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Re: Tibetan Culture and History

Post by kalden yungdrung » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:07 pm

lelopa wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:55 am
lelopa wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:52 am
kalden yungdrung wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:09 am
Tashi delek:

Jamgön Kongtrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche was a great Master and known as a Rime follower.
Knew Jamgon Kongtrul Karma Lodrö Chökyi Senge 1954-1992, who blessed one time my mala and retreat room.
Very precious Lineage of Tulkus with a great History.

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1st
Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye the Great (of Palpung)
son of/and recognized by the 15th Karmapa
1813-1899
co-founder of the RIME movement
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2nd
Jamgon Kongtrul
Khyentse özer
1902-1952
spent most of his life in Tsandra Rinchen Drak near Palpung, East Tibet
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3rd
Jamgon Kongtrul
Karma Lodrö Chökyi Senge
1954-1992
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4th
Jamgon Kongtrul
Karma Lodrö Chökyi Nyima
26. Nov. 1995-

Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé.jpg



by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche


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who says this picture shows Jamgon Kongtrul?
google Thonmi Sambhota depictions please :smile:

Tashi delek L, :namaste:

If you like then place the correct photo, got the wrong information / photo somehow, can happen.

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Re: Tibetan Culture and History

Post by lelopa » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:00 am

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Re: Tibetan Culture and History

Post by kalden yungdrung » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:54 pm

Tashi delek,

Mendrup and Longevity Pills; ingredients, benefits and process:


Mendrup preparation:

The production of Mendrup (sacred accomplishment medicine) and Tseril (longevity pills) require involved processes drawing from thousands of herbal ingredients as well as relic collections, earth samples from holy places as well as precious gems etc.

Mendrup and Tseril are blessing substances that come from a category of bestowal of blessings called "liberation upon tasting".

This means that both Mendrup and Tseril have the power to diminish obscurations of the Nervers (Tsa), Winds,
(Prana) and Seed essences, (Bindu), thereby assisting practitioners to gain meditative insight and decrease illnesses, uneasiness, etc. The substances are also used by practitioners in a myriad of offering ceremonies such as Riwo Sang CHod (fire puja), as a blessing for bodies of water and waterways and to wear as a protection amulet.

The substances are also used to transfer blessings to people who cannot attend the main ceremonies or practice regularly.

The substances gain their effectiveness from the lineage blessings imbibed into the substances during the ceremony and from the ingredients mentioned in the Vajrakilaya mendrup text itself.

Lama Rangbar has been offered sacred "father" (papta) substances from the Nyingmapa lineage of Dujom Tersar by His Holiness Dungse Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche, Kyabje Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Sangyum Kamala Rinpoche, and many other important lineage sources.

These rare and precious substances are now being compounded in a single father mixture which will empower the entire batch.



This is a video of Lama Yedrol from a previous Vajrakilaya reversing of negativity ceremony at Bodhivastu's Dechen Mingurling Sankhu Vajrayogini center in Nepal. Lama Yedrol is the meditation master responsible for overseeing the mendrup production during our upcoming drupchen in the same center. for more information see the lastest update:

https://www.thegreatawakening.org/vajra ... en-2017-2/
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Re: Tibetan Culture and History

Post by kalden yungdrung » Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:06 pm

Tashi delek,

Sankhu Vajrayogini:

Many of you have heard or experienced something about our Nepal retreat center, Dechen Mingurling in Sankhu Vajrayogini. The Vajrakilaya Drupchen was the first major event attended by a wide International Sangha. Lord of Refuge Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche has said on many occasions that there are immense benefits of practicing in such extremely blessed holy places such as Sankhu Vajrayogini. (see sections below for more information about Sankhu Vajrayogini)

We are now setting our intentions for a special Dakini Retreat to be held around April, 2019 during the time of the famous Sankhu Dakini Festival. The festival, called Sankhu Jatra, orients around the Urgra Tara Goddess descent down from the temple into the town of Sankhu, carried by a large number of the towns people, on a huge heavy wooden chariot. The Mother visits her children throughout the town for around one week and then ascends back up the hill with an enactment of a dramatic physical and emotional tug of war (not letting go of the mother) that transpires between the Newar Buddhists of Sankhu town and the Tamang Buddhists of the mountainside who reside near the temple.




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- Which form of Vajrayogina is this ?
- Never saw this cult before.
- Are these people Nyingma ?
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Re: Tibetan Culture and History

Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:20 am

Tashi delek,

Today passed a great Dzogchen Master into Nirvana.
He contributed great to the better understanding of Yungdrung Bön.

Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche is very well informed about the Bön history.
Below an excellent explanation about Tibetan history.

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Re: Tibetan Culture and History

Post by heart » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:00 am

kalden yungdrung wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:06 pm
Tashi delek,

Sankhu Vajrayogini:

Many of you have heard or experienced something about our Nepal retreat center, Dechen Mingurling in Sankhu Vajrayogini. The Vajrakilaya Drupchen was the first major event attended by a wide International Sangha. Lord of Refuge Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche has said on many occasions that there are immense benefits of practicing in such extremely blessed holy places such as Sankhu Vajrayogini. (see sections below for more information about Sankhu Vajrayogini)

We are now setting our intentions for a special Dakini Retreat to be held around April, 2019 during the time of the famous Sankhu Dakini Festival. The festival, called Sankhu Jatra, orients around the Urgra Tara Goddess descent down from the temple into the town of Sankhu, carried by a large number of the towns people, on a huge heavy wooden chariot. The Mother visits her children throughout the town for around one week and then ascends back up the hill with an enactment of a dramatic physical and emotional tug of war (not letting go of the mother) that transpires between the Newar Buddhists of Sankhu town and the Tamang Buddhists of the mountainside who reside near the temple.




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- Which form of Vajrayogina is this ?
- Never saw this cult before.
- Are these people Nyingma ?
It is not a cult, it is an ordinary village in Nepal with ordinary Nepalese people performing an annual event.
The American Ngakpa in the pictures is Lama Rangbar who probably have some connection with this village.

/magnus
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Re: Tibetan Culture and History

Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:02 pm

Tashi delek,



In Nangchen, https://www.google.nl/maps/place/Nangqe ... d96.480649

an isolated corner of Tibet, more than 3000 nuns practice are practicing in ancient yogic tradition, crrying on a thousand year old unbroken chain of spiritual transmission.

Some have practiced in retreat for more than 50 years. Many have mastered practices of the most adept spiritual teachers of Tibet.

When meeting these remarkable women one is touched by their love and compassion which is the heart of all Buddhist practice.

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Re: Tibetan Culture and History

Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:40 pm

heart wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:00 am
kalden yungdrung wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:06 pm



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- Which form of Vajrayogina is this ?
- Never saw this cult before.
- Are these people Nyingma ?
It is not a cult, it is an ordinary village in Nepal with ordinary Nepalese people performing an annual event.
The American Ngakpa in the pictures is Lama Rangbar who probably have some connection with this village.

/magnus

Tashi delek,

Yes it is not a cult, Lama Rangbar belongs to Nyingma
viewtopic.php?t=4404

- Under cult i understood the form of veneration of this form of Vajrayogini.
This form of Vajrayogini i never met in live.
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Re: Tibetan Culture and History

Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:52 pm

kalden yungdrung wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:40 pm
heart wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:00 am
kalden yungdrung wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:06 pm



==================

- Which form of Vajrayogina is this ?
- Never saw this cult before.
- Are these people Nyingma ?
It is not a cult, it is an ordinary village in Nepal with ordinary Nepalese people performing an annual event.
The American Ngakpa in the pictures is Lama Rangbar who probably have some connection with this village.

/magnus

Tashi delek,

Yes it is not a cult, Lama Rangbar belongs to Nyingma
viewtopic.php?t=4404

- Under "cult", i understood the form of veneration of this form of Vajrayogini.
This form of Vajrayogini i never met in live.
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Re: Tibetan Culture and History

Post by kirtu » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:59 pm

heart wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:00 am
- Which form of Vajrayogina is this ?
- Never saw this cult before.
- Are these people Nyingma ?
As noted in the post this is the Sankhu Vajrayogini. She is based on the image of Urga Tara who is very fierce. The temple is both Buddhist and Hindu (in fact Hindus there do sacrifices as well). I have never seen a published picture of her before. Sakya students tend to know about this temple and pretty much everyone who is going to go to Nepal is urged to visit the temple. In fact one of my Sakya lamas told me about this temple long ago and he definitely visited there. Most of the Buddhists who go are Newari Buddhist.

Sankhu Vajrayogini Temple

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Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:20 pm

Tashi delek,

DOLJIN KANDRO SUREN,

a Buddhist lama and a spiritual guide for thousands who come to her from all over Mongolia and Russia.

After 70 years of communist rule, she is the only remaining keeper of the Chöd lineage in Mongolia.

Tibetan Master Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche participated in a Chöd ritual with her.

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Post by heart » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:30 pm

kalden yungdrung wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:40 pm
heart wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:00 am
kalden yungdrung wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:06 pm



==================

- Which form of Vajrayogina is this ?
- Never saw this cult before.
- Are these people Nyingma ?
It is not a cult, it is an ordinary village in Nepal with ordinary Nepalese people performing an annual event.
The American Ngakpa in the pictures is Lama Rangbar who probably have some connection with this village.

/magnus

Tashi delek,

Yes it is not a cult, Lama Rangbar belongs to Nyingma
viewtopic.php?t=4404

- Under cult i understood the form of veneration of this form of Vajrayogini.
This form of Vajrayogini i never met in live.
Just a wild guess but there is probably a lot you/we don't know about Nepalese Vajrayana.

/magnus
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Re: Tibetan Culture and History

Post by kalden yungdrung » Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:07 am

Tashi delek,

Tibet has still many nomads, who live a wandering live.
These nomads are not poor at all.
Sometimes one family has 1000 Yaks 2000 sheep etc.
One Yak cost about 2000 to 4000 $.
But i have heard that sometimes the winter time can be hard and then many Yaks etc. die.

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Post by kalden yungdrung » Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:13 pm

Tashi delek,

Tibet - Western Region (Kailash, Manasarovar Lake, Tsaparang)

https://get.google.com/albumarchive/102 ... eLKmUw4tjY
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Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:03 am

Tashi delek,

Below a nice Tibetan map with nice cultural spots.
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Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:30 am

Tashi delek,

The 2nd diffusion of Buddhism in Tibet.

The Later Diffusion.
Earlier, we saw how the assassination of King Langdarma led to a period of chaos in
Tibet. In fact, there was no centralized monarchy for 400 years after that.

By the beginning of the 11th century, the second wave of the transmission of the Dharma from
India had begun. An important part of the new diffusion was played by translations of
Tantric teachings by Tibetan scholars, such as those of Rinchen Zangpo.

So tantras like Hevajra, Kalachakra and Cakrasamvara that had not come to Tibet in the early diffusion now spread to many practitioners.

Perhaps the greatest figure to come from India at this time was Atisha. At the time when
he came to Ngari in Tibet, at the age of 60, the royal family of that area felt that
Buddhism had become defective in many ways. There was disorder ­ a split between the
tantrikas and the monastics. Some people were justifying negative behaviour by disguising it as tantric practice.10 The royal family wanted to purify Buddhism of these abuses by inviting an authoritative Indian master. It would be impossible to have found a more accomplished master than Atisha. He was a holder of the vinaya, and expert in the 4 philosophical Buddhist schools of:

- Vaibhasika
- Sautrantika
- Cittamatra
- Madhyamaka, as well as being fully accomplished in the tantras.

In fact he was advised by the goddess Tara to go and popularize the teachings, in particular those associated with Tara. His major literary contribution in Tibet was his famous work Lamp of the Path of Enlightenment.

As both tantric and monastic, philosopher and practitioner Atisha was able to heal the
fractures in Buddhism, in particular by demonstrating that all the different teachings represent the one path to enlightenment.


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https://static1.squarespace.com/static/ ... istory.pdf
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Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:45 pm

Tashi delek,

A Great Nyingma Master, Kyabye Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Known and venerated in all the Tibetan Traditions.

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Your body is composed of the 5 aggregates, and your mind of the various kinds of consciousness. Your name, or the idea 'I,' is the label affixed to the momentary association of these two.

Examine first the concept, 'body.' If you single out the skin, the flesh and the bones of your body one by one, and then ask yourself if the body is dwelling in the skin, if flesh could be the body, or if you can call the bones the body, what will you find?

The further you take your investigation, all the way down to the atomic particles, the less you can point to the 'body'-or to any other material object, for that matter-as a discrete entity. 'Body' is merely a name given to a conglomeration of different things to which, once they are separated, that label no longer applies.

The same is true of the mind.
What you call 'my mind' is something you believe to have a certain continuity. But, as we have just seen, past, present and future thoughts and feelings can have no veritable point of mutual contact. It is not possible to conceive of an entity that is an amalgam of thoughts of which some have already ceased, some have not yet happened, and some exist in the present.

As for your name, you hold on to your identity as if it had some autonomous existence - as if it truly belonged to you. But if you examine it carefully, you will find that it has no intrinsic reality - as is the case with the name of anything. Take the word 'lion' for instance. It is made up of the letters L, I, O, and N. Take those four letters apart, and there is nothing left; the name has vanished.

Once you recognize these three concepts of body, mind, and name as being empty, there is no longer anything left of the so-called 'I.' The 'I' is purely an invention, an imposture conjured up by delusion. Someone with eye disease might see all kinds of objects apparently floating in the sky - lights, lines, and spots - when in truth there is nothing there.

Similarly, because we have the disease of believing in an 'I,' we see that 'I' as an inherently existing entity.

In essence, the mind is what is aware of everything - it is a clarity that perceives all external objects and events. But try to find it, and it turns out to be as impossible to grasp and as elusive as a rainbow - the more you run after it, the further it appears to recede; the more you look at it, the less you can find. This is the empty aspect of the mind.

Clarity and emptiness are inseparably united in the true nature of mind, which is beyond all concepts of existence and non-existence.



As the Great Master of Oddiyana said:

"Like a precious jewel buried under a poor man's house, Primordially pure awareness has always been present in the Dharmakaya.
It is because it is not recognized that the delusion of Samsara takes place.
By being introduced directly to that awareness and recognizing it, One realizes the wisdom of primordial space - and this is known as Buddhahood."

Once you have been able to recognize the empty nature of mind, attachment and desire will not arise when your mind sees something beautiful, and hatred and repulsion will not develop whenever it comes across anything horrible or unpleasant. Since these negative emotions no longer arise, the mind is no longer deceived or deluded, karma is not accumulated, and the stream of suffering is cut.

If you throw a stone at the nose of a pig, it will immediately turn round and run away. Likewise, whenever a thought develops, recognize it as being empty. That thought will immediately lose its compelling power and will not generate attachment and hatred-and once attachment and hatred are gone, realization of the perfectly pure Dharma will unfold naturally from within.

Indeed, try as you might, there is no way you will ever be rid of your attachment and hatred as long as you keep believing that they arise because of the external objects or circumstances to which they are connected.

The more you attempt to reject external phenomena, the more they will spring back at you. Hence, therefore, the importance of recognizing the empty nature of your thoughts and simply allowing them to dissolve.

When you know that it is mind that both creates and perceives Samsara and Nirvana, and also, at the same time, that the Nature of mind is Emptiness, then mind will be no longer be able to delude you and lead you around by the nose.
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Re: Tibetan Culture and History

Post by kalden yungdrung » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:02 pm

Tashi delek,

Larung Gar a huge Tibetan Buddhist settlement in Tibet.
A pearl in the Buddha Dharma.

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There would live there about 5000 practitioners.
We can only pray, that the Chinese will stop with their - intentions, but we know it if they start with something, they cannot be stopped.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36863888
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Post by kalden yungdrung » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:54 am

Tashi delek,

In Russia there is a great Institute of Tibetan Astrology and Medicine.

They give also a daily horoscope as well a horoscope regarding one´s past-, actual- and future live.

http://tibetastromed.ru/calo.php
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Post by kalden yungdrung » Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:38 pm

Tashi delek,

We know the white missionaries who tried to baptist the African inhabitants.
But there are also Tibetans who go to Africa for helping there the people there, maybe these people will one time become Buddhist ?


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Metrul Tenzin Gyatso Rinpoche blessing people of Africa with his humanitarian activities in the education field and facilitating them with daily needs, such as food and medical supplies.

See how touching it is, specially the exchange of alive with one of the old mother.

࿑ གསེར་ཐང་བླ་རུང་ལྔ་རིག་ནང་བསྟན་སློབ་གླིང་གི་མཆོག་སྤྲུལ་རྨེ་བ་བསྟན་འཛིན་རྒྱ་མཚོ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ཨ་ཕ་རི་ཀ་ལ་ཕེབས་ཏེ་ཡུལ་མི་རྣམས་ལ་སློབ་གྲྭ་དང་དབུལ་སྐྱོར་སོགས་ཀྱིས་རོགས་དན་གནང་བའི་སྣང་བརྙན།

࿑ ལུང་རྟོགས་བསྟན་པ་འཛིན་པའི་གཉེན་གཅིག་པུ། །བསླབ་གསུམ་ཡོན་ཏན་རྒྱ་མཚོའི་མཛོད་འཆང་བ།།
སྔ་འགྱུར་བསྟན་པའི་གཙུག་རྒྱན་ཆོས་ཀྱི་རྗེ། །བསྟན་འཛིན་རྒྱ་མཚོའི་ཞབས་ལ་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས།།

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