At the dawn of this new year, we send you our warmest wishes for peace, happiness, joy and good health to blossom on your paths.
SAKYA DHARMA FAMILY
The various centres founded in Europe by Khenchen Shérab G. Amipa Rinpoche, grouped together in an European SAKYA DHARMA FAMILY, have elaborated, under the impulse of Khenpo Tashi Sangpo Lag, on a common basis and in a completely renewed form, an enriched programming base accessible to everyone. You will find there details of the online teachings, local teachings, study programmes and rituals of this first quarter of 2021 as well as the means to benefit from them. To access it, simply click on the blue “SAKYA DHARMA FAMILY” button at the bottom of this page.
The monthly session will be held by videoconference only
MONTHLY SESSIONS IN JANUARY: 23 and 24 January, from 10h00 to 12h00 and from 13h30to 15h30 By Khenpo Tashi Sangpo Lag
A Bouquet of Udumbara Flowers: an Explanation of the 10th Day
Saturday, 23 January is a very special Guru Rinpoche day called ‘Chupen’. For this occasion we will practice the Tsog offering to Guru Rinpoche together. Khenpo Tashi will explain the ritual called the 10th day Practice on the basis of the text called “A Bouquet of Udumbara Flowers: an Explanation of the 10th Day”, which includes stories from the life of Guru Rinpoche, explanation of the importance of the 10th day feast offering, explanation of the Tsog practice and its benefits.
Guru Rinpoche was the Indian master who played a fundamental role in the spread of Buddhism in Tibet, mainly because he possessed great power to remove all obstacles.
The mandala offering is one of the uncommon preliminary practices, as it allows you to quickly accumulate the necessary merits to be able to effectively undertake the path of Vajrayana. In this practice all the virtues of the three times accumulated by all ordinary beings and by all realized beings, as well as all the good qualities imaginable, are visualized in the form of the mandala of the universe and offered to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
“Parting from the four attachments” includes the essential teachings on how to genuinely engage in the practice of the Dharma by going to the very heart of the path. This teaching was received by Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092-1158) directly from Manjushri and is considered to be one of the pearls of Tibetan Buddhism. The four root verses include the essence of the Dharma: “If you are attached to this life, you are not a Dharma practitioner. If you are attached to the cyclic existence, you do not have renunciation. If you are attached to your own self-interest, you do not have the thought of enlightenment. If grasping arises, you do not have the view.”
In the Abhisamayalankara (“The Ornament for Clear Realizations”) Buddha Maitreya transmitted to Asanga a kind of a “manual for the Bodhisattvas”, exposing the skills, responsibilities & meditative experiences necessary to guide infinite beings to Enlightenment. The first instruction of Buddha Maitreya concerns “Generating the Mind of Bodhicitta”. Desiring Enlightenment makes us aware of the nature of our mind, which has the same purity as the mind of all other beings. Therefore, we can say all sentient beings are one big family. Bodhisattvas have joy and courage to offer to those who are still prisoners in samsara everything they need to grow. The text explains how Bodhicitta is strengthened by wisdom. Wisdom will make Bodhisattvas’ deeds, such as granting protection, offering support and ripening the merits of beings more and more powerful, until they are liberated from samsara. It is said that this ancient text brings great joy to all who read it, because it considers from the very beginning the result, namely the state of Budhahood.
Illness is a suffering which is common to all living beings. However, to Tibetan medicine most illnesses are psychosomatic, and for Buddhism many kinds of mental or physical illnesses are in fact generated largely by improper attitude and cannot be cured by conventional medicine alone. There is a link between the correct thoughts, healthy living, and happiness. The Buddha taught a meditative practice for people with illnesses which is based on the practice of a sacred mantra and a Buddha-based meditation of medicine.
Guruyoga Lama Chöpa & Longevity Prayers: 5th July, 10h à 12h By Khenpo Tashi Sangpo Lag On the occasion of the birthdays of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (July 6) and His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoché (July 5)
YEARLY SUMMER RETREAT: 1 – 8 August By Khenpo Tashi Sangpo Lag Dedicated to Rithrö Loma Gyönma Sermo (Pita Parnashavari)
Initiation and practice. Loma Gyönma Buddha is a female Buddha who specifically purifies contagious diseases.