Dearest Friends @ CAS ( Phuntsok Cho Ling ),
We are glad to confirm Most Venerable Drikung Ontrul Rinpoche's visit to Singapore in June 2013.
At the same time, we are deeply concerned about the Drikung Kyabgon Chestang Rinpoche's health. His Holiness has guided and protected CAS, and is also responsible for the establishment of CAS's education centre ( Camden Education Center - www.camden.edu.sg ) as well as CAS's first Malaysia Dharma centre ( Phuntsok Cho Ling ).
Do do everything possible for the good health and continued holy works of His Holiness.
Everyone of us @ CAS owes His Holiness mountains of debt and kindness.
The Dalai Lama blessing and accepting the greetings of the
Drikung Kyabgon during His visit to Dehra Dun
May all holy Teachers live-long, spreading the Buddha's Dharma to all lands, at all times.
Every possible wishes,
bb & people @ CAS ( Phuntsok Co Ling )
The perfect rainbow that surrounded the
sun during the 100 million Amitabha mantra
retreat led by His Eminence Garchen
Triptul Rinpoche in Singapore, 2012, with
hundreds of His devout students.
Dear Students of Drikung Ontrul Rinpoche @ CAS,
I am very happy to announce the successful construction of monastery extension, which includes a small temple at the top, few rooms for visiting Rinpoches, extension of the old temple and class rooms.
Now we are in the process of making three new statues and painting the inside temple walls. And we hope to finish it before February 2013.
On behalf on the Lho Lunkar Monastery, Tso Pema I would like to request students of Ontrul Rinpoche to support us.
The collective contribution of different individuals will make this project successful and of great merit.
1. Statue -
The statues will be of Lord Buddha, Guru Rinpoche and Kyopa Jigten Sumgon. Each statue will be of 8ft to 9ft tall.
The finishing cost of the three statues will be around 11.00.000 INR (Eleven Hundred Thousand Rupees)
Each statue will be around 3.66.666 INR (Three Hundred Sixty Six Thousand Six Hundred Sixty Six Rupees)
2. Paintings -
The wall and Ceiling paintings will be of the 12 deeds of the Buddha. The finishing cost will be around 5.00.000 INR (Five Hundred Thousand Rupees)
The monastery will perform pujas for the well being of the sponsors.
Thank you with best wishes.
Aka Rinpoche for
Most Venerable Drikung Ontrul Rinpoche
Kindly visit our website : www.dk-petsek.org
How to make your offerings and to fulfil Rinpoche's holy wishes:
Students of Most Venerable Drikung Ontrul Rinpoche who wish to make offerings to fulfil the holy wishes of Rinpoche for the above project, please email bb @ CAS at email@example.com stating clearly:
(1) the amount offered,
(2) the name/s of sponsors to dedicate to,
(3) the purpose to dedicate for,
(4) your mobile and / or email.
To make your offerings:
bb @ CAS will be using his personal POSB Savings Account and not CAS's society accounts to avoid complicated auditing issues at the end of the financial year.
Post your crossed check in the name of "Tan Boon Beng" to: Blk 719, Jurong West Ave 5, #01-66, Singapore 640719. This is CAS's postal address.
All offerings will, however, be accounted for with receipt/s from Rinpoche's monastery.
The Benefits of the Existence of Statues and of Making Statues
by Lama Zopa Rinpoche ( http://www.lamayeshe.com/?sect=article&id=445 )
Having faith in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, we have the opportunity to accumulate inconceivable merit, to create the cause of enlightenment for oneself and for other sentient beings equaling the infinite sky, by making holy objects and by making offerings to these holy objects.
Success in life generally depends on how much merit a person has accumulated, as does success in particular practices such as the Six Yogas of Naropa in order to achieve the ultimate happiness of liberation and enlightenment, especially enlightenment. The whole of one's success depends on how much merit one has accumulated. The whole question concerns merit, how much merit one has accumulated. To actualize bodhicitta, emptiness, tantra, or even the fundamental realizations of the lam-rim path, you have to be very fortunate, which means you have to have accumulated a lot of merit in the past. So it is wise to attempt to create the cause for success as much as possible in our everyday life.
Manjushri asked Buddha, "One Gone Beyond, now you are the only object to whom sentient beings can make offering. After you pass into the sorrowless state, what will sentient beings do? How will they accumulate merit when they can't see Buddha any more? Please advise us."
Buddha answered, "My four followers, there is not one single difference between making offerings to me now and in the future, with devotion, making offerings to my reflections. The merit is equal and the result is equal."
The "four followers" refers specifically to the fully ordained monks, the fully ordained nuns, the getsuls and the getsulmas, the disciples closest to Buddha, but generally it includes all of us sentient beings who do not have the karma to see the actual living Buddha. We have only the karma to see Buddha's reflections: the symbolic representations of Buddha, such as statues, paintings and so forth.
Buddha is saying that even though we cannot see the actual Buddha, if we make offerings to these holy objects symbolic of Buddha, the merit is equal to that of actually seeing Buddha and making offerings. It is not that the merit of those who met Shakyamuni Buddha in ancient times and were able to make offerings to him is not more than that of offering merely to a statue of Buddha. The result is exactly the same. This is very important to understand and very important to remember in our daily life. When we offer our food and drink, when we make offerings on the altar, whenever we do the practice of offering in our everyday life, we should feel great happiness.
Then Buddha said, "This is due to the blessings of Buddha. This is the reality but ordinary beings whose minds are undeveloped cannot see these benefits."
"This is due to the blessings of Buddha" means that making offerings to statues has the same result due to the power of the holy object. Further reasons as to how the benefits of making offerings to Buddha and the statues of Buddha are the same are mentioned in the Guhyasamaja root text.
Then it says, "A stupa is a palace where all the Buddhas are abiding." So this is the same with a monastery. The benefits exist as long as the monastery exists. And also the benefits you receive equal the number of atoms of the stupa or monastery. You do not necessarily have to build a monastery. Building even one shrine room—a place where Buddha abides, where holy objects of Buddha abide—has many benefits. It's important to understand these benefits of the holy objects, the various opportunities we have to create the cause of happiness by accumulating extensive merit with these holy objects.
The text says, "Those sentient beings who do not have the fortune actually to meet the Buddha need the holy objects of body, speech and mind as the field in which to accumulate merit. These holy objects are necessary."
The existence of Buddha's teachings for a long time depends on the existence of the holy objects of Buddha. The teachings exist in the mind so how can they depend for their existence on the existence of these external holy objects? You have to think about this, you have to understand this. It is not easy to have the teachings in the mind. To have the scriptural understanding and the realizations of the teachings is not easy. For these, you need to have a lot of merit. The most powerful merit one can accumulate, and accumulate so easily, is in relation to holy objects of Buddha. By making statues of Buddha and making offerings to statues of Buddha, one accumulates infinite, inconceivable merit that immediately becomes a cause of enlightenment. Every merit accumulated by making statues and by making offerings to statues immediately becomes the cause of enlightenment. Without doubt, every single one becomes a cause of enlightenment.
By accumulating such infinite merit in this way, one is able to develop the mind, one is able to understand the teachings, one is able not only to attempt the practices of listenlng to, reflecting and meditating on the teachings, but to complete them. All this has to come from merit. So you can see how the existence of the teachings for a long time depends on the existence of the holy objects. The existence and flourishing of the teachings depend on the existence of the holy objects.
Buddhism has started in the West only recently. Because one sees the problems of life, there is much desire for mind-peace, and this longing leads to much interest in meditation. This is common among Westerners. But because Buddhism has just started in the West there is not so much regard for holy objects. In countries where Buddhism is established, especially Mahayana Buddhist countries such as Tibet and Nepal, much effort is put into creating many conditions for oneself and others to accumulate merit actualizing holy objects, in those countries everybody, whether great yogis, sangha or lay practitioners, puts effort into this way of accumulating merit for the self and so many other sentient beings. Other sentient beings also accumulate merit by making offerings to or circumambulating these holy objects.
This is why these countries have so many holy objects: so many monasteries, so many stupas, so many statues. For example, sight-seeing in Tibet is only a cause to purify and to accumulate merit because wherever you go you see only holy objects: statues, scriptures, yogis' caves.
Gradually, as you understand lam-rim and especially the practice of Jorcho more and more, the more you see the importance of holy objects, not only for your own happiness but for the many benefits they bring to so many other sentient beings. With these holy objects, they create the cause of success and happiness. Because these holy objects exist, sentient beings make offerings to them, pray to them. This helps them to create the cause of happiness, and this is how they experience happiness up to the highest happiness of enlightenment. Because the temporary and ultimate happiness of yourself and others depends on the existence of holy objects, there is a purpose in making them.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Tso Pema
His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits the monastery of Most Venerable Drikung Ontrul Rinpoche in Tso Pema.
His Holiness looks carefully at the holy texts on Rinpoche's shrine .... Rinpoche prostrates and offers Body, Speech and Mind to His Holiness through the symbolic offering of the Buddha statue, the text and the stupa.
A very touching snippet of CAS's two precious Teachers .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGizuVdHqq8
Drikung Ontrul Rinpoche to Singapore 2013
Dear CAS ( Phuntsok Cho Ling ),
Lho Ontul Rinpoche la has agreed to come to CAS and Phuntsok Cho Ling ( CAS ) beginning of June 2013. So kindly start making plans for Malaysia and Singapore and please also make plans for fundraising event for Rinpoche la's monastery.
Aka Rinpoche for
Most Venerable Drikung Ontrul Rinpoche
Dearest Aka la,
We are overjoyed to know of this ..... I shall inform all students of Rinpoche right away to dedicate for all holy plans to succeed !
bb & everyone @ CAS ( Phuntsok Cho Ling )
Tso Pema Teaching 2013
Dear Dharma Family @ CAS ( Phuntsok Cho Ling ),
The snake year teaching by HH Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche at Tso Pema has been canceled, HH Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche will be in retreat and taking rest.
As many of you have already registered and many others planning to come, so we have requested HE Choeje Togden Rinpoche of Ladakh to confer empowerment and teachings.
Tso Pema Teaching 2013
by HE Choeje Togden Rinpoche
17th February - 18th February
Extensive empowerment of Chakrasamvara.
Prepatory phase of empowerment and
19th February - 21st February
Teachings on the Six Intermediate States (Bardo).___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Sixth Oddiyana Retreat 2013
with Lho Ontul Rinpoche
23rd February - 1st March
Sun & Moon Amulet
breathing yoga practice for longevity from the Yangzab cycle of terma teachings
transferring of consciousness practice
mind training through relative and ultimate bodhichitta
Rainbow Body Chod Teachings & Practice
*Please note there will not be a pilgrimage this year
If you are unable to attend the teachings it is still possible to make an offering for yourself, your loved ones or in memory of someone dearly departed, email us for more details.
Register now : It is extremely important to book early, as rooms are booked on a first come, first served basis.
Please visit our website for booking, a list of hotels and prices can be found.
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