October 13, 2003
!!!!Please read the letter from Thrangu Rinpoche at the end!!!!!!!!!
Since the move to Crestone, Colorado of Namo Buddha Publications a number of changes have taken place. Namo Buddha Seminar established as a non-profit in 1989 is now a non-profit that oversees the publications, Vajra Vidya Retreat Center, and the yearly retreat programs with Thrangu Rinpoche in Crestone.
There are nine board members:
- Bob Yuhnke-- Environmental Attorney and Chairmen of building committee
- Steve Donelson-- Chief counsel and secretary
- Jane Mossman--Chief Financial Officer
- Deborah Melnick-- Head of Fund Raising
- Peter Leon-- Building committee
- Dechen Bhutia-- Thrangu Rinpoche's representative
- Clark Johnson--Chairman of the Board
- Pat Johnson--Executive Director
- Nancy Phillips--Liaison with Rinpoche's centers
These changes herald the beginning of building bridges to bring together the greater family of Buddhist practitioners.
CONSTRUCTION OF VAJRA VIDYA RETREAT CENTER
GOOD NEWS: Monday November 10th, 2003 Pre construction began with preparation for the road to the North Wing of the Vajra Vidya Retreat Center. The construction of this road will allow the excavation of the building site and the laying of the foundation. The North Wing will have eight retreat spaces and we are hoping that its completion will happen in time for Thrangu Rinpoche's third retreat program in the summer of 2004. Updates with pictures will be posted regularly on Rinpoche website www.rinpoche.com
As part of our on going fund raising we are taking names for people that are interested in doing retreat when the center is open as well as names of people that are interested in volunteering to work on the center. There is also on going fund raising to complete not only phase I but to go forward with Phase II and III. This would make available 20 retreat rooms.
TWO NEW BOOKS FROM NAMO BUDDHA PUBLICATIONS
Available now are two new books by Thrangu Rinpoche based on texts by the Ninth Karmapa, Wangchug Dorje and published by Snow Lion.
Thrangu Rinpoche's Doha for the King, the teaching he gave last year in Crestone, has been transcribed and publication is hoped to follow. The transcribing of Rinpoche's Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen is also nearing completion. Twenty Two paperback books by Thrangu Rinpoche are available from Namo Buddha Publications (see the updated www.rinpoche.com).
POINTING OUT THE DHARMAKAYA (Snow Lion Publications, 160 pages, $ 16.95)
Some of you have the book by the same title that comes from New Zealand and this book is similar and based on the same text. The teachings were given by Rinpoche in British Columbia in Canada from 1995 to 1997.
This book does not contain the root text, but does have an extensive commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche on Mahamudra. This book is unique in that it presents the questions that one asks when looking at still and moving mind. Pointing Out the Dharmakaya begins with a discussion of the preliminaries and then goes to shamatha meditation and the various kinds of ways of holding the mind concentrating on a visual object, on a sensory object, on the breath, without support, and so on.It then goes on to go to Vipashyana meditation which in Mahamudra means looking at mind to realize the emptiness of mind and phenomena. Here we ask questions such as where is it located? what color is it? et for resting mind, moving (mind with thoughts) mind, appearances, the body, and so on.
"Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is one of the most learned and experienced of the senior Karma Kagyu teachers living today. Indeed, he is the Tutor of the present Seventeenth Karmapa, Oryen Trinley Dorje..Readers who are interested in discovering the nature of mind will find much here in this clear and thorough guide to delight and inspire them."
- H. H. the Dalai Lama
"Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche has a unique ability to bring forth the central issues of a text and make them available to a contemporary audience."
- H. H. The Seventeen Gyalwa Karmapa
THE NINTH KARMAPA'S OCEAN OF DEFINITE MEANING (Snow Lion Publications, 140 pages, $ 14.95)
The Ocean of Certainty is actually a much longer root text on Mahamudra and the English translation of this root text by Elizabeth Callahan is restricted but can be obtained by contacting www.nitartha.org. This teaching was given in 1992 in British Columbia and covers many of the same topics as Pointing Out the Dharmakaya. What is remarkable with these teachings is that Thrangu Rinpoche explains in common ordinary language how to exactly "look at your mind" and explains why this is perhaps the most profound spiritual practice that can be done. Again he explains in a careful step by step progression how to look at still mind, how to look at moving mind, how to look at perceptions, and so on.
"Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is among the wisest and most compassionate Buddhist masters alive today." --Pema Chodron
NOTE: We now charge postage on all books. But if you order either of these two books before December 1st, the postage will be free. You can also get these books in the large chain bookstores. Just email me and say you want one or both of the books with your name and address and I will send the books to you with an invoice. You can pay when you get the books.
Blessings, Clark and Pat
THRANGU RINPOCHE'S LETTER
Date: November 10, 2003
To: The Resident lamas, Members and the Students of Thrangu Centers abroad
My Dear Pupils,
Hello and Tashi Delek to all of you. I hope and pray that all of you are in good health and doing your best for the Dharma practice as well as in your daily activities. I am in good health and all the monks and nuns are also in good health.
His Holiness the XVIIth Karmapa Urgyen Thinley Dorji will be coming to our monastery, Vajra Vidya Institute, in Varanasi, India on 9th of January, 2004 and will stay there for some time. During His Holiness' stay at the Varja Vidya Institute, all the monks of our monastery will be doing the Hevajra Puja for one week, from 15th - 21 of January 2004. This is the Tantric puja that is one of the Thirteen Tantras of Lord Marpa. Therefore I would like to invite you to attend this very auspicious puja and to get blessing from His Holiness during his stay at our monastery in India if it is convenient and if things work out correctly. I can understand it is not easy to travel all the way from America and Europe.
Lastly I wish you all the best and many Tashi Deleks. My prayers are always with you. May the Teachings of The Buddha benefit all sentient beings.
Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery,
G.P.O. Box 1287,
Nepal Phone: 977-1-4470028/4478137/4478697
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- Namo Buddha Newsletter for May, 2003
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