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Lojong, Mindrolling Lotus Garden – June 18- 21, 2015 Lopön Helen Berliner and Lopön Andre Papantonio – Talk 1

Lopon Andre – first talk – morning 9/19

Begin with the right intention. The best intention we could have for anything we do on the land- meditating, studying, or hearing a talk is – being with the benefit for all sentient beings. May we all work with our own minds to be a cooling oasis for all sentient beings, to free all sentient beings from suffering, and ourselves as sentient beings from suffering. We call this raising bodhicitta: a sense of my intention is “I am expanding outward so I am working not for just my own benefit, but for the benefit of all.”

I also like to remember those who came before us, without whom we wouldn’t be studying Buddhism in an air-conditioned room. Going back to Shakyamuni Buddha 2500 years ago, all the way up to His Holiness Mindrolling Trinchen Rinpoche, who died in 2008, and of course His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and of course our dear Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, who is director of our center. Just a sense of connection to lineage and a sense of connection to who we might be appreciative of. Continue reading


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Taming the Mind 2014, HE Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, 9/19/14 Talk 1,Part 2

(continued from Talk 1, Part 1)

Taming the Mind, 3 Kinds of Laziness, 9 Stages of Shamatha

Freedom from 3 kinds of laziness.

To be able to tame the mind, to let your sitting be free from all the obscurations of many lifetimes, all the obstacles of own habitual patterns. All the instructions are relevant, but further refining one’s sitting meditation by eliminating obstacles of many lifetimes, habitual patterns. Watch out for 3 traces of laziness.

  1. Laziness of discouragement.

[This is] where one is discouraged by one’s own situations such as health problems. Many of you suffer from health issues; you begin to think you are limited due to these. Meditators must immediately know this discouragement is another form of laziness. “Turning mind to the Dharma” means engaging in dharma must be kept intact. Whatever you are doing for health problems- treatments, etc. stands good on its own. Dharma stands good on its own. Health is health. Dharma is dharma. Even if lying flat on ground with tubes everywhere in bed, you can still be working with silence, stillness and non-thought. It is a question of priorities. That issue is made much worse. Illness could be greatest factor to be made into…

Being too busy to practice has nothing to do with Dharma at all. You could be with the view of dharma despite not having a single second to spare. If you allow that which you are busy with to distance you from Dharma, it is a form of laziness. There are two kinds of mind: one for dharma, one for business. You are starving one, and feeding the other. When you look at the busyness, if you transform it into a sense of how samsara can drown you, a sense that it completely overshadows basic mindfulness, it has become the most authentic meditation. Dharma is not a particular recitation, not a particular posture, but is creating an authentic awakened state than any amount of …

Taking the busyness and allowing the busyness to awaken you to the busyness of samsara. See “I can be limitlessly mad because this is how limitless busy mind can be. “ See how easily seductions of karmic influences arise, then take all that could be cause of laziness and use to recognize your own mind. When you don’t do it, you allow different reasons, such as health preoccupations, especially in America. That closely followed by weather. (Laughter) That allows you to breed that laziness. It is important to look at – health, money, responsibilities, and business- all those reasons that become cause of discouragement in year. Today, look in self to see traces of discouragement. “I am not able to practice because…” List them.

How many are really causes of impediment, or did you just allow it to be so? Here is your excuse to not train you mind be able to really — the best meditation is one able to see ‘here is the molding that happens.’ How much of the harboring and nourishing is happening in oneself? Continue reading

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Shambhala Friday evening talk Jay Lippman April 27, 2012 – DC Shambhala Center

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

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Khandro Rinpoche 2012 annual retreat: August 28th, Talk 1, Part 2- Outer preliminaries – Calling the Guru From Afar

(continued from part 1)

Calling the Guru from Afar

Now, to calling the guru from afar. Going back into ngondro text, where we stopped yesterday. Begin with:

At the crown of my head, seated on a lotus and moon seat is the glorious precious root guru. Accepting me with your great kindness, please bestow siddhis of body, speech, and mind.

In this way, at the crown of your head, visualize the guru.  Thus giving rise to devotion, recite the Calling the Lama from Afar, which was given by guru Rinpoche to Yeshe Tsogyal. Wherever one truly has revulsion and turns to blessings of guru, than Padmasambhava will be there.   If continuing, continue. Or, when the mind is distracted, rest.  Or, do it as a preliminary to any other practice. It’s Up to you.

Whenever the mind rests in its own nature, and then wants to return to habits of following forms and sounds, instead of following those forms and sounds, immediately gather the mind into the space above your head on lotus and moon disk in the form of Guru Rinpoche or your own guru. Whatever arises immediately as the embodiment of the wisdom and compassion of the guru, immediately think of them and supplicate that one may receive siddhis of body, speech and mind. Continue reading

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Khandro Rinpoche 2012 annual retreat – talk 4: part 1: Patrul Rinpoche practice text based on Bodhicharyavatara – The 6 Paramitas (Adverse Factors of Paramitas, cont.))

(continued from Talk 3, Part 3)

A Step by step guided meditation on the profound Mahayana text of Bodhicharyavatara by Patrul Rinpoche called “The Sun of Brilliant Clarity”

So as we continue with the text, Jeannie Pickett has made available copy of the refuge vows together with Atisha’s instructions. In general, the commitments of refuge consists of 9 things: 3 things to always observe in your body, speech and mind, 3 things to abandon, and Atisha’s heart advice.

Atisha in Tibet

Atisha was nicknamed by the Tibetans as ‘the Refuge lama,’ this great mahalama. People thought he’d be giving great high teachings; instead, he focused on refuge. After Padmasambhava taught in Tibet, there was a golden era. But then after 150 years, there was so much distortion of Vajrayana.  People fell in love with the methods; they built up pride and ego. There was much knowing the words but not the ego-(exhaustion). They were not emphasizing training one’s mind; instead, there was exertion in teaching. Atisha was going to teach Mahamudra and Dzogchen, but he found the Tibetans had no idea what they were doing, so he was teaching refuge instead.  Then towards the, end, he was teaching Mahayana, notably the lojong teachings were Atisha’s emphasis. Most of our elaborate teachings on refuge come from Atisha.  Seeing in refuge and Atisha’s heart advice and instructions on bodhisattva vow. Bring it to the discussion groups.  Don’t take precepts lightly: as things to keep in mind, these are difficult to do.  Be sincere, but it is most important to understand the different aspects. If there are things you don’t understand, ask lopöns and MIs. Also, Lopön Barbara has been compiling the current text into a text that will be easy to contemplate. If you are missing on something, if you have sequential, will be made out for you, hopefully before you leave tomorrow. Continue reading

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Third reminder – Karma – DC Khandro Rinpoche study group – 4/7/11

The basic definition of karma from Patrul Rinpoche’s Words of My Perfect Teacher is that one’s present condition is the result of former actions.  Present actions lead to future conditions. Karma is the impulse that drives the action. Some people say the karma is the actual effect, but this is not so.

Karma is something that follows consciousness after death. Karma is never the action, it is the impulse that takes us to the action. Impulse is what draws us towards a specific action. The intention is the wish to do something with that action. Impulse and intention are always related.

Karma is the 10 virtuous actions and the 10 un-virtuous actions. Karma is never something that you leave. It’s almost like your body; it is a structure. This is a new structure.

The karmic fruition of virtuous and unvirtuous actions is never lost.
From this infallible path [truth] of cause and effect
Appears the phenomena of samsara and nirvana.
We understand that one’s actions ripen upon oneself.
Yet, we are unable to engage and disengage in the appropriate manner.
Guru, embodiment of the Three Jewels, look upon us with compassion.
Bestow your blessings so that we cultivate virtue and abandon unvirtuous deeds.

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How the Black Swan came to the Lake…(or, This Vajra Life :))

I’ve been asked by several newer students to explain my lineage. My path is not exactly the usual “person-curious-about-meditation-comes-into-the-shambhala-center-and-follows-the-curiculum”. Ok, it’s not even CLOSE to ‘normal’.

If I had to describe my stream, it would be Drikung Kagyu-Mindrolling/Nyingma-Shambhala-Karma Kagyu.

You were warned it would be a mouthful! 🙂

To give the short version:

  1. Soto Zen practitioner – 1995-1997 (sporadically)
  2. Shambhala practitioner- 1997-present
  3. Dharma Art practitioner – 1998-present
  4. Mindrolling lineage practitioner – 1999-present
  5. Drikung Kagyu practitioner – 2000-present

…and Karma Kagyu mixed in with all the other lineages.

Ok, the long version: Continue reading

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