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Dakini Day Digest - Issue #54


Dakini Day Digest

May 6 · Issue #54 · View online

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

During this past month, the annual Vajra Claw Puja concluded auspiciously on, full moon day, April 27th, at Do-Ngak Ling (Vajra Varahi Monastery) in Chapagaon, Nepal. It is one of six pujas conducted every year, from May to December, by Phakchok Rinpoche’s monks.
The second puja - One Hundred-Thousand Tsok Offerings of the Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes - will take place in July. Please note that the puja’s date has been changed to July 17th–19th, 2021  during the auspicious 6th month (Monkey month) of the Tibetan calendar - associated with Guru Rinpoche’s birth.
In this digest, we are happy to bring you updates from Gomde Brazil Amrita Mountain’s construction progress. In the coming weeks, stay tuned for further updates from Gomde Brazil as well as Gomde Bali.
We are also excited to bring you this month’s newest translation from Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications, as well as information about the Long-Life Arrow featured by Akara Collection.
You will also find useful information about different Dharma events at Gomde Cooperstown New York and other places around the world, as well as various teaching activities from Erric Solomon. Samye Institute will also launch the second edition of our online course In The Footsteps of Bodhisattvas led by Jack deTar, beginning on Sunday, June 20th.
Last but not least, on May 3rd, 2021, we requested Three Prayers to Remove Obstacles & Gather Positive Conditions (Includes 2 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 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! And may they have all that they need.”

Recent Events
Vajra Claw—Dorjé Dermo—Dakini Puja at Vajra Varahi Monastery
On April 25th, the Dorjé Dermo puja commenced in Pal Do-Ngak Nyida Zungdrel Mindrol Norbuling Monastery (aka Vajra Varahi Monastery), Nepal.
Vajra Claw is a wrathful female activity dakini. The Buddha originally revealed Vajra Claw to be a powerful guardian and protector. Accordingly, Vajra Claw is invoked to this day in order to protect the practitioners’ domestic space, their family, their friends and their allies and to avert any obstacles that might threaten them.
Update from Gomde Brazil Amrita Mountain
In the past months, the construction of the main Dharma house at Gomde Brazil, Amrita Mountain, has been progressing very consistently. We would like to share a few photos from the construction in April and a recent photo of the building as it is today. Following these is the architectural projection for the exterior of the final structure.
The Second Annual Puja: One Hundred-Thousand Tsok Offerings of the Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes—Sampa Lhundrup
from The Guru’s Heart Practice
July 17th–19th, 2021  Three days of puja concluding on the Guru Rinpoche Day of 6th month - the Monkey month of the Tibetan calendar - associated with Guru Rinpoche’s birth.
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 twelve 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:
One Hundred-Thousand Tsok Offerings of the Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes Puja - Samye Institute
In The Footsteps of Bodhisattvas Course
Due to popular demand, Samye Institute is offering another edition of the In The Footsteps of Bodhisattvas course, led by Jack DeTar . In this 14 week course, participants will be guided through the concepts and practices given in Phakchok Rinpoche’s latest book. We 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. 
Registration for this course will open on June 1st, 2021. The first class is scheduled to begin on Sunday, June 20th, 2021 at 11 AM PST, and will continue weekly for 14 weeks.
Akara Collection
Long-Life Arrow
This arrow is the main tool for magnetizing accomplishments in long life and wealth practices. As such, to have a good quality arrow made according to the ancient instructions is very important.
The arrow itself represents skillful means and the feather at one of the extremes symbolizes wisdom. The five-colored cloth ribbons, stand ultimately for the five wisdoms, but can also be seen as the five Buddha families and the five elements.
For more information, please go to Akara Collection under the link below:
Long-Life Arrow - AKARA Collection
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
Happy Dakini Day,
Lhasey Lotsawa is pleased to share the following texts our team has been diligently working on this past month:
A praise honoring the eighth-century princess from Zahor, Lhacham Mandāravā, composed by Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo.
A four-line prayer to Guru Padmasambhava for the elimination of all obstacles on the spiritual path.
As the title suggests, this prayer by Terdak Lingpa is a request for the teachers to remain steadfast as vajra form, speech, and heart.
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 and Events
2021 Fall Seminar with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
40th Annual Fall Seminar: Buddha Nature - Samye Institute
Gomde Cooperstown New York’s New Schedule
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown in Central New York is reopening its doors! Fully vaccinated people are welcome to our campus beginning Sunday, May 16th to attend our ongoing schedule of weekly classes or to do personal retreats. Following are the updates in our schedule:
  • Sundays, 11:00 to 12:30, The Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. Michael Friedman will be teaching in our main shrine room. There will NOT be a zoom streaming for Sunday classes.
  • Tuesdays, 18:00 to 19:00, Introduction to Meditation. Matthew Zalichin will continue teaching this ‘non-Buddhist’ class at Gomde Cooperstown and also via zoom stream.
  • Wednesdays, noon to 1:30 pm, Trinley Nyingpo practice session in English. Many people who experience ‘difficulty’ with sadhana practice are helped by this weekly opportunity to ask questions and practice the sadhana in English. Led by Matthew Zalichin. Empowerment is required and it will be just zoom streaming.
  • Thursdays, 18:00 to 19:30, The Essence of Buddhism, Kyabgon Traleg Rinpoche’s book provides a clear and succinct overview of the path. Matthew Zalichin’s Thursday class is just zoom streaming.
  • Fridays, 11:00 to 12:30, The Essence of Buddhism. Matthew Zalichin’s Friday class will take place in our main shrine room and also via zoom stream.
Erric Solomon’s Upcoming Events:
Weekly Zoom Class:
Bliss Is Your Superpower: Weekly Zoom Class With Erric Solomon - Samye Institute
Weekend Seminars and Afternoon Talks:
Bodhicitta for Yogis: Exploring the Unity of Wisdom and Compassion
Saga Dawa Düchen:
Saga Dawa Düchen: Celebrating the Birth, Enlightenment, and Parinirvāṇa of the Buddha - Samye Institute
Sangha Activities and Announcements
Annual Pujas at Do-Ngak Ling Monastery - Samye Institute
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
The Four Dharmas of Gampopa - 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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