Chöd Empowerment and Teachings in Kansas City


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Chöd Empowerment and Teachings in Kansas City

by Matthew Walsh, Yeshi Namkha Rangdröl

Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche traveled to Kansas City, Friday March 9, to give teachings on Chӧd (Severance) practice and the Machik Labdrӧn empowerment to the sangha at the Rime Buddhist Center & Institute of Tibetan Studies.

Rinpoche first explained that the Buddha primarily taught two truths: compassion and wisdom. Both of these truths are contained within Chӧd practice. To explain, Rinpoche emphasized Buddhist teachings on impermanence. He said that ego attachment leads to fear, but this comes from a failure to recognize the truth, that, 100 percent, you will lose everyone and everything when you or your loved ones die. We cannot escape this truth. This is not, however, an occasion for despair, but for joy and compassion. Since our time as a human in this life is temporary, and since the time of our loved ones is temporary, we should take this precious opportunity to enjoy the time we have with our loved ones. Why should we get wrapped up in our petty, temporary concerns? We should enjoy the time we have!

This not only applies to those we are close to in this lifetime. If we recognize how we’re related through our countless lives to all sentient beings—that we’ve been mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son, to all sentient beings and likewise have they been to us—we can more easily be compassionate to all. This idea highlights what Rinpoche refered to as the first religion, the universal religion, that of Compassion. We can see this natural religion even with animals. We experience this as we’ve received compassionate care from our mothers even before being taught any formal religion or belief.

Recognizing our connection to all sentient beings, we come to realize the debt that we owe to all, either for the compassion that all have shown to us as mothers in previous lives, or for the wrongs that we have visited upon all beings while we were close to them throughout our previous lives. This serves as the inspiration for our practice of Chӧd. Through Chӧd, we generously and joyfully offer ourselves—our very bodies—as food and payment to our debtors thereby satisfying our karmic debts. Such compassionate, joyful generosity was a common thread running throughout the weekend’s teachings.

Saturday, Rinpoche gave the Machik Labdrӧn empowerment and gave the transmission for the Short, Medium, and Long Chӧd Sadhanas that he had composed, which combine and synthesize the Machik and Troma Nagmo Chӧd practices. He also demonstrated the use of the Chӧd drum and sang the beautiful melodies used for chanting the sadhanas.

Rinpoche not only gave teachings on Chӧd, but spent time Saturday socializing with the local sangha with a Thai food lunch and vegetarian pizza party dinner. They were great opportunities to relax and interact with the sangha. Sangha members had many earnest and not-so-earnest conversations.

He then gave the Dharma Talk for the Rime’s Sunday service, March 11. He spoke about recognizing and respecting all sentient beings as your mother, again calling to mind our karmic connection through past lives with all beings. Rinpoche encouraged everyone in attendance to become half-vegetarian. Rinpoche encouraged such steps in that direction, recognizing the difficulty some may have becoming fully vegetarian.

Sunday evening, after sharing some time and advice with a few of the sangha’s ngakmas and ngakpas and performing a smoke puja, Rinpoche concluded his trip to Kansas City.

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Visit and Teachings in Portland

By Dave Merrill

On Saturday January 27th, 2018, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche traveled to Portland, Oregon, to teach in that city for the first time. His event was organized by Tenzin Dadon from Tibet, and he gave a teaching on the Medicine Buddha practice to a small and enthusiastic group.

He taught that it is natural for all sentient beings to long for a healthy body and mind in order to have a happy life, and so a simple form of this practice is to perceive that everything that’s good for us is an aspect of the Medicine Buddha. We all like to breathe oxygen created by plants, benefit from plant-based medicines, drink pure water, and enjoy beautiful sunshine, so we can easily visualize all these outer beneficial elements as emanating from Medicine Buddha.

Of course if we have a lot of negative meditation, or negative mantras in our mind, we will not feel happy, so we need to recognize these as like a bad TV channel, and change the channel! Even if you repeat, “I’m a happy person, I’m a healthy person,” you can quickly start to feel better! So please start to notice which of your mind TV channels you keep coming back to! Why keep watching the ‘Sorrow’ Channel; why not watch the ‘Medicine Buddha’ channel? He taught the short Medicine Buddha practice of visualizing the Medicine Buddha and reciting his mantra, during which time you automatically delete unhappy feelings. This is similar to looking at a beautiful crystal; when you recognize its beauty and appreciate it, you simultaneously abandon negative feelings and emotions.
So please recognize Medicine Buddha in your heart, and then share this recognition with others.

On Sunday morning, January 28th, Rinpoche then visited the Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association in Portland, where a Tibetan language and prayer class for children and their parents was being held. Rinpoche gave a short talk to this large group of children and parents about both the importance of learning Tibetan, while also learning Dharma in English. He pointed out that children today are immersed in speaking English, and that he has found that his young students can grasp his Dharma teachings in English very quickly. Rinpoche made some connections with the Cultural Center, and aspires to return there to teach periodically.

Lastly, Rinpoche went to visit Maitripa College, a Buddhist Graduate School founded by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Southeast Portland. He was greeted and shown around the beautiful facility by one of the school’s directors, Tiffany Patrella Blumenthal, and learned about their curriculum which includes scholarly study, meditation, and service. Again, the aspiration was shared by both Tiffany and Rinpoche that when he visits Portland in the future that he offer some teachings there.

This concluded Rinpoche’s first auspicious Dharma teaching trip to Portland, Oregon, where he successfully planted the seeds of future Dharma teachings to benefit that city and all beings.

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Reflections from Rinpoche’s Teachings in Boulder

by Sarah, Aric, and Bianca

Our dear teacher arrived on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 10th. As a joyful group of sangha members drove to the airport to greet Rinpoche, a beautifully vibrant rainbow appeared, marking his arrival to Colorado. After settling into the local accommodations, a group of sangha members gathered to have a cozy dinner and happy conversation about Dharma practice and the upcoming teachings.

On Thursday morning after breakfast, Rinpoche began offering private interviews to the local practitioners. The interviews continued through the late morning and again in the afternoon after a light lunch break. All those in attendance were so grateful to Rinpoche for his inspired and caring guidance.

Thursday evening was Dakini Day Tsok. The sangha joined together in celebration, filling the beautiful shrine room that was so generously hosted by Aric and Leela. Rinpoche offered the oral transmission of Yumkha Dechen Gyalmo (Yeshe Tsogyal) with its associated tsog. He gave pointed explanation of different aspects of the tsok practice as well. After the transmission and teaching, we all worked through the text together as a group, filling the shrine space with the blissful energy of our practice. An abundant feast was offered as well as resonant vajra songs. Rinpoche also kindly answered questions about the six paramitas and commented on the complexities of maintaining joyful and mindful relationships with significant others as well as the community as a whole. It was a truly beautiful evening of practice with our dear teacher.

Friday morning Rinpoche requested to visit the Flatirons, a beautiful stretch of red rocky peaks that edge the city of Boulder, CO. A small group of sangha members joined Rinpoche on the brisk morning hike and enjoyed the beautiful natural surroundings and spacious views of the mountains as well as the city below. After lunch, Rinpoche again generously offered private interviews to community members before having dinner at a local restaurant and preparing for the evening of teachings.

The Uncommon Kurukulle Empowerment was offered at the beautiful Dharma Ocean space to a dedicated group of practitioners. Bountiful red offerings and beautiful thangkas filled the space, as Rinpoche inspired all in attendance, speaking about the significance of receiving empowerment, the importance of dedicated practice, and about the noble Kurukulle. Rinpoche took time to remind us of the inherent Buddha nature of all sentient beings and inspire the generation of Bodhicitta in all who were in attendance. The beautiful evening of teachings came to a close with the reminder to carry that pure energy with us into the following day of empowerment.

Saturday Morning Rinpoche bestowed the empowerment of the Eight Medicine Buddhas, and in the afternoon that day, he spoke from his own experience on Tibetan Medicine. He focused his lecture on the qualities a doctor should have, the Importance of bodhicitta and the spiritual energy one must have as healer. Rinpoche also covered the basics of the tradition such as the three humors, and other foundational concepts to Tibetan medicine. Saturday evening the retreat practitioners were invited over for a potluck, and a meeting to go over ground rules before we started the following day. There was a powerful excitement from everyone, as they knew they were entering into something quite special.

The following morning we started the retreat, a truly amazing display of powerful blissful energy and compassion. While there were eight members of the sangha that had previously done a three day Kurukulle retreat under Rinpoche’s direction, this was our first retreat with Rinpoche physically present. The fourteen dharma clad practitioners, and Rinpoche’s leadership was a powerful occasion. It really motivated us to accumulate mantra together as a sangha, and more importantly, helped as a reminder that guiding all sentient beings to forever reside in sorrowless bliss is a task we are deeply fortunate to take on. Three days of sitting followed by a fire puja and daily lavish feast offerings made for an auspicious circumstance. We have such devotion for our generous teacher! May the dharma flourish in Boulder, Tibet, and throughout the universe.

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by Pema Dechen

We were honored to have our precious guru, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, come turn the wheel of Dharma in Vancouver over the course of three days. Rinpoche taught the Wangdü, “The Great Cloud of Blessings: The Prayer which Magnetizes all that Appears and all that Exists” by Mipham Rinpoche. He also gave Kurukulle and Eight Medicine Buddhas empowerments and teachings.

Rinpoche gave oral transmission for the Wangdü and talked about the essence of practicing the powerful aspects of Tibetan Buddhism to work with one’s inner demons and negative emotions. These negative emotions, such as jealousy and loneliness, are created by the illusion that we are not worthy. They cause sorrow and self-doubt, and they inhibit our ability to access our Buddha nature. Once we overcome our own weakness and bring about the powerful energies of love and trust within us, we can see our worth. In other words, “fall in love with yourself” first, and then you will have the power to love and be loved by others.

We learned the names and merits of the nine deities of “The Great Cloud of Blessings,” and Rinpoche also taught us how to properly chant the prayer. After the Wangdü teachings, Rinpoche wrote the related seed syllables of Tibetan Buddhism on the back of the nine deities images for each of the students in the Wangdü teachings. We were so fortunate and happy to have this gift from Rinpoche!

The following day, Rinpoche gave us the precious Kurukulle empowerment of body, speech and mind. He explained each of the stages thoroughly and discussed the reasons for and merits of receiving this empowerment. During dinner that night, Rinpoche was kind to answer our many questions. A question that stood out was whether it was appropriate to use Kurukulle mantra and practice to attract a romantic love interest. Rinpoche explained that love is an important aspect of dharma practice and that bringing others to the Dharma is a practice of Bodhisattvas. So, one could say that it is appropriate to use the practice in this way. Ultimately, however, our purpose in practicing Dharma is to be free from Samsara and to strive to become Buddhas or Bodhisattvas in this life or in future lives.

On the third and final day, Rinpoche gave us the Eight Medicine Buddhas empowerment. He explained the different merits and attributes of each of the forms of Medicine Buddha. This practice, we learned, aids us in removing negative karma of illness from body and mind, planting Buddha seeds in our hearts to help us along the path to enlightenment. Committing to this practice accumulates merit that is conducive to finding rebirth in Medicine Buddha’s pure land.

Following three days of empowerments and teachings with our precious teacher, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, we felt we were well on the path to the Bodhisattvas. Through his teachings and by the power of the deities, our hearts become more tender and full of compassion, our thoughts become more open and profound, our insight becomes more sensitive and precise. This was a time of deep connection with the Dharma, with our guru, and our fellow practitioners. We were inspired to practice wholeheartedly and to devote ourselves to the Dharma. We are so grateful to Rinpoche for his precious teachings and we hope to have him back again soon.

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Tibetan Sunday School

This morning, in collaboration with Heruka Institute and Tibetan Sunday School, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche met with a group of local Tibetan children who are learning, among other things, Tibetan language and dance. The young students gathered around Rinpoche as he taught them meditation, Tibetan Buddhism and history. It was a wonderful time of learning and sharing in the dharma.


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This past Saturday, November 25th, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche led a group of approximately ten new and experienced students in a meditation workshop hosted by Heruka Institute at Newcastle Library.
Rinpoche taught on the many benefits of establishing a meditation practice as well as the methods and techniques he has learned and perfected over his many years of training under highly accomplished teachers.
Students left with a better understanding of the ways in which meditation relieves anxiety, develops compassion, brings meaning to life, and makes us happier people. It is a precious gift and a blessing to receive meditation instruction from such an actualized master!

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Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche’s Dharma Journey in Vietnam

written by Yeshi Nyingma in Trulsik Ling Sangha, Vietnam

Trong tuần vừa qua, từ ngày 31/10 đến ngày 09/11, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, thầy của tôi đã có chuyến hoằng pháp tại miền Bắc Việt Nam. Đây là lần thứ 2, Thầy tôi tới Việt Nam thăm và thực hiện các hoạt động giảng pháp cho Tăng đoàn Trulshik Ling của Ngài. Chúng tôi đã trải qua 4 ngày đầu tiên tại một tịnh thất nhỏ ở Thị trấn Tam Đảo, Vĩnh Phúc, Việt Nam. Tại đây, Ngài đã thực hiện các lễ quán đảnh, lễ cúng hương bạt trừ chướng ngại và các ban các bài pháp thoại vô cùng quý giá cho chúng tôi – các học trò của Ngài.

Trong ngày đầu tiên, ngày 1/11/2017:

Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, Thầy của tôi đã dành thời gian nói về lịch sử, ý nghĩa, con đường thực hành của 3 thừa phật giáo: tiểu thừa, đại thừa, kim cương thừa. Sau đó, Ngài hướng dẫn các Phật tử đi thiền hành. Trong lúc đi thiền hành, Ngài hướng dẫn chúng tôi cách đón nhận nguồn ân phước gia trì từ Chư Phật, Bồ Tát trong khắp không gian. Bằng cách quán tưởng, năng lượng ban phước của chư Phật, Chư Bồ Tát sẽ đi vào khắp châu thân ta qua mỗi bước chân chạm đất. Đây là điều mà chưa vị Thầy nào dạy chúng tôi trước đó. Bằng nhiều cách, Ngài luôn cố gắng giúp chúng tôi có thể nhận ra rằng chúng tôi là một phần tử được gắn kết chặt chẽ với vũ trụ bao la này. Chúng tôi không thể tồn tại độc lập mà không có sự gắn kết với các đạo hữu của mình, với Tăng đoàn, với Chư Phật và trái đất này. Nhờ vậy, chúng tôi thêm yêu và trân trọng mọi thứ hiện hữu xung quanh mình. Đó cũng là cội nguồn của lòng từ bi phải không các bạn?

Ngày thứ 2, ngày 2/11/2017:

Trong buổi sáng, Ngài giảng về bồ đề tâm, hạnh bồ tát, trao truyền giới bồ tát cho các thành viên mới. Tôi nhớ trong bài giảng của Thầy, Thầy đã nói “ muốn hạnh phúc thì hãy gieo nhân hạnh phúc”. Nếu trong trái tim và tâm thức của chúng ta luôn tràn đầy tình yêu thương và sự từ ái đối với tất cả chúng hữu tình. Thì từ nơi chúng ta sẽ tỏa ra một năng lượng tích cực khiến cho tâm của chúng ta và tất cả các chúng sinh xung quanh chúng ta luôn được an lạc. Một ví dụ điển hình, đó là khi chúng tôi được ở cạnh Thầy mình, được nhìn thấy ánh mắt, nụ cười, khuôn mặt hiền từ của Ngài. Trái tim chúng tôi tràn đầy niềm hạnh phúc, sự hỷ lạc mà Thầy mang lại cho chúng tôi.
Buổi chiều, Ngài giảng về cuốn sách “Handbook for Half Buddhas”, một trong những cuốn sách tâm huyết nhất của Ngài. Đó là những kinh nghiệm đúc kết lại sau 30 năm trên con đường thực hành Kim Cương thừa của Ngài.

Ngày thứ 3, ngày 3/11:

Trong ngày thứ 3, Ngài tiếp tục dành thời gian giảng về cuốn sách “ handbook for a half Buddha”. Cùng với đó, Ngài ban quán đảnh Đức Liên Hoa Sinh Phẫn Nộ và cách thực hành Turmo. Tôi sẽ không kể về nhiều về quán đảnh. Vì đó là điều bí mật. Tôi chỉ có một gợi ý rằng bạn nên tìm cuốn sách “ handbook for a half Buddha” để đọc.

Ngày thứ 4, ngày 4/11:

– Sáng: Ngài trao giới Ngakpa, Ngakma và cách thực hành pháp Chod
– Chiều: Ngài ban quán đảnh Mahakala hộ pháp
Có khoảng 14 thành viên mới của Tăng đoàn Trulshik Ling đã trở thành các hành giả Yogi, Yogini trong ngày hôm đó. Họ đã rất tự hào và hạnh phúc vì điều này.

Ngày thứ 5, ngày 5/11: Ngài ban quán đảnh cộng đồng Dược Sư

Ngài đã chia sẻ rằng việc thực hành và trì tụng tâm chú Dược sư rất lợi lạc. Khi chúng ta trì tụng tâm chú Dược Sư mỗi hơi thở của chúng ta đều mang lại lợi lạc cho tất cả các chúng sinh xung quanh chúng ta. Và bởi Đức Phật Dược Sự là vị phật ở phương đông là biểu tượng của sự bắt đầu. Mỗi ngày, chúng ta nên bắt đầu bằng việc trì tụng tâm chú của Ngài 21 lần, 108 lần hoặc nhất nhất có thể.

Ngày thứ 6, ngày 6/11: Ngài ban quán đảnh cộng đồng Green Tara

Ngài cũng chia sẻ rằng Đức Tara Xanh là vị Phật mẫu đã gắn bó với cuộc đời Ngài từ khi Ngài còn bé. Đức Tara Xanh giống như người mẹ hiền từ của Ngài. Và trong bắt kì hoàn cảnh nào Ngài cũng nghĩ tưởng và cầu nguyện đến người mẹ hiền từ này. Ngài khuyên chúng ta nên thực hành cầu nguyện và trì tụng tâm chú của Đức Tara Xanh hàng ngày để có được sự gia trì, ban phước từ Ngài.

Ngày thứ 7, ngày 7/11: Ngài cùng Tăng đoàn Trulsik Ling đi thăm Tràng An – Bái Đính.

Vậy là trong chuyến đi lần này, chúng tôi đã cùng Thầy đến thăm một vài thánh tích ở đất nước tôi. Tôi muốn kể với tất cả đạo hữu về hành trình khi chúng tôi tới thăm khu du lịch Tràng An – Bái Đính. Lý do, chúng tôi đến thăm Tràng An là vì có một thành viên trong Tăng đoàn Trulshil Ling đã mời Ngài về thăm địa điểm này trong chuyến hoằng pháp tại Việt Năm năm 2016. Nhưng do năm ngoái, Ngài chưa thể về thăm và năm nay đạo hữu đó tiếp tục mời Ngài nên chúng tôi đã có mặt ở Tràng An. Một vùng đất linh thiêng, huyền bí của Việt Nam. Tôi có thể mô tả ngắn gọn rằng đây là một quần thể gồm núi non và sông nước. Để đi vào thăm các ngôi đền và hang động. Chúng tôi phải đi bằng thuyền. Nhưng đó là quãng thời gian rất thú vị. Bạn có thể thiền định, ngắm cảnh, tụng thần chú.

Tại đây, khi chúng tôi dừng chân trước một ngôi đền ngự dưới chân một ngọn núi. Thầy tôi, Đức Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche đã nhìn thấy hình ảnh Đức Liên Hoa Sinh gần đỉnh ngọn núi đó. Ngay khi Thầy chỉ lại cho chúng tôi, tôi là một trong thành viên trong tăng đoàn có thể nhận ra hình ảnh Đức Liên Hoa Sinh sớm nhất. Các bạn còn nhớ, tôi từng đề cập đến lý do mà Thầy tôi, Đức Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche là một vị Thầy vô cùng quan trọng đối với tôi. Bởi tôi luôn có sự kết nối mạnh mẽ đến Đức Liên Hoa Sinh, tôi luôn nhận ra sự hiện diện cũng như các dấu hiệu của Ngài. Và đó chính là mối liên hệ sâu sắc giữa tôi và Thầy mình. Chúng tôi cùng có sự kết nối mãnh liệt tới Đức Liên Hoa Sinh, đó là lí do tôi đã đang đi theo dấu chân của thầy tôi, Đức Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche trong các đời quá khứ, trong đời hiện tại và trong cả các đời tương lai cho đến khi tôi thành tựu Phật quả giống như bậc Thầy của mình.

Ngày thứ 8, ngày 8/11/2017:

Chúng tôi ghé thăm rừng quốc gia Cúc Phương. Có 1 hang động được gọi là động người xưa, nằm trên một ngọn núi rất hiểm trở. Ở trong động này, Thầy hướng dẫn chúng tôi thực hành thiền định trong bóng tối. Tôi đã thấy nhiều linh hồn bám vào chân tôi cho tới tận khi chúng tôi rời khỏi khu rừng đó.Nhưng tôi không sợ bởi tôi biết họ đến để nghe Thầy tôi giảng. Trước khi leo núi, Tôi đã nói với Thầy tôi rằng tôi sẽ ở dưới chân núi không lên động này, vì tôi sợ mình sẽ ngã. Thầy tôi đã nói với tôi rằng, con đừng sợ đã có ta che chở cho con. Và mặc dù, tôi vẫn rất sợ ngã, nhưng tôi vẫn đi lên và đi xuống an toàn.

Ngày 9/11/2017, Ngài về nước

Chuyến hoằng pháp của Sư Phụ tôi rồi cũng đến ngày kết thúc. Chúng tôi muốn giữ Ngài ở bên cạnh thật lâu. Nhưng vẫn còn rất nhiều các Pháp hữu khác trên khắp thế giới cần đến Thầy tôi. Chúng tôi hoan hỷ với điều này.

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Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche’s Dharma Journey in Vietnam

written by Yeshi Nyingma in Trulsik Ling Sangha, Vietnam

A few days ago, from October 31st to November 9th, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, my dear master had his Dharma Journey in North of Vietnam. This is the second time he has visited Vietnam and taught Dharma lectures for his Trulshik Ling Sangha. We ( Trulshik Ling Sangha and Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche) had already spent the first four days in a small temple in Tam Dao Town, Vinh Phuc, Vietnam. While there, he gave empowerments, offered Sang Rio, and taught Dharma. These were extremely valuable to us, his followers.

Day One • November 1, 2017

Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, my dear master had already spent much time talking about the history, meaning and practice of the three Buddhist schools: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. He then instructed his Sangha to meditate. During walking meditation, he guided us to receive the blessings from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas throughout the space. By visualizing, the blessing energy of the Buddhas, the Bodhisattvas goes inside our body through every our step touching the earth. No other Lama had taught us about that before. In many ways, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche tried to help us realize that we are an element that is closely linked to this vast universe. We cannot live independently without bonding with our Dharma friends, with the Sangha, with the Buddhas and this earth. As a result, we add love and respect to everything that is around us. Might that also be the source of compassion?

Day Two • November 2, 2017

In the morning, he taught about bodhicitta, the bodhisattva path, the bodhisattva vow and gave bodhisattva precepts to new sangha members. I still remember in his lecture, he said that, “If you want a happy life, you need to sow causes of happiness.” In our deep heart and our nature mind there is always love and compassion for all beings. If we always treat them with love and compassion, from our body will show positive energy to make our mind and all sentient beings around us to be peaceful. As a typical example, when we were beside our dear master, we could see his eyes, his smile, his gentle face so full of compassion for us. Therefore, by this image of Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, Our hearts were filled with happiness for the joy that he brought to us.
In the afternoon, he lectured on his book, “Handbook for Half Buddhas.” These are his experiences from thirty years of Vajrayana practice.

Day Three • November 3, 2017

On the third day, he continued to lecture from “Handbook for Half Buddhas.” In addition, he gave the empowerment of Guru Dorje Drolo and taught the practice of tummo. I will not talk much about the empowerment because it is a secret empowerment. But I suggest that you look for the book “Handbook for Half Buddhas” to read.

Day Four • November 4, 2017

In the morning, Rinpoche gave Ngakpa and Ngakma vows and taught us how to practice chöd. In the afternoon he gave the Mahakala empowerment. About fourteen new members of Trulshik Ling Sangha became Yogi and Yogini practitioners that day. They were so happy and so proud about that.

Day 5 • November 5, 2017

He gave the community Medicine Buddha empowerment. He had already shared that practicing and reciting Medicine Buddha Mantra is very beneficial. As we meditate on the mind of the Medicine Buddha, each of our breaths benefits all sentient beings around us. And by the Buddha of Medicine is the buddha in the east is also the symbol of the beginning. Every day, we should begin by reciting Medicine Buddha mantra twenty-one times, 108 times or as much as we can.

Day 6 • November 6, 2017

He gave the community Green Tara empowerment. He also shared that Green Tara was a Buddha who had been attached to his life since he was a child. Green Tara is like his kind mother. And in any situation he always thought and prayed to this gentle mother. He advised us to practice praying and reciting Green Tara mantra daily to obtain blessings from her.

Day 7 • November 7, 2017

He accompanied the Trulsik Ling Sangha on a visit to Trang An – Bai Dinh. At this time, we had visited some of the relics in my country with Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche. I would like to tell all our Dharma friends about our trip when we visited Trang An – Bai Dinh. The reason we visited Tràng An is because one of the members of Trulshik Ling Sangha had invited my dear master to visit there in 2016. But last year my dear master was unable to visit. So that, this year that person continued to invite my dear master again. That is why we were in Trang An, a sacred land, a mystical land in Vietnam. I can briefly describe this as a mountain and river complex. To visit the temples and caves, we had to travel by boat on the river. It was such a relaxing time to sight see or meditate and recite mantras while in sitting on the boat.

When we stopped in front of a shrine at the foot of a mountain, my Guru, Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche, saw the image of Guru Rinpoche on near the top of that mountain. As soon as he pointed out to us, I was one of the members of the sangha who could recognize the earliest image of Padmasambhava. Remember, I mentioned the reason that my master Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche, was a very important Root Guru to me. Since I always have a strong connection to Padmasambhava, I always recognize the presence and the signs of him. And that is the deep relationship between me and my master. We had a strong connection to Padmasambhava, which is why I was following in my master’s footsteps in many of my past lives, my present life, future life, and until I attain buddhahood as my master Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche .

Day 8 • November 8, 2017

With Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, we visited Cuc Phuong National Park. There is a cave called the ancient human cave, located on a very rugged mountain. In this cave, he instructed us to practice meditation in the dark. I saw many souls clinging to my feet until we left the forest. But I was not scared because I knew that they had come to hear my master’s teaching. Before we began to climb, I was so afraid that I would fall. My master consoled me, saying, “Do not be afraid, I’m here to protect you.” And though, I was still afraid of falling, I still went up and down safely. Because my master had blessed me to be stronger.

Day 9 • November 9, 2017

Finally, my master’s Dharma Journey came to an end. We wanted to keep him by our side for a long time, but there are still many other Dharma friends all over the world who need our dear master. We are happy to share with them.

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Heruka House Sangha Celebrates Rinpoche’s Birthday

On Saturday, October 14, Heruka Institute sangha members gathered to celebrate Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche’s birthday. The fun began early in the day with preparations (we worked together joyfully) and a delicious vegetarian luncheon at Amorn Thai, our favorite local Thai restaurant. As the day progressed, more sangha members arrived, bringing beautiful food offerings including 3 exquisite cakes. We played a board game called, “Rebirth: The Tibetan Game of Liberation,” that had us laughing really hard because several of us couldn’t seem to break out of the lower realms. Rinpoche gave a short speech, reflecting on his journey to America. When he first arrived, he knew no one. Fourteen years later, Rinpoche has a large number of treasured friends and Dharma students. There were about 25 of us at Heruka House on Saturday; a very diverse group including Americans of European, Vietnamese, Tibetan, and Latin American descent, plus Native Americans and Mongolians. After dinner we made small clay Buddha statues together, which was like a calming meditation as we focused on trying to do our best, but feeling a little clumsy with the clay. I think we all came away with a greater respect for sculptors! It was so much fun and Rinpoche seemed very pleased with his students’ hand-made offerings. I think everyone left the party feeling a little happier and lighter. Even though many of us met for the first time on Saturday, all felt warm and familiar.

I’ve noticed that I feel stronger after spending time with sangha members, perhaps because of their pure motivations and compassion, but also because of the wisdom of their experience. Rinpoche reminds us that everyone has a unique gift of experience and there are different kinds of wisdom. He encourages us to be patient with one another and to see the best qualities in our fellow sangha members. This has been a very useful practice for me, as I’ve learned the more patient I am with others, the less I have to regret. I’m grateful to be part of this community and thankful for our teacher who has attracted so many wonderful members to the Heruka Institute sangha. Happy Birthday, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, and thanks to everyone who joined the celebration!

~ Written by Yeshi Tsomo

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We want to express joy and thankfulness for another wonderful Guru Rinpoche Bumtsok that was held this past weekend. This was a collaborative effort put together by Sakya Monastery, The Tibetan Association Of Washington , and Heruka Institute. It was so great to think about this being the 4th year in a row that we have come together to pray devotedly to Guru Rinpoche in this way. With so many natural disasters happening around the world, it was wished that this powerful practice is able to benefit all beings both near and far. We are so grateful to be able to practice Guru Rinpoche Bumtsok at the beautiful Sakya Monastery. Our Guru Rinpoche Thangka that we were able to purchase from generous donations looked glorious inside the Temple and helped people practice with great inspiration. The Tibetan community members worked tirelessly to prepare for this Retreat and provided everyone with delicious and nourishing food throughout our practice together. This truly couldn’t have been done without their devotion. We look forward to coming together again next year in this auspicious manner!

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