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Dakini Day Digest - Issue #44

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This month, derived from the wish and recommendation of Phakchok Rinpoche, we are joyfully announcing
 

Dakini Day Digest

July 15 · Issue #44 · View online
Monthly roundup of activities from the global community of Samye Institute and Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche.

This month, derived from the wish and recommendation of Phakchok Rinpoche, we are joyfully announcing a series of 100,000 ganachakra feast offerings (or: tsok bum) that will be completed at the sacred site of the Asura cave, where Guru Rinpoche attained the siddhi of Mahamudra. Tsok is a profound Vajrayana practice of offering that swiftly gathers the accumulations of merit and wisdom and simultaneously purifies our obscurations. Bum means that the offering will be accumulated 100,000 times, which will be accomplished by our sangha at Asura Cave in Pharping, Nepal, and around the world. We are inviting you to join in! The program will be unfolding throughout the rest of this Tibetan year. This series of seven tsok bum will be an incredible opportunity for us all to join together from across the globe and do our part to help dispel the obstacles of disease, conflict and so forth that our world is currently facing. You can find more details about this very special program in the “Very Important Announcement” section below.
We are also very happy to introduce the new translation of the Sang offering online course into Ukrainian. A link to the course, both in English and Ukrainian, is attached for all who are interested. Rinpoche has said that this is a particularly beneficial practice to do during these current times.
Moreover, in this issue, we are featuring a special item from the Akara Collection: the Kurukulle Pendant in solid gold. Kurukulle is a female deity renowned for radiating the blessings to magnetize positive circumstances, both mundane and spiritual. 
Last but not least, at the beginning of July, Samye Institute sponsored the Sādhana of Bhagavatī Parṇaśavari with mantra recitation via Monlam.org. We made the following dedication on behalf of our supporting members: “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.

Very Important Announcement!
Dear Sangha brothers and sisters,
Samye Institute joyfully announces that beginning this Guru Rinpoche day, the 10th day of the sixth lunar month (July 29), in accordance with Phakchok Rinpoche’s guidance, we will be completing a series of seven tsok bum, or 100,000 feast offerings, on each of the seven remaining Guru Rinpoche days of this Tibetan lunar calendar year. Phakchok Rinpoche believes that the tremendous magnetizing power of these tsok bum will be particularly effective in this period of global pandemic and unrest. 
We will be accumulating a different practice from the Chokling Tersar on each of the upcoming Guru Rinpoche days at the sacred site of the Asura cave. Here, in the area of Nepal now known as Pharping, Guru Rinpoche had stayed in retreat at the lower cave of Yangleshö, in the summer months, and at the upper cave of Asura, in the winter months. At the Asura cave, Guru Rinpoche combined the practice of Yangdak Heruka, a wrathful form of Buddha’s wisdom mind, with the practice of Vajrakilaya, a deity associated with the Buddha’s enlightened activity and renowned for the removal of obstacles to awakening. Subsequently, Guru Rinpoche manifested the attainment of the siddhi of Mahāmudrā.
Phakchok Rinpoche will commence each gathering offering from the main shrine room at Asura cave along with the three-year retreatants, who are practicing there. The feast offerings will be arranged directly in front of Guru Rinpoche’s practice cave. Simultaneously monks, nuns, and lay practitioners in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan will participate in the accumulation of the 100,000 tsok offerings.  
So that everyone who wishes can practice together in this great vajra net of accumulating merit, the gathering offerings will be video-streamed live via Zoom. We invite everyone to participate in this chain of mantra resounding throughout the globe. With over 650 participants, we will each need to chant about 2 malas. This will be a unique opportunity to represent your country and dedicate the accumulation of merit to reduce the negative impact of the pandemic and unrest in your area.
The practices will take place from 8am until 11am Nepali time.
Every month, we will be providing practitioners with the necessary texts as well as explanations for the visualization of each deity. We will provide links to both the live streaming and a recorded version of the recitation to support your practice. As further details emerge we will share them with our mailing list and on the Samye Institute website and Facebook page.
We look forward to participating with you in this auspicious global accumulation of merit! Please remember this inspiring verse from The Vajra Net (Rdo rje drwa ba),
Amongst the accumulations of merit, gaṇacakra is supreme.
All one’s wishes for this life will be accomplished,
Negative forces and obstacles will be pacified.
In the next, in the realm of the victorious vidyādharas,
One will reach the level of Samantabhadra.
Tsok Bum Series
  • July 29 Sixth Lunar Month: Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel (The Guru’s Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles)
  • August 28 Seventh Lunar Month: Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup (The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes Guru Heart Practice)
  • September 26 Eighth Lunar Month: Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik (The Lake-Born Guru’s Heart Essence)
  • October 26 Ninth Lunar Month: Guru Dorjé Draktsel (Guru Powerful Vajra Wrath)
  • November 24 Tenth Lunar Month: Tukdrup Gongpa Kündü (The Heart Practice of the Assembled Realization)
  • December 24 Eleventh Lunar Month: Phurba (Vajrakīla)
  • January 23 Twelfth Lunar Month: Pema Khandro (Kurukullā)
The texts for these practices will all be shared by our in-house translation group Lhasey Lotsawa. You can access the texts for this first tsok bum here 
Recent Events
Summer at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown
This summer, Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown was very happy to welcome Himalayan sangha members from Queens, New York visiting for retreat. Gomde is open for all students who are looking to do personal retreat there. Anyone who is interested can contact and make enquiry with Gomde Cooperstown here.
Article by Erric Solomon on Buddhistdoor Global
Recently an article by instructor Erric Solomon was featured on Buddhistdoor Global. The article is available in English and Spanish. Please follow the links below for both versions.
Coping with Fear, Anxiety, and Panic During the Pandemic | Buddhistdoor
Enfrentarse al miedo, la ansiedad y el pánico durante la pandemia | Buddhistdoor en Español
New Online Course Translation
Upon request and in collaboration with Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Ukraine (gomdeua.org), Samye Institute is happy to announce that our Sang offering course is now available in Ukrainian. May all the merit of the sang offerings of Ukrainian practitioners benefit countless beings!
If you would like to join the course, follow the link below:
The Concise Sang Offering: Practice Support Program - Samye Institute
Akara Collection
Kurukulle Pendant In Solid Gold
Kurukulle is a female deity renowned for radiating the blessings to magnetize positive circumstances, both mundane and spiritual. She is one of the 21 Taras, and is often portrayed as semi-wrathful, as red in color, as having four arms, and in a dancing pose. As Kurukulle is a member of the Lotus family, this pendant features a lotus as well as the implements she is wielding: a hook, a lasso, and a bow and arrow fashioned from utpala flowers. 
The pendant is 4cm in height, 3.3cm in width, and about 5 grams of solid gold. 
For further enquiry, contact: [email protected]
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
The Lhasey Lotsawa team has been working with great diligence and joy this past month to present several new translations to benefit the sangha. We hope you find the following translations to be inspiring aids to your practice. See below for links and brief descriptions of each translation:
- A short Taklung Kagyü Ngöndro composed by the Seventh Riwoché Jedrung Jampa Jungé, focusing on Vajradhara and the great Indian siddhas and masters of the Taklung Kagyü tradition.
- A short supplication to Guru Rinpoche by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
- An aspiration prayer for taking rebirth in the Lotus-Covered Realm, or Pema Köpé Zhingkham (padma bkod pa'i zhing khams), the pureland of Chokgyur Dechen Lingp, composed by Jamgön Kongtrül Rinpoché.
- This special text has been arranged by Kyapgön Phakchok Rinpoche using lines from the aspiration by Jamgön Kongtrül (The Sphere of Universal Joy) with minor changes to their order and some of the words.
- A collection of ḍhāraṇīs that condense the essence of all the Collected Words of the Buddha (Kangyur, bka’ ‘gyur), revealed as a terma by Guru Chöwang.
- This compilation of verses of homage invoking various buddhas presents a powerful method for purifying obscurations and accumulating merit, amounting to reciting the Kangyur in its entirety. It was revealed as a treasure by Nyala Pema Düdül.
- This is the lineage supplication for the Chokling Tersar Medicine Buddha Ritual entitled “Excellent Vase of Benefit and Bliss.”
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
Tsok Bum Series
  • July 29 Sixth Lunar Month: Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel (The Guru’s Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles)
  • August 28 Seventh Lunar Month: Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup (The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes Guru Heart Practice)
  • September 26 Eighth Lunar Month: Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik (The Lake-Born Guru’s Heart Essence)
  • October 26 Ninth Lunar Month: Guru Dorjé Draktsel (Guru Powerful Vajra Wrath)
  • November 24 Tenth Lunar Month: Tukdrup Gongpa Kündü (The Heart Practice of the Assembled Realization)
  • December 24 Eleventh Lunar Month: Phurba (Vajrakīla)
  • January 23 Twelfth Lunar Month: Pema Khandro (Kurukullā)
Annual Puja: One Million Recitations of the Lotus Dakini - Kurukullé
One Million Recitations of the Lotus Dakini – Kurukullé or Pema Khandro – Mantra and One Hundred-Thousand Fire Pujas at Vajra Varahi Monastery, Nepal - Samye Institute
Sangha News and Activities
How to Become Radically Happy: A Teaching by Tulku Migmar - Samye Institute
Celebration of Chokgyur Lingpa’s 150th Parinirvāṇa Anniversary - Samye Institute
Selected Samye Courses Now Donate What You Can! - Samye Institute
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
How to Be Pure - 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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