Losar at NPDC in New York City

Starting at about 10:00AM we started welcoming New Year of Fire Dog with 3 recitations of 8 Noble Auspicious Ones and Guru Rinpoche Vajra Seven Line Prayer. Following with The Blessing Treasure, A Liturgy of the Buddha by Ju Mipham Rinpoche, Riwo Sangcho -the smoke offering. After which we all offered katas to the image of Kyabje Penor Rinpoche. Then in good cheer we had New Year’s tea and rice. After a short break we went on with Shower of Blessings a Tsog offering. Khenpo Tenzin Norgey and Lama Wangchuk lead all the ceremonies and chants.

Khenpo Norgey out of great kindness answered many questions all in very good spirits, encouraging us in our practice, without his presence we are unlikely to have had such a successful event as we did.

After completing all the ceremonies many people went to see a Thangka exhibit 2 blocks away and had a Tea break at a local Tea House on Mott Street.

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Rainbows appear

 

During summer of 2005, If you were lucky enough to have made it to the Palyul Upstate Retreat Center, especially on a day of Namcho Amitabha empowerment, you could have seen rainbows in sky without thick clouds and surely without rain as well as Sun and Moon simultaneously in the same time in the sky on opposite sides as well as on same side. Moments before Amitabha Empowerment Ceremony there was a very bright sunshine and 1st rainbow appeared, it seemed to point in direction of the temple and I have missed most of it’s display so picture that I thought (and when I thought of it) of taking does not reveal much. Second rainbow that appeared at a much later time seemed to point directly towards Kyabje Rinpoche compound and was clearly seen just before Khenchen Pema Sherab arrived to the main temple to give weekend evening teaching.

An observer may think that it is more along the lines of sun shining through the evening sky. However if one were to look at the Dharma wheel mounted on top of porch awning of the temple, then one would see sun glow coming from the right side of the picture. So rainbow appears to be cast in a very wide sphere around the sun.

 

More 2004 memories

A Garland of Immortal Wish-fulfilling Trees: The Palyul Tradition of Nyingmapa by Ven. Tsering Lama Jampal Zangpo, translated by Sangye Khandro on page 135 states: “Free from the stain of partiality, Thubten Palzang’s activities are like a great ocean of enlightened conduct for the benefit of the doctrine and sentient beings. Thubten Palzang presently resides at and presides over the Palyul monastery in Tibet.”  Venerable Tulku Thubsang led 2004 Summer retreat in Upstate Palyul Center, offering teachings and bestowing following Empowerments: Taphak, Tamar, Sangdu, Namcho Vajrasattva, Namcho Padmasambhava, Kyerim & Dzogrim, 8 Herukas. In New York City Venerable Tulku Rinpoche offered Shi-Tro and Amitayus Form of Guru Rinpoche empowerments.

An offering of aspiration prayer:

I pray for the excellent health of the teacher,
I pray for supreme long life as well.
I pray for the ever-increasing expansion of miraculous activity.
Grant blessings that I may never be separate from the Lama!

[In the picture Tulku Rinpoche talking to a devotee after Long Life empowerment in NYC]

Door to Certainty – quotes

Pleasant words
profound meaning
grand philosophy:
do not exhaust your body or your mind
trying to obtain such dharma.
Trust the teachings you have received
according to your capacities
and practice them.
They will benefit your mind.

Retreat master of the Karmapas, Bokar Rinpoche. In the book: “Opening The Door to Certainty”.


I am going to make this a thread of short quotations i come across, and it should be about same, establishing oneself in certainty 🙂


Do not mistake Understanding for Realization
Do not mistake Realization for Liberation
Do not hope for Realization, but practice (meditation) all of your life
-Often quoted without attributation


Quotations from Glimpse after Glimpse:

Glimpse of March 17th.
“The extraordinary qualities of great beings who hide their nature escapes ordinary people like us, despite our best efforts in examining them. On the other hand, even ordinary charlatans are expert at deceiving others by behaving like saints.”
-PATRUL RINPOCHE

One of memorable glimpses:
“In a cloudless night sky, the full moon,
“The Lord of Stars,” is about to rise . . .
The face of my compassionate lord, Padmasambhava,
Draws me on, radiating its tender welcome.

My delight in death is far, far greater than
The delight of traders at making vast fortunes at sea,
Or the lords of the gods who vaunt their victory in battle;
Or of those sages who have entered the rapture of perfect absorption.
So just as a traveler who sets out on the road when the time has come to go,
I will not remain in this world any longer,
But will go to dwell in the stronghold of the great bliss of deathlessness.”
-THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LONGCHENPA

On this page one can sign up to receive Glimpse after Glimpse in your Inbox, everyday: http://www.rigpaus.org/Glimpse/Glimpse.php


‘I am present in front of anyone who has faith in me, Just as the moon casts its reflection, effortlessly, In any vessel filled with water.’
-Padmasambhava

‘For those with fervent faith and devotion, My compassion is swifter than that of any other buddha. Until there is an end to beings in these three realms of samsara, There will be no end to Padmakara’s compassion.’
-Padmasambhava


Remaining in the clarity and confidence of Rigpa allows all your thoughts and emotions to liberate naturally and effortlessly within its vast expanse, like writing in water, or painting in the sky. If you truly perfect this practice, karma has no chance to be accumulated, and in this state of aimless, carefree abandon, what Dudjom Rinpoche calls “uninhibited, naked ease,” the karmic law of cause and effect can no longer bind you in any way.
-Sogyal Rinpoche in the “Glimpse After Glimpse”

Retreat of 2004 Memory

Today I received total of 3 flyers in the mail for the upcoming 2006 Summer retreat at Palyul Upstate Retreat Center.http://retreat.palyul.org

Here is a memory from 2004:
During 2004 retreat at Palyul Upstate Retreat Center many people were thinking about weather, as retreat took place one month late then usual, several quite chilly nights were inevitable. Here is a picture of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche during one of the very last days of that retreat. I personally find this picture to be great source of ease and comfort.

An offering of aspirational prayer:

“In all lifetimes, may I never be separated from perfectly pure guru,
Utilizing the glorious Dharma to its utmost,
And by excellently perfecting all pure qualities on the stages and paths.
May I swiftly achieve the state of the Glorious Lama!”

About this blog, yahoo names, worthwhile books…

Link to the Amazon.com review. Here is a scan of the cover of the book from my library. I remember finding it in the 2nd hand bookstore in which I worked. I had mixed feelings, because I was not really familiar with it’s author yet and looking at that cover I saw an excellent picture of Zangdok Pelry in same time table of contents provided for very broad range (really broad) of subjects covered, arguably too broad for a book to cover and not become one of most famous books on Nyingma practice published in 1995. I was never disappointed reading it when I brought it home. It is a very good book, by a very good author that I have developed trust towards. It is just very curious to think abut this kinds of things and clearly see (hopefully) how it had nothing to do with the book or the author, but rather with my own obscurations, due to which I had slight confusion arise, even as I was looking at representation of Pure Land of Guru Rinpoche (which was the reason I bought the book anyway, I said to myself: “I got to have book with such a cover no mater what I feel at the moment”)

There exists a very great commentary on heart practice of all Nyingmapas, the Vajra Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, the Padmasambhava. It is written by most important scholar of recent times Lama Mipham Namgyal Rinpoche (1846-1912). Title of the commentary is Pema Karpo (White Lotus) Tulku Thondup Rinpoche summarizes this work in 11th chapter of the book.

I was not able to register shorter names that came to mind like “omahhum” with yahoo, they are all taken already, however I was happy to register gurupemasiddhihum, which is no other then concise supplication for blessings to the Guru.

Here are quotations:
Page 171:
“Master (GURU) Padmasambhava (PEMA), please bestow (HUM) attainments (SIDDHI) [upon us].”

Page 173:
“GURU means master or spiritual guide, one who is prosperous with excellent qualities; to whom no one is superior…
PADMA is the first part of Guru Rinpoche’s name.
SIDDHI is what we want to accomplish – the common and uncommon attainments.
HUM means the supplication to bestow the siddhis (attainments).
So, O Guru Padma, bestow the siddhi.”

Thus, URL of this personal page in which I plan to collect things and sometimes, as time allows post pictures is:

EDIT:

http://360.yahoo.com/gurupemasiddhihum – old URL for this blog, https://gurupemasiddhihum.wordpress.com – new URL for this blog.
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