• Light of Peace: How Buddhism Shines in This World
(History of Buddhism)
• Ceaseless Echoes of the Great Silence: A Commentary on the Heart Sutra Prajnaparamita in Spanish
• Commentary on Mipham Rinpoche’s Wheel of Analytic Meditation
• Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha: The Path to Freedom
(Essential Foundational Teachings of the Buddha)
• Commentary on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend
(Practical Advice on Practicing Dharma in Daily Life)
• Commentary on Jigme Lingpa’s Bellowing Laugh of the Dakini Chod Practice
Losar Tashi Deleg!
Happy Tibetan Royal Year 2146! Year of the Earth Pig!
from Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
“May the Buddha’s teachings spread widely,
And the aims of all practitioners be fulfilled.
May all difficult situations of all beings be pacified,
And may all excellence be attained just as we wish.”
– Terdak Lingpa
Wishing everyone health, wealth, joy, and bodhichitta realizations!
from Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, the Sangha of Padma Samye Ling, & the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center!
The Tashi Prayer: The Verses of the Eight Auspicious Ones
by Mipham Rinpoche
If you chant this once before beginning an activity, it will be easily accomplished exactly as you wish. Be sure to keep this in mind.
“OM I prostrate to the entire assembly of the Buddha, Dharma, and Noble Sangha
Who abide in the auspicious pure lands of the ten directions,
Which are the spontaneously perfect and pure nature of all apparent existence.
May everything be auspicious for myself and others.
Drönmei Gyalpo, Tsalten Döndrup Gongpa,
Jampai Jengyi Pal, Gewar Drakpa Paldampa,
Kunla Gongpa Jacher Drakpa Chen,
Lhunpo Tarpakpa Tsalrap Drakpai Pal,
Semchen Tamchela Gongpa Drakpai Pal, and
Yitsimpa Dzepa Tsalrap Drakpai Pal,
Merely hearing your names increases what is auspicious and glorious.
Eight Sugatas, I prostrate to you.
Youthful Manjushri, Glorious Vajrapani,
Lord Avalokiteshvara, Protector Maitreya,
Akashagarbha, and Most Noble Samantabhadra—
In your hands, you gracefully hold an utpala flower, vajra, white lotus, naga tree,
Jewel, moon, sword, and sun.
You are supreme in bestowing auspiciousness and success.
Eight Bodhisattvas, I prostrate to you.
The supremely precious canopy, the auspicious golden fish,
The wish-fulfilling vase of goodness, the exquisite kamala flower,
The conch of fame and glory, the perfect knot of prosperity,
The unfading victory banner, and the all-powerful wheel of dominion—
Holding these eight precious and supreme symbols
You generate joy with offerings to the buddhas of all directions and times.
Glory increases by recollecting your qualities of grace and so forth.
Eight Auspicious Goddesses, I prostrate to you.
Great Brahma, Shambu, Narayana,
Thousand-eyed Indra, King Dhritirashtra,
King Virudhaka, King Virupaksha the Lord of Nagas,
And King Vaishravana—you hold the divine emblems of
A wheel, trident, short spear, vajra,
Lute, sword, stupa, and victory banner.
You bring auspiciousness and increase everything good above, below, and on the ground.
Eight Guardians of the World, I prostrate to you.
Now, as we begin this activity,
May all obstructing and harmful influences be pacified,
May our wishes be fulfilled, may splendor increase, and may everything be accomplished just as we desire.
May there be perfect ever-growing happiness and peace.”
“Dzogchen meditators must combine the two merits of relative and absolute truth all the time. The Buddha used the example of the two merits being like the two wings of a bird. They are the wisdom powers that will wake us up to the ordinary state of the true nature. If we don’t develop these two merits, or if we ignore them, we are incomplete practitioners of Dzogchen. For this reason, it is always necessary to remember that both of the accumulations are equally important in order to bring about the full realization of the true nature. If we separate the two merits, we make the mistake of creating conceptual boundaries in the natural state.
Many times people think that when we practice Dzogchen we don’t need to do any kind of good deeds, like generating devotion or bodhichitta. Ignoring the relative accumulation of merit while still thinking we might discover the natural beauty of Dzogchen is totally wrong and misleading. Always remember this.
However much you are able to perform good deeds and accumulate merit, your realization will grow and your understanding will deepen to that same degree. Within the dynamic system of interdependent coordination, if you initiate or create an improvement now, it will lead to a similar improvement in the future. Over time, your progress will blossom into beautiful spring-like realization.”
The Seven Nails: The Final Testament of the Great Dzogchen Master Shri Singha (pg 13)
“The three wisdoms of (1) listening, (2) contemplation, and (3) meditation are very important, particularly in these degenerate times. The great master Longchenpa said that in ancient times when the time was perfect, students would instantly achieve realization the moment they received teachings. Why did this happen? The teachers were highly enlightened beings, the students were full of devotion, enthusiasm, and joy, and without any doubt or hesitation, and the timing and circumstances were perfect. Yet according to the teachings of the Buddha, in these degenerate times, we generally don’t have as great of teachers and students as in ancient times. Everything is a little dim. Therefore we need these three wisdoms to usher our realization and understanding. We should not see them as insignificant—instead we should take them to heart and apply them in practice.”
“. . . Chronologically between Longchenpa and the great master Jigme Lingpa there was about a 300-year span of time. However, Longchenpa achieved total enlightenment through Dzogchen and merged with the dharmakaya. When we reach the dharmakaya state, birth, old age, sickness, and death are just conceptions— they’re like jokes, in a way. Because of this, the wisdom body of Longchenpa was able to appear to Jigme Lingpa and give these teachings and blessings. Jigme Lingpa was like the second Longchenpa, and Yeshe Lama is his teaching.
Of course, many of you already know this lineage history, but it is very important to explain it in Buddhism, particularly in Dzogchen. This teaching did not just happen, and it is not insignificant or just talk. This is a very precious teaching with a long history. It is a nugget of gold and the treasure of all the enlightened beings.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
Supreme Wisdom: Commentary on Yeshe Lama (pgs 393 and 195)