The Importance of Stabilizing Rigpa for Practitioners
with Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
July 24 – August 1, 2020
Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912) was a great Nyingma master and writer of the last century. Blessed by Manjushri, he became one of the greatest scholars of his time, and was a devoted student of Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo Rinpoche, and Patrul Rinpoche. Mipham Rinpoche had an enormous impact in re-awakening a deep reverence and interest in the Nyingma and Dzogchen teachings. Three hundred and twenty-two of his Dharma works have survived. Apart from these, he composed more than thirty-five books on a range of subjects including medicine; poetry (particularly the Gesar epics); logic; cosmology; astrology and divination; alchemy; painting and sculpture; engineering; and both extensive and pithy commentaries on the Sutras and Tantras of Buddha Shakyamuni and Guru Padmasambhava.
Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche brings these teachings to vivid life with practical, pithy advice that goes straight to the heart and inspires us all to use this precious opportunity for the great and lasting benefit of all beings.
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Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
As a holder of the complete Nyingmapa lineage, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche is fully versed in the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana schools, and is a master of Dzogchen. He has co-authored over 35 Dharma books in English with Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, and has personally authored several books, including a biography on His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche named Light of Fearless Indestructible Wisdom, two books of poetry on the life of Guru Rinpoche, including Praise to the Lotus Born: A Verse Garland of Waves of Devotion, and a unique two-volume cultural and religious history of Tibet entitled The Six Sublime Pillars of the Nyingma School, which details the historical bases of the Dharma in Tibet from the sixth through ninth centuries. At present, this is one of the only books written that conveys the Dharma activities of this historical period in such depth.
Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche actively travels throughout the world giving teachings, empowerments, and personal guidance in fluent English at numerous retreats.
The main monastery and retreat center of the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center is Padma Samye Ling Monastery and Retreat Center, 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, and a long-term residency volunteer program.
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“The true nature is not something that has been created by the Buddha or anyone else; the true nature is what is. Please keep practicing. Every practice requires devotion and bodhichitta—keep yourself inspired!”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
Liberating Duality: The Eight Emanations of Guru Padmasambhava (pg 5)
“In Dzogchen it is very important for us to know that mind is empty. Again, this is not merely talking about it once and then dropping it. As practitioners we have to come back to this again and again with joyful effort. Mind is emptiness, and everything is mind. We have to constantly reinforce or reengage this state. This is not something we believe in just because the Buddha, Garab Dorje, Guru Padmasambhava, Longchenpa, and Jigme Lingpa said so. We need to look to our own minds and find out for ourselves if this is really true or not. If we find that it is true, we must keep that realization all the time and not let it go. If we let it go, it means we fall back to the world of duality and start grasping.
It is very important to realize that everything is the dharmakaya—the enlightened, one taste of equanimity—and bring that understanding clearly and vividly into your heart. In ancient times, great masters asked their students to take one week to go out and find their minds. The students literally went out to try to find where the mind was, what size it was, and so on. They really tried to find it, get it, bring it back, and share what they found.
There is a story of a very famous Dzogchen master known as Tsangyang Gyatso. This great master was introducing the nature of mind, so he asked his students to go out to find their minds and then come back to him. One rather dull student went out and had great difficulty because he thought he was really going to find something solid. He looked for it again and again. At the end of the week as he was coming back on the last day, he saw a nice stone on the road. It was an interesting looking stone, so he thought to bring it back and say that it was his mind. Of course every student had a different message to share, but when it came to him he held up the small stone and said, “Great teacher, I think that this is my mind.” Tsangyang Gyatso immediately got up and pushed him, threw him on the ground, and beat him. Then the student pleaded, “Master, please don’t beat me!” “Why?” asked the master. “Because it hurts,” he said. “Who hurts?” asked the master. At that moment, the student recognized the emptiness nature of his mind and later became a very famous practitioner.”
Supreme Wisdom: Commentary on Yeshe Lama (pgs 200-201)
Charla semanal en español
“El esfuerzo gozoso, el coraje, el compromiso, la alegría y el aprecio vienen naturalmente cuando tenemos atención plena.”
Saturday’s @ 11:15 a.m July 18th via Zoom
“Joyful effort, courage, commitment, joy, and appreciation come naturally when we have mindfulness.”
“You and only you have the full authority, opportunity, and power to work with your own mind. You can do it!”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind from Samsara (pg 23)
“At any time, in those crucial moments when suddenly something really challenging happens, if we look immediately to our mind it brings awareness vividly to the front. We momentarily remove all the mists of conceptions and look to the nature of infinite openness. Vivid displays handled skillfully introduce the nature of mind.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
Cutting Through Ego and Revealing Fearlessness: Chod Practice According to Jigme Lingpa’s Bellowing Laugh of the Dakini (pgs 147-148)
Photo of Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches bestowing empowerment at Padma Samye Ling in 2009.