這次很榮幸可以邀請尊貴的益西仁波切在Boulder 為Heruka 弟子們給予為期三天的殊勝灌頂和教授。

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Written by Wendy Hung

21號的早上,來自北美不同地區的Heruka 弟子們帶著美麗的鮮花、哈達,以及興奮的心情到達機場迎接仁波切光臨。之後,我們去一家越南餐廳用膳。有些弟子雖然未能參加這次三天的閉關,但仍前來向仁波切問侯。從他們的虔誠舉止跟表情,已經令我生起一種說不出的感動。在座上,雖然大部分都是陌生的面孔,可是卻已經一見如故。其實,他們的友善跟熱情,早在閉關還沒開始之前有所體驗;電郵上互動,交流,並且主動安排機場接送,提供自己居所等,為外地而來的弟子們感到很窩心。

二十二號中午。大家相約在一所印度餐廳,有更多的弟子當天從機場過來。用饍後一起到附近的超市為接下來幾天的薈供做準備,然後一行人浩浩蕩蕩的向閉關中心出發!

這一所閉關中心名為 Ecodhama Retreat center, 建於1930年,海拔八千多,佔地共一百五十畝,環境安靜又美麗。到達後,Heruka 師兄師姐們展示其團結精神,不用一個小時,便已經各自安頓,並爲接下來的蓮師灌頂作準備。

第一天的灌頂是來自吉美林巴的傳承。灌頂期間,平靜的天空突然刮起大風,結束後,一道強烈的陽光照在壇城上,十分莊嚴!上師準備了很多很殊勝的法物為弟子們灌頂,之後我們一起修了一座日修法加上薈供。

第二天早上,仁波切帶著我們一起經行,其間要求我們止語,每踏出一步都要細心去體會。走到一條小溪邊,仁波切娓娓道出那水流湍流不息,如我們的人生;而那些水泡,又是如此的碎弱。我們各有所悟,走回宿舍。

休息過後,開始第二個灌頂——佛母耶喜措嘉,也是來自吉美林巴的傳承。薈供期間,晴朗的天空忽然下起小雨,薈供結束後,往外一看,天空出現了兩彩虹!看到這個瑞兆,大家都走到陽台上欣賞,有些高興地唱歌跳舞,也有拿上樂器即興演奏。每一個人都沐浴在這個快樂的時光!

吃過晚飯,仁波切為我們準備了一段幻燈片,紀錄西藏的風土人情、唐卡、上師出版過的書、還有仁波切跟他上師們的珍貴照片。看過這些幻燈片以後,我們對上師都有更深的認識和親切感。

之後,上師仁波切無視一整天的身心勞累,而爭取時間跟弟子們互動。在這輕鬆的氣氛下,我們討論著出世入世的問題,不知不覺又過了一個愉快的晚上。

第三天早上,在無雲的睛空下,慈悲的仁波切帶我們進行這個閉關的最後一個經行。走過了疑似獅子的洞穴,途中來了一位素未謀面的朋友——一隻從主人那裡迷路的大黑狗。牠興奮地伴著我們一起經行呢。

休息過後,仁波切給予弟子們第三個灌頂——佛母瑪吉拉準及施身法的口傳。這個施身法傳承直接來自瑪吉拉準。仁波切提醒大家一定要保持浄觀及守護三味耶,甚少傳法者會在短短三天給予三個灌頂及教授,因為這樣會對其壽命及健康帶來影響。我們聽了之後無不動容,懺悔及反省自己不足之處,希望不要給仁波切造成任何的違緣。

快樂的時光總是那麼短暫,盛大的薈供過後,三天的閉關已經接近尾聲了。我們收拾行裝,打掃衛生,不消一個小時,大家離開了閉關中心,有的去機場,有的去酒店,有的直接回家。就如上師要我們觀察的河流,世事分秒不停地變幻,因缘而聚因缘而散。我們能做的就是好好修行,把握因緣利益眾生,以報上師之恩德!

加入一段小插曲,我所乘搭的車上,在離開閉關中心不遠處,看到一位騎自行車的女士坐在路邊。我們馬上停車問過究竟,原來她從車上摔下,並懷疑斷了關節。大家二話不說把她帶到附近醫院。剛巧我們車上有位在職護士,也有足夠空間放置她的車,更重要的是車上每個人都發下菩提心(一笑)。因為身體的疼痛及擔心進行手術後會影響家人,她路上不斷地自責、哭泣。我們一邊安慰,一邊聯繫她的家人。我想利益衆生不一定自己要有多大的能力,只要用心觀察身邊的人,那怕一小份的安慰也能讓他們心裡的痛苦減輕。感謝三寶加持,到達急症室后,这位女士馬上已經被安排治療,她的先生也在路上趕來。

這件小插曲為這三天的閉關寫上完美的句號。但卻意味著在每一位參加这次活动的修行路上開展新的一章!

一切功德回向給衆生,願他们離苦得樂!更回向給我們最敬愛的益西仁波切,祝願他法身安康,長久駐世,利生事業無礙得成就!

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Written by Ullas Brian Morales

This year, our Annual Heruka Institute Summer Retreat was in the beautiful mountains of Boulder, Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center. It was co-hosted by our wonderful newly made dharma friends at the center and local Heruka Boulder Sangha.

Every morning, Rinpoche took us on these wonderfully magical walks through the forest on 108 acres of the most majestic meadows and forests, with pristine streams and rocky cliffs. We found a lions den cave on one of our dharma walks. We would walk in total silence in the morning after breakfast, as Rinpoche had instructed us to connect with the universe in every step we took, connecting with each particle and step and every breath. Over the course of three days we received the empowerments of Guru Rinpoche, Yeshe Tsogyal, and Machig Labdron Chod.

The wonderful meals and time that we got to spend together was truly amazing. As we finished our empowements on the third day, we all went out on the beautiful deck and lo and behold, a stunning rainbow hallowing the vast mountain around us.

The accommodations of the Rocky Mountain Eco Dharma Retreat Center were very conducive to all of us being able to work together and gather. We enjoyed dharma conversations with Rinpoche in the evenings and a slide show of so many of his experiences, and journeys through Tibet and around the world.

We are so blessed and thankful to have H.E. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, such an amazing teacher. We so look forward to your return.

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Written by David Swaintek

The Boulder Heruka Sangha hosted Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche and an eclectic group of yogis, lay practitioners, and monks for a three-day retreat at the spacious and visually stunning Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center. We congregated in Boulder at the Jaipur restaurant for some lunch where old friends reconnected and new friends met for the first time. Seekers of enlightenment and samosas arrived from near and far… Boulder, Seattle, Miami, Boston, Toronto and California.

Next stop… Alfalfa’s Market. Our group spread out to secure Tsok, and received an important teaching from Rinpoche… “Yogis eating meat does not make me happy, but yogis drinking red wine makes me very happy!” The congregation happily received this instruction and stocked up on the fruit of the vine. Multiple bottles of water were also purchased as the group heeded warnings about the dramatic change in altitude we were about to experience. Cars stocked with enough suitcases, shrine items, and Tsok to transform the retreat center into Padmasambhava’s Palace, we began our ascent.

The convoy wound its way up three thousand more feet of elevation and majestic mountain scenery before arriving at our home for the next three days. We were greeted by our smiling host Josh. The wisdom of the guru was on display as Rinpoche miraculously transformed Josh’s Helly Hanson logo (“HH”) into an honorific. For the next three days, His Holiness Josh would bestow blessings upon the group in the form of home-cooked vegetarian fare and his miraculous Life Changing Bread. We then unloaded our gear, changed into Dharma-wear, and transformed Zendo into Shrine Room.

We started with a walking meditation in the shadow of the Indian Peaks range. We all did our best to walk with a quiet mind and follow the instruction: “Do not think about walking, think about your feet coming in contact with the entire universe, and with all the sentient beings in the universe.” Rinpoche led the way, ringing his bell, bringing our minds back to the meditation, and ringing out countless blessing. And also dispersing any bears eager to take our “body offering” practice too literally.

The Boulder Sangha’s most auspicious portable throne assembled, thangkas hung, and cushions in place, we received the Guru Rinpoche empowerment. Minds were opened as the various empowerment rituals were performed, mantras were recited, and blessings were bestowed. Musical instruments appeared in the form of gourd banjo, lyre, and laptop as we enjoyed tsok, stories, and vajra songs, and were assured by Aric (MA, Buddhist Studies) that anything by Jerry Garcia was indeed acceptable as dharma music. The empowerment was followed by dinner and an early departure for dream yoga for most as we recovered from the road and acclimated to the altitude.

HH Josh prepared yet another delicious meal for breakfast on Saturday morning as we prepared for another walking meditation. Where Friday’s meditation had gone downhill, Saturday morning’s meditation headed straight up the mountain. Again we were instructed to quiet all speech, quiet the mind, and come in contact with the universe and all sentient beings. We had stunning views of the Indian Peaks, visits from hummingbirds, sunshine and fresh air., all while the lack of oxygen presented ample opportunity to see negativities as helpers. Praise to the guru.

We were joined by our first four legged friend of the weekend as Princess Rainbow Sparkle Pants announced the arrival of several additional members of the Boulder Sangha. Day two would consist of the Yeshe Tsogyal empowerment. Our psycho-organisms flooded with the fire of Vajrayogini as more empowerments were bestowed, rituals performed, mantras received and tsok shared. In between sessions the group members retreated for walks in the woods; meditation and music on the porch; and dream states in their rooms. There were double rainbows and hummingbirds, and we supplicated for an end to jet lag and an occasional hit off the mini oxygen tanks purchased in town.

As the evening wound down, Rinpoche regaled us with a slide show of his life. We were transported from the Indian Peaks to the snow-capped Himalayas, with pictures and stories of lamas and gurus, lakes and palaces, llamas and yaks, and mountains and monasteries. Rinpoche’s travels have taken him from Potala Palace to Pike Place and everywhere in between, and we eagerly listened to the stories of his path as a teacher and guru.

Rinpoche continued to give more informal teachings to the group’s insomniac members late into the night. We received excellent guidance on some of life’s most pressing questions… from business (“Ask somebody who is a businessman in that business, I’m a spiritual teacher”), to love life (“Maybe we should go back to talking about business”), to extensive questions about the different levels of commitment to the dharma (“No, you should absolutely not become a monk”) and a clarification on the Heruka Institute’s policy on yellow shirts (“Not just for monks, also for yogis, and it feels amazing”) we gratefully soaked in as much wisdom as we could each receive.

Sunday morning sunrise brought another auspicious day of dharma activity. We donned our hats and sunglasses and headed out for another walking meditation. Touching the universe of sentient beings was a lot easier this morning, as our hike stayed mostly flat. We passed by meadows and streams and caves. We were joined on our walk by our second four legged friend of the weekend, a black lab eager to disrupt our meditative stability with slobbering requests to toss him a pinecone. A black lab as we prepared to receive teachings on the Wrathful Black Dakini and Mother Machig from Lab… An auspicious sign indeed!

We finished the retreat with the Machig Labdron empowerment and teachings on the Chod practice, one of Rinpoche’s specialties. Members of the sangha ready to receive the transmission for the first time, or reinforcing teachings and transmissions already received, eagerly rattled the damaru, sounded the kangling, and implored the dakinis to rise up, sever the ego, and bless us to see negativities as helpers.

As we prepared to leave the retreat center, HH Josh gave us our closing instructions and a little more information about the future of the Ecodharma retreat center. Rinpoche bestowed gifts and blessings, thanking Josh, Sergio, Aric, Alexandra, and all of the Boulder Sangha for making the retreat possible. We all then transformed into worker dakinis and began to disassemble thrones, secure thangkas, sweep floors, strip sheets… and pack a little tsok for the flight.

Several members of the group were immediately able to put our compassionate practice into action on the way to the airport as we came upon a cyclist who had taken a nasty spill. Bob and Beth, originally upset about the giant gas guzzling Yukon the car rental company had provided, put the teaching into action as that which was originally perceived as negative was loaded up with an expensive road bike, an injured cyclist, a car full of yogis, and driven to the emergency room. She had sustained a serious injury and was admitted for surgery, but afterwards thanked us for our calm energy during an extremely painful car ride and the fortunate circumstances that allowed us to help get her to safety.

With the Summer Retreat now in the books, the Heruka Institute Sangha eagerly awaits the next Dharma adventure!

 

 

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