Tsewong Sitar Rinpoche Dharma talks in October 2011

Tsewong Sitar Rinpoche, a great meditation master and Chöd specialist who has spent 20 years in solitary retreat, Tsewong Rinpoche has achieved a high level of inner realization and power.
But he is also renowned in his native Bhutan for his unique healing ability and skills in prophecy.

Tsewong Sitar Rinpoche is a master of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, trained in the Ngakpa traditions since early childhood.

Program schedule

Date/Time: SATURDAY  1st October (2pm-4pm)

Dharma talk: Hooking In Wealth

The ultime goal of Buddha Dharma is complete liberation from our illusions and fixations.

But along the way, Tibetan Buddhism has an extraordinary repertoire of skillful means to help smooth our journey.

In these difficult times, the practice of “Hooking in Wealth” is a powerful and essential tool. Tsewong Sitar Rinpoche will teach this simple and effective method of drawing in the universal forces of life enrichment, based on the revealed treasure of PeGyal Lingpa. Combined with the mantra of Zambhala, this practice helps our financial security, the stability of our home and career, and nourishes all aspects of our physical and emotional life.

Location: Welcome Palace Apartment (Ram’s place) on Naret rd. (a one way street), off of Sriphraya road. If you are coming by Sub-way (easiest) you can take the Samyan station exit in front of the temple then catch a Taxi or take a Motorbike Taxi (20 Baht) from there by telling them to go to Bangrak Police station. If coming by BTS you can get off at Saladaeng station and take a taxi from there as well. You can just tell the taxi to come to the Bangrak police station if you are coming directly from elsewhere. Once at the police station, my building is an old white building just before the station, come on the 12th floor on the right side and you’ll see a big door and I’ll be in there.  If you see a lot of Africans in the building it means that you are in the right building.

And the map on google-map is below.

Please feel free to call Ram at 081-9855564 or email ram@pluslab.com if you have any questions : -) and feel free to invite others who might be interested as well.

Welcome Palace apartment

Show on Google Maps

RSVP: Please let us know if you’ll be coming by clicking “Attend” on the https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mongkol-Sri-มงคลศรี/129391663758098 page or send email to ram@pluslab.com

 

 

Date/Time: SUNDAY 2nd October (6pm-9pm)

Dharma talk: Receiving and Sending

At the the very heart of Mahayana Buddhism is the method of Tong-Len, the practice of Taking and Sending.

What we take in, is the negativity, karma and suffering of other sentient beings, and we give out peace, freedom from suffering and positive qualities of all kinds. Surprisingly, instead of this being “toxic” or dangerous for the meditator, it is deeply healing. It clears vast oceans of our own negative karma and helps develop a deep sense of compassion, while freeing us from anxiety and pessimism. It is the ultimate portable practice, useful everywhere in daily life. Tsewong Rinpoche will lead us in a concise explanation and meditation practice of Tong-Len.

Dharma transmission: Long Life Blessing

Additionally, Tsewong Rinpoche will transmit the long-life blessing of Red Vajrasattva.

Location: The Bangkok Shambhala Center, Narathiwat Soi 15, Yaek 8, house #29, Bangkok, Thailand,

RSVP: please register on the website at www.bangkok.shambhala.info

Luangpor Jumnien Dharma talk “meditation in every activity” Thu 15 Sep 2011 หลวงพ่อจำเนียร สอนวิปัสสนาในทุกกิจกรรม พฤหัสบดีนี้ 15 ก.ย. 2554

LuangPor Jumnien หลวงพ่อจำเนียร

LuangPor Jumnien หลวงพ่อจำเนียร

หลวงพ่อจำเนียร สีลเสฏโฐ เจ้าอาวาสวัดถ้ำเสือ จ.กระบี่ จะมาสอนการปฏิบัติวิปัสสนาระหว่างการทำกิจกรรมทุกๆกิจกรรมในชีวิตประจำวัน

ณ อาคารเวลคัม (ข้าง สน. บางรัก ชั้น 12) วัน พฤหัสบดี นี้ (15 กันยายน) เวลาประมาณ 16.00น.-20.00น.

 

อาคารเวลคัม ติดสน. บางรัก ชั้น 12 (ตรงข้ามสำนักงานเขตบางรัก)

สำรองที่นั่ง 089-7517812 หรือ 081-9855564

หรือกด “Attending” ใน facebook หน้า Mongkol Sri – มงคลศรี

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LuangPor Jamnien Abbot of Wat Thum Sua (Temple of Tiger cave) in Krabi province will be teaching at Welcome apartment next to Bangrak Police station on 12th floor) on THIS Thursday 15th September 4pm-8pm to teach meditation. Please join us.

He is well known throughout Thailand especially for his meditation instructions in every daily action, in other words, living the meditation.
(LuangPor Jamnien is also a teacher of Phra Khru Pariyatsasanakhun abbot of Wat Thammawanaram (Hongkong) in which some of you have met in early August)

 

This Dharma talk will be in Thai with translation into English.

Dinner will be provided after the talk.

The event and dinner is free of charge.

Contact to RSVP: 081-9855564 or click “Attending” on our facebook page at Mongkol Sri – มงคลศรี : -)

 

Directions:

Welcome Palace apartment on Naret rd. (a one way street), off of Sriphraya road. If you are coming by Sub-way (easiest) you can take the Samyan station exit in front of the temple then catch a Taxi or take a Motorbike Taxi (20 Baht) from there by telling them to go to Bangrak Police station. If coming by BTS you can get off at Saladaeng station and take a taxi from there as well. You can just tell the taxi to come to the Bangrak police station if you are coming directly from elsewhere. Once at the police station, my building is an old white building just before the station, come on the 12th floor on the right side and you’ll see a big door and I’ll be in there. If you see a lot of Africans in the building it means that you are in the right building.

 

Map/แผนที่ click here

Phakchok Rinpoche message in September 2011 สาส์นจากท่าน พักชก ริมโปเช ในเดือน สิงหาคม 2554

Calling The Guru From Afar

Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,I hope you have all been happy and healthy.  Here in the Kathmandu Valley, it has been a day of prayers and longing for a Great Nyingma Master who recently entered Parinirvana. On an occasion like this, I’m reminded of the prayer, “Calling the Guru from Afar”by the Great Rime master, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye.When reciting this prayer, it is crucial to have a firm condifence in the fact the one’s Guru personifies all the Buddhas of the three times. By gaining certainty in the Root Guru, the student naturally develops unwavering devotion and gratitude towards the Three Jewels.  And with the generated stability and certainty, the student then progresses on the path. Once on the path, the student develops certainty in the practice and with devotion and veneration in the Root Guru, fruition is attained. Therefore when reciting the prayer, recite it with certainty, veneration and devotion.

The Preliminary Contemplations 

 

Samsara

Alas!

Sentient beings like me, with negative karma and evil deeds,

Have wandered in samsara from beginningless time.

I continue to experience endless suffering,

But I never feel even the briefest moment of regret.

Guru think of me, regard me with compassion.

Bless me that renunciation may arise from the depths of my heart.

 

Most importantly, we have to look at our own conduct and experiences, how we go through the day without any mindfulness. This is reinforcing our samsaric habitual tendencies, but we don’t see how we waste our time, we don’t see it as meaningless. Why do we not have regrets, consciousness or mindfulness? Why we don’t have any renunciation towards samsaric and mental activities? Why do we have so much activities and emotions, including positive emotions? Suffering is easy to abandon but we find it difficult to let go of any pleasure that we feel, any enjoyment that we have. The feeling of suffering is suffering of suffering, the feeling of joy is suffering of change, and the neutral feeling is the all-pervasive suffering. Whenever you feel that you lack something, this arises from the habits that you have from the past.

 

The suffering in samsara is not supposed to make you depressed. Being depressed and having renunciation are two different things. Mere suffering is when you are sucked into the meaningless suffering of samsara. Renunciation is when you know how to be free of that suffering and wanting to be free from that suffering. It will make you not waste your time, not be completely distracted to your daily activities and make wiser choice to follow the dharma to attain enlightenment.

 

Precious Human Birth

Though having attained the freedoms and riches I squander my life,

Always preoccupied by the pointless affairs of this world.

When applying myself to the great pursuit of liberation, I am overcome by laziness.

As I return from this island of jewels empty-handed,

Guru think of me, regard me with compassion.

Bless me that my human life may become meaningful.

 

What is actually a meaningful life? Using your time and effort towards the right path, the dharma. Doing something without good motivation, or doing activities with good motivation but acting without mindfulness, being completely distracted is like coming back from an island of jewels, empty-handed. Laziness, having a choice to meditate but not taking that choice, is also coming empty-handed. Having right motivation, right mindfulness and right meditation or practice to have a meaningful life.  We ask the guru to bless us to remind us to practice every moment.

 

The Dharma:

Death and Impermanance 

Not a single life on earth escapes death,

Even now, they pass away one after the other.

Soon, I too must die. I am a fool, thinking I will remain forever.

Guru think of me, regard me with compassion.

Bless me so that with no time to waste, I will curtail my plans.

 

Thinking of impermanence is very important and the thought that I am may die today becomes a good reminder of it. On the contarary, we normally like to think that we will live until 90, work till we reach 50, and then spend 20 years practicing in retreat, and then spend the remaining in enjoyment. Impermanence makes you serious and cautious about your time, not meant to make you sad. It should transform your motivation to do your practice and a reminder to be more diligent, not to make you have fear.

 

There are different attitude towards impermanence – there are some people who celebrate death, some who are indifferent and some who fear even the name of death. If you are in the third category, you need to spend less time thinking of impermanence, and if you are in the second category, you need to spend more time.

 

There are a few ways of looking at impermanence – one is thinking that the individuals around you are dying one by one, and soon it will be your turn. Secondly, thinking that the time of death is uncertain. Thirdly, some people don’t care about death but don’t know how to practice when they die, so they should learn from today how to practice at the point of death.

 

However, we should be careful that impermanence does not become a motivation to practice the dharma. Fear of death being the main motivation to practice dharma is a lowly, samsaric motivation. Death should boost your practice but not be your motivation to practice.

 

Karma 

In front, the black darkness of fear waits to take us in,

From behind, we are chased by the fierce red wind of karma.

The hideous messengers of the lord of death beat and stab us,

And so we must experience the unbearable sufferings of the lower realms.

Guru, think of me, behold us swiftly with compassion.

Bless me so that we are liberated from the chasms of lower realms. 

 

We work so hard to make all our family and friends happy, to earn money and possessions. We spend a lot of money and time to improve our health. However, we don’t have any good results from all this time and effort – it’s a bad investment. However much we work for our family, they will die one by one. When we die, our possessions will be enjoyed by someone else. Our family will cry for us for some time, but after that we will fade from their memory. However much we work for our body, it will slowly deteriorate. However much we want to make our mind happy, the foolish mind will be wandering in the states of bardo and samsara.

 

Please guru, bless me so that I can see that all this time and effort spent is meaningless. Some people say family is good for practice. Without money how can we do retreat, how can we make offerings to the monks? Without a healthy body, how can I meditate? Without a happy mind, I am not motivated to practice? So what is this verse talking about?

 

But here what is meant is that you have to draw a line, how much time and effort do you want to spend in such pursuits? Does samsaric satisfaction benefit you in the dharma – making you wiser and attain enlightenment? Do not spend your time completely in samsara, spend your time meaningfully.

 

The above verses are in regards with the four preliminary contemplations. The remainig verses concentates on the eight faults and it’s antidotes which I might bring forth in my next GRD message.

 

Keeping you all in my heart and my prayers.

 

Sarva Mangalam,

 

Phakchok Rinpoche

 

 

 

Dharma event at Saladhamma 3rd-5th September 2011

Dharma event program hosted by Ajarn Chaitawat the translator of life and teachings of Milarepa and Dharma garden of Tsongkhapa into Thai. Please contact 0818417855 for information.