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Saka Dawa butterlamp offering with "Old Lama Gyupa," Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India, June 13, 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

Saka Dawa butterlamp offerings with “Old Lama Gyupa,” Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India, June 13, 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

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 their Saka Dawa events:

Saka Dawa is one of the most important festival days of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, celebrating Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. This year Saka Dawa fell on June 13. To begin the day, we held a butterlamp light offering puja with our resident “Old Lama Gyupa,” Ven. Thubten Dorjee, to make prayers and dedications for our center, sponsors and all sentient beings.

Students read the Golden Light Sutra in front of Lama Yeshe's Stupa, Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India, June 13, 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

Students read the Golden Light Sutra in front of Lama Yeshe’s Stupa, Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India, June 13, 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

Later, many people joined us for a special program of open drop-in sessions, including “What the Buddha Taught” with FPMT-registered teacher Glen Svensson, a group reading of the Golden Light Sutra on the lawn by Lama Yeshe’s Stupa, and a movie screening of the The Life of Buddha, an excellent BBC documentary. 

While the movie was showing, Tushita staff, volunteers and monastics used the auspicious day to refresh the statue boxes on Lama Yeshe’s Stupa. The statues were offered new clothes, and we were able to finally install the Ratnasambhava statue that we had made in Nepal to replace one that was stolen a year or so ago.

The program of Saka Dawa events concluded with a Medicine Buddha puja and then light offerings with meditation at Lama Yeshe’s Stupa.

Additionally, 15 hardcore practitioners joined our final set of nyung nä retreats, which ended on the morning of June 14.

It was also our beloved dog Nying-je’s 9th birthday. Before being renamed Nying-je Chenmo (Great Compassion) by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, she was previously called Saka Dawa, after the auspicious day she turned up at Tushita in 2005. Then, she was a malnourished, stray spitfire puppy. Now, she’s a well-fed, leisurely older woman, but still a very endearing character, much loved by all.

You can see more photos from Tushita’s Saka Dawa events on Facebook.

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Nying-Je Chenmo at an introductory course led by Glen Svensson at Tushita. Nying-je Chenmo recently turned 9. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

Nying-je Chenmo at an introductory course led by Glen Svensson at Tushita. Nying-je Chenmo recently turned 9. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

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Jhado Rinpoche arrives at Tushita, May 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

Jhado Rinpoche arrives at Tushita Meditation Centre, McLeod Ganj, India, May 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

Tushita Meditation Centre is a bustling FPMT center in Dharamsala – the seat-in-exile of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Tushita staff wrote Mandala, sharing news about a recent visit from Jhado Rinpoche, a highly-respected touring lama:

We were extremely fortunate in being able to spend the weekend in the esteemed company of Jhado Rinpoche. And as if this wasn’t enough, we heard his words in English via the translation skills of the incredible Geshe Kelsang Wangmo!

Jhado Rinpoche teaches with Geshe Kelsang Wangmo serving as translator, May 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

Jhado Rinpoche teaches with Geshe Kelsang Wangmo serving as translator, Tushita Meditation Centre, May 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

Jhado Rinpoche taught three sessions over May 10-11, 2014, giving commentary on Six-Session Guru Yoga. With the skill of a true master teacher, Jhado Rinpoche moved progressively deeper into the explanation of the practice session-by-session, and provided opportunity for the gathered attendees to ask questions.

Jhado Rinpoche has also been advising our gompa painters on the mandalas on canvas they are currently working on for the ceiling space above our Lama Tsongkhapa statue. He has visited Tushita a couple of times in the past months for this purpose and also took time on both these teaching days to check on their progress.

Audio of the Six-Session Guru Yoga teaching is available on Tushita’s website. Tushita’s staff apologizes for “less-than-ideal” audio quality in the third session. More photos from the event can be seen on their Facebook page.

Jhado Rinpoche talks with head painter Pema Dawa about progress on the mandala for Tushita's gompa, May 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

Jhado Rinpoche talks with head painter Pema Dawa about progress on the mandalas for Tushita’s gompa, May 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

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Khadro-la teaching at Tushita Meditation Centre, McLeod Ganj, Dharamasala, India, March 9, 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

Khadro-la teaching at Tushita Meditation Centre, McLeod Ganj, India, March 9, 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

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?”

Khadro-la was warmly welcomed by Tushita Meditation Centre staff and students, March 9, 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

Khadro-la was warmly welcomed by Tushita Meditation Centre staff and students, March 9, 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

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.”

Listen to the audio recording of the full teaching and find more photos on Tushita’s Facebook page.

Khadro-la at Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamasala, India, March 9, 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

Khadro-la at Tushita Meditation Centre, McLeod Ganj, India, March 9, 2014. Photo courtesy of Tushita Meditation Centre.

Mandala brings you news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and of activities, teachings and events from over 160 FPMT centers, projects and services around the globe. If you like what you read on Mandala, consider becoming a Friend of FPMT, which supports our work.

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