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Samye Institute - Dakini Day Digest - Issue #37


Dakini Day Digest

December 21 · Issue #37 · View online

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

This month, the senior monastic instructors of the Samye Institute have been active in sharing the Dharma in Thailand, Nepal, Vietnam and the UK, with more events scheduled in Indonesia and Malaysia at the end of January and beginning of February. Kyabjé Khen Rinpoche Tashi Palden (known in short as Kyabjé Khenpo), with the support of Drupla Opak, Drupla Tenphel Gyatso, and three lamas, bestowed precious teachings and led our Thai sangha in puja and practice. Tulku Migmar Tsering has kindly been offering teachings to our sangha of Rangjung Yeshe Vietnam. For over two months, Drupla Longrig Sangpo has been overseeing the spiritual development of our devoted Nepali sangha of Rangjung Yeshe Oddiyana UKCIO in Farnborough, England. And over the past 3 weeks, Drupla Sherab Dorje has kindly led our Sadhana Ritual Course in Nepal which is nearing completion. Please see below for an update on the course and the unique opportunity it presents.
From January 17-19, Kyabjé Khenpo will conduct pujas hosted by our Rangjung Yeshe Indonesia sangha. You can find the details in the event flyer below. And, we are happy to announce that Kyabjé Khenpo will lead a number of precious events at our Guru Rinpoche Lhakang in Putra Heights, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in early February. From Feb 6-8, Kyabjé Khenpo will preside over a Lama Norlha puja. From Feb 11-13, Khenpo will teach on the history of the Chokling Tersar, and from Feb 15-16, Khenpo will explain and teach on the topic of the Tukdrup Barché Künsel. An event flyer will be posted by the end of December.
We are also happy to announce that 10 new items are available through the Akara Collection. This month we are featuring the Yogi Blanket, please find more information below.
For this month, Samye sponsored the recitation of the names of Majushri for the benefit of the Samye sponsors via with this dedication:  “May the wisdom of the Samye Institute sponsors expand a billion-fold and cause immense benefit for countless sentient beings”. We also made a contribution on behalf of our sponsors to the White Umbrella Torma Offering (Dukhar puja) beginning soon. 
Lastly, Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown has announced the dates for our summer programs this year from June 17 to July 19. And, the board of directors is currently seeking a summer program coordinator. Please find more information below.

Recent Events
Kyabjé Khenpo Activities in Asia
In the month of December, Bangkok, Thailand, Kyabjé Khenpo (Kyabjé Khen Rinpoche Tashi Palden) gave a series of Dharma talks, led a practice retreat, and led prayer ceremonies including a life release. Photo and video of Kyabjé Khenpo’s visit to Bangkok is available on Rangjung Yeshe Thailand’s Facebook page. Following those events, Khenpo-la is traveling to Malaysia to bless the Guru Rinpoche Lhakang and give a teaching there. 
Kyabjé Khenpo In Thailand
Kyabjé Khenpo In Thailand
Kyabjé Khenpo In Thailand
Kyabjé Khenpo In Thailand
Kyabjé Khenpo In Thailand
Kyabjé Khenpo In Thailand
Tulku Migmar Tsering Activities
This month the students of Rangjung Yeshe Vietnam had the honor of receiving detailed guidance from Tulku Migmar Tsering and Lopon Karma Wangchuk on the Trinley Nyingpo Practice. This included explaining the elements of shrine arrangement, torma making, the melody for the practice, the use of ritual instruments, and the visualization. Tulku-la and Lopon-la also guided the Vietnamese sangha in other activities such as the practice of life releasing. They also visited the charity class sponsored by RYVN to inspire and give guidance to the less fortunate children there. 
Tulku Migmar Tsering in Vietnam
Tulku Migmar Tsering in Vietnam
Tulku Migmar Tsering visiting The Charity Class
Tulku Migmar Tsering visiting The Charity Class
Drupla Longrig Sangpo at Rangjung Yeshe UK
For over two months, Drupla Longrig Sangpo has kindly been serving as the spiritual director for our devoted Nepali sangha at their Rangjung Yeshe Oddiyana center in Farnborough, England.
Drupla Longrig Sangpo at Rangjung Yeshe UK
Drupla Longrig Sangpo at Rangjung Yeshe UK
Akara Collection
Yogi Blanket and 10 New Items Online!  
This month, we have 10 new items available on the Akara Collection website including: a Meditation Mat and Meditation Cushion with Kusha Grass, a Tukdrup Barché Künsel and Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup thangka set, three miniature statue sets, Hundred Substances Sang Powder with Dzi Stone, Sangtik Dorsem Shrine Torma, and more.
The Yogi Blanket is meant to support stability in one’s meditation, this blanket, woven with cotton wool and khadi, is natural white in color and features a hand-embroidered double vajra. The blanket is to be worn around the shoulders with the double vajra positioned on one’s upper back and facing outwards behind the practitioner. The double vajra is a symbol of perfect stability in which the five Buddha families are represented: Akshobhya in the center surrounded by Vairochana, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, and Amoghasiddhi in the four directions.
The profits raised from the Akara Collection are used to support the charitable activities and development projects of the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation.
Yogi Blanket - AKARA Collection
Summer Programs Coordinator
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown
The CGLF Board of Directors and Director of Education of Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown are welcoming applications for the position of Summer Programs Coordinator.
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown is a retreat center on 25 acres in rural upstate NY under the guidance of Tibetan Buddhist teachers Phakchok Rinpoche and Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche. During June and July, we host onsite summer retreats where students from around the world meet with Tibetan Buddhist teachers for teaching and meditation practice. We are looking for individuals to organize, advertise and manage these programs.
Specific responsibilities are as follows:
  • Working with CGLF Director on budgeting and advertising to include QuickBooks entry and updating Gomde website and FaceBook page
  • Managing email marketing Constant Contact
  • Managing program registration with event planning programs, ie Event Brite 
  • Coordinating volunteer staff with Property Manager and Director of Education
  • Working with Kitchen manager on Budgeting and staffing
The successful candidate should display excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently. We also require the Coordinator to live onsite for 4- 6 weeks before and during programs.
Salary based on experience.
Please send email indicating interest to: [email protected]
Samye Institute Membership Campaign
The Samye Institute membership campaign is currently underway. We are about one third of the way to our goal of total monthly supporters. Thank you to all who have become members. If you would like to join in the meritorious activities and become a monthly supporter, please follow the link: Click here to become a monthly supporting member. As a supporting member, your generosity enables Samye to continue to deliver Dharma teachings, online courses, and support for Dharma-stream groups. We are very pleased to announce that through your kind support, our Tibetan for Practitioners course will launch shortly after the new year. 
Sadhana Ritual Course in Nepal
Over the past 3 weeks, the 10th Annual Sadhana Ritual Courses have been occurring in Nepal at a new monastery just north of Kathmandu. This monastery was founded by a student of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
The first week of the course focused on the Preliminary Practices of the Tukdrup Barche Kunsel. The second week on the Sampa Lhundrupma Yidshin Norbu sadhana. Finally, the participants are now learning the Tukdrup Barche Kunsel Trinle Nyingpo sadhana. Students have come from all over the world, including participants from Vietnam, Brazil, Ukraine, Russia, Mexico, Singapore, Nepal, the USA, Italy, Germany, Norway, and the UK!
The 10th Sadhana Ritual Course in Nepal
The 10th Sadhana Ritual Course in Nepal
One participant, Marcela Lopez, writes, “Drupla Sherab Dorje is our teacher during the course. He has great knowledge and experience in the meaning and rituals of the Chokling Tersar, and he is more than happy to share with us in detail. Since the course is in the format of a teaching retreat, we have four daily practice sessions, with teaching sessions in between. We learn how to follow the sadhana, chant each section properly, and perform ritual aspects like playing the instruments, making tormas, and how to serve as chanting and shrine masters.
Tsondru Gyatso-la, an experienced ritual master and Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monk, teaches us everything there is to know from how to set the shrine, make tormas, prepare the offerings, and what to do as ritual master during the puja. There’s no information left out! It is thanks to the generosity and care of Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche that we are so fortunate to receive this style of in-depth training, which used to be reserved exclusively for monastic practitioners!”
The 10th Sadhana Ritual Course in Nepal
The 10th Sadhana Ritual Course in Nepal
We look forward to hosting the program again next winter, and hope that you all may be able to join us as well! 
The Sixth Annual Puja
White Umbrella—Sitatapatra or Dukkarmo—Torma Offering
from The Seven Cycles of Profundity
This puja has been moved back a few days. Rather then ending on Dakini day, it will end on Mahakala day, which is the 25th of December. The lamas decided that Mahakala day is a better day to offer all the tormas. The names of all donors will be recited each day of the puja, beginning on the 23rd of December.
SitatapatraDukkarmo, or White Umbrella is named after her main emblem: a white umbrella. The Buddha revealed this deity to his followers as a powerful protection against calamities and malignant beings. Reciting her mantra averts evil influences and purifies defilements. Sitatapatra is thus practiced to this day to avert negativity of all kinds: disease, obstacles, black magic, evil spells, and all oppressing forces. The practice is reputed to be so powerful that even if enemies practice it, they would become invincible.
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.
Our current grand total is 9,892,935 recitations.
Our Global Accumulation page is now available in many different languages. To see it in your own language, click the flag next to your username on the top right corner.
For more information about Wang Dü, or to enter your own accumulation, go to Samye Institute with the link below:
Global Accumulations - Samye Institute
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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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