the beginning of Saga Dawa

Friday, may 26. 2017 is the beginning of Saga Dawa – on the Tibetan Buddhist Calendar. Friday, june 9  is the day of the Buddha’s enlightenment – a very special day. If you do practice on this day, it is more powerful than practicing on other days. This day is also called Parinirvana Day and Buddha Shakyamuni’s Birthday.The whole month is a special time.

If we do practice during this time, every virtue is multiplied by 100,000! If we make negative action, it is also multiplied by 100,000! So it is especially important during these days for good intention and not making any negativity.

If you would like, this is a good time to make a special vow – such as eating no meat, drinking no liquor, having no sexual activity, abandoning non-virtuous talk, etc. Because this month is also the time that many insects and spiders, etc are being alive because of the weather becoming more warm, do dedication and aspiration for all beings because these beings have a short lifetime and will not be alive for very long.

All practice is more powerful at this time of the year. We are human beings and we have more freedom than other beings so we need to share this good opportunity with all beings.

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How to become a good person

(two page pdf)
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How can someone become a good person and how can they become positive and nonattached?A good person doesn’t show two faces or two types of bodily conduct depending on their audience. A good person’s mind does not go up and down easily; the mind of a good person is a very stable mind.

A good person’s speech is always truthful and honest; and a good person’s speech is not hypocritical: for example, saying, “People should not steal.” and then, the next day saying, “It would be virtuous to rob the corner store.”

Even very highly regarded leaders of religion who indulge in these three negative methods will lose members of their religious-community each year, even daily, due to these three improper methods.

These three flaws: hypocrisy, mental instability and two-sidedness will cause you to lose the trust and partnership of others; and it causes others to no longer hold hope or good-will towards you.

If people no longer perpetuate these three flaws, no longer use these three negative methods of interacting, then the whole world would become a better world with more happiness, more Love and Compassion and respect for everyone.

The root of ineffective ‘politics-as-usual’ is the thinking of: “For oneself to have victory the other must take a loss.”

This heart-wish is the root of modern-day politics and consequentially, this type of ill-wishing has developed into the globalized-mess of modern politics we see today.                 If these three flaws were to be eliminated then politics-as-usual would not exist.

How a Person can be non-attached and positive (An unattached, positive attitude)

Everyday people mostly meditate on how to get more and more money. And this is because modern society has developed mostly along material lines and therefore the meditation on money has palpable consequence.

However, just as the more people drink of salty the more thirsty they get, people who act from attachment are never satisfied no matter the physical results. Always wishing for happiness but engaging in negative thoughts, words and actions always brings suffering.

If using Buddhist teachings one lives a non-attached, very simple life then they live both easily and comfortably. Those who are ignorant will do the opposite and automatically bring about suffering within their lives.

However, if we make enough money and live a good life with no ‘night-and-day meditation on money’ then we are living very healthy lives and allowing positivity to grow; but if we accept in our lives an attached, obsessive stance on making money we invite trouble. For example:

When a person uses shampoo, all the dirt washes to the drain; just like this, shampoo partners, either of wives or husbands who hold this only-for-money attitude can clean their credit cards and bank account right out and just like a butterfly disappear.

–my aspiration is for this message and advice to bring benefit to everyone, just like the sun and moon by their nature always give light to everyone. -May it be Auspicious-

 

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Dearest, closest friends of so many years,

I have seen some of my dearest, closest friends of so many years, who in general are always naturally beautiful people both on the outside and within, for the longest time always looking for relationships with only successful partners such as a doctor or airline pilot; but whoever they meet, those friendships and budding relationships never last too long. Their honest attempts at interpersonal happiness have always failed and then as if by automation, my friends suffer and become depressed. Upon seeing this, as a teacher it is my responsibility to give advice and guidance that will fix the problem, and I truly feel sick at heart.
The best advice I have to give is to not date or marry for money but to date or marry for affection’s sake.
Friendships and relationships based on both partners actually caring for the other are the types of friendships founded on the very best basis. When a friendship or romantic relationship is based on monetary matters then it is almost always bound to fail, like a weak unstable building during a superficial disturbance.
It is better that everyone spend their time with each other caring for the other person in the relationship. This is meritorious and grows healthy, strong relationships that do not go wrong but instead unfold both naturally and with ease. When an improperly based relationship is not like virtuous like this, then that relationship deteriorates to a situation similar to living in a small box or being trapped in an elevator, full of paranoia with heavy personal boundaries, where people look over their backs with fright, are never relaxed, never comfortable and are far too easily disturbed over matters that are actually trivial.
So many people either ignorant or naive, are always looking for tokens of worldly attainment and riches; however considering this with logic, money alone can not make you into a good person. Also, consider- having an abundance of money is not always healthy, It can lead to a person acting just like a butterfly, always easily being able to go here and there with out any discipline or inner purpose.
On the other hand, a focus on being a good person can help you have enough to live by and abundance. True Buddhist people, those who are not attached to money, still require and need to work for money like everyone else; but, because they don’t meditate 24 hours daily on the subject of making money, they actually have little or no attachment to matters like this.
Those who are, foolishly attached to money, meditate non-stop, 24 hours a day on subjects like monetary and other types of gain; because of this, they are more than willing to engage in floods of negative actions like: lying, cheating, theft, and plotting to murder others should they think it would serve their pocket well. Just as they are doing these negative things, entirely for worldly gain, they are in that same instant creating brand-new, heavy and bad karmas. It is just like every being in a plentiful Savannah rushing into the open mouths of crocodiles at the riverbanks. Once trapped in a crocodile’s mouth, suddenly it becomes very difficult to enjoy true happiness. It is a similar situation in samsara with attachments that revolve around money.
Some of us turn people down and then wait and wait for the right successful partner, a doctor, a pilot or whatever to come along, but time passes by and we become old with out having loved anyone deeply and without having lived completely.
I write these words, not with the intention to criticize, but with hope that it might be of help to someone either too young to know yet or to whom this advice might currently apply. My wish is these words are helpful to all of using living today, in this very moment.
How many times do we enjoy the momentary things in this life?
It is just like a dream.
However Long or short a dream we may enjoy is,
It is still a dream,
the product of a conceptual and deluded mind.
All the time we think deluded experiences truly exist
but this belief of ours is not really true
Experiences are just like bubbles in water
And a True Phenomena does not actually exist
Phenomena are always deluded.

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Dharma Class Schedule, may 2017

Teachings on the Sole Panacea, June the teaching will be beginning, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for six weeks the teaching subject is the seven line prayer according to the sole panacea text. if you like and are available it will be online also we will provide more information on this teaching soon. The teaching place will be in Eugene OR We will provide an address. provide teachings on the Sole Panacea, If you wish send an email to us for further information. Location send to Email.

New Dharma Class Schedule, may 2017
Nagarjuna, 7th century Buddhist enlightened master. He gives a useful explanation of positive attitude and logical advice for kings and everyone. How can a Human Being bring peace and become a warm heart to share with everyone? Humans have more potential for intelligence than other animals, but are using this intelligence in a negative way. Obstacles come from identification with one’s ego and diluted mind. Many beings are careless and unaware of what is happening nearby. Buddhist meditation introduces our own natural mind. Problems will be resolved by great medicine: love, compassion, and increasing wisdom.
Class Continued from Fall 2017. Class begins 6:00 p.m.Book (opt.) Golden Zephyr translated by Leslie Kawamura.

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The Guru Rinpoche Birthday fire-monkey year.

Thursday July 14th 2016 we will be having a big celebration, in honor of the ultimate object of refuge, Guru Rinpoche, Yeshe Tsogyal, and Kabyje Dilgo Khyentse’s Yangsi Rinpoche. This day is particularly auspicious because we are celebrating for all three of these occasions. We will be offering a meditation, the saddhana “The Shower of Blessings”by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, If you would like to join us all are welcome. Please bring any food offering or flowers you wish small or large to share during the feast. Contact for this event.

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the beginning of Saga Dawa

Saturday, may 7. 2016 is the beginning of Saga Dawa – on the Tibetan Buddhist Calendar. Saturday, may 21 is the day of the Buddha’s enlightenment – a very special day. If you do practice on this day, it is more powerful than practicing on other days. This day is also called Parinirvana Day and Buddha Shakyamuni’s Birthday.The whole month is a special time.

If we do practice during this time, every virtue is multiplied by 100,000! If we make negative action, it is also multiplied by 100,000! So it is especially important during these days for good intention and not making any negativity.

If you would like, this is a good time to make a special vow – such as eating no meat, drinking no liquor, having no sexual activity, abandoning non-virtuous talk, etc. Because this month is also the time that many insects and spiders, etc are being alive because of the weather becoming more warm, do dedication and aspiration for all beings because these beings have a short lifetime and will not be alive for very long.

All practice is more powerful at this time of the year. We are human beings and we have more freedom than other beings so we need to share this good opportunity with all beings.

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Magical-Wisdom’s.

Magical-Wisdom’s Encouraging Message.
Fancy monasteries aren’t the pure-land,
Having a pure mind is the pure-land,
Prostrations and circumambulations are not the essence of Dharma,
Love and compassion are the essence of Dharma.
The golden statues are not Buddhist ornaments,
Being noble, with good, positive intentions
and peace-based ethics are the ornaments of Buddhism.
Simply carrying a mala around does not make you a Dharma practitioner,
Whoever progressively has less afflictive emotions is a true Dharma practitioner.
Just learning philosophy doesn’t make you a scholar,
The true scholar learns what is right and what is wrong.
Knowing that distinction makes you a true scholar.
Simply knowing ones father’s language is not loyalty,
Friendship with harmony is true loyalty.
Being uneducated doesn’t make you a bad person,
Lying, stealing, and cheating makes you a bad person
Not having money or fame doesn’t make you poor,
Having no peace of mind is truly what it means to be poor.
The one who dies for his or own needs isn’t the Hero,
The one who dies for others sake is the Hero.
Whoever blames others for faults that are their own is no paragon,
To always look into own mind for the source of blame
and then subdue own negativity is to be a paragon.
Having white skin doesn’t make you white,
Having white motivation makes you white.
Black skin doesn’t make you black.
Black motivation makes you black.

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This message translated,

This message translated, of most benefit to male genders, is:
For the sake of non-discriminatory compassion, If you in your mind have compassion that is significant everyone will like you.
If you have indiscriminate compassion everyone will respect you at any time. If you have compassion for only skinny and beautiful girls then your compassion is not True Compassion but a desire-compassion.

True Compassion, like an honorable, uncorrupted, good and responsible police force, always protects others without any bias or discrimination. If you have non-conceptual compassion you are following the guidelines of The Enlightened. Buddhist Compassion is the Samsara-Destroyer. It cuts right through samsara like a knife cuts restraints.

If you have True Love and Compassion, then all of the Buddhas will rejoice in your actions. If you have compassion for only your friends or closest relations, then this is desire-compassion & attachment compassion.

If you have non-conceptual compassion you are free of the negative emotions of the discriminatory mind. No matter how many problems or how complicated they are, authentic compassion can and will reduce all such problems. Non-conceptual, non-discriminatory compassion will increase your Wisdom.

Authentic compassion purifies and cleanses your mind. Authentic compassion can bring fulfillment and well being for everyone! If you have True Compassion, even demons can find ways to respect and love you.

Authentic Compassion can lead you to a high position of influence and benefit. Just to repeat to yourself the word, “Compassion” has no power and no benefit for anyone; but real non-conceptual compassion, once developed, will continue to exist once samsara itself is ended and done away with.

The main method used to end samsara is Non-conceptual Compassion. The Ultimate Unchanging Happiness is Enlightenment. This Enlightenment is the heart of a path that is Non-Conceptual.

All of the great masters make wishes for the benefit of others. This path, Authentic Compassion, accomplishes those wishes. The virtue of this wish (Bodhichitta) causes even the names of those who do harm to no longer exist. All of those caught in complication and contradictions and unresolved-

Problems become liberated by virtue of this wish and they become happily free of negative actions. May all the negative actions and bad-karma of all beings ripen within myself.

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Teachings by Guru Rinpoche,

The second Buddha and incomparable Lotus-born master who we remember and honour on this tenth day of each month.

To begin, I’ve chosen a profound teaching on refuge that Guru Rinpoche gave in answer to a request by the dakini Yeshe Tsogyal. In these few paragraphs and using simple and direct language, Guru Rinpoche conveys some of the most crucial points of dharma. His words carry such blessing and as such have the power to immediately kindle inspiration and insight within us. If you read them with a clear and undistracted mind and with a pure motivation, they will really be able to benefit you:

The Master Padmakara of Uddiyana, who appeared as a nirmanakaya in person, was asked by Lady Tsogyal, the princess of Kharchen: Great Master, please be kind and teach the basis for all Dharma practice, the means by which to end birth and death, a little cause that has immense benefit, a method that is easy to apply and has little hardship.

The nirmanakaya master replied: Tsogyal, taking refuge is the basis for all Dharma practice. The Three Jewels are the support for all Dharma practice. The means that brings an end to birth and death is to take refuge along with its subsidiary aspects.

Lady Tsogyal asked: What is the essential meaning of taking refuge? What is its definition? When divided, how many types are there?

The master replied: The essential meaning of taking refuge is to accept the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha as your teacher, path, and companions for practicing the path, and then to pledge that they are the fruition you will attain. Thus taking refuge means a pledge or acceptance. Why is such an acceptance called taking refuge? It is called taking refuge because of accepting the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha as the support, refuge, and protector or rescuer for being freed from the great fear of the sufferings and obscurations. That is the essential meaning of taking refuge.

The definition of taking refuge is to seek protection from the terrors of the three lower realms and from the inferior view of believing in a self within the transitory collection[1] as is held by non-Buddhist philosophers.

THE OUTER WAY OF TAKING REFUGE

Lady Tsogyal asked: Concerning the outer way of taking refuge, what is the cause of wanting to take refuge? In what object does one take refuge? What kind of person takes refuge? ….

Master Padma replied: The cause of wanting to take refuge is fear of the miseries of samsara, trusting in the Three Jewels as the place of refuge, and, moreover, accepting the Three jewels to be the objects of refuge and the protectors of refuge. Through these three you give rise to the intention of taking refuge. In general, one wants to take refuge due to fear of death….

In what object does one take refuge? You should take refuge in the Three Jewels. Who can bring an end to birth and death? It is exclusively the omniscient Buddha who is free from all defects and who has perfected all virtues. Therefore, only the Dharma he has taught and the sangha who uphold his doctrine are able to bring an end to the cycle of birth and death of self and others. Since these are the sole objects of refuge, you should take refuge in them.…

THE INNER WAY OF TAKING REFUGE

The nirmanakaya master Padmakara was asked by Lady Tsogyal, the princess of Kharchen: To which inner objects does one take refuge? What kind of person takes refuge? Through which manner or method does one take refuge? ….

The master replied: Regarding the objects of refuge, you should take refuge in the guru, yidam, and dakini. The person who takes refuge should be someone who has entered the gate of Secret Mantra. The manner or method is to take refuge with devoted and respectful body, speech, and mind.

Regarding the particular attitude of taking refuge, you should take refuge by perceiving the guru as a buddha, not abandoning the yidam even at the cost of your life, and continuously making offerings to the dakini….

BENEFITS

Lady Tsogyal asked the master: What good qualities result from taking refuge?

The master replied: Taking refuge has eight good qualities.
You enter the group of Buddhists. Having taken refuge in the Three Jewels, you are called a Buddhist….

You become a suitable vessel for all the vows such as the Individual Liberation. Correspondingly, if you lose your refuge vow, it is said that all the vows based thereon are also destroyed….

The vow of taking refuge in the Three Jewels diminishes and brings to an end all karmic obscurations accumulated throughout all your past lives. That is to say, your obscurations will be totally exhausted through the special taking refuge, while through the general taking refuge the karmic obscurations will diminish….

You will possess vast merit. The mundane merits of long life, good health, splendor, and majestic dignity, great wealth and so forth, result from taking refuge. The supramundane unexcelled enlightenment also results from taking refuge….

You will be immune to attack by humans and non humans, and immune to the obstacles of this life….

You will achieve the fulfillment of whatever you may wish for. When the genuine taking refuge has arisen in your being, it is impossible not to accomplish whatever you intend….

You will not fall into the lower realms, evil destinies, or perverted paths….

The final benefit is that of swiftly attaining the true and complete enlightenment. What need is there to mention other benefits!
It is said in the Mahayana teachings of Secret Mantra that one can attain enlightenment within this single body and lifetime. This means that without a doubt you will swiftly attain enlightenment. So it is necessary to cut the misconception of thinking that it is enough to take refuge just once in a while. You should take refuge again and again both day and night. Then you will definitely swiftly attain true and complete enlightenment.

Master Padma said: If you exert yourself in taking refuge, you do not need to practice many other teachings. There is no doubt that you will attain the fruition of enlightenment….
Dakini Teachings, Rangjung Yeshe Publications

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On sabbatical for an indeterminate amount of time.

Dear Sangha and Dharma friends, I would like to share a message with you. Because there is not much at all in the schedule of Welcoming Buddhist for the next few months, I will be helping in the Himalayas in the Monasteries within the region where my family raised me.
This is an opportunity to rest and live simply as is recommended in the Buddhist teachings.
This is also a time to keep practicing, to respect the good fortune I have had in meeting great authentic masters and receiving from them so many profound teachings. This is the best way to make a meaningful life.

Therefore during this time I will not be teaching openly but only very quietly and only to people serious about Buddhist teaching. If Dharma students who come to me for teachng are not serious, I will just be wasting precious human life and dealing with the bad karma from students broken Samaya commitments.

This is what I have found in my personal experience teaching in the west and in general nowadays.
I pay attention to the fact that authentic masters are always quiet, truthful, do not boast, and never deceive others or themselves and always work to help the Dharma flourish.

My heartfelt aspiration is to be as this everyday and in everything I do. May All living beings swiftly become enlightened very soon without not even one of them suffering a moment.
my best wishes for everyone, see you next time. Lopon Osel March 16, 2016

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