Noticias de Rinpoche!!!

Letter from DPR, December 21, 2009.
Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Dear Sangha Friends,

I recently had the great fortune to visit and spend time with my guru Khenpo Rinpoche at Tek Chok Ling in Kathmandu, Nepal. Rinpoche is doing very well and he is cheerful and happy to see students and give teachings. I, along with six other students arrived in Kathmandu on November 16. We had daily audiences with Rinpoche in the morning and received profound instructions in doha form. Students also had the chance to ask questions and Rinpoche answered them perfectly in doha verses, just as before. With his instructions, we also sang and danced as before. Rinpoche gave further instructions on how to dance. Rinpoche is also teaching the nuns occasionally and we were so lucky to have Rinpoche at one of the evening Tara dance practices of the nuns. As requested by the head nuns during my stay at Tek Chok Ling, and with the permission of Rinpoche, I taught the nuns on various topics, including Khenpo Rinpoche's guru yoga that was written by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.
DPR at Pharping, Nepal
Rinpoche spends his time resting in the nature of mind retreat when he isn't seeing students or engaging with his close disciples and personal staff. I also met many of Rinpoche's disciples from the east and the west. They were also enjoying the true presence and instructions of our beloved father guru, who is the Buddha in person for us. As always, Rinpoche continues to manifest as a very spontaneous, unconventional, and uncompromising true vajra guru. His true, attachment-free love and compassion for beings is shining as brightly as ever with the sharp wisdom of his Buddha mind.

I was extremely happy to see the completion of the new nunnery, Tek Chok Ling and the Dhondrup Guesthouse. It was beautifully designed by an American architect named Lama Tenzin. The construction was directed by Chime Dorje, the son of Rinpoche's late general secretary, Karma Dargye. The nunnery is maintained and overseen beautifully by the Ani Lopon, Jampa Chozom. Rinpoche is served and cared for deeply by the nuns and his personal attendant and secretary Tsepak Dorje, another son of Rinpoche's late general secretary. Rinpoche is enjoying his presence there and is in good hands.

I wanted to share this cheerful news with all my dharma brothers and sisters of the lineage. Here are some pictures and one of the seven dohas that Rinpoche spontaneously spoke, which I had the fortune to write down. Please enjoy and continue to serve our lineage and our guru, Vajradhara Dechen Rangdrol.

With love,

A Dreamlike Song of Appearance-Emptiness

Appearances in samsara and nirvana, in all their variety,
Are appearance-emptiness, like a dream.

Appearances of enemies and friends, in all their variety,
Are appearance-emptiness, like a dream.

Appearances of joy and pain, in all their variety,
Are appearance-emptiness, like a dream.

Appearances of existence and nonexistence, in all their variety,
Are appearance-emptiness, like a dream.

Appearances of "it is" and "it is not," in all their variety,
Are appearance-emptiness, like a dream.

In sum, everything in samsara and nirvana
Is appearance-emptiness, like a dream.

When you know this, what you know is equality.
When you get used to this, equality is what you realize.
If you reflect well in this way,
That's contemplation on equality's meaning.

When you know appearance-emptiness, like an illusion,
You'll realize all the meanings of equality.

At Tekchok Ling in Nepal, Dechen Rangdrol spoke these verses extemporaneously to
some Taiwanese disciples. [November 19, 2009.]

These verses were written down by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and translated by Tyler Dewar of the Nitartha Translation Network.


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