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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Warmest summer greetings!

Things have been on full speed here at Tashi Chöling for several weeks now. Kathog Getse Rinpoche has just completed a reading transmission, lung, for the text we are now translating that is Pema Lungtog Gyatso’s Chöd commentary, a word-by-word commentary to the Heart Essence of Saraha, a terma of Dudjom Lingpa. We had the opportunity to read along as Rinpoche gave the lung and, hence, could get a glimpse of what is to come. This is an extraordinary treatise that covers all aspects of the path of Secret Mantra and, in particular, Dzogchen. We will be working on this translation each day now until it is complete, which should be sometime next year if all goes well. I won’t be posting for a while as a short retreat is in store; so in the meantime please feel free to contact Lama Chönam through the info address on this website.

And thank you all again for your continued interest and support. We hope and pray to serve the doctrine and all beings as best we can for all the life’s to come.

Tashi Deleg!
Sangye and Lama Chonam

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Happy Summertime!

Dear Friends,

Greetings to everyone and happy summertime! We hope that you are all able to enjoy the outdoors and the many dharma events that are happening all around the globe this summer. We have just returned to Tashi Choling from one such event which seems to get more sublime as the years proceed. Khen Rinpoche Namdrol is now going on the fifth year of teaching the Tsig Don Rinpoche Dzod Treasury of the Genuine Meaning of the seven treasures of Omniscient Longchenpa. This year Light of Berotsana was able to offer a rough draft translation to the recipients so that they could more easily follow along during the teaching. This was greatly appreciated and in fact an indispensable part of the study of such a complex teaching and text.

After consulting with Khen Rinpoche Namdrol we have decided to make a complete translation of this text over the next two years. Although a translation of this text is going to be made available later this year as a part of the translation project to translate all seven of the Treasures headed up by Lotsawa Chokyi Nyima (Richard Barren) we felt that since Khen Rinpoche has been teaching this and the audio files are of course based on our own terminology choices it would be extremely harmonious and congruent for the students of this teaching in particular to have a the text translated in the same way that the teachings have been translated. We also feel that this effort will be an invaluable tool for the translators of LOB and those who are already in the course from other centers and genres to come together and join in a combined effort. So, this project will begin sometime later this fall and we will keep you all informed as to how it is going.

During the teachings this year our translation of Lonchenpas' commentary to the Guhyagarbha Tantra including the root Tantra itself arrived from Snow Lion publications, fresh off the press. This was wonderful timing and we were able to offer the book to Khen Rinpoche. Actually Rinpoche returned with three copies as he is traveling to Bhutan soon and will probably offer one of them to the King of Bhutan. Please go to the Snow Lion website and look under the restricted titles section for the new book entitled The Guhyagarbha Tantra with commentary by Longchen Rabjam.

We are also beginning the translation of the long Chod Commentary from Heruka Dudjom Lingpa's terma revleations collections written by his foremost disciple Pema Lungtog Gyatso. We will post more info about this news as we are hoping to receive the reading transmission for this from Gesei Rinpoche when he visits here at Tashi Choling in late July early August. More news on that to come... The Troma togal text is about to go off for typesetting in the next week as well. That's it for now,

All best wishes

Sangye and Lama Chonam