Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Looking back over this year, what made you humble and amazed? I've been amazed seeing my students’ patience and resilience over the year. This year was not easy, however because of our motivation to become better people, we fight with the difficulty, transform it into beneficial…, attend teachings, do meditation, hold up our Dharma practice. Every time I see you in the Zoom room, I know you are here… it makes me happy. I’m feeling humble to see many Dharma students actualize their practice in many excellent ways. Some are providing medical care, various kinds of social support. Many volunteers make great efforts, give their time to make sure Online Sangha is a safe place for refuge. Some people provide financial support so we can run this platform and we even funded enough seed money to turn our online platform into an actual to-be-finished retreat house! We are in pain and suffering, but we are trying our best to think beyond "me, me, me" and toward concerns about others and the Dharma, which is so beautiful. Thank you very much. I rejoice in all of your virtuous deeds. Because of you, I will be here to serve until samsara ends. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Big love, Venerable Namgyel Oct to Dec Impact Report BREAKING NEWS! We have successfully fundraised to buy a retreat house in Australia. This house will be the new residence of Venerable Namgyel to extend his Dharma activities to the local community.... Venerable Namgyel Online Sangha

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

New year Celebrations

Celebrating Losar & Chotrul Duchen 12-27 February 2021 Lord Buddha's Fifteen Days of Miracles Losar (Tibetan New Year), followed by the The Fifteen Days of Miracles, is a special and auspicious time. It marks how Guru Shakyamuni Buddha showed his miraculous powers, inspiring people to have faith. During these fifteen days (12-27 February 2021) any virtuous actions performed is multiplied by 100 million! It culminates on the full moon, the fifteenth day of the Tibetan lunar calendar, also known as Chotrul Duchen. This is a precious time to perform virtuous dharma actions. We will be launching the fundraising for the retreat house in Australia around the same time. Stay tuned for a great opportunity to accumulate numerous merits!

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Analytical Meditation and how to. use it

Using The Lamrim Meditation App To Deepen Practice Taming The Mind If you've spent time meditating you'll have probably noticed that the practice of cultivating the mind quickly brings the understanding that it's like trying to tame a wild and mischievous monkey. Sometimes we can feel frustrated and that we aren't making much progress. Don’t give up! Analytical Meditation quickly brings the mind into focus, bringing clarity and equanimity! Some meditators are able to tame their wandering and monkey like mind simply through the practice of sitting meditation. It's said that such meditators may have had many previous lifetimes of diligent practice to hone the ability. However for most of us a practical solution is required in order to progress and quickly deepen our meditation. Through utilising the powerful practice of Analytical Meditation in addition to single-pointed meditation we can rapidly bring about further deepening of our practice. What Is Analytical Meditation? Analytical meditation is the practice of bringing the mind to bear on one object or subject matter. Commonly this will be a topic such as one found within the Lamrim and then directing the focus of the mind to consider various lines of reasoning, contemplation of analogies and reflection upon related topics primarily from one's personal experience. Through such analytical contemplation, objects appear with clarity, bringing about strong insights on meditation topics such as refuge and compassion. When greater clarity and focus is achieved, we may then set aside Analytical Meditation and concentrate on the meditation object or insights with single-pointed focus. As single-pointed focus starts to subside and the mind begins wandering again, then return to the analytical meditation. Through this method of meditating on the topic of Lamrim, we will be able to cultivate and maintain a peaceful and virtuous mind throughout our practice and life as a whole. How To Practice Analytical Meditation Preparation: Pick a topic from within the Lamrim Study the Lamrim topic, doing your best to understand the Dharma within. Prepare guided questions for the meditation or, using our app, listen to the related guided meditation audio where Venerable Namgyel will lead you throughout the session. Actual Practice: Recite the Refuge Prayer, the Four Immeasurables, the Seven Limb Prayer, and the Mandala Offering* Start your analytical meditation by either looking at the question or playing the relevant audio in the app. When you have a strong feeling towards the topic, hold it single-pointedly in your mind. If the mind becomes distracted and focus starts fading, revert back to the Analytical Meditation. As the feeling becomes restored once again, set aside the analytical meditation so that you can hold the feeling with single-pointed concentration. It’s important to finish the meditation when the mind is in a concentrated and peaceful state. Avoid overdoing it or allowing the mind to reach a state of tiredness, thus ending the meditation with a positive imprint in the mind. *Venerable Namgyel has given teachings on why we recite these prayers in the "How to Meditate Course". Benefits Of Alternating Analytical & Single Pointed Meditations: Planting the seed of Dharma in the mind stream. Directing the mind in a Dharmic way, thus developing a virtuous mind. A middle way meditation, without the need to force our mind from swaying around to being absolutely concentrated. By meditating on Lamrim, we gain realisation on the topics within, getting closer to enlightenment. Listen - sample audio from the app - a 15 minute analytical meditation on the topic of "Refuge". Watch - Teaching on Refuge (The Beautiful Foundation Online Course Week 8), follow the meditation. I'd love to know your thoughts, let me know how you feel? Thank you!

Friday, October 2, 2020

More, Love, Love, Love!!

Subject is Loving Kindness Teaching time is 10am -12pm Saturday 3rd October Proposal for donation: Euro 55, Euro 45 for members, reduction possible Account Panchen Losang Chogyen Gelug-Zentrum, IBAN: AT76 6000 0005 1000 7905, BIC: BAWAATWW Registration: info@gelugwien.at Venerable Namgyel: Loving Kindness Join Zoom-Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89956682938... Meeting-ID: 899 5668 2938 Kenncode: 011152 Ortseinwahl suchen: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kefr14Gq51

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.

Padmasambhava taught

The Difficulty of Practicing the Dharma


Master Padma said:  It is indeed difficult to practice the Dharma.
The lady asked:  What does that mean?
The master said:  There is the danger of holding wrong views.
The meditation is mistaken by mental fabrication.
The worst enemy is broken samayas.
The conduct is deluded by unvirtuous actions of body, speech and mind.
The teachings are destroyed by too much ambition.
The vows are spoiled by criticising others.
The path is mistaken by clinging to suffering as being real.
Modesty is lost by craving desirable things.
The goal is mistaken by all the gain and fame of this life.
Teachers without Dharma practice are embarrassing and such meditators are depressing.

(Padmasambhava is teaching Yeshe Tsogyal, his consort)

Friday, January 17, 2020

Valuing what you have....

Having faith in Buddha’s teachings means recognizing that they provide a special path leading to freedom from saṃsāra, and a state which surpasses the situation of the worldly gods. When you possess these five endowments, 'the five personal advantages' are said to be complete.
For the five advantages due to circumstances to be present, a buddha must have come into the world, an event as rare as the appearance of an Uḍumbara flower; he must have taught the three wheels of Dharma; and the teachings must have survived without fading. There must be extraordinary friends who have embraced the teachings; and a master or a spiritual friend must have accepted you. These five are known as 'the five advantages due to circumstances'.