Transforming Suffering and Happiness - Tulku Orgyen P'huntsok (Sept 4 & 5)
About the Teacher
Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok (Tulku Orgyen P'huntsok) is a younger generation lama of the Dudjom Tersar lineage who, since 1999, has assisted his uncle and teacher Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche with his dharma centers in North America. Originally from Pemakö, Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok is also overseeing in this hidden land a Zangdokpalri temple he has been able to build recently: Deden Tashi Chöling
Tulku was born in Pemakö, in northeastern India, as the son of Lama Rigdzin Phuntsok. He was recognized at a young age by Dudjom Rinpoche as the reincarnation of Togden Kunzang Longrol, his father’s root guru. Togden Kunzang Longrol was a great Dzogchen yogi from the Powo region who had been a main disciple of Dudjom Rinpoche, and who had been influential in spreading the dharma and the Dudjom Tersar lineage both in Tibet and in upper and lower Pemakö.
About the Teachings
"Whenever we are harmed by sentient beings or anything else, if we make a habit out of perceiving only the suffering, then when even the smallest problem comes up, it will cause enormous anguish in our mind.
This is because the nature of any perception or idea, be it happiness or sorrow, is to grow stronger and stronger the more we become accustomed to it. So as the strength of this pattern gradually builds up, before long we’ll find that just about everything we perceive becomes a cause for actually attracting unhappiness towards us, and happiness will never get a chance.
If we do not realize that it all depends on the way in which mind develops this habit, and instead we put the blame on external objects and situations alone, the flames of suffering, negative karma, aggression and so on will spread like wildfire, without end. This is what is called: “all appearances arising as enemies.”
We should arrive at a very precise understanding that the whole reason why sentient beings in this degenerate age are plagued by so much suffering is because they have such feeble powers of discernment.
So not to be hurt by the obstacles created by enemies, illness or harmful influences, does not mean to say that things like sickness can be driven away, and that they will never occur again. Rather, it simply means that they will not be able to obstruct us from practising on the path.
In order for this to happen, we need: first, to get rid of the attitude of being entirely unwilling to face any suffering ourselves and, second, to cultivate the attitude of actually being joyful when suffering arises."
- Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima.
When: Sept. 4 & 5, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: CTBCC, 2117 E. Yandell
Admission: $10 (per day). No one will be turn away for lack of funds.
White Tara Practice
White Tara mantra, when recited without distraction, enhances our health, strengthens our life force, and protects our mind. Visualize Tara’s blessings enter our body as purifying white light, purging negativities and illnesses as black smoke. According to the FPMT, “this meditation can be done on behalf of oneself or others. It is frequently done to remove the obstacles to our gurus’ long lives and health. If one has experienced many health problems, accidents, depression, or a loss of 'lust for life', the practice of White Tara can be especially powerful.”
Dates: Sep 16, Oct 14, Nov 4, Dec 9 (Sunday)
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Cost: Free (pizzas are served at 1:30pm after the Dharma Class at 12 noon)
Our center will be doing a White Tara practice at 2pm with the aspiration for all Dharma teachers and friends to have long life and good health. May we continue to have Lamas come and give teachings in El Paso and benefit people around this region.