Entries by drikungdharmasurya

A Message from His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche regarding the Rise of Environmental Challenges in the World

a This is a message to all the Buddhists in the world. In general, anyone who practices a religion, any religion, needs love and compassion. This love and compassion is to be directed towards all sentient beings: “May all sentient beings have happiness and may they be free from suffering.” Therefore, when people anywhere suffer […]

Nine Sublime Days with His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche – August 2015, Fairfax, Virginia

Purification and Obstacle Removal Shitro (100 Deities) Empowerment Six Bardos Teachings Special 4-day Stages of Meditation    DUE TO LIMITED SEATING, EVENT PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AT   aENGLISH and VIETNAMESE LANGUAGE TRANSLATION HOTELS and TRANSPORTATION to DDSC TEMPLE & GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY (Click for various Local Lodging Options) a Aug 13 – Aug 14, 2015: […]

Calm Abiding Meditation Instructions

Calm Abiding Meditation Instructions by Venerable Traga Rinpoche The topic of discussion this evening is calm abiding meditation or shamata meditation. So Rinpoche says he’ll explain the method for engaging in shamatha meditation briefly, without getting too extensive. But to begin with, at the outset of engaging in shamatha meditation, it is really important to […]

A River That Cannot Be Frozen

  You are so fortunate to have met the Dharma with devotion. The essence of Dharma is the two bodhicittas: relative bodhicitta is the noble mind focusing on others; ultimate bodhicitta is emptiness – looking at your own mind. If you find it difficult to see your own mind, it is due to obscurations which […]

Fundraising Projects

Preserve the Sky Burials at Gar Monastery DDSC_ Gar Cemetery-Preserving the Sky Burial His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche enthusiastically expressed the importance of the sacred burial ground, Gar Cemetery, and described the story of its creation. It is important to provide a sacred place filled with many blessings and to create a mandala where a body […]

Vows and Commitments

  To understand sacred commitments related to Vajrayana empowerments, it is necessary to place them in the general context of Buddhist vows. Refuge vows Those who follow Buddha’s teachings begin the path by first taking the refuge vows, placing themselves under the protection of the Three Jewels, the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Lay people and […]

The Dalai Lama on "Blessing"

The Dalai Lama: “Let me begin by explaining what we mean by blessing when we talk about a lama’s blessing or the blessing of the Dharma in the Buddhist context. Blessing must come from within your own mind. It is not something that comes from outside, even though we talk about a lama’s blessing or […]