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Phakchok Rinpoche’s Asia Tour Schedule
Phakchok Rinpoche will be traveling and teaching in Asia through the end of this year. His teaching schedule can be found here and will be updated as additional teachings are announced.
In particular, Rinpoche will be holding the following retreats :
31 Oct – 3 Nov : Mahamudra Retreat – Malaysia
20 – 23 Nov : Lotus Essence Tantra Retreat – Singapore
25 – 26 Nov : Four Foundations (Ngondro) Retreat – Thailand
May all be auspicious! Sarva Mangalam
Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche’s 2014 Asia Tour
This year Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche spent nearly two months in Malaysia and Singapore sharing the dharma with many people. The tour started at Ka-Nying Ling, the oldest of our dharma centers in S.E. Asia, with several empowerments. Though Rinpoche had to suddenly travel back to Nepal to preside over the cremation ceremony of our monastery’s beloved treasurer, Namdrol Gyatso, who stayed in post death meditative samadhi for numerous days after his passing, the lamas travelling with Rinpoche stayed back and performed numerous pujas for the occasion.
When Chokling Rinpoche returned to Malaysia several days later, he led the planting of naga vases in the ocean in Klang, near Kuala Lumpur. In Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche’s newly established Rangjung Yeshe dharma center in Selangor, Chokling Rinpoche gave the empowerment for Tukdrup Sampha Lhundrup. This was very well attended and the new center was filled to the brim. Rinpoche then gave wonderful heart advice based on the Four Dharmas of Gampopa and Longchenpa at our Rangjung Yeshe center in Ipoh, Perak.
The sangha in Singapore led by resident lama Tulku Migmar have been working hard to open their new dharma center. Chokling Rinpoche along with lamas inaugurated the new Rangjung Yeshe Oddiyana dharma center and the inauguration ceremony was attended by sangha from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia as well as from numerous Buddhist foundations in the area. Rinpoche’s visit to Singapore was concluded with a three day retreat on the Concise Manual For Daily Practice. This is the most concise Guru Rinpoche sadhana in our New Treasures lineage and the retreat was very well attended.
The highlight of Chokling Rinpoche’s two month dharma tour was the International Vajrasattva retreat held at the Ipoh Cave Temple. The location of the retreat was special because it is the place where our great refuge and protector, Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche did three months of retreat, built a stupa, taught the dharma and gave empowerments for the first time in Malaysia thus planting the seeds of our lineage there. During the retreat Rinpoche gave a detailed commentary on the Vajrasattva of The Secret Essence practice and everyone practised four group sessions each day.
The next stop was in Cameron Highlands where Rinpoche conducted a Kurukulle fire puja. Rinpoche then travelled to the dharma center Rangjung Yeshe Kedah for the first time. He performed two days of puja there with the local sangha and was very happy to meet the students there.
The final stop on Rinpoche’s tour was Penang where he held a program in their new Rangjung Yeshe dharma center. Rinpoche auspiciously gave the center a copy of the forty volumes of the Chokling New Treasures texts. Rinpoche then taught on the four mind changings and the need to gradually gain stability in meditation through cultivating one’s practice on the path.
All in all it was a very successful dharma tour and everywhere Chokling Rinpoche went became filled with blessings and the auspiciousness of the dharma. It is taught that the dharma is the only medicine that can cure the sufferings of samsara and to have a master such as our Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche guiding us on the path is an incredible good fortune. May this great fortune continue further and further without obstacle!
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2014 International Vajrasattva Retreat
2014 International Vajrasattva Retreat
On one of the most auspicious days of Saga Dawa 13 June 2014 (Tibetan Wesak Day), we are extremely honored and humbled that the 4th Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche has compassionately agreed to lead us, for the first time, in a four-day Vajrasattva retreat at the very blessed site of Gunong Rapat Cave in Ipoh, Perak.
Kyabje Chokling Mingyur Dewey Dorje Rinpoche is the second son of the late and highly respected Dzogchen master, Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and is the fourth reincarnation of the famous King of Treasure Revealers Chokgyur Dechen Zhikpo Lingpa (1829-70). Chokgyur Lingpa was one of the chief discoverers of Guru Padmasambhava’s hidden Dharma treasures, who revealed the 39-volume Profound Revealed Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa cycle of Vajrayana practices and direct instructions now widely practiced by the Nyingma and Kagyu schools. The current Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned by the late 16th Gyalwang Karmapa Rangjung Rigpey Dorje and trained with many of the foremost masters of the Kagyu and Nyingma schools such as His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, Venerable Tenga Rinpoche, H.E. Kalu Rinpoche, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and his own father, Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
The Vajrasattva of a Single Form practice that will be extensively taught and intensively practiced during this retreat is renowned as one of the Three Secret Bindu Cycles of Vajrasattva, Vajrakilaya, and Heruka and is from theProfound Revealed Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa. Vajrasattva, as lord of the mandala, is the embodiment of the wisdom of all of the Buddhas and is the most eminent skillful means to purify all of our negativities and obstacles, fulfill all of our wishes, complete the two accumulations, actualize the two-fold realization, and accomplish the two-fold benefit. Because its short lineage has remained unbroken and untainted to this day, the lineage of Chokgyur Lingpa’s profound treasure is very timely for our 21st century and still has the full potency of the blessings of Padmasambhava while being suffused with the dakinis’ warm breath.
For all of these reasons, we warmly invite all dharma brothers and sisters to join us in excitedly and happily welcoming Chokling Rinpoche to turn the sacred wheel of dharma at the Gunung Rapat Cave.
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The Ocean of Amrita: Empowerment and Drupchen
The Ngagso practice is well known to the sangha of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche as it was established at Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monastery by both Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Lama Putsi Pema Tashi. The Ngagso practice is entitled ‘Ocean of Amrita’ and combines the mandalas of the One Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities together with the Guru Rinpoche cycle of Lamey Tukdrup Barchey Kunsel. The particular aim of this extensive vajrayana ritual practice is to purify our damaged and broken vows and samayas of the three vehicles and to then restore them, with an emphasis on restoring the vajrayana samayas and retaking the path empowerments.
Every year the nine day drupchen is led by our Rinpoches together with lamas, monks and lay practitioners. This year Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche very kindly bestowed the rarely given empowerment for this practice just one week before beginning the drupchen. The Ngagso is a terma treasure revealed and further elaborated upon by Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa.
White Amitayus Drupchen
The White Amitayus Drupchen is an extensive group practice from the Chokling New Treasures lineage. It is practiced every year at Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling Monastery in Nepal, having been established there by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Through the means of practicing this drupchen the practitioners intend to realize wisdom wakefulness (yeshe) by revitalizing life (tse so), revitalizing merit (sonam so) and developing a magnetizing presence (wangtang so). These are all things we need to be complete on the path to gain realization and to go through this practice together with our Rinpoche’s is a great blessing.
Losar – Tibetan New Year
Every year to usher in the Tibetan New Year at Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monastery our Rinpoches, lamas, monks and lay practitioners practice Vajrakilaya for five days. On the last day of the practice take place the lama dances and Gutor ceremony. The practice used is the Vajrakilaya of the Seven-Fold Profundity, which is the extensive phurba practice revealed by Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa. The objective is to remove the negativity created through our judgmental emotional mind and ego clinging from the past year in general. The dances and torma ritual were guided and carried out by Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche.
On the morning after the year end wrathful practices were finished, again our Rinpoches, lamas, monks and practitioners gathered in the monastery’s lhakang to practice an extensive Smoke Cleansing Offering(sang cho).
The next day was the first day of the Tibetan New Year and our Rinpoches were able to spend time together during a family visit to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Yangsi. The New Year’s day was a wonderful time and all are looking forward to the year ahead.
Second Annual Nepal Lama Gathering at Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling Monastery
The Second Annual Nepal Lama Gathering commenced at Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monastery on February 2nd 2014 with two hundred ngakpa lamas representing thirty states throughout Nepal. Teachings have been given by Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, Kyabje Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche. Chokling Rinpoche kindly bestowed the empowerments from the New Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa entitled Lamey Tukdrup Barchey Kunsel and Zabtik Drolchok, Guru Rinpoche and Green Tara respectively.
The intention of this gathering is to ensure that these lamas have a genuine education in Buddhist view and tantric ritual meditation practice so that they may preserve their familial and cultural Buddhist traditions in their communities. Without programs like this their traditions are vanishing with each generation. At the conclusion of the twelve day course many of the lamas will enter retreat for two to three months to further internalize the teachings they have received.
The final day of the Lama Gathering was a very unique and special one. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche along with the senior lamas and monks of the monastery and retreat center at Asura Cave led everyone in the Rinchen Trengwa or Jewel Garland Chod practice. This practice is the most extensive chod practice that was compiled by the Third Karmapa and was a favorite of the late Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and his consort Kunzang Dechen. Together with the full day of practice Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche gave the empowerment from the Chod tradition. In the late evening the organizers of the event made offerings and expressed their gratitude for the continuation of this important gathering.