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Dakini Day Digest - Issue #43

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We are now in the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar (Saga Dawa), one of the most important m
 

Dakini Day Digest

June 15 · Issue #43 · View online
Monthly roundup of activities from the global community of Samye Institute and Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche.

We are now in the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar (Saga Dawa), one of the most important months of the Buddhist year. The full moon day on June 5th - Saga Dawa Düchen - celebrated Buddha Śākyamuni’s birth, awakening, and parinirvāṇa.
During this blessed month, Tulku Migmar Tsering led two global online retreats. The first focused on the practice of Trinley Nyingpo and the second on Mahamudra. These retreats were organized and hosted by Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown with the kind help of Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications. All was joyful and auspicious.
In addition, the Rangjung Yeshe Oddiyana sangha - under the guidance of Tulku-la performed Jangchok Prayers and led a worldwide Lamp Offering to celebrate this important Buddhist occasion.
On June 3rd, Samye Institute requested the recitation of the Sādhana of Bhagavatī Parṇaśavari from Monlam.org. The following dedication was made: “May the patrons of Samye Institute and the whole world be free of Covid-19. May they all be happy, healthy, and safe!” Bhagavatī Parṇaśavari is associated with healing and the curing of contagious disease.
We are also happy to announce a new translation by Lhasey Lotsawa Publications: Praise to Tārā with Twenty-One Verses of Homage, along with its Excellent Benefits. You can find this text on their newly updated website. Finally, Samye Institute is offering more of our courses as donation-based, during the coronavirus pandemic. Please check them out, if you haven’t already done so. May the precious Dharma continue to flourish and spread to all corners of the world!

Recent Events
Online Summer Retreats by Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown New York
On May 23rd - 27th, with the support of Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications and Samye Institute, Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown New York hosted the global Trinley Nyingpo Sadhana Online Retreat. The retreat opened on the first day of Saga Dawa, which also coincided with the birthday of our kind teacher, Phakchok Rinpoche. One hundred and forty participants from seventeen countries around the world joined together in this virtual retreat, led by Tulku Migmar Tsering. Practitioners had the opportunity to receive precious teachings, practice, make offerings together and ask many questions of the helpful supporting instructors and Tulku-la.
Building on the success of the Trinley Nyingpo Online retreat, on May 30th, two hundred and fifty people from twenty six countries joined together for the three-day Mahamudra Online retreat, again under the kind instruction of Tulku Migmar Tsering. Participants had the opportunity to hear the teachings in both English and Portuguese. The retreat concluded auspiciously on June 1st, Guru Rinpoche Day in New York.
Saga Dawa Lamp Offerings
To celebrate Saga Dawa Düchen, Tulku Migmar Tsering made the wish to collect one thousand lamp offerings from sanghas worldwide. Collectively, nearly 10,000 lamps offerings were made from Dharma brothers and sisters from all over the world! Collectively, we pray for world peace and the well being of everyone amidst the current global pandemic and unrest. Lamp offerings bring great blessings and meaning: Light signifies wisdom. Light signifies strength. Light signifies realization. Light signifies positivity and clarity.
Jangchok Prayer by Tulku Migmar Tsering at Rangjung Yeshe Oddiyana
On June 4th, one day before the full moon, Tulku Migmar performed Jangchok prayers for the dearly departed, our love ones who need liberation from the six realms. Tulku-la and a small group of sangha from Rangjung Yeshe Oddiyana gathered over zoom for Jangchok prayers and made aspirations and dedications together.
Rangjung Yeshe Perak Saga Dawa Life Release
Our Rangjung Yeshe Perak sangha coordinated over 475 offerings from our sangha members throughout Malaysia and Singapore in order to conduct several life releases this month for fish, turtles and pythons.
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
On this ḍākinī day, we are delighted to share with you our translation of the Praise to Tārā with Twenty-One Verses of Homage, along with its Excellent Benefits. Perhaps the most popular of all prayers to Tārā, this tantra praises her twenty-one forms, both peaceful and wrathful. As suggested by her name, which can be translated as “Savioress,” Tārā is revered as a deity who quickly responds to the needs of all in the face of worldly and spiritual dangers. Tārā is renowned for her healing power and—timely and fitting to the current pandemic—protection against infectious diseases is listed among the benefits of reciting this praise. Not only does Tārā ward off such external threats, but she also pacifies the turbulent afflictions of the mind, which are at the root of the troubles reflected outwardly in our world. 
Also, as this Tibetan year of the Rat marks both the 150th anniversary of the great treasure revealer Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa’s parīnirvāṇa, and the 100th birthday of Kyapjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Lhasey Lotsawa is celebrating our root and lineage gurus throughout the year by publishing many new translations of Chokgyur Lingpa’s own writings, as well as the first English-language Practice Anthology for the Chokling Tersar, A Staircase to Liberation. Sign up to our mailing list to receive the full account of our recent publications every month on the full moon! Here are just the highlights of our many projects:
A Staircase to Liberation: A Collection of Liturgies and Practices
We are excited to be approaching the completion of the comprehensive practice book (chöjö), which will contain all the main liturgies a student of the Chokling Tersar may need, from the four foundations (ngöndro) to guru, yidam and ḍākinī practices, as well as ancillary practices for specific occasions, such as cremations, sickness, and much more. This has been a monumental project, through which we’ve collected many new texts and greatly improved all of our existing translations. We plan to publish on the holy day of Śākyamuni’s Descent from Heaven (Lhabap Düchen) in this very year, which in addition to Chokgyur Lingpa’s anniversary also marks Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche’s one-hundredth birthday. Our hope is to make this extensive collection of texts available to all at an affordable price, so we still need your support to make this happen. We hope you will join us in practicing the generosity of the Dharma. The best way of doing so is to ensure us a steady stream of income by supporting us on Patreon.
Brand new translations:
In honor of our lineage gurus, we’d first like to share with you this newly translated supplication to the Khyentsé, Kongtrül, and Chokling Trio. A beautiful supplication to the trio of great treasure revealers also known as the Three Family Lords, it was composed by Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo himself, at Jamgön Kongtrül’s request.
Discovering the writings of the great treasure revealer Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
Throughout the course of the year, Lhasey Lotsawa will be regularly publishing short pieces of advice from the great treasure revealer himself, extracted from a collection of his writings entitled The Essential Amrita of Profound Meaning: Oral Instructions and Practical Advice Bestowed Upon Fortunate Followers, Eye-opener to What is to be Adopted and Abandoned. A few of these pithy instructions can already be found here. 
We have moreover been working on various biographical and autobiographical texts, which we hope will help shed more light on the extraordinary life and activities of the great treasure revealer. The first to be published, Chokgyur Lingpa’s short, outer autobiography, can be enjoyed here. 
In coming months, we will also be publishing a series of supplications composed by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa himself, from the collection entitled “A Shower of Precious Blessings: A Garland of Supplications to Guru Rinpoche, Embodiment of All Refuge Objects, and to the Three Roots and Lineage Masters.” Again, you can sign up to our mailing list to receive more detailed updates about all our new translations! 
Akara Collection
Three Bodhisattvas Statue Set - Gold Plated
From left to right, these three Bodhisattvas are Manjushri, Chenresik and Vajrapani. Respectively, they embody the enlightened qualities of wisdom, great compassion and profound dignity. In our practice, each of these qualities enhances the other.
For further information, follow the link below:
Three Bodhisattvas Statue Set—Gold-Plated - AKARA Collection
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, especially during these times.
Remember, 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
The Second Annual Puja: One Hundred-Thousand Tsok Offerings of the Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes—Sampa Lhundrup
from The Guru’s Heart Practice
July 27th–29th, 2020  Three days of puja concluding on the Guru Rinpoche Day of 6th month of the Tibetan calendar.
Over a period of three days our monks will accumulate a total of 100,000 repetitions of the Sampa Lhundrup tsok offering prayer.
The puja will conclude at the Asura Cave on the 10th day of the Tibetan month, the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche’s birth. Asura Cave is the single most sacred site of Guru Rinpoche outside the land of Tibet. Guru Rinpoche practiced within the cave for a long period of time, overcame all the obstacles, and gained profound realization and accomplishment.
Sampa Lhundrup is a special manifestation of Guru Rinpoche, in which the Guru appears in a standing posture—ready to act—surrounded by his thirteen emanations. In this form the Guru grants the practitioners protection from all calamities.
For more information/ donations/ queries, go to our page on Samye Institute under the link below:
Annual Pujas at Vajra Varahi Monastery
Sangha News, Reflections and Activities
Selected Samye Courses Now Donate What You Can! - Samye Institute
Even During Lockdown, The Dharma Keeps Spreading - Samye Institute
Caregiving at a Distance And the Paramita of Generosity - Samye Institute
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
Guru Rinpoche Day Teaching Archives - Samye Institute
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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