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Dakini Day Digest - Issue #58


Dakini Day Digest

September 1 · Issue #58 · View online

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

In addition to a wealth of fresh updates and important reminders, this month, we have shared a concise explanation from Phakchok Rinpoche on sang practice. During his recent Bardo Teaching, Rinpoche had also given special attention to the opportunities to join in ongoing butter lamp offerings at the Asura Cave and to join in inviting Mahaguru statues at our Bali retreat center. So, we have included information about these below. 
With profound joy, we remind you all that, on the upcoming Guru Rinpoche Day, Samye will be hosting a global online gathering of One Hundred-Thousand Tsok Offerings of Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel (The Guru’s Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles). On September 16th at 8am Nepal time, the global gathering will commence with the lamas and senior nuns practicing and offering abundant tsok arranged at the Asura cave.
Following soon after the tsok bum, the annual puja of One Million Recitations of the Lotus Dakini (Kurukullé) Mantra and One Hundred-Thousand Fire Pujas will be held from September 25th to October 1st in Do-Ngak Ling Monastery. Kurukullé is a dakini renowned for her power to magnetize. Through her sādhana, practitioners magnetize all favorable circumstances: teachers, teachings, and the ability to understand and engage with the teachings as well as wealth and prosperity. All of this is done for the benefit of the Dharma and sentient beings, and ultimately for the practitioner to realize the nature of mind.
During this past month, the ghost month according to lunar calendar, the Korwa Dongtruk and Ngensong Dongtruk pujas were practiced at Do-Ngak Ling Monastery. These pujas brought immense benefits to our deceased loved ones as well as to all sentient beings.
In this issue, we are delighted to announce two important updates from Samye Institute: the live event focusing on training in compassion titled Can Compassion be Trained? by Dr. David Shlim, and the newest course translation: Path of Meditation Level One into Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. You can find all the details about them in the digest below.
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications offers us two translations of Chokgyur Lingpa’s advice which can bring great benefit for all sentient beings. Below, you will also discover some great news from Gomde Cooperstown and Radically Happy.
On August 31st, we requested Three Prayers to Remove Obstacles & Gather Positive Conditions (includes two prayers to Guru Rinpoche: Clearing the Obstacles of the Path (Barché Lamsel) and Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes (Sampa Lhündrup) as well as the Praises to Twenty One 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
Korwa Dongtruk and Ngensong Dongtruk Pujas
From August 20th-25th the Korwa Dongtruk and Ngensong Dongtruk pujas were held at Rinpoche’s Do-Ngak Ling Monastery in Chapagaon, Nepal.
These two pujas are based on teachings of Guru Rinpoche from termas revealed by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa. They include profound and specialized prayers to benefit the deceased through the purification of negative karmic causes and conditions. These practices ensure good rebirth, fulfillment of wishes, and accumulation of merit and wisdom.
Butter Lamp Offerings at Asura Cave
As directed by Phakchok Rinpoche, monks and nuns at the Asura Cave will light 1,000 butter lamps every day for the remainder of the Tibetan calendar year. The Asura Cave is a truly special sacred site where Guru Rinpoche manifested the realization of Mahamudra. Among many benefits for beings, lighting butter lamps enhances the clarity of one’s meditation. If you would like to join in the merit of these offerings, please click here. Together with offering butter lamps, remember to make aspirations. You can find concise and elaborate versions of lamp aspiration prayers featured on Lhasey Lotsawa.
Mahaguru Statues - Bali 
Rinpoche recently highlighted the activity of our Samye community in Bali, Indonesia. Their dedicated construction efforts include creating a five-meter tall statue of Guru Sampa Lhündrup crowning a cave-like Guru Rinpoche meditation hall. The hall will house 1,000 Guru Rinpoche statues, each 6cm tall, lining the interior columns. If you would like to invite one of these statues or to support Gomde Bali, please contact:
Email : [email protected]  
Whats App : +62831-7290-2255, or
Wechat id : gomdebali
Trinlé Nyingpo Retreat at Gomde Cooperstown
Gomde Cooperstown held a Trinlé Nyingpo retreat led by Gomde resident teacher Matthew Zalichin, and coordinated by Doris Motta. A small group gathered together for sessions four times a day to practice the Trinlé Nyingpo sādhana. We joined for sang puja outside and celebrated with two tsok offerings. Each day Matthew led the group of students in a lively discussion using two commentaries by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. As part of the closing ceremony, the group chanted and lit 108 butter lamps in an enclosure designed by Michael Friedman, and were blessed with a beautiful rainbow. The group cooked together, practiced diligently, and studied the texts. Altogether it was an excellent retreat at Gomde Cooperstown.
Radically Happy Book
Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind by Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon has just been published in Russian. The book is now available in six languages: English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Thai, and Russian.
Tsok Bum Series: Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel (The Guru’s Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles)
Date: September 16th
Time: 8:00–11:00 a.m. Nepal time
Please join us on Zoom on September 16th in accumulating One Hundred-Thousand Tsok Offerings of Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel (The Guru’s Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles). We will practice together with our monks who will be practicing at the Asura Cave Retreat Center in Nepal. Collectively, our monks, nuns, and lay sangha will accumulate a total of 100,000 repetitions of the Sampa Lhündrup Tsok offering prayer.
The Barché Künsel is the heart essence of the accomplished master Padmasambhava, who perceives the three times in their entirety. It is the quintessence of one billion heart sādhanas of the guru, the most unique terma, buried in the land of Tibet. It is also the first of the Four Cycles of Guru Sādhana. This Guru’s Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles contains all the profound key points of the view, meditation, and conduct of the three inner yoga tantras in their entirety. It manifested from the secret treasury of great wisdom, the vast realization of the Second Buddha of Uddiyana, as self-existing, natural vajra sounds in perfect, melodious tones. Its expressions, which are unmodified by the intellect of ordinary people; its words, which are without delusion; and its meaning, which is unmistaken, are exclusively due to the kindness of the three powerful knowledge holders, Khyentsé, Kongtrül, and Chokling, the great beings of the three families, who incarnated as masters to compile and propagate an ocean of secret teachings.
For more information and details for registration, please follow the link below:
Tsok Bum Series : Tsok Bum Series: Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel (The Guru’s Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles) - Samye Institute
Upcoming Annual Puja: One Million Recitations of the Lotus Dakini Mantra and One Hundred-Thousand Fire Pujas
September 25th - October 1st
Location: Do-Ngak Ling Monastery Chapagaon
Annual recitation of one million Lotus Dakini (Kurukullé or Pema Khandro) mantras and performance of one hundred-thousand fire pujas from The Seven Cycles of Profundity at Do-Ngak Ling Monastery in Nepal. The seven-day puja is held in the sacred Vajravarahi forest surrounding a shrine blessed by Vajravarahi. Since the brilliant red dakini Kurukullé (Pema Khandro) belongs to the family of Vajravarahi and Arya Tara, this special circumstance further enhances the power of the puja.
Kurukullé is a dakini renowned for her power to magnetize. Through her sādhana, practitioners magnetize all favorable circumstances: teachers, teachings, and the ability to understand and engage with the teachings as well as wealth and prosperity. All of this is done for the benefit of the Dharma and sentient beings, and ultimately for the practitioner to realize the nature of mind.
Further information can be found in Samye website: Click Here
Translation of Path of Meditation Level One
Samye’s Translation Team is very pleased to announce that we are translating our Path of Meditation Level One into Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. You can now access the Introduction section in your language and some additional material from Tulku Migmar about how to set up a shrine at home or your local center. 
Next month, October, the second section (The Ground) will be ready and by November, you will be able to access the translation of the third section (The Path). 
As you work through the Introduction section, you will learn or review what Mahamudra is, and receive the meditation chart with an overview of the complete path. Furthermore, you can also review Rinpoche’s instructions about how to begin and how to study this program and apply the first meditation technique in the context of the Treasury of Blessings Shakyamuni Buddha sadhana.
If you want to read a complete description of the course and join us in this profound study and practice, please click here
Akara Collection
Hundred Substances Sang Powder With Dzi Stone
Concise Explanation from Phakchok Rinpoche on the Meaning and Benefits of Sang as taught by Guru Rinpoche in the Sheldam Nyingjang from the Tukdrub Barché Künsel
What is sang powder? 
Sang is made from over 100 substances according to the instructions of the great masters. It includes different precious substances such as various medicinal plants and seeds, incenses, jewels, precious stones, precious metals, and precious foods. Overseen by Phakchok Rinpoche and undertaken by our fellow lay and monastic devotees in Nepal, we have created this sang powder available through the Akara Collection.
What are the benefits of sang practice? 
The main benefit is cleansing. The cleansing of illness, the environment, ailments, negative emotions, and broken samayas. Basically, all the outer, inner, and secret defilements will be cleansed and purified. 
What is the purpose of sang practice? 
Sang practice is an offering to the objects of refuge (the 3 Jewels, the 3 Roots and so forth), the dharma protectors, the obstacle makers and those to whom we owe karmic debt, and all sentient beings. These are the for types of guests, who receive the practitioner’s sang offering. No enlightened ones or sentient beings are excluded. All are included.
What are the further benefits and blessings of sang practice? 
It helps us to receive the blessings, the supreme siddhi of realization, the common siddhis, and the fulfillment of our wishes. And furthermore, it helps us to achieve the four activities of pacifying, increasing, magnetizing, and subduing.
For Mahayoga practitioners of the Vajrayana, we generally need three components to our practice: the correct substances, the correct way of chanting, and the correct motivation with correct visualization. As our sang powder is the correct substance for sang practice, Rinpoche has mentioned that he uses the same sang powder for his sang pujas that we offer here.
Follow the link below to learn more. The sang powder is available in increments of 0.25kg. All proceeds received through Akara are utilized completely for the spiritual and charitable projects of Rinpoche’s activities.
Hundred Substances Sang Powder with Dzi Stone - AKARA Collection
Training in Compassion Live Event
Samye Institute is delighted to announce that David Shlim will offer a live event focusing on training in compassion titled Can Compassion be Trained? on September 11, 2021 at 8AM MDT (Check your local time here).
Registration for the event can be found here. Dr. Shlim is a senior student of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, and Phakchok Rinpoche. As an experienced travel medicine doctor, David has devoted his life to demonstrating how Buddhist teachings on the nature of compassion can improve medical care.
His methods for developing into more loving, 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.
David teaches the new Samye Institute course, Training in Compassion. The course contains seven units, each containing a lecture from David and carefully selected videos of Phakchok Rinpoche’s teachings in the Medicine and Compassion Project. David also offers clear and simple meditation instructions suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners.
For more information, see the Samye Institute’s event page.
To register: Click Here
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
Lhasey Lotsawa is pleased to share the following two pieces of advice given by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa, translated by our team during the month of August:
A call to the practitioners to turn their minds inwardly by Chokgyur Lingpa.
A short piece of advice that Chokgyur Lingpa gave near the Yelphuk Cave on the request of a disciple named Kyilü.
We hope these translations will be of great benefit to you 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
Bliss Is Your Superpower Series by Erric Solomon
Bliss is your Superpower is starting again on Zoom, hosted by Gomde Austria
Wednesdays at 7.30 CEST 
To start a new cycle of Bliss is your Superpower, Erric chose the famous Kadampa text, The Eight Verses for Training the Mind, by Geshe Langri Tangpa.
This text will help to build on the foundation established last spring, discovering the subtle bliss that is the basis of all experience. For people who weren’t able to join last spring, this will be the perfect point to begin, since this text is a complete teaching.
The text is both short and profoundly pithy; it contains the heart essence of how to practice the Mahayana path in eight concise verses.
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
Dza Patrül Rinpoche’s Heart Advice - 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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