January 26, 2008
January 24, 2008
One of the most loved and universally chanted by Buddhist throughout the world. This mantra is commonly known as the Compassionate Buddha's mantra. The Compassionate Buddha, fondly known as Kuan Yin by the Chinese, Chenrezig by the Tibetan, Avalokiteshvara in the ancient Sanskrit of India or as Kannon in Japan.
As Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche has commented, just recite the mantra once, it purifies the four defeats of breaking the four root vows of self – liberation and the five uninterrupted negative karma. Even by reciting the mantra just one time, you collect the same merit as having made offering to an inconceivable number of Buddhas. It is good to recite the mantra and contemplate the meaning of the six syllables.
The 2nd and 3rd syllables MANI means Jewel, symbolises factors of methods, compassion and love, the altruistic intention to become enlightened. Just as a jewel is capable of removing poverty or difficulties, similarly just as a wish fulfilling jewel fulfills wishes of sentient beings and the altruistic intention to become enlightened not for oneself but for the benefit of all sentient beings. His Holiness the Dalai Lama commented.
The 4th & 5th syllables PADME means lotus and symbolises wisdom. Just as a beautiful lotus grows forth from mud and is unstained by the dirt. It is equivalent to wisdom which is capable of keeping us out from contradiction.
The last syllable HUM means inseparability or indivisibility of the unity of method and wisdom in order to achieve purity.
Thus the six syllables, OM MANI PADME HUM means that in depending on the practice of the path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, we can transform our impure body, speech and mind into pure exalted body, speech and mind of a Buddha.
Compiled and written by Thubten Namdak of LDC, Malaysia.
January 22, 2008
Since the launched of Geshe Tenzin Zopa’s blog on November 20th, 2007, we seem to have received endless good response. Many people have been writing directly to Geshe Zopa congratulating him and over 50 foreigners/students from the Kopan November (07) course who came up and congratulate him on the blog, some of them Geshe Zopa don’t even know.
Just before the launch of Geshe Zopa’s blog, we have successfully linked the blog to the Site Meter, a comprehensive real time website tracking and counter tools giving instant access to vital information and date about the site audience, a clear picture of who is visiting the site, where they come from, what interest them most, how they found you…etc.
Here are some details I like to share with all of you since the launch;
Report as at January 15, 2008
Total : 881 visits
This week : 71 visits
Average per day : 10 visits
Total paged view : 2,162
Percentage breakdown of countries that log in;
Please continue to log into Geshe Zopa’s blog and help to spam this blog to as many people as you know. We will continue to upload as much interesting information as possible to benefit all.
Last but not least on behalf of the managing team, we like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for making Geshe Zopa’s blog a great success. It must be due to your love for Geshe Zopa that makes you want to find out more about him and the things he’s doing.
Much love and prayers,
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January 19, 2008
Thanks for informing me about your blog. I have seen it and I wish to congratulate you for such a well-designed blog. I'm sure many people have put in much time and effort to get it done. Now, I go in at least once a day to see if there is any update.
Meantime, hope you have a safe and fulfilling trip in Nepal and may you be blessed with good health and happiness always.
E-mail received on Dec 5th, 2007
Thank you for the link, your website is super! I'm so glad your trip to Bangkok was so fruitful, that's really amazing! I can't wait for the next trip to happen. Do let me know in case we too are there :)
Once again, I really like your website!
Stay in touch,
"Showing love and compassion to your family and friends is the start of dharma practice. When this is successful, then you will be able to work on greater love and compassion to others.." - Geshe Zopa
Geshela's blog is awesome! It has tons of information pertaining to his teaching and his commitment to Dharma practices. I am impressed the 1st time I discovered it myself. Great Job!
I also love the online music i.e. the Chenrezig long version song. It is very uplifting and I want to download it from your source.
Keep up the great work! You are so blessed to have the great opportunity to work with him. He is such a wonderful and great monk. My hubby and I miss him very much... when he left for KL.
Stay in touch, keep blogging about Geshela's projects. It inspired so many dharma brothers and sisters,
January 14, 2008
I sincerely pray and wish that everyone is happy, healthy and prosperous and most importantly they have a meaningful life filled with great moments, days, weeks, months and year in 2008. It is definitely due to past collective good karma that we are still alive with the inspiration to be a better person and to actualize the perfection of our body, speech and mind. So we should be thankful and appreciate our previous lives where we have accumulated some good actions to have this opportunity in today’s life and also thankful to one’s parents who have provided this healthy physical form. Countless thanks also go to all the gurus, buddhas and bodhisattvas who have always blessed us to inspire the path of liberation. Therefore it’s important that all negative actions done in the past is purified now by applying the 4 opponent powers and one should remove these negative thoughts from one’s mind and never reflecting them again in the coming days, rather one should create good aura, good environment especially the contented mind with a lot of respect for yourself and others. Be more tolerant, generous and be more focus towards good deeds and put more joyous effort in one’s spiritual path to eliminate the disturbing mind and delusion and construct virtue mind, the altruism such as loving kindness, compassion and try to live a day to day life with wisdom, mindfulness and introspection which will only bring happiness and a meaningful life.
This year it’s especially important for us to actualize our compassion towards every living being and it’s suggested to accumulate the 6 syllable compassionate Buddha’s mantra as much as you can with the understanding that this 6 syllable is the antidote to pacifying of the 6 realm beings and each syllable take the responsibility to liberate the 6 realms beings to the state of peerless happiness. It is a beneficial practice to enhance happiness in oneself and others and it is a very effective practice to enhance health and longevity of your gurus, loved ones, dispel the obstacles in relationship, business and can enhance better education for children. It also helps somebody who have passed away, bringing them into rebirth in pure land where there is only happiness and no suffering.
In short, in everyday life it’s very important for us to think and live a life with this thought. Even ask oneself everyday “Don’t I think it is so nice and wonderful and meaningful to live a life thinking and doing my best to benefit oneself and others in this way?”
“As long as space remains, as long as sentient beings remain
Then may I too remain to free the misery of the world
May I become the complete cause for all other living beings
Slight happiness up to everlasting happiness”
January 12, 2008
I arrived in
Ven Rubina kindly provided time from her busy schedule to work on this biography and even though it was a very tiring task, we worked from morning to night for three consecutive days. Then some of my friends from
The pilgrimage with LDC group consisted of approximately 15 members and students plus some from Indonesia and Thailand. Most of them are new to dharma but they have been very cooperative, very understanding, full of tolerance and very enthusiastic in visiting holy places and doing practices to their best ability. In fact we are able to cover very important holy places like one place called “Sango” which is one of Vajrayogini’s holy place, cave of 80 Mahasiddha and the cave of Milerapa. Each individual had inspiring experiences and some of these holy places were missed out by the previous group. So I must say this group is very lucky to be able to make it but they had to make the effort to climb stairs. On the first day after they checked into the Hyatt Kathmandu Hotel, they managed to view the wishfullfilling great Boudhanah Stupa to make their wish. I was telling them the story that the first time they set their eyes at the Boudhanah Stupa, whatever wish they make will 100 percent be fulfilled and there were many evidence that this had happened. That made them excited and I am sure they made great wishes which will be fulfilled. Boudhanah Stupa is definitely one of the greatest places to visit when you come to Nepal. So don’t ever miss it! The other holy places are like Swoyambhunath Stupa which is self-emanated and this Stupa was also blessed by all the 4 Buddhas who descended near the mountain called “Langtalungten”. We also went to visit the Buddha Kashapa Relic Stupa and Nagajuna’s relic stupa and the entrance to the naga land where Nagajuna went to get the sutra into this world. Other sites are Manjushri’s throne, Vajrayogini’s holy place where the 2 “Phamdingpa” brothers who achieved Vajrayogini’s enlightenment and lineage of Vajrayogini’s practice. Until today the original statue which manifested in the actual form of Vajrayogini used by these 2 great practitioners are still around. We were also fortunate enough to pay respect to the very important Guru Padmasambava’s holy place, the self arising Tara and other holy sites in Kopan and Kathmandu valley.
Everyone felt very happy and fortunate to spend time with Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and received his precious teachings, initiations and blessings together with the little holy child Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche as well as with Khenrinpoche who gave them a personal guided tour around Kopan Monastery. They also received blessings from Khenrinpoche and had the opportunity to have a meal together with him.
LDC group did offer extensive pujas, sanghas offerings and donations to the monastery and these offering were also participated by others from Malaysia. They also offered hundreds of light in holy places and everyone was so touched that everywhere we went, whatever virtue or prayers done was dedicated to the dharma brothers and sisters in LDC, CGC (Penang), RJL (Triang) and Kasih Hospice. These touching moments brought tears to some of them. It only shows the care and love among them.
Of course everyone is overwhelmed with shopping. That is not surprising. I think everything seems nice, cheap, wonderful and necessary to have, especially the good quality tangkas, statues, prayer wheels and many other things. I can see that their ten days trip wasn’t enough and there were many other holy places to visit. So everyone pray and hope to go back again and again in this life time.
My trip to Kathmandu this time was again a very meaningful and happy trip. I had the opportunity to meet other friends from other parts of the world who attended the November Kopan course. They are from Singapore, Hong Kong but mostly from America, Europe and Australia. There were over 60 of them including the LDC group. It was also very nice of Angie and Cecilia from LDC who attended the whole November course and this is very inspiring and rejoicing. The hardship they had to go through to adapt with the weather, people, culture and course schedule was amazing but they expressed much joy and I can see it written all over their glowing face. Of course I am sure they were happy to see me too as I am part of them from Malaysia. I was very glad to see them healthy, happy and learning. I very much wanted to spend time with them but due to my endless packed schedule, I was not able to do so.
In the end I didn’t even spend time with Phuntsok Rinpoche, Khenrinpoche or even my family members but I am still very happy because this trip had been very beneficial with a good purpose.