Dakini Day Digest - Issue #64

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Dakini Day Digest

Dakini Day Digest

February 26 · Issue #64 · View online

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


In this final month of the Tibetan Calendar year, Samye Institute joyfully announces a special teaching by Phakchok Rinpoche on the topic of “Receiving the Four Empowerments”. Please see below for further information on this precious opportunity.
This month, a Lama Norlha Tsok was held at Asura Cave on Guru Rinpoche Day. You can enjoy pictures of this puja in the Recent Events section.
As the year draws to a close, Samye would like to celebrate and applaud the hard work of the translation and interpretation teams at Samye and Lhasey Lotsawa Translation. Thanks to their joyful diligence and long working hours, we can easily access live teachings, and written or recorded Dharma materials in our mother languages.
As we look toward the auspicious conclusion of Samye’s fundraising campaign on Losar, we would like to take a moment to rejoice in the merit and generosity of our sponsors. May the Dharma continue to flourish!
This month’s digest features the Chöd Damaru from Akara Collection.
In addition, we highlight new translations from the team at Lhasey Lotsawa.

Phakchok Rinpoche's Special Teaching: Receiving the Four Empowerments
Samye joyfully announces that Phakchok Rinpoche has kindly agreed to offer the global sangha a special teaching on “Receiving the Four Empowerments”. This teaching will be held on the first Dakini Day of the New Year, March 27th at 6:45pm Nepal time. Details and registration will be forthcoming on the Samye website.
Upcoming Tsok Bum at Asura Cave
Chotrul Düchen, the Festival of Miracles, one of the four major Buddhist holidays occurs on the full moon (the fifteenth day) of the first Tibetan month, which is called Bumjur Dawa. The first fifteen days of the year celebrate the fifteen days on which, in order to increase the merit and the devotion of future disciples, Buddha displayed a different miracle. March 3rd is Losar, the first day of the Tibetan new year, the year of the water tiger. Tentatively, on the 10th day, on Guru Rinpoche’s day, we are planning to practice a tsok bum at the Asura Cave. And, on the 15th day, on Chotrul Düchen, we will practice a special puja there as well. Details are forthcoming.
Recent Events
Lama Norlha Tsok on Guru Rinpoche Day at Asura Cave
Giving thanks to our translators and interpreters
As the year draws to a close, Samye would like to take this opportunity to applaud and acknowledge the hard work of the translation and interpretation teams at Samye and Lhasey Lotsawa Translation. Thanks to their generosity and joyful diligence we can access our practice texts, life stories, and advice manuals, as well as receive live and prerecorded teachings across the globe.
Message from Samye About our Translation Team
The history of the Buddhadharma’s expansion is in many ways also a history of language and translation. According to traditional accounts, during his lifetime the Buddha urged his followers to go forth and teach the Dharma in the language of the local people rather than imposing a sacred language. For at least 400 years after the parinirvana of the Buddha, the Dharma spread orally in diverse languages; highly trained monks and nuns were entrusted with the continuity of the oral tradition. Eventually, new translators emerged who specialized in written texts.
Just a few of Lhasey Lotsawa’s many dedicated translators and interpreters
Just a few of Lhasey Lotsawa’s many dedicated translators and interpreters
We at Samye celebrate this history and have as part of our mission the aspiration to provide financial support for our translation teams. Thanks to the Lhasey Lotsawa team’s joyful diligence and long hours of study and reflection, we can access our practice texts, life stories, and advice manuals. 
In addition, the Samye interpretation and translation team has produced translations of a number of the Samye courses and core materials. And our oral interpreters have allowed people across the globe to access both live and prerecorded teachings from Phakchok Rinpoche and his monastic instructor team. 
These are some of our kind and dedicated translators and interpreters at Samye
These are some of our kind and dedicated translators and interpreters at Samye
That is why, as part of our fundraising efforts, we have a strong focus on developing and sustaining our translators. We hope that you will join us in this support. Stay tuned for more news about our translation projects!
Samye Fundraising Campaign
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’s winter fundraising campaign will auspiciously conclude on Losar. We are aspiring to raise USD$108,000, to enable us to dramatically expand Samye’s activities. We encourage those who have not yet done so, to join Samye as a monthly member, at whatever level is comfortable for you.
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 join in the merit and make an offering, please visit the Samye Institute website.
Akara Collection
Chod Damaru
Chöd is the practice of “Severance” or “Cutting Through” made well-known by the famous female practitioner, Machig Labdrön.
Attaining realization through cutting through ego-clinging
Not abandoning others through compassion
These two lines embody the entire meaning of this profound practice. Firstly, Chöd practitioners aim to realize enlightenment by severing deluded self-clinging, realizing the emptiness of all phenomena. At the same time, the practitioners strive to perfect devotion and compassion, by offering all they have to the gods, protectors, and all other beings.
For further information about the Chod Damaru, please go to Akara Collection under the link below:
Chod Damaru - AKARA Collection
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
Happy Dakini Day,
On this Dakini Day, we are happy to share the following translations our team at Lhasey Lotsawa has been diligently working on:
Chokgyur Lingpa gave this heart advice on recognizing the nature of mind to his disciple Göndrak.
This much-loved prayer by Khenpo Chimé Rigdzin is a song of yearning devotion invoking his root teacher Kyapjé Jikmé Phuntsok Rinpoche (1933-2004). The prayer reveals the benefits of guru devotion and requests the guru’s blessings as a crucial means for spiritual progress.
Global Magnetizing Accumulation
Final Opportunity to Accumulate the “Giant Cloud of Blessings”
In 2017, Phakchok Rinpoche requested that all his students take up the magnetizing practice entitled “Giant Cloud of Blessings” as part of their daily practice. This year, we have collectively accumulated almost 56,000 recitations. According to Rinpoche’s wish, we will be auspiciously concluding the global accumulations on the New Moon, March 2nd. As we look forward to Losar on March 3, we encourage our global sangha to make an extra effort in accumulating this profound and powerful prayer.
Global Accumulations - Samye Institute
Upcoming Teachings and Events
Vajrakilaya Pūjā and Lama Dances - Gutor Pūjā - Samye Institute
Tibetan New Year Fragrant Smoke Pūjā - Losar Sangchöd Pūjā - Samye Institute
Tulku Migmar Tsering: The 37 Bodhisattva Practices - Samye Institute
New Live Course: The Shravakayana
Samye Institute, in cooperation with Gomde New York, is delighted to announce a new teaching series on the first of the Nine Yanas, the Shravakayana. This course will be taught by resident instructor at Gomde New York Matthew Zalichin. The first session begins on March 10 at 6-7:30PM Eastern Time, the second session will be on March 11 at 11AM-12:30PM Eastern Time. Please check the Samye Institute’s Event Page in the coming days for further details.
Erric Solomon’s Teaching Programs
  • Radically Loving, A Guide to Interconnected Happiness
Dates: 8th – 10th April 2022
Online and In-person attendance. 
Brief overview: Interconnectedness is fundamental to our understanding of the world we live in, yet on a day-to-day basis we find it hard to benefit from our understanding, unable to integrate this insight into our own experience. This weekend retreat will help us to deepen our understanding and experience of interconnected happiness.
You can attend this retreat online, attend as a day visitor and we also have some places for staying on site. 
Direct link to registration: https://events.gomde.uk/register/119/
(Also on the webpage)
  • Eight Verses of Mind Training
Dates: 14th – 18th April 2022
Online and In-person attendance. 
Brief overview: This is a four-day retreat with Erric Solomon. Erric will take us through the main points of this well-known text on Lojong (Wyl. blo sbyong) by Geshe Langri Tangpa. The Tibetan word ‘Lojong’ means training the mind and emphasizes the practice of bodhicitta. 
You can attend this retreat online, attend as a day visitor and we also have some places for staying on site. 
Direct link to registration: https://events.gomde.uk/register/120/
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
Remembering the Three Trainings - 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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