Day 1 : Welcoming the Karmapa

He is here. Three years after his last visit to Dhagpo, Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the XVIIth Gyalwa Karmapa, has returned to his European seat for five days of teachings, transmission and practice! This Monday morning, several hundred people arrived to partake of this exceptional opportunity being offered.

​Very early, the day began under the best […]

Some Friendly Advice for Meeting a Bodhisattva

Meeting a bodhisattva is a form of practice
One can summarize the Buddha’s teaching in multitudes of ways. Practicing the dharma involves changing our habits and dissipating obscurations of the mind, in other words, changing our way of understanding to leave space for wisdom. If we take inspiration from Gampopa, the path unfolds in four steps:

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By |July 24th, 2015|An exceptional visit from Karmapa, by Puntso, the sense|0 Comments

When Practice Expresses Gratitude…

Initially intended to last three weeks, but shortened to accommodate Karmapa’s visit at the end of the month, a grand accumulation of the mantra of compassion—also called the “vast accumulation of gratitude”—began July 11 and will conclude on July 22. Free and open to all, this activity takes place daily from ten am to noon […]

By |July 20th, 2015|40 years here and now, practice|0 Comments

Khenpo Chödrak Rinpoche: An Invitation to Journey…through Study

What is there to say about some one who spent twelve years of his life studying Buddhist linguistics, dialectics, philosophy, and epistemology and then completed his knowledge with six years of study of the tantras?

What is there to say about some one who is currently one of the principal teachers of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa?

What […]

Trinley Rinpoche’s Homage to Shamarpa

More than one year after Shamarpa’s departure (June 11), as we approach the anniversary of his cremation (July 31), his memory remains as bright as ever in the minds of all those who had the opportunity to meet him—many times for certain among us. Few people had the chance to know him as well as […]

By |July 15th, 2015|40 years here and now, practice, the sense|0 Comments

The Rescue of Seventy Quails

Last Sunday was once again the opportunity to come together for the practice of Saving Lives as part of Dhagpo’s 40th anniversary: a memorable moment during Trinley Rinpoche’s course.

This practice connects us with the passage of time, the value of life, and its precious and impermanent nature. Life release reminds us of the importance of […]

By |July 15th, 2015|40 years here and now, practice|0 Comments

The Land of Tales Comes to Dhagpo

During Dongsung Shabdrung Rinpoche’s teaching this weekend, June 27 and 28, Saturday took on the feeling of a gathering by the fireside. An evening of “Tales of Wisdom,” had been organized. Free and open to all, the event was intended for ages seven and up. Originally conceived to raise funds for the Institute, in the […]

By |July 5th, 2015|40 years here and now, event reporting|0 Comments

Gratitude for Impermanence? Why Not!

A question arises: Why have a teaching on impermanence among the events celebrating Dhagpo’s fortieth anniversary? Because these are forty years of training in “inner wealth” that we are celebrating. And one of the means of cultivating inner wealth is by contemplating impermanence. Gratitude for impermanence! Can we say it? Why not; it is also […]

By |June 26th, 2015|by Puntso, the sense|0 Comments

Remembering Shamar Rinpoche: One Student’s Personal Account

So, Shamarpa died a year ago. At Dhagpo, we devoted this time between the two dates of his departure (in the Tibetan and Western calendars) to practice in his memory, to connect with him, and for his swift return.
It is still hard for me to figure out what his death means. The man I knew, […]

By |June 11th, 2015|40 years here and now, event reporting, practice|0 Comments

Nurturing The Connection: Commemorations of Shamar Rinpoche’s Parinirvana

Celebrating an anniversary is a group affair. We gather together around an event in order to nurture a shared memory. The reminder, the awareness, the gratitude that we practice individually in this way become collective. This is why the celebrations of the first anniversary of the parinirvana of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche are important for all […]

By |June 2nd, 2015|by Puntso, practice, the sense|0 Comments