On passing of Kyabje Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche

With continuous waves of birth, old age, sickness and death as long as we read and write here or there it is possible to feel like a “survivor”. But that situation may presenocd1t further complications, lets try to quickly glance in direction of what may lay on the other side of the threshold.

Within the 20th and 21st centuries we had some of  most interesting Buddhist Masters of Buddhism as a whole and certainly of Tibetan Buddhism in particular. The image of the Great Stupa of Tibetan Buddhist traditions founded, built and then broken and swept into the vast ocean of all of humanity is for sure very unique period of Buddhism and Buddhism of Tibet. As a result we had some of the most celebrated masters pass away in places like France, in case of  Dudjom Rinpoche, Nepal in case of Chadrel Rinpoche and farther still, Upstate NY in case of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche. As well as many others. While I can not say that I am dedicated disciple of Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche, I did endeavor to visit Rinpoche’s center in NYC and in Upstate NY as much as possible and was able to meet and observe this great master over 10 times. So, while I am not well placed to say anything, it is still an opportunity to try and publish general, meritorious talk for all to read and for myself to contemplate.

In a way of list I set out from these, following markers.

What did we come to think of the act of Historical Buddha’s passing. And how we work with it today. The 12 deeds of Buddha is the life example teaching that we can work on directly, without too much study. Emulating the glorious example in our own life.

What Chardel  Sangye Dorje Rinpoche (June 18, 1913 – December 30, 2015) left us  in the his last testament was a few short lines and one of them was: “Do not be sad“. This was a kind of Master that one would feel devotion to, without having ever met them, at least in my case. So, it is not easy not to feel sad, it is also difficult to know what some of the direct disciples felt.

Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987) amongst so much brilliant writing left us with volumes of books that stand apart from all others. And in the famous Prayer to Recognize my own Faults we receive very clear information on the direct focus of the spiritual practice. On the actual work of correcting things with our own view.

And to the reason for writing these few notes out. In Greenville, NY state (not far from Albany) Kyabje Shenphen Dawa Norbu (born  February 17, 1950) entered into tukdam meditation on Sunday, 15th of April at 12:02AM

-How not to be sad about that!

How to engage in the correction of the faults of the view that may feel as parting?

In the Glorious Arya Nagarjuna text Praising the Twelve Events in the Life of Lord Budda, in Dharma Samudra translation when we come to the end we read:

In order to motivate those who are complacent in dharma practice,

At the pure ground of Kushinagara

You reached the deathless vajra body.

We praise your deed of passing into parinirvana.

And just like that if we perfectly adjust the view of the Lama to be non other then Buddha himself, with direct sharpness of Lord Nagarjuna we are left with nothing to do but abandon the sadness as much as possible, however hard it maybe, all in favor of practice of view and conduct that actually emulate these great beings that come again and again to guide us on the spiritual path of arrival in certainty that Buddha is always within and never apart, thus can not really ever leave us.

Pictures are from 3rd month and 10th day in Upstate NY, August 13th, 2016. Above, Rinpoche is with his son, during Tsog offering, Tulku Namgyal Dawa Rinpoche. Below is Rinpoche’s seat during the short afternoon break.ocd2

With condolences to the Dudjom family on this momentary parting from this brilliant guide of all beings. With aspiration for Rinpoche’s quick return.

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Few Calendar Dates for 2016

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In Western sun cycle related calendar it is 2016,

Also according to the astrological 12 year cycle it is currently Monkey year,

And according to the five element system it is year of fire element.

It is also year 2143 according to sun / moon cycle, counting from the inception of the Tibetan monarchy.

In this year we have several important days and months, here are a few of them.

1st month is called Bumjur Dawa, it is month during which Buddha displayed miraculous activities to encourage faith and so this month is called month of miracles or multiplication month. All things done during this month are thought to carry multiplied power of great value or by 100,000 times. It’s culmination is on the 15th day, the day of full moon.

4th month called Saga Dawa on the 7th day we remember Buddha’s birth and on the 15th day of full moon we remember Buddha’s enlightenment and passing.

All things done during this month are thought to carry multiplied power of great value or by 100,000 times

6th month is the month during which, on 10th day Guru Rinpoche the Padmasambhava appeared in this world on the wood monkey year 2556(about) years ago in Odiyanna.

1st month: During the 2016 these are the dates for each month.

February 9th – Tuesday. 1st day of 1st month of new 2143 year.

February 17th – Wednesday. 10th day of 1st month. Monthly Guru Rinpoche day.

February 22ns – Monday. 15th day of 1st month. Full moon dasy, Culmination of the month of miracles.

March 4th – Friday. 25th day of 1st month. Monthly Dakini’s day.

4th Month:

May 13th – Friday. 4th month, 7th day, Buddha’s Birth.

May 16th – Monday. 4th month 10th day, Monthly Guru Rinpoche day.

May 21st – Saturday. 4th month 15th day, Full moon day, Culmination of the month on which Buddha displayed birth, passing and enlightenment.

May 31st – Tuesday. 4th month 25th day, Monthly Dakini’s day.

 

6th Month:

August 6th – Saturday. 4th day of 6th month. Is called ChoKhor Deutchen, day on which Buddha gave 1st Dharma discourse.

August 13th – Saturday. 10th day of the 6th month. Is the month and day when 2556(about) years ago in the year of wood monkey Guru Rinpoche appeared in this world.

August 18th – Thursday. 15th day of 6th month. Full moon day.

August 27th – Saturday. 25th day of 6th month. Monthly Dakini’s day.

Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice by Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice by Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche recently published, here is the link on amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Gossip-Other-Advice-Thinley/dp/1611802083

Here is a quote from chapter on Solitude, page 40:

“….

Buddha Shakyamuni Said that whoever takes even seven steps toward a solitary place with the intention to attain enlightenment brings about immeasurable benefit.

In ancient times, many sublime individuals like Padmasambhava gave blessings in sacred places for the benefit of future practitioners. In the present time of the kaliyuga, we can receive these blessings from these sacred places. Because of this, we can automatically realize many qualities if we can do our solitary practice with pure intention…”

Sometimes we have fleeting glimpses

Sometimes we have fleeting glimpses of the nature of mind. These can be inspired by an exalting piece of music, by the serene happiness we sometimes feel in nature, or by the most ordinary everyday situation. They can arise simply while watching snow slowly drifting down, or seeing the sun rising behind a mountain, or watching a shaft of light falling into a room in a mysteriously moving way. Such moments of illumination, peace, and bliss happen to us all and stay strangely with us.

I think we do, sometimes, half understand these glimpses. But then, modern culture gives us no context or framework in which to comprehend them. Worse still, rather than encouraging us to explore them more deeply and discover where they spring from, we are told in both obvious and subtle ways to shut them out. We know that no one will take us seriously if we try to share them. So we ignore what could be really the most revealing experiences of our lives, if only we understood them. This is perhaps the darkest and most disturbing aspect of modern civilization—its ignorance and repression of who we really are .
-Sogyal Rinpoche in the book “Glimpse After Glimpse”
http://www.rigpaus.org/Glimpse/Glimpse.php – “Glimpses” on the web.

Thanks!


Today when i looked at my own page to click on some links i store here, i saw the 10K number of visitors, thanks for coming, every one… However contrived this effort is, i do find some excellent quotes and sneak them in now and then, so there is some benefit here, i am sure!


 

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche on page 61 of the White Sail quotes:

I, a yogi performing fearless activity
By sustaining the understanding of the pervasive equanimity of samsara and nirvana,
Dance on the supernatural gods and evil of grasping mind
And annihilate the devil of dualistic grasping into ashes.

-Rigdzin Jigmed Lingpa

amazon review: Buddhahood Without Meditation by Dudjom Lingpa

Buddhahood Without Meditation, A Visionary Account Known as Refining Apparent Phenomenon (Nang-jang)
by Dudjom Lingpa

amazon review:
 http://www.amazon.com/review/R2P65AXW1E4LRQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

 Buddhahood Without meditation (Nang-jang) 

The full title of the text is Buddhahood Without Meditation: Advice for Making Fully Evident One’s True Face – Natural Great Perfection. Revised Edition by Dudjom Lingpa

Buddhahood Without Meditation, widely known by its subtitle, Nang-jang (Refining Apparent Phenomena), presents the view of the Great Perfection through the approach known as trekchö (cutting through solidity). This second, revised edition is the result of a thorough reexamination of the original English translation done in an effort to clarify the terminology and meaning of Dudjom Lingpa’s text for Western students of the Great Perfection. The glossary as been revised accordingly and expanded to incorporate new terms. It also includes the Tibetan text as edited by H.H.Dudjom Rinpoche, as well has his Structural Analysis and Outline.

“The Nangjang was prepared as an inexhaustible treasure trove of the gift of the Buddha’s teachings, the relics of the dharmakaya.” –H.H.Dudjom Rinpoche [from publisher’s website at: http://www.padmapublishing.com/BOOKS/nangjang.htm]

” THIS TEXT BELONGS to the category of atiyoga, the highest of the nine vehicles that constitute the Buddhist path. Moreover, it is from the short lineage of Dudjom Lingpa, a direct transmission of the Great perfection approach so powerful that even hearing it read aloud ensures that the listener will eventually escape the suffering of samsara.
It should be remembered, however, that to benefit fully from the Nang-jang, one must receive empowerment, oral transmission, and a teachings from a qualified Dzogchen master.” Page V.

Collection of notes on Yangtik Namsum

Padma Publishing http://www.padmapublishing.com established by late Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche has published very best books on Dzogpa Chenpo, obtaining very high level of scholarship available today to accomplish English language translations, Nang Jang and Choying Dzod also include original Tibetan text and are primary versions for many transmissions given in the West. Picture of Longchen Rabjam above is from Pabma Publishing website.

 

Buddhahood Without Meditation
A Visionary Account Known as Refining One’s Perception (Nang-jang)
Revised Edition
by Dudjom Lingpa

Buddhahood Without Meditation, widely known by its subtitle, Nang-jang (Refining Apparent Phenomena), presents the view of the Great Perfection through the approach known as trekchö (cutting through solidity). This second, revised edition is the result of a thorough reexamination of the original English translation done in an effort to clarify the terminology and meaning of Dudjom Lingpa’s text for Western students of the Great Perfection. The glossary as been revised accordingly and expanded to incorporate new terms. It also includes the Tibetan text as edited by H.H.Dudjom Rinpoche, as well has his Structural Analysis and Outline.

“The Nangjang was prepared as an inexhaustible treasure trove of the gift of the Buddha’s teachings, the relics of the dharmakaya.” –H.H.Dudjom Rinpoche [from publisher’s website at: http://www.padmapublishing.com/BOOKS/nangjang.htm]

The Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena (Chöying Dzöd)
by Longchen Rabjam

Among the works in Longchen Rabjam’s famous collection, The Seven Treasuries, that commonly known as the Chöying Dzöd concerns the spiritual approach known as trekchö (cutting through solidity), which brings spiritual practitioners of the highest acumen to freedom effortlessly.

The Chöying Dzöd consists of two texts: a set of source verses entitled The Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena and Longchenpa’s own commentary on those verses, A Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission. Although we have published them individually, they are considered companion volumes. Hardcover [from publisher’s website at: http://www.padmapublishing.com/BOOKS/choying.htm]

Some background on the titles of teaching connected to the initial posting, which comes below.

Khandro Nyingtik – Innermost Spirituality of the Dakini [mkha’-‘gro snying-tig]
-Discovered by Pema Ledreltsel [Padma Las-‘brel-rtsal]. Redacted by Longchenpa [Klong-chen Rab-byams-pa].
Vima Nyingtik – Innermost Spirituality of the Vimalamitra [bi-ma’i snying-tig]
-Redacted by Longchenpa
Khandro Yangtik – Further Innermost Spirituality of the Dakini [man-ngag mkha’-‘gro yang-tig]
-Redacted and developed as mind treasure by Longchenpa in relationship to Khandro Nyingtik of Padmasambhava.
Lama Yangtik – Further Innermost Spirituality of the Guru [bla-ma yang-tik] (Also known as Yangtik Yeshin Norbu – Further Innermost Spirituality, Wishfulfilling Jewel)
-Redacted and developed as mind treasure by Longchenpa in relationship to Vima Nyingtik of Vimalamitra.
Zabmo Yangtik – Profound Further Innermost Spirituality [zab-mo yang-tig]
-Mind treasure by Longchenpa condensing Khandro Yangtik and Lama Yangtik.
Nyingtik Yabshi – Four-part Innermost Spirituality [snying-thig ya-bzhi].
According to 2nd edition published in Dehli by lama Sherab Gyaltsen in 1975:
Main sections: Volumes 1-2, Lama Yangtik; Volumes 3-6, Vima Nyingtik; Volumes 7-9, Khandro Yangtik; Volumes, 10-11 Khandro Nyingtik; Volumes 12-13 Zabmo Yangtik. Collectively also referred to as the Mother and Son Cycles of Innermost Spirituality.

Source relied to compile definitions of terms above: Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche.

Initial posting:

Khandro Yangtik, Vima Yangtik and Zabmo Yangtik together are also called Yangtik Namsum (“Three treatises on Inner Essence”) and cover all the essential points of Mengagde class of Dzogpa Chenpo, with particular emphasis on the togyal practice. All 5 treatises together comprise Nyingtik Yabshi. And were published at one point in 11 and in 13 volumes. It is said that if you cannot get the empowerments and transmissions for first 4 teachings Zabmo Yangtik in a way condenses them all, making Zabmo Yangtik a condensation of Nyingtik Yabshi one of the most famous teachings within Nyingma tradition. Receiving such an empowerments can be one of the greatest moments in all of one’s lifetimes. Usually There is some explanation on the empowerments given at the time of empowerments.  -With aspiration that all our wishes be accomplished in accordance with Dharma.