On 19th August, His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche gave a teaching for TCP students via Zoom on Ngondro practices. The teaching was organised by Lama Choedak Rinpoche and Sakya Losal Choe Dzong in Australia. His Holiness gave general advice about the practices which was of great benefit to those who joined the meeting.
Today is Choekhor Duchen, one of the four great festivals of Shakyamuni, commemorating the First Turning of the Wheel at Sarnath, forty-nine days after Buddha gained enlightenment. At the request of the gods Brahma and Indra, Buddha arose from meditation and gave the first teaching which we now refer to as the Four Noble[…]
Today IBA celebrated with prayers the parinirvana of Khen Rinpoche Kunga Wangchuk (1921-2008), one of Sakya’s greatest modern scholars, founder of Dzongsar Institute, a renowned Sakya Tibetan Buddhist centre of learning. For many years Khen Rinpoche studied as a student of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, but was imprisoned for 18 years by the Chinese until[…]
Khenpo Jorden has started teaching this text to a small, but dedicated and very appreciative audience of lay students and sangha. Ven Kunsang Choephel is leading a meditation group each morning and Vanessa Fairall is kindly offering a yoga class each afternoon.
The Great Sakya Monlam for World Peace is being held in Bodhgaya for the second time since moving its location from Lumbini. Situated under the Bodhi tree, with His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche and His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche presiding over the thousands of Sangha and lay devotees attending, the scene was inspiring and blissful.[…]