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Saturday, September 23rd – Friday September 29th, 2023
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm PST
Orgyen Dorje Den
“Madhyamakalamkara Vritti” by Abbot Shantarakshita
Shantarakshita’s Commentary on his “Ornament of the Middle Way“
Translated by Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche &
Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
in collaboration with Geshe Lozang Jamspal.
Preface by Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
Cool Grove Press | 4/18/23
Pages 244 | Size: 6 x 9
English | paperback
“Scripture, without a logic that is based on the evidence of things, will not satisfy even faithful followers.”
“Shantarakshita follows in the footsteps of Buddha Shakyamuni who stated that no one should accept his view without testing it as a goldsmith tests gold. In this seminal 8th century text he deconstructs, elucidates and defends Madhayamaka as the essence and central philosophical bases of Mahayana, as elaborated by Nagurjuna—which work preceded the advent of a Buddhist age over much of Asia for a 1000 years. It’s tenets still remains relevant today with discoveries and inventions based on science investigating the ‘nature’ of nature.
In the Madhyamakalamkaravritti, his commentary on his root text The Adornment of the Middle Way, Shantarakshita aims to completely clarify the position that, while ultimately reality eludes our comprehension, conventional knowledge is useful as a tool for navigating appearances all of which are no more real than the reflection of the moon in water.
His method of establishing this relies almost exclusively on one tool: to be real an entity must be one or many. If he can show that all the candidates for the real, such as atoms, matter, space, time, God, the soul, subject, object and causal relations fail this test, that if they cannot be said to be one, because the one is not substantial, then it cannot function to produce many.
Shantarakshita’s motivation for this radical destruction of our basic and cherished beliefs, is to liberate us from anything that can cause us suffering. If we cling to our illusory world, it will fail us, because it is impermanent.
In sloka 16, Shantarakshita does make one positive assertion about reality, when he asserts self-awareness. But he is careful not to become trapped in the classic Buddhist model of subject, object and activity. Self-awareness, he argues, cannot be understood in this way. Subject and object are not distinct nor identical, not one, not many. Self-awareness has no substantial existence.”
Guru Yoga Practices in Honor of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche
“Vidyadhara Lama” Group Meditation and Practice with Tsok Offering Ceremony
led by Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
Monday, June 19, 2023
“You turned the golden wheel of the stainless doctrine of Khenpo Shantarakshita, Lopon Padmasambhava, and Dharma King Trisong Deutsen all over the world.
You established centers that uphold the study and practice of the great secret Vajrayana, which continuously follow the cycles of the sun and moon.
You made glorious gifts of empowerments, pith instructions, and the three wisdoms to students everywhere.
Great Khenpo, Glorious Wisdom, you are the protector of beings, the Lord of Dharma, and the Supreme Lama, Certainly you are a son of the Buddha.”
-Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
Join us in honoring the life and legacy of our precious Root Teacher, Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche.
Special ceremonies and practices will webcast from Glorious Padma Samye Ling.
Purchase the “Vidyadhara Lama” sadhana by the great Terton Tsasum Lingpa:
Wednesday, May 31
(= 6:30-8:30pm EDT)
“Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche will be teaching at Orgyen Dorje Den on Wednesday, May 31st, from 3:30-5:30 pm Pacific. Rinpoche flew out from the East Coast to attend Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche’s sea burial ceremonies and to offer support and comfort to our gathered sangha on this occasion of our root teacher’s mahaparinirvana. Ven. Khenpo Rinpoche will offer his heartfelt advice and teachings in this talk.
We hope that all of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche’s students will be able to join us at Orgyen Dorje Den either in person or via Zoom.”
The practice of Dream Yoga is designed to release and liberate duality conceptions into wisdom awareness. When we’re not hindered by duality, we see that everything is a dream because everything is constantly changing. Almost half our lives is spent sleeping, but with Dream Yoga we can use this time to truly benefit ourselves and others by redirecting and transforming our neutral dreams into positive, virtuous states of Dharma practice.
“Essential Journey of Life and Death: Volume Two Using Dream Yoga and Phowa as the Path“
by Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
Photo of Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche and the PSL Sangha during the 2023 Windhorse retreat following a Chenrezig empowerment according to the lineage of Tangtong Gyalpo, on May 27, 2023.
Padma Same Ling, NY
2023 Windhorse Retreat
May 27-29, 2023
This was the final advice from Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche at the conclusion of the 2023 One Month Dzogchen Retreat.
2023 PSL One Month Dzogchen Togal Retreat
Lama Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol
Final Teaching Day 13
May 13, 2023
Padma Samye Ling, NY