A N E W S L E T T E R O F S I D D H A RT H A’ S I N T E N T

MARCH 2002

2001-

A TIBET ODYSSEY
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IN THIS ISSUE
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Four Seals of the Dharm a

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BIR REMNANTS
Page 8 • On the Vajrayana Path • Two Tales from India • Dharma Dates

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You can analyse. you will know once you are quite good. On pride and jealousy Student: Rinpoche. speech and mind or Mount Meru or clear springs or beautiful garlands or the ladies of garlands. lamps. And you should admit that it is pride and jealousy. . easy to answer. such as loss of inspiration. PATH (Photos Suyin Lee) offering body. Canada. read entire books on Madhyamika. The best I know of is that when the doubt comes. In the previous issue of the Gentle Voice Rinpoche spoke about bodhicitta and humility. But I would suggest not reading books. there’s another difficulty: you will not trust what you know. Madhyamika is good to establish the view. you are distracted. read a book. I find that just by sitting. here. Patrul Rinpoche gives the example of a wild yak that you tie with a long rope and you tie this rope to a strong peg. we tend to think of the great but perhaps remote issues like purifying defilements. reading about Madhyamika. If. And as you practise more. Then our old habits tell us. a lot of this has got to do with confidence. But that is a sidetrack actually. that’s already quite good actually. Right now these doubts are very stupid doubts. In such a practice you can easily tell if you are not thinking about 2 . Then you will have to read another book. it seems like some of the practices. After many years of practice you will still notice that pride. then you don’t have pride and you don’t have jealousy. but you will notice that they become shorter. jealousy and anger occur. because of the momentum that’s happening. And when you know. things calm down.On the VAJRAYANA From January to March 2001 Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche taught on the Longchen Nyingthik ngöndro at Sea to Sky Retreat Centre outside Vancouver. ‘Oh. If you are confident. you know that you have pride and jealousy. such as wandering mind. Instead. It’s kind of easy to tell. or else pray to the guru. Especially as we become slightly more mature. Here are further questions and answers from that teaching.’ And we will analyse it. R: There are many ways. if you are thinking about Rome and Paris. That’s the best way and the easiest. your doubt is going to become sharper and more intelligent. at present. The meditator’s greatest difficulty is not knowing whether we are distracted or whether we are concentrating.Gentle Voice . It is difficult to deal with these two. if you really need to. stuff like that. charm. I suggest you refrain from going where pride can occur. Not the general issues. So this is why I guess the lamas always emphasise practices like the ngöndro. Don’t think that this doubt is going to become less. S: Then how do you know? R: Well. again pray to the refuge objects if you are practising taking refuge. Meditation has a lot of loopholes and sidetracks and the sidetracks are so subtle. Read some books and you will solve this problem. such as not understanding the dharma. I will give you one piece of advice: when we practise and when we ask for blessings. they speed the mind up. in fact. but somewhere in the middle it’s quite tough to know. and it will help today. Form meditations like mandala offering are like a peg. actually bring up more thoughts. pride and jealousy. because of their elaborate form and mantra. On prayer S: Do you have any advice on how to relate to the doubt that comes up? I experience a lot of doubt when I’m practising because I feel like I’m making it all up all the time. Don’t think about other methods. On distraction S: Rinpoche. Especially in mandala offering practice I find that I can get completely distracted from the practice for a long time. Do you understand what I’m saying? R: I think that’s still less of a risk than just thinking that we are meditating but actually not really being there. analyse it. we need to have a certain trust also. Of course. but tomorrow there will be new doubts. especially pride. etc. avoid getting involved with pride. Pray that this doubt will transform into wisdom. but when we practise. But you should pray about what you have now. what are good antidotes to pride and jealousy? Rinpoche: Rejoice! As it suggests in the seven-branch prayer. it’s going to become more.

she is a skeleton. Or a dispute between two people. Is the mysterious nature of the Buddha’s mind. just to finish the whole set. you will not get disheartened. that everything’s an illusion. It’s always better. seeing phenomena as the deity and seeing them as illusion are very connected. In this way. the non-duality of emptiness and clarity is Buddha.’ This nonduality of emptiness and clarity cannot be expressed. please make Jason listen to me. whatever… Forget that! Just think that they are there. inexpressible. You can even think. who has the one quality that illuminates all. blissful. include everything. ‘This is such a mundane concern. But I always like to include mainly the problems that I have now. Like the human rebirth. On post-meditation practice S: So when you’re doing post-meditation practice. the unceasing mind that is clarity. Like suffering. Guru Rinpoche does everything.’ Then you two can talk. when a prayer is not answered the very next day. that nothing has any truly existing nature. then you think that she is not an ordinary being in the way you perceive her. that is the guru. basically. Precious Kuntuzangpo. They are form. But now. present and future. Is the incomparable beauty of the Buddha’s smile. It’s free from all kinds of effort of trying to express or effort of dualism. You look at Heather. Is the fortune of meeting with the precious ones. but if you were to ask me. This is the sophistication of the Vajrayana. And then. And the bliss is the deity. ‘Which one accumulates more merit?’ then I would say seeing phenomena as the deity. do you have any advice for how to visualise? I have difficulty visualising. Purify whatever is happening? On deity R: Yes. the way they hold their knife. In the Vajrayana. Guru Rinpoche spans everything from enlightenment to the stove. the way you see her is projected by your mind. Glorious teacher. ‘Guru Rinpoche. R: When the great Sakyapa masters talk about mind. pervasive and also subtle. So all the interactions between her and you become more meaningful. Because the Theravada teachers are interested in liberating you from sorrow they will teach you to think that she is not beautiful. Is the compassion and kindness of the mother-like lamas. but ultimately they are beyond form. R: Well. hard to attain and easily lost. please remain with us. the general issues also.S. If the kitchen stove doesn’t work. please make Heather listen to me. then again. I shouldn’t bother Guru Rinpoche with it. we have to do temporarily with created deities. But that’s very difficult for us. a clear sky and white blossoms. ‘Look at the mind. Now. Sunyata Gentle Voice . but she is Vajrayogini. From time to time remember the illusory aspect. On visualisation S: Rinpoche. the emptiness aspect of mind is the dharma. especially in such a case. if you are having difficulty. emptiness. you can pray about that also. ‘Guru Rinpoche. but they are also beyond that. Of course. they say. so beginners like us should learn to think they’re illusion. she is totally an illusion. Please remain with us. So think that however she appears in your mind is not really what she is. The clarity aspect of mind is the sangha. the question arises. But. This person Jason may be praying. That way. That’s what the text also says. like trees seen through fog in moonlight. is the dakini. And we have a lot! You can’t think. And in the Mahayana you are taught that she is an illusion. it is beyond expression. Appearing in the southern continent.’ People do that actually. that is beyond expression and is actually bliss. Whatever I have. The Sakyapas’ concept of deities is not so much POEM FOR DZONGSAR KHYENTSE RINPOCHE As the pure white light divides to the four colours. ‘May I purify all my defilements of the past. Based on that.’ You shouldn’t think that. Of course. So the Adi Buddha Samantabhadra Manifests in the four corners of the earth.’ And Heather is praying. she is a deity. ‘Why deity?’ Because phenomena are illusion. begin to learn to have confidence that they are there. are you thinking the body or the world is dharmakaya? R: Ideally we should be seeing everything as the deity. Instead of going through details of their hair. how it falls on their neck and shoulders.3 . Like a spring morning.

very little food or water.900 metres through alpine tundra with distant snow caps and a shifting mirage of yak hair tents. are more than 40 important and valuable texts.Gentle Voice dles on precarious mountain passes and altitude sickness. It was originally built in 746 A. casually in passing as he often does. a vast fertile plateau dominated on all sides by mountains with the river. In terms of Buddhist prac- . Maybe our dream to visit Dzongsar Monastery with Rinpoche might become a reality! On numerous occasions since first visiting Tibet in 1985. This spectacular sight was overwhelming and we stopped to savour the moment and to shed tears of joy. ‘So what’s the pay-off?’ Rinpoche replied. plus two full days of riding horses with no sad4 . a religious envoy of the Yuan emperor arrived at Dzongsar and decreed that the monastery become Sakyapa.’" And yes. The journey to Derge took two days of non-stop driving for 15 hours each day. Shortly before we departed for Tibet. making final preparations for the drive to Kham. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820 1892) consolidated the various traditions. has a long and distinguished history. In the (Photo Raymond Steiner) distance. After a four-hour drive we exited the ravine and entered Khamie Valley. Dzongsar’s non-sectarian stance has been of enormous significance to the development of Tibetan Buddhism. Chinese hotels with beds full of scabies and bathrooms full of shit. as a Bön temple. like a silver thread." we rejoiced. coursing down the middle. yaks and the occasional nomadic herder. "You should come to Tibet next year. eastern Tibet.D. In 1983 the Chinese began a policy of reviving religious activity and since then Rinpoche has funded the reconstruction of Dzongsar Monastery and Dzongsar Institute. still in regular use today. was Dzongsar Monastery.” Rinpoche’s description of what to expect was quite horrific. we climbed to passes of over 4. The main purpose of the institute was to propagate non-sectarian training in Buddhist philosophy. After the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet the monastery first became Nyingmapa. ‘The bluest skies you’ve ever seen. inspiring us to want to go there – if for no other reason than to place our feet on the ground where so many great and enlightened beings have walked before us. eastern Tibet. Terrifying roads and drivers. a fellow traveller sent an email that well described what we may have to brave on our adventure. The thrill and emotion we all felt on arriving in Dzongsar is unforgettable. then Kagyüpa and. written by masters of all Buddhist traditions. In 1959 Dzongsar Monastery was completely destroyed by the first perpetrators of the Cultural Revolution. "I’m excited and frankly terrified at the prospect. Dzongsar Monastery in Derge. and no prospect of washing at all for the entire time. rendering Dzongsar the principal seat of the ris-med or nonsectarian movement.2001 - A Tibet Odyssey (Photo Stuart MacFarlane) When Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche mentioned one day. In 1918 Jamyang Khyentse Tibetans crowd around the encamped tents Chökyi Lodrö (1893 -1959) created the Dzongsar Institute of Buddhist Studies. rushing river. The drive from Derge to Dzongsar was a joyful trip through virgin forests of lofty conifer and juniper trees that covered a huge ravine on either side of a crystal clear. in 1275 A. we experienced most of the above! There were 19 students in the group altogether. The first party of seven met in Chengdu and spent one day there. Joy! When asked. debate and other traditional practices and. positioned on a hill majestically overlooking the entire valley. Passing through small Tibetan villages.D. while reinstating over 500 monks and lamas. Rinpoche had talked about Dzongsar.

It was a sublime experiexcavation. A group of "whiteys" withdrew the robe. greetnumber of discourses and initiations during the days we ed us on arrival with warmth and his beaming smile. before departing Tak Tsang.5 . Lodro Phuntso. Dzongsar Monastery offers the tuition and instructions of the greatest Vajrayana masters. ered many terma at Lake Tsingynu. One misty rainy day. (and there were many!) was to receive an initiaTak Tsang. Continued page 6 tice. Not Rinpoche Day in Guru only has it been personally (Photos Amelia Chow) Rinpoche’s cave at Tak blessed by the presence of Tsang. Guru Rinpoche and his consort Yeshe Tsogyal. He were there. Mipham Jamgön Kongtrül and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo discovRinpoche retreated for 13 years in a cave above Tak Tsang. horses as they sang folk dropped his robe into the songs and chatted togethwater again and. we rode guided us to the podrang or palace along a maze of narrow. A three-page root text was uncovered as well ence to be with Rinpoche in this most sacred of sacred as many other items. it contentatively mounted must tained treasure teachings. higher up into the mountains to Lake Tsingynu (The cobbled stone pathways and past imposing buildings that Turquoise Lake of the Collection of Tears from the Lion). led by Rinpoche. they invited many people to come to attend the wrote poetry and created pottery. but also Guru Rinpoche and Yeshe Tsogyal concealed blessing pills. In the seventh century. as they did kora. We were later told that we were the first The most momentous Westerners ever to visit occasion during our stay Tak Tsang. monks’ and lay Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chogyur Lingpa discovpeoples’ quarters and the Tibetan Medicine Dispensary. gling. house temples. 23 shrines." have appeared a bizarre One of the many terma sight to the children who discovered at that time ran along beside us gigWarriors compete in a ceremonial race as part of a Gesar of Ling puja was Wisdom Light. including a painted guidebook and places. a seventh-cention bestowed by tury cave. many stupas. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and statues and numerous precious items in the cave. To dispel doubt as to the origination of where he wrote over 26 volumes of teachings. Rinpoche told us. He also the terma.Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is joyfully escorted back to Dzongsar (Photo Amelia Chow) Nomads camped around the mountainside to be near Rinpoche and young girls sang songs of devotion that echoed around the mountains. ered the treasures. Mipham Rinpoche. our new mode of trans"He then appeared to port. Gentle Voice . sealing Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö have spent time in them behind mud and stone. when he pulled it out there was nothCentre at Tak Tsang to meet up with Rinpoche. as well as many other great masters. As always Rinpoche did not disappoint the local devotees and gave a The Abbot of Dzongsar Monastery. young Tibetan men walked on the water to the and women leading our middle of the lake. occupies a very Dzongsar Khyentse special place in the history Rinpoche on Guru of Tibetan Buddhism. In the eighteenth century retreat there. when he er. On one occasion Chogyur Lingpa tied his robe to the end of a long rope and The following day we travelled to Dzongsar Meditation threw it into the lake. Revelling in ing in it. we rode on horsebecome a little crazy and back.

Now that is a very. blessed and talked with people whilst traditional dancing. almost every thought that we have. all of them dressed in traditional costume. The second one (slightly more complicated than the first and also painful to listen to) is that all emotions are pain. The following day we prepared for our horse ride back to Dzongsar. Some kind of a nirvana where you don’t even have to have a remote control. celebration. the men were mounted on horses decorated in finery. Although Rinpoche had told us a little of what to expect on our return to the Khamje Valley. ‘What is Buddhism in a nutshell?’ ‘What is the unique philosophy of Buddhism?’” With these words Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche introduced a teaching on the four seals of the Dharma. as long as there is a subject and object. all emotions are dukkha. which includes everything. This we have to discuss for a while. Now that’s something we don’t want to hear. that is an emotion. singing and other events Continued page 10 6 . we explore these four views that make up the path of Siddhartha Gautama. This is a big subject now. we were nevertheless amazed by what happened next. And it’s something unique to Buddhism. Holding banners aloft and dressed in traditional ceremonial costume (worn only in the presence of a high lama and for performing Khampa dances). all emotions are suffering. songs and things like that. No phenomenon has inherent existence. Why? Because they involve dualism. Continued from page 5 thangka that recorded the stay in Tak Tsang of Guru Rinpoche and Yeshe Tsogyal. entitled “What is Buddhism and What is Not?” in 1999. Briefly. From the Buddhist point of view. Many other religions or philosophies worship things like love. a better sewerage system… Something like that. Yet it’s also quite difficult to chew because there’s a lot of blockage within us. we all think that we will somehow go to a place where we will have a better sofa. Now that’s unique. where everything works the moment you think. a better shower system. as long as you think they are independent and then function as subject and object. In this excerpt from that teaching. as long as there is a separation between subject and object. Buddhists think this is all suffering. The huge procession winding its way slowly along the mountain tracks was an extraordinary and unique vision. The procession slowly made its way to an area in the centre of the valley and the festivities began with the most reckless horse-riding competition we have ever seen! For three days and nights Rinpoche stayed in a tent from where he watched the celebrations. But for those who are new it might be quite interesting. And so when Buddhists begin to say that nirvana is actually beyond extremes it’s something quite difficult to accept. very difficult one. as religious people. Not only difficult to understand. I think only Buddhists talk about this. Some of you worn-out. After riding for some time we arrived at the most stunning scene – in a field waiting to escort Rinpoche back to Dzongsar were hundreds of Khampa "headmen" from surrounding districts. The fourth one (and the most difficult to understand and the most difficult to accept) is that nirvana is beyond extremes. I’ll run through these four views. jaded Buddhists must have heard this thousands of times.FOUR SEALS of the DHARMA “Often I have been asked by people. The first is that anything that is compounded is impermanent. With this huge escort Rinpoche rode into the Khamje Valley to be greeted on arrival by hundreds and hundreds of Tibetans who lined the route. and on the adjacent page in an interview with Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche. During the entire time he tirelessly met. The third view is much more difficult.Gentle Voice (Photo Raymond Steiner) During his visit Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche poses with Khenpo Pedam (left) . but difficult to accept because.

confused. And I felt very happy with what I was able to do. The fourth mark of existence says that nirvana is beyond extremes. travelling so much that year and the year before and also doing a lot of teachings and not having so much personal time or a sense of the balance in the mind. The elephant’s footprint is the biggest! (Photo Valarie Kamala Kennedy) The second mark of existence says all that’s defiled is suffering. Also. I think that’s really very important. caught in self-importance. which is ignorant. We have this sleep. protecting the self and all the rest of the negative emotions and karma. How was that experience for you? It was a good experience in regard to what I was able to do with myself. Another of the marks of existence is that all phenomena are free of inherent existence. There’s a way to go beyond that. Then we get this intrinsic carefreeness as well. We have the intention to wake up. I was feeling not quite balanced. So what arises in our dualistic mind is also a great deal of suffering. see page 6). It seems that it’s vital to develop a really profound awareness of impermanence if we are going to wake up. So that’s why I decided to do this three-year retreat. And ignorance is not inherently existent. as many of the great teachers have said. Could you please explain this contradiction? Yes. all the branches and leaves of the trees are going to be poisonous. When our mind is rooted in ignorance. And also I had to go to India to see my mother and then finally relate to her passing away. Could you expand on that. or that nirvana is peace.7 In August and September 2001 Venerable Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche returned to Australia to give teachings. You’ve spoken about the four marks of existence (or the four seals of the Dharma. it’s really going to . Rinpoche? I would like to encourage everyone to really take the teachings of the Buddha and the teachings of all the enlightened masters into deep consideration! Gentle Voice . Welcome back to Australia. Rinpoche kindly spoke to the Gentle Voice during his visit. During the retreat I had to come out a few times to seek more teachings from Trulshik Rinpoche in France.I N T DZIGAR E R KONTRÜL V I RINPOCHE E W help us stay on the right track. which is to see that it all happens out of ignorance. Contemplating impermanence in the beginning is what is going to inspire us to turn our minds towards the dharma. and it’s habitually very powerful. I think when we are really able to examine our mind. I think if the root is poisonous. And one’s awareness is purely cultivated through the methods and the blessings of the lineage and the wisdom which is transmitted through them. Is there anything you’d like to say in conclusion. So the non-existence of ignorance and the ability to change are tools we can use? That’s right. Your example of feeling like we’re "jet-lagged" seems very helpful. The first time you visited us was just before your own personal retreat. Ignorance just comes about as an obscuration to that great egolessness nature or the nature of all phenomena. Yet that’s quite the opposite of this selfimportance that sentient beings experience. And I was also feeling the need to go deeper. Buddha said that the awareness of impermanence is like the greatest of all the footprints of the animals in the jungle. In the middle when we contemplate impermanence. Rinpoche was recognised at the age of nine by the sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa and His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as an emanation of Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye. Rinpoche. But at the same time awareness is also very powerful. yet we’re constantly falling asleep when we don’t want to. But I also had quite a bit of time for myself. a great and influential spiritual teacher and non-sectarian master of the late nineteenth century. all that comes out of the ignorance is going to be that way. And I really do think it’s true from my own little bit of experience of it. then there’s a way to go beyond where our mind has been. being sunyata. Rinpoche? Nirvana is peace. And in the end it’s really going to help us realise the state of mind that is beyond impermanence and permanence. cherishing the self.

subtle object. Birdsong of piercing sweetness Announces the now. Making a pancake The gas flares. This distracted mind Eschews the present. It is not far to death. Hard hail has rendered This earth sweet with strewn petals. I wish I Wasn’t growing old. Naked yellow willow now has New sari of nuclear green. Brown buds burst bleak branches. Won’t bring liberation. like thoughts. These flies. Choling Monastery. Light spills over the Land like happiness. Limp light breaks the stiff Funereal dawn too late To warm up the corpse. Mellifluous monastery bell Tolls. Outside my window. The occasional sultana Is bliss. These brief white butterflies Gladden my heart. From my window. pinpointing the present. First light suffuses. Seeps from the pores of the peaks. It is enough to sit With the sun at my back. Another Doubtful day starts. Ignorant of the fate of cows Three spotted calves run In fields made dainty with dawn. Retinue of spring snow. Eating my rice porridge.Gentle Voice . Late snow will not slow their way To inexorable spring. No darkness resists. An omen? It is Bir. But even nowness. Startling in the still bleak courtyard. Annoy and annoy. Mani stones. India. and thus my retreat begins. flames Consume the cherished form.BIR REMNANTS On the first day of Tibetan New Year 2001. Mandala garland. 8 . I’m shaken awake by an earthquake. suddenly Supreme happiness. Bir (above and top right) (All photos Valerie Kamala Kennedy) Relentlessly rehearsing Scenes both past and future.

After they had finished chanting. But both of them had to listen while their food remained untouched and their stomachs went on growling. the party turned out to be a Buddhist group from Korea. They could not afford to be impolite by continuing with their dinner. matching The word to the perception? No liberation. The mother dog is a beautiful Alsatian and quite an attraction in Bir. Of what use. thinking the puppies would grow up like their beautiful. It seemed to be a buffet so they helped themselves. Bir They have no "they have". India. They sure had an experience! DOGS AT BIR The dog at Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's labrang in Bir recently had puppies. only to realise that they had gatecrashed someone's dinner. In the pantheon Of night.9 . Harbinger of night. Valerie Kamala Kennedy TWO TALES FROM INDIA Pema Biddha. Everyone stood up. Shakespeare still speaks. The retreat house could not keep them all. has contributed these two tales of recent escapades. People. But. So Sonam Choepel came up with an idea. the puppies grew up to be just like their father! Gentle Voice . my thoughts Stop dead in their tracks. A lone star glitters in the Bardo of evening. Sonam Choepel took the mother dog along with the puppies. rushed in to take the puppies and there weren't enough for all the people there. Fortunately. The group started chanting prayers. Jackals howl in the Cool night air while in my warm Bed I write and write. It did the trick. so the monks took the puppies to nearby villages and offered them free to the local people. One reason is that she is the only Alsatian. including Rinpoche and Ugyen. a Bhutanese student at Sarnath College. sadly.Mani stone carver Even here amidst The garland of saffron spires. The two had barely started eating when a man who looked like a priest arrived. Who am I that I should Dream them? Mani wall outside Choling Monastery. No one would take them. which saved Rinpoche and Ugyen Wangchuk from becoming embarrassed. a billion worlds Flicker and gleam. The Koreans invited them to stay and gestured for them to go ahead. THE GREAT GATECRASH Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Ugyen Wangchuk went for dinner to a restaurant in Varanasi one evening. Where chill waters stilled. pedigreed mother. On the night dark roof Wrapped round with murmur’d mantras I gaze at strange stars. Recognising this. another man arrived and started to give a discourse which Rinpoche and Ugyen couldn't understand. but it’s also because she belongs to the retreat house and Rinpoche. Now flounces the turbulent Tune of sated spring.

whilst he narrated countless stories about the history of both places.and the Tibetan people we had met . On one of the mornings Rinpoche gave an empowerment and walked through the crowd for an hour or more. white snowcapped mountain peaks. but has now been moved to the provincial capital Chengdu. we drove for a few hours and stopped for a picnic lunch beside a picturesque lake." There is also concern for the welfare of the highly respected spiritual teacher Khenpo Jigme Phüntsok who established the monastic institute for the purpose of reviving Buddhist scholarship and meditation. The authorities have primarily targeted nuns’ homes. and reports indicate that many nuns were required to sign agreements stating that they would not return. but also saddened that we were leaving such an enchanting place. Rinpoche told us the Tibetan name of the lake when translated means "Where My Mind Fell". we watched with great amusement as the Tibetans competed in running races. He was taken to a clinic in Barkham run by the military for medical treatment. it seems that the monastic complex is being targeted in the most extensive demolition since the Cultural Revolution. Leaving Dzongsar behind us at the start of our return journey. KHENPO JIGME PHÜNTSOK. in 1980.U P D A T E In the previous issue the Gentle Voice reported on Khenpo Jigme Phüntsok and Serthar Institute which he founded at Larung Gar. a plateau where many Tibetans hid during the Cultural Revolution. tug-of-war and many other unique and playful games we had never seen before. eastern Tibet. According to TIN. although the homes of some Buddhist students from China and overseas were also destroyed.were all beyond beautiful. sitting under the shade of trees. "Chinese authorities have stated that Serthar Institute will be continuously monitored and that particular attention will be paid to any contact with people in India.Gentle Voice (Photo Amelia Chow) .and pick up the other boot! Festival ground in Khamje Valley were performed in honour of his visit. Once again.Continued from page 6 This adventure of a lifetime was coming to an end. if they go home. saying. reflecting a particular sensitivity to connections with the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. they cannot enter a nunnery and they have taken vows not to go back to lay life. It is not known whether he is receiving medical treatment in hospital in Chengdu. The vibrant blue skies. Khenpo Jigme was in poor health before the work teams arrived and his condition has reportedly deteriorated. where medical facilities are more sophisticated than in Barkham. The unassuming and unquestioning devotion of the Tibetan people was at all times humbling. London-based monitoring group Tibet Information Network reports that the demolition of housing has been extensive and the impact of the expulsion of practitioners from Larung Gar tragic. The main problem is that." Reports received by TIN describe the suicide of at least one nun and the expulsion of hundreds more from the institute since official work teams moved in. and the day before our departure a tsog offering was made and we spent the evening farewelling our hosts and Tibetan friends. I hope I will be fortunate enough to return Dzongsar to "fell" more of my mind .org. We also went for a picnic to Dolpo. Later all of us were summoned to Rinpoche’s quarters where he gave us the unique gift of one Tibetan boot each. Chengdu and other areas. 10 . "There are many nuns from Serthar now begging for food and money in Xining. rejoicing in the time we had had in Tibet. hundreds of local people joined us and.000 monks. vivid green hills. blessing everyone present. "Teams of workers supervised by officials were instructed to carry out the demolition of residences in order to ensure that monks and nuns would not return to the site. nuns and lay practitioners were studying Buddhist philosophy and meditation there.savetibet. By 1999 over 7. "There was no time to make a pair!" The next day we left Dzongsar for the long journey back to Chengdu. A Westerner who has recently returned from Tibet told TIN. Now. During the next couple of days Rinpoche conducted a guided tour of Dzongsar Monastery and Dzongsar Institute." Further information and pictures are available at www. The vision of the lake had such an effect on the princess that she said her mind fell there! This lake and many places we visited in Tibet had a similar effect on us all. virgin forests and shimmering lakes . Long ago a Chinese princess spent time at the lake en route to Tibet.

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