Lifetime Achievement Award Eric Pema Kunsang Congratulations!

In November 2016, Chӧkyi Nyima Rinpoche conferred on Erik Pema Kunsang, the pioneering and renowned translator and teacher, a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his services and trailblazing work in translating Tibetan texts into modern languages.

As co-founder of Rangjung Yeshe Publications, Erik has helped produce sixty-two titles in fifteen languages and hundreds of practice liturgies used by practitioners and dharma centres across the globe.

Erik provided helpful guidance to RYI as it began its four-month study program in 1997. In addition, because of his past textual translation work and the generous training he provided to RYI’s first translators, RYI was able to offer classes taught by Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling’s khenpos and lopons during the very first year of the program. For many years, Erik has also generously guided students in RYI’s Translator Training Program, providing insights into translation challenges and methods.

Erik is also a highly popular teacher in Europe and a pioneer of new ways to help people from all backgrounds and professions practice in their everyday lives and workplaces.

Erik and his wife, Tara, publish the free online magazine, LEVEKUNST art of life; available at http://levekunst.com.

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Living Vinaya in the West Jan 22-Feb 8, 2018 & Watch Beautiful Video

If the Pratimoksha Sutra remains long in the world, the Buddhadharma will be widespread, and because it is widespread, nirvana can be attained.
— Buddha Shakyamuni
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16-day Residential Course with Venerable Master WuYin of Luminary Temple in Taiwan

Western nuns or nuns living in the West—no matter level of ordination—are invited to a rare, 16-day Vinaya training under the guidance of the remarkable master, Ven. Master Wu Yin.

The daily schedule will include meditation, teaching, and discussion, with time for private study and getting to know each other. We will also do posadha (sojong) together.

Ven. Bhiksuni Master Wu Yin will focus on the Skandhas/Khandhas. She will teach from the Dharmaguptaka Vinaya in Mandarin with English translation. Group discussions will be in English. Admission is by application. Please use the long form. Application deadline is Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Website: Vinaya Course 2018

Beautiful video of Ven. Wu Yin’s life. In Chinese with English subtitles. (31:38)

 

Ven. Wu Yin’s life. It’s in Chinese with English subtitles.

 

2nd Vajrayana Summit in Bhutan—How Vajrayana Is Adapting Today

The Second Vajrayana Summit will be held in Bhutan March 28-30, 2018. The focus is on how vajrayana can continue adapting to the modern world.

In-depth elucidations of vajrayana will be presented by Bhutanese, Tibetan and international practitioners, teachers, scientific researchers, academics, and independent scholars with a special focus on vajrayana's role in the world today. The conference will be open to the general public and will include interactive workshops and discussion groups. 

Panels will  address topics such as:

  • the function of mandalas and Buddhist art
  • mantra practice
  • active imagination and meditative identification with deities
  • transformational dance
  • yogic disciplines based on internally cultivated flows of energy within the physical body
  • approaches to dreaming, sleeping, and dying
  • health and longevity practices
  • non-dual forms of cognition associated with enlightened, altruistic awareness
  • vajrayana engagement with evidence-based cognitive neuroscience and psychology

Call for Papers & Registration at http://www.bhutanstudies.org.bt/vajrayana-summit-2/

Tashi Mannox

Contemporary Tibetan calligraphy and iconography. Innovation in technique and concept - firmly rooted in the integrity of the ancient tradition.

Art & Print Storehttps://store.tashimannox.com/
Check out Black on Blackhttps://www.tashimannox.com/tibetan-calligraphy/black-on-black

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When Tashi’s parents introduced their 11 year old son to a group of Tibetan Lamas, they were perhaps unaware of this event’s decisive nature. The boy had thought these Lamas seem happy – I want to be happy as they are. 

Fifteen years pass – and having recently graduated with a BA [Hons] degree in Fine Art – Tashi takes precepts as a monk of the Kagyu order. For the next seventeen years he is apprentice to Sherab Palden Beru, a master of Tibetan art. During this time Tashi trained in the elaborate art of temple decoration and entered into a traditional four-year Buddhist retreat, where he worked as a scribe reproducing ancient Tibetan manuscripts. This highly disciplined training laid a firm foundation in the multiple forms of Tibetan calligraphy. In his latter years as a monk he travelled to northern India, where he was privileged to study under Lama Pema Lodrup, one of the last masters of the ancient Lantsa and Wartu Sanskrit forms. 

Tashi lay down his monastic robes at the turn of the millennium. As an artist before and during monkhood, it was instinctive he continue. Over time he has built on his disciplined training.

In his modern practice, Tashi innovates in technique and concept, but is firmly rooted in the integrity of the ancient tradition. Two monastic decades inform his practice. His calligraphy and iconography artworks are technically and aesthetically compelling, but they are also vehicles for the Dharma – helping to transmit ancient Buddhist wisdoms. And for this, the act of putting ink to paper is equal parts physical to spiritual for Tibetan scribes. 

Now recognised as one of the world’s foremost contemporary calligraphy artists, Tashi has exhibited internationally, including London, New York, Los Angeles, Sharjah and Moscow. In recent years he has established his home and studio near Hay On Wye, on the Welsh border of Herefordshire. www.tashimannox.com

Exhibit: Tibetan Sacred Music Notation & Buddhist Digital Resource Center

From Google Arts & Culture & 
Buddhist Digital Resource Center

       Longchen Nying Thik Ritual Score

       Longchen Nying Thik Ritual Score

The pages in this collection represent the written ritual music of monasteries across the Tibetan Buddhist world. 

A vital component of Tibetan Buddhist experience, musical notation allows for the transference of sacred sound and ceremony across generations. A means to memorize sacred text, express devotion, ward off feral sprits, and invoke deities, the music displayed in this exhibit is potent and richly meaningful. Integrally supporting devotion and prayer, music gives Buddhist ritual life its shape, its weight, and its power.

As you explore this exhibit, imagine the resounding of Tibetan horns, the beating of a small two-headed damaru drum, and clanging of the rolmo, the ritual cymbal used for Buddhist rites.

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Learn Classical Tibetan at the Mangalam Research Center For Buddhist Languages

Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages was founded in 2009 to
support the establishment of English and other Western languages as accurate vehicles
for the transmission of Buddhism. MRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Berkeley, California

Beginning Tibetan Language

October 16 – December 6, 2017, Jann Ronis.

This beginning course in the classical Tibetan will teach the fundamentals needed to read Tibetan liturgies and help you improve your command of Dharma terms and concepts. The course will start with a systematic introduction to the Tibetan alphabet, rules of pronunciation, grammar, and basic vocabulary. Within a couple of weeks, we will be learning important Buddhist phrases and understanding the structure of simple prayers. By the end of the course, students will have gained a priceless avenue into Tibetan culture and religion.

There are no prerequisites and the course will proceed at a casual pace. We will meet twice per week for eight weeks. There will be a modest amount of homework, including audio/video and workbook exercises.

Jann Ronis received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2009 for a dissertation about developments in the monasteries of eastern Tibet, along the border between Tibet and China, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His research interests include the social histories
of visionary cults, scholastic traditions, monastic reform movements, and sectarian
conflicts; the philosophical and contemplative traditions of the Nyingma school of
Tibetan Buddhism; and Sino-Tibetan cultural relations.

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Gesar Ling for Westerners

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Sangye Khandro has been a Buddhist since 1971 and a translator of the Dharma since 1976. She has helped to establish numerous centers in the USA and has served as translator for many prominent masters in all four lineages. Sangye has been the spiritual companion of the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche for nearly thirty years and has continued to help serve the centers established by her root teacher, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, with whom she studied and practiced for many years. Sangye is one of the founders of the Light of Berotsana Translation Group. complete biography

The Present Moment—What It Means & Doesn't Mean

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche:

Being in the present is commonly misunderstood, often to suit personal tastes and as a by-pass. Love this clarification. Practice correctly! —Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo

Also, full Interviewwith Sylvie Lauzon from Vivre Magazine:
https://vimeo.com/21700044

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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a Vajrayana teacher and author who offers Buddhist philosophy to modern audiences with humor and practicality. Rinpoche is a scholar and master of the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions.

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A Deeply Embedded Demon

Though we might not want to admit it, we become attached to our “stuff,” our issues. They become a kind of full-time job. Since so much of our energy may be tied up in being a victim, an addict, or an angry, self-righteous person, we become afraid of the space that could open up if our problem dissolved. Unconsciously we may cling to our demons and may not allow them to become fully satisfied in the fourth step. In more serious cases we may become emotionally addicted to the energy of the demon . . . The most effective way to work with this resistance is to imagine how the demon would look if it were completely satisfied after you fed it in the fourth step.
— Lama Tsultrim Allione
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Source: Feeding Your Demons

Feeding Your Demons Online Training Program

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Lama Tsultrim Allione is founder of Tara Mandala, author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons. In 2007, while traveling in Tibet, she was recognized as an emanation of Machig Labdron at the historic seat of Machig Zangri Khangmar by the resident lama. http://taramandala.org/

Shang Shung Institute UK

Shang Shung Institute (aka London Institute of Tibetan Studies) promotes the vitality of Tibet's legacy and explores its relevance for the world today. It was founded in 1989 by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

Their areas of expertise include Tibetan art, medicine, language, philosophy and meditation through courses, study seminars, conferences and exhibitions as well as translating Tibetan texts into the major Western languages.

The central office is based in Tuscany, Italy. Branches are found in the UK, Austria, Argentina, Australia, Russia, and the USA. The Institute works in collaboration with academic institutions, universities, foundations and museums, and actively engages in increasing public awareness knowledge of Tibetan culture. As a nonprofit, they rely on the support of donors.

Of interest to Western Vajrayanists are the teachings of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and Tibetan language courses.

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What is Shang Shung?

This name reflects the pre-Buddhist foundations of Tibetan culture and history. As a kingdom,it once occupied a large area including Western and Northern Tibet with Mount Kailash at its centre. Many of its traditions have been transmitted across the centuries by both oral and literary means. 

I hope and pray that all Tibetans and those who are interested in the future of Tibet and its culture, will help in whatever way they can to ensure the continuing survival of the authentic Tibetan tradition.
— Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

 

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The Treasure Inside

The Treasure Within

Let’s imagine that things will never get any better than they are now. Things will never improve. When we give up hope, we are in a better position to look within and examine what we find. We become more aware of the treasure we already possess and can see it just as it is. What would it be like to know this treasure-part of yourself? How could this change your life?

Tsogyal Center Current Classes

 
Learn and practice until you become a buddha.
— Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo

Three online classes now available at The Tsogyal Center:

1) Ngondro Boost is a series of four inspirational videos with Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo that explore the wisdom of the ngondro practices and their relevance to modern daily life and the gradual path to enlightenment. They do not teach ngondro as such and do not replace traditional instruction. Videos + PDF transcripts. more

2) Staircase to Akanistha Book Study: Jigme Lingpa wrote this text on the theory and practice of the development stage of deity meditation based on mahayoga’s Guhyagarbha Secret Nucleus tantra and dzogchen tantras. Staircase fuses mahayoga and dzogchen and speaks to the point of how to practice. It is one of the core texts of the Longchen Nyingthig corpus. more

3) His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's Brief Account of the Origins of Buddhism in Tibet & The Divisions of the Great and Lesser Vehicles, Collected Works of Dudjom, Vol. 2, pgs. 1 - 30.  10+ hours of on-demand video recordings (9 classes). Tibetan text and English translation (PDFs). more

The First International Chöd-Zhije Conference

The First International Chöd-Zhije Conference, July 12-16, 2017 at Tara Mandala in Colorado will bring together scholars and practitioners researching and teaching Chöd. Most sessions will delve into the Machig Labdrön and Padampa Sangye lineage, however other traditions will be represented including the Dudjom Tröma Nagmo Chöd.

Practitioners wishing to deepen their understanding as well as scholars are invited to attend.

Sangye Khandro, founder of Light of Berotsana, will present the Dudjom Tröma lineage. Other presenters include Lama Tsultrim Allione, Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche, Venerable Drüpon Lama Karma, Lama Sarah Harding, Dan Martin, Ph.D., Michael Sheehy, Ph.D., Amelia Hall, Ph.D., Kunze Chimed, Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Ph.D., Michelle J. Sorensen, Ph.D., Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., Naksang Rinpoche, Sarah Jacoby, Ph.D., Ācārya Malcolm Smith, Chöying Khandro, M.A., Tina Lang, Padma Tsho, Ph.D. and others to be announced.

Transitional Life Care for Vajrayanists

TLC (Transitional Life Care) is motivated by a desire to ease suffering and offer encouragement to those who have entered the dying process and their families, and a desire to acknowledge and facilitate the opportunity for spiritual understanding, practice and accomplishment, the essence of the transference of consciousness.

Through education, practice, and hands on assistance we provide spiritual affirmation and encouragement grounded in the traditional customs and rituals based in Vajrayana Buddhism. This could include:

  • ongoing educational training programs
  • bedside companionship and support
  • hospice and bereavement care referrals and information
  • arrangement of lama visitations
  • care of the body at death
  • assistance with cremations
  • coordination and help with memorial services
  • Vajrayana Buddhist rituals following death

Upcoming Events:

  • Magical Display of the Arts with Nirabhra, May 21, 2-6PM
  • Film Series: Advice for Death & Dying, May 28, June 25 and July 16

Resources for Vajrayana Orientation:

Mandala for Dying

Mandala for Dying

Years before TLC Transitional Life Care's conception, our founder Julie Rogers received hospice and bereavement training at Ashland Hospice in Oregon. She has been recommended by Sangye Khandro.