Buddha Poornima (Wesak) Celebration and Meditation Teaching at Bangalore

The Buddhist Channel, May 8, 2009

Bangalore, India -- DHARMA SUBHASHITA (Thubten Lekshey Ling) Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Study Center (dharmasubhashita.org) will be conducting a celebration of Buddha Poornima (Wesak) at Bangalore on 9th of May. Buddha Poornima marks the anniversary of the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, his attainment of Buddhahood and his Mahaparinirvana.

Dharma Subhashita’s program during this occasion will include a ceremonial bathing of the Buddha, symbolizing the cleansing of the cloud-like defilements that obscures the sun-shine of our enlightened true nature. This ceremony originated in India and is popular in many oriental countries that follow Mahayana Buddhism. This is celebrated along with visualization and chanting. Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche from Namdroling Monastery (Golden Temple), Bylakkuppe will lead this ceremony.

As part of the program, Rinpoche will talk on finding happiness in this world of competition. There will also be a meditation teaching by Rinpoche on resting the mind naturally. This is a profound, but simple to do, meditation that comes from the Shamata (calming the mind) preliminaries to Mahasandhi-yoga practice.

The program will be conducted at Ashirvad, St. Marks Road Cross, Opposite SBI, St. Marks Road, Bangalore from 3:30pm to 6:30pm on 9th of May. The program is open to all and free of charges.

Further details of the program are as given below:

Time & Venue
9th May 2009, Saturday
3:30pm to 6:30pm
Xavier Hall, ASHIRVAD,
#30, St. Marks Road Cross,
Opposite SBI, St. Marks Road,

The Program Schedule
3:30pm to 4:45pm: Teaching On “Finding Happiness in a World of Competition”
4:45pm to 5:00pm: Tea-Break
5:00pm to 5:45pm: Ceremony called “Bathing the Buddha”
5:45pm to 6:30pm: Meditation Teaching On “Resting the Mind Naturally”

Detailed Description:

Finding Happiness in a World of Competition
Today, we live in a competitive world. In every walk of life, competition seems to bring with it tremendous emotional stress. How can we find happiness and the peace of mind? What message has the Buddha’s teachings got to offer in facing the world with the peace of mind? Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche will speak on this topic and explain how the Buddhist teachings can be applied to daily living, in a secular context.

Bathing the Buddha
This is a beautiful ceremony performed in connection with Buddha Poornima in many countries that follow Mahayana Buddhism. It originated in ancient India and is explained in “Bodhicaryāvatāra” by Shantideva.

In its outer form, it is to commemorate the birth of Siddhartha Gautama (Sakyamuni Buddha). As Queen Mahāmāya gave birth to Siddhartha in Lumbini Gardens, the little prince took seven strides and declared his arrival. Out of great joy the celestial beings assembled and made clouds of offerings of flowers, music, bath and cloths.
In its essence, this practice symbolizes inner ablution - the cleansing away of our defilements, the cultivation of the six perfections and knowing the Buddha within us. By performing this practice with the correct understanding and visualization, we purify negativities and accumulate great virtues. Rinpoche will explain the purpose and meaning of this ceremony and lead its performance.

Resting the Mind Naturally
Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche will teach a meditation to bring the mind to rest naturally. This is a profound, but simple meditation from the shamata (clam-abiding) preliminaries to Mahasandhi-yoga (Dzogchen) practice.

About Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche
Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche Sherab Zangpo was born in 1981 in the Dho Tharap valley in Dolpo region of Nepal. At the age of ten, he was recognized by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as the reincarnation of the Dolpo Lama Nyinchung Rinpoche. He travelled to Namdroling Monastery in Bylakkuppe, Mysore to complete his study of philosophy, practice and rituals under the guidance of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. He excelled in all his studies. Upon completion of his studies, he began to teach Sutra and Tantra at the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, the advanced center of philosophy study at Namdroling Monastery from 2007. In 2008, Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche travelled to Dolpo to be enthroned in his monasteries in Dho Tarap, Saldang and Namgung and to take more active responsibility of his people there.

DHARMA SUBHASHITA (Thubten Lekshey Ling) www.dharmasubhashita.org is an Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation & Study Centre at Bangalore founded under the spiritual guidance of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. We conduct meditation classes and spiritual discourses that are open for all. Inspired by the advices of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, we participate in revitalizing the rich intellectual tradition of the ancient Nalanda University through building awareness in philosophical thinking with a non-sectarian approach. Regular classes at the centre in Bangalore are taught by experienced teachers from Namdroling, the reputed Buddhist monastic institution at Bylakkuppe, Karnataka. Occasionally, we have special teaching programs by Buddhist masters across traditions. Dharma Subhashita follows Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy upholding the non-sectarian values of the Ri-me' movement. With regard to spiritual practice, Dharma Subhashita emphasizes the "Great Perfection" (Dzogchen / Mahāsandhi-yoga) teachings of the Nyingma tradition.

Dharma Subhashita Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation & Study Center
289, 4th Cross, A block, AECS Layout
Brookefields, Bangalore - 37
Contact: Phuntsok Namgyal
Phone: 98802 96930