New Fivefold Mahamudra ngöndro

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New Fivefold Mahamudra ngöndro

Postby Palzang Jangchub » Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:24 am

Kyabjé Garchen Rinpoche recently composed a new Fivefold Mahamudra ngöndro sadhana, entitled The Excellent Path to Enlightenment (Wyl. Inga ldan sngon 'gro byang chub lam bzang), with the expressed intention of making ngöndro practical for his students leading modern lives. It is shorter than even Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoche's text, The Stream of Blessings: The Heart Essence of the Practice of the Fivefold Path of Mahamudra, and possibly requires less accumulations than the average ngöndro.

The sadhana was translated into English by Ina Dhargye in advance of teachings on the text given at the 2016 Amidewa Retreat, held in Singapore under the guidance of both Chetsang Rinpoche and Garchen Rinpoche. It is as yet unavailable for purchase anywhere online, however, and has proved elusive for me personally. Transcripts of the teachings are said to be forthcoming as well.

Thus far the only students who have definitely received the transmission (kindly given directly from Garchen Rinpoche himself, despite the pain and strain on his eyes) were those in attendance at the conclusion of the teachings for the 2016 Spring Retreat held at Gar Drölma Chöling in Dayton, OH, and those who attended the Fivefold Mahamudra teachings on the text during the 2016 Amidewa Retreat in Singapore. Further transmissions may have taken place during Garchen Rinpoche's subsequent visits to Germany, Sweden, and Ukraine, though this is unconfirmed.

I was among the attendees at Gar Drölma Chöling, and thus have the lung, but am having trouble getting my hands on the text, despite the translation being finished back in July. Did anyone here attend the retreat in Singapore and record audio of the teachings and/or take notes that they're willing to share? Does anyone have a copy of the sadhana they can scan and email me?

Normally i wouldn't ask, but I was promised a free electronic copy of the sadhana by Ina herself which has yet to reach my inbox. No doubt she is busy translating for Garchen Rinpoche, has little to no internet access while traveling in Tibet, or else is simply can't answer all the myriad emails she receives in a timely manner. As a normal human being who often has direct access to Rinpoche, I can only imagine her email is constantly flooded with questions and requests. I fully intend to purchase a hard copy of the pecha when it becomes available in support of Rinpoche and Ina, and so that I don't always have to have my smartphone handy and strain my eyes when I go to practice.

If no one else steps forward, I am currently in contact with the Mahasiddha Garchen Teachings Preservation Project, Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling, and Garchen Institute. Updates will be posted here as they become available.
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"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme

དྲིན་ཆེན་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མ་སྐྱབས་རྗེ་མགར་ཆེན་ཁྲི་སྤྲུལ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ཁྱེད་མཁྱེན་ནོ།།
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Re: New Fivefold Mahamudra ngöndro

Postby Lhasa » Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:22 pm

info@garchenrinpoche.net
They just announced publishing this text. Free, only mailing fees. One copy/person. Write and give them your address and they will get back to you with the mailing cost.

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Re: New Fivefold Mahamudra ngöndro

Postby Palzang Jangchub » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:03 pm

Thank you for pointing that out, Lhasa!

They messaged me back on Facebook a few days ago saying there would be an announcement soon, but each time I checked there were no new posts.

I first learned about this pecha directly from Ina, back when she was still translating it. That was in May, and she had to be finished with the final translation by July, when Garchen Rinpoche gave teachings on the text at the Amidewa Retreat in Singapore.

Ever since then it's been a game of email tag trying to track down a copy of the sadhana. For a while there it seemed like no one knew who was actually working on it. Glad to have perseverance finally pay off.

Still, if anyone was in attendance at the Amidewa Retreat and has notes and/or recordings, please do let me know. There was mention of a transcript being made, but this is still as yet unconfirmed.
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"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme

དྲིན་ཆེན་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མ་སྐྱབས་རྗེ་མགར་ཆེན་ཁྲི་སྤྲུལ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ཁྱེད་མཁྱེན་ནོ།།
རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་མཁས་གྲུབ་ཀརྨ་ཆགས་མེད་མཁྱེན་ནོ། ཀརྨ་པ་མཁྱེན་ནོཿ

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Re: New Fivefold Mahamudra ngöndro

Postby Palzang Jangchub » Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:29 am

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Garchen Rinpoche's new ngöndro
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"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme

དྲིན་ཆེན་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མ་སྐྱབས་རྗེ་མགར་ཆེན་ཁྲི་སྤྲུལ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ཁྱེད་མཁྱེན་ནོ།།
རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་མཁས་གྲུབ་ཀརྨ་ཆགས་མེད་མཁྱེན་ནོ། ཀརྨ་པ་མཁྱེན་ནོཿ

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Re: New Fivefold Mahamudra ngöndro

Postby Palzang Jangchub » Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:15 pm

Garchen Buddhist Institute now has an electronic version of the sadhana that they can send to Rinpoche's students via email. This is a great alternative for those who can't wait for a hard copy from Singapore. Donations are welcomed, as always.

Contact GBI directly for a copy:
questions@garchen.net
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"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme

དྲིན་ཆེན་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མ་སྐྱབས་རྗེ་མགར་ཆེན་ཁྲི་སྤྲུལ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ཁྱེད་མཁྱེན་ནོ།།
རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་མཁས་གྲུབ་ཀརྨ་ཆགས་མེད་མཁྱེན་ནོ། ཀརྨ་པ་མཁྱེན་ནོཿ

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Re: New Fivefold Mahamudra ngöndro

Postby Palzang Jangchub » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:30 am

Just as an update, Gar Drölma Chöling (located in Dayton, OH) will be doing group practice of Garchen Rinpoche's new ngöndro on Sunday mornings @ 10:00-11:15 a.m. in place of White Tara and Achi practice as of 2017.

Khenpo Samdup was reportedly very happy to hear that the text with translation has finally been published, and decided to institute this practice for the forthcoming year accordingly. Gar Drölma was where the first public transmission of this text was given (at my fervent urging and Khenpo Samdup's request, which Garchen Rinpoche granted).

Still not heard anything back from the Mahasiddha Garchen Teaching Preservation Project about the shipping fees for a hard copy of the sadhana. Has anyone else had better luck? No doubt they are swamped with requests...
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"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme

དྲིན་ཆེན་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མ་སྐྱབས་རྗེ་མགར་ཆེན་ཁྲི་སྤྲུལ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ཁྱེད་མཁྱེན་ནོ།།
རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་མཁས་གྲུབ་ཀརྨ་ཆགས་མེད་མཁྱེན་ནོ། ཀརྨ་པ་མཁྱེན་ནོཿ


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