For this evening, I have been working on talk based on Sakyong Mipham’ s book Ruling Your World, which is quite an important book for the community and the teachings. It is important because Sakyong Mipham spells out the path to Enlightenment by way of Shambhala explanation. There is only one enlightenment, not Shambhala enlightenment and a Buddhist one. There is only one ultimate nature of reality, but the way we go about it is different. The understanding and approach need to be clarified. That is one reason it is a good base to talk about path to enlightenment in Shambhala. And I need to connect to weekend program on Nagarjuna. Have to figure out as I go along. (Laughter) Questions? Please ask. Continue reading
I would like to greet my dharma friends. Thanks for coming. This is a very meaningful gathering with great purpose. It is said in Buddhism, if only 4 sangha members come together, they think of all mother sentient beings, even a small assembly can fulfills something very powerful. So thank you again for coming.
According to the program, I will give instruction on deity Yamantaka. What is purpose of these instructions? In general, according to Drikung Kagyu, it is widespread practice. because it is widespread, many disciples asked about the deity. They feel something is distinct about his deity. So when they engage in this in the 3 vehicles it becomes a great elaboration, many distinct levels of teachings, which created doubts and questions in their minds, to clear these, I will instruct this deity to the best of my abilities.
The Washington D.C. Khandro Rinpoche study group had a three-class presentation on the Dharma logic known as the Madhyamaka in the spring of 2013 in preparation for the on-going Shedra at Lotus Garden with Dzigar Kongtrol Rinpoche in the summer. These discussions were lead by Larry Akey, who prepared this PowerPoint presentations. Many of us found it an excellent primer/reminder, so, with Larry’s permission, I am posting them here. This is Part 3, from May 22, 2013.
The Washington D.C. Khandro Rinpoche study group had a three-class presentation on the Dharma logic known as the Madhyamaka in the spring of 2013 in preparation for the on-going Shedra at Lotus Garden with Dzigar Kongtrol Rinpoche in the summer. These discussions were lead by Larry Akey, who prepared this PowerPoint presentations. Many of us found it an excellent primer/reminder, so, with Larry’s permission, I am posting them here. This is Part 2, from May 8, 2013.
The Washington D.C. Khandro Rinpoche study group had a three-class presentation on the Dharma logic known as the Madhyamaka in the spring of 2013 in preparation for the on-going Shedra at Lotus Garden with Dzigar Kongtrol Rinpoche in the summer. These discussions were lead by Larry Akey, who prepared this PowerPoint presentations. Many of us found it an excellent primer/reminder, so, with Larry’s permission, I am posting them here. This is Part 1, from April 24, 2013.
OM VAJRA BHUMI AH HUM
The foundation is the perfectly pure, powerful golden earth.
OM VAJRA REKHE AH HUM
The outer periphery is a ring of iron mountains.
At the center is HUM, from which arises Mt. Meru, the king of mountains.
In the east is Purvavideha, in the south, Jambudvipa. In the west, Aparagodaniya, in the north, Uttarakuru.
Deha and Videha, Camara and Aparacamara, Shatha and Uttaramantrina, Kurava and Kaurava,
The jewel mountain, the wish-fulfilling tree, the wish-fulfilling cow, the harvest that needs no toil,
The precious wheel, The precious jewel, The precious queen, The precious minister, The precious elephant, The precious, supreme steed, The precious general, The vase of great treasure,
The goddess of grace, The goddess of garlands, The goddess of song, The goddess of dance, The goddess of flowers, The goddess of incense, The goddess of lamps, The goddess of perfume,
The sun, the moon, the precious parasol, the victory banner of complete victory in all directions.
These perfect glories and riches of gods and men without exception- I offer to all the sublime ones, the glorious root and lineage gurus, the divine assembly of the mandala of yidams and the assembly of Buddhas and bodhisattvas along with their retinues.
Please accept this with compassion for the benefit of beings. Having accepted it, I supplicate you to grant your blessings.
The earth is anointed with perfumed water and strewn with flowers. It is adorned with Mt. Meru, the four continents, the sun and the moon. By offering this visualized as a buddhafield, May all beings enjoy that pure realm. Continue reading
(ed. note: I had been asked some senior student friends for an explanation of the Buddhist logical argument called by some “The Tiny Vajra” (also know as the ‘Vajra Splinters’), and got this response from Khenmo Trinlay Chödron, who is well known as a teacher and Dharma scholar, and for being the editor of several books by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche including what many regard as the definitive translation of Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation. Khenmo-la said I could post this piece she wrote several years ago if it seemed like it could be of benefit. – JTR/LWWD)
We are trying to determine the ultimate nature of phenomena: reality as it (actually) is, not necessarily the way we ordinarily perceive it. Vajra Splinters is just one of many lines of analysis that examine this question. Others look at whether motion or activity can actually happen, some examine “where” or “when” phenomena can be said to exist. Some cut phenomena into infinitesimal pieces to determine whether matter exists. Others look to concepts such as dependent origination or impermanence for answers.
The point of all the different types of analysis is to break down our stubborn view of reality. This, in turn, will reduce our afflicting emotions; suffering is also proportionately reduced and enlightenment is that much closer. Continue reading
(ed. note: The Washington, D.C. Khandro Rinpoche study group was reviewing recordings of the Lotus Garden Shedra in 2011 where Dzigar Kongtrol Rinpoche was teaching on Chandrakirti’s Introduction to the Middle Way, Chapter 5 and start of Chapter 6 and talking about an argument known as the ‘tiny vajra’. It turns out there wasn’t much on the Web about this topic. There was a flurry of emails about this topic, which I thought an excellent explanation of a difficult topic for thick-headed yogis like myself. These have been edited into one voice in this teaching below. The main author(s) wish to remain anonymous. May this be of benefit. – JTR/LWWD)
Question: What IS the ‘tiny vajra’ thing Dzigar Kongtrol keeps referring to?
Ah, so I immediately ran down into my basement to find my ancient copy of Thrangu Rinpoche’s Open Door to Emptiness, a Discussion of Madhyamaka Logic.
It says in the introduction where the book came from (I’ve added some words in [brackets]):
Mipham Rinpoche, the great [19th century] Nyingma scholar, brought together the essential points of all the major commentaries and arranged them in a more readily understandable way under the heading of “The Four Analyses.” [which is a part of MR’s encyclopedic Gateway to Knowledge.] Based on Mipham’s presentation, Thrangu Rinpoche gave the teachings he has entitled The Open Door to Emptiness to a group of his Western disciples in Boudhanath, Nepal, in June, 1977.
Now, for the question of the ‘tiny vajra’: Chapter Five gives an overview of the four analyses, and the first paragraph goes thusly:
Chandrakirti’s Introduction to the Middle Way
Chapter 5 – July 5, 2011
start of Chapter 6 – July 6, 2011
Chapter 5- Hard to keep
The Great Ones on the ground called Hard to Keep cannot be overcome by all the hosts of demons. Strong in concentration, excellent in mind, In subtle grasp of truth they have great skill.
Hard to keep
A: The definition
“The great ones who dwell on the fifth ground, Hard to Keep, cannot be overwhelmed or defeated by demonic forces. “ Continue reading
I have a lot of friends that, for various reasons, get by with only a couple hours sleep a night due to worry. In this hyper-speed hyper-linked culture, this seems to be endemic. One could take all kinds of medications with some really, really strange potential side effects (“strange violent dreams?” “anal leakage?” ) to get to sleep. However, there are also methods from the Buddhist tradition that I’ve found useful for myself that could be an alternative to drugs that may make you wake up in the middle of the street outside your home holding a bloody knife with bile flowing out of your bum and no idea how you got there. I am presenting some of these now in hopes that it might be of benefit.
I should also mention that these methods below can bring all kinds of benefits potentially much more profound than a good night’s sleep if done after one’s first cup of coffee during waking hours.