Over the past few years, many of you have enjoyed Dr. Art Engle’s excellent translations of Gyume Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche’s teachings in Howell, NJ, New York City and at Rinpoche’s Center, Do Ngak Khun Phen Ling in Redding, CT. Here’s another precious opportunity to receive teachings from Rinpoche as translated by Dr. Engle. He is acclaimed both as a translator and an outstanding scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and has written several books.
(source: email from MSTC)
The Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Center has the honor of hosting Gyume Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche at Rashi Gempil Ling Temple in Howell, NJ from Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16. He will teach the important and widely renowned Mahayana prayer entitled “The Aspirational Prayer for Excellent Spiritual Practice” (Bhadracaryā Praṇidhāna). The first class will be held on Friday eveningbeginning at 7:00 p.m. There will be two classes on both Saturday and Sunday. The morning class will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the afternoon class at 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be served at the temple during the noon break on both of these days. This teaching is open to everyone and you are welcome to invite anyone that you think might like to come. For further information, please contact Ven. Jampa Lungrik at (732) 364-1824 or Mark Minervini at (917) 913-6450.
For those of you who may not know this text, it is referred to as the “King of Prayers” (T:smon lam gyi rgyal po). Taught by the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra to the Mahayana practitioner Sudhana, it appears at the very end of the Gaṇḍavyūha Sutra, a very important discourse that is a source for many Lamrim instructions about Bodhicitta in particular. The Gaṇḍavyūha itself forms the final chapter of the Avatamsaka Sutra, which has been published in English under the title The Flower Ornament Sutra. The Aspirational Prayer for Excellent Spiritual Practice is not only a text that one should recite regularly, it also describes in detail a host of essential forms of Mahayana devotional practice.
The perfection of aspirational prayers is one of three activities that a Bodhisattva must complete before he or she can attain supreme enlightenment. The Tibetan phrase isrdzogs smin sbyangs gsum. That is, (1) one must perfect the power of the prayers (T:smon lam yongs su rdzogs pa) that will become the motivating force for a Buddha’s enlightened activities, (2) one must perfect the ability to spiritual ripen other sentient beings (T: sems can gzhan yongs su smin pa), and (3) one must complete the creation of a Buddha field (T: zhing yongs su sbyangs pa) in which supreme enlightenment will be attained and where one’s Enjoyment Body (sambhoga kaya) will remain “until samsara is emptied of all sentient beings.”