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TSOG  OFFERING Alive Dharma Teaching , June 28, 2009

“With the compassionate Blessings of Guru Padmasambhava

I pray that the Three Wheels

of Study, Practice and Activities

of Clear Light Dzogpachenpo

may be accomplished without any obstacles.”

Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche III, born 1990

Dear Friends of Buddha Dharma-OBF International :

With this aspiration prayer we begin today´s Alive Dharma teachings. Every time when we upload new Visual Dharma is very special day for us. May this TSOG OFFERING by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche II. soon  reach also your Heart. Thank you for rating, embeding, sharing , telling your friends and commenting on this and other Visual Dharmas. As you see : we answer your comments and reply to your questions in an interactive, creative  way.  Visual Dharmas are not just any videos : they are complete Buddhist teachings in themselves and must be respected. Study them, recite them , memorise them and bring positive , enlightened energy into your life and work. As it is said in the White sail: Offering praise by Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche : “Since doing this is most meaningful in life…”

I.INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY BUDDHIST STUDIES

Her Eminence Lama Tara Tulku Drimed Drolkhar Rinpoche

GENTLE RAIN OF NECTAR BLESSINGS

Vol. V

TSOG OFFERING

TSOG OFFERING VERSE by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche II. (1904-1987) is 42. Visual Dharma published on our Buddhist channel of Youtube, to benefit beings limitless as the sky. This is sacred Buddhist text & must be treated with respect. Embeding brings enlightened energy to you, your place and the planet.

Essentials : Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche was supreme principal of Nyingma Vajrayana Buddhism & one of greatest mystics of 20. Century. This Visual Dharma is devoted to the continuation of Dudjom Rinpoche´s Dharmas upholded by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche III. Pema Ösel , born in 1990 who wrote :

“With the compassionate Blessings of Guru Padmasambhava,

I pray that the Three wheels of Study, Practice and Activities

Of the doctrines of Clear Light of Dzogpachenpo

may be accomplished without any obstacles.” (1)

Making offerings (skt. Ganachakra, Tib. Tsog) to the Three Roots of Refuge (Lama,YidamKhandro) is one of ten enlightened activities as taught by Guru Padmasambhava. Special days for Tsog are : 10. lunar day of Guru Rinpoche & 25. the Dakini day. To accumulate merit and wisdom this Condensed Tsog should be recited daily. One should not practice Atiyoga Dzogpachenpo in self-centered style, as self-centered buddhas (rang-gyal)(2), just wrongly using Dzogchen terminology. One must have previous proper training (in previous lives or in this life) of Mahayana & Vajrayana Buddhist Path, to undestand natural awareness (rang-rig) or Rigpa. To say in computer language : Dharmakaya is not your private domain.

Wisdom Dakini dictated this supreme Verse to Dudjom Rinpoche in a dream, 1933 in Tibet.  It is  Upadesha – innermost secret cathegory – Todgal teachings of Dzogpachenpo. All-knowing Longchenpa wrote about Visions of clarity (Odsal gyi nang-wa) : “In this practice , one actualises the primordialy and spontaneously accomplished result in this very lifetime” (3). How to reverse delusive appearances into primordial ground (Dharmakaya) is taught by Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa, explaining the Four natural contemplations (Chog-zhag) : In the spontaneous accomplishment with form (Lhundrub Thodgal), having reversed (zlog) the delusions through such training as the “threefold glances” (zigs-tang), one meditates on perfecting the Fourfold Visions (Nang-zhi)…Lochen Dharma Sri summarizes : Relying on six crucial means of training, the four Visions arise gradually. They are :

1.Direct realisation of ultimate nature (Chonyid gon-sum)

2.Development of Experiences (Nyam Gong-phel)

3.Perfection of intrinsic awareness (Rigpa Tsad-Phebs)

4.Dissolution of phenomena into ultimate nature (Chonyid zad-pa).

Those Atiyoga meditators who were already directly intoduced to the naturaly liberated Sound*Light of Dharmata (Chonyid kyi rang-dra) in the Atiyoga Dzogpachenpo essence lineage, contemplate in silence before and after singing Tsog offering verse, to develop the Experiences. During four successive Visions the Four empowerments of Great perfection are received. PENETRATION OF SOUND DZOGCHEN TANTRA (4) also teaches precisely about the Four Visions, leading to enlightenment in the primordialy pure Youthful Vase Body (zho-nu bum-pa´i  ku), great Buddha dimension of Reality. Dudjom Rinpoche II. wrote in a Prayer of Calling the Lama from afar :

“The essence is the primordially unchanging nature, free from mental activity.

Dwelling in the primordially pure Youthful Vase Body

Of profound inner luminosity,

Dharmakaya Lama Yeshe Dorje, care for me;

Please bestow the blessing of obtaining great confidence in the View.”

Notes:

1.Light of Lotus, Inaugural issue, 1999, Dudjom Buddhist Association, Hong Kong

2.Four classes of sublime beings: Skt. Arya catvarah: arhats among pious attendants (nyan-thos), self-centered buddhas (pratyeka buddhas, rang-gyal), bodhisattvas (chang-chub sem-pa) and buddhas (sang-gyas). Dudjom Rinpoche : Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, Vol. 2 Reference materials, pg. 126. Wisdom publ., Boston, 1991.

3.Buddha Mind – an anthology of Longchen Rabjam´s writtings on Dzogpachenpo, transl. by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche; Snow Lion Publ., Itacha,1989.

4.Dra Thal Gyur, NyingmaGyudBum Vol. 10 (only Tibetan).

5. We are very grateful to Saraswatibhawan.org for publishing this sacred text for free download. Great merit !

Related Visual Dharmas:

1.Nyingma Vajrayana Buddhism

2. 11th anniversary of Dudjom Rinpoche II.

3.Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche: White sail, Prayer of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

COLOPHON:

Condensed Tsog Offering Verse by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche II; Buddha Dharma,June 2009, Visual Dharma, Slovenia, EU. www.izum.si/cobiss  90321 H.E. Lama Tara Tulku Drimed Drolkhar Rinpoche 1.01 Original Scientific Article/ 90352 Mangala Konchok Norbu-Dharma art director 2.18 Scientific film-video recording.

SARWA MANGALAM from : H.E. Sagar Rinpoche, ven.Mangala Konchok Norbu, Shifu John Chow & Tara Tulku Rinpoche.

E-learning curriculum:

1.Meditate, practice and write your insights about TSOG OFFERING Verse by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS : watergrass5150 , USA, sent these questions :

“The monkey notice Buddha had reached the enlightment stage. He decided to bring buddha an offering. The monkey grab some honey combs and buddha rejects the offering saying babies bees are still alive and will not accept it. The monkey went back grab a sharp stick and started to poke all the babies bees. After killing and cleaning all of it from the combs, he filled the combs with sweet honey. He then went back to buddha and this time buddha accept the offering.
The monkey was so happy that he went on swinging from tree to trees. Shortly the monkey accidently fell down from one of the branches and landed on a sharp deaded stick. He was dead in an instant. When buddha heard about it he started to pray and suddenly the monkey spirit when up to heaven and reincarnated as one of the human’s angel. “
1. Did we see the monkey as a being who wants to please buddha or trying to please himself?
We see capricious monkey trying to please the Buddha and also himself. Monkey is portrayed in Samatha or Shine practice (calm abiding) as the capricious mind, jumping from one object of perception toward another object. It represent restless, wandering thoughts. Restless mind often perform unvirtuous karma of killing (refers also to eating meat !).

2. Why didn`t the monkey spare the lives of those bees?

Because he think only on himself and how he will make a gift to the Buddha. He don´t think on consequences of unproper offering.  Restless mind is not aware of consequences of his doing. Restless mind lack clarity and awareness. It is said in Buddhist teachings : Mindfulness is the foundation of Dharma path. Therefore we don´t offer to the Buddhas anything that causes harm to sentient beings.
3. Did the monkey die shortly as to maybe a bad karma the way he killed those bees?
He died soon after he killed other sentient beings (the bees). Other religions also teach : As you sow thus shall you reap. This is universal law of cause, condition and consequences/effects. We must saw seeds of virtuous karma, creating merit, to become enlightened.

4. Why did buddha have compassion for the monkey? What about those babies bees?
Because he presented honey offering to the Buddha thus making connection with the Enlightened One. Buddha is also impartial in helping sentient beings, like the Sun who shines equaly on all. But it´s our virtuous or unvirtuous karma which allow us or prevent us to receive His guidance and compassionate help.

5. Why did the monkey get such a high rewards for his death?

Monkey made some merit by offering to the Buddha . Being reborn as an angel is not “reward”  but consequence of his karma. Being reborn in upper realms of samsara is good, but it is not yet liberation from cyclic existence. In the Chinese classic : Journey to the West – monkey also represent arrogance.

Answered by : venerable Mangala Konchok Norbu

II. WISDOM WITHOUT BORDERS

June 26 : International day against the misuse of drugs. As anyone knows : the use of tobacco, alcohol, meat and drugs is prohibited by Buddhist ethics (pratimoksha vows –pancasila ) taught by Buddha Shakyamuni and many enlightened Buddhist masters throughout 2500 years of history. Some readers may feel little bit offended when we point this out again and again in our Teachings and answers. But we will not change this ethical precepts only to please general public . Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche-the root Guru of Dudjom Rinpoche III. and His Eminence Sagar Rinpoche (Nepal) also teach the same. Dudjom Rinpoche II. wrote a treatise about harmful effects of tobacco and drugs. We all need to raise public awareness about harmful effects of drugs (and other poisons) which diminish mind´s clarity, obstructing Enlightenment.

June 27 : UNESCO Heritage of humanity : Congratulations to Mt. Wu Tai in China, with many Buddhist temples from 1.-20. Century A.D. for becoming Heritage of humanity, protected by the Unesco. We rejoice ! It is said that Atiyoga Dzogchen Master Vimalamitra resides invisibly  at the  five peaks of  Wu Tai, sacred to Buddha Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom. See Visual Dharma: Homage to Manjushri, Manjushri-nama-samgiti.

*Mt. Sun Shan in Hebei province of China , with famuous Shaolin Buddhist temple and practitioners, will become Heritage of humanity, protected by the Unesco, in 2010. We strongly support ! (See description of Visual Dharma : Buddhist Chi Kung Energy workout).

III. COLLECTIVE MEDITATIONS & PRAYERS :

Buddhist lunar calendar June/July   5th lunar month

June 30 : 8th lunar day of the Medicine Buddhas and of Arya Tara. Dharma practice: Visual Dharma: Medicine Buddha Blessings , 21 Verse of praise to Arya Tara.

July 2 : 10th lunar day of Guru Padmasambhava. Tsog offering or Ganapuja. Related Visual Dharma: Dances of Eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche, 7-line invocation, Teaching about 7-line invocation.

“When Tirthikas from South India attempt to harm the Buddha Dharma, Guru Rinpoche with his great power vanquishes them. Raising the Victory banner of the Dharma, He is known as Guru Senge Dradok – the Lion´s roar. “

July 7 : Full moon : Local deities day . Dharma practice : Sang offering . Related Visual Dharma: Buddhism, peace and ecology.

*Poson : anniversary of first teaching of Dharma in Sri Lanka.

July 17 : Dakini day . Dharma practice : Tsog offering or Ganapuja. See Visual Dharma.

July 22 : 30. lunar day, dedicated to Shakyamuni Buddha . Purification practices. Eclipse, visible in Asia : recitation of the Wish-granting prayer of Samantabhadra (part 1,2) is very beneficial at time of lunar or solar eclipses.

Collective meditations  & prayers every Sunday from 4-5 pm (GMT+1) or according to your local time. For programme see previous Dharma teachings at MySpyce and WordPress blogs.

Together we meditate and pray for inner and outer peace on the planet. Please share this positive message with your relatives, friends, collegues… Invite them to subscribe and join circle (tib. Khorlo) Friends of Buddha Dharma. We care for you in a deep spiritual way. “May we be enlightened in the primordially pure Youtful Vase Body.” Let this Verse from Tsog offering accompany you all next week and all the way until complete Enlightenment.

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