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Issue 21 March & April 2015 CONTENT S Pages 1,2,3,4 & 5 His Eminence Kyabje

Issue 21

March & April 2015

CONTENT S

Pages 1,2,3,4 & 5 His Eminence Kyabje Luding Khen Rinpoche’s Australian Tour

Page 6 Chötrul Düchen Saga Dawa Program

Page 7 2015 Workshops, Fundraisers and Upcoming Retreats at DBI

Page 8 Shedra Program & International/National Teaching Dates & Places

Page 9 Khenpo la Shares His Time at Home in Nepal

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‘The Wisdom Age’

Newsletter of Drogmi Buddhist Institute A Tibetan Buddhist Centre in the Sakya Tradition

༄། །རྒྱལ་ལོ༢༡༤༢
༄། །རྒྱལ་ལོ༢༡༤༢

༄། །རྒྱལ་ལོ༢༡༤༢ ཤིང་མོ་ལུག་ལོའི་ལོ་གསར་ལ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས། HAPPY LOSAR TO EVERYONE! Wood Sheep Year 2142

Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe and Lama Kalsang offered auspicious rice and other offerings to the shrine in a very traditional ceremony for Losar. Then conducted a Sixteen Arhat Puja for the long and healthy life for all the Gurus, and for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all Dharma practitioners progress along the path, and all beings gain a state of great happiness and joy.

Rejoice!!! It truly was a wonderful three days of teachings from His Eminence on the Vajrayogini short sadhana. His Eminence also spent time answering many questions from students and giving detailed explanations on Vajrayogini Retreat. At the conclusion of the program, a mandala offering was made by the joint organisers of this part of His Eminence’s program, Aenpo Rinpoche from Kyegu Buddhist Institute and Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe from Drogmi Buddhist Institute.

How completely fortunate we are to have such a generous and compassionate Vajrayana master visiting Australia.

Continued on pages 2,3,4 & 5.

we are to have such a generous and compassionate Vajrayana master visiting Australia. Continued on pages

H. E. continues His Tour to Sakya Losal Choe Dzong, Canberra ACT

continues His Tour to Sakya Losal Choe Dzong, Canberra ACT His Eminence was invited to various

His Eminence was invited to various Buddhist Temples

ACT His Eminence was invited to various Buddhist Temples His Eminence had a wonderful visit to
ACT His Eminence was invited to various Buddhist Temples His Eminence had a wonderful visit to
ACT His Eminence was invited to various Buddhist Temples His Eminence had a wonderful visit to
ACT His Eminence was invited to various Buddhist Temples His Eminence had a wonderful visit to
ACT His Eminence was invited to various Buddhist Temples His Eminence had a wonderful visit to

His Eminence had a wonderful visit to Melbourne hosted by both centres:

Nalandra - Australian International Vajrayana Buddhist Institute & Sakya Choekhor Lhunpo Centre in South Melbourne & Warragul bestowing empowerments.

in South Melbourne & Warragul bestowing empowerments. Mahakala must be happy. The mission is accomplished.
in South Melbourne & Warragul bestowing empowerments. Mahakala must be happy. The mission is accomplished.
in South Melbourne & Warragul bestowing empowerments. Mahakala must be happy. The mission is accomplished.
in South Melbourne & Warragul bestowing empowerments. Mahakala must be happy. The mission is accomplished.
in South Melbourne & Warragul bestowing empowerments. Mahakala must be happy. The mission is accomplished.
in South Melbourne & Warragul bestowing empowerments. Mahakala must be happy. The mission is accomplished.

Mahakala must be happy. The mission is accomplished. Nalandra was graced by His Eminence’s visit, blessings and spiritual advice to everyone. He stole our hearts by his unpretentious effort and filled the room with the incense of His charm.

Refuge takers are fortunate for the day coincided with double earth. Thank you to Venerable Khenpo Dhamchoe and Drogmi Buddhist Institute for bringing and organising the Australian tour of His Eminence.

2015 started by, standing next to a noble Man, thank you. An excerpt from His Eminence Zimwock Tulku Rinpoche

you. An excerpt from His Eminence Zimwock Tulku Rinpoche 2 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
you. An excerpt from His Eminence Zimwock Tulku Rinpoche 2 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
you. An excerpt from His Eminence Zimwock Tulku Rinpoche 2 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
His Eminence, Khenpo la and His Eminence Zimwock Rinpoche enjoying a day out at Portsea
His Eminence, Khenpo la and His Eminence Zimwock Rinpoche enjoying a day out at Portsea
His Eminence, Khenpo la and His Eminence Zimwock Rinpoche enjoying a day out at Portsea
His Eminence, Khenpo la and His Eminence Zimwock Rinpoche enjoying a day out at Portsea

His Eminence, Khenpo la and His Eminence Zimwock Rinpoche enjoying a day out at Portsea surf Beach, near Melbourne.

Sakya Yigah Choeling Buddhist Centre in Whyalla, South Australia

Yigah Choeling Buddhist Centre in Whyalla, South Australia Pictured above after a wonderful programme at Kyegu
Yigah Choeling Buddhist Centre in Whyalla, South Australia Pictured above after a wonderful programme at Kyegu
Yigah Choeling Buddhist Centre in Whyalla, South Australia Pictured above after a wonderful programme at Kyegu
Yigah Choeling Buddhist Centre in Whyalla, South Australia Pictured above after a wonderful programme at Kyegu

Pictured above after a wonderful programme at Kyegu Buddhist Institute are His Eminence Kyabje Luding Khen Rinpoche, His Eminence Aenpo Rinpoche, Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe, Tour entourage and ordained sangha. His Eminence commenced the program at KBI by conducting the Refuge Vow Ceremony and bestowing the Three Longevity Buddhas Empowerment. As well as bestowing the Yellow Dzambala Empowerment.

Following this His Eminence had a full program at Sakya Tharpa Ling Strathfield, Sydney (photos below).

Pictured far below Mandala Offerings made to His Eminence and continued teachings on Vajrapani Bhutadamara at DBI.

and continued teachings on Vajrapani Bhutadamara at DBI. 3 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
and continued teachings on Vajrapani Bhutadamara at DBI. 3 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
and continued teachings on Vajrapani Bhutadamara at DBI. 3 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
and continued teachings on Vajrapani Bhutadamara at DBI. 3 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
and continued teachings on Vajrapani Bhutadamara at DBI. 3 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org

Committee Corner News

The Committee would like to extend a most heartfelt thank you to His Eminence Kyabje Luding Khen Rinpoche for visiting and leading a very successful program of teachings and empowerments around the country, completed with a powerful Black Mahakala Puja at Drogmi Buddhist Institute. The overwhelming feeling from all who have attended the program, was His Eminence’s great sense of warmth and kindness, mixed with a deep responsibility to His most precious and authentic lineage. Even faced with a health issue, His Eminence was driven with the strong wish to continue the program to reach and benefit as many people as possible. Many people from around Australia were availed of the opportunity to take teaching and empowerments from His Eminence, and they did so in large numbers. His Eminence leaves Australia in very good health.

We extend on behalf of all who attended His Eminence’s program, a deep appreciation to our centre spiritual director, Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe, for having such a selfless and generous attitude by inviting His Eminence to Australia. Khenpo la managed the organising of the visit with a great sense of detail and consideration for His Eminence’s comfort and well being. We also thank all those who helped around the country to host His Eminence, and for those who missed this opportunity to do so, we anticipate with great hope that His Eminence will accept Khenpo la’s invitation to visit again soon.

Khenpo la is now visiting His family in Nepal and will return to Australia in early April, to begin a very busy year. The committee encourages all members and friends to attend the program events at the centre. To have a teacher of Khenpo la’s qualities here amongst us is such a great opportunity to learn about the precious Dharma and deepen our positive qualities.

This year the committee has the great fortune to be tasked with establishing a permanent home for Khenpo la and Drogmi Buddhist Institute. In the coming weeks the committee will be updating members and friends on the progression of this goal. We encourage all of you to be a part of this very significant time in supporting our teachers to continue turning the wheel of Dharma in Australia.

to continue turning the wheel of Dharma in Australia. Vajrayogini Short Sadhana Three Day Retreat at

Vajrayogini Short Sadhana Three Day Retreat at DBI

Vajrayogini Short Sadhana Three Day Retreat at DBI Above: His Eminence preparing for the Vajrayogini Blessing

Above: His Eminence preparing for the Vajrayogini Blessing

Above: His Eminence preparing for the Vajrayogini Blessing White Mahakala Empowerment His Eminence bestowed the final
Above: His Eminence preparing for the Vajrayogini Blessing White Mahakala Empowerment His Eminence bestowed the final

White Mahakala Empowerment

for the Vajrayogini Blessing White Mahakala Empowerment His Eminence bestowed the final Empowerment on this

His Eminence bestowed the final Empowerment on this Australian tour

bestowed the final Empowerment on this Australian tour At the end of the empowerment His Eminence

At the end of the empowerment His Eminence offered Khenpo la and centre members a beautiful gold thangka of the three deities and so kindly offered to send 24 sets of dorje and bell.

and so kindly offered to send 24 sets of dorje and bell. His Eminence thanked Khenpo
and so kindly offered to send 24 sets of dorje and bell. His Eminence thanked Khenpo

His Eminence thanked Khenpo la and all the Sakya centres for hosting the visit. Khenpo la gave a beautiful speech, stressing how fortunate we have been to have the opportunity to even see a master such as His Eminence, and then to receive teachings and empowerments we are all most blessed. Khenpo la requested His Eminence to return to Australia as soon as possible, to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma, especially in Sakya Centres His Eminence was unable to attend this visit due to His health. A thank you also to Lama Tsering for all he has done in supporting His Eminence on the tour and Lama Tsejab as the shrine master.

Eminence on the tour and Lama Tsejab as the shrine master. 4 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org

Black Mahakala All Day Puja / Tsog

Black Mahakala All Day Puja / Tsog Black Mahakala Puja was the final event on His
Black Mahakala All Day Puja / Tsog Black Mahakala Puja was the final event on His
Black Mahakala All Day Puja / Tsog Black Mahakala Puja was the final event on His
Black Mahakala All Day Puja / Tsog Black Mahakala Puja was the final event on His
Black Mahakala All Day Puja / Tsog Black Mahakala Puja was the final event on His

Black Mahakala Puja was the final event on His Eminence’s formal program in Australia. Many people attended, and offerings were made from people around the world and the country. His Eminence lead an elaborate puja, and a great feeling of abundance of giving was experienced by everyone who attended.

of giving was experienced by everyone who attended. His Eminence Kyabje Luding Khen Rinpoche departed Australia
of giving was experienced by everyone who attended. His Eminence Kyabje Luding Khen Rinpoche departed Australia
of giving was experienced by everyone who attended. His Eminence Kyabje Luding Khen Rinpoche departed Australia

His Eminence Kyabje Luding Khen Rinpoche departed Australia on 4 March, to return home to India. He was accompanied by Lama Tsering.

Thank you Your Eminence on behalf of Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe and the committee of Drogmi Buddhist Institute for all your tireless work in helping all sentient beings to overcome their sufferings, and in particular in conducting such a busy and special program of teachings and empowerments here in Australia.

We all strongly wish to receive the precious Dharma from you in the future. May you stay very well, continue to have great health and have a very very long life.

Chötrul Düchen

5 March

Chötrul Düchen 5 March Chötrul Düchen, also known as Chonga Choepa or the Butter Lamp Festival,

Chötrul Düchen, also known as Chonga Choepa or the Butter Lamp Festival, is one of the four Buddhist festivals commemorating four events in the life of the Buddha, according to Tibetan traditions.

Chötrul Düchen closely follows Losar, the Tibetan New Year. It takes place on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Tibetan calendar during the full moon, which is called Bumgyur Dawa. The first fifteen days of the year celebrate the fifteen days during which the historical Buddha displayed miracles for his disciples so as to increase their devotion.

Chotrul Duchen, meaning "Great Day of Miraculous Manifestations", is one of the four great holy days observed by Tibetan Buddhists. During this time, it is believed that the effects of both positive and negative actions are multiplied ten million times.

To commemorate the occasion, Tibetans make lamps, traditionally of yak butter, called butter lamps, in the shapes of flowers, trees, birds, and other auspicious symbols. They also create elaborate displays for the lamps in their homes and in public spaces, sometimes erecting structures as large as a building. All the lanterns are lit in celebration on the fifteenth day of the month.

are lit in celebration on the fifteenth day of the month. Saga Dawa Program at DBI

Saga Dawa Program at DBI Wesak begins on 19 May

the month. Saga Dawa Program at DBI Wesak begins on 19 May Saga Dawa: 7:30pm Tuesday

Saga Dawa: 7:30pm Tuesday 19 May Light offerings and Vajrasattva Practice

Saga Dawa Düchen: 7:30pm Monday 25 May Light offerings and Buddha Shakyamuni Practice

Saga Dawa: 7:30pm Monday 15 June to 7:30pm Tuesday 16 June 24 hour mantra marathon:

Compassion, Healing and Purification

During Saga Dawa you can sponsor light offerings, each day:

$20 for 100 candles at www.drogmi.org

IMPORTANT NOTE

Room For Rent At DBI Available Now!!!

Do you know anyone who would like the experience of living at a Dharma centre? Information below to pass the word

at a Dharma centre? Information below to pass the word A few more photos of the
at a Dharma centre? Information below to pass the word A few more photos of the
at a Dharma centre? Information below to pass the word A few more photos of the

A few more photos of the most precious visit from our Guru His Eminence Kyabe Luding Khen Rinpoche. Loppon Ngawang Lodoe from KBI & the conclusion / offerings of the three day Vajrayogini Retreat & Tsog

2015 Workshops, Fundraisers & Beginning of the Year Retreats Held at Drogmi Buddhist Institute

of the Year Retreats Held at Drogmi Buddhist Institute 7 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
of the Year Retreats Held at Drogmi Buddhist Institute 7 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
of the Year Retreats Held at Drogmi Buddhist Institute 7 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
of the Year Retreats Held at Drogmi Buddhist Institute 7 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
of the Year Retreats Held at Drogmi Buddhist Institute 7 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
of the Year Retreats Held at Drogmi Buddhist Institute 7 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org

SHEDRA PROGRAM

Term 1

Richmond:

Monday nights 7:30 - 9pm

13

April - 4 May

Topic:

Meditation / Introduction, Loving Kindness, Compassion, Shamatha

Lawson:

Wednesday nights 7:00 - 8:30pm

15

April - 6 May

Topic:

Meditation / Introduction, Loving

Kindness, Compassion, Shamatha

Sydney:

Thursday nights 7:30 - 9:30pm

16

April - 7 May

Topic:

Recollecting the Triple Gem

Term 2

Richmond:

6 - 13 July then 27 July - 3 August

Topic:

Mind Training - 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva

Lawson:

8 - 15 July then 29 July - 5 August

Topic:

Mind Training - 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva

Sydney:

9 - 16 July then 30 July - 6 August

Topic:

Precious Garland by Nagarjuna

Term 3

Richmond:

24 August - 21 September

Topic:

Mind Training - 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva

Lawson:

26 August - 23 September

Topic:

Mind Training - 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva

Sydney:

27 August - 1 October

Topic:

Precious Garland by Nagarjuna

Term 4

Richmond:

19 October - 30 November

Topic:

Mind Training - 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva

Lawson:

21 October - 2 December

Topic:

Mind Training - 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva

Sydney:

22 October to 3 December

Topic:

Precious Garland by Nagarjuna

Venues:

Richmond:

Richmond Community Hall 20 West Market Street Richmond

Lawson:

Lawson Library Building Crn. San Jose and Loftus Streets Lawson

Sydney:

Drogmi Buddhist Institute 25 Dalmar Street Croydon, Sydney

Costs and further information please contact us:

info@drogmi.org or refer to our website. www.drogmi.org

NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL TEACHING DATES 2015 with KHENPO NGAWANG DHAMCHOE

10 - 12 April Nyima Tashi Kagyu Buddhist Centre, Auckland NZ

Contact: Ani Jangchub T: +64 9 376 6113

E: nyimatashi.nz@gmail.com

17 - 19 April Dharmachakra Gompa, Gympie Qld

Contact: Rob Assink T: 0427 540 694 E: assink1@optusnet.com.au

25 - 26 April DBI Croydon Sydney / Shamatha & Mindfulness Retreat

Contact: E: info@drogmi.org

1 - 3 May Khacho Yulo Ling Buddhist Centre, Cairns Qld

Contact: Ani Rinchen T: 07 4041 5556 E: info@yuloling.com

10 - 12 July Forster NSW

Contact: Peter E: pandjmorgan@ozemail.com.au or

Jule E: julekwood

17 - 23 July Uluru Retreat NT

Contact: Drogmi Buddhist Institute E: info@drogmi.org

25 July Randwick Yoga Space, Sydney NSW

Contact: Hollie E: holster101@hotmail.com

31 July - 2 August Manjushri Buddhist Centre, Milton NSW

Contact: Lael E: gyanchitta@internode.on.net

7 - 17 August Nyima Tashi Kagyu Buddhist Centre, Auckland NZ Contact: Ani Jangchub T: +64 9 376 6113 E: nyimatashi.nz@gmail.com Christchurch NZ Contact: Frank Sharpe E: slovakiwi@yahoo.com

28 - 30 August Rongton Buddhist Centre, Brisbane Qld

Contact: Venerable Tsultim T: 0439 992 312 E: rongtonbrisbane@gmail.com

4 - 6 September Sakya Choebar Lhunpo, Melbourne Vic Contact: Penny T: 0439 877 104

11 - 13 September Dharmachakra Gompa, Gympie Qld

Contact: Rob

25 - 27 September Khacho Yulo Ling Buddhist Centre, Cairns QLd

Contact: Ani Rinchen T: 07 4041 5556 E: info@yuloling.com

2 - 10 October Drogmi Buddhist Institute, held at Upper Colo NSW Contact: E: info@drogmi.org

16 - 18 October Alice Springs, NT

Contact: Zara Kaye E: kayezara@yahoo.com.au

23 - 25 October Dubbo, NSW

Contact: Diedre Niar E: diedre.niar@bigpond.com

30 October - 1 November Samadhi Buddhist Centre, Bermagui NSW

Contact: Annie Ray E: annieray77@hotmail.com

20 - 22 November Dharmachakra Gompa, Gympie Qld

Contact: Rob T: 0427 540 694 E: assink1@optusnet.com.au

28 November Richmond Workshop, Richmond NSW

Contact: Drogmi Buddhist Institute E: info@drogmi.org

4 - 6 December Sakya Choekhor Lhunpo, Melbourne Vic Contact: Penny T: 0439 887 104

12 December Randwick Yoga Space, Sydney NSW

Contact: Hollie E: holster101@hotmail.com

T: 0427 540 694 E: assink1@optusnet.com.au

Khenpo la and His Family in Nepal Losar Wood Sheep Year 2142

Khenpo la and His Family in Nepal Losar Wood Sheep Year 2142 Hello from Kathmandu, Nepal.
Khenpo la and His Family in Nepal Losar Wood Sheep Year 2142 Hello from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Hello from Kathmandu, Nepal. Wishing dear friends a very happy Losar and New Year to everyone. I am having a great time with my most kind parents and family. We have raised prayer flags and sang offerings. The prayer flag tradition has a long continuous history dating back to ancient Tibet. The tradition has now reached the West.

The Tibetan word for prayer flag is Dar Cho. “Dar” means to increase life, fortune, health and wealth. “Cho” means all sentient beings. Prayer flags are simple devices that, coupled with the natural energy of the wind, quietly harmonise the environment, impartially increasing happiness and good fortune among all living beings. May all beings be peace and happiness. Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe

On a Short Pilgrimage With Khenpo la & His Family

On a Short Pilgrimage With Khenpo la & His Family I went on a short pilgrimage
On a Short Pilgrimage With Khenpo la & His Family I went on a short pilgrimage

I went on a short pilgrimage to the Sacred Maratika Cave in Eastern Nepal with my parents and family. I did prayers for all beings in general and Dharma friends in particular to have an immortal and excellent healthy life for all Dharma practitioners.

and excellent healthy life for all Dharma practitioners. Maratika is the site of immortality, one of

Maratika is the site of immortality, one of the six supreme pilgrimage sites in the world. It is the place where the great master, the second Buddha Padmasambhava and Dakini Mandarava obtained the realisation of immortal life. Maratika was also blessed by the family of the three protectors: Manjushri, Vajrapani and Avalokitesavara.

May all Dharma practitioners have a long healthy life for much success in their Dharma Practices.

May all beings have a wisdom and compassion in their lives.

May all beings have a wisdom and compassion in their lives. 9 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
May all beings have a wisdom and compassion in their lives. 9 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
May all beings have a wisdom and compassion in their lives. 9 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
May all beings have a wisdom and compassion in their lives. 9 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org
May all beings have a wisdom and compassion in their lives. 9 Drogmi Buddhist Institute www.drogmi.org