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.



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.


Through the powerful increase of the source of prosperity

and well being of samsara and nirvana


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


May Karma Sonam Wosel Gyurme’s


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 !

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

“My Faith will thus be strengthened for a little while,
That i might grow accustomed to this virtuous way.
But others who now chance upon my words may profit also,
equal to myself in fortune.”

You know, sometimes all that we can hope for, is enough strength to make it one more day.

I used to not believe that. But as I look back at my yesterdays, irealize that all i had to do, to get here, is make it through a seriesof ‘One more day’s.’

Shantideva is telling himself,encouraging himself, stirring up his own faith in the Dharma, to makeit just ‘a little while’ longer.

We find , that the more wedo this, the more we focus on the positive, hopeful thinking…the more’accustomed to this virtuous way’ we become.

It gets easierbelieving that things ‘will work out,’ when we have make it a priority,to daily, open ourselves up to the Universe and say ‘Yes!’ to life.

If you have a dream, like i had about starting Buddhist Rally TeachingCenter, then you will find that you will spend a lot of timeencouraging yourself! Wives, husands, girlfriends, boyfriends, mothers,fathers, children, whatever the case may be…do not always see ‘TheBig Picture’ about what we’re up to.

In fact, if you starttalking about being a Bodhisattva that is going to Liberate allSentient Beings from the Ocean of Suffering…They just might ask you,if you are off your meds!

But ‘The Way of the Bodhisattva’ wascooking up in Shantideva’s mind for a long time, it was the words heused to encourage himself.

He had no idea that he would one daygive it in a Dharma Talk. And Lucky for us, he did. We are ‘equal infortune’ as he, because we…’chanced upon these words.’

And, like thousands of Bodhisattvas before us, it continues to be a Light upon our Path.

(If any merit is occurring here, let it be devoted to ‘The Awakening’ of all Sentient Beings)

Chapter One Verse Two: ’The Way of the Bodhisattva’

‘The Way of the Bodhisattva’
by Shantideva

“Here I shall say nothing that has not been said before,
and in the art of prosody I have no skill.
I therefore have no thought that this, might be of benefit to others;
I wrote it only to habituate my mind.”

After you’ve been around Buddhism for awhile, you start noticing that all the Teachers are saying the same thing. And I’m glad, because I don’t know about you, but I don’t hear something until I hear it.

Buddha, himself, told us plainly, ‘I only talk about two things, Suffering and the End of Suffering.’ He also said,

‘Quit looking at my finger! I’m pointing to the Moon!!!’

The analogy he made, was of a man on a long journey, who came to a great river. The traveler found no bridge and no boatman to get him across. So he tied logs together to make a Raft.

After a tremendous effort, the traveler makes a mighty fine Raft. He drags it to the water, and paddles to the other side. Buddha then stopped and asked his monks:

‘What would you think, Monks, if the man said, “I worked hard on this raft, I’m not going to let it sit out here and rot., I will carry this around with me, perhaps I may need it again.’ So, the man lifts that heavy raft out of the water, puts it on his back, determined to carry it for the rest of his life.’

“That would be silly, My Lord. The raft was only to get him to the other side!” said the Monks.

Then Buddha informs them, that his Teachings are the same. Everything that he says and does, is just a raft to help get Beings across the Ocean of Suffering. Once, on the other side, the Raft can be discarded.

Liberation is the ultimate goal. Having achieved Liberation, why would you turn again to Dead Ritual, Religious Paraphernalia, and Superstition. Everything used to get across the chasm, is now useless. Listen to what the Dhammapada says,

‘Better than a hundred years of worship,
Better than a thousand offerings,
Better than giving up a thousand worldly ways
In order to win merit,
Better even than tending in the forest
A sacred flame for a hundred years –
Is one moment’s reverence
For the man who has conquered himself.’

Even the two main traditions in Buddhism, Theravada and Mahayana, are Called ‘Vehicles.’ What are ‘vehicles’ used for? You don’t sit in your vehicle. You go somewhere, and get out.

The next verse is, “And I am destitute of learning and of skill with Words.” I don’t think Shantideva was trying to be modest here. There are countless stories, in all faiths, of people less elegant, and less knowledgeable than their contemporaries, being call upon to do something great.

Basically, these are people who would much rather follow someone else’s lead, but for lack of anybody showing the way to this particular insight or revelation, they must go it alone, deficits in many ways, but inspired.

Moses tried to get his brother, Aaron, to do all the speaking for him in the Old Testament. Paul, killed Christians before he himself was converted by a flash of light. And he never felt adequate at preaching the Gospel of Christ nor did he feel comfortable around the Disciples who had been with Jesus before his death.

I, myself, know that I don’t pronounce many of the Buddhist Words correctly, because I rarely hear them said aloud.

But we push on with what we got, and try to share this most precious gift with others. We are all learning how to make a Raft out of the Three Jewels: The Buddha, the Dharma, and Sangha.

The last verse in Chapter One, Verse Two:

“I therefore have no thought that this might be of benefit to others, I wrote it only to habituate my mind” or ‘Sustain my understanding.’ (Trans)

I love this verse. Shatideva is telling himself, and us, that whatever we focus on, is what we become. Again, Buddha taught us the same thing in the Dhammapada, saying: “We are what we think, all that we are, arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the World.”

I can see ole Shanti out there talking to himself, mumbling around, trying to make sense of the Dharma and learning how to apply it to his own life.

I’ve found, that when I really want to understand a difficult part of Buddhist Philosophy, I start teaching it to myself out loud. I mean, I really get myself around the neck and saying, ‘Looky here, Boy! This is what this means, right here! It’s like this……”

Shantideva was rehearsing this speech, that we are reading, in his mind for who knows how long? Never even knowing that he would one day share it with the World. He was just habituating his mind or Sustaining his mind on his Goal, to get Liberated, so he could Liberate Others.

When your mind is focused on something. And you really enjoy what you’re doing, Joseph Campbell calls that, ‘Following your Bliss.’ He says, that when you are excited about something, other people get interested also. If a kid is hiding in the back of class, really concentrating on coloring a picture, sooner or later, the teacher and the other kids wander over there to see what he’s up to.

The story goes, that the other monks used to make fun of Shantideva. They thought he wasn’t very good at his studies and didn’t take school very seriously. Shantideva was always running late for class, and often didn’t do his homework. So the monks teased, that Shantideva was only a Master at “Eating, Sleeping, and Pooping!”

But you know, he was running this Bodhicharyavatara around in his mind constantly. And to his surprise, they picked him to give a Dharma Talk to the whole University. Some say, it was to embarrass him. Maybe looking like a fool up there in front of everyone, would cause him to put more effort into his studies.

But Shantideva was following a Bliss they knew not of. He had been preaching the Way of the Bodhisattva to himself, over and over, encouraging himself.

That kind of determination attracts others, even though they didn’t even know it yet, that in asking him to speak, they were fixing to get one of the Greatest Teachings anyone could ever hope to receive.

It reminds me of something I once read about Billy Graham, the famous Evangelist. It seems that he had a strange habit while in Bible College.

Every day after school, he would take a long walk. And during that walk, he would roll-over in his mind, all the things that had been discussed that day in his classes. He would take the long, winding path down to the River.

And by the time he got there, he would have the basic principles worked out for a sermon on those certain topics. So, he would preach it, right then and there.

He preached it to the river, to the rocks, to the trees, to all the living things up and down the river. No human heard him, but he was Habituating his mind to the Teachings. Soaking it all in, putting it into his own words, then saying it loud and proud. What a wonderful way to Learn!

They say, that the Great Teacher, Patrul Rinpoche, (Words of My Perfect Teacher) committed passages of ‘The Way of the Bodhisattva’ to memory, and recited them outside, so that the tiny insects, birds, and animals could hear it, and by so doing, they would obtain a better birth in the next life.

So, hopefully, by doing this study, we are habituating are minds to Shantideva’s most excellent Dharma.

(If any merit is occurring here, may it be transferred to all Sentient Beings-Thanks!)

 HMP is an Outreach of YTDR floresville

(YTDR Dharma Center Floresville, Texas is headquarters of Homeless Meditation Practitioners(HMP)

What does meditation do for you?

“In Tibetan, the word for meditation means, ‘To become familiar.’ We are trying to become familiar with how our minds work. It all starts with being here, in the present moment. It can be very unsettling, when you realize just how frantic your mind really is. Just try it. Stop, sit down, stay in the present moment, and think of nothing else but your own breathing. You may find, like the Buddhist Elders have said, ‘the mind is like a ‘crazy monkey’ swinging from thought to thought and from the past to the future! Our brain does not know how to relax.”

How are you able to reach the homeless?

“We had been doing a Meditation Group inside the Downtown Shelter for several months, but it was just an hour a week. And to be honest, the Christian management didn’t feel comfortable with us there. So we are going to the streets to the Chronically Homeless. It will provide more freedom to just be ourselves and make friends. Interestingly, this is what both Jesus and Buddha did. Although, they both held services and preached, they spent the majority of their lives simply ‘being the message’ of Love and Compassion. They lived ‘with’ the poor ‘incarnationally.’ Both Buddha and Jesus listened to, sat with, talked with, ate with, and shared in the grief of the people. Also, we would like to be invovled in Prospect’s Courtyard at the new ‘Haven For Hope’ facility. HMP wants to be there for the Homeless that do not want to go inside or be a part of the program, and that will be quite a few.”

Some people would think the homeless don’t have the frame of mind to meditate if they are in a critical emergency situation?

“Our main aim of working with the homeless, is just being with them. It is just about common everyday interactions. But those who ask for Meditation Instruction, will gladly get it. Like most of us, the Homeless have been listening to the same ‘soundtrack’ going on in their heads for years. “I’m so stupid.” “I’m such a mess.” “I can’t do this anymore.” “I wish I were dead.” We have this subconscious ‘Mind-Chatter’ going on all the time, and don’t even recognize it. But once it is exposed by meditation, you say, “Oh, I don’t want to say those negative things to myself anymore.” and “I’m not going to chase that ‘old thought’ down the rabbit hole again, that incident happened thirty years ago, why am I still worried about it?” So, once we start being present with our thoughts as ‘The Observer’ of them…old thought patterns get broken…and things begin to change in our lives.”

What’s your experience?

“I’ve been through a lot in life. My story is a long one, way too much to tell here. But the short version is, I was raised in an alcoholic home and became one myself. I’ve dealt with clinical depression, divorce, death of loved ones, and jail. But, in 2006, I met a Tibetan Lama at the San Antonio Airport, of all places. This meeting would change the whole course of my life, bring me under the teachings of this Great Lama, and lead to something that I’d never known before, a ‘peaceful mind.”

Do you feel like this helps them deal with their situation?

“This helps them in at least two ways. They come to realize that people outside their peer group care about them. And secondly, it is an influx of new ideas. None of us grow as people without positive, fresh ideas. A body of water that doesn’t move, stagnates.”

I assume this is all done for free?

“As you can imagine, hanging out with the Homeless, teaching meditation, and discussing Buddhist Philosophy doesn’t pay a whole lot. People can contribute to this work by going to and making a donation: ‘for the homeless.’ We are acquiring the experience to go out and teach others about ‘being’ with the Homeless. Perhaps, we could travel to different cities and teach them how to start their own HMP Groups. So, It would be lovely if Meditation Centers around the world, would get behind and support this work, but as of right now, I believe, that if your intentions are pure, you will always have what you need.”

Can you talk about what motivates you to give this service to the homeless?

“Neglect is something most children of Alcoholics feel, so I think my childhood made me ‘super-sensitive’ to the loneliness and suffering of others. Among other things, the Homeless also suffer from personal neglect. When you have lost everything, it is easy to lose yourself. As a Buddhist, my life should reflect my beliefs and practice. Our lives are usually wasted, driven by unfulfilling things and desires. Why not be completely motivated by generosity, loving-kindness, and wisdom? What’s the alternative?”

How did ‘Homeless Meditation Practitioners(HMP)’ get started?

“My Teacher is a Tibetan Master. His name is Lama Tulku Karma Rinpoche. He runs a Monastary for Tibetan Refugee children in Mainpat, India. It serves as an Orphanage, a Nursing Home, and a hospital. Daily, the aged and the young are dropped off on his doorstep. They would have no place to go, and would starve to death, if he was not there. He has been my guiding light and inspiration. When he asked me to start a Dharma Center in my hometown of Floresville, and provide an outreach to the Homeless of San Antonio..well, it just confirmed what I was already feeling, but hadn’t spoken about.”

Can Non-Buddhists be involved in this outreach?

If you would like to become a Homeless Outreach Worker, Buddhist or Not, feel free to contact us. We will be visiting with our Homeless friends every Tue. Weds. Friday. & Saturday on South Medina St. San Antonio, TX 78207 under The Buena Vista and Commerce Street Bridges. We will be Living, Learning, and Practicing Together. And if you would like to Support our efforts, please go to and make a donation for ‘Homeless Meditation.’ I don’t know where the funding for this ministry will come from, but I know it is right and what our hearts are telling us to do.”

“Better than bowing a thousand years to the Buddha, is one day lived as the BOW-
become a Buddhist Outreach Worker.”
Yours for Peace,
Jon Clark
PO Box 71
Floresville, Texas 78114
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Our first meeting was 1-07-10

We were blessed to have Chad, Julie, Diane, Noah, and myself there. We had a good discussion about Tibetan Buddhism, our Teacher, and the vision we have for YTDRfloresville.

It was really cold! But all is well.

If you missed it, please come on down next Thursday @ 7pm

to 1006 C street

Floresville, Texas

‘The Buddhist Capitol of the World!’ lol