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An Introductory Teaching on Taking Refuge
by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin
H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche
An Interview with
Losar at Dolma Phodrang
2010 • No.2
His Holiness the Sakya Trizin
A Publication of The Office of Sakya Dolma Phodrang This lssue Sponsored by Sakya Kalden Ling Dedicated to the Dharma Activities of
2 A Message from H.E. Luding Kenchen Rinpoche 3 His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche
–– A Short Biography
5 From The Editors 6 Schedule of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin's 2010 European Tour 8 Remembering Great Masters
–– Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen
10 An Introductory Teaching on Taking Refuge
by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin
16 Dharma Activities 16 • Looking Back At His Holiness’ Golden Jubilee Year 18 • His Holiness’ Visit to Dharamsala 19 • His Holiness Gives a Long-Life Initiation at Puruwala 20 • His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche in Puruwala 22 • H is Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche’s European Teaching Tour 24 • Torma Throwing Ritual 25 • Losar at Dolma Phodrang
An Interview with 28 H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche
30 Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment
–– by His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche
32 The Song of Happiness
–– by Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen
Publisher: The Office of Sakya Dolma Phodrang Executive Editor: Ani Jamyang Wangmo Managing Editor: Patricia Donohue Editing Team: M rs. Yang Dol Tsatultsang (Dagmo Kalden's Mother)
Art Director/Designer: Chang Ming-Chuan Designer: Gennaro Serra Photograph: Cristina Vanza Cover Photo: Ngor Ewan Chodan Monastery, Tibet
A MESSAGE FROM H.E. LUDING KENCHEN RINPOCHE
Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO. 2
for producing scholars and siddhas in the different As the eldest of three brothers born to Sharpa 2010 • NO. near the great seat of Ngor Ewam monastery called Pangshal. The clan of Shang. in Tibet. in His Eminence was born into the noble Shar clan. 2 • Melody of Dharma 3 . is renowned Buddhist lineages. Sharchen or Ludingpa. also known under the name of Shang or Luding-pa. Nymia) is the 75 Head of the Ngor sub-sect of the Rinpoche (Sharchen Jamyang Tenpai the female sheep year of 1931.His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche H is Eminence Ngor Luding Khen Chen th Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
as well as rigorous training in other essential Dharma disciplines. It was renowned as a major centre of learning. In 1954. term retreat. traditionally. 2 . His main teachers include His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and His monasteries in India. was enthroned homeland. Following the Chinese incursion of 1959. but he has founded many instructions of Lamdre. notably the pith Eminence the late Chogye Trichen Rinpoche. Not only has he blessed countless followers with teachings and initiations. which was attended by hundreds of followers from all over Tibet. From the age of years in retreat. and has the hundreds of monks who enroll there every year. ritual practice and long- Thartse and Phende and. near Dehradun in Northern India. the position of Head Abbot alternated every three years between the four ladrangs.Dagchen Tashi Gyaltsen. when he was replaced by his nephew. Luding Khenpo Kushon Rinpoche (son of Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok and of as 76th Head of Ngor. It was also famous for celebrating Lamdre once a year. NGOR EWAM CHO DAN MONASTERY N gor Ewam Cho Dan Monastery was founded in 1429 by the great master Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo. His Eminence fled to Darjeeling in India. H. Khangsar. Himachal Pradesh. and ordained thousands of monks and nuns. the Monastery has now fully Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche. The Monastery was given this name because while it was under construction. His Eminence was enthroned 75 Supreme Head of Ngor. at the age of twenty-four. His Eminence spent nearly four continuous reinstated its traditional tantric practices. and his nephew. in India. His Eminence’s brother Sey Kushok). His Eminence retired from the Ngor-pa as Abbot of the Ngor Ewam Cho Dan Monastery and Following the 1959 Chinese invasion of his abbacy. His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche. Since then. mainly practicing Hevajra. His Eminence has also reestablished the Ngor Pal Ewam Cho Dan Monastery in Manduwala. during which his monastery was destroyed. Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo dreamt that the collection of all Dharma arises from the letters E and WAM. become a major centre of tantric and ritual learning for In 2000. and became its head up to the year 2000. one of the four Abbacies of Ngor Ewam Cho Dan Monastery. who now acts as the 76th Abbot of Ngor. the Ngor monastery in Tibet. 4 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO.E. His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche rebuilt the monastery in Manduwala. Nepal and Sikkim. th seventeen. Under his leadership. His Eminence received numerous initiations and oral transmissions. he was ordained as a monk at the age of ten and began training to become Head together with His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and His Eminence has worked tirelessly to revive the Sakya Lama of the Luding Ladrang. and the ensuing destruction of There are four ladrangs (Houses) to the Ngor school: Luding. His tradition. For the next thirteen years.
Yours in the Dharma. and we earnestly hope that it helps Dharma followers form a closer bond with their Teachers and with each other. and on his main monastery. The Editing Team 2010 • NO. We will be reading about the conclusion of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin’s Golden Jubilee Year. 2 • Melody of Dharma 5 . Ngor Ewam Cho Dan. as it gives us a unique and privileged glimpse of how Losar is celebrated at the Dolma Phodrang and at Sakya Centre. and about other recent Dharma activities undertaken by His Holiness and Their Eminences the Dungseys. and we thank all who have sent feedback and suggestions. It is with great pleasure that we bring you our second issue. And we will be enriched by an essential teaching on ‘Taking Refuge’ by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin. along with a description of the Torma Throwing Puja that is practiced at the Monastery at this time of year. We hope that you enjoyed the inaugural issue of Melody of Dharma. We will be featuring an article on His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche. It is with great devotion that we have undertaken the publication of this magazine. It is a very special issue.From The Editors Dear Readers. We will also be sharing with our readers a short interview which His Eminence very kindly granted Melody of Dharma. 75th Head of the Ngor sub-sect of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
U.org THE HAGUE.EUROPE TRIP 2010 DATE May 22 May 23 May 26 HOST MOSCOW.sakya. Berkshire.K. Mayakovskogo 12 "B" Kulturno-Ozdorovitelniy Tsentr "Sosnoviy Bor" ELISTA.com 6 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO. U. London W11 1DB Tel: +44 (0) 20 7183 2109 . RUSSIA May 28 Geden Shedup Chokorlin May 29 (Kalmyk Central Buddhist Monastery) May 30 May 31 Official Reception at Monastery Vajrayogini Blessing and Teaching (limited) Initiation: “Tak-Chak-Kyung Sum” (Hayagriva.london@dechen.SCHEDULE OF HIS HOLINESS THE SAKYA TRIZIN’S RUSSIA .info@stl. Notting Hill. United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 118 967 2744 BOURNEMOUTH. UK Tibet Foundation Jun 11 Jun 12 Public Talk (evening) Public Teaching 2 Saint James's Market. Sakya Thubten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre Jun 4 Jun 5-6 Jun 7-8 Jun 10 Official Welcome Ceremony (evening) Empowerment: “Hevajra Cause” Empowerment: “Vajrayogini” Public Teaching: “ Buddhism Today” 167 Shelbourne Road. 2517 BJ The Hague Tel: +31 (0)70-360 66 49 . 2 . London SW1Y 4SB Tel: +44 (0)20 7930 6001 . Sakya Buddhist Centre London Jun 13 Jun 14-15 Teaching (evening): “Parting from the Four Attachments” Empowerment: “Kalachakra” 31A St Lukes Road. Bournemouth BH8 8RD Tel: +44 (0) 1202 538 108 .org LONDON.K.hardy@tibet-foundation. Sakya Ling Jun 3 97A Swansea Road Reading. EVENT “ An Introduction to Buddhism and History of the Sakyapa Lineage” “Boddhichitta and Bodhisattva Vows” Teaching: “Commentary on Hevajra Practice” May 24-25 Empowerment : “Hevajra Cause Empowerment” Bolshie Dvori ul. NETHERLANDS Sakya Thegchen Ling Jun 18 Jun 19 Initiation: “White Tara” Teaching: “Explanation of White Tara Practice” Long Life Ceremony for His Holiness Teaching: “Application of Dharma in Daily Life and Teaching on Samatha / Vipassana” Laan van Meerdervoort 200a.K.denhaag@hotmail. Vajrapani and Garuda) Public Teaching at Kalmyk State Institute of Humanitarian Studies and Scientific Research at Kalmyk State University Public Teaching at Kalmyk Central Buddhist Monastery Kalmyk Central Buddhist Monastery Public Teaching READING. U.Posadsky raion pos. RG1 8HA.uk LONDON.karma. RUSSIA Moscovskaya obl Pavlovo.org.
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and whatever he received. and started giving He started his studies when he was teachings when he was eleven. and throughout his life. he gave away either as Dharma offerings. requesting shelter. He dedicated every moment of his day to spiritual activities. he was extremely sadhanas. This awarded him the name After his father passed away and his of the Five Founders of the Sakya Lineage. Machig Odron. Several auspicious signs He took his upasaka vows at a tender age. dis ciplined in performing his daily meditation sessions and in reciting his meditate on seventy complete mandalas. understanding. instructions on the Hevajra sadhana. 2 . Tibet. maintained them with the utmost strictness. 27 ) marks the Paranirvana Day of Jetsun Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen was the Third still a young child. he would and did the entire Hevajra practice while climbing to his throne to give teachings. T th he twelfth day of the second Tibetan lunar month (March Dragpa Gyaltsen. left Sakya in order to pursue his education. He never partook of meat or alcohol except for the samaya substances at tsog offerings.REMEMBERING GREAT MASTERS JETSUN DRAGPA GYALTSEN (1147-1216) When Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen was conceived. Throughout his life. 8 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO. the First Founder of older brother. Kunga Nyingpo. dreamed that a naga king came to her. including astounding everyone with the depth of his Lodu Chenpo (Great Intelligence). Loppon Sonam Tsemo. or as donations to the needy. his mother. He was born in the year 1147 in Sakya. In his daily practice. the third son of the great Sachen Sakya. heralded Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen’s birth. He was an ascetic.
Not only did he have magical He was a truly realized master. expanded on “Parting from which his father Sachen Kunga Nyingpo the Four Attachments”. month. and Head Teacher He had vivid and detailed memories of revealing future ones. “Song of Experience”. a powers. a four-line teaching had received directly from Manjushri. and thereby had the power of Vajradhara. memorizing and understanding all the Throne Holder of Sakya. he explanations. preferring to remain in an impure realm in order to help beings. three tantras of Hevajra. The latter he had already gained at the age of twelve. This to go with them to Sukavati. in the year of the Male Fire Bird when he dreamed that he swallowed the true aspect of all phenomena. realizations. As a teacher. and many of his deep realizations were obtained during these encounters.Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen effectively became of the Monastery. His most famous work. but he also conversed with deities Virupa. Jetsun Dragpa He was extremely diligent in his studies. he did accede to their request and. but he had was always very clear and practical in his had made to his guru. texts that he was taught. and realized the time. In the following years. Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen departed for the realm of Sukavati. He were accessible to every level of reader wrote in such a way that his teachings This was mainly because his words were a direct expression of his own meditative instilling these same realizations into the minds of whoever read them. He was well immersed in every aspect of it. – he himself related that he often met with 2010 • NO. Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen composed a voluminous body of works. previous lives and had visions of prophecies When he was 70. even though he was highly qualified to do so. 2 • Melody of Dharma 9 . he gave and received numerous teachings. though. the Buddha time that he had been invited. Due to a promise that he Gyaltsen was beckoned by celestial beings Amitabha’s realm. however. both through study and realization. This was not the first always declined. on the twelfth day of the second lunar (1216). it wasn’t until he reached the age of 26 that he began teaching the Lamdre.
The reason why this human life is so precious is that. has two foundations: the common and the familiar with: in order to overcome the suffering of samsara. and every living being has the possibility of becoming Although every living being possesses Buddha nature. a human life is Everything is impermanent. 2 . if it is used to practice the Dharma. as the wish-fulfilling jewel can bestow all our material needs. To obtain a human life is extremely prerequisites and the ten favourable conditions. and it can lead us it can free us from rebirth in the lower realms. a Buddha. and eventually to ultimate very difficult to obtain. The Lord Buddha taught that all compound things are impermanent. but it cannot bestow higher rebirth or personal liberation. we must have a precious human life. Human life is impermanent. ‘Compound’ means anything that is created from It does not have a definite duration. But at the same time. help us to obtain a higher rebirth. on many outer and inner conditions. a human being has the best opportunity The common foundation I believe you are all to do so. 26th April 2000) T he preliminary practice of taking refuge uncommon. particularly one endowed with the eighteen which is free from the eight unfavourable places. it can to personal liberation. There are many 10 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO. This jewel. and it depends causes and conditions. and human life is more precious than the wish-fulfilling precious. we need to practice Dharma. enlightenment. And in order to practice Dharma.An Introductory Teaching on Taking Refuge by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin (An excerpt from a teaching on Ngon Dro at Dolma Phodrang.
can we can lose this life at any moment. Each and every thing must have its own cause. Negative deeds are physical. which is that anyone die. All the lives that we go through do not an outside force. and everything that we experience now. So therefore. such as long life. So we. of course. even the fully enlightened Buddhas. human life. But whether we to human eyes. in order to show impermanence Paranirvana. And all the good things. to be free from suffering. while we have obtained a very precious deeds. Even who is born in this universe will eventually though the fully enlightened Buddhas are completely free from the suffering of birth and death. and we never know when we important to utilize the life span that we have. prosperity and the fulfillment of one’s wishes. There is complete uncertainty as to when death will are also not created by an outside force. there is only one thing that is certain in this life.factors that can cut it short at any time. It is therefore very momentarily. nor are they acquired without cause. good health. 2 • Melody of Dharma 11 . such as death. everyone wishes occur. everything is changing will lose this opportunity. verbal and mental actions that are committed out of desire. whether pleasant or painful. everything is impermanent. whereas there is very little that can prolong it. as ordinary people. teachings is that He explained the law of happen accidentally. We must not commit any negative to experience happiness. illness. And. 2010 • NO. to use it in the most beneficial way. And the most beneficial way to spend our life is to follow the law of Karma. in a way that is beneficial to oneself and to others. is created through poverty. our own Karma. but the past. All the sufferings that we go through in this life. we must follow the law of Karma. rather by positive actions that we performed in Believer or non-believer. nor are they created by O n e o f t h e L o r d B u d d h a ’s s p e c i a l Karma. They appear to die and enter disappear just like a bubble in boiling water. are created through our own previous negative actions. So. and everyone wishes experience one or the other lies in our own hands. and so forth. so difficult to obtain.
And then. So. that is to say. And so it goes on and on. Without cannot expect the result without the cause. If we wish to experience happiness. until concerning which we need more than 12 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO.hatred and ignorance. that are based on generosity. and in English. and if we do not wish to experience suffering. in the sense that associate with. there is no satisfaction to be wherever we go. we call it ‘The Circle of Existence’. and that is the suffering of So these are the common foundations. so satisfaction. It is actually suffering. When this life ends. but it is not real happiness. whoever we found. The suffering of suffering. is more subtle. and all samsara is suffering. like a we experience suffering. and the suffering of the conditional nature of all phenomena. there are three types of suffering. And the cause of creating its cause. The word ‘samsara’ is Sanskrit. actions beneficial to other beings. we begin another one. wheel. We happiness is to perform virtuous deeds. we cannot expect to experience it. that are We are in samsara. such as physical pain and mental anguish. the ‘Wheel of Life’. And as long as we are in samsara. we find intellectual understanding. contemplate and meditate on them. So we must practice very carefully. the suffering of The suffering of suffering refers to the suffering that we conditional nature means that our very existence in this samsara is suffering. experience as suffering. 2 . We need to analyze them. the suffering of change. we find no satisfaction. We call it so because it has no end. love and compassion. Even if we are in the most advanced country. as long as we’re in samsara. It is those non-virtuous deeds which create suffering. however. We experience as happiness the absence of great suffering. whatever our circumstances conditional nature. then we must abstain from committing them. whatever we do. with all its luxuries. then we must create its cause. are. In general terms. the suffering of change. The suffering of change.
if a poison is mixed with food. We are completely bound to our own karma and the wind of Karma takes us. the human realm. faith and compassion. without any logical reason. we are. the suffering of samsara. the preliminary practice of the entire path. the benefits of taking refuge. the way we take refuge. Vajrayana. It is through taking it through our own efforts. Also. and the has taken refuge or not is what differentiates a refuge. very important. These are: the cause of taking refuge. taking refuge. If one has taken is born in a Buddhist family. But at the moment. But the is the Vajrayana teaching. as long as we’re in higher realm. and we find ourselves wherever that automatically one becomes a Buddhist. propensity and situation. and out of fear. it does not mean Until one takes refuge in the Triple Gem. whether it is in a lower realm or in a So it is very important to practice Dharma. and the hungry ghosts realm. one very ordinary persons. To help us practice Dharma. bestowed an enormous aspects. someone who is wise. as long as it is within samsara. We need to rely on who also has compassion. of mentality. In order to practice foundations. is not a Buddhist. 2 • Melody of Dharma 13 . the god realm. whether it is good food or bad food. So taking is because we continually cling to self. Fear of the and fear of impure vision. Because we are in wishes to have suffering. It is important to reflect on the different types of suffering. So similarly. Dharma and Sangha. fear of self-clinging. When one has taken refuge one becomes a Buddhist. so we realize that wherever suffering. There are three types of fear. it is still suffering. it is harmful. the hell realm. who is powerful. it is samsara. So we take refuge samsara. Nobody nor in future ones. We cling to self. neither in this life very first one is taking refuge. refuge is very. the object of refuge. whether one Buddhist from a non-Buddhist. fear of the suffering of being in Why we experience suffering in samsara in the Buddha. we have no choice. Even though one samsara. then refuge that we leave behind the worldly path and embark on the path of liberation. because taking refuge is the root of the entire Dharma. but we are unable to overcome defilements. the animal realm. and the rules of The first aspect is the cause of taking Normally we explain refuge in five amount of teachings in order to suit every level most advanced. the Lord Buddha. For example. we are foundation of all the vows. the highest form of teaching. There 2010 • NO. refuge. then one is a Buddhist. of the uncommon foundations. We are fearful of suffering. We take refuge out of three causes: fear. we experience suffering. the demi-god realm.we have a real kind of inner feeling regarding their nature. we need to practice the uncommon Now. who possessed infinite wisdom. compassion and skillful means.
according to Vajrayana. Buddha taught.is no way to prove that there is a self. such a thing as self but because. and pride. So fear 14 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO. cling to it as real. and fear of And then the second cause of taking refuge is faith. 2 . This is based of reality. It's not real. Buddha Himself said that His followers should only believe in His teachings faith. and we cling to this notion of a separate self. from a point of view of ignorance. desiring faith. and it is very. The present life that we are going through is the impure vision. Fear of the suffering clinging to the impure vision. and then we of samsara. And also. we have had a very strong propensity to on ignorance. fear of self-clinging. what the And believing faith means that we the Buddha. but that we scrutinize them. the main cause vision that we experience suffering. we create the notion of other. verbal and mental. don't just blindly believe the teachings of we analyze what the Buddha said. we wish to obtain such qualities for ourselves. increase. so it's called clear faith. stinginess. for ourselves. and fear of clinging to the impure vision. from beginningless cling to self. so we feel is the number one cause of taking refuge. and believing faith. Desiring faith means that when we see the by performing negative actions. experiencing different sufferings. there Impure vision means our normal life as we experience it. to believe it. but we not merely because somebody has asked us and analysis that we have become convinced that it is a genuine truth. Clear faith. defilements such as jealousy. It is after careful examination is the fear of clinging to the impure vision. hence the fear of self-clinging. clearly the qualities of the Buddha. It is because of our impure very important. and instead we see ourselves as a separate self. we keep doing it. thus creating suffering very great qualities of the Buddha. We are now totally in samsara. And it is due to these defilements that we create Karma. If we cling to self. it's all illusion. it somewhat refreshes our mind. We are convinced that what the Buddha said is the genuine truth. physical. time. There are three types of faith. In fact. feel attachment to ourselves. And then. after careful examination. ignorance of the true nature we do not realize this. so we believe in it. and realize that it expresses the genuine truth in our lives. This is called believing faith. It also gives us hope. and not just out of And then the third cause. and aversion to others. then we are bound to experience suffering. or relief in the midst of this suffering of samsara. reality is selflessness. But fear has three aspects. Dharma Clear faith means that when we see very and Sangha. And due to this.
We see some as indifferent. nobody wishes to experience caught up in this circle of existence. But since beginningless time. is compassion. we can't proceed any further. and relatives. and every time that they have become our parent. every sentient being has actually been our own father. mother and dear one. Real compassion should be felt for everybody on the same basis. If our friend or relative or even just someone we know is suffering. And if we feel compassion suffering. every one. So. mother. 2 • Melody of Dharma 15 . invisible. every sentient being. whether we are practitioners or not. and the way in the Buddha. which is the extraordinary Mahayana. But that kind of compassion is limited compassion. some kind of compassion. faith and compassion. we are reborn over and over again. we all 2010 • NO. relative or friend. we want to save all sentient beings from samsara. the highest devas. compassion is the main cause of taking refuge. Without taking refuge. both visible and have some kind of feeling. Of course. We see some beings as enemies. we wish to save them from they have given us as much love and as much in this way.according to Mahayana. We have to think of all the other sentient beings. we feel compassion. When we see either an animal or a human being who is suffering. we are of course. But due to the change of life. is to take refuge for someone. from germs and insects right up to from suffering. The three main causes of taking refuge are fear. own very dear father. it's not right to think only of our own welfare. And in order to rescue them. is our very dear for every single one of them. and we don’t feel anything for them. Dharma and Sangha. So if we have real compassion. but even our fiercest enemy. the very first step. and we have a very close and strong attachment to them. we must feel single being in this samsara. But in reality. from the suffering of samsara. everybody wishes to be free suffering. with the same intensity. we all have some kind of feeling. each of whom is actually our care as our present parents have given us. Just as we ourselves wish to be free from suffering. to do this. We see some as our friends and each other. pity. And in Vajrayana. not only our present relatives and Dharma is to take refuge. we do not recognize we hate them. So the very first step in practicing the To be continued in the next issue… friends. in one life or another. And.
Dharma Activities Looking Back At His Holiness’ Golden Jubilee Year Trizin drew to a close. Gathered to honour His Holiness were Their Eminences Ratna Vajra Rinpoche and Gyana This was marked by a special ceremony at the outside the Temple doors. Then hundreds of devotees made monastery gate. His Holiness and Their Eminences arrived at the before disappearing into the neighbouring trees. His Eminence Luding Khenpo Rinpoche. compassion. Her monks. and Sakya high lamas. another Temple. director of the Sakya Centre. The congregation joined in the chanting of Ratna Vajra Rinpoche offered His Holiness the Five Mandala representing the Universe. before dispersing and spreading their blessings to the four directions. inscribed with mantras and invocations. and one by one set free dozens of bright green and pristine white parakeets. was presented to His Holiness by Venerable Lama Lekshey. the Golden Jubilee Year white scarves for their Guru. O of the Enthronement of His Holiness the Sakya n the 19th of February. His Holiness stood Vajra Rinpoche. and the normal bustle of monastery life resumed. bringing peace. 2 . that for a while coloured the skies above the temple. strength and wisdom to all beings. and made their way up the flower-strewn stairs of the the “Sixteen Arhat Puja”. on 4th their way to the Throne with offerings of gifts and ↑ Disciples prostrating to Lhasa for His Holiness' long life ←Cham dancers welcoming His Holiness to the Gonpa in Lumbini 16 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO. Sakya Centre. which gracefully glided over the Temple courtyard After the ceremony was over. nuns and lay followers. the Phuntsok Phodrang Dungseys. A very unique and remarkable twelve months were now over. Then His Holiness and the Dungseys released several clusters of “prayer balloons”. Sakya Centre. Following this. They had started a year earlier. young monks As His Holiness’ car disappeared behind the scurried to their classrooms. the older ones to their respective duties. the gathering dispersed. during which His Eminence Auspicious Symbols Mandala. Eminence Jetsun Kushok. heralded by the sound of ritual music.
find expression throughout the year in an celebrations dedicated to His healthy and ←Monks and devotees at His Holiness' Golden Jubilee inauguration ceremony at Sakya Centre 2010 • NO. In October 2009. during which Sangha members communally prayed for His Holiness’ healthy and long meat for a specific amount of time. began a 2000 kilometer journey of prostrations all the way to Lhasa. Several followers pledged to refrain from eating Ceremony was held at which thousands of followers was inspired and largely organized by the Tenzhug Committee. showed their devotion to His Holiness by holding ceremonies commemorating this important event. life. during that protecting our environment and nurturing our individual spiritual practice. headed by Sakya Centre Director. a grand Golden Jubilee gathered to celebrate this momentous occasion with His Holiness. celebrating the 50 st th Trizin. On the third day. others for years. Singapore. with a grand ceremony inaugurating His Holiness’ Golden Jubilee Year. Tibet. Anniversary of His Enthronement as the 41 Sakya Throughout the year.His Holiness the Sakya Trizin. His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche. The Committee spared no effort in insuring that the strong devotion which is at the forefront of the minds and hearts of all His Holiness’ followers. New York. some for months. eight disciples from Kham. uninterrupted succession of events and long life. Mainland China and Nepal in particular. the Dungseys and Rinpoches in Lumbini March 2009. 2 • Melody of Dharma 17 . play in the attainment of world peace. Sakya centres all over the Prayer Festival in Lumbini. and some even for life. in dedication to the long life of His Holiness the Sakya Venerable Lama Jamyang Lekshey. Throne Holder. This year-long homage paid to His Holiness world. This year’s Monlam which His Holiness gave teachings on the vital role This culminated in the Annual World Peace started with three days of special celebrations.
were deeply H. and the signs of the very special relationship that reigns between Them.H.H. His Holiness left the Dolma Phodrang to spend the first nine days of March in Dharamsala. in a trance. along with several high In the days following the long-life Ceremony. The combined presences of Their Holinesses.H. This teaching had been initiated in 2007. Following the teachings. as a gesture of gratitude and reverence for His strong and compassionate leadership. the Dalai Lama 18 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO.His Holiness’ Visit to Dharamsala O n 28th February. before starting His journey back to the Phodrang. His Holiness the Dalai Lama was unable to finish it until now. the Sakya Trizin and H. Also in attendance were high Lamas from the four lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. 2 . in order to participate in a longlife ceremony offered to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by the Tibetan Government in Exile. Gyalwa Karmapa leaving the Palace touching and inspiring.H. also made an appearance at the Dalai Lama. Holiness the Sakya Trizin. due to His busy schedule. received from His Holiness the Dalai Lama the conclusion of a two-year Guyasamaja teaching. His Gadhong came to pay their respects to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tsering Che-nga. the Dalai Lama. Nechung and Lamas. including His Holiness the Karmapa. who also presented a Mandala offering to His hours and was conducted by His Holiness the Sakya Holiness the Dalai Lama. An audience with H. lasted over three Trizin. ceremony. H. and sought blessings of His Holiness the The two state oracles of Tibet. which took place on 2nd March.H. the Sakya Trizin offering a Long-Life Mandala to H. a female state oracle. and was to conclude the following year but. the Sakya Trizin H. His Holiness the Sakya Trizin spent an additional day in Dharamsala giving blessings and interviews to disciples. The elaborate ritual.H.
when they receive a Long-life initiation from His Holiness. They Tibetan New Year. the Guru is the key to spiritual life. Shortly after the celebrations.the Buddha. one can benefit not only oneself but also countless other beings. importance that they give to inner life. we take refuge in the Triple Gem . parts of India to sell their woolen handicrafts. the a large part of Puruwala's settlers scatter to other then return to their community in time for Losar. The majority of its at the foothills of the Indian Himalayas). Dharma and Sangha . the Guru's spiritual realization. and their devotion to him comes from the core of their being: for them. they are being blessed by the commensurate with their faith. is not limited to Tibetans . of course. For enormous and. and the ardour with which they pursue this. His initiation.for help and guidance in attaining liberation for the sake contained in the Guru. Buddha Himself. And all aspects of the Triple Gem are one who will eventually lead us to liberation. a blessing which leads people down the path wellbeing. and with the right motivation . their devotion to the teacher. the of all beings. and the ritual all come together to and happiness in the devotee. was Tibetans. ↑Lamas and followers welcoming His Holiness to Puruwala ←His Holiness giving a Long-life initiation at Puruwala Monastery 2010 • NO. create a sort of alchemy that brings deep inner change So the significance of a Long-life initiation is Holiness is traditionally invited to perform a Long-life of liberation.comes to their spiritual goals.and his Guru for an initiation. if one receives it from a realized master. his devotion.seeking liberation for the sake of others. our guide and teacher. When a devout follower .His Holiness Gives a Long-Life Initiation at Puruwala T he Tibetan settlement of Puruwala (which lies established by His Holiness Sakya Trizin in 1969. and the benefits of this blessing are We have much to learn from Tibetan devotees. ten years after His exile from Tibet. as well as offering them a great sense of In Vajrayana Buddhism. the Throughout a period of four months in the winter. and many of these followed His Holiness out of their home land in 1959. they view him as an embodiment of the Buddha. So thousand-plus inhabitants belong to the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. 2 • Melody of Dharma 19 .
H. who spend from seven to Also known as the Sakya Institute. In its shrine stands a superb statue of the Buddha filled with several rare and precious relics. Ratna Vajra Rinpoche with his students H. 2 .E. which was jointly blessed by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin. The first ↑Students listening to a teaching on Tantra part of the teachings. His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche and His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche. “The General System of the Tantras” by Lobpön Sönam Tsemo. the Monastery nine years there studying Buddhist philosophy. and provide a peaceful Since September. His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche atmosphere for the monks to pursue their studies. its inauguration took place. His Holiness the Sakya Trizin undertook the construction of Sakya Thupten Namgyal Ling ↑Students listening to His Eminence teaching in the gonpa houses some 80 monks. Its surroundings are idyllic.E. has been giving teachings at the Gonpa. deals with the 20 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO. Ratna Vajra Rinpoche in Puruwala Monastery at Puruwala and in 1980. I n1977.
and who dedicated the merits gained by virtuous deeds to the happiness of all sentient beings. mostly Sakyapas. He stressed the importance of bodhicitta. and the fruit obtained through it. Chötrul Düchen celebrates the Buddha’s display of miracles during fifteen days. its methods. commemorating the most important events in the 2010 • NO. His Eminence gave a week- occasionally teaches and gives empowerments at long teaching on the importance of the recitation of the “Mani” (Om Mani Padme Hum). that it should not be directed to our own happiness. and all the monks dedicate themselves entirely to making the very most of their time at the Institute. In February. and it is very inspiring to see the and how well-versed they are in the recitation of the motivation is behind our spiritual practice. but also pointed out how important they meet regularly. a two-hour drive His disciples. 2 • Melody of Dharma 21 . explains the different ways for a practitioner It is a privilege for the monks to be tutored by such an eminent teacher. They have built a small Mani Lakhang (recitation hall).↑Sakya Thubten Namgyal Ling in Puruwala ↑Devotees at Puruwala settlement gonpa overall description of Tantra. but to that of others. where The settlement at Puruwala. according to Tibetan tradition. “Precious Wish-FulfillingTree” by Jetsun Dragpa to train his mind in order to attain enlightenment. His Eminence expressed how whatever merits gained during this day are multiplied due to its auspiciousness. their prayers. ↑Devotees listening to His Eminence teaching on the “Mani” at the settlement gonpa Buddha’s life. Gyaltsen. one of the four festivals good of all beings. The second part. the desire to obtain liberation for the high number of followers who attend the gatherings. and reminded those present that loving kindness and compassion are the very basis of Buddhadharma. His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche the Gonpa. was founded in 1968 and houses some 1500 Tibetans. its different classes. including a lung on the mantra transmission. This teaching concluded on Chötrul Düchen. His Eminence also said that a real practitioner was one who saw all of samsara as pure suffering. in order to bolster the devotion of from Dehradun. who strived every single moment to control his or her mind in order to free it from negative emotions.
Ngöndro and ‘The Importance of Wang Chen’. Bournemouth. His I n t h e f i r s t d a y s o f F e b r u a r y. in time to spend Losar with his Family. ↓His Eminence teaching in Budapest people came to hear His Eminence give an All who attended the Wangs. where over two hundred introduction to Buddhism. and his public talks drew large audiences. France. a country relatively new to Buddhism. notably in Hungary. Spain. Switzerland.His Eminence in Sakya Drogong Ling. intensive two-month European Teaching During the course of his trip. Gyana Vajra Rinpoche’s European Teaching Tour returned to India. Denia H. Ling. Jambhala. teachings and talks given by His Eminence were charmed by his gracious presence. 2 . Gyana Vajra 22 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO. and Hungary. after completing an Tour. Disciples were also graced by Dharma teachings. Eminence visited Germany. and imparted important empowerments Italy. England. from Sakya Thubten “We felt very privileged to receive Vajrayana teachings from one of the principal lineage holders. including Vajrakilaya. writes: Nyima Palzum. H i s E m i n e n c e G y a n a Va j r a R i n p o c h e such as Vajrapani Buthadamara. Vajrakilaya and Padmasambhava.E. and greatly impressed by the depth of his wisdom and progressive outlook. Yellow amongst many others.
For me this meditation time became more and more meaningful During each initiation ritual. Vajra sisters and brothers were happy to welcome ‘The quiet. relaxed presence of His Eminence Gyana Vajra Sakya created a peaceful atmosphere within the centre and was conducive to an inspiring Vajrasattva Initiation. I think the people present all felt privileged to have guidance from such an experienced and unassuming teacher. My awareness was sharpened to recognize the preciousness of these moments master with compassion. “How compassion manifests: student what she thought of the special visit. at winter time. I asked a Gyana Vajra Rinpoche accepted the invitation of This was the first time that His Eminence the organizing Sakya Jetsün Foundation and many European centers to visit Europe and to bestow initiations and teachings. Frankfurt am Main was the first and last stop of his two month journey through Europe.” where everything comes together: the qualified interested students here in Frankfurt at Sakya ↑His Eminence blessing a baby →His Eminence giving a public talk in Budapest 2010 • NO. writes: And Karin Heinemann from Sakya Kalden Ling during each initiation. The time for His Eminence and his attendant worried about the comfort of our guests. But we all have our own precious memories and experiences to hold in our hearts and the inspiration to continue to seek enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings”. to leave came all too quickly.Rinpoche is set to become one of the most important of the younger generation of eminent Buddhist teachers. His Eminence Frankfurt. the teaching and the Kalden Ling. Those who were taking care Eminence always gave us the feeling that everything was fine for him. but His proposed that everybody meditate silently together with him about loving-kindness and compassion for all living beings for some minutes. feeling my responsibility to do my very best to make a link to all beings in a way that the ritual I was attending becomes a real cause from my side to overcome all sufferings. with a lot of snow.’ him and his entourage. 2 • Melody of Dharma 23 . At the same time I felt so supported by the master and his kindness to meditate together with us. she said: Following His Eminence’s departure.
He is an emanation of all dharmic activities. is a special deity of the Khön family. or burning. whence followers in a procession that made its way to a of last year’s adversities and inauspiciousness. 24 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO. two days later. Losar. nuns and lay persons. th Torma Throwing Ritual was held at Sakya Centre. Their Eminences Ratna Vajra Rinpoche and Gyana Starting 8 February. drums. representing all Centre courtyard. and attended by monks. evil spells and spirits. a Vajrakilaya Gutor or concluding on the 12th with a ritual ceremony led by clearing the way for A marquee was erected ←Vajra Dance at Gutor on the lawn adjacent to the Their Eminences presided over the proceedings. and in freeing from fear and disease. were ↑Their Eminences with Black Hat dancer. A series of ritual dances (cham) took place on the evil forces’. oboes and horns. closing the ceremony thrown into a large bonfire. Then the Dungseys led the assembled nearby commons where the Tormas. and inauspicious dreams. Vajra Rinpoche. to the stirring sound of ritual cymbals. culminating in the ‘cutting up of Centre. 2 . He is the most important yidam in pacifying worldly and spiritual obstacles.→Their Eminences the Dungseys presiding over the Gutor ceremony Torma Throwing Ritual the Buddhas’ and Bodhisattvas’ mundane and V ajrakilaya. and is also powerful in bringing prosperity. or Phurba. This puja represents the throwing away. long life and good luck. He protects all Dharma practitioners. of all the past y e a r ’s n e g a t i v i t i e s .
assembled in the Phodrang library to celebrate Gutuk. Her Eminence true to custom. On the evening of 12th February. His Holiness’ wife. after which a vessel was brought into the library. 2 • Melody of Dharma 25 . auspiciously including Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok and Sey Kushok. as the traditional Losar pastry (khapse) was D uring the days preceding the Tibetan New Year. Every year. who had come to greet the New Year with His Holiness. and rubbed it over during the past year. His Holiness Gyalyum Kushok. she was to be seen in the kitchen on the first day.↑The Holy Family – Losar at Dolma Phodrang Losar at Dolma Phodrang activity. kneaded. presides over the proceedings and. the Phodrang kitchen became a hubbub of made out of tsampa. their bodies in order to get rid of impurities gathered and Family. cut and molded into intricate shapes. This effigy represents all of last year’s negativities. carrying a black effigy ↑Losar at Sakya Centre – Lama Lekshey presenting a kata to Dagmo Sonam 2010 • NO. The lumps of tsampa were then discarded in the vessel. the traditional ceremony bringing the old year to a close. and the entire household. in preparation for Losar. very adeptly fashioning a strip of dough into a complex geometrical figure. around the black effigy. being mixed. Everyone present was then given a small handful of tsampa dough. His Holiness recited some prayers.
After a small breakfast consisting of barley black effigy was then carried outside and disposed of. All merits were dedicated for every being to everyone again gathered in the library for the traditional Losar ceremomy. An assistant. to be later discarded in the effigy’s vessel. followed by a long life ritual ←His Holiness and the Two Dungseys ↓The Holy Family with Dolma Phodrang household and guests 26 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO. each with its own symbolism. first by the Family. then by the household staff and guests. At seven. Their Eminences the their way to the Sakya Centre to celebrate the New The ceremony began. This was followed by the offering of khatas. before taking a seat on His throne. 2 . a sample of which we share with you here. purify it. Library shrine. Later. porridge and tea. It opened with His Sixteen-Arhat Puja. at 9 o’clock. a special thukpa (Tibetan soup) was served. on the morning of 14 th February. The along with its inauspicious load. and young Jetsunma made Year with the Sakya monks and nuns.chuba. Dungseys. made with nine different substances. appeared at the library door bearing a torch. wearing the traditional Tibetan Holiness making prostrations to the Buddha in the which he hastily swayed around the room in order to Later. A remainder was left in each person’s bowl. Jetsun Kushok. with the chanting of the dedicated to His Holiness. a photo session was held. and the recitation of the “Prayer for the Happiness of All Beings”.
and a And lastly. most auspicious start to this Year of the Iron Tiger. the spiritual. one of His Holiness’ attendants.←Losar Morning at the Phodrang . And. this time for drodun. everyone in the Phodrang once again met in the library. which had to be drunk until the last drop. representing all the everyone was given a large bowl of chang (barley beer). and one could not but bring to mind the 2010 • NO. butter tea and khapse. His Holiness narrated how traditionally days. on the evening of 20 February. tea. 2 • Melody of Dharma 27 . Dagmo Tibetan song. never one moment did the secular part from ‘non-duality of samsara and nirvana’. offered a Body. the ceremony bringing Losar to a close. Jetsunma. It opened with His Holiness leading glee and ‘Tashi Delek!’s. monks and nuns. but those present were regaled by an energetic performance of Tibetan song and dance by Dorje la. after which all present partook of a special New Year rice. Dagmo Kalden Dagmo Sonam ↓Jetsunma giving young monks their New Year robes enjoy happiness throughout the year. to everyone’s Sonam Palkyi. a prayer of offering to the Triple Gem. the chang was given a miss in favour of then all present had to sing or dance for the gathering. In the merriment of those those present in prayer. lent her truly heavenly voice to a And thus ended a week of festivities. His Eminence Gyana Vajra’s wife. after which tea and rice were served. delight.Gyalyum Kushok. th It was a simple but very inspiring ceremony. and Sadly. filled with Mandala to Their Eminences Ratna Vajra Rinpoche and Gyana Vajra Rinpoche. Speech and Mind Venerable Lama Lekshey.
which is the greatest source of merit. 2 .E. let alone inside the compound. we should try to sentient being. and so they prefer this kind of initiation. MoD . The Lord Shakyamuni said that we should abandon all non-virtuous deeds and. what a healthier life? the rules regarding the consumption of meat. when I was in Ngor Monastery. the meat cannot be bought in the market of natural causes. as it does not involve the taking of In the Mahayana Sangha. is not allowed. as it is Even for a non Buddhist . by being vegetarian. as they accumulate merits by averting the killing of animals for food.Your Eminence. it means that we will cause less harm. one is not Zambhala they can become rich. it is good if they choose to be vegetarian. and is in compliance with the Dharma. 28 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO.In Tibet lay people don't usually receive allowed to eat meat from an animal who died naturally (of old age or accidentally). even if it died of natural causes. what are H. MoD . we have heard that in help all sentient beings.E. one is kind of actions (karma) will help to have a longer and H.An Interview with H.From a Buddhist point of view. I initiations). There is the exception of the Tsog offering but even then. This kind of a life. we obey the Buddha’s precepts. They prefer to be given long-life initiations in order to Chinese followers perhaps believe that through meat is permitted.E. Was this practice also observed when you were there? vegetarian. We won’t be the cause of a being losing its life. – Yes. according to the essence of Buddhist teachings. MoD . . have a healthier and happier life.Tibetans like to receive Tsewang (long-life Do you have an opinion on why this is? Also. remember we were not allowed to bring any meat at all within the Monastery. bringing meat anywhere near the monastery. for example. and what are the benefits of being vegetarian? H.if we become a an act of compassion.E. high tantric empowerments like Hevajra. The benefits of being vegetarian are huge. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche allowed to eat any meat. and should come only from an animal which has died As for lay people. – Within the Hinayana Sangha. however. So. We should not harm a single Ngor Monastery in Tibet. and Chinese prefer Zambhala initiations.
. and this is usually a devotion. if the overall accumulation of very easy to accomplish Dharma activities. But if they are unable to still their minds.E. so they don’t feel the need for realizing Dharma activities. it is still possible to organize one’s life in such a manner as to find time for practice. It is a matter of personal choice. . 2 • Melody of Dharma 29 . impermanence.Chinese and Tibetan societies are quite similar from a religious point of view. keep one’s vows. and one needs to work many hours everyday. Even who is new to Buddhist practice? MoD . But people in western countries look to the will be blessed and won’t encounter obstacles. we need to try very hard to develop a good heart. and can even lose building monasteries and stupas. Why is this.E.In Tibetan and Chinese societies. maintaining the vows.What advice would you give to someone H. remember how important it is to keep the vows. one finds the means to do it. a good mind. human rebirth. as it affects not only this life. and how can we make it H. In order for the world to get better. and the faults One should be patient and put a lot of effort into 2010 • NO. they should thrive to generosity and compassion. but future ones also. Could you tell us why you think this is? H. much on support from an external institution or enough time to practice the Buddha Dharma. and don’t rely so community. quick process. If one really wants to keep the vows. So and then find it difficult to keep them when they are back in their countries. the Triple Gem also becomes weaker.In general. religious path as a personal one. it will degeneration – more and more difficulties are arising better? MoD – We are undergoing a process of global in the world. . in order to benefit the world around us. long-life initiations are only effective if you feel very MoD .make your life healthier and longer. This is happening at the moment. . And one should always develop their faith. karma. it is a lot more difficult to do this. The its effectiveness. develop loving kindness. as this can help and in this way.Many westerners say that they don't have MoD – Nowadays. many westerners take vows. and it takes a long time. And if you receive Tsewang it will make it even more so. They share the belief that if you take refuge in the Triple Gem.E. and good inner qualities. such as merits decreases because of a weakening in people’s power of the yidam becomes less. Then they need to become familiar with the four foundations. it is Anyway if you perform virtuous actions.meditation on precious of samsara. Buddha Shakyamuni’s life story. and it is the reason why the world is becoming more and more degenerate. Would you have some advice for them? H. you people are very generous and support the monasteries. But strong devotion. But in the West.E.Beginners should know more about Lord if one is in a western country.
saying. setting attaining enlightenment. Then I will repay future. Kanakamuni. the former Mayadevi. forming a small pool in front of the meditating Buddha. yet I still have not reached my goal. Thus He came to arrive before the great Bodhi tree there. on the very seat He broke His silence. the great meditator Gautama 30 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO. and Kasyapa. I have only one week before I gain enlightenment. she possessed some limited clairvoyance. and she of the thirty-three. Completing His six years of out on foot for what would come to be known as Bodhgaya. had attained enlightenment.Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment by His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche away seven days after giving birth to Him.' Now Siddhartha Gautama's mother had passed these ascetic practices of unimaginable difficulty. and will come to teach you in the near In this way. Gautama. wept for Siddhartha. He knew that this such as Krakuchandra. He spoke out reassuringly to his mother. was undergoing great hardships. was indeed the very place where all the past Buddhas. the Diamond Seat. As this goddess. just one week before He was to attain enlightenment. His mother was the first person for was reborn in the land of the gods known as the 'realm As a deva of this realm. and was able to see that her son from her previous life. 2 .' your kindness. just prior to meditation. Siddhartha arose from that place. 'Although I have gone through In response to this. her tears fell miraculously from whom Gautama broke His vow of silence. the celestial world.
vajra seat and then took His place upon it. He entered again into seated meditation at dusk devils and evil beings swarmed about Him in a apparitions. samyak sambuddha. in a meditation of unassailable stability. and had come to the In deepest reverence. Spain. Yet due to the invincible power of meditation. On the 15th day of the 4th lunar month (May 27th). These demons had great power and were able to destroy whatever they set themselves upon. Siddhartha Gautama.' In this profound condition He gave rise to a (From “An Introduction to Buddhism”. 'How wonderful it would be if all sentient beings could share in this realization which is now my own. is the celebration of Saka Dawa Duchen. they could not defeat Him. now the Buddha. They threatened Him with fearsome them at Him in rage and envy. Thus conquering and subduing all the mara-devils during the period of dusk on that night. 2 • Melody of Dharma 31 . Shakyamuni Buddha’s Entering the Womb. achieving enlightenment of the Buddhas of the past. Siddhartha complete enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya. Terrifying hosts of marajealous frenzy. given by His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche in Barcelona. Finally. leaning His back against the Bodhi tree. Having attained enlightenment. on the banks of the Niranjana. in 2000). Upon that very throne of repeated the greatest act of all of history. compassion.himself now approached. then continuing on through the middle meditation. He suffered not the slightest harm. He gained complete perfect watch of the night He remained in the deep samadhi of enlightenment. brandishing terrible weapons and hurling great wish. thinking. He transformed all that was flung at Him into celestial flowers. 2010 • NO. at the early dawn which followed that full moon night. Gautama had spent six years meditating Diamond Seat of Bodhgaya to finish His meditation training. entered into the most sublime and indescribable state of bliss and emptiness which is the enlightened state. Enlightenment and Paranirvana. of the full moon night. and loving kindness emanating from Siddhartha. Gautama bowed before the Now only hours from gaining enlightenment.
Keeping the samayas and vows is bliss. practicing the profound conduct is bliss. it is essenceless. relying on a true guru is bliss.The Song of Happiness by Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen I request the blessings of the Lord Guru. meeting with the Mahayana Dharma is bliss. Obtaining the precious human birth difficult [to obtain] is bliss. and tangibles) are similar to Whatever sound is heard is similar to an echo. Also mentally determine that whatever is thought is an illusion. Because illusion is searched. I thought I am not unhappy. Residing in a secluded place. 2 . it is essenceless. There is no harm to the mind by apparent objects. meditating on the yoga of the two stages of the Path is bliss.” “Presently. 32 Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO. Although one acts with desire and anger. so I am happy. in the state of illusion. there is bliss. meeting with the Vajrayana Dharma is bliss. similar to the reflection of form in a mirror. whose body is the nature of all Buddhas. although one acts with grasping. whatever I am thinking is deluded. flavors. also the three objects (odors. that. those essenceless objects are false. nothing exists to be expressed. there is bliss. being ripened according to the method of tantra is bliss. in the inexpressible state.
protect samaya! If it is understood in that way. the nature of that is great bliss. it is not found. practice diligently! Although there is nothing to protect. do not give rise to the thought of abandoning [samsara]. meditate diligently! Son. I also am in that state. yogins. you also should remain in that state. the buddhahood that cannot be accomplished mind is not unhappy. Having attained unattainable enlightenment. yogins. the nature of that is nirvana. 2 • Melody of Dharma 33 . in the state of union. As buddhahood cannot be accomplished. there is bliss. exists in one’s own mind. Yogins who understand in this way. may the highest enlightenment be obtained (From “Treasures of the Sakya Lineage” by Migmar Tseten) 2010 • NO. there is bliss. there is bliss. As samsara cannot be abandoned. That understanding of the nonexistence of samsara and nirvana. Although there is nothing to meditate. in the nondual state. do not give rise to the thought of accomplishing [buddhahood].Although searching for samsara. it is not found. so it is happy. This is superior upadesha of the Jetsun and was also requested by Yeshe Dorje. is the view of the inseparability of samsara and nirvana. there is bliss. Although searching for suffering. with my effort of writing this. although there is nothing to practice. In the state of inseparability.
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