May, 2005

Dear People,

We welcome Khenpo Kathar Rinpoche for the Mahamudra retreat in Crestone, Colorado beginning June 7th, 2005. There is still room available for the opportunity to receive the direct blessings and instructions from a linage master. The elusive instructions of the Mahamudra practice will be grounded by the mastery of Rinpoche's own accomplishment. Contact cjohnson@ix.netcom.com

WE HAVE THREE ITEMS: Namo Buddha Publications has a long awaited new book from New Zealand. We have new pictures of the retreat center, and information on the billion Karmapa Chennos mantra. Important information on the White Tara Practice for Thrangu Rinpoche will be forthcoming.


NEW BOOK NAMO BUDDHA PUBLICATIONS

Maitreya who is predicted to become the next Buddha wrote five texts when he was a bodhisattva. These texts are extensively studied in Tibetan colleges and now also studied in the West. Several hundred copies of the Uttaratantra have been sold by Namo Buddha Publications in the last few months. Each of the Maitreya texts has the original Tibetan as well as the translation of the text along with Thrangu Rinpoche's lucid commentary. Available now are three of the five: The Uttaratantra (Now just $19.95), Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata ($16.95), and NOW the Ornament of Clear Realization ($17.95).
The Ornament of Clear Realization is the text by Maitreya that summarizes in great detail the vast Prajnaparamita literature by giving an exposition on emptiness and then the hidden meaning of emptiness by discussing the paths one takes to enlightenment.
This book is 413 pages and includes the Tibetan text on the left and Karl Brunnholzl's excellent English translation on the right. This is followed by Thrangu Rinpoche's commentary keyed to the root text along with Appendices, Glossary, and Notes.

"The clarity, simplicity, and profoundness of Rinpoche's teaching will bring benefit to many people who are learning and practicing the sacred teaching of Lord Buddha." --His Holiness, the Twelfth Tai Situpa.

If you are interested in these Prajnaparamita teachings, just mail us your name and address and how many copies of the book you want and we will send them to you with an invoice ($17.95 plus $1.50 postage and a 20% discount for 3 or more books).


VAJRA VIDYA RETREAT CENTER

Thrangu Rinpoche's retreat center is now open and many students have already come and done short retreats. We have kept feedback sheets and almost uniformly everyone has commented on the serenity and the beauty of the space inside and out. For the next few months the price of retreats will continue at $35.00 a day or $750 per month which includes three meals a day.
We hope you enjoy the new pictures taken by a professional photographer. We hope to launch a fund raising campaign to complete the furnishing and landscaping that needs to be done. We are continuing to take contributions and will soon get further information to you on improvements. In the mean time consider making your reservations for retreats now and for the next year.

THE ONE BILLION KARMAPA CHENNOS

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa has promised to come to Crestone when he is able to travel. Now there is something you can do to help with his ability to leave his monastery in Dharmasala a small town in India and be able to travel to his world centers. We at the retreat center have been accumulating Karmapa Chennos and will be sending in our numbers.


A LETTER BY THRANGU RINPOCHE

Dear Dharma Students,

This letter is in support of the "Billion Mantra Initiative" (BMI) which was started by a member of my study group in Los Angeles. The initiative is to accumulate one billion recitations of HH Gyalwa Karmapa's mantra: "Karmapa Chenno".
The purpose is to help smooth the way for HH Karmapa, Urgyen Thinley Dorje, to take his seat at Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim and also to be allowed to travel.
I would like to encourage everyone concerned to chant the mantra to help with the BMI and also to have the benefit received from the recitation of this mantra.
Yours in Dharma,

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
May 08, 2005

Dear dharma brothers and sisters,

Many warm greetings on this holy month of Saga Dawa.

The Billion Mantra Initiative (BMI) currently in progress is in support of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Its goal is to accumulate one billion (1,000,000,000) Karmapa Chenno mantras. The motivation to complete one billion mantras is to benefit the Gyalwa Karmapa’s activity so he can one day visit all of India and the whole world.

At the moment, our world total stands at 401,367,169.

This is a particularly special time for all of us to offer our dharma practice. Buddhist practitioners around the world are celebrating the holy month of Saga Dawa, which culminates on May 23rd with the anniversary of the Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment.

The Gyalwa Karmapa is one of the world’s most revered Tibetan Buddhist leaders. The current Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is the 17th incarnation in an unbroken lineage that goes back over 800 years. On June 26th, 2005, His Holiness Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje turns 20 years of age according to the Western system. However, from the Tibetan perspective, he will turn 21, the age of majority. The time is ripe then for full assumption of citizenship in conjunction with his role as protector of the lineage, so that he can travel freely wherever people would like to see him and hear his words.

His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa embodies the qualities of all the Buddhas. Through chanting his mantra "Karmapa Chenno," we forge a connection to his buddha-activity, and we accumulate merit so that the buddhas continue to appear in this world for the benefit of all beings. As taught by Tai Situ Rinpoche, "The recitation of Karmapa Chenno is the invocation of the blessing, and the invocation of the compassion, and the invocation of all the activities of the Buddha, in the name of the great master who is the manifestation of the activity of all the buddhas, the Gyalwa Karmapa."

The Karmapa’s activity is not exclusive to the Karma Kagyu lineage alone, so all dharma practitioners are encouraged to participate. The collective recitation of prayer is a traditional aspect of Buddhist communities. By all of us contributing to the BMI with one heart and one mind, our collective wisdom and merit will sow the seeds for the dharma to flourish in this world.

To participate:
-Individual practitioners are requested to send their own totals to Helen Holt (Khandro) khandro@videotron.ca
-Sangha and study-groups are requested to send updates by email to Anthony F. Bruno (Tenzin) Tenzin@simhas.org

Please send a monthly update of your totals and do not duplicate any amount already sent, since we keep track of every offering. Only send the latest accumulation of mantras --the ones not already reported.

Those who have already contributed to the BMI, please continue to do so. Those who have not yet begun, please consider participating for this project will benefit all sentient beings.

To read Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s letter about the BMI, please visit:
http://www.rinpoche.com/billmantra.htm

For more information, please visit:
http://www.simhas.org/chenno.html
http://www.khandro.net/Karmapa_BMI.htm

Sincerely in the dharma,

Anthony F. Bruno (Tenzin Choedrak)
on behalf of Vic Gabriel, BMI project originator,
and Helen Holt (Karma Sangye Khandro), coordinator

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