Tseyang Khatrod, the Union of Long-Life and Wealth-Gathering Practices

Long Life Vase with Seed Syllable Hri

It is said that one winter, a long time ago, Guru Rinpoche traveled to a land in Tibet where people were suffering from poverty. Their king requested Guru Rinpoche to do a Dzambhala practice to free them from suffering. Guru Rinpoche miraculously manifested himself as Orgyen Khandro Norlha, and he become Lama Norlha, the lama of all Dzambhalas. Through his blessing, the land started to become wealthy and people never even heard the name of poverty again. That is why this Lama Norlha practice is usually requested by kings to eliminate obstacles of the land, attract and gather people, wealth and food, and to bring good fortune.

Tibetan Treasure Vases

Guru Rinpoche gave specific instructions for the creation of treasure vases to assist with the healing of the environment and the restoration of vital energy for the many beings and realms during these degenerate times. Before Guru Rinpoche left Tibet, he concealed Lama Norlha’s practice texts in different places and asked the dakinis and protectors to safeguard them until tertöns recovered them and passed them to their disciples.

Tsokey Thukthik Thankga (L)  Orgyan Khandro Norlha (R)

The Vajrayana Foundation Annual Summer Retreat May 26 – June 28, 2023
will begin with the practice of Tseyang Khatrod, the
Union of Long Life and Wealth-Gathering
practices  May 26 – June 3.

The Tseyang Khatrod Empowerment with Tulku Thadral Rinpoche will be on May 26th. Tseyang Khatrod Practice, Oral Reading Transmission, and Teaching Sessions will be May 27 – June 2 and a Treasure Vase Consecration on June 3. There are options to join Tulku Thadral Rinpoche, Tulku Jamyang Rinpoche and Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche by in-person at Pema Osel Ling or by streaming.

The Tsokye Thukthik cycle of practices were revealed from the profound expanse wisdom mind of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, Guru Rinpoche’s regent in our time. Tsokye Thukthik has the most extraordinary blessings of all Ladrup (Lama accomplishment) practices. The warm breath of the dakinis has not faded from it; there has been no chance for damaged samaya to interfere with it; it has extremely fresh wisdom blessings, and the flow of the river of its lineage blessings is uninterrupted. This cycle contains outer, inner, secret, and innermost secret accomplishment practices of the Lama, Guru Rinpoche. The secret accomplishment practice of Tsokye Thukthik is a longevity practice with Guru Rinpoche in union with Mandarava, and will be practiced with the inner accomplishment practice, Orgyen Khandro Norlha, Guru Rinpoche in the form of a wealth deity.

For more information and registration visit Vajrayana Foundation.


Faith & Devotion

Ivan Bercholz

We in the west have a very hard time with faith, we want to be self-sufficient, self-motivated, self, self, self, self. We are very self-oriented. Faith is viewed as a weakness, a pitfall of the ignorant. Many see faith as a form of ignorance in modernity, I assume that it’s partially because of those on the Christian Right ignoring common sense and making morally questionable decisions based on their “faith”. There’s also the idea that faith is a precursor to science. That science is where trust should be placed and that religious faith and devotion is a remnant of times past to deal with the unknown. Regardless of the reasoning, faith is seen as a path of ignorance. It’s also my experience that many Western Buddhist practitioners feel somewhat superior to the many Asian practitioners that have faith instilled at a young age without much understanding. Doing many things that westerners consider to be superstitious. I feel that this is a shame, because pure faith is a beautiful quality. It’s the gateway to the opening of spiritual qualities and accomplishment. It takes us out of our egocentric frame point of reality and opens us up to the possibility of egolessness. We’ll get more into the different kinds of faith later in the week, and why it’s actually a very logical skillful means in Vajrayana that does not make it a product of the two extremes.
When you look to the great scholar/saints of our tradition, they may all manifest very differently in their activity, but there is a very common thread in all of them: devotion. They all, no matter how high their realization, have immense and palpable devotion in their own teachers, in lineage of teachers that came before, in the Buddha, in the teachings and the efficacy of practice. If these great accomplished masters have and display such devotion, certainly we must try to emulate that as well. But faith can’t be manufactured, it’s not just a decision. Oh, I will now have devotion. done. 

It’s very much a quality and feeling that needs to be developed. But in order for it to develop, there needs to be an opening, a willingness. 
If a door is closed and locked, guests can’t enter a home. If our mind is closed to devotion, blessings cannot be received. While it’s most ideal for the doorway of devotion to already be open when one starts on the Vajrayana path, if there is a willingness, an crack of openness, then it is certainly a quality that can and will develop through the beautiful practice of Ngondro. 
One major difference in the western world, when it comes to how we relate to Dharma, is that the seed of devotion that was instilled from infancy in children from Buddhist countries in the past in Tibet, China, India, etc, mostly isn’t present here, even in Buddhist households. In modernity, most have faith in science and “common sense”, and veer toward the extreme of nihilism. Some others feel burned by their previous faith or their parents faith in a theistic tradition that just doesn’t feel right to them and want to get away from that way of thinking. For those coming from different spiritual backgrounds, at least there is a the seed of what it’s like to have faith, and for them the primary obstacle is getting beyond the extreme of eternalism. Rinpoche says very clearly in Cascading that the quality of faith, even if in an eternalist tradition, is much better than the extreme of nihilism because there is an opening there. 
So, in Vajrayana practice, where faith and devotion are paramount, many of us are somewhat starting at a disadvantage. But that’s fine and the good news is that it’s never too late. 
Developing devotion will look different for all of us according to our karma. Some can develop confidence in the teachers and teachings through analytical study, by learning the pitfalls of samsara and the skillful means of the Buddhist path to extricate beings from suffering. From that understanding faith and devotion can take root. For some it’s more intuitive. We may encounter a special being and be stopped by their presence and how they live the teachings fully. This was very much my path. 
Regardless, it will be subtly different for all of us and that’s okay. All that I’m trying to get across here is how paramount faith is on Vajrayana path, and hopefully you will keep an openness to the idea of it’s benefit if the door was previously closed. At the very least, we should not look down on it. 
If the seed is there, or openness to it, then we can be fertile ground for the practice of Ngondro to till our fields of awakening. If there is no seed, no glimmer of openness, then there is no chance for the bountiful crop of blessings to penetrate our hearts and the positive qualities of this wonderful practice to take root.
Ivan Bercholz of Shambhala Publications is the Executive Vice President and Publisher of Bala Kids. He is also a Faculty Member of the Vajrayana Foundation Dudjom Tersar Ngondro Program 

The Essence of all Paths, Lama’i Naljor or Guru Yoga

Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

The essence of Kuntuzangpo’s inconceivable object of sublime appearances of skillful means as dharmata is the actual empty nature of great prajna, Kuntuzangmo. Unchanging throughout the three times, this limitless sphere of space, which is the source of the manifesting and gathering of all Buddhas, is not from the path of learning and practice.

This is the enlightened Lama who has attained the non dual union of Vajradhara, which only means the result of Buddha, the Three Kayas. Therefore, the term yoga is not appropriate in this context. It is for those practitioners who have the joy of devotion and diligence to try to achieve the state of the enlightened Lama.

Whatever Dharma is practiced, the subject who is the practitioner is practicing in order to increase and enhance the union of skilfful means, or phenomena, and prajna, or emptiness, which is for the benefit of the practitioner. That is why this is called Yoga.

In a brief way, all yogas are contained in the two yanas: the causal yana, or Mahayana tradition, and the result yana, or Vajrayana tradition. The result yana of Vajrayana is as said in The Lamp of the Three Ways:

Even the understanding of one meaning excels beyond ignorance.

There are many methods, there is no hardship, And it belongs to those with keen faculties. So therefore, Vajrayana surpasses all other vehicles.

Thus, as it says, Vajrayana surpasses the causal vehicle with characteristics in these four ways.

In particular, as our incomparable Lord Buddha Shakyamuni said:

Do not rely on an ordinary individual; rely on Dharma.

Do not rely on the words; rely on their meaning.

Do not rely on relative truth; rely on absolute truth.

Do not rely on consciousness; rely on wisdom.

Thus, this teaching from the glorious voice of Buddha on the four ways of relying completely reveals the meaning of everything, which is the way of taking wisdom as the path and the pinnacle and king of all vehicles.

It is as said in The Precious Treasure of the Supreme Vehicle:

In the aim of the common, conceptual vehicle, even though mind is the basis, path, and result, all of these do not arrive at the meaning. In this vehicle of Vajrayana, wisdom is the basis, path, and result of Buddha, so by establishing wisdom, liberation from samsara is swift.

In other vehicles, although there is hope to attain enlightenment, the basis is the root of samsara, which is ordinary mind. Not only does that path take a long time, but the result is extremely difficult to accomplish because the way of establishing the basis is mistaken.

~ Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar
Shambhala Publishing 

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