This year Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche is requesting the International PBC Sangha to accumulate the mantra of the Buddha Amitayus, the buddha of infinite life and prosperity.
Amitayus (Skt. Amitāyus, Tib. ཚེ་དཔག་མེད་, Tsepakmé; Wyl. tshe dpag med) is a sambhogakaya aspect of Amitabha, particularly associated with longevity.
The following prayer is a famous terma known as Union of All Jewels revealed by the great terton Jatson Nyingpo, and is found in the PBC Daily Prayers sadhana prayer book on pages 58-59.
Please practice according to the “Three Noble Frames” taught by Longchenpa, Mipham Rinpoche, and so many lineage masters:
- The Noble Beginning of Refuge and Bodhichitta, together with lineage prayers and turning your mind towards the Dharma.
- The Noble Middle of practicing the Visualization Creation Stage and the Dissolution Completion Stage, while abiding in non-grasping wisdom emptiness-awareness (absolute bodhichitta).
- The Noble Conclusion of Dedication and Aspiration Prayers.
Begin by reciting the Seven Line Prayer three times, followed by lineage prayers.
Then visualize Amitayus in the sky in front of you either as a single buddha or yabyum, and begin the sadhana by reciting the homage to Amitayus on page 58 twice in Tibetan and once in English.
Continue by accumulating the mantra of Buddha Amitayus while he emanates pure healing lights of wisdom and compassion throughout the entire universe which instantly merge with the blessings of all the buddhas, remove all obstacles, and heal all imbalances, establishing all sentient beings in the great blissfulness of enlightenment:
OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI AYUKE HUNG NRI DZA
After you accumulate the mantra during your meditation session, Buddha Amitayus dissolves into you. Remain in silent meditation for as long as you have time, abiding in the true nature.
Conclude by reciting the brief dedication prayer on page 59 in Tibetan and English, as well as reciting more extensive prayers on pages 28-42, dedicating the merit and making sincere aspiration prayers for the immediate happiness and enlightenment of all beings.
Below is an introduction to Buddha Amitayus by Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche that they taught at Padma Samye Ling in May of 2010:
Submit Your Accumulation
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
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
Dear PBC Members and Friends,
With a very heavy heart, I’m writing to let you know that H.H. Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche entered mahaparinirvana this morning at 12:02am at Orgyen Cho Dzong in upstate New York. He is currently in the meditative state of thukdam at Orgyen Cho Dzong.
H.H. Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche was the principal holder of the Dudjom Tersar lineage, and a heart son of his father, the Supreme Head of the Nyingma School, H.H. Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche.
I offer my sincere condolences and prayers for His Holiness’ Family and Sangha.
I request the PBC Sangha to please accumulate the One Hundred Syllable Mantra of Vajrasattva and the mantra of Guru Padmasambhava in honor of H.H. Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche so that all of his beautiful wishes are quickly and perfectly fulfilled, and that his reincarnation will emanate swiftly for the benefit of all beings.
Yours in the Dharma,
Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal
Padma Samye Ling
The stuccoing of the Yeshe Tosgyal House Temple is complete, and the work of securing the Temple against the weather is in its final stages.
We’re still in need of donations to help with completing the interior of the temple and landscaping.
Through joyful effort and the kindness of all our members and patrons, the vision of the Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches is coming to fruition!
Tattvasiddhi: The Attainment of Suchness
Madhyamakalankara: The Ornament of the Middle Way
With Commentaries by
Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche
Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
Includes English translations of the root text of both works by Shantarakshita, with detailed commentary by the Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches, as well as Tibetan and Sanskrit versions of the root texts.
“By tasting of the feast of reasoning contained therein,
One will become a crown and summit of the many learned ones
Who on the path of reasoning for many lives,
Through many hardships came to mastery in proof and refutation,
Uprooting every falsehood.
Even in the noble land this master’s like was rarely found.
Ah, such was the great fortune of the people of Tibet
He was invited by their king and sovereign!
And as I think of it my mind
Is helplessly transported with a wondrous joy!”
“I venerate the great abbot Shantarakshita, whose skill opened the way of using logical reasoning, to explain to his disciples in accordance with their dispositions, the Middle Way path of emptiness, devoid of duality. He spread the conqueror’s teachings in the Land of the Snows.”
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
“Glorious Shantarakshita, the sacred holder of the vows, Padmasambhava, the master of both yoga and accomplishment, Losel Wangpo and Kamalasila: these are second Buddhas in this age of decadence.”
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Cool Grove Press; first edition (4 Nov. 2017)