Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, 5th August 2009 (8 pm) - Medicine Buddha Puja
Sunday, 9th August 2009 (2 pm) - Discovering Buddhism
Saturday, 15th August 2009 (8 pm) - Guru Puja
Sunday, 16th August 2009 (2pm) - Discovering Buddhism
Sunday, 23rd August 2009 (11 am) - Animal Liberation, (2 pm) Discovering Buddhism
Friday, 28th August 2009 (8.30 pm) - Tara Puja
Sunday, 30th August 2009 (11 am) - Guru Puja, (3 pm) Discovering Buddhism
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tibetan Buddhist teacher Geshe Tenzin Zopa will conduct a two-day workshop on death and dying on 5/9/2009 (Saturday) & 6/9/2009 (Sunday) at Chokyi Gyaltsen Centre (CGC), 37-Y Lorong Zoo 1, Air Itam, Penang. He will impart knowledge on how to handle dying and death, using the Buddhist teaching and way.
The workshop comes with a package of materials which include:-
1) Death & Drying Book (355 pages)
2) Sand Mandala Powder
3) Deity and Mantra Card
4) Medicine Buddha's Tsa Tsa
If you are interested about this Death & Dying Workshop or have any questions regarding it, kindly register/call Stephanie at (012) 4282929 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before 01/09/2009 (Tuesday). Thank you.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Geshe Tenzin Zopa who is the resident Geshe at LDC in KL, will be presiding over the puja.
The minimum sponsor for this Extensive Medicine Buddha Puja starts from RM20, RM50, RM100 and RM250, which is 8 sets offering (water, water, flower, incense, light, perfume (water), food and music).
If you are interested to participate this extensive offering during this event, kindly write to us at fpmt.cgc@gmail before 28/08/2009 (Friday) because we need to do a lot of preparation as well.
For further queries, please contact Stephanie (012) 428 2929.
One of the benefits of Medicine Buddha practice is that it helps to bring success. Why was Buddhism so strongly established in Tibet? This was due to Medicine Buddha practice (the long version by the Fifth Dalai Lama). It brought so much success and so he was able to preserve and spread the Dharma. All of the lineage lamas did this. When they passed away, there were incredibly inspiring stories. (Rinpoche just read about this in a text from Mongolia).
Medicine Buddha practice helps to bring prosperity, both in spiritual practice and materially. The benefits are contained in the Medicine Buddha Sutra. There are mind-blowing benefits! Therefore, Rinpoche is advising all the centers that it would be extremely good to do the Medicine Buddha Puja.
This helps in spiritual development and to receive all the needs to benefit other sentient beings, all the conditions, the material needs, for success in all the projects.
Medicine Buddha is a powerful purification. It is one of the best things to do for someone who has passed away. It is not only for sickness, it is for anything.
You can download a copy of the Extensive Medicine Buddha Puja Sponsorship Form here:
Friday, July 24, 2009
- The Sanghata Sutra is one of a special set of sutras called dharma-paryayas, or 'transformative teachings' that function to transform those who hear or recite them in particular ways. One very powerful benefit is that at the time of death, any person who has recited the Sanghata Sutra will have visions of Buddhas who will come to comfort them during the death process. A further benefit is that wherever the Sanghata Sutra is established, the Buddhas are always present, as explained in the text itself. As such, the recitation can bestow a powerful blessing on the place where it is recited.
The merit of just one set of buddhas equaling the number of sand grains in the River Ganga, even just one set – how much merit that is…is beyond words, unimaginable. Even just the merit that one buddha has collected is beyond words. So, now, beyond that, the merit that you collect every time you hear the Arya Sanghata Sutra is equal to twelve times the merit of the number of buddhas as there are sand grains in the River Ganga.
This means that anyone hearing it - animals, frogs, birds, so no question about pets like your beautiful cat, your darling cat, even spirits – collects that much merit. Can you imagine? It is like an impossible thing in the life that happens. When those animals, your cat and other animals, hear you recite Buddha’s teachings, it definitely makes them to receive higher rebirth and to meet Dharma.
The very minute you hear it, the five uninterrupted negative karmas - the extremely heavy negative karmas that right after death, immediately without interruption of another life, you get born into hell; you get reborn in the lowest hot hell, which has the heaviest suffering of the lower realms, of which the life span lasts for one intermediate eon – those get completely purified. So, (if the five uninterrupted actions get purified), that means no question about the ten non-virtuous actions, they get purified also.
It is such an unbelievably easy way to make the life meaningful. You just put the CD in the car and you play it, that’s it. As long as you are not deaf and can hear, you don’t need to put much effort there. It’s the easiest way to purify negative karma, the easiest way to collect unimaginable extensive merit. That means it is the quickest easiest way to achieve liberation from samsara, to finish all the oceans of samsaric suffering that one has experienced over and over numberless times without beginning, from time without beginning. Not only the people in the car, but also for anyone who hears it – it is a quick way to achieve enlightenment.
Also, more merit makes it easy and quick to realize the emptiness of the “I,” the aggregates, phenomena; it is a quick way to eliminate the root of samsara, ignorance, and a quick way to actualize bodhichitta. You need so much merit, unbelievable, unbelievable merit to actualize bodhichitta. If you have bodhichitta, you are a bodhisattva. In that second, you become the spiritual son of all the buddhas, you receive the name. You become the supreme object of offerings of all the sentient beings.
They collect inconceivable merits when they make offerings to you. So when they see you, hear your voice, or you give something to them, or touch them. Even if some of the sentient beings harm you, after you have realization of bodhichitta, then from your side, you only benefit in return. You pray for good things to happen to that person. There is a saying with the bodhisattvas, “if you can’t make a good connection by doing good things, then by doing some harm, make a connection with the bodhisattva.”
So, if you read the Arya Sanghata Sutra, there is far greater merit (than just hearing it); then, if you write it – much, much more. Remember the merit of the buddhas equaling the number of grains of sand in the Ganges River times twelve? The amount of merit if you write it is eight times that (e.g., 96 x one set of buddhas).
The last time that I went to Singapore, and Malaysia, because of my little advertisement about how much more merit there is if you write it, many people wrote it and have finished it already. This is unbelievable. The director of the Singapore center told me about when they recited it - incredible things happened. Each time they gave me a little bit from that. That happened already two times. Also, it happened in Malaysia. Somebody offered $100K for a school. In New Zealand, Bruce Farley just read it maybe one time. When he read it in the gompa, he thought, “Buddha wouldn’t lie,” and with that strong faith he read it. He won the lottery – a large house in Australia. He didn’t tell his wife or his parents. He invited his wife and his parents to Australia to see the house. He didn’t tell them about the house, he just invited them. He wanted it to be a surprise. His idea was to sell the house and to use the money for Dharma projects. Then, a lady in Istituto Lama Tsong Khapa (in Italy) who had been smoking her whole life - she has been translating Dharma texts for Dharmarucci Publishing. She was unable to stop smoking for so many years. When she read this the first time, she was able to stop smoking like that (finger snap). That means that, really, Buddha is working, blessing through this text. Buddha is really in action.
So many people who have recited the Arya Sanghata Sutra have received so much benefit to their mind and to their heart, becoming more and more Dharma. So, also, every day to write even a few lines is extremely, unbelievably good. When you write it, of course you don’t finish many pages, it is quite slow, but when you write, also you read, so that is the benefit. The only thing is if you only read it, you can finish in that day, in those hours. Of course, one can do a few lines writing and then read the whole text. That also can be done. Like that then, gradually, you can finish writing. I am extremely happy that you enjoy so much. You see the benefit that is working for your mind and you see that it is an amazing sutra.
For a copy of the Sutra, please click on the following:
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Human life is much more precious than mountains of gold and diamonds, more than the world filled with wish granting jewels, because without this precious human life we cannot be liberated. With all this wealth alone we cannot achieve higher rebirth, [especially the] extremely difficult to achieve human rebirth, so impossible to achieve cessation of the ocean of suffering of cyclic existence, including the cause; karma and delusion.
Not only that, but the great liberation of enlightenment cannot be achieved for sentient beings, that which benefits the numberless sentient beings. Of course that means one cannot liberate the numberless sentient beings who are most dear, most precious, most kind from the oceans of samsaric suffering and its cause. Not only that, but one cannot bring them into the great liberation of enlightenment, which is cessation of all the mistakes of the mind and completion of all the qualities.
Since so many people are all of sudden getting cancer, swine flu and other life threatening diseases and dying, which is happening all the time, those who have faith, who are able to practice Buddha Dharma and who purify the past negative karma, will not experience [diseases] such as this swine flu.
So here I am offering some suggestion of a short practice, what you can easily try to read everyday. This very precious method from Buddha, from the Buddha's teaching in the Kangyur [is called] The Dharani Called Possessing the Limbs of All the Buddhas and is extremely worthwhile to try to do. Recite three times if possible, if not then one time. Buddha has explained the benefits of this practice are that you will not get a bad disease, harm from the four elements of earth, water, fire and wind, poisoned, or a life threatening disease, and that it will help you not get reborn in the lower realms of hell, hungry ghost or animal and you will be able to benefit the lives of all sentient beings.
The motivation is not only for your own health and life success, think of all the sentient beings, to benefit their life and to bring them peace and happiness, not only temporary, but ultimate as well.
Thank you very much.
With much love and prayers,
PS: “I thought may be good to put this prayer on the web site: “The Dhahran Called Possessing the Limbs of All the Buddhas” which protects from cancer, swine flu as well as new diseases, and also stops untimely death, possibly stops old age.”
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, 5th July 2009 (2 pm) - Discovering Buddhism
Monday, 6th July 2009 (8 pm) - Guru Puja, H.H. Dalai Lama's Birthday
Tuesday, 7th July 2009 (8 pm) - Medicine Buddha Puja
Sunday, 12th July 2009 (2 pm) - Discovering Buddhism
Friday, 17th July 2009 (8.30 pm) - Guru Puja
Sunday, 19th July 2009 (2 pm) - Discovering Buddhism
Saturday, 25th July 2009 (2 pm) - Sutra Recitation
Sunday, 26th July 2009 - (11 am) Animal Liberation, (2 pm) Discovering Buddhism
Wednesday, 29th July 2009 (8 pm) - Tara Puja
Friday, 31st July 2009 (8.30 pm) - Guru Puja
All in, 190 frogs and 2150 crickets were liberated that day.
The frogs and crickets were then released back into their natural habitats.
Benefits of Liberating Animals (Source: http://www.lamayeshe.com/)
Rinpoche gave the following talk to a group of students in Malaysia and Singapore on the benefits of liberating animals.
By reciting prayers and chanting powerful mantras for animals, they attain a higher rebirth and liberation. You can perform Refuge Practice, 35 Buddhas and Vajrasattva practice. This purifies so much suffering and can definitely help them. If you have strong compassion, bodhicitta, and a realization of emptiness, when you blow on the water to bless it, it has greater power, and karma can be purified.