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Dakini Day Digest - Issue #63

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Dakini Day Digest

January 27 · Issue #63 · View online

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


On this Dakini Day of the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar year, we are pleased to share a number of updates and announcements with you including: completed and upcoming precious teachings & pujas, the translation activity of Samye and Lhasey Lotsawa, videos from our Samye School, charitable activity, opportunities to generate merit, and more!
During the last month, at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery and at the Asura cave, profound pujas were performed in dedication to our precious late guru, Kyabjé Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche. Photos and video recordings can be found on the Rinpoches’ and monastery’s Facebook pages. Information about the upcoming annual pujas of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery can be found here
Samye is happy to share that the final sections of the Path of Meditation Level One Course are now available in Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish! You can now learn in your own language and follow Rinpoche’s advice and instruction on how to enhance your practices with supplications, sang offerings, tonglen, amrita, and guru citta meditations, as well as how to deal with obstacles on the path. Related to this, Samye invites you to take part in our winter fundraising initiative and share the gift of Dharma. Expansion of translation is one of our main goals! You can scroll down to the section below for more information, and the matching fund challenge.
Samye Institute continues to sponsor teaching series offered by our esteemed monastic instructors. We also partner with local Dharma communities to present selected teachings, Tulku Migmar Tsering continues his teaching series dedicated to Gyalse Tokme Zangpo’s 37 Bodhisattva Practices. This teaching series has been generously sponsored by the Vietnamese Sangha and takes place Sundays at 9 AM Kathmandu Time (find your local time here). Recordings of past teachings can be found on the Samye site.
Beginning February 12, Samye will offer a new bi-monthly teaching series to the global sangha. In this series, Drupla Sonam Tsering will provide instructions and commentary on The Four Foundations or Ngöndro practices of the Tukdrup Barché Künsel. The textual transmission will be given during the first session. For registration and additional information about this special program, please see the event listing.
Below, you will find information about an upcoming teaching series on Radically Happy hosted by Gomde UK. Also, at our Guru Rinpoche Lhakang of Malaysia, Lama Jangchub Yeshe will be leading special pujas during the upcoming final lunar month of the year. These are accessible to our global sangha via Zoom; more info below. And, lastly, we would like to remind you that Gomde New York consistently offers year-round online dharma classes and practice groups via Zoom; you can find more information on their website.
At the moment, Rangjung Yeshe Gomde New York (located in Cooperstown, NY) is searching to fill two full-time staff positions: Head of Administration and Head of Grounds & Maintenance. Please scroll down through the digest to learn more.
Samye Institute invites all sangha members and friends to join us today, on this auspicious Dakini Day, in our monthly Commit to Sit meditation practice. You can record your time spent in formal practice and join the global sangha as we practice individually at whatever time is most convenient for us. At this transitional period of year-end, and looking forward to the New Year, we can take this as an opportunity to reinvigorate our practice.

Recent Events
Samye School Updates
Below are two videos which show the recent Samye School examinations and Covid vaccinations of all the monks residing there. Under the oversight of Phakchok Rinpoche, about 100 young monks, from age 5 and older, are educated at the Samye School. They receive both a formal Buddhist education and a modern education covering the conventional academic subjects. Our junior monks above the age of 15 are part of the Ngakdra or Tantra school focusing on both philosophical and the practice-oriented learning. With regards to their modern education, the monks are guided by 11 school teachers, and divided into 8 levels of learning which Rinpoche has named after the 8 sacred sites of the Buddha: Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Vaishali, Rajagriha, Shravasti, and Samkashya.
Samye School Vaccinations on Vimeo
Samye School Exams on Vimeo
Butter Lamp Offerings at the Asura Cave
Since we began in the summer of 2020, we are happy to inform you all that we are over halfway through our offerings of 300,000 butter lamps outside the Asura Cave.
If you would like to make offerings, you can do so 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.
Charitable Works in Nepal
In conjunction with our ongoing, periodic charitable works in Nepal, Phakchok Rinpoche and some of our fellow sangha members have offered support to a Buddhist village to build a small home for one Nepali family there.
Dharma’s Activities in Rangjung Yeshe Perak (Ipoh Center)
In preparation for the Lunar New Year of the Water Tiger, on 23rd and 24th January, Lama Jangchub Yeshe led the Malaysian Sangha in Rangjung Yeshe Perak (Ipoh Center) as they performed extensive protector prayers, Trinley Nyingpo feast offering, sangcho, and Vajrakilaya pujas. Vajra siblings from Kuala Lumpur also came to help and join with the joyous and auspicious Dharma activities.
Samye Institute Fundraising Initiative
Artwork courtesy of Karma Phuntsok / www.karmaart.com
Artwork courtesy of Karma Phuntsok / www.karmaart.com
Samye Institute exists due to the regular generous offerings of patrons of the Dharma like yourself. The merit gained from making offerings of the Dharma that benefits countless beings is immeasurable.
To bring this vision to fruition, Samye Institute is holding a winter fundraising campaign. We are aspiring to raise USD$108,000, to enable us to dramatically expand Samye’s activities. A fundamental element of those activities is the continued translation into multiple languages of our core content. We are overjoyed to announce that The Vajra Fund and several generous members of our Sangha have agreed to match donations up to USD$45,000. If you would like to make an offering, please visit the Samye Institute website.
Special Updates from Samye's Translation Team
The final sections of the Path of Meditation Level One Course are now available in Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish!
Samye is very pleased to announce that the final sections, “Enhancement” and “Conclusion”, are now available in Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. We thank all of our translators for their continuous support! Now that you have received guidance on your Shamata training for one year, you can learn in your own language Rinpoche’s advice and instruction on how to enhance your practices with supplications, sang offerings, tonglen, amrita, and guru citta meditations, as well as how to deal with obstacles on the path. 
In the first section, “The Ground”, Rinpoche mentioned that as we practice, we can encounter obstacles that may hinder our practice. In the fifth section, “Enhancement” Rinpoche shares in more detail different methods that will help us boost and improve our meditation and remove obstacles. 
We advise you to revisit these guidelines and methods continuously, given that, as practitioners, we might face different obstacles, like distraction, a very discursive mind, lung problems, or tightness in our heart. All the great masters encountered these obstacles as well, thus we have the advantage of their instructions and experience! 
Remember that you can access translations at the bottom of each unit and activate subtitles for all videos by clicking on the CC button and then choosing your language:
And, now that you have instruction for practice for a whole year, keep in mind that, as the “How to Progress” section mentions, we succeed in our practice when we keep the connection with our guru and our sangha. So, keep an eye on Samye’s Events Calendar to see what is happening in all our different groups. We encourage you to join our Zoom meetings with Rinpoche, Tulku Migmar, or our Druplas, and keep the aspiration to meet soon with Rinpoche to receive further teachings on your practice. Remember, as well that Gomde New York runs regular Zoom classes online as well as a weekly Trinlé Nyingpo sadhana in English. You can find more information both on Samye’s events calendar or on Gomde New York’s website.
Click here for help on how to register or login into the platform or here on how to sign up to our online courses. We will continue our efforts to keep translating them into different languages.
Samye Institute Upcoming Live Teaching Events
Tulku Migmar Tsering: The 37 Bodhisattva Practices
Tulku Migmar Tsering continues his teaching series dedicated to Gyalse Tokme Zangpo’s 37 Bodhisattva Practices. This beautiful text encapsulates the bodhisattva ideal in a series of 37 pith aphorisms relating to all elements of the Mahayana view, meditation, and conduct.
Time: Sundays at 9 AM Kathmandu Time (find your local time here).
Tulku-la teaches in Tibetan, and we provide live translation into English, Vietnamese, Thai, and Indonesian. Recordings of Tulku-la’s teachings will be made available on YouTube and on the Samye Institute website after each session.
Ngöndro Teachings with Drupla Sonam Tsering
Drupla Sonam Tsering will teach on the Seed of Supreme Awakening, the extensive Ngöndro of the Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel from Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo.
Transmission of the Ngöndro text
Transmission for both concise and extensive Ngöndro will be provided during the teaching. This is an essential teaching for anyone interested in beginning or continuing Ngöndro practice. It is also a powerful opportunity to make an auspicious connection with the teachings of the Chokling Tersar. As we prepare to enter the new Tibetan year (on March 3), we encourage any individuals who have been considering this practice to join us for these teachings. 
Dates and time of the Teaching
The first session of this teaching series will be on February 12th at 6:45 PM Nepal Time (Check your local time here). Subsequent sessions will occur every other Saturday at the same time.
Akara Collection
Hand-Painted Black Dzambala Thangka
Black Dzambala is closely associated with the eleventh-century Kashmiri master Śākyaśrībhadra. A manifestation of the karma buddha family, black Dzambala takes the form of a dwarf who holds a skull filled with jewels and a mongoose. The mongoose is the animal associated with him and is said to spit out jewels to those who show it kindness. Dzambala’s form resembles the god Kubera and is covered in nagas, thus signifying that the wealth of both the overworld and underworld are in his control. Those who perform water offerings in his name, worship him with bali, or recite his mantra with devotion are certain to be freed from all forms of poverty and gain impressive wealth.
For further information, please visit Akara Collection under the link below:
Hand-Painted Black Dzambala Thangka - AKARA Collection
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
Happy Dakini Day,
We are happy to share the following translations our team at Lhasey Lotsawa has been diligently working on:
This brief instruction by Chokgyur Lingpa consists of three pieces of advice given by the great masters of the past.
When Chokgyur Lingpa and his disciples were seated in meditation in the sacred place of Kyijam Nyida, the great treasure revealer, gave this heart advice which was then noted down.
We hope these translations will be of great benefit to your practice and all beings. May it be auspicious!
Opportunities at Gomde New York!
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde New York (located in Cooperstown, NY) is searching to fill two full-time staff positions: Head of Administration and Head of Grounds & Maintenance. Both jobs need people with enthusiasm, organizational skills, initiative, creativity, relevant technical skills, and most of all a firm commitment to developing Gomde so that it can expand its activities for the benefit of all.
  • Head of Administration is responsible for all administrative functions: organizing programs, finances, publicity, recruiting and supervising volunteers, etc.
  • Head of Grounds & Maintenance is responsible for maintaining all the buildings and grounds of Gomde’s 26-acre campus, ensuring that they are ready for all planned activities and programs. This includes forestry and lawn care (mowing, week whacking, etc.), seasonal opening and closing of buildings, organizing and supervising volunteers, and arranging for repairs by outside professionals if beyond the scope of their competence. 
The precise division of the various tasks outlined here is somewhat flexible depending on the experience, skills, and interests of the successful applicants. Therefore, we encourage all interested parties to apply.
  • Compensation includes housing, communications (telephone, internet), a small stipend, attendance at all programs, and overall conditions to deepen your practice and understanding of the sublime Buddhadharma.
For further information, please contact us at [email protected], telephone 607-547-5051 or visit https://gomdecooperstown.org.
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 and Teachings
Guru Rinpoche Lhakang’s Pujas Program
To usher in the Water Tiger year, Guru Rinpoche Lhakang will host a program of auspicious Pujas led by Lama Jangchub Yeshe. 
Online Zoom link for all Pujas: https://zoom.us/j/5418121727
Password: dakinis
For Puja details & offering options please follow the link below: http://bit.ly/RYM-CNY-2022
Radically Happy - An online programme with Erric Solomon hosted by Gomde UK
Dates: Beginning 7th February, 2020. 7pm – 8.30pm. The course will be held on zoom, 7pm – 8.30pm on Tuesday evening for 5 weeks, concluding 8th March. 
Info:
Erric Solomon will lead this online programme on zoom, 7pm – 8.30pm on Tuesday evenings for 5 weeks. The programme is based on the book Radically Happy, focusing on the first part of the book, Basic Happiness, where we learn how and why to become more present-moment focused. During each session, we will study the material, try out meditation exercises together and share our experiences. This represents a fantastic opportunity for newcomers and those who have already attended Erric’s courses as a refresher! You can’t become too radically happy!
Everyone is welcome and no prior experience of meditation or Buddhism is required. 
Direct link to registration: https://events.gomde.uk/register/105/
(Also on the webpage)
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
Key Words of Advice from Dza Patrül Rinpoche - 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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