His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche is currently giving the collection of all the Lamdre Nyaakma, which was originally expounded by the first Sakya Founder, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, at the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana (SIV) from 10 December 2012 until 26 December 2012.
Over 200 monks at SIV welcomed HE Ratna Vajra Dungsay on the first day with a grand traditional Tibetan welcome ceremony. Following this was a sumptous lunch with HE Luding Khenchen, HE Luding Khenpo and Khangsa Shabdrung in attendance. The teachings commenced on the same day.
At the conclusion of the teachings of the Lamdre Nyaakma, a grand 3 day long-life ceremony will be offered to HE Ratna Vajra Rinpoche by HE Luding Khenpo, the two khenpos of SIV and all the monks for his precious long life to be filled with good health, wealth and happiness. May his dharma activities flourish for the benefit of all sentient beings.
This October, Rinpoche will be going to Mundgod Monastery (Tse-Chen Do-Ngag Choe Ling), South India. Here Rinpoche will be giving the following series of initiations and teachings:
Vajrayogini Blessing and teachings,
Vajrapani Empowerment and teachings, and
Other sacred teachings.
HE Luding Khen Rinpoche has freshly returned from his Germany teaching tour, which was very successful. Rinpoche has been requested to return next year for more teachings.
HE Luding Khenpo gave several teachings and empowerments at the Jetsun Sakya Foundation Centre in Frankfurt, Germany.
While in Germany, Rinpoche bestowed the Chakrasambhava Empowerment and teachings as well as the Vajrayogini Blessing and teachings.
In early August 2012, HE Luding Khenpo travelled to Sakya Mangtro Monastery, Ladakh. "Mangtro" in Tibetan means "enjoyable", however locals say "Matho". Here HE Luding Khenpo gave a series of Empowerments and conducted several Pujas for the Mangtro Monastery Monks and local community. Rinpoche also consecrated the Sakya Mangtro Monastery Buddha statue.
HE Luding Khenpo has a close connection with the Sakya Mangtro Monastery, Ladakh as HE Luding Khenpo has stayed at the Monastery since he was 10 years old with HE Luding Khenchen, where both HE Luding Khenchen and HE Luding Khenpo resided until their relocation to Ngor Monastery, Manduwala India. Rinpoche has a warm-hearted connection with the Monastery and holds the Sakya Mangtro Monastery Monks in great esteem as the Monastery has produced many revered Khenpos and practioners over the years.
As of the 2nd of August, for the next 45 days until mid-October, all of the monks both from Ngor Monastery and the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana will enter and do their summer retreat. The retreat will commece under the scorching temperatures between 40 to 47 degrees Celsius, as this year the summer is more dry with less rain, making the retreat a most challenging one.
Luding Foundation would like to thank all of our benefactors who have sponsored our retreatants through the Luding Foundation retreatant fund.
At the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana, Lama Kunga Rinchen has gathered many senior Khenpos and senior Monks in order to revise the second and third corrections of 30 of the original 85 volumes of Original Root Texts & Commentaries. By mid-September, the publication team will commence the printing of 500 copies of each of the 30 volumes, making this a very positive action since the launching of our Foundation in May 2010.
The precious Commentaries that comprise part of the 30 volumes were composed by most revered Tibetan and Indian Scholars and Mahasiddhas.
Our Foundation acknowledges and thanks our five generous sponsors for their most profound generosity in contributing to the first batch of the publication project.
The Original Root Texts & Commentaries will form part of the current curriculum used at the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana, as set down by the Late Most Venerable Khenchen Appey Rinpoche 2009.
Sponsorship is still required for the remaining 55 volumes of our publication project.
Seven Monks from the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana visited several Malaysia Buddhist Centres for one month in order to conduct pujas throughout the auspicious Sakya Dawa month of the Tibetan Calendar.
The pujas performed by the Monks were:
Green Tara Torma Throwing Puja,
Vajrapani Bhutadharmara Fire Puja,
Mahakala Puja, and
The 16 Arhat Puja on the Final day of the Saka Dawa Duchen.
All of the Monks returned to the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana with big smiles on their faces, as they felt that they had performed the Pujas successfully at the Malaysian Buddhist centres.
During the Tibetan Saka Dawa auspicious Calendar, which spanned for over 15 days, HE Luding Khenpo led the Hevajra Sand Mandala Puja, which was performed over seven days at the Ngor Monastery Main Shrine Hall Temple.
At the same time, Antro Tulku Rinpoche led the Manjushri Gushe Samaja Sand Mandala at the Ngor Monastery Sakya Pandita shrine hall, which was also performed over seven days.
HE Tsartse Khen Rinpoche led the Vajra Panjara Sand Mandala Puja at the main Shrine Hall of the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana.
At the same time Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen led the Luhipa Chakrasambhava Sand Mandala Puja at the Library Hall of the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana and in the Conference Hall, Khenpo Tsega (Palden Zangpo) led the Samputa Sand Mandala Puja.
All of the Sand Mandala Pujas were conducted over seven days. The Monks from Ngor Monastery and the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana who performed the Pujas were very diligent as they recited and performed the Pujas very skilfully and whole-heartedly for the benefit of all mother sentient beings, our major sponsors, all students around the world and all family and friends of Ngor Monastery and the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana.
HE Luding Khenpo will visit the Sakya Monastery at Bylakuppe in Bangalore, India on 13 May 2012. Here Rinpoche will be giving three major empowerments; the Hevajra Cause Empowerment, Chakrasambhava Empowerment, Yamataka Vajra Bharava Empowerment, Vajrayogini Blessing, Vairocanna Empowerment, the Three Red Deities Empowerment from the Sakya Golden Teaching and other initiations. Rinpoche will be consecrating the Monastery, new and old images and will also perform various pujas requested by the South India monasteries.
To conclude the visit HE Luding Khen Rinpoche will generously perform a long life initiation for the people of the Bylakuppe Tibetan settlement. Rinpoche will then return to Ngor Ewam Choedan Monastery, Manduwala on 10 June 2012, to perform the annual Hevajra and four individual Sand Mandala Pujas. Thereafter Rinpoche will again return to South India and the Mundgog Sakya Monastery for one month, where Rinpoche will conduct various pujas and empowerments.
The Sakya Institute of Vajrayana (SIV) is delighted to share our good news that since the launch of our Foundation in June 2011, three volumes of Root Tantra Texts have been fully sponsored by our generous patrons.
We continue to celebrate in the Dragon Year of 2012 that SIV will print approximately 30 of the outstanding 70 volumes of commentaries and clarifications of Root Tantra Texts. The index for the Root Tantra Texts was set down by the Late Most Venerable Khenchen Appey Rinpoche. We would like to acknowledge the generosity of our sponsors that made this publication possible.
In January 2012 Rinpoche travelled to Nepal to attend the Tsa-Tsa ritual dedicated to the Late Most Venerable Khenchen Appey Rinpoche, which took place at the International Buddhist Acedemy (IBA), Kathmandu.
There was a three-day long life puja leading up to HE Luding Khenchen’s birthday. In attendance were HE Dungsey Ratna Vajra; HE Khangsa Shabdrung; all of the Ngor Monastery and Sakya Institue of Vajrayana khenpos and monks; Sakya nuns; and all the Tibetan community who came together to celebrate the auspicious birthday of HE Luding Khenchen.
At Sakya Mundgod Monastery, where HE Luding Khenpo is currently giving a series of empowerments and teachings, there was a big celebration for the long life of HE Luding Khenchen.
Sunday, 28 October 2012, was a most auspicious anniversary day for the Sakya Lineage as it was the anniversary for Khon Konchok Gyalpo - the first Sakya Trizin, Ngor Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, and HE Luding Khenchen’s birthday making this the triple gem of Sakya’s great masters. May HE Luding Khenchen continue to have profound good health and fulfil all of his aspirations for the benefit of all sentient beings.
On 7 February 2012, H.E Luding Khenchen & H.E Luding Khenpo and entourage, accompanied by an Australian registered nurse, travelled to Delhi for H.E Luding Khenchen's annual health review. All necessary tests conducted for H.E Luding Khenchen's wellbeing yielded positive results towards increasing longevity of H.E Luding Khenchen.
Ngor Monastery and Luding Labrang rejoice and we would like to thank all Monasteries and devotees both in India and abroad for praying for H.E Luding Khenchen's long life. We dedicate your prayers and aspirations towards all sentient beings happiness.
On 19 February 2012, HE Luding Khenchen Dorje Chang, HE Luding Khenpo with Sey Kushok and the Luding ladrang household went on pilgrimage to Bodhgaya to welcome the Tibetan Water Dragon Year. This was a very auspicious event as the first 15 days of Tibetan New Year are very important because they represent the period when Buddha performed miracles over 15 days.
On 22 February, the first day of Tibetan New Year in the early morning, Sey Kushok was freshly bathed and newly robed in monastic attire in the presence of the Luding sangha. The newly ordained Luding Shabdrung was at ease and majestic and a delight to behold.
At 9am, HE Luding Khenchen and HE Luding Khenpo, Luding Shabdrung and the Luding sangha walked to the main Stupa of Bodhgaya. The newly ordained monk, Luding Shabdrung, who was so happy and delighted to be in robes, made many offerings of alms bowls to Buddha Shakyamuni at the main Stupa. The offerings were filled with various honeys, fruits and nuts as well as rice, flowers, juice, sweets and bottled water.
Shortly after, HE Luding Khenchen, HE Luding Khenpo and Luding Shabdrung sat on the southern side of the main Stupa where HE Luding Khenchen lead the 16 Arhat Puja. During the Puja, HE Luding Khenpo offered many collections of mandala offerings filled with flower petals, yellowed saffron rice, fruits and nuts. Luding Shabdrung was happy and smiling throughout the Pujas and the whole day.
During the three-week stay at Bodhgaya, it became apparent to the sangha that Luding Shabdrung was naturally at ease in monks robes; he radiated joy and happiness and displayed kindness, courage and wisdom. This is indeed an auspicious sign, at an auspicious location, occurring on a most auspicious occasion.
This puja was inspired by H.E Luding Khenchen for the sole purpose of benefiting sentient beings. Rinpoche’s aim is to bring peace to all sentient beings amongst the difficulties and natural disasters currently taking place around the globe.
The puja is being lead by HE Luding Khenchen, Luding Khenpo, Thartse Khenpo, Khangsar Shabdrung and the two Khenpo’s from the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana. The puja is being held in Donge Shri Silvitsal (Cooling Park) at Mahakala Place (Tibetan: Palgon Shal Shi Pa), near Bodhgaya during Tibetan Losar and is scheduled to commence on the 1st of March 2012, the year of the Water Dragon.
A collective group of over 150 sangha, made up of senior monks from Ngor Monastery, students from Sakya Institute of Vajrayana and sangha from other Monasteries will gather together to perform the Four Face Mahakala Puja. The duration of the puja will be 7 days.
On the 8-10 March, the Luding sangha conducted the recitation of the 16 Arhat Pujas under the Bodhi tree where the Thatagaba Bagawan Shakyamuni Buddha attained Enlightenment 2,500 years ago. Our monastery grandly decorated the whole Stupa with fresh garlands of flowers and it was a wonderful sight to see for everyone who visited the Stupa at Bodhgaya.
The pujas were auspiciously peaceful in the beginning, middle and end. The grand conclusion was magnificent. Hundreds of khatas and offerings of token money were made to all the monks, the Theravadin and Mahayana sangha as well as to visiting sangha from Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and western countries.
Luding Khenchen Dorje Chang, HE Luding Khenpo and the sangha members from Ngor Monastery and Sakya Institute of Vajrayana were happy with their efforts and pray that all the wishes of sentient beings be spontaneously fulfilled.