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Samye Institute - Dakini Day Digest - Issue #20

This month Phakchok Rinpoche teaches on two continents, and Gomde Cooperstown celebrates 10 years!

Dakini Day Digest

August 8 · Issue #20 · View online
Monthly roundup of activities from the global community of Samye Institute and Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche.

This month Phakchok Rinpoche teaches on two continents, and Gomde Cooperstown celebrates 10 years!

Retreatant Reflections: Güyang Loday at Gomde Cooperstown 10th Anniversary!
Gomde Cooperstown Celebrates 10 years!
Gomde Cooperstown Celebrates 10 years!
I have followed Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche since 2010. When I learned that he would not be able to teach in the US for 2018, I decided to volunteer at Gomde Cooperstown for the 10th Anniversary Summer, in order to receive teachings from Phakchok Rinpoche, who has already helped me so much. My experience with the theme “Güyang Loday” this summer upped my game as a practitioner.
I had volunteered at enough dharma centers to know the staple diet; as an introvert, I braced myself for unexpected surprises, knowing that I’d be in a dharma environment. True to form, Cooperstown was six weeks of camping in a hot and sometimes noisy barn, putting out logistical fires, adjusting to different people’s needs and ways of expression. Not to mention that nearly 60 Tibetans from the NYC sangha came to help celebrate the 10 year anniversary!!
Rinpoche reiterated a theme on retreat that kept resurfacing for me: “Güyang Loday” is Tibetan for having a spacious mind at ease, a true letting go of expectations. This is the attitude of the great masters: no matter what happens, one remains open and unfettered.
I tried to remember Rinpoche’s teachings on Güyang Loday when, for weeks, it was impossible to find space alone. Then, in an instant, everything got more intense: Rinpoche called me out during a teaching. He noticed how much clinging we had as a group of students. “So much seriousness– especially you!” pointing at me with glaring eyes. A perfect time for Güyang Loday.
Later, during the practice retreat with Tulku Migmar, I felt finally brave enough to ask a personal question during Q&A, but the microphone was taken from me right at the last minute when the session concluded. When a friend urged me to approach Tulku-la afterward, he said, “Why didn’t you ask earlier!? I have to go to the restroom now.” Oh, Guru Rinpoche– Güyang Loday!
Tulku Migmar epitomizes Güyang Loday. No matter what happened, or how many questions we clobbered him with, he was always nothing but kind and gracious. He seemed to only see our Buddha Nature. What a gift to have our questions answered every day on practice retreat!
I’ve noticed immediate results by cultivating Güyang Loday– a little more clarity, less resistance, and a bit more freedom from self-clinging, and I will always remember my experiences with the amazing sangha at Cooperstown.
– Cece Anna Lee, Queens, NYC

On August 1st, Phakchok Rinpoche gave two talks at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City during its exbhibition on Guru Rinpoche, “The Second Buddha: Master of Time.” The first talk was a pith introduction mindfulness meditation, and the during the second talk Phakchok Rinpoche shared stories of the activities of Guru Rinpoche and Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal. At the conlusion of the event, there was a book signing of the Great Tertön. A podcast will be made of the mindfulness meditation talk, and we will share it during on a future Dakini Day Digest.

Currently Phakchok Rinpoche is teaching at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde UK on the Vajrayana Ground Path and Fruition. And during the weekend of Aug 4-5, Rinpoche lead an opening ceremonial blessing of our Rangjung Yeshe Oddiyana Center UK in Farnborough, England. And the following day, Phakchok Rinpoche bestowed the 1000 Buddha empowerment and gave teaching to gathering of 250 people. All was well organized by the RYO center with the assistance of Rinpoche’s dedicated monk, Sherab Phuntsok.

The Importance of Studying Buddhism
Within the past 2 weeks, Rangjung Yeshe Institute uploaded the audio of Phakchok Rinpoche’s talk from the end of June. The topic is “The Importance of Studying Buddhism and Himalayan Language.”
Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche - "Importance of Studying Buddhism and Himalayan Language" by Rangjung Yeshe Institute | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Global Magnetizing Accumulation
Good progress, everyone! We have crossed the 70k mark as a worldwide sangha! Click here to add your accomplishments to our group total and view additional resources regarding our accumulation project!

Dharma Stream
Dharma-stream - Samye Institute
NYC Dharma Stream teaching meditation to seniors at the JASA center on the Upper West Side. And Andrea Sherman led a discussion on aging. 

Radically Happy now available for pre-order!
For years, it has been Rinpoche’s heart-felt wish to be able to write a book that would be a gift to his dearest students, a guidance manual for negotiating all the challenges of modern life. About four years ago he teamed up with his old friend, Erric Solomon, to write such a book, Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind.  

Pre-order your copy of Radically Happy via AmazonBarnes & NobleIndiebound or wherever good books are sold!
Read Phakchok RInpoche’s lastest blog on The Magic of Interconnected Happiness.
The Magic of Interconnected Happiness — Radically Happy
Erric Solomon gives some ideas for How to Thrive in the Midst of a Hectic Day on SamyeInstitute’s Radically Happy blog.
How to thrive in the midst of a hectic day? The Magic of Many Practices - Samye Institute
Twenty-One Taras Thangka
For this month’s Dakini Day Digest, we are featuring Twenty-One Taras Thangkha from the Akara Collection (which helps to support Rinpoche’s activities). Thangkas – paintings of deities - are traditionally painted on canvas and used as the main support to meditation practice. Reproduced on long-lasting canvas, these thangkas are of such high quality that at first glance they appear painted. You can choose to have your printed thangkas framed in brocade in the traditional Tibetan style ($155) or without brocade ($95), allowing you to choose how it will be displayed.
Twenty-One Taras Thangka - AKARA Collection Twenty-One Taras Thangka - AKARA Collection
Upcoming Teachings
Teachings on the Vajrayana Ground, Path and Fruition 
August 6  - 8    Rangjung Yeshe Gomde UK
September 27 - 30 Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Germany-Austria
October 2 - 4 Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Denmark Teachings on the Vajrayana Ground, Path and Fruition August 6 - 8 Rangjung Yeshe Gomde UK September 27 - 30 Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Germany-Austria October 2 - 4 Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Denmark

Pilgrimage to Bhutan and Retreat with Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche - Samye Institute
Medicine and Compassion Retreat - Samye Institute
Wisdom Blogs
Self-Confidence - Samye Institute
Just Be Kind! - Samye Institute
Do We Need to Meditate? - Samye Institute
Celebrate Chökhor Düchen! - Samye Institute Celebrate Chökhor Düchen! - Samye Institute
Be Sincere! - Samye Institute
Improving Ourselves on the Buddhist Path - Samye Institute
Lhasey Lotsawa Patreon Campaign Continues
Don’t miss this opportunity to become a patron of the Dharma, like the generous householders of the past who supported the Dharma’s flourishing and preservation. So far our campaign is going well, with 13 patrons giving a total of $474 USD a month, but it’s still a ways off from our $3000 USD a month goal to fulfill our vision for supporting your study and practice with the translation and publication of new texts! You can support us by a monthly donation of any amount here:
Learn more about Lhasey Lotsawa: where does our name come from?
Our translation group is named after the great Lhasey Lotsa, short for lotsawa, which literally means “eyes of the world,” and is used in Tibetan to refer to accomplished translators. Lhasey Lotsa was one of the twenty-five disciples of Guru Rinpoche, a great scholar, an accomplished master, and a translator.
The second son of the great Dharma king, Trisong Deutsen, in the 19th century, Lhasey Lotsa reincarnated as the great Treasure revealer Chokgyur Lingpa, whose timely Treasure teachings are now flourishing around the world. Phakchok Rinpoche, the eldest son of Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche (fourth in the incarnation line of Chokgyur Lingpa), is both a throne holder of the blessed Taklung Kagyu lineage, and a holder of the bloodline and spiritual lineage of Chokgyur Lingpa. Committed to upholding and propagating his lineage, and through the steadfast power of auspicious connection, he has given us our name – Lhasey Lotsawa.
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
Practitioner Phakchok Rinpoche to Lazy Phakchok Rinpoche - Samye Institute
Facebook updates from Rinpoche
Tonglen Practice at Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan, NYC
Tonglen Practice at Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan, NYC
Precious Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche shares Guru Rinpoche's Birthday!
Precious Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche shares Guru Rinpoche's Birthday!
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 {source}
Thank you for taking the time to read our message. If you would like any more information about any of the projects or activities we’ve mentioned or if you have any comments or feedback please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reply to this email directly and we will endeavour to answer your email as swiftly as possible.
Sarva Mangalam!
May all be auspicious!
Chökhor Düchen at Gomde Cooperstown: July 16, 2018
Chökhor Düchen at Gomde Cooperstown: July 16, 2018

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