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Tushita Meditation Centre is a bustling FPMT center in Dharamsala – the seat-in-exile of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Tushita staff recently wrote Mandala, sharing news about a visit from Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma (Khadro-la), an extraordinary Tibetan woman and teacher respected by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and His Holiness.
Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma (Khadro-la) very kindly accepted our request to give a teaching and Q&A session on Sunday, March 9. Although Khadro-la has been to Tushita Meditation Centre many times as a special guest of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, this was the first time that she had given a teaching here alone.
Our main gompa is currently being extensively decorated and our only option was to squeeze our 58 “Introduction to Buddhism” course students, 13 “Pre-Ordination Course” attendees, Tushita staff and volunteers and the many visitors from the local area into our very small Medicine Buddha gompa. Some people had to sit outside on the balcony in the freezing cold weather (and through the thunderstorm that began halfway through the teaching!)
It was an incredible event, translated beautifully by Ven. Namdak.
One highlight was Khadro-la’s humbling answer to a playful question from our audience. A student from our “Introduction to Buddhism” course asked, “When you’re not teaching or meditating, what do you do for enjoyment?”
Ven. Namdak explained to us that he had translated this question as “what do you do to relax?” While our more mundane minds were thinking “watching movies” or “going out for dinner,” Khadro-la’s answer floored us:
“In order to relax, (one should) examine the mind in a way that you look at the mind and how the mind reacts to the different objects of the senses – so the different objects of the eye sense power or the different objects of the ear – and then see how the mind actually engages in different imputations towards those objects. Then also realize, or think about, that the mind basically by itself – in its nature – doesn’t have to engage in those objects, and can just abide in the nature of the mind itself. And that is more or less the only thing to say about that.
“Basically, in short, I feel extremely lazy and I don’t have much knowledge of the Buddhadharma. The only thing I aspire to in life, and the only thing I really feel a lot of affection for, is bodhichitta and emptiness. They are two aspects of mind I really aspire a lot to, and really like to think about and like to put into practice.”
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Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma first appeared to the international FPMT community through “Interview with a Dakini.” She’s since become known through the assistance she has been offering Lama Zopa Rinpoche since he manifested a stroke in 2011 and also through serving as an oracle at the Kalachakra initiation given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya, India, in January 2012. Here she talks about integrating lam-rim into daily life.
“In ordinary life, gaining wealth, food and shelter brings some pleasure at a physical level but not at a mental level. The worst suffering is mental suffering. Therefore, we have no choice but to learn how to transform such suffering. To do this, one needs to transform the mind. Wealth, rank and position can never handle or deal with mental suffering. Even having a large number of friends or guardians does not help because when faced with mental suffering, nothing can help except for mind-training.”
From Mandala October-December 2009.
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Mandala is putting the finishing touches on its next issue, which features a new interview with Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma (Khadro-la). While Khadro-la was visiting the FPMT International Office in Portland in June, she agreed to a second interview with us. (The first can be found in the January-March 2009 issue.) Managing editor Laura Miller asked Khadro-la to talk about her connection with and service to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, offer advice to female practitioners and share her thoughts for the development of FPMT.
Khadro-la also spoke briefly on a project she is working on with Lama Zopa Rinpoche to build two stupas on the West Coast of the United States. Her hope is that the stupas will minimize any potential damage from earthquakes that may possibly occur in the region. It has become an utmost priority for FPMT to support this project, and anyone can help through Stupas to Minimize Harm from the Elements.
Other stories in the October-December 2012 issue include a profile of Geshe Kelsang Wangmo, the world’s first female geshe; an excerpt from the just released book How to Practice Dharma: Teachings on the Eight Worldly Dharmas by Lama Zopa Rinpoche; and news of events and activities important to the international FPMT community.
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