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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, potients 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
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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:

(1)

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

(2)

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.

(3)

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.

(4)

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.

(5)

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.

(6)

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

(7)

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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"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
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"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

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

Vajrasattva tvenopatistha
Vajrasattva abide in me.

dridho me bhava
Make me firm.

sutosnyo me bhava
Grant me complete satisfaction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ma me munca
Do not abandon me.

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

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

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

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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.

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Buddha Amitabha Pure Land Practice
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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

(1)

"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

(1)

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, 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"

seattle.tribe.net/listing/G...8fad722275

Summary: Vajrakilaya, a primary tantric practice of Guru Padmasambhava, is now practiced in many countries for inner purification and protection and the removal of negative conditions. In this listing I provide 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



-------------------------- background on the lineage ---------------------------

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. "





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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
"Tierra has put so much information in these pages its breathtaking, a wonderful way to blend Ayurveda, TCM, and Western herbalism. With the popularity of the internet and with herbalists exploring different cultures and enjoying different aspects of various paths, this book should become a welcome addition to libraries everywhere. Tierra digs into the background of all three branches, breaking down the basics of each area of thought, including more than 400 herbs and their details. It gives Western herbalists another way to view herbs and their actions, which makes the book worth it on its own."


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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.

us4.campaign-archive2.com/

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:
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Dzogchen Retreat with Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
May 2013, Western Colorado

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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

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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.


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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

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Green Tara Teachings
March 29 - 31, 2013
Location: Sukhasiddhi, Fairfax CA

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Chöd, Three Evening Sessions
April 2 - 4, 2013
Location: Rudramandir, Berkeley CA

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"Feeding Your Demons" Daylong Benefit
April 6, 2013
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

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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

www.shambhalamountain.org/progr...ancer/

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
www.shambhalamountain.org/

Download our current catalog (Summer 2013) in PDF form:
www.shambhalamountain.org/catalog/


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
www.zunimountainstupa.org/visit...-land/

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:

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



Sarva mangalam!
Siddhi rastu!

KT
posted Thu, August 8, 2013 - 12:52 PM
Major Tantric Buddhist Empowerment Cycle + Healing Seattle August September 2013 / Mahamudra Yoga teaching article ( community » other ) Major Tantric Buddhist Empowerment Cycle + Healing Seattle August September 2013 / Mahamudra Yoga teaching article

Keywords: Mahayana Buddhist teaching, pagan mysticism, yoga and mantra sadhana, tantric empowerment, inner yogic healing, Drikung Lineage ( Drikung Kagyu lineage ), Seattle, Mahamudra Pure Awareness Yoga, Vajrasattva, Kagyu book references, Drikung Kagyu practice centers worldwide, Garchen Institute Bookstore, Vajra Publications.

Summary: this late August/ early September there will be major transmissions and teaching of Buddhist tantra hosted by Drikung Seattle, along with a yogic healing ceremony. These transmissions will be given by accomplished masters of the Kagyu lineage which descends from the great adept / mahasiddha Naropa of medieval India. The authorization includes the pure awareness yoga of Mahamudra, the quintessential practice of Naropa and the Kagyu lineage. In this teaching article I provide full background on the Drikung lineage, detailed book and video teaching resources, and access to teachers and centers worldwide. This is a broadly useful and comprehensive teaching article.

"The intellect cannot see that which is beyond conceptual mind,
and you will never realize that which is uncreated through
created dharmas. If you wish to attain or realize that which is
beyond the intellect and is uncreated, then scrutinize your mind
and strip awareness naked."
—Tilopa

". . .Since the ground consciousness
is never born into any realm of being,
nothing can add to or subtract from it.
Nothing can obstruct or stain it.
When awareness rests here,
the appearance of division and conflict
disappears into original reality.
The twin emotions of anxiety and arrogance
vanish into the void from which they came. . ."
from the Song of Mahamudra, by Tilopa

The Fivefold Mahamudra of the Drigungpas [ Drikung branch of the Indo-Tibetan Kagyu lineages

1- Meditate on Bodhicitta [ pure and universal humanitarian intention ]
2- Meditate on the Yidam deity [ typically Cakrasamvara/ Vajrayogini ]
3- Meditate on the Guru Yoga [ connection with the lineage of transmission and blessing ]
4- Meditate on the Mahamudra [ primordial awareness ]
5- Seal the practice with the dedication [ for the benefit of all beings ].

Short Oral Introduction to the Mahamudra Five-fold Path by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche
www.youtube.com/watch

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Program description from
www.drikungseattle.com/index.html
and
www.drikungseattle.com/upcomi...ts.html


Program Schedule:
Friday, August 30, 7-9pm
Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra Empowerment, Drupon Yeshi Rinpoche
University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

Saturday, August 31, 10am-12pm, 2pm-5pm
Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra Teachings, Drupon Yeshi Rinpoche
University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

Sunday, September 1, 10am-12pm, 2pm-5pm
Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra Teachings, Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

Monday, September 2 (Labor Day), 10am-12pm (morning session only)
Jambu: Secret Yogic Healing Session, Drupon Yeshi Rinpoche
DIFFERENT LOCATION Monday only–Sunset Hill Community Association building, Ballard, WA– 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117

Online Registration at
www.drikungseattle.com/upcomi...ts.html

Suggested Teaching Donations:
Friday evening empowerment, $30
Saturday or Sunday teaching only, $45
Both Saturday and Sunday teachings, $80
Monday healing session, $30
Complete program Friday-Monday (discount for full program), $130


The Five-fold Path of Mahamudra
and Jambu: Secret Yogic Healing Session
Drupon Yeshi Rinpoche and Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche
August 30–September 2


About the Teachings

The Five-fold Path of Mahamudra

The Five-fold Path of Mahamudra includes the cultivation of bodhicitta, guru yoga practice, yidam practice, Mahamudra practice, and the dedication of merit. This is a special way of laying out the path of practice according to the Drikung Kagyu lineage. It is especially good fortune to receive these teachings from Drupon Yeshi Rinpoche, because he holds this lineage purely. He received it directly from one of the main Drikung Kagyu lineage holders, Drubwang Pachung Rinpoche, and also from Drubwang Tenzin Nyima, the main lineage holders of the Fivefold Path of Mahamudra. To receive the direct transmission of these teachings from Drupon Yeshi Rinpoche is thus a very rare and precious opportunity.

Jambu Healing Session
Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche describes the Jambu healing session this way: "The Jambu secret healing is a healing blessing given by Drupon Yeshi. He just recites prayers and blows on people who are sick, it is not a teaching and it is not connected with the six yogas of Naropa. Whoever would like to can receive it." The Jambu healing session on Monday from 10am-12pm will be a hands on healing session and not a teaching.

Rinpoche will perform special healing blessings for those with physical ailments. Rinpoche is known among his students in Tibet, Nepal and India as having the power of pacifying physical pain by the power of his healing mantra. During this session, individuals will meet with Rinpoche while the entire group will practice the healing mantra of Medicine Buddha. For the personal healings to be effective, please plan on staying the whole session so that the healing can be further facilitated by the group recitation of the mantra.

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has said about Drupon Yeshi Rinpoche: “He is a retreat master of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, and he is a student of the great Pachung Rinpoche and Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche. He holds an uninterrupted lineage up through the present, and he also served as retreat master in Lapchi at the request of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche. He is an inconceivable, extraordinary master, truly upholding the teachings of the Drikung Kagyu. Some of our current retreat masters are his students, including Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He is a true, authentic, qualified spiritual master, and you should make a dedicated effort to come and receive his teachings. You should take this opportunity to ask him questions about your practice, for it is very, very rare.”

Drupon Trinley Yeshi Rinpoche

Drupon Trinley Yeshi Rinpoche has in the past served as the head retreat master at the Drikung Kagyu Institute in India. He was born at Drikung Yangre Gar in 1941, near the village of Trolung. His father is Dang Drung and his mother is Dolma. At the age of 12 he took the novice monk vows from H.E. Thritsab Thubten Wangpo. . . Under the guidance of Pachung Rinpoche and Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche, he has perfectly completed his three-year retreat on the Five-fold path of Mahamudra and Six yogas of Naropa at Drikung Thil Monastery.


Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

Drupon Rinpoche received teachings on the Fivefold Path of Mahamudra and Kunsang Lama's Words of Profound Instruction, Dzogchen's Great Completion Parting from Samsara and Nirvana, Pointing Out the Nature of Mind, and other teachings from Tulku Nyendrak Gyaltsen Rinpoche. Rinpoche has also received Chakrasamvara according to Drilbupa, including the empowerment, scriptural transmission, and pith instructions from Tulku Thogme Rinpoche.

Drupon Rinchen Dorjee joined the Drikung Kagyu Institute in 1993, and has received instruction in philosophy, Gongchig, Theckchen Tenying, Dhagpo Thargyan, and Uttaratantra from Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen and other profound teachers of the Lineage. In 1995 Drupon received full ordination vows from His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, and in the same year accomplished the ngondro practices to mahamudra and the grand mantra recitation of Chakrasamvara. In 1996, he received initiation into the Profound Path of the Six Yogas of Naropa. Drupon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has completed two (2) three-year retreat courses, one at Almora and one at Lachi, the holy retreat place of the great yogi, Milarepa. He has received profound instructions too numerous to mention during these retreats.

In 2005, he received the five-deities Hevajra according to Marpa's tradition of empowerment, transmission and instructions from His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, and in 2006 he completed the grand mantra recitation of glorious Hevajra's fire puja at the Almora retreat center.

Teaching Program
These remarkable retreat masters will be offering a weekend program of empowerment and teaching on the Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra. Drupon Yeshi Rinpoche will offer a hands on healing session using the healing practices of yogis (Jambu) on Monday morning. We hope you can join us!


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Mahamudra teachings by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche - 6 videos
www.youtube.com/user/Driku...attleCenter



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As an empowerment into Highest Yoga Tatra, this transmission includes the deity yogas of Vajrasattva and Vajrapani. I provide the mantra and its explanation at

VAJRASATTVA KARMA MANTRA, with teaching and references
tribes.tribe.net/chagdudgo...b68bccc88c

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Key book resources for practice in the Drikung Kagyu lineage

NB: These texts are extremely important for anyone who engages the Kagyu and/ or Great Seal / Mahamudra teachings. The second book is extremely valuable summary of Buddhist teaching and practice overall.

(1)
"Garland Of Mahamudra Practices" Paperback
by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen (Author) , Katherine Rogers (Editor)

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion (January 29, 2002)
ISBN-10: 1559391731

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


This text is a manual of practical instructions for students who are or would like to practice the path of Mahamudra in meditation. Mahamudra refers to a path to enlightenment taught by the Buddha and transmitted through the spiritual lineage of Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, and Milarepa. Gampopa, a disciple of Milarepa who lived in the eleventh century, brought together these teachings of the Buddha into one five-fold path consisting of an enlightened motivation, deity yoga, guru yoga, mahamudra, and proper dedication, to which his main disciple, Pakmo Druba, gave the name "The Profound Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra."

Jigten Sumgon, the successor of Pakmo Druba, founded the Drikung Kagyu order and taught Mahamudra extensively.

The fifteenth successor of Jugten Sumgon, Kunga Rinchen, known for the directness and clarity of his teachings, composed the text Clarifying the Jewel Rosary of the Profound Five-Fold Path.

"A clear and concise summary of the Vajrayana path as understood in the Kagyu tradition."—Reginald Ray, author of Indestructible Truth and Secret of the Vajra World

"Offers step by step instructions to freeing the mind from its cage to be liberated into its natural state."—Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo "A modern Kagyu Master has brought to light the gift of an ancient Kagyu Master—an essential teaching for anyone interested in the theory and practice of Mahamudra."—Lopon Konchog Trinley Dorje, president of the Tonglen Foundation and Arizona Teachings, Inc.


(2)

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

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

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

Editorial Reviews

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

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

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

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

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Foundational Buddhist Principles for Newcomers, a modern text from an abbot of the Karma Kagyu tradition.

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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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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The Drikung Lineage in Brief
rywiki.tsadra.org/index.php...kung_Kagyu

Drikung Kagyu Resources

Many practice materials - texts, DVDs, CDs avaialbe to initiates from
www.garchen.net/GBI-Shop/

See also

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

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

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

Major source of Kagyu Buddhist practice texts
"Welcome to Vajra Publications"
www.vajrapub.org/

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His Holiness Karmapa - Fivefold Mahamudra - 1/8 (Tibetan/English. . .
From 27:50, in Tibetan, Chinese, English
www.youtube.com/watch
and part 2/8
www.youtube.com/watch
and so forth

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Song of Mahamudra
Extensive teaching by His Eminence the Great Abbot Thrangu Rinpoche
www.shenpen-osel.org/issue8.pdf



Song of the Mahamudra (version by Lex Hixon)

Mahamudra, the royal way, is free
from every word and sacred symbol.
For you alone, beloved Naropa,
this wonderful song springs forth from Tilopa
as spontaneous friendship that never ends.

The completely open nature
of all dimensions and events
is a rainbow always occurring
yet never grasped.
The way of Mahamudra
creates no closure.
No strenuous mental effort
can encounter this wide open way.
The effortless freedom of awareness
moves naturally along it.

As space is always freshly appearing
and never filled,
so the mind is without limits
and ever aware.
Gazing with sheer awareness
into sheer awareness,
habitual, abstract structures melt
into the fruitful springtime of Buddhahood.

White clouds that drift through blue sky,
changing shape constantly,
have no root, no foundation, no dwelling;
nor do changing patterns of thought
that float through the sky of mind.
When the formless expanse of awareness
comes clearly into view,
obsession with thought forms
ceases easily and naturally.

As within the openness of universal space
shapes and colors are spontaneously forming,
although space has no color or form,
so within the expanse of awareness
realms, relations and values are arising,
although awareness possesses
no positive or negative characteristics.

As the darkness of night,
even were it to last a thousand years,
could not conceal the rising sun,
so countless ages of conflict and suffering
cannot conceal the innate radiance of Mind.

Although philosophers explain
the transparent openness of appearances
as empty of permanent characteristics
and completely indeterminable,
this universal indeterminacy
can itself never be determined.

Although sages report
the nature of awareness to be luminosity,
this limitless radiance cannot be contained
within any language or sacramental system.
Although the very essence of Mind
is to be void of either subjects or objects,
it tenderly embraces all life within its womb.

To realize this inexpressible truth,
do not manipulate mind or body
but simply open into transparency
with relaxed, natural grace --
intellect at ease in silence,
limbs at rest in stillness
like hollow bamboos.
Neither breathing in nor breathing out
with the breath of habitual thinking,
allow the mind to be at peace
in brilliant wakefulness.

This is the royal wealth of Mahamudra,
no common coin of any realm.
Beloved Naropa, this treasure of Buddhahood
belongs to you and to all beings.

Obsessive use of meditative disciplines
or perennial study of scripture and philosophy
will never bring forth this wonderful realization,
this truth which is natural to awareness,
because the mind that desperately desires
to reach another realm or level of experience
inadvertently ignores the basic light
that constitutes all experience.

The one who fabricates
any division in consciousness
betrays the friendship of Mahamudra.
Cease all activity that separates,
abandon even the desire to be free from desires
and allow the thinking process to rise and fall
smoothly as waves on a shoreless ocean.

The one who never dwells in abstraction
and whose only principle
is never to divide or separate
upholds the trust of Mahamudra.

The one who abandons
craving for authority and definition,
and never becomes one-sided
in argument or understanding,
alone perceives the authentic meaning
hidden in the ancient scriptures.

In the blissful embrace of Mahamudra,
negative viewpoints and their instincts
are burned without remainder, like camphor.
Through the open door of Mahamudra,
the deluded state of self-imprisonment
is easily left behind forever.
Mahamudra is the torch of supreme liberty
shining forth through all conscious beings.

Those beings constituted by awareness
who try to ignore, reject or grasp awareness
inflict sorrow and confusion upon themselves
like those who are insane.

To be awakened from this madness,
cultivate the gracious friendship
of a sublime sage of Mahamudra,
who may appear to the world as mad.
When the limited mind
enters blessed companionship
with limitless Mind,
indescribable freedom dawns.

Selfish or limited motivations
create the illusory sense of imprisonment
and scatter seeds of further delusion.
Even genuine religious teaching
can generate narrowness of vision.
Trust only the approach
that is utterly vast and profound.

The noble way of Mahamudra
never engages in the drama of
imprisonment and release.
The sage of Mahamudra
has absolutely no distractions,
because no war against distractions
has ever been declared.
This nobility and gentleness alone,
this nonviolence of thought and action,
is the traceless path of all Buddhas.
To walk this all-embracing way
is the bliss of Buddhahood.

Phenomena on every plane of being
are constantly arising and disappearing.
Thus they are forever fresh,
always new and inexhaustible.
Like dreams without solid substance,
they can never become rigid or binding.
The universe exists in a deep, elusive way
that can never be grasped or frozen.
Why feel obsessive desire or hatred for it,
thereby creating illusory bonds?

Renounce arbitrary, habitual views.
Go forth courageously to meditate
in the real mountain wilderness,
the wide open Mahamudra.
Transcend boundaries of kinship
by embracing all living beings
as one family of consciousness.
Remain without any compulsion
in the landscape of natural freedom:
spontaneous, generous, joyful.
When you receive the crown of Mahamudra,
all sense of rank or attainment
will quietly disappear.

Cut the root of the vine that chokes the tree,
and its clinging tendrils wither away entirely.
Sever the conventionally grasping mind,
and all bondage and desperation dissolve.

The illumination from an oil lamp
lights the room instantly,
even if it has been dark for aeons.
Mind is boundless radiance.
How can the slightest darkness remain
in the room of daily perception?
But one who clings to mental processes
cannot awaken to the radiance of Mind.

Strenuously seeking truth
by investigation and concentration,
one will never appreciate
the unthinkable simplicity and bliss
that abide at the core.
To uncover this fertile ground,
cut through the roots of complexity
with the sharp gaze of naked awareness,
remaining entirely at peace,
transparent and content.

You need not expend great effort
nor store up extensive spirtual power.
Remain in the flow of sheer awareness.
Mahamudra neither accepts nor rejects
any current of energy, internal or external.

Since the ground consciousness
is never born into any realm of being,
nothing can add to or subtract from it.
Nothing can obstruct or stain it.
When awareness rests here,
the appearance of division and conflict
disappears into original reality.
The twin emotions of anxiety and arrogance
vanish into the void from which they came.

Supreme knowing knows
no separate subject or object.
Supreme action acts resourcefully
without any array of instruments.
Supreme attainment attains the goal
without past, future or present.

The dedicated practitioner
experiences the spiritual way
as a turbulent mountain stream,
tumbling dangerously among boulders.
When maturity is reached,
the river flows smoothly and patiently
with the powerful sweep of the Ganges.
Emptying into the ocean of Mahamudra,
the water becomes ever-expanding light
that pours into great Clear Light --
without direction, destination,
division, distinction or description.

English version published in Mother of the Buddhas: Meditation on the Prajnaparamita Sutra by Lex Hixon (Quest Books, 1993).

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From
www.rinpoche.com/dchng.html

DORJE CHANG THUNGMA
(The Short Prayer To Vajradhara, invoking the blessings of the Kagyu Lineage)

OM

DOR JÉ CHANG CHEN TÉLO NARO DANG
Great Vajradhara, Tilopa, Naropa

MARPA MILA CHÖJE GAMPOPA
Marpa, Milarepa, and Lord of the Dharma, Gampopa

DÜSUM SHÉ JA KÜN KHYEN KARMAPA
Knower of the three times, omniscient Karmapa

CHÉ ZHI CHUNG GYE GYÜ PA DZIN NAM DANG
Lineage holders of the four great and eight lesser schools

DRI TAK TSAL SUM PALDEN DRUKPA SOK
Drikung, Taklung, Tsalpa, glorious Drukpa and others,

ZAB LAM CHAK GYA CHÉ LA NGA NYÉ PÉ
You who have thoroughly mastered the profound path of Mahamudra

NYAM MÉ DRO GÖN DAKPO KAGYÜLA
Unrivaled protectors of beings, the Dakpo Kagyü


SOLWA DEBSO KAGYÜ LAMA NAM
I pray to you, the Kagyü lamas

GYÜ PA DZIN NO NAM TAR JIN GYI LOB
Grant your blessing that we may follow your tradition and example.

ZHEN LOK GOM GYI KANGPAR SUNGPA ZHIN
Detachment is the foot of meditation, it is taught.

ZÉ NOR KÜN LA CHAK ZHEN MÉ PA DANG
Attachment to food and wealth disappears

TSEN DIR DÖ TAK CHÖ PAY GOM CHEN LA
To the meditator who gives up ties to this life,

NYE KUR ZHEN PA ME PAR JIN GYI LOB
Grant your blessing that attachment to ownership and honor cease.

MÖ GÖ GOM GYI GO WOR SUNG PA ZHIN
Devotion is the head of meditation, it is taught.

MEN NGAK TERGO JÉ PAY LAMA LA
The lama opens the door to the profound oral teachings

GYÜN DU SOLWA DEB PAY GOM CHEN LA
To the meditator who always turns to him,

CHÖ MIN MÖ GÜ KYÉ WAR JIN GYI LOB
Grant your blessing that uncontrived devotion be born within.

YENG MÉ GOM GYI NGÖ ZHIR SUNG PA ZHIN
Unwavering attention is the body of meditation, it is taught.

GANG SHAR TOK PAY NGO WO SO MA DÉ
Whatever arises, is the fresh nature of thought.

MA CHÖ DÉ KAR JOK PAY GOM CHEN LA
To the meditator who rests there in naturalness,

GOM JA LO DANG DRAL WAR JIN GYI LOB
Grant your blessings that meditation is free from intellectualization.

NAM TOK NGOWO CHÖ KUR SUNG PA ZHIN
The essence of thought is dharmakaya, it is taught.

CHI YANG MA YIN CHIR YANG CHAR WA LA
They are nothing whatsoever, and yet they arise.

MA NGAK ROLPAR CHAR WAY GOM CHEN LA
To the meditator who reflects upon the unobstructed play of the mind,

KHOR DÉ JER MÉ TOK PAR JIN GYI LOB
Grant your blessing that the inseparability of samsara and nirvana be realized.

KYÉ WA KÜN TU YANG DAK LAMA DANG
Through all my births, may I not be separated

DRAL MÉ CHÖ KYI PAL LA LONG CHÖ CHING
From the perfect Lama and so enjoy the glory of the dharma.

SA DANG LA GYI YÖNTEN RAP DZOK NÉ
May I completely accomplish the qualities of the path and stages

DOR JÉ CHANG GI GO PHANG NYUR TOP SHOK
And quickly attain the state of Vajradhara (awakened mind).

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Note that I do not represent this lineage or these teachers in any way.

As a direct student of primary lineage holder HH Chetsang Tulku Rinpoche and as grateful recipient of major practice materials from Garchen GBI-Shop, I strongly recommend this lineage, these teachers, and these transmissions and practice materials to all serious tantric Buddhist practitioners and aspirants.


All Our Relations.

Sarva Mangalam!
May All Beings Benefit!

Siddhi Rastu!
May There Be Yogic Accomplishment!

KT


posted Sat, August 17, 2013 - 11:24 AM
Great Perfection Yoga / Dzogchen Longchen Nyingtik Transmissions in Northern Europe Sept. 2013 ( community » other ) Great Perfection Yoga / Dzogchen Longchen Nyingtik Transmissions in Northern Europe Sept. 2013

Keywords: meditation, yoga, tantra, pagan mysticism, guardian angels, Mahayana Buddhism, Feminist spirituality, Tibetan Buddhism / Vajrayana, Tantric Buddhist empowerment, Guru Padmasambhava, Old School / Nyingma Lineage Buddhatantra, Great Perfection Primordial Awareness Yoga (Dzogchen ), Longchen Nyingtik Empowerment cycle, Vajrakilaya, Goddess Tara, H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, Danakosha Dharma Center Finland.

Summary: This September 2013 a major and comprehensive practice cycle of Great Perfection Awareness Yoga, the Longchen Nyingtik of Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa, will be given by Nyingma lineage holder HH Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche in Finland.


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

The Heart Mantra of Guru Rinpoche - by Ani Choying Drolma.
www.youtube.com/watch

The Basic Idea - The purpose(s) of tantric Buddhist yoga

What is the purpose of doing tantric Buddhist yoga? Generally speaking, it is
* purification of negative, confused, divisive and self-defeating mental states
* removal of negative influences ( environmental disharmony, hostility and abuse, and reversal of black magic )
* development of emotional balance, sensitivity and harmony
* inner healing and development of psycho-physical energy and balance and power
* opening up of expansive, pure sky-like awareness
* generating a bright and clear energy field ( aura )
* liberation at the time of death.

The fundamental apprach is to purify the oppressive Three Poisons ( ignorance, grasping, and aggression ) and to develop the liberating Three Capacities ( wisdom, compassion, and power ). This is the core teaching of Guru Sakyamuni Buddha.

Excerpts From the The Prayer of the Ground, Path & Fruition
www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan...fruition

"May all realize this Great Perfection, the true nature of the ground!
In essence it is empty, hence free from the limitations of permanence.
By nature it is clear, and free from the limitations of nihilism.
Its capacity unobstructed, it is the ground of manifold emanations.
May all realize this Great Perfection, the true nature of the ground!
Its essence is pristine, unoriginated, and primordially pure.
Whatever manifests is the expression of this unconditioned spontaneous presence.
Utterly non-abiding—the nature of the Great Middle Way;
All-embracing and spontaneously vast—the state of Mahamudra;
Freed from limitations and wide open—the key point of the Great Perfection.
The virtues of the levels and paths fundamentally complete—spontaneously present inner space.
May all seize the throne of this majestic fruition!"
Jigme Lingpa


Introductory remarks on Dzogchen ( Great Perfection ) from wikipedia at
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzogchen

"According to Tibetan Buddhism and Bön, Dzogchen (Rdzogs chen or Atiyoga) is the natural, primordial state or natural condition, and a body of teachings and meditation practices aimed at realizing that condition. Dzogchen, or "Great Perfection", is a central teaching of the Nyingma school also practiced by adherents of other Tibetan Buddhist sects. According to Dzogchen literature, Dzogchen is the highest and most definitive path to enlightenment.

"From the perspective of Dzogchen, the ultimate nature of all sentient beings is said to be pure, all-encompassing, primordial clarity or naturally occurring timeless clarity. This intrinsic clarity has no form of its own and yet is capable of perceiving, experiencing, reflecting, or expressing all form. It does so without being affected by those forms in any ultimate, permanent way.

"The analogy given by Dzogchen masters is that one's nature is like a mirror which reflects with complete openness but is not affected by the reflections, or like a crystal ball that takes on the colour of the material on which it is placed without itself being changed. The knowledge that ensues from recognizing this mirror-like clarity (which cannot be found by searching nor identified) is what Dzogchenpas refer to as rigpa. . ."

". . .The essence of the Dzogchen teaching is the direct transmission of knowledge from master to disciple. Garab Dorje epitomized the Dzogchen teaching in three principles, known as the Three Statements of Garab Dorje (Tsik Sum Né Dek):

Direct introduction to one's own nature (Tib. ngo rang thog tu sprod pa)
Not remaining in doubt concerning this unique state (Tib. thag gcig thog tu bcad pa)
Continuing to remain in this state (Tib. gdeng grol thog tu bca' pa)"

See also Hitting the Essence in Three Words / The Three Statements of Garab Dorje
“The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King”
by Patrul Rinpoche
www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan...dek-root


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Key References on Great Perfection / Primordial Awareness Yoga, and an online comprehensive background teaching

There are many remarkable and wonderful teachings now published for the general public, meaning no prerequisite of either tantric empowerment or formal Buddhist vows. Of these I will recommend three. The first book is a summary introduction by a modern master who teaches throughout the West, the second is a master teaching on the Buddhist path as a whole, and the third contains extraordinary pointing out instructions ( no-tro ) related to Great Perfection Breakthrough / Trekcho.

(1)
"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/

(2)
"Dakini Teachings" Paperback
by Padmasambhava (Author), Nyang-ral Nyima Ozer (Author), Yeshe Tsogyal (Author)
www.amazon.com/Dakini-Tea...9627341363/

(3)
"Treasures from Juniper Ridge: The Profound Treasure Instructions of Padmasambhava to the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal"
by Padmasambhava (Author), Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (Author) , Marcia Binder Schmidt (Editor)
www.amazon.com/Treasures-...9627341622/

(4)

In this article, which has been read online 6000 times in the past year, I give a detailed background for Nyingma and Dzogchen practice.

"UPDATED comprehensive teaching article: Tantric Buddhist Empowerments and Teachings and Retreats"
at
sanfrancisco.tribe.net/listin...830ef8b

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Event announcement from
danakosha.fi/news/Longch...3/index.html

H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche to Bestow Empowerments of the Entire Cycle of [ Dzogchen ] Longchen Nyingthig Treasures in 2013
His Holiness Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

Danakosha Dharma Center has the great honor and joy to announce that His Holiness Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, the Supreme Head of the Nyingma School, has very kindly agreed to Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche's heartfelt request, and will come to Finland to bestow empowerments of the entire cycle of Longchen Nyingthig treasures. It is a rare and great opportunity to receive these profound empowerments from such a high and renowned master.

The empowerments will be bestowed in a retreat between 5th and 12th of September 2013 in Siikainen, western Finland.
Address:
Honkajoentie 59
29810 Siikainen
Finland

From
danakosha.fi/news/Longch...egister.html

Registration

Please fill this form to register to the empowerments.
Registration deadline is July 15th 2013.

As the deadline has passed, we cannot guarantee that there is space left for you. If you wish to participate, please send us an email before filling this registration form to see if there is space left.

Please fill the form separately for each person.

Contact us

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us:

Email: LongchenNyingthig2013@danakosha.fi
Telephone: +358 9 5878046

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Biography of His Holiness Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

His Holiness Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche is one of the seniormost masters of the Nyingma tradition alive today, and the Supreme Head of the Nyingma School.

He was born in 1926 in central Tibet, near the famous lake called Yardrok where Guru Rinpoche left his handprint. Close to his birthplace, in the region known as Taklung, was the prominent Taklung Tse monastic center affiliated with Thubten Dorje Drak, one of the six main Nyingma monasteries as well as the seat of the Northern Treasures (Jangter) Nyingma dharma tradition. In the 19th century, the great Khenpo Namkha Longyang from Dorje Drak recognized an ordinary monk from the monastery as the incarnation of Ngok Chöku Dorje. That tulku (Lobpön Kunzang Chöku) continued to study and train as an ordinary monk, and eventually became the vajracharya of the monastery. He devoted his whole life to practice and the attainment of superior realization. It is said that the special protector of Ngok, the glorious goddess Dusolma, pledged her service to him. His reincarnation (Tupten Chökyi Nyima) also moved up through the ranks of the ordinary monks to become the Acharya, but departed for the pure realms at a young age. The ninth Dordrak Rigdzin, Chöwang Nyamnyi Dorje, in accordance with a meditation vision, identified H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche as the next reincarnation.

H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche arrived at Taklung Tse Monastery and received his first ordination when he was five years old, as well as the title and enthronement of a tulku. When he was eight years old he was given the dharma seat at the mother monastery Thubten Dorje Drak. He studied and became proficient in all of the monastic arts and rituals. From the age of fourteen he studied with Pawo Rinpoche, who was a student of Khenpo Thubten Gyaltsen, a personal student of the great Dzogchen Khenpo Shenga. When he was fifteen, the elder Khenpo from Gotsa Monastery, who was a personal disciple of the previous Dordrak Rigdzin, gave the empowerments and transmissions of the Jangter lineage to the current, great Dordrak Rigdzin, Namdrol Gyatso. At that time H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche was able to receive most of these empowerments and transmissions, as well as other Dzogchen instructions.

When he was twenty H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche received the complete empowerments and transmissions of the Rinchen Terdzö and others from the previous Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche. From the retreat master at Mindroling and from the previous Lalung Sungtrul Rinpoche, he received most empowerments and transmissions for the treasures of Padma Lingpa, and from Golok Chewo Rinpoche he received all the transmissions for the Seven Treasures and other teachings of the omniscient Longchen Rabjam. At Dorje Drak he received all of the empowerments and transmissions for the whole Jangter treasure teachings, as well as Kama (oral) teachings, and instructions on the nature of mind. He became the khenpo of Dodrak Monastery for several years, and then was requested to return to his own Taklung Monastery.
H.H. Dalai Lama and H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

On the occasion of the 2500th anniversary of the Buddha's parinirvana H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche went on pilgrimage to India with his family. Circumstances worsened from year to year in Tibet until it became impossible to remain there; and so, in 1959, he stole away at night with some companions, leaving their homeland, until they reached India, making their way to Sikkim, where H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche stayed for two years. At Rumtek Monastery he received the empowerments and transmissions of the Treasury of Oral Instructions and Kagyu Mantra Treasury from the great 16th Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa. In Kalimpong, he received the entire empowerments and transmissions of the Great Terma Treasury and the Nyingma Kama, as well as some of the dharma treasures of Dudjom Lingpa, from Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche. In Bhutan, from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche he received transmissions for the collected teachings of Mipham Rinpoche, and empowerments and transmissions for the Heart Essence of Longchen Nyingthig, and other Dzogchen practices and tantras.

Later H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche went to a new Tibetan refugee settlement in Simla, India, where in the years that followed he worked with the community, local and state government officials, and the office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to found a new Dorje Drak Monastic seat in exile, to preserve, foster and expand the teachings of the Jangter lineage, since Thubten Dorje Drak Monastery in Tibet had been completely destroyed. Today there are almost 80 monks there, and several in retreat.

H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche has offered the Jangter, and other dharma empowerments and transmissions at the direction of prominent lamas of different lineages at various monasteries in Bhutan, India and Nepal, including Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche in Bhutan, Kyabje Penor Rinpoche in Mysore, and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Shechen Monastery in Nepal. Otherwise, he continually gives instructions, empowerments or transmissions on the preliminary and main practices, as are suited to the needs of whomever comes to request dharma teachings.

Following the parinirvana of Khabje Trulshig Rinpoche, his replacement as Head of the six major Nyingma monasteries was considered by representatives of the six main Nyingma monasteries and two representatives of Nyingma in the Government of Tibet in exile. On 2012 March 6th, the representatives had an audience with H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche in Shimla, India. They made the body, speech and mind offerings to Rinpoche, explained the purpose of their visit, and then requested Rinpoche to accept the position as Head of Nyingmapa. After thinking for sometime, Rinpoche responded that if H.E. Khochen Rinpoche assist him like he had assisted Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche and if everyone worked together for the benefit of Nyingmapa, he would accept the position as Head of Nyingmapa. Therefore, on behalf of the entire Nyingma School, H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche graciously accepted. This great and heartfelt news was a joy to all and after the upcoming audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, an official announcement was made and all the representatives offered long live prayers to H.H. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche.
Erik Pema Kunsang to interpret

To our great joy Erik Pema Kunsang has very kindly agreed to interpret the event from Tibetan to English. Erik Pema Kunsang is one of the most highly regarded Tibetan translators and interpreters today. Erik has been the assistant and translator for Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and his sons since the late 1970s. He has translated and edited over fifty volumes of Tibetan texts and oral teachings, and is one of the directors of Rangjung Yeshe Publications.


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From
danakosha.fi/news/Longch...erments.html

The heart essence of the great expanse from the Great Perfection.
The intention of the mother and son heart expanse condensed into one.
The celestial treasure-house of dharmic anthology, the mind treasure of Vidyadhara Jigme Lingpa.
His Holiness Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

While Vidyadhara Jigme Lingpa was staying at Samye Chimpu in the upper cave of Nyangben Tindzin Zangpo, he met in the manner of a vision the one of Samye, the omniscient master of speech, the victorious Longchen Rabjam. He was looking in good shape, wearing the three robes of dharma, and middle aged. Jigme Lingpa saw him without hindrance, like you would see a Buddha. He heard him clearly reciting the following: "May the meaning that must be expressed, my heart-lineage be transferred. May it be transferred. May the words that express be perfected. May they be perfected." At that moment, all his thoughts stopped and he developed irresistible faith and devotion. Holding Longchenpa's hands he placed them on his head and said: "Omniscient King Of Dharma, think of me. Omniscient King Of Dharma, think of me. Omniscient King Of Dharma, think of me." Thus he prayed with such devotion that he almost fainted. Then the Omniscient looked at him with wide open eye and said: "Noble son, by the power of my prayers, the intent of this lineage of the meaning has been transferred. So, practice and teach to the fortunate ones." That was the first meeting, and the body benediction.

Then again, in the lower cave of Nyangben, also called the cave of the greatly secret flower, while staying in very strict retreat, attachment to ordinary appearances dissolved. He then met the Omniscient Lama who gave him a bundle of texts. The Lama said: "This is the clarification of those great chariots which have the style of hidden meaning". Thus he gave his benediction of speech and authorization to compose treatises. That was the second meeting.

A few months later, he met the Omniscient Lama for the third time. He was now looking like a pandita, with a nice and peaceful complexion, extremely juvenile having the body of a young man, wearing the hat of a pandita with long stripes. He was very joyful and smiling. This appearance of pure primordial wisdom dissolved into the dharmata. Thus he gave his heart benediction as well as his permission to become head of this lineage of the realization of the meaning. That was the third meeting.

In this way, he was fully accepted three times by the primordial wisdom body of the Omniscient King Of Dharma Longchen Rabjam. He received the complete benediction of the three secret places, body, speech and mind, and became fully enlightened in the expanse of the intent of the impartial own appearances of the Great Perfection. He started to be known as the great Vidyadhara Jigme Khyentse Ozer (Fearless light of knowledge and love), or as Kunkhyen Jigdrel Lingpa (the Omniscient Lingpa Without Fear). The new path that he then initiated by teaching innumerable disciples, the chariot of this great being with whom it is meaningful to connect is called: Dzogpa Chenpo Longchen Nyingthig. It has been sustained by the disciples of the Omniscient Jigme Lingpa, among which the famous four Ligmes: Jigme Trinle Özer (the first Dodrupchen Rinpoche), Jigme Gyalwe Nyugu (the teacher of Patrul Rinpoche), Jigme Ngotsar Gyatso in Kham, and Jigme Kundröl Namgyal (from Bhutan) and their subsequent disciples, as well as the five emanations of the great Vidyadhara himself: the body emanation, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, the speech emanation Paltrul Orgyen Jigme Chökyi Wangpo, the heart emanation Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje, the qualities emanation 4th Dzogchen Rinpoche Mingyur Namkhai Dorje, and the activity emanation Gyalse Shenpen Thaye. These great Masters spread this teaching throughout the whole world. Through this teaching many sentient beings became liberated. There is an unbroken lineage to this present day of Enlightened Beings who have followed this teaching.

This sublime path to the present day pertaining to the class of the uncommon instructions of the Great Perfection has two parts:

The profound meaning very extensively expounded, the explanation of the main intent of the tantra in an detailed way: the Gyuluk Phurba ( Vajrakilaya ), being the royal way; and
The ripening and liberating based on the three root of the Longchen Nyingthig (together with the protectors), the completely perfect category of realization.

Here we will be dealing with the second part, i.e.

The root of benediction: the Lama Rigdzin Dupa ( Comprehensive Eightfold Padmasambhava ), as well as the Lama Dragpo Ta Khyung Barwa.
The root of real realization: the Yidam Kabgye Palchen Dupa ( Maha Sri Heruka ), as well as its four branches: Shindje Tchipdak Zilnön ( Yamantaka ), Tamdrin Khamsum Rölpa ( Hayagriva ), Yangdak Sangye Nyamdjor, and Phurba Düphung Zilnön ( Vajrakilaya ), the four classes of blood drinking deities.
The secret practice of the Great Compassionate One: Dugnal Rangdröl ( Avalokitesvara ), and its wrathful aspect Tamdrin ( Hayagriva ).
The upmost secret practice of Ladrup Thigle Gyachen ( Guru Yoga ).
The peaceful and wrathful deities of bardo: Ngensong Djongwa.
The root of enlightened activity: the Dakini Yumka Dechen Gyalmo ( Yeshe Tsogyel ), its inner aspect the twenty-one Taras, the long life initiation of Tsuktor Namgyalma ( Usnisavijaya Tara ); and the secret aspect of Sengdongma ( Simhamukha ).
The head of the family: Öpame ( Amitabha ).
Finally, the protecting deity Ekadzati with retinue: Kasang Magön Chamdral; and the protector Tseringma.

Those very precious transmissions have been transmitted up to our root teacher, His Holiness Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche through an unbroken and very direct lineage without any alteration. We are extremely lucky to be able to receive those initiations from such a qualified master.

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Attending the Empowerments

The empowerments will be bestowed in a retreat between 5th and 12th of September 2013.

If you have questions, please contact us.

Location
The retreat will take place in the retreat centre Samje in Siikainen, western Finland, around 300 km from Helsinki. Address:

Honkajoentie 59
29810 Siikainen
Finland

Prerequisites
Having taken Buddhist refuge is required for attending the empowerments.

Participation fee

The participation fee is 475 €. If you wish to request a discount due to your economic situation, please write your request on the registration form.

Individual offerings are traditionally given to the Lama after the teachings as a sign of gratitude.

Dining
Three hot vegetarian meals per day are included in the price. If you have any allergies, please indicate them in your registration.

Getting there
We will provide bus transfer from Helsinki for an additional fee. If there are enough people, this bus transfer will be cheaper than public transport. The bus departs from Helsinki on September 4th at 10 am, and the bus back departs in the morning of September 13th.

We can also provide transportation between nearby public transportation stops and the retreat centre.

Accommodation
We will provide different options for accommodation, ranging from camping to beds in rental cabins nearby the retreat centre. Accommodation is not included in the tuition fee. Please check later for more information.

Rota
In order to keep the attendance fee low, we expect participants to participate in daily work, such as preparing the meals, cleaning the temple etc.

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From
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Danakosha Finland

Danakosha Finland is a Dharma community in the lineage and teaching tradition of the Ngagyur Nyingma or Nyingma Early Translation School of Tibetan Buddhism. This community was officially registered in Finland in 2005, under the spiritual direction of Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche.

This Dharma community's main purpose is to, in the world in general and in Finland and other western countries in particular, benefit temporarily and ultimately the minds of sentient beings, by clarifying the path and means of finding true happiness and peace. This constitutes the origin of all happiness, the root of peace and happiness in the world, the true remedy for the three poisons or disturbing emotions, the perfect path that liberates from the truth of the suffering of samsara. The basis of Buddhadharma is to go for refuge, with heartfelt intent, to the three Jewels as well as generating loving-kindness, compassion, bodhicitta or mind of enlightenment and perfect view. This is practiced through listening, reflecting and meditating on the scriptures of both Sutra and Tantra. Also, at all times and in all places, in accordance with one's capability, to solely act for the benefit of others or to at least make the promise to do so and to engage in positive actions through the three doors of body, speech and mind for the benefit of others.

Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche

Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche was born in 1975 as a son of Venerable Lama Thubten Kalsang and Yongdu Wangmo, and he was recognized by H.H. Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche as the 3rd reincarnation of Gegong Rokza Sonam Palge Rinpoche. He studied in the college of Mindrolling Monastery, and graduated as a certificated sutric and tantric holder of teachings. Currently he is the spiritual director of the Danakosha Dharma community. His great kindness and generosity of teachings is truly appreciated by his students.

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Sampa Nyur Drupma— 'The Prayer that Swiftly Fulfils All Wishes'
A traditional prayer [ in Tibetan and English ] to Guru Padmasambhava
by the Omniscient Longchenpa and Rigdzin Jikme Lingpa
From
www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan...r-drupma


emaho, tso ü gesar pemé dongpo la

Emaho! In the heart of a blossoming lotus, upon the waters of the lake,



ku nga yeshe lhün gyi drubpé lha

You are the deity who is the spontaneous presence of the five kayas and wisdoms,



rangjung chenpo pema yabyum ni

O great, naturally arisen Padma Yabyum



khandrö trinpung trik la solwa deb

Surrounded by clouds of dakinis—to you we pray:



sampa nyurdu drubpar jingyi lob

Grant your blessing so that all our wishes be quickly fulfilled!



lé ngen chepé nammin tü kyepé

As a result of our negative karma, whenever we suffer



né dön barchö mak truk mugé sok

From illness, malevolent spirits (dön) and obstacles, warfare and violence, famine and starvation,



khyö shyal drenpé möla zé jepé

Then remember your promise that even simply to think of you will immediately dissolve all such suffering—



shyalshyé nying né kul lo orgyen jé

O Lord of Orgyen, we implore you, from the depths of our hearts,



sampa nyurdu drubpar jingyi lob

Grant your blessing so that all our wishes be quickly fulfilled!



dé dang tsultrim tong la gompa dang

To practise devotion, discipline and generosity,



töpé gyü drol trelyö ngotsa shé

To free the mind through hearing the Dharma, and to have dignity, self-control



sherab pünsum tsokpé nor dünpo

And discriminating awareness—make these seven noble human qualities



semchen kün gyi gyü la rang shyuk né

Fill the hearts and minds of all sentient beings



jikten dekyi denpar ukjin dzö

And so bring peace and happiness to the world.



sampa nyurdu drubpar jingyi lob

Grant your blessing so that all our wishes be quickly fulfilled!



gangla né dang dukngal mindö kyen

When oppressed by illness, suffering and unwanted circumstances,



jungpö dön dang gyalpö chepa dang

Falling prey to harm and obstruction from negativity and demonic forces—jungpo and gyalpo,



mé chu chenzen lamtrang jikpa ché

Threatened by fire, water and journeys of great danger,



tsé yi patar tukpé nekab kün

When this life is spent and death arrives—at these times



kyab dang resa shyendu machipé

We have nowhere to turn to except to you!



tukjé zung shik guru orgyen jé

Care for us with your great compassion, O great Orgyen Guru:



sampa nyurdu drubpar jingyi lob

Grant your blessing so that all our wishes be quickly fulfilled!



This prayer should be kept in the hearts of all those with faith, who wish to benefit the land of Tibet, pacify illness, prevent famine and border invasions, and contribute to the welfare of the teachings and beings.

The first stanza is taken from the verses of praise in The Infinite Cloud Banks of profound Meaning (Zabdön Gyatsö Trinpung), the ‘background teachings’ to the omniscient Longchenpa’s Khandro Yangtik, and the later verses are the blessed vajra words of the second omniscient one, Rigdzin Jikme Lingpa.

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Sarva mangalam!
Siddhi rastu!

May All Beings Benefit!
May There Be Accomplishment!

May the profound awareness yoga of Dzogchen Longchen Nyingtik teaching flourish and manifest powerfully for the benefit of all, and long endure!

K T posted Tue, August 20, 2013 - 11:52 AM
Major Mahamudra Tantric Empowerments and Open ( No Commitment ) Blessings, HH Ganden Tri Rinpoche, San Francisco Nov 2013 ( community » other ) Major Mahamudra Tantric Empowerments and Open ( No Commitment ) Blessings, HH Ganden Tri Rinpoche, San Francisco Nov 2013 / Teaching Article with Extensive Resources

Keywords: pagan mysticism, goddess spirituality, Mahayana, tantra, deity yoga, empowerment, open blessings, inner healing and psychic healing, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Mahamudra awareness yoga, Avalokitesvara ( Quan Yin, Kwannon, Chenresig ), Goddess White Tara, Cakrasamvara and Goddess Vajrayogini, Vajrasattva, Vajrapani, Healing White Tara / Usnisavijaya, HH Ganden Tri Rinpoche, Venerable Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche, Gyuto Foundation, San Francisco Bay Area, Bay Vajra online directory for Bay Area Buddhist tantric fellowships.

Summary : This is a teaching article which contains a large set of Buddhist references and practices which are useful to people everywhere. It is given on the occasion of the upcoming deity yoga teachings and transmissions offered this November 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both open blessings and restricted highest yoga tantra transmissions will be given by a principal lineage holder of the Buddhist tantra, His Holiness Ganden Tri Rinpoche. Because the Avalokitesvara / Kuanyin practices are used in many contexts, including by Zen Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, kung-fu martial artists and pagans generally, this teaching article is circulated among many tribes.

"The Heart Sutra Mantra by Deva Premal"
From the Prajnaparamitahridayasutra given by Mahabodhisattva Avalokitesvara
"Gateh Gateh Paragateh Paramsamgateh Bodhi Svaha"
www.youtube.com/watch

Online chant Great Compassion by Ani Choying Drolma
"The Great Compassion Mantra"
www.youtube.com/watch


Event Information

Date & Time: Friday, November 15, 2013 - Sunday, November 24, 2013

Location: San Francisco Bay Area / East Bay

Teacher: His Holiness the 102nd Gaden Tripa Kyabje Rizong Sras Rinpoche ( Principal Gelugpa Tantric Lineage Holder )

Empowerments and Blessings :

- Avalokitesvara ( Quan Yin, Kwannon, Chenresig ) Initiation ( Open to public )

- White Tara Long Life Initiation ( Open to public )

- Cakrasamvara Empowerment ( Highest yoga tantra, restricted, has prerequisites, requires recommendation letter from guru and includes commitments )

- Vajrayogini Empowerment ( Highest yoga tantra, restricted, has prerequisites, requires recommendation letter from guru and includes commitments )

- Lama Chopa (Guru Puja) and Tsog Offering on Lhabab Düchen, the day of Buddha's descent from Heaven

- Vajrasattva Empowerment and Instructions on Vajrasattva Practice ( to be given by Venerable Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche )
This may or may not be highest yoga tantra. It is not clear what level of Buddhist vows are given for this empowerment.

Venue ( San Francisco East Bay ):

Gyuto Foundation
6401 Bernhard Ave
Richmond, CA 94805 ‎

Contact:

510-647-9462
contact@tashithekchokling.org
www.tashithekchokling.org/

Arrangements
>>>If you plan to attend please RSVP to TTCL at contact@tashithekchokling.org

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Introduction

There are basically two kinds of transmission within Buddhist tantra yoga and Mahayana / Great Way Buddhism: those which are open and have no specific prerequisites, and those which have high formal requirements, responsibilities, and commitments.
In this teaching cycle by a world class principal lineage holder, both kinds will be given. Thus, this announcement serves different audiences and broadly serves the Buddhist, yogic, healing and magical communities. I have therefore performed broad outreach.

The transmissions of Avalokitesvara and Tara are open, and free of any specific Buddhist vows. In other words, no Buddhist refuge or Mahayana vows will be required as part of the initiation. The transmissions of Cakrasamvara and Vajrayogini are sophisticated, esoteric and highly restricted.

Three levels of vows will be given as part of the latter transmissions: Buddhist Refuge, Mahayana vows, and Highest Yoga Tantra vows ( which are very difficult to keep and which require substantial preparation ). These transmissions are for committed practitioners only.

Many of the principal teachings and practices of New School Buddhist tantric yoga are based on the deity yoga transmissions of Cakrasamvara and Vajrayogini. There are different forms and lineages, but these are common to all the New Schools of Tibet, the Gelugpa, the Kagyu, and the Sakya.

A vast number of texts and practices and commentaries are available for Cakrasamvara and Vajrayogini in English from different sources.

A full Cakrasamvara and/ or Vajrayogini includes authorization to practice psychic heat yoga and Mahamudra primordial awareness yoga. Many remarkably good teachings and commentaries are available for Mahamudra as well.

Of course, there are also many texts and practices available for Avalokitesvara and White Tara. Typically the New School Indo-Tibetan sources are most useful.

N.B. ( Note Carefully ) :
Please keep in mind that Very Useful Self Care Practices like physical yoga and mantra yoga are NO Substitute for clinical medical checkups and western psychological therapies. Someone who has an acute issue or chronic issue should see a muggle doctor first.
One that step is taken it is reasonable to see a "spiritual doctor" by which I mean a real one. Yes, Buddhist transmissions are classically held to be a form of "spiritual medicine", but this approach should be viewed as *complementary* medicine, and NOT as a "magic bullet."


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The Program
>>In order to register for the following two empowerments, you must submit a recommendation from your teacher.

1) Grand Chakrasamvara Empowerment

Friday November 15: 6pm - 9pm
Saturday November 16: 2pm - 6pm
Suggested donation: $70

His Eminence The Ganden Tripa, Rizong Rinpoche will impart the Chakrasamvara empowerment in the five-deity Ghantapa tradition. Chakrasamvara, or the "Tantra of the Wheel of Supreme Bliss," is one of the three principal meditational deities of Highest Yoga Tantra, belonging to the Mother Tantras.

Meditations on this mandala deity focus on actualizing the inborn and spontaneous wisdom of Clear Light.In order to register for this retreat you must submit a recommendation from your teacher. Participants must have a solid grounding in Buddhist studies and meditation practice, and must be able to commit to daily meditation on the Six Session Guru Yoga and Sadhanas associated with Chakrasamvara.

2) Vajrayogini Blessing
Sunday, November 17, 2013 2pm - 5pm
Suggested donation: $30

His Eminence The Ganden Tripa, Rizong Rinpoche will impart the Vajrayogini blessing in the Naro Khacho tradition.
Those taking the Vajrayogini blessing for the first time are required to take the Chakrasamvara empowerment as the prerequisite. As well, in order to register for this retreat you must submit a recommendation from your teacher. Participants must have a solid grounding in Buddhist studies and meditation practice, and must be able to commit to daily meditation on the Six Session Guru Yoga and Sadhanas associated with Vajrayogini.

The following events have no prerequisites and are open to the public.

3) Avalokiteshvara Initiation
Saturday, November 23, 2013 10:30am - 1pm
Suggested donation:$15

Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion, is an embodiment of the universal compassion of all enlightened beings. This initiation is intended to help practitioners deepen their compassion for all sentient beings.

4) White Tara Long Life Initiation
Sunday, November 24, 2013 10:30am - 1pm
Suggested donation: $15

Tara, the female aspect of Avalokiteshvara, embodies compassion and enlightened action. White Tara represents the motherly aspect of compassion. She is believed to help practitioners overcome obstacles, and is associated with longevity.
This initiation is intended to help practitioners develop the qualities of compassion and wisdom, as well as to create causes for their healing from illness, and for their long life.

5) Lama Chopa (Guru Puja) and Tsog Offering

With His Eminence the Ganden Tripa, Rizong Rinpoche, on Lhabab Düchen, the day of Buddha's descent from Heaven

Sunday, November 24, 2013
6pm - 7:30pm

Gyuto Foundation, 6401 Bernhard Ave., Richmond, CA

This Lama Chopa Tsog offering marks the conclusion of His Eminence’s teachings here in the Bay Area. This day is also the anniversary of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni’s descent from Heaven. The Lama Chopa guru puja is an expression of gratitude and respect to one’s teacher, and we feel very blessed to have this opportunity to offer our practice to His Eminence. This Tsog offering ritual is offered by Gyuto Center and Tashi Thek Chok Ling Buddhist Center, on behalf of all of His Eminence's students in the Bay Area, in North America, and throughout the world.

Rather than bringing items for the Tsog offering, we ask that participants kindly bring non-perishable food to donate to the Food Bank.

5) Vajrasattva Empowerment
( to be given by Venerable Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche )
from
www.gyutofoundation.org/index....-events

Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 2 pm – 4 pm.
At Gyuto Foundation, 6401 Bernhard Ave., Richmond, CA

Instructions on Vajrasattva Practice
Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 2 pm – 4 pm.

Vajrasattva Empowerment and teachings are free. However, donations most welcome to cover the cost of Rinpoche and his attendent’s airfares.

Vajrasattva is the sovereign lord of all the mandalas of the Vajrayana, or Diamond Vehicle. To meditate on Vajrasattva is the same as to meditate upon all the Buddhas. His hundred-syllable mantra is the quintessence of all mantras.

The main obstacles to progress along the path to enlightenment are the obscurations that come from our past negative actions. There are various kinds of negative actions. Some, like killing, stealing, lying or cheating are obviously intrinsically unvirtuous. Others are transgressions of vows and precepts that the Buddha or one's teachers have taught.


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Biography Of Rizong Rinpoche

His Holiness the 102nd Gaden Tripa Kyabje Rizong Sras Rinpoche is currently the highest Throne-holder of the Gelug lineage. He was born in the Mangdroe Castle of Ladakh on the 8th day of the 4th month in the Earth-Snake Year of the 16th Tibetan Rabjung (Sexantry), which corresponds to 1927, to King Tashi Phuntsok Namgyal and Queen Tsering Lhadze. His paternal uncle was H. E. Prince Bakula Rinpoche. Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama as the Fourth Rizong Rinpoche, the second incarnation of Prince Drupe Wangchuk (who together with his father, Tsultrim Nyima, founded Rizong Monastery).

Rinpoche started living in Rizong Monastery at around the age of four. There he was well attended with great care and loving-kindness by Venerable Tsultrim Choesang, a disciple of his previous incarnation. Venerable Tsultrim Choesang served as Rinpoche’s tutor from whom Rinpoche learned basic reading skills, recitation, and most of the monastic rites and ritual training.

By the age of eight years, Rinpoche manifested unusual abilities, such as conducting an Amitabha retreat and then conferring an initiation of Amitabha, the Buddha of Longevity. He also started studying and contemplating the Lamrim Chenmo (The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) and other texts. Since childhood, likely due to the imprints from previous lives, Rinpoche could understand the meanings of the Lamrim text without much explanation from his teacher.

Rinpoche is highly esteemed for his profound practice, proper observation of disciplines, and wealth of knowledge on both sutra and tantra. Rinpoche integrates whatever teachings he has received into his personal practice of Lamrim, the stages of the path to enlightenment, and is known to be exceptional in his Lamrim practice, which is reflected in his Dharma teachings. The practice of meditation on renunciation, bodhicitta and emptiness, as well as on the two stages of tantric practice, is the core and focus of Rinpoche’s life.

Despite his achievements in practice and scholarship, and the prestigious position he has attained, Rinpoche is extremely humble. He is widely acknowledged in the Gelug tradition as possessing the ten qualities of an excellent teacher. Rinpoche’s practice demonstrates the highest standard for properly relying on one’s spiritual teachers, and he — as H. H. the Dalai Lama stated at some public teachings — is an embodiment of a fully qualified spiritual master.

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Tashi Thek Chok Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center

The primary objective of Tashi Thek Chok Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center (TTCL) is to preserve, transmit and deepen understanding of the authentic teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy. While the emphasis will be on transmission of the lineage teachings of Lama Tsong-Kha-Pa, the approach of TTCL is inclusive and seeks to promote inter-faith harmony and compassionate human values.

TTCL will provide opportunities for formal study of the full spectrum of Buddhist teachings, along with its cultural and linguistic heritage through the following means:

-Buddhist Sutra, Tantra, and oral transmissions and commentaries

-Dharma talks, lectures and group discussions

-Meditation and ritual practice

-Initiations, empowerments, and religious retreats

-Language classes geared to Westerners and Tibetans

-An international visiting teachers program to ensure that traditional cultural practices are supported

-Outreach to the community through Buddhist prayers for the sick and dying, Buddhist funeral services and spiritual counseling.

TTCL was founded in 2010 by Khenchen Rinpoche, the fourth incarnation of the founder of Tashi Thek Chok Ling Monastery in Chabcha, Amdo, Tibet.

About Khenchen Rinpoche

Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche Tenzin Jamyang Phuntsok was born in Simla, North India in 1972, to Tibetan parents who had fled Tibet in 1959. He entered Drepung Loseling Monastery in India at the age of eight, and received his preliminary vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama a year later. During the eight years he spent at Drepung, Rinpoche studied ritual and root philosophy along with reading, writing and memorization of key philosophical texts in the Gelug tradition.

In 1985, His Holiness recognized Rinpoche as the fourth incarnation of Khenchen Rinpoche Dakpa Tsundu, who founded Tashi Thek Chok Ling Monastery in Chabcha, Amdo, Tibet, in the 1890s. The first Khenchen Rinpoche was the great abbot of Gyumey Tantric Monastery in central Tibet, as well as of Jakyung Monastery in Amdo, which was the home monastery of one of Lama Tsong-Kha-Pa’s first teachers, Choje Dhundup Rinchen.

After his recognition, Rinpoche continued his studies at Sera Monastery in India. In 1993 he visited Tashi Thek Chok Ling Monastery in Tibet for the first time, and spent ten months giving teachings to resident monastics and the general public. He received his full ordination Bhikshu vows from His Holiness the following year. In 2001, after 21 years studying Buddhist philosophy, he received his Geshe degree at Sera Monastery.

Khenchen Rinpoche has received all four major Tibetan Buddhist lineages’ teachings, and numerous initiations, empowerments, and oral transmissions over the years. His teachers include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Ling Rinpoche, Jangtse Choje Rinpoche Lobsang Tenzing, Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsering, Kyabje Denma Locho Rinpoche, Geshe Lobsang Lhundrup, and Geshe Pema Gyaltsen.

Rinpoche moved to the United States in 2005, and has given numerous teachings at Buddhist centers in the Bay Area. He is the resident teacher for the Tibetan Center for Compassion and Wisdom in Mill Valley, and he founded Tashi Thek Chok Ling Buddhist Center in El Cerrito, California in 2010. This center, a branch of his monastery in Tibet, is dedicated to preserving, transmitting and deepening understanding of the authentic teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy.

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Resources and References Section

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Gyuto Foundation Online Resources
www.dropbox.com/sh/6y76rgu.../sQ5DdvxpXH

A good set of practices and sadhana texts from this center.
Several of these are directly relevant to the tranmsissions referenced in this listing.
They are also useful to dharma practitioners generally.

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"Buddhist Deity of Compassion Avalokitesvara/ Tara / Kuanyin : References and resources"
Including mantras and references for Avalokitesvara, and three books on Tara.
tribes.tribe.net/sfbaybudd...90a0201022

"Here I provide a deep and broad set of book and audio references, including classical practice texts and mantras, for the Buddhist deity Avalokitesvara, known under many names throughout the Buddhist world, and also practiced by some Hindus and Taoists and pagans generally."

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Tara (Sanskrit: तारा, tārā; Tib. Drolma) or Ārya Tārā, also known as Jetsun Dolma (Tibetan language:rje btsun sgrol ma) in Tibetan Buddhism, is a female Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears as a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. In Japan she is known as Tara Bosatsu (多羅菩薩), and little-known as Duōluó Púsà (多罗菩萨) in Chinese Buddhism.


White Tara Sadhana:
"The Brimming Nectar of Immortality Borne on the Continuum of Wish-Fulfilling Wheel Holy White Tara"

www.fpmt-osel.org/meditate/...e_tara.htm


White Tara Commentary, by Geshe Wangdu
www.abuddhistlibrary.com/Buddh...ry.rtf

White Tara Self-Generation Sadhana
dechenlingpress.org/product/...-sadhana/

"Healing Nectar of Immortality" White Tara sadhana commentary
dechenlingpress.org/product/...ortality/

Product Description
Healing Nectar of Immortality contains two commentaries on the profound practice of White Tara. The first is a commentary by Trijang Rinpoche, who was the junior tutor to the current Dalai Lama. The second was composed by Aku Sherab Gyatso, a very famous and highly respected lama from Amdo in eastern Tibet. These commentaries, particularly Trijang Rinpoche’s commentary, give not only inspiring guidance for Tara practice in general but also a detailed and lucid presentation of the profound systems of meditation in action tantra.

The latter part of the book contains the ritual texts associated with the commentaries. The self-generation sadhana, retreat preliminaries, and burnt offering texts were composed by Trijang Rinpoche, while the prayers to Tara were composed by the First Dalai Lama, Gendun Drup.

Everything needed to begin, engage, and complete the practice of White Tara is included in this book, which contains complete instructions for engaging in proper retreat, prolonging your life and that of others, increasing your riches and well-being, and ultimately attaining enlightenment.

The material in this book is restricted. This book may be read only by those who have received an empowerment into any of the four classes of tantra. In order to practice this material, you must have received the White Tara empowerment or the appropriate Arya Mother White Tara Wish-Fulfilling Wheel blessing permission.

232 pages
Translated by David Gonsalez

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Mahamudra: A Buddhist awareness yoga of highest yoga tantra
( 2 book references )
tantra.tribe.net/thread/b7...b61de91b30

"The authorization for Mahamudra, the profound and subtle practice of Prajnaparamita, is yoga sadhana, not just empty talk. It is an accessible transmission and indeed often given in the West as a tantric empowerment through tantric lineage.

"This is part of the Fourth Initiation ( fourth step ) of major deity yoga empowerments of Cakrasamvara, Vajrayogini, Kalacakra, Milarepa, Hevajra and so forth. This is as it has been transmitted for over a thousand years in Tibet ( for example ) and for many centuries earlier in classical Buddhist India.

"Mahamudra was practiced as a most profound inner method by great adepts such as Naropa, Tilopa, Maitripa and other mystics in medieval India, and by Marpa and Milarepa and other great adepts in Tibet. Mahamudra was also a key practice for the founder of Buddhist tantra in Japan, Kobo Daishi. It is a universal teaching throughout all Buddhist schools of northern Asia.

"The Buddhist Mahamudra teaching passed from India to Nepal, Tibet, China and Japan."

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Lama Tsongkhapa is a central figure in the Gelugpa lineage of Buddhist tantra.
Here is a short teaching by this major Buddhist master.

THE ELEVEN REVERSALS BY LAMA TSONGKHAPA

1.The indication of having trained in the practice of relying upon the Spiritual Guide is the reversal of our previous lack of faith in our Spiritual Guide such that we have unchangeable faith.

2.The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on precious human life is the reversal of our previous lack of interest in pure Dharma practice.

3.The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on impermanence is the reversal of worldly concerns; or a reversal of our attachment to the things of this life.

4.The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on the sufferings of the lower realms is the reversal of our previous lack of fear of lower rebirth.

5.The indication of having trained in the practice of Buddhist refuge and karma is the reversal of our previous lack of actual protection from lower rebirth.

6.The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on the disadvantages of samsara is the reversal of our previous lack of renunciation.

7.The indication of having trained in the practice of the three higher trainings is the reversal of our previous lack of progress on the path to liberation.

8.The indication of having trained in the practice of bodhichitta [ compasion ] is the reversal of our self-cherishing mind.

9.The indication of having trained in the practice of emptiness [ open awareness ] is the reversal of our self-grasping.

10.The indication of having trained in the practice of generation stage [ ritual yoga ] is the reversal of our ordinary appearance and ordinary conception.

11.The indication of having trained in the practice of completion stage [ energy yoga ] is the reversal of our subtle dualistic appearance.

book reference:

"From Here to Enlightenment: An Introduction to Tsong-kha-pa's Classic Text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment"
by His Holiness The Dalai Lama (Author) , Guy Newland (Translator)

www.amazon.com/From-Here-...1559393823/
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion (January 8, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1559393823

“From Here to Enlightenment presents the first-ever complete exposition by the Dalai Lama in the West of the great Tibetan classic Tsong-kha-pa's Great Treatise on the Path to Enlightenment. In producing this volume, Guy Newland has undertaken a fresh translation of the Dalai Lama’s teachings with care, diligence, and insight, resulting in a rare work in English on Tibetan Buddhism that is lucid, engaging, and a real joy to read. I recommend anyone interested in engaging with Tsong-kha-pa’s great classic to first read From Here to Enlightenment.”—Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., principal English translator to the Dalai Lama and author of The Essential Mind Training

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Bay Area Tibetan Buddhist Practice Centers
bayvajra.info/

A list of 49 tantric Buddhist centers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Online recitations and written Sanskrit for Avalokitesvara

(1)
"Eleven Faced Avalokitesvara Dharani", extended chant
This specific version is commonly used in New School Indo-Tibetan practice
www.youtube.com/watch

Namo Ratna Trayaya Nama Arya Jñana Sagara Vairocana Vyuha Rajaya Tathagataya Arhate Samyak Sambuddhaya Namah Sarva Tathagatebyah Arhatebyah Samyaksambuddha Byah Namah Arya Avalokite Svaraya Boddhisattvaya Mahasattvaya Mahakarunikaya Tadyathah Om Dhara Dhara Dhiri Dhiri Dhuru Dhuru Ite Vatte Cale Cale Pra Cale Pra Cale Kusume Kusuma Vare Ili Mili Citijvala mapanaye Svaha

(2)
The Great Compassion Mantra of Avalokitesvara, References and Sanskrit recitation on Youtube

This mantra is recited as a main practice by many millions of Chinese. Of the hundreds of millions of Buddhists worldwide, most are Chinese.

Here I give the scriptural reference, the chant and a long form of the Great Compassion Dharani ( Mantra ).

". . .Then the great Brahma heavenly king arose from his seat, tidied up his clothes, joined his palms respectfully, and said to Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva: "How virtuous, Mahasattva! I had attended innumerable Buddha-Congregations and heard myriads of Dharmas and Dharanis, but never before had I heard such Sacrosanct Wonderful Phrases of the Unimpeded Great Compassionate Heart's Great Compassion Dharani. Mahasattva, please tell us the feature and characteristics of this Dharani, all of us will be pleased to know that."

"Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva told the Brahma king: "For the convenience of benefiting all living beings, you have asked me this question. Now you listen carefully, and I will tell you in brief."

"Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva said: "It is the great merciful and compassionate heart, the impartial heart, the motionless heart, the unpolluted and unattached heart, the emptiness-observing heart, the respectful heart, the humble heart, the uncluttered heart, the non-view and non-grasping heart, and the uppermost Bodhi-Heart. You should know that such hearts are the feature and characteristics of this Dharani, you should practice according to them."


This is one version of the mantra, recited in Sanskrit with a Chinese accompaniment.

Dàbei Zhòu The Great Compassion Mantra Of Avalokitesvara Full Version
www.youtube.com/watch


The Great Compassion Scripture
www.fodian.net/world/dabei_sutra.htm

from which the mantra is given in Sanskrit.

"Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva joined his palms and stood upright in front of the congregation, aroused his great compassionate heart for all living beings, smiled and in this way spoke the Sacrosanct Wonderful Phrases of the Vast, Perfect, Unimpeded, Great Compassionate Heart Great Dharani. The Dharani is:

Namo ratna-trayaya
Namo ariya-valokite-svaraya
Bodhi-sattvaya Maha-sattvaya Maha-karunikaya
Om sarva rabhaye sudhanadasya
Namo skritva imam
arya-valokite-svara ramdhava
Namo narakindi hrih Maha-vadha-sva-me
Sarva-arthato-subham ajeyam
Sarva-sata Namo-vasat Namo-vaka mavitato
Tadyatha
Om avaloki-lokate-karate-e-hrih Maha-bodhisattva
Sarva sarva
Mala mala
Mahi Mahi ridayam
Kuru kuru karmam
Dhuru dhuru
vijayate Maha-vijayati
Dhara dhara dhrini
svaraya cala cala
Mama vimala muktele
Ehi ehi sina sina
arsam prasari
visva visvam prasaya
Hulu hulu mara
Hulu hulu hrih
Sara sara Siri siri Suru suru
Bodhiya Bodhiya Bodhaya Bodhaya
Maitreya narakindi dhrish-nina bhayamana svaha
Siddhaya svaha
Maha siddhaya svaha
Siddha-yoge-svaraya svaha
Narakindi svaha
Maranara svaha
sira simha-mukhaya svaha
Sarva maha-asiddhaya svaha
Cakra-asiddhaya svaha
Padma-kastaya svaha
Narakindi-vagalaya svaha
Mavari-sankharaya svaha
Namo ratna-trayaya
Namo arya-valokite-svaraya svaha
Om Sidhyantu mantra padaya svaha"

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Online ( youtube ) Sanskrit recitation for Healing White Tara / Usnisavijaya
"Imee Ooi - Usnisa Vijaya Dharani Sutra"
www.youtube.com/watch

"USNISA VIJAYA DHARANI SUTRA"
(Translated version of Master Buddhapala during the Tang Dynasty, 9th Century China )
www.purifymind.com/UsnisaVi...arani.htm

From which
The Long Life ( Healing ) Mantra of Usnisa Vijaya Tara

"NAMO BHAGAVATE TRAILOKYA PRATIVISISTAYA BUDDHAYA BHAGAVATE
TADYATHA, OM, VISUDDHAYA-VISUDDHAYA, ASAMA-SAMA SAMANTAVABHASA- SPHARANA GATI GAHANA SVABHAVA VISUDDHE, ABHINSINCATU MAM
SUGATA VARA VACANA AMRTA ABHISEKAI MAHA MANTRA-PADAI
AHARA-AHARA AYUH SAM-DHARANI
SODHAYA-SODHAYA, GAGANA VISUDDHE
USNISA VIJAYA VISUDDHE
SAHASRA-RASMI, SAMCODITE, SARVA TATHAGATA AVALOKANI, SAT-PARAMITA, PARIPURANI, SARVA TATHAGATA MATI DASA-BHUMI, PRATI-STHITE, SARVA TATHAGATA HRDAYA ADHISTHANADHISTHITA MAHA-MUDRE
VAJRA KAYA, SAM-HATANA VISUDDHE
SARVAVARANA APAYA DURGATI, PARI-VISUDDHE, PRATI-NIVARTAYA AYUH SUDDHE
SAMAYA ADHISTHITE
MANI-MANI MAHA MANI
TATHATA BHUTAKOTI PARISUDDHE
VISPHUTA BUDDHI SUDDHE
JAYA-JAYA, VIJAYA-VIJAYA, SMARA-SMARA
SARVA BUDDHA ADHISTHITA SUDDHE
VAJRI VAJRAGARBHE, VAJRAM BHAVATU MAMA SARIRAM
SARVA SATTVANAM CA KAYA PARI VISUDDHE
SARVA GATI PARISUDDHE
SARVA TATHAGATA SINCA ME SAMASVASAYANTU
SARVA TATHAGATA SAMASVASA ADHISTHITE, BUDDHYA-BUDDHYA, VIBUDDHYA-VIBUDDHYA, BODHAYA-BODHAYA, VIBODHAYA-VIBODHAYA
SAMANTA PARISUDDHE. SARVA TATHAGATA HRDAYA ADHISTHANADHISTHITA MAHA-MUDRE SVAHA."


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Vajrasattva ( Diamond Being )

Vajrasattva' (Standard Tibetan: Dorje Sempa, Japanese: Kongōsatta, Chinese: 金剛薩埵 Jīn gāng sà duǒ) is a bodhisattva in the Mahayana and Vajrayana buddhist traditions. Vajrasattva's name translates to Diamond Mind or Thunderbolt Mind.



VAJRASATTVA KARMA MANTRA, with teaching and references ( repost )
tribes.tribe.net/practical...f5812d87e1

I have uploaded a Sanskrit language text image for Vajrasattva mantra recitation at my tribe home ( "k t" ).

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.

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Vajrapani / Thunderbolt Holder

In Sanskrit, Vajrapani is also known as vajra-sattva. The Sutra of Golden Light entitles him "great general of the yakshas". Other name-forms are as follows.

Bengali: Bojropani (বজ্রপাণি)
Tibetan: Chagna Dorje ( Wylie: phyag na rdo rje)
Mandarin: Jīngāng shǒu púsà (金剛手菩薩), Héyíluóhuányuèchā (和夷羅洹閱叉) or Báshéluóbōnì (跋闍羅波膩)
Vietnamese: Kim cương thủ bồ tát, Hoà di la hoàn duyệt xoa or Bạt xà la ba nị
Malay and Indonesian: Wajrapani
Mongolian: Ochirvaani (Очирваань) or Bazarvaani (Базарваань)
Korean: Geumgang su bosal (금강수보살) or Balsarapani (발사라파니)
Japanese: Kongō shu bosatsu (金剛手菩薩), Wairaoneisa (和夷羅洹閱叉) or Bajarahaji (跋闍羅波膩)

Vajrapani ( Buddhist Angel of Power & Protection )
from
australia.tribe.net/listing/...f1ec534d5

Summary: This is a short teaching article on Vajrapani ... with substantial background and a very broad set of practice resources for use by people everywhere.

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

"Vajrapani is one of the most widespread practices of Mahayana Buddhism from India through Tibet, China, and Japan. Vajrapani is a primary protector of the kung-fu lineages of Shao Lin Monastery China, of the Amitabha Pure Land School and of the Medicine Buddha teachings. Many of the key esoteric practices and deity yogas of Buddhist tantra directly develop from or incorporate Vajrapani practice."

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NB : I do not represent any person or organization referenced here.
Sarva mangalam! Siddhi rastu!

KT
posted Wed, October 23, 2013 - 4:10 PM
Key Empowerments and Yoga and Practice Texts in Buddhatantra ( Teaching Post ) ( community » other ) Key Empowerments and Yoga and Practice Texts in Buddhatantra ( Teaching Post With Many Resources )
Spring Vancouver BC Canada

NEW ADDITION : Buddhist Refuge and the Three Jewels
NEW ADDITION : More book references and teachings on Mind Nature
NEW ADDITION : Sutra of the Whole-Body Relic Treasure Chest Seal Dharani

Keywords: Buddhism, Mahayana, Tantra, Great Perfection/ Dzogchen awareness yoga, Great Seal Mahamudra awareness yoga, Medicine Buddha, Vajrapani, wrathful goddess Simhamukha, Cakrasamvara, goddess Vajrayogini,Tibetan Buddhism, Empowerment, Sadhana, Practice Texts, Dechen Ling Press, website Vajrayogini Tantric Practice Support, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche of the Drikung Kagyu Tradition, Buddhist yogas in the Drikung Kagyu tradition, His Holiness Sakya Trizin of the Sakya Tradition, Vancouver BC Canada.

"Working hard is important, but there is something that matters even more : Believing In Yourself.
Look at it this way : every great wizard in history started out as nothing more than what we are now, students.
If they can do it, why not us?"
- Harry Potter

"A practice in which we think that the buddha is outside of ourselves, while ignoring the buddha within, will, by itself, never bring complete enlightenment. The ultimate deity is within our own mind. We attain enlightenment by recognizing our true nature and training in that recognition."
- Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche


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*** FLASH ANNOUNCEMENT ***
[ From official poster provided me yesterday by Akemi of Vancouver / no web site announcement available. ]

(1)
His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche - a highly realized guru of the Drikung Kagyu tradition
Gives a Major Set of High Tantric Buddhist Transmissions
Vancouver BC Canada March 20-23 2014

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED, SEATS LIMITED
Preregister at
garchendharmasociety.bc@gmail.com

Fees:
For empowerments, any donation accepted.
Teaching sessions - $35
Full Program ( 4 days ) $200
"No one will be turned away for lack of funds."


Location:
Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport Salon A
8181 Cambie Road Richmond British Columbia Canada

(a)
Great Perfection Dzogchen Breakthrough ( Trekcho )
Primordial Pure Awareness Yoga
Transmission and Teaching
Thursday - Friday 20-21 March
10am - 12pm, 2pm - 5pm

[ Note - This is the key transmission and practice in the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, and all Great Perfection / dzogchen lineages. It also includes a complete Vajrasattva deity yoga empowerment. See also following section entitled "Background for Great Perfection Dzogchen Breakthrough." ]

Saturday 22 March

(b) Four Dharmas of Gampopa ( Summary of the Buddhist Path of Awakening )
A foundational and summary teaching of the Kagyu lineage.
10am - 12pm

[ Note - an extended teaching on this is given in a section following the event announcement, see below. ]

(c) Simhamukha ( Lion Faced Sky Goddess ) Empowerment
Wrathful wisdom protector goddess of the Buddha Family, destroyer of psychic obstacles.
2pm - 4pm

See
vajranatha.com/teaching/Simhamukha.htm
SIMHAMUKHA Wrathful Lion-Headed Dakini


(d) Buddhist Refuge Ceremony
Formal Commitment to The Founder Buddha Sakyamuni, His Ethics and His Community.
4pm - 5pm

[

Refuge (Buddhism)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refu...uddhism%29

Three Jewels
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Jewels

]


Sunday 23 March

(e) OM AH HUM Breathing Instruction
( Pranayam, Yogic Breath )
10am - 2pm

[ Note - For a broader discussion of Buddhist yogas in the Drikung Kagyu tradition, see
Yogis Of Tibet - Rare Documentary .
www.youtube.com/watch
]

(f) Medicine Buddha Empowerment
One of the most important Mahayana practices and a primary practice for inner purification, includes Vajrapani protector practice
2pm - 4pm

[ See detailed Medicine Buddha reference teachings and set of links following event announcements. ]

(g) Guru Padmasambhava sacred communion "Guru Rinpoche Tsok"
A communion based on calling forth Guru Padmasambhava to bless food offerings.
4pm - 5pm

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.

[ For basic summary, see

River of Light Padmasambhava Monjes Budistas
www.youtube.com/watch

www.quietmountain.org/links/t...pryr.htm

]


From:
www.garchen.net/teachers.html

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

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

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

"Then, at the age of 22, after completing a two and a half year retreat, he was imprisoned for 20 years during the political turmoil of China's Cultural Revolution. While in the labor camp, he received meditation instruction from his root lama, the Nyingma master Khenpo Munsel. Enduring hardship and practicing secretly, Garchen Rinpoche attained realization of the lama's wisdom mind.

"Since his release from prison in 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has made great effort to rebuild the Drikung Kagyu monasteries, reestablish the Buddhist teachings, and build two boarding schools for local children in eastern Tibet. Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley, Arizona.

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



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Vancouver BC May 2014: Cakrasamvara Empowerment
Cakrasamvara / Vajrayogini Great Initiation

Cakrasamvara: An Introduction
from
www.chakrasamvara.com/

"Chakrasamvara ('Wheel of Perfect Bliss' or 'Wheel of Union') is a tantric meditational deity (Sanskrit: ishta-deva) of the Highest Yoga (Anuttara) Tantra class of Vajrayana Buddhism. The Chakrasamvara Tantra, also known as Shriherukabhidhana and Laghusamvara was composed in Northern India in the late 8th or early 9th century.

"Along with the Hevajra Tantra it is the most important Mother Tantra emphasizing female deities, like yoginis and dakinis. Mother Tantra practices focus more on clear light mental activity and blissful awareness of emptiness, as the immediate cause for achieving a Buddha's omniscient awareness or dharmakaya.

"Chakrasamvara, also called 'Heruka', is typically depicted standing upright, with a blue-colored body, four faces, and twelve arms, and embracing his consort Vajravarahi in the yab-yum position (=sexual union). It is Buddha Shakyamuni who manifests in the form of Heruka for the benefit of all sentient beings and therefore he is considered the source of this high tantra.

"There are three main Chakrasamvara (practice) transmissions coming from these Indian mahasiddhas (masters of tantric yoga): Luipa, Krishnacharya (also called: Kanhapa or Nagpopa), and Ghantapa (also called: Drilbupa). Besides those there are over 50 different lineages of the Chakrasamvara practice in Tibet."


Grand Cakrasamvara Empowerment
10-11 May 2014
Given by Sakya Throne holder His Holiness Sakya Trizin
University of Bristish Columbia
Fee $200
Preregistration Required

12 May Talk "Wisdom of the Buddha for Modern Times"

Inquiries may be directed to:
Email: sakyatsechenthubtenling@shaw.ca
Tel: (604) 370-1120

www.sakyatsechenthubtenling.org/ch...pdf

"In the Sakya tradition, there are five major tantras being practised...It is of particular importance for Vajrayogini practitioners to receive Chakrasamvara empowerment because it belongs to the mother Tantra. The practice of Chakrasamvara is also very much emphasized in the Kagyud tradition.”
- Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche

His Holiness Sakya Trizin is the revered throne holder of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the 41st patriach of the Khön lineage which dates back to 1073.

He is reputed to be an emanation of both Manjushri and Mahasiddha Virupa, the founder of the Lamdre teachings. He is a brilliant religious master who manifests profound wisdom and compassion, and his excellent command of English render his teachings particularly benefecial to western students.

He was born in 1945 in Tibet and escaped with his family to India in 1959 where he continues to live and rebuild both the lay and monastic elements of the Sakya tradition. He has guided the establishment of over thirty monasteries in India and Nepal and
has helped found Sakya centres around the world.

See
www.sakyatsechenthubtenling.org/ch...php

The Place: Party Room
UBC Student Union Building,
University of British Columbia 6138
Student Union Boulevard
Vancouver, B.C.,
V6T 1Z1
Canada

10 May 2014
First Day preparatory empowerment
Registration and Admission: 6:00 to 7:00PM
Empowerment: 7:00PM

11 May 2014
Second Day main empowerment
Pre-requisite: Having attended first day empowerment on 10 May 2014
Admission: 2:00PM to 2:30PM
Empowerment: 2:30PM

Note: Participants must attend the first day preparatory empowerment in order to attend the second day main empowerment. Please be seated before empowerment time. Doors will be shut when program begins.

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Registration for the Chakrasamvara Empowerment (Vancouver), May 10 – 11, 2014

Pre-registration after March 15, 2014: CAN$200
*Reserve early. Seats are limited.

Registration for the Public Talk (Vancouver), May 12, 2014
Admission: Free, no pre-registration required. Limited seating.



12 May Wisdom of the Buddha for Modern Times

His Holiness Sakya Trizin, a Buddhist leader in the Tibetan tradition will share insight and advice on coping in our rapidly changing world.

While society progresses, how can we deal effectively with the challenges posed by the environment, technology and economic development? Perhaps ancient wisdom and teachings can help us to maintain our sanity, equanimity and humanity in these intense times of change.

Venue:
Alice Mackay Room Central Library
350 West Georgia Street Vancouver, B.C. V6B 6B1
12 May 2014 (Monday) 7:00PM
Admission is free. Seating is limited.


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Buddhist Refuge and the Three Jewels

Refuge (Buddhism)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refu...uddhism%29

Three Jewels
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Jewels

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Background for "Great Perfection Dzogchen Breakthrough"

On the Three Statements of Garab Dorje
Preface to Dudjom Rinpoche's Short Commentary

from
dudjom.blogspot.com/2008/03/...orje.html

Born 166 years after the Parinirvana of Lord Buddha in Oddiyana northwest of India, Garab Dorje an emanation of Vajrasattva, was the first human teacher of the Atiyoga Tantras (Dzogchen or Great Perfection) in its current cycle. From the age of seven, he defeated the pandits of Oddiyana and India with his teaching that Dzogchen and it's state of Rigpa (enlightenment or self-originated intrinsic Awareness) goes beyond the law of karma and the law of cause and effect. At his passing into the 'Body of Light', he gave his disciple Manjushrimitra what have become known as the Three Statements or Three Testaments. [1]

In his book The Crystal and the Way of Light, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche renders them as follows:

1. DIRECT INTRODUCTION to the primordial state is transmitted straight away by the master to the disciple. The master always remains in the primordial state, and the presence of the state communicates itself to the disciple in whatever situation or activity they may share.

2. The DISCIPLE enters into non-dual contemplation and, experiencing the primordial state, NO LONGER REMAINS IN ANY DOUBT as to what it is.

3. THE DISCIPLE CONTINUES IN THE STATE of non-dual contemplation, the primordial state, bringing contemplation into every action, until that which is every individual’s true condition from the beginning (the Dharmakaya), but which remains obscured by dualistic vision, is made real, or realized. One continues right up to Total Realization.

A Short Commentary on the Three Statements of Garab Dorje
by Dudjom Rinpoche

I. As for the direct introduction to one's own nature: This fresh immediate awareness of the present moment, transcending all thoughts related to the three times, is itself that primordial awareness or Knowledge (ye-shes) that is self-originated intrinsic Awareness (Rig-pa). This is the direct introduction to one's own nature.

II. As for deciding definitively upon this unique state: Whatever phenomena of Samsara and Nirvana may manifest, all of them represent the play of the creative energy or potentiality of one's own immediate intrinsic Awareness (Rig-pa'i rtsal). Since there is nothing that goes beyond just this, one should continue in the state of this singular and unique Awareness. Therefore, one must definitively decide upon this unique state for oneself and know that there exists nothing other than this.

III. As for directly continuing with confidence in liberation: Whatever gross or subtle thoughts may arise, by merely recognizing their nature, they arise and (self-) liberate simultaneously in the vast expanse of the Dharmakaya, where Emptiness and Awareness (are inseparable). Therefore, one should continue directly with confidence in their liberation.

That is pure Dzogchen Atiyoga. A Dzogchen Master STARTS with "direct introduction" with everyone. If they don't "get it" then one starts to use all the infinite methods and means to help bring about the experience of Rigpa. When one has the experience of Rigpa, then one confirms the validity of one's path now being "remaining with Rigpa" as path. Then, one simply continues in that state. Rigpa is the view to be experienced, Rigpa is the path to be followed, and Rigpa is the fruit of the path. There is no change in Rigpa, either in the beginning, middle or end. The fruit is your first realization of Rigpa. There are no Stages of Rigpa. Thogel does not modify Rigpa.

[1] These three Statements succinctly sum up the essential points of the Dzogchen teachings. They are:

1. DIRECT INTRODUCTION to one's own primordially pure nature by a lineage Dzogchen master (ngo rang thog-tu sprad-pa);
2. DOUBTLESSLY and directly discovering this unique state (thag gcig thog-tu bcad-pa);
3. CONTINUING directly with confidence in this growing state of (self-)liberation of all (gdeng grol thog-tu bca'-ba).

Book References

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"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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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."

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Four Dharmas of Gampopa - Prayer and Teaching

LO CHÖSU DROWAR JINGI LABTU SOL
CHÖ LAMDU DROWAR JINGI LABTU SOL
LAM TRULPA SELWAR JINGI LABTU SOL
TRÜLPA YESHE SU CHARWAR JINGI LABTU SOL

Grant your blessings so that my mind may be one with the Dharma
Grant your blessings so that my Dharma practice may progress along the path.
Grant your blessings so that the path may clarify confusion.
Grant your blessings so that confusion may dawn as wisdom

Short Commentary - "The Four Dharmas of Gampopa with commentary by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche"
mahajana.net/texts/kopia...aching9.html

A master class on the Four Dharmas of Gampopa by the Master Abbot Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is published online at
www.rinpoche.com/teachings/4dharmas.pdf

This is a major comprehensive teaching by one of the greatest scholars of our generation.

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Medicine Buddha and Vajrapani and Buddhist Medical Tantra

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Medicine Buddha Teachings ( and Empowerment ) - a teaching article

Keywords: ethnomedicine, Buddhist psychology, Medicine Buddha, Mahayana Buddhism, Buddhist tantra, Healing, Spiritual Healing, Naturopathic Medicine, Complementary Medicine, Ayurveda ( Hindu/Buddhist medical yoga ), Vajrapani & Buddhist guardian angels, psychic healing, kundalini yoga.


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

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

Vajrapani is one of the most widespread practices of Mahayana Buddhism from India through Tibet, China, and Japan. Vajrapani is a primary protector of the kung-fu lineages of Shao Lin Monastery China, of the Amitabha Pure Land School and of the Medicine Buddha teachings. Many of the key esoteric practices and deity yogas of Buddhist tantra directly develop from or incorporate Vajrapani practice.

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Sorig Institute - Buddhist Medical Tantra, Tibetan Shamanism, Dream Yoga

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The Sorig Institute is a school of Traditional Tibetan Medicine. Founded under the guidance of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, the Sorig Institute offers certification in Ku Nye Massage and Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM). 'Sorig' is the actual name of Tibetan Medicine, a combination of the words 'Sowa,' translated as 'healing' or 'nurturing', and 'Rigpa,' or 'awareness.'

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

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Practice References for Cakrasamvara and Vajrayogini

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

dechenlingpress.org/product/...practice/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vajrayogini Tantric Practice Support: website
A deep and broad set of resources for initiates of the goddess Vajrayogini

[ Every major Cakrasamvara initiation is a Cakrasamvara / Vajrayogini initiation. ]

www.vajrayogini.com/

Some of the resources are publicly accessible whereas the majority of the Vajrayogini practice material is made available only to qualified practitioners. In order to gain access to these materials you have to register. The registration process is explained at the end of this article.

Access Requirements
In order to read or view the materials offered on this site, and derive any benefit from it, one has to have received a Highest Yoga (Anuttara) Tantra initiation, such as Kalachakra, Guhyasamaja, Chakrasamvara, Hevajra, Yamantaka, Vajrayogini, etc. from a qualified Vajramaster in the Gelug and/or Sakya tradition.

Publicly Available Materials
There are quite a number of excellent books and publications on the subject. They are available either through the book trade or directly from the publisher. Some of the latter only sell or ship to initiates with the proper credentials. You find most of them listed in our Books section.

"Vajrayogini/Vajravarahi ranks first and most important among the dakinis [ = goddesses or Buddhist wisdom goddesses ]. She is the Sarva-buddha-dakini the Dakini Who is the Essence of all Buddhas. Although there are a number of visual representations of Vajrayogini, certain attributes are common to all: She is mostly shown as young, naked, and standing in a desirous or dancing posture.

"She holds a blood-filled skull cup in one hand and a curved knife (kartr or dri-gug) in the other. Often she wears a garland of human skulls or severed heads; has a khatvanga staff leaning against her shoulder; her usually wild hair flowing down her neck and back; her face in a semi-wrathful expression. Her radiant red body is ablaze with the heat of yogic fire and surrounded by the flames of wisdom."

Jamyang Khentse Wangpo writes:
"What are the different divisions of Vajrayogini? There is the secret Vajrayogini; that is none other than the primordial base-of-all of all sentient beings, the clear light mind that has been pure from the beginning.

"In interdependence with that, there is there is the inner Vajrayogini [taking the form of] a short A, or in this system a VAM syllable, in the middle of a triangular [matrix of] channel-knots at the navel. In dependence on this there is the co-emergent sambhogakaya Vajrayogini who abides in the Akanishta heaven, arising as an appearance of the outer nirvana and samsara.

"[ Further,] there are the field-born nirmanakaya [vajrayoginis] that abide in the twenty-four, thirty-two etc. sacred places of Jambudvipa. [Finally], all the women who abide in various countries and locations are the karma-born dakinis."

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Maitripa on Great Seal ( Mahamudra ) Primordial Awareness Yoga

Maitripa was one of the great adepts of ancient India before the destruction of Buddhist wisdom culture by the Islamic armies which invaded from the northwest.

He was one of the main Indian sources of the goddess Vajrayogini practice and of the Mahamudra teachings.

Here Maitripa gives a short summary teaching on Mahamudra awareness yoga as a key guidance for Cakrasamvara / Vajrayogini practice.

From
www.keithdowman.net/guestpag...tripa.htm

Maitripa's Essential Mahamudra Verses
Translated into English by Nicole Riggs.

To innermost bliss, I pay homage!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Colophon

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

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


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More book references and teachings on Mind Nature

See my post
"The Nature of Mind" Teaching: The Dalai Lama in San Francisco 22 February 2014

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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 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 ||

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

Sarva mangalam!
Siddhi rastu!

"By this virtue, may all beings without exception
Abide in the great state of Mahamudra."

Written in partial fulfillment of my formal teaching responsibilities.

KT posted Sun, March 16, 2014 - 4:38 PM
2 DC Events: Dalai Lama Broadcast March 7 + Buddhafest June 19, Arlington Virginia ( community » other ) 2 DC Events: Dalai Lama Broadcast March 7 + Buddhafest June 19, Arlington Virginia
Plus Extensive Background Resources for Mahayana and Politics

Summary:
(1) In March the Dalai Lama will be giving a talk on “Beyond Religion: Ethics for the Whole World”
at Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC.
View this event live online Friday morning, March 7 2014, at 9:30 am EST. ( Signup for video link below. )

(2) In June the Fifth Buddhafest June 19-22, 2014 will be held in / near Arlington Virginia. "Buddhafest 2015 A Festival for Heart + Mind : Films Talks Meditation Music". Details TBD.

(3) Several large sets of resources for background and consciousness raising. These include a comprehensive set of teachings on Buddhist practice and events this year and maitri/ kindness, plus a large set of political community organizing references focused on Dr. Martin Luther King.

(4) Ukraine : Stand By Me

"It is important that when pursing our own self-interest we should be 'wise selfish' and not 'foolish selfish'. Being foolish selfish means pursuing our own interests in a narrow, shortsighted way. Being wise selfish means taking a broader view and recognizing that our own long-term individual interest lies in the welfare of everyone. Being wise selfish means being compassionate."
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama 2012

"We are not separate from what happens to and around us–we are a part of its creation through our thoughts and actions. Disturbances within our own hearts, in our relationships, our communities, our work, our land, the environment, and throughout the world are the gross result of our collective thoughts and actions. Our responsibility as global citizens is to become emotionally wise, and in so doing, we contribute to balancing global disorder and peace."
- Ruth King, Insight Meditation Teacher

"Remember: In the end, nobody wins unless everyone wins."
- Bruce Springsteen

“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 forward to the book “How to Expand Love”, by the Dalai Lama


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Dalai Lama internet broadcast from Washington DC
March 7 2014

The following from
events.nationalcathedral.org/dalailama/

Join Washington National Cathedral and the Office of Tibet in welcoming His Holiness the Dalai Lama in what will be his fourth visit to the Cathedral.

We invite you to view this event live online Friday morning, March 7, at 9:30 am EST. Following the talk, His Holiness will continue in a pubilc question and answer session drawing from questions submitted by you online in advance.

Through a talk entitled, “Beyond Religion: Ethics for the Whole World,” the Dalai Lama will share his vision and path to leading an ethical, happy, and spiritual life, and offer a road map to building a more compassionate and peaceful world. The program will also include a conversation between His Holiness and Cathedral Dean Gary Hall about the pursuit of peace. A question and answer session moderated by Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde will conclude the program.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the six million Tibetan people. He was awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his lifelong commitment to non-violence and has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. The Dalai Lama last spoke at the Cathedral on September 11, 2003, to 7,000 people gathered both inside and on the lawn of the Cathedral where he encouraged love and compassion among religious groups.

Unfortunately tickets are sold out, but we invite you to join us online March 7th to watch the live webcast.

Washington National Cathedral Welcomes His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Tibetan spiritual leader will give a talk on peace and ethics on March 7.

www.nationalcathedral.org/press....shtml

Washington National Cathedral and the Office of Tibet will welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Cathedral on Friday morning, March 7. This is the Dalai Lama’s fourth visit to National Cathedral.

“We are eager to welcome the Dalai Lama back to this spiritual home for our nation,” said the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral. “His Holiness’s message of peace is an important one for all people of faith. We are eager to listen and to discuss how peace within ourselves can bring peace to the world.”

Through a talk entitled, “Beyond Religion: Ethics for the Whole World,” the Dalai Lama will share his vision and path to leading an ethical, happy, and spiritual life and offer a road map to building a more compassionate and peaceful world. The program will also include a conversation between His Holiness and Cathedral Dean Gary Hall about the pursuit of peace. A question and answer session with the public will conclude the program.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the political and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Born July 6, 1935, in northeastern Tibet to a peasant family, his Holiness was recognized at the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama, and thus an incarnation of Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion. Forced into exile by the 1959 Chinese invasion of Tibet, he now resides in Dharamsala, India, as the leader of the Tibetan government in exile. He was awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his lifelong commitment to nonviolence.

Who: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral

What: A talk, “Beyond Religion: Ethics for the Whole World” Q&A session with the audience

Where: Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

When: Friday, March 7, 9:30 am

SOURCE: Washington National Cathedral
Washington National Cathedral
Media Contact: Meredith MacKenzie
(202) 776-7700

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Introductory Background Article

Introduction to the public work of the Dalai Lama, the value of co-operation and the "open society", and international human rights work.

From
tribes.tribe.net/globalpol...da615da123

Re Nolen:
"<<The Dalai Lama is a free society organizer, and he is a Rio Earth Summit Green. He is completely relevant to many areas of current global politics, in particular as a voice for an oppressed people.>>

I'd like to hear about this. Can you summarize what you mean by this? "

1) A free society organizer is someone who, like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Mohandas Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama, seeks to build sustainable democracy at all levels, regionally, nationally, and/ or internationally.

2) Rio Earth Summit Greens are those who, like the Dalai Lama, are focused on issues of sustainable environmental health as well as democracy ( free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of belief, freedom of civil society from mass violence, etc. ). The 1992 Rio Earth Summit section of the UNCED 1992 hosted thirty thousand participants, including many NGOs ( non-governmental organizations ) from throughout the world. The Dalai Lama was a major speaker there.

3) The Dalai Lama is the principal voice for an oppressed people, the Tibetans, suffering under external military totalitarian rule, that is the Chinese Red Army.

4) China's Marxist leadership has overrun both Tibet and Mongolia. Now there are six Chinese in Mongolia for every native Mongolian.
The ongoing issues of China, Mongolia and Tibet are grave international issues of human rights and international politics.

Thanks for asking. More information can be found on BBC News online.

KT


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Book reference for the Dalai Lama broadcast

"In his new book 'Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World' His Holiness the Dalai Lama argues that religion is not a necessity for pursuing a spiritual life. Rather he proposes a system of secular ethics that transcends religion as a way to recognize our common humanity and so contributes to a global human community based on understanding and mutual respect."

Book title:

Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World [Paperback]
H.H. Dalai Lama (Author), Alexander Norman (Contributor)

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (November 6, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-0547844282

www.amazon.com/Beyond-Rel...054784428X/

About the Author
Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. His tireless efforts on behalf of human rights and world peace have brought him international recognition. He is the recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Human Rights Award, the Albert Schweitzer Award, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Nobel Peace Prize.


Editorial Reviews

"An impressive guide for teaching religious tolerance and respect to readers of all ages."
--Kirkus Reviews

"This wise, humane book, an original work rather than a collection of talks, is an incisive statement of His Holiness’s thinking on ways to bring peace to a suffering world. "
--Publishers Weekly --

A new secular approach to universal ethics
amazon Book Review October 9, 2011
By Evelyn A. Getchell TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE™ VOICE

"Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World is the latest written contribution of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama in his efforts for building a more compassionate and peaceful world. An awareness of the fundamental interconnectedness between ourselves as individuals and the societies to which we belong is his major theme.

"His Holiness begins by explaining that secular religion is no longer providing a moral compass for the world, that it is no longer adequate as a basis for ethics. For one thing, many people in the world no longer practice any form of religion. Furthermore, as people of the world become more interconnected in an age of globalization and multicultural societies, ethics based on religion would only appeal to some but would not be meaningful for all.

"He recognizes that the ultimate source of our global problems lies at the level of the individual. If the individual lacks inner moral values and integrity, no system of laws and regulations will be adequate or effective. Likewise, any religion-based answer to the problem of neglected inner moral values can never be universal, and so will be inadequate. What His Holiness suggests in Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World is an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion and can be acceptable to everybody-those individuals of faith and those without- a new secular approach to universal ethics that gives a tolerant respect to religion.

"His Holiness explains that ethical conduct does not require adherence to religion provided one realizes every individual's right to be happy and free of suffering. He reminds us that everybody desires happiness but only those who manage to achieve inner peace can truly find happiness. He points out that happiness is easier to attain when we show compassion to others, just as we are made happy when compassion is shown to us.

"His Holiness dedicates an entire chapter to Compassion, the Foundation of Well-Being. In it he explains that many people mistakenly assume that compassion is a religious practice when it is in fact not so. It is true that compassion is central to the ethical teachings of all the major religious traditions, but in itself it is not a religious value. When compassion arises in us, it shifts our focus away from our own narrow self absorption.

"It opens an inner door, reduces our fear, boosts our confidence, and brings us inner strength. By reducing distrust of others, it opens our hearts to them and brings us a sense of connection, a sense of purpose, a sense of meaning in our life. When our motivation is pure and genuinely directed toward the benefit of others, our actions will naturally be ethically sound. Compassion is therefore the core principle of secular ethics.

"On the global scale, this book is very consistent with other social sciences dealing with the complexity of an inter-connected world and clearly addresses the urgent need for major world powers to understand that our existing life styles are unsustainable, unaffordable and nothing short of suicidal as the planet is being destroyed. For a secular ethical approach to be truly meaningful, we must of course care about our planet and share a principle of global responsibility, including creating a safer world free of violence, terrorism, destruction and war.

"Part II of Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World concerns EDUCATING THE HEART THROUGH TRAINING THE MIND. Sections outlining practical applications of the Dalai Lama's ethical views include: "Ethical Mindfulness in Everyday Life," "Dealing with Destructive Emotions," "Cultivating Key Inner Values," and "Meditation as Mental Cultivation."

"It is hard not to love the Dalai Lama, a true pillar of peace and compassion. This book is excellent and I am so happy that His Holiness has made this splendid, lucid contribution to a new system of ethics based on universal rather than religious principles. It is slow reading in its profundity and even though he is a holy man of religion, his approach is primarily scientific and ethical rather than philosophical and religious. I am afraid however that the most likely readers of this book will be those who need his advice the least and those who need his advice the most are those the least likely to read it.

"Nevertheless, it is not His Holiness's intention to make new Buddhists with this book but to show us how to adapt our own beliefs, values, religious traditions, and spiritual practices into a mindful effort to live our life to the fullest and to treat others in the world around us with dignity and respect, thereby enriching our individual life and the global human community."

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Dalai Lama Official Website and extensive resources


www.dalailama.com/

Welcome to the official website of the Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. His Holiness is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the preservation of Tibet's Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence.

Explore here how His Holiness fulfils these commitments through his various activities his public talks, widespread international visits and publications.

www.facebook.com/dalailama

twitter.com/dalailama

www.youtube.com/dalailama

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BuddhaFest: A Festival for Heart + Mind

Join Us June 19-22, 2014
For the 5th Anniversary of BuddhaFest

www.buddhafest.org/

"At the heart of every useful thing I've ever done was a change, and a story. And these days that's what captures my imagination most of all: how to model, lead & nurture conscious change; and how to gather, craft, tell, spread and amplify stories that help us all see ourselves, each other and the future in a new and beautiful light."
- Marianne Elliott, New Zealand human rights lawyer
Marianne is the author of "Zen Under Fire", a memoir about her work in Afghanistan.

BuddhaFest: A Festival for Heart + Mind is inspired by the principles of mindfulness and compassion, and features four days of films, talks, meditation and music. BuddhaFest is held in Arlington, VA, just outside of Washington, DC. Last year's festival filled over 4,000 seats.

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

What : Films, speakers, kirtan ( music ), storytelling and films, Vipassana, multicultural gathering, diverse alternative spiritual traditions.

Where : Arlington Virginia, venue TBD.

Founding Sponsor:
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

Previous years' speakers have included Robert Thurman, Ram Dass, Congressman Tim Ryan, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Lama Surya Das, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Rick Hanson, Ruth King, Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara and many others.

BuddhaFest also presents other events throughout the year that promote spiritual awareness, compassion and peace in the world. Last year's schedule included events with don Miguel Ruiz, Krishna Das and Deva Premal & Miten.

Watch for announcements coming soon about this June's festival.


From the 2013 Buddhafest Announcement:

"Hello and welcome to BuddhaFest.

"Thank you for visiting us. We wanted to share a little with you about why we decided to start the festival. We really love the role that movies play in helping us make sense of what it means to be alive -- to experience our shared joys and struggles. Cinematic storytelling weaves a common thread. Often, what is familiar in our own hearts can be seen through the camera in the faces of people, the sweep of a landscape, or the simple objects that fill a room in someone’s home.

"Movies encourage us to bond with a greater reality. Witnessing shared and meaningful experiences in the lives of others allows us to move towards a deeper understanding of our own lives, and the unity of all things.

"We believe that movies have as great a role to play in spreading the dharma as the storytellers of the past, who also sat in the darkness, perhaps by a fire, engaging listeners with tales of a life within.

"We created BuddhaFest to serve the dharma through storytelling. We wanted to share stories that would encourage people to explore meditation, live mindfully and seek greater levels of awareness and compassion.

"We also felt it was important for people to connect to their own stories and to each other as part of a greater tale, one that is woven together as we approach our awakening from our various circles of belonging. So we added leading teachers who could serve as guides before and after the films. It’s a way for people to be with each other and more deeply enter into the themes expressed in the movies.

"BuddhaFest is being presented again this year in response to enthusiastic requests that we received to bring it back. To our delight, we found that audiences really responded to the festival’s unique mix of films, talks and meditation, and the opportunity to connect with community. Events quickly sold out last year, and the feedback from those attending filled our hearts with joy and gratitude. With your support, and with the help of our many dedicated volunteers, we hope to present BuddhaFest for many years to come.

"Please join us for new films, new and returning teachers, and opportunities to create sangha and share in community."

Sincerely,

Eric Forbis and Gabriel Riera

BuddhaFest Co-Directors

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Another Book Reference

"Open Heart, Open Mind: Awakening the Power of Essence Love"
by Tsoknyi Rinpoche (Author) , Eric Swanson (Author)

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-0307888204

www.amazon.com/Open-Heart...0307888207/

Timeless and imperishable, essence love is often layered over by patterns of behavior and belief that urge us to seek happiness in conditions or situations that never quite live up to their promise.

Drawing on rarely discussed teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche describes how such patterns evolve and offers a series of meditation exercises to help us unravel them and, in the process, reawaken an energy and exuberance that can not only bring lasting fulfillment to our lives but ultimately serves to enliven and inspire the entire world, as well.

With great humor, intelligence, and candor, Tsoknyi Rinpoche also details his own struggles to reconnect with essence love. Identified at an early age as the incarnation of a renowned Tibetan master and subjected to a rigorous monastic training, he ultimately renounced his vows, married, and is now the father of two daughters.

As he recounts his own efforts to strike a balance between the promptings of his heart and an obligation to preserve and protect the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche provides a bridge between ancient wisdom and modern life, and encourages each of us to rediscover the openness, fearlessness, and love that is the essence of our own life.

“Tsoknyi Rinpoche has a unique way of integrating heartfelt wisdom, brilliant clarity and playfulness on the path to awakening. In these lively and profound pages we feel the pleasure of being with Rinpoche as his delightful stories evoke a path of practical psychological insights and spiritual methods. Open Heart, Open Mind offers anyone who wants a more joyous life a masterful guide to greater meaning, a more spacious mind, and the spark of a kind love.”

—Tara and Daniel Goleman, authors of Emotional Alchemy and Emotional Intelligence

“Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Open Heart, Open Mind is amazing in a number of ways. Tsoknyi Rinpoche grew up in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. His family is full of meditation masters and their energy surrounded him from an early age. Yet he is also interested in and experienced with Western neuroses and Westerners’ minds. The result is a refreshing, invigorating, and stimulating work: one that has the power to awaken that essence we all seek.”

—Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Thoughts without a Thinker and Going to Pieces without Falling Apart

“Tsoknyi Rinpoche is a rare gem—a teacher who combines a deep understanding of the Buddhist tradition with remarkable insight into the challenges we face in the modern world. In this book, he skilfully weaves together profound teachings on ‘essence love’ and the ‘subtle body’ with examples from everyday life to show how it is possible to overcome our fears and limitations, and ignite the boundless wisdom and compassion that we all have within us.”

—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful

Cutting Through to the Heart of Awakening
By John Makransky on May 29, 2012

It is astounding how well Tsoknyi Rinpoche understands the cross-cultural dynamics at work when modern people try to internalize the deepest teachings of Buddhism, and how effectively he addresses those dynamics in his new book Open Heart, Open Mind.

Westerners live in a world dominated by science, instrumental rationality, and competition. Our eighteenth century Age of Reason taught us to put faith only in our thinking ("I think, therefore I am"), not to explore the fuller embodied awareness that Buddhism points us to. Many of us harbor the thought of ourselves as intrinsically unlovable, perhaps due to the socio-economic competition that ties our worth just to our current usefulness or success, instilling fear from a young age that we can never be reliably worthy of love...

A practical problem for modern people is the inner blockage we may experience as we try to open to awakening qualities in the nature of our minds. Purely intellectual, cognitive training is not enough, for it leaves untouched the energetic and emotional knots imprinted by years of conditioned reaction in our fast paced lives. Rinpoche provides new access to the practice of subtle energy from Tibetan tantric tradition that helps us release, from the inside, our psycho-physical barriers to awakening.

The journey unfolds as layers of habitual fear learned from our youth gradually unwind to reveal the child-like freedom and wonder with which we were born: "In the process [of my Tibetan lama training,] I learned something quite startling. The youthful freedom I longed for was no different than the freedom of heart that the Buddha ... had taught. The discipline of my training was aimed at helping people work with their patterns, to embrace them with the same warmth, openness, and curiosity with which most of us approached the various phenomena we encountered as very young children. "

As Rinpoche shares many further stories, fresh ways of imparting Buddhist teachings, and simple meditations, we discover that what needs healing in us is what needs healing in others, that the inner wisdom, openness and warmth that does this healing is our deepest identity, and that all of our experiences and relationships can become the means to express that identity. Tsoknyi Rinpoche is not merely giving us methods of self-healing, but returning us to our deepest being, Buddhahood, by showing us how to let all that hides it gently fall away.

John Makransky
Associate Professor of Buddhism, Boston College

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The Essential Alan Watts

On Faith

"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."

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it...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

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

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

A LARGE set of references and events at
seattle.tribe.net/listing/N...50cbf80667

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Martin Luther King from "Strength To Love" : "No longer can we afford the luxury of passing by on the other side."
[ A very extensive teaching article with many political references and resources ]

washingtondc.tribe.net/listin...475258a

"Tell 'em about the Dream, Martin!"
- Mahalia Jackson

Strength To Love

More than ever before, my friends, men of all races and nations are today challenged to be neighborly.

The call for a worldwide good neighbor policy is more than an ephemeral shibboleth, it is the call to a way of life...No longer can we afford the luxury of passing by on the other side.

Such folly was once called moral failure; today it will lead to universal suicide. We cannot long survive spiritually separated in a world that is geographically together.

In the final analysis, I must not ignore the wounded man on life's Jericho Road, because he is a part of me and I am a part of him.

From the book "Strength To Love", by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

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Ukraine : Stand By Me

Richie Havens, Freedom, (Woodstock)
www.youtube.com/watch

"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

Ukraine: International Military/ Political Crisis in the Ukraine With Background and International Responses
uspolitics.tribe.net/thread/...6db1923a

( Posted to over twenty tribes. )

Ben E. King - Stand by me
www.youtube.com/watch

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I do not represent any person or any group referenced in this post.

All Our Relations.
Sarva mangalam!

KT
for the international Green movement

John David Bartoe, Challenger 8 NASA space mission, July 1985:
“As I looked down, I saw a large river meandering slowly along for miles, passing from one country to another without stopping.
I also saw huge forests, extending across several borders.
And I watched the extent of one ocean touch the shores of several continents.
Two words leaped to mind as I looked down on all of this: commonality and interdependence. We are one world."

posted Sun, March 2, 2014 - 3:34 PM
Sorig Institute - Buddhist Medical Tantra, Tibetan Shamanism, Dream Yoga ( community » other ) Sorig Institute - Buddhist Medical Tantra, Tibetan Shamanism, Dream Yoga
Including Webcasts For Distance Learning
Spring 2014 Programs and Resources
Background Articles and Resources on Medicine Buddha

NEW SECTION : Athelas and Elvish Medicine 26 Mar
NEW SECTION : Planetary Herbology ( Frawley & Tierra )

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

namo bhagavate bhaisajyaguru
vaiduryaprabharajaya tathagataya
arhate samyaksambuddhaya tadyatha:
om bhaisajye bhaisajye mahabhaisajya-samudgate svaha.


2014 Sorig Institute Programs in San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, New York City
And Gunanatha, Nevada City California

From
www.soriginstitute.org/
The Sorig Institute
317 Long St
Nevada City, CA 95959, USA
+1 (510) 717-8026
info@soriginstitute.org

The Sorig Institute

The Sorig Institute is a school of Traditional Tibetan Medicine. Founded under the guidance of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, the Sorig Institute offers certification in Ku Nye Massage and Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM). 'Sorig' is the actual name of Tibetan Medicine, a combination of the words 'Sowa,' translated as 'healing' or 'nurturing', and 'Rigpa,' or 'awareness.'

It is with the guiding principle of 'Healing Awareness' that we promote the lineage of Tibetan Medicine in the West. The Sorig Institute is the North American branch of the International Academy of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM). We are also allied with the Ngak Mang Institute, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Yogic life and culture. Both organizations are led by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang.

We, at the Sorig Institute, are fortunate to be able to share this timeless knowledge. With profound respect for the traditions of Tibetan Medicine, we invite you to join our ever growing body of information and people dedicated to the preservation of this ancient art form.

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Live Webcasts

Mar 07-09 | Dream Studies with Dr. Nida - Bay Area & Live Webcast

This course opens a door into the profound world of Tibetan Dream Studies from the perspective of Tibetan Medicine.

Topics include:

Dreams and the Subtle Body: The anatomy of consciousness; how dreams arise in the mind in the tradition of Tibetan yogic science.
Dream Interpretation: The art of dream analysis; meaning and interpretation of symbols.
Medical Dream Diagnosis: Diagnosis of illness and prognosis through dreams.
Dream Work: Dynamic techniques for overcoming blockages of energy and mind.
Dream Practice: Spiritual practices to develop dream clarity and prophetic capacity.
Differentiating between ordinary, symbolic and prophetic dreams.
An introduction to Dream Yoga - the most profound study and practice of dreams in the Tibetan Tradition.
Time: 10am-6pm

Location:
TCCW
610 16th Street at Jefferson St.
Oakland, CA 94612


Mar 22-23 | Yuthok Nyingthig Dream Yoga with Dr. Nida - Seattle & Live Webcast

Dream Yoga is the most profound dream practice within the Tibetan tradition. As we awaken within our dream state, we can awaken and transform this dream of waking life.

This is the transmission of Dream Yoga from the spiritual tradition of Tibetan Medicine. It is a direct method to awaken to the lucid nature of mind through dreaming, to realize the hidden function of our mind and energy, and free ourselves from all types of blockages and limitations of stagnant emotions.

"You can visit any pure land you want to visit and listen to any Buddha's teaching. Ride the sun and moon to visit four continents. Anyone you desire to see, transform yourself to a bird and go there to see. If your dream is unclear, you have to be more mindful before sleeping, your mind must be strongly focused, before sleep you make a strong visualization, imagine many times. This way it will slowly become clearer and clearer. At the end you will succeed in this practice. "
Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
Time: 10am-6pm

Location:
Nalanda West
3902 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103


Mar 24-25 | SaChe - Tibetan Geomancy with Dr. Nida - Seattle & Live Webcast

SaChe is the ancient Tibetan system of geomancy, similar to vastu and fengshui. Rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, shamanism, and the native Bön tradition, this science has a close conection to Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Astrology.

The term Sa Che literally translates to “Earth Analysis,” and has developed from an ancient Tibtean understanding of th eliving vital energies of nature and how they effect us. Our homes and work places are living mandalas, which can be harmonized to natural principles in order to bring happiness, prosperity, and health.

The course will explore the cosmology of the five elements in the internal and external world, understanding the energetics of landscapes and buildings, and various remedial practices.

Time: 10am-6pm

Location:
Naland West
3902 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103


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March-April Programs with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Bay Area, CA | 6-21 March

6 Mar
The Yuthok Nyingthig Tradition

7-9 Mar
Dream Studies

10-13 Mar
TTM Level 4 Teachings

15-16 Mar
Yuthok Nyingthig Tummo

17-18 Mar
Yuthok Nyingthig Karmamudra

19-20 Mar
TTM Point Studies

Seattle, WA | 21-25 March
21 Mar
Tibetan Medicine and Mental Health - Evening Talk

22-23 Mar
Yuthok Nyingthig Dream Yoga

24-25 Mar
SaChe Tibetan Geomancy

Portland, OR | 37-30 March

27 Mar
Introduction to Tibetan Medicine - Evening Talk

27-30 Mar
Mantra Healing Level 2

New York | 2-6 April
Dream Studies & Dream Yoga Retreat with Robert Thurman


Yuthok Nyingthig

The Yuthok Nyingthig is a very important spiritual practice for Traditional Tibetan Medicine doctors and healing practitioners. Yuthok Nyingthig means “The Innermost Essence of the Teachings of Yuthok”. The practice was composed with the intention of leading practitioners to experience the union of medicine and spiritual practice. This perception is realised through the harmonious integration of body, mind and energy in the subtlest form of the five elements.

This series of teachings is based on the Yuthok Nyingthig Root Text and Commentary (in Tibetan, g.yu thog snying thig bla sgrub sdug bsngal mun sel).

Historical Background

It is said that Yuthok Yonten Gonpo The Younger (1126-1202) created ‘Two Jewels’, namely the Four Tantras (rGyud bZhi) and Yuthok Nyingthig (gYu Thog sNying Thig). He gave the teachings and transmission for both of these Two Jewels to his heart-disciple – Sumtong Yeshe Zung (Tib. Sum sTon Yeshes gZhugs), who then maintained and perpetuated this tandem Lineage of the Four Tantras and Yuthok Nyingthig.

This unbroken lineage has been transmitted by Khenpo Troru Tsenam to Dr Nida Chenagtsang; permission to transmit this teaching further has been given by the most respected lineage-holder of Yuthok Nyingthig and Tibetan Medicine in Tibet, Micho Khedrub Gyatso Rinpoche.

Yuthok Nyingthig Root Text

The Yuthok Nyingthig Root Text is an expose of Yuthok’s spiritual teachings. Yuthok considered spiritual practices, yoga, and meditation to be an integral part of every physician’s training. Contents include:
Ngondro – the preliminary practice
Four forms of Guru Yuga with Yuthok
A major chapter on Tibetan Medical Yantra Yoga (physcial exercise)
Fifteen chapters on the study of Physical Medicine and Pathology (including disturbances of the Three Humors, Infectious diseases, Pain, Trauma, Poisons)
Khyed Rim - Development / Creation practice (practice of three roots)
Dzog Rim – Completion practice, Information on the Six Yogas (including gTummo practice, Gyulu practice, Bardo practice, Phowa practice, Dream practice)
Dzog chen – The Self-Liberation of Samsara-Nirvana
Mendrub (sMan sGrub) practice, healing and protection mantras
Practices for the medical protectors
Instructions for a special form of pulse diagnosis where the practitioner must engage in spiritual retreat and specific practices for a month as preparation prior to reading the patient’s pulse.

The Yuthok Nyingthig practice itself is associated with the development of special powers of omniscience and clairvoyance which then help the physician to become a greater healer.
There are explanations given for of all of these practices, as well as information on how to integrate all of this with the practice of medicine.

Yuthok Nyingthig Mahamudra

In this special teaching, Dr. Nida will transmit the teachings of Mahamudra according to the Yuthok Nyingthig tradition. The Yuthok Nyingthig is a complete cycle of teachings taught by Yuthok 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 Yuthog Nyingthig also has been revered by many practitioners interested in healing blessings. Mahamudra means 'Great Seal', and is one of the most advanced meditation methods of the Vajrayana tradition.

Yuthok Retreats
The Sorig Institute offers guided retreats in the practice of the various levels of the Yuthok Nyingthig cycle. There are a total of eighteen levels, beginning with the Ngondro – the preliminary practice, progressing through the various Guru Yogas, and into the Completion stage yogas, Mahamudra, Dzogchen, and other practices.

Each level of the course is presented in a residential setting, over the course of eight days. Traditional observances, such as a vegetarian diet will be maintained throughout. The course will be fully catered. Chanting will be in Tibetan phonetics, along with various meditations and visualizations.

THIS SERIES OF TEACHINGS IS OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE SHOWN A SERIOUS COMMITMENT TO THE STUDY AND PRACTICE OF TIBETAN HEALING ARTS.

Our Teacher

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang was born in Amdo, Tibet; a region known for centuries for its tradition of Ngakpas-Tibetan Yogis. He studied the local medical system, as well as doing intensive formal training at the Lhasa Tibetan Medical University. He has practiced in various hospitals in Tibet, and has published many works on Traditional Tibetan Medicine. He has extensively researched ancient Tibetan medicinal treatments, specializing in the revival of external therapies, which has brought him high acclaim in the field of Tibetan Medicine in both the East and West.

Dr. Nida is the Medical Director of The Sorig Institute, as well as the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine(IATTM) and the Co-Founder of the International Ngak-Mang Institutes(NMI), established to preserve and maintain the Rebkong Ngakpa culture within modern Tibetan society. Recently he has been teaching comprehensive Tibetan Medicine courses all over the world. Fluent in English, Dr. Nida is an experienced and knowledgeable communicator with years of experience and a sophisticated ability to teach the subtleties of this traditional wisdom to Westerners.


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Additional Instructors

Eric Rosenbush, L.Ac.

Eric Rosenbush has been learning and practicing traditional healing sciences since 1997, both in Asia and in the USA. This has included an independent BA degree in Ancient Religions and Sciences from UCSC, MSTCM in the study of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at ACTCM in San Francisco, and traditional study of Jyotisha with Pt. Sanjay Rath in India. Prior to beginning his formal training in Tibetan Medicine with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, he had a background in Tibetan religion, culture, and language through extended travels in the Himalayan and high plateau regions.

He is currently teaching Tibetan Medicine and KuNye courses with the Sorig Institute and internationally with IATTM.


Dr. Tenzin Yangdon

Dr Tenzin Yangdon graduated in 1992 from Men Tsee Khang, Tibetan medical college in Dharamsala India, she studied traditional Tibetan herbal medicine, acupuncture and holistic Tibetan healing. Dr.Yangdon practiced for many years under Doctor Kunga Gyurmey Ngarongsha (The Personal physician of " His Holiness the Dalai Lama). She travels all over Europe and United States seeing patients, teaching Tibetan healing, giving talk and presentations. She is currently available in San Francisco Bay area for general consultations and holistic Tibetan Herbal healing and therapeutic healing. She is also a Certified Acupressure practitioner from Acupressure Institute America and master herbalist.

Dr. Yangdon offers practical training in Tibetan Medicine and External Therapies with The Sorig Institute.

Jhampa Kalsang, Ph.D.

Jhampa Kalsang, Ph.D., graduated in 1989 from the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute of H.H. the Dalai Lama, in Dharamasala, India. He completed a full course of study and six years of training in Tibetan studies with an emphasis on traditional Tibetan astronomy, astrology, medical astrology and Buddhist philosophy. He has been on the staff of Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute and was one of their senior lecturers.

He is a co-author of Tibetan Astronomy & Astrology and has published his book titled, Tibetan Astro Science. Mr. Kalsang resides in San Diego, California where he has a private astrology practice and travels throughout the world to lecture and teach.


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GunaNatha is a healing center in Nevada City, CA, utilizing Tibetan, Ayurvedic, and Classical Chinese medicine.

We offer herbal medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic bodywork, Ayurvedic karmas, and Tibetan external therapies, as well as courses on traditional medicines and Jyotish consultations.

Winter Ayurvedic Special

Upcoming Nevada City Classes

8-9 Feb : Intro to Tibetan Medicine
15-16 Feb : Intro to KuNye Massage
21-23 Feb : TTM 1.1b – Root Tantra Pathology and Diagnosis
19-20 April : Chinese Medicine Approach to Injury and Trauma


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www.iattm.net/
The International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM)was established in 2006 in order to ensure the integrity and authenticity of Traditional Tibetan Medicine teachings and to promote the continuity of practice of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM).

Traditional Tibetan Medicine is a science and an art, dating back to antiquity. Although it has some superficial similarities with both Indian Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Tibetan Medicine actually has a genesis, history, and development of its own - rooted in the Tibetan landscape, the indigenous culture, and the spirit of the Tibetan people.

One of the unique features of Traditional Tibetan Medicine is that it although it is generally practised alongside of the Buddhist philosophy, TTM contains a comprehensive philosophy, cosmology, and system of subtle anatomy with associated spiritual practices, in its own right. In addition, TTM encompasses a wealth of knowledge on anatomy and physiology, embryology, pathology, methods of diagnosis and cure. The science of Traditional Tibetan Medicine includes a huge herbal pharmacopoeia, as well as a large body of external therapies which are little-known in the Western world.

TTM is a holistic system, meaning that it addresses the individual’s needs as a whole – body, mind and spirit – in an integrated way. This includes the individual’s internal environment, as well as the way that the individual interacts with the external environment.

It is the sincere aim of the IATTM to keep the spirit of Traditional Tibetan Medicine alive and functioning effectively in the modern world.

A medical system, if not being practised in the context of the Western world, simply becomes a museum-piece; an interesting but fossilised artefact with little modern relevance.

Traditional Tibetan Medicine has the capacity be of great benefit to all in the current economic and social climate.

It is the aim of the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine to provide courses and training of the highest standard possible, as well as to provide accurate up-to-date information on Traditional Tibetan Medicine as it is currently practised.

Activities of the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine are:

Presentation of public talks and general-interest seminars on TTM
Facilitation of speciality-courses on Traditional Tibetan Medicine, psychology and related healing sciences
Facilitation of study-tours to Tibet
Facilitation of Wellbeing courses and retreats
Publication of the ‘Journal of Traditional Tibetan Medicine’
an academic journal of TTM and related topics
Publication and distribution of textbooks and teaching materials pertaining to TTM

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Medicine Buddha Short Practice:

www.losangsamten.com/sadhana...yers.pdf



The Concise Medicine Buddha Sutra

sugatagarbhatranslations.com/201...tra/

"Then, those Ones Arrived at Suchness granted instruction in the words of the Dharani thus, in a single voice:

NAMO RATNA TRAYAYA/ NAMO BHAGAVATE/ APRATIHATA/ BHAISAJYAIRAJAYA/ TADYATHA/

OM SARVA TATHAGATA HUM/ GHUME GHUME/ IMINI MIHI/ MATI MATI/ SAPTA TATHAGATA/

SAMADHYA DHISTHITE/ ATE MATE PALE PAPAM SODHANI/ SARVA PAPAM NASAYA/ MAMA BUDHE/

BUDHO TATAME/ UME KUME/ BUDHAKSE TRAPARI SODHANI/ DHAMENI DHAME/

MERU MERU/ MERU SIKHARE/ SARVA AKALA MRTYU NIVARANI/ BUDHE SUBUDHE/

BUDHE ADHISTHITENA/ ADHISTHITENA/ RAKSANTUME/ SARVA DEVA SAME ASAME/

SAMANVAHARANTUME/ SARVA BUDDHA BODHISATTVA/ SAME SAME/ PRASAMANTUME/

SARVA ITYU PADRAPA/ VYADHAYAH PURANI/ SUPURANI/ PURAYAME/ SARVA ASAME/

VAIDURYA PRATIBHASI SARVA PAPAM KSAYAM KARI SVAHA/ OM BHAISAJYA BHAISAJYA/

MAHA BHAISAJYA BHAISAJYA/ SAMUDGATE SVAHA


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

Sugatagarbha Translations

A growing free library of new Tibetan translations by Erick Tsiknopoulos and the Sugatagarbha Translation Group.


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

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.

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

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Athelas - this one is not in Tierra & Frawley / The Wonders of Elvish Medicine. That is a privilege to witness.

Kili & Tauriel : Holding A Heart
www.youtube.com/watch

Athelas - The Hobbit: DOS
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Tauriel Saves Kili - The Hobbit: DOS
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She is Far Away from Me - The Hobbit: DOS
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"Do you think she could have loved me?"

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Primary Book Reference

Planetary Herbology: An Integration of Western Herbs into the Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Systems
by Michael Tierra (Author), David Frawley (Editor)

www.amazon.com/Planetary-...0941524272/

Paperback: 490 pages
Publisher: Lotus Press; 1st edition (October 9, 1992)
ISBN-10: 0941524272

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.

59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Book, everyone should have a copy
By A Customer on June 24, 1997
Format: Paperback
I have every single one of this authors books. The information in them is terrific, including this one. It covers the different types of herbal philosophies. Mainly the Chinese and Ayurvedic systems. He integrates them both with western herbs, and makes it work. I won't say his book has everything and every herb but it has a lot, and some of the more unusual herbs you usually can't find in the regular every day herb books. It's wonderful, and worth every penny you pay for it.

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I do not represent any person or program referenced here.
May All Beings Benefit!
KT posted Thu, March 6, 2014 - 5:30 PM
Buddhist Initiations in England & Germany May 2014 Given By H.E. Ratna Vajra Rinpoche / Dordogne France Initiation Lama Jampa Thaye ( community » other ) Buddhist Initiations in England & Germany May 2014 Given By H.E. Ratna Vajra Rinpoche
France August 2014 Initiation by Lama Jampa Thaye

Summary
10 May London England: Initiation of Hayagriva-Vajrapani-Garuda
17 May – 18 May Bristol England: Great Initiation of Chakrasamvara
29 May Stuttgart Germany: Initiation of Avalokitesvara ( Chenrezik )
24 August – 29 August Dordogne France : Lama Jampa Thaye gives initiation of White Mahakala

Keywords: Buddhism, mantra, initiation, Protector Vajrapani, Chakrasamvara, Avalokitesvara, His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche of the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, Sakya Dechen Ling London, Sakya Thinley Rinchen Ling Bristol, Sakya Dechen Ling Stuttgart.

Summary : This listing gives a set of Buddhist transmission for Western Europe and following that gives several sets of useful teaching background references, with important resources.

From
www.dechen.org/events/rat...visit-2014/

His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche will be visiting three Dechen centres this spring at the invitation of Lama Jampa Thaye during which time he will give a range of teachings. This is a rare and precious opportunity to meet and receive teachings from one of the great lamas of the younger generation of Tibetan Buddhism.

His Eminence was born in 1974 in Dehradun, India. During his childhood he studied under the tutorship of the Venerable Rinchen Sangpo. At the age of six, he received the precious Lam Dre teachings of the Sakya tradition for the first time. In 1990 he entered Sakya College and studied Buddhist philosophy for many years. His many eminent teachers, from whom he has received numerous philosophical and Vajrayana teachings, include His Holiness Sakya Trizin, as well as Chogay Trichen Rinpoche, Luding Khenchen Rinpoche and Dezhung Rinpoche.

His Eminence speaks excellent English and has already visited Sakya Thinley Rinchen Ling several times in his younger days when accompanying his father. In 2011 he visited us to give teachings and bestow the initiation of Vajrakilaya.

www.dechen.org/dechen/sakya/

The Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism takes its name from the monastery founded at Sakya in south-western Tibet in 1073 by Könchok Gyalpo of the Khön clan, an influential family that had previously been affiliated to the Nyingma tradition. Konchok Gyalpo studied the ‘new tantras’ with the translator Drokmi Lotsava. The most important of the ‘new tantra’ transmissions that the Sakya school subsequently preserved was the Hevajra Tantra with its associated instructions known as the Path and its Fruit (Lam Drey), which had been developed by the 9th century Indian yogin, Virupa. Other key transmissions that form part of the Sakya spiritual curriculum include the cycles of Vajrayogini, Vajrakilaya, Mahakala and Guhyasamaja.

The Sakya sect was given its definite shape by the works of the ‘five venerable masters’, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092 – 1158); Sonam Tsemo (1142 – 1182); Drakpa Gyaltsen (1147 – 1216); Sakya Pandita (1182 – 1251) and Chogyal Phakpa (1235 – 1280). Since that time the tradition and its two sub-sects, Ngor, founded by Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo (b.1382) and Tsar, founded by Tsarchen Losal Gyamtso (1496 – 1560), have been adorned by many eminent yogins and scholars.

The head of the Sakya school, known as Sakya Trizin (‘holder of the Sakya throne’), is always drawn from the male line of the Khön family. The present Sakya Trizin, Ngawang Kunga Tegchen Palbar Samphel Wanggi Gyalpo, born in Tsedong in 1945, is the forty-first to hold that office. His Holiness’ principal masters, from whom he received all the transmissions of the Sakya tradition, include Ngawang Lodro Shenphen Nyingpo, Jampal Zangpo, Jamyang Chentze Chokyi Lodro, Appey Khen Rinpoche and Chogay Trichen Rinpoche. In 1974, His Holiness married Lady Tashi Lhakyi and since that time they have had two sons, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche (b. 1974) and Jnana Vajra Rinpoche (b. 1979).


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Tantra, Buddhism and Mahayana : Background and Key Online References
from
UPDATED comprehensive teaching article: Tantric Buddhist Empowerments and Teachings and Retreats - Nationwide USA and India
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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

Some heartfelt advice

As a tantric Buddhist guru here in the West, Lama Dudjom Dorjee's book is now the main text I recommend as a starting point for new practitioners and interested outsiders. It is also strongly recommended by major Buddhist teachers guiding many practitioners in the West. All that is required to benefit is straightforward English and a willingness to reflect on oneself, on life, and on karma.

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

"Dakini Teachings"

This is worth a whole library of other texts on tantra. It is an essentialized encyclopedia of Buddhist and Tantric practice.

For most people, i.e. newcomers, the book mentioned above, "Heartfelt Advice" by Lama Dudjom Dorjee, is the best place to start, followed by "Dakini Teachings".
These two books provide the essential context for all tantric Buddhist practice.


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

This completes the foundational teaching. It will save you years. 'Nuff said.


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London England 10 May – 12 May 2014
Sakya Dechen Ling, London
Contact: london@dechen.org
020 7183 2109

Registration
Due to the limited number of places for both of the above events please register prior to the event by emailing london@dechen.org or call the Centre. Tickets can then be purchased at the door on the day.
Saturday 10 May (Evening) 7pm

The Initiation of Hayagriva Vajrapani Garuda

www.dechen.org/events/ini...and-garuda/

Venue
The Small Hall
Kensington Town Hall,
Hornton Street,
London W8 7NX
Tube: High Street Kensington (3 mins walk)
£30 (concessions available)

This combined initiation of these three deities of power is very effective in dispelling obstacles to dharma practice. It originates with the great 14th century Nyingma master Drubchen Laykyi Dorje and has subsequently been preserved in a number of lines of transmission.

Open to those who have taken refuge.

Monday 12 May (Evening)
7.30pm (doors open from 7.00pm)

Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen's 'Short Melody of the Eight Dream-Like Experiences'
Venue
Royal Statistical Society,
12 Errol St,
London EC1Y 8LX
Tube: Moorgate (10 mins walk) or Liverpool Street (15 mins walk)
£15 (concessions available)

Teachings on the Eight Dreamlike Experiences

This short work by Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen, third of the founding masters of Sakya, is a guide to distinguishing authentic dharma practice.
It is suitable both for those who are new to Buddhism and established practitioners.

Bristol England 17 May – 18 May 2014
The Great Initiation of Chakrasamvara
Sakya Thinley Rinchen Ling, Bristol
Contact: bristol@dechen.org
0117 924 4424

Please register prior to the event by emailing bristol@dechen.org or call the Centre. Tickets can then be purchased at the door on the day.

Venue
Future Inn,
Bond Street South,
Cabot Circus,
Bristol BS1 3EN
Cabot Circus is near the end of the M32. Park in the Cabot Circus multi-storey car park and Future Inn is next door. The venue will refund all car parking charges. It is 15 minutes walk from Temple Meads Train Station and 10 minutes from Bristol Bus Station.

Saturday 17 May 2pm
Saturday 18 May 2pm
£75 (£50 concessions)

Initiation of Chakrasamvara from the Lineage of Lohipa

Chakrasamvara is the chief deity of the mother line of anuttara tantra and embodies the union of bliss and emptiness that characterises the state of enlightenment. The lineage of Chakrasamvara that descends from the siddha Lohipa is one of the special transmissions of this deity preserved in the Sakya tradition.

Receiving this initiation entails the subsequent maintenance of the the three vows: Individual Liberation, bodhisattva and vidyadhara. As such the initiation is open only to those who have taken refuge.

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Stuttgart Germany 28 May - 29 May
Sakya Dechen Ling, Stuttgart
Kontakt
Sakya Dechen Ling
Alexanderstr. 141A
Stuttgart

Kontakt: stuttgart@dechen.org
0711 7803763
Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel:
U1 Hauptstätterstraße
U5, 6 und 7 Bopser
Buslinie 43 Falbenhennenstraße

28 May
Practising the Mahayana Path

29 May
Initiation of Chenrezik according to the King's Tradition

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Dordogne France
Sakya Changlochen Ling, Le Bugue, Dordogne
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Venue
Sakya Changlochen Ling
Fonvidal
St-Cirq 24260, Le Bugue
France
24260

Contact: changlochen@dechen.org
++44 (0) 117 924 4424

Gonkar Retreat
Week 2 - Sunday 24th to Friday 29th August
£120 for one week

In this retreat Lama Jampa Thaye will give the initiation of Gonkar (White Mahakala). Along with the necessary initiation, Lama Jampa will explain the guide to the practice. Following this there will be the opportunity to participate in the short retreat.

Additional Information

Booking and course fees:
The facility fees for the course are: £160 for both weeks or £100 for one week only.
Concessions available on request. Please send your request to changlochen@dechen.org, or contact Bristol Sakya Centre.
The fees cover the expense of running the course, with any surplus going towards the annual upkeep of Sakya Changlochen Ling.

Travel:
You can travel by road and ferry, or by rail to Le Bugue or Le Buisson, near Sakya Changlochen Ling. There are direct flights with Ryan Air (www.ryanair.com) and Flybe (www.flybe.com) to Bergerac from London, Bristol, Southampton, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and many other places. From Bergerac station the train takes about one hour to Le Bugue or Le Buisson, or you could share a taxi from the airport to Sakya Changlochen Ling. Alternatively you could fly to Bordeaux or Limoges, both of which are around 2 hours from Le Bugue or Le Buisson by road or rail. From there it is a short taxi journey to Sakya Changlochen Ling. Alternatively you can hire a car from any airport.

Accommodation:
You will need to make your own arrangements for the type of accommodation you require. Here are some suggestions: Brin D’Amour Campsite is adjacent to Sakya Changlochen Ling. They have chalets and mobile homes available, which need to be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment. They also have camping space for tents, which is bookable in advance but payable on your arrival. Website: www.brindamourcamping.com. If you would prefer to rent a house in the area around Le Bugue, there are various websites giving details, such as: www.holidaylettings.co.uk/le-bugue, www.abritel.fr, www.simply-perigord.com or contact the tourist office in Le Bugue for more information: www.perigord.com.

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Vajrapani ( Buddhist Angel of Power & Protection ) 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 envionmental disharmony. This is a profound practice of inner healing and inner warrriorship common to many schools and lineages of Buddhist Asia. It is a key esoteric practice of Buddhist Kung fu and of defense against the dark arts.

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

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

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North American + European Buddha of Compassion ( Avalokitesvara ) Initiations / How to Expand Lovingkindness and Compassion
from
seattle.tribe.net/listing/N...50cbf80667

Formal initiation into the practice of Avalokitesvara authorizes all general Mahayana Buddhist practices, such as the general Medicine Buddha recitation, the general Amitabha ( Pure Land ) practice, Goddess Tara practices and authorization to study and practice the Heart Sutra and other Buddhist scriptures.

Avalokitesvara is the most broadly practiced deity yoga ( angel practice ) in Asia and indeed the world. Avalokitesvara is a major practice in Taoism ( Chinese shamanism ), in the Shinto ( Japanese shamanism ) of Aikido master Morihei Ueshiba, and sometimes in Hinduism.

Avalokitesvara is the source of the key Mahayana Buddhist teaching known as the Heart Sutra, the Prajnaparamita Hrdayam, and Avalokitesvara is one of the two main practices in Chinese Buddhism.

This practice is strongly associated with the Buddha Amitabha and Pure Land Buddhism. Avalokitesvara / Kuan Yin is also the main deity yoga of Songshan Shaolin Temple in China.

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Cakrasamvara: An Introduction
from
www.chakrasamvara.com/

"Chakrasamvara ('Wheel of Perfect Bliss' or 'Wheel of Union') is a tantric meditational deity (Sanskrit: ishta-deva) of the Highest Yoga (Anuttara) Tantra class of Vajrayana Buddhism. The Chakrasamvara Tantra, also known as Shriherukabhidhana and Laghusamvara was composed in Northern India in the late 8th or early 9th century.

"Along with the Hevajra Tantra it is the most important Mother Tantra emphasizing female deities, like yoginis and dakinis. Mother Tantra practices focus more on clear light mental activity and blissful awareness of emptiness, as the immediate cause for achieving a Buddha's omniscient awareness or dharmakaya.

"Chakrasamvara, also called 'Heruka', is typically depicted standing upright, with a blue-colored body, four faces, and twelve arms, and embracing his consort Vajravarahi in the yab-yum position (=sexual union). It is Buddha Shakyamuni who manifests in the form of Heruka for the benefit of all sentient beings and therefore he is considered the source of this high tantra.

"There are three main Chakrasamvara (practice) transmissions coming from these Indian mahasiddhas (masters of tantric yoga): Luipa, Krishnacharya (also called: Kanhapa or Nagpopa), and Ghantapa (also called: Drilbupa). Besides those there are over 50 different lineages of the Chakrasamvara practice in Tibet."

See also
Key Empowerments and Yoga and Practice Texts in Buddhatantra ( Teaching Post )
at
vancouver.tribe.net/listing/...4316c1fe0

and

Chakrasamvara/ Vajrayogini Deity Yoga and Internal Energy Yoga Transmissions and Practice Text Translations
at
vermont.tribe.net/listing/C...eaa90fadfd

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Sarva mangalam!
Siddhi rastu!

May All Benefit!
May There Be Accomplishment!

I do not represent any individual or group referenced in this article.

All Our Relations.

KT

posted Tue, April 22, 2014 - 3:28 AM
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