His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche in Arosio


Visit of
HIS HOLINESS THE 42nd SAKYA TRIZIN RATNA VAJRA RINPOCHE
in Arosio from 11 – 13 July 2017 introduction to Vajrayana
and Hevajra empowerment


Next event with ven. Laura Coccitto


8- 10 September: DEATH AND DYING, INTERMEDIATE STATE AND REBIRTH
Death is a natural event and an important opportunity for growth. Familiarising with it and contemplating this aspect of our lives will also allow us to offer support to dying persons.
Schedule: Friday: 20.00 - midnight / Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 - 12.00 / 13.30 - 15.30

Weekly Activities, July 2017

TUE, 4.7. Tuesday Study and Meditation with Mike
19.15   SAMATHA, CALM ABIDING: Completion of the “Samatha to Mahamudra” text.
We will meditate in accordance with the last part of the text on breathing meditation and the most subtle aspect of awareness. 
20.30   Long life prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama to celebrate His birthday with Khenpo Tashi                       

THU, 6.7. H. H. the Dalai Lama's Birthday
No activities at the centre. We will celebrate together on 4 July.
"In the land encircled by snow mountains
You are the source of all happiness and good;
All-powerful Chenrezig, Tenzin Gyatso,
Please remain until samsara ends."


THU, 27.7.  CHÖKHOR DÜCHEN
Having attained Enlightenment, Buddha waited for seven weeks before answering the request of Indra and Brahma to teach. He turned the wheel of Dharma for the first time in Sarnath, conferring the teaching on the Four Noble Truths.
Our center will remain closed on this special day; however, this is a very auspicious day for any spiritual and other positive deeds that will generate merits.

HOMAGE TO THE GURU

On 14 April 2014 at 11:04 our belowed Guru left his body, however we are constantly surprised by his relentless capacity to continue to transmit the pure Holy Dharma.

His journey was accompanied with prayers and practices performed at his home in Rikon, where his precious presence has been felt strongly day and night.


In accordance with Tibetan tradition, many auspicious prayers and rituals were performed for our Guru for at Rikon, his centers and many different monasteries for  seven consecutive weeks. 
 
Khenchen Lama Sherab dedicated his whole being to the practice of Dharma and was awarded the highest level of recognition from the Sakya monastic university. In the 60', he was chosen by His Holiness Dalai Lama to offer support to the first Tibetan refugee settlement in exile in Switzerland. However, his mission did not end there; he founded various Dharma centres throughout Europe and shared his profound spiritual experience of great loving kindness and wisdom with his followers.

He was a role model Dharma practitioner, a living example of profound faith that transcends the impermanence of phenomenal world. He taught us that it is the role of the disciples to give rebirth to the Masters through our sincere devotion and practice in accordance with the instructions we have received.

He offered all he had and clearly showed us the Path to follow. If we follow his instructions, there is absolutely no doubt we shall reach the state, where the feeling of sorrow and separation from what we think we had lost vanishes completely.

He did not leave us behind; he only temporarily changed his teaching method. He is with us every time we perform a virtuous deed and we are putting into practice his teachings every time our face radiates with a smile filled with love, and we are getting more and more familiar with the Dharma every time we make the right decision.

A disciple in harmony with oneself is never alone.
 

Biography of Ven. Khenpo Dakpa Woeser

Ven. Khenpo Dakpa Woeser has been the resident lama at Sakya Tsechen Ling Institute since 1991. He was born on 8 September 1939 in Mi, a small village close to Sakya, into the Kyab Shenpa family of farmers. Tashi Wangdu expressed great interest in the profound spiritual tradition of his native Tibet at a very young age. In fact, several members of his family were assiduous practitioners. One of his brothers became a monk, while his grandfather was a "Goroum", an appointed Mahakala ritual master, for over 33 years.  

At the age of seven, Tashi Wangdü joined the sutric school of the Sakya Monastery, Chöde Lho, where he received his current ordination name - Dakpa Woeser. Six months later, he joined the Sakya tantric school, Chöde Chang. His training and education in Tibet were very rigorous. At the age of eight and a half, he passed his Vajrakilaya exam in the compassionate presence of His Holiness the fortieth Sakya Trizin, Ngawang Thutob Wangchuk. For the next thirteen years, the three-month study semesters at the tantric school alternated with the strenuous examinations. He gained a complete mastery over the scriptures, rituals and sacred dances of different deities, such as Mahakala, Vajrayoghini, Vajrakilaya, and many others. During his stay in Sakya, he also completed various retreats: a nine-month Hevajra retreat, three-month Vajrakilaya, Mahakala, Virocana, and other retreats.   

In 1959, he took the Bhikshu vows from the eminent master, Lhatang Khenpo Rinchen Sangpo.

He left for India later that year. In India, he stayed at the Ghoom Monastery, close to Darjeeling for 32 years, where he shared a small wooden attic dwelling with three other monks. The entire monastic community was continuously blessed by the magnificent teachings of Khenpo Sangyé Tenzin, who in 1989 was pleased to receive an invitation extended to Lama Dakpa by Khenchen Sherab Rinpoche to come to Sakya Tsechen Ling in Kuttosheim, France.   

In the meanwhile, His Holiness the Sakya Trizin conferred upon Lampa Dakpa the title of Chöpön, and invited him to be part of his retinue in the role of the shrine keeper during three-to-four-month Lamdre and Drubtab Kündü teachings in Dheradun and Ladakh.

He arrived to France in 1991, and took residency at Sakya Tsechen Ling. He served Khenchen Sherab Rinpoche with an unshakable determination for over 23 years.

His daily schedule includes an early morning Tara ritual and an afternoon Mahakala ritual. He observes special practice days in accordance with Tibetan calendar, and often retreats on these occasions for three to five days to perform additional prayers and rituals.

Venerable Lama Dakpa Woeser often confers teachings, and regularly visits Yeshe Chöling Sakya Centre in Freiburg (Germany), where he performs different rituals, such as the Tara ritual.

On 29 September 2015, while he was visiting the Guru Sakya Monastery in Darjeeling, His Holiness the Sakya Trizin conferred upon him the title of Khenpo. In 2015, he also started giving initiations.

“Lama Dakpa Woeser, the resident Lama at our Dharma center (Sakya Tsechen Ling) in France, has been exerting himself in the training of holy Vinaya (the monastic discipline), and is accomplished in the ritual tradition of the great masters of the past. He also diligently studied the traditions of both sutra and tantra under the late Khenchen Sangye Tenzin, and has thus become examplary in terms of knowledge and conduct in all regards. On top of that, he also took special care of this monastery (in Darjeeling) by offering his financial support.

For these reasons he has been nominated Khenpo and shall from now on receive the honour and respect due to this position and shared among the Khenpos of the glorious Sakya tradition.
 
From the side of the owner of this title and befitting his newly gained status, it is also important he increases the kind of efforts he displayed in the past in terms of service offered to the community, which definitely was of great benefit to the teachings and the monasteries.” 

This was written by the Sakya Trizin at the Darjeeling Guru Sakya monastery Do-Ngag Norbu Ling on September 29, 2015.