22 Jun 2015 Leave a comment
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21 Apr 2015 Leave a comment
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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!
13 Apr 2015 Leave a comment
Lama Jampa Thaye describes the 14th Gyalwa Shamarpa.
Coming Soon. A Karmapa International Buddhist Institute Production.
23 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
I am sharing this spectacular group poem that was birthed during the four day Annual Program in Natural Bridge.
In Honor of Shamar Rinpoche, each person was invited to write one line about Rinpoche.
Many did, and then it was fashioned into this poem
Enjoy the Bodhicitta that was flowing all week.
Ruminations of Rinpoche
Manifestor of the rainbow light
Your voice is the whisper of wind in the trees
the warmth of the sun, your smile
A cloud floats with bright clear light across blue sky and melts into its own clarity again
Understand the nature of change—dispel the delusion of perception and conception. This is
Able to obliterate any concept in a single moment
painting with clouds and rainbows
A bird in the sky sees everything and leaves no trace
Unbound Unsurpassed Unforgettable
Oh Bhagawan Ho
My Guru, my glorious Guru
Rinpoche, I bow with deep gratitude for your many blessings
May we take your sudden disappearance, the ultimate teaching of impermanence to heart!
I wish I’d asked you to stay
Your mind, my mind, may there be no separation. Limitlessly vast, spacious, clear
Great blessing, Gentle bliss
Right here, right now
Unbound. Unparalleled. Unborn
Thank you Rinpoche for the methods, strength, and compassion to practice
Sharing your loving essence
Precious jewel of great joy
Thinking of compassion I will stand right behind you
You gave us our teachers, who helped us begin to understand
that you were the supreme teacher
Thank you for everything Sharmapa, including the wonderful blessings!
Through your blessings my heart became a fully opened lotus
Who’d have thought the harmonica could be such a potent tool of the Dharma?
I see your smiling face everyday
In a heartbeat, your Buddha smile was on my lips
Smiling, his eyes, my eyes, meeting…
A warm handshake with a genuine smile
Give love! Share love! Just relax
With a snap of your fingers you rescued us from a meaningless life
You sat before us on a simple cushion and said: “Look at your mind”
A revolutionary Mahamudra master with the presence of a warm, giant cat
I prayed to the light and to goodness for direction
Rinpoche answered…by being Rinpoche!
My heart, my heart
How precious was seeing you in Mexico and receiving your teachings and blessings
or looking up to you on the balcony, from the garden downstairs
The independence of me is my destiny
Everything you said or did was an offer to learn. Thank you Rinpoche
Although your physical presence was not known to me, your radiant energy continues to be
A new chapter in my life has opened, filled with countless treasures to be discovered
We have known each other for many lifetimes
We will know each other for many more
Freedom is the best!
In an instant!
Love, joy and peace is available when the mind stops—they are not emotions
Joyful activity Delightful presence
Thank you for your talks about children, talking to children, and being with my children
We miss you until your return
By the power invested in all of us, may we experience Mahamudra with ultimate ease
Exhausted by concepts is not enlightenment—think it through until the end
You showed me my mind—what a nonconcept
Thank you. Merits gathered under the sun always reflect the sun’s brilliance
So full of everything we could ever need
Pure joy, like a donut peach
Thank you for founding Bodhi Path
Rinpoche you are blessing us through the Bodhi Path Sangha
The Eagle has landed
and all we have now are memories in this collective dream
OK, I’ll behave myself
the Bodhi Path Community
07 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
in Uncategorized Tags: 14th Kunzig Shamarpa Rinpoche, 17th Karmapa, Black Hat Lama, Bodhi Path, Karma Kagyu, Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, Karmapa Thaye Dorje, Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, Red Hat Lama, shamar rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhism
Dearest dharma friends
I am speaking to you as one of many spiritual friends, standing shoulder to shoulder with you in these times, and in all times.
Since the passing in this life of His Holiness Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche on the 11th of June, I have been overwhelmed by your devotion. In my life, I have never seen such devotion. I wish you to know that your efforts are completely meritorious.
Part of the practice of compassion is to place yourself in the position of others. When I put myself in your situation, I can see how difficult this period must have been for you. Not only the sacrifices many of you have made – in terms of time, energy, leaving work, and perhaps more importantly, your families – but mourning the loss of our great teacher Shamar Rinpoche.
For those of you who wished to be present with the kudung of Shamar Rinpoche, but have been unable to do so, I have only my appreciation and prayers to offer you.
I see a great unity. This unity I speak of is not worldly or political in nature, but a unity of our hearts. Our hearts are deeply connected, and your devotion has helped reveal this connection.
Therefore, I wish to thank you from the depth of my heart and request that you continue with your prayers, and know that I will be praying with you in these times, and in all times.
Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, New Delhi, 30 July 2014
04 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
Beautiful pictures of the cremation ceremony at Shar Minub by Tokpa Korlo. Please follow the link.
24 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
Some western visitor to Shamar Rinpoche’s monastery left a cassette tape of this John Denver song with Rinpoche when he was a young monk, and it became his favorite song. The band is the Bodhi Band made up of BodhiPathers from all over who revise favorite songs to reflect Buddhist teachings and who play every year at the annual gathering celebrations.
COUNTRY ROADS, BRING HIM HOME
(Composed in a slightly hidden way)
Almost heaven, sweet Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River.
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, growin’ like a breeze.
CHORUS : Country roads, bring Him home
To the place He belongs:
Sweet Virginia, mountain mama
bring Him home, country roads.
All my mem’ries gather ’round Him:
Mind training, stranger to no one.
Deep and lightly, dancing in the sky*
Taste of youthful moonshine**, teardrop in my eye.
I hear her voice, in the mornin’ hours she calls Him
This song will remind Him of his home far a-way
And walkin’ up the path I make the wish that
He’ll come home some happy day, happy day……
*Kacho Wangpo (second Shamarpa)