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Recorded at Nalanda West, Seattle, Washington. April 30-May 2, 2010.
Lama Tharchin Rinpoche teaches in Tibetan and English, with English interpretation by Lama Ngawang Zangpo.
Four teachings available on MP4 video and MP3 audio for streaming and download. Please be aware that if you sign up as a new member after May, you will need to purchase the previous months so that the teachings are complete. We will contact you with that information at signup.
“The essence of enlightenment pervades our mind like sesame oil pervades a sesame seed.” - Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
“This song of calling the lama from afar is known as a doha, a spontaneous song of enlightenment. It is not like any writing that comes from the intellectual mind. It represents the overflowing of wisdom from within the expanse of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche’s enlightened mind. Through reciting the prayer, we invoke the lama's presence, which is all-pervasive, all-encompassing, and all-illuminating. We can draw forth this presence of the lama’s nondual wisdom, which is the essence of our own mind. On the outer level, we call to our lama through our faith and devotion. On the inner level, we draw forth the strength of our meditative experience and realization within our spiritual practice. On the secret level, our practice leads to the awakening of the ultimate lama within our own mind, revealing the union of emptiness-awareness, the essence of our mind. This unbroken continuity of the essence of mind is exactly same from the highest enlightened being, such as Buddha Kuntuzangpo, to the smallest, most humble sentient being. The teachings contained within this prayer reveal how we can blossom that wisdom nature.
These sorts of teachings are the innermost essence of the realization of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche. Having been introduced to these teachings, if you recall them and recite the prayer from time to time, you will receive a kind of yeast that transforms your mind. Through recitation, faith, devotion, and meditation, when you recall the meaning of these words, you will find that based on the teachings and blessings of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, your ordinary thoughts and afflictive emotions will become finer and finer. Through the strength of your practice, your meditative experience and realization will increase. Then someday for certain you will attain enlightenment.
It is said that when we practice on the path, at the more elementary levels of Buddhism, it is like we can produce iron. At higher levels, we can produce silver from our practice. But when we reach this path of Dzogchen Great Perfection teachings, it is as if we receive an alchemical substance that transforms everything into gold. These teachings have this kind of transformative effect on our experience. Whatever type of practice you are doing, take these teachings home and integrate them into your practice. It is like adding yeast to our mind, and through practice and sustaining our understanding of the teachings, we can make very good alcohol. Then, when the yeast has transformed the alcohol and we finally drink it, that is our realization; that is our enlightenment. This is the promise of these teachings.”
- Lama Tharchin Rinpoche (From Teaching 1, edited for clarity & grammar)
Calling the Lama from Afar (Ngo Wo Do Nay) 2001 (S01) video & audio download and Recitation audio download
Calling the Lama from Afar (Nying U Day Pay) 2010 (S20) video & audio download and Recitation audio download
Photo: Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje