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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tibetan Tsa-lung Yoga Exercise for a Healthly Mind and Body

Awakening the Sacred Body
by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Berkeley, San Francisco
 
 
In the second session of Rinpoche's teaching on Five Tsa-lung exercise on October 29, Rinpoche  introduced the first two tsa-lung practices. The practice is important to keep the five sacred chakras in our body clear and healthy in order to have the wind [prana] flow unobstructed. The five chakras are: crown, throat, heart, navel and secret chakra. The first Tsa-lung exercise is “Upward moving wind”; connecting the throat chakra with the crown chakra, i.e. throat to brain. The exercise is good to develop clarity and to enhance memory. Sit in a meditation posture, breath in and store it at the throat; turn or rotate your head right to left five times and left to right five times, coming back to the original position, breath out instantly from nostril. Mental aspect of this exercise is clearing the pain-speech. Here the visualization could be done on pain-speech. The concept of pain-speech is the negative stains due to bad speech: complaining, back biting, abusive speech, lying etc. Be aware or conscious of any pain-speech and do the exercise; when let out the breath from the nostril at the end, imagine all the negativities of the paid speech clearing out from the crown like a chimney smoking out.

Note the five chakras
The next Tsa-lung exercise is Inner tsa-lung. This activates and keeps the life force wind healthy and vibrant. Life force wind in Tibetan is sog-lung. It holds the life-force, and empowers our mind. Sitting a meditational posture with your hands on the hip, and breath in deeply and store it at the heart. Holding the breath raise your right hand and circle it over your head five times, and do it same by the left hand. Coming back to the same position, twist your right shoulder five times and your left shoulder five times; then breath out in one go from your nostril imagining all the obstacles and obscuration smoke out from the crown. [See the video]. Mental aspect of this exercise is clearing the pain-mind. All kind of crazy thought you have gets cleared. Positive result of this exercise is physically it keeps our heart healthy. Mentally, it enhances our confidence, mindfulness and energy. If the life-force is weak or gone, we become sick and we die. Drawing clear open attention to our heart is important. The exercise connects our heart chakra with the crown chakra; connecting heart and mind.

In the next two sessions in the month of November and December, Rinpoche will teach on the three Tsa-lung to awaken our mind and body.

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Geshe Dangsong teaching tsa-lung practice

Note: this is a student’s note. Error and omission cannot be ruled out. Serious students are advised to study the book “Awakening the Sacred Body” by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche    

 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tibetan Healing Yoga Exercises

Awakening the Sacred Body
By Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Sacred Stream, a spiritual community has organized a series of teaching based on the Rinpoche’s book “Awakening the Sacred Body” in Berkeley, San Francisco. The scheduled teachings are on: September 26, October 29, November 13 and December 11. It is a Tibetan Bon teaching of meditational yoga exercise to awaken and heal our body and mind through the practice of tsa-lung, [channel and wind] and breathing exercise. The teaching is a part of Magyu, Mother Tantra of Tibetan Bonpo spiritual tradition.  

In the first session: September 26, Rinpoche taught on the nine purification breathing exercises to clear and purify the three scared channels within our body: the central blue channel, right red channel and left white channel. This yoga exercise is to clear our confused state of mind and create a sacred positive space within through the practice of tsa-lung. Sitting in a five-point meditational posture, visualize three channels in the center of our body from the crown to the four finger width point below the navel. In the center is the blue channel opening up at the crown, on the right is a smaller red channel starting from the right nostril, and a similar white channel from the left nostril. These three channels meet at the point below the navel. [See illustration]

The breathing exercise is to clear and purify our mind of the all the negative stains of the three basic mental afflictions of attachment, anger and ignorance. Sitting in a meditational posture, raise your right hand and close the left nostril with the ring finger of the right hand; breath slowly and deeply from the right nostril visualizing green light filling the red channel and let it go to the bottom of the  point below the navel. Now, release the left nostril and close the right nostril and let the green light in the red channel pass out through the left white channel in form of a light blue light. While breathing in, be conscious of your anger; while breathing out visualize that the anger is purified and passed out from the left nostril. Do this exercise for three times.
 
Repeat this exercise starting from the left hand and closing the right nostril with the ring finger of the left hand. Here while breathing in and breathing out, be conscious or be aware of your attachment and let it pass out through the right nostril in the form of light blue light. Do this three times.

Next, be conscious or aware of your ignorance or doubt about something. Breath in slowly and deeply from both the nostril visualizing pure green light entering the red and white channels; then breath out from the nostrils visualizing all the negativities and obstacles gushing out from the crown through the central blue channel. Repeat this three times.

These nine purification breathing yoga exercises help clear our mind and create positive space and attitude within us. Position is very important. Wind has role to play. The way the wind flows affects the movement of our consciousness. By sitting is the right position, wind can flow in the right direction, and our mind in pure awareness. Breath controls the mind more easily than mind controlling the mind. When we gaze or look at something, our energy also move there. Feel the breath, the wind, the prana. When you are feeling it, you become aware that it is more than a breath, air or wind; it is energy. After practicing this nine purification yogic exercise, you will feel that you have more space within you for positive things. This exercise is also a part of Tummo, inner fire practice.

In a nutshell, the exercise is about opening the central channel. The practice is trying to find a sacred space in us. Negative emotion blocks space and with this nine breathing exercise, we are clearing the blockage and creating space within us through tsa-lung. The wind cleans the channel, it acts like a vacuum cleaner and keep the channel clean to let the positive energy in. In the next session, Rinpoche will teach on five major tsa-lung exercises.

Note: this is a student’s note. Error and omission cannot be ruled out. Serious students are advised to study the book “Awakening the Sacred Body” by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche    

In the second session: October 29, Rinpoche began the teaching on five tsa-lung teaching, and introduced the first two tsa-lung practices.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

SPEAK IN PURE TIBETAN

བོད་སྐད་གཙང་མ་རྒྱོབ།
རྒྱུན་སྤྱོད་ཐ་སྙད་བོད་སྐད་གཙང་མིའི་ཐོག  དེ་ཡང་དང་པོ་དགེ་རྒན་དང་ཕ་མ་ནས།
Speak in pure Tibetan, this should start first from the teachers and the parents.
༢༠༡༣  ཟླ་    ཚེས་ ༢༥  རེ་གཟའ་ཉི་མ། སེན་ཕེ་རེན་སིས་ཀོ

ཨ་རི་བྱང་ཀལ་བོད་མིའི་ཉིན་སློབ་སློབ་གྲྭའི་ཚོགས་ཆུང་གི་ཚོགས་མི་གསར་རྙིང་དང་ངོ་སྤྲོད་སྐབས་སློབ་དགེ་ཞིག་གིས་བསམ་ཚུལ་བརྗོད་གསལ། དེ་རིང་འདིར་ངོ་ཚོ་ཚང་མས་བོད་ཡིག་གལ་ཆེ་ཡིན་ལུགས་དང་ཕྲུ་གུ་ཚོ་ལ་བོད་སྐད་གཙང་མ་རྒྱག་ཐབས་ཐོག་གྲོས་བསྡུར་དང་བགྲོ་གླེང་མང་པོ་གནང་ཡོད།  ཡིན་ནའང་ང་རང་ཚོ་རང་ནས་བོད་སྐད་ནང་དབྱིན་སྐད་དང་རྒྱ་སྐད་འདྲ་མིན་བསྲེས་ཏེ་རྒྱག་གི་འདུག  དེ་ང་ཚོས་དོ་སྣང་གནང་ཏེ་ཕྲུ་གུའི་མདུན་ལ་བོད་སྐད་ཀྱི་ཐ་སྙད་གཙང་མ་བེད་སྤྱོད་བྱེད་དགོས་གལ་མཐོང་གི་འདུག  དེ་རིང་གི་ཚོགས་འདུ་འདིའི་ཐོག་བོད་སྐད་མིན་པའི་ཐ་སྙད་མང་པོ་ཞིག་ཡོང་གི་འདུག

བོད་སྐད་ཡོད་བཞིན་དུ་ཕྱི་སྐད་བེད་སྤྱོད་བྱེད་ན་ཕྲུ་གུར་མིག་དཔེ་ཡག་པོ་ཡོང་གི་མི་འདུག  དཔེར་ན།
མདུན་ཕྲག་དང་གཟའ་འཁོར་ལ།  ང་ཚོས་ཧབ་ཏ་ཞེས་བེད་སྤྱོད་བྱེད་ཀྱི་འདུག  སྤྱི་ཚེས་དང་ཕྱི་ཚེས། ཚེས་གྲངས་ལ་ཏ་རི།  ཁ་པར་ལ་ཕོན།  ལས་འཆར་ལ་སེ་ཀེ་ཇུལ།  དང་བླངས་ལ་ཝོ་ལིན་ཀྲི་ཡར།  དུས་ཐོག་ལ་ཨོན་ཀྲ་ཡིམ།  གླིང་ཁ་ལ་པརྐ།  བར་སེང་ལ་བེ་རེ་ཀི  ཞལ་ཏོག་དང་ཁ་ཟས་ལ་སེ་ནེ་ཀི་སི།
སློབ་ཁྲིད་འཆར་གཞི་ལ་ལེ་སེན་པེ་ལེན།  འདུས་ཚོགས་ལ་ཨེ་སེམ་བེ་ལི་ཞེས་བེད་སྤྱོད་བྱེད་ཀྱི་འདུག 
རྒྱུན་སྤྱོད་ཐ་སྙད་འདི་དག་ང་ཚོ་དགེ་རྒན་དང་ཕ་མ་ཚོ་ཚང་མས་བོད་སྐད་གཙང་མའི་ཐོག་རྒྱག་ཐུབ་ན་ཡག་པོ་འདུག་ཞེས་རྒན་ལགས་ཤིག་གིས་གསུངས་པ་ལ་ཚང་མས་མོས་མཐུན་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ཞུས་སོང་བ་ཀུན་གྱི་དོ་སྣང་བྱེད་དགོས་པ་ཚིག་ཐོར་བཀོད་པ་ལགས།

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay in San Francisco Bay Area

སྲིད་སྐྱོང་བློ་བཟང་སེངྒེ་མཆོག་སེན་ཕེ་རན་སིས་ཀོ་ས་གནས་ལ་ཆིབས་བསྒྱུར།

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay in San Francisco bay area
August 22, 2013 Thursday

San Francisco: Sikyong Lobasang Sangay visited San Francisco bay area this evening and talked with the Tibetans in the region at Berkeley Adult School hall. Tibetans in great numbers welcomed the Sikyong and listened to his speech and update on Tibetan issue with admiration and rapt attention. Honorable Sikyong arrived San Francisco little behind the schedule around 8 PM, and drove straight to the Hall where he was greeted by the Tibetans with Tashi Sholpa dance and traditional Tibetan chemar.

Sikyong greeted the audience, and talked on importance of Tibetan culture and language, and commended the Association here for working hard in preserving and teaching the language to the young children in the area. He updated the Tibetans about the Tibetan administration in Dharamsala, and explained about the smooth and successful transition of political power from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the democratically elected leader. He attributed this success to the cooperation and faith the public has given to him and his Kashag. He also talked about the Sino-Tibetan dialog, and explained about the essence of Middle path approach in resolving the Tibetan issue.

Later, question and answer session was conducted, and people actively asked many question, and Sikyong interacted with the public and gave patient hearing to all the questions. The public expressed support to his leadership through loud applause and ovation.  It was observed that this was one of the largest turn out of Tibetans and the hall was fully packed. This clearly indicated how the Tibetans loved and respected the Tibetan leader. Honorable Sikyong will leave for Portland tomorrow to continue his official visit to the West coast area, and he is scheduled to leave for India on August 29, 2013.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Lhamo Tso Support Event

Lhamo Tso Support Event
ལྷ་མོ་མཚོ་ལགས་སུ་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར།
August 10, 2013 Saturday

San Francisco: Tibetan Association for North California (TANC) organized a benefit dinner gathering today, a solidarity event to show support to Lhamo Tso, the wife of Pawo Dhondup Wangchen. A good number of Tibetans in the area turned up to show their support and concern.  Dhondup Wangchen is the young man who in 2008 visited Tibet to record the feeling and opinion of Tibetans on Beijing Olympic. He was arrested by the Chinese authority and was imprisoned without any trail. But the video recording he has done was smuggled out before his arrest. The video recording shown under the title “Leaving the Fear Behind” disclosed the real feeling of the Tibetans inside Tibet about Chinese occupation and the Olympic. Lhamo Tso and her husband are living martyrs, symbol and icon of Tibetan struggle. The fund raised during the event was all donated to Lhamo Tso. In her speech the lady thanked everyone for their support and said that she speaks not only for her husband but for all the political prisoners in Tibet.

 Tibetan community should stand by her at this moment if Tibet wants more dedicated and sincere fighters like Pawo Dhondup Wangchen. Tibet will not die as long as we have a young dedicated couple like Dhondup Wangchen and Lhamo Tso.  

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Tibetan School Annual Day

San Francisco Tibetan Annual School Day
June 8, 2013 Saturday

བྱང་ཀེལ་བོད་ཀྱི་སློབ་གྲྭའི་ཉིན་མོ།
チベット学校の日
Berkeley: 3rd Tibetan Sunday School Annual Day was observed on the day in full of Tibetan spirit of fun and gaiety. The annual day is observed to give the children an opportunity to perform what they have learnt and to enjoy with their peers and the elders the rich culture of their homeland. The day is celebrated in the month of June because it is the end of the Academic year in the States. Certificate of achievement was given to all the students.  Kalsangla, the MC of the function welcomed the guest and the public and introduced the event briefly.  Mr. Ugyen Tserng, the Principal of the school read the School’s annual report in Tibetan and English.

Berkeley Councilmember Kriss Worthington was the chief guest at the function. He expressed his support to the Tibetan cause. “Tibet faces religious suppression and political persecution. This event is the key for raising awareness of the issues while preserving and promoting Tibetan culture.” He said.

Tibetan School Committee Chairman while giving the vote of thanks quoted the writings of Tibetan Scholar Gedhun Choephel, “It’s good to learn and adapt; but copying everything means being brainless. It’s good to learn and know many languages; but if you forget your mother tongue, it’s shame.” And spoke on the purpose of the Tibetan school as to educate the young Tibetan children to be good responsible citizen of the country, yet at the same time be proud of Tibetan identity and its rich culture.

The young children performed Tibetan dances and songs. The parents of the children also performed good Tibetan dance which was warmly received by the audience. The games such as: musical chair, cake walk, tin hitting, bingo etc. made the scene lively and active. The school presented a little work of exhibition at the corner where the children have written and worked on different projects related to Tibetan language and culture.

It was observed that number of visitors was less compared to the last year. This was attributed to the visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinpིng to the States. Many Tibetans from the region have gone to L.A. to protest the Chinese occupation of Tibet. It was also because of the absence of live Yak and Yak dance this year. Many expressed happiness to see the Tibetan atmosphere and to be among the Tibetans. Elderly Tibetans and foreigners commented satisfaction to see young children singing in Tibetan but some lamented the use of English as first language at a place where 95 % of the audience was Tibetans only. Overall the Tibet School Annual Day went very well. The event was covered by San Francisco Chronicles. It was a great learning experience for all said one of the School Committee members.
སློབ་གྲྭའི་ཕྲུ་གུ་ཚོས་གཞས་སྣ་ཁྲབ་སྟོན་གཟིགས་འབུལ་ཞུས་བཞིན་པ།
 
 

Monday, April 29, 2013

LOST DECENCY

ཡ་རབ་བཟང་སྤྱོད་བརླགས་པ།
ཨ་ཕུ་གྷ་ནིསུ་ཏན་ལུང་པའི་དེ་སྔོན་དང་ད་ལྟ། བར་དུ་བྱུང་བའི་ལོ་རྒྱུས་ཐུང་ངུ་།  བོད་མི་ཚོས་དོ་སྣང་དང་སློབ་སྟོན་ལེན་དགོས་པ།
Lost Decency: The Untold Afghan Story
By Atta Arghandiwal
A simple but very precise book for anyone who wants to know what happened in Afghanistan and what made it as one of the most dangerous regions on the earth today. After it attained independence from Great Britain in 1919, the country was ruled by liberal but weak Monarchs. Afghan people were proud of their culture and their sense of decency. Both men and women folks worked together without much discrimination to build the new Afghanistan. The girls could be seen wearing skirts and jeans, and going to school and colleges. Burqa system was not imposed harshly on the womenfolk as a law. People looked forward to a promising future with strong and stable government.

After the rule of King Zahir Shah for forty years without any significant upheavals, the country caught itself in the quagmire of the cold war in 1950s. Both Soviet and USA and their allies were trying to gain access into the land by outdoing each other in development work of Afghanistan. Soviet Russia and Chinese communist ideology was gaining access in people’s mind. Ideology of religious fundamentalist from Middle Eastern groups also began to influence the direction the country was headed to. In 1978, the local communist leaders supported by Soviet government launched military coup and toppled the people’s government. This was followed by the Russian invasion and the Afghanistan, the peaceful land turned into a land of oppression and violent fighting. Different faction of people fought bravely on their own with the support of U.S. and its allies. “By 1984 the United States was authorizing military supplies to Mujahideen of nearly $250 million per month,” writes the author. Russian invaders dealt harshly with the people, more than five million Afghan fled the land and took refuge in the neighboring countries.

One of the Author’s brothers, Zia was among the resistance fighters, and fought with the Russian invader bravely. Atta, the author fled to Germany along with other Afghans. From Germany he sought asylum in the United States, where he built a career in banking and ultimately had his family join him later.

Afghanistan remained under Soviet occupation for nearly a decade [1980 – 1989], during which the people and the land suffered irreparable damage. It has not been easy for Soviet Russia either, it’s said that more than 4 billion dollar a year was spent to maintain the puppet Kabul government, and thirty times this amount was spent on the cost of running the war for those years. Now that Russians were gone, the people were looking forward to a peace and stable life under their own government. But during the course of resistance against Russia, various Afghan factions with direct help from the United States and the Western allies, and from the Arab world have established their own territories of control. With the fall of Dr. Najibullah’s government in 1992, these factions came up to form an interim government. “But despite UN attempt to broker peace and bring the warring groups into a coalition government, Afghanistan remained at war.”

Amidst this uncertainty and instability, when a convoy of an influential Pakistani businessman was stopped by bandits in Kandahar, Pakistani government urged the students from fundamentalist school at the border to intervene. The student group not only released the convoy, but went on to capture Kandahar city. They soon began to take the role of disciplining the land, and many at first welcomed the change to have peace and economic stability denied by the warring warlords. Pakistan and ISI funded and supported this group, which came to be known as Taliban. Talib means ‘religious students’ and their core leaders were from Pakistan and other Arab nations. By 1996, Kabul was under the full control of Taliban. “They introduced religious police, a rigid military campaign against their opponents, and the use of non-Afghan forces.” It is estimated that 45 per cent of the Taliban forces were non-Afghan. The brutality with which they controlled the region and the use of non-Afghan forces from Middle East Arab countries led by Osama Bin Laden, gradually infuriated and earned the doubts and misgiving of the local populace. The United States initially thought Taliban as source of stability in the region and ally in sharing anti-Iran stance, and misjudged Taliban’s total hostility toward foreign values.

Then came the 9/11 incident in 2001 attack on World Trade Center building and Twin Tower by the Taliban terrorists. This was followed by the U.S. retaliation, and active involvement in the region. The author felt very bad that the Afghanistan has been turned into terrorist den by the non-Afghan militants from Middle East countries. He, his family and many Afghan people have been so affectionately received and provided for by this land and the fact that his own people attacked the United States made him feel very bad and sick. He made his best to explain to the people here that the attack was not done by the Afghan people, but by the non-Afghan militants who had made Afghanistan their activity base.

In 2011, the author visits Afghanistan, and was devastated to see that once peaceful land with pride and decency has been turned into violent, and corrupt with no trace of decency. The government is formed by the vested warlords who are least bothered about the people’s welfare; they are only interested in making themselves richer and richer. Factional fighting among the warlords has been exploited by the religious fundamentalist, which has caused the presence of foreign troops and dependency on them. All the funds from the United States and its allies are sabotaged by the few elites and the vast majority is languishing in poverty. Old Afghanistan of proud people with honesty and decency is lost.

As a closing thought, the Author finds himself asking, “What if the Soviet Union had never invaded? What if Afghanistan had never been deserted after Russian withdrawal? Do you think 9/11 would have happened?”

This is difficult to say, but reading the book I can’t help thinking about Tibet and Tibetans. We must preserve and maintain our decency, moral integrity and unity so that when the time comes for the Chinese to leave Tibet, we are ready to take over the administration without internal feud or factional fighting. Till date, because of the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his vision, we have been able to maintain and promote our positive values, cultural integrity and unity among all the Tibetans. The book is a clear mirror to warn us that we all must cherish and maintain this unity and cultural values so that Tibet don’t become Afghanistan of today in future.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Where is Panchen Lama?

ཆུང་སྲིད་པཎ་ཆེན་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ག་པར་ཡོད།

ཨ་རི་སེན་ཕཱེ་རན་སིས་ཀོ་གནས་སྡོད་བོད་མི་དང་བོད་དོན་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་བ་ཚོས་ས་གནས་རྒྱ་ནག་གཞུང་ཚབ་ལས་ཁུངས་མདུན་ལ་ < པཎ་ཆེན་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་གློད་གྲོལ་གཏོང་དགོས།> ཞེས་སྐད་འབོད་བྱས་པ།
 
Where is the real Panchen Lama?

San Francisco: Tibetans and Tibet supporters here gathered before the Chinese consulate in San Francisco to demand the where about of His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, whom the Chinese authorities abducted along with his family in 1995. “We have been seeking news about the Panchen Lama’s whereabouts for nearly 18 years, but China has failed to give us any true indication of where he is being held”, said Tenzin Rangdol, President of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC). A moment of silence was observed to honor those who sacrificed their lives for freedom in Tibet. Representative of Students for Free Tibet, Amnesty International, Bay Area Friends of Tibet and other spoke before the Consulate and demanded freedom, justice and human rights in Tibet.

Amnesty International representatives speaking before the Consulate
Being a weekday, the consulate was open. People could be seen entering and exiting the visa section of the consulate. The visitors both Chinese and foreigners watched the demonstration curiously, took photograph and received the pamphlets distributed on the day. Apart from the usual Free Tibet and China out of Tibet slogans, “Release the Panchen Lama now” reverberated before the Chinese consulate for some time, and there is no denying that the people inside the Consulate building has not heard the slogans.  

Tibetan Association for North California (TANC) organized tsog and evening prayer on the day at the community hall to pray for early release of Panchen Lama and all the political prisoners in Tibet, and for all the Tibetan martyrs who sacrificed their lives for freedom and justice in Tibet.


 
 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

TIBETAN SOUND HEALING

  ཨཱོྃ   ཧཱུཾ  རཾ 

Berkeley: April 17, 2012 Wednesday:
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche of Ligmincha Institute of Bon Studies gave a teaching on “Tibetan Sound Healing” to a large audience at the teaching hall of the Sacred Stream at Berkeley, San Francisco. The teaching was based on the book the Rinpoche has written recently on the Tibetan art of sound healing.

 Rinpoche talked on the five sacred warrior seed syllable ‘A, Om, Hun, Ram and dZa’ of Bon tradition.  Tonpa Shenrab Miwo, the founder of the Bon religion of Tibet first taught about these syllables. These syllables are termed as warriors, because they have power to control and overcome the negative emotions, problems and dilemmas that we face in our daily life. We all want to be happy and joyful; in order to do so we need to create a space for it. We need to clear and remove the unhappiness and sadness occupying the space within us. Trying to be joyful without creating a space for it would be a fruitless exercise.
 
The sacred sound and energy of these five syllables along with proper meditation will help us create the right space and awareness for positive emotions to radiate and expand within us. The sound healing is like seeing a cloudy sky [A]; the cloud gets dispersed and cleared [Om]; warm sunshine is there [Hun]; positive energy comes from the sunshine [Ram]; and plants, vegetations and flowers blooms [dZa]. This is a general concept; now apply this to the mediation.
 Think about a problem or a fear that you have in your mind. The fear is occupying a certain space in your mind and it is obstructing the confidence to come out. Sit in a relaxed meditational posture, think about the fear that you want to overcome. Concentrate on your forehead, and let yourself be aware of that fear; don’t try to analyze, judge or deep. Visualize as if that fear is occupying the space in your mind like a cloud; now utter the syllable ‘A’ slowly, and let the sound vibrate with energy and disperse the cloud. Do this seven times. Having dispersed the cloud of fear, a space has been created.
ཨཱོྃ  Next, bring this awareness of dispersion and cessation of the fear to the throat and concentrate there. Be aware of the cessation of the fear and the creation of space and dwell on it. Utter the syllable “Om” slowly seven times and concentrate on this awareness of the cessation of the fear. Being aware of the cessation of the fear, a positive energy is generated.
 ཧཱུཾ  Thirdly, bring this awareness of positive energy to your heart chakra; visualize a positive warmth and confidence in your heart. Utter the syllable “Hun” slowly seven times while concentrating on the quality of confidence and positive energy taking shape in your heart. Having seen and felt the positive energy and quality in your heart, this energy needs to be ripened.
རཾ Fourthly, bring this state and quality of confidence to your navel chakra, the fire area. Here while uttering the syllable “Ram” seven times, concentrate and let the navel chakra cook or work on the quality of confidence to make it mature and to ripen it. Here the fear has now been transformed into confidence.
Lastly, this ripened quality of the confidence should be brought to the scared chakra; the sexual organ. Here while uttering the syllable “dZa” slowly seven times, concentrate and visualize the birth and actual generation or manifestation of the confidence, which has evolved from the fear at “Ah” level. This mapping and working on the five chakras with the five sacred warrior syllables is how the Tibetan sound healing works.
The sound of the syllables works on body at the crown, speech at the throat, mind at the heart, quality at the navel and action at the sacred chakra. During the questions and answers session, Rinpoche further explained that love and joyful things happens because you are open to it, not because you want it to happen it. We make effort without creating conducive space. A proper space and awareness needs to be generated to have the positive things to happen. The five chakras are also defined as: crown chakra – changeless body; throat chakra – ceaseless speech; heart chakra – pure heart; navel chakra – perfected quality; and sex chakra – spontaneous action. The five chakras and the five sacred syllables have this power to create the required space and awareness to have our positive emotions grow and expand.

Note: This is a blogger’s note on what the Rinpoche spoke and taught at the Foundation, error or omission cannot be ruled out. Serious students are advised to see the Rinpoche’s book “Tibetan Sound Healing” and the utubes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wcd4qDuOACw    

   

Sunday, April 14, 2013

HUNGER STRIKE FOR TIBET

བོད་ཀྱི་ཆེད་དུ་མིག་ཆུ། 
བོད་དུ་འགྲོ་བཞིན་པའི་སྐུ་ལུས་མེར་བསྲེགས་གི་ཞི་བའི་ངོ་རྒོལ་ལ་གདུང་སེམས་མཉམ་སྐྱེད་མཚོན་བྱེད་དང་། ཁོང་རྣམས་ཀྱི་དགོས་འདུན་གསལ་བསྒྲགས་ཆེད་དུ་ཨ་རི་སེན་ཕེ་རན་སིས་ཀོ་ས་གནས་སུ་བོད་མི་བསྟན་པ་ལགས་ནས་ཟས་བཅད་ངོ་རྒོལ་ལས་འགུལ་སྤེལ་བ།      
Tears For Tibet: Hunger Strike for Tibet 

San Francisco: In order to highlight the ongoing self-immolations protest movement and the critical situation in Tibet, Tenpa Jamyang, a San Francisco Tibetan resident is staging a hunger strike protest today before the Tibetan community hall at Richmond. He said this lone initiative is directed to show solidarity with the Tibetan people in Tibet, and to inspire our people here to engage in activities to draw the attention of local and international communities to support our struggle for freedom and justice in Tibet. Two members of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress members were also there to assist Mr. Tenpa and to show their solidarity. Tibetans and local supporters in the area were seen visiting and expressing word of support to Tenpa’s voluntary initiative.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Kanzan flowers; Harbinger of Spring

ཀན་ཛན་རྩི་ཤིང་མེ་ཏོག

དཔྱིད་ཀྱི་ཕོ་ཉས།
སེམས་ཀྱི་འདུན་པའི།
སྒོ་ཡི་དྲིལ་བུ།
ཡིད་ལ་གདུང་གདུང་།
The harbinger of spring intensely ranged the door bell of my heart’s aspiration in my mind
མཛེས་པའི་ཀན་ཛན་མེ་ཏོག  འགྲུལ་གྱི་མདུན་ལ་ཤར་བྱུང་།
འདུན་པ་བློ་སྟོབས་ཆེན་པོས།  སེམས་ཀྱི་དཔྱིད་སྒོ་ཕྱེ་སོང་།
                                            Beautiful Kanzan flowers
                                            Bloomed before my journey
                                            Full of aspiration and adventures
                                            Opened the spring gate of my heart
 
美しいカンザン桜、私の家の前に咲き
 希望と冒険一杯で、開いた私の心の春門

Saturday, March 23, 2013

2013 MARCH FOR TIBET'S INDEPENDENCE

RANGZEN WALK IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
March 23, 2013
བོད་རང་བཙན་ཆེད་དུ་གོམ་འགྲོས། བོད་རང་བཙན་གཙང་མ་ཡིན།
チベット独立行進・チベットは独立国家です

IMIT members and the core participants of the 'Circle the Bay for Tibet Walk' addressing the gatherings and being felicitated at Tibetan community hall in Richmond, CA
San Francisco: Eight-day Walk around the San Francisco bay area to highlight the critical situation in Tibet and to further the Tibetan independence movement started this morning at Tibetan community hall in the region. International Movement for Independent Tibet (IMIT) organized this long walk through the entire bay area to raise awareness about the situation in Tibet, and to show solidarity to the people of Tibet, and to send a clear message to the Chinese government that the international community is with Tibet. "The march for Tibet will cover 108 miles from the North California Tibetan community hall in Richmond through Oakland, down to San Jose and back up around the Bay at end at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco on March 30." said Ngawang Norbu, the member of IMIT from Boston.

The participants came from all over the bay area; some western friends were also there to participate in the march. IMIT member Doug, who protested at the Tiananmen Square for Tibet during 2008 Olympic was also among the march organizers recording the events. The first leg of the march passed from Richmond to Oakland city hall passing through the grand busy San Pablo Avenue. The participants carried Tibetan flags, and placards demanding the Chinese government to "Free Tibet, Stop the Killing and Genocide in Tibet". People passing and driving through the San Pablo showed their support to the march by waving and honking their cars.

Police security cars and bikes came all along the walk and ensured security and safety of the march. People gathered at the Oakland city hall at the end of the first day's walk, where the gather ring recited "Prayer of truth" and sang Tibetan national anthem.

People made clear during the walk that China should leave Tibet for the Tibetans, and that the Tibet belongs to Tibetans only. Many said that the Chinese government’s repressive policy is responsible for the self-immolation in Tibet, and that the Chinese government should seriously study and resolve the problem in Tibet. The fact that most of the participants are youngsters should be a clear message to the Chinese leadership that the Tibet issue will live until resolved to the satisfaction of the Tibetans.

Mr. Tenpa, one of the core participants has the photos of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Sikyong Lobsang Senge throughout the walk, when asked about this, “This is to tell the world and the Tibetans that we Tibetan have good and efficient leaders, and that we are not leaderless.” He said. 
For more detail about the walk, please visit: http://www.circlethebayfortibet.org/circle-the-bay/

 

Monday, March 11, 2013

10th March Observed in San Francisco

March 10, 2013 Sunday
ཨ་རི་སེན་ཕཱེ་རན་སིས་ཀོ་གྲོང་ཁྱེར་ལ་གསུམ་བཅུའི་དུས་དྲན་ཐེངས་ ༥༤ ས་གནས་བོད་མི་དང་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་བ་མི་སྣ་ཁག་ནས་ལྷག་བསམ་རྣམ་དག་གིས་གཟབ་རྒྱས་བརྩི་སྲུང་ཞུས་པ། 

བོད་ཀྱི་བདག་པོ་བོད་མི་ཡིན། རྒྱ་དམར་བོད་ནས་ཕར་རྒྱུག་ཤིག
チベットはチベット人のものであり、中国はチベットから出て行け、出て行け!!!
Tibet belongs to Tibetans; China out of Tibet! Out of Tibet !!!

Tibetans marchiing through the street of San Francisco, USA
San Francisco: Tibetans and Tibetan supporters gathered in multitude at San Francisco downtown to commemorate the 54th anniversary of Tibetan uprising against the Chinese occupation of Tibet. People gathered at first at Berkeley city council where the message of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Dharamsala was read before the gathering. The City Council member Kriss gave an overwhelming speech in support of Tibetan people’s aspiration for freedom and justice in their homeland. He said it is a grave mistake to blame the people in Tibet of the self-immolation going on in Tibet, it is the social, political and cultural repression going on in Tibet that is to blame. “Berkeley city council as a whole has always supported the struggle and aspiration of Tibetan people; I’m only a representative of the city council.” He said.
Tibetan National Flag was hosted along with the American's before the City council hall, and Tibetan National Anthem "Sishi Phende" was sung at the ceremony.

 

Later, the people marched to San Francisco downtown and gathered before the City hall. Amidst some five hundred Tibetana and Tibetan supporters, regional executives of Students for Free Tibet and Tibetan Youth Congress made a rhetoric speech on Tibetans struggle for independence and freedom. Richmond Mayor made a strong speech in support for the all the people fighting for justice and freedom. “I’m priveleged and honored to be among the people struggling for good and just cause. We all must stand up and speak for freedom and justice, otherwise we’re all empty vessels.” She said.


Young Tibetans leading the struggle for Independence
Passing through the most crowed lane of the city, the gathering marched from the San Francisco city council to the Union square, the most congested public gathering spot in the city. Throughout the three-hour march, people carrying Tibetan national flags, and the slogans highlighting the Tibetan issues received warm response from the pedestrians and the car drivers. Pamphlets on the purpose of the demonstration was distributed by the young Tibetans, many people readily accepted the pamphlets and showed their sign of agreement and support.

Chinese Tianenmen sqaure hero speaking for Tibet
Around four hundred Tibetans and Tibet supporters made this full day march and participation. The demonstrators made a long stop over before the Chinese embassy in the city, where the slogans to free Tibet and China was made, many Chinese also participated, prominent among them was the Chinese veteran Human rights activist, who lost his legs during 1989 Tiananmen square massacre. He said Tibetans and Chinese all should fight for freedom in Tibet as well as freedom in China. “The communist regime at the center is just a totalitarian regime interested only in keeping hold of their own power, and is least concerned about the general welfare of the people of Tibet, and China as a whole.” He said.
Richmond Mayor Speaking for the feedom, human rights and democracy in Tibet.
 
 The full day rally was organized by the Regional Students of Free Tibet and Tibetan Youth Congress supported by the Tibetan Association of North California. Many elderly people expressed their happiness to see many young Tibetan actively organizing and directing the rally. Some young executive members shed tears while delivering speech on Tibetan situation.

These tears from the young Tibetans who had never seen Tibet is a clear message to the Chinese communist regime that they cannot sleep in a complacency that they had swallowed Tibet. The Chinese leadership should understand the reality and give Tibetans their rightful freedom and democracy.
Tibetans monks from all school of Buddhism parying to open the eyes of ignorant Chinese leaderships' to see the real nature of reality and save humanity
 
 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Kalon Pema Chinjor in San Francisco

February 24, 2013 Sunday

དབུས་བོད་མིའི་བཙན་བྱོལ་སྒྲིག་འཛུགས་ཀྱི་ཆོས་རིག་བཀའ་བློན་སྐུ་ངོ་པདྨ་ཆོས་འབྱོར་ལགས་ཨ་རི་སན་ཕེ་རན་སི་ཀོ་ལ་ཆེད་ཕེབས་ཀྱིས་ས་གནས་མི་མང་ལ་ད་ལྟ་བོད་ནང་གི་ཛ་དྲག་གནས་སྟངས་དང་། བཙན་བྱོལ་བོད་མིའི་སྒྲིག་འཛུགས་ཀྱི་ལས་གཞི་ལས་འཆར། ད་བར་གྱི་ལས་བསྡོམས་སྙིང་བསྡུས་དང་བཅས་བཀའ་སློབ་ཟབ་རྒྱས་བསྩལ་གནང་བ།

San Francisco: Kalon Pema Chinjor visited San Francisco bay area today and addressed the Tibetan people at the Community hall in Richmond. He said that the visit was a part of effort by the Kashag [Tibetan cabinet] to reach the general public and Tibet supporters abroad. He said the Central Tibetan Administration stands for pure and genuine democracy, and in this democracy people plays a very important role, therefore, the Kashag’s effort to reach the people.
 
He talked about the on-going self immolation in Tibet. Since 2009, 104 people from three provinces of Tibet have burnt themselves to protest the brutal Chinese regime, and called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Most of the self immolators are young people brought up under the Chinese occupation. Chinese government has claimed that they have turned Tibet into a socialist paradise and that the Tibetan people are happy under their rule. But these self immolations by the young people convey the real situation in Tibet. Chinese government should accept the reality and resolve the Tibetan issue.

Tibetans in Tibet are not happy under the Chinese rule; this self immolation spat is a clear message to the world and to the Chinese government. We should all respect their sacrifice, and do our best to inform and reach their message to the international community. People in Tibet are relying heavily on Tibetan community abroad who are living in a free world. We should not let their sacrifice go astray.
 
Language is an important part of any culture. Tibetan language is the important link that connects the Tibetan people in unity; it is our identity and our cultural strength. When the Chinese government has failed to disintegrate the Tibetan unity, they are now trying to root out this important link, Tibetan language. Their policy is to destroy the language; this would lessen the cultural and religious strength, thus destroying the Tibetan identity.

Kalon also talked about how under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exile-Tibetan are able to have a vibrant democratic setups. In order to make this democratic system strong and sustainable, Tibetans around the world should take active participation in it. In the next the election of Chitue, we should have many young and educated people aspiring to serve in our parliament, and in the election of Sikyong we should have number of Lobsang Senge and Dikyi Choyang to lead our struggle.

བྱང་ཀེ་ལི་ཕཱོར་ནི་ཡ་བོད་མི་སྤྱིན་མཐུན་ཚོགས་པའི་རྒྱུན་ལས་དང་མཉམ་དུ་འདྲ་པར།
After the talk, the Kalon accepted questions from the audience, and there was an active discussion on number of issues relating to Tibetan situation, and the administration of Central Tibetan Administration. Answering a question related to Shugden, Kalon warned the Tibetan people of the Chinese government’s effort to create dissension among the Tibetans through the use of Shugdhen followers. People expressed happiness over the Kalon’s visit and thanked him for clarifying on many issues, and showed their unwavering support to the Kashag of Central Tibetan dministration.                              


 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Losar Decoration and Derkha


ལོ་གསར་སྡེར་ཁ་མདོར་བསྡུས་གླེང་བ།
During Losar, altars in every Tibetan home are bountifully decorated with offerings. It is a Tibetan way of saying thanks to the nature, yulha and shidag for the good things they had in the passing year, and seeking blessing for the New Year.  Let me give a brief description of what is commonly found at the altar during the Losar celebration. They are: Derkha, Chemar / Chang-phuth, Bo, Yon-chab, Lug-go, and Lo-phuth.

Choeshom (མཆོད་གཤོམ།) is the altar where the Buddhas, gods, goddesses and deities dwell. It is also known by thongdrol chenmo (མཐོང་གྲོལ་ཆེན་མོ); meaning the great one that will liberate you on seeing it, and kunga rawa (ཀུན་དགའ་རྭ་བ།); meaning the great circle of happiness. On this Choehom, the choezes (མཆོད་རྫས།) are offered and displayed.
Derkha (སྡེར་ཁ།) is a pile of Khase (Tibetan cookies in different, mainly elongated shapes) offerings with other eatables. Der means plate; and Kha means mouth. So, it is a big plate in which lot of eatables are presented. Bongbu Achok literally means donkey’s ear. Why it is called donkey’s ear, nothing specific could be found; it may be because of its physical shape. Usually it is about one-feet in length and 5 inches wide. As it is soaked and prepared in hot boiling oil, it comes with an average height of 3 to 4 inches. It is sturdy and hard.
This Bongbu Achok is the pillar of the Derkha. Number of Achok for Derkha could be eight, ten, twelve and so on in even number. It can also assume odd numbers, when the base is made of three Achoks. Derkha is composed of six different khases. Achok, Nyashag, Tashi mugdhung, Kongche, Bolug khorlo, and Pinpin dhog dhog. All these are khase of different physical forms. Construction of Derkha is done to assume the shape of Tashi Taggye (the eight auspicious sign) in union. While official and monastic derkha are mostly constructed with its mouth facing downward, private home have the derkha with its mouth facing up. It is said that the private Derkhas are faced up so that various delicacies and sweats could be put inside the mouth of Achoks, while this is not done in official or formal Derkha.

It is also said that in order to have a harmony in the society, public authorities and public should have good communication. To indicate good communication and proper listening to each other, authorities’ derkha has the face down; and public derkha facing up, forming proper union facing each other.
Pic: Chemar in Bo [at Tibetan Association of Northerna California (TANC) Altar, 2013]

There is other theory as to why Achoks at Derkha are facing down. In Tibetan society, usually all the utensils, bowls, cups and containers are kept face down. If you keep any empty container facing up after washing it, you will be admonished to keep it facing down. This is because Tibet is a land of deities and spirits or ghost. Deities are propitiated often to subdue the malignant ghostly spirit harming the human beings. When the deities pursue the malignant ghost, the later often try to hide inside the utensils and containers. As the deities are sacred and clean, they can’t go inside the utensils and containers used by human beings. So, the ghost escapes from being caught by the deities. Therefore, all empty utensils and containers in Tibet are kept facing down. Official Derkha’s Achoks, which are empty, are kept faced down. Private home have their Achoks facing up because it is filled with other delicacies and sweets.
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Reference:
          Festival of Tibet, edited by Kalsang Khedup and Chung Tsering, Dept. of Education, CTA
          Bod-rgya tsigs mZod chenmo, dictionary
          Legend of Amche Raru by TG Arya