Khenpo Pema Wangdak
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‘Sachen Kunga Nyingpo’s Life & Legacy’
H.H. Sakya Trichen Rinpoche Teaching
Will Be Live-Streamed on Facebook
Fri, Nov. 3, 2017 at 11 am EST
Sachen Kunga Nyingpo was the First of the Five Great Founding Masters of the
Sakya Lineage and is a direct ancestor of H.H. Sakya Trichen Rinpoche.
Ven. Khenpo Thupten Gongphel
First Teachings in Santa Fe 2017
October 20th – 22nd
The Four Common Preliminaries & Their Importance
Our Precious Human Life, Impermanence, Law of Cause & Effect (Karma)
and the Suffering of Cyclic Existence (Samsara)
Green Tara Meditation Practice
Green Tara is the Perfection of Wisdom beyond forms, signs or descriptions,
the Mother of All the Buddhas & Manifestation of Enlightened Activities,
Renowned for bringing swift benefit & removing obstacles for all beings.
This traditional puja has been strongly emphasized in Tibetan Buddhism for centuries.
Read More: http://www.hhthesakyatrizin.org/teach_tara.html
Mindfulness and Awareness: How to Develop Mental Alertness
Teachings from Shantideva’s “Bodhicaryavatara: Chapter 5 on Guarding Introspection”
An Inspiration of the Great Masters ~ from the 8th Century to the Present Day
Khenpo Thupten Gongphel became a monk of the Sakya Order in 1984, when he joined the Sakya Centre in Dehradun, India and took his novice vows. He completed the Sakya curriculum of Tibetan grammar, Buddhist rituals & scriptures. He took his full monks’ vows in 1990. In 1997, he joined the Sakya Institute at Puruwala. In 2004, he obtained his Kachupa Degree (Buddhist Philosophy, B.A.), and his Lopon Degree (Buddhist Philosophy, M.A.) in 2006. He spent the next two years teaching Buddhist Philsosophy at the Sakya Institute.
In 2008, Khenpo joined the IBA (International Buddhist Academy, Kathmandu, Nepal) Monastic Leadership Program. There he learned English & Mandarin Chinese, while teaching Buddhist Philosophy in English to foreign students during the Summer Courses at the Academy. He served as monastic disciplinarian during his last two years there.
He is qualified to act as a translator and interpreter in Tibetan, English, Mandarin Chinese & Hindi. Khenpo is known as a genuine monk of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism, and a person of excellent moral character and standing.
His title of “Khenpo” was bestowed by H. H. Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche, The 41st Sakya Trizin, in 2016. He is the resident lama at the Minneapolis Sakya Center.
Tsechen Namdrol Ling, was delighted to welcome Ven. Khenpo Thupten Gonphel to his first visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Special Thanks for Your Generosity to
Body of Santa Fe
The Knowing Foundation
All Those Far & Near with Kind Hearts
First North American Sakya Monlam for World Peace
Tsechen Kunchab Ling, Walden, NY
September 21-24, 2017
Presided over by
H. H. Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche
The 41st Sakya Trizin
H.H. Kyabgon Gongma Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche
The 42nd Sakya Trizin
H. H. Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche Birthday Celebration
Group Meditation & Long Life Prayers
Tsechen Namdrol Ling, Santa Fe, NM
Sunday, September 10th ~ 10:30 am – Noon
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Please bring shrine offerings & food to share…
His Holiness Sakya Trichen’s Long Life Prayer
Chokhor Duchen is one of four great holy days of the annual Tibetan Buddhist calendar, taking place this year on July 27th. It commemorates the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha’s first teaching of the Dharma. Following His Enlightenment, the Buddha did not immediately teach. Then, Indra and Brahma offered a Conch Shell and Dharmachakra, entreating Him to please turn the Wheel of Dharma. Buddha Shakyamuni accepted and gave his first discourse on the Four Noble Truths at Sarnath.
We will celebrate this event with
Special Meditation & Recitations
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“Four Noble Truths: Dharmacakrapravartanasutram”
In Melody of Dharma ~ pps. 9 – 11
Thanks to the Dharmachakra Translation Committee ~ http://www.84000.co
TSECHEN NAMDROL LING’S
THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Venerable Geshe Sherab, Guest of Honor
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Ongoing Success, Removal of Obstacles & Long Life
of H.H. Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche
All Are Welcome! You May Bring Shrine Offerings & Refreshments to Share
A TEACHING ON TARA
Interview with His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin
(For Your Reading Enjoyment!)
Our Heartfelt Congratulations to
H.H. Ratna Vajra Rinpoche
The 42nd Sakya Trizin
The 42nd Sakya Trizin Enthronement Ceremony
Sakya Magon Thubten Namgyal Ling
Puruwala, Himachal Pradesh, India
For Further Information
“Traditionally, the office of Sakya Trizin or “Sakya Throne-holder” is held for life. Succession usually occurs after the death of the previous Sakya Trizin, and candidates for succession are drawn from the Khön family line. In 2014, however, a new system, proposed by the former Sakya Trizin and agreed upon by both the Phodrangs—the two palaces of the Sakya school; Dolma Phodrang and Phuntsok Phodrang—was adopted, with the agreement of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. In its revised form, the tenure of the Sakya Trizin lasts only three years, with the possibility that an office holder may take office more than once in his lifetime.”
(…Official website of H.H. Sakya Trizin)
Full Moon Day of Miracles ~ Cho-trul Duchen
Sunday, March 12, 2017
This occurs on the full moon (the fifteenth day) of the first Tibetan month.
Starting with the New Moon at Losar, this time celebrates the fifteen days on which Buddha displayed a different miracle to increase the devotion of disciples.
It is said that karmic effects are amplified ten million times.
(We regret that our meditation today is cancelled due to illness)
Here is an Auspicious Prayer for you…May All Beings be Happy!
Ven. Khenpo Pema Wangdak
Visited Santa Fe & Gave Teachings from Dec 23-28, 2016
The Light of Dharma Lecture Series
Vajrayogini Tsog, The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination,
An Evening with the Local Tibetan Community,
Meditation of Great Compassion, Enthusiasm
Lojong & Sojong~ Buddhist Practices to Protect Life & Environment
Khenpo’s Photo: ©Alejandro Mari Escalera
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Lhabab Duchen, Sunday, Nov 20th
During his 41st year, Buddha ascended to Tushita heaven to benefit his mother, Queen Mayadevi, who had died seven days after his birth, and had been reborn there. To repay her kindness and to liberate her from samsara, he spent the rainy season retreat teaching her and other gods the Abhidharma. After three months he descended on a triple staircase from the heavens.
Lhabab Duchen commemorates this descent from those heavenly realms.
It is one of the four major Buddhist holidays of the annual calendar.
Meditation of Great Compassion at 2 pm
H.E. Jetsun Kushok-la’s Long Life Prayer
Followed by Afternoon Tea
Flower and shrine offerings welcome
His Holiness Sakya Trizin
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Tsechen Namdrol Ling, Santa Fe, NM
Hoisting of Prayer Flags * Meditation for Peace
Long Life Prayers * Birthday Pot Luck
Choekhor Duechen August 6, 2016
“Dhamekh Stupa”, Sarnath, India
Honoring the Day when Buddha Shakyamuni
First Taught the Four Noble Truths
Meditation at 4 pm
Lama Choedak Rinpoche
Recent Teachings in Santa Fe
July 10-12, 2016
Healing Relationships: Sunday, July 10
Hevajra: Monday & Tuesday, July 11 – 12
Meditation & Study on the Highest Core of Teachings in the Sakya Lineage
Buddhism: From Ancient Wisdom to Mind Science: Monday, July 11
Insight of Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Symbolism: Tuesday, July 12
Brief Biography: Lama Choedak was born in Tibet and escaped to Nepal in the early 1960s. He has taught in many Buddhist centers worldwide and translated for some of the greatest living Buddhist masters. He completed a three-and-a-half-year retreat under H.E. Choegye Trichen’s guidance. Lama Choedak Rinpoche’s explanation of meditation and its everyday relevance is renowned for its lucidity, authenticity and humor. His teachings are offered from the heart, spiced with the richness of experience, dedication and realization. A post-graduate of Australian National University, he is the author of Lamdre: Dawn of Enlightenment, Healing Relationships, The Triple Tantra, A Textbook of Tibetan Language, The Clear Mirror and more.
This was his first visit to Tsechen Namdrol Ling & Santa Fe, NM.
Saga Dawa Düchen
Saturday, May 21st, 2016
“Saga Dawa” is the Commemoration of Three Events in Buddha Shakyamuni’s Life:
His Conception, Attainment of Enlightenment & Parinirvana.
All took place on the full moon day of the fourth
Tibetan lunar month, but in different years.
For Your Reading and Contemplation
Text on the Great Deeds of the Buddha
by Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen
Om Mani Padme Hum ~ Om Ami Dewa Hri
May the Six Realms of Sentient Beings Be Happy
TSECHEN NAMDROL LING’S
TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Sunday, May 8th at 2 pm
Happy Losar Year of the Male Fire Monkey 2143
Celebrate in Auspicious & Joyful Ways
Tsechen Namdrol Ling is Pleased to Announce
We Have Received our 501(c)(3) Status as a Public Charity
Contributions, Bequests, Devises, Transfers
Or Gifts Are Tax-Deductible
We Shall Begin Our Search for a Permanent Location for
Our Santa Fe Center to Grow and Flourish
December 24, 2015
Sakya Pandita (or Sapan) was the Fourth of the Five Founders of the Sakya Lineage. He was born in 1182 at Sakya, Tibet. As a child, he knew Sanskrit without being taught. As a teen, he recalled the teachings of the Abhidharmakosha from a previous life. Sakya Pandita was most excellent in debate and writing. He was the author or more than 100 texts, and was a prolific translator from Sanskrit.
He became known as a great scholar in Tibet, Mongolia, China and India and was proficient in the five great sciences of Buddhist philosophy, medicine, grammar, dialectics and sacred Sanskrit literature as well as the minor sciences of rhetoric, synonymies, poetry, dancing and astrology. His teaching legacy reached far and wide, and His perfected Wisdom is revered by all sects of Tibetan Buddhism.
“When I beheld thy flawless wisdom traversing the boundless ranges of knowledge like the thousand-rayed sun in the sky, my mind, filled with awe, sought a simile for it in the wisdom of Manjughosha himself, but then I realised the two to be truly nondual and failed aught to compare with thee.” … Je Tsongkhapa’s homage to Sakya Pandita
Please read more of His biography:
Ven. Khenpo Lama Pema Wangdak
November Teachings in Santa Fe
Khenpo Pema & Group at Tsechen Namdrol Ling
Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche’s
Empowerments in Santa Fe
September 12th ~13th
Medicine Buddha (Tibetan: Sang-gye Men-la) Alleviates suffering, sickness, and injury. One of the most important practices for healing oneself and others. Holding a medicine bowl with its healing rays of energy to all beings, this blessing prolongs life and improves the opportunity to attain enlightenment.
White Mahakala (Tibetan: Gon-po Yi-Shin Nor-bu) This Wealth Deity is known as “The Wish-Fulfilling Tathagata Gem”. The six-armed protector assists with all kinds of material and spiritual prosperity, bestows wealth, and liberates into a state of Buddhahood.
Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan: Chen-re-zigs) The “Lord of the Snow Mountains”, Avalokiteshvara, made a vow to liberate suffering of all beings. Through this empowerment we enter into the meditation practice of Great Compassion with its sacred mantra from Tibet ~ “Om Mani Padme Hum”.
Red Tara (Tibetan: Drolma Marmo) One of the 21 Taras, the Mother of All Sentient Beings, whose wisdom is beyond form, sign or description. Red Tara is particularly beneficial for removing obstacles, increasing wealth and longevity. Her red color symbolizes the activities of magnetizing and power.
Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1935. He is the son of Tsipon Shuguba, the last Treasurer of the Dalai Lama’s government in Lhasa. At the age of seven, he was recognized as the reincarnation of Sevan Repa, the heart disciple of the great Tibetan sage Milarepa. Rinpoche entered Ngor Monastery at age eight and was ordained at sixteen. At the time of his escape from Tibet in 1959, he was the Thartse Shabdrung (vice-abbot) of Ngor Monastery in the Sakya tradition. Lama Kunga came to America in 1962; and has been the resident teacher at Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center, Kensington CA since 1972. He has given extensive teachings in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon, Utah, Arkansas, Florida, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Brazil and Costa Rica. Rinpoche has authored two translations of Milarepa’s stories: Drinking the Mountain Stream & Miraculous Journey (with Brian Cutillo, Lotsawa); In The Presence of My Enemies: Memoirs of Tibetan Nobleman Tsipon Shuguba (with Melody Sumner Carnahan, Clear Light Publications, Santa Fe).
Tsechen Namdrol Ling’s
One Year Anniversary
Tse-thar Animal Release & Incense Offering
with Prayers for the Earthquake Victims
Thursday, May 14th at 10 a.m
Ven. Geshe Sherab of Thupten Norbu Ling
Was Our Guest of Honor
Happy Losar ལོ་གསར་ to You ~ Feb. 19
Obeisance to Our Lineage Lamas
Year of the Female Wood Sheep 2142
A Poem by Milarepa, the Great Yogi & Mahasiddha
Embodiment of great mercy,
All pervading dharma-body of clear light,
Universal lord unified with space—
To kind Marpa’s feet I bow.
I the yogi Milarepa
Began meditation with fervent faith.
After initiation, empowerment, and instruction
I practiced with strong determination.
I entered retreat and did difficult practice
Till realization and experience were born in mind.
I realized the inner nature of samsara,
Saw the natural-state essence of mind,
Tore off the shackles of samsara,
And untied the knot of self-attachment.
Smothering the demon of belief in ego
And soaring in the vast sky free from addiction to concepts,
I saw without eyes the visible realm,
Heard without ears the sound of voidness,
Smelled without nose the natural state’s scent,
Tasted without tongue reality’s sweet taste,
Attained without body the rainbow vajra-body,
And was absorbed without mind in the mahāmudrā state.
Eh ma! The things of samsara’s three realms
Don’t exist—yet are just as they appear!
They appear—yet are voidness itself!
That’s the nature of the illusion of the superficial world.
About the nature of reality I cannot speak—
An artist without hands
Draws pictures in the sky,
Without eyes sees myriad things
In perfect vision without movement or strain.
After singing this he rose into the air to a height of one story.
The patron exclaimed in amazement,
“Is this some kind of magic trick or optical illusion?”
from “Drinking the Mountain Stream”, Translated by Lama Kunga & Brian Cutillo
Parting from the Four Attachments
A Buddhist Essence Teaching
Took place on Friday 31 Oct, 7 pm
TAOSF ~ 915 Hickox Street
When the great yogi, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, was only twelve years old he received the empowerment of Manjusri from Bari Lotsawa and undertook a six-month retreat. In his pure vision, he saw Arya Manjusri in the preaching mudra, seated on a jeweled throne with two attendants. In that very moment, he received a stream of insight-wisdom, as Manjusri bestowed this four-line teaching directly to him:
If you desire the worldly aims of this life, you are not a spiritual person;
If you desire further worldly existence, you do not have the spirit of renunciation;
If you desire liberation for your own sake, you do not have the enlightened attitude;
If you grasp at the view of ultimate reality, you don’t have the right view.
This four-line teaching includes the whole of the Mahayana path within it. The transmission of this teaching from teacher to disciple is unbroken till this day. It is similar to preliminary teachings from the other Tibetan Buddhist lineages; although the names may be different, the teaching is the same, incorporating the practices of the Path of the Transcendent Perfections.
(Excerpt from a teaching by HH Sakya Trizin, Melody of Dharma, Issue 13, May 2014, pps.20-30
Khenpo also taught on the “Seven Point Mind Training”
at the KSK Stupa on Monday, Nov. 3rd
began with the hoisting of prayer flags followed by the Rigsum Gonpo meditation and Long Life Prayers. Incense and khatas were offered, then a birthday dinner and dedication took place that evening.
Lama Jay Goldberg in Santa Fe, Aug 9 – 10
We offer our sincerest thanks to Lama Jay for the teachings he gave on “The Six Perfections” ~ giving, moral conduct, patience, diligence, meditation and wisdom; he also explored what these six perfections mean and how to practice them. “The Sage’s Intent” & Rongton Sheja Kunrig were referenced; “The Practice of the Three Bodhisattvas” ~ Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, and Vajrapani embody wisdom, compassion and skillful means. Through the perfect accomplishment of these three qualities we are able to benefit countless beings; and in the Meditation Practice of the “Rigsum Gonpo” the actual sadhana practice, explanation & questions/answers were examined by those who had previously taken the empowerment.
About Lama Jay Goldberg
Also known as Ngawang Samten, Lama Jay Goldberg is a translator of “The Beautiful Ornament of the Three Visions”, “Mo, Tibetan Divination System”, “The Sage’s Intent”, “The Sutra of Recollecting the Three Jewels” (with commentary by Khenpo Appey) and many translations of sadhanas and rituals. He is a long-time Dharma practitioner who lived in India for 17 years, including 14 years as a monk in Rajpur as a disciple of His Holiness Sakya Trizin. H.E. Jetsun Kushok says of Jay Goldberg: “He is a longtime student of His Holiness Sakya Trizin and has been my personal translator. He is an excellent Sakyapa now practicing in daily life.” Lama Jay Goldberg is the practice director at Sakya Dechen Ling, HE Jetsun Kushok Chimey Luding’s center in the Bay area.
Saga Dawa Duchen: Friday, June 13th
the full moon day of the 4th lunar month
This day commemorates Buddha Shakyamuni’s
conception, enlightenment and parinirvana
Group Meditation of Rigsum Gonpo
(The Three Bodhisattvas)
with special prayers at 5:00 pm
“Prayer for the Happiness of All That Lives”
as chanted by His Holiness Sakya Trizin
His Holiness Sakya Trizin:
Santa Fe, New Mexico ~ Tuesday, May 6, 2014
His Holiness’ Morning Program
“Buddha Dharma in Daily Life”
was followed by a Refuge Ceremony
Taking Refuge is the first practice of Buddhism, and the foundation of all subsequent practice. It distinguishes Buddhists from non-Buddhists, but whether one practices Buddhist teachings or not is an individual choice. Transmission from the Teacher is particularly important in the Tibetan tradition. We need guidance for our practice. For receiving teachings, any qualified Guru is good, but there is a special one who can help you more than any other.
In the Afternoon He Gave
The Initiation of the Three Bodhisattvas
The Three Bodhisattvas: Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara & Vajrapani
His Holiness Sakya Trizin’s first visit to Santa Fe was a very auspicious occasion. He bestowed the “Rigsum Gompo” or combined Empowerment of the three principal Bodhisattvas: Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani. In this traditional ceremony, we were introduced to the energetic principles of Wisdom, Compassion and Power to be actively utilized to transform one’s daily life. The initiation was taken as a blessing or used for personal meditative practice, and is suitable both for beginners or those with experience. The effectiveness of these methods in developing one’s awareness cannot be overestimated. This was an extremely rare opportunity to receive an authentic, unbroken transmission of teachings from a great Master from the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of Compassion, who emanates from Amitabha. He made a vow to liberate the sufferings of beings in all realms to attain complete liberation. His hands hold a wish-granting gem, rosary and lotus. Known as the “Lord of the Snow Mountains”, the Potala is his residential paradise. The first and most widespread Buddhist mantra in Tibet is Avalokiteshvara’s six-syllable mantra of Great Compassion “Om Mani Padme Hum”. In China he is known as Kuan-yin, and in Japan as Kannon.
Manjushri is the Bodhisattva and living symbol of Knowledge; and the embodiment of Prajna or Transcendent Wisdom. With indispensable virtues on the Mahayana path of perfection, he is an emanation of the Buddha Vairochana. In his right hand is a blue flaming sword of Discriminating Knowledge; while his left carries the Prajnaparamita or book of the Perfection of Wisdom. Manjushri represents the realization of transcendent wisdom which cuts through ignorance and duality. Ri-wo Tse-nga or the Five Sacred Peaks are regarded as his secret residence (Wu-).
Vajrapani is the holder of the Thunderbolt Scepter, the symbol of the Power of compassion. An emanation of the Buddha Aksobhya, Vajrapani is regarded as the Destroyer of Obstacles. With his right hand holding a golden-pronged Vajra, he accomplishes fierce determination and unrelenting effectiveness against negativity. As our ego-grasping is disintegrated, we gain power, strength and courage in times of adversity. Vajrapani is also venerated in the Shaolin and Pure Land traditions; and in Japan as the Dharma protector(s) known as Nio.
The Three Bodhisattvas offer insight into the true nature of reality, to realize the sublime qualities of Compassion, Wisdom and Power in ourselves and for others.
Grand Appreciation Dinner
Thank You to His Holiness Sakya Trizin!
In the presence of His Holiness Sakya Trizin & Entourage
we enjoyed a delicious dinner and lively entertainment
in appreciation for His teachings & first visit to Santa Fe
Have a happy day…