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Sunday June 1st, 2014 @ 3:30pm-5:30pm

The Secret of Tibetan Wisdom & Compassion

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Come hear a life-changing talk provided by Lama Tulku Tsori Rinpoche. Lama Tulku is the founder of YTDR and Act4Tibet. He is reaching out to the very destitute Tibetan community in Mainpat, one of the poorest Tibetan Refugee Camps in India, where he has established a monastery, nunnery hospital, school and orphanage. Tsori Rinpoche has devoted his life to humanitarian efforts. He travels throughout the world teaching the Buddha Dharma (Path of Awakening), and speaking on the empowerment and revitalization of society. (Lama Tulku is happy to announce the Grand Opening of Buddhist Meditation Center of San Antonio, Texas (Tsoru Dechen Chokhor Ling – in affiliation with ytdr.org and Act4tibet.com)

Sunday June 1st, 2014 @ 3:30pm – 5:30pm

The Friends Meetinghouse

7052 N Vandiver Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209
(830) 484-7403 * (210)-310-4348

 a SA PeaceCenter/Compassion San Antonio Event!!

Hi guys,
 
Right now, YTDR is ‘not’ working in Floresville.
 
It is too small, too Christian or  too indifferent. I would like to slowly start combining the efforts of HMP Street Dharma…. with …..YTDR San Antonio, Texas…instead of trying to do everything separately and having two Sanghas, different websites, and two different mind-sets. (I have to get with Vinay to workout the details.)
 
We are busy preparing a Chapel at HAVEN FOR HOPE, to do YTDR Homeless Meditation Dharma Center.  We are located in a facility where there is a potential for fifty or sixty homeless people and staff to attend the Sangha every night…as well as fellow practitioners from other traditions and no traditions. 
 
 There has been talk about mixing HMP with YTDR and about the bookstore and that kind of jazz…please believe me, I am ever mindful of Rinpoche, what he would have me do, and how my actions reflect on the organization as a whole. I am doing my best, and learning from mistakes as we go.
 
So, moving YTDR to San Antonio will open up a wider range of opportunities for us and Rinpoche. We will have a deeper impact and be better able to stay connected with his friends in that community that have known him as well as introduce him to new friends.
 
Also, Rev. Danny Fisher has referred me to the International Order of Buddhist Ministers to be reviewed for Ordination. If they choose to ordain me, it doesn’t mean that i am affiliated with them, only that I can carry a card around in my pocket to show these local cops and authorities that I am like a certified Chaplain. which makes me seem more ‘legitimate’ ….other than the ‘nutcase’ doing meditation under Commerce Bridge! So, I don’t really care. If it happens, it happens…if not…no big deal.
 
I understand that I’ve been ‘out of the loop’ and missed the conference call last Sunday…but things are moving ahead here. Lisa said that Michel is helping all the sanghas get on the same page, that’s great. I also need to tightening up….so, Michel please share with me any materials, schedules, practices that we can use for YTDR San Antonio.
 
To make a short email even longer, please pray with me in these matters,
 
I love all of you dearly, and look forward to meeting ya’ll face to face someday,
 
peace is possible,
 
kjc
 
Below is part of an email that I sent out last week.
 
 
I want to make you aware of something incredible that is happening in San Antonio with regards to the Homeless.
 
The new, $100 million dollar facility, called ‘Haven For Hope’, has just opened to care for the needs San Antonioans.
Put simply…It very well might be…the future of how America wants to meet the needs of it’s poorest of the poor.
 
Representatives from all over the United States and many different countries have already come to San Antonio to see this unique Experiment with Truth.
 
So now, HMP Street Dharma is reaching out to the local Buddhist groups, Teachers, temples, meditation groups, members, ex-members, Sanghas, Practitioners & REBELS…….. from all Lineages and all walks of life. Asking you, very plainly: “get on the Raft and start paddling. I need help extending the hand of Buddhism to this community.”
 
“Help me bring Meditation Instruction and Dharma Talks to these folks, or just come down and ‘be’ with us. ”
 
 
We are in negotiations to have access to the Courtyard, Chapels, and on some special occasions, use of the huge Classrooms and Dinning Hall.
 
Call me or email me.
 
We are also asking the ‘Buddhist Leaders’ and ‘Practitioners-at-Large’, to keep an eye on this growing trend in Homelessness Outreach and Cultural Movement…..and let’s participate. 
 
please pass this email on…Who knows, who has been waiting for it?  The LIFE YOU WILL CHANGE, WILL BE YOUR OWN.
respectfully,
 
kiley jon clark
YTDR San Antonio, Texas
830-484-7403

 HMPStreetDharma.org

 “I pray for the Infinite, Universal Strength/Energy of my Lama Tulku Tsori Rinpoche…that he manifests the opposite of the terror in Tibet. We hold thee in our collective web…and endlessly surround you with prayer.” http://ytdr.org/home/index.php?option=com_easygallery&act=photos&cid=90&Itemid=102
 
 
Haven for Hope of San Antonio
http://www.havenforhope.org/onestop.aspx
 
Buddha under the Bridge
http://www.sacurrent.com/blog/queblog.asp?perm=70213


Hi YTDR Friends,

Q: What is Thursday Night Tibetan Meditation Group like?

A: Well, here are some common things that we have been doing in our Spiritual Pracitices. But it is very informal and accepting. We are all living, learning, and growing together on this Path.

(1.) Prayerbook

We had a Tibetan Monk in San Antonio Read from YTDR Prayerbook and
we videoed it. So now we open the Sangha by playing the video and following along in the book.
Soon, we will know the prayers by heart, and not need the video. It would be better if it was our Perfect Teacher himself saying the prayers, but we just didn’t get it done while Lama Tulku was here in Texas. But Lama Passang is a very good man, and Rinpoche would like him very much. Very kind, and humble person.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEA5BGlzWIg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXKv7F7-55E

(2.) Samatha Meditation

One of the most basic forms of meditation is conscious breathing, which is based on the Buddhist practice of Samatha meditation. This method is meant to calm both the mind and body and to bring the mind into a state of perfect and gentle concentration. Conscious breathing focuses mainly on the breathing by following the breath in and out of the body. By fully concentrating on the breathing then there is no room for obstructive thoughts and in this way a more relaxed and joyful state is brought into being. It’s important with this method to not force the breathing or try to tightly control it, but instead to gently note the sensation of the in and out flow of breath.

Read more at Suite101: Meditation for Beginners: An introduction to Samatha, Vipassana and Tonglen techniques
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(3.) Walking Meditation

With walking meditation the person walks slowly and purposeful while synchronizing their breathing with the slow walking motion. The purpose of walking and all movement meditation is to develop a greater awareness through the unity of breathing (mind) and movement (body). Read more at Suite101: Meditation for Beginners: An introduction to Samatha, Vipassana and Tonglen techniques

http://newage.suite101.com/article.cfm/understanding_meditation#ixzz0fimEU1qP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdO1vZJgUu0

(4) Chenrezig Meditation

This seems complicated when you first begin, but its just a form of Tonglen. You can make it simple. Just visualize yourself sitting up in space and the earth is a blue marble floating in front of you…then Chenrezig imanates out of your body as Pure Energy. He is huge, and you are sitting in the Lotus position inside of him. He has a Chakra of energy in his head and you have one in your heart. Pull the energy down from his Chakra, down through your head in to your heart chakra, then send out that energy, loving-kindness, compassion, healing, blessing, health, and goodness out to that floating world. (or you can visiualize yourself beside a loved one’s hospital bed or with a rebelious teenager or any one whom needs your energy.) Also, at some point, start praying the Mala Beads and praying ‘OM MANI PADME HUM’ at least one time around. (108 times.) This Meditation doesn’t require an Empowerment, so feel free to ‘make it your own.’

http://www.dharma-haven.org/tibetan/chen-re-zig.htm

(5.) Closing & Long Life Prayers for Lama Tulku Tsori Rinpoche

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEA5BGlzWIg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXKv7F7-55E

(Also see http://www.thetibetconnection.org/ & http://www.hmpstreetdharma.org/)

Our beloved Teacher, Lama Tulku Tsori Rinpoche is safely back in India now. He sends his love and support to you all.

If you are interested in Tibetan Buddhism, I hope you will be able to visit our Meditation Center on Thursday Nights at 7pm. We are meeting in our home at 2120 Tenth Street Floresville, Texas.

Please contact us for more info.
Diane or Kiley
HMPStreetDharma@gmail.com
830-484-7403

For awhile we are going to start meeting at our home on Thursdays instead of the Downtown Location:
We are at 2120 Tenth St. Floresville Texas 78114
830-484-7403

Also Check this out!!!

Come See the beginning of the HMP Online Bookstore!

http://www.hmpstreetdharma.org/the-21century-begging-bowl.phpHMP Street Dharma

A Buddhist Ministry

Supported by an Online BookStore

Help fundraise for Ministry, donate your Spiritual books…we’ll pay for shipping!

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”
-Buddha

Tags: bodhisattva, buddha, chenrezig, compassion, engaged, homelessness, kindness, love, peace, progressive

jan 14th at Dharma Center

January 15, 2010

This is the second time we have come together as a Sangha. Julie, Diane, and I were there. It was very nice, just sitting together on the floor, in a little tight group. We had some laughs, did walking and sitting meditation, and went through our Prayer Book for the first time. We even attemped the Tibetan Words.

It was Very nice.
I felt very positive
when we left.

cool,

jon

To all students, friends and well wishers of The Venerable Tulku Karma
Gyurme Sonam Rinpoche,

With blessings from H.H. the 17th Karmapa Orgyen Thriney, on this day
of the January 15th coinciding with the longest annular Solar Eclipse
of the millennium, our precious teacher will officially change his
name to Tulku Tsori Rinpoche. Assuming the name of a previous
incarnation is considered highly auspicious and establishes
continuity of the work of a “Tulku”
– one who returns countless
lifetimes to offer the Buddha’s teachings.

During his childhood, Rinpoche was recognized as the incarnation of
Yogi Tsori Dechen Rinpoche of Chamdho, Tibet. Today, he is recognized
as a Lama – a term reserved for senior members of the Tibetan Order.
Rinpoche has devoted his life to champion humanitarian efforts and
presently manages several charitable programs which benefit Tibetan
refugee people living in India and Nepal.

Please join us in reciting a prayer for the long life of Tulku Tsori
Rinpoche (aka Karma Sonam Wosel Gyurme) to show our deepest gratitude
for his teachings, and so that his work may continue to be benefit to
all sentient beings.

SI SHEE LEGTSOG JUNGNEY SAMPEL WANG

Through the powerful increase of the source of prosperity

and well being of samsara and nirvana

KYABNEY RINCHEN SUMGYI JINLOB KYI

Through the blessings of the objects of refuge, the Three Jewels

KARMA SONAM WOSEL GYURME PAI

May Karma Sonam Wosel Gyurme’s

KUTSE TENCHING DZEYTRIN GYEPAR SHOG

Life be firm and may his activities flourish.

Chapter: One verse One

“To Those who go in bliss, the dharmakaya they possess, and all their heirs,
to all those worthy of respect, I reverently bow.
According to the Scriptures, I shall now in brief describe the practice of the Bodhisattva discipline.”

‘To those that go in bliss’, is said to be a Title and Description of all the Buddha’s who have come. Shakyamuni Buddha being the most recent. Maitreya Buddha being the next.

But it also includes anyone of us, who has made peace their Perfect Home. How would you like your friends and co-workers to call you, ‘The One that Goes in Bliss?’ That, where ever you went, there was Bliss, and there was Peace, and others felt blissful, just being around you.

So, Shantideva is dedicating this work to the Buddhas, and to Us, the Buddhas-to-Be, and also To The Amount of Bliss we have allowed ourselves to tap into.

‘the dharmakaya they possess,’ Shantideva is dedicating this work to the universal Dharmakaya. Which is likened unto the TAO.

In the Trikaya Doctrine, which describes the three bodies of the Buddha, the first is, the NIRMANAKAYA. Which was the physical body Gautama Buddha, himself, that did actual things like drink water, sneeze, sweat, eat, poop, and so on, 25 hundred years ago.

Then you have the SAMBHOGAKAYA. Which is like an astral body, sometimes called a rainbow body, like we oft hear about in Astral Projections or in the Astral Plane. There are many stories about this kind of thing in all spiritual traditions.

But in Buddhism, we know of people whom travel quite freely outside their bodies during meditation. There are also plenty of stories about Buddha teaching the Dharma at several different locations all at the same time. Although, Buddha is quick to point out, these are not to be sought for, but treated a mere parlor tricks, compared to the real work of liberating yourself.

Next is the DHARMAKAYA. as in, “To those who go in bliss, the dharmakaya they possess,’ So, the dharmakaya in the Macrocosm is again, like the Tao. It is the Universe, the Void, the Anything that can be named and that which can’t. The compounded-trillion-plus universes collapsing upon one another for an infinite amount of Time, still does not fully describe Dharmakaya.

It is, in the Microcosm, the first thing…the fundamental building block of Everything. When everything is broken down to it smallest part, what is left? Do we call it Energy? What is energy? What is Dharmakaya? What ever ‘IT’ is, Thou art That!

Another Translation says instead of Dharmakaya, to ‘the dharma they have Mastered.’ Which is fine also. Because every tiny bit of Buddha’s teachings that we are able to internalize and fully live, is also the Dharmakaya. It is You, Was You, always Shall be You. The Buddha Nature. The Mystery continually surfacing as (Your name Here.)

‘And all their heirs.’ Shantideva’s reference to ‘heirs’ is very important here. He is letting us know that we are the rightful heirs to all of those Whom Go in Bliss. All of those who knew the Secret of Dharmakaya.

We are all Heir to BuddhaMind.. Now, think about it.

Imagine if you were very, very poor, starving to death. And your rich uncle passes away, leaving everything to you. What a blessing! And in a matter of seconds, you stop identifying yourself with that old, run-down apartment, terrible low-paying job, and ugly, broke down car.

And you start seeing yourself, thanks to the phone call from the Attorney, as the Owner of a Mansion, with Chefs, and maids, and expensive cars, and refrigerators full of food. And Everything that your uncle owned, has now become yours.

You have huge bank accounts, boats, and anything you could ever want. All you have to do, is make a trip to the attorney’s office, and sign some papers claiming yourself the rightful heir.

You are the Heir to Buddha, to every ounce of Positive Spiritual Power conceived by Any Being Anywhere, ‘IT’ is literally at your finger tips, but it will do you no good unless you claim it for yourself.

So now, This text we are studying, The Bodhicharavatara was a speech given by Shantideva at the University of Nalanda, and it was written down by others.

But It is basically, a Training Manuel for Bodhisattvas. And a Bodhisattva is on the Path to becoming a future Buddha. This being the case, why not start acting like a Buddha now. It will easily shorten the Trip.

So here we are, Shantideva telling us, that we are all Bodhisattavas, heirs to Buddha, we have everything we need to rescue so many Precious Lives out of the Ocean of Suffering.

I can almost guarantee, You are the only Buddha someone will see today .

‘To all those worthy of respect, I reverently bow.’ or as another translation puts it, ‘to all who merit veneration, I reverently bow.’ This is a very auspicious thing to do. We are all standing on someone’s shoulders.

What makes you the person you are? Was it a book borrowed from a friend? A word from a Teacher, at just the right time? There are a million things that were said and done by others, that make up the reason that I am sitting here today calm, sane, clothed, and in my right mind.

When I am ungrateful, may I stop, and just bow to them, whom are worthy of respect, for helping me in a multitude of ways. Those I know, and those I know not.

But, please realize, that not everyone has merited veneration. Sometimes as Buddhists, we get the idea that we have to be doormats. There isn’t a sign on our back that says, ‘Kick me, I’m Buddhist!’ Letting people walk all over us, doesn’t make us good Buddhists. There are times when we must stand up for ourselves and for others. That time is Now.

And in our spiritual pursuits, test your teachers well. We often find, that just because someone is called a Doctor, Lama, Monk, Tulku, Teacher, Pastor, or anything else, they may not merit veneration, or be worthy of your respect. I say this, because Buddha himself encouraged healthy doubt and reasonable questioning by those who would be his disciples.

Now the last verse here says, ‘According to Scriptures, I shall now in brief describe the practice of the Bodhisattva discipline.’

Be careful whenever you hear a speaker say, ‘I shall now, in brief.’ That means, that if you need to go to the restroom or something, you better get to it, because the speaker is going to talk for a long, long time after they say, ‘I’ll keep this brief’ or ‘in closing’ or ‘to sum this up.’

But in another translation, they have Shantideva saying, ‘According to Tradition,’ which doesn’t mean = Adhering to a cold, methodical belief system or Rigid Dogma. But he’s just saying, that his message for the evening, is going to come in the form of a normal dharma talk.
That they were going to receive a Great Treasure in a plain, earthen vessel.

And it’s like that in Buddhism. I’ve gone many times to hear, a so-called ‘Great Dharma Teacher,’ and sat there thinking, ‘This is nothing. This is boring.’ Only later, to understand how simple and profound it actually was.

And then he brings us to his purpose. ‘I shall now in brief describe the practice of the Bodhisattva discipline.’ or ‘entrance to the Bodhisattva discipline.’ Either translation is fine. We must all find our own ‘entrance’ into the Bodhisattva’s Path, and then Practice, Practice, Practice the Discipline.

We make mistakes, we fail, then we try again. We will never be perfect. And if we believe that Bodhisattvas postpone their own Nibbana, or Liberation, until every last being has made it there before them, then we can not look for some future time in which we will be happy.

The Path must be the Goal. The Journey itself must be the Destination. This Samsara…our Nirvana. “The Kingdom of God is spread upon the whole Earth, and men see it not!”

So, HMP is an attempt to study Shantideva’s ‘Way of the Bodhisattva’, and to practice behavior that helps ease the suffering and misfortune of others, whom, in this particular manifestation or incarnation, happen to be less fortunate than I .

If you would like to partner up with HMP and be involved in bodhisattva activities, please feel free to stay tuned, look around, make a donation, and be part of an ever-growing goodness!

(If any Merit is occurring Here, May it be transferred to all Sentient Beings.)

Jon Clark

Chapter One verse Four: ‘The Way of the Bodhisattva’

“So hard to find the ease and wealth
whereby the aims of beings may be gained.
If now i fail to turn it to my profit,
How could such a chance be mine again?”

Have you ever thought, “Wow, I’m lucky to be human!” No, well, meneither. I guess we take being human for granted. It’s all (most of us)know. I mean, i don’t remember being a dog or a rat, but that doesn’tmean that i wasn’t.

A Buddhist saying is, “Only once in a hundred lifetimes do we get the chance to hear the Dharma and practice it.”

Actually, it is very, very rare to be born a human. To be able to look around and ponder, “What’s really going on here?”

You could have been born-again as an animal, an insect, a bird, a fish.Not only that, but you could have been born in a place where the Dharmaisn’t allowed to be taught. You may have been born severly mentallyhandicapped, or in a mind-set that became offended at the Buddha’steachings.

Think about this. To be able to practice Buddhism,you must first be born in a time when a Buddha has arisen. 2,501 yearsago, or so, the teachings of the last Buddha had died out, andShakamuni Buddha had no yet become enlightened. So if you were bornaround that time, you had no hope of hearing the Dharma.

Ilove the Buddhist measurement of Time. They say that there was a BigBang! In fact, there have been hundreds of thousands of them.

And after these Big Bangs, the universe expands in every direction.(Science finally caught up with the Buddha) But after a time, theuniverse expands as far as it’s going to, and then it starts toretract, or come back on itself.

Well, you can imagine the whole universe imploding on it’s self, and then exploding again…an infinite amount of times.

The Time it takes from The Big Bang, to the expansion, to the retraction, to the next Big Bang, is called a ‘Kalpa.’

One thousand Buddhas are supposed to arise per Kalpa.

Shakymuni Being the last, and Maitreya being the next. But there is aneternity between these Buddhas. So if you are born in a time when theteachings have died out, and no Buddha has arisen to bring theteachings back, you are very much out of luck.

So, everybody shout ‘Yayyyyyyyyy for us!’

Trulywe are so very fortunate indeed, to be born at this time and thisplace, where we are ready, willing, and able…to not only hear theDharma, but also have opportunity to practice It !