Rinpoche’s Birthday Celebration!


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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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[: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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H.E. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is happy to visit his wonderful Sangha in Homer, AK once again. The schedule is as follows:

March 24th

5:30-7:30pm Medicine Buddha Tantric Yoga & Community Yoga

March 25th

11am-1pm Green Tara Commentary
2-5pm Making Incense For Medicine Buddha Practice

March 26th

10am-12pm Buddhism’s Four Seals
3-6pm Buddhist Practices in Challenging Times

Suggested Donation

All five classes $130.00 (Discounted)

Individual classes $30

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