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Samye Institute - Dakini Day Digest - Issue #40

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We begin this Dakini Day Digest with a special message from Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche regarding the C
 

Dakini Day Digest

March 18 · Issue #40 · View online
Monthly roundup of activities from the global community of Samye Institute and Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche.

We begin this Dakini Day Digest with a special message from Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we can all do . May all beings be healthy and safe and may we benefit one another through our practice.
In this issue, we also bring you updates and information about a number of activities and opportunities for our global sangha. These include the upcoming pilgrimage to Sikkim to be led by Nekhor this October and news of the opportunity for virtual Dharma Stream activities where gatherings are currently restricted due to the coronavirus. We also share a new feature for the accumulations page on the Samye website, and a new precious translation from Lhasey Lotsawa. Moreover, Akara Collection announces two new items available for order: a Food Offering Torma and a Rechargeable Butter Lamp. Additionally, we are excited to provide the initial information on the 2020 Annual Pujas Schedule for Vajra Varahi monastery. More details will be updated on the Samye website in the coming days.
Also, in this Tibetan month of miracles and merits, Samye Institute made an offering toward the Chötrul Düchen prayer festival through monlam.org on behalf of all our benefactors with the following dedication: “May the lives and activities of the Samye Institute benefactors be an endless source of benefit and auspiciousness for all beings.

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche's Message Regarding The COVID-19 Virus
I hope you are all doing well. At this time, I want to share a short message with all of you. From the hygienic point of view, keeping healthy is very important, and I think you all know about this. From the spiritual point of view, you can do any practice that you usually do. There is no need to do any particular extra practice. If you know how to do sang puja, it is good to do this as it cleanses all the karmic debts, cleanses all the obstacles, and cleanses the environment and the health of others.
I think many of you know how to recite the Vajra Guru mantra, so it is good to chant this. Other Rinpoches and lamas are advising to practice certain mantras, and it is good to chant those if you have time.
The most important part is to focus on your main practice. This will be easier for you, and more effective. If you don’t know about the Guru Rinpoche mantra or sang puja, then focus on meditation, tonglen or compassion, or whatever practice you already do. You can keep up with the same practice.
These diseases happen through causes and conditions. The causes and conditions, in this case, are our collective karma as human beings. So, to purify karma, you can practice virtue through your actions, your practice, your meditation, and so forth. This will remove our karmic debt. The most important part is to dedicate merit and make aspirations for our parents and family members in this life and past lives, for our villages, towns, and cities, and for all human beings. To dedicate and aspire for their good health, happiness, and fulfillment of all their wishes.
The key points are (1) to do your main practice with focus, (2) to chant Guru Rinpoche’s mantra and supplications to Guru Rinpoche that you already know, and (3) to do sang puja if you already know it, and to do all of this with the dedication and aspiration for the good health of human beings. Essentially we should accumulate virtue to purify the karma of those who are going through difficulties of environment, health, finance, and happiness that have been created by the collective karma of human beings.
Lhasey Lotsawa Honors Chokgyur Lingpa’s 150th Anniversary Year
In honor of this, the Great Terton Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa’s 150th anniversary year, Lhasey Lotsawa Translations & Publications has partnered with Lotsawa House to publish one revised translation, every Guru Rinpoche Day of the lunar year. This partnership will allow our collective efforts to spread the tradition of this precious master to world at large, and to offer our community the most up-to-date and accurate renderings of his precious treasures and advice.
Here is the first:
Concise Tukdrup Sang | Lotsawa House
Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa revealed this concise smoke offering practice (bsang mchod), already beloved by many in our community, as part of his most famous cycle, The Guru’s Heart Practice: Dispeller of All Obstacles, known in Tibetan as Lamé Tukdrup Barche Kunsel (bla ma'i thugs sgrub bar chad kun sel). 
May this auspiciousness cleanse the world of outer, inner, and secret obstacles, and may the warmth of the Mahaguru’s blessings touch us all.
Nekhor Fall 2020 Pilgrimage Update
While Nekhor is still planning to hold our Fall 2020 pilgrimage to Sikkim, due to the rapidly changing global health situation, the implications for our pilgrimage are still unknown. While it does seem likely that the threat of the COVID-19 virus will quiet down over the summer months, leaving our plans unaffected, please be assured that we are monitoring this situation closely and will keep you updated.
As previously announced, our journey will begin Saturday, October 17th, 2020, and continue to Saturday, October 23rd, with an optional three day Le’ü Dün Ma prayer recital for those interested in staying up to Guru Rinpoche Day, on October 26th.
Please save the date, and look forward to more information on the trip soon. In the meantime, you can reach out with any further questions at: [email protected]
⚠️⚠️⚠️FAKE PROFILE ALERT!! ⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️
Recently, we learned that a fake profile was created under the same name as “Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche”. This also happened in September 2019, August and December of 2018. And, it has happened to other Rinpoches’ accounts as well, as a way to falsely request donations. So please be aware. Unfortunately, it will probably keep happening. Rinpoche does not keep a personal profile on Facebook and does not use his public page for sending or receiving messages through Facebook messenger. We have reported the fake profile, and it will hopefully be removed soon by Facebook. If you receive a request, please REPORT it as well. Together we can protect people from fraud.
Thank you!
Dharma Stream Activities
Covid-19, known also as the novel coronavirus, is now all over the world. We all need to take precautionary measures to take care of others and ourselves. One of these measures is not to gather in groups, whether that be in theaters, concerts–and in a Dharma context: for Dharma-stream group sessions.
Dharma-stream is Phakchok Rinpoche’s offering to us students, making it possible for us to remain in connection with Rinpoche, the precious Dharma teachings and to support and inspire each other in the Sangha. A fundamental quality in Dharma-stream, is that the groups meet physically to practice together, view a teaching, and then to discuss the main points and share experiences, challenges and benefits in putting the teachings into practice.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, these meetings have now become challenging and some places impossible to do. If you are facilitating a Dharma-stream group, are unable to do physical meetings, and are interested in doing online meetings until circumstances change for the better, you can reach out to Jesper, the Dharma-stream coordinator at [email protected]. You will then be assisted in proceeding with doing online meetings.
The newly formed Dharma-stream group in Beijing inspires us all by how they have adapted to the very difficult circumstances created by the coronavirus– and how they have been able to use these circumstances in a truly beneficial way. They have gathered members on-line from other cities including Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Guangzhou and Kunming to practice together, offering practice sessions 3 times every day. Some members attend daily, and some 2 or 3 times each day! We rejoice! Please keep an eye on Samye Institute for an upcoming blog chronicling their beautiful story.
Akara Collection
The Akara Colllection would like to introduce our two latest products for you - Food Offering Torma and LED Rechargeable Butter Lamp.
Food Offering Torma
These tormas are hand-made by our Lamas using sandalwood powder. You can put the torma on your shrine together with your seven offering bowls. The dimensions of the torma are 12cm high by 6cm wide. Only 35 pieces are available.
Food Offering Torma
Food Offering Torma
Food Offering Torma
Food Offering Torma
LED Rechargeable Butter Lamp
This LED Rechargeable Butter Lamp allows you to make light offerings with ease. The dimensions of the lamp are 14cm high by 7cm wide.
LED Rechargeable Butter Lamp
LED Rechargeable Butter Lamp
To learn about pricing and placing an order, please contact Yin Mei via Whatsapp at +61426543430. Or, by email: [email protected]
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.
We are happy to announce that our Global Accumulations page has been updated with a new feature! You can now track year-to-date totals of the Six Vajra Lines Supplication and the Giant Cloud of Blessings Magnetizing Prayer in addition to the grand totals. The yearly accumulator will be reset annually on Losar. 
Global Accumulations - Samye Institute
Upcoming Events
2020 Schedule of Annual Pujas of the Vajra Varahi Monastery
Detailed information will be updated on Samye’s Events Page.
Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery Pūjās 2020 - Samye Institute
Wisdom Blogs
The Samye Team rejoices in announcing our new monthly Wisdom Spotlight newsletter! We hope you received the first edition sent recently. Our monthly round up of Wisdom Blogs will now be shared there. In addition, blogs relating to a different featured topic every month will be highlighted. We hope that spotlighting a different theme each month will enhance and support your study, reflection and practice.
Guru Rinpoche Day Message
A Big Heart and a Strong Mind (Khokpa Chenpo) - 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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