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About Neo Zen

Interested in the Mind ever since I was young. I remember my second grade teacher discussing the “big-bang theory” and that started it all for me. As a young kid, I was totally blown away by this concept. I refused to sleep at night until I figured out where that leaves me – before the universe was created. It was a great challenge and I was excited at finding a solution; even frightened at the enormous implications. If there was only a pinpoint of matter and nothing outside - how could I breathe? For months I contemplated that problem until I had my first out-of-body experience where I could intuit the solution. A few years later, I discovered Paul Brunton's works at the age of eleven and read everything I could on spirituality. He inspired me to deepen my meditation, uphold good ethics, and search for a physical Master. Over the next decade, I practiced almost every meditation that was out there until I came to a dead end. Shortly after college, I stumbled on the path only to become more determined to achieve wholeness with the assistance of several important alternative-healers. Finally, after going through this extensive holistic therapy I found my Tibetan Buddhist Master in 1997. Under his guidance, I completed five years worth of shedra studies and eleven years of month-long retreats beginning with the Ngondro accumulations, Tsa Lung meditation, and then the advanced classes until his parinirvana in 2009. I continue to do solitary or monthly retreats and received permission to write. Now, I wish to give back what I discovered while helping others avoiding the common pitfalls and dangers that beset every seeker on the Quest.

Long Breath Diet


Former Japanese actor Miki Ryosuke discovered the Long Breath Diet completely by accident.  With the help of his doctor, he was taught a breath-exercise solely to ease back pain.  However, he noticed as a side-effect that he was losing a lot of weight.

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He eventually discovered that he lost 28 pounds and 5 inches in 50 days.  Realizing the potential of his discovery, Ryosuke came up with a series of more effective ways of breathing in and exhaling, and created the now famous Long Breath Diet.

Science:

The lymphatic system, unlike the circulatory system, has no pump to move lymph fluid.  So to move the fluid, a form of exercise that incorporates major muscle groups and deep breathing is needed to encourage lymph flow.

Encouraging lymph flow is not only necessary for health, it may also be a factor in alleviating various health conditions such as allergies, eczema and other skin conditions, infections, chronic sinusitis, inflammation, and edema.  Jill Johnson, founder of Oxycise diet, goes on to give us this inspiration to breathe deeply every day:

“Fat is made up of oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen.  When the oxygen we breathe reaches these fat molecules, it breaks them down into carbon dioxide and water.” — Jill Johnson

As I was researching this deeper, I found it interesting to understand how the autonomic nervous system works.  There are two systems at work: sympathetic nervous-system and the parasympathetic nervous-system.  They explain that people either breathe in one of two ways:  fight or flight or rest and digest.

Since we are conditioned by society in such a negative way, most of us unconsciously breathe in a shallow manner.  When the sympathetic nervous-system is predominant, most people breathe in a pattern that hinges on fear.  This leads to being acutely disconnected from our body and we may notice that we are living mostly in our heads.

Do we really want to live a constant state of tension or fear?

To reverse this and be more in a meditative state, day in and day out, we need to breathe consciously if we are to activate the parasympathetic nervous-system.  When we make the switch we are in the rest and digest process.  After a few days of this experiment, I noticed once I did three or four sets of this breathwork, I had a sense of subtle joy building up.  This was that good-to-be-alive feeling.  It was rather easy and effortless to be active and to participate in everyday, ordinary tasks without so much drudgery.

Most psychologists and meditation masters will tell you that shallow breathing is a habit of being in fear.  Therefore to reverse that, deep diaphragm breathing will move you into a state of rest and digest.

Exercise:

After doing some investigating. I discovered there are two forms to properly develop and practice the Long Breath Diet:

  1. Tighten the buttocks and place one foot in front of your body while placing 90% of your body weight on your back foot. Once you’re in position, breathe in for 3 seconds while lifting your arms above your head.  Then exhale contracting all the muscles in your body to help you get all the air out, for 7 seconds.

It sounds easy enough, but most of the air comes out in the first couple of seconds, leaving you to flex your abs as you run out of breath.

  1. The second method requires you to stand up straight and tighten the buttocks. Place one hand on your abdomen and another on your lower back, and breath in for 3 seconds while sucking in your midsection.  Finally, exhale for 7 seconds and suck in your stomach even more

Mysticism:

As I did further research it is true that reverse-breathing helps build up Yang energy in the body that inhibits psychic influence.   For those that are more spiritually inclined, the more Yang energy that is built up inhibits the influence of negative spirits by about 80 percent.

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“One more very important thing to remember: hungry ghosts can cause harm to you if your chi energy is low or depleted.  To counter this, you must wear amulets and ensure that there is an excess of yang energy and wear lots of bright colours.” — Grand Master Lillian Too

She goes on to say, “Yang chi, as you know, scares ghosts away because ghosts are yin.  That’s why they give you the willies and why you usually encounter them in the twilight (yin) hours, or at certain hours of the day when yin chi is strong.  When people are sick and dying, their chi is quite yin and that’s when they can start to see other spirits too.  It all has to do with chi communication.

Many people tell me they’re quite sensitive and hate going to hospitals.  Not just because of the smell of all those disinfectants, but because they just feel “ucky” due to all the yin chi.  It feels like their chi is drained every time they visit friends who are sick.”

Furthermore, this breathwork is NOT to be done continuously throughout the day.  It is best to set aside a few minutes (two or three times a day) when you can go into the privacy of your room and practice.  All you need to do is three or four sets.  As always, we want to do this on an empty stomach to perform this exercise in the safest way.

“I find reverse breathing a useful technique to use before meditation practice.  It is important that you never let this become your natural way to breathe.” — Daoist monk Zhou, Xuan-Yun

Zhou, Xuan-Yun goes on to gives us the following cautionary advice:  “Over-practice and incorrect practice of reverse breathing can lead to medical problems. I would not recommend anyone with high-blood pressure to practice reverse breathing.

While I am not a medical professional, I was taught that exerting too much downward pressure on the lower abdomen can cause hemorrhoids, and too much upward pressure on the stomach can contribute to acid reflux problems.”

NOTE:  It is important that any advanced breathing techniques be learned and practiced under the supervision of an experienced teacher or health care professional.

Self-Experiment:

I have been experimenting with this form of breathwork for about three weeks.  With this unique variation of reverse breathing, I have only needed to eat one or two meals a day.  After 16 days of practice I lost six pounds.  That is one pound every three days!  Pretty impressive.  On the 19th day I no longer had nerve-pain that was common at the base of my neck.

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The main benefit I find happening is a strengthening of the core (muscles around the stomach) and removing the damage and fatigue within the nervous system which eventually leads to increased stamina.  I have found that being mindful when the body slackens, that one or two breaths helps increase the time desired to be in meditative posture.

Toning the body with this unique method has literally doubled the amount of time I am normally in meditative position.  Also, with this daily practice it has helped me completely eliminate the urge to binge eat.  I believe the major benefits are enjoying more will-power (by toning the nerves) and the secondary benefits are weight control.  Hopefully, people will not get obsessed with weight-loss at all costs.  It is best to find our body’s natural rhythm and balance without going to extremes with this knowledge.

I noticed that by exhaling properly (by puffing the cheeks) is NOT to be omitted because it will release the tensions along the base of the neck (at C7/T1 vertebra).  The stomach and the top of the sternum are the two places where the major lymph nodes gather.  Interestingly enough, these are also the two places chiropractors make adjustments.   I believe that during these degenerate times something skillful like this is necessary to counteract our poor-condition and unhealthy eating-habits.

With constant practice…doing this breathwork, exactly as shown in the video, will circulate the lymph fluids and release the pent up nerve pressure.  By constant practice we can strengthen and tone the nerves alone the spinal column.

I noticed that some comments on YouTube, people were saying that they don’t have the energy or will power to even stand up.  That is quite common when we are in a constant lazy and lethargic state.  To counteract that tendency, I would recommend doing this in a seated position until you build up more natural self-power.  For best results you stand up and lean backwards for the full stretch to help strengthen the nervous system.

NOTE:  As always be safe when self-experimenting with breath work.  Don’t overdo it…and if something goes wrong, just stop.  If you feel spacey or have energy stuck in the head or back of your heart you must stop what you are doing.  The energy is going in the wrong direction.

TIP:  A good solution to know if you are spaced-out is to ask the question: What was I just doing?  If you can’t answer then you are obviously moving energy too high in the body and ungrounded.

Video:

Miki Ryosuke, shows his technique for developing core-strength and weight loss:

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Cyber Shedra


I received this email today that may be of interest to the serious student of the dharma:

Namdroling, Montana and Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche are happy to again offer the distance learning program, Cyber Shedra.  Cyber Shedra was established by Namdroling Montana and Khenpo Norgay in 2004 in order to help serious Dharma students receive pure Buddhist teachings.

This is an exceptionally rare opportunity for students whose lives are mingled with the world and worldly responsibilities.  A uniqueness of this program is that you study from your computer when and where it is convenient for you.

Who teaches these sessions?

The teachings are given by Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche from the Palyul Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.  Participants have the opportunity to receive teachings from and communicate questions to master Buddhist teacher Khenpo Norgay via email and the web.  Lessons, assignments, practice instructions, and written question and answer sessions are incorporated into the program.

For those who are interested, definitions of Tibetan/Sanskrit terms found in Session 1 lessons are also available. Please check our website for a biography of:  Khenpo-la.

How long is each session?

Each session progresses over an eight-month period (October to May).  The fall sessions begin anytime between today’s date and November 7, 2017.  Your start date will depend on when we receive your registration.

How do I register?

You may register any time between now and November 7, 2017.  We request that you take the sessions in sequence.  A student should take Session 1 before taking Session 2, and take Sessions 1 and 2 before taking Session 3, etc.

(If you plan to register but cannot send your fee until November 7, you may send us an email at cyshedra@namdrolingmt.org and we will begin sending your class materials in October.)

More details:

Shedra is a Tibetan word meaning “place of teaching” that refers to the traditional educational program in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries among all four schools of Buddhism.  Shedra participants may be ordained or lay  students who attend these high-level courses in the Buddhist Philosophical University and upon completion one becomes a Khenpo or professor of Buddhism.

A general curriculum that is normally offered (from wiki):

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The shedra at Namdroling Monastery (in Bylakuppe, India) includes specific phases of study with particular texts used in each phase.  Commentaries by Ju Mipham or Khenpo Shenga may be used with each text.  The phases and texts include:

  • First year
    • Training on the prātimokṣa, bodhisattva, and samaya vows using Treatise Ascertaining the Three Vows by Pema Wangyal
    • Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra by Shantideva
    • Grammar, Poetry, and History
  • Second through fifth years
    • Psychology using Abhidharmakosha by Vasubandhu, Abhidharmasamuccaya by Asanga, and Pramanavarttika by Dharmakirti
    • Madhyamaka philosophy texts including Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, Chatuhshataka-shastrakarika (The Four Hundred Verses on the Middle Way) of Aryadeva, Madhyamakāvatāra, and Madhyamakalankara
  • Upper phase
    • Yogacara philosophy using the five treatises of Maitreya via Asanga, including Gyulama (Mahayanottaratantrashastra or Ratnagotravibhāga), Abhisamayalankara, Mahāyāna-sūtrālamkāra-kārikā, Madhyānta-vibhāga-kārikā (Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes) and Dharma-dharmatā-vibhāga (Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being)
    • Additional study on the vows and monastic discipline
  • Tantra phase for two or three years
    • Specific tantras like the Guhyagarbha tantra
    • Dzogchen commentaries like Yonten Dzod by Jigme Lingpa, Rangdrol Korsum (Trilogy of Self Liberation), and Ngelso Korsum (Trilogy of Resting)
    • Additional study on the eight precepts of practice and related topics

If you are interested…a complete description of the program and how it is run, a biography of Khenpo Tenzin Norgay, and a link to registration can be found here:

Cyber Shedra Montana

Contact Us:

For questions please contact: cyshedra@namdrolingmt.org

Tashi Delek,
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Yangthang Rinpoche Parinirvana


Venerable Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche was the immediate reincarnation of Dhomang Terchen, Dorje Dechen Lingpa.  He was the revealer of many treasure practices.  As one of the inconceivable great treasure revealers from Eastern Tibet, Dhomang Terchen was highly regarded by the greatest lamas and tertons of his time.

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He revealed thirteen volumes during his life, which included treasures found in the earth, in lakes, in rocks, and in space, as well as pure vision treasures.  He is well known as the emanation of the great Vimalamitra, as well as Terton Lhatsun Namkha Jigmed.  Therefore, it is no surprise that his revelations also included many astonishing secret substances and materials necessary for the future propagation of Vajrayana practice.

Biography:

From PathToBuddha website:

In 1959, when the Communist Chinese invaded Tibet, Yangthang Rinpoche fled Dhomang.  He was later captured by the Chinese and imprisoned for 22 years.  He helped many fellow prisoners who could not bear the hardship to die peacefully by performing Phowa and transferring their consciousness to the Pure Land.

Though he witnessed and experienced much torture, he bears no resentment to his captors, only compassion.  In fact, he became a spiritual advisor to some of the guards.  When people express sympathy about his imprisonment, Rinpoche says that because of Dharma, his mind was more free in prison than worldly people experience in the best of circumstances.

“Because of Dharma, my mind was more free in prison than worldly people experience in the best of circumstances.” — Yangthang Rinpoche

Following the death of Mao Tse Tung he was released.  He returned to Dhomang to find his monastery completely dismantled.  He then obtained permission to go to Sikkim.  As a simple yogi he traveled back and forth to Nepal and Bhutan, receiving transmissions and empowerments from His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and His Holiness Dodrupchen Rinpoche.

Parinirvana:

Yangthang passed into parinirvana last year on October 15th, 2016.  So, as part of Vajrayana tradition, students and close disciples plan on doing tsok (ganachakra feasts) on the 14th day of eight month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar.  The parinirvana date for this year falls on:

2017: October 4th

Stupa:

From Yangthang’s FB page:

The “sung-jug” for the two Relic Stupas of Yangthang Rinpoche has been completed smoothly today, the auspicious Guru Rinpoche Day, at Yangthang Rinpoche’s residence in Yuksom, Sikkim.

The sacred relic of Yangthang Rinpoche, along with his bone relics, and many other holy substance have been successfully offered inside Yangthang Rinpoche’s Relic Stupa (Kutung Chorten).

Benefits:

It is said that performing the Ganachakra feast on the anniversary of the Guru’s parinirvana day will bring immeasurable benefits and negative karma accumulated over many aeons will be extinguished. 

The Tantra of the Protector Crow states:

“One who holds ceremonies during the anniversaries of the lama’s passing will attain the irreversible state and after death will be reborn in the realm of Khachod dakinis.”

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Ullambana festival


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From the City of 10,000 Buddhas website:

Ullambana is the day for helping those beings who are suffering so that they can obtain liberation.

The Venerable Mahamaudgalyayana, one of the great disciples of the Buddha, was foremost in spiritual powers.  When he obtained the six spiritual penetrations, he searched for his departed mother.  He discovered that she had fallen into the hells.  Although the Venerable Maudgalyayana had great spiritual powers, he could not save his mother.  Thereupon he knelt before his teacher, the Buddha, and beseeched the World Honored One to help.

The Buddha explained that his mother was suffering in the hells because of her deep offenses and so the Venerable Maudgalyayana must rely on the united strength of the Sangha of the ten directions in order to save his mother.

The Buddha said, “On the fifteenth day of the seventh month you should make an offering of the finest vegetarian foods and drinks and offer it to the Buddha and the Sangha.  By making this offering, the Way-virtue of the high Sanghans of the ten directions will then be able to save your mother.”

The Venerable Mahamaudgalyayana did as the Buddha had instructed.  Due to the strength of the greatly virtuous ones of the ten directions, his mother was reborn in the heavens.  Since then, the Ullambana festival has become an annual Buddhist celebration and a day upon which anyone can rescue his or her parents of seven lives past.

The Venerable Master:

“No teaching is apart from Filiality.  Apart from filiality, there is no teaching.  When the limitless lessons under the sky are summarized, it is just this one lesson.  This lesson encompasses limitless learning.  Study this lesson to perfection and other lessons will also be completed.” — Master Hsuan Hua

History:

The celebrations begin on the 15th day of the seventh month known as Ghost Day and continue for the next fifteen days.  Thus, the seventh month is generally referred to as the Ghost Month in the Chinese tradition.

Ullambana Sutra:

“Thus I have heard, at one time, the Buddha dwelt at Shravasti in the Garden of the Benefactor of Orphans and the Solitary.  Mahamaudgalyayana had just obtained the six penetrations and wished to cross over his father and mother to repay their kindness for raising him.  Thus, using his Way Eye, he regarded the world and saw that his deceased mother had been born among the hungry ghosts.  Having neither food nor drink, she was but skin and bones.

Mahamaudgalyayana felt deep pity and sadness, filled a bowl with food, and went to provid for his mother.  She got the bowl, screened it with her left hand, and with her right hand made a fist of food.  But before it entered her mouth, it turned into burning coals which could not be eaten.  Mahamaudgalyayana called out and wept sorrowfully, and hastened to return to the Buddy to set forth all of this.”

The Buddha said, “Your mother’s offenses are deep and firmly rooted. You alone do not have enough power. Although your filial sounds move heaven and earth, the heaven spirits, the earth spirits, twisted demons, and those outside the way, Brahmans, and the Four Heavenly King Gods are also without sufficient strength. The awesome spiritual power of the assembled Sangha of the ten directions is necessary for liberation to be attained. I shall now speak a Dharma of rescue which causes all those in difficulty to leave worry and suffering, and to eradicate obstacles from offenses.

Click here to read the rest of the sutra.

Pravarana Days:

2016 – Thursday, August 18th

2017 – Wednesday, September 6th

Inspiration:

 The Buddha said:

“If one thus makes offerings to these Pravarana Sanghans, one’s present father and mother, parents of seven generations past, as well as the six kinds of close relatives will escape from the three paths of suffering, and at that time attain release.

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Their clothing and food will spontaneously appear.  If the parents are still alive, they will have wealth and blessings for a hundred years.  Parents of seven generations past will be born in the heavens.  Transformationally born, they will independently enter the celestial flower light, and experience limitless bliss.”

Donations:

The Singapore Sangha is preparing a festival for September 2nd, 2017.  You can check it out and if you feel inspired make a donation at any time.

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Building Stupas


The Importance of Stupas

from the Padmasambhava website:stupas representation

The benefits of building stupas were spoken of by the buddha in the Noble Amazing Sutra:

Ananda! Any devoted noble sons and daughters who fill this entire three-thousand-fold universe with the seven precious metals and make offerings to all the stream-enterers, once-returners, non-returners, and arhats—as well as all the sangha members in the four directions—do not accumulate as much merit as someone who makes a stupa to the Tathagata—the Subduer, the Perfectly Enlightened One, the One Who Entered Mahaparinirvana— that is even the size of a churura seed, with a central column the size of a needle, an umbrella the size of a juniper leaf, and filled with grain-sized statues and mustard seed-sized relics.

Moreover, in the Analyzing Activity Sutra, the Buddha said to the brahmin son Netso:

Whoever builds the Stupa of the Tathagata will gain the eighteen benefits. These are: (1) to be born in a royal family, (2) with perfect features (3) and a beautiful body; (4) who everybody loves to see (5) and looks to as a leader; (6) with fame expanding in the ten directions, (7) beautiful cheering sounds, (8) and praised with beautiful verses; (9) very detached from the world (10) and honored by gods (11) and humans; (12) very wealthy, (13) with a long life (14) and as healthy and strong as a vajra; (15) possessing the major marks (16) and minor marks; (17) born in the upper realms; (18) and soon to enter the supreme enlightened state.

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In the Noble Lotus Sutra, the Buddha said:

Whoever makes a stupa out of stones, agarwood, or sandalwood; or whoever makes a stupa with joy out of medicinal wood or even out of plain wood, earth, brick, and so on; or whoever makes a stupa by just using heaps of earth in some remote area while thinking of the Buddha; or even children who make a stupa while playing games with sand while thinking of the Victorious One; or whoever draws forms (of the Buddha)—they will all reach enlightenment.

The Manjushrimitra Root Tantra states:

(Those who want) to purify their negativities should make a stupa with their own hands—it will cleanse even the worst five obscurations. If they make 100,000 stupas, they will become a universal monarch among all the vidyadharas. Whoever contacts such a stupa will develop great wisdom and long life, and even if they die, they will be reborn in the higher realms in a royal clan, and they will never go to the lower realms. When born, their intelligence will be like a blazing sun, their intellect will become stable, and they will remember past lives. Thus it is said.

Moreover, the Noble Stainless Beams of Light Sutra states:

Noble sons and daughters! Whoever circumambulates or make offerings to a stupa will be blessed by Tathagatas, move to the supreme enlightened state through a non-returning path, and purify all of their karmic obscurations. Even if the shadow of a stupa touches birds, animals, deer, or whomever, they will not be reborn in the lower realms.

Thus, in the sutras and tantras the Buddha taught extensively about the benefits of building stupas, as well as the benefits to those who support and make contact with stupas.

A big Tibetan Buddhist chorten found just south of Ganze, Tibet (China).

Creating Virtue:

You can begin by clicking here to donate to the 100,000 Stupas Around the World project by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Building stupas helps develop so much peace and happiness for numberless sentient beings.  As a result, wars, disease, and desire will all be pacified.  Instead of feeling hopeless, people will gain courage. — Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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The Fishwife


The Buddha is in a state of unmoving suchness, but when someone wants to protect the Buddhadharma and help people become Buddhas, it nonetheless makes him happy.

At that time, the World Honored One praised Ananda in front of the whole assembly, saying, “Good indeed!” The Buddha was pleased. “You’re really fine, Ananda. How good it is”, he praises him twice, that you have asked how to establish a Bodhimanda and to rescue and protect living beings who are sunk in the morass of the final age. You want to help beings in the Dharma-ending Age who are being drowned in the water and consumed by the fire. Listen well, now, and I will tell you.”

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Guan  Yin Bodhisattva

Ananda and the great assembly agreed to uphold the teaching. When they heard the Buddha agree to speak the dharma, their joy was even greater. The Buddha probably said, “Do you want to listen to this?”

Everyone undoubtedly answered, “We want to. We want to.” When deviant teachers explain their methods, their sole topic is sexual desire. The things they say are unprincipled. This should be distinguished clearly. Sometimes Bodhisattvas also use compassion, kind words, and a protective heart to teach living beings, because they know that all living beings are steeped in desire. Every living being has thoughts of sexual desire. So he does not expect them to cut off their love and desire immediately, but he uses all kinds of expedient means to get them to see through and renounce sexual desire. Then they can put a stop to it themselves. This is the state of a Bodhisattva, totally different from that of the deviant teachers of externalist ways.

Once, Guan Yin Bodhisattva transformed into a fishmonger. She was an exquisite woman who went about the village with her fish-basket. No one in the village believed in the Hawthorne-The FishwifeBuddha. But when the young men of the village caught sight of this maiden, they desired her. The village wasn’t large, but there were at least a hundred young men there, and every one of them wanted to marry her.

Guan Yin with the fish-basket said, “There are so many of you! I can’t marry a hundred men, but I’ve thought of a method to choose a husband. I will marry whichever of the hundred of you is the first to be able to learn to recite by heart the ‘Universal Door Chapter’ of the Lotus Sutra. Go back home and I’ll give you three days.”

But, at the end of three days, there were forty or fifty who could recite it from memory. The woman with the fish basket said, “But there are still too many of you. Even though you have met the requirements, I can’t have fifty husbands. This time go back and within five days memorize the Vajra Sutra. I’ll marry whoever does that.”

So the fifty who’d made it to the first level went back and began to practice the Vajra Sutra. At the end of five days there were some twenty who could recite it by heart. The fish monger said, “There are still too many of you. It’s impossible for me to marry you all. I have one more task. Anyone who can memorize the Lotus Sutra in seven days will be my husband. I believe whoever can do that will be worthy.”

The twenty began to recite the Lotus Sutra, and at the end of seven days there was one man who could recite it from memory. He was named Ma, and came from a wealthy family. So there was a large wedding and everyone was invited. That evening, after the festivities, they retired, but who would have guessed that the bride would have a heart attack and die instantly? And the bridegroom had gone to so much effort! He’d memorized the “Universal Door Chapter,” the Vajra Sutra, and the Lotus Sutra, and still he had no bride. Shortly thereafter, the funeral took place, and a monk in purple robes appeared on the scene. “What’s going on?” he asked. “Our new daughter-in-law passed away suddenly, and we are burying her.”

“No,” said the monk. “There’s nothing in that coffin at all! Who are you mourning for? Open it and take a look.”

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Indeed, the coffin was empty. They were all amazed. “Where’s she gone? After her! Bring her back!”

The monk told them, “That was Guan Yin Bodhisattva. You people in this village didn’t believe in the Buddha, so she manifested the appearance of a beautiful woman in order to get you young men who are so fond of forms to study the Buddhadharma. Then she left.”

When the bridegroom, Ma, heard that, he renounced all worldly things and left the home-life. After that, he was certified to the fruition of a sage. That really happened in China.

Story & Commentary by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

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Benefits of the Festival of the Tenth Day


Taken in part from the Lotsawa House website:

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On each one of these successive tenth day festivals, the specific benefits of observing the practice follow in this order:

In the sixth month, all kinds of illness, döns, and obstructors are pacified, and lifespan, merit and prosperity are increased.

In the twelfth month, happiness and sharpness of mind are accelerated and confidence increases, so that humans and non-humans are brought under your power.

In the first month, power, position and wealth will grow, and earth-lords and guardians obey you like servants.

In the second month, harm and damage caused by the lord of death and the eight classes of gods and spirits are pacified, discipline is purified, and unlimited wisdom blazes.

In the third month, you are untouched by harm from inauspicious conjunctions of planets and stars, and from enemies and thieves. At home and abroad, auspiciousness, peace and goodness increase everywhere.

In the fourth month, you will be immune to harm from earth-lords, nāgas and nyens, and dharmapālas and guardians will accomplish whatever activity you have entrusted to them.

In the fifth month, all harm from obstacles, enemies and döns is pacified, and the objects of your wishes are brought under your control.

In the seventh month, chronic ailments, weaknesses of the immune system and the like are purified, the body is healthy, the mind is happy, your entourage and wealth increase, and your aspirations are fulfilled.

In the eighth month, obstacles of the year, month, day and time, as well as evil signs and the like, are all pacified, and any decline in wangthang or lungta is restored.

In the ninth month, sickness and döns caused by the eight classes and jungpo demons, untimely death and fatal accidents all are pacified, serious curses are eliminated, you are freed from sorcery and psychic attacks, and your own body becomes vajra.

In the tenth month, wrongs and downfalls of the three vows such as disrespecting sacred objects, and breakages and impairments of samaya are all healed, and your mind stream is purified.

In the eleventh month, sudden misfortune, such as untimely death, will not occur, and as soon as we transfer from this life, we are born in the pure land of Lotus Light before Guru Rinpoche himself.

Not only are the benefits of observing the tenth day absolutely limitless, but for concentrating on the various practices of gathering merit and making prayers, these occasions are praised as extraordinarily special.

Composed by Jikdral Yeshe Dorje, Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche

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Rebuilding with Minerals


As we move on our spiritual journey during these degenerate times, it takes a keen eye to decipher the most suitable way to live our lives.  Ideally, it is something that leads to a peaceful mind, a proper self-esteem and a genuine happiness.  Yet, it seems the more information we gather about good health, the farther we move from it.  More often than not, the right knowledge is lacking which continues to make us codependent.

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An interesting fact worth noting from the DrPasswater website:

“Let me give you a very interesting statistic. In 1985, The New England Journal of Medicine published an article titled “Paleolithic Nutrition”. The authors, who had credentials as anthropologists specializing in the Paleolithic era, determined that, on average, our caveman forebears got around 11,000 mg of potassium daily and about 700 mg of sodium.” — Dr. Richard Moore

As we understand how our diet falls very short of the above ideal, this can be very discouraging especially after we calculate the daily intake of our potassium and sodium.  We know that the modern diet is filled with terrible processed foods, but many of us don’t realize how detrimental sodium can be.  Since birth, we have developed this bad habit, through no fault of our own.  And once this habitual tendency progresses into our teenage years it is often very rare for any of us to grab any fruits or vegetables to get the proper nutrients in our system.  I’ve noticed the destructive nature of our plight works in two distinct ways:

First, the lack of natural minerals in our diet becomes problematic for our skeletal, endocrine and nervous systems. Second, the addition of synthetic additives (such as MSG aka Natural Flavors) and other toxins leads to gain weight and feeling sluggish or lethargic. It’s no wonder the average person would totally give up on the task of losing weight and experiencing their natural health with is everyone’s birth right.

We could complain all day and night but that will really not change our condition.  So, whether we think this is a terrible thing that society has done to us is not the point.  We must rise about that.  A better way to look at it is this: Now we have an opportunity to gain more knowledge (of a correct and incorrect diet) and do something about it.  We are put on this earth, just at this time so that we can learn and perfect ourselves.  And we have a choice.  We can either spiral out of control and just live our lives with these terrible addictions & cravings or learn from our parents mistakes and help our children who are the next generation to live better.

In relation to food, these addictions come in two categories.  These are: salt-cravings and chocolate-addiction.  When we are young, it doesn’t really matter much to us.  We enjoy life in the moment.  However, as we get older we begin to see the detrimental side-effects of these devious and mindless bad habits.  No matter how delicious these foods are and no matter how necessary our mind tells us these little pleasures give us; there is a consequence to disregarding the laws of nature.

With weight-gain and depression more pronounced these days, wouldn’t it be nice to know the root cause of our problems and have an easy solution?

We have to begin somewhere.  On the physical level alone, there is a path to follow and a way to attack the problem.  Rather than sleeping for hours during the day time and hiding under the covers try gaining this knowledge.  Rather than getting your stomach stapled try this protocol.  Rather than getting liposuction try getting to the root cause for achieving essential health.

Dharma knowledge:

When studying the dharma in a serious way, we may be blessed to find some old and rare scriptural text.  These holy texts, translated into new and pristine books may come into our hand by the blessings of those  accomplished masters that have compassion for all sentient beings in this world that are lost and suffering.  We are then afforded an opportunity to be graced with certain knowledge that past masters whose spiritual discipline sheds light on our difficult situation.  The one simple and powerful truth, when really seen, is quite wonderful to behold.  Usually it’s something so simple that many will pass it up without discerning what benefits are within the tiny seed hidden within one line of text.

It has been passed down through the ages that there are special foods that a yogin eats while practicing austerities on the spiritual path.  To those that wish to benefit everyone equally, our bodies need nourishment to sustain ourselves till the end of the quest.  So, it would make sense to explain a little about which foods have the best nutrients.  I suspect, the key to health has already been categorized by the Indian or Tibetan sages as three sweets.  And MH has discussed this (on his Forum) to some extent and from his own perspective outside the traditional path laid down by the great Mahasiddhas.

The three sweets are classified as: honey, molasses and sugar.  These three forms of food, when researched properly, in a scientific or esoteric way… show that the properties inherent inside are quite abundant with a complete range of minerals that the body does extremely well with in rebuilding the body to function effectively.  Here is a clear indication, from our Master Herbalist, the types of minerals he believes are the best nature has to offer us:

“Maple Syrup is the best, Sorghum is next, unless you could find cane sugar turned to black strap with out making it taste nasty. Fruits are sweet sugars and maple syrup is sweet tree and sorghum is sweet molasses.” — MH

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For those that follow MH over the years knows that he favors Sorghum over Black-Strap Molasses.  Yet, I have concluded that Black-Strap Molasses has a distinct advantage over Sorghum; namely having more potassium and magnesium.

Black-Strap Molasses and Maple Syrup could quite well be are missing key to our basic health and survival.

For me, Black-Strap Molasses feels like it has more potency than sorghum. When we look at the science, the nutritional charts prove Black-Strap Molasses has a greater quantity of potassium and magnesium.  Whatever the differences, these two minerals are the basic building blocks necessary for balancing the immense salt problem we have today while diminishing these unstoppable cravings.  On a physical level, it gives us the most nutrients needed for rebuilding and repairing our worn out hair, skin, nails and bones.  On an emotional level, it can help greatly with depression and the cold-disease (of a weak nervous system) that plagues a lot of us in this modern society.

The Experiment:

Recently, I took up to self-experimenting once again.  I still have no interest in fasting or altering my diet in any way.  So, I kept it quite simple.  I started adding a few tablespoons of Maple Syrup each day.  After only two days with this regimen, there were some remarkable results that I only found while fasting and holding to a vegan diet.

maple-syrup

While taking two or more tablespoons of Maple Syrup daily, I noticed that the craving for salt was lessened to a considerable extent.  I no longer craved salt as ravenously as I would over the past several years.  Having the knowledge that consuming too much salt causes weight-gain is quite a daunting thing to hear.  And as my research deepened, realizing that excess salt can increase the risk of developing cancer later in life is a shocking thing to discover.  Having this knowledge is good, but not having the will-power to do anything about it is disturbing.  MH, the Master Herbalist, tells us:

DR. JOHN R. CHRISTOPHER WAS 100% ANTI SALT ALL HIS CAREER.  TODAY IN PA ON A NEWS CHANNEL THEY HAD A SPECIAL ON HEART ATTACKS AND THEY STATED THE HEART ATTACK VICTIMS HAVE 1,500X TOO MUCH SALT AND THIS SALT IRRITATES THE ARTERIES AND THIS FORCES PLAQUE TO DEVELOP TO PROTECT AGAINST THE SALT. — MH

So, for me… after building a foundation on taking in natural-minerals solely with Maple Syrup has yielded some amazing benefits.  Whenever a slight craving for some salty-food would kick in, instead of eating a whole bag of chips, I just ate a smaller portion.  Having this basic support of natural-minerals made all the difference.

straight-from-the-tap

Having this abundantly within my body, it was easier to move away from addiction.  It was a natural will-power and not something forced.  I was pleased to feel more in control and not having to deny myself any sort of fun – (eating some salty snacks without total abstinence) allowed me to feel content while not having to be stoic and rigid day-by-day.  MH goes on to tell us:

“DR. JOHN R. CHRISTOPHER AND MANY GREAT MEDICAL AUTHORS EXPLAINED SALT IRRITATES THE KIDNEYS AND DESTROYS THEM AND THE MORE DESTROYED THE KIDNEYS ARE, THE MORE THE VICTIM DESIRES MORE SALT….CANCER IS RELATED TO OVER SALT CONSUMPTION…SOME OF THESE DISEASED PATIENTS WILL SNEAK AWAY AND GO OUT OF CONTROL EATING SALT AS IT TAKES THEM EVER CLOSER TO CERTAIN DEATH.” — MH

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Later, as I added Black-Strap Molasses to my diet it would help decrease the cravings for chocolate.  Now, this protocol is unique because there is no sense of loss or deprivation.  Certainly, you can eat chips or chocolate at any time because the key is getting the proper ratios to salt and potassium under your control.  Over time, you will be pleased as you observe the natural will-power that develops with just a few tablespoons of Molasses and Maple Syrup on a daily basis.

From Health Impact News website:

“The ‘master mineral’ magnesium, which is involved with over 300 cellular metabolic processes, some vital for heart health. It also assists absorption of calcium into bone matter, which molasses also abundantly contains.” – Paul Fassa

Since our bodies need large quantities of magnesium to help absorb and utilize calcium,  this greatly assists in the development of bone structure & strength.  Comparing the nutritional charts to Maple Syrup, Black-Strap Molasses has a much higher quantity of magnesium.  MH goes on to explain:

“I HAVE SEEN AMISH THAT MAKE MOLASSES PROVE THIS AS FACT. They have NEVER EVER brushed their teeth for 3 generations and their teeth are perfectly white, fully developed jaws that keep their molars for life.” — MH

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Our Master Herbalist tells us that his greatest dental book ever written was in a Molasses book. The book claimed that if you raise your child on Molasses every day of their life, they would not have tooth decay.  MH says, “The book claims 1 tablespoon per day per child for LIFE!”  Furthermore, looking at the root cause of things, the most important point is the relation to the mother and child.

What if the mother took molasses every day while she was pregnant?

“The author of a molasses book states that if the mother consumes molasses, her child will be fully developed, it states if the child consumes molasses daily, it will never have a tooth decay.”– MH

We can infer, and I totally believe it to be correct, that the baby would naturally benefit in such a deep way.

making-molasses

I know of a community of Amish that make and raise their children/family on daily SORGHUM and I have seen their teeth and they are all SNOW WHITE. They tell me they have not used tooth brushes for 3 generations, they don’t need to!” — MH

MH further elaborates, “These poor Amish are barefoot, walk in goose /chicken poop everyday, they do not bathe….they do not wash diapers, they shake them out, hang them up and reuse them…in simple words, they are the dirtiest Amish you can find…..YET, their teeth are PERFECT!”

Signs of Health:

So when working on yourself, you just need to pay attention to the proper signs inside and outside of your body.  If you were to embark on a similar journey then by all means take the necessary precautions and responsibility while gathering all the knowledge you can.  We know that MH doesn’t value vitamins as they are a synthetic product.  And if we were to already be doing other herbs, you would have no scientific-control or criteria to determine what is creating the effects in your body.

Therefore, STOP taking all extraneous herbal products and vitamins.  Just try one or two tablespoons of Maple Syrup each morning and night.  See what happens and how you feel.  Try that for a week.  See how that affects your skin, your hair, and teeth.

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Then try taking one or two tablespoons of Molasses daily.  Go slow…perhaps your body might only be able to take a teaspoon or half a teaspoon.  Only you know best.  After doing this, you may experience some or all of the following results:

  1. Hair becoming less dry and more rich, losing grey hairs, hair growth
  2. Nails becoming more clear and rosy
  3. teeth stronger, whiter, gums healing
  4. skin clearing up, wrinkles shrinking and scars begin to dissolve
  5. Not feeling so cold, body temperature normalizing
  6. Feeling like one can stand strong as an adult, spinal health, structure stronger
  7. Addiction to salt becoming less and less
  8. Cravings for chocolate diminishing

And if you are new to all this natural-healing lifestyle, it is quite possible to see absolutely no results at all.  Therefore, if that is where you are at, and you are interested in having better health, then you would follow the other protocols such as: a liver flush, a parasite cleanse, and later complete a 7, 14, or 21-day OJ fast.  This blog has tons of articles to explain MH’s theories much easier to understand.  Just type in a search word in the upper right hand corner of this blog.

And remember, the protocols for doing these cleanses will help you successfully navigate life’s hardships and one day experience your perfected natural-state of being.

Let me know how it works for you.  Post a comment.

Light & love,
Neo

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Kilaya Drupchen


Kilaya Retreat 2017

Padmakilaya & Vajrakilaya 

with Lama Padma Gyatso

Feb 20th – 26th

Padmakilaya Empowerment: February 20th
Padmakilaya Practice: February 21st – 23rd
Vajrakilaya Practice: February 24th – 26th


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

Padmakilaya is a revelation of the great terton, Padgyal Lingpa, who initially transmitted it directly to Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. It became the wrathful guru practice that Rinpoche practiced exclusively for decades. It was then passed on to Tulku Sang-Ngag Rinpoche who bestowed it several times at Rigdzin Ling, authorizing Lama Padma to uphold and propagate it.

For those who wish to attend this retreat but have not received the empowerment for Vajrakilaya, there will be a blessing-permission given on the first day of the Vajrakilaya practice.

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to participate,
we encourage you to offer butterlamps and tsog

Dedications will be read during the event.

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Pilgrimage to Tibet


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Message from Dechen Yeshe Wangmo:

Dear Sangha,

Today, on Dudjom Rinpoche’s 30th Parinirvana Anniversary, I’m happy to announce my July 2017 Pilgrimage to Tibet! This year, we’re returning to Lhasa, Tsogyal Latso and Samye but then we’re venturing west to Everest, Kailash and Lake Manasarovar!

Everything’s in place for a sacred 19-days in Tibet for 12 pilgrims, including myself and Dechen Chodon, pilgrimage manager and trip leader.

Everything’s on the website at www.sangha-journeys.com

Everything’s ready to assist you in making this journey if it’s right for you!

Where are we going?
Lhasa (Jokhang, Ramoche, Potala, Lukhang), Tsetang Tsechu Stupa, Samye, Tsogyal Latso, Yamdrok Turquoise Lake, Gyanste Kubum Stupa, Shalu, Rong Puk, Mt. Everest Base Camp, Mt. Kailash (3-day circumambulation), Manasarovar Lake and Guge Kingdom!

Don’t delay. There’s early bird pricing!

Head-on over to the website and let us know if we can be of assistance

Tashi Delek!
Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo
PS: Don’t miss the Full Itinerary —detailed descriptions and photos to enjoy!

 

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