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Dakini Day Digest - Issue #66

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Dakini Day Digest

April 25 · Issue #66 · View online

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


This month, Samye Institute is delighted to share announcements with you regarding specially designed statues of Kyabjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, the latest practice and teaching news from Samye Institute as well as updates from Lhasey Lotsawa, from our Tibetan medicine students and Samye Tantric School monks, and more.
This May, Samye Institute invites everyone to participate in an at-home mini-retreat. This retreat is designed for all students. You can choose your own dates (within the one-month period), your own location, and your own schedule. Due to the disruptions of the pandemic, this format eliminates the issues that make attending in-person retreats difficult.
Moreover, Samye Institute, in cooperation with Gomde New York, is delighted to offer the first course in the Nine Yanas pathway: The Shravakayana. Further details can be found in the section below.
In this issue, we are excited to introduce the newest translation works from Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications. You can find the links for these translated texts below as well. In addition, we are happy to share the fengshui flag from the Akara Collection.
On 4/22/2022, we made a contribution to the daily 1,000 butter lamp offering at Asura Cave on behalf of all Samye Sponsors 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. And may they all attain enlightenment in this very life”. 

"Looks Like Me" Statues of Kyabjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Phakchok Rinpoche has commissioned 1,000 “looks like me” statues of Kyabjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. In the spirit of devotion and generosity, Rinpoche is producing these sacred images in remembrance of his precious guru to offer to all of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche’s disciples to help them reconnect, not only to his teachings, but also to his image.
Recent Events
Asura Butter Lamp Offerings
Since Phakchok Rinpoche began in the summer of 2020, we are very happy to inform you all that together we have, so far, offered over 300,000 butter lamps outside the Asura Cave. We have now begun the 4th set of 100,000 butter lamp offerings.
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.
Dakini Day Tibetan Medical Camp at Jarung Kashor
Doctors and students-in-training from our Tibetan medicine college have organized a free clinic on this Dakini Day at Jarung Kashor Stupa (Boudha Stupa) in Nepal. They are offering free health check ups and free medicine for all.
And, here is a recent annual photo of all of our doctors and students of the Sowa Rigpa, Traditional Buddhist Tibetan Medicine College, taken in front of the Asura Cave.
Samye Tantric School
Our monks and nuns, seen here at Samye Tantric School within Do-Ngak Ling monastery, learning specialized rituals.
Home Mini-Retreat with Samye Institute
During the Third Tibetan lunar month (April 30 - May 30), Samye Institute invites you to participate in an at-home mini-retreat. Due to the disruptions of the pandemic, this format eliminates the issues that make attending in-person retreats difficult. You can choose your own dates (within the one-month period). You can do this retreat at home, or in your own chosen location, and you set your own schedule.
This format asks you to commit to doing two consecutive days of practice with four sessions per day. We advise you to choose a session length that is appropriate for you own practice experience. Phakchok Rinpoche often advises us to be gentle but disciplined. It is more important to keep to your selected schedule than to try to push yourself too hard. But a retreat should also allow us to develop personal experience with longer practice periods, so aim for a balanced approach. You can choose to do this on any two or more days between New Moon, April 30 and New Moon, May 30.
This retreat is designed for all students. During your practice sessions you should follow the meditation instructions you have received from Phakchok Rinpoche or another of your teachers. Each student practices at their own level and does the practice that they are currently following. During this time, Samye Institute will be hosting a series of live meditation sessions so you can join with the rest of our global sangha.
Learn more about these mini-retreats under the link below:
Inspire Yourself and Commit to Sit in May with Samye’s Global Sangha! - Samye Institute
Akara Collection
Fengshui Flag
This extraordinary fengshui flag is mentioned by Guru Rinpoche in the treasure text “The Heart Essence of Oral Instructions” (Sheldam Nyingjang). He taught that by hanging this flag from your roof or window, all inauspicious directions, places, time, days and stars can be pacified.
For further details, please go to The Akara Collection under the link below:
Fengshui Flag - AKARA Collection
Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications
We are happy to share the following translations our team at Lhasey Lotsawa has been diligently working on during the month of April:
A brief heart advice on meditation by Chokgyur Lingpa.
This practice unites the recitation of The Prayer in Six Vajra Lines (Dü Sum Sangyé Prayer) with a corresponding visualization of the four main forms of Guru Padmasambhava according to the Chokling Tersar’s Four Cycles of Guru Yoga, namely Barché Kunsel, Sampa Lhundrup, Tsokyé Nyingtik and Guru Draktsal.
We hope these translations will be of great benefit to your practice and all beings. May it be auspicious!
Global Accumulations
Phakchok Rinpoche had 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.
We rejoice that with over 518,000 accumulations of the Seven Line Prayer, we will conclude this period of global accumulations. Stay tuned for future accumulation announcements.
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.
Tulku Migmar Tsering: The 37 Bodhisattva Practices - Samye Institute
Ngöndro Teachings with Drupla Sonam Tsering
Drupla Sonam Tsering continues his teachings 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.
Ngöndro Teachings with Drupla Sonam Tsering - Samye Institute
The Nine Yanas: The Shravakayana
Samye Institute, in cooperation with Gomde New York, offers a new course on the first of the Nine Yanas, the Shravakayana. This course is being taught on Zoom for live participation by the resident instructor at Gomde New York Matthew Zalichin, with pre-recorded teachings by Phakchok Rinpoche and members of our monastic sangha. Each unit will be taught twice weekly, but recordings will be posted so you can progress through the course at your own pace. We invite all who are interested in developing a strong foundation in Buddhist study, reflection, and meditation to join the course by following the video recordings as a self-paced course.
The Nine Yanas: Shravakayana - Samye Institute
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
The Paths of the Three Types of Beings - 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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