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Dakini Day Digest - Issue #65

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Dakini Day Digest

March 27 · Issue #65 · View online

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


Today, on the auspicious first Dakini Day of the year of the Water Tiger year (Tibetan Calendar), Phakchok Rinpoche will generously bestow a teaching on the topic of Receiving the Four Empowerments. Details on joining and venue can be found below if you have not yet registered.
This month, as a global sangha, we joyfully completed the practice of the 12th Tsok Bum: Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel.
Samye Institute, in cooperation with Gomde New York, is delighted to announce a brand new course in the Nine Yanas pathway: The Shravakayana. This is a brief introduction to the course: “Although it may be tempting to race to the Vajrayana as quickly as seems possible, we are unlikely to gain any significant experience of the higher vehicles without first connecting with the foundational ones. Because each of us will inevitably refine our understanding gradually as we traverse the path, Phakchok Rinpoche has emphasized a detailed study of each of the nine yanas and the specific meditation practices associated with each one”. Further details can be found below.
Samye is also delighted that we continue to have several online teachings from our senior monks in Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery: Tulku Migmar Tsering offers practical advice on the topic of the 37 Bodhisattva Practices, and Drupla Sonam Tsering guides us through the Seed of Supreme Awakening, the extensive Ngöndro of the Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel from Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo. Recordings of the teachings will be made available on YouTube and in the Senior Lama Teachings section on the Samye website after each session.
During this Tibetan year of the Water Tiger, per Phakchok Rinpoche’s request, Samye invites you to join the global sangha in accumulating The Seven Line Prayer. You will find more information and the link to record your accumulation in practice below.
In this issue, we introduce the two newest poignant pieces of advice for practitioners from our hard-working team at Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications. You can find the links for these translated texts below.
Moreover, our partners at Akara Collection feature The Cycle of Tukdrub Barchey Kunsel thangka this month. This thangka contains the complete retinue of each of the 12 manifestations based on Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s instruction and on the Sheldam Nyingjang.
On March 18th, 2022, Chötrul Düchen, we made a butter lamp offering at Asura Cave on behalf of all Samye Patrons with the following dedication: “May the patrons of Samye Institute, and the whole world, be free of all disease, hardship, war, and negativity. May all beings, in all realms, be happy, healthy, and safe! And may they have all that they need.

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 are on the Samye website under the link below:
Phakchok Rinpoche: Receiving the Four Empowerments - Samye Institute
Recent Events
Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel Tsok Bum
The first Tsok Bum of the year of the Water Tiger, held during the auspicious month of Bumgyur Dawa, was successfully conducted on March 12th, 2022.
We are delighted to share with you that, as a global sangha representing over 50 countries, we together accumulated more than one hundred thousand recitations of the Tukdrup Barché Künsel Tsok offering prayer.
Losar: Tibetan New Year
Losar literally means ‘New Year’ in Tibetan.
2022 - Year Of the Water-Tiger
The Tibetan astrological calendar assigns an animal and an element to each year in twelve-year cycles. 2022 will usher in the year of the Water-Tiger.
Tibetan Buddhists engage in ritual behavior for the new year in order to bring about good, or auspicious circumstances. We might regard this as creating our own good karma for the year ahead.
For this reason, for the first few weeks of the new year, Tibetans customarily make extra effort to perform virtuous activities.
Monasteries, such as Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, host elaborate pujas to eliminate negative influences and prevent them from continuing into the new year.
New Live Course: The Shravakayana
Samye Institute, in cooperation with Gomde New York, announces a new teaching series on the first of the Nine Yanas, the Shravakayana. This course will be taught by the resident instructor at Gomde New York Matthew Zalichin and senior monastic instructors. Each unit will be taught twice weekly. The first session will be on Thursdays at 6-7:30 PM Eastern Time, the second session will be on March 11 at 11AM-12:30 PM Eastern Time. You do not need to attend both sessions, the content will be the same. Learn more here.
The Nine Yanas: Shravakayana - Samye Institute
Akara Collection
Tukdrub Barchey Künsel Thangka
This cycle of Tukdrub Barchey Kunsel thangka contains the complete retinue of each of the 12 manifestations based on Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s instruction and on Sheldam Nyingjang. This is the 1st time in 150 years where all the twelve manifestations and their retinues are in one thangka.
For further information please go to the link below:
Tukdrub Barchey Kunsel Thangka - AKARA Collection
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
We are happy to share the following translations our team at Lhasey Lotsawa has been diligently working on:
Chokgyur Lingpa gave this short heart advice to his disciple Sang-Ngak.
Chokgyur Lingpa gave this heart advice to his disciple Wanglu.
We hope these translations will be of great benefit to your practice and all beings. May it be auspicious!
Global Seven Line Prayer Accumulations
Phakchok Rinpoche has encouraged all his students and friends to start the New Year on March 3rd, the beginning of the auspicious month of Bumgyur Dawa with the collective recitations of the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche. Rinpoche and his monks will also recite this auspicious prayer as we collectively receive the blessings from our Mahaguru.
Learn more and submit your accumulation through the link below:
Seven Line Prayer Accumulations - Samye Institute
Upcoming Teachings
Tulku Migmar Tsering: The 37 Bodhisattva Practices
Tulku Migmar Tsering continues his teaching series dedicated to Gyalse Tokme Zangpo’s 37 Bodhisattva Practices. The live Zoom sessions are at 9 am Nepal time. The series is generously sponsored by the Vietnamese sangha. Samye posts the recorded teachings of each session to our website soon after each session so that you can benefit from these instructions on practicing the Mahayana path at a time convenient for you. Learn more here.
All events for Tulku Migmar Tsering: The 37 Bodhisattva Practices – Samye Institute
Ngöndro Teachings with Drupla Sonam Tsering
Drupla Sonam Tsering continues to teach on the Seed of Supreme Awakening, the extensive Ngöndro of the Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel from Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo. Drupla will teach every other Saturday at 6:45AM Nepal Time. Learn more here.
All events for Ngöndro Teachings with Drupla Sonam Tsering – Samye Institute
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
Gendun Chöpel’s verses on transforming the mind - 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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