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SUMMER 2017 TEACHINGS

SUMMER

Thank You for All the Work on the New Vajrasattva Statue
Rinpoche was shown some pictures of the latest round of cleaning on a new Vajrasattva statue that was donated to Orgyen Dorje Den, and he sends this message to everyone who has participated in the preparations.
Thank You for All the Work on the New Vajrasattva Statue

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On Becoming a Sponge (a.k.a. Doing the Preliminary Practices)
This teaching was taken from a video call with Rinpoche at the conclusion of the 2017 Ngondro Retreat at Tashi Choling.
On Becoming a Sponge (a.k.a. Doing the Preliminary Practices)

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On Supporting Ani Legshe and Ani Tsultrim
Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche heard that Ani Legshe and Ani Tsultrim are in need of assistance at this time. He has always praised them for their sincere faith and love of dharma, and now that they are needing more support, he expects all of us--their sangha family--to step up in whatever ways they need. As he says, "They are our real sangha, our real dharma sisters, these Anis!" He also has requested everyone to pray for them continuously.
On Supporting Ani Legshe and Ani Tsultrim

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Ojai Sangha Video Call
On July 16th, Rinpoche had a video call with the Ojai sangha. They had a series of questions.
Ojai Sangha Video Call

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On Practicing On The Upcoming Eclipse Day
There will be a total solar eclipse on August 21st, visible at least in part throughout much of North America. As eclipse days are said to be particularly powerful days for practice according to the Tibetan tradition (the positive or negative effects of our actions are said to be multiplied 10,000 times), we asked Rinpoche for advice on practicing on this occasion.
On Practicing On The Upcoming Eclipse Day

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Cleaning Day Excerpts Part 2: Afternoon Teachings
On June 25th, a group of students came to help with some deep cleaning at Rinpoche’s residence. The following are some excerpts from Rinpoche’s advice to the group when he met with them at the end of the day.
Cleaning Day Excerpts Part 2: Afternoon Teachings

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Cleaning Day Excerpts Part 1: Morning Teachings
On June 25th, a group of students came to help with some deep cleaning at Rinpoche’s residence. The following are some excerpts from Rinpoche’s advice to the group during the morning.
Cleaning Day Excerpts Part 1: Morning Teachings

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That’s Your Temple, You Guys
Having been in the Bay Area for a year and a half, Rinpoche was planning to return to Tashi Chöling in mid-July but decided to cancel the trip just a few days before he was scheduled to go, not wanting to make such a big push at that point. He sent this teaching:
That’s Your Temple, You Guys

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On Karma, Consequences, and Our Constant Killing
Rinpoche recently gave the following teaching on being aware and mindful about karma and the consequences of our actions:
On Karma, Consequences, and Our Constant Killing

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On the Bardo—We Are Going To Face It All
Rinpoche says: "The bardo retreat is very important! We are all in the bardo right now! Everything is a bardo, but we don’t want to accept it! We think that the bardo is somebody else’s experience, that the teachings are about somebody else’s phenomena. Give me a break! ...There is only your bardo! Only your experience, your phenomena—what do you think the teachings are talking about?"
On the Bardo—We Are Going To Face It All

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Good Bardo!
In this teaching, Rinpoche expresses his delight that Les Collins is giving bardo teachings at Tashi Choling and encourages everyone to come and take advantage of this opportunity to learn and contemplate the bardo.
Good Bardo!

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