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Dakini Day Digest - Issue #52

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Dakini Day Digest

March 8 · Issue #52 · View online

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


This first month of the Tibetan calendar is known as Bumgyur Dawa, the Month of Miracles and Merit. Bumgyur Dawa is the Tibetan term for a month where karmic actions are multiplied by 100,000. The first fifteen days of the first month of the Tibetan new year celebrate Śākyamuni Buddha’s fifteen-day performance of miracles to inspire faith and devotion in followers. As a global sangha, we were able to auspiciously complete three practices together during this special time: the Tsa Sum (Three Roots) Tsok Bum, the Lama Norlha puja, and the Riwo Sangchö practice.
The Samye team is pleased to announce that the online course entitled Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sūtra is now available in Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish, and Indonesian! You can find more information about it in the section below. Furthermore, we are happy to announce that our Senior Lama Teaching Series will resume early next month, and these teachings will now happen on weekends instead of Dakini Days. We plan to continue with the topic of “Preparing to Die, Learning to Live.” We will announce once the details are confirmed in the coming days. Lastly, on the topic of courses, the In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas course will be taught again this summer. Currently, we plan to open registration in the summer; more information can be found below.
On Chötrul Düchen, Nekhor released, on its website, “Following in the Footsteps of Buddha Shakyamuni”, a guide to the 8 sacred sites of the Buddha. We are very happy to share this and other exciting Lhasey Lotsawa updates with you, below.
We are delighted to announce that, for the first time in 150 years, due to Phakchok Rinpoche’s kindness and the work of skilled thangka painters, we now have available a thangka of the entire cycle of practices from the Tukdrub Barchey Künsel. This includes all 12 manifestations of Guru Rinpoche as well as each of their retinues. You will find more information below. The thangka can be invited through the Akara Collection.
With regards to sangha updates, we rejoice that 35 young monks recently joined Rinpoche’s Do-Ngak Ling monastery in Chapagaon. And, below we have an inspiring update from the charitable activities of our Dharma-stream sangha in China.
On March 1st, 2021, we requested Three Prayers to Remove Obstacles & Gather Positive Conditions (Two Prayers to Guru Rinpoche: Clearing the Obstacles of the Path (Barchey Lamsel) and Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes (Sampa Lhündrub) as well as the Praises to 21 Taras) 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 all beings, in all realms, be happy, healthy, and safe!”

Recent Events
Auspicious Global Sangha Accumulations of Merit During Bumgyur Dawa
On the first Guru Rinpoche Day of the Tibetan Iron Ox year (February 22, 2021), Phakchok Rinpoche and Samye joyfully commenced a series of three global sangha accumulation of merit events: the Tsa Sum (Three Roots) Tsok Bum - the 8th and final one in the Samye Tsok Bum Series; a global online Lama Norlha puja; and global online accumulation of the Riwo Sangchö practice.
As these practices occurred during the first month of the lunar year, the merit was multiplied as the whole month coincides with the anniversaries of miracles manifested by Shakyamuni Buddha. The Tsa Tsum Tsok Bum actually continued in front of the Asura Cave for five days until the Full Moon day, Chötrul Düchen, when over 100 prayer flags were hung.
These profound cleansing and offering practices were led from the courtyard at Asura Cave by Phakchok Rinpoche along with monks, nuns, and retreatants, who just emerged from three-year retreat there. As we had shared before, here is our joyful overview of the first seven Tsok Bum. May we all join in more global practices in the future!
Seven Tsok Bum
Charity Activities
Along with the distribution of food to 50 families from the Tsa Tsum Tsok Bum, our Dharma-stream sangha in China generously donated so that we could distribute food to over 140 families in need in Dhading and Bhaktapur.
Lotus Light Dharma School
Here you will see a small group of young monks, who are among the 35 new monks who joined Phakchok Rinpoche’s Do-Ngak Ling monastery (aka the Vajravarahi monastery) in Chapagaon.
New Do-Ngak Ling Monks Ordain and Take Refuge, Feb 2021 on Vimeo
New Translation For Samye's Online Course: Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sūtra
As Phakchok Rinpoche recently mentioned in the Student Pathways teachings, we are delighted to announce that Samye’s online course entitled Noble Wisdom of the Time of Death Sūtra is now available in Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish and Indonesian!
We are happy to know that many of our non-English-speaking Dharma siblings can now benefit from these teachings. It is also a great opportunity for everyone to review this course, as the sūtra teaches the definitive, or ultimate meaning, relating to buddha-nature. In particular, we consider this course excellent support material for those reading In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas or taking the online course. And for anyone studying or reading the “Heart sūtra”, this is definitely a good introductory course. The course is part of our “Offer What You Can courses”. If you need assistance on how to access it, please contact us. Finally, we want to extend our gratitude to all translators who volunteered to make this possible.
May all beings benefit! 
Akara Collection
Tukdrub Barchey Kunsel Thangka
This cycle of Tukdrub Barchey Kunsel thangka contains the complete retinue of each of the 12 manifestations based on Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s instruction and on Sheldam Nyingjang. This is the 1st time in 150 years where all the twelve manifestations and their retinues are in one thangka (printed canvas with brocade).
For further details, please go to Akara Collection under the link below:
Tukdrub Barchey Kunsel Thangka - AKARA Collection
In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas Online Course
The Samye Institute is delighted to announce that registration for the second course series of In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas: Studying and Practicing the Teachings of the Samadhiraja Sutra will open on June 1st. Like the winter offering, this 14-week course will guide participants through the concepts and practices given in Phakchok Rinpoche’s In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas. Taught by Jack DeTar, students will become familiar with the view, meditation, and conduct of a bodhisattva and explore how bodhisattva training in its myriad forms lays the foundation for the dawning of genuine samadhi. 
The course will run for 14 weeks, live lasses will be online via Zoom on Sundays, at 11AM PST (click here for timezone information).
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
On this Dakini Day, Lhasey Lotsawa is pleased to share with you this new edition to our library thanks in large part to the translation work of Rangjung Yeshe Publications: Sangtik Dorsem, the profound yidam practice of the deity Vajrasattva, revealed by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa, along with its feast offering.
In honor of Chötrul Düchen, we are excited to announce the expansion of our pilgrimage project, Nekhor, to incorporate the Eight Great Sites of the Buddha. Through learning of the marvelous deeds of our supreme teacher, Buddha Shakyamuni, we hope this information will inspire your practice and that as the world continues fighting to overcome this devastating illness, travel to these profound sites of accomplishment will again be possible.
In the sutra, The Question of Maitreya, Buddha Shakyamuni recounts this prayer made by Buddha Maitreya, when he was a bodhisattva on the path aspiring to accomplish the six perfections and reach the ten bodhisattva levels. The prayer is featured in the Nyingma Mönlam.
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
Bliss Is Your Superpower: Weekly Zoom Class by Erric Solomon - Samye Institute
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
Kunkhyen Jamgön Mipham Rinpoché’s Advice for Beginners - 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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