Happy Dog Year- a Losar message from the Khyentse Mandala
Published on 16 February 2018
Year of the Earth Dog, 2018
The Two Truths
“No matter how much you sit, no matter how much you are not distracted, no matter how much you meditate, until you have the right view, you have done nothing. Until you have the right view, those things take you nowhere. You are still inside the net, you are still the fish being caught."
In October 2014, Rinpoche gave a lively teaching on the Two Truths and the Buddhist view of emptiness in Bodhgaya, the site of the Buddha's enlightenment and the most sacred place to practice and listen to the teachings of the Buddha. Rinpoche frequently visits Bodhgaya, where he initiated the Dzongsar Monlam, and for his own personal retreat. In 2016, he helped inaugurate the Siddhartha Festival at the Mahabodhi Temple. And Rinpoche's book, Best Foot Forward, (originally titled What to do at India's Buddhist Holy Sites), was recently re-edited, illustrated, and published for sale for people who wish to make pilgrimage to Bodhgaya and other Buddhist holy places in India and Nepal.
For Losar this year, The Two Truths is being offered free of charge. It's the start of an effort to make all of Rinpoche’s recorded Mahayana teachings in the past ten years available for free. That process will take place over the next 12-24 months so stay tuned. Meanwhile, there are already plenty of free teachings to choose from on the Siddhartha's Intent Recordings page and official YouTube channel.
Rinpoche's Mandala of Organizations
There has been an increase in people and groups misrepresenting themselves on the internet and social media as being Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche or official outlets for his organizations. To clarify any confusion created by these unofficial accounts, we are sharing a list of the approved and authentic media outlets for Rinpoche and his mandala. Rinpoche has appointed communications teams for his various activities and personally maintains several social media accounts. All of Rinpoche's official organizations are listed below. If you receive solicitations or communications from a person or organization not listed here, please be cautious in responding.
Founded in 1989, Siddhartha’s Intent supports Rinpoche’s Buddhadharma activities worldwide by organizing teachings and retreats, distributing and archiving recorded teachings, transcribing, editing and translating manuscripts and practice texts, and establishing a global community committed to continual study and practice.
Hong Kong: www.facebook.com/sihongkong
North America: www.facebook.com/siddharthasintentnorthamerica
Other social medias
腾讯视频: 悉达多本愿会 （http://v.qq.com/vplus/si）
A global philanthropic organization founded in 2001 to support all traditions of Buddhist study and practice.
An international nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the education, health, and safety of at-risk women and children in the developing world.
Other social medias
84000: TRANSLATING THE WORDS OF THE BUDDHA
A global nonprofit initiative to translate all of the Buddha’s words into modern languages and make them available to everyone.
SEA TO SKY RETREAT CENTRE
Sea to Sky Retreat Centre (SSRC) was founded in 1993 on a secluded 40-acre site in British Columbia's coastal mountain range. SSRC hosts a wide variety of programs and gatherings, from contemplative retreats across various religious traditions to body work and yoga trainings, as well as Siddhartha’s Intent seminars under senior instructors appointed by Rinpoche.
PEACE VASE PROJECT
Initiated by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in 1991 to create world peace and harmony on all levels, in all places, by planting peace vases.
Established in 2006 and located in Bir, India, Deer Park is a center for the study of classical Indian wisdom traditions.
The Lhomon Society was founded by Rinpoche in Bhutan in 2010 and formally registered as a Civil Society Organization in 2012. Its core project is the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative.
THE SAMDRUP JONGKHAR INITIATIVE
To build resilient and self-reliant communities that exist in a spirit of interdependence among the people and with the natural environment.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Samdrup- Jongkhar-Initiative-107928972612184
MIDDLE WAY EDUCATION
Established in 2017 to create an integrated Buddhist education for children.
MIDDLE WAY SCHOOL
Rinpoche established Jamyang Khyenpa to oversee his monastic activities in Bhutan and to promote Buddhism through study and practice in Bhutan.
RINPOCHE'S PERSONAL SITES
The best way to keep informed is to sign up for the mailings lists directly on these sites and to follow the official social media accounts listed above. Rinpoche has also expressed his thoughts on social media.
MAY THE AUTHENTIC BUDDHADHARMA FLOURISH AND THE LIVES OF THE TEACHERS BE LONG.
Yongba, of Paro Labrang, Bhutan. Photo by Sophie Perks.
Nancy of Sea to Sky Retreat Center, British Columbia. Photo by Michiko Filipak.
Shona of Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, British Columbia. Photo by Ron Stewart.