STUPA FUNDRAISER COMPLETED! In the last hours of 2017 we received a $200 and a $1000 donation that allowed us to meet our goal of $40,000. We would like to thank the many generous people all over the country and world who have helped us with this stated goal, reached in the last hours of the year.
It is very satisfying; at this point the foundation drawing is done and submitted to the city. (Yes, stupas need foundations, especially in the ‘shrink and expand’ soil of Irving, Texas.)
— Lama Yeshe Gyamtso, teaching on Green Tara at the KTC in Dallas in 1994
“The Green Tara Practice is a very practical method by which basically anyone who wishes to can make a very intimate connection to Tara.
“Because in this practice you use two methods:
Starting to erase your conception of yourself as whatever you conceive yourself to be; and also relating to Tara as though she is something external to you.
“The trick to this practice that brings it beyond the level of Kriya and Charya Tantra is that finally there is this discovery that you and tara are not separate.”
For four Sundays, December 17, December 24, December 31 and January 7, from 10am -11am, we will share what we know about the Green Tara practice with you. Earlier in the morning on each of these days, from 8:30am – 9:30am, we will do the practice. We will be using the KTD text (same text just easier to copy, 8½ by 11) – and it will be available for purchase, at cost.
To make sure the practice takes no more than an hour and give us time to explain things, we will do fewer recitations of the 21 Tara mantra (the same one we are accumulating) – 1, 2 and 3 (as they do at KTD.) rather than the standard 2, 3 and 7.
If you never had any particular interest in Tara Practice but are interested in knowing more about Vajrayana Sadhanas, this may also possibly be interesting to you.
Larry and Beth Keenan have practiced the 21 Tara Sadhana (the mandala practice) for over 20 years – the two have favorite teachings and materials that were used to learn the practice, mainly from Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and the brilliant Lama Yeshe Gyamtso.
Terma teachings originate with Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, who concealed many sacred teachings in such a manner that they would be discovered at appropriate times in the future, when beings would be ready to receive and understand those particular teachings.
The hidden teachings themselves are called terma, and the individuals foretold by Guru Rinpoche’s prophesies who discover these hidden teachings are known as tertons.
There are many different kinds of Terma, such as earth treasures, water treasures, and so forth.
The Green Tara sadhana is what is called “thought terma,” or gong ter.
Among the 1,002 named tertons, there are 108 individuals who are said to be great tertons, or Ter Chen.
Supreme among all of these was Orgyen Dechen Chokjur Lingpa, who discovered the Green Tara Practice as a mind terma.
The sadhana arose from the expanse of his mind in the way that water can suddenly spring from a rock where there was no water before.
This mind treasure arose in a cave called Peme Shelpuk, the “Crystal Cave of Pema.”
— from Bardor Tulku’s “The Practice of Green Tara”
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3. The old-fashioned check, made out to KTC Dallas and with “Stupa” written in the notes section, has no processing fees and is always very welcome. Send to KTC Dallas, 1000 Armeda Avenue, Irving Texas 75061, or hand the check to Guy Stewart or Jared Hughes.
4. Bringing necessary supplies. Lama Rinpoche will make requests as we go along.
5. Forward emails about the stupa to your various social media accounts; explain to people what one is and why we are building it.
6. Helping the people who are working on the stupa. Cleaning.
Above: Illustration of what it might be like to have a stupa at the KTC!
The Buddha explained that five factors would be needed. If these five factors were present, people would be free of interference from negative forces and they would live long. As well, these five factors would gradually contribute to the practitioners’ attainment of enlightenment.
The first factor is to give Dharma constantly with the intention of helping others.
The second factor is constantly to give sentient beings a sense of security, or freedom from fear. This means to constantly save beings whose lives are at risk, and provide them with security and peace of mind.
The third factor is constantly to reflect on the four types of immeasurables.
The fourth factor is constantly to repair old stupas or to commission or construct new stupas.
The fifth factor is constantly to maintain the mind of enlightenment, Bodhicitta, the universal altruism to want to achieve the state of enlight-enment for the sake of all sentient beings. One needs to maintain this in one’s mind all the time.
Of the five factors the Buddha spelt out, one is repairing old stupas and making new ones. If one is able to do that it will bring a lot of benefit to oneself and others in the future.
Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche told us last night how much he enjoyed his visit to the Ecumenical Society of Little Rock; one of the attendees had taken refuge with Rinpoche 35 years ago and showed his refuge card! Another person had attended the Black Crown Ceremony with His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, and Rinpoche commented the goodness of the group as a whole.
Ecumenical Buddhist Society Board Member Charlotte Besch said that “Rinpoche has a strong “call of the lama,” which I knew he would have. It is wonderful to see it in action.”
The atmosphere of the Ecumenical Buddhist Society center was filled with joy and laughter from his teachings.
Another board member, Melissa Gill, said “It was a great joy and honor to receive teachings from Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche this weekend. He touched us all with his bright, clear heart-mind, and wild sense of humor!”
Lakey Goff made this comment: “His visit was amazing!! What a joyful man.” c
And finally, the organizer and host for the visit, longtime KTC Dallas sangha member Aisha Credit, said:
“I am so happy that Lama D. Dorjee came to Little Rock, Arkansas and turned the Wheel of Dharma. The atmosphere of the Ecumenical Buddhist Society center was filled with joy and laughter from his teachings. I am honored to call Lama Dudjom Dorjee not only my teacher but also my friend.”
There is already discussion, we hear, that a group will start a group study of Rinpoche’s book Stillness, Insight and Emptiness.