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Dakini Day Digest - Issue #41


Dakini Day Digest

April 17 · Issue #41 · View online

Monthly highlight of the activities of Phakchok Rinpoche and the global community of Samye Institute.

This month, we are happy to provide you with the detailed information for the first of the 2020 annual pujas selected by Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche: the Vajra Claw—Dorjé Dermo—Dakini Puja, scheduled for May 4th-7th. Vajra Claw is a wrathful female activity dakini who the Buddha originally revealed to be a powerful guardian and protector.
During this past month, due to the pandemic of COVID-19, many sanghas have moved their Buddhist activities online. Below are the two examples of successful online Dharma-stream and Dharma teaching experiences from the Malaysian and Ukrainian sanghas. Moreover, in April and May, Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown organizes various online Meditation practice, instruction, and discussion via Zoom. Detailed information and registration are provided in the Upcoming Events section.
We are also excited to announce that through the generosity of Dr David Shlim and the Medicine and Compassion Project, ten Medicine and Compassion video teachings given by Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche are now available through Vimeo. These videos cover such topics as Understanding and Sustaining Compassion, Meditation Instruction, Impermanence, the Human Condition, Transforming Pride and more. The Medicine and Compassion Project will release a new video each week.
On April 4th, Samye Institute sponsored the recitation of the Bhagavati Parnasavari sadhana with the following dedication: May the Samye benefactors and the whole world be free of Covid-19.  May they all be happy, healthy, and safe!
We joyfully include the newest translation from Lhasey Lotsawa Publications, as well as the Four Pieces of Advice to Tantric Practitioners by Terchen Chokgyur Dechen Shikpo Lingpa. May they be of benefit!
This month, we have featured Akara’s premium sang incense powder. And, last but not least, we encourage you to play Samye’s quarantine bingo challenge. Edit the image and post it on social media.
Finally, please be aware that there are several fake Facebook profiles imitating Phakchok Rinpoche’s public Facebook page. You can find more information about this below.

Four Pieces of Advice to Tantric Practitioners
Recent Events
The Medicine and Compassion Project Now Available Online
We rejoice that Dr David Shlim has made the Medicine and Compassion Project available to all online. These teachings were recorded during the Medicine and Compassion retreats taught by Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche and David R Shlim, MD. While all of the videos are related to the practice of medicine, as they are based on talks given to medical professionals, they are very accessible and relevant to anyone, especially during this current time. Right now, there are ten video teachings available. These short videos are designed to be watched in any order and cover such topics as Understanding and Sustaining Compassion, Meditation Instruction, Impermanence, the Human Condition, Transforming Pride and more. The retreats were inspired by the past teachings of Kyabje Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche which were compiled into the book “Medicine and Compassion".
More videos will be released every week on the same Vimeo site below.
Medicine and Compassion Project on Vimeo
Dharma-stream Online Activities in Ukraine
There are currently two Dharma-stream groups Ukraine: in Kyiv and Kharkiv. Recently, due to the quarantine, the groups were not able to meet regularly. Inspired by the success of the Chinese sangha conducting Dharma-stream online, the Ukranian sangha decided to meet virtually as soon as possible.
In the session, there were a total of seventeen people from Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Uzhgorod–and two people even joined from Munich and Kathmandu. After practicing the Buddha Shakyamuni sadhana, they watched a video from the Dawn of Dharma series together.
After watching the video, a group discussion was held in a very open-hearted and supportive atmosphere, sharing thoughts and ‘practical tips’ for daily Dharma practice.
This online format has opened up new possibilities to meet together in the virtual space, while being physically miles apart. Participants expressed their eagerness to continue these Dharma-stream sessions online together.
Online Dharma Teaching and Dharma-stream in Malaysia
A Malaysian Dharma-stream group session, via Zoom, was set for Sunday, April 5th, 2020. Sangha members joined from Malaysia and other countries all over the world, including Toronto (Canada), Melbourne (Australia), Hong Kong, Singapore, Penang and Ipoh. The group began with the Dawn of Dharma series and had thirty-five participants in the first session. Fifty-one people listened and discussed Rinpoche’s teachings in the second session!
Lama Jangchub Yeshe, also known as Lama MC, gave a Dharma teaching via Zoom on Saturday, April 11th. The second and third sessions will be held on Saturdays, April 18th and 25th respectively, at 10 am. Lama MC teaches the topics in a simple overview understandable for lay people. 
It is planned to continue with these two programs for the duration of the Movement Control Order imposed by Malaysian government for national safety.
Erric Solomon’s Teachings on the Four Immeasurable Qualities on Facebook Live
Since the middle of March, in response to requests from students and friends, Erric Solomon has been teaching on the Four Immeasurable Qualities. Co-hosted with Samye Institute and Radically Happy, the meetings have been offered on Wednesdays and Sundays on Facebook Live at 15:00 UTC. It’s been a wonderful opportunity for students all over the world to join together to study and practice. Participants have found it heart-warming to connect with students from Asia, Europe and the Americas all at the same time. Erric has been skillfully weaving together traditional teachings on Immeasurable Equanimity, Loving-Kindness, Compassion and Sympathetic Joy, with humorous personal anecdotes, stories from Radically Happy, and vital practice instructions. Erric’s teachings have been a valuable support during this current world-wide crisis.
Recently, we learned that more fake profiles have been created under the same name as “Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche”. This has also happened in the past (September 2019, August and December of 2018). And it has happened to other Rinpoches’ accounts as well–as a way to falsely request donations. Unfortunately, it will probably keep happening. We can have compassion for these misguided people, creating negative karma, while taking steps to protect ourselves and others from fraud.
So please be aware:
  1. Rinpoche’s Facebook page is managed by students. He does not keep a personal profile on Facebook.
  2. Rinpoche does not use his public page for sending or receiving messages through Facebook messenger.
  3. Rinpoche does not raise any funds for any reason through Facebook messenger.
Please share these essential reminders with your friends. We have reported the fake profile, but currently Facebook does not seem to be responsive in removing fraudulent profiles. If you receive a request, please report it as well. And remember to share this information with your sangha members and friends. Together we can protect people from fraud.
Thank you!
The First Annual Puja: Vajra Claw—Dorjé Dermo—Dakini Puja
from The Seven Cycles of Profundity
May 4th–7th, 2020 – Four days of puja concluding on the Full Moon Day of 3rd month of the Tibetan Calendar.
Our monks at Vajra Varahi Monastery will recite the Vajra Claw practice from the Chokling Tersar and the Vajra Claw Sutra. 
Vajra Claw is a wrathful female activity dakini. The Buddha originally revealed Vajra Claw to be a powerful guardian and protector. Accordingly, Vajra Claw is invoked to this day in order to protect the practitioners’ domestic space, their family, their friends and their allies and to avert any obstacles that might threaten them.
For more information/ donations/ queries, go to our page on Samye Institute under the link below:
Annual Pujas at Vajra Varahi Monastery
Lhasey Lotsawa Honors Chokgyur Lingpa’s 150th Anniversary Year
To celebrate the second Guru Rinpoche day in the anniversary year of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa’s parinirvana, Lhasey Lotsawa published this revised translation of one of Chokgyur Lingpa’s rare autobiographical writings. This short biography covers the main events in the great Treasure revealer’s life from his birth in 1829 to 1865, five years before he passed away at the age of 42, in 1870. The translation was originally published by Lhasey Lotsawa in “The Great Tertön,” an anthology of the Chokling Tersar lineage of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa’s Treasure revelations.
New Translation: Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa's autobiography
Don’t forget to support us on Patreon!
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations is creating translations of Tibetan Buddhist texts | Patreon
Akara Collection
Hundred Substances Sang Powder with Dzi Stone
The practice of Sangchö (cleansing smoke offering) has been widespread throughout Tibet and Asia for countries. Renowned as an excellent and easy method to accumulate merit and create auspicious circumstances, it is often performed at the beginning of important events, or by many as a daily practice.
In order to practice sangchö in the correct way, one needs the authentic substances to be combined with the power of the mantra (or prayer) and the samadhi (or meditation). For the substances, the texts specify that one needs to gather 108 different ingredients made up of various medicinal plants, herbs, precious and semi-precious metals and stones, and specific ritual substances. However, in these modern times, such attention to fine detail is slowly deteriorating. To enable the authentic and genuine practice to continue, Rinpoche has kindly amassed all these 108 ingredients. Additionally, this batch contains authentic dzi stone ground into a powder which is mixed with the powder of the other 108 ingredients. The dzi stone is an extremely precious and prized type of jewelry in Tibetan culture.
Hundred Substances Sang Powder with Dzi Stone - AKARA Collection
Samye Quarantine Bingo
We are inviting you to join in our QUARANTINE BINGO challenge!
Refer to this post on Samye Institute’s Facebook page and screenshot it.
Check the activities you have completed using your photo edit. Post it on your Instagram story/ Facebook. Tag your friends in the challenge!
Challenge accepted? Have fun!
Global Magnetizing Accumulation
Rinpoche has requested that all of his students, and all who are inspired to do so, recite the Giant Cloud of Blessings, or Wang Dü magnetizing supplication as part of their daily practice. This supplication, composed by Ju Mipham Rinpoche, brings enormous benefit.
We are happy to announce that our Global Accumulations page has been updated with a new feature! You can now track year-to-date totals of the Six Vajra Lines Supplication and the Giant Cloud of Blessings Magnetizing Prayer in addition to the grand totals. The yearly accumulator will be reset annually on Losar. 
Global Accumulations - Samye Institute
Upcoming Events
2020 Schedule of Annual Pujas of the Vajra Varahi Monastery
For enquiry, donation, or any other information: Click Here
Virtual Meditation Practice, Instruction, and Discussion by Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown
In order to be helpful and bring benefits to the sangha, Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown has decided to go online via Zoom for meditation practice, instruction, and discussion. All are welcome to join.
Follow the link below for more information and registration:
Online Meditation Practice, Instruction, and Discussion by Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown - Samye Institute
Shangha News and Activities
Dharma-stream in the Time of Quarantine - Samye Institute
2020 Sang puja, Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Gompa - Samye Institute
Anxiety and Meditation on Campus-Then and Now - Samye Institute
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
The importance of being reliable (gyü tenpo) and kind-hearted (sempa zangpo) - Samye Institute
Facebook & Instagram Updates From Rinpoche
Dedication and Aspiration
ཚེ་དང་ཐར་པའི་བར་ཆད་ཀུན་ཞི་ཞིང་།  །
tsé dang tarpé barché kün shyi shying
May all obstacles to our life and liberation be pacified,
ལོ་བརྒྱ་འཚོ་ཞིང་སྟོན་བརྒྱ་མཐོང་བ་དང་།  །
lo gya tso shying tön gya tongwa dang
May we live for hundreds of years and see hundreds of teachers,
ལྷག་པའི་བསླབ་པས་རྒྱལ་བསྟན་རིན་པོ་ཆེ།  །
lhakpé labpé gyalten rinpoche
And through the three superior trainings, may we always uphold the precious teachings of the Conqueror,
ནམ་མཁའ་ཇི་སྲིད་གཞན་ཕྱིར་འཛིན་པར་ཤོག  །
namkha jisi shyen chir dzinpar shok
For as long as space exists, and for the benefit of others!
རྒྱལ་ཀུན་འདུས་ཞལ་དཔལ་ལྡན་བླ་མ་དང་།  །
gyal kündü shyal palden lama dang
May the glorious gurus, who are the very face and embodiment of all the buddhas,
རིས་མེད་བསྟན་པ་འཛིན་ཀུན་འཚོ་གཞེས་ཤིང་།  །
rimé tenpa dzin kün tsoshyé shing
And all the holders of the non-sectarian teachings live long,
ཆོས་འཁོར་རྒྱུན་ཆད་མེད་པར་བསྐོར་བ་ཡིས།  །
chökhor gyünché mepar korwa yi
And by turning the wheel of the Dharma without interruption,
འཇིག་རྟེན་གསུམ་པོ་རྟག་ཏུ་སྣང་བྱེད་ཤོག  །
jikten sumpo taktu nangjé shok
May they always illuminate the three worlds, now and forever!
~ Extracted from The Indestructible Vajra Garland, An Aspiration Prayer for the Lives of the Supreme Holders of the Non-Sectarian Teachings by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé.
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