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

Taming the Mind, Importance of Truly Working with Mind, 4 Dharmas of Gampopa, 3 Kinds of Laziness, 9 Stages of Shamatha

A very good morning everyone, as we begin with welcome to the first section of the annual retreat. And of course, acknowledging the factors that allow us all to be here, there are wonderful resident administrative staff, etc. thanks all of the heads of families, the staff that reside that make it possible year after year in all the programs here.

Lisa said that everything is happening without excitement, on their own. (Laughter) That is very nice to hear; it speaks volumes. The coming and going no longer has the excitement. For a practitioner, it is good if it is less. Would be good if it was all comings, and no going without realizations, but… (Laughter) A sense of it all becoming normal, very ordinary. Very wonderful. The teachers, senior practitioner, and Welcome back the lopons and nuns. Many of you have been studying with them. For those residing here, an intensive study and practice program.

Not just within the public programs, but year round. Very helpful for entire sangha. We passed the 10th year of Lotus Garden. It is timely that a group of people are maturing in dharma. It has started; the residents can keep up the continuity. A year round possibility. I am grateful to the monks, nuns, and teachers.

With that, begin with this section. Many of you are aware of Taming the Mind from last year. A series of teaching/ practice sessions emphasizing cultivating of meditation as foundation of practice. From last year, will recall the branching of the retreat to 3 parts.

The first part is to understanding meditation – hinayana, whatever, knowing the terminology is not about groups of people, but one’s own mind, working with one’s own mind, one’s own training of mind, focusing on silence, stillness, and non-thought. Three basic principles, following Buddha’s words. Any practitioner that doesn’t recognize one’s own mind as the basis of dharma doesn’t get dharma. Training the mind is very basis of dharma. Such a person who understands this closely accurately understands the relationship to the path of practice.

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Lopön Andre Papantonio and Rita Gross-12 Nidanas Review-8/27/11 8:30 PM

Lopon Andre: This is a chance to get all your questions out there, all your concerns and confusions. The only things we offer are repeating the words of our perfect teacher.

Khandro Rinpoche likes us to always start any session with motivation. This is not to gain intellectual knowledge, but to transform our lives, and devote our body, speech and mind to serve all sentient beings. And remember the lineage going back through H.H. Mindrolling Trinchen Rinpoche, Terdak Lingpa, Padmasambhava, Buddha, and all the kindness.

The attitude and conduct is most important. The willingness to train yourself in path of practice doesn’t matter if old or new students, it’s all about training yourself. When you go back home, people should see a change in conduct and kindness.” – Khandro Rinpoche

Lopon Rita: In 35 years of hearing teachings, this was the first time I’ve heard a Tibetan teacher teach from a Pali text. This is wonderful. I can’t emphasize how important these foundations are. I think people get to vajrayana too fast, and it becomes like balancing on a point, and coming back to them year after year. They are vast in their profoundness. I am so grateful. (editor’s note: Ditto.)

She’s emphasized at this retreat so far the 12 nidanas and interdependence, which is the foundation of everything else. Next week will be the Four Immeasurables, which caps the foundations. These were presented with great depth. She built a bridge with Theravadan. 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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How to Train Mindfulness in Sleep – Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin

When sleeping, we can’t be mindfulness – It is a little difficult. But when you go to sleep, at that time, if you go to sleep with positive thought, then your whole sleep becomes positive. If we go to sleep with negative thought, then our whole sleep becomes negative.  Second, if daily, we keep mindfulness, then it can be experienced in dreams.  We can have this happen in dreams – A habitual tendency thorough our daily activity can occur in dreams. If we’re not mindful in day, we can be carefulness in dream.  So, two ways we can encourage mindfulness in dreams.  Go to sleep with positive thought, and train day-by-day in positive thought and mindfulness.

(excerpt from teaching on Gampopa’s “Precious Garland of the Sublime Path”, May 26, 2012, Tibetan Meditation Center, Frederick, Md.)

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4 Foundations of mindfulness – DC Khandro Rinpoche study group – 12-7-11

facilitator: Larry Fallon

Note: There is a rough transcript of Khandro Rinpoche’s teaching on the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness referenced in these notes.

I highly suggest everyone go listen to the whole talk from August 27 at 3 PM.  Since it seems rude to edit one’s wisdom teacher, what I did was took some clips from different sections of contemplation of body, feelings, mind, and phenomena. I will play these in 4-5 minute segments.  Then we spend 3-4 minutes contemplating, and then talk about what it is like. Otherwise, it isn’t practice; it is just us running our mouths.

Being that it is Pali, not Sanskrit, it was not translated into Tibetan until fairly late. Came through other commentaries.  This being Pali – the language Buddha spoke – it’s very much how he communicated. This describes how they practiced as monastics and forest dwellers.  Continue reading

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H.E. Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche – 4 Foundations of Mindfulness

H.E. Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche teaching – Entering the Mahayana: 5th Teaching –  8/27/11 – 3 PM – the 12 Nidanas (continued) 4 Foundations of Mindfulness

12 Nidanas (continued)

What is being given out is a copy of the Satipatthana Sutta translation. Keep it with you till we get to the sections where you do the contemplations.  How are you all doing? (laughter) Thanks to Lisa and the Padma team. The changes around the land are amazing. Thanks to the karma team- Lama roar and everyone – nice to see continuation. Hopefully this thing (the hurricane) that is supposed to happen won’t happen. Vajra team keeps saying its’ coming. So they have been talking about paranoia (laughter).

So, one begins to see the importance of working with oneself. The path that leads to that is called dharma. But it must be understood to lead to the cessation of affliction. One must develop mindfulness that is such that it is able to bring about the full manifestation of wisdom. One must know true nature of all phenomena, outer and inner, and bring about the wisdom of knowing things as they truly are. Buddha explained the 12 nidanas, causes and arising… These can be seen in all broader and other circumstances. Can see how a consciousness is propelled by karmic formations,  how a strong compulsion for ignorance and karmic formation propels consciousness to become an embryo. This is the dot of conception, leading to aggregates, leading  to grasping, and leading to craving.

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