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.
Glimpse of the Day
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.
Glimpse of the Day
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.
Glimpse of the Day
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.
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.
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.
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.
With Forwards from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche.
Do get this book and more.
This is a gem unlike others. This gem should have gotten no polish and remained as it is. As with Buddhist ideas in view we know of such things as nature and resting in things as they are. So, this collection of the heart teachings that Kyabje Rinpoche made spontaneously speaking to the audience of disciples of various levels of experience all during summer retreat in rural, secluded in the lush forests of Upstate NY, Palyul Ling retreat facility. These teachings were the atmosphere, the electricity that quietly electrified spiritual lives of most listeners in a perfect and complete way. With realized master of such an overwhelming reach it should be a direct goal to give date and translate whole teaching, completely. The foundation of the book is drawn from initial pool of 130 teachings that were offered for the book effort, with resulting 30 chapters comprising of the 85 actual talks that were selected and edited.
A good example is on page 77-78, chapter titled “Great Perfection”. Most of this chapter is drawn from the 2003 Guru Yoga teaching, there is a description of Dza Patrul Rinpoche going East to find a source of the beam of light that he sees emanating into the sky. Stopping at Kathok Dorje Den monastery he proceeds to the Palyul Monastery and finds that the light is emanating directly from the building of the three year-three month retreat, which he circumambulates and receives blessings from. In the book it is cut short at the point when Patrul Rinpoche asks what’s to the East of Kathok Monastery.
Rinpoche was a force of nature that one could feel while just in the area, just near by, that powerful, perfect inspiration towards actual liberation. And the best feel for that perfect natural phenomena in this book comes from the forwards of Kyabje Rinpoche’s heart son Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche and Kyabje Rinpoche’s Summer retreat voice (English translator) Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche as well as the venerable translator for the book Ani Jinba Palmo.
Our venerable translator opens up her preface by setting up the stage so to speak, amongst her remarks in the 1st paragraph it mentions: “Before starting the main topic of the seminar, Rinpoche would always give an introductory talk about the importance of guru yoga, mingling one’s mind with the master’s mind, devotion, faith, pure perception,…” -In my selfish understanding, I was hoping to relive these times but a lot of that core of Kyabje Rinpoche teachings as mentioned above does not seem to have gotten included.
With the folded hands wishing for more complete transcripts of Kyabje Rinpoche heart advice to be translated in the future.
Currently to fill in any incomplete parts with the actual meaning there seems to be a perfect remedy, the glorious facility which Kyabje Penor Rinpoche started in the Upstate NY, the Palyul Retreat Center has annual Summer retreat in just the same way as envisioned by Kyabje Rinpoche and masters, embodiment of these very teachings in perfect, completely accomplished way are all there and it continues to gather many students every year.
May we all continually connect to the direct teachings on what really matters until Samsara and Nirvana are of one taste.
There is a letter that some people, more and more are sharing and Lion’s Roar has published. I was not about to share and commented on some one’s share only. Now still more people are sharing it.
I will organize my comments and post them in this message. If you disagree with this, my social media comments to a point where it causes negativity to raise. Please feel free to unfollow, unfrend or most effective, to block.
1st comment about what it is, or what I, in my narrow view see it as:
An effort by western Buddhists to enforce christian values onto their own teachers of, Buddhism. On the same page mass teachings of Vajrayana in the West are like that: no one gets it. And then again if you establish a throne here (not in old Tibet) they will challenge you. The whole game of thrones and how tantalizing it it to so many people. Wish I had patience to get through ONE season, but all these machinations feel so useless. Moral of the story: you live like a king, expect to be challenged for the throne by self righteous ignorant masses armed with pitchforks.
Then some one who is much older and is a respected person came in and said:Is such and such part of the self righteous ignorannt masses?
My 2nd comment: My personal and doubtlessly very ignorant comment is non person specific. It is very much geared towards this “in the open” face palm discussion. It also has to be considered as a whole post. I personally while believing that certain types of conduct are not to be openly displayed will never agree that they do not exist and are only good when sanctioned. This whole discussion about what is good and what is not according to others seems very pointless.
To finalize more: In a nutshell so many people seem to get so deeply emotional about practice or conduct of others and not them selves. If they were so deeply emotional about giving rise to the mind of awakening taking these “others” as the path rather then this is good, this is bad, this is good and so on, who knows?
Then same person comes in and just puts the name in:
in a way: “But him?”
To that I answer:
“But him?” -substituting the name for the name of the Lama in person.
Because it is all, always to a point is subjective and depends on one’s point of view?
More comments from myself: Five poisons / five wisdoms do manifest in this dream like reality. To deny this while attempting to study these is a special type of escapism.
And: On a prosaic note. In Tibet’s history there was quite a bit of finger pointing and power struggle. If we read about it today in histories, it is all part of this life in samsara, as well. The most interesting thing here is idea of going beyond, of liberation. But often times it is easier to think in ethernalist-goodness framework of this life only somehow. Or even more simply fix samsara with samsara. Pretty foundational type of delusion that is very different from merit accumulation.
So, yet another bottom line is warranted: Not a single nail in the foundation of any building in the center in France or anywhere in the world where they are at, for which these students now days are so confidently speaking for, nothing would be purchased or built without the blessing and accomplishment of the Lama. No one would even get an idea to do any of this. All these students, ex students, senior students and the volunteers had a privilege to connect to the Buddhist teachings through participating in these centers on many levels. Now instead of discovering their inner Guru they made their mind up to push aside their outer Guru. And there is never any merit in that. Instead of feeling self righteous, they could have just left and concentrate into positivity, if they could, because this is the good thing to do. Not criticizing some one. But we all get to pick our interests and this just yet again proves that there are very few people interested in liberation from samsara. May my comment provide some one who has merit to practice to see a possibility to do so. -Please know you are not alone in your attempts, despite the odds, especially if you are connected to this wonderful organization of awareness, that just seemingly has fallen into disharmony. The teachings are still there. May Lama live long and have his wishes fulfilled, exceedingly.
A brief oral commentary by Kyabje Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche
“…Ever since the time of the meeting of the three masters, Khenpo Shatarakshita, Lopon Padmasambhava and the Dharma King, Trison Detsen in 8th century Tibet, there were two divisions of sangha, known as the sangha of monastics with shaven-heads and the saffron robes…”
Today is the 9/11 that coincides with the monthly celebration of the Guru Rinpoche day, the 10th day of the 7th month.
5th Month. Guru Rinpoche is known as Guru Sengye Dradog in Sanskrit Guru Simhananda which means Undefeated Lion.
Guru Rinpoche is in North East India state of Bihar at Nalanda monastery.
When a great gathering of non Buddhist yogis and scholars came to challenge Buddhist monks of Nalanda on the instruction of the Lion Headed Dakini that came in a dream overnight to all monks simultaneously,
They requested Guru Rinpoche presence with the Immutable Seven Line Prayer, which is used ever since as most popular way to invoke mind of the Guru Rinpoche in Tibetan transliteration and English translation:
Hung, Orgyen yul gyi nub jyang tsam
Hung, In the northeast country of Odiyanna,
Pema gesar dongpo la
Born in the pollen heart of a lotus,
Yatsen chog gi ngo drup nye
Endowed with the most marvelous spiritual attainments,
Pema Jung ne she su drag
You are known as the Lotus Born.
Khor du khandro mang po kor
Surrounded by retinue of Dakas and Dakinis,
Khyed khi je su dag drub kyi
Following in your footsteps,
Jyin gyi lab chir sheg su sol
I pray to you, please come forth and grant your blessings!
Abbreviated prayer, paying homage and requesting blessings in a form of short heart mantra:
Guru Pema Siddhi Hung
Commonly used heart mantra:
Om Ah Hung Benza Guru Pema Siddhi Hung
Guru Rinpoche arrives and assures that all debate is won and none of the followers of Buddha Dharma have to convert.
6th Month. Guru Rinpoche is known as Guru Pema Jungney.
Guru Rinpoche as prophesized by Buddha Shakyamuni appears on the lotus in the lake Dhanakosha in Odiyanna.
Giving teachings to the Dakinies that surround him.
7th Month. Guru Rinpoche is known as Khading Tsal.
When tirthikas throw Guru Rinpoche into the Ganges Guru Rinpoche reverses flow of the river and dances in the sky above, inspiring devotion in all.
…” -page 93. of the “What’s What” by Sherab Gyatso Alex
A special date: July 14th 2016, Thursday / 10th day of the 5th lunar month of this fire monkey year.
Guru Rinpoche, the Padmasambava sphere of influence transcends time. Currently way over a thousand years after very active period of establishment of Buddhism in Tibet Guru Rinpoche legacy keeps getting refreshed through newer spiritual treasures discovered to this day as well as truly Universal tone that these teachings have.
Traditionally we recognize Guru Rinpoche appearance in this world on the 10th day of the 6th month of the Wood Monkey year, possibly 2556(about) years ago.
In lunar year that coincides with the 2016 for the purpose of adjustment of the several year cycle there is an extra fourth month. So, while fifth month that comes along in July is called 5th it is actually possibly the month number 6 of this current year.
That gives us possibility to think of Guru Rinpoche birthday more this year then in some other year.
Guru Rinpoche during the 6th month is known as Guru Pema Junghey, the lotus born guru.