We are honored to invite you to the auspicious occasion of the enthronement of Tulku Yangsi Rinpoche, the reincarnation of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche!
This ceremony will coincide with the Buddhist festival of Lha Bab Duchen on October 31, 2018. Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche will host this special event at the Tulku’s seat of Orgyen Samye Chokhor Ling in Saranath, India (www.PBCIndia.org).
For more information, please contact Padma Samye Ling: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the evening of Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 7:00pm-8:30pm, Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche taught on the meaning of Termas at the Rubin Museum in New York City!
The Kalachakra, meaning “Wheel of Time,” is among the highest and most complicated teachings in Tantra, and is traditionally used in community ritual to purify negative energy.
Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Lama from the Nyingma school. He will be joined by astrologer and author A.T. Mann for an onstage conversation on the Kalachakra Tantra, Tibetan prophecy, and concepts of time. Rinpoche shared his knowledge of the great Buddhist master of time, Guru Padmasambhava, and of the Dharma treasures of texts and relics known as terma that are hidden throughout Tibet and in the mind-streams of his disciples.
The great masters Guru Padmasambhava, Shantarakshita, and King Trisong Deutsen brought Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century, which has continued until now through two unbroken lineages of kama and terma.
Kama is the distant oral transmission lineage that contains the essential practice aspect of all the Sutra and Tantra teachings of the Buddha. The close lineage of terma, or “hidden treasures” is the extraordinary legacy of Guru Padmasambhava, which includes secret teachings that were concealed in the earth, and even in the mindstreams of his disciples. Termas are revealed at a later prophesied time by destined practitioners known as tertons, who are reincarnations of the 25 principal disciples of Guru Padmasambhava. The terma lineage preserves the teaching and keeps the blessings fresh and intact for future generations.
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Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche (1950-) was born in eastern Tibet and enthroned as a Nyingmapa abbot by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. He traveled and studied with H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, as well as with his late brother, Vajrayana master and scholar Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche (1938-2010), and his father, the hidden yogi Lama Chimed Namgyal.
Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche established the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center (PBC) in 1989 to preserve the authentic message of Buddha Shakyamuni and Guru Padmasambhava in its entirety, and in particular to teach the traditions of the Nyingma school and Vajrayana Buddhism. PBC includes over 20 centers in the U.S.A., India, Puerto Rico, and Russia, as well as monastic institutions in India, the U.S.A., and Russia.
As a holder of the complete Nyingmapa lineage, Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche is fully versed in the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana schools, and is a master of Dzogchen. He has co-authored over 30 Dharma books in English with Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, and travels throughout the world giving teachings, empowerments, and personal guidance in fluent English at numerous retreats.
Padma Samye Ling Monastery and Retreat Center is located in Delaware County in upstate New York. Located in the western region of the Catskill Mountains, the outstanding facilities are contained within 500 acres of forests, meadows, and natural springs. PSL hosts group and personal retreats throughout the year, as well as an annual philosophical Shedra, weekly Dharma study groups, and a long-term residency volunteer program.
For more information about Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche’s activities, the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center, or to schedule coming to PSL for retreat or a visit, please contact:
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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