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To all the Sikkimese People,

I was in Sikkim for six months this year, and it was very pleasant by your support and your accommodations. I was healthy and safe to be there because you all were very kind and gentle with me. I want to thank all of the Nepalis, Sikkimise, Lapcha, to any kind of caste, it was very friendly and very pleasant. Every day I met many different people while I was walking, and everybody sounded very happy to see me and talk to me, even 3-4 year old children. I want to say, thank you for your kind and gentle accommodations, and especially my niece and nephew-in-law, Miss Tsering Choden and Samten-la. They are the most kind, and day by day, looked after me so dearly. In my whole life, I almost never had experience of such loving kindness and caring. Also, Dondrub and Lhamo, my nephew and niece-in-law, worked hard when I was there. Also, other nieces and nephews who were there for me when I needed them. I miss Sikkim, and I never had this feeling before. Being that I stayed longer there, it brought me more peace from the land and feeling the loving kindess from the people of the land. But after all, I am doing OK here and since I left Bagdora up until arriving in San Francisco, there was no problem. My niece Miss Tsering, from her gesture of love to me, she accommodated all of the hotels and taxis and even the counter, everything became much more easy for me, this is because of both her skill and the kindness of her heart which brought me comfort. From my heart, thanks for my niece, Miss Tsering Choden. Right now, I am resuming my duties as Buddhist Teacher as usual, and I will be busy with teachings on Saturdays, Pacific Time, 1 PM - 3 PM, as described in the previous post. The human life is not permanent - it is impermanent. So, any time, anything can happen. It is important, always to cultivate good motivation. We have to work with ourselves to be comfortable, but at the same time we don't deny other sentient beings. How important we treat ourselves, we make other beings important as well. Keep this in your mind, leave your mind with this kind of motivation. Be mindful as much as you can in the lifetime, then especially when you depart from this world, you should have that state of mind. I will not say you get enlightenment, but that will cause the next life to be better. If you try to look for big things, and when you don't get that, you lose the little things you already have. So, please, be mindful and maintain a good heart. I am an old man, if you think this is too much, then forget it. If this has some meaning, then try to bring this to your mind.

Lama Lodu Rinpoche
Kalu Rinpoche was/is my Root Lama. I took Refuge in his Teachings in 1974. I was Initiated into the Rite of Chenrezig and have been blessed ever since. I'm sorry I was unable to meet with his Incarnation when he passed close by me in Northern California in 2012. But, that's okay is always in my Heart. Namaste🙏
I received Initiation into the Rite of Chenrezig from Kalu Rimpoche in '74, and have been following him ever since. I take Refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

Kagyu Droden Kunchab, established in 1974, is dedicated to the ultimate benefit of all sentient beings. By supporting the center through your membership, you connect with the boundless merit of those who brought Buddha-Dharma to the West.

As a supporting member you merge with the highest intentions of Kalu Rinpoche, Lama Lodu Rinpoche and other bodhisattvas. Monday - Friday

* 6:00 am .............. Cherezig (in English)
* 7:30 pm .............. Mahakala
* 8:00 pm .............. Chenrezig

Saturday

* 6:00 am ............... Cherezig (in English)
* 10:00 am ............. Ngôndro
* 8:00 pm ............... Che

Operating as usual

09/11/2021

To all the Sikkimese People,

I was in Sikkim for six months this year, and it was very pleasant by your support and your accommodations. I was healthy and safe to be there because you all were very kind and gentle with me. I want to thank all of the Nepalis, Sikkimise, Lapcha, to any kind of caste, it was very friendly and very pleasant. Every day I met many different people while I was walking, and everybody sounded very happy to see me and talk to me, even 3-4 year old children. I want to say, thank you for your kind and gentle accommodations, and especially my niece and nephew-in-law, Miss Tsering Choden and Samten-la. They are the most kind, and day by day, looked after me so dearly. In my whole life, I almost never had experience of such loving kindness and caring. Also, Dondrub and Lhamo, my nephew and niece-in-law, worked hard when I was there. Also, other nieces and nephews who were there for me when I needed them. I miss Sikkim, and I never had this feeling before. Being that I stayed longer there, it brought me more peace from the land and feeling the loving kindess from the people of the land. But after all, I am doing OK here and since I left Bagdora up until arriving in San Francisco, there was no problem. My niece Miss Tsering, from her gesture of love to me, she accommodated all of the hotels and taxis and even the counter, everything became much more easy for me, this is because of both her skill and the kindness of her heart which brought me comfort. From my heart, thanks for my niece, Miss Tsering Choden. Right now, I am resuming my duties as Buddhist Teacher as usual, and I will be busy with teachings on Saturdays, Pacific Time, 1 PM - 3 PM, as described in the previous post. The human life is not permanent - it is impermanent. So, any time, anything can happen. It is important, always to cultivate good motivation. We have to work with ourselves to be comfortable, but at the same time we don't deny other sentient beings. How important we treat ourselves, we make other beings important as well. Keep this in your mind, leave your mind with this kind of motivation. Be mindful as much as you can in the lifetime, then especially when you depart from this world, you should have that state of mind. I will not say you get enlightenment, but that will cause the next life to be better. If you try to look for big things, and when you don't get that, you lose the little things you already have. So, please, be mindful and maintain a good heart. I am an old man, if you think this is too much, then forget it. If this has some meaning, then try to bring this to your mind.

Lama Lodu Rinpoche

09/02/2021
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Tsering Gyaltsen was an ex-monk from Sherabling Monastery who recently passed away on Saturday, July 31st, 2021. He was very devoted to Buddhism in general and the Kagyu lineage specifically, and a very good example of devotion to his own guru to future people following ta***ic Buddhism. He physically came out of the monastery but continued to care for and respect monastic life. Unfortunately, we lost such a great treasure for this lineage, leaving behind a wife and seven-year-old daughter. Everyone in the Bay Area is gathering to perform different ceremonies of different deities every Saturday evening. Many KDK members knew him and he was a very good example.

While he was on vacation and getting exercise swimming, he was unable to operate continuously in the water, causing him to drown and pass away. His Holiness Kenting Tai Situ Ripoche and his teacher, Gegen Lama Lodu-La, did powa transmission for him and since then Palpung Sherabling has been performing the sadhana every week up until 49 days. He passed away from this world which is hard for us, but for him, he is completely set, traveling through the Bardo to the next life. He is survived by his wife Melanie Hogan and his daughter, Lhamo.

Please dedicate many mani mantras for him and all sentient beings.

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08/23/2021
07/31/2021

At the request of His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche, Guru Vajradhara His Holiness Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa will be giving teachings on Bodhicitta, Motivation, Conduct and Lineage, on Sunday morning, August 1st 6:30 AM, via Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

For more information: https://shangpakagyu.org/teaching-given-by-guru-vajradhara-his-holiness-chamgon-kenting-tai-situpa-sunday-august-1-2021

To directly register for the teaching:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rer8GijkSx-XZz5HJ6emsQ

At the request of His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche, Guru Vajradhara His Holiness Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa will be giving teachings on Bodhicitta, Motivation, Conduct and Lineage, on Sunday morning, August 1st 6:30 AM, via Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

For more information: https://shangpakagyu.org/teaching-given-by-guru-vajradhara-his-holiness-chamgon-kenting-tai-situpa-sunday-august-1-2021

To directly register for the teaching:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rer8GijkSx-XZz5HJ6emsQ

[06/04/21]   (Rinpoche is doing well in Sikkim, and continues to benefit others non-stop. As a quick update, he wanted to share with everyone this Email he composed to a student in response to questions about keeping samaya commitments:)

Dear J.,

I am very happy that you Emailed and reintroduced yourself again. I have many people who I have given initiations to, but I don't remember all of them - that is my problem with my memory and I apologize to you. In general, we are all Buddhist, and the teaching of the Buddha is what we apply to our individual practice in a different way because he gave 84,000 different ways to practice according to their individual karma. For example, one pours milk to a thousand cups to a thousand people, and each person possesses their own cup. They are clinging to their own cup of milk. But, originally, the milk came from the same pot - it is only poured into different cups. The Buddha's teaching is similar to that - it goes to different individuals in a different way, but the source is the same, it is from the Buddha himself.

It is very important to examine the teacher first, from where you are receiving these teachings. Does the teacher have the unbroken, authentic lineage? And, does the teacher keep unstained samaya with his or her guru and lineage? These are very important qualifications for a practitioner to examine before you take teachings and initiations. When you take the teachings and initiations, it is better not to criticize your teacher, or have wrong views to your teacher.

If you cannot remain with respect and devotion, then just leave alone - don't criticize or have wrong views, and then you can go on to find some more authentic teacher. All of the teachers that you respect and feel connected to, and you examine that the teacher is truly introducing the Buddha's teachings to you, then that's OK - you can have as many teachers as you can. Historically in our Kagyu tradition, Marpa had more than 100 teachers. Kyungpo Naljor, the founder of the Shangpa lineage, had 150 teachers. Similarly, nowadays, if I count how many people I have received teachings from, I may have almost 100 too. That is the tradition, and that is very helpful if you know how to use it, both the teachings and the teacher, in many degrees. You mentioned in your Email that you received teachings from H.E. Mingyur Rinpoche. His Eminence Mingyur Rinpoche is one of the great masters of this century, and everyone has respect for him as a truly realized teacher, so that is very wonderful, and you are very lucky to have that connection. Then, you mentioned Lama Zopa Rinpoche of the Gelugpa tradition, and he is the most authentic spiritual master of the Gelugpa, so you are very lucky again. I don't see anything wrong following these teachers, these teachers can help you and advance your meditation practice.

Also, you listed that you received initiations from me. If you practice Four Arm Chenrezig, that will keep all of the commitments and samaya, but you have to do this practice daily. Any of them, Green Tara, White Mahakala, one of them that you do daily, this can keep the samaya for all of them. The deities are the wisdom of the Buddha, it is the same essence but different manifestations, not like human beings in samsara. You love one of them, but others might get upset or jealous. In that case, you have to keep all of them happy. This is not like that! One deity's wisdom manifests for different individuals' needs. For example, we have so much anger. So, the remedy for that is compassion, Avalokitesvara. We have so much stupidity, and the remedy for that is Manjusri. We have so much attachment and craving, so the remedy is Vajrapani. If you practice correctly to Avalokitesvara, you can remove your anger, but at the same time you can remove the rest of your afflictions. If you practice Manjusri, that will remove all of the stupidity and ignorance, and all of the rest of the afflictions get removed at the same time. Therefore, you can practice one deity and it will take care of all of your commitments. It is necessary to cultivate deep devotion from your heart to the Three Jewels and Three Roots, and compassion from the depth of your heart to all sentient beings. That is the important foundation of any deity that you practice. When you actually practice, you focus one-pointedly without any other thought, and then finally we dedicate all the merit to all sentient beings to be free forever through the attaining enlightenment of the Buddha. You practice that way, that's correct, then follow the instructions of your teacher, and then you can get clarification from them on how to deepen your practice, that's important. After all, you don't need to worry about all the number of initiations, it's important to not have wrong views to the teacher who gave you those teachings, even if you see something you think is wrong. Think instead, this is my delusion, and this makes you avoid wrong views on these things.

That is my answer to your questions, I hope this will solve your purpose.

Best regards,

Lama Lodu Rinpoche

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This May 26th, 2021, we Buddhists celebrate Saga Dawa, the anniversary of the day when the Buddha became fully enlightened after sitting down beneath the Bodhi Tree and dedicating himself to practice for the benefit of all sentient beings. In this 30 minute teaching recorded in the mountains of Sikkim, Lama Lodu Rinpoche explains why it is important for us Buddhists to engage in Buddhist practice ourselves on this day, and the blessings of engaging in both Nyen-Nes and Nyung-Nes practice. Furthermore, he shares advice for everyone on the importance of following the advice of those who truly are dedicating themselves to benefit others in order to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-S3VCLZudTn6ckU_nwL3zt7mXN3RHXGo/view?usp=drivesdk

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05/01/2021

As many of you know, Lama Lodu Rinpoche is in India despite the worsening conditions there. As many people are contacting him about this, he is not able to respond to everyone individually, but he would like to share a few points with everyone. First, by not trying to return to the United States, he is actually avoiding the most hard-hit areas of the pandemic. Second, he is being taken care of by his family in Sikkim in a peaceful, well-protected place, and that his blood sugar levels and health are all in good shape. Even though work on the stupa is slowed down due to these circumstances, he will do his best to bring it to completion and come home as soon as he can. Also, he emphasized that because he practices meditation every day, this guides him and helps protect him. Likewise, all of you who continue to say refuge prayers and engage in practice such as Chenrezig are not only benefiting yourselves and all sentient beings, but this is beneficial for Rinpoche's long life as well. Rinpoche emphasized, we will overcome this pandemic!

As many of you know, Lama Lodu Rinpoche is in India despite the worsening conditions there. As many people are contacting him about this, he is not able to respond to everyone individually, but he would like to share a few points with everyone. First, by not trying to return to the United States, he is actually avoiding the most hard-hit areas of the pandemic. Second, he is being taken care of by his family in Sikkim in a peaceful, well-protected place, and that his blood sugar levels and health are all in good shape. Even though work on the stupa is slowed down due to these circumstances, he will do his best to bring it to completion and come home as soon as he can. Also, he emphasized that because he practices meditation every day, this guides him and helps protect him. Likewise, all of you who continue to say refuge prayers and engage in practice such as Chenrezig are not only benefiting yourselves and all sentient beings, but this is beneficial for Rinpoche's long life as well. Rinpoche emphasized, we will overcome this pandemic!

[05/01/21]   Lama Jinpa will be leading the 2021 Nyung Nes at the KDK Retreat Land from May 10th - May 27th. Please visit the kdk.org home page for full details.

03/29/2021

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Lama Jinpa Tharchin giving Ngondro Teachings via Zoom on Mondays starting April 12th, 2021

Kagyu Mahamudra Prelinaries Ngondro Teachings
Mondays, 7-9 PM CDT
Starting Monday April 12, 2021

Join Ngondro Teachings Zoom Meeting:
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Hosted by Kagyu Droden Kunchab, St. Louis
Lama Lodu Rinpoche, Spiritual Director

At Lama Lodu Rinpoche’s suggestion and with his blessing, Lama Jinpa Tharchin will offer weekly teachings and discussion on the Kagyu Mahamudra Preliminaries (Tibetan: Ngon-dro). This will be an overview of both the Common and Uncommon practices which are the essential preparation for all practitioners before beginning Mahamudra.

It will be Lama Jinpa’s intention to provide a general understanding of these preliminary practices and how they integrate with each other to prepare one for the main practice of Mahamudra.

The Buddha said, “Mind is chief, and the forerunner of all happenings.” Whatever the state of our mind, it determines what we say and do. If our mind is at peace, our words and actions will express that peace, and we will likely be of benefit to others. Our Buddhist practices of hearing, contemplating, and meditating mark out stages of training our minds leading to the ultimate goal, Buddhahood. The three vehicles— Foundational, Mahayana, and Vajrayana— embody this path of training; and the Preliminary Practices embody all three vehicles. These Preliminaries provide a strong basis to anyone who wishes to practice in the Kagyu tradition.

The Zoom sessions will be interactive and provide ample time for questions and comments. As meditation is fundamental to all dharma practice, we will devote the last part of each session to practicing Shamatha meditation together.

Recommended reading:
The Torch of Certainty, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, Shambhala Press.
The Torch of True Meaning: Instructions and the Practice Text for the Mahamudra Preliminaries, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye and the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje, KTD Publications.

An offering in support of the Dharma teachings may be made here but is not required: http://www.kdkstl.org/donate

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03/27/2021

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While I am absent, I would like Lama Choying to lead the Chenrezig Puja via Zoom and conduct Q & A to the public for when they have questions. Lama Choying has been my student for a long time and has completed Three Year Retreat under my direction, and has been quite inseparable for all my activity. He has good motivation to help people, and while I am gone, he will lead the Chenrezig puja via Zoom at 6 - 7 PM Pacific Time every Saturday night. You will not need to bring anything to participate, as he will lead the practice slowly with the text on the screen.

I am confident as I know him, his motivation is very strong to benefit others compared to other people who say too many things, so I really believe he can benefit all of you. Even people who are not necessarily my students can practice with him on Zoom, so I request - please everyone, don't be ignorant, and pay attention. Whatever your leisure, you can come on any Saturday evening. From my heart, I request that you continually maintain this practice, as Chenrezig is the emanation of the actual Buddha's compassion. When you meditate on Chenrezig and chant the mantra, you are communicating directly with the Buddha's mind and becoming more inseparable with your mind. Then, you have some space for wisdom and method to be instilled in your mind. Lama Choying will show the text on the screen; nothing else is necessary, you can follow the text right there, and Lama Choying will let you know when to start, when to say mantra, do silent meditation, and conclude. If you have leisure time, you can ask questions afterwards.

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