Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Birthday to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama!

July 6th 2015 is HHDL's 80th Birthday!

Happy Birthday to HHDL at the Glastonbury Festival this last weekend!
The Central Somerset Gazette published some of his quotes for inspiration:

 “If there is a 'Oneness of Humanity', then there is no basis to kill. I love my life. Everyone has the right to live happily. Most problems are created by man. Killing, bullying, cheating exploitation. We have to find long term solutions. This very difficult.
 “The existing education system is very much orientated about material values. This creates anger, hate. negative thinking … If we continue teaching on the value of external, material values it will be hard to find solution.”
 “Inner value needs to be added to education from university to kindergarten. From kindergarten right up to university. I think it’s better to include some moral education.”
 “The long term solution of man-made problems we must look at education, about warm-heartedness or sense of care.”
“The gap between rich and poor is not only morally wrong, but practically wrong.”
 “Keep inner strength and then utilise common sense and look at things realistically.”
 If he could have a day off from being Dalai Lama, he would go back to his farming village and drive a tractor.
 “We are all human, we all have the same potential, potential for positive or potential for negative”

Monday, June 1, 2015

Saga Dawa!

June 2nd, is the full moon day of the sacred month of Saga Dawa, the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. This is the most sacred day of the year in Tibetan Buddhism, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (death) of the Buddha, and it is believed that all positive and negative actions are multiplied by 100 million as a result.

Traditionally, the holy day and month of Saga Dawa Düchen is observed through practice, generosity, and the performance of meritorious deeds. Sojin, the practice of Life Release, is commonly performed by purchasing animals that are destined to be killed (like worms, crickets, or fish), and releasing them into their natural habitats with prayers and positive aspirations. The act of giving life in this way is believed to extend the practitioner or benefactor's lifespan and create positive circumstances.  Another excellent way to make an offering of life on this special day is to observe a vegetarian diet, a common tradition during the month of Saga Dawa. You can also take an extended vow, creating vast merit through your noble aspiration to reduce suffering.

We would also like to ask that you please remember Nepal on this Saga Dawa Düchen. Although much of the media buzz has settled down, the people of Nepal are still in desperate need of aid in the aftermath of the severe earthquakes experienced over the past couple of months, which claimed more than 8,000 lives and left countless others injured and without food or shelter. If you are able to, please consider making a donation to one of the many reputable organizations tirelessly offering relief on the ground in Nepal, helping to rebuild this sacred region after so much destruction and heartache. A few such organizations are Matthieu Ricard's Karuna Shechen, and Doctors Without Borders. A.S.I.A foundation:  and


Canary Islands, Spain - International Gar for the DZC

Dear All,

Only a few days left till the completion of the weekly online project to raise funds for the construction of our new Gonpa at Dzamling Gar.

(!) Please, see the bids made by other participants below each forms.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu created wonderful and marvelous Jewelery that gives Beauty and Protection to our life. Done by Rinpoche's own hands and power. When we Participate on this Auction we are helping to create the New Gönpa of Dzamling Gar a place where the Dzogchen Teachings will flourish to benefit beings for now and future generations.

The joy of participating together with the whole Dzogchen Community to build this Auspicious Sacred Place comes with one more gift from Rinpoche, one of the infinite gifts that He gives to all of us, if we win, we will have a Jewel done by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.