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Dakini Day Digest - Issue #60

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Dakini Day Digest

October 31 · Issue #60 · View online

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


Dakini Day greetings to you all! First and foremost, please save the dates of December 15th and 16th. We are happy to announce that Phakchok Rinpoche will kindly bestow Bardo Teachings on these dates. On the first day, Rinpoche plans to teach on the Noble Wisdom of Passing Sutra, and, on the second day, Rinpoche will teach on the Liberation Upon Hearing. The teachings will likely be offered in the evening, Nepal time. The full details are forthcoming.
This month, on October 27th (Western Calendar), the 22nd day of the ninth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, is the “Festival of the Descent from Heaven” - Lha Bab Düchen. Samye Institute and the global Sangha joyfully celebrated this auspicious event with The Global Meditation Practice. Our Sangha spent three days, eighteen hours, and fifty minutes in meditation with over one hundred people submitting their meditation time. The series “commit to sit” practice reminders will be continued. Please refer to our section below in the digest for further information and how to join.
Today, on the auspicious Dakini Day, Samye Institute is excited to share that Tulku Migmar Tsering‘s teaching on the topic of “How to Meditate in Difficult Times” is happening. Tulku-la’s teaching is in English with simultaneous translation into Indonesian, Chinese, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese. This teaching will also be available on YouTube
In this issue, we rejoice to announce the release of the revised Nekhor app - a Guru Rinpoche Pilgrimage App to help you discover the sacred sites of Guru Padmasambhava as you travel. “Nekhor” in Tibetan means “circling the sacred,” or simply “pilgrimage.” This is exactly what this app will help you do: discover the sacred sites of the great Buddhist masters of the past.
We would like to 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 Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik (The Lake-Born Guru’s Heart Essence). On November 14th 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.
After the tsok bum, the annual White Umbrella puja will be held from December 30th - January 1st in Do-Ngak Ling Monastery. White Umbrella (Sitatapatra in Sanskrit and Dukkarmo in Tibetan) is named after her main emblem—a white umbrella. The Buddha revealed this deity to his followers as a powerful protection against calamities and malignant beings.
Moreover, Samye is very excited to announce that the third part of the course translation: Path of Meditation Level One into Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish is now available on the Samye website. The translation of the next section, “Trainings”, is in progress. This year-long practice program features teaching videos by Phakchok Rinpoche who kindly guides us through a step-by-step approach to building a firm foundation in meditation and self-reflection according to the Mahāmudrā tradition.
Last but not least, on October 27th, Lha Bab Düchen, we made an offering, on behalf of all the patrons of Samye, towards the upcoming Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik Tsok Bum with the following dedication: “May the sponsors 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
Global Meditation Practice on Lha Bab Düchen
This year, Samye Institute invited our global Sangha to commit to sitting in meditation collectively during the sacred time of the Buddha’s descent from the Heaven of the Thirty Three. Our Sangha spent three days, eighteen hours, and fifty minutes in meditation! Over one hundred people submitted their meditation time. We rejoice in this global activity!
Daily Butter Lamp Offerings at Asura Cave
Phakchok Rinpoche and Samye have been coordinating the daily lighting of 1,000 butter lamps in front of the Asura cave. These are a couple of photos from the recent lighting on the last Full Moon Day.
Every day, especially on the auspicious days, remember to partake in rejoicing in these profound offerings of butter lamps. And remember to make your dedications and aspirations.
For more information, and to join in the offering, visit:
Butter Lamp Offerings at Asura Cave - Samye Institute
Lobster Life Release
At the end of September, together with offerings from Phakchok Rinpoche, our New York and Connecticut sangha members saved 571 live lobsters from being shipped out to restaurants and released them into safe waters with the approval of the local environmental authority. Local community members joined in the release as well, and everyone felt incredible joy in participating. Stay tuned for updates from Samye on how to partake in future life releases.
How to Meditate in Difficult Times - Teaching by Tulku Migmar Tsering on Dakini Day
How to Meditate in Difficult Times - Samye Institute
Samye Institute is pleased to announce that Tulku Migmar Tsering will generously share his teachings on the topic of “How to Meditate in Difficult Times” on this upcoming Dakini Day. Tulku-la will be teaching in English. Don’t miss this precious opportunity to join this teaching!
We will provide simultaneous translation into Indonesian, Chinese, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese.
This teaching will also be available on YouTube
Commit to Sit With Samye Institute!
Samye Insitute is pleased to announce a series of ‘commit to sit ’ practice reminders. On the auspicious New Moon Day, we encourage everyone to rededicate themselves to meditation practice. We can practice wherever we are, regardless of time zone. And we can practice by ourselves, or together with family or friends, or on Zoom with a group for inspiration. Then simply enter your minutes of sitting time in our form.
Global Meditation Practice on the New Moon - Samye Institute
Upcoming Tsok Bum Series : Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik (The Lake-Born Guru’s Heart Essence)
Date: November 14th
Time: 8:00–11:00 a.m. Nepal time
Please join us on Zoom on November 14th in accumulating One Hundred-Thousand Tsok Offerings of Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik (The Lake-Born Guru’s Heart Essence). 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 Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik Tsok offering prayer.
It is mentioned in Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo, The Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence, by Guru Rinpoche, that there are four levels of heart-practice or guru sadhana: the outer is Barché Künsel, the inner is Sampa Lhündrup, the secret is Tsokyé Nyingtik, and the innermost secret is Dorjé Draktsal.
Jamgön Kongtrul, in his commentary on the above quoted root verses of Lamrim Yeshé Nyingpo, explains the significance of Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik as follows:
Secretly, the means is the indivisible unity of primordially pure space and spontaneously present awareness, which itself is the basic nature of your own mind and all phenomena. The meaning of this is manifest in mudra form as the great Padma Vajradhara, Tsokyé Dorjé Chang, the symbol, who is all Three Roots condensed into one. He is the self-existing wheel of great bliss, and through his profound path of the essence yoga of undivided development and completion, you reach ‘accomplishment’ of unchanging co-emergent wisdom….”
For more information and details for registration, please follow the link below:
Tsok Bum Series : Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik (The Lake-Born Guru’s Heart Essence) - Samye Institute
Upcoming Annual Puja: White Umbrella Puja
Date: December 30th - January 1st
Location: Do-Ngak Ling Monastery Chapagaon
White Umbrella (Sitatapatra in Sanskrit and Dukkarmo in Tibetan) is named after her main emblem—a white umbrella. The Buddha revealed this deity to his followers as a powerful protection against calamities and malignant beings. Reciting her mantra averts evil influences and purifies defilements. Sitatapatra is thus practiced to this day to avert negativities of all kinds: disease, obstacles, black magic, evil spells, and all oppressing forces.
Further information can be found in Samye website: Click Here
Nekhor Releases Revised App
We are pleased to announce the release of our revised Nekhor app. As today is amongst the most sacred of days associated with the Shakyamuni Buddha, we encourage everyone to explore the Eight Great Sacred Sites of the Buddha, featured in our app. Within these eight sites is Samkashya, the place of the Buddha’s descent from the Heaven of the Thirty-Three. There you can learn more about the significance of this incredibly auspicious holiday.
“Nekhor” in Tibetan means “circling the sacred,” or simply “pilgrimage.” This is exactly what this app will help you do: discover the sacred sites of the great Buddhist masters of the past.
Beginning with Buddha Shakyamuni, from whom all streams of Buddhism in our modern age have flowed, and Guru Padmasambhava, the forefather of Tibetan Buddhism, we invite the intrepid spiritual seeker to journey with us through South Asia and explore the physical landscape that is the literal foundation of the Dharma. As Nekhor develops, we aspire to include even more sacred sites associated with such authentic masters.
To find the Nekhor app, just search “Nekhor” in your device’s app store (available in both the Apple and Google App stores), and download it to your phone or tablet. May it become a trusted companion to your journey! For more information on the Nekhor project, please visit our website.
The Third Section of our Path of Meditation 
Level One Course is now available in 
Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish!
Dear Dharma Friend,
Samye’s translation team is very pleased to announce that the third section of the Path of Meditation Level One, “The Path” is now available in Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. You can now access the teachings on the right motivation, the five experiences of a meditator, the posture points, and how to change your attitude in your own language. You will also find advice on how to make your mind functional and one-pointed. Our deep gratitude and appreciation to our translators and proofreaders!
The translation of the next section, “Trainings”, is in progress.
As you work through the section of “The Path”, you will gain a thorough knowledge of how to be genuine in your spiritual practice ─by cultivating the right motivation according to the Mahāyāna path─, and of the gradual stages of shamata with support, so you develop the necessary stability to proceed with the shamata without support ─with the correct attitude. You can study one free access unit here
PLEASE NOTE: The translations are at the bottom of the page
To activate subtitles in your language, please click on the CC button on the video’s menu.
You can click here for help on how to register or login into the platform or here on how to sign up for our online courses.
May your meditation practice thrive!
Wisdom Sound
We are delighted to share the news that Cher will lend her voice to WisdomSound, an upcoming benefit concert for Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and Nagi Nunnery in Nepal. The concert will include special guest Richard Gere and is set to show on November 8th. The live-streamed global event will also feature performances by Laurie Anderson, Jon Batiste, Norah Jones, Angelique Kidjo, Steve Miller Band, Gregory Porter, and Maggie Rogers. 
The show can be viewed for free, but as this is a benefit concert we strongly encourage everyone to show their support through one of the donation options when acquiring tickets. You can purchase tickets here: https://boxoffice.mandolin.com/products/wisdomsound
Akara Collection
Hundred Substances Sang Powder with Dzi Stone
In order to practice sangchö in the correct way, one needs the authentic substances to be combined with the power of the mantra (or prayer) and the samadhi (or meditation). For the substances, the texts specify that one needs to gather 108 different ingredients made up of various medicinal plants, herbs, precious and semi-precious metals and stones, and specific ritual substances. However, in these modern times, such attention to fine detail is slowly deteriorating. To enable the authentic and genuine practice to continue, Rinpoche has kindly amassed all these 108 ingredients. Additionally, this batch contains authentic dzi stone ground into a powder which is mixed with the powder of the other 108 ingredients. The dzi stone is an extremely precious and prized type of jewelry in Tibetan culture.
For detailed information, please go to Akara Collection under the links below:
Hundred Substances Sang Powder with Dzi Stone - AKARA Collection
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
On this Dakini Day, we are happy to share the following publications our team at Lhasey Lotsawa has been diligently working on:
A short piece of advice that Chokgyur Lingpa gave at Kela Norbu Phünsum, the future site of the seat of Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, on the request of a disciple named Tashi Lhamo.
This commentary by Jamgön Kongtrul Rinpoché (1813–1899), preserved in The Treasury of Extensive Teachings (rgya chen bka’ mdzod) presents a clear Nyingma perspective on the practice of gaṇacakra. The text does not refer to a particular sādhana, but offers a generic explanation that is remarkable for its clarity and detail.
Ārya Atiśa bestowed the following final piece of advice on how to lead a spiritual life to his disciples upon the request of Lha Jangchup’ö.
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
41st Annual Seminar at at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery
41st Annual Seminar With Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche - Samye Institute
Erric Solomon’s Teaching Series - Bliss Is Your Superpower
Time: November 18th - 29th
Location: Germany
“We don’t have to follow our bliss, because in reality bliss follows us!
Every aspect of our existence is permeated by bliss. However, out of habit, we misunderstand the very essence of who we really are. We are distracted by mind’s projections instead of resting in mind’s nature. True Bliss isn’t an experience, experiences come and go. But authentic bliss is always available. This bliss (called Mahasukha in Sanskrit or Dewa Chenpo in Tibetan) transcends circumstances and conditions; it is the indestructible nature of our being.”
18.11. | Bad Saarow | Vortrag 
19.-20.11. | Berlin | Vortrag & Seminar 
24.11. | Wiesbaden | Vortrag 
25.11. | Frankfurt | Votrag
27.11. | München | Vortrag
29.11. | Fürth | Vortrag
Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind - Samye Institute
Bliss Is Your Superpower: Weekly Zoom Class With Erric Solomon - Samye Institute
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
Tsangnyön Heruka’s mind instructions - 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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