April 26, 2004

Dear People,

WE HAVE A NEW BOOK BY THRANGU RINPOCHE

The Uttaratantra: A treatise on Buddha-essence.

For several years Namo Buddha Publications has has a pre-publication edition of the Uttaratantra, one of the five books of the Maitreya Buddha which presents a complete description of Buddha-nature or Buddha-essence which resides in all sentient being and it is this essence which allows these beings to reach Buddhahood.

The concept of Buddha-essence is so important that it is studied by all sects in their monastic college. This new edition of the Uttaratantra contains the entire 404 verses in Tibetan script with their English translation done by Ken Holmes and almost 300 page commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche. The book also includes 71 notes, an extensive glossary and index.

"These great teachings from Maitreya constitute one of the major foundations of the bodhisattva path, providing teachings on both the relative and ultimate truths and elucidating the second and third turnings of the Wheel of Dharma, the Prajnaparamita, and Tathagatagarbha. In order to understand the profound and vast meaning of these texts, one of my own philosophy teachers, the erudite Kagyu scholar and supreme abbot of the lineage, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, through his great wisdom and compassion has elucidated these texts with profound clarity and simplicity."
-- Foreword by The Twelfth Kenting Tai Situpa

This beautifully done 488 page book retails for $ 20.95 and Namo Buddha Publications for the month of April and May is offering free postage and handling. Just send your name and address and the number of books you want and we will send it to you with an invoice.

Please consider the following:

A LETTER FROM SHIRLEY BLAIR FROM KATHMANDU, NEPAL CHILDREN IN DANGER: AN APPEAL FROM CANADIAN ENGINEERS

The Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoché founded Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1987 to serve the needs of impoverished children from the high Himalayas, including Tibetan refugees. The Kathmandu Valley lies in a high-risk seismic zone where a massive earthquake is expected any time now. Most vulnerable is the school's oldest building, a four-storey dormitory block. It houses over two hundred children. In 2003, a similar school dormitory in Bingol, Turkey, collapsed in a heap of rubble killing many children. The same could happen in Kathmandu.

Thrangu Rinpoché has asked Karma Tashi Ling, his centre in Edmonton, Canada to focus on helping the school. We have responded to this in part by initiating a ‘seismic retrofit’ for the dorm block by strengthening with structural steel cross-bracing and reinforced concrete walls. Working with a team of volunteer engineers and students, a preliminary design is underway. Ideally some of the work would be carried out in monsoon (summer 2004), when half of the students have returned to their families in the mountains, many days trek away.

A major earthquake could occur at any time in the Kathmandu Valley. We are making an urgent appeal for funding for this project. Donations can be sent to the following non- profit organizations of Thrangu Rinpoché. They can issue tax receipts. Please indicate that your donation is for SMD Boarding School Earthquake Safety Fund.
Project contact:
Andrew Mitchell
Telephone: (780) 437-3688; E-mail: andrewmgmitchell@shaw.ca

UNITED STATES
Himalayan Children's Fund
c/o Jane Lawless
HCR 77, Box 75A
Hancock, Maine 04640
Tel: 207-422-3412
E-mail: lawless@downeast.net

CANADA
Namo Buddha Foundation

Public Foundation Reg. No. #89122 5211 RR 0001

c/o John Fox, Director
Ste. 500, 2025 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 1Z6
Tel: 604-877-0488
j.fox@heath.ca

Donations from EU countries (in euros) to:

GERMANY
Karma Kagyu Charity, Vajra Vidya Centre
Wackerstr. 47d, Lindau, Germany
Tel: 49-8382-6807
VajraVidya@gmx.de

For further information contact us directly:
Shirley Blair, Director
Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School
PO Box 1287, Tinchuli,
Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-4472-007 Fax: 977-1-4497-253
E-mail: himalayanchildren@yahoo.co.uk


Visit our website: www.himalayanchildren.org

THE NEPAL POST OFFICE IS UNSAFE:
DO NOT SEND ANYTHING YOU VALUE THROUGH THE MAIL.


THE VAJRA VIDYA RETREAT CENTER BUILDING PROGRESS

The Vajra Vidya Retreat Center will have a completed weatherized shell when Thrangu Rinpoche teaches in Crestone July 23rd - July 31st 2004. Fund raising is on going so the that the interior can be completed and the retreat center open.

 

This photo was taken a week ago and the building now has a roof on and the builders are working on the window detail and parapets. From the picture one can see the building tapers. The detail of a layer of stucco will be added in a few weeks and promises to give the building a Tibetan style.

Clark Johnson
Namo Buddha Publications
P. O. Box 1083
Crestone CO 81131 (719) 256-5367

 

 

 

 

 

 

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