The Sakya Family at the Dolma Podrang
Long Life Prayer
Splendid and precious root lamas,
Seated on a lotus on the crown of our heads,
Bless us with your great kindness, and
Bestow upon us perfections of body, voice, and mind!
H.H. Sakya Gongma Trichen Rinpoche
Online Initiation of Parnashavari
Including the Oral Transmission of Sakya Neydolma
Very powerful in averting disease and pandemics;
Very helpful now, during these difficult times.
Due to the surge in Coronavirus cases especially in the Indian sub-continent, Kyabgon Sakya Gongma Trichen Rinpoche bestowed the Parnashavari Initiation & Vajrakilaya Blessing for dispelling obstacles and protecting from pandemics.
H.H. Ratna Vajra Rinpoche the 42nd Sakya Trizin
Practicing Compassion during this Time of the Pandemic Crisis
You may listen to this wonderful Dharma teaching here,
Recorded transmission of Parnashavari mantra – here.
Listen to Khöndung Gyana Vajra Sakya Rinpoche
Chanting the Mantra of Goddess Parnashavari
嗡 毗夏祺 帕儿纳 夏哇哩 萨儿哇久拉
Om Pisha Tsi Parnashawari Sarva Zara Parsha Manaye Svaha
His Holiness the Sakya Trichen Bestowed the
Oral Transmission of Praise to Manjushri (Gangloma)& Mantra
This transmission includes the Manjushri mantra and a very
interesting history of how the prayer was composed long ago.
Receiving Manjushri blessings from His Holiness online is a very special opportunity,
as He is considered to be an emanation of Manjushri himself.
Find these words of the praise in English, Tibetan & transliteration here.
[Special thanks to “The Sakya Tradition” for YouTube posting]
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H.E. Jetsun Kushok-la Chimey Luding Interview
H.E. Jetsun Kushok-la’s Biography
Interview of Jetsun-la for Tibet Oral History Project
(Photo: Jetsun-la at Bodhgaya, 2002 ©April Dolkar)
Jetsunma Kunga Trinley Palter
Holding “The Sakya Jetsunmas” Book
by Elisabeth Benard
An exploration of an extraordinary group of female meditation masters from the Buddhist tradition in Tibet whose determination and accomplishments can serve as a great example for meditators the world over. This book focuses on the hidden world of the great female spiritual adepts who were born into a prominent lineage of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. For centuries, this family of wisdom holders has been committed to helping others alleviate their suffering and develop a strong dedication to spiritual practice.
(Second edition forthcoming ~ Shambala Publications in March 2022)
To Honour H.H. Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche’s Recent Birthday
Ven. Khenpo Thupten Gongphel
Led The 16 Arhats Puja & Prayers
The puja of paying homage and making offerings to the Buddha and 16 Arhats was composed by the Kashmiri Pandita Shakyashri, a teacher of Sakya Pandita. It is an excellent way to bring about auspicious conditions and to pray for the long life of His Holiness on his birthday.
Understanding Anxiety and Depression ~ Lama Choedak Rinpoche
The darkness of depression and anxiety is experienced by many of us, if not personally, then probably by someone we love or know. Anxiety and depression impact our relationships, families, workplaces and the community at large. Buddhist teachings shine light on the causes of mental well being in order to regain emotional resilience and inspiration. In this online talk, Lama Choedak Rinpoche offered the profound Buddhist understanding of depression and anxiety, and the antidotes to overcome them. Rinpoche shared the process of transforming the debilitating grip of these mental states into fulfillment, appreciative joy and confidence.
This teaching was given to students from Tsechen Namdrol Ling in New Mexico during the auspicious Saga Dawa month; the first talk of our 2021 Online series.
Stumbling to Enlightenment on the Path of the Six Bardos
An Easy Practice Guide with Glenn Mullin ~ Recorded Live
We all encounter impermanence and recognize groundlessness in our daily life experience. Living without expectations helps prepare us for death and the bardo or transition experience. Appreciation of death, coupled with the understanding of the relative phenomena of the world being without essence, gives us courage in the prospect of death and the luminous threshold for enlightenment. In this recorded talk, Glenn kindly shared his wisdom for death, bardo and beyond in this second talk in our 2021 Online Series.
The Play of Mahamudra: Khenpo Lama Migmar Tseten
Three Visions ~ Khenpo Thupten Gongphel ~ Part Five
Essentials on the Teachings from Ngorchen Khonchog Lhundrup
The most profound & fundamental teaching of the Sakya Lineage: “The
Three Visions” refers to the three views. Essentials from the teachings
of Ngorchen Khonchog Lhundrup examine the state of those
experiencing suffering, those engaged in the methods leading towards
freedom from unhappiness and misery, and those fully enlightened
ones who have attained the highest goal of omniscient awakening. The
teaching is a step-by-step process culminating in ultimate peace.
Recorded at Tsechen Namdrol Ling by Tibet Media Network
Never Give Up Justice & Equality
Tsechen Namdrol Ling responds to the extreme suffering being experienced globally due to the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and the longstanding pandemic of racism, resulting in multiple forms of violence against Black, Tibetan, Indigenous, and all People of Color.
In the words of Dharma teacher & performance studies scholar, Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls: “The time is now to get right in terms of getting connected with ourselves, getting connected with teachers and teachings that are oriented around bringing about the end of the stronghold that passion, aggression, delusion,…ignorance have on the world, bringing about the end of the stronghold that white supremacy has on the world, burning up the karmic seeds of white supremacy and the attachment to whiteness, burning up the karmic seeds of our attachment to violent capitalism that puts property before people or makes people into property or steals land from people and calls it their own.”
Heeding this call, we offer resources that we may dedicate practice and prayers, and also to connect our practice and contemplation to action.
Systemic, deep-seated racism must be uprooted and changed. We in the Buddhist community, who have empathy for the present situation, hope that we’ll model better conduct and sentiments. And this is good. But we of heart cannot simply let this horrible state of affairs continue without taking a more active role.
In His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s live virtual teaching on compassion, he addressed the recent murder of George Floyd saying: “We see in the media about discrimination on the basis of color or religion these days, and then there is killing due to that, and then there are some who even take it as a pride to be able to kill somebody. So because of this discrimination, such things are done.”
We ask all people of conscience to stand in solidarity with the Black community until justice is served, and truly live by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Let’s put justice in our struggle, stay vigilant and never give up. We can go beyond silence and neutrality and enact our solidarity. We are the ones who must change to bring things into equilibrium.
In complement to Dharma teachings, we support Indigenous and Black organizations in whatever ways we can, wherever we are.
On each in-breath, may we take in the sufferings of others and then breathe out healing energy. May even this simple act of breathing make a difference for others, until our last breath.
In dedication for George Floyd and all who have fallen and suffered, unable to breathe.
We have the great fortune of hosting wonderful
Teachers over the last seven years!
Since 2013 we have hosted H.H. Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, Lama Choedak Rinpoche, Khenpo Pema Wangdak, Khenpo Thupten Gongphel, Khenpo Migmar Tseten, Lama Jay Goldberg, Geshe Sherab, Glenn Mullin, Nima Dorjee & Elisabeth Benard. (More photos soon…)
Thank You Khenpo Pema!
For the Heart Sutra Teachings on the
Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom
Nov 22 – 24, 2019
Thank You Lama Jay Goldberg
We enjoyed the wide scope of teachings in September, 2019
The Four Limitless Meditations:
Teaching and Meditation Practice on Loving
Kindness, Compassion, Joy & Equanimity,
H.H. Sakya Trichen’s Birthday Celebration:
Honoring this Special Day and the Following Week with Teachings
Dedicated to His Holiness’ well being & longevity!
Taking the Eight Precepts:
Maintaining self-discipline by refraining from negative actions
Green Tara Empowerment:
The Female Bodhisattva of Compassion in Action and
The Vajrayogini Summer Intensive:
Detailed Meditation Instructions to Deeply Engage
in the Vajrayogini Practice
Tsechen Namdrol Ling’s 5th Anniversary
Special White Tara Puja Led by Geshe Sherab
Was Dedicated to
H.H. Gongma Sakya Trichen’s Long Life
Sunday, May 5th 2019
Thank You ~ Khenpo Thupten Gongphel
For Your Teachings on The Three Visions
Essentials on the Teachings from
Ngorchen Khonchog Lhundrup
March 2019 in Santa Fe
The most profound & fundamental teaching of the Sakya Lineage: The Three Visions refers to the three views. It examines the state of those experiencing suffering, those engaged in the methods leading towards freedom from unhappiness and misery, and those fully enlightened ones who have attained the highest goal of awakening. A step-by-step process culminating in ultimate peace.
Click to Download the Three Visions in PDF format
Three Visions ~ Text: Hard copy or Kindle available
Thank You Khenpo Pema Wangdak
for Your Teachings in November 2018
The Relevance of Faith &
Tsechen Namdrol Ling Joyfully Wishes
H.H. Sakya Trichen Rinpoche a Happy 74th Birthday!
Prayers for the Long Life and Excellent Health
to Our Most Precious Teacher
Thank You Elisabeth Benard & Nima Dorjee
for Your Teachings in September 2018
Born to Practice: The Sakya Jetsunma Phenomenon
Phenomenal Spiritual Adepts Who Are Women,
Their Hidden Lives and Achievements, Past & Present
Sakya Jetsunmas are a wonderful example of Tibetan women who are encouraged by their families and society to be religious practitioners.Their hidden world needs to be brought to light and their achievements must be recognized in any account of spiritual lives of Tibetan women, past and present.
Among Tibetan male spiritual adepts, many have the title of Jetsun or one worthy of honor, such the famous 11th century yogi–Milarepa. However, few Tibetan female spiritual practitioners are honored with this title.One of the more famous is the yogini Shugsep Jetsun (1852-1953).
In this illustrated lecture, the title of Jetsunma and who receives this title will be discussed. One significant group who are bestowed this title at birth are the Sakya Khon daughters.Among the Sakya Jetsunmas, some are known as eminent lamas who conferred the significant Lamdre teachings and who have had many disciples, including several Sakya Trizins. Two biographies will be highlighted: the contemporary Jetsun Kushok Chime Luding Rinpoche who is one of the most important female teachers of this century and the 18th century Jetsunma Chime Tenpai Nyima.She is best known for being the only woman who is included as a guru in the Naro-Vajrayogini guru transmission lineage. Long live the Jetsunmas!
Nima Dorjee Ru-sNubs Pontshang
Highlights of Tibetan History in Tibetan ~ Part 1
Excerpts from Tibet’s rich heritage, which began with its first king Nya-khri bTsanpo in 242 B.C. He became ruler and unified Tibet’s twelve large and forty small kingdoms under one king (bTsanpo). The entire Tibetan region was unified, and continued as such for 1084 years until 842 A.D. In total, 42 Tibetan bTsanpo ruled during this time.
Our kings were great military commanders of Tibet at the time of the three super powers in Central Asia (Tibet, India and China) from the 7th to 9th century. During that time, Songtsen Gampo was the 33rd Dharma king of Tibet, who created Tibetan written language and married both Nepalese and Chinese queens. He moved the capital to Lhasa and built the Potala Palace. Many Indian Buddhist scholars were invited to Tibet to translate texts from the five Buddhist sciences. He began the sNgags-pa Monastery at that time.
By the 11th century, Tibetans were more interested in Buddhism than military conquest and three major sects developed: Kadam (by Atisha), Kagyu (by Marpa) and Sakya (by Khon Konchok Gyalpo). At that same time, the Bonpo sect (by sTonpa Shanrab) already had extensive followers over the whole country.
In the 13th century, the Sakya leaders (Ponchen) impressed Mongolian Khans with their deep understanding of Buddhism. This deterred the Khans from conquering Tibet. One of the most significant leaders was Chosgyal Phagpa who not only became the lama for Mongol Kublai Khan, the first emperor of China, but the lama for the entire nation of China. From that time onward, the Sakyas continued to rule Tibet for one century. Until 1353 A.D., twenty Sakya Ponchens ruled the entire three Tibetan cholka provinces. Starting in 1354 A.D., the Phag-gru sDe-srid ruled Central Tibet for the next 264 years until 1618 A.D.
In 1642, the Fifth Dalai Lama became the ruler of the entire Tibetan three cholkas. From the Fifth Dalai Lama up to the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, ten Dalai Lamas ruled Tibet until 1959. This will be discussed in the next sessions.
View talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBkFrtxYDS4
We Offer the Deepest Thank You to
His Holiness Sakya Trichen Rinpoche
for Your Teachings in July 2018!
A Continuous Rain of Dharma Blessings
Saturday & Sunday, July 21 – 22, 2018
Freeing the Heart and Mind: Dharma Talk
The Essence of Wisdom & Nectar of Profound Meaning
Integrating the living Power of the Teachings and
Its timeless lessons into our daily lives
The Recorded Talk:
Prayers for Peace in the World & Cultural Exchange
To Deepen Understanding of the Traditional Cultures of Tibet, the Native American Pueblo Nations & the Ancient Traditions whose spiritual values have sustained us over centuries of change ~ with H.H. Sakya Trichen, City of Santa Fe – Mayor’s Proclamation, Ohkay Owingeh Summer Buffalo & Butterfly Dancers; Pemsi’s original Tibetan songs, Gonpo Trasar, Dorjee Gyaltsen, Pem Dem, Gendun Sakyal & Fabulous Young Tibetan Performers…
Please enjoy each clip from this historic afternoon:
Avalokiteshvara Empowerment of
Great Compassion & Mahamudra
Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of Compassion, known as Chenrezig in Tibetan. He is the “Lord of the Snow Mountains” who made a sacred vow to liberate the sufferings of all beings to attain complete liberation. Through this empowerment ceremony we may enter into the Meditation of Great Compassion with its six-syllable mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum”. This empowerment could also have been taken as a blessing.
Avalokiteshvara Empowerment: Part 1
Avalokiteshvara Empowerment: Part 2
Avalokiteshvara Empowerment: Part 3
Videos Recorded by the wonderful Santa Fe Media Network, Native American Media Network & Tibet Media Network
Your Holiness ~ We Offer Special Thanks for
Your Kind Return to Santa Fe after four years.
Always Come Back to Teach & Guide Us and
Please Live Long for the Benefit of All Beings!
Most Gracious Thanks to the
Santa Fe Indian School
1501 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe
The Official Venue for All of His Holiness’ Teachings 2018
Through the generosity and openness of SFIS, we had a
Deep Learning Experience & Cultural Exchange!
May all of our collective efforts bear the fruits of
Understanding, Harmony and Peace
Accomplished by many hands working together
in unison towards a common goal.
Thanks to all who helped bring this event together!
Thank You Everyone for Your Generous Donations
for Our Benefit Dinner!
Special Appreciation to Dorjee Gyaltsen’s extended Family, the Kundeling Family, Susan Meyers Craig, The Tibetan Association Members, The Ark Bookstore, Clear Light Publications, Project Tibet, Whole Foods, Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths, Bell & Dorjee Tibet Emporium, Paper Dosa, White Lotus, Tenzin-la & Rinzin-la and to all who & gave from the heart to help with HH Sakya Trichen’s 2018 visit
Tsechen Namdrol Ling’s Fourth Anniversary
Venerable Geshe Sherab, Guest of Honor
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Offering of Special Prayers for the Center’s Ongoing Success,
Removal of Obstacles and for the Long Life of
H.H. Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche
(Mandala by Ven. Lobsang Konchok)
Ven. Khenpo Pema Wangdak
Teachings in Santa Fe: Nov 16th – 19th, 2017
The Power of Enthusiasm, Green Tara Meditation, Wisdom of Compassion, Lojong & Sojong Intensive & Parental Rights & Responsibilities
With sincere appreciation …We thank you!
Ven. Khenpo Thupten Gongphel in 2017
Teachings in Santa Fe: Oct 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), the Green Tara Meditation Practice, How to Develop Mental Alertness: Teachings from Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara: Chapter 5 on Guarding Introspection
Special Thanks for Your Generosity
Project Tibet: http://www.tibet.org/Resources/TSG/Groups/nmproject.html
Body of Santa Fe: http://www.bodyofsantafe.com/
The Knowing Foundation: http://www.knowingfoundation.org/
Rinchen Lhamo & All Those Far & Near with Kind Hearts
H. H. Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche Birthday
Celebration, Group Meditation & Long Life Prayers
Sunday, September 10th ~ 10:30 am – Noon
TSECHEN NAMDROL LING’S
THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Ongoing Success, Removal of Obstacles & Long Life
of H.H. Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche
Venerable Geshe Sherab, Guest of Honor
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11 a.m.
A TEACHING ON TARA
Interview with His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin
(For Your Reading Enjoyment!)
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.
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 ~ to Protect Life & Environment
Khenpo’s Photo: ©Alejandro Mari Escalera
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
Birthday Celebration of His Holiness Sakya Trizin
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
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
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
Thank you for your 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
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
Anniversary of Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen
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
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.
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
Parting from the Four Attachments
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
Khenpo also taught the “Seven Point Mind Training”
at KSK Stupa on Monday, Nov. 3rd
His Holiness’ Recent Birthday Celebration on Sept 7th
We 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, 2014
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.
His Holiness Sakya Trizin
First Visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Photo: Eliza Bishop
“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.
The Initiation of the Three Bodhisattvas “Rigsum Gompo”
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 H.H. 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
His Holiness inaugurated and blessed our new Sakya center,
Tsechen Namdrol Ling on the afternoon of May 6, 2014.
His Holiness’ Visit to Santa Fe was Organized by Tsechen Namdrol Ling
Co-sponsored by the Vikramasila Foundation
Extra Special Thanks for All the Generous, Energetic Support to
The Tibetan Association of Santa Fe and great appreciation to
Our Noble Teachers & All who so graciously helped…