The conduct of speech begins with refining your wind energy because wind is the cause of speech. To refine your winds, perform the three-part breath purification exercise three times. Imagine that all the negative, dualistic emotional energy that has been clogging your channels is being completely removed. When you breath out, make your exhalation slightly longer, and feel that all the toxic energy in your body is streaming out of your nostrils and mouth into far away space, where it completely dissolves. When you finish the exercise, feel very confident that your winds and channels are now completely pure and filled with refined wisdom energy.
To practice the conduct of mind, strongly feel the presence of Guru Padmasambhava either right above your crown chakra or in your heart center. Full of intense longing, devotion, and confidence, feel that he is the complete and perfect embodiment of all enlightened beings and lineage masters, and recite prayers and mantras according to your sadhana practice. During this time, keep your body and speech relaxed. Relax your mind as well, but remain concentrated on what you’re doing. When your recitation is complete, visualize that Guru Padmasambhava dissolves into light, which then dissolves into your heart. Feel that his enlightened energy completely merges with your own, and meditate. Rest your mind in the natural state, and the moment a thought arises— whatever it is—do not be alarmed. Simply look at it. The moment you look at the thought, it dissolves.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
The Beauty of Awakened Mind (pg 144)
Photo of Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche during the Vajrapani Windhorse Retreat at Padma Samye Ling on May 26, 2018.
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
After a special meditation practice honoring Buddha Shakyamuni’s birthday on May 21, 2018, Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche translated the story of the Buddha’s birth according to the Mahayana Lalitavastra Sutra, which is the 2nd volume in the Mahayana Sutra section in the Tibetan version of the Kangyur teachings of the Buddha.