Offering and Meditation on Dakini Day

The Thousand Stars Foundation invites friends of the Foundation to participate in the offering to Guru Rinpoche at the Foundation House on Ladprao Road, February 1 (Dakini Day), 7-9 pm. After the offering and meditation on Guru Rinpoche, we will recite a praise to the 21 Taras and the aspiration for excellent conduct.

Please bring cookies, buiscuits, candies or fruits for the offering.

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Reflection

It has been a week since Lhasray Rinpoche returned to China. I thought of special friendships developed between Rinpoche and his new students as well as between me and friends of the Foundation. I thought of the many places we visited during Rinpoche’s stay including Areerat’s special land and and a gigantic Buddha stone carving factory in Chiang Rai. I thought of many activities we did at Khadiravana, countless preparations Prachum and Yontan did before the Stupa ceremony and “namjai” special support from students and friends. There were difficult moments when we were tired and pressured by the work. But there were also special moments of joy, peace and compassion when we recited the Guru Sitthi mantra while visualing that the mantra goes everywhere in the universe.

One morning at a hotel lobby in Chiang Mai, Rinpoche suddenly taught me a Dzogchen lesson. He urged me to look at Dharma practice from everything a practitioner does. Dharma practice doesn’t occur only when a practioner sits cross-legged, with palms folded, but it is inseparable from his or her action, behavior and personality. Dzogchen perspective holds that Samsara is no different from Nirvana. Nirvana is here and now. There is neither purity nor impurity. Everything is only the state of our mind.

Rinpoche’s visit not only helps me see things more clearly but it enhances my understanding of faith and relationship between teacher and student. It also gave me a hard lesson of seeing the “ugly” side of myself when the “self” that I hold on to got challenged in situations that provoke anger, jealousy, insult, and disappointment.

Talk on Mt. Kailash

The 1000 Stars Lecture Series will feature Dr. Andy Lowe who will speak to us about his recent trip to the Kailash Mountain in western Tibet. Mount Kailash, known in Tibetan as “Kang Rinpoche,” or the Precious Snow Mountain, is one of the most spiritually potent places in the world, and is the source of three of Asia’s greatest rivers–the Indus, the Ganges and the Brahmaputra. Andy will also talk with us about how to prepare for a trip to the mountain and how to manage the effects of trekking in high altitude.

The talk will take place on next Sunday, 3 February 2008 from 13:30 to 15:30 hours at the 1000 Stars House, 695, Soi 11, Ladprao Road, near Carrefour Ladprao.

For further information please go to

http://1000starsweb.googlepages.com/

Pictures from the North

Kris and Miao in front of the Buddha shrine, Wat Umong. Miao is holding fish food in her hands.

Rinpoche prays with Yontan and Kris in front of the Wat Umong Jediya. May our work be realized!

Chimed Rigzin meditates on the Wat Umong Jediya.

Beautiful sun rays at Khun Areerat’s land in Chiang Rai. We share her great spirit to devote this plot of land for Dharma activities.

Areerat on the happy day when the land was blessed.

Lhasray Rinpoche blesses the land.

Blessed flower and rice

Miao, Kris, Teng, Jick, Chimed Rigzin, Emaho and Rigzin Wangmo


Rinpoche and the group at Doi Suthep

Update on Rinpoche’s Visit

Lhasray Rinpoche, Tulku and Rigzin Wangmo returned to Chengdu this morning. We took them to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai on January 17-19. On the 20th some students came to say ‘good-bye’ to Rinpoche. Among them are Khun Sanan, a retired staff from the Forestry Department and his family and friends. They presented him with two Bodhi plants – one to be grown at Khadiravana and another for Rinpoche to take to Chengdu. Khun Supot and Khun Areerat presented Rinpoche with a beautiful image of Buddha in the Samboghakaya form. Dr. Fon asked many questions about how to prepare the mind of dying patients. These, together with the meaningful gifts inspired Rinpoche to give a short Dharma teaching on bardo. I hope to summarize the teaching soon. The teaching was followed by an important meeting with the Tara Great Stupa working group.

We will look forward to Rinpoche’s next visit to Thailand when the foundation and the temple of the Great Stupa has been completed. He said he would pray for the opportunities to teach us on bardo intensively and to lead us on the Dzogchen path.

Pictures of Rinpoche’s activities and the visit to the north will be posted soon!

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed selflessly to Rinpoche’s visit. Special thanks are due to Khun Jick for Rinpoche’s air tickets, the cost related to ceremonial tents and for taking care of Rinpoche and his family both in Bangkok and in Chaing Mai and Chiang Rai; Dr. Bundit and his friends who have become the Thousand Stars Group in Surin for the wonderful meals and household work during our Guru Rinpoche retreat; Khun Prachum for taking care of Rinpoche’s stay at Khadiravana; Miao, Nuch; Khun Areerat, Khun Ek, Khun Jun, Khun Lek, Khun Klaang and Khun Teng. We are also very grateful to Dr. Andy and Khun Charoen. Last but not least, I thank my mother who contributed tirelessly to the logistics and well being of those who came to the foundation stone laying ceremony and those who stayed in the retreat.

Memories from Guru Rinpoche Empowerment and Rinpoche’s Personal Retreat

With his great compassion, Rinpoche recited the Guru Rinpoche prayers and mantra with us on the 11th. The next day he performed Guru Rinpoche Empowerment. The text he uses is Lamai Gongtu “Embodiment of teachers,” which belongs to the Nyingma tradition. It’s a terma discovered by a Bonpo tertron. As mentioned earlier in this blog, Rinpoche has received several transmissions and empowerments from both Bonpo and Nyingma masters.

After the empowerment, Rinpoche spent a night with all of us before entering a personal retreat at the mantra stupa for 2 nights. We felt grateful to his kindness towards us. His blessing is like a shower of nectar.

Memories from the Tara Stupa’s Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony

Two Thai admirers of Tibetan culture: Thangka painter and movie maker

Two students who became Tara disciples

Two tantric practitioners of the Kundrol Dragpa lineage: Rigzin Wangmo and Chimed Rigzin (Sang-ngag Lingpa Tulku)

Chimed Rigzin

Mongyal Lhasray Rinpoche conducted the ceremony.

Lungta ceremony – May the wind blow wind-horse paper everywhere!

Khadiravana on the important day

Rinpoche explained the meaning of the stupa and the ritual.

Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa and Krisadawan circumambulating the stupa mandala.

Special Guru Rinpoche altar at the ceremony