2019 Hayagriva and Vajravarahi PSL Dzogchen Summer Retreat according to the lineage of the Great Terton Tsasum Lingpa
July 17, 2019
Padma Samye Ling, NY
According to the Lineage of the Great Terton Tsasum Lingpa
Bestowed by Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal RinpocheJuly 13-21, 2019
Padma Samye Ling, NY
This summer, Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche will bestow one of the great teachings of the Padma family on the supreme herukas Hayagriva and Vajravarahi according to the terma of the great terton Tsasum Lingpa. Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche will explain the structure of all sadhana practices of the Inner Tantras, including the Creation and Completion Stages of visualization, mantra recitation, and Dzogchen. He will give very detailed and thorough instructions so practitioners can absorb the heart of the Vajrayana teachings, and not just receive empowerments and blessings.
The great terton Tsasum Lingpa was an emanation of Nubchen Sangye Yeshe who was one of the Nine Heart Students of Guru Padmasambhava. Nubchen Sangye Yeshe was one of the principal lineage holders of the entire Nyingma Kama, as well as the Anuyoga teachings. He emanated many great tertons and scholar-masters from the 11th century to the present.
Tsasum Lingpa was one of the renowned emanations of Nubchen Sangye Yeshe and is one of the leading of examples of a terton who discovered termas from the earth, rocky mountains, and lakes. He discovered so many essence teachings of the Inner Tantras, including Mahayoga, Anuyoga, and Atiyoga, as well as practices on a variety of deities of the Inner Tantras. In particular, he discovered this Hayagriva and Vajravarahi teaching in the Fire Monkey Year (1716) from the very holy mountain in southern Tibet known as glorious Tsari Ta, which is considered one of the 24 holiest places on earth according to the Inner Tantras.
In Tsari Ta Mountain, Guru Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal hid many termas to be discovered in the future, and exactly according to the predictions of Guru Rinpoche, many tertons revealed termas there. Many Nyingma and Kagyu masters also meditated and actualized the highest realization of enlightenment at Tsari Ta.
This Hayagriva and Vajravarahi practice is strongly connected to the Padma Heruka family and is the essence of Mahayoga, Anuyoga, and Dzogchen. The combination of these two buddhas is a very powerful practice for this time to discover our innate nature and remove physical and mental obstacles. In particular, this practice will increase life force and bring the realization of the pure view of the cosmic mandala and its inhabitants.
Retreat begins Saturday, July 13, with morning practice at 7:00am, breakfast and registration 8-10am; and first teaching at 10am.
Empowerment on Sunday, July 14th 10:00am-1:00pm.
Retreat concludes around 1:00pm on Sunday, July 21.
Padma Samye Ling
618 Buddha Highway
Sidney Center, NY 13839
“If even one cause was missing, your situation might be vastly different. It is good to contemplate and appreciate this, and to resolve to make full use of this opportunity.”
“When it comes to Dzogchen meditation, there are many teachings that help us introduce and sustain the true nature of the mind. Yet among all these teachings, devotion is without question the best.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
The Beauty of Awakened Mind (pg 2 and 66)
Photo of Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches bestowing the Tsasum Lingpa Vajrakilaya empowerment in NYC in 2008.
“What are skillful means practices? These are practices that increase merit, or positive energy, and include cultivating good thoughts like loving-kindness and compassion, as well as putting these into action for others’ benefit.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
The Nature of Mind
Photo of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche dissolving a sand mandala at PBC Pema Tsokye Dorje Ling in Puerto Rico around 2008.
The boundless motivation of bodhichitta means dedicating all your activities for the benefit of all beings. Whether you do a single prostration, chant the six syllable mantra of Avalokiteshvara one time, or give a handful of food to an animal, do so with the wish that all sentient beings enjoy long life, health, prosperity, and ultimately attain complete enlightenment. No matter what you do, large or small, spiritual or mundane, pray, “By this action may the suffering of all beings be pacified, and may everyone everywhere realize the innate nature of their minds.” You should also aspire and make prayers that your ability to help beings continues to increase.
The purity understanding motivation of the Vajrayana is also known as the “skillful means motivation.” At the present time, our direct experience of the true nature is blocked because of intellectual and emotional obscurations. The universe is open and beautiful, but our habitual, dualistic patterns of body, speech, and mind prevent us from seeing this. The Vajrayana path cuts right through these hindrances; it is the direct and easy approach whereby we instantaneously experience the world the way the Buddha and other realized beings experience it.
The Vajrayana is virtually synonymous with confidence and devotion. Confidence and devotion are the lights that swiftly reveal the beautiful qualities within and all around us that have been hidden by the darkness of ignorance. Confidence and devotion are themselves pure perception. Where confidence and devotion are weak or absent altogether, skepticism, doubt, and hesitation take their place. If we indulge in them, skepticism, doubt, and hesitation feed on each other practice. Oftentimes we feel that these states are marks of intelligence, but this is not true; they are manifestations of ignorance whenever they lead us away from our true nature. Therefore, we should not give any credence to skepticism, doubt, and hesitation, but rather continue to cultivate and expand our confidence and devotion to the teachers, teaching, and our own spiritual development.”