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June 23 2010 4 23 /06 /June /2010 09:52

THE 8TH PARINIRVANA OF TERTON TULKU CHHIMED RIGDZIN RINPOCHE Remembering the 4th day of the 5th Tibetan month falling on the 16th June 2010 , the 8th Parinirvana of H.H.Terton Tulku Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche, the founder President of the ‘THE CHHIMED RIGDZIN SOCIETY’ and the Head of the Khordong Byangter Lineage and to offer prayers for his quick rebirth, the Khordong Byangter Gompa, at Dhansara village, India and it’s members made it very memorable with putting up of prayers flags, cleaning the gompa and it’s surroundings.

 

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Keep in mind, that the Gompa here has always observed the day on the 4th Day of the 5th Tibetan month.

 

In future, those who wish to follow this date with us may see the announcement of the Rinpochi’s Parinirvana much in advance and the programme therefore for the same. Wishing you all a very happy and healthy life with much prosperity and much success in your spiritual life with the practice given by our Rinpoche.

 

 

 

 

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June 19 2010 7 19 /06 /June /2010 12:48

Since mid April Markus from Germany stayed here, making prostrations for his Ngondro practice and It was a welcome change for him to celebrate this year Saga Dawa Duchen, Buddha Shakyamuni’s Enlightenment and his Parinirvana in our Gompa. Here is his report :

 

For few years now there is a contact with a leprosy nearby, to whom our society already had offered food and clothes to them. This year it was the wish to invite them to the Gompa, to celebrate together this extraordinary day.

 

During the Padmasambhava Puja there were about 150 people from the Lepers together with people from other Buddhist societies, 3 Europeans and of course our Monks and Lamas and Tulku Ugen to pray together.

 

 

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During the Puja, our guests could offer butterlamps and our Amala presented with blessings the Tsog-Offering.

 

 

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At the end we all got offered a delicious meal to eat and enjoy together.
It was really a very emotional day for us and all the people who joined this event. It was great to look into happy, thankful and smiling faces.

 

 

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A good reminder on how important it is to pay respect to all the sick people, who are suffering, to give them our love and compassion, to treat them right and show our sympathy.

 

 

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May all sentient beings enjoy happiness and be free from suffering.

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June 11 2010 6 11 /06 /June /2010 07:56

In this busy world having a beautiful  fenced garden at our gompa bring us peace of mind and happiness.

Shashi together with the help of 3 women and 2 men from the village is carefully planning and maintaining the garden.

 

 

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For the past 6 months more than fifty percent of the vegetables used for our daily food come from the garden.

 

 

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The cows have also enjoy good corn in the dry season as a complement of their daily grazing.

We enjoy the delights of fresh tomatoes and soon will rejoice with mangoes and lichees which are about to be ripe.

The garden brings a very beautiful and beneficial touch to the land and the people.  

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May 14 2010 6 14 /05 /May /2010 14:53

According to Tibetan Calendar, the fourth month is considered quite special for practicing and performing virtuous actions. This year, Lord Buddha Shakyamuni's birth, Enlightenment and Paranirvana fall on 27th for the Saga Dawa and 28th May for the Vesak day, this is a time when the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied by 10 millions times.

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Besides being a festival for rejoicing and making offerings to the three jewels, it is also an occasion for reflecting on our personal spiritual development. On this day, many Buddhists around the world release captive animals such as birds and fishes. This act of kindness recalls the Buddha Teaching of Universal Compassion.

Others take part in the ceremonial bathing of the statue of baby Prince Siddharta, as an act of purification of one unwholesome actions.

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Meanwhile, in Khordong Gompa in Tibet this the time for the greatest annual event, starting on the 10th day of the month with the gathering of all the lamas and the beginning of several days pujah together with Cham dances.

The Crowd

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April 9 2010 6 09 /04 /April /2010 09:25

As you may already know Khordong Byangter Gompa has a library with a vast collection of books in various languages. Most of them are from Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche’s personal collection and cover a wide spectrum of knowledge in general and Buddha Dharma in particular.


Tulku Ugen in the Library

Thanks to the meticulous work of Anne Wanitscheck and Sebastian Schlicht during the year 2004 shelves got made and the books written in European languages got registered and sorted out. Unfortunately they did not have the time to do the same with the books written in Tibetan, Nepali, Hindi and Bengali or Chinese. Which was one of the reasons for the library to remain closed until the time when its full content is registered and ordered.

Years passed by and recently while checking the condition of the older books we realized that some “scholar” worms were finding their delight of the cover of such books and of course some of their pages. But no dramatic harm though as they have been well discipline enough not to eat the words too much.


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So Tulku Ugen, Alexis and Nathalie together with the help of the lamas have started to take all the books out, chasing the worms, brushing off the dust and stamping each of them. Once this will be done we shall treat the library room to make sure no more worms stay there and then the long process of registration and labeling of each book should take place. It will take time, but that will be one of the ongoing projects for this year.

 

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A new computer dedicated for this purpose and the training of the lamas involved will be required in the first place, then later on in order to preserve some of the texts and manuscripts an A3 scan will be needed together with a reliable photocopy machine.

Your contribution in this regard are most welcome.

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April 2 2010 6 02 /04 /April /2010 14:10

This year for the first time our lamas have taken English class with a fully train English teacher from England thanks to Lindsay Young who volunteered to teach them during her stay here at the gompa.

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The teachings could take place every morning over a period of one month till the end of March. Children were absolutely delighted from that experience. Lindsay got very good at making them talk in English with each other and surprisingly we could catch some of them practicing their English while playing together or taking shower.

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Unfortunately Lindsay had to fly back to the U.K. On her last day we had a very nice exchange of songs and the lamas got given reading books and new school bags. All here are looking forward for her return next year; meanwhile it is very much our wish to receive somebody else who is wishing to teach them English on a regular basis over a certain period of time. If such experience is of your interest please let us know, do drop us an email at thechhimedrigdzinsociety@yahoo.com

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February 27 2010 7 27 /02 /February /2010 11:32

On February 28th we will commemorate Chotrul Duchen, the event when Lord Buddha performed a different miracle each day to instill devotion and increase merit among heretics.

We will start the day with the celebration of the Guru Rinpoche practice known as the Big Rigdzin at 9 am and many Barched Namsel prayers will be recited to remove the obstacles of people born in  the year of the Tiger.

In the afternoon we will all " Play the colors" of the Holi festival in honor of Lord Krishna celebrated all over India. Lamas and sangha members are getting ready.

On this auspicious day we will also celebrate Amala 88th birthday.
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Have a nice day...

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February 19 2010 6 19 /02 /February /2010 16:36

Time flies and we already missed the chance to wish you all a very happy Losar on time. Anyway the tiger is already jumping around happily and we really wish he will be good to each and every one of you.

 

This year’s appeal for the 19th butterlamp retreat got a very positive and generous feedback. Quite a few French speaking people made their way here, together with some Germans and a British, making a very harmonious and dedicated group for the retreat. All of you who supported this retreat were very much here with us, while your names were read aloud in the gompa during a tsog break. It was our way to say thank you and to inform everybody how many people were actually part of it.

 

The pujas started on January 24th with 3600 lamps on both tables of offering. Our 14 lamas together with 12 westerners were lead by Tulku Ugen  in this beautiful and deep process through our everyday ceremonies.

 

Having been requested, Tulku Ugen accepted to give the wang of Padmasambhava on the last full moon day of the Tibetan year. On that occasion we had a very joyful day together. We then left on pilgrimage to Tashiding for two days. There we could practice in the Guru Lakhang while a temporary lamp house had been prepared. On Dakini day Tulku Ugen got requested to give the lung of the Machig Labdron guru yoga. From this moment the sound of the Machig Mala song was with us till the end of the retreat.

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On February 10th we left to Kachopelri wishful filing lake with the very clear intention to go there pray and make offerings in the name of each member of the sangha, with the very special request to see our Rinpoche back among us soon. The weather was wonderful with a very clear blue sky. We all could practice together in front of the lake. During lunch time Tulku Ugen tied the knots between many many prayer flags, making the wish that all these knots tied together could symbolize the union and harmony of our sangha. Even though there was only a few of us, we were all very aware that each and everyone represented the whole of us as a sangha in this very strong wish and request. Then the flags got hung high in the sky and we completed the lamp offering prayer, before to head back to Tashiding for our last evening.

 

On February 11th most of us went back to gompa to close the retreat with the last lamps offering. We all arrived exhausted yet so happy and aware to have participated at something very profound. Meanwhile the lamas had prepared the torma for the ritual of Vajrakilaya to be performed on the Gutor’s day. We then decorated the gompa and got ready for the losar which we celebrated on February 14th with great joy while inaugurating the new open air classrooms in presence of Amala. This got followed by much dances and songs and a very delicious late lunch. For the first time in Khordong Byangter Gompa we were more than 40 people to celebrate Losar together as some of the guardians of our monks came to join us together with more westerners. This gave to the day a great feeling of auspiciousness.

 

Sarwa Mangalam!

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January 25 2010 2 25 /01 /January /2010 23:24

mini-P1000587.JPGThe 19th Butterlamp retreat is taking place from January 24th to February 13th,  2010 and will be followed by the celebration of the Tibetan new year (Losar), from  February 14th onwards.

So far we have confirmation of several persons who will make the effort to travel to India to engage into the practice, but nobody came yet clearly forward to sponsor the expenses of the Dalda (butter). Either partly or in its totality.

  Please contact us directly if you wish to participate financially to make this 19th Butterlamp retreat possible.

This year the pilgrimage to Sikkim within the butterlamp retreat will focus on the holy place of Kachopelri Lake-famously known as a wish-fulfilling lake. It is Tulku Ugen Chencho dearest wish, that as many participants as possible get the chance to reach this lake to pray and offer lamps, making special aspirations and wishing together for the swift return of our beloved Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche as well as for their own personnal wishes. Prayers, lamps and aspirations will also be offered from Tashiding and Yuksom during this Pilgrimage tour to Sikkim...

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Khordong-Byangter Monastery

  • : Khordong-Byangter-Monastery
  • : Khordong Byangter Monastery was founded by the late Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche in order to protect and spread the teachings of this lineage which were taught by Padmasambhava and rediscovered in the 14th and 19th century by the tertons Rigdzin Godem and Nuden Dorje.
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The Chhimed Rigdzin Society

To prevent the decline of Buddhist teachings in general and especially those of his own tradition, Rinpoche had for a long time the wish and vision to build his own monastery where retreats and study should be done. For that reason in 1961 he formed the Chhimed Rigdzin Society together with many other great lamas... More

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Khordong Byangter Monastery
Dhansara Village, P.O. Ranidanga 734012
District Darjeeling, West-Bengal
India
Phone: +91 98 32 049416 or
+91 99 33 062222

Email: thechhimedrigdzinsociety@yahoo.com

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