Khenpo Jorden’s first zoom teaching has begun, covering the initial fifteen verses of Chapter Five of Bodhicaryavatara. The Sakya Tsechen Phuntsog Choling Centre in Hong Kong provided onscreen the prayers and text for the teaching, as well as a Chinese translation given by Wong Wei.
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 completed his teaching on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend after fifteen days of wonderful words of wisdom, giving us inspiration on how to improve our lives and move along the path to liberation.
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.[…]
In mid December we were delighted to be visited by Lama Choedak Rinpoche and some 30 of his students from Australia and New Zealand. Ven. Kunsang Choephel of IBA traveled with the group for most of their pilgrimage to India and Nepal, giving impromptu teachings and being of assistance wherever he could. Their last night[…]