Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche visits Jam-Tse-Ling in Helena, MT

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Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche visits Jam-Tse-Ling in Helena,MT

Written by Yeshi Tsomo

It was a glorious experience in samsara under the Big Sky this past weekend. We had a little bit of everything – some rain and some sun, singing meadowlarks and a majestic golden eagle, walks through the city park and around mysterious megaliths, gatherings with friends old and new – all coming together to celebrate and receive the teachings of our beloved Rinpoche as he brought the Dharma to the beautiful Helena valley. Our community was blessed with several days of teachings. Rinpoche led our Center’s weekly practice on Thursday night, infusing our practice and shrine room with his energy and joy. Friday brought inspiration through Rinpoche’s contemplation on the 6 Perfections. The explanation and instructions on cultivating generosity, ethics, patience, effort, concentration, and wisdom provided all of the students an opportunity to reflect and renew our commitment to transforming how we live and connect with each other.

Saturday’s Vajrasattva empowerment and instruction took our practice to a new level of dedication and possibility. Rinpoche’s truly beautiful transmission of the Vajrasattva empowerment conveyed the power and humility of recognizing and purifying the negative karmic imprints of our lifetimes. Several of our Tibetan friends joined us from Butte for the initiation, and their energy and chanting combined with Rinpoche’s to deepen an already very sacred experience.

On Sunday, Rinpoche led 5 intrepid students through a light and chilly rain on our traditional morning of walking meditation around Spring Meadow Lake. The lake reflected our visualized Buddha, the geese honked overhead as we made our way around the pond, and we imagined creating a mind as calm as the surface of the placid, turquoise water. That afternoon, Rinpoche introduced Buddhism and meditation to some new (and old) students in a session on “how to meditate.” In between the teachings we were fortunate to enjoy sustaining food, nurturing friendship, and a few impromptu excursions! One such excursion was to the Giant’s Playground, an amazing site of megaliths. Rinpoche taught, “The Sanskrit word paramita means to cross over to the other shore. Paramita may also be translated as perfection, perfect realization, or reaching beyond limitation.”Rinpoche spoke of the ancient Tibetan knowledge of the different Beings that had built civilizations here on Planet Earth in the distant past. He recounted his reoccurring dreams of passing through a doorway in a rocky mountain area and through passageways down into chambers and what he experienced there. After meditation Rinpoche exclaimed that if this holy place were in Tibet that thousands of people would make a pilgrimage here.

It has been a truly fantastic blessing to have this connection with Rinpoche, and we hope that it continues to grow and expand for a long time to come. Thank you to the Lewis & Clark Library for hosting our sessions, and to the small but mighty sangha of Jam Tse Ling for making the weekend possible. Most importantly, thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing your wisdom, inspiration, peace, and joy with us. Until we meet again.

“Giant’s Playground” Megalith photos by Julie Ryder

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[:en]Fundamentals of Tantra in Kansas City

 Written by Sergio (Tenpa Dhargye)

 

For the past five years the Rime Buddhist Center and Institute for Tibetan Studies has been fortunate enough to welcome Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche annually for precious teachings. During this time, Rinpoche has become a precious and beloved teacher to so many practitioners in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. We always await his return with joy and anticipation.

 

This past weekend of April 14-16, Rinpoche gave teachings and instruction on the fundamentals of tantra. In attendance were a great number of new and seasoned students, some who travelled from as far as Saint Louis to be here. Rinpoche taught from Jigme Lingpa’s Treasury of Precious Qualities (Yönten Dzö), focusing on the chapter on the Pitaka of the Vidyadharas.

 

Rinpoche’s compassionate and clear instruction gave students a profound understanding of foundational tantric practices, empowerments, and samaya. With his unique perspective and contagious sense of humor, Rinpoche emphasized the importance of cultivating bodhicitta. He told us, “bodhicitta is the password!” By this he meant that our studies and practices are like the technology that connects us to the internet—our smartphones and computers. But without a password these devices are useless. Therefore, bodhicitta is what grants us access to true nature and liberation.

 

Students old and new were delighted and grateful for Rinpoche’s clear and comprehensive instruction. He covered everything from the history of Buddhism in Tibet, the various lineages and philosophies that developed over time, the importance and meaning of refuge, pratimoksha, bodhisattva and vajrayana vows, and the virtues of a qualified master and a skillful student.

 

On Sunday morning, during the Rime Center’s weekly service, Rinpoche delivered a dharma talk to the larger Rime sangha. Observing the occasion of Easter, he remarked on the importance of respecting other religious traditions. He talked about the importance of behaving compassionately toward people of all faiths. “I don’t knock on somebody’s door and say, ‘Buddhism is the best, you must become a buddhist,’” he said. “But when someone knocks on my door, my response is, ‘How can I help you? What can I do for you?’” He exhorted us to do the same, to always look for ways to benefit all sentient beings, whether they share our views or not.

 

It was a blessed time in Kansas City as Rinpoche bestowed precious dharma and answered questions with kindness and clarity. We are so grateful for the relationship developed between the Rime sangha and this most qualified and precious teacher. Rinpoche’s Kansas City students joyfully look forward to his next visit.[:]

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[:en]Heruka Institute & TAW are continually working together to bring enrichment for traditional Tibetan children’s culture and for the flourishing of Buddhism. During the past 10 years, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche has been voluntarily helping the local Tibetan kids by teaching language, meditation, sand mandala and many other related topics. He is now continuing this work by facilitating regular teachings during the children’s Sunday School. This past Sunday, April 9th, the topics covered by Rinpoche were Teaching Meditation and Sand Mandala.

The Sand Mandala has a 2,500-year history in Buddhist culture. The sand is from the nature- stones, wood, etc. Mostly the five colors are used in the sand. This describes the five elements- earth, water, fire, air and space. The Mandala represents ordinary people ‘s body, speech, and mind & the Buddha’s body, speech and mind- and the connection between the two. Also, the Mandala depicts the Buddha’s Pure Lands. Everybody has Buddha Nature, and then when they become Buddha, each person has their own Pure Land. Everyone can learn to build a Sand Mandala. After you finish building the Sand Mandala, you enjoy the beauty of it for a moment. Then, it is destroyed and thrown into the water. This represents impermanence. Sometimes we throw it into the air or fire, because it already represents the body with its five elements. Then it goes back into the five elements.

The children listened intently to the precious information given from Rinpoche. Then, everyone did a wonderful job of joining Rinpoche in creating a Sand Mandala. As you can see from the pictures, the children really gained insight and enjoyed making the beautiful Sand Mandala along with Rinpoche.[:]

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To prepare for Tulku Rinpoche’s spring visit, Homer students conceived Practicing Compassion in Challenging Times. Working with Lisa Talbott, a Methodist Minister, this idea blossomed into an inter-faith event on March 17th. About 100 people met two of Tulku’s students. Nancy Lee-Evans shared the spiritual benefits of the labyrinth and Skywalker Payne told the story of Chenrezig, Buddha of Compassion.

 

Twenty-eight people packed a classroom at Kachemak Bay Community College to listen to Tulku’s free teaching on the 10 Benefits of Meditation on March 23rd.

Many of those same people showed up at the teachings he gave that weekend at Many Rivers Yoga Studio. On Friday, the 24th, Rinpoche taught us Medicine Buddha yoga, an easy practice involving physical movement, mantra recitation, and visualization.

 

Rinpoche expanded our understanding of the Green Tara Practice and the Praises to the 21 Taras. We participated in the process of grinding dried Alaskan herbs and flowers to assist Rinpoche in making incense.  The importance of understanding the Four Seals as the foundation for knowing what being a Buddhist means was well attended. He ended that teaching with a deep and enlightening meditation. Buddhist Practices in Challenging Times, Rinpoche’s last teaching, brought in many students, some who’d participated in the inter-faith event.

 

After visiting Homer for almost ten years, Rinpoche’s students formally named themselves the Sky Dancers Sangha.

 

Captions – Tulku Rinpoche sits with the new Homer Sky Dancers Sangha – (from left to right) Nancy Lee-Evans, Anna Raupp, Wendy Erd, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, Deb Poore, and Kayla Spaan

 

Rinpoche stands on Many Rivers porch with Skywalker Payne after a teaching.

~ Article written by Skywalker Payne[:]

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