Songs and Prayers of Realization by His Eminence Dorge Chang Kabje Kalu Rinpoche

Songs and Prayers of Realization
by His Eminence Dorge Chang Kabje Kalu Rinpoche

Prayer to Root Lama

Incomparably kind Root Spiritual Master; Body that unites
All Victors and their Spiritual Heirs of the three times,
Illustrious leader of every sentient being others and myself
From the bottom of my heart, I pray to you.
Bless me that I train in compassion and in the mind of awakening.
Bless me that I see the innate enlightened face, of my own abiding nature.

Song of Auspicious Fortune

The Spiritual Master’s Auspicious Fortune
Is the exhaustion of all faults
And the Perfection of all Qualities.

The Profound Teaching’s Auspicious Fortune
Is to reveal the Sublime Path free from error.

The Disciple’s Auspicious Fortune
Is to enter the Correct Path.

May the Ultimate Auspicious Fortune
The merging of the Master’s mind
And the Decuples mind Abide.


Listening’s Auspicious Fortune is a heart
Rejuvenated with Profound Instructions.

Refection’s Auspicious Fortune is the collapse
Of delusion’s false cavern.

Meditation’s Auspicious Fortune is the sight
Of Awareness of our own face.

May the Result’s Auspicious Fortune
Actualization of ultimate Enlightenment Abide.


Erudition’s Auspicious Fortune is Knowledge
Of all things to be accepted or rejected.

Noble Conduct’s Auspicious Fortune
Is Freedom from all Faults.

Excellence’s Auspicious Fortune
is the Beauty of every Positive Quality.

May the Auspicious Fortune of Magnificence
Victory over all faults Abide


Teaching’s Auspicious Fortune is to bring
Other faithful persons to Maturity.

Debate’s Auspicious Fortune is Victory
In battle with obscuring emotions.

Composition’s Auspicious Fortune is to reach perfection
In the View and Meditation.

May the abiding nature’s Auspicious Fortune
Spontaneous Help, to others, Abide.


The Auspicious Fortune of the Basis
Is a noble Altruistic Intention, a single white cloth

The Path’s Auspicious Fortune
Is all that you do, becomes the Spiritual Path.

The Result’s Auspicious Fortune
Is the Accomplishment of your own and others Benefit.

May the All-pervasive Auspicious Fortune
Entirely pervade all Space

Sarva Mangalam Javentu

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The Single Sufficient Remedy

The Single Sufficient Remedy

 

“In prison Khenpo Munsel Rinpoche taught me this: ‘The extent of your realization will be known when you encounter difficult circumstances. You will not know the extent of your realization when things go well.’ When you find yourself in a troublesome situation, when you are in great pain, when an intense emotion arises, only then will you know where you are at with practice.

 

He added: ‘Adverse circumstances reveal your hidden faults.’ If you are able to hold awareness unwaveringly during such a time, and thus if you are not carried away by the force of the emotion, it is a sign that you have gained experience in practice.

 

If you were to practice mindful awareness with great diligence for just a month, if you were to recognize even the slightest thought and not allow your mind to wander off into delusion for that time, even in such a short time you would witness great changes.

 

Fierce afflictions would not faze you so much any more, because you would have gained personal experience in observing the illusory play. There is in fact just one remedy necessary—mindful awareness. It is the single sufficient remedy that transforms difficulties inside and out.”

 

–H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

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ISLAM AND BUDDHISM :The Costs of “Purification”

At the time when the holy month of Ramadan sets in which should be dedicated to inner recollection, self discipline and purification, true questions could be asked

How come that religion leads so many to acts of brutality beyond imagination? Christians destroying each others and all not sharing their very particular view points, Jews barely remaining alive through use of war and destruction, Muslims attacking each others on the very beginning day of Ramadan, this must bring at least a few of us to reflect on the meaning of the more and more violent world we have created and now have to face.

All the suffering in the world comes from seeking pleasure for oneself. 

All the happiness in the world comes from seeking pleasure for others.

I stumbled upon another unbelievable sad story today which I was not aware of and share with you. As long as we all believe that events are the result of external happening and we can change the curse of them at the point of a gun, there will be nothing but havoc on a grand scale.

Religion should lead people to long lasting happiness which means respect for all forms of life, for each other of course, for the environment which tamed desires and greed render peaceful and pleasant to live in , which is obviously not the case today.

Changes do not come through outer intervention. It comes and continues to manifest through the efforts of ordinary people like you and me who , at each moment of the day try to realise the consequences of their actions ( or non action) restrain themselves as no one else is going to do it for us, temper their attitude remembering that we live in a close network of interdependence on each other and the environment and that all beings hurt, in the same way as we do when we have nothing to eat, drink , find shelter or have a helping hand, a smile a hug  when we need it most. A gun, abuses , torture, exploitation is a boomerang, today aimed at others, tomorrow hitting us.

Here the story which saddens so much for all involved, maybe today as you read this you can extend an extra hand, an extra smile, an extra help and dedicate it to all suffering beings so they may realise the real nature of reality and release themselves from the bonds of endless suffering

Thailand: Buddhists make the best targets

In the Thai Buddhist mind, almost nothing is so disturbing as harming a monk. That is exactly why insurgents shoot monks at close range.

PATTANI, Thailand — The monk suddenly realized he was running. What just happened? All around him, soldiers assigned to guard his morning alms run fired their M-16s through a cloud of smoke and airborne debris. Some rolled in the dirt. Screaming.

The monk screamed too. My arm, he thought, it’s blown off. But when Wacharapong Suttha looked down, there it was, intact but streaked with blood. He had not even dropped his silver alms bowl, held fast by fingers curled around its basin in a death grip.

Wacharapong would spend nine days in the hospital, where a doctor plucked metal chips from his rump. The stinging has since faded. But the January bombing blackened the 27-year-old’s psyche. It dominates his waking thoughts.

“I weep in my chambers,” said Wacharapong, perched under a wooden temple shelter, his bare feet studded with ruby-colored shrapnel welts. The stress finally compelled him to leave the monkhood, though he still lives on the temple grounds as an assistant.

“I have felt sick as if possessed by a demon,” he said. “I think of suicide.”

Wacharapong Suttha, a Thai Buddhist monk, lies on a hospital bed following a bomb attack in Thailand’s restive southern province of Pattani on Jan. 28, 2011. (Tuwaedaniya Meringing/AFP/Getty)

In the Thai Buddhist mind, almost nothing is so disturbing as harming a monk. That is exactly why insurgents shoot monks at close range, hide bombs on their alms routes and occasionally hack off their heads.

Monks were once the lowest-hanging fruit, unarmed targets attacked to inflict peak damage to Buddhist morale. The army has since decided to guard them at all hours. Troops have transformed Buddhist temples into military camps.

Wacharapong’s temple in Yala city is, for all practical purposes, a fortress with a tall golden spire in the middle. It is defended by G.I.s, their helmeted heads just visible above walls of black sandbags. Barracks trailers crowd the temple grounds.

“We have more than 100 soldiers here,” said the Lak Muang temple’s 62-year-old abbot, Tong. “And we have only seven monks.”

His monks can still perform alms runs. Each morning, two pre-pubescent novice monks in day-glo orange robes trod barefoot into town and collect food. But as merit-making Thais spoon rice and curry into their alms bowls, an entire platoon stands guard.

All those guns, all that concertina wire piled high as hay bales around holy grounds. Does it not undermine Buddha’s teachings?

“It is not a contradiction,” said Abbot Tong in a whispery monotone. “The soldiers try to act according to Buddha’s principles. But the other side does not.”

“We’re at a disadvantage,” the abbot said. “We don’t wage battle. If we catch them, we look after them with karma in mind. If they catch us, we are treated like animals.”

But while monks are defenseless, their flock is armed to the teeth.

State security forces in the deep south — a patchwork of troops, cops and civilian paramilitary groups — amount to roughly 100,000 people among a population of about 1.8 million. About 25,000 of them belong to the Village Protection Volunteers. It is essentially an all-Buddhist militia.

Locally known by the shorthand “Or Ror Bor,” the militia is government sponsored, army trained and often meets inside Buddhist temples. Any Buddhist 18 or older is encouraged to sign up, grab a gun and join patrols. Can’t afford a 12-gauge? The government will loan one out or offer a 60 percent rebate.

“We’re all Buddhist. No Muslims among us,” said Choedsak “Pig” Isaro, a Pattani city militia captain who runs a tin-roofed tea shop with his wife, Chicken.

“Used to be, they could just drive in and shoot us,” said Choedsak. “Not anymore. The terrorists have their network. Now we have ours.”

“Absolutely everyone here has to know how to shoot,” said Penporn, the matronly captain of her village’s 190-person defense unit. The 2,000-person settlement, Tung Ka, lies within a military-designated “red zone” under insurgents’ sway.

“I never feel safe. My sleep is restless,” Penporn said. “We never know when the attackers will come next.”

But while she dutifully trains with troops twice a year, the subject of firearms turns the grandmother melancholy. To be honest, Penporn said, she probably doesn’t have the guts to kill anyone.

“I wouldn’t shoot them in time,” she said. “How do you know, before they get you, if they’re bandits or good guys? You can’t just shoot them first. You’re out of luck.”

Reading, writing, revolvers

Even teachers, targeted as agents of Buddhist indoctrination, arrive to school with handguns tucked under their belts. At one school within a “red zone” district called Rueso in Narathiwat province, the administrator estimated that 30 percent of his staff is armed in the classroom.

“I don’t pressure the teachers to carry guns,” said Principal Karan Satthatipkul, who keeps a Glock 9 millimeter in his desk. “It’s their decision.”

Like the region’s temples, schools too have become de facto battlements. Troops were even ordered to teach four years ago when nearly 80 percent of the region’s 3,500 Buddhist teachers requested transfers or simply stopped showing up. The government briefly considered installing 500 satellite dishes so school staff could beam in lessons from afar.

“We have bad guys coming in, pretending to be parents and even hugging the kindergarten kids,” Karan said. “You never know who they really are.”

Among the armed is Kongrapan Ngoipala, 35, the school music teacher. He grows embarrassed when asked about his own .22-caliber pistol, acquired after masked insurgents fired on his wife and kids at an outdoor aerobics class.

“Guns are not that important. This is,” said Kongrapan, tugging out a clump of Buddhist amulets hidden under his button-up shirt. “In this world, there is birth, pain, aging and then death. So if I die, I die.”

Kongrapan refuses to leave. Who would take his place? But he still recalls the last words of a policeman friend who, like Kongrapan, also hailed from Thailand’s poor northeast. Both came in search of work with extra danger pay.

They last met in a hospital room where the cop, hit by a roadside bomb, was slowly dying. “He told me, ‘Don’t stay, brother,’” Kongrapan said. “‘Just move away.’”

The hostile multitudes are vast as space

What chance is there that all should be subdued?
Let but this angry mind be overthrown

And every foe is then and there destroyed

Shantideva

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Nature of Mind

“We can never understand the nature of the mind through intense effort but only by relaxing, just as breaking a wild horse requires that one approach it gently and treat it kindly rather than running after it and trying to use force. So do not try to catch hold the nature of the nature of the mind, just leave it like it is.”

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A Guide to Locations for Cultivating Samadhi

by Longchen Rabjam

On mountaintops, in secluded forests and on islands and the like,

Places which are agreeable to the mind and well suited to the season,

Cultivate tranquil samadhi, which is single-pointed and unwavering—

Clear light, which is free from the slightest conceptual elaboration.

 

This is achieved naturally when three pure factors come together:

The ideal location, individual and Dharma to be practised.

 

First of all, the location must be one that is secluded and agreeable,

Somewhere conducive to spiritual practice in the different seasons.

 

In summer, meditate in cooler dwellings and cooler locations,

In places near to glaciers or on mountaintops and the like,

In simple dwellings made out of reeds, bamboo or straw.

 

In the autumn, adjust your diet, your clothing, and your conduct,

And stay in a region and residence of moderate temperature,

Such as a forest or a mountainside or a building made of stone.

 

In winter, stay somewhere warmer at a lower altitude,

Such as a forest, a rocky cave or a hollow in the earth,

And adjust your diet, clothing, bedding and the rest.

 

In the spring, stay in the mountains or on the edges of a forest,

On a deserted island or in buildings with mild and even temperature,

With diet, clothing and conduct all suitably attuned—this is crucially important.

 

There is an important interconnection between outer and inner,

So keep to inspiring and secluded places which you find uplifting.

 

High among the mountains the mind becomes clear and expansive,

Ideal for refreshing mental dullness and for practising the generation phase.

 

Snowy regions help to make samadhi clear and awareness bright and lucid,

So for cultivating vipashyana they make ideal places with the fewest obstacles.

 

Forests bring stillness of mind and help us to develop mental stability,

So they are ideal places for cultivating shamatha with a sense of ease.

 

Below rocky cliffs we can feel a vivid sense of impermanence and disenchantment,

Clear and inspired, helping us to achieve the union of shamatha and vipashyana.

 

On the banks of a river, our attention becomes well focused,

And the wish to escape samsara comes rapidly and afresh.

 

Charnel grounds are powerful places for swift accomplishment,

Ideal for the generation or completion phases, it is said.

 

Villages, markets, empty houses, solitary trees and the like,

Which are frequented by humans and non-human demons,

Are distracting for beginners and can bring many obstacles,

But for stable practitioners, they are a support, regarded as supreme.

 

Temples and shrines, inhabited by gyalpo and gongpo spirits,

Can disturb the mind and incite thoughts of anger and aversion.

 

Caverns in the earth and such places, haunted by the senmo demonesses,

Cause passionate desire to arise and bring excessive dullness and agitation.

 

Solitary trees and other places, which are inhabited by mamos and dakinis,

As well as boulders and mountain spurs, where the mutsen and theu’rang reside,

Contribute, it is believed, to mental turmoil and bring all manner of obstacles.

 

The lands of outcastes, nagas, nyen, and local spirits,

By the lakeside, or in meadows, forests and such places,

Adorned with beautiful flowers, plants and trees,

Are pleasant enough at first, but later prove disruptive.

 

In short, all the areas and dwelling places that seem agreeable at first,

But not so once you come to know them, are sites of lesser accomplishment.

Whereas those which seem frightening and unpleasant at first,

But prove agreeable once you have grown accustomed to them,

Are powerfully transformative, bringing great accomplishments without obstacle.

And everywhere else in between is neutral, neither beneficial nor harmful.

 

As our minds are affected by the places in which we stay,

This can make our practice grow stronger or make it weaker,

So it is said that to examine locations is of crucial importance.

 

Moreover, there are four types of place based on the four activities:

Peaceful places, where mind naturally becomes focused and still,

Expansive places, delighting the mind, which are awesome and inspiring,

Magnetizing places, where mind feels captivated and develops attachment,

And wrathful places, where mind is disturbed by feelings of fear and dread.

Further divisions can be made, countless and beyond measure,

But in this context, for samadhi, peaceful places are the best,

And so, fearing an excess of words, I will elaborate no further.

 

In such a peaceful place, the meditation dwelling should be in solitude,

As this will suit the development of concentration in the mind.

The ideal dwelling is one that is open at the sides and has a clear view.

 

For nighttime yoga, practise inside a circular ‘dark house’,

In a high place, and in the middle of the central chamber,

With your pillow to the north, lying down in the posture of nirvana.

 

The location for practising the yoga of light during the daytime,

Should be mild in temperature and should have an entrance

With a broad, unobstructed view onto glaciers, waterfalls, forests or valleys,

And the vast and open sky, so that mind becomes clear and bright.

 

When cultivating shamatha, a solitary hut surrounded by a fence

Is the ideal place for stillness of mind naturally to arise.

For vipashyana, it is important to have a clear, inspiring view,

And to be constantly cheerful and well attuned to the seasons.

 

Low-lying and shaded areas, such as forests and ravines,

Are ideal for practising shamatha, whereas higher regions,

Such as among snowy mountains, are ideal for vipashyana—

It is important that you know these different specifications.

 

To put it simply, any region or actual dwelling place for retreat,

In which renunciation and disenchantment arise, attention is well focused,

And samadhi grows in strength—any such place of virtuous activity—

Is said to be the equal of the sacred site of the heart of awakening.

Whereas any place in which virtues decline, mental afflictions increase,

And one is overcome by distractions and the affairs of this life,

Is a demonic haunt of evil actions, only to be avoided by the wise.

 

Since these points were taught by Padmasambhava,

They should be learned by all who wish for liberation.

 

 

This concludes the first section, being an explanation of the locations for cultivating samadhi, from Finding Comfort and Ease in Meditation on the Great Perfection.

 Translated by Adam, based on an earlier, unpublished translation of Finding Comfort and Ease in Meditation on the Great Perfection by B. Alan Wallace and Adam Pearcey, prepared for HH the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Lerab Gar, France, 2000.

May all Beings caught in the confusion of self arisen delusions find relief from dullness and excitement . In poignant memory of my very Precious Tsawa’i Lama , who tirelessly brought us up year after year at this very time on the magical land akin to Zangdo Palri, how amazing, EMAHO!

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About Empowerments

Some people have the fortunate karma to receive vajrayana empowerements.

Some people have the fortunate karma to grant them

Kabgye Penor Rinpoche was and remains a immanent Empowerement into the Nature of Mind for all those who ever came in contact with him

May those extraordinary pictures from “Ziggy” from Kabgye Rinpoche, some of the most beautiful I have seen for a long, long time serve a bridge to actualise the Blessings which can never perish, they are undoubtedly powerful Tadrol easy to decipher.

Please share this link with all your friends and partake of the Blessings of some of those amazingly vivid pictures ..

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and to remember the blessings turn to Ani Damcho’s translation of the

Namcho Offerings to the Lama 2011

Sarwa Mangalam

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Practical Steps to Help with Japanese Disasters from Chatral Rinpoche

May all Beings Benefit !

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