Avalokiteshvara | 3rd century Gandhara | grey schist | Matsuoka Museum | Tokyo
A row of Guge stupas near Tholing, in the tenth-century Kashmir-informed style, 2009 D [ Bendak//Peter van Ham ]
Temple room in Dungkar Cave 1, one of four caves that were residences of the Guge dynasty beginning in the twelfth century [ M. Beck/Peter van Ham ]
Peter van Ham’s Guge: Ages of Gold. The West Tibetan Masterpieces has just been published by Hirmer Verlag.
See also this very nice article.
|Please join us in celebrating the fifth birthday of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu’s Yangsi, Migyur Dechen Garwang Zilnon Dorje, on January 7. On this joyous occasion, we will hold a Grand Rigdzin Dupa Tsok Offering and prayers for His Holiness’ long life, followed by a dinner party in the evening featuring traditional food, performances, a DJ and dancing!
To help fulfill His Holiness’ aspiration of establishing a Palyul Dharma Center in New York City, the donation for the dinner party in the evening will be $35 per person, which will go towards the purchase of a new space for the Center. Thanks to everyone’s kind and dedicated support, we are much closer to reaching this goal – please come and join this effort so we may soon bring His Holiness’ vision to life.
Dear Sangha Members and Friends of the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center,
I have the great privilege to share with you one of the most beautiful announcements that I can make: the longtime wishes and prayers of all the PBC members and devoted disciples of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche have been answered.
Recently, His Eminence Terton Namkha Drimed Rinpoche discovered the reincarnation of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche on the eighth day of this month, just two days ago. He was given the name Palden Yonten Thaye Lodro Chokyi Gyaltsen!
At Padma Samye Ling, the North American Monastery of PBC, we enjoyed a great celebration for the 10th Day of Guru Rinpoche, and all the gathered Sangha rejoiced in this announcement with tremendous joy and excitement.
Now that we have discovered the reincarnation of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, H.E. Terton Namkha Drimed Rinpoche is requesting that everyone recite many Dusum Sangye prayers of Guru Padmasambhava. This is my wish as well. We pray for the continued success of all the Dharma activities of Khenchen Yangsi Rinpoche, that there are no obstacles and everything unfolds very smoothly, for the fulfillment of all of his wishes, and that he will benefit the Teachings and all sentient beings for aeons.
Yours in the Dharma,
Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal
Padma Samye Ling
10th Day of Guru Rinpoche
April 16, 2016
Womb Realm (garbhakosa-dhatu or taizōkai) mandala. Shingon tantric buddhist school, Heian period (794-1185), Tō-ji, Kyōto, Japan. National Treasure.
The center square represents the young stage of Vairocana. He is surrounded by eight Buddhas and bodhisattvas (clockwise from top: Ratnasambhava, Samantabhadra, Saṅkusumitarāja, Manjushri, Amitābha, Avalokiteśvara, Amoghasiddhi and Maitreya)
Just as a precious jewel, the sky, and water are by nature pure, likewise the tathagatagarbha or dharmadhatu is by nature always free from the defilement of the mental poisons and thus utterly pure. Whereas this is the meaning of the essence, the cause that completely purifies the adventitious defilements consists of devotion towards the Mahayana Dharma, of highest discriminative or analytical wisdom realizing the non-existence of a self, of limitless samadhi endowed with bliss, and of great compassion focusing on sentient beings as its point of reference. The realization arising from these [purifying causes] is to be known as enlightenment.
The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Commentary
translated by Rosemarie Fuchs page 119
Shambhala [ publisher ] description :
All sentient beings without exception have buddha nature—the inherent purity and perfection of the mind, untouched by changing mental states. Thus there is neither any reason for conceit in deeming oneself better than others nor any reason for self-contempt, thinking of oneself as inferior and unable to reach enlightenment. This seeing is obscured by veils which are removable and do not touch the inherent purity and perfection of the nature of the mind as such. The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra, one of the Five Treatises said to have been dictated to Asanga by the Bodhisattva Maitreya, presents the Buddha’s definitive teachings on how we should understand this ground of enlightenment and clarifies the nature and qualities of buddhahood.
Jamgön Kongtrül Lodro Thaye (1813–1899), the profoundly learned and realized master who compiled what are known as the “Five Great Treasures,” wrote the outstanding commentary to the Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra translated here. Called The Unassailable Lion’s Roar, it presents Maitreya’s text as a background for the Mahamudra teachings in a way that is especially clear and easy to understand.
The ultimate mode of being, the ground wherein both we and Guru Rinpoche are primordially inseparable – namely, the self arising primordial wisdom, which is subject to no movement of discursive thought — is referred to as Guru. Because deluded perceptions are themselves primordially pure, the path is free from all striving and the fruit is present spontaneously like a lotus in full flower. Therefore [the path itself] is referred to as Padma, or lotus. For the fruit is not something that occurs at a later stage as a result of the practice. In the ultimate expanse, which is self arising and spontaneously present, the primordial wisdom of self awareness is clearly [and already] manifest. This is referred to as Siddhi, or accomplishment. And, although in terms of conceptual distinctions the self arising primordial wisdom may be classified as ground, path, and fruit, these three are not different in nature. This is directly perceived by self-cognizing awareness and is indicated by the syllable Hung.