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Dakini Day Digest

August 3 · Issue #57 · View online

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


This past month, we joyfully received global online Bardo Teachings from Phakchok Rinpoche, and we completed the global online practice of the Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup Tsok Bum, ninth in the series of 100,000 ganachakra feast offering (or: tsok bum), on July 19th (Guru Rinpoche Day in the Tibetan calendar).
This month, we are excited to notify you of three upcoming events. From August 20-25th, there will be two important pujas practiced at our Do-Ngak Ling Monastery of Chapagaon: the Korwa Dongtruk Puja and the Ngensong Dongtruk Puja. These pujas are especially potent for the deceased. During this time, on August 22nd, Full Moon Day, Samye Institute will host Phakchok Rinpoche’s second global online teaching on the topic of Bardo: “Preparation for Death - Key Points for Self and Others.“ Find more info on these pujas and teaching below.
Later this month, Samye is proud to soon be releasing a comprehensive self-study online course “Training in Compassion” developed and led by David R. Shlim, M.D. You will find information in the Upcoming Teachings and Events section.
We are also pleased to feature Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications monthly translation releases and updates. Additionally, the Akara Collection has released several new sacred items. This month, we have highlighted Akara’s new biodegradable, cotton prayer flags!
Lastly, we have shared information and photos from various charity activities sponsored by the Rangjung Yeshe Malaysia sangha. We rejoice at their display of compassion in action!
On 8/2/2021, Samye Institute 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 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! And may they have all that they need.”

Recent Events
The 9th Of The Tsok Bum Series: Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup
We are delighted to share with you that, as a global sangha representing 54 countries, we all together accumulated more than 250,000 recitations in this recent Tsok Bum on Guru Rinpoche Day (July 19th).
Charitable Activities From Rangjung Yeshe Malaysia
“Compassion is a positive motivation, dream and wish. But to actualize this and in reality put this into practical action—that kind of active compassion is very different to mental compassion.
It is our actions that show who we are, and our motivation that decides what we become in the future.”
(Compassion in Action, Guru Rinpoche Day Teaching by Phakchok Rinpoche, May 28th, 2015) 
Keeping Rinpoche’s heartfelt advice in mind, Rangjung Yeshe Malaysia sangha members continued careful distribution, spread over a period of time (Feb - July) to benefit as many people (Batu Pahat, Johor, Sg. Petani, Kedah & around Klang Valley) as possible in this chaotic and difficult pandemic period. The Tsok Bum collections from 2020 through 2021 plus additional funds from friends & family have been distributed with grace and prayers. May all beings truly be free from suffering and be blessed with happiness and causes of happiness. 
Upcoming: Korwa Dongtruk Puja
August 20th-22nd, 2021
Location: Do-Ngak Ling Monastery Chapagaon
Korwa Dongtruk is a teaching of Guru Rinpoche revealed in a terma by the great tertön, Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa. Compiled by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, the sādhana, entitled “All-pervading Benefit,” is a practice of Red Avalokiteshvara. 
Further information can be found in Samye website: Click Here
Upcoming: Annual Puja - Hundredfold Puja of the Dredger of the Lower Realms’ Depths
August 23rd-25th, 2021
Location: Do-Ngak Ling Monastery Chapagaon
Over the course of three days our monks will accumulate 150 repetitions of the Ngensong Dongtruk puja, the Avalokiteshvara practice of the Tukdrup Barché Kunsel cycle.
Avalokiteshvara is the essence of the speech of all the buddhas and the embodiment of their compassion. In this very special practice, Avalokiteshvara is invoked together with the buddhas of the five families, the four manifestations of Avalokiteshvara, as well as a further seven bodhisattvas.
Further information can be found in Samye website: Click Here
Akara Collection
Prayer Flags (Biodegradable Cotton)
Prayer flags or Lungta are commonly used to promote PEACE, COMPASSION, STRENGTH and WISDOM. It is believed that the mantras on the flags are blown by the wind to spread good will and compassion into all space were originally hand-printed on coarse cheap white cloth. Over the months, the flags would disintegrate in the rain, sun and wind which took the prayers to the deities.
For detailed information, please follow the link below:
Prayer Flags (Biodegradable Cotton) - AKARA Collection
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
Happy Dakini Day Everyone,
We are happy to share the following publications our team at Lhasey Lotsawa has been diligently working on:
A call to the practitioners to turn their minds inwardly by Chokgyur Lingpa.
Lhasey Lotsawa is delighted to share the publication of Following in Your Footsteps: The Lotus-Born Guru in India via Rangjung Yeshe Publications.
A brief devotional song invoking Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa, composed by Chokgyur Lingpa’s eldest son, Tersé Gyurmé Tsewang Drakpa.
An outline of the fivefold practice of mahāmudrā that is unique to the Drikung Kagyü school: train in bodhicitta, visualize your body as the deity, visualize the guru as the deity, train in the non-conceptual view, and seal with dedications and aspirations.
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
Bardo Teachings, Part Two: Preparation for Death - Key Points for Self and Others
Samye is ​pleased​ to announce that Phakchok Rinpoche will offer​ Bardo Teachings on​ the upcoming​​ Full Moon Day,​ ​Sunday, ​August 22nd, at 5:45pm, Nepal time.
​In “Preparation for Death - Key Points for Self and Others​,” Phakchok Rinpoche will share the extremely kind guidance of Guru Rinpoche. Rinpoche will also illuminate the key points of knowledge and practice that we can apply at the end of this life– for ourselves and others.
Zoom registration details will follow and will be announced on Samye Institute’s website and by email.
New Self-Study Course
David Shlim and Phakchok Rinpoche
David Shlim and Phakchok Rinpoche
Samye Institute is delighted to announce a new self-study course launching later this month. Training in Compassion is a course developed and led by David R. Shlim, M.D. It provides a framework for all individuals who wish to grow and exercise their compassionate work in the world. David is the co-author, with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, of the book Medicine and Compassion, and has spent the past twenty years lecturing and offering retreats on training in compassion. He recently initiated a medical school curriculum in training in compassion for the National University of Ireland, in Galway. 
His suggestions for developing into loving, more compassionate beings resonate with anyone regardless of their background or previous training. Seasoned Buddhist practitioners will also find that these teachings can reinvigorate their practice and allow for deeper understanding, making new connections between their overall practice and compassion.
The course features 7 video teachings and contemplations from David as well as short videos from Phakchok Rinpoche. Finally, David leaves us with a bonus unit on practicing the Six Perfections in Daily Life–a meaningful introduction and reminder for us all. The course will offer a forum for posting questions and stimulating discussion on this vast topic. Stay tuned for more announcements in the next weeks!
Erric Solomon’s Activities:
  • Article on Buddhist Door Global: about Kyabje Tsikey Chokling’s life, in which has quotes from his Rinpoche brothers, his Sangyum, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and Phakchok Rinpoche. 
Kyabjé Tsikey Chökling Rinpoche (1953–2020) – Tender Recollections of a Marvelous Life | Buddhistdoor
  • August 5th: webinar hosted by Rangjung Gomde UK with the topic of carbon neutral next year. Erric Solomon will talk about the Buddhist Perspective, linking the inner environment to the outer environment.
Webinar: Net Zero and Beyond — Gomde UK
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
The Heart Essence of Padmasambhava - 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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