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December 2005 Issue (Issue No. 5)

Articles include:

SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT RELIGION (Advice from the Gyalwang Drukpa)... "When we enter a temple, church or place of worship, we trap ourselves inside a box of conservativeness as we try to be very proper. It's better to be proper than improper, but at the same time you shouldn't be trapped or carried away by nonsense. That's why I always say that religion, any kind of religion, should not be regarded or practiced conservatively. It should always be treated as a kind of spiritual body that has both a heart and a brain. If a person has a body with no heart, it's no good even if the rest of the body is excellent...."

LINEAGE AND GURUS (An interview with His Eminence the Ninth Choegon Rinpoche Chokyi Sengye)... "A root guru or tsawei lama is the one who opens your heart of enlightenment. For example, I have been following one Rinpoche and he has been giving me oral instructions on Mahamudra all the time, but it was not until I met another Rinpoche who by the snap of his fingers, that my true nature was awakened. There is a strong karmic link, and this snapping of fingers or saying of one word opens the heart at that instant due to a blessing that has strong karmic conenction, and you are enlightened. That is what we call our root guru or tsawei lama. But until the moment of awakening comes, you practice.

BODHICITTA AND ATTACHMENT (A Short Teaching by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa)... "There are many different kinds of emotions. Emotions are not something separate from our own mind but, of course, we see them as being very different and separate because we do not really recognize the mind right now. Sometimes we get angry and jealous or feel very happy and excited - all kinds of oups and downs. Actually, we do not understand what we are going through, who we are, who is really angry or happy, who is feeling down or excited; what is really happening..."

A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE HEMIS MONASTERY (by Lobsang Thargay)... "Among the innumerable common disciples of the fifth Gyalwang Drukpa, Pagsam Wangpo (1593-1653), and the first Yongdzin Rinpoche, Lhatsewa Ngawang Zangpo, were forty-five outstanding disciples who attained enlightenment. One of them was the first Taktsang Rinpoche - Taktsang Repa ngawang Gyatso (1573-1651)..., a reincarnation of the great Indian Siddha Shawaripa and of the great Tibetan yogi Milarepa...."

NAMO BUDDHA (by Ven. Khenpo Losal Zangpo)... "Namo Buddha is one of the three holy Buddhist stupas in Nepal. Actually, in Tibetan we call it Tagmo Lujin. Tagmo means 'tigress' and Lujin means 'body offering', so you can say that Tagmo Lujin means 'Body Offering to the Tigress'. It has great relevance to one of Buddha Shakyamuni's past lives as a price, called Mahasattva (Nyingtob Chenpo in Tibetan), who offered his body to a hungry tigress..."

BEAUTY REVEALED (by Elisabeth McCrae)... "It was whilst I was attending the magnificent and awe-inspiring ceremony of the Six Ornaments of Naropa in Shey, Ladakh in July of last year, that I became aware of a huge misunderstanding that I had been living with: that compassion is the very foundation of all existence, therefore fear no longer has any grounding and we can, from this view, trust confidently that the power of our actions are both effective and beneficial. This may seem quite natural to many of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa's students, but it is the nature of this unconditional compassion (genuine insight into the ultimate nature of reality, appreciation of impermanence, awareness of suffering), as well as its presence deep within the heart of life, that became very real to me during the preparation for the ceremony of the wearing of the Six Ornaments of Naropa, as well as during the actual ceremony itself..."


His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa and Ven. Rigden Rinpoche at Emei Mountain

His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa with devotees at Five Peaks Mountain

Total number of pages: 140pp

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