The matrix has you


In order to find a real and lasting happiness we must disconnect from the Matrix or veil that blinds us to ultimate Reality.  But, how do we do that when we have so many worldly obligations to take care of?  One way to begin is by deciding on a game-plan that feels right and works best for you.

Every personal problem has an inherent solution that only needs to be discovered.  The root of most of these problems is a damaged nervous system.  Fortunately, each problem ALWAYS has more than one antidote to choose from.

In the movie ‘The Matrix’ the main character had to undergo extensive therapy to repair his damaged nervous system before his true potential could unfold. As a pre-requisite, he had to undergo acupuncture (remember the long needles) before he was allowed to study (downloading information) and receive the physical martial-arts and advanced mind-training.

Likewise, the root cause of most dis-ease can be traced back to what Tibetan Buddhism refers to as Tsa, Lung or Thigle.  Tsa represents our channels, Lung is our inner wind and Thigle is our vital essence.  If our channels are damaged then the energy cannot flow properly and we open ourselves up to unwanted psychic influences and negative energy.  If we have a wind-disease we often feel extremely cold, introverted, and mentally imbalanced.  If our essence or blood is dirty then we become depressed and crave all sorts of unnatural foods.

This purpose of this website is to help anyone find an antidote to life’s problems quickly regardless of their denomination.  It is a result of over thirty years of my research and findings.  As you progress on your spiritual path, it will become clearer to you which method is superior and yields swifter benefits.

Here is a general outline for a thorough process of healing:

  1. Become attuned to level-one reiki to swiftly open the central channel or median nerve.  The two that are reputable and authentic are Reiki Jin Kei Do and Reiki Tummo.
  2. After that, receive healing from a certified reiki therapist such as a Barbara Brennan School of Healing practitioner.  Their standard of therapy is very high which can repair a severely damaged nervous system on many levels.  Make a commitment to receive weekly sessions for about four to six months.
  3. Choose a movement therapy such as Feldenkrais Movement Therapy or the Anat Baniel Method which is key for building new neural pathways within the nervous system.  Again, work with this trained healer once a week for many months.
  4. Then, pick a chi-kung practice such as Chi-Lel QiGong (LCUPCD), Fragrant Chi Kung, or Chinese Health balls to help maintain the strength of your spine and nervous system.
  5. Lastly, begin a meditation routine to calm (shamatha) and investigate the nature of mind (vipasyana).

As you are working at self-improvement, it would be wonderful to follow MH, the Master Herbalist, in order to discover the old-fashioned remedies used for healing all disease including burns, scars, and broken bones.

As always, it is important to have a right motivation and not stray into any sort of spiritual materialism as it has been said that:

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” — Matthew 6:33

Here is a short video that I created for some inspiration:

DISCLAIMER:

In the event any reader of this blog applies this information without the approval of a health care provider, he or she is prescribing for themselves and assumes full responsibility for it.  These health products and protocols are not offered as an alternative to an orthodox medical approach to treat disease, but are complementary.  Therefore, be discerning; read and research everything thoroughly before beginning an alternative program.

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Ceremony For the Deceased


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I received this email from Chagdud Gonpa Rigdzin Ling and passing it on for those that may be interested in this Lama performing the Bardo Ceremony done for their love one who recently passed and anyone who wishes to participate or be a sponsor for the upcoming Vajrasattva Drubchod retreat:

A Ceremony for the Deceased will be performed at the climax of the Red Vajrasattva Retreat on Saturday, September 29, 2018, led by our vajra master Jigme Tromge Rinpoche. This practice benefits the deceased wherever they may be wandering after death by invoking their consciousness and reducing their fear and suffering through love and compassion.

During the stages of the ceremony, the consciousness of the deceased is given focus, clarity and direction so that the habitual propensities toward unsatisfactory rebirths are purified. Then, by closing the doors to all possible suffering states of samsara, the consciousness is liberated directly into the blissful pure realm of Amitabha. At the conclusion of the ritual, the name-plaque is incinerated, marking the end of the deceased’s fetters to samsara.

To be included in this ceremony, you are invited to submit the names of deceased family, friends or someone with whom you have a connection. You may also include their picture or cremation remains. It is customary to include a donation on behalf of the deceased in order for the deceased to have an auspicious interdependence with this ceremony.

Names must be submitted by Tuesday, Sep. 25th.  Send an email to events@chagdudgonpa.org to submit a name. Click here to make an offering.

RED VAJRASATTVA RETREAT

FIVE-DAY DRUBCHOD & READING TRANSMISSION OF PATRUL RINPOCHE’S ‘WORDS OF MY PERFECT TEACHER’ with JIGME TROMGE RINPOCHE

 

September 26th – 30th, 2018

Vajrasattva meditation practice purifies the subtle mental and emotional habits that obscure our free, compassionate and open nature. Utilizing the skillful means of the Vajrayana tradition, it is swift and powerful.

A Drubchod is a group ritual ceremony that includes prayers and mantra recitations, relevant Dharma teachings and daily feast offerings (tsok). The retreat culminates with the accepting of the spiritual accomplishments (siddhis) and concludes with auspicious prayers and aspirations.

During the retreat, Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will read the scriptural transmission (lung) for Patrul Rinpoche’s classic commentary, Words of My Perfect Teacher, which is available in a wonderful English translation. It is imperative to receive this transmission as an authorization to read this text and fully comprehend its meaning.

The prerequisite empowerment will be conferred by Jigme Tromge Rinpoche on the morning of the first day.

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Featured Teaching: Mind in Motion with Chagdud Khandro

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Practicing Forgiveness


One of the newest and most fascinating persons that has arrived on the scene and come to light in modern day history, has to be Jesse Lee Peterson.  Not without controversy, he has a rich background as someone who grew up on a plantation in Alabama under Jim Crow laws.  He moved out of his house to Los Angeles at 18 and worked for twenty years at various jobs and created a cleaning business.  By age 40, he went to his mother and forgave her for causing him to be angry and dividing him from his father (from their divorce) and made the most startling discovery I ever heard.  He claimed that this one act of courage changed his life profoundly by becoming an authentic Man and perfect human being.

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By clearing his psyche of any negative traces of his mother and her tenuous hold over him, he has been able to positively respond to all of life’s difficulties rather than negatively reacting to it.  By reacting, in an unconscious way, he always appeared weak (as a beta-male) and had a weak voice and made decisions based on emotions rather than a calm and logical mind.  From this new position of power, he has been able to hold a perfect view (often called the witness-self) in all of his daily interactions with others.  When others behave with great hostility and negativity towards him, he always has that calm-center within and everything outside appears as an illusory-display like a movie.

With this new found method to transform others into an authentic being, Reverend Peterson founded BOND, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man.”  For 29 years he has dedicated his whole life to helping others overcome their anger (through forgiveness) which has lead other grateful people becoming a responsible adult in their community.

Psychology:

In order to discover how this one act of forgiveness has been able to transform these people’s lives lives for the better we may need to understand the psychology of it.

Why does it work? 

It is interesting to note that C.G. Jung has explained that the precise hold that the mother has on an individual (referred to as a mother-complex) weaves its way through all of psychology, religion and mythology.

“The acceptance of oneself is the essence of the whole moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.  That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ — all these are undoubtedly great virtues.” — Carl Jung

Jung often writes about the ideal reality, being composed of archetypal projections, such as God or the Hero (like Ulysses) which has been written about extensively in many positive ways by both fictional and non-fictional writers.  On the other end, the distorted reality is also an archetype such as the Devil or Shadow Self that is depicted in writing and can be seen by the harm that is created.  These negative effects and conditioned behaviors can also be seen in ourselves and our sons or daughters.

From the Journal of Religion and Health:

As on theologian stated: “Confessing one’s guilt is an archetypal experience, one so deeply anchored in the very structure of the human psyche that the need for it will never disappear.”  The author goes on to say that “The idea of confession and forgiveness is located in that place where psychology and religion meet — guilt.”

The same thing can be said about forgiveness.  In this regard, the utility of forgiveness and confession can be considered universally needed and applicable to all when lost in duality and confusion.

Esoteric Christianity:

The value of forgiveness, according to Reverend Peterson, lies in actively going to your mother and father and forgiving them.  You forgive them (particularly your mother) for making you angry and messing up your life.  Naturally, this takes a lot of courage.  Most people report, on his radio talk-show, that it is scary to imagine going to your parents to say that.   Of course these nervous feelings arise whenever we confront someone who may react wildly and create a scene.  Therefore, it is important to point out a few verses from the Christian bible.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” — Colossians 3:13

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” — Matthew 6:14

Since it is not taught in our churches (in this exact way) we may say that this is an esoteric teaching.  This information has been given to all of us – by great masters and saints who knew of its inherent value.  We are very fortunate to witness this beacon of light within this dark period – as one person can offer testimonial and make a huge difference for others; no matter how few.  Furthermore, Jesse Lee Peterson clearly states that it is NOT about asking for forgiveness because this just creates another form of guilt and co-dependency when dealing with imperfect people.

Effects of Forgiveness:

One of the most exciting things I have seen (other than the fun and heated debates) on his YouTube videos, are the people now coming forward with their success stories and sharing their new found freedom.  Here is one excerpt and successful case:

18-year-old Justin of Arizona says he forgave his mother.  He went to her.  At first he said he wasn’t scared, but he was.  Afterward he felt so free.  He’s no longer depressed.  He stopped smoking marijuana.  He’s no longer addicted to sex.  He’s going to school, and working on moving out. He believes loans are the devil.  He forgave his father as well — he accepted his forgiveness.  He had a very good relationship with his father; it was more the problem with his mother.  Most love and want their fathers; it’s the mothers that they hate, but they’ve been told otherwise.

Justin doesn’t get the hate Jesse catches.  They call him a self-hating black person, but he’s trying to help black people become individuals instead of victims.  They’re in a fallen state, angry, and they cannot see.  It wasn’t until Jesse examined himself that God caused him to see.  Most will not see.  Only a few will find the straight and narrow path.  Those who refuse have to suffer and die.

Book: From Rage to Responsibility

Silent Prayer: Be still and know

Radio show: Live stream  (M-F 6-9am PT / 9-noon ET)

In Tibetan we say Eh Ma Ho! or That’s Amazing! in English.
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Kalu Rinpoche’s Parinirvana


Another important master that has come to this Saha world is Kalu Rinpoche.  His Parinirvana is tomorrow, May 20th.  Not without controversy, we certainly can learn a lot from this great, compassionate master.

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Beneficial Quotes:

From the book The Dharma: That Illuminates All Beings Impartially Like the Light of the Sun and the Moon

Kalu Rinpoche tells us, “Whether we follow the scholastic or meditative approach really depends on our inclination, but regardless of how extensive or specialized our interest may be, some intellectual basis is certainly necessary. ”

“It is said that someone who tries to meditate without a conceptual understanding of what he or she is doing is like a blind person trying to find the way in the open country: such a person can only wander about, with no idea how to choose one direction over another.” — Kalu Rinpoche

From the Kagyu website:

“If we can practice bodhicitta, develop patience, and pacify all disharmony in our own home, then we have prepared the way leading to the development of limitless bodhicitta.”  He continues…

“If, on the other hand, we cannot maintain patience and harmony in our own home with our own family, then it is very unlikely that we will be able to do this with respect to all sentient beings, who are infinite in number.” — Kalu Rinpoche

From the book Gently Whispered: Oral Teachings by the Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche

“In the current general cultural milieu of the Western world, expression of desire allows emotions to be actively encouraged, actively stimulated, and over-blown, all within the contextual appreciation of this as something healthy. If one has a desire, one is encouraged to fulfill it.”  He goes on to say:

“If one has an emotion, one is encouraged to stimulate it, to bring it to development by expressing it. Generally, this is seen as a healthy thing to do, while actually, in terms of karmic development, this approach tends to create a disproportionate exaggeration of desire and attachment. — Kalu Rinpoche

The Four ‘Faults’ of Natural Awareness:

  1. So close you can’t see it.
  2. So deep you can’t fathom it.
  3. So simple you can’t believe it.
  4. So good you can’t accept it.
A pith instruction:

“The pure nature of mind – emptiness, lucidity and intelligence without limit – has always been inside us.” — Kalu Rinpoche

Offerings:

Offering candles, incense, butter-lamps with a good intention (to the Lama) will create a lot of good karma and positive merit but offering the Tsok Feasts will generate the most merit and wisdom together that will forever be stored in our mind-stream.

The Kalachakra Tantra of Holding the Qualities of the Lama teaches:

“The merit accumulated by making offerings on the anniversary of one’s lama will dispel negative karma and obscurations accrued for countless eons, like the rays of the sun dispelling darkness.

This merit is superior to that accumulated by all beings in the three thousand world systems who gained merit through venerating and serving the Buddha.

Moreover, this merit is greater than the merit accrued by donating eyes, curing disease, and dispelling the sorrow of beings who are blind, ill or tormented by suffering in the hell realms and who are as numerous as the dust particles of the three thousand world systems.”

Tsok Dates:

Kalu Rinpoche passed into parinirvana on May 10, 1989 which falls on the 5th day of the 4th Month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar.    Previous Ganachakra ceremonies have fallen on these days:

  • 2016: May 11th
  • 2017:  May 30th

The parinirvana date for this year is: May 20th, 2018

Once again bringing forth awareness of the wrong intention and bad behavior within the mind of deluded sentient beings, Kalu Rinpoche’s yangsi (present incarnation) speaks out.  With a sincere heart and good intention he raises our understanding what is happening in the hearts of evil people.

 

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Kunzang Dechen Lingpa’s Parinirvana


Kunzang Dechen Lingpa Rinpoche (1928-2006) was a tertön of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.  He was renowned in his homeland of Northeastern India as a realized master of Dzogchen and terton.  He was especially famous for the special healing ceremony known as Chöd practice.

KDL bumpa

Kunsang Rinpoche was born in the Earth Snake Year – 1928, in Southern Tibet in Lhodrak.  He was the13th reincarnation of the Buddha Rinchen Tsug Tor Gyen.  From childhood he was only interested in spiritual things.  At 16 he went into full time spiritual retreat, and studied with Dudjom Rinpoche for 10 years.

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.

Healing Chod

From the Zangdokpalri website:

Rinpoche was fond of performing the Healing Chöd for masses of Buddhist disciples who were instructed just to lay down and rest for about forty minutes or however long the ceremony lasted.

Chöd is a unique spiritual practice and a path to complete enlightenment.  It is an extremely effective method for healing our body, mind and spirit.  The chief way it does this is by clearing the karmic obstacles and blockages arising from our negative interaction with others in countless past lives.

Normally, obstacles stem from taking lives, vitality, property, honor, confidence or hope from others.  They may also arise from past actions, speech and thoughts, based on greed, attachment, apathy or egotism.

Similarly, the limitless ways in which humans disrespect or despoil the material and spiritual forces of nature, the planet, or the elements (fire, water, air, earth) are the basis of numerous difficulties and life obstacles; socially, materially, physically and mentally.  The way these many debts are repaid in Chöd is by offering our most previous and closely guarded possession – our own bodies – to the universe.

A Short Story:

I had the good fortune to meet Rinpoche back in the summer of 2004.  There are many stories about Kunzang Dechen Lingpa (KDL) but this one stood out in an overwhelming way because of Rinpoche’s compassion and his heroic action knowing his health might diminish.

One time, KDL had met a native Shaman and both got to know each other quite well and after some time became good friends.  Since the Shaman was amazed at the qualities KDL possessed and learned that the Bardo Ceremony would be useful to help deliver his soul during the intermediate stage, he requested help should he pass away before him.

When the Shaman actually did pass away, his disciples notified Rinpoche to fulfill his duties.  As KDL visited the home where the deceased body lay, the Shaman’s disciples said, “OK, now get in bed and lay next to our teacher and for the next few days perform the death ritual.  This is how things have to be done according to our tradition.”

To the horror of Rinpoche’s disciples, they protested vehemently believing that this would severely affect Rinpoche’s health for hygienic reasons.  Despite everyone’s objections Rinpoche acquiesced saying, “Since I made a promise, I have no choice but to uphold my word and perform the Bardo Ceremony and do it according to their needs and fulfill their wishes.”

After this, Rinpoche came down with an illness which affected his knees so much that he always had trouble walking after that day for the rest of his life.  It was obvious that KDL took on the karma without concern for his own well-being.

Namthar:

It’s also good to investigate the various namthars that are available in print to really aide us on our own spiritual path.  A namthar is a spiritual biography or hagiography and in Tibetan Buddhism it can gives us great insight in the conduct of extraordinary Mahasiddhas on their path to liberation.  Namthars can be outer, inner and secret in scope.  Here is a portion of KDL’s Namthar and the rest of the biography can be found here: Namthar

One night, just before dawn, I dreamt of a lama with a body slightly bigger than a human and with an overwhelming and extremely peaceful shining presence.  I was wondering whether or not this was actually Pema Jungney, then he spoke to me, saying “Son, eat this peach” and immediately gave me three peaches.

 I suddenly rose up, and, holding on to his index finger, just like that, we arrived instantly to Zangdokpalri, in the Southwest land of Orgyen.  At the door of a great gonpa, he said to me “Wait here, son, I will go request for you an audience with Guru Rinpoche.”  After saying this he went up a staircase.  Although I waited for a long time no one came.

Now I was wondering where that Lama was, so I went to see.  He was seated on top of a throne, in front of him were placed empowerment implements such as bumpas and so on.  I thought to myself “He is actually Guru Rinpoche”.  Then, while I was requesting vase empowerment, I suddenly arrived back in my bed.

Parinirvana Dates:

KDL passed away on March 28th, 2006 and sat upright unassisted for 2 and half days in what the Tibetans call Tukdom.  The anniversary of his passing is traditionally held on 29th day of 1st month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar.  The ganachakra feast (tsok practice) ceremony is the best way to generate vast stores of merits.  Tomorrow is the day to make butterlamp offerings, light candles, offer incense and especially perform the grand ganachakra tsok feast to honor this great master.

The Kalachakra Tantra of Holding the Qualities of the Lama teaches:

“The merit accumulated by making offerings on the anniversary of one’s lama will dispel negative karma and obscurations accrued for countless eons, like the rays of the sun dispelling darkness.”

Previous Tsok dates have fallen on these dates:

  • 2016 – March 8th
  • 2017 –  March 27th
  • 2018 – March 16th

Texts & Prayers:

LU MED KON CHHOK RIN CHHEN KUN DU PA
The embodiment of the infallible Precious Jewels,

TSHO KYEY PEY JYUNG YAB YUM JYIN LAB KYIY
The Sole Father and Mother Lotus-Born, Pema Jyungnye;

DRO DUL KUN ZANG DE CHHEN LING PA YI
By your blessings may the tamer of sentient beings, Kunzang Dechen Lingpa’s

GYAL SEY TRUL KU NYUR JYON SOL WA DEB
Bodhisattva reincarnation manifest swiftly, I pray!

These four lines are the brief form of the prayer commonly recited in the assembly.

Other rebirth prayers can be found here: Rebirth

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Guru Dragpo Puja


From the Kopan Monastery website:

As Buddhists, Tibetans believe that if you want good circumstances, you yourself need to establish good conditions.  Losar rituals are concerned with inspiring a creative attitude, to establish a basis for a good new year.  On these first days of the year Tibetans engage in specific virtuous actions, and acts that are considered auspicious.

Losar-Puja

Moreover, in the days that precede Losar, the last days of the old year, everyone in the community is concerned with pacifying and removing left-over negativity.

During this time, Tibetan monasteries and temples undertake specific rites to expel negative habits from the old year, so these will not be carried into the New Year.  The lamas and monks will do a week of rituals, some of which culminate in the well-known lama dances. Moreover, in their homes, families prepare for the New Year by cleaning, and making new clothes.

From the Amitabha Foundation’s newsletter:

The annual Guru Dragpo puja at Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, India, begins February 8 and continues through February 14, 2018.  Guru Dragpo is practiced at the end of the Tibetan lunar year to dispel obstacles and purify any remaining negativities in order to usher in happiness and prosperity for the New Year (Losar), which is February 16th this year.

Ayang Rinpoche Puja 2017

We invite you to make an offering to help support the puja.

Ayang Rinpoche has said that anyone sponsoring Dharma activities gains the same merit as the practitioners.

Make a donation online here, or send a check made out to Amitabha Foundation.

You may include a dedication for your offering in the name of a loved one, living or deceased, including pets.  All names must be submitted to the Amitabha Foundation by February 12 at 5 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Your donation of any amount will be appreciated and will be like a drop of water mixed in an ocean of merit!

Becky Loy
for H. E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche and the Amitabha Foundation

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Heart Advice


H.H. Yangthang left a letter to his niece’s daughter before he passed into nirvana.  This letter was found in his personal bag after his parinirvana.  We believe that this letter is also the last teaching he bestowed to all of us.  We are very grateful to Sangye Khandro, who translated this letter into English for all of us.

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~ A BIT OF ADVICE ON PUREST INTENTIONS FOR TASHI CHOTSO:

Although you are still young, this is the time when your mind is fresh and clear. Now is the time to carefully consider your present human life and what will follow this.  The wise ones of the past have said, “If you plan ahead, it is smart.  If you regret later it is dumb.”  So, that means you must carefully consider finding the correct direction to take that will benefit this life and the future.  Once you have found this then it is extremely important to pursue that path whole heartedly.  Once inadvertently entering the wrong direction it is difficult to turn around and reenter the right way even if you want to.  You won’t be able to instantly turn around so from the onset it is best to get this right.

In short there are two paths to take, the worldly and the spiritual path.  If you take the worldly path both this and the future life will be involved with suffering.  This direction is very challenging because it involves the path of negativity and non-virtue.  The spiritual path is the direction that illuminates fully endowed happiness and wellbeing both temporarily and ultimately.  Even though that is the case, these days there are very few who chose to enter this illuminating path.

Among the seven point three billion inhabitants of this planet, there are only several hundred thousand who are following the path of dharma.  Everyone else is pursuing the worldly path.

By only establishing non-virtue, then due to the power of negativity they must powerlessly pursue a misguided direction that leads to suffering.  Having attained this precious human life just this once, they are distracted by meaningless activities on the path of cyclic existence and without even noticing their life is wasted.  One day when death arrives they must leave behind this world, their loving parents, relatives, abundance and even their cherished body and enter their future life with eyes full of tears.

Having spent their life only accumulating non-virtue they can only take rebirth in the three lower realms.  Revolving within the three lower realms repeatedly, after some hundreds and thousands of human years they may take rebirth just once in a higher place.  Experiencing continuous suffering for such a long time, by circling throughout the six realms, there will be no chance to achieve freedom from this.

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This kind of worldly direction is a vast heap of suffering.  Since it endures for so long it is actually a very frightening path.  Due to the power of negative karma all humans will powerlessly proceed down this undesirable direction.  That is why you, young girl, must make prayers that you can avoid this direction!  If due to your karma you end up having to go there, please keep this advice strongly in your heart:

Don’t react with frustration and try to make decisions by yourself; listen to the advice of your parents and elders who have good intentions; respect the advice of those with knowledge and learn to trust the Triple Gem and divinations concerning your future.

Always look within yourself with careful consideration and walk with firm steps in the positive direction without mindlessly engaging in chaotic activities.

If you wish to choose the path of the sublime dharma, that would be the best!  That is the correct illuminating path and it is the unmistaken way to go!  First it is important to single pointedly trust in the Triple Gem and firmly cherish the advice of parents and elders, and listen and guard the teachings given to you from compassionate masters, monks and excellent practitioners.  Keep your own mind stable and focused and without wavering enter this luminous path.  First purely accomplish your own purpose and then work to benefit others.

Meditation with Universe

If you, young girl can enter this path of the Buddha then in order to practice dharma you must study and learn the Tibetan language.  This is very important.  You must be diligent in studying Tibetan.  Although it may be challenging, it will allow you to accomplish a greater purpose.  Right now your focus is on worldly subjects in ordinary school.  Through this knowledge you will only learn that which benefits the practical aspects of survival for this life alone.  For example, you will learn how to get food, wealth, name, fame reputation and status.  All those philosophers who are learned in western subjects such as science are able to identify that which is invisible to ordinary people.

Nevertheless, although they see and extract that which is precious among the external four elements, have made medical discoveries that cure diseases, are able to benefit and protect their own direction and deliver that which is harmful to others, are expert in discovering substances that bring both benefit and harm into this world; their capacity to be omniscient is still extremely limited.

If we compare that to the omniscience of the Buddha, then from a spiritual perspective the capacity of the buddha is equal to space.  There is not even a hair’s worth of anything that cannot and is not known.  That is called being fully and completely omniscient.

If you come to understand the dharma that is taught by such an omniscient Buddha then your own mind will become like the sky and will never be rigid. Your entire being will be open and free.  Since the teachings of the Buddha are full of such temporary and ultimate benefit to yourself and all others if you can learn even a little bit of this dharma that will bring tremendous achievement.

Please hold this advice deep within your heart.

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Losar Celebration


Tibetan New year, also known as Losar, is the most important festival in the Tibetan calendar.  It is mainly celebrated over a period of 3 days in late January or February, according to the Tibetan calendar.  This year, Friday February 16th, will begin the year of the Earth Dog.

Losar-Celebration

Buddhist Tradition:

From the Chagdudgonpa website:

Kilaya rituals are traditionally practiced during the final lunar month of the Tibetan calendar to dispel obstacles before the new year begins (Losar).  At Rigdzin Ling we will practice three days of Padgyal Lingpa’s terma of Padmakilaya, followed by three days of HH Dudjom Rinpoche’s terma of Vajrakilaya, The Razor that Destroys at a Touch.

Kilaya Drubchöd

(Padmakilaya:  February 10 – 12, 2018 | Vajrakilaya:  February 13 – 15, 2018)

 

Padmakilaya was directly transmitted to Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche from Padgyal Lingpa, where it became the wrathful guru practice that Rinpoche practiced for decades.  It was then passed on to Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche who bestowed it several times at Rigdzin Ling, authorizing Lama Padma Gyatso to uphold and propagate this powerful antidote to harmful influences and emotions.

Chagdud Tulku quote

Vajrakilaya brings the practitioner into direct contact with the display of compassionate wrath, the intense energy of enlightened activity that subdues the forces of negativity.  Guru Rinpoche transmitted this method of accomplishing Vajrakilaya to his heart disciple, Yeshe Tsogyal, who made it her main practice and was the source of her extraordinary spiritual attainment.

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to participate, it is meritorious and virtuous activity to offer Butterlamps and tsog

Dedications will be read during the event.

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Butter Lamp Offerings:

H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche explains:

“What is the meaning of butter lamp offerings? 

We do not offer the lamps because enlightened beings need to see them.  Rather, the offering of light is a means of dispelling the darkness of our own ignorance, giving rise to clarity and wisdom.  We offer them with the wish that their light will illuminate the lower realms and the bardo, assuaging the torment of beings who suffer in darkness.

“Of all the methods for accumulating merit through generosity, offering butter lamps is second only to the practice of tsok.” — Chagdud Tulku

We also aspire that all beings will develop greater mental clarity in order to discover the causes of long-lasting happiness in virtuous actions of body, speech, and mind.  Finally, we offer them so that the inner light of great knowing will arise in all beings’ minds and remove the darkness of ignorance and intellectual obscurations.”

Buddhas Great Miracles:

From the Kalachakrablog website:

The first full moon (March 2, 2018) in the Tibetan lunar calendar is celebrated as the Day of Miracles, or Chotrul Duchen, which commemorates the final day of miraculous display by the Buddha which lasted 15 days.  The Buddha performed the miracles in response to a challenge from six rival teachers.  These 15 days are merit‐multiplying days in which any virtue created is magnified millions of times.

“This is the best and most exciting time, whatever practice or virtue we do, the merit is increased 100 million times.” — Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The Day of Miracles is also the most special day of Monlam Chenmo, the Great Prayer Festival, where thousands of people, lay and ordained alike, pray, and make offerings of food, tea, lights or money to the Sangha.

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Longchenpa’s Parinirvana


This Saturday, February 3rd is the parinirvana date of the great scholar, master and vidhyadhara Longchen Rabjam (1308–1364).  Longchenpa was a major teacher within the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.  Longchen Rabjampa was born in Central Tibet.  He passed on the 18th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar in the year 1364.

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Longchenpa wrote many works.  But he is probably best known for compiling the essence of Buddhism within the anthology known as the Seven Treasures.  This Collection of Seven Treasures is a synthesis of the entire path to liberation within Tibetan Buddhism. The Seven Treasures are as follows:

  1. yid bzhin mdzod: The Precious Wish-fulfilling Treasury.
  2. chos dbyings mdzod: The Precious Treasury of the Dharmadhatu.
  3. theg mchog mdzod: The Precious Treasury of the Supreme Vehicle.
  4. gnas lugs mdzod: The Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding.
  5. tshig don mdzod: The Precious Treasury of the Meaning of Words.
  6. man ngag mdzod: The Precious Treasury of Oral Instructions.
  7. grub mtha’ mdzod: The Precious Treasury of Philosophical Systems.

I’m proud to say that our late Holiness Penor Rinpoche was considered be a very powerful emanation of Longchenpa.

Poem:

Taken in part from Longchenpa’s Song of the Enchanted Wildwoods:

Wherever I look,
Apart from people putting their energy into the material world,
Those practicing the Dharma path are as rare as a supernova.
Having seen this to be true,
If I’m going to accomplish the true Dharma,
I can’t stay any longer — I’m going to the wildwoods.

Compared to those who seek distraction with every thought,
People who care for themselves according to the Dharma are altogether rare.
Those who actually practice it are bullied and disregarded.
Thus, I can’t stay — I’m going to the wildwoods.

Even if you spend this life in introspection,
It passes so quickly, without pausing day or night.
Having seen that laziness always gets the better of my virtue
And that this mind won’t settle even a little,
I’m off to the wildwoods right now.

Books:

While he was on retreat, Longchenpa had many pure visions where he was given direct instructions from Guru Padmasambhava himself.  Longchenpa lamanted that he wasn’t famous in his own time and therefore his writings weren’t of much benefit to others in a vast way.  Yet, as the centuries passed and all of his works translated and handed down; he is now considered one of Tibet’s most renown and precious teachers.

AZ Quotes

Here are a few links to research and enjoy some of the greatest works that beginner, intermediate and advanced Yogis and Scholars alike have cherished and benefited from. We are fortunate, in these degenerate times, that the most important texts are now translated into English.

Shambhala – Several nice books including the short and helpful You are the Eyes of the World

Lotsawa House – which includes free links or downloads to read

Life of Longchenpa – Biography of the Omniscient Dharma King

Seven Treasures – Where the two, must have, treasures can be found which are: The Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding & The Basic Space of Phenomena

Tsok Practice:

From Rigpa Wiki:

The main benefit of tsok practice (ganapuja feast) mentioned in the tantras is the accumulation of merit with conceptual focus as well as the accumulation of wisdom beyond focus. There could be no greater benefit than this.

In the termas, we also find mention of unimaginable benefits.  For example, it is said that Guru Rinpoche himself will come and bless the tsok practitioners, or that the place where tsok is performed will become exactly the same as the Zangdokpalri heaven of Guru Rinpoche.

Longchenpa Parinirvana Tormas

And Yeshé Tsogyal said that to practice tsok just once closes the door to lower rebirths.   It is also said that disease, famine and warfare will be pacified, and all the practitioners’ wishes will be fulfilled without the slightest obstacle.

The Kalachakra Tantra of Holding the Qualities of the Lama teaches:

“The merit accumulated by making offerings on the anniversary of one’s lama will dispel negative karma and obscurations accrued for countless eons, like the rays of the sun dispelling darkness.”

Making offerings such as lighting candles or preparing butter-lamps on that day would be a simple way to generate much merit.  However, preparing a more elaborate tsok-feast would definitely be the superior way to generate merit as well as wisdom simultaneously gathering all the right blessings to assist us on our spiritual journey.

Past dates have landed on:

  • 2015 February 6th
  • 2016 January 26th
  • 2017 February 13th

The next ceremony will be held on: February 3rd, 2018

Next year I will post Longchenpa’s Tsok date according to the Tibetan Lunar Calendar.

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Being a vegetarian


“You have recorded my conversation, so you should relate it to the people.  We are here at the place of Guru Rinpoche’s cave.  At this place, we are exchanging questions and answers.  It will be nice for other people to hear this.  When you make your book, put my interview at the beginning.  Thank you.”

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COMPASSIONATE ACTION – Chapter Two

Chatral Rinpoche’s Steadfast Commitment to Ethics

Chatral Rinpoche is renowned in the Tibetan community for his peerless spiritual discipline, especially when it comes to refraining from eating meat.  Meat eating is an entrenched aspect of Tibetan culture and there are very few who can do without it for long.  His Holiness the Dalai Lama became vegetarian in 1966, but when he got Hepatitis B the Tibetan doctors who support him insisted he start to eat meat again, which he continues to do today in moderate quantities.  A few contemporary masters—such as Kangyur Rinpoche—were also known for being strict vegetarians, but they are the exception.  When I was on the University of Wisconsin-Madison College Year in Nepal Program in 2000, I was studying how Tibetans view the cultural convergence of Buddhism and meat eating and Chatral Rinpoche was one of the main people I interviewed.  Here are some excerpts from that interview:

Question:  Why did you decide to stop eating meat?  How old were you when you made this decision?

Answer:  It is written in many Theravadayana and Mahayana texts that one should not eat meat.  There is also a Vajrayana text that says the same thing, that one should not enjoy meat or alcohol.  Because of this I am following the instructions of Shakyamuni Buddha.  Being a religious person, I don’t take meat or alcohol and at the same time I try to tell other people not to consume these things.  This is my reason—I’m just trying to motivate other people.  I was 47 years old when I went to Bodhgaya and made a vow to all of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to give up meat and alcohol.

Question:  Why do you think vegetarianism is an important aspect of practicing the Dharma?

Answer:  If you take meat, it goes against the vows one takes in seeking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.  Because when you take meat you have to take a being’s life.  So I gave it up.

Question:  Some claim that one can help the animals one eats by praying for them, and thus eating meat is compassionate.  Other than for the most accomplished yogis and lamas, what do you make of this claim?

Answer:  With supernatural powers gained through certain meditations, it is true that there are some realized beings who can revive animals from the dead and help them reach a higher rebirth or Enlightenment by consuming small amounts of their flesh.  But this is not done for sustenance, only for the purpose of helping that animal.  I personally do not have that power and because of that I never eat meat.  Eating meat in one’s diet is much different than eating flesh to liberate a being through supernatural powers.  I am just an ordinary practitioner who really doesn’t have these qualities.  So, if I ate meat it would be the same if you or any other lay person ate meat.  I would be committing sin and I would be getting negative karma.  I don’t pretend as if I have special powers and eat meat, I just avoid it altogether.

Question:  Do you know other lamas who are vegetarian?

Answer:  I know many of them from Tibet.  There are Nyingma, Sakya and Gelukpa vegetarians in Tibet. Compared to the many meat-eating lamas, vegetarian lamas are very few though.  I’m 88 and during my experience I have come across many lamas in Kham, Amdo—all parts of Tibet—who don’t eat meat.  There are lamas who eat meat and those who don’t.  At my monastery in Tibet there are also lamas who take meat and those who don’t.

Question:  Many Buddhist practitioners in the United States eat meat because their Tibetan lamas eat meat.  What do you make of this?

Answer:  Many great siddhas in India drank enormous amounts of alcohol and developed magical powers.  One of these mahasiddhas (Virupa) kept drinking alcohol all day and suspended the sun in the sky and kept it from setting.  Naropa, Tilopa—these were great masters.

If you can acquire supernatural powers, you don’t need to follow the same standards of normal people and you can drink alcohol and eat meat.  Those who have supernatural powers can still give great teachings and benefit all sentient beings.

So, if the teachers in America are of that level, ask all your friends to join them in drinking alcohol and eating meat (Rinpoche was being sarcastic with this response).  It all depends on the level of realization one has achieved.  A lama who enjoys meat and alcohol can still bring people on the right path, so long as they have developed supernatural powers.

Question:  Do you see Tibetan Buddhists in exile making a sincere effort to reduce their meat consumption and become vegetarian, or has meat eating become an entrenched aspect of Tibetan culture?

Answer:  In Tibet, there’s only meat and tsampa (roasted barley flour)—there is no other staple food. Tibet is at a high altitude and the climate is tundra-like.  There are not many fruits and vegetables.  After coming to South Asia, you really don’t have to follow the Tibetan custom of meat and tsampa.  There are many types of fruits and vegetables, nutritional supplements—all kinds of good foods.  Everything is available.  So there is really no need to talk about the customs of Tibet as an excuse for eating meat.  From my experience, not eating meat has many benefits.  I’m 88 and ever since I stopped eating meat, I haven’t had any major sickness.

When I sleep, I sleep well.  When I get up, I can walk right away.  When I read religious texts, I can see them properly.  I have very good hearing and can listen attentively.  These are the qualities I have experienced from not eating meat.  I didn’t get sick or die when I stopped eating meat; no negative consequences came to me.  I can travel by vehicle, airplane or train without getting nauseous or dizzy and I never get headaches.

I am a human being formed with flesh and blood like anyone else and am proof that giving up meat does not make one ill like many Tibetans seem to think.  I’m telling you from my own experience; only good things have happened to me from giving up meat.

Question:  Many Tibetans quote a sutra passage that says if one does not hear, see, or suspect that meat has been obtained especially for you, then it is acceptable to eat.  How do you respond to this?

Answer:  If the animal being killed is unseen, then it is something like stealing something without being caught.  That would also be deemed acceptable if you used this rationale. You could say something dirty without being heard—as if you need evidence to judge whether it is a sin or not.  What they say is not right.  Killing, stealing and other negative actions can never be gotten away with.  Even if other people don’t see you do them, the deities, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas see you doing these things.  There is a Tibetan saying that even if one does not get caught committing a sin, that the gods catch you every time.  It is impossible to do anything without being seen—you’re always being watched by the deities.  They see and understand what you did—they know that you helped to kill an animal by buying meat.  This is my answer.

Question:  Some monks have told me that since insects are killed in the production of rice and other vegetables, then there is really no difference in eating those things and eating meat.  What do you think about this?

Answer:  This would mean that you wouldn’t eat anything and would starve to death. If you say you were going to go for a month without killing insects through the food you eat, then you would die.  If you die, this precious human life is wasted.  So if you just let your body be destroyed, that means you are taking your own life, which is killing in itself.  You can always take the insect from the rice when you see it and let it free outside.  You don’t necessarily have to kill beings to eat.  Although, when we walk we crush many insects under our feet.  We may not see them or observe them, but still we must be killing them.  Not being aware doesn’t mean that we haven’t created any sin, because after all, cause and effect are always there.

After the interview, Rinpoche said to me, “Today you came to ask me these things and I answered them.  It is very good.  I am very happy.  You have recorded my conversation, so you should relate it to the people.  We are here at the place of Guru Rinpoche’s cave.  At this place, we are exchanging questions and answers.  It will be nice for other people to hear this.  When you make your book, put my interview at the beginning. Thank you.”

Rinpoche’s monastery at Yangleshöd has two signs posted on it related to meat eating.  The first is in Tibetan, Nepali and English and is one of the first things you see when you approach the monastery.  The sign, a full four square meters in size, reads:

IN THIS BUDDHIST MONASTERY THE CONSUMPTION OF
MEAT, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE & TOBACCO AS WELL AS
PLAYING CARDS OR GAMBLING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

One of the principal vows in Buddhism is to refrain from consuming intoxicants, along with refraining from killing, stealing, lying and sexual misconduct.  Not many Tibetan Buddhists outside of the monastic tradition take this vow seriously and Nyingma practitioners are known to drink alcohol.  Rinpoche does not tolerate this at all among his disciples.  There was an incident a few years ago where a photo of a late lama was placed in Rinpoche’s room by the disciples of this lama, who were asking Rinpoche for blessings.  When Rinpoche saw the photo, he said, “This person was an alcoholic and had broken his precepts, don’t leave this photo in my room; take it away!”

When the attendant removed the photo from the wooden frame, there was another photo beneath.  Rinpoche asked who was in the picture and was told it was the son of the late lama, who was also a heavy drinker.  Rinpoche proclaimed, “Like father, like son. Take away both of their photos!”

In regards to smoking, Rinpoche said,

“The major defect of smoking is that it will close the Brahma’s door at the top of one’s head.  So at the moment of death, it will be extremely difficult for one’s practice of phowa in trying to let one’s consciousness out from there, either to liberate oneself from cyclic existence or to go to the three upper realms.  It is most advisable for all Dharma practitioners—for the sake of both themselves and others—not to smoke at all!”

The second sign is posted outside of the main worship area and reads in Tibetan and English, “How can we practice true compassion while we consume the flesh of an animal to fatten our own flesh?  Stop this filthy habit for your health, for the environment and for the animals.”  This large poster placed in a protective frame was made by an animal rights group at Dzogchen Monastery in South India and shows how highly Rinpoche values this ethic.

The daughter of the great Nyingma figure Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche named Pema is a close friend of Chatral Rinpoche’s family.  She gave me some insights on the importance of vegetarianism in Rinpoche’s practice of compassion in my interview with her in 2000.

She said, “Meat eating is high on Chatral Rinpoche’s spiritual radar.  Rinpoche is so connected with animals.  He loves animals.  He loves watching wildlife videos on T.V.  His great compassion caused him to stop eating meat.  He gives all his money to save 70 truckloads of fish in Calcutta.  It is his most important yearly activity.

He prays for every bucketful he dumps into the ocean, trying to bring them to a higher rebirth.  In the Dharma, it is not just a matter of not doing something—eating meat for instance—but actively protecting life.  Rinpoche lives this.  He is so connected on a vast level to sentient beings and their suffering.”

Rinpoche is drawn to dark, sinful, murderous places—to Hindu animal sacrifice areas.  He took his daughter Saraswati and myself to one once.  It was beautiful on the outside, with flowers and carvings.  He bought some birds in a cage and released them at the top of the roof.  Then we came to the goat sacrifice place.  At first I had my eyes closed, but then I saw it—innocent goats being murdered and blood everywhere.  I was horrified.  Rinpoche calmly walked over the goat blood as if he was doing walking meditation.  He wasn’t a bit fazed by it.  I think he was trying to teach us the lesson of being fearless and patient in the face of suffering.

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Dudjom Rinpoche Parinirvana


From wiki website:

His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Jikdral Yeshe Dorje, was one of the most outstanding yogins, scholars and meditation masters of recent times, who inspired not only awe in those who met him, but also devotion and deep affection.  After the flight of the Tibetans into exile, it was Dudjom Rinpoche who was the first master to be accorded the title of Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, the ‘oldest’ school introduced into Tibet in the 8th century by Guru Padmasambhava.

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Biography:

In his previous life, he was identified in the 18th century as Dudjom Lingpa who was the combined  manifestation of Padmasambhava’s mind; Yeshe Tsogyal’s speech; and Keuchung Lotsawa’s body.

As Guru Rinpoche told Yeshe Tsogyal, an individual would be born who would be the Master of the 1002 buddhas of our aeon.

From the Vimala Video website:

Predicting the birth of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Orgyen Dechen Lingpa said that:

“In the future in Tibet, on the east of the Nine Peaked Mountain, in the sacred buddhafield of the self-originated Vajravarahi, there will be emanation of Drogben, of royal lineage, named Jñana.

“His beneficial activities are in accord with the Vajrayana, although he conducts himself differently, unexpectedly, as a child with astonishing intelligence.” — Orgyen Dechen Lingpa

He will either discover new terma or preserve the old terma.  Whoever has connections with him will be taken to the Ngayab Ling (Zangdok Palri), the Copper Colored Mountain.”

Other termas hold that Guru Padmasambhava and dakini Yeshe Tsogyal reincarnated together, combining their actual presence in the birth and form of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche.

Heart Advice:

Dudjom Rinpoche explains the dharma with this wonderful pith instruction:

“Calm and self-control are signs of listening to the Dharma;
Few passions, signs of meditation;
Harmony with everyone is the sign of a practitioner;
Your mind at ease, the sign of accomplishment.” — Dudjom Rinpoche

Parinirvana Dates:

The Kalachakra Tantra of Holding the Qualities of the Lama teaches:

“The merit accumulated by making offerings on the anniversary of one’s lama will dispel negative karma and obscurations accrued for countless eons, like the rays of the sun dispelling darkness.

This merit is superior to that accumulated by all beings in the three thousand world systems who gained merit through venerating and serving the Buddha.

Moreover, this merit is greater than the merit accrued by donating eyes, curing disease, and dispelling the sorrow of beings who are blind, ill or tormented by suffering in the hell realms and who are as numerous as the dust particles of the three thousand world systems.”

As many of his students know, Dudjom Rinpoche passed into parinirvana on January 17th, 1987 which falls on the 18th day, 11th Month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar.

  • 2015: December 28th
  • 2017:  January 15th

The parinirvana date for this year is TODAY: January 4, 2018

I will update the dates every year when I learn of it.

Tashi Delek,
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