Dalai Lama to visit Zanskar in July 2012

Friday, June 29th, 2012
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Teachings in Padum, Zanskar (Ladakh), J&K, India in July: His Holiness will be giving a two-day teaching on Gyalsey Thokmay Sangpo’s 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva (gyalsey laklen sodunma) and Geshe Langri Thangpa’s Eight Verses on Training the Mind (lojong tsik gyema) around the last week of July. The exact dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

Teachings in Leh (Ladakh), J&K, India in August: His Holiness will be giving a four-day teaching on Tsongkhapa’s The Three Principal Paths (lamtso namsum) and Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (jangchup lamdron) around the first week of August. He will also confer an Avalokiteshvera Initiation (thukje chenpo jigten wangchuk wang). The exact dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.


Peace Ling News

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Dear Well-wishers of Peace Ling Center.

Here is some progress on the Peace Ling project.

Last year we appointed a local man to take care of and slowly start the Peace Ling project, leveling the ground and collecting materials. Unfortunately he has gone abroad, so is no longer working for the project. It is hard to find another trustworthy person to take responsibility for the project. I am still working as the accountant of Drepung Gomang monastery as part of a three-year service that will end in January 2014. Until then I cannot leave the office, even for a single day. The monastery is located in South India near the famous city Goa, and is eight days and nights’ journey from Ladakh. I have requested many builders and engineers to help build the project but all my requests have had no results. I have learnt the great lesson that I will have to do the building myself, rather than relying on others. Therefore the project will have to wait until I am free from the service to the monastery. This means all Peace Ling well-wishers will have to be patient for another two years before seeing the project in action. Nevertheless, one thing is for sure: We will have a Peace Ling Center where we will welcome you all in peace.

Mandala Explained

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

MANDALA EXPLAINED

According to Tibetan Buddhist history, the purpose, meaning and the techniques involved in the spiritual art of the sand Mandala painting were taught by Buddha Sakyamuni in the 6th century B. C. in India. The subject of a Tibetan sand painting is known in Sanskrit as a Mandala. In general all mandala’s have outer, inner and secret meanings. On the outer level they represent the world in its divine form; on the inner level they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into enlightened mind; and on the secret level they depict the primordially perfect balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear light dimension of the mind. The creation of a sand painting is said to effect purification and healing on these three levels.

Creation Process

creation-mandalaMandala can be visualized, painted or constructed from wood, precious jewels, rice, flower and so forth. From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite because of its number and the great skill required to create the mandala’s exquisite details. In Tibetan this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means “Mandala of colored powders

Before laying down the sand, the monks assigned to the project will draw the geometric measurements associated with the Mandala. The sand granules are then applied using small tubes, funnels, and scrapers, until the desired pattern over-top is achieved.

Ritual destruction

destruction-mandalaTraditionally most sand mandala’s are destroyed shortly after their completion Since the sand mandala’s are created in the spirit of impermanence and non attachment of live, after they are completed, they are dismantled with a ceremony and swept up placed in an urn carried to a nearby water and offered to the body of water The waters then carry the healing energies to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing for the benefit of marine life, the environment and all sentient beings.

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