Last updated on 2014-05-17
News from Drikung Kagyu Institute in Dehra Dun, India
The Songtsen Library in Dehra Dun
News from the Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Drikung Translator Program,
September 15, 2014 - February 16, 2015 TOP
Dear Drikung Kagyu friends and Drikung Kagyu translators,I would like to make you aware of a program for Drikung Kagyu translators that is planned in this and future years in Dehradun in India. Please forward this to current and aspiring translators of the Drikung Kagyu lineage who might be interested:
From mid-September to mid-February Khenchen Nyima Gyaltsen will explain a text selection from Jigten Sumgön's Kabum and the translators will create translations of these texts in their native language. Interested translators need to be able to understand Tibetan. However, Khenchen Nyima Gyaltsen has a lot of experience in giving explanations to western students in simple Tibetan, and is very willing to answer our endless questions. Also additional instructions and workshops such as in the methods of translation and Sanskrit are planned.
Translators are responsible for their own expenses, such as the airfare, but the teachings, and room and board at the Songtsen library are provided at no cost, if a translation is completed.
This is an amazing opportunity to receive detailed instructions on the teachings of Jigten Sumgön, from Khenchen Nyima Gyaltsen, who is an excellent teacher and especially skilled in explaining these teachings to foreign students.
And it will be of great benefit to make these teachings available to the Drikung Kagyu students of many countries and languages.
To apply, please contact Kinley at the Office of HH Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche at the address below.
Dear Dharma Friends,
First of all Tashi Delek and welcome to the Drikung Kagyu Translator Program in Dehradun.
As we have already announced that the Drikung Kagyu Translator Program for the year 2014-2015, will be starting from September 15th 2014 to February 16th 2015, we would like to inform you to submit your names and confir
mation letter for the translator program latest by the June 25th 2014. The subject for the translation to be done with most Ven. Khenpo Nima Gyaltsen are attached with here.
༠༠༩ སྡེ་སྣོད་གསུམ་གྱི་ཉམས་ལེན་བསིལ་ བྱེད་ཙན་དན་གྱི་ཕྲེང་བ།
With best regards,
Acharya Kinley Gyaltsen
The Office of HH Drikung Kyabgon ChetsangDrikung Kagyu InstituteP.O. Kulhan
Dehra Dun 248001
Phone: +91 135 2607189
Fax: +91 135 2607268
From May 16 morning to May 18
There will be English interpretation on the site, so if you see a line of English on the streaming page: For English translation, please click here. You may click the link and listen to the interpretation.
English saddana and Amitabha image will be provided for those who will be watching the webcast:
Spiritual teachings in the form of songs—spontaneous expressions of deep wisdom and understanding that reveal the nature of reality—have been treasured since the dawn of Buddhism in India. In Opening the Treasure of the Profound, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen translates nine such songs, by Milarepa and Jigten Sumgön, and then explains them in contemporary terms. His insights take the Buddha’s ancient wisdom out of the realm of the intellectual and directly into our hearts. Here, we are invited into the world of transmission from master to disciple in order to discover truth for ourselves—to open the treasure of profound wisdom that fully realizes the nature of reality.
This new book can now be purchased at the center after January 10, 2014.
eBooks by most Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche are now available from Shambhala Publicaions
The following Shambhala Publications’ book titles by most Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche are now available in digital form as an eBook:
A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path
Opening the Treasure of the Profound
The Great Kagyu Masters
The Jewel Ornament of Liberation
Latest Message from the most Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche
To all the members and friends of Ratnashri Meditation Center.
The Center has regular program for dharma study and meditation practice every week. Dharma is always useful and practical application when we face difficulties, specially in our mind. So dharma study and practice means how to bring inner peace and joy for oneself and others. It is wisdom and insight to choose the right cause for happiness for this life and next.
Many greetings for the New Year and hope to see you all sometime in this year.
Sincerely, khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen
Most Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche on Reminding Dharma
I hope and pray that you are well. I think of you in my meditations. We are very fortunate having this precious human life and taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and following the path. You have been writing me off and on for the last couple of years and I'm grateful you are keeping in contact and I cherish this opportunity. Usually I can't write long letters because I don't know how to type but today I have a good secretary so I'm taking the opportunity to say a few things.
Without the Dharma our life in samsara is only suffering or a condition of suffering and we create more causes of suffering. We are also very smart creating the causes of suffering. Since we have the Dharma in our life it gives us wisdom to penetrate the reality nature of the causes of suffering and causes of peace and happiness in this life and eventually for complete enlightenment. So it is for our own benefit and for others as well that we utilize this precious human life as best as possible. This precious human life is a venue to do all the good things.
First, take a deep breath and release all the tension both physically and mentally and then contemplate all phenomena which are composite: The nature of impermanence and the nature of disintegration, including our human body. So by contemplating this, purify all attachment and anger.
Second, this samsara is a state of suffering. Either suffering of suffering, suffering of change or in the condition of suffering. So contemplate this carefully and those who are suffering in the world, physically or mentally, including our enemies. Develop sincere compassion wishing them to be free from suffering and to achieve complete enlightenment.
Third, these manifestations, happiness and suffering within impermanence, are based on causes and conditions. Nothing functions independently. All are in the constitution of causes and conditions. And all the causes and conditions are infallible. So it is to our own benefit using our empirical wisdom, avoiding and purifying all the causes of suffering and creating and accumulating all the causes of peace and happiness. As an example, avoiding the ten non virtues and practicing the ten virtues.
With this understanding, we take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and keep the moral ethics. This makes the person pure and a subject of respect. And then, having kept the moral ethics well, for one’s own benefit to free from samsara, cultivate bodhicitta, the mind of enlightenment for all others, based on sincere loving kindness and compassion. Remind yourself of this practice every day and every moment when you are working or sitting. This will give us wisdom and courage to do good things in our daily life and for others. This altruistic thought inspired all the Buddhas of the past and the present. They adopted this mind, the universal mind of bodhicitta, and they applied and practiced it in their lives and they attained Buddhahood and benefited countless sentient beings. We can also take that example and inspire ourselves and follow the path. So when we do these practices, our main focus is to purify all the mental afflictions. For example ignorance, anger, attachment, pride, jealousy and so forth. They are called the three poisons or five poisons and so forth.
They are the root cause of all our suffering and conflict for the individual and for society. Without touching base on this no matter how much we try, real peace and happiness is impossible to attain. This kind of experience is shared by all sentient beings. So Dharma gives us this wisdom to understand the reality nature of suffering and happiness. Dharma has also great method and skill to tackle all these causes of suffering.
To purify these obscurations and mental delusions, the Vajrayana teaching gives great skill. Through this method, one gets the opportunity to manifest into the form of the deities which is called Yidam practice, inseparable of appearance and emptiness. With this we repeatedly manifest into the Yidam deity and dissolve into emptiness based on ultimate bodhicitta that is supported by moral ethics.
Here I mention a few words of the purpose of the practice. There are many books translated as a reference on how to practice. I want you to have real peace and happiness and to be free from confusion and ignorance which are the root cause of suffering. I will say prayers for your good health and successful meditation practice. If you'd like you may place this letter on your Facebook or web page.
Khenchen K. Gyaltshen