Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I am a Mover and Shaker!

Thanks to the very enthusiastic response from my Podomatic listeners, I have become a Mover and Shaker. Here is a copy of the email just received from Podomatic:

Congratulations! Your podcast made the Movers & Shakers list on PodOmatic. This means your show was among 50 podcasts in the top 500 that climbed the most number spots overall on Sep 30, 2009.

To view the Movers & Shakers list featuring your podcast, follow the link below:

Our recordings are now at no. 374 which is unbelievable (as Rinpoche would say!) considering we are compared to all other categories, including music. Well done all of you for your interest and dedication to the Dharma.

Much love and prayers,
Venerable Namgyel.

ps many people keep asking about my arm - there is pain 24 hours a day, it is uncomfortable to sleep and sometimes the hand is very swollen. The plaster comes off next Monday. However, the Doctor in Moscow said it could take a year for the thumb to heal and it will still give pain for a long time. Thank you all for your kind emails and many prayers and a lot of Reiki for my healing. From my heart, I can assure you it has all been very humbly received and appreciated.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mexico Hospice

Just a quick note for those of you "in the know" - today, Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche approved the hospice project, saying it was very, very beneficial. It will be called the Mother Tara Hospice for Peaceful Living and Peaceful Dying and will be located in the Xalapa area. If you are interested to help in any way, please write to me personally. With big love from Riga.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


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Well now we are in Latvia and we reached here on 16th night from the Moscow. I would like to tell you about my experience in Moscow. I was sick all the time in Moscow but it didn’t affect me much because the organisers in Moscow are very, very nice and kind people, they are Sergye, Galina and Andrea. Oh they are really nice and kind people. I notice that Moscow don’t have a permanent Buddhist meditation centre where they can do retreat and meditation courses on a regular basis but because of these organiser’s great effort they organise it in different places and I am sure it’s quite difficult for them to organise it. But no matter how difficult it is they are doing their best to bring Pure Dharma to Moscow to benefit all sentient beings. I am very pleased to meet such nice and kind people like Sergye, Galina, Andrea and Edmond . I really appreciated what they are doing to bring pure Dharma in Moscow. I noticed that it is very important for the centre people to have very good and highly learned teachers to visit there and to give pure Buddha’s teachings and lead them to the Path to Enlightenment. I wish and pray that all their wishes come true and they can benefit all sentient beings and bring pure dharma in Moscow. My prayers and wishes are always with you hard working people.
We had a very wonderful Tara retreat out of the city for three days and some people came from very far away. Ven. Namgyel helped many people to guide them in to the right path and to make right decisions. I can see many people want to talk to him and ask many questions about their practice and their problems. I could see he was very tired because of all day teaching but despite being tired he was ready to help whoever wants to talk to him. That is very kind of Ven. Namgyel.
Ven. Namgyel offered a Reiki course and there were around 22 or 23 people and some people came all the way from Siberia and Kalmyk! I came to know that those places are very far and very cold but people have very much interest to learn which is very good for them. They have very sincere wish to help others with Dharma and Reiki. I wish and pray that their wishes be come true and they can indeed help as many beings as they can. I noticed that it was quite difficult for Ven. Namgyel to teach Reiki because he needs to use his both arms quite many times to teach hand position and I know it is hard for him to use his both arms because you know 3 or 4 weeks ago that he broke his wrist and he has plaster on his arm. So you can imagine how difficult that will be if you have plaster on your arm and you need to move it again and again. I know it is very hard and difficult but Ven. Namgyel was doing quite well with the people. I know he is suffering from the inside but he swallowed that pain and was ready to help others. Isn’t that wonderful and kind!
Now we are in Latvia at Ganden meditation centre which is part of the FPMT centres. I found Riga very nice and beautiful place and let’s see how it goes our time here. I will let you know more about the place and centre after a few days.
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Kremlin in Moscow

We took this photo on a very nice day out for Sergey and Galina in Moscow.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Nearly goodbye Moscow - from Ven Tsering

Hello! My name is Tsering Phuntsok and I am from Kopan monastery. I am very fortunate that Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup allowed me to join such a wonderful monastery when I applied in 1997. Since then I have studied English and Tibetan languages as well as Buddhist philosophy. I also worked for the monastery in the reception for 3 years.

Kopan offers many courses for people who are interested in Buddhism and we have many kind and highly qualified teachers and amongst them is Venerable Namgyel. He is very nice, kind and very down to earth. Our precious Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundup gave me permission to travel with Ven. Namgyel and told me to assist him when he is travelling. I think I am very fortunate to get such a precious opportunity to travel with him and to benefit others.

My first experience of long distance travel was flying to Moscow. I flew from Delhi on 2nd of September and Ven. Namgyel flew from Madrid to Moscow on the same day. Andrea, Galina and Sergye were waiting for us in the Moscow airport and that was my first time meeting with them. The first big surprise came when. as we were driving back to the city, Andrea said at 5.30pm, would you mind if a TV crew comes at 7.30pm to interview Venerable for the public TV channel in Moscow. This was a big opportunity for Buddhism to be shown on main stream TV with millions of viewers. I was surprised when Venerable agreed to do the interview (as I thought he must be exhausted, it taking two days for him to get to Moscow, as his plane broke down - another story!), but then Andrea had said it would only take 15 to 20 minutes. It ended up being about an hour and a half, and later the interviewer phoned to say that it had had such a big effect on her personally that the channel had decided to do a series of programmes with the assistance of the FPMT centre in Moscow.

To be continued.....