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Message  Isa_vhada le Jeu 1 Sep - 4:21

ntroduction to Tibetan Buddhism

Om Mani Padme Hung Hri
Mahabodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Chenrizig)
Protector of Tibet

Dharma Land of Snows

Tibet is located in Central Asia. It is on the highest plateau in the world and includes Mt. Everest (Jomo Longma in Tibetan). The Tibetan territory is five times larger than France. There are more than six million Tibetans living in Tibet under the Chinese government. About four million ethnic Tibetans live in the southern Himalayas under the governments of India, Nepal, and Bhutan. There are approximately 200,000 Tibetan refugees living in South Asia and other countries, including those living with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India. Tibet has approximately eight thousand Buddhist monasteries and most Tibetans are Buddhists, living simply as nomads, farmers, merchants, and artisans with an ancient spiritual culture.

Tibetan Buddhist History

Our supreme Dharma teacher, Shakyamuni, at thirty-five years old attained enlightenment of Buddha in Bodhgaya, India, on the fifteenth day of the fourth month, 2,592 years ago (591 B.C.E.). Buddha taught dharma for the next forty-seven years. Thereafter, the buddhadharma flourished throughout the world.

Since the eighth century, around 1,300 A.B.B. (After Buddha's Birth), the Kingdom of Tibet invited many great Indian Buddhist masters, most importantly the Dzogchen Masters Bikkhu Shantarakshita, Mahasiddha Guru Padmasabhava, and Mahapandita Vimalamitra to bring Buddhism to the Land of Snow.

In those times, the kingdom of Tibet sent approximately four hundred of Tibet's most intelligent young people to India. Only about one hundred survived the difficulties to return as translators. These young Tibetans learned Sanskrit and Buddhism, and then invited more than two hundred great Indian Buddhist masters to Tibet to spread the buddhadharma. The most renowned translators were Sambhota, Vairocana, Yeshe Tsogyal, Kawa Palzek, Chokro Lhui Gyaltsen, and Bende Yeshe De.

Emperor Trisong Detsen and the Tibetan government offered an extraordinary amount of gold, jewels, and other resources for the purpose of bringing the dharma to Tibet. Within forty years, most of the Buddha's teachings, consisting of more than 370 volumes of Tantras, Sutras, and Shastras were translated into the Tibetan language at the glorious Samye monastery, Pangtang Kame, and Ushang Doi Lhakhang in central Tibet.

As a result of the Buddha's teachings, great historical and cultural changes took place in Tibet. For example, twenty-five of Padmasambhava's disciples became Mahasiddhas, eighty people in Yerwa attained Rainbow Body, thirty practitioners from Chubori became great meditation masters, and twenty-five practitioners in Sheltrak reached high realization. Hundreds of hidden yogis attained Buddhahood and many Tibetans became fully ordained monks. In establishing Buddhism in Tibet some Tibetans opposed Buddhism and there were many obstacles to be overcome. Eventually, thousands of Tibetans became Bikkhus and Dzogchen yogis and attained enlightenment. Because of the miraculous change in their way of life, the entire population of Tibet gradually became peace-loving Buddhists. It is now widely known that Tibet has preserved all three yanas of original Buddhism: the Shravakayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Therefore, it is important to acknowledge Tibet's great contribution to the preservation of original Buddhism in the world.

History of Nyingma

The original Vajrayana Buddhism brought from India to Tibet in the early eighth century is known in the Tibetan language as the Nyingma. Centuries later, new Vajrayana Buddhist branches, known as the Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelug, emerged. Through the Nyingma practice, from the beginning until today, many practitioners have achieved enlightenment of Rainbow Body. The Nyingma tradition has three sublineages divided into nine different branch traditions.

1. The general lineage: the Vinaya lineage of Pratimoksha, the Sutra lineage of Bodhisattva, and the Abhidharma lineage of Prajna.

2. The Dzogchen lineage of oral transmission: the wisdom-to-wisdom transmission of the Buddhas, the symbolic transmission of the wisdom holders, and the oral transmission of the masters.

3. The treasure lineage: the lineage of prophetic authorization, the lineage of empowerment and aspiration, and the lineage entrusted to the Dakinis.

The most important of all lineages is the Dzogchen lineage, which is held by six monasteries located in three Tibetan areas. They are Dorje Drak and Mindrol Ling monasteries of Upper Tibet, Dzogchen and Sechen monasteries of Middle Tibet, and the Katok and Palyul monasteries of Lower Tibet. Dzogchen Monastery has made a great contribution to the perpetuation of Vajrayana Buddhism throughout Tibet.

Currently, due to the efforts of the supreme leader of Nyingma, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, thousands of Nyingma organizations, with millions of followers practicing Dzogchen, are flourishing around the world.

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Message  Isa_vhada le Jeu 1 Sep - 4:30

Dzogchen Lineage

The History of the Vast and Profound Dzogchen Lineage

The Supreme Teacher Buddha Shakyamuni

The Original Dzogchen Lineage

<p>The original Dzogchen lineage was transmitted from Dharmakaya Buddha Samantabhadra to Sambhogakaya Buddha Vajrasattva to Nirmanakaya Buddha Shakyamuni.
<p>In 626 B.C.E. our supreme Dharma teacher, Buddha Shakyamuni, was born southern Nepal, which in ancient times was northern India. At the age of thirty-five, Shakyamuni attained Buddhahood in Bodhgaya, India and began to teach the dharma in this world. For the next forty-seven years the Buddha's teachings flourished throughout the universe and as a result many sentient being attained enlightenment. At the age of eighty-two, Buddha Shakyamuni passed into nirvana. Thereafter, the Buddha Shakyamuni manifested in two wisdom emanations.
Dzogchen Khandro Nyingthig Lineage

<p> In 90 A.B.B. (After Buddha's Birth), eight years after Buddha's Parirnirvana, the first emanation of the Buddha, Padmasambhava, came into this world and received the complete teaching from many enlightened masters. Padmasambhava taught the Dzogchen Khandro Nyingthig to numerous beings in India's eight great sacred places and China, and introduced and spread Buddhism throughout Tibet. His main disciple, the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal, also taught the Dzogchen Khandro Nyingthig to many practitioners who achieved the enlightenment of Buddha. This tradition was handed down through the ages and later passed from Longchen Rabjam through to Dzogchen Padma Rigdzin. Today, the Dzogchen Khandro Nyingthig lineage lives in the heart of the Vajra master at Dzogchen monastery. Our master, the Great Natural Perfection Yogi Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, is the twenty-fourth holder of the Dzogchen Khandro Nyingthig lineage.
Dzogchen Longchen Nyingthig Lineage

<p>In 110 A.B.B., twenty-eight years after Buddha's Parinirvana, the second emanation of the Buddha, Prahevajra (Garab Dorje), came into this world and received teachings directly from Sambhogakaya Buddha Vajrasattva. Pahevajra taught the Dzogchen Nyingthig to various beings for many years in India and in seventy-five sacred places of the dakinis. His main disciple was Manjushrimitra. Manjushrimitra's main disciple was the Great Dzogchen master Shri Singha, who still lives in an enlightened state in the Holy Dzogchen Valley.
<p> Shri Singha was born in Shokyam, northwest Asia, approximately 2,300 years ago (299 B.C.E.). Starting at the age of fifteen, he practiced and prayed for three years. Later, while traveling by camel toward the City of Golden Island, he had a pure vision of a compassionate deity who gave him guidance and made a prophecy. Inspired, he then traveled to the sacred Five-Peaked Mountain (Wu Tai Shan, Shanxi Province in China) and meditated for many years in order to attain ultimate wisdom. He prayed and prostrated there day after day, until a vision of an awe-inspiring deity appeared before him. Feeling tremendous devotion and respect, he recognized that this deity would guide him along the Path.
<p>The deity was actually the compassionate Avalokiteshvara. He told the young sage, "If you really wish to become enlightened, go to Sosadvipa, Uddiyana, in northwest India, to meet Manjushrimitra, for you have a strong karmic connection with him from previous lives." Then Avalokiteshvara disappeared.
<p>The young sage was filled with the aspiration to meet the Dzogchen master Manjushrimitra. After struggling over the difficulty of leaving his family, friends, and country, he departed for Uddiyana. On the long journey, through the miraculous power of the Dakinis, he overcame obstacles created by humans and non-humans alike. Finally, he reached the holy place of Uddiyana. There he met face-to-face with his mother-like master, Manjushrimitra, who gave him the Sanskrit dharma name Shri Singha; shri means glorious and singha means lion.
<p>For twenty-five years, Shri Singha studied and practiced the dharma in India with Manjushrimitra and eventually became a great Siddha. From his guru he received the transmission of the six million Dzogchen Tantras, the essence of the buddhadharma that enables one to accomplish buddhahood in one lifetime. Shri Singha became the sixth holder of the Dzogchen Nyingthig Lineage.
<p>Before passing into nirvana, Manjushrimitra told Shri Singha to go to the Siltrom Snow Mountain of Rudam Canyon (now called the Holy Dzogchen Area located in Kham, eastern Tibet), as well as to the Five-Peaked Mountain to practice and propagate the Dzogchen Nyingthig teachings for the benefit of countless beings. Upon attaining nirvana, Manjushrimitra vanished from the top of the Sosadvipa Stupa in India. Shri Singha uttered a deep, heartfelt prayer calling on his master, and suddenly Manjushrimitra reappeared in front of him. He gave Shri Singha a small treasure box containing the essential points of the Tantras, Gomnyam Drugpa (The Six Experiences of Dzogchen Meditation).
<p> Following his master's instructions, Shri Singha then went to the Rudam Canyon. There, Shri Singha transmitted the Dzogchen teachings to numerous beings from many worlds and purelands. His main disciples were Jnanasutra and Vimalamitra. After many years of benefiting beings, Shri Singha transformed into a Rainbow Body and disappeared into the radiant Dharmata. His secret transmission, Dzir Bu Dunpa (The Seven Dzogchen Nails), was passed into the hands of Jnanasutra.
<p>Jnanasutra in turn gave the Dzogchen teachings to Vimalamitra, who then taught them in Tibet for many years. Hundreds of practitioners attained enlightenment of Rainbow Body. His main disciple was Tendzin Zangpo also taught the Dzogchen teachings to many practitioners. Later, this Dzogchen lineage passed from Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa through to the Vajra masters of the Dzogchen Shri Singha University.
<p>Today, our master, the Great Natural Space Yogi Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, is the thirty-third holder of the Dzogchen Longchen Nyingthig lineage.
Sacred Land of Dzogchen Lineage

<p>The Holy Dzogchen Area is known throughout the world as a natural sacred land. It is where the Siltrom Snow Mountains and Rudam Canyon are located, and is a spontaneous manifestation of the mandala of Buddhas and Dakinis; it is also the natural charnel ground of the Herukas. Therefore, many supernatural beings, Bodhisattvas, Arhats, and Mahasiddhas came from South Asia and from other worlds.
<p>According to history, Dzogchen masters Shri Singha, Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra lived for many years in the Siltrom Snow Mountain caves in the Holy Dzogchen Area, and there hid many Dharma Treasures and bestowed blessings. Since then many practitioners in this holy place have attained enlightenment of Rainbow Body. We can see thousands of extremely miraculous reminders and signs of the enlightened masters of those times. Guru Padmasambhava said, "This sacred land is a door to Nirvana and the window to all the Buddhas." It is the deepest aspiration of many practitioners to make pilgrimage to and practice in the Holy Dzogchen Area.
Blessing of Dzogchen Lineage

<p>Throughout the centuries practitioners there received teachings and blessings directly from Shri Singha, Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra, and many dakinis. Dzogchen Padma Rigdzin saw Guru Padmasambhava many times. Dodrupchen Kunzang Zhenphen, Mingyur Namkhe Dorje, Gyalse Zhenphen Thaye, and Khyentse Yeshe Dorje have seen and received teachings and blessings from Shri Singha. All of them attained very high levels of realization by means of meeting these extraordinary enlightened beings.
<p> In modern times, practitioners continue to meet these masters. In 1924 Khenchen Tsewang Rigdzin came to the Holy Dzogchen Area, met Vimalamitra, and directly received teachings and empowerments. He then meditated for many years and achieved high realization. Later, in 1958, while being taken to prison by the Chinese army, he flew into the sky and disappeared in front of everyone. In another instance, an ordinary Tibetan hunter, Sonam Namgyal, secretly practiced the Dzogchen Nyingthig for many years in the sacred Dzogchen area and, in 1952, attained Rainbow Body in front of thousands of people.
<p>In 1977, our Master, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche received powerful blessings from Guru Padmasambhava and then in 1984, he received blessings several times from Shri Singha.
How to Become a Dzogchen Lineage Holder

<p>Today, we have the Dzogchen teachings in this world because of the blessings of this ancient lineage. Our deepest wish is to remind Vajrayana practitioners to remember the history of the Dzogchen masters. Without deep faith and certainty in the Dzogchen lineage, it will be difficult to receive its powerful blessings. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche has said that all practitioners of the Vajrayana should always remember the amazing life stories of the Dzogchen lineage masters because the blessings of the Dzogchen lineage are immeasurable and the power of the lineage is the heart of Vajrayana Buddhism. When you continuously remember the Dzogchen masters you will receive the power and blessing of the lineage and you will become a great practitioner and enlightened master of the Dzogchen lineage.
<P align=center>If you want to study and practice the Dzogchen Lineage,
contact your local Dzogchen Shri Singha Dharma center.
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