Information last updated: July 19, 2020
Dear Sangha brothers and sisters,
Samye Institute joyfully announces that beginning this Guru Rinpoche day, the 10th day of the sixth lunar month (July 29), in accordance with Phakchok Rinpoche’s guidance, we will be completing a series of seven tsok bum, or 100,000 feast offerings, on each of the seven remaining Guru Rinpoche days of this Tibetan lunar calendar year. Phakchok Rinpoche believes that the tremendous magnetizing power of these tsok bum will be particularly effective in this period of global pandemic and unrest. Tsok is a profound Vajrayana practice of offering that swiftly gathers the accumulations of merit and wisdom and simultaneously purifies our obscurations. Bum means that the offering will be accumulated 100,000 times, which will be accomplished by our sangha in Nepal and around the world.
We will be accumulating a different practice from the Chokling Tersar on each of the upcoming Guru Rinpoche days at the sacred site of the Asura cave. Here, in the area of Nepal now known as Pharping, Guru Rinpoche had stayed in retreat at the lower cave of Yangleshö, in the summer months, and at the upper cave of Asura, in the winter months. At the Asura cave, Guru Rinpoche combined the practice of Yangdak Heruka, a wrathful form of Buddha’s wisdom mind, with the practice of Vajrakilaya, a deity associated with the Buddha’s enlightened activity and renowned for the removal of obstacles to awakening. Subsequently, Guru Rinpoche manifested the attainment of the siddhi of Mahāmudrā.
Phakchok Rinpoche will commence each gathering offering from the main shrine room at Asura cave along with the three-year retreatants, who are practicing there. The feast offerings will be arranged directly in front of Guru Rinpoche’s practice cave. Simultaneously monks, nuns, and lay practitioners in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan will participate in the accumulation of the 100,000 tsok offerings.
So that everyone who wishes can practice together in this great vajra net of accumulating merit, the gathering offerings will be video-streamed live via YouTube. We invite everyone to participate in this chain of mantra resounding throughout the globe. With over 650 participants, we will each need to chant about 2 malas. This will be a unique opportunity to represent your country and dedicate the accumulation of merit to reduce the negative impact of the pandemic and unrest in your area.
The practices will take place from 8am until 11am Nepali time.
Every month, we will be providing practitioners with the necessary texts as well as explanations for the visualization of each deity. We will provide links to both the live streaming and a recorded version of the recitation to support your practice. As further details emerge we will share them with our mailing list and on the Samye Institute website and Facebook page.
We look forward to participating with you in this auspicious global accumulation of merit! Please remember this inspiring verse from The Vajra Net (Rdo rje drwa ba):
Amongst the accumulations of merit, gaṇacakra is supreme.
All one’s wishes for this life will be accomplished,
Negative forces and obstacles will be pacified.
In the next, in the realm of the victorious vidyādharas,
One will reach the level of Samantabhadra.
Tsok Bum Series
The program is as follows, along with links for more details. The texts for these practices will all be shared by our in-house translation group Lhasey Lotsawa.
July 29 – Sixth Lunar Month
Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel
(The Guru’s Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles)
August 28 Seventh Lunar Month
Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup
(The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes Guru Heart Practice)
September 26 Eighth Lunar Month
Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik
(The Lake-Born Guru’s Heart Essence)
October 26 Ninth Lunar Month
Guru Dorjé Draktsel
(Guru Powerful Vajra Wrath)
November 24 Tenth Lunar Month
Tukdrup Gongpa Kündü
(The Heart Practice of the Assembled Realization)
December 24 Eleventh Lunar Month
January 23 Twelfth Lunar Month
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