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Short Prayer for The Swift Rebirth of Lamasang

Short Prayer for The Swift Rebirth of Lama Rinpoche Orgyen Kusum Lingpa

by His Holiness The XIVth Dalai Lama

dren chog tub pa chog dang or jen jay
de say pak pay tsog chay chab yul nam
mon pay pang por jon la dag chag gi
dung way me ngag dir gong jin chen tsol
Supreme Muni, our Supreme Leader, Lord of Oddiyana
and your children, the Arya assembly—all you sources of refuge,
please approach, bear witness to this aspiration prayer, give heed

to our yearning and lamentation, and grant your great blessings!
or jen jal way gong ter zab mo'i don
chi gar ton pay dro nam chang chen ji
ku sum nor bu'i ling du dren kay pay
drin chen la may yang trul nyur jon shog
May there swiftly appear a reincarnation of our kind Guru
who was so skilled at guiding transient beings to the jewel Island
of the Three Kayas of enlightenment, by freely revealing
the profound meaning of the Mind Treasures of the Victor Orgyen.
yang sang pay may ka dang dam la nay
tum chen drag po'i tsal ji rab ji pay
dorje cho sung tsog chi mon pay don
drub pay trin lay dong drog yer med sho
g
Highly dignified and very Fierce, Wrathful potentates
who abide within the most secret command and samaya of Padma,
Varja dharma guardians, bring about the purpose of this aspiration
through the inveterate support of your enlightened activity!

This translation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s prayer of aspiration for the swift rebirth of “Lama Padma Tum Drak Dorje,” also known as “Orgyen Kusum Lingpa,” was composed by Tulku Sherdor on July 31, 2009, the birthday of Guru Rinpoche.
© 2009 Blazing Wisdom Institute. All rights reserved.

A Statement by Tulku Sherdor, Executive Director

On Blazing Wisdom Institute's Upcoming Twentieth Anniversary

In early 1998, about a year after I became his translator, His Holiness Orgyen Kusum Lingpa visited for the first time my home in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York. At night he kept a scribe busy recording his vajra words, and in the morning he gave his seal and a letter creating Sherab Mebar Ling, or Blazing Wisdom Institute ("BWI").


Three locations and twenty years later, BWI remains as the only active dharma center established by His Holiness outside Tibet and held by a full-time resident Lama whom he appointed. With neither pride nor humility, I can state that this is one of the numerous ways in which BWI serves a unique role in the world of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. I need not elaborate on these unique features; if you care to be reading this, you probably can confirm at least some of them from your own perspective and experience.

The continued existence and mission of BWI is the result of the convergence of many factors and points of interdependence, just like everything else. And like everything else, BWI has grown and evolved as well. As I told our sangha when we contemplated our move to Saugerties, NY, a few years ago, the same choice is always presented: we either grow and adapt or perish. I have to imagine that my own dogged determination to fulfill HH Kusum Lingpa's intention is one among these points and factors.

Another critical point is that we have managed never to offer a single program or effect a single project principally to generate revenues to fund the existence of BWI. Through grace and luck, we have avoided this vicious cycle that turns a dharma sanctuary or vehicle into another samsaric trapping.

Accordingly, every Lama we have hosted and invited to teach has been genuine and exceptionally well-qualified to teach what we requested. For a small dharma center, we can be proud of our record. HH Kusum Lingpa visited six times. Tulku Hungkar Rinpoche, his principal lineage holder, visited twice to lead our first and second annual Rimay Monlam gatherings. Sangngag Tenzin Rinpoche of Golog, who as a child was blessed by His Holiness to become a future dharma teacher, also visited twice to offer precious texts by Longchenpa.

We hosted a teaching visit by Garchen Rinpoche, and Mingyur Rinpoche accompanied by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche also graced us with a short teaching visit. Khen Sonam Topgyal Rinpoche of Riwoche has been our Khenpo from the start and has taught five advanced courses, among other visits. 

From the Chogling Tersar tradition, Tsangsar Tulku gave Sangtig Dorsem empowerment and other teachings, Lama Tsultrim Zangpo taught the 4 mandala Tara ritual for a week, and Lama Ozer also visited. From the Dudjom treasure tradition, Lama Thubten Phuntsog spent six months in retreat residence and teaching at BWI.


In addition to the above, at least two dozen other Lamas, Himalayan or Western, have visited and/or practiced at BWI, foremost among them Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, who kindly attended our inauguration day pujas in Saugerties with Lama Tratop in 2014. I personally have had the opportunity to offer more teaching programs at BWI than I can count or remember, notwithstanding that much of my work has been in other areas (teaching in other places and countries, translating and publishing, and serving in other ways). 

Thinking back on just the past year or so, I have offered a twenty-five hour (English only) course on the Thirty Seven Points of Training of the Victors' Children; a week-long closed Powa retreat; a course on Longchenpa's Resting in Meditation; four weekend programs for the Tara Triple Excellence course; a Chod program; a Vajrasattva teaching, and many others, and also led a week-long Rimay Monlam earlier this summer. 

Most of these courses and teachings and practice retreats were offered gratis or for the cost of meals/expenses alone. Sometimes people offered $100 or $200 in gratitude for our programs, of their own volition. More often they offered $10 or $20. And it has not been uncommon for people to offer $1 or zero, honestly. But somehow, the dana economy has carried us this far, and we have kept a cautious eye on hope and fear in relation to it.


Mainly, extraordinary donations by BWI's most loyal supporters have seen us through, and not donations from specific programs.

As I reflect now upon and share with you where we have been, and where we might yet go, I have concluded that injecting a slightly higher degree of predictability into our financial planning might make it more likely that BWI will see a twenty-fifth anniversary, and beyond. The underground water leak in the fall of 2016 took $25,000 to detect and fix--this was a lesson not to be ignored about the marginal nature of our cash flow.

Therefore, I would like to announce to all those who see the benefit and virtue of the continued existence of BWI, that for the first time we will make available, at the wise suggestion of one of our Board members, an option to pledge a recurring monthly amount of dana toward the operating costs of the dharma center. 

This button for recurring donations does require you to have a PayPal account upon which to draw and is set up as a monthly payment. 

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Alternately, in response to this notice and invitation, you may directly message us using the CONTACT FORM on our website, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to make a pledge by other methods of your choice, and we will follow up with you monthly or quarterly, as you direct, to remind you of an upcoming due date.

In either case, you can modify your original pledge or recurring payment as you see fit. Our goal is rather modest: barring extraordinary expenditures, if we can raise just $3,000 per month for operations, we can maintain the center on par with the recent past. If we raise more, we can make further needed repairs and upgrades as time goes by, and handle contingencies within reason.

If you share the conviction that BWI exists for good and valid purposes as a sanctuary for our lineages of genuine dharma instruction and practice, and wish for me and all of us to continue in this work, you are welcome to help ensure that this continues to be the case going forward, and share in the merit and virtue of our collective good intentions and skillful actions. 

Thank you for your kind attention!

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Rimay Monlam 2015RECENT EVENTS

This has been an extremely busy time at BWI.

In late May we held the 9th Annual Rimay Monlam (Non-Sectarian Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Gathering), and the first at our new facility, Guru Rinpoche House in Saugerties, NY.  Lama Surya Das offered a wonderful talk on 'deprivatizing' meditation in an increasingly interdependent society, and Tulku Sherdor both read the first draft of BWI's current sutra translation for the 84000 Project, entitled "Evoking The Best Intentions," and a beautiful and inspiring practice poem from our sangha member Ozer Thaye serving a life sentence in a state prison in Missouri.

Plans are actively underway for the 10th Rimay Monlam, the first to be held in Europe at our affiliated retreat center Gephel Ling in southern coastal Portugal.  We hope many of you will plan to attend that most auspicious event.  For updates please visit www.rimaymonlam.org regularly.
 
 


Tulku Sherdor at Yoga Farm West





In early June, Tulku Sherdor visited the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA to teach dharma and meditation over six days to a group of over 100 swamis, staff and student, including a large international group participating in a month-long advanced yoga teacher training course. We plan to post some of these video talks on our Blazing Wisdom YouTube channel in the near future.

















Tulku Sherdor with Berkeley Sangha



The Bay Area Vajrakilaya Center in Berkeley, CA, held a 20th annual celebratory sadhana and feast practice, a wonderful day of reunion and rejoicing for a small group of senior students of His Holiness Orgyen Kusum Lingpa.














Green Zen San Francisco



The following day, Board Member Howard Stahl and close friend of BWI Tsangsar Tulku attended international yoga day in San Francisco and shared a meal at Greens Zen vegetarian restaurant.














Tara's Triple Excellence Weekend Retreat April 2015 Finally, in late June we held a Profound Essence of Tara sadhana training weekend at BWI for those connected with the Triple Excellence program, with Tara practice generally, and with the lineage teachers of this practice tradition.  

For those who attended the Tara program, and others who may be interested, kind sangha members have provided the following links for more information about the twenty-one Taras, and for beautiful practice chant recordings by the Nagi Gompa Anis (nuns).

This link is recommended as a quick source for learning a bit more about the activities of the twenty-one Taras according to that particular tradition. This link is recommended if you wish to buy a copy of The Smile of Sun and Moon: A Commentary on The Praise to the Twenty-One Taras, by Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche.
 
Plans are already in place for this group, and others who may wish to join, to continue to practice regularly through online meetings, just as we have been doing for a number of years with the Amoghapasa Chenrezig practice of the Pema Nying Tig tradition of Lama Sang.

 

Upcoming programs

BuddhaChos Khor Dus Chen

Guru Rinpoche House, Saugerties, NY
June 20, 2015 - 2 pm

Please join us for an afternoon of celebration and practice commemorating the Chos Khor Dus Chen, the anniversary of the turning of the wheel of dharma.  We will recite and practice from the Book of Common Tibetan Buddhist Prayers and share a pot luck meal.  Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ahead of time if you plan to attend!

There will be no feast practice at BWI on July 25 as Tulku Sherdor will be teaching in Portugal. The next feast will be on Sunday August 9, and then again on Tuesday August 25th.

For those practicing powa, consult the online calendar on the website for your practice dates.

For those practicing Amoghapasa Chenrezig, check your emails for practice announcements


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Tulku Sang Ngag Tenzin RinpocheLABOR DAY WEEKEND PROGRAM

Longchenpa's Resting In The Nature of Mind
Sem Nyid Ngal So
with Tulku Sang Ngag Tenzin Rinpoche

Guru Rinpoche House, Saugerties, NY
September 4-7, 2015

Blazing Wisdom Institute is pleased to announce that it will host a program on Longchenpa's "Resting in the Nature of Mind," with Tulku Sang Ngag Tenzin Rinpoche, over the Labor Day weekend, September 4 to 7. The program will begin at 7:30 pm on Friday, and end at noon on Monday, and will be held at Guru Rinpoche House, our facility in Saugerties, NY.

Sang Ngag Tenzin Rinpoche has trained diligently with many exalted masters, including Khenpos who are direct lineage holders of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsog at Larung Gar in Tibet, the renowned Khenpo Achuk of Yarchen Gon, and Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche in India, and is a holder of the Nying Tig teachings.

In particular, Rinpoche and Tulku Sherdor met auspiciously in Nepal earlier this year, and discovered their common dharma family roots through His Holiness Orgyen Kusum Lingpa, Pema Tumpo, who visited Rinpoche's home in Amdo many times when he was child, gave him refuge vows, ngagpa robes and his name, and advised Rinpoche's parents that he was destined to “benefit all sentient beings and the Buddha Dharma when his spirituality awakens. He will lead his life in a perfect way.’’

Many years later, Tulku Sherdor traveled to Rinpoche's village near the Mongolian border with Hungkar Dorje Rinpoche, who continues the work of his father Orgyen Kusum Lingpa to benefit beings in that region.

Sang Ngag Tenzin Rinpoche exemplifies living as a yogi in the world with a family, while maintaining the outer, inner and secret disciplines of the three yanas.

This is a special opportunity for practitioners within the Dzogchen and Nying Tig traditions to receive instruction on Longchenpa's famous treatise, part of his "Trilogy on Resting." It covers the ground, path and fruition, view, meditation and conduct of Dzogchen practice.

Please click here for further information regarding registration for this special program, including public transportation options, the schedule and cost, accommodation options, and other details. Preference will be given to those who register early.

 


Amoghapasa, Chenrezig, & White Tara Prints Now Available

Thanks to the kindness of Board Member Honora Wolfe and her husband and BWI close friend Lama Pema Chopel, who sponsored the original tangka paintings of Amoghapasa Chenrezig in Nepal and who recently scanned that painting at very high resolution, we now have available via our website large poster prints of the tangka for you to 'ransom' and hang in your shrine or practice space.

Thanks to the kindness of the artist Marianna Rydvald, who donated them to BWI for fundraising, we still have 5 high quality large posters of 4-armed Chenrezig and 2 of White Tara available, already printed.

Each poster is $50, payable by check to BWI or online on our website.  There is an additional charge if we need to ship to you in a mailing tube.  Please inquire.


Amoghapasa         Chenrezig         White Tara
 

Pledge to Rebuild after Nepal's devastating earthquakesPledge to Rebuild after Nepal's devastating earthquakes

We would like to direct everyone's attention to this powerful video recently posted on our Facebook page on the urgent need to rebuild the historic temple at our parent institution, Ka Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Nepal, where Tulku Sherdor began studying dharma in 1981 and has continue to practice and teach (at the Shedra) to the present.






 
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Highlights from Nepal Trip 2015

group photo at Toka February 2015It occurred to me, including because of the difficulties at times in communicating from Nepal, that many of you may be interested to know how I spent my time there.  So I jotted down some of the highlights that I remember.  From these you can see that, if anything, I am even busier with the study, practice and teaching of dharma in Nepal than I am here in the U.S., or anywhere else.


Shortly after I arrived in January, I participated in an all-day (12 hour) chod ritual called tsog lay rin chen treng wa, or "the rosary of jewels feast ritual," an elaborate practice that I last did during the final week of my forty month Lama retreat in 1990.  We were at least 500 people all playing the large chod drums and bells in unison.  Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche bestowed the chod empowerment, and in the course of the day, we consecrated large statues of the eight great bodhisattvas that will go in the new temple in Lumbini.

Several days later, Rinpoche invited me for a private lunch and visit at his personal retreat house in the mountains outside Kathmandu, where we had a good opportunity to discuss many matters of shared interest, a rarity given his very busy schedule and many responsibilities.  He graciously agreed to do special prayers on behalf of Ivy's father who had just passed away in Singapore, and our family also made a number of offerings to the monastery dedicated to Mr. Loo's welfare and in gratitude for their support.

Afterwards, over the course of five days, one of the senior khenpos at the monastery taught the complete (short) text by Rongzom Mahapandita called nang wa lha drup, or "establishing all appearances as divine," an important text that sets forth the Nyingma view of deity yoga and the nature of the two truths.