Complete archive of Kyabje Penor Rinpoche Heart Teachings

1140650789-hr-11Kyabje Penor Rinpoche has established retreat center in Upstate NY in 1998 within the annual summer one month retreat a type of lineup developed within which after a particular prayer, not every day but often, Rinpoche would give spontaneous advice that came to be known “Heart Teachings”.

Some very short, others went on to over half an hour.

Complete currently known number is 152 and they are all published by year here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/shergyatso

Here is a disclaimer that i wrote for it:

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Link to Complete Playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… These audio files are made at the North American Seat of Palyul Lineage of Tibetan Buddhist transmission within Nyingma tradition. The main teacher is 11th Palyul Lineage throne-holder, 3rd Kyabje Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche. The translation is done by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. These teachings were not given in the format of actual instructions, which took place along side on regular retreat schedule. In order to benefit from all such material one is advised to undertake efforts of meeting masters in person and dedicating one self over time to the study and practice that one receives. Therefore all these materials while are becoming more and more available as time passes by are mostly intended for the students of late Kyabje Penor Rinpoche and retreatants within Palyul tradition. Which can be joined at Palyul Retreat Center in the upstate NY and in Namdrolling Monastery in South India. One may also see if there is a local Palyul Center near them. Usually these teachings took place at the main temple of Palyul Retreat Center, during annual one month Summer Retreat as a part of morning recitation of Palyul Namcho preliminary practice. Chant master is Lama Pasang. Audio engineer is John Ward. Audio was digitized by Ani Aileen Williams. Photo by Kongpo Lama Sonam Wangchuk 2003. For more information on the Palyul please visit http://www.palyul.org For more information on the retreat center please visit: http://retreat.palyul.org On the Copyrights: These files are provided only for listening and sharing in this original form, are not to be used for any other purpose without express permission from Palyul Retreat center. The Precious Bodhichitta, If unborn, may it arise, If generated may it never diminish, And may it remain ever-increasing! By current cataloger and uploader Alex Sherab Gyatso -Nothing that I could write here represents anything but my limited and subjective capacity at an attempt of an intro.

The Ego fun :)

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ego02Facebook is not all “no prisoners” some people have highly detailed sense of humor. And when just such a person arrives it makes it all just so much better.

Thank you Geoff. I liked it too much, so I thought of saving it here. I hope you do not mind!

Nothing is better at the time of shelter-at-home then a small facebook laugh. When this comes together with existential question of whether we have any degree of spiritual outlook or are we just chasing something to satisfy something. Well, good luck to all of us. May some one benefit _/\_

 

 

Contemplations on “Fragile Ego” 1st part

Contemplations on “Fragile Ego” 1st part

Summation: Do not be ashamed to be confused on the path as a student, clarify your confusion instead. Do not be aloof towards student as a teacher, connect to accept responsibility and explain things correctly or leave the room.

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There is an interesting phenomena out there.

In this age of freedom of information when one can buy any book on amazon and if that desired book is published as restricted, one can bypass the amazon altogether and download a PDF, if one desires.

In this age ideas and their validity have some chance to be established.

Without doubt all understanding is always based on each person’s background, their level of readiness so to speak.

A metaphorical idea in this is that if we assume for there to be several languages out there, in order to read in other then your native language you need to know that other language already.

And in that way to be prepared to engage with the ideas.

This works as an example very well when words in a way of language get translated but ideas remain challenging and require work in understanding.

And so we have two interesting directions in regards to where it all is going when some one is “looking in”.

Let’s make a mixture of where we land if we put together law of cause and effect, the karma then Christian based spirituality and Buddhist spirituality.

Within Buddhism we do have very expedient path of what some call a “short cut” of Vajrayana, expedient path of liberation in one life.

However easy this path may seem for the whole thing to take off just right every little component has to be in place and perfectly aligned with the rest.

Comparing basic Buddhist practice to walking along the road, path of Vajrayana is alike a launch of a space mission which has a chance of total complete failure at any stage.

And so as Buddhist when we are so well aware of the karma it can be really very positive to say understand ideas offered in many public talks by masters of high profile.

These go along these lines: “One does not need to convert to Buddhism” so to speak, it is more important to have a good heart. Which has a perfect result of assisting anyone on that path in their efforts of accumulating good karma.

If taken with aspiration to liberate or just follow Buddhism, that too should without doubt arrive at the right time.

As all results are based on causes and anything can arise, the wish to enter path of liberation is a direct cause to going in just such a direction.

Above advise becomes actual skillful means. – Have a Good Heart.

Then however we have a more interesting direction which has no relationship to maturation of the students. It is feeling of possessiveness in regards to the teachings.

Feeling that one has developed an understanding because of long and what is often said “arduous” study.

There is expectation of respect of sorts. Now should it be too pointless to point to the obvious. This is why so much discord and frustration takes place all too often in western spiritual circles.

Westerners in their naïveté demand something genuine in any degree, but that is well liked.

Some like it only if it is confirming, some like it when it very manicured.

But in the quest to find something outside that is “all that” one of the interesting clashes takes place when a spiritual guide does not seem to offer much in return for high throne, prostrations, donations or any degree of aloofness.

Now we arrive at the next step relevant to the followers of Buddhism that are in one way or the other on Vajrayana path already.

This point I am about to make is the reason why this article is written in fact.

We do get at times public message that if one is to enter or in some way to study “Highest” parts of Vajrayana or Dzogchen / Mahamudra doctrines one is likely to become confused.

There are so many points I can make about that!

In a lighter way of half joking we all at some point confused left and right direction at one or another situation in our life.

And this knowledge is very forcefully imposed onto our lives since early childhood. In most cases nothing new.

So, it is not really in any way shameful to attempt to try to get it right, right hand, left hand, right turn, left turn.

It is assumed that it is normal to work through that type of confusion all in order to “keep going”.

How come we are expected not to have any confusion on the spiritual path? Or are expected not to work with it?

Great master Longchenpa said that all spiritual traditions that teach beings right from wrong are of benefit.

And remembering that we should always quite simply try to find “our way” no matter how confused we may be or appear to others.

There is no shame in trying to find the way, there is a possibility for finding shame in giving up.

And so, if some one who is credentialed does not offer direct instruction traditional or from experience but rather points out that you are possibly confused for likely walking the path, well this is just unhelpful arrogance.

Second point that is more serious and related directly to the actual higher vehicles is that there is necessity of study, yes.

However the very entrance into the path is some one in the role of the spiritual master leading by example, no more no less.

That very idea of some one there, that idea or a personification of idea in fact is very traditional. And one of important points for why it is there is so that confusion could be clarified into wisdom.

Unmistakably on every step of the way as much as possible.

That person is not there merely to: “pull rank” but rather they are the “responsible adult in the room”, taking care that you come out on the other end without becoming sidetracked.

And if one were to put effort into application of any direct advice received then it is clearly seen as primary to any other possible study, because it illuminates the confusion to dawn as wisdom for that person, right there, at that time.

Tulku Sherdor on Kyabje Kusum Lingpa last visit to US

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This is a recent to this re-post facebook communication and some old photos taken in the time when cell phones did not have a flash.

Thank you Tulku Sherdor, who made this magical display possible here in America.

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Tulku Sherdor

Sherab Gyatso Alex just sent me these two very rough photos from HH Orgyen Kusum Lingpa’s very last set of teachings in New York in 2007. He clearly emptied the tank during that program, knowing the nature of impermanence and the power of great love and compassion better than we students.

Lamasang offered Tsa Lung teachings, Dorje Yangchenma empowerment, Rig Dzin Gya empowerment, Orgyen Dzambhala empowerment, among other gifts. This was in Queens, almost exactly 13 years ago.

 

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Archive of some past programs:

http://www.choying.org/tag/kusum_lingpa

new patreon page is up

Deaf friends, readers, if you can please consider becoming appreciated supporters.

I have started a patreon page and you can support my efforts at writing blogs, publishing books,
painting paintings or producing videos at any rate from $1 a month to $1000 a month.

The page is here:
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Here is a write-up for the intro video:

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Although it is never easy, my goal in life is to give, to give anyone that can make use of it, give them something in a way of art.
Art is a multifaceted approach to all forms and sometimes we can talk, and that can be shifted into art form (by some more then others, I sure try and often fail).
There is a possibility for books (I have so far published one, there is 2 more in the editing stages as well as a book of Buddhist translations)
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All of this began for me long ago with study of fine arts with focus into painting. I hope you can support this and find it useful.
Here are some writings on painting in NYC now and then:
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Accumulations during Shelter at home

At this time of shelter-at-home.vajra_guru
Time of possible disease and very real fear.
We have a chance at a change in our lives.
Chance to receive blessing of focus on practice of Dharma.

Dharma is vast.
No one owns Dharma,
yet it has ability to reduce obscurations, for all.

From the core of our heart, to accumulate prayer to the 2nd Buddha Padmasambhava is very traditional, it is an easy approach on how to verbalize Dharma practice of devotion.
If done without fixation it is said to be one of the easiest and fastest paths available to anyone, all without much scholarship.

Currently, we have these important accumulation events undertaken in a way of community.sevenline

For Guru Rinpoche the Padmasambhava 7 Line Prayer by students of late Kyabje Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche:
https://www.sevenlineprayer.com

And for Guru Rinpoche the Padmasambhava 12 syllable mantra Through NY State NPDC Center (Nyingma Palyul Dharma Center)
http://www.palyulnyc.org/npdc/guru-rinpoche…

Passing of Sogyal Rinpoche

sogyal_rinpoche_ngadrama It looks like Sogyal Rinpoche passed away at 1:00PM on August 28th, 2019 according to local Thai time zone (+11 hours to say NYC). Rinpoche was 72 years old.

Here are some selections from the book Glimpse after Glimpse which was my earliest connection to Rinpoche writing. I have encountered the book on 22nd and Rinpoche passed away around 28th of August.

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Glimpse of the Day

August 22,

Do not make the mistake of imagining the nature of mind is exclusive only to our minds. It is in fact the nature of everything. It can never be said too often that to realize the nature of mind is to realize the nature of all things.

-Sogyal Rinpoche

Glimpse of the Day

August 27,

When the View is constant,
The flow of Rigpa unfailing,
And the merging of the two luminosities continuous and spontaneous,
All possible delusion is liberated at its very root,
And your entire perception arises, without a break, as Rigpa

A term such as meditation is not really appropriate for Dzogchen practice, you can see, as ultimately it implies meditating “on” something, whereas in Dzogchen all is only and forever Rigpa. So there is no question of a meditation separate from simply abiding by the pure presence of Rigpa. The only word that could possibly describe this is non-meditation. In this state, the masters say, even if you look for delusions there is none left. Even if you looked for ordinary pebbles on an island of gold and jewels, you would not have a chance of finding any.

-Sogyal Rinpoche

Glimpse of the Day

August 28,

If this elephant of mind is bound on all sides by the cord of mindfulness,
All fear disappears and complete happiness comes.
All enemies: all tigers, lions, elephants, bears, serpents (of our emotions);
And all the keepers of hell; the demons and the horrors,
All of these are bound by the mastery of your mind,
And by the taming of that one mind, all are subdued,
Because from the mind are derived all fears and immeasurable sorrows.

-Arya Shantideva

 

Another year, another Summer

Another year is well under way.

Another Summer is starting to feel warm.

From July 10 to August 10 over at Palyul Retreat Center we will have Annual Summer Retreat. And to generate merit in that here is a fundraiser that could also assist me. (As there are many offerings to be made and many fees to be covered) Please consider an offering towards this “plan”. author_2018_BW

Here is an “Update” from the gofundme: To all perspective sponsors. If you were to offer $100 or more and sent me address. I shell be happy to put in the mail a copy of my book “Thoughts on Buddhism” as a bonus. – Thank you. https://www.amazon.com/Thoughts-Buddhism-Stories/dp/172391083X

And here is the link to this request for sponsorship: https://www.gofundme.com/retreat-summer-2019

Thank you for reading, thinking and offering here, in person or even in your thoughts. I dedicate all merit to the awakening of all.

Third Drubwang Penor Rinpoche anniversary

Third Drubwang Penor Rinpoche passed away in India which makes it interesting in calendar terms. In India it was 28th of March and in USA it was still 27th. Then because Penor Rinpoche was most important master for Tibetans there is Tibetan Calendar that can be used, it uses phases of the moon, according to lunar calendar it is 2nd month, 1st day. 1st day of 2nd month in 2019 coincides with April 6th. And this year it is 10 years ago.

I was very fortunate to meet Rinpoche in person for five years in a row and to receive life changing instructions from. Looking back I feel strange nostalgia come over, it was time before social media and before “selfies” could be taken with others. People did take pictures and I remember that I owned digital camera but seldom used it.carmel_ny

Selfishly every time meeting Rinpoche privately, in a group or during ceremonies was about my best attempts to “just be there”. Needless to say i failed at many picture ops.

Here is a picture that a friend took during Chenrezig Empowerment at Grand Chinese temple in Carmel NY, in 2006. Khenchen Rinpoche can be seen on the left side of the picture as well.

Guru Rinpoche in today’s art

Guru Rinpoche if approached with a degree of knowing is immediately understood as one of the most influential masters that ever lived. The sphere of influence and time frame during which it took place (not counting the fact that it perfectly continues to this very day) of Guru Rinpoche is enormous and engulfs most of today’s historic Buddhist regions in one way or the other and at one time or the other.

With understanding that what we call Himalayan or more often Tibetan Buddhism is only possible because it was indeed single handedly established for generations to come by non other then Guru Rinpoche. With that we see how Guru Rinpoche legacy reaches into Europe and America of 21st century as important and dominant spiritual tradition of today. Some thousand years later to the fact of historical time line of Guru Rinpoche visit to Tibet.21st_guru_rinpoche02

This much is clear Guru Rinpoche is here, with us, today and in many forms.

There is little doubt that Guru Rinpoche was not the one that practiced acception or rejection all the while perfectly unveiling the spiritual path to all of his students. Guru Rinpoche clearly was not into dogmatic rituals, yet he perfectly transmitted Rituals. There are quotations from the master that tell us things like this: If one were to receive such and such instruction it is possible to awaken then and there, or within a practice retreat of several moths, a year, twelve years, during bardo, next life time, within 3 lifetimes thereafter. From that there is no was to misunderstand the potency of instructions that can be had and it is clear that application right where one is, in that time and space, all that matters. Our capacity to follow through that is all that differs from case to case. And so based on that we can encounter some slight feel of lightly calcified situation, a little bit of dogmatic approach. Which is nothing that is ever found in the teachings but rather is due to our rational mind organizing doctrine of liberation from bounds of Samsara into a system of knowledge rich with concept. Much alike famous “stone tablets”

Let’s bring Guru Rinpoche more into our hears, into our popular culture, into things we know and live in today.21st_guru_rinpoche01

I am a big fan of impressionist and post impressionist European painting and here is a picture that in some way is meant to bring famous Ngadama image into that frame of understanding, into that technique. It does not mean that I would ever think that traditional Thangka Painting should change at all and this picture is not even meant to be of same magnitude as to be meditated upon as a support for visualization. It’s just my own personal small attempt to use a piece of modern art and representing something that I am working on still making my own in any small way. The legacy of great master.