Dzogchen Lineage News
Issue 26 ~ May 4, 2012

Contents

  1. Buddhist Vesak Day Celebration Teachings
  2. Four Holy Days of Tibetan Buddhism
  3. Buddha's Birthday Dharma Teaching
  4. SAGA DAWA DUCHEN CELEBRATION
  5. How to Pray and Celebrate Buddha's Holy Days
  6. UPCOMING 2012 DZOGCHEN RETREATS
  7. Forward to a Friend
  8. About Us

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Buddhist Vesak Day Celebration Teachings

A Live Online Streaming Event
with Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche
Saturday, May 5th, 2012 Worldwide

Khen Rinpoche in Taiwan, April 2012

Khen Rinpoche in Taiwan, April 2012. Photo by Xiao Guai

A message from Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche:

Dear Precious Sangha,

I am presently traveling and teaching in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. On Saturday, May 5th, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, there is a huge Buddhist celebration called Vesak Day that commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and paranirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni.

In the morning, we will attend a bathing ceremony of Buddha Shakyamuni. In the evening, at 7pm is a Buddhist parade in celebration of Buddha’s birth according to the Theravada Buddhist Tradition. More than 10,000–30,000 people are expected to attend. On this day, I want to joyfully teach The Buddha Path to Dharma students around the world.

Live Ustream Teachings Schedule
Saturday May 5, 2012 — Vesak Celebration Teachings

9 am ~ North America, PST
12 pm ~ North America EST
5 pm ~ London
6 pm ~ Vienna
8 pm ~ Moscow
12 am ~ China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia
1 am (Sunday May 6th) ~ Japan and South Korea

These video teachings will be broadcast live online at:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-buddha-path

You can also watch live on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/DzogchenKhenpoChogaRinpoche/app_196506863720166

For updates, please RSVP and visit the Facebook Event page:
http://www.facebook.com/events/432620073415541/

For teleconference (audio-only) access:

Dial: +1-559-546-1700
Enter access code: 482069, followed by the # key.
Please mute your phone when on call by dialing *5
until you are requested to unmute by dialing *6
(You may also be able to ask questions at the appropriate time through this teleconference number.)

Important note: To ensure you receive the complete teaching, please make time to set up your computer, internet connection, and telephone prior to the start of this Dharma teaching. Be prepared to remain in the teaching throughout the entire session.

With Love and Blessings,
Dzogchen Khenpo Choga

P.S. Also, I also intend to teach live online on Sunday, May 27th, 2012 in Hong Kong as an auspicious celebration of Buddha’s birth according to the Tibetan lunar calendar.

Please read the following messages and teachings. Do not think you have read this already. Even if you have read it, please read again. I added some new, important messages there. You should share this message with others.

We will see you online.


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Four Holy Days of Tibetan Buddhism

Happy 2,972nd Birthday to our Supreme Guide, Buddha Shakyamuni!

As of Monday, May 28, 2012 Buddha was born to King Suddhodhana and Queen Maya Devi of the Shakya in Lumbini, Southern Nepal 2,972 years ago.

Mahabodhi Temple

The Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, the site of Buddha's enlightenment. Photo by Bhadra.

A message from Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche:

Dear Sangha Practitioners,

For the true happiness of all beings, you should become Buddha in this very life. Therefore, please join and promote these Dharma teachings so we can celebrate Buddha's Day of Enlightenment together.

As you know, the most precious holy time in Buddhism is this month, the Saga Dawa. Saga Dawa is the entire fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. In 2012, Saga Dawa begins Monday May 21st through June 19th.

Most notably, Monday June 4th, 2012, corresponding to the 15th day of the 4th lunar month, is the Excellent Time of the Buddha's Enlightenment, Saga Dawa Duchen.

Also, the seventh day of Saga Dawa, Monday May 28th, 2012 is the day of Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth. However, the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and entry into Parinirvana are observed together on the 15th day of Saga Dawa. This month is the holiest time of the Buddhist year and an auspicious time to engage in in Dharma practice and virtuous activities. During this month of Saga Dawa, the power of positive and negative intentions and actions increases one billion (1,000,000,000) times or more.

I sincerely request that all Sangha increase good intention and virtuous activities, especially on the four auspicious, holy days of Buddha’s life.

With Love and Blessings,
Dzogchen Khenpo Choga



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Buddha’s Birthday Dharma Teaching

A message from Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche:

Khen Rinpoche in Taiwan, April 2012

Khen Rinpoche in Taiwan, April 2012. Photo by Xiao Guai

On the occasion of this auspicious event, I am giving a teaching on:

The Life and Enlightenment of Our Supreme Teacher, Buddha Shakyamuni Revealing the Revolutionary Points of Buddha’s True Life Story

I request you to invite your Sangha and friends to gather together to watch and listen to this sacred live teaching. I will also take time to answer some of your questions. Please send this link to your contact lists so other people may also learn the Dharma teachings of Buddha.

Important note: To ensure you receive the complete teaching, please make time to set up your computer, internet connection, and telephone prior to the start of this Dharma teaching. Be prepared to remain in the teaching throughout the entire session.

International Teaching Schedule Live Ustream Teachings and Teleconference

Sunday, May 27 at 3:00pm GMT
North America PST – 8 a.m., Sunday, May 27, 2012
North America EST – 11 a.m., Sunday, May 27, 2012
Brazil – 12 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2012
Great Britain – 4 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2012
Europe – 5 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2012
Israel and South Africa – 6 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2012
Russia – 7 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2012
India – 8:30 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2012
Nepal – 8:45 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2012
Thailand – 10 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2012
China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mongolia – 11 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2012
Japan and South Korea – 12 a.m., Monday, May 28, 2012
Australia – 1 a.m., Monday, May 28, 2012

These teachings will be broadcast live online at:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-buddha-path

You can also watch live on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/DzogchenKhenpoChogaRinpoche/app_196506863720166

For teleconference access:

Dial: +1-559-546-1700 Enter access code: 482069, followed by the # key. Please mute your phone when on call by dialing *5 until you are requested to unmute by dialing *6 (You may be able to ask questions at the appropriate time through this number.)

Please see the schedule below and call or follow the link above at the appropriate times to listen.

With Love and Blessings,
Dzogchen Khenpo Choga

 


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SAGA DAWA DUCHEN CELEBRATION

Monday, June 4, 2012 Dzogchen Retreat Center USA

Join us for a special event commemorating Saga Dawa Duchen and the 5th Anniversary of Dzogchen Retreat Center, USA This month is Saga Dawa, the fourth lunar month and the holiest time of the Tibetan Buddhist Year. This precious time culminates in the observation of Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment and parinirvana on the 15th Lunar Day known as Saga Dawa Duchen.

Buddha Shakyamuni

“I have found a Dharma like amrita. It is very deep, peaceful, inconceivable,
uncompounded, luminous wisdom.” ~ Buddha Shakyamuni

In the western calendar, Saga Dawa Duchen occurs on Monday, June 4, 2012. On this auspicious day, the power of positive and negative intentions and actions increases one billion (1,000,000,000) times or more. With this in mind, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche and the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation would like to invite all sangha for a special gathering and offering ceremony to commemorate Buddha Shakyamuni’s Enlightenment and Parinirvana and the 5th anniversary of The Dzogchen Retreat Center.

This ceremony will be a precious time for sangha to get together and engage in virtuous Dharma activities, especially making offerings.

Saga Dawa Duchen Day Schedule (Tentative)

10am : Guests arrive at the Dzogchen Retreat Center
10am - 11:30am : Preparations for Ceremony
11:30am - 1:30pm : Saga Dawa Offering Ceremony
1:30pm - 3:30pm: Sangha Lunch and Reception
3:30pm - 5:30 : Tsok Preparation
6pm - 10pm : Tsok Practice

The first part of the days' activities are open to all students and consists of making aspirations and offerings (at least $2000 worth). The latter part of the day is Tsok practice only for senior students who have attended past Tsok ceremonies.

Please plan on arriving at the Dzogchen Retreat Center no later than 10 am to help prepare for the ceremony.

FEE: $50 This fee includes the Dzogchen Retreat Center accommodation fee along with $20 that will be included as a sangha offering.

Offerings Everyone is highly encouraged to bring additional offerings and to make their own virtuous aspirations at this time. Flowers maybe offered as well, although we encourage potted flowers as opposed to cut flowers.

Space is limited, so please RSVP and register now by contacting the event director.

Contact

For more information, please contact:
Kunzang, Event Director
kunzang108@gmail.com
619-817-8255

 


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How to Pray and Celebrate Buddha's Holy Days

A Teaching by Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

You should recite the following prayers:

1. Great Pure Intention

Concise Bodhicitta Prayer

For the true happiness of all beings,
I will become Buddha in this very life.
Therefore, I will joyfully learn, contemplate, and meditate
on Enlightened life of Buddha Shakyamuni.

Expanded Bodhicitta Prayer

For the benefit of all sentient beings;
for the true happiness of all beings;
for the sake of world peace;
for the preservation of the Dzogchen Lineage;
and especially to decrease negative thinking, negative karma,
negative conduct, negative attitude, negative actions, and suffering;
and to increase positive thinking, positive karma,
positive conduct, positive attitude, positive actions, and happiness;
I will become Buddha in this very life.
Therefore, I will joyfully learn, contemplate, and meditate
on The Precious Three Jewels: the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

2. Joyfuly Remember the Four Holy Days

We should remember and honor the Four Holy Days.
We should mark these Holy Days on our calendars.
We should joyfully celebrate the Four Holy Days.
We should organize to teach and practice together on these Holy Days.
We should create good karma and excellently dedicate on these Holy Days.

The Four Holy Days of the Buddha

1. Chotrul Duchen, The Excellent Time of Miracles
Thursday, March 8, 2012, corresponding to the 15th day of the 1st lunar month. On this day, the power of positive and negative intentions and actions increases ten million (10,000,000) times or more.

2. Saga Dawa Duchen, The Excellent Time of the Buddha's Enlightenment
Monday, June 4th, 2012 corresponding to the 15th day of the 4th lunar month. Saga Dawa is the entire fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. The seventh day of Saga Dawa is the day of the historical Buddha's birth for Tibetans. However, the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and entry into Nirvana at his death are observed together on the 15th day of Saga Dawa, which in 2012 is June 4. Saga Dawa is the holiest time of the Tibetan year and a peak time for pilgrimages. On this day, the power of positive and negative intentions and actions increases one billion (1,000,000,000) times or more.

3. Chokhor Duchen, The Excellent Time of the Turning of the Wheel of Dharma
Monday, July 23rd, 2012 corresponding to the 4th day of the 6th lunar month. On this day, the power of positive and negative intentions and actions increases ten million (10,000,000) times or more.

4. Lha Bab Duchen, The Excellent Time of Descent From the Realm of the Gods
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 corresponding to the 22nd day of the 9th lunar month. On this day, the power of positive and negative intentions and actions increases ten million (10,000,000) times or more.

On these auspicious days, please recite the following prayer with good intention.

Heartfelt Dharma Aspiration Prayer
for the Dzogchen Lineage Masters and Students

Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo Sanghaya
Namo Guru, Dewa, Dakiniya

For the benefit of all sentient beings
for the true happiness of all beings
for the sake of world peace
for the preservation of the Dzogchen Lineage
and especially to decrease my negative thinking, negative karma, negative conduct,
negative attitude, negative actions, and suffering
and to increase my positive thinking, positive karma, positive conduct,
positive attitude, positive actions, and happiness,
I will joyfully practice this Heartfelt Dharma Aspiration prayer.

Namo Kind Root Master, embodiment of all Buddhas
Please grant us your blessings

Namo Buddhas, Dharmas and Sanghas of all directions
Please grant us your blessings

Namo Gurus of the three Dzogchen Lineages
Please grant us your blessings

Namo Dewas of the four precious Tantras
Please grant us your blessings

Namo Dakinis of the three sacred realms
Please grant us your blessings

Namo Bodhisattvas of all directions
Please grant us your blessings

Namo Arhats of all directions
Please grant us your blessings

Namo Dharmapalas of all directions
Please grant us your blessings

Namo Lokapalas of all directions
Please grant us your blessings

For the sake of world peace and the true happiness of all beings,
May Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche have good health and long life.
May his aspirations be fulfilled and Dharma activities be successful.

May his students have the resources and time to practice Dharma.
May his students diligently learn, contemplate, and meditate on Dharma.
May his students become Dzogchen Masters and benefit all beings.
May his students preserve and perpetuate the Dzogchen Lineage in all universes.
May all Dzogchen Lineage Masters, students, and institutions flourish and benefit all beings.

Through the sincerity of my good intentions,
the immeasurable power of all Buddhas, the holy truth of all Dharmas,
and the boundless merit of all Sanghas,
may these virtuous aspirations swiftly be fulfilled,
completely be fulfilled, be fulfilled, fulfilled.

Precious Sangha Gathering and Auspicious Prayer Ceremonies

On these auspicious days, it is best if Sangha members and practitioners can congregate and practice together. In particular, practice and pray with the supreme intention of Bodhicitta. That is, pray that all beings may be free from all suffering and attain True Happiness forever. Especially, pray for the people of this earth to be free from famine, war, and disease and have temporary and long-term happiness and peace.

These requests are for the prayers and practices not only of the Dzogchen Sangha, but of all Buddhist monasteries, retreat centers and congregations around the world. On these days, everyone should do extra virtuous practices.

Important Note: It is especially important to pray on these auspicious days for all those who have sponsored and helped support the Dzogchen Retreat Center project, the Dzogchen Lineage Internship Program, International Dzogchen Dharma Centers, particularly the Dharma book writing project and our sacred Dharma activities.

On these days, the international Sangha should also engage in various Dharma activities such as a special Grand Prayer for the purpose of world peace, for the long life of the holy teachers, and for the success of Sangha practitioners.

How to Engage in Virtuous Activities On these auspicious days, it is extremely powerful for Buddhist practitioners to start, complete or increase any of the following beneficial activities with the great pure intention of positive thinking:

  • Learn, contemplate, and meditate on Dharma
  • Decrease your negative thinking
  • Increase your positive thinking
  • Pray to your Root Master and all Result Buddhas
  • Sponsor retreatants
  • Be generous to poor people
  • Give offerings to monks and nuns
  • Make pledges for offering generosity
  • Give food to hungry people and animals
  • Make light offerings to all Buddhas and all beings
  • Conduct or make fire and water offerings to all Buddhas and all beings
  • Pray for world peace and for world leaders
  • Show loving action towards your parents
  • Volunteer for community service
  • Connect with your neighbors
  • Spread good news to others
  • Show respect to elders
  • Adopt orphans
  • Smile at others
  • Release captive animals
  • Protect the environment
  • Hang prayer flags
  • Recite Dharma texts
  • Carve mantras in rocks
  • Memorize Dharma texts
  • Create mandalas and shrine rooms
  • Make Dharma prayer wheels and tsa tsas
  • Make or sponsor Buddha statues and stupas
  • Clean and decorate temples and shrine rooms
  • Give Buddhist images, Dharma texts or sacred objects to others
  • Build Buddhist monasteries, Dharma centers, schools and hospitals
  • Write beneficial texts
  • Write or read Dharma poetry
  • Translate sacred Dharma books
  • Teach Dharma and lead Dharma practice
  • Request Dharma teachings from Holy teachers
  • Attend Dharma teachings, practice or discussion
  • Invite Dharma teachers and arrange Dharma seminars
  • Make films and music illustrating or recounting the lives and teachings of Buddhas, Enlightened Beings, Vajra Masters, or Dharma practitioners
  • Make pilgrimages to sacred places
  • Circumambulate temples and holy objects
  • Go on solitary retreats (if you have proper instruction)
  • Purify your resentment and guilt
  • Quit smoking, using drugs or abusing alcohol
  • Diligently maintain positive thinking and positive conduct
  • Renew or make new commitments for avoiding negative conduct
  • Renew or make new commitments for engaging in positive conduct
  • Be grateful and rejoice in the good intentions and actions of yourself and others
  • Make a wonderful party and celebration for starting, maintaining, or completing good works

Conducting any of these activities with pure motivation makes your life meaningful, creates healing, promotes the Dharma, and benefits all sentient beings. It creates immeasurable good karma that increases your personal happiness, world peace, and ensures that you will swiftly attain the supreme Enlightenment of Vast Awakening.

If you cannot practice together with the Sangha at a Dharma Center or private home on these Holy Days, it is also acceptable to practice individually. Whatever you do, try to accumulate merit on these excellent days.

At the conclusion of your practice, sincerely dedicate your merit to the long life of the Vajra Masters, for the Dharma attainments of the Dzogchen Sangha, as well as for the continued success of the Dzogchen Dharma Centers, the Dzogchen Retreat Center, the flourishing of the Buddha Path, and the preservation of the Dzogchen Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Sarva Mangalam! (All things auspicious!)

Love & Blessings,
Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

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Love and Compassion + Awareness and Wisdom = Dzogchen Lineage

May pure renunciation, compassion, faith, loving kindness, and awareness increase in your mind. May happiness, harmony, blessings, peace, and the bliss of enlightenment increase in your life.

 


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UPCOMING 2012 DZOGCHEN RETREATS

Don’t miss our upcoming retreats.
Please register at the links below

The Mandala Garden at the DRC, April 2012

The Mandala Garden at the DRC, April 2012. Photo by Bhadra

2012 Dzogchen Spring Retreat

A Retreat with Mahayana Dharma teacher Erik Jung
Saturday, May 12th – Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Register Find out more and apply online:
www.dzogchenlineage.org/springretreat

Contact

Ani Dechok Tso, Spring Retreat Director
anidechoktso@gmail.com
541-743-6440

Kerrie Bishop, Assistant Spring Retreat Director
kerriebshp@yahoo.com
541-686-0396

Dorje

2012 Dzogchen Weekend Retreats at the DRC

Guided by the Upasaka Bodhisattvas
Contemplating The Four Immeasurables

May 25–28, 2012 ~ Topic: Compassion
June 22–25, 2012 ~ Topic: Love
July 13–16, 2012 ~ Topic: Joy

Register

Find out more:
www.dzogchenlineage.org/weekendretreat

Contact

Dzogchen Retreat Center
dzogchenretreatcenter@gmail.com
619-817-8255

Dorje

2012 Dzogchen Summer Retreat

A Retreat with Upasaka Bodhisattva Hazlitt Krog
Sunday, July 1st – Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Register

Find out more and apply online:
www.dzogchenlineage.org/summerretreat

Contact

Rikkianne Cox, Summer Retreat Director
rikkiannec@gmail.com
541-220-6178

Ani Dechok Tso, Assistant Summer Retreat Director
anidechoktso@gmail.com
541-743-6440

Dorje

2012 Buddha Path Retreat & Dzogchen Internship

A Rare Retreat Opportunity With Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche
One-Month Buddha Path Retreat: July 21 – August 24, 2012
Three-Month Internship: July 21 – October 26, 2012

Register

Find out more and apply online:
www.dzogchenlineage.org/internship

Follow the Dzogchen Internship Program on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DzogchenInternshipProgram

Contact

Shannon Young, Internship Director
Rita Pichlhoefer, Internship Assistant Director
2012dzogchenbuddhapath@gmail.com
619-817-8255

 

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