On Prayers and Aspirations
This teaching was given by Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche in the context of the Lotus Garden vajrayana retreat in 2012. The prayer book referred to here comprises the initial prayers of the traditional Mindrolling Chö Cöd, which is made available during programs at Lotus Garden and not otherwise distributed. However, this teaching applies to those prayers and aspirations done by practitioners and Tibetan Buddhist sanghas in general. Posted: 20 December 2016
Introduction to the Heart Sutra
“Anyone who has any understanding of this text knows that it is not particularly material for study. The Heart Sutra is in part a recitation – not so much a prayer, as a verbal reminder of the quintessence of Buddhadharma. In this sense, it could be said to be the very core of the Buddhist teachings. When newcomers ask about what Buddhadharma is or what Buddhists are trying to do, a good answer would be to hand them a copy of the Prajnaparamita text…” (pdf)
Cultivating the Twelve Kinds of Wealth
“Wealth is an English word. What we mean by wealth in Tibetan is nor. Simply translated, nor is ‘wealth’; but nor is also a word for something precious, like jewels. So, may all of you have good health and acquire tremendous wealth — not just money, which is the simplest thing that comes to mind in terms of wealth. I am referring here to cultivating twelve kinds of wealth.”
Introduction to Ngöndro
“Preliminaries usually refer to things that precede. However there seem to be many different ideas about this term. Some of you write to me to say that you stopped doing ngöndro and now you want to ‘go back’—as if to say back to basics, as if the preliminaries were like going back to the kindergarten level of vajrayana. Instead, the preliminaries should be seen as the ‘leaders,’ giving direction to your whole vajrayana path of practice. This is the way the great masters related to ngöndro.” (pdf)
This teaching was given by Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche on July 13, 2011, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. in the context of the auspicious occasion of the Kalachakra empowerment bestowed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Rinpoche had been asked to speak on the topic of bodhicitta.
Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche gave a spontaneous teaching to practitioners after the death of a mouse during mowing on the land at Mindrolling Lotus Garden in 2006.
These teachings are excerpted from the complete teachings on the Ati Zabdön ngöndro, so generously bestowed by Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche in 2012 at Mindrolling Lotus Garden, during the vajrayana section of Annual Retreat. (pdf)