Thursday, December 29, 2011

2012



Happy New Year to all my teachers, my students, friends and benefactors.

May all your wishes on behalf of all sentient beings be fulfilled.



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wellington-Sydney-Adelaide-Mumbai

Gosh that was a long journey and very chaotic when arriving at nearly 2am in Mumbai.  Now I have rested for a day and have been thinking back over my time in Wellington, I remembered how there was a good crowd of very interested, engaged people listening to the teachings.  

By the way, I really enjoyed Wellington, as a city.  Ok, so that's it for the year and I am now going into "teaching hibernation" until March when I return to Tushita Dharamsala for a lam rim course.

Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year to you all.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Adelaide to Wellington

The teachings finished in Adelaide yesterday with a Vajrasattva purification day followed by an afternoon tea.  There were lots of delicious cakes and biscuits and it "sounded" as though people really enjoyed themselves.  I sat in the corridor and offered an ear to those who needed an ear.  We finished around 6pm with Lyndy and Cathy making a very kind, heartfelt speech, apparently not wanting to let me go....then two students had appeared who wanted to take refuge, which I had given the day before.  They were very sincere and so at the last minute I ended up giving refuge, which seems to me a very auspicious way to finish my time at Buddha House.  A sincere thank you to all the volunteers who took care of me and helped me during my visit to Adelaide.
Tuesday the 13th December, the flight is through Sydney to Wellington and then teaching on Friday evening, The Art of Happiness and a weekend workshop on Healing Disturbing Emotions.  Organised by LKPY.
Take care and keep developing the good heart.  Please.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kopan November Course 2010

This is my last photograph with Khen Rinpoche before his passing.  I will always treasure Rinpoche's kindness and compassion towards me.  I am sure those of you who met him will feel the same.  In the photo is the reincarnation of Geshe Lama Konchog.

Choeding Rinpoche in Pokhara

Choeding Rinpoche's small monastery in the last year has taken on the responsibility of educating 14 new monks.  They need Dharma and secular education,  and they also need feeding!  Rinpoche has asked me to appeal to my students and others for help.  It costs $365 per year to support one monk.  If you can help, please make a donation through my paypal account on my webpage - http://www.venerable-namgyel.com

Thanks so much for your kind and open heart.



Sunday, November 6, 2011

I have been busy....

The month in Adelaide was spent busily teaching and we also had a fundraiser for the hospices in the SA region, which was a really nice morning with good hearted people.
Ten days ago I flew from Adelaide to Kathmandu and taught a group of business people in kopan monastery.  After the group left Kathmandu, I travelled to Pokhara to see Choeding Rinpoche and then found out I couldn't get back to Kathmandu because of fog.  It took six and a half hours to drive back in a taxi as I was flying out the next day, returning to Adelaide.  Next day, the flight to Singapore was late, because of fog! 
Anyway, I am back in Adelaide and looking forward to Healing Disturbing Emotions starting on Wednesday.  Come along if you can!


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Australia, Adelaide

Wow, a really long flight from Mexico to Adelaide.  I reckon around 30 hours altogether, one flight after the other.  However, when I arrived I didn't feel jetlagged at all, which I thought was very unusual for me.  Must have been the warm welcome from George and Lyndy who were at the airport waiting for me.  On the long weekend I taught 8 verses of thought transformation, together with some meditation on Chenresig.  Yesterday (Wednesday) the first evening of four on Peaceful Living, Peaceful Dying.  Big crowd of around 40 people.  Yours in Dharma,

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Xalapa

Hello all, this is my last blog before leaving Mexico.  The retreat was well attended and enjoyable, meditating and talking and Bodhicitta.  Teachings this week on 8 verses of thought transformation and this weekend Reiki for beginners.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of violence in this area, kidnappings, murders etc. so people are really unnerved and anxious.  Next time I write will be from Australia.  Bye!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rinpoche: Bodhisattva attitude

THIS MONTH: Bodhisattva Attitude   

Rinpoche at Lawudo Retreat Centre,
Nepal, 1970.
By dedicating your life to others in this way, you can enjoy every day. There is always DEEP happiness in your heart instead of jealousy and so many other sufferings. When you follow your ego, negative emotional thoughts and self-cherishing, even though nobody else tortures you, you are constantly tortured by attachment, anger and so on. You create so many problems and so much negative karma and then you suffer. You harm others and yourself and then you have to experience the result by again having so many problems. Your whole life goes by like this until one day death comes and that's it. Life finishes in suffering.

With this bodhisattva attitude, you can enjoy life. You experience it with Dharma. Letting go of delusion, ego and especially the self-cherishing thought, you live with inner peace and happiness, in deep joy and satisfaction, by practicing Dharma. Then your heart is opened all the time, day and night. You are able to help other sentient beings and yourself. All your activities are accomplished and you achieve enlightenment, ceasing all gross and subtle delusions and completing all the qualities of realization. You are able to liberate others from sufferings and delusions and bring them to enlightenment.

If you live your life in this way with this total change of mind to the bodhisattva's attitude, you have deep happiness all the time. There are no regrets now and no regrets in the future, just greater and greater happiness up to enlightenment. You are able to help both yourself and others.

In the West, millions of people suffer from depression, but if you dedicate your life in the morning to numberless sentient beings, there is unbelievable joy and happiness the whole day. Cherishing the I opens the door to all suffering, while cherishing others opens the door to all happiness. When you live your life every day for others, the door to depression, relationship problems and all these things is closed and instead there is incredible joy and excitement.

With this bodhisattva attitude you become wish-fulfilling for others. All sentient beings have been wish-fulfilling and kind to you since beginningless rebirths and now you become wish-fulfilling for them. From this, all your wishes for happiness are fulfilled, even your wish to achieve liberation and enlightenment and to benefit others by causing them happiness this life, future lives, liberation and enlightenment. You become the cause of all this for others. This is how to overcome all problems.

Recite this motivation in the morning and then during the day, if somebody gets angry at you, scolds, abuses, or says nasty words, whatever happens, remember this motivation. If you ask somebody for help and they refuse, remember this motivation. Then, instead of rising anger, delusions and all that junk and garbage, you will have great peace and happiness. The point is to generate this motivation in the morning and then remember it throughout the day, especially when something happens and there is a danger to rise harmful thoughts of anger, attachment and so forth. By remembering this motivation and keeping your mind in it, you are free from creating negative karma. There is so much peace and happiness now, and in the future, the result will be enlightenment for you and for all sentient beings.

Mexico City returning to VC

His Holiness's teaching was wonderful, of course.  Sitting so close to HH and surrounded by loving Sangha.  Who could ask for more?  There is a hurricane heading towards Vera Cruz, winds around 65mph and I am on the bus this afternoon back to VC.  Not sure what I will experience.  Have never been in a hurricane.  Tuesday evening meditation in VC and then to Xalapa where we start a Bodhicitta retreat on the 15th. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tribute to Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup


Check out this video on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Rn02KJbb_Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Update on VC

A public talk in one University and then another public talk yesterday in another University.  Yesterday was a bit of a shock.  I had said I would like to talk to a small group of students, maybe 40-50, but I found out when I arrived there were hundreds in a big auditorium.  Apparently when the students heard about the talk they said "How can you shut out some students" and so insisted on being included.  The time was definitely positive and the students told me they received a lot of encouragement from the talk.  

Tonight we finish Peaceful Living, Peaceful Dying and then tomorrow I travel to Mexico City for His Holiness's teaching on Saturday, returning to Vera Cruz on Sunday for my last talk on Tuesday evening.

15th September the retreat starts with the Xalapa group.  We are meditating on the 11 steps to Bodhicitta.  Followed by teachings in Xalapa from the 19th. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup

Khen Rinpoche has passed away (7th September Nepal)......please do Medicine Buddha puja if you can.  Thank you so much.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Vera Cruz

A wonderful start to my time here.  Around 75 people turned up for the three day workshop on Transforming Problems into Happiness.  It was a hot, humid night so the air conditioners were working very hard and the subject probably added a bit more heat!
Well done Ceci and Oscar for organizing such a good turnout.  Ceci has been on the radio and Oscar put up posters. 

Inspiration from Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

The Good Heart is the Root of Happiness   
[posted Aug 2011]
Rinpoche gave this advice about the good heart at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in June 2011. Scribe, Ven. Holly Ansett.

Since I had a stroke, I started to see a physiotherapist in Nepal. Suddenly my physiotherapist asked questions while doing physiotherapy, then at the very end he said, “not so many people in the world have a good heart.” Usually when we say that, it means being rough and tough to others.
Here is my answer to that question, my way of thinking about that. Usually it is regarded as less important in the world to have a good heart, instead we are very tough and uncaring, we cheat and hurt others, we tell lies and cause loss to others to get our own happiness, profits and so forth.
Even if other people don’t practice the good heart, still we should practice the good heart because we want happiness and we don’t want suffering. Even if other sentient beings don’t practice the good heart or they try to harm us, cause us loss, kill us and so forth, if we practice only the good heart from our own side—if we are kind and only benefit others with our body, speech and mind or at the very least we don’t cause harm to other sentient beings, then we will experience happiness.
As a result of one act of kindness, the good heart, we will experience the result, happiness, for thousands of lifetimes. From that one act of kindness, benefiting someone with our body, speech and mind or at least not harming another, the result is happiness. This is the result, even if we are looking only for our own happiness.
Generating the good heart helps all sentient beings, and at least not harming sentient beings purifies instantly our negative karmas and defilements created from beginningless rebirth and we collect unbelievable merit.
It is mentioned in the Bodhicaryavatara by the great holy being, the bodhisattva Shantideva, that even thinking about healing the headache of sentient beings has benefit. No question if we are actually working for the happiness of all sentient beings. There is no need to mention the benefit from that, the most unbelievable, unbelievable great benefit that has.
By having a good heart, and at the very least not harming others, it brings us happiness and by the way brings happiness to all sentient beings. If we harm someone, whether an animal or human being then we receive harm from others for many hundreds and thousands of lifetimes, and we can’t benefit others for that length of time. When we can’t benefit others, then the purpose of our life becomes meaningless, the purpose of our life is lost and we become totally lost, like being stuck in a quagmire of mud or in the ocean.
By generating compassion, the good heart and loving kindness to someone—to even one sentient being—it brings us to full enlightenment. We achieve not only liberation from samsara, but also full enlightenment, buddhahood—the complete cessation of all the defilements and sufferings and the complete realizations, omniscience.
So, the purpose of generating the good heart is incredible. We can gain all the realizations—whatever we want to achieve and we will have no obstacles, no blockage to benefit ALL SENTIENT BEINGS, to free them from all the sufferings and causes of suffering, and to be able to give them all the causes of temporal and ultimate happiness, liberation from samsara and full enlightenment.
It is common knowledge even in our own lives, that someone who has a good heart not only makes himself happy, but also makes his family and parents happy. He can even make someone who doesn’t know him happy, without even mentioning being able to bring ultimate happiness, enlightenment, to all sentient beings. Definitely that person can bring peace to this world. Living life with the good heart is the most important thing, and even animals become happy with us—even the birds and dogs, everybody.
We must care for this tiny sentient being, this ant, that has been our brother and sister in the past. All these ants have been human beings before, like us, then due to ignorance and not knowing the I, not knowing Dharma, from anger and attachment they are born in the lower realms as an ant and so forth, due to delusion and karma. We can’t imagine falling into the lower realms and being born as an ant after we die. It’s hard to imagine. By not understanding Dharma and not practicing Dharma, then due to delusion and karma we may be born as ant. Can you imagine?
We have been born like that numberless times, after being a human then we are reborn in the lower realms as an ant. We have been exactly the same as this ant or another insect so tiny that we can only see it through a microscope. We have been exactly the same as this tiny sentient being, or as a being with a body as huge as a mountain.
Since I had this stroke, paralysis, it gives an idea how it is possible. We can’t imagine being born like this, as an ant and so forth—we can’t imagine the suffering. We can’t even stand the human beings' problems and sufferings, so no way can we stand the sufferings of the animals, hell beings, pretas and so forth. This is why we must understand Dharma and practice the good heart now. It is very important.
Buddha taught 100 volumes called the Kangyur, and then the great scholars and many Indian pandits—the six ornaments and the two sublime disciples and so forth—gave commentaries on these texts. The commentaries are called the Tengyur and there are more than 200 volumes. Then there are also the great scholars and holy beings in Tibet and all their teachings.
Buddhism came from India, from Buddha, and then went to Tibet and Nepal. Buddhism became well established in Tibet, so many people practiced and served and so many became bodhisattvas and buddhas in Tibet. Tibet is unbelievable; there are so many holy places, also in Nepal. When Buddhism in India degenerated, then in Tibet it became like sunshine.
Buddhism is not made up or created by Tibetan lamas, without a lineage from ancient times. In the early days Tibetan Buddhism was referred to as Lamaism but it is totally wrong to call it that.
With Buddhism, the more we learn, the deeper our knowledge. Buddhism goes deeper and deeper, but with other religions that have just a little learning, we touch the bottom. Buddhism is like an ocean and the real understanding is when we achieve omniscient mind, when we become Buddha.
Therefore, generating the good heart to everybody—towards insects, hungry ghosts, hell beings, human beings, suras and asuras—is the very essence of life. The good heart is the real meaning of life and the most important education; it is the root of our happiness and the happiness of all sentient beings.
Thank you very much.

With much love and prayers,
Lama Zopa
 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PHOTOS OF THE PUBLIC TALK



Durango to Vera Cruz

A really busy time in Durango, Mx.  Started with a big public teaching "The Art of Happiness" based on HH's teachings.  3000 people turned up and as observers told me, became very peaceful and happy.  That was followed by a 3 day workshop on Disturbing Emotions, around 150 people and then the Governor asked me if I could teach near Torreon.  The Government organized it at very short notice and on Sunday I flew there and back and taught to a few hundred people.  Very nice to see some old friends from the Rinchen Zangpo Centre in Torreon who were in the front row.  The reason the teaching happened is because the Government received more than 80 phone calls asking why I wasn't teaching in that area.  Fantastic!  Now I have arrived in Vera Cruz and start teaching tomorrow.  Bye!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mexico - Guadalajara to Morelia.

My first teaching engagement has been in Guadalajara.  A weekend of Bodhicitta, teachings during the week and then another weekend of Healing Disturbing Emotions.  I travel tomorrow to Morelia and teach for the weekend, returning to Guadalajara.  Then I travel to Cozumel for a Medicine Buddha retreat. 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup

Dear friends,

Khenrinpoche Lama Lhundrup is now in an advanced stage of cancer.
Our Most kind Guru Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised today that it would be very beneficial for Khenrinpoche if those who have karmic connections with him ( eg. have received advice, oral transmission, other teachings, or taken refuge with him) can do the Ksithigarba practice as many times as possible.
Please pass this message on to students of Khenrinpoche who might not be on this mailing list.

Please find this practice below.

With many thanks

Kopan office


Kshitigarbha Practice

 

I prostrate, go for refuge, and make offerings to the bodhisattva Kshitigarbha who has unbearable compassion for me and all sentient beings who are suffering and whose minds are obscured, who has qualities like the sky and liberates sentient beings from all suffering and gives every happiness. Please grant blessings!       (3x)



With hands folded in prostration, you can visualize doing the prostration to all the buddhas and bodhisattvas – that becomes prostration when you say the word “prostration.” When you say “refuge,” think that you are asking to be free from the two obscurations (to be able to achieve enlightenment). When you say the word “offering,” think all the offerings that you have are then offered.



Then, when you ask for “blessings,” think in the mind the whole path to enlightenment – this is the blessing to be received. So the extensive benefits of this mantra will be translated. This is the mantra that Kshitigarbha heard from buddhas equaling the number of sand grains of the river Ganga (in India). He made offerings to them and then received this mantra. This is the story of the mantra – how to receive all of the benefits.



This mantra is to be used for any difficulties of problems. It is the best one to do for any problems in any situation. Even reciting it only four or five times – just a few times – is very powerful. It speaks so much of power, showing how important the bodhisattva is. Even to recite or just to think of the name of the bodhisattva is very, very powerful.



Long Mantra:

CHHIM BHO CHHIM BHO CHIM CHHIM BHO / AKASHA CHHIM BHO / VAKARA CHHIM BHO / AMAVARA CHHIM BHO / VARA CHHIM BHO / VACHIRA CHHIM BHO / AROGA CHHIM BHO / DHARMA CHHIM BHO / SATEVA CHHIM BHO / SATENI HALA CHHIM BHO / VIVA ROKA SHAVA CHHIM BHO / UVA SHAMA CHHIM BHO / NAYANA CHHIM BHO / PRAJ√ĎA SAMA MONI RATNA CHHIM BHO / KSHANA CHHIM BHO / VISHEMA VARIYA CHHIM BHO / SHASI TALA MAVA CHHIM BHO / VI AH DRASO TAMA HELE / DAM VE YAM VE / CHAKRASE / CHAKRA VASILE / KSHILI PHILE KARAVA / VARA VARITE / HASERE PRARAVE / PARECHARA BHANDHANE / ARADANE / PHANARA / CHA CHI CHA CHA / HILE MILE AKHATA THAGEKHE / THAGAKHI LO / THHARE THHARE MILE MADHE / NANTE KULE MILE / ANG KU CHITABHE / ARAI GYIRE VARA GYIRE / KUTA SHAMAMALE /TONAGYE TONAGYE / TONAGULE / HURU HURU HURU / KULO STO MILE / MORITO / MIRITA / BHANDHATA / KARA KHAM REM / HURU HURU



Short Mantra:

OM AH KSHITI GARBHA THALENG HUM

 

Buddha’s Praise of Kshitigarbha



You have generated stability of thought and the pure altruistic thought of bodhichitta and have eliminated the sufferings of immeasurable sentient beings. I see (sentient beings) receiving happiness as from a wish-granting jewel, and like the vajra you cut the nets of others’ doubts.  You offer holy offerings to the foe destroyers, the qualified ones gone beyond, with great compassionate thought and perseverance. You liberate sentient beings from their sufferings with oceans of wisdom. Because you have no fear (delusions), you have gone beyond samsara.

Brahma heard this mantra and then said to the entire assembly, “Please rejoice in the mantra I have now said.”

 And Buddha said, “Great, great.”

 This practice is especially beneficial for those who have heavy problems, serious health problems, big projects, or financial difficulties. I suggest it is extremely powerful to recite every day for protection, at least four or five times or more, depending on how crucial it is.



This practice is effective even to grow crops well and to protect land and crops. In the sutra of the bodhisattva Kshitigarbha are explained the extensive benefits and qualities: they are like the sky, like skies of benefit to all beings. There have been experiences, similar benefits (to those spoken of in the sutra) received by those who practice Kshitigarbha.

 
Colophon:

This practice was compiled and dictated to Getsul Thubten Nyingje by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Madison, Wisconsin, June 30, 1998 and subsequently checked. Lightly edited by Murray Wright & Kendall Magnussen, Land of Medicine Buddha, August 24, 1998.  Revised April 5, 1999 in Aptos, CA.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Onwards ......

From Riga to Moscow, nearly finished teaching.  On Sunday to Helsinki for a couple of days and then USA to attend HH's birthday celebration and Kalachakra.  After that Mexico for a few weeks.  Take care and much love.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Busy, busy and more busy

Sorry I haven't been updating so often lately, but it has been busy.  I taught near Munich, an amazing group of business coaches and met Burgel in Munich who took me to a really nice restaurant near a lake.  On to Vienna and Andrea who is an amazing woman - very dedicated and always busy!  Taught Reiki One and gave Dharma teachings and then to Switzerland and Bern.  Home to Ani Rita.  Really nice group of young people - I taught Healing Disturbing Emotions and then went out of Bern for lunch at Lama Yeshe's old students with a beautiful gompa in the roof and then to a small country village for some teachings.  Back to Bern and the flight to Madrid.  Three courses for business people and coaches and then to Riga.  Take care and thanks for all your kind thoughts manifesting as emails! 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Our Guru Lama Zopa Rinpoche

For updates regarding Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health:
http://www.fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/rinpoches-health-updates-and-practices.html

Friday, April 29, 2011

Serious news for natural healing






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Guru manifesting sickness

Just received a newsletter from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive and they mention advice Rinpoche has given to students regarding other teacher's manifesting sickness.  I thought it would be beneficial to reproduce it here:

Regarding the guru having sicknesses, and whether to have treatment or not, this answer is not for every single guru, but a general answer.

The disciple should pray for the long life and health of the guru, because disciples’ prayers have power. Why? Because there is a Dharma connection.

You can’t leave this out, saying, “This is Buddha, who does not need anything,” and then do nothing. Because the guru is showing an ordinary aspect, such as having suffering and sickness, you should offer service, get medicine, and so forth. The need for your service is also part of the manifestation, and it is for us sentient beings to collect merit and purify. Those sentient beings who offer service need their negative karma to be purified. These are the reasons for the guru’s sickness, because it makes possible very powerful purification for sentient beings, for them to achieve enlightenment quicker.

It is good to recognize this. When Lama Atisha showed the aspect of diarrhea and loss of control of his bowels, Drontompa cleaned it with his hands, without any thought of its being dirty, and from this he achieved clairvoyance. Because his mind was clarified from these actions, he was able to read the minds of sentient beings, even ants, even the minds of people as far away as an eagle can fly in 18 days.

Thank you very much for your concern and for your guru devotion. That is your jewel, the root that eliminates all defilements and obstacles, and achieves all realizations and enlightenment, and enlightenment for all sentient beings. (Advice given by Lama Zopa Rinpche).


Our Guru Lama Zopa Rinpoche

I recently received the news that Lama Zopa Rinpoche is manifesting illness.  I know many students are extremely concerned about Rinpoche and how to create the karma to have the perception of Rinpoche being totally healthy.  Practices have been recommended and I do urge you to check the FPMT website for updates on Rinpoche's health and how you can be of service.  Even this manifestion of sickness is empty of inherent existence and is impermanent, therefore it can be changed.  However, it is a dependent arising and that's where we come in!

Thank you.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Teaching schedule for 2011

http://venerable-namgyel.com/archives/251

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This is an extract from a teaching given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the 1970's.  It has been published by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive as a booklet.  Do look at their site, it has an amazing amount of resources available. 

By dedicating your life to others in this way, you can enjoy every day. There is always DEEP happiness in your heart instead of jealousy and so many other sufferings. When you follow your ego, negative emotional thoughts and self-cherishing, even though nobody else tortures you, you are constantly tortured by attachment, anger and so on. You create so many problems and so much negative karma and then you suffer. You harm others and yourself and then you have to experience the result by again having so many problems. Your whole life goes by like this until one day death comes and that's it. Life finishes in suffering.

With this bodhisattva attitude, you can enjoy life. You experience it with Dharma. Letting go of delusion, ego and especially the self-cherishing thought, you live with inner peace and happiness, in deep joy and satisfaction, by practicing Dharma. Then your heart is opened all the time, day and night. You are able to help other sentient beings and yourself. All your activities are accomplished and you achieve enlightenment, ceasing all gross and subtle delusions and completing all the qualities of realization. You are able to liberate others from sufferings and delusions and bring them to enlightenment.

If you live your life in this way with this total change of mind to the bodhisattva's attitude, you have deep happiness all the time. There are no regrets now and no regrets in the future, just greater and greater happiness up to enlightenment. You are able to help both yourself and others.

In the West, millions of people suffer from depression, but if you dedicate your life in the morning to numberless sentient beings, there is unbelievable joy and happiness the whole day. Cherishing the I opens the door to all suffering, while cherishing others opens the door to all happiness. When you live your life every day for others, the door to depression, relationship problems and all these things is closed and instead there is incredible joy and excitement.

With this bodhisattva attitude you become wish-fulfilling for others. All sentient beings have been wish-fulfilling and kind to you since beginningless rebirths and now you become wish-fulfilling for them. From this, all your wishes for happiness are fulfilled, even your wish to achieve liberation and enlightenment and to benefit others by causing them happiness this life, future lives, liberation and enlightenment. You become the cause of all this for others. This is how to overcome all problems.

Recite this motivation in the morning and then during the day, if somebody gets angry at you, scolds, abuses, or says nasty words, whatever happens, remember this motivation. If you ask somebody for help and they refuse, remember this motivation. Then, instead of rising anger, delusions and all that junk and garbage, you will have great peace and happiness. The point is to generate this motivation in the morning and then remember it throughout the day, especially when something happens and there is a danger to rise harmful thoughts of anger, attachment and so forth. By remembering this motivation and keeping your mind in it, you are free from creating negative karma. There is so much peace and happiness now, and in the future, the result will be enlightenment for you and for all sentient beings.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kopan monsoon programme

I am sorry to say that I will not be teaching in Kopan this monsoon.  I will be attending His Holiness's Kalachakra in the United States in July. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

My programme

End of April, Vienna, followed by 16th May teaching business coaches for three days in Munich.  Then Bern, Switzerland from the 20th May for a few days.  June will be Riga and Moscow.  Exact dates to be confirmed.

Karma and moving on!

Ani Rita taught the Karma course very well, although it was a small group, they were very interested and involved in the subject.  Then I taught Reiki Two for a wonderful trio, immediately followed by Reiki One.  Next weekend is another Reiki course and then What Colour is Your Mind?  for three days.  The Reiki course at the end of the month has changed dates to the afternoon of the 28th and all day the first, followed by a course starting on the 2nd March:  6 Causes and One Effect. 


The Nyingma Monlam just finished and suddenly there are thousands of monks and nuns and lay practitioners leaving town.  Such an amazing energy when the Monlam is happening and so quiet after they leave. 



Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bodh Gaya

I had a wonderful time at His Holiness's teachings in Sarnath and must report that I did not get sick at all, not even a sniffle!  From what I hear from many other people, my good health was the exception to the rule.  Many people seemed to get really ill and some of them are now in Root Institute recuperating.  We have just started Peaceful Living, Peaceful Dying and quite a few of the participants have come from the November course and then Sarnath.  I rejoice!  It is truly beautiful here at Root.  The gardens are magnificent.  Huge flowers of various colours in a tranquil garden setting.  The stupa is really busy, attracting people from all around the world.  The next course is "Karma" with Ani Rita teaching and me leading meditations.  Then I teach Reiki 2 on the 10/11th February followed by Reiki One on the 12/13th February; 19th/20th February and the 26th/27th February.  
If you are looking for my schedule, it is on the www.fpmt.org website.  Look under touring teachers and you will find my schedule there.  
I send you all my love and prayers from the Buddhist power spot!