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Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche was born in central Tibet in 1926. Recognized as an incarnation of the great master Ngok Chöku Dorje, he began his studies at the age of five in the monastery of Taklung Tse. At the age of eight he went to the famed Dorje Drak Monastery to continue his studies and underwent rigorous training, becoming proficient in all rituals and arts. He received the complete teachings and empowerments of the Northern Treasures, and was appointed main Khenchen of Dorje Drak Monastery. He also received Dzogchen teachings from Polu Khenpo Dorje, a direct disciple of Khenpo Ngakchung.
After the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1959, Rinpoche fled Tibet for India. In exile, he continued to seek out and receive teachings and transmissions from numerous masters of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages. He established a new Dorje Drak Monastery in exile in Shimla, India, and advised and led the local community. He accepted the request to become the Sixth Head of the Nyingma Lineage in 2012.
Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche kindly bestowed the Northern Treasures and other empowerments on many teachers, including Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. The previous Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche also received the Changter and other empowerments from Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche in Nepal.
He traveled extensively throughout the West and Asia, especially during the last three years, bestowing numerous empowerments and teachings to thousands of students. In 2015 he kindly visited Shechen Monastery in India and Shechen Orgyen Chodzong Nunnery in Bhutan. His passing is a great loss to all of us. Prayers for his swift rebirth and for the fulfillment of his activities are being done in Shechen Monasteries and Nunnery.
We pray that Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche’s emanations will swiftly reappear to continue benefiting the Dharma and beings.
(Story adapted from Shechen Monastery newsletter of February 2016.)
The Sikkim Pilgrimage concluded on the 3rd of May and everything went well. We were fortunate to meet with Dodrupchen Rinpoche at his monastery in Gangtok to receive his blessings and to visit the Guru Rinpoche image which grew and went through the ceiling after being blessed by Dodrupchen Rinpoche.
We celebrated Rinpoche’s birthday on the 1st of may in Gangtok with dinner at a hotel and then on the 2nd of May celebrated Momo-la’s birthday with a big party given by Gyatso, Rinpoche’s father. Rinpoche gave a lovely speech to the pilgrimage group and he dedicated all the merits from the pilgrimage for all the masters to live long and for the dharma to flourish, as well as to all the victims of the natural disasters last year and early this year.
He also said for next year’s pilgrimage – maybe to Sri Lanka or to northern Sikkim.
As a part of the centennial celebrations for Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, we are pleased to announce that on January 3rd, 2011, the Annual Shechen Seminar will resume in Bodhgaya.
This seminar will be different than the previous ones, as it will require advance registration and a firm commitment from the participants.
After repeated requests Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche has agreed to teach a group of committed students the complete spiritual path based on the spiritual treasures (termas) of his guru and grandfather, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. We will follow the same practice program used for the graduates of Shechen Monastic College. It will now be offered via English medium to students who are interested in the practice.
This first three years of the program will focus on the preliminary practices (ngondro) according to The Spontaneously Arisen Heart Essence of Padmasambhava (Rangjung Pema Nyingtik) a mind treasure of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
2011 The First Year:
The first year will cover teachings on calm abiding meditation, the four thoughts that turn the mind toward spiritual practice, refuge, bodhicitta, and the meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva’s hundred-syllable mantra.
Students should be committed to practice these instructions throughout the year and complete them prior to the following year’s teachings.
The commitment for the first year is:
For two months, to focus primarily on calm abiding meditation. The next stage is to begin the preliminary practices in earnest: contemplating the four thoughts that turn the mind toward spiritual practice, offering a hundred prostrations along with the recitation of the refuge prayer, and thereafter reciting a hundred bodhisattvas’commitment/prayer per day for the entire three years. (This comes to a total of a hundred thousand of each of these practices over the three years.) After the bodhisattva recitation, the commitment is to recite three hundred Vajrasattva’s one-hundred-syllable mantra per day for the year. This is a total of a hundred thousand repetitions of this mantra over the year.
The Second Year:
The second year teaching will include further meditation advice, mind training instruction (based upon the spiritual advice and prayers of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche), as well as detailed teachings on the mandala-offering practice.
Throughout the second year students should continue with the above practices, and also perform three hundred mandala offerings daily.
The third year will focus primarily on meditation and guru yoga.
During the third year, the students will offer three hundred recitations of the guru-supplication and twelve hundred guru-yoga mantras per day.
By bringing the preliminary practices into our daily-life in this way the entire ngondro can be completed easily within the three-year period. Thereafter the empowerments for the various sadhana practices will be given and taught in great detail. There will also be opportunities to practice with and participate in retreats on the practices with the teachers.
** If you are already engaged in the Nyingma preliminary practices, or have completed them at least once, you will be asked to commit to at least a tenth of the above commitments of the Rangjung Pema Nyingtik Ngondro.**
Teaching Schedule for The First Year (Jan 3rd -9th 2011)
Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche will offer the empowerments of Rangjung Pema Nyingtik, Manjushri, Vajrasattva, and a longevity empowerment.
Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche will give advice, teachings on mind training and the oral transmissions of the practice materials.
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche will teach Calm Abiding Meditation (based upon Mipam Rinpoche’s Sadhana of the Buddha,The Treasury of Blessings, and its commentary) and on the Rangjung Pema Nyingtik preliminary practices up to and including Vajrasattva.
Ven. Changling Rinpoche will teach the Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva.
Ven. Khenpo Gyurme Tsultrim will teach the Twelve Deeds of Shakyamuni Buddha and the Four Noble Truths.
All teachings will either be given in, or translated into English. English translations of all the practice materials and commentaries will be available.
To register for the seminar and for any further enquiries please contact: Shechenseminar@gmail.com.
For help with accommodation please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The seminar is free of charge: However, if you would like to make a donation toward the offering of mandalas, representations of the enlightened one’s body, speech and mind (i.e. statues, books and stupas) and/or toward the seminar and publication of the practices materials you are most welcome to do so.
The dates for the Rangjung Padmai Nyingtik drupchen are on the Shechen web page: www.shechen.org. All are welcome to attend.
There will be no special accommodation and/or activities for children. Children will remain the responsibility of their parents.
For future seminars you will be asked to declare that you have completed the previous year’s commitments and are thereby ‘ready’ for the coming years seminar.