Dear Sangha Members and Friends,
We are very happy to announce that His Holiness Dudjom Sangye Pema Shepa Rinpoche, a tulku of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje—the Supreme Head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism—will be blessing Padma Samye Ling this upcoming Wednesday morning on May 30th!
His Holiness Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche is expected to arrive by 7:30am, so please plan to arrive by 7:00am.
We invite you to come early to Padma Samye Ling to help with preparations for this very special occasion.
Born in 1990, His Holiness Dudjom Sangye Pema Shepa Rinpoche is the emanation, or tulku of the Buddha’s wisdom, previously incarnated as H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche. He was recognized by many great masters, including H.H. Chadral Rinpoche, H.H. Minling Trichen Rinpoche, H.H. Penor Rinpoche, and H.H. Sakya Trizin Rinpoche. Following the example of his predecessor, Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche’s childhood and youth have been devoted to study, practice and retreat.
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Also tomorrow, Tuesday, May 29th, on the auspicious day of Saga Dawa Duchen honoring the Buddha’s enlightenment and mahaparinirvana, Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche will lead a group meditation practice and vegetarian tsok ceremony at Padma Samye Ling that includes the special opportunity to renew your Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows from 9:30am-noon.
Yours in the Dharma,
Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal
and the PSL Sangha
After a special meditation practice honoring Buddha Shakyamuni’s birthday on May 21, 2018, Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche translated the story of the Buddha’s birth according to the Mahayana Lalitavastra Sutra, which is the 2nd volume in the Mahayana Sutra section in the Tibetan version of the Kangyur teachings of the Buddha.
Published by: Wisdom Publications
Translated by Ann Helm and Khenpo Gawang
Mipham’s Sword of Wisdom explores the Nyingma lineage understanding of valid cognition in Vajrayana Buddhism. This translation, a clear and concise primer on higher realization through valid cognition in Buddhist philosophy, presents these ideas in English for the very first time and includes the sutra presentation of the two truths and the tantra teachings of the two truths as the purity and equality of all phenomena.
“Mipham’s Sword of Wisdom is the essence of the Dharma itself! Khenchen Palden Sherab was a true lineage holder and scholar, a compassionate and humble man whose work can be trusted to be in perfect accord with the teachings of all the lineage masters, so we can rely on his teachings with absolute confidence. This text contains the power, blessing, and kindness of the incomparable Mipham Rinpoche, so it is like the very soul and heart of Manjushri himself! It is my heartfelt prayer that everyone read this text and take these teachings purely and honestly into their hearts.”—Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche
“I am very pleased that this seminal text by the first Mipham has been translated and made available in English. This book presents direct perception and reasoning as the most valid way to know reality, starting with the truth of cause and effect and extending to the realization of nondual wisdom.”—Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
“I am delighted with this translation of Mipham Rinpoche’s Sword of Wisdom. Personally, this text has helped me so much in understanding the system of basic logic and reasoning that elucidates the profound meaning of the two truths. It is a true gem for beginners and learned alike. Time and time again, it can serve as an invaluable resource to refine and deepen one’s knowledge of all schools of the Buddhadharma.”—Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
“Although we think we have understood emptiness as the ultimate teaching of the sutras and tantras, we haven’t really delved into the depths of its meaning and still continue to see things with ordinary perception and are unable to rest freely in the ultimate true nature. Mipham provides the tools for us to actualize the supreme timeless awareness and become naturally liberated and boundlessly compassionate, which is the final result of our practice.”—His Holiness Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche
“I have found it to be extremely well written and with great blessings. I am reminded constantly of Khenchen Rinpoche’s teachings and his kindness, and I found boundless joy in this sublime work.” —Khenpo Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
“Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche began teaching at the Central University in Sarnath, India in 1967, and for the first few years he was the only faculty member and administrator in the Nyingma department, where he taught up to twelve classes daily. He continued teaching at the Central University for seventeen years.
During that time, Mipham’s Sword of Wisdom was the first text studied in the sequence of courses in the Nyingma department. Since there was no textbook, Khenchen Palden would write notes on the blackboard and students would copy them before the notes were erased at the end of each class. Eventually some of the students compiled their notes and Khenchen used them as the basis for this commentary, The Radiant Light of the Sun and Moon, which he wrote in full in 1984 and the Central University published in 1986.”
When you’ve finished Mipham’s Sword of Wisdom, you’ll have
- rich insights into Nyingma teachings on valid cognition,
- a profound new understanding of the two truths and their inseparability,
- a solid foundation in valid cognition through direct perception and reasoning according to the traditional Indian treatises of Dharmakirti and Dignaga
“Many of the Vajrayana teachings of Guru Padmasambhava were hidden in various parts of Tibet for the sake of future generations. These hidden treasures are called terma in Tibetan, and the people who reveal them are called tertons. The terma treasures include texts and ritual objects that were hidden by Guru Padmasambhava and Lady Yeshe Tsogyal in Tibet in the eighth century. Yeshe Tsogyal, one of Padmasambhava’s nine heart students, attained enlightenment in one lifetime. Yeshe Tsogyal left signs of her accomplishment, such as writing verses in solid rock with her finger.
The terma teachings were written down mainly by Yeshe Tsogyal, as well as a few others teachers, as instructed by Guru Padmasambhava, for the sake of future generations who would be living in different situations. They were hidden throughout Tibet, many of them in inaccessible locations, such as inside rock mountains and under the water of lakes and rivers. They were placed there by masters like Yeshe Tsogyal, who did so by the power of her realization. In most cases, she did not actually travel to those places, but she hid them through the power of her mind.
The terma can be retrieved only through the meditative power of the tertons. There are 108 great tertons and one thousand lesser tertons in the Nyingma lineage. The tertons are very special and powerful people, who often have special dreams, even as children, in which they receive blessings and teachings directly from Guru Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
The Buddhist Path
“For all sentient beings, a mother is so important. Without her, we would not be in this world. As human beings in samsara, the Buddha taught that we have eighteen freedoms and favorable conditions enriching the basis of our precious life. These extraordinary qualities are due in part to the kindness of our gracious mothers. Just as a mother is so important in the ordinary world, the surface of samsara, she is also important on a deep level in the awakening of our spiritual energies.
This is why the Buddha introduced us to Mother Prajnaparamita, the mother of all enlightened beings. It is often said that without understanding her nature, there is no enlightenment. She gives birth to all realized beings as her children, and raises them to the state of full awakening. The mother principle is also very important in the Vajrayana where she is the source of all buddhas and dakinis. Without the dakinis, there are no activities and no fulfillment. The dakini is the driving force related to the four beneficial activities of pacifying, increasing, overpowering, and subjugating. The mother dakinis are the power that continues to bring forth enlightened beings. For these reasons, mother is so essential.
During this retreat, we are going to focus strongly on the great mother who has appeared in the world in very active forms, as well as in very quiet, peacefully hidden twilight zones, helping beings accomplish beneficial activities and realizations. Presently, we are going to connect with the most gracious, kindest, greatest mother of all, especially for Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana practitioners. She is known as Wisdom Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal. We are going to discuss, contemplate and explore this teaching to invoke her blessings so that we can bring forth our own realization and understanding.”
Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
2013 Dzogchen Summer Retreat on the Dudjom Tersar Khandro Thugtik
Photo of a Yeshe Tsogyal mural painting in the main temple at Padma Samye Ling.
“Spiritual practice includes study, meditation, and reciting prayers and mantras. But what is the root of all of this? It is loving-kindness and compassion, along with gratitude, devotion, and humility.”
Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche
Inborn Realization (pg 16)
Photo of Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche with Saymo at the cabin at Padma Samye Ling in the 1990s.