quarta-feira, 17 de julho de 2019

sábado, 6 de julho de 2019

sexta-feira, 28 de junho de 2019

An Interview With H.E. Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche

An Interview With H.E. Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche
Question : Your Eminence, what would be your advice to beginners to be successful in their practice?
J.K.: I would firstly advise them to do their utmost to give up non-virtuous thoughts and behaviour. From there, their practice will slowly build up. Sometimes they’ll meet with obstacles; then they should pray to their root Guru, and to the Sakyapa lineage masters for their blessing that these obstacles be removed. Some practitioners invoke the help of fierce deities,
such as Mahakala to repel obstacles, but this kind of practice is for advanced practitioners, not for beginners. Beginners should concentrate on constantly making sure that their motivation is right, and fervently praying to their root Guru. This is the best practice. And then, they should make great efforts to
watch their mind. At the beginning, their thoughts will be very scattered but slowly, by thriving to tame their mind, they will develop stability, and make progress on the path.
Question : Jetsunma, could you say something on whether retreats are useful for beginners and, if so, what kind of retreat would you recommend, and how should one prepare for it?
J.K.: Actually, retreats are somewhat meaningless for beginners. People often think that a retreat involves staying indoors and sitting on a cushion for a long time. It’s not like that at all. If you do retreat, you’re better off starting with a shamata retreat, concentrating your mind; you do three or four sessions everyday, or as many as you can, for as long as you can. If you overdo it, then your mind gets tired, and then you can’t do anything. So you need to do things slowly, gradually. First you do a simple shamata retreat, and then gradually you start doing a little bit of visualization. Then you slowly increase the amount of visualization. For non-Tibetans to go directly into visualizing the deity, without previously having learned to control the mind through samatha meditation, can be confusing. If the mind is not stable,
it can affect it, and create an imbalance. So things have to be done slowly. It takes a long time, but this doesn’t matter. Every step is useful and helps the mind to become stable.
Question : Your Eminence, what advice would you
have regarding the choice of a suitable place to do
J.K.: You need to be in a comfortable place, and make sure that all your basic needs are taken care of. So, before you start your retreat, you have to find a suitable house with all the right conditions, for example one that is quiet, not too hot or cold, and so on. And then you need to make sure that food, medicines and all your basic necessities, are available. Because if, for one reason or another, you become uncomfortable while you’re doing retreat, you’ll become distracted and won’t be able to do it properly.
Question : Nowadays more and more people are becoming vegetarian for compassionate reasons. Your Eminence, what would you say the benefits are for practitioners to become vegetarian, and also for non-practitioners?
J.K.: It’s very good that people should abstain from eating meat for these reasons, although there are also many insects living on vegetables that are harmed when we eat them. Every time we move, we kill tiny beings without realizing it. Nevertheless, it is very beneficial both for practitioners and non-practitioners to refrain from eating meat, thus abstaining from wilfully engaging in an action that involves the killing of an animal. Sometimes, however, it is difficult or even impossible to be strictly vegetarian. For example, if we’re staying with non-vegetarians, we can’t choose what we eat. Also, sometimes we need to eat meat for health reasons. If we’re feeling weak, we can’t practice properly, so eating meat in this context can
be beneficial.
Question : How do we develop patience?
J.K.: First develop your mind, and then you can work on patience. It has to do with impermanence, you know. Everything is impermanent, and life is very short. Always go back to the Lama’s teaching “Parting from the Four Attachments”, and other such teachings. Remember these all the time. In this way you’ll develop the right kind of attitude, and this will take you to a deep understanding of the nature of impermanence.
Question : It is because Tibetans lost their country that the Dharma has spread to the West. Would you say that this is a good thing, Jetsun Kushok?
J.K.: For Tibetans themselves, it is very bad, of course. But if one thinks of
the whole world, then yes, it is good that the Dharma has spread. But then, how many people are really doing practice? Some people see it as a kind of fashion, a kind of style, the Buddhist style. These people don’t really understand the meaning of the Dharma. And then, after a while, they grow tired of it, and give it up. But anyway, it is both a good thing and a bad thing. A good thing for non-Tibetans, and a very bad one for all the Tibetan people. You know, they lost their culture, they lost everything, and this is very bad.
But, at the same time, it is very good for them that they can find great teachers and practice the Dharma outside Tibet.
Melody of Dharma: Thank you, Your Eminence,
we are very grateful for your time and
J.K.: Thank you.
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An Interview With H.E. Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche
Melody of Dharma • 2010 • NO. 4

domingo, 23 de junho de 2019



Conhecida como a Vajra Melodia:  Do inexaurível tesouro da realização espiritual que inclui /  As bênçãos dos senhores de longa vida que concede excelente imortalidade aos viventes/ E as bênçãos do oceano dos mestres, sábios e realizados, / Possa o auspicioso atingir da sagrada permanência imutável estar garantida. //

Maravilhosa manifestação da imaculada raça Khön, / Que combina a dança das três raças de conhecimento, compaixão e poder num só, / Que é a essência das Três Jóias magníficas doadoras de  alegria aos viventes, / Que você possa, coroa ornamental de Vajradhara, permanecer longamente. //

Principal dos scholars cujas mentes  contêm todas coisas conhecidas, / Chefe dos Siddhas que realizaram a verdadeira natureza dos fenômenos, / Incomparável entusiasta que cuida dos viventes deste mundo, / Que você possa, grande força do ensinamento, permanecer longamente. // Seguindo o maior mestre compassivo Sachen, equânime olhando samsara e nirvana, / Sakya Pandita, o onisciente mestre que possui estabilidade e habilidade, / Chögyal Phagpa de força e poder, e os sucessivos mestres da linhagem Khön, / Que você possa, sagrado regente e sucessor, permanecer por centenas de aeons. // Tendo feito esta  reza com intenção pura, / Através da inabalável assistência da verdade poderosa da realidade última, / E a consumada palavra de verdade da Tríplice Gema, mestres e deidades, / Que a garantia da virtude aumente sua vida e atividades espirituais.


sábado, 18 de maio de 2019



Welcome !

The goals of the Sakya Tsechen Ling Institute are the study and the practical application of Mahayana Buddhism traditional teachings and their safeguarding. Main activities take place through monthly sessions of teachings, retreats, study of tibetan language and root texts, study and training of rituals, training courses and conferences.

Visit of His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Sakya Trichen Rinpoche

Dear Friends,
His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche will impart the cycle of initiations and teachings of the most revered Vajrayogini of the Naropa Tradition in a condensed form. Vajrayogini is a cardinal practice for the Sakya Tradition as well as for the other Tibetan Traditions.

Spiritual Masters and Teachers

Their Holinesses the 41th and 42th Sakya Trizin

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Ven. Khenchen Sherab Gyaltsen Amipa    Ven. Khenpo Dakpa Woeser

Ven. Khenpo Tashi Sangpo

A brief Introduction to the Sakya Lineage

The Sakya Tradition − one of the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions − was founded in 1073 by Khön Konchok Gyalpo, who established the first monastery as the seat of Sakya tradition, at a place called «Sakya» in the region of the Ponpo Ri mountain range. Subsequently, the five Founding Masters of Sakya initiated the common and uncommon teachings and caused the teachings of Sakya including the auxiliary sciences to flourish.
Since then, the lineage and its followers have been called «Sakyapa». The unbroken ssuccession of lineage holders bear the three supreme names of 'mtshan mchhog gsum ldan', known as the Celestial Race, the Khön Clan and Sakya−pa. Through them, the great teachings of the Sakya Tradition are preserved and continue to flourish to the present day. The current throne holder, His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, Ngawang Kunga Thegchen Palbar Trinley Samphel Wangi Gyalpo, saw with his vast vision that in the current degenerate time it would be beneficial to change the throne holder succession system, even though this diverges from the established Sakya tradition, creating a new era.
On 8th May, 2014, the new historical throne holder succession system was unanimously resolved by the Dolma Phodrang and Phuntsok Phodrang, with His Holiness the Sakya Trizin announcing the same on 11th December 2014 during the 23rd Great Sakya Mönlam for Universal Peace in Lumbini. The resolution detailed the tenure, assumption of throne holder position by seniority and the prerequisite qualifications to become the throne holder. The qualification includes the complete fulfillment of studies of all the basic rites and rituals of Sakya tradition, studies in all the major philosophies, receiving empowerments, reading transmissions, pith instructions, mastering the teachings of the ancestral Dharma teachings of Lamdre Tsogshey and Lamdre Lobshey along with other important teachings and empowerments, and having accomplished the basic recitation retreat on Hevajra and other important yidam deities.
In March 2017, His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, Ngawang Kunga Lodro Wangchuk Rinchen Jigme Trinley, who is endowed with above mentioned qualifications, will officially ascend to the Sakya Throne to become the 42nd Sakya Trizin, the first throne holder under the new system.

Great annual celebrations at the Institute for 2019

On these days the 16 Arhats ritual is performed at the Institute.effects of positive or negative actions are increased.
• LOSAR . February the 5th at 6:30 pm. Tibetan New Year 2146 Earth Pig.
• CHOTRUL DÜCHEN. February the 19th at 6:30 pm.
Full Moon and last day of the 15th first days of the year during which Buddha performed each day a miracle.
• SAGA DAWA DÜCHEN. June the 17th at 6:30 pm.
Buddha's birth, full enlightenment and parinirvana.
• CHÖKOR DÜCHEN. August the 4th at 6:30 pm.
First teaching of the Buddha about the Four Noble Truth.
• LHABAB DÜCHEN. November the 19th at 6:30 pm..
Buddha's descent from Heavens Tushita.

domingo, 12 de maio de 2019