Saturday, August 26, 2006

Song of Jetsun Milarepa


"Even the earthen pot, by having once existed, and now by not existing,
Demonstrates the component nature of all things.
But more especially it symbolises human life.
Therefore, I Mila the Devotee do
Resolve to persevere unwaveringly.
The earthen pot, which constituted my sole wealth,
By breaking, has now become a Guru,
For it preaches to me a wondrous sermon on Impermanence."
~Jetsun Milarepa

Friday, August 25, 2006

Learn To Be Lonely

Child of the wilderness
Born into emptiness
Learn to be lonely
Learn to find your way in darkness

Who will be there for you
Comfort and care for you
Learn to be lonely
Learn to be your one companion

Never dreamed out in the world
There are arms to hold you
You’ve always known your heart was on its own

So laugh in your loneliness
Child of the wilderness
Learn to Be lonely
Learn how to love life that is lived alone

Learn to be lonely
Life can be lived life can be loved alone

Saturday, August 12, 2006

H.E Luding Khenchen Rinpoche

His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche is the head of the Ngor sub-sect of the Sakya tradition. His Eminence was born to the clan of Shang, Sharchen or Ludingpa in the female sheep year of 1931 near the great seat of Ngor Ewam monastery called Pangshal. The clan of Shang, Sharchen or Ludingpa is renowned for producing scholars and siddhas of different Buddhist sects.
Being the eldest in this family, His Eminence was ordained as a monk at the age of ten by the most gracious Khenchen Sarchen Jamyang Thupten Lungtok Gyaltsen Palsangpo. For the next thirteen years, His Eminence was blessed with pith instructions of Lamdre, several initiations, oral transmissions, advice, grammar, poetry and so on from Khenchen Sarchen. His Eminence other teachers include the two Khenchens of Ewam Khangsar Ladrang, His Holiness Sakya Trizin and His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche.
For almost four continuous years from the age of seventeen, His Eminence was in a retreat, practicing mainly on sadhanas of Hevajra and other deities. In 1954 at the age of twenty-four, His Eminence was enthroned as the abbot of the Ngor Ewam Choedhe monastery.
In 1959, after the change of circumstances in Tibet, His Eminence left Tibet and fled to Darjeeling, India. In 1961, His Eminence established the Ngor center in Gangtok, Sikkim. In 1978, His Eminence also re-established the Ngor Monastery in Mandawala, North India.
His Eminence has contributed greatly to the Dharma by giving continuous teachings, empowerments, oral transmissions and re-establishing summer retreats in various Sakya monasteries in India, Nepal and other Sakya centers overseas. His Eminence have given the precious teaching of Lamdre fifteen times, initations and instructions mainly on the seven mandalas of Ngor tradition and other deities and have ordained ten thousand monks.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Jamyang...

Jamyang is the Tibetan name for the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. Another translation of the word Jamyang (or Manjushri in Sanskrit) is Gentle Voice.

Manjushri, is the bodhisattva of keen awareness in Buddhism. A disciple of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, he represents wisdom, intelligence and realisation, and is one of the most popular Bodhisattvas following Avalokitesvara.
Together with Shakyamuni and fellow disciple Samantabhadra he forms the Shakyamuni trinity. Manjusri is one of the Eight Wisdom Bodhisattvas. In Tibetan Buddhism he sometimes is depicted in a trinity with Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani.
Manjusri is mentioned in many Mahayana sutras, particularly the Prajnaparamita Sutras. The Lotus Sutra assigns him a paradise called Vimala, which according to the Avatamsaka Sutra is located in the east. His consort in some traditions is Saraswati. He is also sometimes called Manjughosha.
Within Tibetan Buddhism, Manjushri is a tantric meditational deity or Yidam, and considered a fully enlightened Buddha.