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Dakini Day Digest - Issue #46

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Dakini Day Digest

September 12 · Issue #46 · View online

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


This month, as a global sangha, we joyfully completed the Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup tsok bum, second in the series of seven 100,000 ganachakra feast offerings (or: tsok bum) outlined by Phakchok Rinpoche. We are looking forward to our next opportunity to practice the Lake-Born Guru’s Heart Practice (Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik) together on September 26th. Please scroll down to find more details about it in the digest.
On this auspicious Dakini Day, we are happy to launch our online Senior Lama Teaching Series featuring the topic: Advice for Practicing in the Chokling Tersar Tradition. Drupla Opak will be sharing his deep knowledge of the tradition with us. More details and registration for other teachings in this series will be forthcoming on our Events page on the Samye website.
According to the Chinese lunar calendar, this month is the Ullambana month, During this period we dedicate merit to benefit all the deceased. Tulku Migmar Tsering led the Singaporean sangha of Rangjung Yeshe Oddiyana in the Chod and Jangchok pujas in order to benefit all sentient beings.
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 27th, 2020.
Last but not least, for this month’s prayer, we requested the recitation of the Sādhana of Bhagavatī Parṇaśavari with mantra recitation via monlam.org 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.

Recent Events
The Second Of The Tsok Bum Series: Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup
The Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup tsok bum, the second of seven global online ganachakra feast offering practices concluded auspiciously on August 28th (the seventh lunar month’s Guru Rinpoche day).
We are delighted to report that as a global sangha representing 36 countries, we all together accumulated more than 150,000 recitations.
We very much look forward to our next tsok bum: Lake-Born Guru’s Heart Practice (Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik) on September 26th.
Ullambana Festival with Tulku Migmar Tsering
The Ullambana Festival (seventh Lunar month) reinforces the important concept of filial piety which is very deep-rooted in Asian culture. During the Ullambana month, Tulku Migmar did daily Sur prayer for the Dearly Departed from 1st day of the seventh Lunar month. On the 15th day, the program was concluded with Khorwa Dongtruk Jangchok Puja (Shaker of Samsara from its Depths - Red Avalokiteshvara).
Tulku Migmar also gave series of teachings in this month, including teaching on Amitabha Pureland and Chod. The program was concluded with Chod puja on the next day. 
Charity Activities in Rangjung Yeshe Perak, Malaysia
This year at Rangjung Yeshe Perak, we had to cancel our annual old folks and disabled charity due to the pandemic. However, in line with Phakchok Rinpoche’s instructions on Dharma Stream (8 Fold Supreme Path of Mind Training #11 & #14), we have raised enough funds to give generously to 6 homes. 
To increase the merit and make our offering more meaningful, we are coordinating each charity donation with the 6 tsok bums. We will donate to one home each month on Guru Rinpoche Day. On August 28, we made our first donation to a home for the disabled. In the subsequent months we plan to give to homes for the aged and orphanages. 
We are truly grateful for Rinpoche’s pithy instructions made available in bite sizes via Dharma Stream for our easy understanding and application into daily life. 
Third Tsok Bum Series: Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik (The Lake-Born Guru’s Heart Essence)
Guru Rinpoche Day, September 26th8:00 am – 11:00 am Nepali time
Support Place: Asura Cave–Pharping, Nepal. 
Dear Dharma Family,  
On this upcoming Guru Rinpoche day, September 26th, we will continue our series of tsok bum 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.
For this tsok bum of Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik, we are delighted to share with you a short biography of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, who revealed the Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik, along with a short introduction to this practice
You can learn more about the Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik Tsok Bum here in English. Here you will find more information on Tsok Bums, and teaching from Phakchok Rinpoche on how to approach this practice.
Translations
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.”
Akara Collection
Dharani Blanket Set
This set which brings great benefit specifically for the recently deceased, consists of a Liberation Upon Touching dharani blanket, Liberation Upon Smelling incense powder and a Liberation Upon Tasting pill.
For orders and further information, please go to Akara Collection website below:
Dharani Blanket Set - AKARA Collection
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
Happy Dakini Day from LLTP,
Once again, we are delighted to share several new translations highlighting all the recent work by our dedicated team of translators.
New Publications:
A piercing supplication to the gurus of all lineages, written by the great Rimé (ecumenical) master, Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé.
A profound four-line prayer invoking Guru Rinpoché as Pema Tötreng Tsel, the Mighty Skull-Garlanded Padma, composed by Chokgyur Lingpa.
This prayer invoking the blessing of the buddhas, bodhisattvas and accomplished practitioners (vidyādharas) of Tibet is taken from the compilation 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.
A profound four-line prayer to one’s root teacher, composed by Chokgyur Lingpa.
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.
This treasure text revealed by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo tells the history and benefits as recorded by Khandro Yeshé Tsogyal of the treasure substances and the most sacred statues of Guru Padmasambhava—the Guru Kutsaps Tukjé Ötro and Ngödrup Palbar—revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa.
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 Teachings
Senior Lama Teaching Series
Samye Institute is delighted to announce our Senior Lama Teachings series, a program of on-line teachings and question and answer sessions featuring our learned Druplas and Khenpos.
Senior Lama Teaching Series: Advice for Practicing in the Chokling Tersar Tradition - Samye Institute
Senior Lama Teaching Series: How to Plan Your Personal Retreat - Samye Institute
Sangha News and Activities
Teachings on Mind Nature from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche - Samye Institute
Announcing the Upcoming Release of "In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas." - Samye Institute
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
Practice Advice from the Third Phakchok Rinpoche, Chöying Lhündrup - 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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