Date: 11/11/2008 12:29:45 AM
Subject: [CASonline] Double Issue: Kyabje Trulshig Advises & Drepung Loseling
Dearest Friends @ CAS,
Trisur Rinpoche teaches
Our precious Root Teacher, the 100th Ganden Trisur teaches, once more, via CAS's video archive, replicatinng His turning of the holy Wheel of Dharma in Singapore in 2000: http://www.casotac.com/audio.html
An auspicious, spontaneous manifestation, probably, we have had the "unconscious sense" to request Trisur Rinpoche to teach on the Kagyu Lineage's representative "Lam Rim" text: "The Jewel Ornament of Liberation".
To our knownledge, this is the sole visual recording of a Ganden Tripa, the Gelugpa Official Head, teaching on a fundamentally Kagyu text.
The venue is special, being Singapore's oldest Buddhist temple, built when China is Buddhist, Confucianist, Taoist, before the red tide drowned the mainland and carrying away milleniums of spiritual, cultural treasures.
"...... there is no need to question."
The seniormost Nyingma Master, Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche, has, also, via CAS's ordained secretary, from His retreat cabin in the foothills of the Himalayas, offered His precious advice to CAS with regard to showing of the Great Passing of the Ganden Trisur.
Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche is a close spiritual friend of the 100th Ganden Trisur and the two grand masters have exchanged teachings with one another, each expressing the highest admiration and regards to the other. Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche in fact personally visited the Ganden Trisur in Dharamsala asking about His health and requesting the Ganden Trisur to stay long for good of the world.
Our Root Teacher, in turn, has told us to "simply do and follow whatever Trulshig Rinpoche advises. There is no need to question."
This is perhaps a skilful enactment of the age-old tales we read and awed over so often in the holy sutras, of inconceivable bodhisattvas attending upon as well as attending the Buddha's teachings on the Vulture's Peak the Saddharma Pundarika ( The Lotus Sutra ), the Prajna Paramita ( The Perfection of Wisdom ), these spiritual classics supremo of the ancient world.
With our hearts in hand, we held up and offer.
( In the issue's attachment, the Prayer for Swift Return of the 100th Ganden Trisur by Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche )
Dear bb, James & all in CAS,
KyabjeTrulshik Rinpoche had written the prayer (in Tibetan) and
i had attached together with the translation (in English & i had typed
the Tibetan Pronunciation for the convenience of the Students).
I had the translation done with the help of Khenpo Sonam Tsewang, from
Namdroling Monastery who is the translator for Penor Rinpoche.
Besides this, Rinpoche also advise all to do the following as many
times as possible.
1. Vajrasattva 100 Syllabus Mantra
2. King of Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra
3. Migtse Ma ( The prayer to Je Tzongkhapa - see: http://www.casotac.com/tzongkhapa.html )
4. Tham Ji Dorje Dyeba - sorry i had the text for Tibetan but not sure
exactly what is it in English. 'Tham Ji' means Samaya, 'Dorje' means
Vajra and to combine it, it is the recitation of the Vajra Samaya.
The Mantra goes like this: OM AH KHANG HUNG PHAT SHVO HA
Apologized for the late reply as Rinpoche is having His Retreat at
Solukhumbu and we had to wait till He is free to help.
May all practice diligently under the guidance of The Triple Gem and All Gurus.
With palms together,
Ngawang Gendun aka Chuan Yu
Loseling Khensur Lobsang Gyamtso
In furtherance of the Ganden Trisur's holy activities, CAS is deeply honoured to host Loseling Khensur Lobsang Gyamtso Rinpoche for the fourth time in Singapore !!
Khensur Rinpoche is the Abbot Emeritus of Drepung Loseling Monastery.
Drepung Monastery is thus prophesied by Je Tzongkhapa:
"The founding of Drepung Monastery shall surpass the mother monastery of Ganden and all of its ( Gelugpa's ) myriad branch monasteries in spiritual depth, flourishing and perfection."
Up till the brutal Chinese Communist invasion of Tibet in 1959, Drepung Monastery was the largest monastic establishment not just within the Gelugpa Lineage, the whole of Tibet but in fact, the world, with more than ten thousand ordained sangha in permanent residence, famed throughout Tibet as the epitome of the most refined scholarship, a sacred sanctuary where unknown numbers of the noble sangha attained the highest realisations and an unsurpassable hallmark of Lord Buddha's precious, holy Dharma.
The face of Buddhism today, namely His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, is simultaneously known as the "Drepung Tulku", meaninng the great reincarnated master of Drepung Monastery.
The supreme heads of the Gelugpa Order, namely the lineal Ganden Tripas, have, too, mostly hailed from Drepung Loseling, with Gelugpa's other leading monasteries ( Drepung Gomang, Sera Je and Mey; Ganden Jangtse and Shartse ) producing respectively less than half in relative correspondence.
The Dalai Lama has proudly proclaimed His happiness that Drepung, Sera and Ganden are collectively the modern day worthy successor and equivalent of India's ancient Buddhist monasteries of Nalanda, Vikramashila where Buddhism' greatest classics are expounded, learnt and perpetuated, these great classics being the tactile wisdom personification of Lord Buddha's heart and Buddhism's timeless truths..
Today, under the leadership of Khensur Rinpoche, Drepung Loseling has once again reborn anew from the ashen destruction to become, once again, one of the largest monastic encampments, snugged in India's "hidden" south, within the mysterious and mighty junlges of Karnataka.
A few beings @ CAS, through the blessings of the 100th Ganden Trisur Rinpoche have the amazing fortune to fleetingly visit Gen Wangchen ( Teacher of Ling Rinpoche Yangsi ), Ling Rinpoche Yangsi and of course, precious Loseling Khensur Lobsang Gyamtso Rinpoche in Drepung Loseling itself, established, in-exile.
For the blessed images of India's "hidden lands" captured by our lovely lenses: http://www.flickr.com/photos/21628849@N03/sets/72157605611409371/show/
This, then, is a succinct but definitely insuffucient introduction of Loseling Khensur Rinpoche, the Grand Abbot Emeritus, the extraordinary leader, guide and teacher of this extraordinary monastery.
The breath-taking Drepung Loseling:
" ( This is ) the fact that one must rely upon this ....."
The Dharma Lord Je Tzongkhapa told Khedrup Je ( the second Ganden Tripa ) that because Yamantaka Vajrabhairava has a special oral tradition on the practice of the combinnation of peace and wrath, this meditational deity is therefore superior to the deities of other tantras .....
Then, offering a golden mandala, Khedrup Je requested Him to explain......
In response, Je Tzongkhapa said:
"These days the five degenrations are rampant, sentient beings are lazy, not intelligent, do not protect their commitments and vows, have strong wrong views, are ignorant in discriminating the meanings of scriptures, are disrespectful to Lamas and spiritual companions, have little compassion, have no shame or consideration, abandon the Dharma and are arrogant, are proud of their view of the transitory collection [ as a truly existent "I" ] and through this have fallen into the abyss of wrong views. Because they are intoxicated with sensual pleasures and so forth, their inner afflictive emotions increase and they are coarse, so that they take great joy in the activities of the downfalls committed with their three doors. As a result, all the splendours of the vessel and the essence are gradually declining, and bad omenns are becoming rife.
At such a time, when the power of human and non-human negative forces to cause interference to Dharma practitioners is gaining in might, Yamantaka Vajrabhairava acts as the protector and refuge of the practitioner. If there were not such a meditational deity, whose power and might to destroy harms is incomparable, then Dharma practice would not be successful. ( This is ) the fact that one must rely upon Yamantaka Vajrabhairava .... "
In-line with the Great Empowerment of Yamantaka and Vajrabhairava, see:
"Vajrayana" (Click here to see) & "Deity Yoga" (Click here to see)
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