Join the Live Webcast today with Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
Wednesday, May 19
Padma Samye Ling, NY
“The Buddha knew that the solution to the human predicament could never be found externally, but had to be discovered as the nature of one’s own mind. Nor could the nature of mind be accessed forcibly, but only by abiding at ease within that natural state. Therefore, he meditated for six years. At the age of thirty-five, he realized his inner nature of loving-kindness, compassion and wisdom, and all his previous questions were answered. From then on he was known as the Fully Awakened One, the gracious teacher Buddha Shakyamuni. Until his mahaparinirvana at the age of eighty-one, he continually shared his deep realization with everyone without exception.
His extraordinary teachings were:
1. All conditioned things are impermanent.
2. All negative emotions and grasping bring suffering.
3. All existing phenomena–all subjects and objects–are empty and egoless.
4. Nirvana or enlightenment is free from grasping and totally calm and peaceful.
5. Every living being has the same nature as an enlightened being.
6. No human is higher or lower than anyone else.
7. Mind is principal to matter.
The Buddha’s main teachings were on nonviolence, love and compassion, and on how to bring out the good qualities within ourselves and others by exploring our nature and the nature of our environment. He taught about how to live in harmony and peace. In order to do this, one simple teaching is to have a good heart, which is also known as bodhichitta. Bodhichitta is love, kindness, compassion, and wisdom. These qualities are the basic nature of every living being. Practicing bodhichitta begins with having a good intention, the positive aspiration to help all beings. Looking at it this way, all teachings are really about having positive intentions and aspirations that start in the heart and the mind. When we have this foundation, all activities of body, speech and mind become healthy and serene. This is the way we should live and what we should share with others.”
Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
Introduction to “Discovering Infinite Freedom: A Commentary on the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo” (pgs 9-10)
Celebrating Buddha Shakymuni’s birth, the main text will be the Buddha Sadhana by Mipham Rinpoche. Also, we will recite the Twelve Deeds of the Buddha, together with a vegetarian tsok.
Practice texts: Along with our Healing Practices, we will use the Extended Buddha Sadhana.
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Pith Instructions Continue on “Heart Advice for the Fortunate Ones”
by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche
Live Webcasts from Padma Samye Ling in upstate New York
- Sat, May 15: 3:30 – 5:30pm EDT
- Sun, May 16: 10:00am – 12 noon EDT
- Sat, May 22: 3:30 – 5:30pm EDT
- Sun, May 23: 10:00am – 12 noon EDT
- June 19: 3:30 – 5:30pm EDT
Venerable Rinpoche will continue his in-depth commentary on His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche’s “Heart Advice for the Fortunate Ones.”
These Dzogchen teachings by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche encapsulate the essential instructions and advice for daily practice on all of the Buddha’s teachings in general, and the three Inner Tantras in particular. These sacred lineage instructions usher us to discover the enlightened nature of Kuntuzangpo, the all-perfect present.
Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche brings these teachings vividly to life with practical, pithy advice that goes straight to the heart and inspires us all to use this precious opportunity for the great and lasting benefit of all beings.
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What happens to the yogis and yoginis who practice and actualize this Dzogchen teaching? Their loving-kindness will become enormous. Their compassion will become unconditional. Their wisdom will be inconceivable. When we read about their life stories, we can see that many Dzogchen masters did not go to monastic colleges or engage in very much intellectual study; simply by meditating on the absolute state they spontaneously became great scholars. Their songs of realization are testaments to their profound mastery of the teachings. As your Dzogchen practice develops, your realization, wisdom, and intelligence grows, and your concern, care, and ability to help others also grows. The universe becomes magnificent—it always has been this way, and now you see it. You no longer hope to go to a pure land in the future to find nirvana. You no longer fear staying in samsara. Nirvana and samsara have merged into a single, beautiful natural state. When you have this realization, which is like sunlight dawning in the sky, rays, beams, and brilliant shine everywhere. When you discover the nature of your own mind, the universe unveils its glory to you.
Dzogchen masters have the highest realization, but at the same time their character and conduct is profound—the way they behave in the mundane world is so simple and pure. Effortlessly and spontaneously, everything they say, think, and do benefits all beings and themselves.
“With strong devotion, even a very simple Dharma teaching will cause great spiritual progress. Yet without devotion, even if we’ve received many profound teachings from many masters, we won’t change. That’s why the great master and future Buddha Maitreya said that individuals without devotion won’t develop. He likened lack of devotion to a burnt seed that cannot sprout. For this reason, the great master Patrul Rinpoche said that without devotion, even if you’re surrounded by all the teachings of the Buddha, it’s no different than being surrounded by blank paper. He also said that if you’ve received the most profound pith instruction but lack devotion, that instruction becomes mere breath or vapor, and nothing is going to happen
We all have devotion, but sometimes it’s a little shaky or fragile. We should take care of our devotion—reactivate, restrengthen, and re-glorify it. Guru Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal prayed, “May my devotion never waver, but always remain strong and steady.” We should be like this too. Keeping devotion fresh and vital is the responsibility of every practitioner and is itself great practice.
Devotion united with bodhichitta is very important. Again, when your devotion develops to the point where you’re free from doubt and hesitation, realization comes so easily. Unshakeable devotion brings blessings. This is spoken of very explicitly in Leu Dunma.
The Leu Dunma teaching is the unity of devotion, bodhichitta, and Dzogchen meditation expressed in the form of practice on Guru Padmasambhava. Leu Dunma is a Guru Yoga practice. As the great master Karma Chagme says, the absolute Guru Padmasambhava is the innate nature of mind, and the innate nature of the mind is the innate nature of everything. This means that devotion, bodhichitta, and everything else merge back into our primordial awareness, which is the innate nature of mind without any subject or object. When we reach the absolute state of Guru Padmasambhava, we’re one with Guru Padmasambhava. We will have achieved his level of realization, which is realization of the dharmakaya. Then we relax in that state.
But to achieve this, we need to increase our devotion, joy, and bodhichitta. We visualize and supplicate Guru Padmasambhava with practices like the Seven Line Prayer, then we complete everything by resting in the Dzogchen state. After this we dedicate the merit we have accumulated for our families, friends, and for all living beings. This is the way to achieve the absolute Guru Padmasambhava. It is how we can increase our inner beauty and let it shine to the world.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
Vajra Sound of Peace: Practicing the Seven Chapter Prayer of Guru Padmasambhava (pgs 30-31)
Photo of HE Terton Namkha Drimed Rinpoche and Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche at Phurba Khang Medicine Buddha Temple at Padma Samye Ling in 2016.