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Dakini Day Digest - Issue #45

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Dakini Day Digest

August 14 · Issue #45 · View online

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


We have been rejoicing in this special sixth lunar month as we celebrated the tenth day with the auspicious triple anniversary marking the birth of Guru Rinpoche, Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa, and Kyapjé Tsiké Chokling Rinpoche .
On this most special Guru Rinpoche Day of the year, as a global sangha, we joyfully initiated our series of seven 100,000 ganachakra feast offerings (or: tsok bum) recommended by Phakchok Rinpoche. We began with the Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel. We are looking forward to the second tsok bum on August 28 when we will gather together again to perform the feast offering of the Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup. Please scroll down to find more details about it in the digest.
Samye Institute is also very happy to announce an upcoming Online Senior Lama Teaching Series featuring advice and Q&A sessions with our senior druplas and khenpos. More details and registration information will be forthcoming on our Events page on the Samye website.
Moreover, in this issue, we celebrate the book release of Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche’s In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas: Buddhist Teachings on the Essence of Meditation. Rinpoche bases his teachings on the renowned King of Meditation Sutra (Samādhirāja Sūtra). The book is currently available for pre-order. The official release date is October 27, 2020.
Also in this auspicious month, Nekhor introduces a new Guru Rinpoche Pilgrimage App to help you discover the sacred sites of Guru Padmasambhava as you travel. In addition to orienting you through accurate GPS mapping, the Nekhor App presents the stories behind these sacred sites.
Last but not least, for this month’s prayer, we requested the recitation of the Sādhana of Bhagavatī Parṇaśavari with mantra recitation with the following dedication:May the patrons of Samye Institute, and the whole world, be free of all disease and hardship.  May they all be happy, healthy, and safe!”. Bhagavatī Parṇaśavari is associated with healing and the curing of contagious disease.

Announcement: Online Teachings and Q&A Sessions Featuring Senior Druplas
Samye Institute is delighted to announce a series of on-line teachings and question and answer sessions featuring our learned Druplas.
The first teaching will take place on Dakini Day, September 12 at 5:45 pm Nepali time via Zoom (8am New York; 2pm France; 8pm Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China).
Drupla Opak has kindly agreed to offer our first teaching. He is a ritual specialist with great knowledge of the Chokling Tersar. Drupla’s topic will be “Advice for Practicing in the Chokling Tersar Tradition”.
Students will have the opportunity to submit written questions in advance on our Zoom registration form. Please check back on our Events page regularly as we will be announcing registration details shortly.
Recent Events
The First Of Tsok Bum Series: Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel
This Tibetan sixth month’s tenth day was the most special Guru Rinpoche Day of the year, when we celebrated the birth of Guru Rinpoche, Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa and Kyapjé Tsiké Chokling Rinpoche. On that day, our international sangha from 44 countries auspiciously completed over 200,000 accumulations via the online ganachakra feast offering (tsok bum) of Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel, the first of the seven tsok bum series happening this year.
We very much look forward to our next ganachakra feast offering of the Guru’s Heart Practice of Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup (Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes) on August 28th, making aspirations for all mundane and super-mundane monlams to manifest.
Naga Puja Led by Tulku Migmar Tsering
Monday, August 3rd, was the first of three Naga days this Tibetan month and it fell on a full moon. Tulku Migmar Tsering led Rangjung Yeshe Oddiyana Singapore members in a puja to make prayers and offerings to the nagas. This puja benefits people who suffer from bad health, chronic sickness and especially skin-related ailments. RYO sangha members collected over 800 dedication names from our international sangha for blessings and prayers during this auspicious puja.
Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup (The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes: Guru Heart Practice)
Guru Rinpoche Day, August 28, 8:00 am – 11:00 am Nepali time
Support Place: Asura Cave–Pharping, Nepal. 
Dear Dharma Family,  
On this upcoming Guru Rinpoche day, August 28th, we will continue our series of tsok bums with another 100,000 ganachakra feast offerings. Samye Institute invites all Dharma brothers and sisters to join us in this practice of accumulating merit and purifying obstacles for the benefit of all sentient beings.
As before, our precious support for this tsok bum will be the sacred site of the Asura cave in Pharping, Nepal, where Guru Rinpoche attained the siddhi of Mahamudra. Our monastic sanghas at Asura Cave and around the world will lead us in the offerings. This month, we will perform the offering using the Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup Concise Gathering Offering Prayer written by Guru Rinpoche himself.
You can learn more about the upcoming series of Tsok Bums here.
Book Release: "In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas: Buddhist Teachings on the Essence of Meditation"
We are happy to announce the book release of Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche’s teachings based on the King of Meditation Sutra. The book is currently available for pre-order via the publisher, Shambhala publications, and wherever books are sold online. The official release date is October 27, 2020.
Here is an excerpt from Rinpoche’s introductory chapter of the book:
“This is not a book about a one-dimensional type of meditation training. Instead, this book teaches how the intangible essence of meditation naturally arises when we properly line-up the right conditions within our lives. This essence is compassionate and blissful but totally ungraspable; yet it can be realized. Don’t you want this?
To gain this realization of reality that brings total freedom, we need to practice the primary teachings of the Mahayana Buddhist path. We cannot focus on a singular meditation technique and expect to have a fruitful result if we extract it from the framework of correct view, meditation, and conduct. Instead, we must align all of the dimensions of our lives with authentic practice. This is what in Buddhism is called “walking the path.” If we are able to do this, there is no doubt that we will realize the open heart of true meditation.
As in other Dharma books, we will find here exercises and meditation methods; but we will also find the words of the Buddha, sourced from the King of Meditation Sutra, organized into a clear path of training. The sutra itself is forty chapters long, from which I have selected my favorite quotes and compiled them in this text. If we spend time reflecting on these passages and we apply the instruction and methods offered in each chapter, we will undoubtedly experience positive results. After all, we are studying and practicing the words of the Buddha.”
New Guru Rinpoche Pilgrimage App from Nekhor
“Nekhor” in Tibetan means “Circling the Sacred,” or simply “Pilgrimage,” . Our new app will help you to discover the sacred sites of Guru Padmasambhava as you journey to the places of his amazing activities. The Nekhor app will help you physically orient yourself through accurate GPS mappings. It also presents the stories behind what makes these sites sacred.
To find the Nekhor app, just search “Nekhor” in your device’s app store, and download it to your phone or tablet. May it become a trusted companion to your journey!
For more information on the Nekhor project, please visit their website at https://www.nekhor.org.
Akara Collection
Vajrasattva, Shakyamuni, Guru Rinpoches Statue Set - Gold Plated
Three of the main objects of supplication for the ngöndro preliminary practices, these Enlightened beings are, from left to right, Vajrasattva, Shakyamuni Buddha and Guru Rinpoche. In order to progress on the path to Enlightenment, we must purify our obscurations and gather the accumulations of merit and wisdom. The practice of Vajrasattva bestows the blessings of purification, and the teachings of the Buddha and Guru Rinpoche guide us on the path of the accumulations. Height of each statue is approximately 2.5 inches, or 6 cm.
For enquiry, please go to Akara Collection website below:
Vajrasattva, Shakyamuni, Guru Rinpoche Statue Set—Gold-Plated - AKARA Collection
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
We are excited to share this month’s compilation of the newest translations our dedicated team has been diligently working on:
In this brief guide, Tselé Natsok Rangdrol explains the essence of the feast-gathering (gaṇacakra, tshogs kyi ‘khor lo) its literal meaning and various types, as well as how to practice it, and the benefits to be gained.
A short Taklung Kagyü Ngöndro composed by the Seventh Riwoché Jedrung Jampa Jungé, focusing on Vajradhara, the great Indian siddhas, and the masters of the Taklung Kagyü tradition. In this particular preliminary practice, Jedrung Jampa Jungé unites the New (Sarma) and Old (Nyingma) Secret Mantra traditions.
This is the practice text that was used for the Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel Tsok Bum. It was specially compiled under Phakchok Rinpoche’s guidance for the auspicious occasion of the first of the 100,000 gathering offerings held at the Asura Cave in Pharping, Nepal. Within the activity framework of the Concise Manual for Daily Practice from the Guru’s Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles, it includes the accumulation prayers of the Cloudbanks of the Two Accumulations and the Gathering Offering Liturgy which includes the Six Vajra Lines Supplication.
In this sūtra, the goddess Tārā warns the gods of the desire realm about the miseries of saṃsāra and offers a pithy Dharma teaching to free them from harm. This sutra was translated by Lhasey Lotsawa for 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.
We hope these translations will be of great benefit to your practice and all beings. May it be auspicious!
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
Drupla Opak: Advice for Practicing in the Chokling Tersar Tradition - Samye Institute
Online Retreat: Radically Loving - Transcending Anxiety and Stress - Samye Institute
Monthly 100,000 Feast Offerings (Tsok Bum) - Samye Institute
Sangha News and Activities
Student Reflections on Gomde Cooperstown's Virtual Retreats - May 23 to June 1, 2020 - Samye Institute
The Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel Online Global Feast Offering - Samye Institute
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
The Importance of Dignity - 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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