Thursday, July 30, 2020

Love, love, love

I will be teaching Love in October, not August, sorry for the confusion!  Big love Namgyel.


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

new webpages

Thanks to our wonderful Tara Team they have created a new look for our website. We ask you to look and let us know if you have any comments.  www.venerable-namgyel-online-sangha.com

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Worldwide teachings




Thank you to so many students worldwide, who have joined our online sangha and are so enthusiastic about what we are doing, thank you, thank you and a BIG THANK YOU!  We are translating into French, Spanish, Italian, Cantonese and German.....WOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!

Three people really stand out:  Lillian, Szeman and Fiona.....they have been extraordinary and have brought so many people together to produce a wonderful website.....  Please remember, we have never done this before, so we are doing our best.  We spend hours talking, researching and experimenting with lights and sound to produce the best quality videos we can

Wishing you all the very best for Saka Dawa which falls on the 5th June 2020 and is also the day of a lunar eclipse.  It is a powerful time for dharma practice and for practicing generosity, particularly to support the dharma.  

We have a wonderful programme of yoga, meditation for the young at heart/youth, White Tara practice, Medicine Buddha, Teachings on Love......wow, so much it is hard to describe!  

Big love from Venerable Namgyel.
ps we have lots of sponsorship for lights, so everyday, I am offering thousands of electric lights and candles and praying on behalf of the sponsors......(gosh it is getting hot in the house!)

Monday, February 10, 2020

is meditation difficult? Let me help you.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.vplay.tibet

Just click on that link and you will immediately be able to download five minute samples of meditations I have taught.....if you want longer meditations, there is an extra charge.  Wishing you all the very best.
May you be happy!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

My cardiologist's opinion

I had a scan done on Wednesday at St. Thomas's hospital in Toowoomba.  As I told you, in 2014 my heart function was 32% and this time the scan showed over 60% which is completely normal.  The doctor was very happy and has given me some medication to rectify the shaking rhythm......so it's good news and thank you all for your kind dedications and prayers.....

Revisited the cardiologist recently and he said my heart is fine, and I could either have electricity applied to stabilise the rhythm or continue with medication.  In consultation with my Gurus I decided to stay with the medication.  The doctor also conceded that the radical treatment doesn't always work - and I could be that one!

Monday, January 27, 2020

My Health, an update

I decided to come clean and tell my friends and students what is going on with my health.....some years ago in Riga my heart started feeling like a four cylinder car running on three cylinders.  Oscar took me to a doctor and she said I needed treatment, otherwise I would be dead within a month.  She diagnosed arrhythmia.  This was in 2014 and I am still alive, but did take treatment from Himalaya Hospital.  At that time it also showed that my heart function was less than average.  By 2016 the heart function had gone from 32% to 56%......and the arrhythmia finished.  From that time I had regular checkups with cardiologists who confirmed that my heart was functioning normally and that the arrhythmia had gone.  One doctor even said, this is not because of western medicine, it is your dharma practices (thank you Medicine Buddha and Tara!)......so that brings us to New Zealand.

During my time over the pond in NZ I suddenly felt a strange feeling in my chest area, similar to what I felt in Riga, and so I visited a doctor I know in Colville near Mahamudra Centre and she confirmed arrhythmia (actually atrial fibrillation)......since that time I was hospitalised on my arrival in Toowoomba as the heart rate was too high, but now it is under control and I was monitored in hospital for 24 hours.....they wanted to do an electric shock treatment which can get the rhythm back under control but I have resisted doing it, as my body reacts so strongly to any input.  Therefore, I visited a private doctor who gave me lots of time and looked at my history and wants to do an ECG at the beginning of next month and then give a diagnosis. 

In the meantime I have cancelled some of my European tour, as the doctor felt I would need more rest, and I feel very badly about doing that, I have never cancelled teachings before, but it seemed sensible to protect the body.  I am also having acupuncture treatments and taking Chinese medicine and feeling quite well, thank you! 

It was really difficult to get travel insurance with this pre-existing condition and so that turned out to be really expensive, but necessary.  So that's the situation at the moment.  I request you not to write emails and messages to me, as I am already very busy with students who need help.  I know you love me and want to help me, so if you would like to, please recite the Medicine Buddha mantra or Tara mantra for me.  Will update you after the 5th February when I have seen the specialist.  Again, thank you for your understanding.

ps 56% functionality is just about normal for the heart.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Coronavirus

Lama Zopa Rinpoche was recently asked what can be done for the recent outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in China.
Rinpoche advised the arrangement of a Most Secret Hayagriva wrathful fire puja in Sera Je Monastery. 
Individual students can do the following mantra recitation practice:
As a motivation before reciting the two mantras, Rinpoche said it’s best if people can do The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness (Including Enlightenment), which is the daily motivation Rinpoche has put together. That is best. But if that is too much, then do the lamrim motivation, which is the beginning part of The Method up to the “Blessing the Speech” section. So at least do that part as a motivation before reciting the mantras.
  1. Recite Vajra Armor mantra, which is a famous mantra for healing. You can do the entire Vajra Armor Protection Wheel if you want. Otherwise, just do the mantra:
OṂ PADMAŚHAVARI PHAṬ / NÄN PAR SHIG / NĀGANAN / TADYATHĀ / SARVAVIRITA / HANA HANA / VAJRENA RAKṢHA RAKṢHA SVĀHĀ
After you finish reciting the mantra, hold your hand in front of your mouth and blow the air up, so it goes into your nostrils.
Vajra Armor
Vajra Armor
  1. Then also recite Black Manjushri mantra. The Meditation-Recitation of Black Manjushri is also good to do if you want. Otherwise, just do the mantra:
OṂ TRA SÖ / CHHU SÖ / DUR TA SÖ / DUR MI SÖ / NYING GO LA CHHÖ / KHA LA JAḤ KAṂ ŚHAṂ TRAṂ / BÄ PHAṬ SVĀHĀ
Black Manjushri
Black Manjushri
Then at the end, do dedication prayers:
JANG CHHUB SEM CHHOG RIN PO CHHE
May the precious supreme bodhichittaMA KYE PA NAM KYE GYUR CHIG
Not yet born arise.KYE PA NYAM PA ME PA YI
May that arisen not decline,GONG NÄ GONG DU PHEL WAR SHOG But increase more and more.
GE WA DI YI NYUR DU DAG
Due to this virtue, may I quicklyLA MA SANG GYÄ DRUB GYUR NÄ
Become a Guru-Buddha,DRO WA CHIG KYANG MA LÜ PA
And lead all transmigratory beings,DE YI SA LA GÖ PAR SHOG
Without exception, to that state.
Due to all the merits of the three times collected by me, the numberless buddhas, and the numberless sentient beings, may all wars, sickness, famine, torture, poverty, and economic problems in the world, and all dangers of earth, water, fire, and wind, be pacified immediately, and may perfect peace and happiness prevail in everyone’s hearts and lives. May the Buddhadharma last for a long time, and may the sentient beings in this world meet the Buddhadharma and achieve enlightenment as quickly as possible.
Due to all the past, present, and future merits collected by me and all the merits of the three times collected by the numberless buddhas and numberless sentient beings, which are completely empty of existing from their own side, may I, who am completely empty of existing from my own side, achieve the state of full enlightenment, which is completely empty of existing from its own side, and lead all sentient beings, who are completely empty of existing from their own side, to that state, which is completely empty of existing from its own side, by myself alone, who is completely empty of existing from my own side.