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


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:


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.




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

Source: Feeding Your Demons

Feeding Your Demons Online Training Program


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.



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.

Drop Into Your Body And Feelings

A short drop-in practice from Tsoknyi Rinpoche.

Relax deeply. Don’t hold onto anything. Completely let go of thinking and judging mind while gently maintaining the clarity and knowing aspects of mind.

Now raise your arms to shoulder height, pause, and let them drop suddenly to your knees. As you drop your arms, breathe out forcefully. Then say, “Who cares? So what? Svaha!” (Svaha is a Sanskrit word used frequently in mantras that means “So be it.”)

Whatever happens, wherever you land after dropping your arms, just let it be. Don’t do or try to block anything. Just rest. There is no need to search for something new or try to achieve some special insight or state.

Feel whatever feelings and sensations arise and be lightly aware of them. Feel them naturally and softly, and don’t try to change anything. When uncomfortable feelings come up, you can relax and trust them, without analyzing or somehow figuring them out. Let them be as they are through feeling awareness while resting naturally in the body.

This practice can be repeated until you can more fully drop into your body and feelings.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche is a Nepalese born Tibetan meditation master in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages. He is the son of the late Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. and teaches in the West and oversees nunneries and monasteries in Tibet and Nepal. https://tsoknyirinpoche.org

Deities—Demonic or Enlightening?

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche recounted this story several times whenever he taught deity meditation.

At a Los Angeles public talk on deity meditation, a woman challenged Rinpoche saying that deity practice was a demonic practice.

Surprisingly, Rinpoche said, Yes, I completely agree. You’re right. If you don’t understand their nature, then deity meditation is demonic and will take you further away from enlightenment.

Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo:

Even before fully realizing the nature of deities, it's helpful to regard ourselves as deities in both meditation and daily life.

We believe our bodies were born and will die. Believing that our bodies are real, we deprive ourselves of our bodies' inseparability with shunyata-emptiness or primordial purity and suffer needlessly. As for our mind, it also has no birthday. If we practice deity-mind instead of dualistic mind, all existence is suffused with wisdom-awareness and we do not create karma.

Rinpoche would ask me, How's your phenomena today? Will my phenomena be fighting with yours? He didn't mean how are your feeling or what's going on. He was asking if I was regarding myself as deity. So it was a check-in for me.

How has your path of cultivating yourself as deity unfolded? 

Give Up Ego-Clinging

Initially, to understand dharma even on an intellectual level is not at all simple. Then once we have some understanding, to put dharma into practice is even more subtle, because it requires that we go beyond our habitual patterns. Intellectually, we may recognize how our narrow-minded habits have brought about our own cycle of suffering, but at the same time we may also be afraid to engage wholeheartedly in the process of liberating these habits of ours.

This is cherishing of ego. For, even if we think we want to practice the Buddhist path, to give up our ego-clinging is not easy, and we could well end up with our own ego's version of Dharma—a pseudo-dharma which will only bring more suffering instead of liberation.

—Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Source: http://quotes.justdharma.com/giving-up-ego-clinging-dzongsar-khyentse-rinpoche/

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche was born in Bhutan in 1961 and was recognized as the second reincarnation of the nineteenth-century master Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. He has studied with and been empowered by some of the greatest Tibetan masters of this century, notably the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and the late Dudjom Rinpoche. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche supervises his traditional seat of Dzongsar Monastery in Eastern Tibet, as well as newly established colleges in India and Bhutan. He has also established meditation centers in Australia, North America and the Far East. http://khyentsefoundation.org/

Are You Willing To Be Enlightened?

What a ridiculous question, right?

Let's look deeper.

What? A hundred thousand prostrations? A hundred thousand mandala offerings? I'm not willing.

What? Promise to liberate all beings? I'm not willing.

What? Consider others more important than me? I'm not willing.

Need I say more?

There are always places of I'm not willing and that's understandable. But, at the same time, we need to own up that we are preventing our own enlightenment.

Once there is willingness, the path is smooth!