Friday March 18 7pm - 9pm Introduction to the Bardo Teachings
Living and Dying Consciously - Path to a Meaningful Life
By knowing how to live consciously with inner peace and compassion for self and others, we can begin to understand the
bardo (intermediate) states. There is the possibility of being of help to others during the death process. Also, at death,
there is an opportunity for encountering our own Buddha Nature (Clear Light) and attaining Ultimate Enlightenment at that
time. The Object: Ultimate Enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient Beings.
Sat March 19 10am - 12 noon Vajrasattva Empowerment (wang)
2pm - 4pm Vajrasattva Teaching (lung and tri)
4 pm Refuge (About Empowerments and Refuge)
Understanding and actualization of Vajrasattva practice is vitally important and is one of the most esoteric practices in the
Nam Chö lineage and Nyingma tradition. Vajrasattva practice and actualization is one of the Dzogchen Foundational Practice
From the Nam Chö: Buddha in the Palm of the Hand and is the basis of the Guhyagarbha Tantra (Secret Essence of Magical
Net). The Guhyagarbha Tantra (also known as Vajrasattva Magical Net) is one of the main Inner Tantric texts in the Nyingma
tradition and Palyul lineage. Vajrasattva is representative of the 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities embodied in each sentient
being (See Shitro Empowerment) and also represents the Union of Compassion and Skillful Means. Sattva translates as
‘spiritual hero or heroine’ and Vajra translates as 'diamond thunderbolt' (unbreakable and pure energy). Vajrasattva
represents the aspects of compassion and skillful means; and the state of perfected wisdom, in Union for the ultimate goal of
Absolute Compassion and Wisdom (Enlightenment). Vajrasattva Mantra and 100 Syllable Mantra
Sun March 20 10am - 12 noon Shitro: 100 Deity Empowerment (wang)
2pm - 4pm Shitro Teaching (Bardo Practice) (lung and tri)
4pm Guru Rinpoche Tsog and Refuge
As one of the major Nam Chö lineage dzogchen transmissions, this empowerment is an opportunity to directly encounter one's
own Buddha Nature (True Nature of Mind or Absolute True Nature of Reality). The Shitro 100 Deity Empowerment/Teaching is
closely related to the Guhyagarbha Tantra (Secret Essence of Magical Net). The Guhyagarbha Tantra (also known as
Vajrasattva Magical Net) is one of the main Inner Tantric texts in the Nyingma tradition and Palyul lineage.
Shitro, which translates as the Peaceful and Wrathful Bardo Deities, is a blessing and transmission of the 100 Peaceful and
Wrathful Deities of the Bardo. As the foundation of the Bardo Thodöl, the Shitro is considered part of the Inner Tantra
teachings. The Shitro empowerment is an initiation into the 100 Peaceful and Wrathful symbolic deities that personify each
practitioner's skandhas (aggregates of form, perception, feeling, mental volitions and consciousness) and the great elements
(wind, fire, water and earth). At the moment of death, the elements dissolve and their nature arises as after-death visions.
The Bardo Teaching instructions provide us with a body of techniques and practices by which we can recognize the mind's
True Nature and achieve liberation. The benefits of receiving the empowerment, practicing it and reciting the mantra are
many. With actualization of the practice, practitioners can recognize the stages of the Bardo as they occur, will not fall into
lower existences, and have the possibility to attain liberation from cyclic existence and Buddhahood.
Monday March 21 7pm - 9pm The Bardo Teachings, Part I
Tuesday March 22 7pm - 9pm The Bardo Teachings, Part II
The study of death and dying is one of the most urgent and important study in which a living practitioner can engage.
The Object: Ultimate Enlightenment. Meditators study the stages of death in order to gain intimate knowledge of them,
since a person familiar with the death experience is less likely to be frightened when death finally arrives. Also, this
knowledge can be invaluable when helping others with the dying process and beyond. But possibly even more more
importantly, knowledge of these subtle states of consciousness enable the accomplished meditation practitioner to
recognize the Clear Light of one's own Buddha Nature at the instant of death and thus become fully liberated and awakened:
achieving Ultimate Enlightenment at the moment of death for the benefit of all sentient Beings.
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‘Dana’: Donations to the Teacher
The only ‘salary’ Khenpo Rinpoche receives is the donations of students.
All funds from the door fees go directly to defraying Khenpo Rinpoche’s travel and lodging costs and
for Program expenses. These funds are the operating expenses for the teaching event.
All workers at the event are volunteers and accept no fees for their time.
In Tibetan Buddhist tradition (and many other spiritual traditions) it is considered ‘good karma’
to make a personal donation to a teacher who has helped clarify spiritual understanding and awareness.
The amount is not as important as the action of donating.
The motivation for dana (giving), one of the Buddhist Six Perfections* (paramitas), is utterly pure -
free from all desire, conceit or misguided views. Thus in the perfection of giving one should seek no return for oneself
and be impartial, like the sun: that casts its radiance over all without a hint of favor.
In ultimate terms, there is no giver, no recipient and nothing is given - yet we still give! This is an important insight.
Generosity is a positive virtue we can practice even when the time is not available for study or meditation.
It is a good way of developing a shift away from basically egocentric orientation.
The ego is always trying to expand its province by accumulating,
whereas to freely give is to reverse this 'I'- building process so that for once the energy flows the other way.
Naturally, one may gain merit from giving, but even this can be given away to benefit all sentient beings.
Many who start practicing generosity report the sense of joy it brings.
*The Six Perfections:
(1) Generosity - Giving without seeking reward
(2) Virtue (Moral Discipline) - Eliminating self-centeredness and not harming others
(3) Patience - Being tolerant and forgiving of self and others
(4) Effort - Practicing Buddhist principles despite adversity
(5) Meditation - Stabilizing and calming the mind
(6) Wisdom - Living in accordance with the true nature of things
All human beings want happiness and want to avoid suffering. Human beings desire happiness, but in fact they are
creating the causes for suffering. Since the teachings explain happiness as being the result of a peaceful mind,
in order to become happy it is necessary to train the mind. When practicing the Six Perfections the mind is trained
to perfection. The bonus is that the practice of the perfections also benefits other people, not only oneself.
If the goal is that of a bodhisattva to attain enlightenment for the sake of all living beings,
the practice of the Six Perfections is indispensable.
"Take advantage of this human boat; free yourself from sorrow's mighty stream!
This vessel will be later hard to find. The time that you have now, you fool, is not for sleep!"
Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, chapter VII, verse 14
Venerable Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
Spiritual Director of Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Dallas
More detailed biography at: www.palyul.org/eng_biokhenpo_tsewanggyatso.htm
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Venerable Khenchen (Head Professor) Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche is a distinguished lama of the Nyingma tradition of
Tibetan Buddhism and one of the three senior Khenpos (Professors) at Ngagyur Institute at Namdroling Monastery in
Bylakuppe, India; where he is responsible for the last three years of training for Buddhist shedra (seminary) students.
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche has been our best-kept 'secret' in the US for many years! His ability to simply and
easily explain and teach even the most complicated concepts has led to his teaching commitments growing
expotentially beyond the US. This year, he is traveling and teaching in India, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong,
The Phillipines, Germany and Australia, as well as the US.
Many people here in Dallas are not aware: Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche has been recognized by the Dalai Lama
for his Buddhist academic scholarship. At Namdroling (the main Palyul monastery in Bylakuppe, South India and home
of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche), Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso ranks 3rd out of 3000 monks and lamas - in terms of
academic achievement, personal understanding of the practice, responsibilities (co-director of the senior students'
study at Buddhist seminary - shedra - at Ngagyur Institute at Namdroling Monastery) - and in terms of respect from his
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche has received all of the major lineage empowerments and transmissions of the
Nyingma school and has done intensive dzogchen practice under the guidance of His holiness Penor Rinpoche and
other eminent dzogchen masters including Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.
His Holiness Penor Rinpoche (founder and head of Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe, India, see www.palyul.org) has
authorized Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche to represent Namdroling Monastery and to teach, confer
empowerments and to give personal instruction in Buddhist practice. He is the representative of His Holiness Penor
Rinpoche in the US.
The head of the Palyul lineage (and former head of the Nyingma lineage, retired), His Holiness Penor Rinpoche
(www.palyul.org), has personally chosen Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche as the most qualified lama to teach and
found Palyul dharma centers in the West. Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche has been traveling and teaching in the
US for almost 20 years, speaks excellent English, and is a very engaging and humorous speaker. He also has the rare
and precious ability to speak to all levels of students at once.
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche and His Holiness Penor Rinpoche will be spending one month with US students this
July-August at the annual Palyul summer retreat. The retreat is located at Palyul Ling Retreat Center in upstate NY,
more details at www.palyul.org
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche’s fluent English, sense of humor and deep insight into Western culture make him a
reputable and popular teacher.
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Living and Dying Consciously: Bardo* Teachings
*Bardo: The Intermediate State After Death or During Dreaming
Living Consciously with Inner Peace and Compassion;
Dying with Dignity, Inner Peace and Calm Awareness
Impermanence is one of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths; and also the truth that human beings struggle with most.
A significant and unique part of Tibetan Buddhist teachings are the texts and teachings on the Bardo:
the intermediate states.
There are bardos of dreaming and meditative states. Of urgent interest to the Western world are the Tibetan Buddhist
teachings on helping the dying and deceased – and oneself – to achieve inner peace, release from suffering and
complete Enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. There are specific measures for comforting the dying
and praying for the deceased, as outlined in the Bardo Thodol.
This text was inaccurately translated in the early 20th century as ‘The Tibetan Book of the Dead”
(copying the title of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, then-popular as a result of the excavation of King Tut’s tomb).
The accurate translation is “The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Intermediate State”.
The living benefit from living their lives with inner peace and compassion with wisdom for the benefit of
self and all others. And from preparing for their own impermanence with mindfulness, inner peace,
positive view and acceptance. Tibetan Buddhist practitioners (and others) engage in spiritual practice
to achieve Enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.