Reflections on the Tara Retreat, 2018

The Tara Retreat and Dolma Yuldok practice, 2018 was a week long program organised by Druk Ralung Shedrup Choling and presided by Gyalwa Dokhampa, with the primary objective to create an understanding on the essence and conduct of practices for the 21 Taras. It also endeavored to incorporate the practices into our daily lives for lay practitioners towards accumulation of merit, purification with the final goal of transforming our mind and recognizing our own nature of mind.

However, the recitation was without much understanding but I had hoped that due to my merit accumulation (at least speech merit accumulation) I would one day have my eureka moment and understand the profound meanings of the recitation. That moment for me came with the opportunity to partake in the Tara Retreat, 2018.

Published on - 18-Jan-2019

Nepal Pad Yatra: A Walk to Remember Nepal

Two years ago, on this day (25 April, 2015), thousands of people lost their lives and millions were left homeless after an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude on the Richter scale struck Nepal.

A Pad Yatra themed “A Walk to Remember Nepal” was led by His Eminence Gyalwa Dokhampa from November 15 to November 22, 2015 to pray for all the affected beings during and after the earthquake.

This documentary, which captures Pad Yatra and the initiatives of the Live to Love International in the aftermath of this devastating earthquake, is released in memory of all those affected by the earthquake of April 25, 2015.

Published on - 24-Apr-2017

Philosophy of Buddhism in Daily Life

His Eminence started with the introduction that Buddhism is not a religion but a philosophy of life for attaining happiness. The Buddha had only one wish and that was for all sentient beings to be happy, it was with that motivation that he taught Dharma to us. He never wished to establish a religion that would spread the world over and make him renowned. If his desire was to achieve fame then he could have easily achieved that because he was a prince and foretold to become the king of earth if he remained as a royalty

Published on - 14-Mar-2017

The Monk In The Luxury Hotel

Lessons from a Himalayan Buddhist Master
By Raphael, Departure Magazine

When it comes to religion, I have been called a libertine, a blasphemer, a dilettante and a skeptic. But even for someone as irreverent as myself, there’s something intimidating about the prospect of interviewing a Himalayan Buddhist Tulku.

In Himalayan Buddhism, a Tulku is a spiritual teacher, a religious custodian who reincarnates through the ages, and who remembers the accumulated wisdom and experience of each life, which he imparts to others. In Chinese, Tulku translates into 活佛, which means ‘living buddha’.

His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is the most globally famous example of a Tulku. But contrary to popular misconception, Himalayan Buddhism is not a monolithic belief system. It is a labyrinthine, organic composite of a myriad different schools – Drukpa and Gelug and Nyingma – each lineage a single branch in a vast tree of belief.

Published on - 08-Dec-2016

Recognising anger and managing it effectively

Emotion: What’s anger? How does one manage this emotion? As naturally in men as this emotion sits, the questions are serious. They are vital to understand oneself. They are vital to relate oneself with others.

His Eminence Gyalwa Dokhampa Jigme Pema Nyinjadh and the referral hospital’s psychiatrist Dr Chencho Dorji shared their perspectives about anger and how to manage it at the Royal Thimphu College yesterday.

Gyalwa Dokhampa Rinpoche said that by nature people are positive, but one becomes negative by habit and one can only manage anger by recognising it.

Published on - 09-Oct-2016

An Introduction to Damzey Nyongdrol or Rainbow Globule: The Nectar that Miraculously Generates Happiness in All.

Prostration to the Lotus Feet of Jetsun Dorji Lopen that Explains the Substantial Wisdom. The wheel that naturally achieved compassion has the equivalent power of a thousand spokes. It is for this reason that it dominated as the precious wealth in the realms of both samsara and nirvana, becoming an image of veneration for the sentient beings. The Damzey (sacred medicinal globule) that was created through secret methods or otherwise acquired by means of a child’s play is the essence of precious substance which turned into Ka-na-ka (gold), the fair iron element. The miraculous Damzey is thus introduced in writing.

Published on - 01-Aug-2016