...release the arrow
This is Arrow's the fourth and final section, The Archers, which consists of a selection of submissions from Saraha teachers and Sangha members.
Comments from Saraha founding teacher Lama Tharchin Rinpoche (as part of his donation of items for Saraha raffle fundraising)
...My wish is that we can create a place for Dudjom lineage holders for future generations. Our focus is on education in particular, because we have the best incomparable Mindroling Khenchen Tsewang Rigdzin teaching us. That is our great fortune. Through our local lamas, Lama Tsering Gyaltsen, Lama Sonam, Lama Tashi, and myself, whatever we can do to establish our goal of promoting the Dudjom Tersar, we will do. With Saraha Institute, our main focus is on education, shedra. Our own generation is aging now, but through the Vajrayana Foundation and Saraha Institute, we can establish the Dharma for future generations of lineage holders. This is our aim. In order to establish this kind of goal, we need to come together, just like during the time of Guru Rinpoche, King Trisong Deutsen, and Shantarakshita. If we put our entire effort and energy into the Dharma, we can create a Dharma bank for the whole world. We can work together to accumulate a vast ocean, planting a seed for the Dharma to grow and ripen in America in the future, creating a comprehensive and solid foundation for education and practice....
A message from Saraha founding teacher Lama Tsering Gyaltsen with guidance for Arrow newsletter contents, and a New Year's poem
(click links in the text below to visit Lama Gyaltsen's requests)
Tashi De leg. I think we can put the Saraha vision statement in the newsletter. And put in short prayers of HH Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje and HH Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, and information about Saraha's fund raising projects. Also, a short life story of HE Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and that of HH Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche (sorry, the editor could not find or make this item in time, will try to find include in next edition.)
At the end of the newsletter, please put in the prayer "dzamling chi dang" and the prayer "khenlob chosum"
Thank you so much doing this. LTGyaltsen
(Lama Gyaltsen had also previously sent us a wonderfully Losar poem he specifically wrote as an aspiration for Saraha and to welcome in the New Year. You can read Lama Gyaltsen's poem HERE.)
Submission of poems in Tibetan calligraphy by Saraha resident teacher Lama Tashi Deleg
A poem by the Tibetan Buddhist master Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa.
A poem by Tibetan Buddhist master Gedun Chopel.
A poem of auspiciousness for Saraha by Lama Tashi himself.
(Click HERE for poems. English language translations forthcoming.)
Submission by Anonymous regarding learning the meaning of compassion at Saraha
...I realized on an experiential level that it is not my compassion, or your compassion, or his, or hers, or theirs. It is Compassion. It is the essence of True Nature that pervades all beings. It emanates from my root lama, Lama Sonam, Lama Tharchin, Lama Sonam, Lama Tashi, and the Saraha sangha...(click HERE for full submission)
Submission from Saraha Tibetan language student Geoff Kassner regarding the particular value of learning Tibetan for Dharma
...The Tibetan word ‘Jampa’ is one of my favorite examples. Its common translation into English is “love.” However, this is an incomplete translation. ‘Jampa’ means, “I want you to be happy.” In English, I can say, “I love my car.” In Tibetan, this is crazy thinking since it would be ridiculous to wish our car be happy. Ask any Tibetan if it makes sense for someone to love their car, and they will laugh at you.... (click HERE for full submission)
Submission by Anonymous regarding some life and Dharma experiences
...Lama Tharchin Rinpoche taught outer circumstances as “…a thorn for the Samadhi meditation.”
Gingerly sitting on barbed thorns, flying every which way down tributaries of distraction once the little teeth bit and sunk in.
Now—still precious little wisdom or discipline. But—late afternoon light beaming like amber over the vulture shoulders of a room full of seven-point postures; Junction City prayer flags laid out all five colors in ripstop fabric before evening session.
Blessed space and even breath on all sides. Burning off of winter and movement toward Losar; the slow removal of thorns.... (click HERE for full text)
Submission by Anonymous, poems about arrows
... Narrowing the arrow down to nothing,
By becoming so unequivocally specific,
At the unseen moment it disappears completely
Immediately, naturally the point emerges... (click HERE for full text)
Submission by Pema regarding the alien-ness of early morning
... Sounds are muffled, people speak in shy, hushed voices as if afraid to break the spell of sleep. The lingering effects of their dreams remain apparent on their faces, resulting in expressions of peace, confusion or frustration on their tired faces as they move slowly and purposefully through the thick and sleepy air.... (click HERE for full text)
Submission by Saraha student Sandra Bishop regarding The Spiritual teacher
...It is often said in Tibetan teachings that no one ever attained enlightenment without following a spiritual master. In this day and age we have libraries full of books on the dharma and spiritual practices. We have quick access through the Internet to online courses and teachings from great masters and self-professed teachers at all levels of spiritual mastery. But there is nothing that can take the place of direct interaction with an authentic spiritual master....(click HERE for full text)
Finally, the prayers requested by Lama Gyaltsen
the prayer dzam ling chi dang...
DZAM LING CHI DANG YUL KHAM DI DAG TU
At this very instant, for all people and nations of Earth,
NED MUG TSHON SOK DUG NGAL MING MI DRAG
Let not even the words "disease," 'famine," "war" and "suffering" be heard,
CHÖ DAN SO NAM PAL JOR GONG DU PHEL
But may virtue, merit, wealth and plenty increase
TAG TU TASHI DE LEG PHUN TSHOG SHOG
And auspiciousness and well-being ever abound
and the prayer khenlob cho sum
KHEN LOB CHO SUM RING LUK CHE
May the great tradition of the Abbot Shantarakshita,
the Master Padmasambhava, and the Dharma King Trisong Detsun
DZAM LING SA SUM KHYAN PAR PEL
Increase and spread throughout the three realms of this world.
DRO GYUD CHOG SUM NANG WA DANG
May the appearance of the Three Jewels and the mindstreams of beings
MI DRAL DU SUM GE LEK SHOG
Remain inseparable and bring sublime well-being throughout the three times.
Composed by Kyabje Dudjom Yeshe Dorje