevas, Tricycle)

"Profound and unique, it is one of the great treasures of wisdom in the spiritual heritage of humanity." (Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying)

"One of the great scripts of world civilization . . . a voyage inside the profound imagination of a people, immaculately rendered in an English both graceful and precise." (Time Out, London)

"This new translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead is a tremendous accomplishment. The whole text is a vast source of inspiration." (Francesca Fremantle, Buddhadharma magazine)

"Magnificent . . . beautiful verse meditations." (The Guardian, London)

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More resources and teachings and book references:

UPDATED comprehensive teaching article: Tantric Buddhist Empowerments and Teachings and Retreats - Nationwide USA and India
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...830ef8b

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

Buddhist Resources / Holy Day of "Buddha's Descent from Heaven"
newyork.tribe.net/listing/B...38b77b62cf

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Dzogchen Prayer

"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


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"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 ( Nalanda University India , 8th C. C.E. )

Dedication Prayer of HH Dudjom 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.



Prayer for the Flourishing of the Teachings
www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan...eachings

A prayer given by a ḍākinī in a vision to Lerab Lingpa

༄༅། །སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་ནས་ཁམས་དགོན་བསྟན་པ་རྒྱས་བྱེད་སྨོན་ཚིག་ཞིག་བྲིས་གསུངས་ལྟར་བྲི་བར་བརྩམ་པའི་ཚེ་ཌཱཀྐི་དམར་མོ་ཞིག་གིས་ད་དུང་སྡོད་ཅིག །དུས་སུ་ངས་སྨྲ་བར་བྱེད་དོ་ཟེར་བར་ཡུན་རིང་ལུས་མཐར་རྒྱལ་སྟོད་པདྨ་ཤེལ་ཕུག་ཏུ་ཌཱཀྐི་དེས་འདི་ལྟར་གསུངས།

Tulku Namgyal had asked me to write a prayer for causing the Teaching of Buddha to flourish in the Khamgön monastery, and I was just beginning to write when a red ḍākinī appeared and said: “Wait! When the time comes, I’ll speak it to you!” Time went by, and I was in the Crystal Cave of Padma in Gyaltö, when that same ḍākinī appeared and this is what she said:

དཀོན་མཆོག་གསུམ་དང་ཤཱཀྱའི་རྒྱལ། །

könchok sum dang shakyé gyal

Buddha, Dharma and Saṅgha, and the Lord of the Śākyas, Śākyamuni,

རིགས་གསུམ་མགོན་དང་མ་ཕམ་པ། །

rik sum gön dang mapampa

Avalokiteśvara, Mañjuśrī and Vajrapāṇi, and Maitreya,

གནས་བརྟན་ཆེན་པོ་བཅུ་དྲུག་དང༌། །

neten chenpo chudruk dang

The sixteen Great Sthaviras,

པདྨ་འབྱུང་གནས་བདེན་སྟོབས་ཀྱིས། །

pema jungné den tob kyi

And Padmākara—

བླ་མའི་སྐུ་ཚེ་བརྟན་གྱུར་ཅིག །

lamé kutsé ten gyur chik

Through your power and through your truth, may the lives of the masters be secure!

དགེ་འདུན་སྡེ་འཕེལ་ཐུགས་མཐུན་ཤོག །

gendün dé pel tuktün shok

May the Saṅgha increase and dwell in harmony!

བསྟན་པའི་འགལ་རྐྱེན་ཀུན་ཞི་ཞིང༌། །

tenpé galkyen kün shyi shying

May all circumstances hostile to the Teaching be pacified!

བཤད་སྒྲུབ་ཕྲིན་ལས་དར་རྒྱས་ཤོག །

shedrub trinlé dargyé shok

May the activities of study and practice grow and spread!

ཨ་མའི་ཁ་ཆད་ཀྱི་ཚིག་འདི་ཡིན། ད་དུང་མང་པོ་ཡོད་པས་དུས་དུས་སུ་བཤད་པས་ཆོག་གོ །ཅེས་གསུངས་པ་ལྟར་ལས་གླིང་གིས་བྲིས། །

“These words are the mothers’ last advice. There is still much more to this, and it will be explained, when the time is right.” This is what she said and I, Lerab Lingpa, wrote it down.

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I do not represent this teacher nor this Tibetan practice center.

May All Beings Benefit!
May There Be Realization!

KT posted Sun, December 7, 2014 - 3:04 AM
Buddhist Resources / Holy Day of "Buddha's Descent from Heaven" ( community » other ) Sakyamuni Buddha Day : Background references, philosophy, mantra practices and practice texts, community journal references, and major new books for Buddhist teaching across all traditions.

"The proclamation of the Dharma is fearless."
-- Manjusri

"Namo Bhagavate Sakyamunaye Tathagataya"
Homage to Sakyamuni Buddha.

"Dharma", or more specifically Buddhadharma, refers to the Buddhist teaching.
It means way, discipline, path, teaching, method, commitment.

Today ( 11/13 ) is a major day in the Buddhist calendar, according to Tibetan tradition.
It is known as "BUDDHA'S DESCENT FROM HEAVEN".
For this reason I am providing some resources in honor of this day.

These include a broad and substantial range of Buddhist teachings and practices, starting with the excellent resources at Wikipedia and the recently published academic Buddhist resources at Stanford ( online ).

Four important books are introduced, including the breakthrough Princeton Encyclopedia, a core western philosophical analysis of Buddhist thought and the masterpiece book series by an Oxford trained Tibetan abbot.

Three classical Buddhist chants are provided, with Youtube links and phonetic Sanskrit, and associated resources. One is an online teaching on the core philosophy of The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination by a Tibetan abbot.

Three major public-facing Buddhist journals and their online counterparts are also introduced. The journal references include a great little outreach article "Are You Spiritual But Not Religious? 10 Reasons Why Buddhism Will Enrich Your Path."

Two short teachings by Sakyamuni Buddha are provided. One ( Kalama Sutra ) establishes the Buddhist path as critical philosophy distinguished from blind faith and muggle faith, and the other ( the Usnisavijaya Dharani ) is a liberating teaching on purification practice, mantra yoga. The latter is a classic method for blessing, inner healing, and protection in a time of great change for all and danger to many in different lands. It is a sacred practice open to all, given to help oneself and others, wherever one may be.

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From
Gautama Buddha
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha

Recollection of nine virtues attributed to the Buddha is a common Buddhist devotional practice. The nine virtues are also among the 40 Buddhist meditation subjects. The nine virtues of the Buddha appear throughout the Tipitaka, and include:

Buddho – Awakened
Sammasambuddho – Perfectly self-awakened
Vijja-carana-sampano – Endowed with higher knowledge and ideal conduct.
Sugato – Well-gone or Well-spoken.
Lokavidu – Wise in the knowledge of the many worlds.
Anuttaro Purisa-damma-sarathi – Unexcelled trainer of untrained people.
Satthadeva-Manussanam – Teacher of gods and humans.
Bhagavathi – The Blessed one
Araham – Worthy of homage. An Arahant is "one with taints destroyed, who has lived the holy life, done what had to be done, laid down the burden, reached the true goal, destroyed the fetters of being, and is completely liberated through final knowledge."

Buddha, from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
plato.stanford.edu/entries/buddha/

This is a recent, excellent, and accessible article. It is by Mark Siderits.
Book Reference:
Siderits, Mark, 2007. Buddhism As Philosophy, Indianapolis: Hackett.


Buddhism as Philosophy: An Introduction
by Mark Siderits (Author)

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (June 15, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0872208737

www.amazon.com/Buddhism-P...0872208737/

53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great achievement, July 19, 2008
By K. Kehler (B.C., Canada)

This review is from: Buddhism as Philosophy: An Introduction (Paperback)
This is a superlative work on the philosophical underpinnings of this, the most philosophically oriented of religions/spiritual practices. Buddhism is interesting to many people and many writers, but my experience has been that many writers who write books on Buddhism tend to produce vague and prolix and -- especially -- horrifyingly unclear works. That is, these books are filled with jargon and vacuous, if not downright meaningless, platitudes. Therefore it is with gratitude that one turns to Siderits' excellent and lucid work.

Siderits is obviously trained in Buddhist thought, but perhaps more uniquely for a Buddhist, he is also trained in Western (largely analytical) philosophy. Here he brings these two tradition together in an uncommonly interesting dialogue. There is no doubt that this fine book will save you a great deal of time and energy, if you want the philosophical rudiments of Buddhism laid out in one volume. It will render many lesser works redundant and disposable. It is not an easy read, but that's because of the complexity of the topics treated (from Buddhist ethics and the non-self doctrine, through to the denial of physical objects and the doctrine of emptiness), and not because Siderits is unclear, for he is exceptionally clear. This, then, is a most enjoyable, lucid and important introductory work, certain to appeal to all kinds of readers, though it's carefulness and thoroughness will put off lazy New Agers. Let me conclude with a quotation that gives you a sense of his lucidity as a writer:

"The view that all things are empty, or devoid of essence, is definitive of philosophical Mahayana. In the last chapter we examined how Yogacara tried to defend this doctrine by giving it an idealist reinterpretation. It is now time to see whether the doctrine of emptiness is philosophically defensible when taken literally. ... But before we do any of this we need to be clear about the difficulties facing anyone who takes the doctrine of emptiness at face value. This will enable us to sort out the various ways that Madhyamaka might be interpreted, and why some interpretations might be more plausible than others."

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Mantras for Guru Sakyamuni Buddha:

(1)
OM MUNI MUNI MAHAMUNIYE SVAHA

(2)
OM MUNI MUNI MAHAMUNIYE SHAKYAMUNIYE SVAHA

Sakyamuni Buddha Mantra 釋迦牟尼佛心咒 - Imee Ooi (黃慧音)
www.youtube.com/watch

A Brief Practice for Paying Homage and Making Offerings to the Buddha together with his retinue of Arhats
by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan...n-arhats

From which

Refuge and Bodhicitta

སངས་རྒྱས་ཆོས་དང་ཚོགས་ཀྱི་མཆོག་རྣམས་ལ། །

sangye chö dang tsok kyi chok nam la

In the Buddha, the Dharma and the Supreme Assembly,

བྱང་ཆུབ་བར་དུ་བདག་ནི་སྐྱབས་སུ་མཆི། །

changchub bardu dak ni kyab su chi

I take refuge until I attain enlightenment.

བདག་གིས་སྦྱིན་སོགས་བགྱིས་པའི་བསོད་ནམས་ཀྱིས། །

dak gi jinsok gyipé sönam kyi

Through the merit of practising generosity and so on,

འགྲོ་ལ་ཕན་ཕྱིར་སངས་རྒྱས་འགྲུབ་པར་ཤོག །

dro la pen chir sangye drubpar shok

May I attain buddhahood for the benefit of beings!

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A practice text [ sadhana ] for Guru Sakyamuni Buddha.
This is from
www.losangsamten.com
which offers a number of good basic practice texts for free download at
www.losangsamten.com/sadhana.html

Sakyamuni Practice
www.losangsamten.com/sadhana...muni.pdf

The Venerable Losang Samten, a renowned Tibetan scholar and a former Buddhist monk, was born in Chung Ribuce, of central Tibet. In 1959, he and his family fled to Nepal and later moved to Dharamsala, India. His education includes studies at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and the Namgyal Monastery which is the monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama. In 1985, he earned a Master's Degree in Buddhist Philosophy, Sutra, and Tantra, from the Namgyal Monastery, which is equivalent to a Ph.D. In 1994, Losang received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Faith, Not Belief

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
-- Guru Sakyamuni Buddha, in the teaching Kalama Sutra

"It is necessary only to want to get things clear."
-- G.J. Warnock, Tutor in Philosophy, Magdalen College, Oxford University

Re: Buddhism as religion or philosophy ? Primarily philosophy, and not as religious dogma.
Sat, October 18, 2014 - 11:46 PM
secularhumanism.tribe.net/threa...56718e
Re Satish:
"Buddhism is best religion in the world. Actually it's not religion..."

KT responds:
Technically, Satish is correct.

Buddhism is more philosophy than religion.
There are many religious functions in Buddhism, such as healing magic, but the Buddhist teaching is open and non-dogmatic, not based on revealed prophecy or religious dogma.

In that key sense the Buddhist teaching is more aligned with classical Greek philosophy, with Socrates and Aristotle.

Further, the Buddhist teachers NEVER claim that their way is the best for everyone, or even for any one specific individual.

There is no racism, sexism, or caste system in Buddhism. It is not totalitarian. Anyone can enter the Buddhist community via refuge or forsake Buddhist refuge at any time. It is entirely a personal choice.
It is wrong to ask someone to become Buddhist. They have to decide on their own and take the initiative to become Buddhist.

I strongly recommend that people study some of the Buddhist teachings first, especially the foundational Dhammapada, and also Buddhist ethics. Only after understanding some of the basic Buddhist teachings should one request entrance to the Buddhist community.

You can easily find Buddhist teachings at local library systems. They typically have a number of Dalai Lama books.
. . .
Speaking as a spiritual teacher, I do my best to avoid religious people.
Religion is a major obstacle to spiritual practice, and religion is typically the death of philosophy.

We can also all agree that Islam is the death of Buddhism, and that Communism is the death of Buddhism.
. . .
The Buddhist teaching is meant for open minded, critically thoughtful and responsible people who want to free their minds and develop higher level awareness. And help others do the same

If you are averse to such qualities, then it is best to avoid the Buddhist teaching altogether.

"If you want to agree with the Buddhist approach, then study it. If you want to reject or condemn it, then study it."
-- Abbot / Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

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The Heart of Dependent Origination (Vidya Rao)
www.youtube.com/watch


The Heart of Dependent Origination (Vidya Rao)
Performer: Vidya Rao

Lyrics: Verse spoken to Śariputra by Aśvajit (first two lines) / Pratītyasamutpādahṛdayakārikā by Nāgārjuna (rest)
Album: Dharma Nāda

Lyrics:

e dharma hetu prabhavā hetuṃ teṣāṃ tathāgato hyavadat
teṣancha yo nirodhaḥ evam vādī mahāśramaṇaḥ

dvādaśa ye 'ṅgaviśeṣā muninoddiṣṭāḥ pratītyasambhūtāḥ
te kleśakarmaduḥkheṣu saṅgṛhītāstriṣu yathāvat [1]

ādyāṣṭamanavamāḥ syuḥ kleśāḥ karma dvitīyadaśamau ca
śeṣāḥ sapta ca duḥkhaṃ trisaṅgrahā dvādaśa tu dharmāḥ [2]

tribhyo bhavati dvandvaṃ dvandvātprabhavanti sapta saptabhyaḥ
traya udbhavanti bhūyastadeva[tu] bhramati bhavacakram [3]

hetuphalañca[hi]sarvaṃ jagadanyo nāsti kaścidiha sattvaḥ
śūnyebhya eva śūnyā dharmāḥ prabhavanti dharmebhyaḥ [4]

svādhyāyadīpamudrādarpaṇaghoṣa 'rkakāntabījāmlaiḥ
skandhapratisandhirasaṅkramaśca vidvadbhiravadhāryau [5]

ya ucchedaṃ prakalpayatyatisūkṣme 'pi vastuni
pratītyasambhavasyārthamavijñaḥ sa na paśyati [6]

nāpaneyamataḥ kiñcit prakṣepyaṃ nāpi kiñcana
draṣṭavyaṃ bhūtato bhūtaṃ bhūtadarśī vimucyate [7]

pratītyasamutpādahṛdayakārikā ācārya nāgārjunakṛtā samāptā


Translated lyrics:

Of those things that arise from a cause,
The Tathagata has told the cause,
And also what their cessation is:
This is the doctrine of the Great Recluse.

These different links, twelve in number,
Which Buddha taught as dependent origination,
Can be summarized in three categories:
Mental afflictions, karma and suffering. [1]

The first, eighth and ninth are afflictions,
The second and tenth are karma,
The remaining seven are suffering.
Thus the twelve links are grouped in three. [2]

From the three the two originate,
And from the two the seven come,
From seven the three come once again—
Thus the wheel of existence turns and turns. [3]

All beings consist of causes and effects,
In which there is no 'sentient being' at all.
From phenomena which are exclusively empty,
There arise only empty phenomena.
All things are devoid of any 'I' or 'mine'. [4]

Like a recitation, a candle, a mirror, a seal,
A magnifying glass, a seed, sourness, or a sound,
So also with the continuation of the aggregates—
The wise should know they are not transferred. [5]

Then, as for extremely subtle entities,
Those who regard them with nihilism,
Lacking precise and thorough knowledge,
Will not see the actuality of conditioned arising. [6]

In this, there is not a thing to be removed,
Nor the slightest thing to be added.
It is looking perfectly into reality itself,
And when reality is seen, complete liberation. [7]

This concludes the verses on 'The Heart of Dependent Origination' composed by the teacher Arya Nagarjuna.

On the philosophy of Nagarjuna, see the Stanford University reference by Jan Westerhoff of Oxford University:

plato.stanford.edu/entries/nagarjuna/

"There is unanimous agreement that Nāgārjuna (ca 150–250 AD) is the most important Buddhist philosopher after the historical Buddha himself and one of the most original and influential thinkers in the history of Indian philosophy. His philosophy of the “middle way” (madhyamaka) based around the central notion of “emptiness” (śūnyatā) influenced the Indian philosophical debate for a thousand years after his death; with the spread of Buddhism to Tibet, China, Japan and other Asian countries the writings of Nāgārjuna became an indispensable point of reference for their own philosophical inquiries. A specific reading of Nāgārjuna's thought, called Prāsaṅgika-Madhyamaka, became the official philosophical position of Tibetan Buddhism which regards it as the pinnacle of philosophical sophistication up to the present day."

12 Links of Dependent Origination
www.youtube.com/watch

Published on May 5, 2014

In this video, Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, a professor in the Nyingma Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism at Bodhicitta Sangha | Heart of Enlightenment Institute (bodhicittasangha.org) in Minneapolis, explains the Buddha's teachings on the twelve links of dependent origination. These are teachings on dependent arising or dependent causes and their results. The twelve links are 1) ignorance, 2) formation, 3) consciousness, 4) name-and-form, 5) six faculties, 6) contact, 7) sensation, 8) craving, 9) grasping, 10) becoming, 11) rebirth, and 12) old age and death. This is the cycle of the wheel of life based on the fundamental ignorance of mistakenly perceiving and grasping at an inherent self. The guided meditation that follows the teaching is on using the three channels of the subtle energy body (right, left and central channel) to look at the nature of mind or rest in the peacefulness of the mind.


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Buddhism
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism

Buddhism is a nontheistic religion 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. 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 and the Four Noble Truths, with the ultimate goal of attainment of the sublime state of Nirvana, by practicing the Noble Eightfold Path (also known as the Middle Way).

Two major extant 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, with a body of teachings attributed to Indian siddhas, 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.

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. One consistent belief held by all Buddhist schools is the lack of a Creator deity. 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. 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. . .

[ Much longer article follows. ]

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Buddhist Ethics

"I was taught to love the law, the poetry of its fairness, the beauty of its intent."

"In the same way I saw an ancient path, an ancient road, travelled by the Rightly Self-awakened Ones of former times. And what is that ancient path, that ancient road, traveled by the Rightly Self-awakened Ones of former times? Just this noble eightfold path: right view, right aspiration, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration...I followed that path. Following it, I came to direct knowledge of aging & death, direct knowledge of the origination of aging & death, direct knowledge of the cessation of aging & death, direct knowledge of the path leading to the cessation of aging & death...Knowing that directly, I have revealed it to monks, nuns, male lay followers & female lay followers..."
-—Nagara Sutta

Buddhists formally commit to follow the teaching of Sakyamuni, the original founder of the Buddhadharma ( Way/ Discipline of Realization ).

This is based in nonviolence, honesty, and the principle of karma.
It is a form of satyagraha, the term Gandhi developed to mean "commitment to truth".

The basic teaching is found in the Verses of Dharma, the Dhammapada, which is common to all Buddhist schools throughput Asia and their modern expressions. Here is a short, relevant sample of the Budha's teaching on nonviolence and justice from the Dhammapada.

en.wikisource.org/wiki/Dham...8Muller%29
Chapter XIX: The Just

256, 257. A man is not just if he carries a matter by violence; no, he who distinguishes both right and wrong, who is learned and leads others, not by violence, but by law and equity, and who is guarded by the law and intelligent, he is called just.

258 A man is not learned because he talks much; he who is patient, free from hatred and fear, he is called learned.

259 A man is not a supporter of the law because he talks much; even if a man has learnt little, but sees the law bodily, he is a supporter of the law, a man who never neglects the law.

261 He in whom there is truth, virtue, love, restraint, moderation, he who is free from impurity and is wise, he is called an elder.

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Here are included two very significant articles. The first, by Melvin McLeod, speaks to the broad public about how Buddhist teaching and practice are basically different from conventional religion. The second, by Tsoknyi Rinpoche, introduces nondual awareness practice.

Are You Spiritual But Not Religious? 10 Reasons Why Buddhism Will Enrich Your Path
by Melvin McLeod | October 30, 2014
© 2013 Lion’s Roar and Shambhala Sun
www.lionsroar.com/are-you-s...mber-2013/

1. There is no Buddhist God.
2. It’s about your basic goodness.
3. The problem is suffering. The answer is waking up.
4. The way to do that is by working with your mind.
5. No one can do it for you. But you can do it.
6. There is a spiritual, nonmaterial reality.
7. But you don’t have to take anything on faith.
8. Buddhism offers a wealth of skillful means for different people’s needs.
9. It’s open, progressive, and not institutional.
10. And it works.

[ The article elaborates on these points. ]

Buddhist Magazines

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Shambhala Sun
www.lionsroar.com/

Available on newsstands and by subscription.

From
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shambhala_Sun

The Shambhala Sun is an independent, bimonthly magazine (in print and online) that offers a nonsectarian view of 'Buddhism, Culture, Meditation, and Life.' Presented are teachings from the Buddhist and other contemplative traditions, with an emphasis on applying the principles of mindfulness and awareness practices to everyday life. Established in 1995, the magazine is a publication of the independent, nonprofit Shambhala Sun Foundation.

Distributed internationally, the magazine is based and published in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Sun's editorial blog is a popular destination, called "SunSpace" (www.shambhalasun.com/sunspace) It features daily news, updates, stories, comment and links.

Shambhala Sun has a circulation of 80,000 copies, with a readership of several hundred thousand.

The Shambhala Sun online archive includes a substantial amount of previously published articles and essays free to the public.
In handing out their Alternative Press Awards in 2007, Utne Reader magazine awarded Shambhala Sun for a fourth time, this year for Best Spiritual Coverage. Utne had this to say about the Shambhala Sun:

"The stated goal of the Shambhala Sun Foundation, which publishes this year’s winner, is to 'promote the growth and development of genuine buddhadharma as Buddhism takes root in the West' and to 'work with and support all those who share the values of wisdom, sacredness, and compassion.' Shambhala Sun, while clearly aligned with the nonprofit’s specific take on this brand of spirituality, stands out not so much as a doctrinaire instructional manual (there are other publications better geared for that task) as it does a user-friendly guide for culturally curious, searching souls. With a focus on health and wellness, and a decidedly gentle approach to the lifelong trial that is personal transformation, the editors tap a surprisingly diverse cast of philosophers, psychologists, educators, and storytellers to breathe life into its lessons, which ultimately boil down to a clearer vision of ourselves, our neighbors, and the world’s beauty and fragility."


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Tricycle
www.tricycle.com/

Available on newsstands and by subscription.

Established in 1990 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, The Tricycle Foundation is dedicated to making Buddhist teachings and practices broadly available. In 1991 the Foundation launched Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, the first magazine intended to present Buddhist perspectives to a Western readership. Tricycle soon became the leading independent journal of Buddhism in the West, where it continues to be the most inclusive and widely read vehicle for the dissemination of Buddhist views and values. Our readership includes longtime practitioners, those who are curious about Buddhism or meditation, and those who do not identify as Buddhist but value the teachings of wisdom and compassion that Buddhism has to offer.

By remaining unaffiliated with any particular teacher, sect or lineage, Tricycle provides a unique and independent public forum for exploring Buddhism, establishing a dialogue between Buddhism and the broader culture, and introducing Buddhist thinking to Western disciplines. This approach has enabled Tricycle to successfully attract readers from all walks of life, many of whom desire to enrich their lives through a deeper knowledge of Buddhist traditions.

Tricycle has been recognized with the prestigious Folio Award for Best Spiritual Magazine three times, and has twice garnered the Utne Media Award, most recently in 2013. As part of our commitment to our readers who are seeking to implement or sustain Buddhist values and practices, Tricycle accepts advertising only from teachers, programs, centers, and businesses whose offerings we believe will support those aims.

Why "Tricycle?"

A three-wheeled vehicle aptly evokes the fundamental components of Buddhist philosophy. Buddhism itself is often referred to as the “vehicle to enlightenment,” and the tricycle’s three wheels allude to the three treasures: The Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, or the enlightened teacher, the teachings, and the community. The wheels also relate to the turning of the wheel of dharma, or skillfully using the teachings of the Buddha to face the challenges that the circle of life presents.


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Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly
Available on newsstands and by subscription.

www.lionsroar.com/category/buddhadharma/

Two Truths—Indivisible
by Tsoknyi Rinpoche

www.lionsroar.com/two-truth...visible-2/

Excerpt (c) 2014 Buddhadharma and Lion's Roar

"When we enter the path, we are working at the level of relative truth, and with practice we may gain insight into the absolute. But we don’t enter the final stage of practice, says Tsoknyi Rinpoche, until we realize these truths were never separate."

"The art and beauty of practicing dharma becomes more and more subtle and profound as we learn the dance of the relative and absolute truths. Since the natural state is timelessly present in both, their indivisibility or inseparability is like a single thread interwoven throughout all the teachings, functioning at every level and stage of practice.

"It is important to recognize that practice solely at the relative level, or even at the level of the absolute, is not so difficult when we keep it separate. The real art comes in uniting the relative and absolute in practice. . . . "

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"Little Buddha"
Keanu Reeves (Actor), Bridget Fonda (Actor), Bernardo Bertolucci (Director, Writer) Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) Format: DVD
ASIN: 6305428360

www.amazon.com/Little-Bud.../6305428360

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
An engaging introduction into Buddhism
By Kate on November 24, 2011
Format: DVD

I have owned and enjoyed this film since it's release on video. Coming from a background of Buddhist study, I found this to be a very accessible and welcoming introductory film into the philosophy of Buddhism for a Western audience. The story covers the life of the Buddha, as well as that of a contemporary child, and his family's intersection with this centuries old faith tradition. Because Buddhism shares little that is familiar in it's origins with the Abrahamic faiths which predominate in America and the Western world, the stories about the early life of the Buddha are retold, with great beauty and respect, so they become understandable and relevant.

This is intertwined with the adventures of the American child and his family, as they struggle to face decisions that they had never before contemplated, concerning their own lives and work, as well as the future of their son, who now has a variety of paths open to him. The photography is outstanding, and the music stands on it's own well enough that I purchased the sound track. The actors are well cast, with several actual Buddhist monks and a wandering ascetic portraying themselves in the film. This is a very enjoyable film for children and adults, and one that can be enjoyed on a deeper level with anyone who has studied Buddhism, as there are visual references to tenets of the faith through out the movie.

This is a film that can simply be enjoyed for it's voluptuous story telling and performances; or as an exploration of a faith older than Christianity, and how it has shaped cultures. It is filmed on location, in India and Seattle, and provides an entertaining glimpse of the possibilities that life can offer, even in the face of obstacles and uncertainty.

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"Faith is a state of openness or trust. To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on. In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all. Instead they are holding tight. But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be."
-- from "The Essential Alan Watts"

From the post Faith,Not Belief, at
zenmonkeys.tribe.net/thread/...e86773ae

This thread on Tribe Zen also references the scripture
"The Sutra of the Recollection of the Noble Three Jewels" with Commentaries by Ju Mipham, Taranatha, and Tony Duff.

The book contains translations of the following texts:
The recollections of buddha, dharma, and sangha as originally taught by the Buddha, in Pali, Sanskrit, and English.
The recollections of buddha, dharma, and sangha as extended by Great Vehicle followers, from the Derge edition of the Tibetan Tangyur, in Tibetan.
The Sutra of the Recollection of the Noble Three Jewels, edition from Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje’s Collected Works, in Tibetan and English.
A Complete Commentary to The Sutra of the Recollection of the Noble Three Jewels by Tony Duff, in English.
A Little Explanation of The Sutra of the Recollection of the Noble Three Jewels by Taranatha, in English.
A Complete Commentary to The Sutra of the Recollection of the Noble Three Jewels called “A Melody of Unending Auspiciousness” by Ju Mipham Namgyal, in English.

It also references the key scholarly reference covering all Buddhist traditions: "Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism".

"The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism" [ Hardcover ]
by Robert E. Buswell (Author) , Donald S. Lopez (Author)
Hardcover: 1304 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press (November 24, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0691157863


With more than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. It is also the first to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Unlike reference works that focus on a single Buddhist language or school, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism bridges the major Buddhist traditions to provide encyclopedic coverage of the most important terms, concepts, texts, authors, deities, schools, monasteries, and geographical sites from across the history of Buddhism.

The main entries offer both a brief definition and a substantial short essay on the broader meaning and significance of the term covered. Extensive cross-references allow readers to find related terms and concepts. An appendix of Buddhist lists (for example, the four noble truths and the thirty-two marks of the Buddha), a timeline, six maps, and two diagrams are also included.

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Buddhism is completely unrelated to all the Abrahamic traditions of "The Laws and the Prophets." Mahayana Buddhism is pagan polytheism.

tribes.tribe.net/buddha-tr...0e8a8b4cf1

From which

Judaism, Pauline Christianity, and Islam ( and Mormonism ) are dualistic and eternalist theologies, and closed systems based on the "Laws and the Prophets". Buddhadharma has nothing in common with any of these. Buddhism is completely unrelated to all the Abrahamic traditions of "The Laws and the Prophets."

Furthermore, authentic Buddhist teaching is NEVER nihilist. The Law of Karma as taught by Guru Sakyamuni Buddha is about Cause and Effect, which is the *opposite* of nihilism. Buddhist Law rejects the notion of "divine dispensation" or "Providence" because it rejects the notion of an arbitrary universe and/ or divine overseer.

The teaching of Guru Sakyamuni, Guru Padmsambhava ( principal cofounder of Buddhism in Tibet ), Great Adepts such as Tilopa and Saraha, and all the other primary gurus, is based on several key principles.

These key principles are wholly contrary to all classical Jewish and Islamic systems of culture/ law/ religion.

That explains why the following exchange occurred at the Vatican between the Dalai Lama and several Catholic bishops in 1972:
When asked by the Bishops : "But what about God?? What about God? ?"
The Dalai Lama answered : "God is YOUR business. Karma is MY business."
Not hard to understand.

Now, regarding karma, see
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma_in_Buddhism

which includes the following:

> > >

Sogyal Rinpoche states:

In simple terms, what does karma mean? It means that whatever we do, with our body, speech, or mind, will have a corresponding result. Each action, even the smallest, is pregnant with its consequences. It is said by the masters that even a little poison can cause death and even a tiny seed can become a huge tree. And as Buddha said: “Do not overlook negative actions merely because they are small; however small a spark may be, it can burn down a haystack as big as a mountain.” Similarly he said: “Do not overlook tiny good actions, thinking they are of no benefit; even tiny drops of water in the end will fill a huge vessel.” Karma does not decay like external things, or ever become inoperative. It cannot be destroyed “by time, fire, or water.” Its power will never disappear, until it is ripened. Although the results of our actions may not have matured yet, they will inevitably ripen, given the right conditions.


Karmic results are not a judgement In Buddhist philosophy, karmic results are not considered to be a "judgement" imposed by a God or other all-powerful being, but rather the results of a natural process.

Khandro Rinpoche explains:

Buddhism is a nontheistic philosophy. We do not believe in a creator but in the causes and conditions that create certain circumstances that then come to fruition. This is called karma. It has nothing to do with judgement; there is no one keeping track of our karma and sending us up above or down below. Karma is simply the wholeness of a cause, or first action, and its effect, or fruition, which then becomes another cause. In fact, one karmic cause can have many fruitions, all of which can cause thousands more creations. Just as a handful of seed can ripen into a full field of grain, a small amount of karma can generate limitless effects.

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Why Buddhism vanished from India?
tribes.tribe.net/practical...71eb8c258f

"The great Buddhist universities of Nalanda ( 10,000 students ) and Vikramasila were destroyed by invading Islamist armies from the northwest.

"Originally Afghanistan was substantially Buddhist. All that is gone for the same reason.

"Islam did not succeed in destroying Hinduism ( Sanatana Dharma ). They could not kill or enslave the entire country. But the primary reason for the loss of Buddhism in India was in fact Islam."


And now, some critically important historical background on religion, sociology and politics. This includes some discussion of India and Buddhism with respect to Islamic jihad.

Why We Are Afraid, A 1400 Year Secret, by Dr Bill Warner
www.youtube.com/watch

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Guru Sakyamuni is the fourth in a series of one thousand Buddhas who establish and re-establish the Buddhadharma in different world ages. Here are the names of these Buddhas.

"Reciting the names of the Thousand Buddhas of This Fortunate Eon."

THE NAMES OF 1.000 BUDDHAS IN BHADRAKALPIKA ERA
kuanyin.tribe.net/thread/e9...b967c6976b

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Major In-Depth Online Teachings by the High Level Abbot / Khen-chen Thrangu Rinpoche The Ninth

An extensive set of teachings
www.rinpoche.com/teachings.html

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
www.rinpoche.com/teachings/4dharmas.pdf

The Four Noble Truths Rinpoche speaks on the first teachings of the Buddha.
www.rinpoche.com/fornob.html

Buddhist Conduct: The Ten Virtuous Actions
www.rinpoche.com/teachings/conduct.pdf

The Buddha Nature Rinpoche's commentary on The Tathagatagarbha by the Third Karmapa
www.rinpoche.com/teachings...nature.htm

The Three Vehicles of Buddhist Practice
( Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana )
www.rinpoche.com/teachings/3vehicles.pdf

The Bodhisattva Vow Rinpoche explains the purpose and benefits of this vow.
www.kagyu.org/kagyulineag...ra/tra06.php

Short Biography of Ninth Khenchen Thrangu Tulku,Karma Lodrö Lungrik Maway Senge
at
www.rinpoche.com/bio1.htm

Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche was also the personal tutor of the four principal Karma Kagyu tulkus: Shamar Rinpoche, Situ Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, and Gyaltsab Rinpoche. V.V. Thrangu Rinpoche established the fundamental curriculum of the Karma Kagyu lineage taught at Rumtek.

V.V. Thrangu Rinpoche has now taught in over twenty-five countries and has seventeen centers in twelve countries. He is especially known for making complex teachings accessible to Western students. V.V. Thrangu Rinpoche is a recognized master of Mahamudra meditation.

Because of his vast knowledge of the Dharma and his skill as a teacher, he was appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be the personal tutor for His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa.

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Book References

Here are two new books ( 2014 ) that together cover the broadest range of the overall Buddhist teaching, up through Great Way / Mahayana Buddhism.They are by a Tibetan refugee abbot who graduated from Oxford University and did major work in establishing all levels of the Buddhist teaching in North America.

These books weigh in at twelve hundred pages total. Originally live teachings by Chogyam Trungpa given in seminary, these transcripts have been professionally edited by an American Buddhist guru, Judy Lief PhD. These talks bring the ancient teaching to us in accessible modern language, and they progressively develop the classical themes and topics in an an engaging, practical way.

Thus these two books ( out of the three in the series ) are extremely useful for all libraries, for all western Buddhists and for all who aspire to be Buddhists of any school, while the final volume addresses the basics of tantric Buddhist practice. This series constitutes a masterpiece in the classical sense and these books allow anyone anywhere in the West to connect with the great wisdom tradition of Buddhadharma, the Way of the Buddha.

Chögyam Trungpa
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chogyam_Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (Wylie: Chos rgyam Drung pa; February 28, 1939 – April 4, 1987) was a Buddhist meditation master and holder of both the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages, the eleventh Trungpa tülku, a tertön, supreme abbot of the Surmang monasteries, scholar, teacher, poet, artist, and originator of a radical re-presentation of Shambhala vision.

Recognized both by Tibetan Buddhists and by other spiritual practitioners and scholars[1][2] as a preeminent teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, he was a major, albeit controversial, figure in the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism to the West,[3] founding Vajradhatu and Naropa University and establishing the Shambhala Training method.

Among his contributions are the translation of a large number of Tibetan texts,[4] the introduction of the Vajrayana teachings to the West, and a presentation of the Buddhadharma largely devoid of ethnic trappings. Regarded as a mahasiddha by many senior lamas, he is seen as having embodied the crazy wisdom (Tib. yeshe chölwa) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.[5][6] Some of his teaching methods and actions were the topic of controversy during his lifetime and afterwards.


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The Path of Individual Liberation: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume One
by Chogyam Trungpa (Author), Judith L. Lief (Editor)
Series: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma (Book 1)
Paperback: 680 pages
Publisher: Shambhala (April 15, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1611801044

www.amazon.com/Path-Indiv...1611801044/

The foundational teachings of Buddhism, presented here in volume one of Chögyam Trungpa's magnum opus, which offers a systematic overview of the entire path of Tibetan Buddhism.

The first volume of this landmark series presents the teachings of the hinayana. The hinayana introduces core Buddhist teachings on the nature of mind, the practice of meditation, the reality of suffering, and the possibility of liberation. It examines the nature of suffering, impermanence, and egolessness, with an emphasis on personal development through meditative discipline and study. The formal entry into the hinayana and the Buddhist path altogether is the refuge vow, in which a student goes for refuge to the Buddha, or the teacher; the dharma, or the teachings; and the sangha, or the community. The hinayana path is based on training in mindfulness and awareness, cultivating virtue, and cutting grasping.

Topics covered in detail in this volume include the four noble truths, karma, the four foundations of mindfulness, meditation practice, the refuge vows, the three jewels, the five skandhas, the five precepts, twofold egolessness, and more.

The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma represents meditation master Chögyam Trungpa’s greatest contribution to Western Buddhism. This three-volume collection presents in lively, relevant language the comprehensive teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist path of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected... Better!, April 27, 2014
By Laurajean (New Hampshire, USA)
This review is from: The Path of Individual Liberation: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume One (Paperback)
I respectfully disagree with another reviewer who called this "tough reading". I had assumed since it was so thick, and compiled from Tibetan teachings, that it would be a bit difficult to absorb, but it's quite the opposite actually. I credit both Chogyam Tungpa and editor Judy Lief for this, him for his down to earth relaying of otherwise complex teachings, and her in her style of editing and formatting for this book: each section is broken into subsections and the result is only a page or two for each topic. One can easily view the Table of Contents, choose a topic of interest and easily and quickly read what he had to say on that topic.

Chogyam Trungpa himself was rather controversial, but I'll leave that for anyone interested to google for specifics. I personally have only mild curiosities about his eccentricities and don't take offense by any of them because he offered SO much GOOD to this world through his teachings. So I opt to take what is useful and leave what isn't, and his teachings were very useful indeed. He had a very good understanding of western ways, of western mentality. He had a keen way of wording things, using simple metaphors and examples that everyone can understand, regardless of geographical origin. He has managed to take extensive historical teachings and make them completely digestible and relate-able for the modern practitioner.

The three volumes are parts of a Tibetan Path of practice, the Yanas. Hinayana (path of the Arhat, "the worthy one"), Mahayana (way of the bodhisattva, "the awake being"), and Vajrayana (path of the siddha, "holder of spiritual power"). The word "Hinayana" can be sometimes taken in a depreciating way because it translates to "lesser vehicle" (as opposed to Mahayana, the "greater vehicle"), but Chogyam Trungpa was careful to assert that he uses the term Hinayana to refer to the foundations of practice, the core teachings of Buddhism.

Whether or not one chooses to continue on the Mahayana/Tibetan path of Buddhism to include teachings of the Mahayana and ultimately Vajrayana is individual preference, but this book "The Path of Individual Liberation" covers the Hinayana teachings, as in, the core teachings. Volumes two and three detail the Mahayana and Vajrayana, respectively. Therefore, each book can be used for stand-alone study or to form a complete perspective of the Path, depending on one's individual area of study. . . .

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
As others have said, invaluable advice for those on the path
By Mark Hazell on August 8, 2013

Every year save one from 1973 through 1986 Trungpa Rinpoche spend three months in retreat with gatherings of his students, presenting a detailed overview of the Tibetan Buddhist path. Edited over what seems like decades by a team led by Acharya Judith Lief, the transcripts of the talks given at these Vajradhatu Seminaries are available to the general public for the first time. Acharya Lief and her team have done a masterful job of assembling and organizing these teachings, which provide perhaps the most thorough exposition of the buddhadharma of the modern age. Trungpa Rinpoche dedicated his life to conveying what he had been taught, immersing himself in western culture and using the vernacular to convey even the most subtle aspects of the teachings.

In this first of the three volumes that contain the Profound Treasury, he presents the foundation of the buddhadharma, the basic teachings that inform and infuse not simply the hinayana but the whole of the buddhist path. Virtually a third of the volume is devoted to an extensive commentary on shamatha and vipashyana meditation, the practice of which Trungpa felt was essential if one was to make any sense of the teachings.


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The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume Two
by Chogyam Trungpa (Author), Judith L. Lief (Editor)
Series: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma (Book 2)
Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Shambhala; First Edition edition (April 15, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1611801052

The essential teachings on the bodhisattva path of wisdom and compassion, presented here in volume two of Chögyam Trungpa's magnum opus, which offers a systematic overview of the entire path of Tibetan Buddhism.

The second volume presents the bodhisattva teachings of the mahayana. At this point, having trained and seen the benefits of looking within, the student begins to shift their focus outward to the broader world. Formal entry into the mahayana occurs with taking the bodhisattva vow. Mahayana practitioners dedicate themselves to the service of all sentient beings, aspiring to save them from sorrow and confusion, and vowing to bring them to perfect liberation. This stage of the path emphasizes the cultivation of wisdom through the view and experience of emptiness, or shunyata, in which all phenomena are seen to be unbounded, completely open, ungraspable, and profound.

From the ground of shunyata, compassionate activity is said to arise naturally and spontaneously. In addition to mindfulness and awareness, the mahayanist practices lojong, or "mind training," based on the cultivation of the paramitas, or "transcendent virtues": generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and prajna, or "knowledge." As a component of lojong, tonglen, or "sending and taking," is practiced in order to increase maitri, or loving-kindness.

The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma represents meditation master Chögyam Trungpa's greatest contribution to Western Buddhism. This three-volume collection presents in lively, relevant language the comprehensive teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist path of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. This work will resonate with new students of Buddhism as well as the most senior students.

Topics covered in detail in this volume include:
Bodhichitta
Loving-kindness, or maitri
Compassion, or karuna
Skillful means, or upaya
Buddha nature and basic goodness
The four limitless ones
Bodhisattva vows
Emptiness, or shunyata
Madhyamaka
Relative truth and ultimate truth
Prajna
The paramitas
Lojong training
Tonglen meditation
The ten bhumis
Dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and nirmanakaya
And more.

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific overview, June 11, 2013
By David G. Warren "dada" (wichita, ks, usa)
This review is from: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion (volume 2): The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma (Kindle Edition)
If you would like a comprehensive and readable overview of the mahayana path this is it.


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This "Victorious Crown Knot Recitation Practice" is directly associated with Guru Sakyamuni Buddha. The brilliant radiance of his crown knot is the Goddess Of Long Life Usnisavijaya. This section provides a complete set of resources for Usnisavijaya, including the chant by Imee Ooi at youtube, a background article, and the associated Mahayana scripture itself.

Imee Ooi - Usnisa Vijaya Dharani Sutra

www.youtube.com/watch

Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī Sūtra

From
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U%E1...S%C5%ABtra

The Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī Sūtra (Sanskrit: ऊष्णीष विजय ढारणी सूत्र; traditional Chinese: 佛頂尊勝陀羅尼經; simplified Chinese: 佛顶尊胜陀罗尼经; pinyin: Fódǐng Zūnshèng Tuóluóní Jīng, Japanese: 佛頂尊勝陀羅尼 Butchō Sonshō Darani Kyō) is a Mahāyāna sūtra from India. An alternate longer Sanskrit title is Sarvadurgatipariśodhana Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī Sūtra.[2]

The sūtra was translated a total of eight times from Sanskrit to Chinese between 679 CE and 988 CE.[2] It gained wide circulation in China, and its practices have been utilized since the Tang Dynasty, from which it then spread to the rest of East Asia. The Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī is associated with Mount Wutai, which in the Chinese Buddhist tradition is considered the bodhimaṇḍa of Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva. Sacred stone tablets with the Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī carved into them have been distributed widely in some regions of the Far East.[1]

Mantra

According to the text of the sutra, the dharani is:[1]

namo bhagavate trailokya prativiśiṣṭaya buddhāya bhagavate.
tadyathā, om, viśodhaya viśodhaya, asama-sama
samantāvabhāsa-spharana gati gahana svabhāva viśuddhe,
abhiṣiňcatu mām. sugata vara vacana amṛta abhiṣekai mahā mantra-padai.
āhara āhara āyuh saṃ-dhāraṇi. śodhaya śodhaya gagana viśuddhe.
uṣṇīṣa vijaya viśuddhe sahasra-raśmi sam-codite.
sarva tathāgata avalokani ṣaṭ-pāramitā-paripūrani.
sarva tathāgata mati daśa-bhūmi prati-ṣṭhite.
sarva tathāgata hṛdaya adhiṣṭhānādhiṣṭhita mahā-mudre.
vajra kāya sam-hatana viśuddhe.
sarvāvaraṇa apāya-durgati pari viśuddhe, prati-nivartaya āyuh śuddhe.
samaya adhiṣṭhite. maṇi maṇi mahā maṇi.
tathatā bhūta-koṭi pariśuddhe. visphuṭa buddhi śuddhe.
jaya jaya, vijaya vijaya. smara smara, sarva buddha adhiṣṭhita śuddhe,
vajri vajragarbhe vajram bhavatu mama śarīram.
sarva sattvānām ca kāya pari viśuddhe. sarva gati pariśuddhe.
sarva tathāgata siñca me samāśvāsayantu.
sarva tathāgata samāśvāsa adhiṣṭhite.
budhya budhya, vibudhya vibudhya,
bodhaya bodhaya, vibodhaya vibodhaya samanta pariśuddhe.
sarva tathāgata hṛdaya adhiṣṭhānādhiṣṭhita mahā-mudre svāhā.

This Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī includes several additions to the original Sanskrit transliteration, for completeness, and in light of other versions.

In addition to the long dhāraṇī, there is the much shorter Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya heart-mantra:

oṃ amṛta-tejavati svāhā


Buddhist Deity: Ushnishavijaya Main Page
www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm

"...Ushnishavijaya, the colour of an autumn moon, with three faces, white, yellow and blue and eight hands. Each face has three very large eyes. The first right hand holds a vishvavajra, second a white lotus with Amitabha [Buddha] residing, third an arrow and the fourth in [the gesture of] supreme generosity. The first left holds a vajra lasso, second a bow, third [in the gesture of] bestowing protection and fourth in [the gesture of] meditative equipoise holding an auspicious nectar vase; complete with silks and jewel ornaments, seated in [vajra] posture. Within the outer circle of the stupa, on the right [side of the chaitya], above a moon is Avalokiteshvara with a body white in colour, the left hand holds a lotus. On the left [of the chaitya], above a sun is Vajrapani, blue, the left hand holds an utpala with a vajra; standing in a peaceful manner and adorned with silks and jewels." (Jamyang Kyentse Wangpo, 1820-1892).

Usnisa Vijaya Dharani Sutra
(The full title:)
The Sutra of The Supreme Sacrosanct Dharani From The Buddha's Summit
huntingtonarchive.osu.edu/resou...oc.pdf

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"The future has several names. For the weak it is the impossible. For the fainthearted it is the unknown. For the thoughtful and valiant it is the ideal."
-- Victor Hugo

Vajrapani, Holder of the Thunderbolt, Protector of the Buddhist Teaching. He is the Buddhist counterpart to Thor, a pagan archetype of ferocious martial protection.

Odin:
"Do you swear to guard the lives of the innocent
and to preserve the peace?
Thor:
"I swear."

"Whosoever holds this hammer,
if. . .worthy,
shall possess the power of Thor."

Thor Gets Back His Power.
www.youtube.com/watch
and
THOR [soundtrack] - SONS OF ODIN
www.youtube.com/watch

"Vajrapani – the Lord of Secrets – Guhyapati – is the power, energy and fearlessness of all the Buddhas and represents the power aspect of complete enlightenment. He is a means of accomplishing. . .unrelenting effectiveness in the conquest of negativity. . . [ and ] helps us with fear of death and fear of travel to unknown places."

He is the general protector for all the Buddhist schools throughout Asia, and most Mahayana Buddhist practices such as Amitabha and Medicine Buddha.
Here I again provide some Vajrapani teaching, specifically to
- guard the ( above ) teachings of Sakyamuni Buddha
- give a personal remedy for both inner and outer strife
- answer extreme violence and destruction and free the consciousness ( souls ) of wartime traumas with "Tsonchei Mijigpai Gyalpo".

The basic name mantra is
OM VAJRAPANI HUM
and an online chant is
(金刚手菩萨心咒) Vajrapani Mantra
www.youtube.com/watch

For background teaching on Vajrapani:
Vajrapani ( Buddhist Angel of Power & Protection ) Empowerment and Teaching
australia.tribe.net/listing/...f1ec534d5

A Vajrapani practice for strife and war and all casualties of violence
This specific practice prescribed by the great adept Padmasambhava is found in the Rinchen Terdzod cycle of esoteric transmission.
My personal teachers Vajradhara 8th Khamtul Rinpoche and Vajradhara Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche stressed the urgency of this practice during these times of violence and war. "Tsonchei Mijigpai Gyalpo" means The Supreme Enlightened One Who Liberates Beings from the fear and terrifying illusions arising from death by weapons. Choegyal Rinpoche says "I ask all Buddhists to practice this to help the dead from all sides and to protect the innocent."

Here is the ( corrected ) Vajrapani activity mantra for "Tsonchei Mijigpai Gyalpo", with the first line correctly saying CHANDA, meaning Wrath not "chandra", meaning "moon".

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

For the above mantra the following online text gives the visualization and guide to practice:
www.choegyalrinpoche.org/Tsonc...po.pdf

A source scripture for Vajrapani taught by Guru Sakyamuni Buddha is
"Sutra of the Whole-Body Relic Treasure Chest Seal Dharani : The Heart Secret of All Tathagatas"
Translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in the Tang Dynasty, it contains the following short mantra which is for all Mahayana schools, including Zen and Pure Land:
OM SARVA TATHAGATOSNISA DHATU MUDRANI SARVA TATHAGATA SADHATU VIBHUSITA-ADHISTHITE HUM HUM SVAHA

The basic scripture and longer Sanskrit recitation ( dharani ) for this scripture is referenced here:
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...dac6e14

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AVATAMSAKA SUTRA, chapter 40 Spoken By Sakyamuni Buddha
For background see "Avatamsaka Sutra"
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatamsaka_Sutra
On Entering the Inconceivable state of Liberation through the Practices and Vows of the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra
www.ic.sunysb.edu/Clubs/bud...index.html

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Dedication Prayers

N.B. It is important to offer universal dedication prayers at the close of each teaching and practice to commit the energy of the practice.
That way it is not lost to circumstances.

(1)

Prayer for the Flourishing of the Teachings
www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan...eachings

A prayer given by a ḍākinī in a vision to Lerab Lingpa

༄༅། །སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་ནས་ཁམས་དགོན་བསྟན་པ་རྒྱས་བྱེད་སྨོན་ཚིག་ཞིག་བྲིས་གསུངས་ལྟར་བྲི་བར་བརྩམ་པའི་ཚེ་ཌཱཀྐི་དམར་མོ་ཞིག་གིས་ད་དུང་སྡོད་ཅིག །དུས་སུ་ངས་སྨྲ་བར་བྱེད་དོ་ཟེར་བར་ཡུན་རིང་ལུས་མཐར་རྒྱལ་སྟོད་པདྨ་ཤེལ་ཕུག་ཏུ་ཌཱཀྐི་དེས་འདི་ལྟར་གསུངས།

Tulku Namgyal had asked me to write a prayer for causing the Teaching of Buddha to flourish in the Khamgön monastery, and I was just beginning to write when a red ḍākinī appeared and said: “Wait! When the time comes, I’ll speak it to you!” Time went by, and I was in the Crystal Cave of Padma in Gyaltö, when that same ḍākinī appeared and this is what she said:

དཀོན་མཆོག་གསུམ་དང་ཤཱཀྱའི་རྒྱལ། །

könchok sum dang shakyé gyal

Buddha, Dharma and Saṅgha, and the Lord of the Śākyas, Śākyamuni,

རིགས་གསུམ་མགོན་དང་མ་ཕམ་པ། །

rik sum gön dang mapampa

Avalokiteśvara, Mañjuśrī and Vajrapāṇi, and Maitreya,

གནས་བརྟན་ཆེན་པོ་བཅུ་དྲུག་དང༌། །

neten chenpo chudruk dang

The sixteen Great Sthaviras,

པདྨ་འབྱུང་གནས་བདེན་སྟོབས་ཀྱིས། །

pema jungné den tob kyi

And Padmākara—

བླ་མའི་སྐུ་ཚེ་བརྟན་གྱུར་ཅིག །

lamé kutsé ten gyur chik

Through your power and through your truth, may the lives of the masters be secure!

དགེ་འདུན་སྡེ་འཕེལ་ཐུགས་མཐུན་ཤོག །

gendün dé pel tuktün shok

May the Saṅgha increase and dwell in harmony!

བསྟན་པའི་འགལ་རྐྱེན་ཀུན་ཞི་ཞིང༌། །

tenpé galkyen kün shyi shying

May all circumstances hostile to the Teaching be pacified!

བཤད་སྒྲུབ་ཕྲིན་ལས་དར་རྒྱས་ཤོག །

shedrub trinlé dargyé shok

May the activities of study and practice grow and spread!

ཨ་མའི་ཁ་ཆད་ཀྱི་ཚིག་འདི་ཡིན། ད་དུང་མང་པོ་ཡོད་པས་དུས་དུས་སུ་བཤད་པས་ཆོག་གོ །ཅེས་གསུངས་པ་ལྟར་ལས་གླིང་གིས་བྲིས། །

“These words are the mothers’ last advice. There is still much more to this, and it will be explained, when the time is right.” This is what she said and I, Lerab Lingpa, wrote it down.

(2)

Dedication Prayer of HH Dudjom Rinpoche, the "dzam ling chi dan"

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.

(3)

"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

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Written in partial fulfillment of my responsibilities as Buddhist guru.

Fair use for educational purposes is asserted for public communication of excerpts.
All copyrights to respective copyright holders.

Sarva mangalam!
May All Beings Benefit!

Siddhi Rastu!
May There Be Realization!

KT

N.B. : These are the tribes I now moderate. Of these, the tribes Noble Mother Tara and Zen are specifically Buddhist. Several of the others are oriented towards mysticism and broader visions of human consciousness and well-being. These are open to all well-meaning people.

Noble Mother Tara, Buddhist Goddess
taras.tribe.net

Nondual Wisdom / Primordial Awareness
nonduality.tribe.net

Sacred Conduit / Blessing Way
sacredconduit.tribe.net

Sound Healing and Sacred Speech
soundhealing.tribe.net

Sustainable Practices and Stewardship
tribes.tribe.net/sustainablepractices

Vision Keepers and Visionaries
visionkeepers.tribe.net

Zen ( Mahayana Buddhism )
zenmonkeys.tribe.net
posted Fri, November 14, 2014 - 2:13 AM
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 Seventeenth 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"
www.prophet666.com/2012/02/...eace.html

Ganesh Mantra "for blocked work"
www.prophet666.com/2012/01/...work.html

Ganesh mantra "to progress in your job"
www.prophet666.com/2012/01/...-job.html

Ganesh Protection Mantra
www.prophet666.com/2011/11/...ntra.html

Vijay Ganapati Mantra "which makes one victorious"
www.prophet666.com/2012/10/...hana.html

Ganesh Mantra "to emerge victorious"
www.prophet666.com/2012/03/...ious.html

Ganesh Uchatan mantra "to stop an enemy from troubling you"
www.prophet666.com/2012/01/...ntra.html

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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
www.youtube.com/watch

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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

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

Gimme Shelter! The Guardian Angel Diamond Dagger / Vajrakilaya : Empowerments, Teachings, and Practice Resources
With Special Guest Appearances ( And Then Some )
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.

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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)
www.youtube.com/watch

Made To Be a Gryffindor (The Nifflers)
www.youtube.com/watch

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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'
www.youtube.com/watch

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.

3.3 million hits

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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
posted Tue, May 13, 2014 - 1:50 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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Book:

The Cult of Tara: Magic and Ritual in Tibet (Hermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions) (Paperback)

Product Description
"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."

www.amazon.com/Cult-Tara-...0520036352/

Product Details

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

Product Description
"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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18 October 2014 addition:

See also the tribe

Tara's Tribe, for which I am the moderator-designate.

taras.tribe.net

I will post more teachings and mantras and references for Goddess Tara there.

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Sarva mangalam!
Siddhi rastu!

KT posted Thu, December 6, 2012 - 10:46 AM
You don't have to live like a refugee : Tantric Empowerment and Week Long Retreat for Protector Vajrakilaya in Arizona + European Events ( community » other ) You don't have to live like a refugee : Tantric Empowerment and Week Long Retreat for Protector Vajrakilaya in Arizona + European Events
Chino Valley Arizona, November 11- 16 2014, Garchen Buddhist Institute
This post also gives the current European schedule of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, with events in the following countries:
Portugal, Poland, Ukraine, Austria.

With full teaching references for the Diamond Dagger Vajrakilaya, which is one of the main "Patronus Charms" in Buddhist magic.

And some perspective on "shared practice" and the concept of "mastermind energy".

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Tom Petty - 'Refugee'
www.youtube.com/watch

Thor:
" 'Tis not by dropping out, but by Diving In..."


Odin:
"Do you swear to guard the lives of the innocent
and to preserve the peace?
Thor:
"I swear."

"Whosoever holds this hammer,
if he be worthy,
shall possess the power of Thor."

Thor Gets Back His Power.
www.youtube.com/watch

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"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

"If you do not make Vajrakilaya your primary practice, make it your secondary practice."
-- The Tibetan Nyingma Lineage Holder and Human Goddess Yeshe Tsogyel

This November a major protector ( guardian angel ) yoga transmission and deity yoga retreat will again be given at the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Arizona. This is for Vajrakilaya, the Diamond Dagger, a wrathful form of Vajrasattva and a principal protector for several schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Vajrakilaya is the Buddhist form of Shiva, of Buddha Vajrasattva manifesting the attributes and capabilities of the Hindu Shiva Mahadev.
The Dagger Deity Vajrakilaya is also a major form of the general Mahayana Buddhist protector Vajrapani, so I give again some Vajrapani teaching here.

The empowerment can be taken separately from the retreat. All Vajrakilaya practice must be based on a full Vajrakilaya empowerment from a Buddhist master and all Vajrakilaya initiates take the three levels of Buddhist commitments, Buddhist Refuge, Mahayana commitments, and tantric Buddhist samaya. For that reason it is necessary to get the book "Dakini Teachings" by Padmasambhava, which clearly defines the Buddhist path and responsiiblities.

I personally attest that H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Ven. Drupon Dorjee are world class tantric Buddhist gurus. I have major transmissions from both. These are teachers in the lineage of Milarepa and more specifically the Drikung Kagyu lineage which descends from Tilopa and Naropa ( India ), then Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa and Phagmodrupa.of Tibet.

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche is a great adept ( mahasiddha ) who has mastered a vast set of powerful tantric Buddhist transmissions and who teaches throughout the world.

Together with other major Buddhist teachers he was kept in a Chinese Communist concentration camp for over seven years.
At present he is teaching and giving transmissions in Europe.

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Garchen Buddhist Institute Chino Arizona
www.garchen.net/

The Official Website of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism [ Global Resources ]
www.drikung.org/


Garchen Rinpoche International Schedule is maintained at
www.garchen.net/schedule.html#intl

Some current European transmissions being given by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

October 8 -14: INSTITUTO CHANGCHUP, PORTO, PORTUGAL

Description: Public Talk: “Wisdom and Compassion in Relationships”, Mahamudra Empowerment & Teachings, Buddha Amitabha Empowerment & Teachings, Phowa Teachings & Practice
Website: Instituto Changchup
Contact: info@changchup.com


October 14 - 20: DRIKUNG SAMTEN CHOLING, WARSAW, POLAND

Description: Chakrasamvara Empowerment & Teachings, Thousand-Armed Chenrezig Empowerment & Teachings
www.garchen.pl/

October 20 -29: DRIKUNG COMMUNITY RATNASHRI, KIEV, UKRAINE

Description: Public Talk, Yamantaka Empowerment, Guru Yoga Teachings , White Tara Empowerment & Retreat
Website: Drikung Community Ratnashri
Contact: ratnashri.ua@gmail.com

October 29 - November 4: VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Website: www.samaya.at
Contact: samaya@gmx.at

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Like the Karma Kagyu lineage and the Sakya lineage, the Drikung incorporates a substantial set of teachings and yogas of Guru Padmasambhava, the great adept of India. Vajrakilaya was one of the main practices Padmasambhava brought from India to Tibet.
He employed Vajrakilaya to wipe out and subjugate many kinds of psychic negativity and psychic attacks in his work to establish the Buddhist teachings in Tibet. Vajrakilaya is one of the main practices and main protectors for several schools of Buddhist tantra, such as the Nyingma, the Sakya, the Drikung Kagyu and the Karma Kagyu.

Vajrakilaya is a primary practice for
- reducing and averting environmental disharmony
- purifying internal negative states and negative karma, including personal transgressions against Buddhist ethics
- handling difficult astrological aspects and transits
- combat magic ( mainly warding off and cutting through hostility, whether emotional attacks or directed psychic attacks )
- developing spiritual power.

Vajrakilaya is truly an all-purpose practice. It is applied for all five mandala activities, categorized as
- healing / purification
- enrichment
- magnetization
- subjugation
- awareness development and ultimate liberation.

There is a Long Life mantra for Vajrakilaya but I cannot publish it openly. One of the main purification and healing practices of esoteric Buddhism is Vajrasattva, and Vajrakilaya is an ultimate Vajrasattva empowerment and practice.

In general, all practice materials and teachings for Vajrakilaya are to be kept secret. There is actually a set of protectors associated with Vajrakilaya, which set includes many of the main protectors of all the Buddhist Mahayana schools, including the Japanese Shingon, the Chinese Ling Shen / True Buddha School, the Ch'an ( Zen ) School, the Medicine Buddha lineage and so forth.

Many of the greatest Buddhist masters of central Asia took Vajrakilaya as either their primary or secondary deity practice. The great adept/ mahasiddha Padmasambhava spent twelve years perfecting the practice of Vajrakilaya. I emphasize the importance of this practice to those who consult me.

This transmission and practice retreat are no substitute for professional care by a physician or psychologist.


Introduction/ Teaching Article:
"Gimme Shelter! The Guardian Angel Diamond Dagger / Vajrakilaya : Empowerments, Teachings, and Practice Resources"

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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. In this listing I provide information on upcoming empowerments in the Pacific Northwest and Arizona plus an annual New York City practice, background teaching on Vajrakilaya, and access to a broad and deep set of Vajrakilaya practice resources.


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VAJRAKILAYA TEACHINGS, EMPOWERMENT AND DRUBCHEN, WITH H.E. GARCHEN RINPOCHE, VEN. DRUPON DORJEE RINPOCHE, VEN. LAMA THUBTEN NIMA, VEN. LAMA ABAO AND VEN. LAMA BUNIMA
NOVEMBER 11 - 16 2014

Garchen Buddhist Institute
Post Office Box 4318
Chino Valley, Arizona
86323-4318 U.S.A.
Telephone: 928.925.1237
e-Mail:questions@garchen.net

Directions:
www.garchen.net/eventguide...#directions

from
www.garchen.net/schedule.h...ly-schedule

Vajrakilaya’s Mantra: OM BENZAR KILIKILAYA SARWA BIGNEN BAM HUNG PHAT

November 11 ( 9 am – noon): Vajrakilaya Teachings
November 11 (2-5 pm): Vajrakilaya Empowerment
November 12-16 (around the clock from 9 am, 11/12 – 5 pm, 11/16)): Vajrakilaya Drubchen

Vajrakilaya is a wrathful manifestation of Vajrasattva, the buddha of purification. The practice of Vajrakilaya focuses on removing intense inner and outer obstacles to peace, happiness, and spiritual awakening.

In today’s difficult times, anxieties about our personal life and world conditions can create disturbing thought-forms within us. With billions of people consumed by the same concerns, our shared thought-forms create an interwoven web of great turmoil around the world. This can give rise to afflictive emotions, creating inner obstacles to spiritual practice and happiness, which, in turn, manifest as outer obstacles in life. Vajrakilaya practice is especially helpful and suitable during this time, both for individual practitioners and for the well-being of the world community as a whole. And it is a perfect way to prepare for the New Year.

“Drubchen” 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. Sincere participation in a drubchen is said to generate merit and potential realization equal to one year of retreat. Dedicating the practice to all sentient beings extends this benefit and enhances world peace and prosperity.

The Vajrakilaya empowerment and teachings are offered, but are not required to participate in the drubchen, and no prior experience in the practice is necessary. You may attend part or all of the event as your schedule permits, and the empowerment may be attended separate from the drubchen.

The Vajrakilaya sadhana available through our webstore and onsite bookstore is "The Daily Practice of the Secret Attainment of the Unsurpassed Extremely Secret Vajrakilaya, called 'The Essence of the Play of Concerned Activity" and a very helpful book on Vajrakilaya practice is The Practice of Vajrakilaya. Both are available through our webstore at www.garchen.net/gbi-store (search for "Vajrakilaya") and our onsite bookstore.

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned in eastern Tibet by the former Drikung Kyagbon Zhiwe Lodrö. He was brought to Lho Miyal Monastery at age seven and administered it from the age of eleven. From great masters, he received vast and profound instructions on the preliminary practices (Ngondro), the Fivefold Practice of Mahamudra, and the Six Yogas of Naropa. At the age of 22, after completing a two and one half year retreat, he was imprisoned for 20 years during the Chinese Cultural Revolution in Tibet. While in the labor camp, he received meditation instructions from his root lama. Enduring hardship and practicing secretly, he attained realization of the lama’s wisdom mind. Since 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has made great effort to rebuild the Drikung Kagyu monasteries, reestablish the Buddhist teachings, and build four boarding schools for local children in Tibet. Rinpoche, known for his vast realization and kindness, is the founder and spiritual director of The Garchen Institute.

To preregister, please download the Vajrakilaya Registration Form and email to questions@garchen.net

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Book Reference on a complete basic cycle of Drikung Kagyu teaching

I strongly recommend this book to all Great Way / Mahayana Buddhists and those who seek to take up the Mahayana.
It is very accessible, practical, and substantial.

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

www.garchen.net/gbi-store/...path-a.html

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


Buddhist teachings provide numerous methods for bringing greater meaning and happiness into our lives and into our relationships with others. In A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche reveals these methods in direct, vibrant, down-to-earth language. At the core of this work lies The Jewel Treasury of Advice, a text composed by Drikung Bhande Dharmaradza (1704–1754), the reincarnation of Drikung Dharmakirti. Khenchen Rinpoche interprets these ancient teachings with compassion, humor, and a keen awareness for their relevance in contemporary Western life. Those who sincerely want to study and practice the Buddha's teachings will find this an indispensable guide.

From Amazon Reviews:
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
COMPREHENSIVE BUDDHIST STUDY AND PRACTICE MANUAL BY ONE OF THE BEST TEACHERS I KNOW
By Anand Yogendra on May 28, 2010

If you are interested in Buddhist practice and study from the very beginning (FOUR THOUGHTS THAT TURN THE MIND-----FOUNDATION PRACTICE FOR BUDDHISM) to the final Heart Advice from Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen, COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE BUDDHIST PATH is for you....a great, great teacher.....I so love him....and I so love his teaching, especially when he comes here to Tucson for teachings/practices......The world is very fortunate to have Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen....and his teachings....He wrote this book so that everyone can practice the entire scope of buddhism......from the beginning......


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Vajrakilaya Practice Text ( Restricted to Initiates )

Vajrakilaya

The Daily Practice of the Secret Attainment of the Unsurpassed Extremely Secret Vajrakilaya, called, "The Essence of the Play of Concerned Activity" 66 pages...

www.garchen.net/gbi-store/...kilaya.html

Liberation Upon Sight Sticker

After release from [ Chinese Communist ] prison, Garchen Rinpoche began reestablishing the Dharma in Tibet as best he could. One of his favorite methods was to print the Liberation-By-Sight mantra and make it available for as many people as possible. He hands out stickers and pins with this mantra at every opportunity and highly recommends that his students make it clearly visible for as many people as possible.

www.garchen.net/gbi-store/...ticker.html


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Global Drikung Kagyu Resources

The Official Website of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism

www.drikung.org/

The Drikung Kagyu Order was founded in 1179 by Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön. It is headed by the two Kyabgon Rinpoches, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang. While Chungtsang Rinpoche resides in Lhasa, Chetsang Rinpoche has established the Drikung Kagyu seat in exile in Dehra Dun, in the northeast of India.

World Wide Centers of the Drikung Kagyu
www.drikung.org/world-wide-centers

Vajra Publications
vajrapub.com/

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The Hundred Syllable Vajrakilaya mantra
an activity mantra based on the Vajrasattva Hundred Syllable Mantra
( for initiates only - more information on the Hundred Syllable mantra below )

from p84- p86 of "A Roll of Thunder From the Void: Vajrakila Texts Volume 2"
openly published by Rig-'dzin rdo-rje ( Dr. Martin Boord )
Wandel Verlag ( Berlin ) 2010
ISBN 978-3-942380-05-8

"Whatever lapses, breaches, errors and confusions we have committed with regard to our root and branch sacred oaths, all of them we now humbly confess in the presence of the three-kaya guru."

Om sri vajrakumaara samayam anupaalaya

sri vajrakumaara-tvenopatistha

drdo me bhava sutosyo me bhava suposyo me bhava

anurakto me bhava

sarva siddhim me prayaccha

sarva karma su

ca me cittam sreyah kuru

huum ha ha ha ha hoh

bhagavan sarva tathaagata sri vajrakumaara

ma me munca

srivajrakumara bhava

mahaa samayasattva aah huum phat


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Vajrapani Mantras
[ Vajrapani is the basis for Vajrakilaya. ]

Vajrapani is the general protector of the Mahayana Buddhist teachings, such as the Medicine Buddha teachings, the Ch'an / Zen lineages and so forth.

Here are two mantras for Vajrapani.

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

(1)

Nyingma ( Old School Tibetan ) Action Mantra for Vajrapani

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


(2)

East Asian ( Indo- Chinese ) Mahayana recitation for Vajrapani

N.B. This manta can be practiced by anyone who has Mahayana Buddhist vows. In that sense it is open to many throughout the world.

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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Shao Lin Kung Fu

Bruce Lee - Be Water My Friend (Melodysheep Remix)
www.youtube.com/watch

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Other Recent Arizona News

Colorado City police chief admits corruption; AG calls for disbandment of FLDS marshals
www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/ar...arshals/

Written by Cami Cox Jim on June 19, 2014 in Government, Life, News, Religion - 28 Comments
Excerpt copyright St. George News, SaintGeorgeUtah.com LLC, 2014, all rights reserved.

COLORADO CITY, Arizona – This month, the ax of justice is swinging over the border towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah.

The disbandment of the Colorado City/Hildale Marshal’s Office is necessary and appropriate because this police department has operated for decades, and continues to operate, as the de facto law enforcement arm of the FLDS Church,” Horne said, as quoted in a press release from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. “We have introduced legislation for the past three years to transfer law enforcement to the Mohave County sheriff and unfortunately it has failed to pass.”

“Testimony in support of this legislation,” Horne continued, “shows that when girls have tried to escape from the town, the Marshalls forced them back, and committed many other injustices. When the legislation failed, I found $400,000 per year to transfer to the Mohave County sheriff, to have at least one sheriff in Colorado City. As a result, girls have escaped who said they couldn’t have without the sheriff there.”

Barlow further admitted that law enforcement officers in Colorado City/Hildale have blockaded the efforts of outside agencies by alerting community members when they were about to be served warrants or subpoenas, so they could avoid officers attempting to serve the documents.

Barlow additionally admitted to looking the other way when FLDS members, including a deputy in the Marshal’s Office, have taken underage brides. He also stated that Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies have had to repeatedly stop law enforcement officers in the community from arresting non-FLDS members without probable cause and that Colorado City manager David Darger has altered numerous police reports, including altering a report that caused detriment to the subject, who was a non-FLDS member.

“My office will not tolerate corrupt law enforcement agencies in this State, and the disbandment of what is perhaps the most corrupt police department in the history of this State will go a long way toward protecting the public from further discrimination and harm in these communities,” Horne said.

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Re oppression of women, boys and girls by religion: An example in real life 21st century America, w/ book reference
ijustfinishedreading.tribe.net/th...f26

KT says:

I am very clear on the fact that people are often deeply hypnotized into cultural patterns, especially in early childhood, and this can be extremely negative and crippling.

Just tonight I read half the pages of a major book on Fundamentalist Mormons, and how a woman got her eight kids out of that group.
All the women and children were brainwashed, and many children suffered.
At one point the Mormon Fundamentalist leader threw out over one hundred young boys from the cult. In one month, according to the author. They were each literally driven to some part or other of a road and dropped off to fend for themselves.

So the child abuse was as much targeting young boys and removing them from the community as it was making child brides of twelve and fourteen year old girls.
And all the books were forcibly removed from the cult, and the kids were told that outsiders were evil and wanted to harm them.

So, by that standard, exiling young boys to fend for themselves on the highway, equates to cult leaders handing these kids over to evil and harm. That was their set of family values.
And women don't get into heaven except by their husbands.

So the women, the boys and the girls all suffer under a patriarchal Mormon cult. And yet they adhere to it because they know nothing else and because the whole tightly controlled environment runs entirely on totalitarian principles. It is literally a fascist social order masquerading as "family values".

In other words, extreme social coercion of children results in a form of hypnotic control under the label of religion.
Not that there is any basis for calling the Mormons a part of the "Christian" communion.
They are certainly not Pauline Christians. They are no more so than Islamists are Christian.

The point is that this expose details how many children can be turned into basically unthinking slaves of a completely irrational cult.
Without NLP or Ericksonian techniques. Just through sheer social control and threats of hell and outsiders.

And this story is confirmed through independent sources. I read the other investigational material, but now I see how it really worked from the inside.


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Escape [ Paperback ]
by Carolyn Jessop (Author), Laura Palmer (Author)
Paperback: 426 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (December 30, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0767927575

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Shared practice, "mastermind energy", author Napolean Hill and Christian criticism:
A Buddhist teacher responds

From
spiritualonly.tribe.net/thread...27d6d2e

Conversation with a Christian
topic posted Thu, December 31, 2009 - 12:12 PM by Kelly

I am part of a business that involves networking with others. Of course that is all business, its just that this is a "networking business". Since this is a particularly challenging business model, I elicit help from colleagues in the form of a mastermind group. Has anyone had any experience with this type of group energy?
I have to say, I have spent time in many such groups and have seen the extraordinary results that can come from them.
The conversation the header refers to is about mastermind energy and whether or not its "good" from a biblical perspective. The person I was having the conversation with was questioning what type of energy a mastermind has. My main answer to his arguments was that the energy consists of what's put into it. That in and of itself it is valueless. I also said "That isn't as interesting to me as whether or not people of differing belief systems can work together in a spirit of harmony to achieve their goals."
I am definitely interested in your ideas, experiences and perspectives about this.
I was introduced to the concept of the mastermind thru Napoleon Hill's book, "Think and Grow Rich". I have seen a few other sources of this idea, but it isn't as widespread as I would expect. I would welcome some insight from you.
Thanks,
Kelly

KT responds:

Re Napoleon Hill and "Mastermind" : Conversation with a Christian
Today, 1:31 PM

Yes of course. I have lots of experience with this kind of shared energy and group work. And in different cultural environments.

I have now read the basic text on "mastermind energy" by Napoleon Hill. [ See below. ] It is very straightforward.

As a Buddhist theologian and Buddhist spiritual doctor I say this is reasonable and functional. It is in fact standard in many traditional cultures around the world.

Buddhists use this kind of approach when they gather together to recite mantras in a group.

When 30 Buddhists practice mantra well for one hour together, each person gets the result of all other practitioners so each person investing one hour gets a total of thirty hours of mantra accumulation. Very straightforward.

The Christian you met is a very suspicious muggle and has no background in theology whatsoever.
There is a kind of "mastermind" practice in the Old Testament, when people come together to pray in Hebrew.
Obviously this is the point of a synagogue.
So that clueless muggle "Christian" is operating from doubt and fear and ignorance, and not from love, not from agape'.
And also not thinking straight. After all, the group synagogue prayers clearly follow a comparable model.

This approach is of course found in many major religious groups. It's not a new idea or something strange. It is a form of group support and pooling of energy.

What is completely ironic here is that early Pauline Christianity was strongly focused on mutual support and sharing resources and homes among fellow believers of different towns, but that modern American "Christianity" is often hostile, judgemental and condemning, as well as failing to effectively support other Christians, e.g. those suffering from the depredations and destruction of Islam in different countries.

So your interlocutor got it all wrong, and furthermore knows nothing about early Christianity and nothing about the principles of Christianity.
How sad.

The concept of a shared spiritual practice and pooling the energy of shared practice is tens of thousands of years old. It is certainly part of the prehistoric shamanic traditions in different parts of the world.
Some months ago I posted on a "wizard sing-along." In fact I posted for several. One was for Medicine Buddha group accumulation. You can see these in my Tribe listings.

As this post shows, the concept is fairly universal as well as functional.
Co-operation is the key. Division, doubt and fear and distrust block that.
Unfortunately, the fundamentalist approaches to Christianity do not admit of there being different ways for people to come together and work together. They operate from a fixed religious dogma and so the general approach of diverse people sharing a common goal is something they reject.
And that is the kind of Christian you were engaging, a fundamentalist.

It was not the fundamentalists who helped in the 1964 voting rights work in Mississippi. There were different kinds of people who came together for that major effort.
I studied a book length history of the Freedom Summer effort and the outcome.
A number of college kids participated in Freedom Summer, and one of the kids who was killed in Mississippi was Jewish and from the Northeast.

He was my brother, and he died so his brothers could be free.

He Was My Brother
www.youtube.com/watch

Let me put it to you 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 Conspiracy"

"The vision I see is not only a movement of direct democracy, of self- and co-determination and non-violence, but a movement in which politics means the power to love and the power to feel united on the spaceship Earth... In a world struggling in violence and dishonesty, the further development of non-violence - not only as a philosophy but as a way of life, as a force on the streets, in the market squares . . . - becomes one of the most urgent priorities."
-- Petra Kelly, Green Movement organizer

KT

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From Napoleon Hill:

CHAPTER 10
POWER OF THE MASTER MIND

www.sacred-texts.com/nth/tgr/tgr15.htm

THE DRIVING FORCE

The Ninth Step toward Riches


POWER is essential for success in the accumulation of money.

PLANS are inert and useless, without sufficient POWER to translate them into ACTION. This chapter will describe the method by which an individual may attain and apply POWER.

POWER may be defined as "organized and intelligently directed KNOWLEDGE." Power, as the term is here used, refers to ORGANIZED effort, sufficient to enable an individual to transmute DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. ORGANIZED effort is produced through the coordination of effort of two or more people, who work toward a DEFINITE end, in a spirit of harmony.

POWER IS REQUIRED FOR THE ACCUMULATION OF MONEY! POWER IS NECESSARY FOR THE RETENTION OF MONEY AFTER IT HAS BEEN ACCUMULATED!

Let us ascertain how power may be acquired. If power is "organized knowledge," let us examine the sources of knowledge:

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Keep The Faith ( Buddhist Ethics )

Re Four Theses : a teacher responds
zenmonkeys.tribe.net/thread/...e1f02b8f

Some background discussion and resources.
From which:

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
-- Guru Sakyamuni Buddha, Kalama Sutra

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Dedication Prayer of 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.

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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N.B. : I do not represent any of these teachers.

May All Beings Benefit!
May there be yogic accomplishment!
May the Mahayana teaching and community flourish!
May obstacles and negativity be cleared away!

This is also dedicated to the brave kids in Hong Kong who stand for free elections and for democracy. May they be protected from danger and harm.

"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 cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or sect, a party or a class. It is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity."
-- Anna Julia Stewart

“Throughout the world, love must dissolve intolerance; knowledge must undermine ignorance, co-ordinated activism must replace passive acceptance and despair; dialogue must replace recrimination;… recognition of universal human rights must replace disenfranchisement.”
-- Dr. Jeffrey Hopkins, in the foreword to the book “How to Expand Love”, by the Dalai Lama

Written in partial fulfillment of my responsibilities as Buddhist guru.

KT posted Tue, October 14, 2014 - 3:55 PM
Major Tantric Buddhist Empowerments ( Nyingma ) in Florida, Ohio, Maryland, New York this month ( community » other ) Major Tantric Buddhist Empowerments ( Nyingma ) in Florida, Ohio, Maryland, New York this month

Keywords : meditation, tantric yoga, mantra, esoteric spiritual practice, Buddhism, Mahayana, Palyul lineage of Nyingma school of Indo-Tibetan vajrayana. HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, transmissions of the following - "Vajrasattva, Vajrakilaya, Padmasambhava, Vajrayogini / Dorje Phagmo, Hundred Deities / Bardo, Long Life", states of "Florida, Ohio, Maryland, New York", October 2009, Tibetan Treasures.

Summary: a major lineage holder of the Nyingma lineage, His Holiness the Fifth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, is currently giving major transmissions in several states. Here we provide an introduction, background, references, and sources for practice texts.

Homage to the true gurus.

This month a major teacher, His Holiness Karma Kuchen of the Palyul lineage, is giving major transmissions in the Nyingma lineage, and in several states. The transmissions are for key deity yoga practices in the Nyingma lineage, including some of the most precious and important.

The Palyul lineage is very well established in different parts of the world, as their web site shows. They have, for example, extensive teaching activities each summer at a retreat center in upstate New York. This lineage is extremely generous with key transmissions, as the following will show. I am very glad to publically support the Palyul lineage at this time, as I did once locally ( and formally ) represent HH Padma Norbu Rinpoche in 1997, through a local West Coast Shambhala fellowship.

Please note that the following is provided for informational purposes only. I do not in any way formally represent this lineage. I will not make any specific promises regarding the suitability or effectiveness of these practices for anyone. These practices in fact do not "work for everyone", nor are they "meant for everyone".

I do have over twenty years experience with Nyingma and Dzogchen practice, and of my sixty nine ( 69 ) or more high and complete transmissions of Vajrasattva, most are Nyingma lineage. In general, the empowerments to be given by HH Karma Kuchen are of great and universal value for all tantric Buddhist practitioners, whether specifically Nyingma school or otherwise.

These transmissions do come with the high and specific vows of Buddhist tantra, not to be transgressed, for which see the book:
"Dakini Teachings", by Padmasambhava.

The Nyingma lineage and these transmissions are associated with the Great Perfection yoga ( atiyoga or "dzogchen" ). For more information on esoteric Buddhist tantra in the form of authentic Nyingma and Dzogchen materials, see Snow Lion Publications online
www.snowlionpub.com/
and the book
"The Crystal and the Way of Light", by Namkhai Norbu.
This latter book in an indispensible and very accessible general introduction.

For some online materials introducing the Great Perfection, see the index at
www.keithdowman.net/dzogchen/index.htm
and
www.keithdowman.net/books/sd.htm

For a formal introduction to the Nyingma practice, see
"Tantric Practice in Nying-ma", by Khetsun Sangpo Rinbochay.

A principal cofounder of Buddhism in Tibet, and also of the Nyingma ( Earlier Transmission ), is Guru Padmasambhava of India. Guru Padmasambhava continues to be of enormous importance in several schools of Tibetan Buddhism, e.g. the Sakya and the Karma Kagyu as well as the Nyingma. This guru-deity is also practiced by millions of East Asians daily.

Guru Padmasambhava is, for several definite reasons, the most practiced guru yoga among all Buddhists worldwide, with the only possible exception being Sakyamuni Guru yoga. The teachings and transmissions of Guru Padma are absolutely vast and profound.

For basic information on Guru Padmasambhava see
www.rangjung.com/authors/p...mbhava.htm

"Padmakara has influenced countless beings through the Vajrayana teachings and in particular through the activity of the profound terma treasures. This great master was not an ordinary person on the path or just a noble being on one of the bodhisattva bhumis but an emanation of both Buddha Amitabha and Shakyamuni who appeared in order to tame the human beings and spirits difficult to convert."

Regarding the transmissions to be given by HH Karma Kuchen, practice texts and supporting materials *are* available. See for example restricted practice texts, or sadhana, from Tibetan Treasures ( www.tibetantreasures.com ). Without the formal initiations, such as those to be given in this tour, all such esoteric practice texts are useless and withheld.

Some biographical material is provided below for HH Karma Kuchen. He has recently inherited the primary responsibility for upholding the teachings and transmissions of the Palyul lineage, a major branch of the Nyingma lineage, due to the recent passing of His Holiness Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche.

In 1997 I received two major transmissions from his predecessor, the late HH Drubwang Rinpoche, and some personal instruction, and have tremendous respect for the power and effectiveness of the Palyul lineage, and therefore strongly recommend the new lineage holder, HH Karma Kuchen. Further, I use some of the Palyul restricted practice text translations, such as Vajrakilaya, and find these to be of great practical value in deity yoga practice.

Basic information on the Palyul lineage can be found at
palyul.org/index.htm

For example, here is the basic introduction for HH Karma Kuchen, at:
palyul.org/eng_biotulku_karmakuchen.htm

Short Biography of His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche

His Holiness the Fifth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness Dujom Rinpoche and Penor Rinpoche as the unmistaken incarnation of previous Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Karma Thegchog Nyingpo.

He was invited to Namdroling Monastery where Penor Rinpoche looked after him and provided him with basic religious education. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche excelled in all the monastic training and mastered all the traditional knowledge of The Palyul Lineage. He also received numerous Nyingma Teachings from great masters such as His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Penor Rinpoche.

Keeping in view of his wonderful qualities of a master, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche appointed him as the Head of the Palyul Mother Monastery in Tibet in 1994. On 14 August 2000, he was formally enthroned as the lineage holder of the Palyul Tradition and is now the 12th throne holder of The Palyul Lineage. Penor Rinpoche on many occasions appreciated his efforts in holding the pure lineage of Palyul tradition and dissemination of Buddha Dharma in the Land of Snows.

The significant achievement of Karma Kuchen Rinpoche since his arrival in Tibet was that he had built many temples, stupas, prayer wheels, images of deities and other objects of veneration and faith. Under the direction of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, he has built a very grand and magnificent temple within the monastery premises.

Of the many remarkable qualities that he possesses, the most striking quality is his strict and pure observance of all the vows of a monk. He is thus the embodiment of pure conduct in these degenerate times.


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One kind of major practice to be bestowed by His Holiness is Vajrakilaya, the Diamond Dagger. This is a most profound practice for removing inner defilements and clearing away outer negativity and difficult circumstances. A wrathful form of the great encompassing deity Vajrasattva ( common to all the esoteric schools of Buddhist tantra ), Vajrakilaya is of central importance in the Nyingma and Sakya lineages of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, and a major or central practice for many lamas and celebrated great gurus of Tibetan Buddhism.

Vajrakilaya has been a major personal practice of HH the Dalai Lama, and most major Nyingma gurus, such as Great Guru Padmasambhava, who brought the practie to Tibet.

See
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vajrakilaya

for a basic introduction with references.

From which wikipedia article

His Eminence Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on the practice of Vajrakilaya states that:

"Vajrakilaya, or kila, means something sharp, and something that pierces – a dagger. A dagger that is so sharp it can pierce anything, while at the same time nothing can pierce it. That is the quality. This sharp and piercing energy is what is used to practice and out of the many infinite, endless Vajrayana methods this happens to be one of most important methods."

See also the following books:

Khenchen Palden Sherab, Rinpoche, Ven. & Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, Rinpoche, Ven. (2008) The Dark Red Amulet: Oral Instructions on the Practice of Vajrakilaya. Ithaca NY: Snow Lion

Boord, Martin J. (2002) A Bolt of Lightning From the Blue. The Vast Commentary on Vajrakila that Clearly Defines the Essential Points Berlin: edition khordong ISBN 3-936372-00-4

A substantial practice text ( which is restricted ) is available from
www.tibetantreasures.com
and from other sources as well.

One may take this empowerment simply to begin practice of the quintessential foundational yoga of Vajrasattva. A short teaching on Vajrasattva is found on my tribe home under the picture for the Sanskrit mantra "Hundred Syllable mantra".

The same is true of another major transmission to be given, that of the Hundred Deities. This is vast and comprehensive. It is a primary cycle originally brought to Tibet by Guru Padmasambhava. For detailed introduction and many teachings, see the book
"The Tibetan Book of the Dead, First Complete Translation" by Thupten Jinpa, Viking Press.

It is available from Amazon. See
www.amazon.com/gp/product..._k2_dp_sr_1

"The Tibetan Book of the Dead: First Complete Translation (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Paperback)"
Graham Coleman (Editor), Thupten Jinpa (Editor)
Paperback: 592 pages
Publisher: Penguin Classics; Deluxe edition (January 30, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0143104942
ISBN-13: 978-0143104940

Regasrding formal deity yoga sadhana, there is again a substantial and restricted practice text for Bardo / Hundred Deities available from
www.tibetantreasures.com
and also some others from several other sources.

When requesting a restricted text, please note that it is very important to demonstrate, by emial or telephone, that one has *actually* attended the empowerment. So be sure to take notes on the steps of the transmission in order to provide some evidence of legitimate transmission. Otherwise anyone could just claim to have initiation, and that would cause obstacles for those who practice and/or uphold the lineages.

This is written in partial fulfillment of my tantric Buddhist teaching vows. It is most certainly a comprehensive teaching and a discussion, not just an "advertisement".

May many benefit, and may the teachings and transmissions of the Palyul lineage, and those of Padmasambhava continue to manifest purely and powerfully for the benefit of all beings.

You have been helped.

Sarva mangalam. Siddhi rastu!

KT



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Upcoming Tour Schedule for HH Karma Kuchen

United States
Oct. 6 - Oct. 11 Gulf Breeze, Florida
Palyul Changchub Choling Sunday October 11th 2pm Vajrakilaya Empowerment

Oct. 12 - 18 Washington, DC
Palyul Changchub Dargyeling and
Kunzang Palyul Choling Saturday October 17th 2pm
Sunday October 18th 10am
Namcho Three Root Deity Empowerment and teachings

Oct. 19 - 26 Ohio
Palyul Changchub Dargyeling, Ohio
3750 West Streetsboro Rd.
Richfield, Ohio 44286
voice mail: 330-659-0468 Saturday October 24th 2pm Thousand Arm Chenrezig Empowerment
Sunday October 25th 10am Hundred Deity Empowerment

Nov. 1 New York City
Arranged by New York Palyul Student community
Queens Palace
37-11 57th Street
Woodside, Queens
Sunday November 1st, 1:00 PM
Long Life Empowerment

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About Palyul Changchub Choling
florida.palyul.org/

We are a branch of Palyul Ling International, a Buddhist organization dedicated to practicing the Buddhist path to enlightenment as taught through the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. To be more specific, we study and practice together under the guidance of our teacher Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche who usually visits us at least once a year to give teachings and encouragement. We are located in Gulf Breeze, just outside Pensacola, Florida.


Our address is 14 Live Oak Street, Unit D, Gulf Breeze, FL. Contact us by telephone at (850)934-3409 or through e-mail at florida@palyul.org.


We’re happy to announce that His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche will be visiting the Gulf Breeze/ Pensacola area in early October. This rare and significant event results from Rinpoche’s enthroning as the head of Palyul after the passing last spring of H.H. Penor Norbu Rinpoche and is motivated by H.H. Karma Kuchen’s wish to visit every Palyul sangha and meet as many sangha members as possible. His travels will bring him across the U.S. and into Mexico and Canada, as well as to many locations in Asia and Australia.


October 7, Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
“The Bodhisattva Path,” a talk by Khenpo Tenzin Norgay at the dharma center

October 8, Thursday 7:00 p.m.
Reception dinner at Don and Scott’s

October 9, Friday
Refuge vows and teaching on refuge by H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche

October 11, Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Vajrakilaya empowerment

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www.tara.org/programs-an...uchens-tour/

Kunzang Palyul Choling
Mailing Address:

PO Box 88 Poolesville, MD 20837

Phone Number: 301-710-6259

Email: kpc@tara.org

Temple Location: 18400 River Road, Poolsville, MD 20837


Kunzang Palyul Choling and Palyul Changchub Dargyeling - DC Center will host His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the 12th Throne Holder of the Palyul Lineage. His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche is the Dharma Heir of His Holiness Drubwang Penor Rinpoche, who passed in March. Prior to that time, Karma Kuchen Rinpoche held full responsibility for the Palyul Mother Monastery in Tibet and for all of its branches.

His Holiness will be conferring Empowerments and Khenpo Tenzin Norgay will be giving Teachings on the following days:

SCHEDULE
Saturday, October 17
10am - Guru Rinpoche Empowerment

2pm - Vajrakilaya and Dorje Phagmo Empowerments

Sunday, October 18
10am - “Nature of the Dakini” teaching by Khenpo Tenzin Norgay

2pm - Long Life Empowerment

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www.palyulohio.org/home/

We are pleased to announce that His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche is coming to our Ohio temple October 19th to 27th, 2009. Holiness will be consecrating our temple as well as doing a public talk for the community, and giving the 100 Deity and Thousand Armed Chenrezig Empowerments. Khenpo Tenzin Norgay will be coordinating the tour and we are pleased he will be translating for this event. More details coming soon. If you wish to be a sponsor for this historic occasion, contact our Program Coordinator, cathy@palyulohio.org.

Contact us
Temple email: pcdo@palyulohio.org

Temple phone: 330.659.0468

Temple mail: Palyul Ohio P.O. Box 202 Richfield Ohio 44286

If you’d like to join our email list to be notified of our upcoming events, please write to tom@palyulohio.org

Our Tibetan Temple is located at 3750 West Streetboro Road (Route 303) in Richfield Ohio near the Akron area.

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asia.groups.yahoo.com/group/b...uddhism/

'Basic Buddhism' e-group provides updates of Buddhist teaching schedules by teachers of all schools and traditions. It is to facilitate the meeting-up and obtaining of practice instructions from good, qualified teachers. They include H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso.

Buddhist activities can be e-mailed to basic_buddhism-owner@yahoogroups.com for consolidating and forwarding.

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groups.yahoo.com/group/nyingma/

The Nyingma List welcomes anyone interested in discussing Buddhism, particularly practitioners with an interest in the mainstream Nyingma lineage under the spiritual direction of HH Dudjom Rinpoche,HH Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, HH Penor Rinpoche and many more.
posted Sat, October 3, 2009 - 1:09 PM
Ven. Dungse Rigdzin Dorje [ Nyingma Tantric Buddhist ] transmissions in Southern CA / West Coast Sept / October 09 ( community » other ) Ven. Dungse Rigdzin Dorje [ Nyingma Tantric Buddhist ] transmissions in Southern CA / West Coast Sept / October 09

Keywords : Dzogchen [ Great Perfection yoga ] instruction, Guruyoga empowerments, Cho "shamanic healing" / "psychic healing", Zangdokpalri Foundation, Ven. Dungse Rigdzin Dorje Rinpoche, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco.

Summary:
Zangdokpalri Foundation is a tantric Buddhist organization which provides
a) support for 175 monks and nuns
b) an online store which offers audio recordings of healing chants and teachings on the Great Perfection yoga
c) continuing tours to provide tantric blessing, empowerments, and instruction in the Great Perfection.

Ven. Dungse Rigdzin Dorje Rinpoche is visiting Southern California as part of his current nationwide tour and giving major transmissions, including several days of teaching on Great Perfection practice, a Padmasambhava guruyoga empowerment, and a Yeshe Tsogyel goddess/ guruyoga empowerment.

The Indian Great Adept Guru Padmasambhava and the Tibetna female Great Adept Guru Dakini Yeshe Tsogyel are two of the principal cofounders of Buddhist esoteric yoga in Tibet, and so their guru yoga practices are primary and central keys to the practice, specifically for Great Perfection yoga.

Great Perfection yoga was in fact the central and innermost practice of both these Great Adepts. It is recently coming to flourish throughout many western countries through the efforts of many teachers and international fellowships.

Great Perfection, known as Atiyoga in Sanskrit, or Dzogchen in Tibetan, is the discipline of yogic mysticism definde in terms of Vision, Meditation, and Action, as clearly explained in the book
"The Crystal and the Way of Light: Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen" by Namkhai Norbu and related titles at:
www.snowlionpub.com/

[ For more on above, see references following this article. ]

In addition to formal transmissions and tantric empowerments, Ven. Dungse Rigdzin Dorje and his touring monks and nuns will also offer several two day sessions of a healing rite known as "Cho" or "Chod", which means Severance or Mystic Sacrifice. This healing rite is psychic and shamanic in nature, and has been used as a psychological and spiritual therapy as well as a path to full liberation for many centuries. Please note that this is not a Cho empowerment into highest yoga tantra, but a Cho blessing only. [ References below. ]

Ven. Dungse Rigdzin Dorje Rinpoche inherits the teaching lineage and esoteric revelation transmissions of his late father Kyabje [ Refuge Master ] Kunzang Dechen Lingpa Rinpoche. Kyabje Kunzang Dechen Lingpa was a direct and longtime student of His Holiness Dudjom Rinbochay.

His Holiness Dudjom was a principal lineage holder of the Nyingma lineage, one of the greatest mystics of modern times, and a principal upholder of vast and deep transmissions in the time of greatest loss and destruction of the inner Buddhist tantra. Thus, the lineage and authenticity of Ven. Dungse Rigdzin Dorje Rinpoche is very well established at the highest level. Even though I have not seen Ven. Dungse Rigdzin Dorje Rinpoche, I have great confidence in his lineage, which is detailed separately below.

The following events occur at the tail end of a U.S. nationwide tour that also includes earlier major transmissions on the East Coast, and upcoming important transmissions and blessings in other West Coast cities.

I do not speak for this guru nor his foundation, nor can any promises be made regarding efficacy of healing or appropriateness of these kinds of transmissions for any person. These events may or may not be helpful depending very much on the person who attends.

For official documentation and contact information, see the Zangdokpalri web site at
www.zangdokpalri.org/index.html
Please note that further national tours are to be expected, and that an email sign up list is provided at the web site for tours in coming years. See
www.zangdokpalri.org/emaillist.html


In partial fulfillment of teaching responsibilities,

KT


Sarva mangalam! Siddhi rastu!


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www.zangdokpalri.org/2009tour.html

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
HEALING CHOD
September 12 & 13 (Saturday & Sunday); Time: 10:00 am -1:00 pm each day
Donation: $195 includes all sessions/all days
Location: Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave. N. , Seattle , WA 98103
No need to pre-register; Contact: Sharon 206-321-7814 or chodseattle@yahoo.com

WEALTH ATTRACTING URGYEN NORLHA EMPOWERMENT
with Lama Rigdzin Dorje Rinpoche
September 14 ( Monday ); 10:00 am start time
Donation: $60
Location: 111 SW 301st Street, Federal Way , WA 98023
Registration: Contact: Mai 253- 347-4436 or mai@hungkardorje.org

TROMA NAGMO EMPOWERMENT: Part One & Part Two
with Lama Rigdzin Dorje Rinpoche
September 15 (Tuesday; 2 sessions); Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Donation: $60 includes all sessions
Location: 111 SW 301st Street, Federal Way , WA 98023
Registration: Contact: Mai 253- 347-4436 or mai@hungkardorje.org

PORTLAND, OREGON
HEALING CHOD
September 26-27 (Saturday & Sunday; 4 sessions); Time: 1pm to 5pm each day
Donation: $195 includes all sessions/all days
(discounts available for students, elders or others with financial need)
Buddhist Daihonzan Henjyoji Temple, 2634 SE 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97202
Contact: Dave ( Henjyoji Temple representative) at dave@staynpower.com or asianarts108@gmail.com


REDWAY, CALIFORNIA

HEALING CHOD
September 29 - 30 (Tuesday & Wednesday); 6:30-9:30 PM
Donation: $195 includes all sessions/all days (discounts available to those with financial need)
Mateel Center, 50 Rusk Lane, Redway, CA (Click here for directions)
Contact: 707.923.3368; office@mateel.org or asianarts108@gmail.com


BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
PUBLIC TALK: AH HO YE (AMAZING!):
POINTING OUT THE NATURE OF MIND; 7:00 pm; Donation $20
October 2 (Friday)

HEALING CHOD
October 3-4 (Saturday & Sunday; 4 sessions); 12-4 pm each day
Donation: $195 includes both days, all sessions (discounts available to those with financial need)

Location for all events: Rudramandir: A Center for Spirituality & Healing, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94710; CLICK HERE FOR MAP INCLUDING PARKING LOCATIONS; Contact: 510-548-2594; or asianarts108@gmail.com

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

HEALING CHOD
October 10-11 (Saturday & Sunday; 4 sessions)l 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm each day
Donation: $195 includes all sessions/all days
Location: Golden Bridge Yoga, 6322 De Longpre Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Pre-registration: (323) 936-4172 or goldenbridgeyoga.com/
or contact David (323) 851-4311 david@idea-wranglers.com

HEALING POWER OF THE MIND: GARUDA EMPOWERMENT AND TEACHINGS
a revealed treasure of Kyabche Kunzang Dechen Lingpa
Tuesday, October 13, 7:00pm-9:30; Donation: $40
Location: Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Telephone: (310)-659-1733; Contact David (323) 851-4311 david@idea-wranglers.com

THE RADIANT MOTHER OF GREAT BLISS: YESHE TSOGYAL EMPOWERMENT AND TEACHINGS,
a revealed treasure of Kyabche Kunzang Dechen Lingpa
Wednesday, October 14, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Donation: $45
Location: L'hundrup Choling, 2481 Amherst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Telephone: 310 445-0913; lhundrupcholing.com/
or contact David (323) 851-4311 david@idea-wranglers.com

PROSPERITY AND LIBERATION: THE EMPOWERMENT OF GURU RINPOCHE
AS URGYEN NORLHA
a revealed treasure of Kyabche Kunzang Dechen Lingpa
Thursday, October 15, 7:00pm-9:30pm; Donation: $40
Location: L'hundrup Choling, 2481 Amherst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Telephone: 310 445-0913; lhundrupcholing.com/
or contact David (323) 851-4311 david@idea-wranglers.com



SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

HEALING CHOD
October 17 - 18 (Saturday & Sunday; 4 sessions)1:00 pm - 5:00 pm each day
Donation: $195 includes all sessions/all days
Location: Tibetan Healing Center, 4115 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92103
Telephone: 619-325-0992 - 800-315-6663 Contact Sondra sondrab@tibetanacademy.org


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
DZOGCHEN TEACHINGS: The Vajra Verses
a revealed treasure of Terton Kunzang Dechen Lingpa
October 20, 21, 22
Location: L'hundrup Choling, 2481 Amherst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Telephone: 310 445-0913 lhundrupcholing.com/
or contact David (323) 851-4311 david@idea-wranglers.com

HEALING CHOD
October 24 - 25 (Saturday & Sunday; 4 sessions)1:00 pm - 5:00 pm each day
Donation: $195 includes all sessions/all days
Location: L'hundrup Choling, 2481 Amherst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Pre-registration: 310 445-0913 - Lhundrupcholing@live.com; lhundrupcholing.com/
or contact David (323) 851-4311 david@idea-wranglers.com



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www.zangdokpalri.org/index.html
www.zangdokpalri.org/about_teachers.html

Dungse Rigdzin Dorje Rinpoche

"Dungse Rigdzin Dorje Rinpoche is the son and spiritual heir of the late Kyabje Kunzang Dechen Lingpa. Rinpoche received his early training from his father, the renowned Himalayan Buddhist saint Kyabje Kunzang Dechen Lingpa.

"Fully trained in the profound practice of Chod and in the course of Yeshe Lama, Rinpoche spent many years in retreat practicing the most profound meditation and yogic techniques, enabling him to not only reveal buddhanature for himself but for others as well.

"Rinpoche is responsible for the training and care of over 150 monks and 125 nuns in Assam, one of the most beautiful but most impoverished regions of the world. His visit to the West through the Healing Tour events provides a rare and precious opportunity for healing, practice and learning."


Kunzang Dechen Lingpa Rinpoche

"Kunzang Dechen Lingpa Rinpoche was a terton (revealer of Dharma treasures) in the Ancient Lineage (Nyingma) of Tibetan Buddhism. Renowned in his homeland in Northeastern India, he was a realized master of Dzogchen who personified compassion and spiritual power, combined with integrity and a playful delight in life. His revealed texts include many profound practices, including the special healing Chö of Troma Nakmo, the wrathful personification of enlightened activity expressed in feminine form.

"Kunsang Rinpoche was born in the Earth Snake Year - 1928. . . At 16 he went into full time spiritual retreat, and studied with Dudjom Rinpoche for 10 years. It was prophesized, and he became a terton or treasure revealer at age 20. Rinpoche was recognized by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche as the Lodhak Terton, the reincarnation of Terton Longsel Nyingpo, of the Drubchen Melong Dorje lineage.

"Based on premonitions of the ensuing diaspora, Kunzang Dechen Rinpoche left Tibet for the famous "hidden land" of Pemakod in 1955, 4 years before the Chinese takeover of Tibet. After 7 years in meditation retreat there he eventually settled in Assam, the northeastern extremity of India. There he received prophecies in his dreams from Guru Padmasambhava that two gonpas or monasteries should be built in that area.

"Acting on his vision, Rinpoche first built Tashi Choling nunnery in Assam. Over a decade later, in the neighboring state of Arunachal Pradesh Rinpoche discovered the exact location as depicted in his previous dream for the Zangdokpalri Temple. The local people have donated this mountaintop and the temple is now under construction to precise specifications, according to Rinpoche’s vision of Guru Rinpoche’s palace in the Copper Colored Mountain pure land.

"Rinpoche was renowned for his "pure vision" treasure revelations of Dorje Drollo, Throma Nagmo and many others he directly received from Padmasambhava. His unique Healing Chö practice has brought healing and relief from suffering to countless beings around the world. In these times of rampant degeneration Rinpoche's teachings illuminate and dispel the darkness of ignorance, delusion and suffering. "





---------------------- Zangdokpalri online store ----------------------------

www.zangdokpalri.org/store.html

ITEM CD5 - New in 2009!
Four Session Healing Chod: A Tibetan Song for Healing from the Treasure of Kunzang Dechen Lingpa
2 CD Set, $45 includes shipping (please make an additional donation for international shipping)

The complete 4-session Chod performed by the entire assembly of monks and nuns at the Zangdokpalri Monastery in the Himalayas. This is the complete 4-session ceremony that is performed during the Healing Tour. Just lay down (men on their right side women on their left) and relax or nap while listening to these beautiful chants. Click here to read more about this ceremony.


ITEM CD1
Healing Chod: A Tibetan Song for Healing
$25 includes shipping (please make an additional donation for international shipping)

A one-hour recording of the monks and nuns performing the a short version of the traditional healing Cho Ceremony revealed by Kunzang Dechen Lingpa. Just lay down (men on their right side women on their left) and relax or nap while listening to these beautiful chants. Click here to read more about this ceremony.


ITEM CD2
Soothing Sacred Songs of Great Compassion
$25 includes shipping (please make an additional donation for international shipping)

Four of the best chanteusses at the nunnery sing the beautiful liturgy of Chenrezi, the bodhisattva of compassion written by Kunzang Dechen Lingpa that benefits all sentient beings. Very peaceful.


ITEM CD3
Sacred Chants from Copper Mountain
$25 includes shipping (please make an additional donation for international shipping)

A medley of the chants and liturgies performed at the gompa (monastery) by the monks and nuns. The best seller!


ITEM CD4
Lotus Mind
$25 includes shipping (please make an additional donation for international shipping)

A "Rock-Techno" mix of Rinpoche along with the nuns and monks chanting. Engineered at the same studio where the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney have recorded in New York City.


ITEM CD5
Teaching from the treasuries of Kunzang Dechen Lingpa: The Nature of Mind Instructions
2 CD SET $35 includes shipping (please make an additional donation for international shipping)

Tibet House, New York 2005
Bonus Interview with Zangdokpalri President re Rinpoche's Life


ITEM DVD5
Teaching from the treasuries of Kunzang Dechen Lingpa: The Nature of Mind Instructions
1 DVD, 90 min. $35 includes shipping (please make an additional donation for international shipping)
Tibet House, New York 2005



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References

See
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padmasambhava

and excerpts from the book
"Sky Dancer :The Life and Songs of the Lady Yeshe Tsogyel" at
www.keithdowman.net/books/sd.htm

For introduction to Cho see
www.zangdokpalri.org/chod.html
and
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%B6d

Great Perfection yoga, per HH the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinbochay:
www.keithdowman.net/dzogchen...ation.htm

"...Emptiness, the ultimate nature of Dharmakaya, the Absolute Body, is not a simple nothingness. It possesses intrinsically the faculty of knowing all phenomena. This faculty is the luminous or cognitive aspect of the Dharmakaya, whose expression is spontaneous. The Dharmakaya is not the product of causes and conditions; it is the original nature of mind.

"Recognition of this primordial nature resembles the rising of the sun of wisdom in the night of ignorance: the darkness is instantly dispelled. The clarity of the Dharmakaya does not wax and wane like the moon; it is like the immutable light which shines at the centre of the sun.

"Whenever clouds gather, the nature of the sky is not corrupted, and when they disperse, it is not ameliorated. The sky does not become less or more vast. It does not change. It is the same with the nature of mind: it is not spoiled by the arrival of thoughts; nor improved by their disappearance. The nature of the mind is emptiness; its expression is clarity. These two aspects are essentially one's simple images designed to indicate the diverse modalities of the mind. It would be useless to attach oneself in turn to the notion of emptiness , and then to that of clarity, as if they were independent entities. The ultimate nature of mind is beyond all concepts, all definition and all fragmentation.

". . .Thoughts manifest themselves within emptiness and are reabsorbed into it like a face appears and disappears in a mirror; the face has never been in the mirror, and when it ceases to be reflected in it, it has not really ceased to exist. The mirror itself has never changed.
. . .The infinite and inexpressible qualities of primordial wisdom "the true nirvana" are inherent in our mind. It is not necessary to create them, to fabricate something new. Spiritual realisation only serves to reveal them through purification, which is the path. Finally, if one considers them from an ultimate point of view, these qualities are themselves only emptiness.

"Thus samsara is emptiness, nirvana is emptiness - and so consequently, one is not "bad" nor the other "good." The person who has realised the nature of mind is freed from the impulsion to reject samsara and obtain nirvana . . .[ and ] is no longer the prey of conflicting tendencies, the source of desires or aversions.

"The state of Buddha contains in itself five "bodies" or aspects of Buddhahood: the Manifested Body, the Body of Perfect Enjoyment, the Absolute Body, the Essential Body and the Immutable Diamond Body. These are not to be sought outside us: they are inseparable from our being, from our mind. As soon as we have recognised this presence, there is an end to confusion. We have no further need to seek Enlightenment outside. . . . We must understand that all the qualities of Buddha have always existed inherently in our being."

See also further related excerpts online at
www.keithdowman.net/dzogchen/index.htm

Book references:
"THE GOLDEN LETTERS: The Tibetan Teachings of Garab Dorje, First Dzogchen Master"
trans. & ed. by John Reynolds;

"BEING RIGHT HERE: A Dzogchen Treasure Text of Nuden Dorje entitled The Mirror of Clear Meaning"
with commentary by James Low

"THE CRYSTAL AND THE WAY OF LIGHT: Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen"
by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, compiled and ed. by John Shane

"YANTRA YOGA: The Tibetan Yoga of Movement"
by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, trans. by Adriano Clemente

"MACHIK'S COMPLETE EXPLANATION: Clarifying the Meaning of Chod"
trans. & ed. by Sarah Harding. A Tsadra Foundation Series book.
Published by Snow Lion

"Machik's Complete Explanation is the most famous book of the teachings of Machik Labdron, the great female saint and yogini of 11-12th century Tibet, now finally translated in its entirety into English. Machik developed a system, the Mahamudra Chöd, that takes the Buddha's teachings as a basis and applies them to the immediate experiences of negative mind states and malignant forces. Machik's unique feminine approach was to invoke and nurture the very "demons" that we fear and hate, transforming those reactive emotions into love. It is the tantric version of developing compassion and fearlessness, a radical method of cutting through ego-fixation..."

"TANTRIC PRACTICE IN NYING-MA"
Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche and Hopkins, Jeffrey

"The essential internal and external preparatory practices required before entering the path of Great Perfection (Dzogchen), in the form of an accessible and lucid commentary on the first part of Patrul Rinpoche's "Words of My Perfect Teacher". Also included is a section on daily meditations and recitations. Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche's commentary contains the classical Nyingma presentation of the tantric practices that lead to the realization of Buddhahood."


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Buddhist Medical Tantra - Resources and Transmissions and Ayurveda ( Hindu-Buddhist yogic medicine ) ( community » other ) Buddhist Medical Tantra - Resources and Transmissions and Ayurveda ( Hindu-Buddhist yogic medicine )

Keywords: inner healing, yogic medicine / siddha medicine, Ayurveda, "planetary herbology", moxabustion and meridian therapies, Mahayana Buddhism, Vajrayana, Medicine Buddha, Vajrapani, Buddhist tantra, mantra healing.

Summary : This is a broad and comprehensive teaching article on inner healing, from the standpoint of yogic medicine, and in particular from the standpoint of central Asian medicine. Many key book references are given, along with online introductory materials, so this article is broadly useful for different audiences from the beginner level to the professional clinical level.

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

"If our mind is at peace, the circulation of energy in our body will return to its original state, and the elements of the body will be balanced. Whatever we say will be peaceful and whatever we do will be an expression of peace. We will then become a source of peace and healing for others." - Tulku Thondup

A major and profound teaching on Buddhist tantric healing will be given in San Francisco. Also, there is an excellent book on Medicine Buddha ( Bhaisajyaguru ) available from Snow Lion via Amazon, which is introduced following the seminar announcement. Third, a tantric Buddhist book on moxibustion / acupuncture is referenced. Fourth, classical Ayurveda is introduced. These are in fact closely related aspects of a single discipline, which is Hindu-Buddhist yogic medicine, or Ayurveda.


"Therefore the World's Most Venerable entered into a Samadhi called the Removal of Suffering for All Beings. While He was in this contemplation a great radiance of light of light was sent forth from his Ushnisa, and he pronounced the great Dharani recitation as follows:

NAMO BHAGAVATE BHAISAJAYA-GURU-VAIDURYA-PRABHA-RAJAYA TATHAGATAYA ARHATE SAMYAKSAMBUDDHAYA TADYATHA
OM BHAISAJYE BHAISAJYE BHAISAJYA SAMUDGATE SVAHA

When He, in his radiance, had spoken this mystical formula, the earth was shaken and emitted a great light. All beings were delivered from their diseases and miseries, they became happy because their bodies and minds entered rest. "

- above taken from
www.dharma-haven.org/tibetan...ddha.htm
which provides a broad range of Medicine Buddha resources

Medicine Buddha Mantra on Youtube:
www.youtube.com/watch
and
www.youtube.com/watch

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Short excerpt on Tibetan Buddhist Medicine from extended online introduction by a Tibetan doctor,
at
www.tibetanmedical-astro.com/abo....php

"The major goals of Tibetan Medicine are maintaining a healthy constitution through balance as an overall preventative approach, providing treatment methods for sick people, aiding in longevity, and assisting those who want to be successful in their physical body and spiritual fields. Tibetan medicine laid high emphasis on the importance of having love and compassion. The fact that, many illnesses can be cured by the one medicine of love and compassion. These qualities are the ultimate source of human happiness, and our need for them lies at the very core of our being.

"Tibetan medicine is much deeper than what it appears to be. Beyond treating symptoms, Tibetan Medicine concentrates on treating the patient as a whole to promote peace and healing through diet, physical exercise, herbal formulas, and spiritual practice. When Tibetan physicians treat a patient, they focus equally on both the mental and physical states because they believe that the mind and body are inseparable. They address the three poisons as the fundamental cause of emotional disturbances and mental disorders. Tibetan physicians also consider how diet, behavior, and daily habits affect each individual patient. Therefore, Tibetan Medicine can be best described as a Holistic approach to tackle illness because it is designed to prevent and treat all diseases of our living being."


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A Clinical Book Reference on Tantric Buddhist Life Science [ Ayurveda ]

Essentials of Tibetan Traditional Medicine [Paperback]
Thinley Gyatso (Author), Chris Hakim (Author)

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1556438677

www.amazon.com/Essentials...1556438672/

"Tibetan medicine is a rarified field with few publications in English; it is also one of the most comprehensive of alternative therapies, addressing body, mind, and spirit. Written for intermediate-level practitioners, Essentials of Tibetan Traditional Medicine brings this important healing tradition to Western practitioners. The book begins by summarizing the basics behind Tibetan medical theory and its methods of diagnosis.

"The second part of the book presents the core concepts of wind, bile, phlegm, dark phlegm, epidemic fever, heat, and cold, along with their corresponding nosologies, differential diagnoses, and treatments. The third section covers therapeutics, with an emphasis on medicinals—the mainstay of contemporary practice. A chapter on therapeutic strategies discusses unclear diagnosis and other challenging clinical situations.

"Other chapters explore the crucial components of lifestyle and diet. Each herb and animal product used in Tibetan medicine is profiled on its own page, with its Tibetan, common, and botanical names; its key properties and clinical uses; its known pharmacological properties; and a simple illustration. This useful handbook concludes with a description and indepth analysis of some 60 frequently used formulas."

“This book is the fruition of an ambitious project to present the essence of the ancient Tibetan medical system to a Western audience. The work combines a logical order and systematic presentation of the material with much detailed data not only on healing plants and herbs but also on a wide variety of food sources and spices. This book is valuable in breaking new ground so as to reveal more valuable knowledge of Tibetan medicine.”
—Dr. Barry Clark, translator of The Quintessence Tantras of Tibetan Medicine

“For most readers, the most important part of this book will be the Materia Medica section, where the herbs (and in some cases, the animals and minerals) used in Tibetan medicine are described… What is most interesting is to see how the remedies fit into the Tibetan system of medicine, their commonality with other types of traditional medicine, and of course it is always gratifying to see the use of some of these remedies now being supported with modern scientific evidence… As an introduction to Tibetan medicine, this book fulfills its aim, and a gap in the literature on the subject; it is also well written and worth the modest price tag.”
—Phytotherapy Research Journal

“[Essentials of Tibetan Traditional Medicine] is a very interesting and unique position on the market of TTM books, offering extensive medical teachings for advanced students. It assumes the reader to have knowledge of the basics of Tibetan medicine and so focuses primarily on the pathology and therapies—the last two tantras of the rGyud bzi, (currently still untranslated into English and hardly accessible). It is well written and is clearly and logically structured. An excellent book for those who wish to deepen their medical knowledge.”
—The Journal of Traditional Tibetan Medicine

“The Four Tantras is considered the fundamental treatise on Tibetan medicine, yet more than half of the chapters have never been translated into English. Fortunately, Essentials of Tibetan Traditional Medicine now offers a distillation of the text, in English, using non-academic language. The book starts by unpacking the basics of Tibetan medical theory and methods of diagnosis, then addresses the humors, their corresponding illnesses, and the possible treatments. Lastly, the book dives into therapeutics, such as diet, lifestyle, bloodletting, and material medica—mostly herbs but also ingredients of animal and mineral origin.”
—Shambhala Sun

About the Author
Thinley Gyatso has been practicing Tibetan medicine since 2002. Chris Hakim is the co-author of Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine: An Integrated Approach.

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Buddhist Medical Tantra - Transmissions in San Francisco September 11 - September 23, 2012

Location:

Orgyen Dorje Den | 2244 Santa Clara Ave | Alameda, CA 94501
www.orgyendorjeden.org


Yuthok Nyingthik Wang and Guru Yoga Teachings: Sept. 11, 2012 10 am - 6 pm

The Yuthog Nyingthig is a complete cycle of teachings taught by Yuthog Yonten Gonpo, the founder of Tibetan Medicine, who was an incarnation of the Medicine Buddha, Jivaka Kumara, and Padmasambhava.

As well as being the meditation tradition practiced within the lineage of Tibetan medicine, the Yuthok Nyingthik also has been revered by many practitioners interested in healing. This lineage has been upheld by many great masters and doctors from all of the Tibetan traditions such as Terdak Lingpa, the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, Karma Chagme, and Jamgon Kongtrul. It is a complete path of meditation practices and prayers, from the perspective of Tibetan medicine.

Dr Nida will bestow the short Yuthok Nyingthik empowerment, then give the teachings on the Ladrub (Guru Yoga) practice. For dedicated students only, as there is a commitment to complete a one week retreat in the future.

Anatomy of the Vajra Body, Speech, and Mind: Sept. 12-14, 2012 10 am - 6 pm

This teaching is part of our ongoing TIbetan Medicine program, and will also be opened up to experienced Vajrayana practitioners. Dr. Nida will go into a detailed explanation of the body, energy system, and mind according the traditions of Vajrayana and Tibetan Medicine. These precious teachings illuminate aspects of Tibetan yogic practices that are rarely presented in a clear and practical way, and can be very beneficial to practitioners on the path.

Subjects include:
Vajra Body: the five elements, channel systems, chakras, energy drops, and how they function.
Vajra Speech: the various winds (pranas) of the body, in their relation to breath, mantra syllables, and physiology.
Vajra Mind: the nature of thoughts, emotions, and consciousness.

Mantra Healing: Sept. 15-17, 2012 10 am - 6 pm; Sept 16, 2012 7 pm - 9 pm

The night of 16 September will be an evening practice of mantra recitation.

This course presents a comprehensive introduction to the art and science of the Tibetan Mantra Healing (sngags bcos) tradition. Mantra healing is the practice of using sound as a healing medium, using primordial sounds of nature, as well as divine words from the Sanskrit and Tibetan languages. It is a powerful method of bringing balance to various diseases and restoring health for oneself and others.

Based on a text by Ju Mipham Rimpoche and transmissions from medical texts, Dr Nida will introduce the Tibetan Mantra Healing tradition. This will include general instructions on using mantras for healing, the differences between Vajrayana mantras and healing mantras, as well as a transmission of a pharmacopea of mantras for various functions. There are traditional mantras for many types of diseases and imbalances of body, speech, and mind.

Topics to be covered include:
Introduction to Mantra Healing and Tibetan Medicine.
Theory of how Mantras function, including the law of interdependent origination of all phenomena, the five elements, etc.
Instruction on usage of mantras for healing purposes.
Using Mantras to bless substances, such as medicine, water, gems, and amulets.
Transmission of many healing Mantras for various diseases, with practical applications.

This type of healing practice is common in the Ngakpa tradition, and is frequently preferred by practitioners over ingesting medicines or other therapies. The use of healing mantras can enhance the quality of a healing arts practice and can be applied in times of need. The course will consist of mantra recitation alternating with theoretical teachings.


Nejang: Tibetan Healing Yoga: September 22, 2012 10 am - 6 pm

These yogic exercises from the Kalachakra and Tibetan medical traditions promote healing, balance the internal energies, and cleanse the body. Similar to more advanced forms of Tibetan yoga, but more gentle, nejang is frequently prescribed by Tibetan doctors to assist in healing. The class consists of dynamic and meditative exercises of the body and breath.

Yuthok Nyingthik Mahamudra: Sept. 23, 2012 10 am - 6 pm

The Yuthok Nyingthik cycle includes teachings on all of the advanced practices of the Tibetan tradition. Here are presented the four yogas of Mahamudra, a direct path of sitting meditation to uncover the nature of mind and cut the dualism of samsara from the root.

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang studied Tibetan medicine in Lhasa, as well as in his native Amdo. For over a decade he has lived in Europe and has taught the wisdom of the Tibetan healing tradition all over the world with the International Academy of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and here in the US with the Sorig Institute. In addition to his work with medicine, he is the co-founder of the Ngakmang Institute, a charity organization based in Tibet that works to preserve the Rebkong Ngakpa tradition. Currently, they are active building schools, cultural and retreat centers; as well as preserving and publishing texts of great Ngakpa masters and Tertons.

For more information:
Click here: www.thesoriginstitute.com
Email: info@thesoriginstitute.com
Phone: (510) 717-8026

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Primary Book Resource:

Medicine Buddha Teachings
www.amazon.com/Medicine-T...1559392169/

Medicine Buddha Teachings [Paperback]
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (Author)

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications (April 7, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1559392169
ISBN-13: 978-1559392167

From Publisher's Weekly:
"In 1999, Thrangu (Everyday Consciousness and Buddha-Awakening) led a retreat in Washington State where he explicated the Medicine Buddha Sadhana (traditional liturgy) and the Sutra of the Medicine Buddha. Chapters in the book are edited transcripts of his teaching sessions at this retreat.

"The first portion of the book is largely a detailed, verse-by-verse commentary on and guide to practicing the sadhana, highlighting such topics as the importance of visualization, making offerings to the deity and why certain symbolic objects are auspicious. The next section is the text of the sadhana itself, in Sanskrit and in translation.

"Thrangu then exegetes the sutra (scripture) underlying the liturgy, explaining the Medicine Buddha's 12 "aspirations"-the vows he made to illuminate, benefit, heal and prosper all beings-and describing the benefits of "recollecting" and supplicating him. Thrangu rounds out the book with a discussion of the Vajrayana view of gods and spirits. . . "


Excerpt from this book:

In his Teachings on the Medicine Buddha the Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche discusses the position of the Medicine Buddha's two hands:

"His right hand is extended, palm outward, over his right knee in the gesture called supreme generosity. In it he holds the arura, or myrobalan, fruit. This plant represents all the best medicines. The position of his right hand and the arura which he holds represent the eradication of suffering, especially the suffering of sickness, using the means of relative truth. Sickness can be alleviated by adjusting the functioning of interdependent causes and conditions by the use of relative means within the realm of relative truth, such as medical treatment and so on. The giving of these methods is represented by the gesture of the Medicine Buddha's right hand.

"His left hand rests in his lap, palm upward, in the gesture of meditative stability or meditation, which represents the eradication of sickness and suffering— and, indeed, the very roots of samsara— through the realization of absolute truth. From the point of view of either relative truth or absolute truth, the fundamental cause of sickness and suffering is a lack of contentment and the addictive quality of samsara. Therefore, to indicate the need for contentment, in his left hand he holds a begging bowl."


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From Wikipedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhaisajyaguru

Bhaiṣajyaguru (भैषज्यगुरु), formally Bhaiṣajyaguruvaidūryaprabharāja (भैषज्यगुरुवैडूर्यप्रभाराज, ‘Medicine Master and King of Lapis Lazuli Light’), is the buddha of healing and medicine in Mahāyāna Buddhism. Commonly referred to as the "Medicine Buddha", he is described as a doctor who cures suffering using the medicine of his teachings.


Origin
Bhaiṣajyaguru is described in the eponymous Bhaiṣajyaguruvaidūryaprabharāja Sūtra (भैषज्यगुरुवैडूर्यप्रभाराज सूत्र), commonly called the Medicine Buddha Sutra, as a bodhisattva who made 12 great vows. On achieving Buddhahood, he became the Buddha of the eastern realm of Vaidūryanirbhāsa, or "Pure Lapis Lazuli".[1] There, he is attended to by two bodhisattvas symbolizing the light of the sun and the light of the moon respectively: Suryaprabha (simplified Chinese: 日光遍照菩萨; traditional Chinese: 日光遍照菩薩; pinyin: rìguāng biànzhào púsà) and Candraprabha (simplified Chinese: 月光遍照菩萨; traditional Chinese: 月光遍照菩薩; pinyin: yuèguāng biànzhào púsà).[2]

A Sanskrit manuscript of the Bhaiṣajyaguruvaidūryaprabharāja Sūtra was among the textual finds at Gilgit, Pakistan, attesting to the popularity of Bhaiṣajyaguru in the ancient northwest Indian kingdom of Gandhāra.[3] The manuscripts in this find are dated before the 7th century, and are written in the upright Gupta script.[3]

The Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang visited a Mahāsāṃghika monastery at Bamiyan, Afghanistan, in the 7th century CE, and the site of this monastery has been rediscovered by archaeologists.[4] Birchbark manuscript fragments from several Mahāyāna sūtras have been discovered at the site, including the Bhaiṣajyaguruvaidūryaprabharāja Sūtra (MS 2385).[5]

The Twelve Vows
The Twelve Vows of the Medicine Buddha upon attaining Enlightenment, according to the Medicine Buddha Sutra[6] are:

To illuminate countless realms with his radiance, enabling anyone to become a Buddha just like him.
To awaken the minds of sentient beings through his light of lapis lazuli.
To provide the sentient beings with whatever material needs they require.
To correct heretical views and inspire beings toward the path of the Bodhisattva.
To help beings follow the Moral Precepts, even if they failed before.
To heal beings born with deformities, illness or other physical sufferings.
To help relieve the destitute and the sick.
To help women who wish to be reborn as men achieve their desired rebirth.
To help heal mental afflictions and delusions.
To help the oppressed be free from suffering.
To relieve those who suffer from terrible hunger and thirst.
To help clothe those who are destitute and suffering from cold and mosquitoes.

Dharani and Mantra
In the Bhaiṣajyaguruvaidūryaprabharāja Sūtra, the Medicine Buddha is described as having entered into a state of samadhi called "Eliminating All the Suffering and Afflictions of Sentient Beings." From this samadhi state he spoke the Medicine Buddha Dharani.[6]

[ Om ] namo bhagavate bhaiṣajyaguru
vaiḍūryaprabharājāya tathāgatāya
arhate samyaksambuddhāya tadyathā:
oṃ bhaiṣajye bhaiṣajye mahābhaiṣajya-samudgate svāhā.

The last line of the dharani is used as Bhaisajyaguru's short form mantra:

oṃ bhaiṣajye bhaiṣajye mahābhaiṣajya-samudgate svāhā.



There are several other mantras for the Medicine Buddha as well that are used in different schools of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Iconography
Bhaiṣajyaguru is typically depicted seated, wearing the three robes of a Buddhist monk, holding a lapis-colored jar of medicine nectar in his left hand and the right hand resting on his right knee, holding the stem of the Aruna fruit or Myrobalan between thumb and forefinger. In the sutra, he is also described by his aura of lapis lazuli-colored light.

In Chinese depictions, he is sometimes holding a pagoda, symbolising the ten thousand Buddhas of the three periods of time. He is also depicted standing on a Northern Wei stele from approximately 500 AD now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accompanied by his two attendants, Suryaprabha and Candraprabha. Within the halo are depicted the Seven Bhaiṣajyaguru Buddhas and seven apsaras.[7]


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"Buddhism, Medicine, and Health"
An excellent detailed article at
www.blia.org/english/pub...pages/37.htm

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Dr. Tsering Thakchoe Drungtso: Book on Inner Tantric Buddhist Medicine ( Mantrayana - Siddha Medicine ) and Tibetan Healing Centre

Healing Power of Mantra The Wisdom of Tibetan Healing Science [Paperback]
Dr. Tsering Thakchoe Drungtso (Author)

Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Drungtso Publications (December 31, 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-8190139564

www.amazon.com/Healing-Ma...8190139568/


www.tibetanmedical-astro.com/

About Drungtso Tibetan Healing & Astrological Centre, India

"Drungtso Tibetan Healing and Astrological Centre is a Dharamsala based non-profit organization, which promotes and preserves the rich tradition of ancient Tibetan medical and astrological science. It believes that the Tibetan medicine and astrology can be valuably understood through both its traditional role within Tibetan Buddhist culture and modern perspective. It is also one of the best source and platform for information on Tibetan Medicine and astrology. The centre provides consultation facilities, carries out teachings, conducts courses and holds seminars on Tibetan medicine and astrology on international level, through correspondence courses or residential teaching and training at Dharamsala.

"The resource persons working in this centre are all professionals, well versed and qualified in Tibetan medicine and astrology and are morally and legally fit to carry out teachings, researches and consultations. It also organizes medical and astrological tours internationally either on request or per the organization’s plans.

"The centre has had landmark achievements in terms of teaching and providing information on Tibetan medicine and astrology and had students from all over the world. It gives introduction to full training in English for the non-Tibetan speaking students.

"The doctors and astrologers teach in English without requiring an interpreter. In the past, layperson, doctors, healers, astrologers, researchers and medical students have studied under us. The doctors and astrologers of this centre regularly visit abroad and many places in India for conferences, seminars, consultations, and exhibitions."

See also
www.tibetanmedical-astro.com/abo....php


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Healing with Fire: A Practical Manual of Tibetan Moxibustion
www.shangshungpublications.org/20...re/

By Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
Translated by Elio Guarisco

This manual is the first of its kind to focus on the Tibetan technique of moxibustion, an external therapy that uses the power of heat to stimulate a curative effect. A widespread form of traditional healing in the East, moxibustion is one of the most ancient medical therapies known to humanity. Mainly popularized as a branch of Chinese medicine, moxibustion was originally practiced in Shang Shung, a kingdom predating Tibet whose existence can be traced back at least four thousand years.

Healing with Fire is a comprehensive compendium of the five hundred most important and effective moxibustion points in the Tibetan and Shang Shung system, with an emphasis on practical instructions for readers with varying levels of expertise in the healing arts. The book is the culmination of decades of painstaking research by Professor Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, a foremost scholar of Tibetan culture and philosophy, who, inspired by his personal experience of this unique and effective treatment method, has gathered knowledge from ancient scriptures ranging from the well-known Four Medical Tantras to recondite manuscripts found in the caves of Tun-Huang.

The book features twenty-five original drawings illustrating the positions of the individual points, as well as an index of indications to facilitate the identification of points for the treatment of specific medical conditions. It includes an appendix that discusses arcane astrological factors frequently taken into consideration in Tibetan traditional medicine.


Excerpt:
Therapeutic Benefits of Moxa


Since moxa is principally a method of infusing the body with the energy of heat, it is particularly indicated when heat decreases and the cold nature of Phlegm energy increases in the body. An increase in the cold nature affects digestive heat first of all.

Digestive heat is the very basis for good health. Good digestive heat infuses the body with inner and outer radiance and confers a sharp intelligence, a strong determination in activities, and a long life. For these reasons, it is crucial to maintain good digestive heat, for instance, by eating foods that are easy to digest, exercising regularly, and taking herbs that strengthen digestive heat.

When digestive heat diminishes and symptoms such as flatulence, vomiting, or diarrhea manifest, foods are not properly digested and as a result either nutritional essence is depleted or non-assimilated nutritional essence is accumulated. In particular, the accumulation of residual nutritional essence in the organism can impair the self-regeneration process of the various parts of the body.

This condition favors the appearance of minor and major pathologies that manifest externally or internally. Internal conditions range from chronic indigestion to abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, low body temperature, deficient blood circulation, tumors, edemas, neuralgia, lung disorders, and calculi. External conditions include rheumatism, arthritis, problems in the joints, and swellings.

In all of these cases, the regular application of moxa reduces the symptoms of the illness and helps the healing process.

In today’s society we are witnessing a progressive increase in unhealthy lifestyles, paralleled by a loss of real values. Selfishness, worries, discontent with ourselves, fear, and expectations are just a few of the many attitudes that dominate our lives.

In addition to physical illnesses, these attitudes, combined with the stressful pace to which we subject ourselves and the chemical-laden food we eat, are the source of many emotional disorders, known in Tibetan medicine as Wind energy disorders.

These disorders manifest with symptoms such as sadness, insomnia, nervousness, excitement, depression, isolation, refusal to communicate, or lack of concentration and memory. Untreated, they can easily develop into emotional instability and serious illnesses such as schizophrenia and other psychoses.

Since the causes of these disorders are manifold, they should be addressed with a multi-pronged strategy that can include dietary changes, a different social environment, the administration of medicines when necessary, and the reestablishment of the basic ground of sanity through increased contact with the body.

Although it is obvious that the best remedy in these cases would be for the person to regain deeper values, regular application of moxa on the specific points indicated for these disorders can be a valid and strong support for other therapies.

As will be explained in this manual, moxa can be used to treat a wide variety of
physical and emotional conditions.

— From Translator’s Introduction

Example Moxa point :

Stomach Tumor Points
II. 63-64 (143-144)


Location:
One point on each side. Apply the appropriate form of moxa
on the points located two fingers below the right and left Upper
Lung Point.



Indications:
Stomach disorders (Wind-related)
Indigestion
Stomach cancer
Viral or bacterial illnesses
Wind disorders arising after a fever
Chronic gastritis

— From The Compendium of Points



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Ayurveda - 2 major book references

See
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayurveda

David Frawley is a professor of the Hindu yogic system of medicine known as Ayurveda. He has taught Ayurvedic college in India.
Dr. Frawley is also licensed as an Oriental Medicine Doctor ( Traditional Chinese Medicine ).
Therefore he is a doctor twice over.

Dr. Frawley is one of the most significant exponents and reliable guides to functional, classical alternative medicine on the planet.
This book is, simply put, one of the key modern references on Ayurveda, whether one is Hindu, Buddhist or naturopath.
I use the earlier edition.

KT


(1) Primary Book Reference for Ayurveda

Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide
Dr. David Frawley

Paperback: 468 pages
Publisher: Lotus Press; 2nd Revised and Enlarged Edition edition (April 23, 2001)
ISBN-13: 978-0914955979


www.amazon.com/Ayurvedic-...0914955977/

Biography
"David Frawley (or Pandit Vāmadeva Śāstrī वामदेव शास्त्री) is a Vedic teacher and educator with numerous books in several Vedic and Yogic fields published worldwide over the past thirty years. He is the founder and director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico (www.vedanet.com), which offers courses and publications on Ayurvedic medicine, Yoga and meditation, and Vedic astrology.

"He is also involved in important research into ancient Vedic texts and is a well known modern exponent of Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma. His work is high respected in traditional circles in India, where he has received many awards, as well as influential in the West, where he is involved in many Vedic and Yogic schools, ashrams and associations."

Amazon Book Review
"Ayurvedic Healing is an excellent book whether you know anything about the Vedic medical science of Ayurveda, or not. The book deals with:
a) Finding out what body type you have, (vata-air, pitta-fire, kapha- earth/water) based on a questionnaire of health related questions.
b) It helps you determine what kind of diet you can follow to balance your system.
c) It deals with common ailments as well as major diseases, covering everything from arthritis to AIDS.
d) You can learn how to use chants, colors etc to relieve stress.

And that's just section I. In section II, it deals with the technical preparations with the use of various herbs, oils etc, which ayurvedic doctors use.
Thus this book is a comprehensive study of Ayurveda, which can be used to good effect by both the layman and the ayurvedic practitioner."

(2)

Ayurveda and the Mind: The Healing of Consciousness [Paperback]
Dr. David Frawley (Author)
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Lotus Press; 1st edition (March 21, 1997)
ISBN-13: 978-0914955368

www.amazon.com/Ayurveda-M...0914955365/

Amazon Review
"This is an EXCELLENT book. Abstract and very deep truths are lucidly conveyed without sacrificing intricacy or impact. If you are interested in psychology, spirituality, or Ayurveda, this is a wonderful, unique book. Dr. Frawley is extremely thorough and brings much integrity to his work. This book may be a bit much for some, but those truly interested in furthering their awareness will find many treasures in these pages."

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This is an extraordinarily useful book which systematically groups and classifies herbs by their energetic and metabolic properties.
It is a lay reference and a clinical reference, written by a naturopathic physician, and edited by an ayurvedic doctor/ TCM doctor, David Frawley.

KT


Planetary Herbology [Paperback]
Michael Tierra (Author)
Paperback: 490 pages
Publisher: Lotus Press; 1st edition (October 9, 1992)
ISBN-13: 978-0941524278

www.amazon.com/Planetary-...0941524272/


Description
'A major work integrating the herbal traditions of the East with those of the West by the bestselling author of "The Way of Herbs." This practical handbook and reference guide is a landmark publication in this field. For unprecedented usefulness in practical applications, the author provides a comprehensive listing of the more than 400 medicinal herbs available in the west, classified according to their chemical constituents, properties and actions, indicated uses and suggested dosages.'

Amazon Review
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The following book is a simple and straightforward foundational teaching on Buddhist healing meditation, by a renowned tantric Buddhist master of the Nyingma School, Tulku Thondup. The teaching is also available as a set of two audio discs, from Rigpa International.

His website is
tulkuthondup.com/

Boundless Healing: Meditation Exercises to Enlighten the Mind and Heal the Body [Paperback]
Tulku Thondup (Author)

Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Shambhala (October 16, 2001)
ISBN-13: 978-1570628788


www.amazon.com/Boundless-...1570628785/

"Esteemed author and teacher Tulku Thondup offers this convincing guidebook on healing the mind, body, and spirit through meditation. . . In fact, what makes Boundless Healing so effective is Thondup's very detailed and nondogmatic style of teaching meditations. For example, when speaking to a meditation for healing sick cells, he stays focused on the physical and mental sensations, rather than flittering into ungrounded spiritual metaphors. . ."

"Devout Buddhists will find nourishing soul food in his one section devoted to specific Buddhist healing meditations. As for everyone else, Thondup has written an accessible, information-packed book that covers it all--from "Avoiding Expectations" to "Creating a Healing Aura While Sleeping" to "Meditations for the Dead or Dying" to "How Helpers and Survivors Should Behave." Regardless of the disease, discomfort, or desire, Thondup has a meditation up his sleeve, making this one of the most practical handbooks on healing meditations available." --Gail Hudson

"Doctors and patients alike can use this book to promote health and healing."—Andrew Weil, M.D.

"A wonderful adaptation of ancient Buddhist meditation practices for modern life."—Herbert Benson, M.D., Mind/Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and author of The Relaxation Response and Timeless Healing

"In this priceless book, Tulku Thondup offers us a complete handbook of healing from the heart of the Buddhist tradition of Tibet. These are powerful, authentic and yet simple meditations to bring health to body and mind, heart and spirit. But most precious of all, Tulku Thondup shows that not only are well-being and happiness within our reach, but our whole life can be lived as a journey of peace and joy."—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Boundless Healing Teaching by Tulku Thondup
2 audio CD
20.0 euros

From
www.zamstore.com/index.php

Drawing on his book, Boundless Healing, Tulku Thondup explains a meditation practice that stimulates the body and mind's own healing power. The practice focuses on the Medicine Buddha as the source of healing and uses prayers to invoke his blessings Tulku Thondup also gives a clear, elementary introduction to the Buddha's teachings on healing.

Tulku Thondup was born in eastern Tibet in 1940. Recognized as the reincarnation of a great scholar, he studied and practised at Dodrupchen Monastery from the age of five. In 1958, he fled to India, where he lived and taught for over 20 years. In 1980 Tulku Thondup became a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and has since written and translated many books on Tibetan Buddhism, including: The Healing Power of Mind, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Enlightened Journey, Hidden Teachings of Tibet and The Practice of Dzogchen.

These teachings were given at the Dzogchen Beara retreat centre in Ireland in November 2002, during a tour Tulku Thondup made of Rigpa centres in Europe at the invitation of Sogyal Rinpoche and Rigpa.



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Vajrapani, Guardian of the Medicine Buddha teachings


The guardian of the Medicine Buddha teachings and practice is Vajrapani, Master of Secrets and Lord of Power.

(1)
See the Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon
dsbc.uwest.edu/

for a Vajrapani praise mantra in phonetic Sanskrit, at

dsbc.uwest.edu/node/3743

That is, the
Vajrapaninamastottarasatastotram

"University of The West and Nagarjuna Institute of Exact Methods (NIEM) have jointly launched the Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon Website for the benefit of the scholastic world. Our goal is to promote research into the vast corpus of Sanskrit Buddhist texts. The scriptures and treatises which make up this collection encompass tens of thousands of printed pages. Electronic access to Sanskrit Buddhist texts, with its profound possibilities for enhancing the depth, scope and subtlety of research, has been a desideratum of the field for some time. Clearly, the conversion of canonical Buddhist texts into machine-readable format is an idea whose time has come.

"In 2003, the University of the West, Los Angeles, under the generous sponsorship of Most Venerable Master Hsing Yun and guided by the initiative of Dr. Lewis Lancaster, began the Sanskrit Buddhist Canon Project (SBCP). The initial grant, covering the input of 50 Mahayana sutras, was completed in 2004. Our second phase, generously sponsored by Mr. Ching-Tung Tsai and Mr. Ming-Ti Tsai, covering the input of about 100 Shastra titles comprising the works of Acarya Nagarjuna, Arya Deva, Asanga, and Vasubandhu, has already commenced, and will be completed at the end of 2014. We are currently seeking donations for the final phase of the project, which will make over 150 additional sutras, shastras, and other Buddhist titles freely available to all."


(2)

The following is a powerful mantra of purification and associated scripture excerpt of the teaching held by Vajrapani.

Excerpt from
Sutra of the Whole-Body Relic Treasure Chest Seal Dharani
The Heart Secret of All Tathagatas
Translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in the Tang Dynasty
by The Tripitaka Master Amoghavajra from India

at
www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra03.html

. . .The World-Honored One [ Guru Sakyamuni Buddha ], having traveled not too far on the road, came to a garden called Abundant Wealth. In that garden were the ruins of an ancient pagoda, dilapidated and collapsed. With the courtyard covered by thistles and the doors sealed by creeping weeds, the rubble resembled a mound of dirt. The Buddha went straight to the pagoda. Forthwith, the pagoda issued vast, bright light, illuminating and glowing. A voice from the heap of earth praised, “Very good! Very good! Sakyamuni, Your action today is excellent! And you, Brahmin, will receive great benefits today!”

The World-Honored One paid respects to the ruined pagoda by circling it clockwise three times. He took off His upper garment, placed it over the pagoda, and wept tears with blood. He then smiled. Meanwhile, all Buddhas in the ten directions, looking on together, also shed tears, each emitting light to illuminate this pagoda. The multitude was so astonished as to lose their color, and they all wanted to resolve their bewilderment.

Vajrapani and other Bodhisattvas also shed tears. Twirling his vajra in glowing flames, he came to the Buddha. He asked, “World-Honored One, through what causes and conditions does this radiance manifest? Why did the Tathagata’s eyes shed these tears? And why do Buddhas [in worlds] in the ten directions emit vast auspicious light? I pray that the Tathagata will resolve my bewilderment.”

The World-Honored One replied to Vajrapani, “This great treasure pagoda of accumulated whole-body relics of Tathagatas contains innumerable kotis of the heart dharanis, the secret seal of the essentials of the Dharma of all Tathagatas. Vajrapani, because of the essentials of the Dharma contained in it, the pagoda has become tiered seamlessly like sesame seeds. The bodies of 100,000 koti Tathagatas are also like sesame seeds. Contained in the pagoda is the accumulation of the whole-body relics of 100,000 koti Tathagatas and even the store of 84,000 Dharmas. Also contained in it are 99 billion koti Tathagata-crowns. Because of these wondrous things, the site of this pagoda has superb, awesome virtue and serves as a spiritual testament. It can fill the entire world with auspicious events.”
. . .

Vajrapani asked, “Through what causes and conditions has this Dharma such superb virtue?”
The Buddha replied, “Because of the spiritual power of this Treasure Chest Seal Dharani.”

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 Dhara?i. 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 ||

After the Buddha finished reciting this spiritual mantra, all the Buddha-Tathagatas in the pile of earth voiced their praises: “Very good! Very good! Sakya the World-Honored One, You have appeared in this turbid, evil world to expound the profound Dharma for the benefit of sentient beings that have nothing and nobody to depend upon. Therefore, the essentials of the Dharma will long remain in the world, bringing wide, abundant benefits and joyful peace.”

Then the Buddha told Vajrapani, “Hearken! Hearken! The essentials of this Dharma have inexhaustible spiritual power and boundless benefits! It is like a wish-fulfilling jewel atop a cylindrical banner, constantly raining down treasures and fulfilling all wishes. . . .

The Buddha then said to Vajrapani, “I now entrust this secret spiritual mantra and this sutra to you all. Revere, protect, uphold, and disseminate them in the world. Do not allow the transmittal [of the Dharma] to end for sentient beings.”

Vajrapani said, “I am honored to receive the trust of the World-Honored One. I pray only that we will requite the World-Honored One for his profound grace, day and night protecting, upholding, disseminating, and pronouncing [the mantra and the sutra] to the world. If there are sentient beings that copy, uphold, and remember them unceasingly, we will command the Brahma-kings, the god-king Sakra, the four great god-kings, and the eight classes of Dharma protectors to protect them day and night without leaving even temporarily.”

The Buddha said, “Very good! Vajrapani, for the benefit of all sentient beings of the future, protect and uphold this Dharma, and make it endless.”


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A basic mantra for Vajrapani, reserved to tantric Buddhists, is

OM VAJRAPANI HUM PHAT

which is recited 1,000,000 times following the authorizing empowerment, for example of Vajrasattva.

A Vajrapani Practice
Prescribed by Padmasambhava, the Mahasiddha who cofounded the practice of Buddhist tantra in Tibet.
These powerful mantras, from the collection of the Rinchen Terdzod cycle of tantric transmission, can be employed by tantric Buddhists for several purposes, such as
a) general protection and healing/ purification and energy work in general
b) destroying poisonous and negative energy patterns in the environment and shielding from directed negativity
c) freeing the consciousness ( souls ) of recently deceased beings from intense fearful illusions and traumas arising from death in war, by weapons, and in accidents.

From
www.choegyalrinpoche.org/Teachings.htm
www.choegyalrinpoche.org/Tsonc...po.pdf


"Precious Dharma Family, Trillions of thanks for the love, compassion, and practices you are all doing for the suffering beings in our human family. I am so grateful for sharing this practice of Tsonchei Mijigpai Gyalpo which I think is the right practice for this time. The Vajradhara 8th Khamtul Rinpoche and Vajradhara Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche stressed the urgency of this practice during these times of violence and war.

"Tsonchei Mijigpai Gyalpo means the supreme enlightened one who liberates bardo beings from the fear and terrifying illusions arising from death by weapons. I send all you practitioners my deep heartfelt gratitude and prayers for transmission blessings of these teachings directly from the Buddhas and from Gurus. It will surely be of immense benefit for all the dead since we are doing it with very profound and pure loving motivation, free from any partiality. I ask all Buddhists to practice this to help the dead from all sides and to protect the innocent."

Short mantra of Vajrapani
( corrected form: use CHANDA, not "chandra" )

OM VAJRA CHANDA MAHA ROSANA HUM PHAT

Extended mantra of Vajrapani

OM VAJRA CHANDA MAHA ROSANA HUM PHAT
OM APRATIHATA VALA HUM PHAT
SARVA VIGHNAN ANTARAYA VINASHKARA
MARAYA HUM PHAT

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Sarva mangalam!

Siddhi rastu!

May All benefit!

May there be yogic realization!

May the teachings of the Medicine Buddha and all the profound healing disciplines of Asia flourish everywhere, for the benefit of everyone!

This is written in partial fulfillment of my responsibilities as a Mahayana Buddhist guru.
Medicine Buddha is one of the principal practices and teachings which I am required to propagate.
This responsibility is now completed.

KT, inner medical tantrika

posted Fri, August 31, 2012 - 2:41 PM
Portland tantric empowerments December, pagan resources e.g. PDX Pagans, Northwest Dharma Association online, The Portland Buddhist Hub online. ( community » other ) Title:
Portland tantric empowerments December, pagan resources e.g. PDX Pagans, Northwest Dharma Association online, The Portland Buddhist Hub online.


Keywords: pagan and tantric resources online, empowerment and transmission, pagan magic, tantra and highest yoga tantra, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and vajrayana, Vajrasattva and Padmasambhava, Nyingma / Early Transmission Lineage and Palyul lineage and teacher Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso, Portland Oregon Dec 11 - 12, PDX Pagans, Northwest Dharma Association online, The Portland Buddhist Hub online.

Summary: a major teacher ( great abbot ) of the Palyul lineage will be giving major transmissions in Portland Oregon December 11th and 12th.

I do not represent this teacher, but this is a fine lineage with major global reach, in which I have received major tranmsissons ( from HH Penor Rinbochay ). Their main web site is at
www.palyul.org
They have a major center in upper New York state with comprehensive yogic and tantric teachings each summer. I hear only good things about their work there.

Vajraattva and Padmasambhava are two of the most important and useful tantric transmissions and practices in all of Buddhist tantra. They are universal in nature, broadly useful, powerful, and profound. These two transmissions are of central importance in three of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the Sakya, the Kagyu, and the Nyingma. HH the Dalai Lama has taught advanced forms of both practices.

These transmissions necessarily confer bodhisattva vows of universal service and higher level tantric vows of Buddhist yoga. By definition.

Northwest Dharma Association and The Portland Buddhist Hub are major Buddhist and pagan community resources for multiple states and provinces in the Pacific Northwest. There is also the group PDX Pagans in tribe dot net. I support their efforts without in any way formally representing them.

This information is given for informational purposes only. Although my own tantric practice relies very strongly on these two practices in particular, I cannot claim any specific benefit or expected result for anyone else.

These practices are traditionally used for inner healing, inner purification, inner guidance, and psychic protection, for purifying and strenghtening the human magnetic field and so forth. Both are extremely broad and diverse in their many forms and applications, and deep in terms of connecting practitioners with the path to primordial awareness yoga. These transmissions can involve authorizations for kundalini yoga and dzogchen, but it depends on the individual transmission.

See also my basic Vajrasattva teaching at
people.tribe.net/aa35e5c2-...2bfc3044a6
and my continuing mantra thread on
tibetanbuddhism.tribe.net/threa...bbc093

Relevant books are
The Crystal and the Way of Light
Sky Dancer : The Life and Songs
Tantric Practice in Nying-ma
Dakini Teachings

Part of the purpose of this listing is to make known resources such as PDX Pagans, Northwest Dharma Association, and The Portland Buddhist Hub. Thus it is posted as a listing.

Sarva mangalam. Siddhi rastu.

May the Circle Be Open and Unbroken. All Our Relations.

KT




www.northwestdharma.org/calend...try.php

FEATURED EVENT: Vajrasattva Empowerment (AM)
Padmasambhava Empowerment (PM)
Khenchen will deliver two empowerments


•10am - Noon: Vajrasattva Empowerment
•2pm - 4pm: Padmasambhava Empowerment


Bio on Khenchen Rinpoche: 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 University (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.

start date: 12-12-2009 end date: 12-12-2009 start time: 10:00am / 2:00pm end time: 12:00 Noon / 4:00pm
category: Other tradition: Tibetan
teacher: Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche sponsor: Portland Sakya Center
venue: Portland Dharma Center
Address: 25th & S.E. Madison (Please park on Hawthorn) City: Portland state/Prov: OR
Primary Contact: Ani Gilda Padron Taylor phone: 503.234.8887 email: loopski@gmail.com
link: cost: $25


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Facilitating the Spread of Dharma in Portland
The Portland Buddhist Hub
www.portlandbuddhisthub.org/


As when there are timely rains and all trees and grass receive moisture and thrive, so all sentient beings derive benefits and grow by themselves. There are different methods, but they all spring from the same source. -- Master Han Shan

Many different resources are available for the study and practice of Buddhism in the greater Portland area alone. This site is intended to help those searching for a Way place, a Bodhimandala, they can call their own. If only one person by virtue of this site can find the resources to help him or her on their Way, its purpose has been fulfilled.

Homage to the Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha, and the Precepts.

Contact Information
The best way to contact us is to send email to pbh [AT] portlandbuddhisthub.org


PDX pagans
public - created 11/21/03
This tribe is for heathens, pagans and free thinking individuals residing in or around Portland Oregon metro area who want to communicate with other like minded folk.

See
tribes.tribe.net/pdxpagans



posted Thu, December 10, 2009 - 1:58 PM
Dalai Lama in Los Angeles May 2011 : Teachings and Events. Manjusri Yamantaka Wisdom Deity Resources. ( community » other ) Dalai Lama in Los Angeles May 2011 : Teachings and Events
Manjusri Yamantaka Wisdom Deity Resources

Keywords: HH the Dalai Lama, Tantric Buddhism, Gelugpa Lineage, Gaden Shartse Monks 2011 Tour Schedule, Los Angeles Friends of Tibet, UCLA, University of Southern California, University of California Irvine. Manjusri Yamantaka Wisdom Deity Resources, vajrabhairava.com.

Summary: His Holiness the Dalai Lama is giving public talks in Southern California during early May 2011, in conjunction with other events and activities, and groups. These include a multi-state tour of the Gaden Shartse Monks, who will be offering spiritual blessings at a number of locales over several months.

“Never give up.
No matter what is going on.
Never give up.
Develop the heart.
Be compassionate.
Not just to your friends but to everyone.
Work for peace in your heart and in the world.
Work for peace and 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, Nobel Laureate

The Dalai Lama is returning to Los Angeles to give a major esoteric Buddhist transmission of the deity of Fierce Wisdom Great Being /Bodhisattva, Yamantaka-Manjusri, and to give a series of public talks.

This is part of an extensive international tour by His Holiness reaching people in three continents.

I do not represent the Dalai Lama nor any of the groups or schools mentioned herein, although I do support his Buddhist and humanitarian teaching work. This schedule is subject to change.
The Dalai Lama is being hosted in Los Angeles by Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling, a major Gelugpa Buddhist teaching center.

www.tdling.org/
As part of the main tantric Buddhist teaching cycle, the new Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery, Khen Rinpoche Jangchub Choeden, will give teachings over the four weekends in May, expounding the practice of Yamantaka deity yoga. The combination of this major transmission by the Dalaia Lama, high level teaching by a scholarly abbot, and the availability of Yamantaka teachings in book form ( see references below ) is extraordinarily auspicious.

The Broader Significance of the Dalai Lama
HH the Dalai Lama has written extremely important books on psychology and ethics, and I recommend these to the general public for self-help purposes, and also recommend some of his books to those committed to public service, especially in the area of multiculturalism, international human rights work, and the international Green Party movement.

Because of the profound confluence of modern events, global economics, environmental issues and human cultures, the importance of broader and deeper human co-operation becomes more and more important.
To obtain a broader and clearer understanding and principles for working with these most important issues, studying the secular works of the Dalai Lama is of great value and importance.

Introductory References
I have posted an article introducing the Dalai Lama on numerous tribes, including Tribe Meditation. See
meditationclub.tribe.net/threa...19da88
For a good set of online resources introducing Buddhism generally and this Buddhist lineage in particular, see
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhisattva
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahayana
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelug
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalai_lama
and the numerous related Wikipedia links accessible through those resources.

I have also established a continuing teaching article on Fierce Wisdom Great Being /Bodhisattva, Yamantaka-Manjusri on Tribe Progressive Buddhist Thought:
buddhistthought.tribe.net/threa...b966a2

The basic mantra of Manjusri Bodhisattva of Wisdom is
OM A RA PA CA NA DHI
and the seed syllable is
DHI

Here is the meaning of this mantra:
"The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom sets out the following meanings for the first syllables:
A is a door to the insight that all dharmas are unproduced from the very beginning (adya-anutpannatvad);
RA is a door to the insight that all dharmas are without dirt (rajas);
PA is a door to the insight that all dharmas have been expounded in the ultimate sense (paramartha);
CA is a door to the insight that the decrease (cyavana) or rebirth of any dharma cannot be apprehended, because all dharmas do not decrease, nor are they reborn;
NA is a door to the insight that the Names [i.e. nama]" of all dharmas have vanished; the essential nature behind names cannot be gained or lost."

This will be further expanded in the months to come. See also the Yamantaka references at the end of this article.
See also the many Dalai Lama books and media available at local libraries and from Snow Lion Publications:
www.snowlionpub.com/


Events
Tickets are required in advance of events. Note that reservations for the Solitary Yamantaka initiation have closed.
Tickets for His Holiness’ public talk and for the GSTDL Weekend events will be available for purchase by the general public via Ticketmaster. Type ‘GSTDL’ into the search box on the www.ticketmaster.com website to bring up all events for which tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster. Tickets may also be purchased through the box office of the Long Beach Convention.

From
www.dalailama.com/teachings/schedule

Teaching in Los Angeles, CA, USA on May 1: His Holiness will confer the Solitary Yamantaka Initiation (jigje wang) in the morning organized by Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling at the Terrace Theater. Contact Website: www.tdling.org/hhdl2011

Public Talk in Los Angeles, CA, USA on May 1: His Holiness will give a public talk on Secular Ethics and Meditation in the afternoon organized by Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling at the Terrace Theater. Contact Website: www.tdling.org/hhdl2011/gstdl-weekend

Public Talk in Los Angeles, CA, USA on May 2: His Holiness will give a public talk on What is True Wisdom? in the morning organized by the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies at UCLA Royce Hall. Contact Website: www.dalailama.ucla.edu

Public Symposium in Los Angeles, CA, USA on May 2: His Holiness will participate in a public symposium on Buddhism and Neuroscience: A Discussion on Attention, Mental Flexibility and Compassion in the afternoon organized by the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies and the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA Royce Hall. Contact Website: www.dalailama.ucla.edu

Public Talk in Los Angeles, CA, USA on May 3: His Holiness will give a public talk on Secular Ethics, Human Values and Society in the morning organized by the University of Southern California’s Student Interfaith Council at USC's Galen Center. Contact Website: dalailama.usc.edu

Public Discussion in Los Angeles, CA, USA on May 3: His Holiness will participate in a panel discussion titled Secular Ethics: Origins, Elements and Their Function in Society in the afternoon organized by the University of Southern California’s Student Interfaith Council at USC's Bovard Auditorium. Contact Website: www.dalailama.usc.edu

Talk in Long Beach, CA, USA on May 4: His Holiness will be presented with "Shine A Light" Award from Amnesty International in the morning, and will give a keynote address on Human Rights at the Carpenter Performing Art Center. Contact Website: www.amnestyusa.org/dalailama

Public Talk in Irvine, CA, USA on May 4: His Holiness will participate in a dialogue with youth leaders on Compassion and Global Leadership in the afternoon organized by the University of California Irvine at the UCI Bren Events Center. Contact Website: www.livingpeace.uci.edu


In addition to the event on May 1, 2011, Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling will be sponsoring several events in the days leading up to May 1, 2011. See the Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling Weekend page.

From
www.tdling.org/hhdl2011/gstdl-weekend

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, April 28
11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Opening Day for the 4-Armed Chenrezig (Buddha of Compassion) Sand Mandala
The Tibetan sand mandala is an ancient, sacred art form of Tibetan Buddhism. Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning cosmogram or world in harmony. Mandalas are drawings in three-dimensional forms of sand that are constructed as vehicles to generate compassion, realize the impermanence of reality, and a social/cosmic healing of the environment.
Free & located at the Center Theater Lobby
11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Mandala Viewing, Thangka display (Buddhist Religious Art), sales of books and other Buddhist items, documentary viewing

Free & located at the Center Theater & Lobby
7:00 – 9:00 pm: Journey to the Roof of the World—A Performance by the internationally renowned Gaden Shartse Monks
This cultural performance will provide an opportunity to experience the rare sounds and dramatic imagery of Tibetan sacred dances, music, and chants. It will feature the famous multi-phonic throat chanting of Tibet.
A ticketed event; $16; open seating at the Center Theater

Friday, April 29
11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Mandala Viewing, Thangka display (Buddhist Religious Art), sales of books and other Buddhist items, documentary viewing
Free & located at the Center Theater & Lobby
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Introduction to Tantra as Practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition — A Public Talk by Khen Rinpoche Jangchub Choeden, Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery
Khen Rinpoche will be outlining the basics of tantra. This talk is open to anyone interested in learning about Tibetan Buddhism. In the latter portion of the event, he will also be conferring refuge vows to interested students of Buddhism.
A ticketed event; $16; open seating at the Center Theater

Saturday, April 30
11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Mandala Viewing, Thangka display (Buddhist Religious Art), sales of books and other Buddhist items, documentary viewing.
Free & located at the Center Theater & Lobby
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Connecting With Your Compassionate Nature: The Art and Science of Compassion — A Public Talk by Thupten Jinpa

Compassion has been a major focus of interest in Buddhism throughout its long history. From the development of formal meditation on compassion to the institutionalization of it in the form of the Dalai Lama reincarnations, compassion has captured the imagination of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in particular. Today, as neuroscience and cognitive psychology expand their research into human behavior and its underlying motivations, the study of compassion and altruism is increasingly becoming an important area of scientific exploration. Thupten Jinpa will speak on compassion, both from the perspective of Buddhism as well as modern scientific research, focusing on his work at CCARE (Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education), Stanford University, where he helped develop a formal training known as CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training).
A ticketed event; $24; open seating at the Center Theatre

Sunday, May 1
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Secular Ethics and Meditation — A Public Talk by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama
A ticketed event; $37, $64, $94; reserved seating at the Terrace Theatre
4:00– 6:00 pm: Mandala Viewing & Ritual Dissolution, Thangka display (Buddhist Religious Art), sales of books and other Buddhist items
Free & located at the Center Theatre Lobby


From “Los Angeles Friends of Tibet, at
www.latibet.org/
Robert Thurman offers teaching and talk
on April 30

Renowned Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman will make a rare L.A. appearance from 7:30 to 9 PM on April 30 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The event is presented by InsightLA, the Santa Monica-based mindfulness meditation center.

The evening will feature teachings, guided mediation and conversation. . . .”
Author of more than 20 books and the first American ordained as a Tibetan monk, Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, where his colloquial and humorous way of imparting the Buddha’s teachings has made him one of the most popular professors. He is President of Tibet House US, a non-profit dedicated to preserving and promoting Tibetan civilization, and author of Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet and the World, published in June 2008.
Thurman's insights are grounded in more than 35 years of academic scholarship; he holds B.A., A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard and has studied in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in India and the United States.

InsightLA is a non-profit founded by psychotherapist and meditation teacher Trudy Goodman, Ph.D. and is dedicated to mindfulness training.
For more information and to register, visit www.insightla.org. Ticket prices for this event range from $45 to $150. The Broad Stage is located at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401.


Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation

“Welcome to the website of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation. The foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation. It was established in 2006 with the mission to help preserve and share the ancient Tibetan traditions and culture. Since the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950, much of this rare and ancient culture has been destroyed. We feel that this rich culture, once hidden and preserved behind the Himalayan mountains, has much to offer the world at large. It is our mission to not only help preserve this precious culture, but to share it's ancient wisdom with the people of the United States. To do this we have partnered with Gaden Shartse Monastery and Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Center to help host the Sacred Earth and Healing Arts of Tibet tours here in the USA.”
See:
www.gadenshartsecf.org/

The Gaden Shartse Monks tour continues through September in California, Oregon, Utah, and Colorado.

Upcoming Events
Southern California
Long Beach
April 28th at 11:00am -Sand Mandala Opening Ceremony. During this ritual the monks will purify and bless the environment in preparation for the construction of the sacred sand mandala. This mandala will be dedicated to the visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Following the opening ritual, the monks will begin the creating the sand mandala. You can observe the Mandala in process, as a team of Monks continue ancient ritual by vibrating grains of colored sand out of their funnel shaped tools. Viewing the Mandala opens the mind and awakens the spirit. It is said that the blessings a Sand Mandala brings are multiplied by the number of grains of sand that it contains. Location: Long Beach Convention Center, Center Theater Lobby.

April 28th at 7:00pm – Journey to the Roof of the World: Sacred Dance and Chants of Ancient Tibet. Come join us for
Journey to the Roof of the World Performance
An evening of sacred sounds from the roof of the world. This is a special performance in conjunction with the visit and teaching by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Long hidden behind the Himalayan mountain ranges, the ancient Tibetan culture remained virtually untouched by the outside world for thousands of years. Now you will have an opportunity to experience the rare sounds and dramatic imagery of Tibetan sacred dances, music, and chants. This is a complete stage performance with ornate costumes. It contains eight different performances presented in two hour long segments separated by a short intermission. Location – The beautiful Center Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available through ticketmaster. Here is the link – Journey Tickets.

University of California at Irvine

May 3rd at 9:00am – Sand Mandala Opening Ceremony. During this ritual the monks will purify and bless the environment in preparation for the construction of the sacred sand mandala. Following the opening ritual, the monks will begin the creating the sand mandala. You can observe the Mandala in process, as a team of Monks continue ancient ritual by vibrating grains of colored sand out of their funnel shaped tools. Viewing the Mandala opens the mind and awakens the spirit. It is said that the blessings a Sand Mandala brings are multiplied by the number of grains of sand that it contains. Location: Natural Sciences I, Room 1114.
Gaden Shartse monks creating a sand mandala

May 3rd through May 5th – Sand Mandala Creation.

Come observe the ancient art of Tibetan sand painting as the monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery carefully create a sacred sand mandala in honor of the visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Within the mandala, there are multi-layered symbolic images where iconography, placement, and color all have significance. Additionally, to the learned Tibetan Buddhist monk, the mandala represents his vision of the entire universe. Over the course of three days, the monks will create the mandala by placing millions of grains of sand on a specially built table. This is done by filling up a copper funnel, called a chakpur, with sand and gently vibrating it to draw out the sand. In the past, sand mandalas were made with the powdered results of the grinding of precious stones- turquoise, lapis lazuli, coral, powdered gold and silver, and many other cherished and priceless materials. Today white stones are ground and dyed with opaque water colors to produce the bright tones found in the sand paintings. Upon completion of the mandala, the monks will perform a special ritual to bless and consecrate the mandala. Then, as a lesson in impermanence, the blessed sand is swept up into a pile then small portions are offered to all those present. The rest of the sand is taken to a body of water where, after a short ceremony, it is poured into the water to bless and purify the surrounding environment and all sentient beings living there. Location: Natural Sciences I, Room 1114.

May 5th at 6:00pm – Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery and Dissolution of the Sand Mandala. Khen Rinpoche Geshe Jangchup Choeden, the abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery, will give a talk and the mandala will be ritually dissolved. Everyone in attendance will receive a small bag of sand and the rest will be placed in a body of water to allow the blessing to return to the environment.
See additional events for California and upcoming tour schedule at
www.gadenshartsecf.org/tour/t...hedule/


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manjusri

“Manjusri is a bodhisattva associated with transcendent wisdom (Skt. prajna) in Mahayana Buddhism. In Esoteric Buddhism he is also taken as a meditational deity. The Sanskrit name Mañjusri can be translated as ‘Gentle Glory’.
“Mañjusri is depicted as a male bodhisattva wielding a flaming sword in his right hand, representing the realization of transcendent wisdom which cuts down ignorance and duality. The scripture supported by the lotus held in his left hand is a Prajñaparamita sutra, representing his attainment of ultimate realization from the blossoming of wisdom. Mañjusri is often depicted as riding on a blue lion, or sitting on the skin of a lion. This represents the use of wisdom to tame the mind, which is compared to riding or subduing a ferocious lion.”


For information on Yamantaka / Fierce Manjusri:
www.vajrabhairava.com/

“In Vajrayana Buddhism, Vajrabhairava, also known as Yamantaka, is (1) a wrathful, buffalo-headed meditational deity (Tib: yi-dam) of the Highest Yoga Tantra class and/or (2) a dharma protector. Vajrabhairava is one of the principal three meditational deities of the Gelug school (Tib: gsang bde 'jigs gsum; the others are Chakrasamvara and Guhyasamaja). He is also one of the main yidams in the Sakya school where he comes in a variety of appearances (with different mandalas). In both schools Vajrabhairava is seen as the wrathful manifestation of Manjushri, the buddha of wisdom. . .There are also some Yamantaka terma revelations in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools. From amongst the many lineages of practice to enter Tibet the main transmissions of Vajrabhairava were those of the two translators Ra Lotsawa and Mal Lotsawa. Although practiced early on in Tibet by the Sakya and Kagyu Traditions, it was Tsongkapa, founder of the Gelug Tradition, who instituted Vajrabhairava as the principal Gelugpa meditation practice.”

Sunday, 10 April 2011 18:53
“It is a pleasure for us to announce that our friend David Gonsalez (www.dechenlingpress.org) has finished translating two important commentaries on the Yamantaka/Vajrabhairava practice that will be published by Snow Lion later in 2011.”

The Roar of Thunder:
A Commentary to the Practice of Yamantaka and a collection of associated ritual practices
Translated by David Gonsalez
Available later in 2011 from Snow Lion Publications
The Roar of Thunder is a collection of texts related to the practice of Vajrabhairava Yamantaka. The first text in this collection is a commentary to the Thirteen Deity Vajrabhairava practice composed by Ngulchu Dharmabhara. This text is truly phenomenal and gives rich and inspiring instruction by combining both the Ensa and Segyu lineage of instructions in a straightforward yet incredibly profound presentation. The second is a commentary to the Solitary Hero practice and was composed by the Fifth Ling Rinpoche, Losang Lungtog Tenzin Trinlay while he was in a three year Yamantaka retreat. This text is a treasure trove of oral instructions that have not been written down elsewhere and is written for yogis of Yamantaka therefore its presentation is very down to earth and direct.
And my above mentioned article
buddhistthought.tribe.net/threa...b966a2

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Sarva mangalam!
May All Beings Benefit!
Written in partial fulfillment of my formal Mahayana teaching responsibilities,
KT posted Thu, April 28, 2011 - 11:18 AM
UPDATED comprehensive teaching article: Tantric Buddhist Empowerments and Teachings and Retreats - Nationwide USA and India ( Winter 2012 - Spring 2013 ) ( community » other ) Tantric Buddhist Empowerments and Teachings and Retreats - Nationwide USA and India ( Winter 2012 - Spring 2013 )

Venues:
California ( Bay Area and Watsonville ), Washington ( Olympia and Seattle ), Arkansas ( Little Rock ), Texas ( Austin )
> > > New venue for Vajrakilaya transmission / retreat Arizona ( Chino Valley )
> > > New venue for Padmasambhava transmission / retreat Florida ( north of Miami )
> > > New venue for Dzogchen Retreat New York ( upstate )
> > > New venue for Dzogchen Colorado ( west )
> > > New Venue India ( Bodhgaya )

( N.B. Please note that I do not represent any of these teachers or fellowships. )


Keywords: meditation, yoga, tantra, pagan mysticism, shamanism, guardian angels, reality hacking, 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 / Kurukulle, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo, Vajrayana Foundation, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche / Garchen Institute, Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche.

Summary: This is a comprehensive teaching / outreach article, events schedule and resource list for Buddhist yoga and tantra related to Guru Padmasambhava and the Great Perfection ( primordial awareness yoga ).

Invocation 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


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Calling Out to Guru Padmasambhava
( The Seven Line Prayer, which is translated and taught in detail later in this post. )

"River of Light Padmasambhava Monjes Budistas"
www.youtube.com/watch

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On Guru Padmasambhava

Guru Padmasambhava of ancient India is one of the preeminent yogis and wizards in all Buddhist history, and a tremendous and growing influence on Buddhist practice worldwide. He is called upon for spiritual protection and spiritual guidance by millions each day.

In JRR Tolkien's story cycle, the Fellowship of the Ring had Gandalf the White Wizard as guide and protector. Padmasambhava is, for purposes of introduction to the public, the "Buddhist Gandalf".

All of the teachings and transmissions listed here relate directly to Guru Padmasambhava.


www.rigpawiki.org/index.php

"Padmasambhava (Skt.), or Padmakara (Skt. Padmakara; Tibetan: Pemajungné; Wyl. pad+ma 'byung gnas ) means ‘Lotus-Born’, which refers to Guru Rinpoche's birth from a lotus in the land of Oddiyana. Guru Rinpoche, the ‘Precious Master’, is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism and the Buddha of our time.

"Whereas Buddha is known primarily for having taught the teachings of the sutra vehicle, Padmasambhava came into this world, and to Tibet in particular, in order to teach the tantras.

"While Buddha Shakyamuni exemplifies the buddha principle, the most important element in the sutrayana path, Padmasambhava personifies the guru principle, the heart of Vajrayana Buddhism, and he is therefore known as the ‘second Buddha’ (Tibetan: sangyé nyipa)."

He said:
My father is the pure awareness of rigpa, Samantabhadra,
My mother, the space of all things, Samantabhadri,
My line, the indivisibility of awareness and space,
My name, the glorious Lotus Born,
My homeland, the unborn dharmadhatu,
My sustenance, consuming dualistic thoughts,
My destiny, to accomplish the actions of the buddhas of past, present and future.


A Short Biography
Jamgon Kongtrul the First

Now follows a short life story of Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmakara or Padmasambhava, extracted from the Precious Garland of Lapis Lazuli
www.rangjung.com/authors/p...mbhava.htm


The Seven Line Prayer to Guru Padmasambhava, a key tantric practice

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File...npoche.jpg

www.youtube.com/watch


The Meaning Of The Vajra Seven Line Prayer To Guru Rinpoche

www.quietmountain.org/links/t...pryr.htm

"THIS CHAPTER is a summary of a commentary on The Vajra Seven-Line Prayer, entitled Padma Karpo (The White Lotus), written by Mipham Namgyal (1846-1912), a celebrated scholar of the Nyingma Buddhist tradition of Tibet. The original Tibetan text of Mipham's commentary is very profound and difficult to understand or to translate, and I have summarized the basic points of his text in this chapter.

"The Vajra Seven-Line Prayer is the most sacred and important prayer in the Nyingma tradition. This short prayer contains the outer, inner, and innermost teachings of the esoteric trainings of Buddhism. By practicing The Vajra Seven-Line Prayer according to any one of these trainings, the result of that particular training will be attained.

"In this summary there are five levels of interpretation. They are (1) the general or common meaning; the path of the hidden meaning (sBas Don), consisting of the next three levels; (2) the meaning according to the path of liberation (Grol Lam); (3) the meaning according to the perfection stage (rDzog Rim); (4) meaning according to the Nyingthig of Dzogpa Chenpo: the direct realization of the spontaneous (Lhun Grub Thod rGal); and (5) the meaning according to the accomplishment of the result. From among these levels of meaning it is proper for a person reciting the vajra prayer to learn and practice the particular level that is suitable to his or her capacity.

"I have arranged this summary merely with the hope of being able to indicate that this brief prayer contains different levels of meaning and training, as many followers of the Nyingma teachings who are acquainted with The Vajra Seven-Line Prayer are often unaware of its deeper meanings, But in order to comprehend the complete meaning of the prayer, I urge the readers to read the original text of Mipham Rinpoche.

"In Tibet, the Nyingmas recite The Vajra Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche three times before reciting any other prayers, doing any meditation, or performing any ceremony. Many devotees repeat it hundreds of thousands of times, reciting it during all their waking hours, making it as their main prayer, breathing, life, and contemplation.

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The following teachings are in the tantric Buddhist lineage known as the Great Perfection, also known as "Dzogchen" in Tibetan and Atiyoga in ancient India. These 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

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Tantra, Buddhism and Mahayana : Background and Key Online References

A "tradtional tantra" is a classical tantric text, as in "sacred scripture", and the basis for a magical / yogic type of esoteric spiritual practice. The tantras are oriented towards deep personal practice and experience and accomplishment, not mere religious belief of externalist "faith followers". To a classical tantric practitioner, religion and religious belief is basically all muggle culture, and mostly an obstacle to mystical practice and realization, which is wizard / siddha culture.

A core classical scripture is called a "tantra". These typically come to us from Hindu and Buddhist Sanskrit root sacred texts that were written down in medieval times, and were said to be delivered by oral transmission before, often over many centuries.

The word "tantra" has the sense of "weaving together" or integration, of wholeness, and in the Buddhist sense, primordial unity and "original Buddha Nature".

All Buddhist tantras build upon and carry the general Buddhist refuge vows and the universal Buddhist vows known as the Mahayana. So, Buddhist tantra is distinguished by strictly following the theory and practice of the Mahayana, while Hindu tantra and other tantras are very diverse, and do not follow a single consistent theory and practice such as the Mahayana.

All the Buddhist tantra lineages of ancient India, and Nepal, China, and Japan, are based in Mahayana ethics and philosophy as central and primary teachings. To practice Buddhist tantra in any lineage or any culture is to be a member of the great worldwide Mahayana community, which include Zen and Pure Land and the other such schools, and further as a tantric Buddhist to respect all these schools.

All the Mahayana teachings demonstrate a deep internal coherence of theory and practice, as well as relating historically and thematically to parts of other yogic and mystical systems of Asia, such as Hinduism, Taoism and so forth. Mahayana does not in any way relate to the four monotheisms ( Judaism, Christianity, Islam or Mormonism ).

( The statements by Alexander Berzin and some others that Buddhism is somehow "compatible" with Islam and other eternalist and closed belief systems is clearly absurd and already disproven. To an Islamist, all Buddhist teaching and practice is pagan and prohibited by Islamic law. That is why the Islamists destroyed Buddhist universities in medieval India, such as Nalanda University. That is also why there has been war and conflict for many centuries between Islamists and Hindu communities. The Buddhist scholar Dr. Berzin simply does not understand *any* of the overall history of India! )

It is claimed that many tantras were originally spoken by Guru Sakyamuni himself, and passed through the oral transmission lineages, like other early Mahayana teachings. Some tantras explicitly claim that Guru Sakyamuni spoke them, for example the root Tara Tantra and the root Guhyasamaja Tantra.

I have a legal bookcase (twelve linear feet ) full of classical Buddhist tantra / sacred Buddhist scripture, plus three linear feet of Sikh kundalini yoga tantra and Hindu mantra literature and Bonpo tantra. This material is all the real stuff, not that silly Deepak Chopra fluffy nonsense ( such as "novelizations" of major religious figures ), and not the general type of Hindu literature.

For the overall summary and survey articles on Buddhist Great Way teaching and Buddhist tantra, see the following:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahayana
and
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism
for the overall scope and background of this teaching.

In particular, see
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vajrayana

and, specific to the present discussion :
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzogchen

Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as spiritual rock and roll!
"We'll always be together."
See
www.youtube.com/watch

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A basic perspective on entering the Buddhist path through empowerment and tantric commitments

In general, all sincere and respectful dharma students are welcome to attend Buddhist empowerments. The empowerments are open to practitioners of all levels and from all backgrounds—from beginners to people with years of experience.

Samaya, or Sacred Commitment

Please note that in accordance with the tradition one will be taking Buddhist Refuge & Bodhisattva vows and accepting Vajrayana Samaya with every empowerment. Please be or become familiar with these topics as they are essential on every step of the path to enlightenment. People have asked what will be the “commitment", and that can vary from transmission to transmission, but all have a common foundation which must be understood or the practice does not work.

Broadly speaking, in an empowerment, we are vowing to have pure perception and deep faith in the teacher and the teachings, promising to transform our negative habits and passions and awaken to our inherent Buddha nature as quickly as possible with the motivation to benefit all beings.

I have provided two clear and effective book references in this post:

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.
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.

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Foundational Buddhist Principles for Newcomers

The following small book, "Heartfelt Advice", is a key text for newcomers to Buddhism. It is written by a Sanskrit scholar, retreatant and tantric abbot, Lama Dudjom Dorjee, and he conveys the essential Great Way / Mahayana and tantric Buddhist worldview very directly to all.

"Heartfelt Advice" is a great book because it saves a lot of time and prevents a lot of confusion. The text provides a self-contained, clear, extremely accessible and functional gateway to understanding the overall Buddhist teaching in terms of core classical principles for personal practice.

This book is based entirely on classical teaching of many centuries, and speaks straight to the point, without any casual sidetracks, dilutions or digressions. It is very concentrated and useful long term as a set of continuing reminders for self-managing Buddhists of any Mahayana Buddhist approach in an unsupportive, non-meditative, non-Buddhist muggle culture.

Thus, this book of wise counsel is extraordinarily useful for contemporary western readers. Lama Dudjom Dorje, direct representative of His Holiness the Karmapa, has been teaching in the West for many years, and he ably covers a broad array of topics for all Buddhist practitioners in the simplest and most direct terms.

As a tantric Buddhist guru here in the West, this 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

www.amazon.com/Heartfelt-...1559393467/

"A terrific example of the traditional genre of shal-dam, or life advice, written for contemporary North Americans. This small book touches lightly on profound topics, gently suggesting ways of viewing the world and one's existence in it in a radically new way. The ninety-five short sections—many less than a single page—address foundational ideas of the Buddhist path such as renunciation, impermanence, and cause and effect."—Alexander Gardner, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

"Heartfelt Advice, from the uniquely qualified scholar and meditation master Ven. Lama Dudjom Dorjee, is a wonderful treasure for Western Dharma practitioners. Anyone who comes into contact with this comprehensive collection of key Buddhist teachings will receive the gift of priceless wisdom." —Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, author of Mind beyond Death [ and tantric Buddhist guru of the Kagyu lineage ]

"Whoever reads this book will receive blessings and benefit. . . . [Lama Dudjom Dorjee] is both scholarly and a highly accomplished practitioner." —Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche [ tantric Buddhist abbot of the Kagyu lineage ]

"Heartfelt Advice provides a brilliant picture of the depth and breadth of Buddhist meditation. This book is a masterful integration of Buddhist teachings and how they can be applied in difficult life situations. This book provides a unique view formed from his experiences as a Tibetan refuge, Lama scholar, father, and husband. After thirty years of teaching around the world, Heartfelt Advice is a gift to behold." —Dr. William Bradshaw, PhD, professor at University of Tennessee


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Lama Tharchin, Lama Dechen Wangmo, and the Vajrayana Foundation, a short introduction

This article section introduces Lama Tharchin, who will be giving transmissions and retreats described later in this post.
Lama Dechen Wangmo, who is also giving transmissions mentioned later in this post, teaches under the authority of Lama Tharchin.


The home center for Lama Tharchin is
The Vajrayana Foundation
web site
www.vajrayana.org
contact info:
Phone: (831) 761-6266
Email: office@vajrayana.org
Address: 2013 Eureka Canyon Rd., Watsonville,CA 95076

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche is a teacher of Buddhist tantra, extremely gentle and open, yet also profound and powerful. I first began taking teachings and transmissions from him in the early 1980s. This is one of my most favorite people on the entire planet. Just to see him brings real gladness to one's heart, just to remember him is greatly comforting. Please note that I do not represent him in any official sense.

I use texts and practices from his fellowship, the Vajrayana Foundation, which principally focuses on the lineage transmissions of HH Dudjom Rinpoche. HH Dujom Rinpoche was a profound Nyingma lineage holder whose efforts were of central importance in saving major parts of the Buddhist tantra during the destruction of Buddhist Tibet by the Chinese. HH Dudjom Rinpoche trained and authorized Lama Tharchin as a vajra master. Lama Tharchin can train westerners to become full fledged tantric Buddhist gurus - on a basic but functional level - in the Nyingma lineage of Guru Padmasambhava.

See also
heartteachings.com/index.html

"Heart Teachings by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche"

"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 uses to disseminate his vast knowledge of Buddhist teachings. Each month Rinpoche records a 1-2 hour long video.

"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."

Note - many of these recordings require specific authorization, i.e. empowerment.


From the above site
"Turning the Three Wheels of Buddhadharma: Learning, Practice, and Teaching"

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche is a Dzogchen (Great Perfection) master of Vajrayana Buddhism. He is the tenth lineage holder of the Repkong Ngakpas. This is a family lineage of yogis, or householders, and was the largest community of non-monastic practitioners in Tibet. Rinpoche was trained in His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's monastery, engaged in five years of solitary retreat and then completed the three year retreat with three others under Dudjom Rinpoche.

"In addition to Dudjom Rinpoche, his main teachers have been Chatral Rinpoche, Lama Sherab Dorje Rinpoche, and Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. Rinpoche left Tibet by foot with his family in 1960.

"Many of the early years of Rinpoche's life were dedicated to intensive study, practice and retreat. Mastering the many traditions of his lineage under the guidance of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche benefited countless beings through the purity of his heart and his compassionate dedication to all beings. Through many years of practice and retreat, Rinpoche developed the skills and qualities most needed to bring maximum benefit to beings in this lifetime.

"Fulfilling the request of his teacher, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche came to the West with the intention to protect the holy Buddhadharma and to plant authentic seeds of dharma in the West. With an incredible flurry of enlightened activity, Rinpoche's blessings and accomplishments have flowed like rich wisdom nectar. Founder of the Vajrayana Foundation, Rinpoche has established the College of Tibetan Buddhist Studies (Shedra), and the three-year retreat program (Drupta). He has directed study and practice retreats, given us bountiful empowerments and pure Dzogchen teachings, and he has shown us the true nature of our own minds."


From the home page of
www.vajrayana.org
with some notes and commentary

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Dudjom Treasure Revelations ( Dudjom Tersar ) of His Holiness Dudjom Lingpa and his reincarnation, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje.

“Lord of one hundred families of enlightenment,
illustrious holy spiritual master, at your feet I bow!
In the past you were Rigdzin Nuden Dorje Tsel,
In the future you will become the Buddha Infinite Aspiration,
At present you are Padmasambhava’s regent, Drogben incarnate:
Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje, to you I pray.”


The Dudjom Mind Treasure Revelations
from
dudjomtroma.org/about.html

"Guru Padmasambhava concealed many texts that were later discovered at the prophesied times by tertons, or treasure revealers. One such person was Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1904), who discovered the lineage known as Dudjom Tersar beginning in the mid-19th century. It consists of hundreds of texts and twenty-two volumes of teachings. Dudjom Lingpa stated that these teachings were especially profound, effective and appropriate for these degenerate times. Over thirteen of his disciples attained rainbow body by following these great teachings. Many thousands of others attained the level of Vidyadara (Tib. rikzin) or awareness holder.

"The Dudjom Tersar lineage comes to us directly from Guru Padmasambhava through Dudjom Lingpa to Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje (1904-1987). Just like his predecessor, His Holiness Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje was a terton who revealed over twenty-three volumes of various mind treasures. His Holiness' previous incarnations have included many of the greatest masters, yogis and scholars in the history of Buddhism.

"Among them are Nuden Dorje Chang, Shariputra, Saraha, Choelon Krishna Dzin, Acharya Hung Kara, Drowen Khyue Chung Lotsawa, and Jowo Smriti-Jnana. Guru Padmasambhava prophesied that anyone who has had Dharmic connections and unbroken samaya with His Holiness Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje would be taken to the pure land of Zangdok Palri (Padmasambhava's Copper Colored Mountain). . .

"The goal of these practices is to minimize suffering, psychological problems, obstacles, and illness, as well as to avoid personal and natural calamities. . . The Dudjom Tersar teachings are direct, vivid and fresh, with no loss of meaning in either the words or the blessings. Therefore this lineage is perfect, and is unimpaired by broken samaya."

For much detailed information on the Dudjom lineage and the third incarnation of Dudjom Rinpoche, Yangsi Dudjom Rinpoche, see
dudjom.blogspot.com/


Book reference on Dudjom Treasure visionary teachings of the Great Perfection ( Atiyoga / Dzogchen ):

"Buddhahood Without Meditation: A Visionary Account Known as Refining One's Perception (Nang-jang)"
Author Kyabje Dudjom Lingpa
Cover Softcover, Revised Edition
www.tibetantreasures.com/Padma...n.html

"This text presents the view of the Great Perfection through the approach known as trekchö (cutting through solidity). Buddhahood Without Meditation is widely known by its subtitle, Nang-jang (Refining Apparent Phenomena).

"This second, revised edition is the result of a thorough re-examination of the original English translation done in an effort to clarify the terminology and meaning of Dudjom Lingpa's text for Western students of the Great Perfection.

"The glossary has been revised accordingly and expanded to incorporate new terms. It also includes the Tibetan text as edited by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, as well has his structural analysis and outline."

"The Nangjang was prepared as an inexhaustible treasure trove of the gift of the Buddha's teachings, the relics of the dharmakaya." ~ H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche


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On Vajrakilaya, the Wrathful Vajrasattva, the Tantric Buddhist equivalent to the Hindu Shiva

Why Vajrakilaya?
from
www.pemayoedling.org/WhyVajrakilaya.htm

"Vajrakilaya is the most important "yidam" or tantric wisdom deity of the Nyingma tradition. The Vajrakilaya scriptural tantras are vast and profound, and they have been continually refreshed by further Vajrakilaya revelations with each new generation of meditation masters, and by the insights of the most learned scholars who have composed extensive commentaries. In the traditional histories, Vajrakilaya has a preeminent place as the special deity of Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), the eighth century master and second Buddha who helped to establish Buddhism in Tibet.

Moreover, Guru Padmasambhava's principal Tibetan disciple, the Lady Yeshe Tsogyal, is famed as attaining enlightenment through the Vajrakilaya practice. As a wisdom deity, Vajrakilaya covers everything necessary in a spiritual practice: the full path to Enlightenment and every temporary need for good conditions in the meantime. Vajrakilaya is surrounded by a retinue of deities with special functions, including the gathering of auspiciousness, prosperity and longevity, and the expression of mastery and control. This retinue are all wisdom emanations of Vajrakilaya himself, so even their apparently mundane activities work only for good and virtuous ends, and the deepening of spiritual practice.


Vajrakilaya: for Inner Peace and World Peace

"The special quality of Vajrakilaya is the ability to clear away obstacles and to transform all the emotional afflictions, and especially the most destructive emotion of hatred, into enlightened wisdom and compassion. Vajrakilaya's inner nature is peace (zhi-ba), and his wrathful outer guise should not be misunderstood. He is. . . the wisdom deity who embodies and reveals the true nature of our minds. His fires of wisdom burn away our emotional afflictions, uncovering the calm and serene nature of mind, and opening up the possibilities for genuine communication with others and compassionate activities. Therefore, the Vajrakilaya practice is particularly powerful for engendering inner peace, family and social harmony, political stability and world peace."


Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on the practice of Vajra Kilaya
from
www.siddharthasintent.org/Progr...2.html


"Vajrakilaya, or kila, means something sharp, and something that pierces--a dagger, basically. A dagger that is so sharp it can pierce anything, while at the same time nothing can pierce it. That is the quality. This sharp and piercing energy is what is used to practice and out of the many infinite, endless Vajrayana methods this happens to be one of most important methods.

"Vajrakilaya is one of the most popular deities when it comes to destroying the obstacles. Guru Rinpoche achieved enlightenment through practicing Yangdag Heruka but he first practiced Vajrakilaya to clean, or to clear the obstacles, and then, through that, he practiced the rest and then achieved whatever he wanted to achieve. So, Vajrakilaya is known for clearing the obstacles.

"Vajrakilaya is also known as being the embodiment of all the Buddha's activities. At times, when we speak of Vajrakilaya, we speak of Vajrakilaya as if it is the wrathful form of Vajrasattva. There are many, many great masters both in India and Tibet, but especially in Tibet, who have practiced Vajrakilaya, especially in the Nyingma lineage, and among the Kagyu and also within the Sakyapas . [among the three traditions] the Sakyapa, Tsharpa and Ngorpa. The Sakyapa's main deity, besides Hevajra, is Vajrakumara or Vajrakilaya. To this day, one of His Holiness Sakya Trizin's main practices is Vajrakilaya.

"Vajrakilaya is not just a simple deity. There is a complete path from the ngondro to the developing meditation and completion meditation, everything. It has a complete path of its own. There are many treasure teachings based on Vajrakilaya. For instance, there are treasure teachings from Jigme Lingpa, Ratna Lingpa, and Nyang-rel Nyima Ozer. Not only are there treasure teachings, actually there is also the Indian [lineage], just as there is the Hevajra Tantra, there is [also] a Vajrakilaya Tantra. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, almost all the great lamas, especially within the Kagyu and Nyingma tradition, have each their own Vajrakilaya sadhana practice.

"When we talk about Vajrakilaya, we talk about four kinds of dagger: substance dagger, compassion dagger, bodhicitta dagger, and wisdom dagger. Substance dagger, we actually make purba, which is the substance. We make it with a very special quality of wood or iron, and bless it with the proper Pujas, blessings, visualizations. We keep it, and use it mainly to pierce the outer obstacles.

"Compassion dagger is basically the practice of compassion, and the object the dagger has to stab, the object to stab is sentient beings. You have to put it onto sentient beings. And there is bodhicitta practice, the bodhicitta dagger, and that is another form mainly of practicing relative bodhicitta and ultimate bodhicitta together. We stab this dagger on methods. Wisdom and method, method is the object. That's the complicated one.

"And then lastly, the most important dagger is the dagger of wisdom. That dagger, the wisdom, is the whole Ati-yoga teaching, such as the Dzogchen teachings, and this wisdom is stabbed on ignorance. This is the fourth.

"During the Puja, we definitely try to include all of them, through visualizations, through mantras and through mudras. It is believed and this is not some ordinary human being's talk, Guru Rinpoche himself said, .wherever the Vajrakilaya Puja is done, even that site will become auspicious, free from all kinds of outer, inner, and especially inner and secret suffering. Those who are indirectly or directly connected to Vajrakilaya for certain, have a connection with Vajrakilaya, and gradually or immediately all obstacles will be dispelled and the ultimate result, which is the state of Vajrasattva can be obtained very soon. "
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The great master Mipham Rinpoche [1846-1912] condenses the meaning of Vajrakilaya in the following words:

"Suchness is the natural state of all phenomena
This is the great perfection free of duality.
Such nature is realised through individual awareness,
Which is the absolute kila - wisdom of awareness.
[It is called] Vajra as non-dual wisdom is indestructible,
And Kumara [Youth] as this the unchanging nature, free of decay.
This primordially all-pervading buddhanature
Resides as the absolute nature of all beings.
Through the skillful oral advice of the guru's insructions
And through the yoga of realising the natural ground of the intrinsic mind.
The manifestations of samsara and nirvana are brought under control,
Through piercing these phenomena with the kila of awareness.
Thus, the wisdom confidence that destroys [the illusions of] samsara and nirvana,
Steals the life force of the confusion so difficult to tame.
It fills the space of bliss with bodhicitta,
And it perfects appearance and existence as the mandala of the magical net.

"Ema! May all sentient beings practice this yoga of the kila: The supreme activity-deity of all buddhas,
With the [retinue] of supreme sons and wrathful ones.
Gaining power over the emptiness life of samsara and nirvana,
May they all achieve the level of the Great Glorious One, in this very life!
Written by the one named Dhi on the twenty-third day in the second month of the Earth Monkey Year. "


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Book Reference on Vajrakilaya
( A primary tantric practice of Guru Padmasambhava, now practiced in many countries for inner purification and protection and the removal of negative conditions. The text is openly available, but empowerment is required to take up this deity yoga. )

The Dark Red Amulet: Oral Instructions on the Practice of Vajrakilaya
Kehnchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche (Author), Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche (Author)
www.amazon.com/The-Dark-R...1559393114/

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications (February 16, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1559393119

"The wrathful deity Vajrakilaya embodies the enlightened activity of all the buddhas in order to subjugate delusion and negativity that can arise as obstacles to spiritual practice. The Vajrakilaya system of meditation is practiced widely in Tibet as well as in Western Buddhist centers.

"Written by the renowned scholars Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, The Dark Red Amulet presents a line-by-line description of this Vajrayana practice and describes the history of its oral transmission lineage. This book conveys the essential meaning of the Vajrakilaya teachings and provides an invaluable guide for Tibetan Buddhist practitioners to discover the absolute vajra nature that will transform every duality hindrance into clear wisdom and compassion.

"The book includes a translation of a brief biography of the text's terton, Tsasum Lingpa, and a chapter of students' questions and the Khenpos' answers."


Review
"This is an extraordinary Vajrakilaya teaching and quite rare within the terma tradition. During the twentieth-century upheaval in Tibet, almost all of Tsasum Lingpa's works were in danger of being lost forever. Together, the Khenpo Rinpoches have dedicated much of their lives to the preservation of the wondrous spiritual system envisioned by this 'crazy wisdom' terton. Revealed to the Western world for the first time, The Dark Red Amulet is a one-of-a-kind gem in every sense of the word." --Mikel Dunham, author of Buddha's Warriors

"[The] extensive and thorough commentary clarifies and enlightens...An absolute must-have for any scholar or Buddhist practitioner seeking to better understand the past and future path of the Vajrayana practice of Vajrakilaya."--The Midwest Book Review, March 2009 --The Midwest Book Review, March 2009

"The Dark Red Amulet conveys the essential meaning of the Vajrakilaya teachings and provides an invaluable guide for Tibetan Buddhist practitioners to "discover the absolute vajra nature that will transform every duality hindrance into clear wisdom and compassion". The book includes a translation of a brief biography of the text's terton, Tsasum Lingpa, and a chapter of students' questions and the Khenpos' answers." Eastern Horizon, April 2009 --Eastern Horizon, April 2009

Review
"[A] feast for the mind and spirit." --Thomas Peter von Bahr, New Age Retailer, March 2009


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Kali/ Troma and Chod/ Mystic Sacrifice

The Kali/ Troma empowerment always include "Chod", the Mystic Sacrifice.
This is a major shamanic Buddhist practice, one of the main shamanic practices being taught in North America. There are different lineages and practices of Troma / Chod.

The comprehensive ritual texts of Troma Nakmo are available from TibetanTreasures.com. These are of course restricted to those who have a DUDJOM TERSAR empowerment of Troma. They are however made available to all who have an authentic Dudjom Tersar from ANY teacher of the Dudjom Tersar, at any location, whether or not the empowering guru is associated with the Chagdud Tulku Fellowship.

Tibetan Treasures *openly* sells a short but very powerful and useful Chod text for Troma. It is called Feasts of Chod. I strongly recommend this text to anyone who has any kind of Chod empowerment, any major Tara empowerment, any Yeshe Tsogyel or Padmasambhava empowerment, or any trekcho empowerment. See
www.tibetantreasures.com



I have given a general introduction to Chod practice and resources at the following post:

"Chod is defined as the functional enactment of prajnaparamita. It can also be Mahamudra or Atiyoga"
At
tribes.tribe.net/chodtribe...b94cc8a1f9

What follows is a general introduction
from
www.khandro.net/dakini_queen.htm

"Here's a description printed in a flyer from Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche's sangha given out freely as an excerpt from a talk on Troma and Chod given by him in Los Angeles April 9, 1986:

"Troma, the Black Vajra Mother is the true heart essence of Guru Padmasambhava. It is also the method of many of the great siddhas from the forefathers Sarahaba until it was revealed by the very noble siddha and terton, Dudjom Lingpa, who is the previous incarnation of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche.

"Chod by definition is 'to cut through'. The essence of chod is the prajnaparamita: the pervasive permanent unalterable absolute nature of emptiness. Emptiness is not nothingness, it is the full resplendent quality of subtle appearance and is called unstoppable clarity: the inner capacity of the nature of emptiness. It arises as the display of the five Dhayana Buddhas' consorts. Emptiness is inseparable from its resplendent capacity for manifesting beneficial appearances, the Five Wrathful mothers, Troma, also known as Vajra Khrodikali.

" What must be understood about the cutting Chod, is what is to be cut and how it is that we cut it. The answer to what must be cut is the root of samsara. Samsara is the cycles of endless suffering of forever becoming: we must look at what causes that and that cause must be cut.

"For us, non-realization of our absolute nature is not because we once realized our nature and then forgot it. It isn't that we had it and then lost it. The essential primary nature of absolute purity is innate in our being. Non-actualized purity is ignorance and so ignorance must be cut. It must be destroyed. It must be liberated.

"Next to ignorance of Nature, the poison of desire must be cut. We have basic self-centered recognitions which function as our "I" or "me" or any manner of self-perceptions. Beyond this comes the recognition of everything which isn't "me", generally named "other". through this process of "I" and everything else that is not "I" a dualistic mode begins to function between the two. From this dualism arises the judgment of "it's so pretty" and the subtle attachment of "yes, I like it" which gives way to the gross attachment of "I need it" which is where suffering begins. If we need it and we can't get it, then we suffer: if we need it and we get it and we find out that we didn't want it, then we also suffer. If we need it and we get it and it fades away and dissolves into nothingness as all temporary things will, we suffer... .

" Desire is also a stepping stone to hatred which is aversion or the other side of desire. Because I want something, then I have some vested interest in that particular phenomena happening: something comes along such as rain, for example, and blocks the fulfillment and "I don't like that." It's because I had some invested interest in what I wanted that aversion developed. Whatever prevents me from getting what I want results in this same aversion and so we find that at the forefront of aversion is desire.

" From the poisons of ignorance, desire, and aversion the mind further complicates its delusion with a very beguiling pride of its own confusion and from this arises jealousy. These complete the full array of the poisons of the mind. In Chod, there is always what are called the four demons or the four maras which are the four obstructing influences.

"The first obstruction is the personal defilements of mind: the defilements are the five poisons: ignorance, desire, aversion, pride and jealousy. The second demonic influence is the obstruction of false contentment which is somewhat like pride. One takes for granted good situations thinking that they will go on forever: this is a very big obstacle because it wastes opportunities. The third demonic influence that obstructs the realization of enlightenment is based on self-holding and other-holding. The mind zig zags back and forth from "I like this" and "I don't like that" "this is pretty, that is not" "I need this" "I don't need that". Our mind enticed by the appearance of objects goes to the object and becomes dynamically involved there, totally seduced by samsaric appearances. The fourth obstruction is the root of the other three obstructions, the self-centeredness of one's "I".

"The method to cut through these demonic influences is called Chod. One's pure motivation is the blade that cuts though the faults of self-centeredness.

"Chod is the practice of generosity with one's most valuable possession, the body. There is nothing we value more, so this is what we use as our gift. Our mind is deathless, our body is not, so we transfer our mind out of our body and pure mind stands complete in space. The body, like a shell, is an empty remain.[sic] Through mantra and visualization, the practitioner transforms the body into a vast and wholesome offering of whatever would be satisfying. The offering is not just substance, but it is also wisdom nectar which fills the vastness of space. This is then offered to all of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, to any and all wisdom beings beyond the limit of our understanding. Further it is offered to every sentient being whoever they are, wherever they are. Whatever their particular need is is completely met by this offering and they're completely satisfied and fulfilled immediately and ultimately.

"This trains the mind to cut through attachment. By this practice, one accomplishes both the accumulation of merit through generosity and the accumulation of wisdom through understanding the basis of non-reality of our physical form. One understands the nature of emptiness that pervades all beings and this accumulates wisdom. Enlightenment is produced by the two accumulations of merit and wisdom, so this is a path capable of rendering full realization of enlightenment."



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On Krodhi Kali / Troma Nakmo, the Tantric Buddhist counterpart to the Hindu Kali

The practice of Troma Nagmo is classified as a "mind treasure," and was transmitted by Guru Padmasambhava, the great Indian saint and sage who brought Tantric Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet during the 8th century. Troma Nakmo is the Tibetan name of the goddess Krodhikali, one of the three primordial wisdom dakinis of the universe, the others being Vajra Varahi and Samantabhadrini.

Troma practice also empowers us to recognize and develop our own wisdom and abilities, realizing that all beings have the potential for awakening, or Buddhahood.

Two Major Events with Lama Dechen Wangmo in Little Rock Arkansas and Austin Texas

The Ecumenical Society of Little Rock & Jnanasukha are pleased to announce Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo's schedule for Little Rock, November 15-18.

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Contact: Charlotte: cabesch@midsouth.ualr.edu

Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock website map

1015 West Second Street, Little Rock AR 72207



FEATURED PROGRAM
Freeing the Mind: Black Dakini Throma
Transmission, Instruction & Practice
We meditate in order to free ourselves of false limitations and to discover our own enlightened awareness.

The meditation in which we develop ourselves as the Black Dakini Throma is the mind treasure (terma) of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, who described it as the ultimate instruction of all my revealed treasures.

Attendees will learn how to do this practice through short periods of teaching, meditation, and exploration. Suitable for those wishing to learn about Tibetan Buddhism as well as those wishing to deepen their understanding and/or practice.


REGISTRATION INCLUDES
•Saturday Nov. 10, 10AM - 5PM (lunch break 12:30PM) and Sunday Nov 11, 10AM - 12:30PM.
•download PDF practice text
•download Lama Wangmo's Q&A webinar on this practice
•download audio recording of the teachings after the event

Fire Offering of the Magnetizing Dakini Kurukulle to Benefit All Beings
Sunday Nov 11, 2 - 4:30PM
Kurukulle is the dakini who draws all beings onto the path of enlightenment and creates favorable conditions and circumstances, both mundane and spiritual.
Donation to benefit the nuns of Tsogyal Latso in Tibet.
Location To be Announced. Everyone Welcome!

Lama Yeshe Wangmo grew up in Montreal, Canada, and began her Buddhist path with the Sixteenth Karmapa in 1978. In 1992, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche enthroned her as a lama in the Nyingma lineage. She is the founder of Jnanasukha and The Tsogyal Latso Fund to support the birthplace of Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal in Tibet and the nuns living there. While living in Hawaii, her Dharma activities have focused on translation and teaching in the U.S. as well as leading pilgrimages to the places of the life story of Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal in central Tibet. Recently, she has entered the digital world with YouTube videos and interviews and a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Combining her education, retreat experience, and facility with the Tibetan language of Dharma, Lama Wangmo teaches with inspiration and clarity while relying entirely on the principle of connection to benefit beings and the doctrine.


Jnanasukha is pleased to announce Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo is returning to Austin, November 8-11.

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Contact: Rikzin: rikzin@jnanasukha.org
Please do not contact TOCI.

2499 S. Capital of Texas Highway, Suite A100
Next to Yoga Yoga by Barton Creek Mall



Schedule of Events
Teachings, transmission, practice, and explorations . . .

Welcome Reception for Lama Yeshe Wangmo
Thursday Nov 8, 7 - 9PM
Private residence, $10 at the door benefits the nuns of Tsogyal Latso in Tibet. RSVP here

Celebrating the Day of the Female Buddhas with Throma Feast Offering Ganachakra
Friday Nov 9, Dakini Day, 7 - 9PM
Following Thinley Norbu Rinpoche's Throma Compilation Quintessential Accomplishment in Accordance with the Lineage of the Vajra Essence.
Everyone Welcome!
Toltec Center of Creative Intent (TOCI) 2499 S. Capital of Texas Highway, Suite A100, next to Yoga Yoga by Barton Creek Mall
Donation at the door.

Freeing the Mind: Black Dakini Throma
Saturday Nov 10, 10AM - 5PM,
TOCI.
Pricing offered at the regular rate of $70 and scholarship rate of $45. Opportunity to donate any amount for sponsorship. Please register in advance.

Special Event: Feminine Aspects of Spirituality: Interactive Discussion
Sunday Nov 11, 10AM - 12 Noon
Current speakers include HeatherAsh Amara, Dr. Judith Yost, and Lama Yeshe Wangmo.
TOCI.
$10 at the door. Proceeds benefit the nuns of Tsogyal Latso.More info below.

Fire Offering of the Magnetizing Dakini Kurukulle to Benefit All Beings
Sunday Nov 11, 2 - 4:30PM
Donation benefits the nuns of Tsogyal Latso in Tibet.
This will be held at TOCI or Palri Pema Od Ling. To be Announced.


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> > > > > New event listing for Arizona > > > >


Updated : Tantric Buddhist Empowerments Europe and US, HE Garchen Rinpoche et Al ( Sept 2012 through January 2013 ) (Arizona)
From
arizona.tribe.net/listing/U...35ffdc3fd3


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


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Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
Khandro Norlha Empowerment, Treasure Vase Consecration and Teaching
at Orgyen Dorje Den 2244 Santa Clara Ave. Alameda, CA 94501

[ Khandro Norlha is a Peaceful form of Guru Padmasambhava from the Treasure Tradition of HH Dudjom Rinpoche. ]


Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012

Khandro Norlha teaching 10 am -12:30 pm

Khandro Norlha Empowerment 3 pm -5:30 pm


Total cost for day: $75 for the full day or $50 for empowerment only.

Registration is at the door on the day of event only. Doors open one hour before the start of the event. Please arrive early to register so that you may be seated when Rinpoche enters the shrine room.


For location and directions, please go to www.orgyendorjeden.org

For further info on this event please see the website (www.vajrayana.org) or email the office (office@vajrayana.org) with questions.

For more info on Treasure Vases, please go to www.vajrayana.org/treasure-vase/

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Lama Tharchin Rinpoche in Washington --- November 13-18

Nov 13: Olympia: Bodhi House: Calling the Lama from Afar, 7-9 PM

www.bodhihouse.org/

Bodhi House • 360.459.1967 • 4846 Johnson Point Rd. • NE Olympia, WA 98516 • bodhihouse@comcast.net


Nov 16-18: Seattle- Nalanda West: The Life and Songs of Dzogchen Master Dudjom Lingpa.

www.nalandawest.org/

Nalanda West
3902 Woodland Park Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103


Nalandabodhi Seattle presents:
The Life and Songs of Dzogchen Master Dudjom Lingpa
Teachings by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

"The entirety of the Buddha's teachings is complete and perfected within the Dudjom lineage. Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1904), the renowned treasure revealer and previous incarnation of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, led an extraordinary life mirroring the highest levels of wisdom experience and realization. His life and the songs that arose spontaneously from his realization outline the entire path of the Great Perfection and inspire, guide, and bless us on our path.

"Rinpoche's teachings will be based on A Clear Mirror, the Visionary Autobiography of a Tibetan Master, by Traktung Dudjom Lingpa, translated by Chonyi Drolma, forward by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, North Atlantic Books, 2011"

Suggested donation: $150
NB and Vajrayana Foundation members, students, seniors (62+): $108

No one turned away.
Please inquire for Work Practice.
Contact
Nick Vail
practice@nbseattle.org


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December California Bay Area Public Talk by Lama Tharchin

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche at Open Secret Bookstore, San Rafael [ Berkeley Area ]
Monday, December 10, starting at 7PM
Open Secret Bookstore is located at 923 C St. in San Rafael
Contact Sheppard at (415) 333-3639 or sheppardp@earthlink.net

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Annual Trekchod Retreat
December 30 - January 13, 2013

www.vajrayana.org/retreats/...2-an-2013/


The Tantra of the Sharp Vajra of Insight and Awareness

(Shey-rik Dorje Nonpo Gyud)

Teachings and Practice on this Dudjom Lingpa trekchod text

with Lama Tharchin Rinpoche


In Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's words:

"Shey-rik Dorje Nonpo Gyud is the wisdom mind treasure of the Lord of the Dance, Traktung Dudjom Lingpa, who experienced Kuntuzangpo directly in a vision giving teachings and answering questions to his own emanation's retinue of bodhisattvas. Of Dudjom Lingpa’s five Dzogchen tantra treasures (the others being Neluk Rang-jung, Ma-gom Sangye – also known as the Nang Jang, Dagö Japu Chen and Sang-tri Ka-gya-ma), this is the root tantra treasure.

"Our teachings will cover the Shey-rik Dorje Nonpo Gyud along with a commentary, The Essence of the Clear Meaning, written by Dudjom Lingpa’s main disciple Pema Tashi. With this perfect combination of the perfect teacher and perfect student, the root text and commentary is unbelievably beautiful, incredibly amazing and carries great blessings.

"I have never had the opportunity to teach this root text and commentary outside of Tibet. Even though I am not a professional teacher and lack qualities, I do hold the lineage and have the explicit permission from my wisdom teachers to give these teachings. Therefore it is possible that some blessings accompany these teachings and this year I will do my best to open this up to all of you, my Dharma friends, serious practitioners who have finished your ng?ndro in the proper way. Therefore I will make this unique special offering to my Dharma friends.

This teaching in ten chapters is traditionally given over the period of a month. But as we are in the West and our time is limited, we have made the retreat shorter. Still, our time together will truly contain the entire path of Dzogchen’s view, meditation, action and result. I think it will be of great benefit."



Requirements

Rinpoche has requested that the Trekchöd Retreat be restricted. If the student has completed Rinpoche’s Drubdra, Rushen Retreat, or any of the previous Trekchöd Retreats (from January 2001-2011), then they do not need permission to attend this retreat.

In order to attend retreat, the student should have completed the Dudjom Tersar, Khandro T’huk-T’hik or Tröma Nagmo ngöndro. If someone has finished ngöndro from another lineage, then Rinpoche requests that they also complete at least 10% of the Dudjom Tersar Ngöndro, preferably prior to retreat.

Rinpoche requires that retreatants attend all of the teachings. It is very important to receive these teachings in their entirety. People must also commit to individual practice sessions.
If someone is absolutely unable to attend all the teachings, they must request permission to miss teachings from Rinpoche by emailing the office.

Schedule

The retreat will start December 30, 2012 with an evening tsok (Start time TBD)
Rinpoche’s first teaching will start on December 31 (Start time TBD)
The retreat will end on January 13 after the morning tsok session (Start time TBD)

More details will be sent out upon receiving your registration.


Phone: (831) 761-6266
Email: office@vajrayana.org
Fax: (831) 761 6284
Address: 2013 Eureka Canyon Rd., Watsonville,CA 95076


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Vajrakilaya (Namchak Putri) Gutor and Losar Retreat
February 7-11, 2013
Gutor Day – Feb 9
New Moon - Tangrak Day – Feb 10
Losar day – Feb 11
Details TBA

Phone: (831) 761-6266
Email: office@vajrayana.org
Fax: (831) 761 6284
Address: 2013 Eureka Canyon Rd., Watsonville,CA 95076

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January 2013 Dudjom Tersar Transmission Florida ( North of Miami )


www.padmasambhava.org/

January 19-26, 2013 Winter Dzogchen Retreat

Empowerment and Teachings of Lake Born Guru Padmasambhava according to HH Dudjom Rinpoche
given by Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche

"In 1978 Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche was enthroned as the abbot of the Wish-fulfilling Nyingmapa Institute in Boudanath, Nepal by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, and later became the abbot of the Department of Dharma Studies, where he taught poetry, grammar, philosophy and psychology.

"In 1981, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche appointed Rinpoche as the abbot of the Dorje Nyingpo Center in Paris, France. In 1982 he was asked to work with H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche at the Yeshe Nyingpo Center in New York.

"During the 1980s, until H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche’s mahaparinirvana in 1987, Rinpoche continued working closely with him, often traveling as his translator and attendant."

www.rigpawiki.org/index.php


Palm Beach Dharma Center & Mandarava House
1205 North Federal Hwy
Lake Worth, FL 33460 (561) 547-4711 info@pbdc.net
www.pbdc.net

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India ( Bodhgaya )
January 2013


pathgate.org/index.php


Transmission of Mipham Rinpoche's Entire Work at Bodh Gaya in 2013
His Eminence Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche has graciously accepted an invitation by Ngagyur Kama Tradition Preservation Association (NKTPA) to confer the empowerment of the entire works of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche of the Nyingma Tradition followed by the complete oral transmission and long life empowerment at the conclusion of the event. The teaching will start on 23rd January 2013 in Bodh Gaya, India after the completion of the Annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo.

NKTPA will also at the same time host an International seminar on the distinct view and philosophy of Mipham Rinpoche. Khenpo Tsewang Sonam, an eminent Nyingma scholar will preside over the seminar which will serve as a platform for open discussion for the participants.

English and Chinese translations will be provided for foreign students with free food and free accommodation available for the participants at the Nyingma Monlam Temple.

For further info, please contact the following persons:

1. Khenpo Neydon Sangpo
Tel: +91-9418612887 / +91-7250680808
E-mail: nitartha2009@gmail.com

2. Khenpo Ngawang Nyandak
Tel: +91-9758268893
E-mail: nyandakn@yahoo.com

3. Khenpo Sangay
Tel: +91-9733012799
E-mail: lop_sangay@rediffmail.com




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Dzogchen Retreat in Upper New York State, March - April 2013

From
www.padmasambhava.org/

March 23 – April 20,
2013
One Month Dzogchen Retreat
'Explaining the Meaning of Clear Light Original Mind According to the Instructions of the Victorious Vidyadharas known as 'Vajra Heart'
by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche

Given by
Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche

For autobiography, see
www.padmasambhava.org/teach/l...npo.html

Padma Samye Ling, NY

618 Buddha Hwy
Sidney Center, NY 13839

Contact
(607) 865-8068
jowozegyal "at" catskill.net

Registration:
www.padmasambhava.org/regist.html

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Dzogchen Retreat with Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
May 2013, Western Colorado

From
taramandala.org/program/dz...en-retreat/

Dzogchen Retreat
With Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

May 24 - 26, 2013

Date and Time Details: This retreat begins with a mandatory registration from 2pm to 4pm. This retreat will end after dinner on the last day

Location: Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Categories: Residential Retreats, Tara Mandala Colorado, Weekend Retreats

We are looking very forward to the historic return of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu to Tara Mandala. Please join us to receive his teachings and transmissions in the lineage of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection. Rinpoche will chose what he will teach at the time of the retreat.

Suggested Dana: $100 – $200

Registration will open in January 2013

taramandala.org/programs-r...nformation/

E-mail: info@taramandala.org

Phone: 970-731-3711

Fax: 970-731-4441

Mailing Address: PO Box 3040, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

About Tara Mandala

"Tara Mandala is an international Vajrayana Buddhist community with its home base in Pagosa Springs 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. Today, opportunities for quiet contemplation are rare, and places dedicated to long-term retreat are even more scarce. Meditation has a profound effect on the individual and its benefits emanate into the rest of the world.

"In a chaotic and stressful world, Tara Mandala retreat center offers refuge, renewal and traditional Buddhist training through our residential Living Dharma program as well as group and solo retreats. Bordered by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Tribal Land, the retreat center is on 700 acres of rolling hills and meadows adorned with many varieties of wild flowers, ponds, and forests. The land itself is a mandala with a stunning peak in the middle surrounded by four valleys. Retreat cabins are scattered across the landscape, and at its heart is the extraordinary three-story mandala Tara temple."
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Core Teaching of Guru Padmasambhava, in the palm of your hand


Re Rose:
"I want to gain a basic understanding of traditional tantra. What book should I read first?"

From
tribes.tribe.net/practical...5d4a29a15e

A crucial and indispensable text on Buddhist tantra - the most comprehensive system of tantra - is

"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)

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


"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."

review:

"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 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 written 1,500 or so years ago by Guru Padma by Tsogyal, who concealed it in code and hid it in a cave. Guru Padma 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. "

KT :

This is an advanced text. It is comprehensive and it is an extraordinarily valuable introductory summary text, because it will save you many years compared to not having this material in hand. It requires some patience and intelligence to read. Being a classical text, there is some reliance on key words such as Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, etc.

This is what I rely on.

I can recommend a lot of texts for tantric theory and practice, and in many lineages Buddhist or otherwise, but none replaces this.
The teaching in this book, from pages 1 to 100, is the foundation for all the many tantric Buddhist methods.

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REFERENCES

vajranatha.com/excerpt/GoldenLetters.htm
for intro and excerpts from book "The Golden Letters"

THE GOLDEN LETTERS: The Three Statements of Garab Dorje, the First Human Teacher of Dzogchen, together with a Commentary by Dza Patrul Rinpoche entitled
"The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King;"
Foreword by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche,
A Short Commentary on the Three Statements by HH Dudjom Rinpoche,
Translation, Introduction, and Commentaries by John Myrdhin Reynolds,
Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, New York, 1996.

See
www.amazon.com/Golden-Let...1559390506/

"According to the ancient traditions of the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism, the central teachings of dzogchen, "the Great Perfection," were first expounded in the human world by the great Buddhist master Garab Dorje from the mysterious country of Uddiyana (Eastern Afghanistan).

"This core Buddhist teaching directly introduces the meditation practitioner to the Nature of Mind, or innate Buddha-nature, which has been there from the very beginning, since before Samsara itself came into manifestation, but which goes unrecognized lifetime after lifetime because it is covered over by adventitious obscurations and negative karma. The practice of dzogchen purifies and removes these layers of the clouds of obscuration an d karma, so that one's own original nature, intrinsic awareness or Rigpa, shines through like the face of the sun in the sky free of clouds.

"From Uddiyana, the Dzogchen teachings were brought to India by Manjushrimitra and, in turn, his disciple Shrisimha transmitted them to three students, Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra, and Vairochana the Tibetan translator, who brought them to Tibet. Since then these Dzogchen teachings have been preserved and propagated within the traditions of the Nyingmapa school of Tibet established by Guru Padmasambhava in the eighth century of our era.

"The essence of Garab Dorje's message or kerygma is found in his last testament delived to Manjushrimitra after the master had passed into Nirvana by way of attaining the Rainbow Body of Light, the culmination of the practice of Dzogchen.

"Having dissolved his physical body into pure radiant energy and fading into the clear open spaces of the sky, he reappeared as a resurrected Body of Light in the guise of a sixteen year old youth inside a rainbow sphere of light suspended in the middle of the cloudless sky. This last testament or final posthumous communcation ('das-rjes) is known as "The Three Statements that Strike the Essential Points," (Tshig gsum gnad brdeg), and represents the quintessence of the Dzogchen teachings.

"In the nineteenth century in Eastern Tibet, the famous master Patrul Rinpoche wrote a brilliant commentary on these three statements, together with the contemplation practices relating to them, entitled "The Special Teachings of the Wise and Glorious King," (mKas-pa shri rgyal-po' khyad chos). In this volume these important Dzogchen texts of Garab Dorje and Patrul Rinpoche are translated from the Tibetan into contemporary English. Notes, commentaries, and glossary of Dzogchen terms are also included."


For a basic perspective on Dzogchen Primordial Awareness Yoga, see
www.keithdowman.net/dzogchen...erpts.htm

which has information and excerpts related to book
" Eye of the Storm: Vairotsana's Five Original Transmissions"

Eye of the Storm is a translation of Vairotsana's five original transmissions (Snga 'gyur lnga) , the five seminal tantras of the Mind Series of Dzogchen Precepts, with a commentary from the Mdo bcu, by Keith Dowman, a foreword by Bhakha Tulku Pema Rigdzin, published by Vajra Publications in Kathmandu, Nepal.

For a short introductory meditation text on dzogchen, see book

"THE CYCLE OF DAY AND NIGHT,
where one proceeds along the Path of the Primordial Yoga"
A Basic Text of the Practice of Dzogchen by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, ttranslated and Edited by John Myrdhin Reynolds

www.amazon.com/The-Cycle-...0882680404/

"The Cycle of the Day and Night where one proceeds along the Path of the Primordial Yoga" (gdod-ma'i rnal-'byor gyi lam khyer nyin mtsham 'kor-lo-ma) is a presentation of the fundamentals of Dzogchen practice in a clear and precise manner by one the leading exponents of Dzogchen in the West, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Central to the practice of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, is the making of contemplation into a continuous process through one's activities during all twenty-four hours of the day.

"Thus, the author describes the Practice of the Day (nyin gyi rnal-'byor) where one simply observes the rise and fall of one's thoughts and gazes into the open clear dimension of the sky and a Practice of the Night (mtshan gyi rnal-'byor) entailing thge taking of awarenress into sleep and thereafter lucid dreaming. Followng these simple methods, the practitioner develops in the state of contemplation.

"Based on the teachings of Garab Dorje, the first human master in the Dzogchen lineage from Uddiyana, this volume consists of a translation from the original Tibetan of the author's verse text, together with a commentary drawn from the author's own more extensive oral commentary. A reproduction of the original Tibetan text, as well as a glossary of Dzogchen terms and a biographical sketch of the Tibetan author are included."


For information on Yeshe Tsogyel and the Nyingma school, see
www.keithdowman.net/books/sd.htm

which has introduction and excerpts from

"Sky Dancer: The Secret Life and Songs of the Lady Yeshe Tsogyel"

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion (January 1, 1996)
ISBN-10: 1559390654

www.amazon.com/Sky-Dancer...1559390654/


"Among the great female adepts of Tibetan Tantra, Yeshe Tsogyel is foremost, and this masterpiece of Tibetan biographical literature conveys the meaning of her sublime apocalyptic life with lyrical beauty. Yeshe Tsogyel was an eighth century Tibetan princess who became the tantric consort of Tibet's Great Guru Padmasambhava.

"Her exemplary life story describes the ideal path of a yogini (a female practitioner) and in so far as it provides a blueprint for every woman who aspires to Buddhahood, Sky Dancer is one of the most important translations to be made from the Tibetan. It describes her motivation, the initiations taken from the Guru, her path of practice, her tribulations and the impediments in meditation practice, and the signs of her success in realisation of her buddha nature.

"'Skydancer' is a translation of the Tibetan word 'Khandroma' (dakini), 'female buddha'. Many of the songs provide secret precepts given to her by her teachers and by her to her disciples. These oral instructions belonging to the supreme path of tantra (anuttara-yoga-tantra) and Dzokchen provide the core of the biography.

'This work is important not only for its profound and detailed instruction on tantra-yoga, as an inspiration and guide on the tantric path, but also as an historical work shedding light upon the heroic period of Tibetan history, the epoch of empire, and the life and activity of Guru Padmasambhava.'

'Keith Dowman's four essays on the historical and religious background and woman's place in the tradition introduce readers to the Buddhist Tantra and elucidate the main points touched upon by the text.'

'Mr Dowman's translation possesses an immediate, compelling voice, its clarity all the more remarkable when one considers the relative inaccessibility of the spiritual biography he translates...The brilliance of this translation stems from the fact that Dowman combines the linguistic and historic skills of a scholar with the insight and practical wisdom of a sadhaka. Jane Casey in ReVision.

'No doubt it will be found relevant by feminists who yet have to make much headway against the taboos of Western Christianity. Tantra may provide an exciting alternative.' Iain Finlayson in the Glasgow Herald.

'Tsogyel's biography overflows with profound meanings that either cannot or may not be fully explained in print. Where many fools have rushed in before him, Keith Dowman has trod lightly and well. Anne Klein in Parabola.

'PREMATURE READING OF THIS BOOK MAY SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH.' Michael Hookham in The Middle Way

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Prayer from HH Dudjom Rinpoche and the Dudjom Tersar Treasure Tradition

"A Prayer of What to Accept and What to Reject"

See
tribes.tribe.net/chagdudgo...9bcad05e29

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Nyingma resource links
dudjom.blogspot.com/

nyingma-centers-america.blogspot.com/

European Nyingma centers
nyingma-centers.blogspot.com/

Padmasambhava Buddhist Centers - US and International ( Canada, Europe, India, Russia ):

www.padmasambhava.org/centers.html

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Every major tantric Buddhist empowerment includes the Diamond Being Action Recitation, the "Hundred Syllable mantra".
This is a primary practice for purification.

See my post
"VAJRASATTVA KARMA MANTRA, with teaching and references ( repost )"
at
dzogchen.tribe.net/thread/d...ad9925ff1

Translation of the VAJRASATTVA KARMA MANTRA
( Diamond Being Action Recitation Which Is All-Accomplishing )

". . . Identical to Vajrasattva, the supreme siddhis ( powers ) are perfected in him; he attains the blissful pure land, supreme wisdom becomes his display, and he is an exemplar to gods and men; he is empowered in body speech and mind and whatever he imagines is actualized."
- - from the Thirty First Chapter of the Guhyagarbha tantra, The Chapter on Direct Perception of Vajrasattva

This mantra is quintessential to the foundational practices of Buddhist tantra ( i.e. mystical yoga ), and also is broadly and extensively used at the highest levels of Tantra, up to and including Mahamudra / Great Seal and Atiyoga/ Great Perfection.

The following text and teaching is most sacred.

Vajrasattva is the quintessence of ( all ) the Hundred Families of Buddhist tantra. It is a universal key to all the esoteric Buddhist tantric traditions of India, Tibet, China, and Japan. Vajrasattva practice distinguishes Inner Mahayana / Great Vehicle Buddhism from Outer Mahayana / Great Vehicle Buddhism, for in the latter it is either not found or very hidden. . .



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Additional resources on Great Perfection Yoga useful worldwide

Internal Energy Yoga: Great Perfection / Dzogchen / Yantra Yoga Retreats and Resources ( Tantric Buddhist Whole Body Yoga / Kundalini Yoga )

boston.tribe.net/listing/I...60a6bd0816

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. . .

Summary: Fabio Andrico, Senior Yantra Yoga Instructor under the world renowned Tibetan Dzogchen Master Namkhai Norbu, is giving three yoga teaching retreats. . .. 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. . . .


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Additional resources on Buddhist Medical Tantra

Buddhist Medical Tantra - Resources and Transmissions and Ayurveda ( Hindu-Buddhist yogic medicine )
at
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...dac6e14

Summary : This is a broad and comprehensive teaching article on inner healing, from the standpoint of yogic medicine, and in particular from the standpoint of central Asian medicine. Many key book references are given, along with online introductory materials, so this article is broadly useful for different audiences from the beginner level to the professional clinical level.

> > Note that every Padmasambhava empowerment includes a full Medicine Buddha empowerment at the highest level.



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A Common Question on "Other Traditions and Participation"

Re: other traditions - Native American, Hindu, Shinto, and Taoist
Sat, January 16, 2010 - 12:52 PM
Re Low:
"KT, Is it common to have people of other traditions to participate in some of your ceremonies?"

KT answers:
I have seen significant numbers of Hindus attend Buddhist empowerments. With good reason. The Hindus and Buddhists share a lot of Goddess Tara practice. Many Hindus and some tantric Buddhists ( In Tibet and Japan ) do Ganapati / Elephant Headed God practice.

I myself am both a tantric Buddhist guru and pipe carrier of the Lakota Sioux tradition. And I have Hindu mantra transmissions from Hindu spiritual doctor Thomas Ashley Farrand. Thus wherever I show up I do so connected to several different traditions.

The Shinto practitioners ( indigenous Japanese shamanism / nature spirit religion ) incorporate some Buddhist mantras, as I have seen first hand.

There are native American Buddhists, such as Lama Dhyani Ywahoo, Hindu Buddhists such as Thomas Ashley Farrand ( Kalacakra initiate and fellow student of HH Kalu Rinpoche ), and Shinto Buddhists such as O-Sensei Morihei Uyeshiba, who chanted the Heart Sutra. The Heart Sutra is sometimes chanted in Aikido practice halls for that reason. Taoist masters revere the Buddhist goddess Kuan Yin and at least two are students of Tibetan Buddhism.

Buddhism is universal in nature. It is not however compatible with the notion of a chosen people, with a unique savior figure, nor a final teaching from above. So Buddhism is not compatible with Judaism, Christianity, nor Islam. But Buddhism remains compatible with a broad range of Hindu, shamanic, yogic, and Taoist practices. One of the greatest Taoist masters alive is a tantric Buddhist guru. I know this first hand.

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"The Prayer to Guru Rinpoche [ Padmasambhava ] That Swiftly Removes Obstacles and Fulfills All Wishes"

by Dudjom Rinpoche

dudjom.blogspot.com/2007/04/...ftly.html

From the translations freely available at
www.Lotsawahouse.org


"The Prayer to Guru Rinpoche That Swiftly Removes Obstacles and Fulfills All Wishes"

Emaho: O wonder!

O Guru Rinpoche! You are the compassion of all the buddhas in one,
Our only unfailing and constant refuge!
Quickly turn your love and attention to your sons and daughters and their prayers,
Inspire us with your blessings, empowerments and siddhis—here and now!

Although we know the example of your life, your qualities and kindness
Surpass those of any other buddha,
Yet in happy times, Guru, we do not remember you,
And our prayers are nothing more than so many meaningless words.

Now when the dark age’s intensifying decay oppresses us,
And unwanted suffering strikes us without warning,
Then we remember you, our protector, deep within our hearts.

Turn your loving attention to this anguished plea of ours, our cry for help:
Earthquakes, infernos, hurricanes, drought, flood, and such—
Remove these outer obstacles, nature’s disruptions, externally!
All kinds of illness—of heat and cold, wind, bile and phlegm—
Remove these inner obstacles, physical disorders, internally!

The five poisons within our own minds: attachment and aggression, hope and fear—demonic forces,
Dissolve these secret obstacles, mental disturbances, into all-pervading space!
When immense suffering engulfs the world and beings,
Turn it into happiness and peace, O Guru Rinpoche!

When weapons of war threaten the whole face of the earth,
Turn back the armies that plunge this age into turmoil, O Guru Rinpoche!

When obscurations, malevolent spirits, diseases and epidemics plague us,
Wipe out all this sickness, O Guru Rinpoche!

When resources fail in the environment and amongst beings, bringing deprivation and suffering,
Reveal abundant food and riches, O Guru Rinpoche!

When the time comes to help beings with a wealth of hidden teachings and sacred objects,
Hand over the father’s treasure to his heirs, O Guru Rinpoche!

When roaming through mountain valleys, deserted places and hidden lands,
Lead us on the right path, O Guru Rinpoche!

When vicious wild animals attack us,
Drive off these ferocious creatures, O Guru Rinpoche!

When the four elements become unbalanced, and threaten us with catastrophe,
Harmonize the elements into their natural state, O Guru Rinpoche!

When thugs, bandits and robbers assault us,
Dispel the terror of such cruelty and greed, O Guru Rinpoche!

When armed aggressors and killers torment us,
Enclose us in a vajra-tent, O Guru Rinpoche!

When this life-span is exhausted and death comes,
Lead us to the Realm of Great Bliss, O Guru Rinpoche!

When the illusory experiences of the bardo arise as suffering,
Let the delusion be self-liberated, O Guru Rinpoche!

When we stray into the cycle of karmic existence,
Show us the path to liberation, O Guru Rinpoche!

Throughout this life, the next and the bardo state,
We have no-one to rely on but you, O Guru Rinpoche!

In short—rest your lotus feet in the hearts of us, your devoted followers,
Always, without ever separating,
Completely purify the suffering of impurity and delusion,
And inspire us, with your blessing, to reach the stronghold of everlasting happiness and peace!


This prayer is offered by Jikdral Yeshé Dorjé (Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche) for the peace and happiness of the world, at a time when we are all afflicted both physically and mentally by all kinds of outer and inner circumstances. For anyone who encounters this prayer, may it serve as the cause to eliminate all the outer and inner obstacles they face and accomplish their wishes and aspirations, just as they desire.

This appears in A Great Treasure of Blessings: A Book of Prayers to Guru Rinpoche, Rigpa, 2004.
Rigpawiki.org
From: Lotsawahouse.org


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Prayer to HH Dudjom Rinbochay

"Drubnye Drogben lotsai kuyi gar
Yingchuk Dechen Tsogyal sungi od
Gyalwang Pemai thugkyi gyutrul che
Jigdrel Yeshe Dorjer solwa deb
Gonkye khorwa jisi shendon du
Gangdul trulpai trinle kabyewar
Dagkyang denye khorgyi thogma ru
Kyene sangwa zinpai thiutob sho."

"Bodily display of the accomplished Drogben Lotsawa,
Radiance of the speech of Tsogyal, Great Bliss Queen of Space,
Great magical wisdom mind emanation of the powerful conqueror Padmasambhava,
Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje, I pray to you:
Protector, wherever I for the sake of others,
Unofold the Nirmanakaya activity of caring for beings to be trained,
May I be born in your foremost retinue,
And be able to hold your secret abilities."

page 19, "The Lamp of Liberation", by Dudjom Rinbochay

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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.
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 Managlam!
May All Beings Benefit!

Siddhi Rastu!
May There Be Yogic Accomplishment!

KT


posted Wed, October 24, 2012 - 6:14 PM
event listings for tantric empowerments /retreats across the US and also India ( Winter 2012 / Spring 2013 ) ( community » other ) Keywords : meditation, magic, yoga, mysticism, high-level wellness, wisdom culture, empowerment, Mahayana Buddhism, tantra, internal energy practices, primordial awareness yoga ( dzogchen ).

In classical Asian systems of meditation such as the Hindu, the Bonpo, the 3HO Sikh and the Buddhist, "tantra" is the word used to describe the path of practice that works with "energy". These systems of practice are historically and theoretically related. They overlap in some significant ways, particularly in terms of "energy medicine" and subtle healing.

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 religious belief and the hope for "pie in the sky, bye and bye." In other words, what is put forward is spiritual discipline rather than dualistic theology.

The broader goal is the development of "wisdom culture", which in Buddhist terms prioritizes inner discipline, awareness, respect, co-operation, and ethics. By ethics I mean the following:

"Dasasila / Ten Precepts as Taught By Guru Sakyamuni Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava ( NOT Ten Commandments )"
at
tribes.tribe.net/buddhadha...d0d2269936

That is the baseline of real Buddhist practice. It's not just a set of physical movements or ritual or yogic formulae. It is a way of life that helps everyone.

Here I provide a new ( and renewed set ) of event listings for tantric Buddhist empowerments in the US and India.
Many have relied on these specific practices and similar Buddhist tantric methods for inner healing, for awakening powerfully clear awareness, for psychic protection and so forth.

In the last generation these methods have become broadly available in the West ( North America, Europe, South America, etc. ). So thee is no need to go to India or central Asia per se.

The original article post in late October was written as a listing and so expired for most tribes in November.
There are however more such retreats and transmissions in the coming months of early 2013, and these were not really broadcast although the original article was updated a lot over 4 weeks.

Here is the summary list detailed below:
California Great Perfection/ Dzogchen Retreat ( Watsonville )
Padmasambhava transmission / retreat Florida ( north of Miami )
Dzogchen Retreat New York ( upstate )
Dzogchen Colorado ( west )
Mipham cycle of transmissisons, India ( Bodhgaya )

( There is expected to be another round of Nyingma transmissions in San Francisco / Alameda, in January. I do not have full information on that at present, but hope to shortly. )

These confirmed and official event listings are detailed here, along with the original ( and greatly expanded ) teaching article reference link that gives the necessary background.

The "hard issues" of technical communication have been solved for the Buddhist tantras. What is needed to practice has all been translated, and teachers are available at rotating teaching venues across a couple continents.

The "soft issues" of cultural ignorance, doubt, hostility, and confusion have also been solved. I have done most of the heavy lifting ( dialectical engagement ) across tribe.net for several years. This is called strategic communication. I do some more here as well.

The importance of lineage

A vast amount of Buddhist mantras and key teachings have been openly published, but the esoteric practices of Great Perfection ( and guhyamantrayoga and anuttarayogatantra ) are based on transmission. Transmission from gurus, not from hatha yoga teachers, not from university professors nor from naturopaths. From gurus ( i.e. Tibetan lamas ).

Harvard Divinity School now advertises a "Buddhist degree program". But they cannot teach Buddhist tantra there without Buddhist gurus, empowerments, commitments, and yoga sadhana. They do not have Buddhist lineage authorization.

Harvard and Yale are originally Christian schools. Christians are muggles, and they do not practice Buddhism or tantra, much less serve as tantric Buddhist gurus who do teach in the real sense. The various divinity school programs at major universities such as at Yale and Harvard are generally based on muggle theology only. That is *not* tantra.

Similarly, observant Jews and Islamists do not practice any Buddhism or tantra, much less the profound Buddhist tantras. Buddhism and buddhatantra are completely outside their cultural systems.

These Buddhist empowerments and their associated practices are the tantric Buddhist means of developing "wisdom, compassion, and power ". ( In Sanskrit these are prajnajnana, karuna, and bala. )

The key point to understand is that these are meant to benefit not only ourselves ( by working on ourselves ), but also to benefit as many other people as we can, as our practice develops. That is the real meaning of Buddhist wisdom culture: Buddhist yoga is undertaken to uplevel ourselves AND others.

Very importantly, a broad range of techniques and practices may be employed. Buddhism is an "open system", *not* a closed system. Buddhist yoga overlaps Hindu yoga and Taoist chi kung ( Chinese internal energy practice ), and these can be employed by Buddhists as well.

Padmasambhava and empowerment into "Vision, Meditation, and Action"

These specific transmissions mentioned below relate primarily to the lineage of Guru Padmasambhava and the Great Perfection / Atiyoga primordial awareness yoga, which the Great Adept ( mahasiddha ) Guru Padmasambhava brought from India to Tibet.

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/


The purpose of empowerment

a) One major purpose of Buddhist empowerment and transmission is to purify energetic disorders and disharmony in body, mind, and spirit. In other words, empowerment is about "inner healing" and psychic cleansing. This is explicit in the Sanskrit word for empowerment "abhisinca", which means rinsing or cleansing.

Of course, not everyone feels this and no one promises an immediate miracle to participants. But the experience can be very very powerful and uplifting, and thereby develops faith in the power of the practice. Hint : don't mess yourself up with cigarettes, alcohol or recreational drugs, as these pollute, weaken and disorder the mind and one's magnetic field.

b) A second major purpose is to make a direct connection to the power of the tantric lineage of practice, for one or more yogas or deities. Empowerment authorizes personal practice of tantra ( visualization, recitations, energy work, awareness yogas ). This is explicit in the Tibetan word for empowerment, which is "wang-kur", the "conferral of power".

At the deepest level, this practice leads to the complete removal of divided and conflicting energy patterns and disordered states of consciousness, and thus to "full realization of buddha nature, the primordial pure awareness of the sky-mind". At least for some, who really work at it.

Tantra for householders

I have made some basic progress in the past thirty years as a householder-yogi, and I find that the teachings and transmissions of Guru Padmasambhava ( e.g. Vajrakilaya, of Troma, Dudjom Tersar, and the Great Perfection /Dzogchen ) are profoundly helpful. I know many people can in fact benefit greatly from Buddhist tantra and Great Perfection teaching while living the householder life, and as a Buddhist teacher it is my personal responsibility to help these teachings flourish for the benefit of as many people as possible.

The key points here are the following:
1) to make a personal connection to the lineage
2) to develop an informed, authentic personal practice, including the practice of Buddhist Mayahana ethics
3) to demonstrate that these transmissions are in fact available from coast to coast in North America.

That's the one-two-three. Because that is true, the Buddhist teachings and the tantras are not just empty talk, or general academic philosophy. The buddhatantra is yoga sadhana.

Point (3) is well-demonstrated by the event listings below, and in my other listings on tribe.

All my listings remain accessible via my tribe home page
people.tribe.net/aa35e5c2-...c41d795776

My teaching and outreach articles across tribe.net here are completely transparent, very broadly based and inclusive. I offer Hindu and Taoist and kundalini yoga teaching references to everyone.

I do this public teaching because otherwise it won't get done on tribe.net.

Ninety five percent of the Buddhist teaching and tantric teaching ( Buddhist or otherwise ) on tribe.net is by my hand.
Also most of the Taoist teaching done on tribe.net is mine - see below section "Taoist Resources". That's from summer of 2007 to late 2012.
And I have a lot more to do.

The main purpose here is to build a bridge of understanding and to raise awareness and to make available useful resources for the emerging wisdom culture. We can safely say that through tribe.net community fora and in particular through my work here, the connection is now well established.

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Buddhist and non-Buddhist tantra and yoga and energy practices

Not all tantra is Buddhist. The tantric yoga approach is also employed by Hindus, Sikhs, Bonpos, and related Asian systems.
For more background and some book references, see my article
"Kundalini Yoga, Theory and Practice ( Hindu, Buddhist, 3H0 Sikh, etc. )"
at
energymedicine.tribe.net/threa...fae3ea

Taoist Resources

A very useful and powerful set of book references and practice teachings from the Taoist tradition of China / East Asia is given at the following posts. Technically, Taoists are not "yogis" because their culture is not Sanskrit-based. But Taoist culture *is* influenced by Hindu and Buddhist spiritual culture, and classical Chinese culture is significantly a composite Taoist-Buddhist mix.

The Taoist practices include energetic practices ( "chi kung" ) and can be called "Chinese yoga". They are similar to Hindu / Buddhist tantric practices in some key principles and methods.

These Taoist practices are complementary to tantric practice and I both use and recommend them. No specific commitments ( such as Buddhist refuge, etc. ) are required to practice these Taoist methods. In East Asia, many millions today practice both Buddhist AND Taoist methods.

"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

"Whole Person Integrative Spiritual Practice ( Chinese Mysticism ) - The Ninth Annual Taoist Gathering / Meditation Resources"

sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...3e7ff92

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Thus, a significant and very valuable amount of classical tantra can be practiced without entering the Buddhist community or doing specifically Buddhist practices. It is important to rely on proven classical teachings, not something newly made up. I strongly support the mixed and general approach to tantra, as you can all see.

The difference is that the Buddhist systems is well documented, broadly available, that is relies on transmission and commitments and that the transmissions are in fact available.


A basic perspective on entering the Buddhist path through empowerment and tantric commitments

In general, all sincere and respectful dharma students are welcome to attend Buddhist empowerments. The empowerments are open to practitioners of all levels and from all backgrounds—from beginners to people with years of experience.

Samaya, or Sacred Commitment

Please note that in accordance with the tradition one will be taking Buddhist Refuge & Bodhisattva vows and accepting Vajrayana Samaya with every empowerment. Please be or become familiar with these topics as they are essential on every step of the path to enlightenment. People have asked what will be the “commitment", and that can vary from transmission to transmission, but all have a common foundation which must be understood or the practice does not work.

Broadly speaking, in an empowerment, we are vowing to have pure perception and deep faith in the teacher and the teachings, promising to transform our negative habits and passions and awaken to our inherent Buddha nature as quickly as possible with the motivation to benefit all beings.

This is turn means there is a definite commitment to personal practice ( in Sanskrit, this is called "sadhana" ). Typically what is recommended is at least a short daily formal practice. In general it is inappropriate to take tantric Buddhist empowerments as a "spiritual sightseer" without the intention to practice.

I have provided two clear and effective book references in the extended post:

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.
The first is very simple and accessible, and the second is profound, sophisticated and inspiring.
Together they provide a whole bookshelf of Buddhist and tantric Buddhist teaching, covering the principles and models of sound practice.

With these as a basis, you cannot go wrong.

For more information on Guru Padmasambhava, the Great Perfection, and Buddhist Great Way / Mahayana and Buddhist tantra, please read the extended article cited below.

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Please note that I do not formally represent any of these teachers or organizations.

You have been helped.
Sarva mangalam.
Siddhi rastu!

KT


"UPDATED comprehensive teaching article: Tantric Buddhist Empowerments and Teachings and Retreats - Nationwide USA and India ( Winter 2012 - Spring 2013 )"
from

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

Keywords: meditation, yoga, tantra, pagan mysticism, shamanism, guardian angels, reality hacking, 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 / Kurukulle, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo, Vajrayana Foundation, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche / Garchen Institute, Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche.

Summary: This is a comprehensive teaching / outreach article, events schedule and resource list for Buddhist yoga and tantra related to Guru Padmasambhava and the Great Perfection ( primordial awareness yoga ).



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Annual Trekchod Retreat
December 30 - January 13, 2013

www.vajrayana.org/retreats/...2-an-2013/


The Tantra of the Sharp Vajra of Insight and Awareness

(Shey-rik Dorje Nonpo Gyud)

Teachings and Practice on this Dudjom Lingpa trekchod text

with Lama Tharchin Rinpoche


In Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's words:

"Shey-rik Dorje Nonpo Gyud is the wisdom mind treasure of the Lord of the Dance, Traktung Dudjom Lingpa, who experienced Kuntuzangpo directly in a vision giving teachings and answering questions to his own emanation's retinue of bodhisattvas. Of Dudjom Lingpa’s five Dzogchen tantra treasures (the others being Neluk Rang-jung, Ma-gom Sangye – also known as the Nang Jang, Dagö Japu Chen and Sang-tri Ka-gya-ma), this is the root tantra treasure.

"Our teachings will cover the Shey-rik Dorje Nonpo Gyud along with a commentary, The Essence of the Clear Meaning, written by Dudjom Lingpa’s main disciple Pema Tashi. With this perfect combination of the perfect teacher and perfect student, the root text and commentary is unbelievably beautiful, incredibly amazing and carries great blessings.

"I have never had the opportunity to teach this root text and commentary outside of Tibet. Even though I am not a professional teacher and lack qualities, I do hold the lineage and have the explicit permission from my wisdom teachers to give these teachings. Therefore it is possible that some blessings accompany these teachings and this year I will do my best to open this up to all of you, my Dharma friends, serious practitioners who have finished your ng?ndro in the proper way. Therefore I will make this unique special offering to my Dharma friends.

This teaching in ten chapters is traditionally given over the period of a month. But as we are in the West and our time is limited, we have made the retreat shorter. Still, our time together will truly contain the entire path of Dzogchen’s view, meditation, action and result. I think it will be of great benefit."

Requirements

Rinpoche has requested that the Trekchöd Retreat be restricted. If the student has completed Rinpoche’s Drubdra, Rushen Retreat, or any of the previous Trekchöd Retreats (from January 2001-2011), then they do not need permission to attend this retreat.

In order to attend retreat, the student should have completed the Dudjom Tersar, Khandro T’huk-T’hik or Tröma Nagmo ngöndro. If someone has finished ngöndro from another lineage, then Rinpoche requests that they also complete at least 10% of the Dudjom Tersar Ngöndro, preferably prior to retreat.

Rinpoche requires that retreatants attend all of the teachings. It is very important to receive these teachings in their entirety. People must also commit to individual practice sessions.
If someone is absolutely unable to attend all the teachings, they must request permission to miss teachings from Rinpoche by emailing the office.

Schedule

The retreat will start December 30, 2012 with an evening tsok (Start time TBD)
Rinpoche’s first teaching will start on December 31 (Start time TBD)
The retreat will end on January 13 after the morning tsok session (Start time TBD)

More details will be sent out upon receiving your registration.


Phone: (831) 761-6266
Email: office@vajrayana.org
Fax: (831) 761 6284
Address: 2013 Eureka Canyon Rd., Watsonville,CA 95076


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Vajrakilaya (Namchak Putri) Gutor and Losar Retreat
February 7-11, 2013
Gutor Day – Feb 9
New Moon - Tangrak Day – Feb 10
Losar day – Feb 11
Details TBA

Phone: (831) 761-6266
Email: office@vajrayana.org
Fax: (831) 761 6284
Address: 2013 Eureka Canyon Rd., Watsonville,CA 95076

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January 2013 Dudjom Tersar Transmission Florida ( North of Miami )


www.padmasambhava.org/

January 19-26, 2013 Winter Dzogchen Retreat

Empowerment and Teachings of Lake Born Guru Padmasambhava according to HH Dudjom Rinpoche
given by Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche

"In 1978 Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche was enthroned as the abbot of the Wish-fulfilling Nyingmapa Institute in Boudanath, Nepal by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, and later became the abbot of the Department of Dharma Studies, where he taught poetry, grammar, philosophy and psychology.

"In 1981, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche appointed Rinpoche as the abbot of the Dorje Nyingpo Center in Paris, France. In 1982 he was asked to work with H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche at the Yeshe Nyingpo Center in New York.

"During the 1980s, until H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche’s mahaparinirvana in 1987, Rinpoche continued working closely with him, often traveling as his translator and attendant."

www.rigpawiki.org/index.php


Palm Beach Dharma Center & Mandarava House
1205 North Federal Hwy
Lake Worth, FL 33460 (561) 547-4711 info@pbdc.net
www.pbdc.net

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India ( Bodhgaya )
January 2013


pathgate.org/index.php


Transmission of Mipham Rinpoche's Entire Work at Bodh Gaya in 2013
His Eminence Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche has graciously accepted an invitation by Ngagyur Kama Tradition Preservation Association (NKTPA) to confer the empowerment of the entire works of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche of the Nyingma Tradition followed by the complete oral transmission and long life empowerment at the conclusion of the event. The teaching will start on 23rd January 2013 in Bodh Gaya, India after the completion of the Annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo.

NKTPA will also at the same time host an International seminar on the distinct view and philosophy of Mipham Rinpoche. Khenpo Tsewang Sonam, an eminent Nyingma scholar will preside over the seminar which will serve as a platform for open discussion for the participants.

English and Chinese translations will be provided for foreign students with free food and free accommodation available for the participants at the Nyingma Monlam Temple.

For further info, please contact the following persons:

1. Khenpo Neydon Sangpo
Tel: +91-9418612887 / +91-7250680808
E-mail: nitartha2009@gmail.com

2. Khenpo Ngawang Nyandak
Tel: +91-9758268893
E-mail: nyandakn@yahoo.com

3. Khenpo Sangay
Tel: +91-9733012799
E-mail: lop_sangay@rediffmail.com

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Dzogchen Retreat in Upper New York State, March - April 2013

From
www.padmasambhava.org/

March 23 – April 20,
2013
One Month Dzogchen Retreat
'Explaining the Meaning of Clear Light Original Mind According to the Instructions of the Victorious Vidyadharas known as 'Vajra Heart'
by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche

Given by
Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche

For autobiography, see
www.padmasambhava.org/teach/l...npo.html

Padma Samye Ling, NY

618 Buddha Hwy
Sidney Center, NY 13839

Contact
(607) 865-8068
jowozegyal "at" catskill.net

Registration:
www.padmasambhava.org/regist.html

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Dzogchen Retreat with Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
May 2013, Western Colorado

From
taramandala.org/program/dz...en-retreat/

Dzogchen Retreat
With Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

May 24 - 26, 2013

Date and Time Details: This retreat begins with a mandatory registration from 2pm to 4pm. This retreat will end after dinner on the last day

Location: Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Categories: Residential Retreats, Tara Mandala Colorado, Weekend Retreats

We are looking very forward to the historic return of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu to Tara Mandala. Please join us to receive his teachings and transmissions in the lineage of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection. Rinpoche will chose what he will teach at the time of the retreat.

Suggested Dana: $100 – $200

Registration will open in January 2013

taramandala.org/programs-r...nformation/

E-mail: info@taramandala.org

Phone: 970-731-3711

Fax: 970-731-4441

Mailing Address: PO Box 3040, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

About Tara Mandala

"Tara Mandala is an international Vajrayana Buddhist community with its home base in Pagosa Springs 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. Today, opportunities for quiet contemplation are rare, and places dedicated to long-term retreat are even more scarce. Meditation has a profound effect on the individual and its benefits emanate into the rest of the world.

"In a chaotic and stressful world, Tara Mandala retreat center offers refuge, renewal and traditional Buddhist training through our residential Living Dharma program as well as group and solo retreats. Bordered by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Tribal Land, the retreat center is on 700 acres of rolling hills and meadows adorned with many varieties of wild flowers, ponds, and forests. The land itself is a mandala with a stunning peak in the middle surrounded by four valleys. Retreat cabins are scattered across the landscape, and at its heart is the extraordinary three-story mandala Tara temple."

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tantric Buddhist psychology and shamanism : Lama Lodu, Lama Tsultrim Allione ( American woman Buddhist teacher ) March - April ( community » other ) Keywords: shamanism, magic, mysticism, tantra, goddess spirituality, Buddhism, Buddhist psychology, Buddhist shamanism, Buddhist tantra, Buddhist deity yoga, Tara, Machig Labdron, Lama Lodu, Kagyu Droden Kunchab San Francisco, Tsultrim Allione, Tara Mandala Colorado.


From
www.kdk.org/teaching-schedule.html

Chod Retreat
By Lama Lodu Rinpoche
April 4th-7th
KDK Retreat Land, Laytonville, CA
Tuition: $275 (KDK Members $150)


"Chod is the most effective practice in the Vajrayana tradition. This lineage originated with the great mahasiddha Dampa Sanggye and was passed down to the great Tibetan Holy Lady Machig Labdron in the 11th century. This practice spread in Tibet until it became well known throughout all the land. Monastics, lay people, and villagers all became Chod practitioners. This practice has a special emphasis on cutting through the ego, which is the root cause of suffering in the samsara.

"It is especially effective for sick people or those affected by many different mental disorders, and their sickness can be pacified through this practice. Among all the Tibetan Schools, the Eight Great Chariots, all of the lineages have continued this practice until now with the fresh blessing of the dakinis.

"This lineage arrived from the Buddha direct to Dampa Sanggye, then on to Karmapa Rangjung Dorje and continuously up until the present Karmapa. This lineage has been maintained precisely and without interruption or defilement. Furthermore, this lineage has come directly from Machig Labdron to the Shangpa Lineage from Norbu Dondrub, the Yogi who accomplished Rainbow Body, the root guru of His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche. Finally, this fresh, unbroken and undefiled lineage has passed down to Lama Lodu Rinpoche himself.

"Anyone interested in joining this initiation and teachings in welcome. The full practice empowerment and complete set of instructions so that upon completion of the retreat, everyone would be able to bring this practice into their daily life. A KDK student requested this initiation to Rinpoche so KDK is kindly putting this open to the public. If you are karmically connected and the time is right for your karma to ripen you are welcome to participate. It is best if you have taken refuge and initiation and have some familiarity with Buddhism, but newcomers having the karma to come are more than welcome.

"The practice text can be ordered from the KDK Bookstore if you order in a timely fashion. The .Chod Practice Manual and Commentary. by Shambhala Publications (as well as KDK Bookstore) contains the complete practice, and is also a complete commentary on the Chod practice.

"Arrival time is Thursday night to the KDK Retreat Land; register with Deborah Janke at (925) 228-3999 / deborahpricejanke@att.net before March 20th to receive all necessary instructions. Initiation is at 10AM Friday morning."

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Lama Tsultrim Allione, bestselling author of "Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict", was given the Outstanding Woman in Buddhist Award for 2009 and was recognized as an emanation of Machig Labdron at Machig's monastery in Tibet in 2007 and authorized by Lama Tsering Wangdu to give this empowerment. Founder of Tara Mandala Retreat Center in Colorado, she has taught internationally for over thirty years.

Events sponsored by Tara Mandala. www.taramandala.org


Machig Labdrön and the Nature of Mind
March 28, 2013
Location: Rudramandir, Berkeley CA

taramandala.org/program/in...ig-labdron/

Green Tara Teachings
March 29 - 31, 2013
Location: Sukhasiddhi, Fairfax CA

taramandala.org/program/gr...-teachings/


Chöd, Three Evening Sessions
April 2 - 4, 2013
Location: Rudramandir, Berkeley CA

taramandala.org/program/ch...-dorje-den/

"Feeding Your Demons" Daylong Benefit
April 6, 2013
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

taramandala.org/program/fe...ng-benefit/

posted Thu, March 21, 2013 - 12:08 PM
Shambhala Mountain Center : Women's Retreats, Meditation, and Buddhism / Wisdom Traditions ( community » other ) Shambhala Mountain Center : Women's Retreats, Meditation, and Buddhism

Keywords : Women's retreat, yoga, meditation,personal growth, Cyndi Lee, women in cancer recovery, Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief, Victoria Maizes and Linda Sparrowe, Shambhala Mountain Center, Shambhala Denver, Shambhala Sangha Retreat, Sakyong Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, Colorado.


May I Be Happy: A Yoga and Meditation Workshop for Women
Cyndi Lee
August 30–September 2, 2013
Tuition $225 + 3 nights

Shambhala Mountain Center Red Feather Lakes, CO
www.shambhalamountain.org/

1-888-788-7221
callcenter@shambhalamountain.org

Many of us have a natural impulse to be helpful to others but are not as good at caring for ourselves. We tend to put our own honest needs last, leaving us with unhealthy feelings of depletion, isolation and resentment. Learning to take care of ourselves is not selfish, it is actually spiritual maturity. When we take responsibility for our own happiness, we begin to create the patterns of compassion and understanding which will allow us to truly offer support for others.

Drawing on Cyndi Lee’s new book, "May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind", this workshop will use Maitri – the traditional loving kindness practice – as the framework for asana and meditation sessions. Each session will focus on one of the slogans:

May I Be Healthy will offer breath work to soothe the nervous system and slow flow sequences which offer spaciousness to help you connect to your natural goodness.

May I Be Happy will integrate a fun, rollicking yoga class with contemplations on how to experience unconditional happiness, whether you can do each pose or not!

May I Be Safe will combine physical alignment principles with an exploration of how our aspiration and actions are aligning.

May I Live with Ease will be an opportunity for some delicious restorative yoga.

This retreat is for women only and recommended for those who have at least 6 months yoga experience.

Cyndi will give a talk and book signing at the Boulder Bookstore on August 29th at 7:30pm.


Cyndi Lee
Cyndi Lee was the first Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. One of the most influential yoga teachers in the US, Cyndi founded OM Yoga Center in New York City in 1998. Cyndi holds an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine. She regularly writes for Yoga Journal and the Shambhala Sun and is the author of "Yoga Body, Buddha Mind", the recent "May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind", and others.

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Yoga Body, Buddha Mind [Paperback]

Cyndi Lee (Author)
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In "Yoga Body, Buddha Mind", the first book to give readers the best of both inextricably linked practices, Cyndi Lee -- author of the bestselling series OM Yoga in a Box -- shares her twenty years of experience as a practicing Tibetan Buddhist and one of the country's most famous yoga instructors. This easy-to-use guide shows readers of all yoga levels how to combine the basic tenets of Buddhism and meditation with yoga practice. Her book offers simple meditation programs and exercise sequences that can be done just about anywhere, in addition to more advanced and rigorous regimens. Written in the same personal, comfortable, and charismatic style that Cyndi Lee has brought to her classes, Yoga Body, Buddha Mind is a comprehensive how-to guide for spiritual well-being and the ultimate enlightening experience.

About the Author
Cyndi Lee has been a practitioner of both Tibetan Buddhism and Hatha Yoga for over 20 years. She taught yoga at Crunch, Equinox, Reebok, and Jivamukti before opening the now-famous Om Yoga center in downtown Manhattan. Author of the bestselling Om Yoga in a Box series, she teaches regular classes at her yoga center and leads yoga and meditation retreats all over the world.

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7th Annual Courageous Women: Retreat for Women Touched by Cancer
Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief, Victoria Maizes and Linda Sparrowe
August 20–25, 2013

Tuition $375 + 5 nights

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Acharya Judith Lief, Victoria Maizes and Linda Sparrowe

Cancer is one of life’s greatest challenges. How does one navigate this potentially confusing, treacherous and heart-breaking terrain in the most enlightened way? Our extraordinary team of experts will share their wisdom in integrative medicine, Tibetan Buddhist healing, meditation, yoga, art, ritual and community building providing a multi-dimensional roadmap for this transformative journey. When gently and skillfully embraced, facing our mortality or that of someone we love can be a vehicle for profound healing and awakening—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Integrating body, mind, heart and soul, we will discover ways to meet the totality of this experience directly and courageously.

Whether you have a current or past diagnosis or are the caregiver or loved one of a women on the cancer journey, join us August 20th and receive the tools you need to transform the way you relate to the challenges you are facing.


Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief
Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief is a contemplative hospice pioneer, a senior meditation instructor, the former Dean of Naropa University and author of Making Friends With Death, among others.

Victoria Maizes
Victoria Maizes, MD, is executive director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, founded by Dr. Andrew Weil and Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona. She is an internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine.

Linda Sparrowe
Linda Sparrowe is a writer, yoga instructor, mentor and practitioner with deep roots in the Vedas, Sanskrit and women’s health. She is editor-in-chief of Yoga International magazine and author of several books, including The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health.



Early registration is encouraged.
To support your participation in this retreat, Shambhala Mountain Center is offering all Courageous Women participants a 25% discount on housing.


Linda Sparrowe
Scholarships are available for this program on a first-come basis. Please see the Courageous Women website: cwfl.org for information and an application specific to this retreat.

The 7th Annual Courageous Women Retreat is being generously supported by the Eileen Fisher Foundation, who has awarded grants to fund program scholarships. If you would like to contribute this fund, please click here.

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Wisdom Traditions
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Wisdom traditions represent mankind’s deepest source of knowledge about universal principles that govern harmonious, prosperous and sustainable existence. The term is often given to the inner core or mystical aspects of a religion or spiritual tradition, without the trappings, doctrines, sectarianisms and power structures often associated with institutionalized religions. Wisdom traditions provide a conceptual framework for the development of the inner self, living a spiritual life and the realization of enlightenment.

Shambhala Mountain Center has been offering programs steeped in contemplative wisdom traditions from around the world for more than 40 years. We regularly host world-renowned teachers and indigenous wisdom keepers who have cultivated the knowledge, through their own personal practices and ancestral teachings, to be able to reach out and lead others skillfully along their own path.

From various Buddhist lineages and Shamanic cultures, to previously held secret practices of Tai Chi Ch’uan and Qigong, to ancient healing traditions using plant spirits, herbs, dreams, yoga, meditation and more, our Wisdom Traditions programs allow for exploring many different paths along the journey towards transformation of self and society.

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Denver Programs
Shambhala Mountain Center in the City • Denver
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As part of our mission to make ancient wisdom tradition teachings and body awareness practices as accessible as possible, we offer a number of select programs in Denver. These programs enable you to engage in a one-day retreat experience, stretching your mind and body. The programs range from daytime and evening talks to one-day and weekend programs at local venues with convenient access.

Our Denver retreats are ideal preparations for Shambhala Mountain Center’s longer programs or opportunities for ongoing practice in a structured group setting.

We also offer programs in Boulder and Fort Collins Please join us for a Shambhala Mountain Center in the City experience. We look forward to seeing you!


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Shambhala Mountain Center
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Nestled high in the Colorado Rockies in a serene 600-acre valley surrounded by rocky peaks and pine and aspen forests, Shambhala Mountain Center provides a safe and supportive container for the teaching of paths of personal health, deepened awareness and transformation.

Offering over 100 different programs per year, taught by a remarkable array of accomplished practitioners and teachers, Shambhala Mountain Center combines the natural beauty, unspoiled wilderness, blue skies and crisp mountain air with the comforts of a modern retreat campus. Our accommodations range from fine lodge rooms with private baths to shared dormitories and economically priced seasonal tent cabins on wooded hillsides. Meals, with vegetarian options, are included.

Shambhala Mountain Center welcomes all people with inspiration, interest and curiosity about understanding the nature of self and society. We welcome you to join us and enjoy our beautiful location and warm hospitality.


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Being Brave, Transforming Our World: Shambhala Sangha Retreat 2011 - MP3 CD Set

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Product Description
This MP3 CD Set includes recordings of all talks and guided meditations given at the Shambhala Mountain Center Sangha Retreat during the summer of 2011.

This transformative meditation retreat drew on the depth of spiritual practice, the magic of community, and the power of the Shambhala lineage.


Over the past three years, hundreds of students have gathered to experience direct and practical teachings on gentleness and strength—all with the aspiration to meet the challenges that we face in this world. In 2011, we were pleased to announce that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche would personally guide us through meditation and Shambhala teachings on individual and social transformation.

In this age of aggression, more and more people are experiencing the pain and disconnection of their own lives and the world around them. We long for both personal and social transformation. This change will take gentleness and compassionate bravery. Our retreat focused on cultivating this inner strength and its application to social change.

Acharya Adam Lobel and Acharya Arawana Hayashi assisted the Sakyong and worked with the sangha. Sangha Retreat is a chance to experience deep meditation held within the strong and joyous container of spiritual community. We engage in silent meditation practice, personal inquiry, and dialogue about how the teachings can be brought into our everyday lives.

The Kongma Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is also the dharma heir and son of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain’s founder. He is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the best-selling books Turning the Mind into an Ally and Ruling Your World. Rinpoche’s background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received his spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas.

Acharya Adam Lobel, M.Div. is a Shambhala teacher, Buddhist minister, and Acharya for the Mipham Academy at Karme Choling in Vermont. He has studied Buddhism with masters in Tibet, Nepal, and India and holds a Master’s of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. He also teaches meditation to incarcerated young people.
Arawana Hayashi is a meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. Currently she brings meditation, embodiment practice and Social Presencing Theater into organizational and social change efforts through her work with the Presencing Institute and the ALIA Institute.


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Shambhala the Path of the Warrior
from

www.quietspaces.com/Shambhal...hala.html


Shambhala the Path of the Warrior
by William A. Gordon

Speaking of warriorship in the context of the search for inner and outer peace might seem at first glance to be contradictory. The warrior in history is usually associated with unchecked aggression, with hostile Indian tribes in our early history, or with the violent assaults of nomads who roamed across Europe and Asia in ancient times destroying whole cities and villages. On the other hand, the warrior of Shambhala, as described originally by Chogyam Trungpa, combines fearlessness and gentleness. The warrior is not, therefore, addicted to naked aggression as the way of accomplishing his individual and selfish will, or, for that matter, the will of his or her state or nation. For the warrior, fearlessness is the source of strength and though it is mythically identified with masculine energies, it is not the exclusive property of men.

Gentleness, which is mythically the feminine side, is related to heart, with openness to others, with sympathy, compassion, and understanding. When people arrive at a Shambhala Center to begin to learn meditation and to incorporate the attitudes it brings into their lives, the reaction to “warriorship” is at first ambiguous. Somehow the meditative path seems to evoke quietness, suspension of action, letting go. How is that connected with being a warrior? How especially is it connected with the history of the term warrior and its identification with war and violence?

The Shambhala view of warriorship shares some of the qualities of earlier warrior traditions such as those from the Middle Ages that combined fearlessness with dignity and wisdom. The most important quality of the Shambhala warrior is being non-aggressive. The Shambhala warrior is defined by gentleness and fearlessness. As Chogyam Trungpa said it, “the first principle of warriorship is not being afraid of who you are.” That simple statement, however, contains a world of further investigation, searching, discipline, and openness to what we have become in this world and how we react to situations and people. The ultimate goal of the Shambhala path is to create an enlightened society of wise and compassionate human beings, which is the tradition of the Kingdom of Shambhala,

Shambhala, in other words, is very ancient. Its origins have been lost in time. Chogyam Trungpa, while he was in Tibet, had a vision of the possibility of bringing the insights of the meditative path into how we could create a sane compassionate society. When forced to leave after the Chinese Communist invasion of that country, he wrote an early version of the Shambhala view while hiding from the Chinese military in a cave. But when he was forced to cross a river with the Chinese shooting at him and his party, the manuscript was lost. It was not until years later, after reaching India and finally coming to the United States that the vision was given to him once more and he began to dictate the material we now have as the teachings of the path of the warrior.

The Teachings of Shambhala

Basic Goodness
Shambhala Training begins with the notion of basic goodness. The essence of basic goodness is the recognition that ordinary sense consciousness, looking, touching, tasting, smelling, hearing, has in it, no matter what the circumstances, a core of primordial energy which is beyond good and bad. This energy is said to be "unconditional," "unoriginated," and indestructible." To appreciate this teaching, one has to realize how much Western thinking, despite its rationalism, is dominated by the notion of "original sin." Not only does this Western tradition instill in us the feeling of innate evil in human affairs, but it separates us from the universe as sacred in itself. In fact, to show just how concrete such a difference can be, a Japanese economist recently attributed the problem with "quality control" in America to the "belief in original sin." Shambhala begins very differently, with an emphasis on “basic goodness.”

The first step for a spiritual search is to examine our own habitual minds. Meditation practice is like a box of tools for examining what and who we are, what the world is, and what our connection is with that world.. We begin to understand by means of meditation technique that the object world is not the source of the problem, rather that it is how we relate to that world that causes pain. If at this point we start actually walking the path of Shambhala meditation, we are given a very large generalization to help us understand ourselves and the world. We are told that the world and ourselves are basically good, that we already have everything we need, and that realizing the basic goodness in our own lives can revolutionize how we experience self and world. Basic goodness become a kind of background, or perhaps we should say the sky in which we work with the details of everyday world.

As we practice meditation over time, we may find we can go further and begin to understand and then let go of the various reference points that we have internalized during the process of growing up. We can see through all those concepts that defined how things were related to each other and to us. These reference points were not, for the most part, wrong, but they become so solid we can’t see beyond them. We need to learn how to connect with our human world in ways beyond our interactions with a mere collection of objects. Trying to accomplish that task with our conceptual, analytical mind too limited and narrow. Conceptual mind actually makes everything more solid. Somehow we have to go beyond that ordinary practical understanding to a deeper realization. So, as a first step, we should look more carefully at basic goodness.

Waking up, through the practice of meditation, allows us to distance ourselves from our personal clinging to outcomes, and to see the whole situation, as it were, from a birdseye view. We can recognize the energy of anger as a way of connecting with something very positive in our experience. By not projecting emotions, we can see how they originate, what nourishes them, how to go beyond them. So, as I say, emotions are energy, and there is nothing wrong with them. However, they are often connected to old systems, so that their main engine is fear. By going within our frozen attitudes, by melting them in our meditation practice, we find unlimited goodness within the energy of joy or anger, passion or fear, peace or anxiety. These frozen attitudes have a name in Shambhala. We call them "cocoon."

Cocoon is the protection we have built for ourselves of our view of self and of the world. Many aspects of cocoon begin when we are very young, so the roots of our different protective strategies are not immediately visible to inspection. We want the world to exist in ways that confirm our preconceptions. It was said by one psychologist that we continue to look constantly for information that “matches our perceptions.” Each of us, thus, sees a different world. That world exists in our minds as various systems of belief. The way to cut through cocoon is to use the tools of meditation to first quiet the mind and secondly, to see into the patterns of cocoon.

The practice of meditation is characteristic of teachings from the East that they are offered personally and orally, rather than through abstract theory given in books. Thus the Shambhala teachings are ordinarily presented in a series of sequential weekends where we interact directly with the teachers. In effect, weekends combine theory and practice.. So, as we wind our way slowly through the weekends, we begin to take meditation practice seriously. There is a point, in fact, when we cannot go back to where we were. When we let our practice go for some weeks or months, we find that we miss it. Something is going on! We begin to discover, as we continue to meditate, that our mind is actually slowing down, even after meditation has ended. Instead of getting caught in every little trivial thought, we can see the thought arise and decide whether to follow it further or not.

Much of what happens to us will still resembles the old mind and memory that we originally brought with us to meditation. Still, we see enough evidence of change, even after a few months, that we are encouraged to continue. It would be nice to discover that everything mellows out, gets more peaceful, but that isn't the way it works. We actually begin to be more sensitive to our own contradictions. We begin to get glimpses of how we relate to our spouse, our children, our parents, our work. We begin to discover hidden hopes and fears that we didn't even know were motivating us. Sometimes we feel disgusted with ourselves. So, in some ways, the split between the restfulness of practice and the agitation of discovery is very painful, but we also begin to realize that we are on a very meaningful journey, perhaps the most important of our life.

The second stage of meditation is often described as the stage of "insight." This usually develops quite naturally, but it is a stage that can be quite vexing. As long as we have the simple task of following our breath, all seems very straightforward. But we are also charged with "getting to know our minds," this without analysis or following thoughts to their logical conclusion or trying to find out where they came from. We are told that we can develop a non-judgmental awareness about what is happening, without trying to decide whether it is good or bad.

At first this seems to be rather abstract. "Whatever are they talking about?" we may ask. But then, in the midst of the usual trivial buzz of thoughts and feelings, we seem to enter a space where everything is present simultaneously. We see not only this thought and that thought, this feeling and that feeling, but contradictory thoughts and feelings, seemingly all at once. Furthermore, we find that we do not have to identify ourselves with these concepts and emotions. Thoughts, as it were, come and go; they elevate emotions, they depress them, but awareness is there no matter what the thoughts are doing. Things begin to slow down; we find that we can pay attention simply to the events of our daily life. Finally, we can realize that the "me" that was so involved in all these projects is itself somewhat questionable. This is the beginning of the discovery of egolessness.

Egolessness is the method that allows us to slowly see into the cocoon and ultimately to dismantle the patterns that hold us to particular reference points in our view of reality and of the self. Mindfulness/awareness meditation is a very ancient technique, older it is said than Buddhism. In any event, it has been tried and proved in action by thousands of practitioners over many centuries. The technique itself is deceptively simple. We sit quietly, usually on a cushion, and focus our attention on some object. It could be anything, a rock for example, but in this tradition we usually focus on the act of breathing. We follow the inbreath as it goes in and the outbreath as it goes out. Very simple! When we get distracted by fantasies, feelings, or thoughts, and wake up to the fact that we are no longer paying attention to our breath, we simple note what the distraction was and then come back to the breath. It is important in this technique that we not regard distractions as “bad.” Rather, they are treated as irrelevant, simply as momentary events arising out of basic mind.

This is boring work; as Chogyam Trungpa said, it is like having only one teddy bear which we explore thoroughly. For a long time we do it more out of faith or trust in the teachings than out of any sense of accomplishment. But faith and trust in who or what? Not religious faith in this case, but faith in our own basic goodness balanced with some confidence in the teachings and teacher. The first level of faith is that we begin to find fairly soon, even on the first weekend that something is going on, something that we get very interested in. Moreover, the teachings themselves make sense to us and those who are teaching us, as we get to know them, seem to have learned something.

Awakened Heart
The scientific rational tradition has tended to reduce the world, including the body, to a mechanism. Our thoughts and feelings go on inside, and they tell us about the real existing world “out there.” Only the head, the brain, in our modern world seems real and alive; only conceptual thought knows reality. And reality is conceived as objective, separate from the self and the source of all valid knowledge. Our subjective selves, as hundreds of psychologists tell us, are really impoverished. In consequence, we suffer from deficits in feeling, a sense of isolation, alienation. Inner conflict often turns into serious illness - into all the diseases that are peculiar to modern industrial civilizations.

At the same time, on the cultural level, separate, physical things, whether food, sex, or simply air, soil, and water, were gradually depreciated. Abstract truths of politics, religion, and more recently economics seemed more true than our concrete everyday experience. In consequence, we find ourselves divided into thousands of separate worlds by ideas which we hold with a murderous fury toward those who disagree. As humans in the modern world, we have forgotten the more basic reality, that we are connected to each other and the world at a very deep level, in what Fritjov Capra has called “The Web of Life.” When we are separated by abstractions - which includes a “consumerism” in which quantity replaces quality - we lose the possibility of living with each other in a fully human world.

The knowledge of the heart, by contrast, is direct and concrete rather than abstract. When we realize that our attitudes to self and other are constructions of mind, we can begin to appreciate relationship as more real than separation. One very important aspect of that knowing is intuitive insight into our connection with others. This insight is the ground of compassion. Compassion is knowledge beyond and before abstractions or universals. The key to understanding compassion, as the Dalai Lama has said, is to realize that it is our basic nature, not something added to our repertoire like learning to dance.

We attain insight into compassion by working our way back through our cultural and personal conceptual constructs. By clearing away the false conceptions that separate us from the world, we are actually able to realize that our welfare and that of our neighbor or that of the world itself are inseparable. Thus, f rom heart-knowledge arises true compassion. Charity and compassion in our culture are often institutionalized rather than individual and then they are subordinated to economic systems. That is why our culture can be so contradictory, taking away with one hand what it apparently gives with the other. We encourage private charities but, if they don’t solve the problems, we oblige government to pretend nothing is wrong.

True compassion is not something acquired, it arises from the unfolding of wisdom. Wisdom sees that “self” is not solid but more like a collection of views, a micro-self looking at a micro-world. We support our feelings of a central self by clinging to various aspects of the world that are familiar. De-centering from our own obsessive preoccupations with our selves leads to an intuitive and direct sense of our connections with others. We can then realize directly that we construct the world in which we live together with others. We exist interdependently with those others. Without others, we cannot experience a self. [Francisco Varela et al, Embodied Mind]

The first step, then, in connecting our hearts with our experience is to reduce the domination of our fixed agendas, our ready abstractions which we project onto situations and people. We can be inquisitive about the world without trying constantly to make that curiosity serve a purpose. Then we open ourselves to the world with all of our rawness and tenderness. This means especially opening up to perception, to our ongoing connection with the world of our direct experience. An important part of that connection is our relation to other people, not only those close, but all humans everywhere. It is a natural kind of human knowledge that our materialistic culture has seriously damaged. To economic man, according to economic doctrine, helping others is simply another kind of “utility,” a gain in pleasure for the self.

Without this inner understanding, we find in everything we see our projections. Our ideas of cars, food, houses, dolphins, acid rain, liberals and conservatives are about "me" not about "them." There is nothing wrong with interpretation in itself, but we must be able to go back to the raw experience. Direct perception is the basis for Awakened Heart, which also includes our sense of connection with the universe and each other.

Awakened heart, in this sense, can also be called "non-goal oriented questioning." Instead of constantly demanding specific answers in situations, we can just be open to all of the possibilities. As we are active in the everyday world around us, we see that interpretations arise quite naturally, that is how mind works, but by staying in touch with awareness, we can come back over and over to simple perceptions. From basic perceptions, we see how things in the world work, how situations and people are connected. This is wisdom. Seeing connections, we discover compassion or sad and tender heart. From wisdom and compassion arise skillful means, knowing what to do and how to do it. Thus we create an enlightened society.

Resources:

Shambhala.org

Shambhala Sun Magazine

Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala Publications.
Also see: www.mipham.com



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Sarva managalam!
Siddhi rastu!

KT
( who does not represent any group or individual referenced here ) posted Thu, August 8, 2013 - 11:43 AM
Great Perfection Tantric Buddhist Yoga Guru Padmasambhava Retreat, New Mexico ( community » other ) Great Perfection Tantric Buddhist Yoga Guru Padmasambhava Retreat, New Mexico

DORJE DROLOD RETREAT WITH BHAKHA TULKU RINPOCHE AND VAIROTSANA LAMAS

Keywords: meditation, yoga, tantra, pagan mysticism, shamanism, guardian angels, defense against the dark arts, reality hacking, Mahayana Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism / Vajrayana, Tantric Buddhist empowerment, Guru Padmasambhava, Old School / Nyingma Lineage Buddhatantra, Great Perfection Primordial Awareness Yoga (Dzogchen ), Vajrakilaya and other Buddhist guardian deities, Dudjom Tersar Treasure Lineage.

Summary : Guru Padmasambhava is one of the greatest yogis and wizards in recorded history. The guru yoga of Guru Padmasambhava is one of the most important, versatile, deepest and broadest sets of practices in Buddhist tantra or tantra generally. Dorje Drollo from the Dudjom Tersar is a most powerful form of Padmasambhava practice, which requires initiation and Buddhist commitments. Here is an important resource for the practice, the annual short Dorje Drollo retreat in New Mexico, hosted by the Tenth Bhakha Tulku, who received this transmission directly from the original source, the peerless Nyingma Lineage holder Dudjom Rinpoche. For more context and teaching on the Nyingma and their practice of Great Perfection and Dudjom Rinpoche, see the detailed teaching at the end of this post.

The initiation and practices of Guru Padmasambhava, especially in this most powerful instance of Dorje Drollo, cover all needs and types of practice, including many peaceful ( healing ) and wrathful ( protective ) yogas from the Nyingma and Dzogchen cycles. The 18 syllable Guru Drowo Lod mantra is a “sarva siddhi” all accomplishing mantra, useful for all mandala activities ( purification, enrichment, magnetization, destruction of negativity, and realization of primordial pure awareness ). The extension mantra adds 17 syllables to the basic mantra, for applying “piercing” ( Tibetan “zir nak” ) power of the Eight Logos Deities. This is an ultimate Vajrakilaya Dagger Deity practice.

Examples of the peaceful deity yogas included ( authorized ) in Dorje Drollo are Manjusri deity of wisdom, Vajrasattva, Medicine Buddha and Medicine Buddha Padmasambhava, Amitabha and Akshobhya, and the wealth deity Khandro Norlha ( Enriching Padmasambhava ). Many texts and practices are available for these deity practices for those authorized.

Examples of the wrathful protective deity yogas included ( authorized ) in Dorje Drollo are Yamantaka, Hayagriva, and Vajrakilaya. Vajrakilaya is one of the main deities practiced by Guru Padmasambhava and other great adepts, and one of the most practiced deities in the Nyingma school. Many comprehensive texts and teachings are available for Vajrakilaya.

The Dudjom Tersar cycle of revelations was brought forward by HH Dudjom Rinpoche, and this specific practice of Dudjom Dorje Drollo was his main personal practice. This extraordinary practice has been translated and I have received this specific transmission through the Sakya lineage and I use the Dudjom Dorje Drollo liturgy / sadhana.

Other forms of Dorje Drollo have been given in the West, and I have several, for example from the Rigdzin Dupa cycle, the Eightfold Padmasambhava as given by HH the Dalai Lama ( San Jose 1989 ), and the treasure revelation of HH Kusum Lingpa. There are also many other forms of Wrathful Padmasambhava ( Guru Drakpo ), such as Padmasavari, the Guru Drag-phur authorized by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu in different parts of the world, and so forth. All of these are important for inner healing and protection.


From
"The Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava", at
www.turtlehill.org/khen/eman.html

"In order to preserve the practice of Dharma in Tibet, and secure the commitment of the local spirits to extend their protection across generations, Guru Padmasambhava emanated as Guru Dorje Drolo. In this form, he reconfirmed the power of his realization and ensured the support and submission of the invisible beings. Dorje Drolo is the Buddha dedicated to the awakening of all those who have appeared since Guru Rinpoche left Tibet. Also at this time, he made many prophecies and predictions for future generations of Tibetans and the world in general. These prophecies are very accurate and clear. Many of them are quite detailed and concern events at the level of counties or states. Their truth has been observed by the Tibetans from generation to generation across the centuries. . .

"According to both Buddha and the Guru Padmasambhava, this degenerative era is characterized by strong forms of desire and anger. These are the major obstacles confronting practitioners nowadays. Dorje Drolo is the emanation related to the transformation of these situations. Of course anger and attachment existed in ancient times as well, but they pervade the modern world in a deeper way. People's minds are continually disturbed and upset due to their influence, which give rise to even more emotional problems. Dorje Drolo is the best practice for removing mental and emotional obstacles. Guru Rinpoche appeared in this form to liberate sentient beings from anger and attachment. . .

"People who are aware of feeling mentally unstable or unhappy for no apparent reason would do well to practice on Dorje Drolo. Even though everything is together, sometimes the mind doesn't feel comfortable, relaxed or at peace. This is when such practice is really relevant. When there are unsettled feelings, it is particularly useful to meditate on Dorje Drolo. This will help calm and balance the mind. . .

"As with all the other emanations of Guru Rinpoche, Dorje Drolo is a wisdom form, a rainbow body, not a solid or concrete object. Transforming from a sphere of bright red light, he is visualized with one face, two arms and two legs. His body color is dark red. His right hand holds a nine-pointed vajra and his left a phurba, a mystic dagger made of meteoric iron or sky metal. Dorje Drolo is very wrathful, displaying fangs, an overbite and three eyes. He is wearing Tibetan boots, a chuba and monk's robes, two white conch shell earrings and a garland of severed heads. His hair is bright red and curly, giving off sparks. To show how truly crazy he is, he dances on the back of a tigress, surrounded by wisdom flames. The tigress is also dancing, so that everything is in motion. . ."



ZUNI MOUNTAIN STUPA, New Mexico
www.zunimountainstupa.org/vairo...exico/

AUGUST 30 – SEPT 2, 2013

Mailing Address:
Vairotsana Foundation NM
5 Calle La Morada
Pena Blanca, NM 87041

from
www.zunimountainstupa.org/event...e-tba/

Join Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche and the Vairotsana Lamas August 30th-September 2nd , 2013, Labor Day weekend, for the annual Dorje Drolod ( Wrathful Padmasambhava ) Retreat at the Zuni Mountain Stupa.

According to Bhakha Rinpoche:

“Dorje Drollo is a most beneficial practice in these degenerate times, to overcome difficulties and to receive Guru Rinpoche’s blessings. We are very fortunate to have this time to practice together.”

Registration & Fees:

The Registration Fee for this retreat is $300 with a sliding scale to $225. This includes all meals and the use of all community facilities for the three days of practice. Participants are allowed to arrive, complete their registrations in person, and set up camp after 1pm on Friday August 30th.

Please register with full payment or notification NO LATER THAN August 15th to insure the proper planning of this event. Should you not be able to attend the entire retreat weekend, you may still attend for a $150 per day fee for Saturday or Sunday.

Please contact us for information or if you are in need of financial assistance as no one will be turned away for lack of funds. You may register on our website or by contacting Mary LeBus at mary_l@q.com. Once registered driving directions and other information about the retreat will be provided.


WORK-STUDY AND VOLUNTEERS There are work-study opportunities to help offset the cost of the retreat, including kitchen and service duties, pre-retreat and post-retreat work. ADVANCED SCHEDULING FOR WORK-EXCHANGE IS REQUIRED. Contact us at vairotsana.foundation.nm@gmail.com

MEALS:

Healthy, delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals will be prepared in the sangha [ fellowship ] kitchen and served in the dining tent. Tea and coffee will also be available at any time throughout the weekend in the dining tent and there are several potable freshwater taps for drinking water. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know. If we can’t accommodate you, or if you have serious health concerns or allergies, you should consider bringing your own food. The kitchen will not be available for any personal cooking needs and participants are prohibited from keeping food in their tents due to concerns about wildlife.

TEXTS AND MEDITATION SUPPLIES

Copies of the Dorje Drollo text will be made available and must be returned at the end of the retreat. Copies are available for purchase through Pema Osel Ling. There are cushions available in the Stupa, but you may wish to bring your own.

KARMA YOGA:

Doing work in service to the Three Jewels is very meritorious, and offers us a rich opportunity to practice outside the shrine room. Everyone at the retreat land who does not already have a work-study job contributes to the retreat’s operations in this way and will be assigned a chore, typically 3-4 hours per retreat, and given instructions according to their physical capacity at registration. The retreat schedule for these chores along with the on-duty participant’s name will be posted outside the kitchen.

ACCOMODATIONS:

The retreat land offers camping only, either in your tent or in your vehicle. Please plan to bring camping gear, including a flashlight, and prepare for a range of temperatures and precipitation. There are hot showers, flush toilets, an outdoor sink, and outhouses.

If you prefer to stay in a motel, there are many choices in the town of Grants, twenty miles away (a 30 to 40 minute drive on a gravel road), or you may wish to reserve one of two cabins near the stupa , or those of our neighbors, Jillian and Kent, jilliangiggsvt@gmail.com. Additionally, there is a local bed-and-breakfast, the Cimmaron Rose located a short distance from the retreat land : 505-783-4770.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Health: The Zuni Mountain Stupa is at a high altitude, just under 8000 ft. Please stay hydrated, and protect yourself from the strong sun with a hat or spf. Be prepared for windy and perhaps chilly conditions.

Children: Please let us know in advance if you plan to bring children along .Children under 13 may attend with only a small fee for food costs. Note that children must be supervised during the retreat at all times.

Phone: There is no Internet or land-line phone access available at this time on the retreat land, and only limited cell phone reception (Verizon does get a signal, and most major cell phone carriers do work in Grants, NM.

Pets, Smoking and Scents

We do not allow pets or smoking on the land. Since many sangha members are chemically sensitive, we request no one wear perfumes , scented oils or strong scents in the shrine room.

If you would like to offer your help, sponsor someone or if you have any questions, please contact us at vairotsana.foundation.nm@gmail.com

May all beings benefit!


www.rigpawiki.org/index.php

Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche is the tenth incarnation of the Bhakha Tulku line, and a primary holder of the lineage of Rigdzin Pema Lingpa. He is also the incarnation of Tertön Dorje Lingpa, and an emanation of the eighth century scholar and translator, Vairotsana. Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche was recognized by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa and Dudjom Rinpoche.

The Bhakha monastery is in the Powo region of south-eastern Tibet, but the line has many ties with Bhutan as well, as Pema Lingpa is one of the most revered figures in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in Bhutan. Rinpoche's seat in Bhutan is the Tamshing Gonpa in the Bumthang Valley. He studied at Mindroling in Tibet, and later at the school for young tulkus in Dalhousie, India. He has received many teachings from great masters including Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Dodrupchen Rinpoche.

Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche holds many lineages, including the thirteen cycles of Pema Lingpa termas, which he received from both Dudjom Rinpoche and Tamshing Lama Phuntsok, Bhutan’s main holder of the Pema Lingpa lineage. He also holds the Dzogchen lineage of the Namchö tradition, the Longchen Nyingtik and the Chetsün Nyingtik. He received Dudjom Tersar, Rinchen Terdzö and many other teachings from Dudjom Rinpoche, whom he served for a number of years. He has also served and received transmissions from Penor Rinpoche and Chatral Rinpoche.

He has taught in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Taiwan and the United States, and is the founder of the Vairotsana Foundation in the US.


Visiting the Retreat Land
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The Zuni Mountain Stupa and the land known as Ösel Khandro Duwi Ling, the Gathering Place of the Dakinis, is located approximately twenty miles south of Grants, New Mexico, in the Zuni Mountains. This small, simple, and remote retreat center built under the direction of Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche is at an altitude of just under 8,000 feet. It is situated in a grassy meadow surrounded by a vibrant Ponderosa pine forest, a place of peace and solitude, yet full of power and promise.

Days are warm and pleasant; nights are cool, with precipitation often throughout the summer. The Stupa is accessible via Zuni Canyon Road a well-maintained and easily drivable gravel road. The last part of the drive, the turnoff onto “Bad Road” into the retreat land, is short, but travelers should note that if the weather is stormy, the road may be rutted and extremely muddy, so care should be exercised. Beautiful Clear Sky and Rainbow

The nearest airport is Albuquerque, seventy miles east of Grants on I-40. If driving from the west, Grants is seventy miles east of Gallup, NM. You may request a map to the Zuni Mountain Stupa and Retreat Land by contacting Vairotsana Foundation New Mexico.

Due to severe winter weather conditions at this altitude, the retreat land is open only between May through September. You may visit at any time during this period, depending on road conditions. Vairotsana Foundation of New Mexico asks that you please do not disturb the neighbors or residents living on the land during your visit. You may only park in the designated parking area in front of the Stupa. Please do not drive around the retreat land.

Retreats & Events are held in the shrine room within the Stupa. The facilities at present are simple but very pleasant, and include showering and restroom facilities for retreatants. Retreatants should be prepared to bring appropriate gear for camping in a designated pine-forest camping area. Please be mindful of the terrain; the land in the Camping Area is rocky and uneven and you enter at your own risk.

Alternative accommodations include nearby private rooms and a cabin owned by community members, as well as a local bed & breakfast known as Cimarron Rose (tel: 505-783-4770) located a short distance from the retreat land. There are also various motels in Grants, which is a 30 minute drive. The retreat land has a small sangha kitchen where wholesome and delicious food is served during retreats. There are no telephones and cell-phone reception is limited (Verizon only). Children must be supervised at all times and pets are not allowed.

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Background article on Great Perfection yoga, Guru Padmasambhava, the Nyingma school, and Dudjom Tersar Treasure transmission:

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Sarva mangalam!
Siddhi rastu!

KT
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