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Teachings on the Mahamudra (Great Seal
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with Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

DNKL and the Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Center co-hosted an extraordinary nine-day teaching by Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche. He taught a series of Mahayana Buddhist instructions on the topic known as the Mahamudra or Great Seal. This system of practice, which is based on the canonical sources of the Prajnaparamita Sutras and the Anuttarayoga Tantras, was taught by such great Indian masters as Saraha, Nagarjuna, Mahasukha Natha, Tilopa, Maitripa, and Naropa. The main instructions focus on techniques for meditating upon the mind in order to achieve one-pointed concentration and attain a realization of the mind’s ultimate nature.

Gyume Khensur Rinpoche’s teaching followed the root text entitled The Exalted Path of the Victorious Ones (T: rGyal ba’i gzhung lam), which was written by the Panchen Lama Lobsang Chökyi Gyeltsen (1570–1662).

 


 

Teachings on the Guhyasamaja Completion-Stage Practices
with Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

DNKL and the Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Center co-hosted this extraordinary nine-day teaching on Arya Nagaruna's Five Stages (Pancakrama), a verse commentary on the completion-stage practices contained in the Guhyasamaja root and explpanatory tantras.

 



Introduction to Kalachakra

with Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

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Rinpoche gave students an introduction to the Kalachakra. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, “The initiation to the Kalachakra is one of the most important...because it takes everything into account: the body and the human mind, and the whole external aspect -- cosmic and astrological. We firmly believe in its power to reduce conflict and we believe it is capable of creating...peace of spirit and therefore peace in the world.”


Mother’s Day – Community Celebration and Picnic
with Geshe Lobsang Dhargye

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In Buddhism, Mothers are especially revered for their loving kindness and generosity towards each of us. In fact we are taught that we can use this special relationship to help us develop these heartfelt feelings toward other sentient beings.

This event welcomed the public from our surrounding community. Following a picnic lunch, our resident spiritual teacher, Geshe Lobsang Dhargye spoke on recognizing the kindness of all our mothers and living together more harmoniously. He spoke on how our mothers are the source of our morality and compassion. He then led a ceremony especially for young children.



Daily Life Practice

with Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

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Rinpoche taught us how to employ proper actions to bring happiness for one's self and others by using our daily life skillfully.



Introduction to Tantra

with Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

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Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche answered questions that many people have about tantra. What is tantra? What does tantric practice involve? What are the characteristics of tantric practice? What are the benefits of practicing tantra? What is the base of tantric practice? What qualities are needed for a practitioner of tantra?



Celebration of Lha-Bab Duchen
with Venerable Gyaltsen Chimey

On this very auspicious day we celebrated the descent of Lord Buddha from heaven to earth to once again turn the Wheel of Dharma. After spending three months in Tushita teaching his mother and gods, he vowed to save her and all sentient beings from the pitiful state of samsara.

During this annual holiday, we celebrated the life and enlightened activities of Buddha Shakyamuni. This year we also rejoiced in the arrival of a five foot statue of Buddha Shakyamuni to DNKL!



The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva
with Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

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Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche taught from this text written by Gyelsay Togmay Sangpo, who lived from 1295 to 1369. This work is about training the mind. This means ridding ourselves completely of all disturbing emotions and their imprints. At the very least it should help us to prevent their coarser forms and gradually to decrease them.



Celebration of the 1000 Buddha’s Offerings
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This celebration took place on the day of Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. Extensive offerings and prayers were made for the accumulation of merits and purification. This ceremony is very beneficial for purification of sickness, negative karma and also for those who have already passed away.



Tibetan Prayer Flag Ceremony
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Hosted by the Tibetan Women's Association, this ceremony for the Tibetan community featured a Tara Puja performed by resident monks.


Group Study Workshop on Lamrim Topics
with Geshe Lobsang Dhargye

Five dharma students were asked to lead discussions on one of five Lamrim topics. Participants were asked to prepare in advance, bringing questions, doubts and concerns about each topic.



Tong Len (Giving and Taking)
with Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa.

Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa presented teachings on destroying ego grasping and developing universal kindness.



Seven Point Mind Training
with Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa.

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The Seven Point Mind Training provides advice particularly useful for our day-to-day life. It is neither exotic nor poetic, but purely pragmatic: its subject is how to transform one's every activity into a method of opening the heart toward others. This is right livelihood, right action, in the deeper sense of the words.

Especially in the present age of social and economic unrest, when so few conditions encourage spiritual practice and so many oppose it, when the use of material resources, which are meant to support life, is exaggerated to obsession, the Lojong teaching is most useful.


Buddhist Dharma: Paths & Means - Selected Seminars
with Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa.

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This class provided an overview introduction of the stages of meditation and realization. Rinpoche explained the some of the practices involved in the five paths and ten grounds that a practitioner traverses to reach the state of perfect enlightenment.


Equalizing and Exchanging One Self with Others
with Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa.

Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa presented teachings on eliminating self cherishing, ego grasping and developing universal responsibility through the technique of Equalizing Self and Others.


Yamantaka Retreat Instruction with Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa.

Yamantaka is the wrathful emanation of Manjushri. His practice is auspicious for achieving long life, developing wisdom and is the antidote for many inner and outer obstacles. A Yamantaka practice is valuable during this degenerative time.


"Mind Training" or Lojong with Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

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How does one manage relationships that are difficult? How does one learn to live with oneself and deal with one's weaknesses? These and other pertinent questions are dealt with in the teachings called "Mind Training" or Lojong.

The Lojong system was introduced to Tibet during the 11th and 12th century. Lojong is a body of teachings that is specifically structured for the "Training" of all the aspects of the "Mind" that are necessary for acquiring, and strengthening of the energy for complete enlightenment. It provides clear and detailed explanations for the complete transformation of all types of minds into healthier and wholesome states


Tundruk (Six Session Guru Yoga) Retreat with Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa.

In order to progress in your practice, it is most important that you keep all the vows and pledges as purely as you can. The main purpose of the Six-Session Guru Yoga practice is to help you keep the Bodhisattva and Tantric vows and pledges properly in the context of venerating your Root Lama. Broken vows stain your mind for a long time and block not only this but also future lives’ practice, preventing you from gaining understanding. Because of that, all of you who are sages should practice this Six-Session Guru Yoga as much as possible!


Lamrim Teachings
with Geshe Lobsang Dhargye

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The teachings of the Buddha are vast, numbering thousands of scriptures. So there is the danger that we may get lost in an ocean of teachings without really knowing how to practice them or relate them to our daily lives. The
Lam-rim teachings give an essential framework of practice so that even difficult texts begin to unfold as instructions or paths for spiritual progress.


Monthly Children's Program
This month younger children learned to draw a Tibetan symbol while hearing about its meaning and benefit. Older children had a teaching from a wonderful Tibetan classic called "Treasury of Good Sayings of Saskya Pandita the Eminent Tibetan Lama, 1182-1251 -- Development of Awareness and Conduct."

The Mandala Dissolution Ceremony
Following a short one-hour teaching by Gyume Khensur Rinpoche the mandala, created by two monks from Gyume Monastery in India, was ritually dismantled and dispersed into a body of water, symbolizing the impermanence of life.

The Three Concerns:
Essential Practices for Life, Death, and Intermediate Stages

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The root text by the great Indian saint Matipa Rinpoche was taught by Gyume Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa based on a commentary by the 7th Dalai Lama. These are practiced on a daily basis so that one becomes proficient enough to practice them respectively at the time of death and in the bardo state.

The Compassionate Mandala Tour
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Visitors had the chance to observe the creation of the sacred art of the Tibetan sand mandala made from millions of grains of colored sand placed with great skill and patience to form intricate and beautiful sacred designs by exiled Gyumed Tibetan monks.

Animal Blessing
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Resident monks invited parents and children to bring family pets to be blessed.

 

 
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