Khenpo Tsering visits Pasadena Bodhi Path

We had the good fortune and blessings to have our teacher and friend Khenpo Tsering visit our group last Wednesday night and give teachings this weekend at the home of our dear friend and dharma sister, Jean Loo. Many thanks to everyone who contributed in making this weekend a most enjoyable one. Khenpo elucidated the 5th Chapter, Vigilant Introspection, of the Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra, Way of the Bodhisattva. We all benefited greatly from Khenpo’s explanations and his wonderful stories.

“Khenpo finished his teachings of Chapter 5 Vigilant Introspection with 109 verses in A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva.  Look forward to more teachings.” – Jean Loo

Khenpo with Francesca, Erinn, and Nastassja at our Wednesday night class

Khenpo and the sangha at Jean’s home

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Lama Jampa Thaye’s visit to Pasadena Bodhi Path

Lama Jampa Thaye

Lama Jampa Thaye

Pasadena Bodhi Path was delighted and profoundly grateful for the wonderful opportunity and blessings to have been able to host Lama Jampa Thaye for a weekend of teachings. Lama Jampa gave teachings and explanations based on, “A Concise Lojong Manual” by the 5th Shamarpa. Along with the commentary from the text by the 5th Shamarpa, Lama Jampa include instructions and additional commentary given to him by our own, Kunzig Shamarpa Rinpoche shortly before he passed last year. This was indeed a blessing and displayed the transcendence of a great Master’s wisdom, that continues, beyond the illusion of form. Thank you Lama Jampa Thaye!

Lama Jampa Thaye visits with a little bodhisattva

Lama Jampa Thaye visits with a little bodhisattva

Blessings  Shamarpa & Lama Jampa Thaye

Blessings
Shamarpa & Lama Jampa Thaye

Lama Jampa Thaye This Weekend, April 18 – 19 Pasadena CA

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Whatever You Meet Unexpectedly, Join With Meditation

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The idea is that whatever comes up is not a sudden threat or an encouragement or any of that bullshit. Instead it simply goes along with one’s discipline, one’s awareness of compassion. If somebody hits you in the face, that’s fine…

Generally speaking, Western audiences have a problem with that kind of thing. It sounds love-and-lighty, like the hippie ethic in which “Everything is going to be okay. Everybody is everybody’s property, everything is everybody’s property. You can share everything with everybody. Don’t lay ego trips on things.” But this is something more than that… It is simply to be open and precise, and to know your territory at the same time. You are going to relate with your own neurosis rather than expanding that neurosis to others.

In a sense, when you begin to settle down to that kind of practice, to that level of being decent and good, you begin to feel very comfortable and relaxed in your world. It actually takes away your anxiety altogether, because you don’t have to pretend at all… There is so much accommodation taking place in you. And out of that comes a kind of power: what you say makes sense to others. The whole thing works so wonderfully. It does not have to become martyrdom. It works very beautifully.

 

From Training the Mind & Cultivating Loving-Kindness by Chogyam Trungpa , copyright 1993 by Diana Mukpo.

 

The Path to Awakening now on Goodreads

The Path to Awakening: How Buddhism's Seven Points of Mind Training Can Lead You to a Life of Enlightenment and HappinessThe Path to Awakening: How Buddhism’s Seven Points of Mind Training Can Lead You to a Life of Enlightenment and Happiness by Shamar Rinpoché
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read the first edition of this book when it was first published in 2009. I’m very happy to see that it is now being reissued through a new publisher and a focus to making it widely available. This book is Rinpoche’s commentary on the classic Seven Points of Mind Training. There are many different books on Mind Training, lojong in Tibetan. I have read many and found Rinpoche’s book to be a valuable addition to the collection of commentaries of these wonderful teachings. Let’s face it, Rinpoche is not reinventing the wheel here. These are authentic teachings passed down for centuries from teacher to student.

Although they may sound a little foreign to someone who is new to Buddhism, they are nevertheless extremely beneficial and derive from the Buddha’s teachings, the Buddhadharma. As the title implies, it is a road map to awakening. And we are guided by these instructions and a genuine spiritual guide. For me, a lifelong endeavor and commitment. I highly recommended this text to anyone who is interested in Buddhism’s methods to free oneself from the habit of self-reference. And just to be honest, I give all Dharma books 5 stars. Impossible not to, if it’s authentic Buddhadharma. I also recommend that one finds an authentic teacher/spiritual friend to guide and assist on this road trip.

Safe travels

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Shamar Rinpoche at the Milken Institute – Video

The Path to Awakening: How Buddhism’s Seven Points of Mind Training Can Lead You to a Life of Enlightenment and Happiness

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Shamar Rinpoche visits Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena!

Shamar Rinpoche

Shamar Rinpoche

Greetings Dharma folk!

Well, it has surely been a busy week! We have had the pleasure of having Shamar Rinpoche visit us here in Pasadena, San Luis Obispo, and culminating with the event in Santa Monica this evening, so don’t miss it! I’ve been the un-official paparazzi for the events so I will be posting reports and photos in the coming days. For now, please enjoy these images from Rinpoche’s visit to Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena last Thursday.

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Rinpoche at Vroman's Bookstore

Rinpoche at Vroman’s Bookstore

The event was well attended by many of Rinpoche’s students as well as folks meeting him for the first time. Rinpoche gave a wonderful talk discussing his new book, The Path to Awakening, and explained the origins of the root text his commentary is based on. The event was so well attended that all of Rinpoche’s books sold out! Vroman’s staff was very helpful and handed out book plates to be signed by Rinpoche and offered to take book orders with free shipping. Many of the visitors were from our local Pasadena Bodhi Path Center, as well as the Los Angeles Bodhi Path and Diamond Way Centers.

Rinpoche meets with friends

Rinpoche meets with friends

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Pasadena Bodhi Path resident teacher Khedrub (Center)

Pasadena Bodhi Path resident teacher Khedrub (center)

Friends came from all realms!

Friends came from all realms!

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