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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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Khandro Rinpoche 2012 annual retreat: August 28th, Talk 1, Part 3- Outer preliminaries – The Four Reminders

(continued from part 2)

The Four Reminders

It is possible your shamatha is distracted. If distracted, following thoughts sound, forms, and going back to mental chatter, read the first verse of the Four Reminders. *

This precious human existence is, like an udumbara flower, difficult to attain.
If found, it is of greater benefit than the wish-fulfilling jewel.
However, having attained such a precious existence just this once,
we do not accomplish the ultimate aim of great benefit,
but instead waste it meaninglessly.
Guru, embodiment of the Three Jewels, look upon us with compassion.
Bestow your blessings so that we fulfill the meaning of this precious existence. Continue reading

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Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – the Drigung Kagyu Fivefold Path of Mahamudra – Introduction – TMC May 2012

(Editor’s note: These notes were taken a couple weeks ago at a teaching by the Great Abbot of the Drikung Kagyu, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche, on the Drigung (sometimes spelled “Drikung”) Kagyu Fivefold Path of Mahamudra. This text is one of the defining text of the lineage, and the teaching was very dense.  So, I am putting this up section by section as I get the notes edited, so anyone reading can digest each part instead of reading them all the way through. Quotes from the text are in blue. – JTR/LWWD)

Introduction: Setting intention

…the culture of the defiled nature of samsara. We all share the same thing: a desire for freedom from suffering, to have peace and happiness, co-emergent. We all want this. Reflect on this. We all want peace and happiness. We [in the shrine room; dharma practitioners] are doing nothing special, we are just trying to find peace and happiness. Samsara is very intractable, the defiled emotions are so deeply rooted… So, to face (life on a) day-to-day basis, the dharma teaching is so precious. It gives us an opportunity how to get free from suffering. This is not in some magical way to (get) free from suffering, but in an empirical way. Everyone has the opportunity, if we have interest. So to have this interest, to be here like this, and go through step-by-step is so precious. Continue reading

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First reminder – Precious Human Existence- DC Khandro Rinpoche study group

The first section of Khandro Rinpoche’s book “This Precious Life” is called ‘Entering the gateway.’ Here she lays the groundwork before moving into the 4 reminders.  The rest of the book is essentially the 4 reminders, also known as the Four Thoughts that Transform the Mind.   She starts (pg. 17) with the First Reminder: the preciousness of human existence.

Contemplating the preciousness of human existence brings a genuine appreciation of our human body, mind, and potential. With exertion we can create the cause for genuine happiness and benefit for others.

This precious human existence is like an udumbara flower, difficult to attain.
If found, it is of greater benefit than the wish-fulfilling jewel.
However, having attained such· a precious existence just this once,
We do not accomplish the ultimate aim of great’ benefit,
But instead waste it meaninglessly.
Guru, embodiment of the Three Jewels, look upon us with Compassion.
Bestow your blessings so that. We fulfill the meaning of this precious existence. 
 

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