This is My Story

About 18 years ago I believe I experienced a spiritual awakening. I was about 30 years old when I awoke one morning with the feeling inside me that their was much more to life than just the ordinary appearances we daily perceive and observe. It was like a veil that opened for me just in a split second that I could have a glimpse through it. I was always in search of spiritual truth since I was a child. I grew up in a Christian family and thought if I search deeper into religion I will find answers. I even studied theology for 5 years to get answers and try to understand the concept of a loving god. What mostly puzzled me was human suffering and why even so called good people suffer and bad people have good lives. I knew there had to be deeper underlying reason why people on this planet are suffering so much and religion teaches compassion, love and grace which was not really evident to me. At this stage my life was also in turmoil, caught in a bad marriage with a beautiful little baby daughter. Read more

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About My Teacher

About H.E. Choden Rinpoche

Choden Rinpoche was one of seven children born to a noble family in Dahi, the Khampa region of Eastern Tibet. Rinpoche’s connections to past spiritual masters were evident from early childhood in his exemplary conduct and superior intelligence as well as in the miraculous signs often witnessed in his presence. Reting Rinpoche, the Regent of Tibet, officially recognized the small boy as the living reincarnation of the previous Choden Rinpoche, who had been one of the finalists in the search for the 13th Dalai Lama’s reincarnation. At the age of seven, Rinpoche took novice ordination from His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. His Holiness reportedly said, “I found your name in Ganden Monastery’s Golden Stupa.” His Holiness named the child Losang Gyalten Jikdrel Wangchuk. Since his novice ordination, Rinpoche has been observing his monastic vows just as one protects one’s own eyes. Read more

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OM Homage to the Venerable Arya Tara

Homage to you, Tara,
the swift heroine,
Whose eyes are like
an instant flash of lightning,
Whose water-born face
arises from the blooming lotus
Of Avalokiteshvara,
the protector of the three realms

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha
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Bodhisattva Manjushri

Manjushri is a Bodhisattva who represents wisdom, and his mantra also symbolizes that quality. He holds a sword in his right hand — symbolizing his ability to cut through delusion. In his left hand, by his heart, he holds the stem of a lotus flower, which bears a book — the Perfection of Wisdom teaching, or Prajnaparamita.

Mantra; Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih

Om is a mystical syllable

The syllables between Om and the concluding Dhiih are the first syllables of a syllabary called the arapacana because it begins with A RA PA CA and NA. (A syllabary is like an alphabet, but made up of syllables). This syllabary is found in a number of Buddhist texts, including some Perfection of Wisdom (prajñaparamita) texts. Many of the texts in which A RA PA CA NA (and the rest of the sylllabary) appears are not connected with Manjushri, but according to Dr. Conze (in the introduction to The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom) “in later literature is is always connected with the Bodhisattva Manjushri.”

The individual syllables A RA PA CA and NA have no conceptual meaning, although they are seen as having symbolic connections with various spiritual qualities.

Here’s the schema laid out in the Large Sutra of Perfect Wisdom (adapted from Conze):

A leads to the insight that the essence of all things is unproduced.

RA leads to the insight that all things are pure and free of defilements.

PA leads to the insight that all dharmas have been “expounded in the ultimate sense.”

CA leads to the insight that the arising and ceasing of things cannot be apprehended because in reality there is no arising or ceasing.

NA leads to the insight that although the names for things change the nature of things behind their names cannot be gained or lost.

These are all important concepts in the Perfection of Wisdom, although to say they are concepts is a bit limiting — really they’re attempts to describe the indescribable nature of reality.

Dhiih is defined as meaning:
thought , (especially) religious thought , reflection , meditation , devotion , prayer; understanding , intelligence , wisdom

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Source Picture; via Pinterest, Arapachana Manjughosha (Manjushri Bodhisattva).himalaya crafts
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Happy Green Tara Day
23rd April / 8th day of the Lunar Ships Monthly
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