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Learn about (and Recite) the Tashi Prayer!
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche has said that whenever anyone asks him for prayer, he frequently recites “The Prayer of the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones,” also known as “The Tashi Prayer.”
This prayer, compiled by Mipham Rinpoche in the 19th Century, is drawn from the longer “Sutra of Auspicious Words,” which was the Buddha’s response to a devotee’s question about how to bring auspiciousness into any situation. It contains the names of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and auspicious emblems, forging a virtuous connection of love and faith with the enlightened ones.
It’s common to recite this when waking in the morning, before going to sleep at night, before competing in a contest (the text says, “before going to war,” but a lama explained once that here, “war” means religious debate) or before going on a journey. Lamas and Rinpoches recite it while traveling, and when they hear that someone is in trouble and needs the protection of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas.
Lama Kathy’s advice about learning the prayer is to recite it every day, once a day, for six months. This will help you become familiar with the rhythm of the prayer and its patterns, and will help you commit it to memory.
Here’s wishing you good fortune in learning this prayer, and may your recitation benefit all sentient beings!
For many, a highlight of our Sunday programming is the 11:30am Dharma Talk, when one of our Lamas or senior meditation instructors leads us through an examination of a particular book or topic, often with question-and-answer time towards the end of the hour. Our current series of talks has been focused on the book “The Essence of Buddhism” by Traleg Rinpoche.
The 1000-year-old tradition of Tibetan Buddhism has helped countless people reach a state of awakening, which is defined as a complete purification of self-fixated self-defeating patterns and a complete ripening of all our inherent qualities of compassion and wisdom. The idea of awakening is attractive to many, but the “how” of that awakening can be a mystery. Traleg Rinpoche, Tibetan-born but fluent in English and educated in the West, is the perfect interpreter for Tibetan Buddhism to Western minds. His book covers the entire path from the Four Noble Truths to Loving Kindness to the highest Tantra. It’s accessible and welcoming introduction for all levels of student.
Some months ago, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa gave advice to the students of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche about how to pray for the long life and good health of KTD’s beloved abbot. His Holiness suggested that students recite the Long Life Sutra, or the Amitayus Dharani (also called the Tse Zung, or long longevity mantra) and dedicate the merit to Rinpoche’s long life.
Recently, Khenpo Rinpoche experienced an illness, so we in the KTD community have begun accumulating recitations of the sutra and the Amitayus Dharani (and the “short mantra” of Amitayus, which is easier for some to recite). We hope to collect 1 million short mantras, 1 million long mantras, and at least 100,000 recitations of the sutra.
You can click this link to see these mantras and to add your mantras to the grand total. May His Holiness Karmapa, Khenpo Rinpoche, and all our teachers enjoy long life and good health!
We are very pleased to announce that Anne McCain has volunteered to take on the role of Facilities Coordinator for Columbus KTC. In this role Anne will be recruiting volunteers to assist with the never-ending tasks of maintaining the building and grounds, keeping the center clean, clearing snow, and making sure we are always stocked with the necessities that are so easy to take for granted (i.e. toilet paper!).
Of course Anne is not expected to handle all of these things herself. Her job will be to coordinate with current volunteers and recruit more people willing to lend a hand. If you are interested in filling a need in this area, let Anne know at email@example.com.
Be sure to thank Anne for her service the next time you see her!
Looking for more practice opportunities this year? Ever feel like you need to recharge after a long week?
Throughout 2014, Columbus KTC will periodically offer Saturday retreats, each focused on a specific practice. The series kicks off February 8th with the Four Session Guru Yoga of the 8th Karmapa. If you attended our White Tara program in December, you’ve already got a glimpse of the format for these retreats: a morning of instruction and an afternoon of practice. Future topics will include the Chenrezig sadhana, Ngondro, and even a Nyingne (one-day version of Nyunge)!
If you have suggestions for a retreat topic, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll compile a list for Lama Kathy to review. May all beings benefit from our year of practice!