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.

amazon review: Counsels from My Heart by Dudjom Rinpoche

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Counsels from My Heart
by Dudjom Rinpoche

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Treasure, easy to read and small format

This book proved to be inexhaustible treasure for contemplation for myself. I pray that one day I will know this advice not to be wasted on me. I recommend it to others whenever it feels right.
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amazon review: Sunlight Speech by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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Sunlight Speech That Dispels the Darkness of Doubt:

Sublime Prayers, Praises, and Practices of the Nyingma Masters
by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

amazon.com review:
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Short and sweet, not a book to be read, but manual to be meditated on

Rinpoche gave us a volume of traditional Tibetan texts that are instructions for the visualization, meditation, contemplation, awakening, published in an American hardcover binding, in English language, available for mail order through global mainstream company like amazon… Simple, short, sweet… It is here, it has arrived.

To practice these one would do well to go any local Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma Center and it is highly likely that something from this selection is already used there.

For a few of other Rinpoche books I wrote that they are not books but rather experiences on display, in front of us. This book is a road map to these experiences.

amazon review: A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan,
Autobiographical Reflections
by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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Experience of the experience,

Experience of the experience. All the books from the Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. regardless how much scholarship is on display lay an experience in front of their readers. They are not a push to make “next step” but rather a head first full body dive into an ocean. And this book is very special in a way that Rinpoche talks about his own experiences, while letting us in…

The Sole Panacea by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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The Sole Panacea: A Brief Commentary on the Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche That Cures the Suffering of the Sickness of Karma and Defilement
by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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The Experience

-This is not a book – book offering explanations, deeper meaning so on, so forth.
As it is quoted from the Diamond Sutra on the Page 31:

“…Those that see me as form,
Those that know me as sound,
Are on the wrong path.
They cannot see me.
Buddhas see the pure nature of the phenomena.
All Buddhas are Dharmakaya.
Dharmata is not knowledge.
It is impossible to understand it..”

This book does lay out in front of the reader the experience.

Lama

Since pure awareness of nowness is the real buddha,
In openness and contentment I found the Lama in my heart.
When we realize this unending natural mind is the very nature of the
Lama,
Then there is no need for attached, grasping, or weeping prayers or
artificial complaints,
By simply relaxing in this uncontrived, open, and natural state,
We obtain the blessing of aimless self-liberation of whatever arises.

-DUDJOM RINPOCHE


May in all lifetimes, high or low, we never be separate from the Glorious Lama!

Anniversary of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche

This year anniversary of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche Jikdrel Yeshe Dorje (1904-1987), which is marked according to lunar calendar, falls on the 6th of January, the Saturday.


A prayer offering:
May the living tradition of Guru Padmasambhava, Bodhisattva Shantarakshita and the Dharma-King Trisong Detsen spread throughout the world in all directions.-written by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche.
Lama Chenno!

amazon review: Buddhahood Without Meditation by Dudjom Lingpa

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

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 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.

 

Notes, Holiness and the Refuge

As Counsels from My Heart is one of my favorite books ever, I have read it’s part titled “Notes” that comes in the later part of the book, however opening this wonderful book by chance on the opening page of the “Notes” and rereading this 1st note I thought I should post it here and maybe this note from esteemed Padmakara Translation Group be of benefit to whoever encounters it, It can be taken as thought provoking or too technical, but my hope is that it be taken as helpful.

Kyabje (skyabs rje), which means “lord of refuge,” is traditional title given to lamas of great wisdom and attainment. Curiously enough, in situations where it is traditionally used, there has been a tendency in western Europe and America to substitute the papal title of “His Holiness.” Although there is perhaps some justification for this when referring to the Dalai Lama (temporal and spiritual leadership and by now a precedent of almost a hundred years), its generalized employment, along with that of other titles taken from Catholic hierarchy, seems for a number of reasons out of place and undesirable. It should be remembered that “His Holiness” and “His Eminence” are essentially indications of ecclesiastic rank, bestowed by authority and not by popular acclaim. Moreover, they are not automatically regarded as expressions of devotion, nor are they necessary attestations of spiritual attainment or personal sanctity, as should be clear from even a cursory knowledge of Catholic history. It seems better, therefore, to retain the Tibetan title, which, when used of a lama like Dudjom Rinpoche, is highly meaningful and indeed an exact description.”

[“Counsels from My Heart” by Dudjom Rinpoche, page 107-108.]