Infinite Lights Lumbini 2015 : No Boundaries

Infinite Lights Lumbini 2015 : No Boundaries

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Light cast away darkness.

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Light cast away fear.

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Where there is light, people gathers.

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Where there is light, there is hope.

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There is no need for words to bring unknown indivudals together to light up the lamps.

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There is no differentiation to who we are and where we come from when we light up each lamp.

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There is only light, clear light that cast away the unknow, the fear and all our worries,

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Unknown individuals from different walks of life, from differnt countries; many of which we don’t speak a common language but we all are here to light the lamps.

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We are here to light up the hope for world peace, to light up the happiness in our hearts.

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Infinite Lights Lumbini 2015 : Opening Ceremony

Infinite Lights Lumbini 2015 : Opening Ceremony

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On Feb 18, 2015 evening, the opening ceremony commenced with participation from and support from the Chinese Temple, and many other Sanghas from the various monasteries in the Lumbini Developement Trust area, and is also attended by specially invited guest, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche.

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The very first butter lamps were lighted using the fire from the holy flame.

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There were 56 tables decorated with butter lamps along side Prince Aveue and lighting up the night brightly, the largest scale ever first time in Lumbini.

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The ceremony continued at a site close by the sacred garden where it was attending by many from all over the world.

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With the prayer flags flying in the air, the opening ceremony was then graced by Sanghas from differen countries blessing the event by reciting mantra in their local languages.

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Ani Choying Dolma also graced the event with her performance, singing many of her well-known songs.

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The Abbot of Chinese Temple, along with special guest, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche then pass on the flame from the holy fire by lighting up the butter lamps of the Sanghas.

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When everyone’s butter lamps were all lighted, the whole continengent moved into the sacred garden.

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As the finale of the opening cermony, everyone holding the lamps, entered the sacred garden and lined up beside the sacred pond to dedicate the merits of the event to all sentient beings to bless them with good healthy and prosperity and at the same time pray for world peace.

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The 10 million lamps will be lighted throughout the one month from Feb 19, 2015 in Lumbini.

Story of the 10 millions Infinite Lamps : Travelling to Lumbini

Story of the 10 millions Infinite Lamps : Travelling to Lumbini

It was a big challenge to transport the lamps from Beijing to Lumbini. The distance between these two places is about 5000 km, across six completely different types of climate zones, from the sub-arctic to tropical. More specifically, in between the two countries stands the Himalayan mountains, the “Roof of the World.” To ship the lamps by sea would take longer time and would include many uncontrollable factors. The final decision was to transportthem by road. On December 9, 2014, there were 4 heavy trucks, loaded with 92 tons of lamps that had started its journey from Beijing.

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It took the trucks 13 days to drive from Beijing to Lhasa. After resting for 5 days in Lhasa, the next part of the journey to Zhangmu continued. The trucks twice met heavy snow and it almost closed the mountain road. The Himalayan mountains were full of steep cliffs and snow. Waterfalls had frozen on the ground and formed a thick icy layer on the road, allowing only one-way passing by cars. The trucks moved as slow as a squirming line. From time to time, some huge snow balls rolled down from the hills as high as five to six-storey buildings and broke the road. They had to wait for the wrecking team to come and clean up the road. A forklift was used to shovel a “snow cave” for trucks to pass through one by one. The team took 7 days to drive a distance which only needs one day in normal situations. As the food and the water that the drivers took with them could only last for one day, Rail Lhasa had to deploy an off-road vehicle to send the food and water to the drivers as an emergency.

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Even though it was extremely cold and there was a lack of food and water, none of the drivers had complained about anything. To the contrary, they did their best to help as they knew that they were doing a very special duty; they were transporting the lamps to Lumbini, where the Buddha was born, where they would be lit for the peace of the world.

 

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The transporting trucks got to deal with many challenges during the journey which made the transportation even more challenging. But thanks to all the support that was gotten the way, while it was not smooth sailing, problems encountered were all resolved successfully.

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And on 15th Janurary, 2015, the lamps arrrived in Lumbini and are all storaged in the Chinese Temple.

Dzogchen Meditation Retreat in Creta (April 3-8, 2015)

“According to the Holographic Universe Theory of Ecology, all life-forms, including the Earth and the Universe, are closely and infinitely interconnected. From this perspective, it is not difficult to understand the vital importance that compassion of an individual can have on his own happiness and those of others.

By observing and being aware of our inner world, we start to realize that true happiness begins with caring and cherishing others. The best way to love oneself is to love and cherish others. We begin to understand that if we want ourselves and others to be happy, we need to have compassion.”
—By Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche

Dzogchen or “Great Perfection” is a tradition of teachings in Tibetan Buddhism, aimed at attaining and maintaining the primordial state or natural state of mind. Dzogchen’s direct approach goes beyond cultural and religious boundaries.

Here we are inviting you to attend one week retreat in Creta, Greece. This retreat is organized by International Gyalwai Nyugu Association. The aim of the retreat is to “open the door to the mind” through Dzogchen meditation. This retreat will provide you a rare opportunity to meeting and learning with a truly great Tibetan Buddhist and meditation teacher, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche, and discover the practice of guru yoga. Rinpoche has vast experience in guiding students who are interested in looking into their own mind and who want to understand their own inner world.

In this special retreat, Rinpoche will teach on the following:
- Opening the door to the mind (Introducing the Nature Of Mind by Garab Dorje – Hitting the essence in three words http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Garab_Dorje)
– Methods of dealing with negative emotions and habitual patterns
– Methods of developing wisdom through everyday practice
– The similarities and differences among different meditation methods o Preliminary meditation and advanced meditation
– Empowerment and practice of Guru Yoga- One to one private guide with Rinpoche

Date & Time: April 3 to April 8, 2015.
Starts from morning 8.00am until 6.00 pm. We suggest that you arrive on April 2nd. You may leave earlier if necessary.

Event place: Shores of Ammoudara in Creta Island, in “Creta Beach Hotel and bungalows“;on see side.

Languages: Chinese and English (French, Germany, or Swedish, are also available)

Fees: No Fee for the retreat itself. (But certain common costs need to be covered, so we suggest a
donation of 120 Euro to IGNA)

How to get there: Close to airport Heraklion. There are taxi and bus available.

Meals & Accommodation: We have appointed one travel agent in Germany to organize the accommodations for us, which cost about 41 Euro, per person, per day include three meals! Two persons share one hotel room. This is special price we got and everybody who participates the retreat will live very close to each other in a walking distance.

Registration: Please fill out the following the registration form and submit.

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Any questions? Please email info@igna.org

 

Benefits of Making Light Offerings

The Sutra of Arya Maitreya says, “Those who offer a thousand lights or a thousand blue utpali flowers or make the pinnacle of a stupa or a holy form will be reborn when Maitreya Buddha shows the deed of gaining enlightenment and will receive his first Dharma teaching.”

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Offering light, in particular, is a special door of dependent arising for quickly completing the accumulation of merit and receiving great blessings. It is said in the second chapter of the Root Tantra of Chakrasamvara, who is a manifestation of Shakyamuni Buddha, “If you want sublime realizations, offer hundreds of lights.”

It is said in The Ten Wheel Sutra of the Essence of Earth (Kshitigarbha), “All comfort, happiness and peace in this world come from making offerings to the Rare Sublime Ones (the Triple Gem). Therefore, those who want comfort, happiness and peace should always try to make offerings to the Rare Sublime Ones.”

In general, all goodness in samsara and nirvana comes from making offerings to the Triple Gem, but specifically, different kinds of offerings bring you different benefits. Guru Shakyamuni Buddha, the fourth of the thousand buddhas of this fortunate eon, whose holy mind was enriched with the ten powers, announced in the Tune of Brahma Sutra Clarifying Karma that making light offerings brings you ten benefits:

  1. You become like a light in the world.
  2. You achieve (when born human) the clairvoyance of the pure flesh eye.
  3. You achieve the devas’ eye.
  4. You receive the wisdom of knowing what is virtue and what is nonvirtue.
  5. You are able to eliminate the darkness of ignorance, the concept of inherent existence.
  6. You receive the illumination of wisdom; even in samsara you never experience darkness.
  7. You receive much wealth and enjoyment.
  8. You are reborn in the deva or human realm.
  9. You quickly become liberated.
  10. You quickly attain enlightenment.

Devas or human beings who accumulate the merit of making one light offering – or even a handful of flowers – will see the fully enlightened buddha, Maitreya.

Source: Rinpoche, Lama Zopa. Extensive Offering Practice. Oregon: FPMT, 2003.

Lighting 10 Million Wisdom Lamps from the Heart

During the first month of the Tibetan new year in 2015 (Feb 19-Mar 20), Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche will lead both sanghas and lay people from around the world to perform light offerings in the 10 Million Light Offering Event at the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama – in Lumbini, Nepal. The event will also be graced by many sanghas from the temples and monasteries in and around the Lumbini Development Zone.

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This event is organised by the Chinese Temple (Lumbini, Nepal) and supported by IGNA (updated on Feb 2015).

IGNA sincerely invites your participation in lighting up these wisdom l amps in Lumbini – one of the four holy places of Buddhism.

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To facilitate your participation, IGNA is organizing donation collection for the light offering event. Your kind contributions will be used to purchase the butter lamps for the event, perform monk offering as well as to support the event. There will be over 100 volunteers to light up all the 10 million lamps throughout the entire month.

 

Please send your contributions to the following IGNA bank account: –

 

Account Name : International Gyalwai Nyugu Association

BIC : HANDSESS

IBAN SE336000 0000 0000 5061 3189 (Euro account, number 5061 3189)

IBAN: SE57 6000 0000 0008 0121 6508 (SEK account, number 8 0121 6508)

Bank Name:Handelsbanken

Bank Address: 6241 GÖTEBORG LINDHOLMEN, SWEDEN

Purpose:Light Offerings

 

In order for us to register your generous contribution and for bookkeeping purposes, please send us an email to notify us of your donation at light.offering@igna.org. In the email, please kindly provide:

 

Name of donor:

Date of bank transfer:

Donation amount:

Email to receive the acknowledgement of the donation:

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Besides light offering, IGNA is also planning some other relevant activities in this auspicious month in Nepal. Please look out for our updated news.

 

For those of you who wish to make a pilgrimage trip to this very sacred place to personally participate in the light offering event may consider the following travelling dates:

 

Feb 18 – Feb 26 (Feb 19 marks the 1st day of the event where the opening ceremony will be held)

Feb 26 – Mar 5

Mar 5 – Mar 12

Mar 12 – Mar 20 (Mar 20 marks the last day of the event where the closing ceremony will be held)

 

IGNA will provide some Lumbini travel tips to assist travellers; do look out for our updates.

 

For any inquiries on the event, please send them to light.offering@igna.org.

 

 

IGNA

Sep 28, 2014

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The 1st annual International Gyalwai Nyugu Association retreatIGNA首届闭关禅修

1st IGNA retreat2The first annual International Gyalwai Nyugu Association (IGNA) retreat was held in Marbella, Spain from the 10th March until the 16th March 2014. The participants were truly fortunate to receive teachings and a Chenrezig  empowerment from Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche during the 7 day retreat. Participants came from Canada, China, France, Germany, Morocco,  Russia,  Singapore, South Africa and Sweden. The retreat catered for the practice needs of people from all walks of life, Buddhists and non Buddhists.

 

Before sunrise (sunrise was around 07:40)

The retreat got of to a bright and early 5.00 am start on the first day. Or should i say, not bright yet, but early start anyway. At 5.00am Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche transmitted the 8 precepts. He then proceeded to teach until around 08.00am.  Some participants took the 8 precepts for one day, others took the precepts for two days.The 8 Precepts were transmitted every morning at 5.00am for 6 of the 7 retreat days  and teachings given thereafter by Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche. Followed by a session of Guru Yoga. Thereafter  all the participants continued  with their own practices, which consisted of prostrations, reciting mantras or doing their own individual Guru Yoga sessions.

Meals

Breakfast for those taking the 8 Precepts consisted of a cup of Tsampa soup. Apart from the tsampa soup in the morning,  lunch was the main meal. More than 90% of the retreatants did  not eat evening meals. The lunches were prepared in pairs by different participants. The result was that lunch presented cuisine made from participants all over the world. Good enough even to  tempt some to ’break their silence’.

1st IGNA retreatMid morning and afternoon sessions

Mid morning teachings were given by Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche. These teachings were on the priceless  37 Practices of a Bodhisattva composed by Ngulchu Gyalsas Thogmed Zangpo

The afternoon sessions were mixed. Some days there were teachings, some days participants carried on with their own specific practices, and on two afternoons participants went down to the beach. A stroll along the beach, the sound of the breaking waves is conducive to walking meditation practices.

The teachings of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva followed a general frame work. Within the framework were teachings on the theory of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, and how to put the teachings into practice. Putting the theory of the teachings into practice is vitally important. As Rinpoche  explained by means of one example  ”It is like learning to play golf. At first the golf trainer instructs you on your posture, the correct swing and how to hit the ball. After receiving these instructions you still need to be able put the instrctions into practice. Just because you have received the instructions it does not mean that you will automatically become a good golfer. You have to first practice the instructions. And while practicing you have to ensure you don’t develop incorrect habits that will also affect your skill and ability to play. So you understand that it is important that you continue to receive instructions from the trainer until you have perfected your game of golf. Similarly, when learning the Dharma after receiving the teachings, you need to put the teachings into practice and incorporate the teachings into your daily life. Likewise you should regularly consult your Lama to ensure that your practice is improving and that you have not developed any negative habits. ”

1st IGNA retreat3We were even fortunate enough to experience practicing theory first hand. Just as the text appeared for  verse twelve which states  ”if someone, under the power of strong desire, robs or forces others to steal all ones belongings, …..” One session, when everyone was away from the retreat center, a few things were misappropriated. When this was reported to Rinpoche, he smiled and said ”We should rejoice. Not only did we not have to cling to these items any more,  we have also repaid some karma. We should make mental offerings to the person who took the items, that they may truly enjoy and benefit from all the items that they misappropriated”  If someone asks what is enlightened attitude? I would answer that this is the attitude of  enlightenment.

Teachings continued to verse 13 of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva.

According to the sutras, if you were to kill someone, you would have to repay 500 lives. If you found yourself in a situation in which you were to contemplate killing someone for any host of premeditated reasons. Bearing this in mind, the choice of suffering this life, or suffering 500 future lives, what choice would you make?

We have another 24 verses to look forward to at the 2nd IGNA Annual Retreat.

Evening sessions

Phowa was taught in the evening. Phowa is a special practice that is of great assistance to practitioners especially at the time of their death.

On one of the evenings, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche introduced a discussion regarding what was understood by ’perception’. Just this one word brought about a rivoting two hour debate between all the retreatants.  I guess it just goes to show that how we perceive the world definitely depends on ’our perception’.

When asked how our inherent nature was compassion. Rinpoche responded that by knowing our inherent nature, we would not act in ways that hurt, or upset others. This is in itself a great act of compassion.

Empowerments

1st IGNA retreat4The last evening Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche, on the auspicious ’day of miracles’ , gave the four arm Chenrezig  which ended at around 03.00am on the morning of the 17th.

We are all  truly grateful to Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche for his selfless efforts and teachings. Wisdom gained from attending and receiving live teachings is so different to gaining wisdom from reading books. In a sense it could be compared to learning a language from a professional personal tutor as opposed to trying to learning from a language book.

It was especially rewarding to witness the transformation, from the first day to the last day,  evident amongst all the retreat participants. Not only had everyone shed ’a few kilo’s’,  more remarkable was the positive transformation visible in everyone.

Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche’s Teaching in Gothenburg Sweden仁波切讲座:有关修法的次第以及大圆满法的传承

Rinpoche 3Place:    Linnégatan 21 in Göteborg, Våning 2

Tibetan Buddhist Association in Göteborg

Date:    10 th, April 2014

Time:    17:00 – 20:00

 

 

Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche will talk about the importance of gradual practice in Tibetan Buddhist tradition. There are important reasons for proceeding in ones practice in a certain order, reasons which Rinpoche will explain.

He will also clarify the unique approaches of each of the four schools in Tibetan Buddhism which are Kagyu, Sakya, Gelugpa and Nyingma.

Finally, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche will give some introduction Longchen Nyingthik and Longsal Nyingtik in the Dzogchen tradition, which he is a lineage holder of.

Public talk by Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche in Gothenburg Sweden如来芽仁波切在哥德堡对公众的讲座

Rinpoche 3Place:                 Allégården, Stora salen (close to Hagabadet), Södra Allégatan 4, in Gothenburg Tram stop:       Järntorget Date:                  Tuesday, 15 April 2014 Time:                 18.30 – 21.00 Suggested donation for covering organizational costs: 150 Sek Discover the Rigpa Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche will picture how Tibetan people are encouraged to discover Rigpa, which is deeply integrated into their daily life through Buddhist practice. With many vivid and captivating examples Rinpoche will describe, how this knowledge about Rigpa can be applied into every aspect of our human existence. Applying this knowledge can give strength and inspiration to us in any life situation and lead to a deeper satisfaction and happiness. The ultimate purpose of meditation Nowadays it is common for people both in East and West to meditate and there are wide ranges of reasons for that. But do we always know what the purpose and the outcome of the various meditation techniques is? Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche is a widely known and highly respected meditation master. Rinpoche will share with us his knowledge about different types of meditation. He will also explain about the pitfalls of meditating incorrectly and provide advices, which can aid a successful meditation. About the speaker Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche is a well renowned and respected Dzogchen master with the meditation as his core practice. From the year 2001 until current time he has given teachings throughout the world. To read about Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche:  www.gyalwai-nyugu.com This public talk is arranged by the International Gyalwai Nyugu Association. The public talk is translated to English. Registration For those who register in advance we will reserve a seat. You can register by sending an e-mail with your name and mobile number to Katja Panova: info@igna.se. You can also pay the suggested donation in advance to the International Gyalwai Nyugu Association, Bankgiro: 353 – 1308 at Handelsbanken.

Place:                 Allégården, Stora salen (close to Hagabadet), Södra Allégatan 4, in Gothenburg Tram stop:       Järntorget Date:                  Tuesday, 15 April 2014 Time:                 18.30 – 21.00 Suggested donation for covering organizational costs: 150 Sek Discover the Rigpa Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche will picture how Tibetan people are encouraged to discover Rigpa, which is deeply integrated into their daily life through Buddhist practice. With many vivid and captivating examples Rinpoche will describe, how this knowledge about Rigpa can be applied into every aspect of our human existence. Applying this knowledge can give strength and inspiration to us in any life situation and lead to a deeper satisfaction and happiness. The ultimate purpose of meditation Nowadays it is common for people both in East and West to meditate and there are wide ranges of reasons for that. But do we always know what the purpose and the outcome of the various meditation techniques is? Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche is a widely known and highly respected meditation master. Rinpoche will share with us his knowledge about different types of meditation. He will also explain about the pitfalls of meditating incorrectly and provide advices, which can aid a successful meditation. About the speaker Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche is a well renowned and respected Dzogchen master with the meditation as his core practice. From the year 2001 until current time he has given teachings throughout the world. To read about Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche:  www.gyalwai-nyugu.com This public talk is arranged by the International Gyalwai Nyugu Association. The public talk is translated to English. Registration For those who register in advance we will reserve a seat. You can register by sending an e-mail with your name and mobile number to Katja Panova: info@igna.se. You can also pay the suggested donation in advance to the International Gyalwai Nyugu Association, Bankgiro: 353 – 1308 at Handelsbanken.