H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche has done an interview with Lion’s Roar magazine. Read and enjoy!
Teaching by Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Sunday, August 23
Time: 1:00 pm, Pacific Time
There is no class fee, but donations are accepted
Meeting ID: 979 9508 6871
The term Bardo is a compound word, made up of the two Tibetan words “bar” and “do”. Bar means “in between” and Do means “suspended,” or “thrown.” Together, they have the meaning “transition,” as in a transition between two states. The period between our apparent birth and death is a Bardo, the natural Bardo of this life. The period in between the apparent cessation of our breath in this body and rebirth in new body is also a Bardo, the painful Bardo of dying. There are Six Bardo states in all. The Bardo of our apparent death can be an extremely disorienting and uncomfortable, even painful, experience. The negative feelings that we manifest in this Bardo state, due to lingering attachments, are responsible for all lower rebirths. Ven. Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will explain to us the Six Bardos, and teach us daily practices connected with each, along with detailed instructions to prepare for the painful Bardo of dying, in order to maximize the chances of a positive rebirth.
July 24th, 2020 marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s first turning of the Wheel of Dharma in the Deer Park of Sarnath near Varanasi in India, according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. To mark this sacred day, Sakya Monastery is delighted to make H.E Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche’s new book The Way of Invincible Love exclusively available as a digital download through our website.
The PDF eBook is freely offered but donations are encouraged to support the Marici Fellowship’s ongoing activities to benefit those in need during this time.
Based on teachings first given in early 2018 in Taipei and Seattle, in The Way of Invincible Love, H.E. Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche draws on the example of the future Buddha Maitreya, embodiment of enlightened loving kindness, and the words of his “Majestic Aspiration” to explore the key features of the Mahayana path to full enlightenment.
The book includes a translation of “The Majestic Aspiration of Maitreya” with a comprehensive look at its background, its meaning, and a detailed exploration of how the qualities of enlightened activity are evoked in the practice of Tibetan Buddhism.
When he was twelve years old, the great Sakyapa Lama Sachen Kunga Nyingpo spent six months in strict retreat doing the practice of Arya Manjushri and as a result, on one occasion he had a direct vision of the deity. The glorious Manjughosha, orange in color, was surrounded by a mass of brilliant light and seated resplendently upon a jeweled throne. He was displaying the mudra of teaching the Dharma, and was flanked on either side by two bodhisattvas. He spoke the following words:
“If you are attached to this life, you are not a true spiritual practitioner.
If you are attached to samsara, you do not have renunciation.
If you are attached to your own self-interest, you have no bodhichitta.
If there is grasping, you do not have the view.”
In this teaching, Rinpoche introduces us to the framework of studies and research taught in Buddhist universities like Dzongsar Institute, giving a detailed outline of the tenet systems, their pioneers and their great philosophical writings. Rinpoche explains how all these studies relate back to the reflection on the “four philosophical schools” that is recited every Sunday Chenrezi at Sakya Monastery, so is relevant to all who want a deeper understanding of the Sakya tradition’s rich academic heritage.
1,000-Armed Chenrezi and Nyung Nye Vows
Led by Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
Friday, June 5: 6:30am to 10:00am (livestream)
Saturday, June 6: 6:30am (vows only, via Zoom)
Please sign-up by June 2, (registration is now closed)
The fourth month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar is called “Saka Dawa.”
The full moon day (15th day) of the fourth month marks the holiest day in Tibetan Buddhism: the Buddha’s Conception, Enlightenment, and parting into Nirvana. It is auspicious to perform meritorious activities on this specific day. The merit generated from these virtuous activities increases 10 million fold. This year, that day is June 5, when for the benefit of all sentient beings and world peace, Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will lead the retreat. The practice for this retreat is the 1,000-Armed Chenrezi.