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夏札法王賜予「敦珠佛學會」之大圓滿祖師龍清巴尊者像 H.H. Chadral Rinpoche’s Bestowal of the statue of the Dzogchen Master Gyalwa Longchenpa to the Association Causes and Conditions for the Founding of the Association The remote cause: After more than 2500 years of the spreading of the Buddhist Dharma, Buddhism has been mixed up with many popular beliefs, folk customs and traditions, together with various legendary tales and folklores of ghosts and gods. Thus, the real intrinsic substances and
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  夏札法王賜予「敦珠佛學會」之大圓滿祖師龍清巴尊者像 H.H. Chadral Rinpoche’s Bestowal of the statue of the Dzogchen Master Gyalwa Longchenpa to the Association Causes and Conditions for the Founding of the Association The remote cause: After more than 2500 years of the spreading of the Buddhist Dharma, Buddhism has been mixed up with many popular beliefs, folk customs and traditions, together with various legendary tales and folklores of ghosts and gods. Thus, the real intrinsic substances and the true connotations of Buddhism have been secularized and popularized, in such a way as to become too worldly in nature and to be felt as rather mixed up and confused by the general populace. In order that Buddhism can become more popular and to be integrated into the secular communities, it has emphasized on “helping the poor and needy people, comforting people’s minds, and guiding people virtuous deeds”. Indeed, this has been very successful in spreading the Buddhist Dharma in terms of its scope and “breadth”, and we greatly rejoice at this great endeavour.However, in terms of the profundity and “depth” of Buddhism, such as in terms of “How to train the “mental strengths” of Dharma practitioners in order to cope with the “transitional period” after death?” or How to spread Buddhism in order to reveal the real face and goals of Buddhism in a crystal-clear In Commemoration of the 10 th  Anniversary of the Founding of the “Dudjom Buddhist Association”, and the 2 nd  Anniversary of the Founding of the Inaugural Issue of the “Lake of Lotus” Bi-monthly   Dudjom Buddhist Association manner?”, or “how to implement the trainings of the Buddhist “Dharma practice” so that they can be “up-to-the-point” in “matching the goals”?” and so on, more efforts will still need to be put in. The establishment of the Dudjom Buddhist Association (herein known as the “Association”) is to aim at the transmissions of the Buddhist teachings in both its “depth”, as well as its “breadth”, in such a way that it can cater to both its “scope” and its “quality”. It is a Buddhist Dharma centre belonging to the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism.The recent cause: In order to  hold rmly onto the Samaya Vows that our Founders, Vajra Master Yeshe Thaye and Vajra Acharya Pema Lhadren, had made to their Chinese Root Guru Ven. Lama Sonam Chokyi Gyaltsan (alias Ven. Vajra Guru Lau Yui-che) on 2 nd  April 1996 in upholding, maintaining and spreading the Holy Dharma with the Authority and the Lineage vested upon them (the details of which can be found in the Inaugural Issue of the “Light of Lotus” in 1999, as well as in the Ninth Issue of the “Lake of Lotus” in 2007, both published by the Dudjom Buddhist Association), so as 「敦珠佛學會」朝聖團攝於印度菩提伽耶金剛座側 Members of the Association taken at the side of the “Vajra Seat” of the Lord Buddha at Bodh Gaya, India 「敦珠佛學會」朝聖團攝於印度菩提伽耶大覺寺內釋尊成道像前攝 Members of the Association taken in front of the statue of Lord Buddha inside the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, India ã Causes and Conditions for the Founding of the Association ã Its Short History on the Propagation of the Holy Dharma Issue no.13 1 Dudjom Buddhist Association (International) 4th Floor, Federal Centre, 77 Sheung On Street, Chaiwan, Hong Kong Tel : ( 852 ) 2558 3680 Fax : ( 852 ) 3157 1144 Website : http://www.dudjomba.com Email : info @ dudjomba.org.hk   Copyright Owner: Dudjom Buddhist Association International Limited Youtube www.youtube.com/user/DudjomBuddhist Facebook www.facebook.com/DudjomBuddhist 土豆 http://www.tudou.com/home/dudjom 优酷 http://i.youku.com/dudjom 56.com http://i.56.com/Dudjom  to repay the extreme kindness of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche II to the sentient beings in the Chinese world, as well as to aspire towards the Bodhisattva vow and responsibility in “prolonging the wisdom life of the Lord Buddha and in lighting up the heart lamp of the Lord Buddha”.199717 th  May (the Tenth Day of Fourth Month of Saga Dawa of the Tibetan calendar) – Ven. Lama Sonam Chokyi Gyaltsan (alias Ven. Vajra Guru Lau Yui-che) entered into Parinirvana.18 th  September – After Ven. Lama Sonam Chokyi Gyaltsan’s parinirvana, and in order to respond to various special causes and conditions, Vajra Master Yeshe Thaye and Acharya Pema Lhadren went to Nepal to seek the Spiritual Advices from His Holiness Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche and His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche III, and had received important guidance and advices. His Holiness Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche has personally granted two Letters of Recognition and Authorization (which had separately appeared in the Inaugural Issue of the “Light of Lotus” in 1999, and in the Fifth Issue of the “Lake of Lotus” in 2006, both published by the Dudjom Buddhist Association) in formally and publicly recognizing Vajra Master Yeshe Thaye as the lineage-holder and successor of the lineages of the Dharma and of the Family of Ven. Lama Sonam Chokyi Gyaltsan (alias Ven. Vajra Guru Lau Yui-che). After returning to Hong Kong, Vajra Master Yeshe Thaye & Vajra Acharya Pema Lhadren began to plan for establishing a new Buddhist association in order to spread the genuine Holy Dharma, and ofcially named it as the “Dudjom Buddhist Association International Limited” so as to thank and commemorate the extreme kindness of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche II, and thus began to draft the “Memorandum and Articles of Association” for the Association. 19989 th  January – Received the o fcial approval from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region of China for the establishment of the Association, and was thus incorporated on this very day. Later on, it was further registered as a “non-prot” charitable institution.In order to meet the special needs of the modern man in their understanding of the Buddhist teachings, the “Dudjom Buddhist Association” has launched a series of multimedia publications to present and explain the profound meanings of the essence of the Buddhist teachings, while also applying the scientic way of analysis, in such a way that it is clear and simple, systematic with order, so as to be easily understood by the general public. In this way, it helps to bring about the propagation of the Buddhist cultural and educational activities, and thus help to spread upon the “breadth” of Buddhism. As for the “depth” of Buddhism, as an institution for the spreading of the Holy Dharma and belonging to the Nyingma School (so-called “Red-Hat School”) of Tibetan Buddhism, the “Dudjom Buddhist Association” has adopted the following principles in its propagation of the “Buddhist Dharma”:1. To reveal the true face and goals of “Buddhism” in a crystal-clear manner;2. To use “scientic terms” and modern terminologies as “footnotes” to re-interpret the profound in-depth meanings on the essence of the “Buddhist Dharma”;3. To train Buddhist teaching personnel, who can possess both the theoretical foundations and the practical experiences, in order to help spread the “Buddhist Dharma”;4. To carry out “up-to-the-point” “practical trainings” in order to help modern Dharma practitioners;5. To provide Dharma practitioners with teachings and assistances on both the theoretical foundations (theories 「敦珠佛學會」出版之「蓮花光」合訂本,封面乃 夏札法王賜予「敦珠佛學會」之徽號 The front cover, of the Combined Volume of the “Light of Lotus”, is our  Association’s Logo which was bestowed by H.H. Chadral Rinpoche 敦珠法王二世與劉公銳之金剛上師歡敘 H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and Ven. Vajra Guru Lau Yui-che were having very enjoyable moments together  夏札法王與移喜泰賢及啤嗎哈尊于2007年10月22日攝於尼泊彌 H.H. Chadral Rinpoche with Yeshe Thaye and Pema Lhadren, taken on 22 October, 2007 in Nepal Issue no.13 2 Dudjom Buddhist Association (International) 4th Floor, Federal Centre, 77 Sheung On Street, Chaiwan, Hong Kong Tel : ( 852 ) 2558 3680 Fax : ( 852 ) 3157 1144 Website : http://www.dudjomba.com Email : info @ dudjomba.org.hk   Copyright Owner: Dudjom Buddhist Association International Limited Youtube www.youtube.com/user/DudjomBuddhist Facebook www.facebook.com/DudjomBuddhist 土豆 http://www.tudou.com/home/dudjom 优酷 http://i.youku.com/dudjom 56.com http://i.56.com/Dudjom  of the Dharma) and the practical experiences (actual practices) necessary; and6. To provide the dying persons with “up-to-the-point” “practical trainings” in order to help them in facing and releasing their dangers, as well as in handling the various adversities in the dying process.May – We had extended our humble invitation to His Holiness Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche to be the Spiritual Leader for the Association, and we were very fortunate that His Holiness Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche has kindly accepted this. At the same time, we began to accept membership applications from those people who are having serious intentions in learning the true and core meanings in the study and practice of the Buddhist Dharma, so as to become liberated from the “six realms” within “the cycle of karmic existence” (samsara).The following events recorded a brief account on the Association’s various activities in the propagation of the Holy Dharma. Please do forgive us for not being able to list out all the details of the full items, as there were too many to be recorded, and have thus only selectively listed out the major ones instead. Its Short History on the Propagation of the Holy Dharma 1. 1999 February – Published the Inaugural Issue of the Chinese-English Bilingual journal of the “Light of Lotus”, and was distributed to the general public free of charge.2. 1999 July – Published the Second Issue of the Chinese-English Bilingual journal of the “Light of Lotus”, and was distributed to the general public free of charge.3. 1999 September – A 3-months’ course on “Mind-Training and Dharma Practice” consisting of 12 sessions was conducted. After which, a whole set of 10 CDs, with color-printed lecture outlines for the course on “Mind-Training and Dharma Practice”, were made available both in Putonghua and Cantonese editions to be widely distributed in various Chinese-speaking communities in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, etc.4. 1999 November – Invited a senior Tibetan teacher, Mr. Zhuang Jing, to conduct a 3-months’ Elementary Course on Tibetan language.5. 2000 March – Began to plan for the establishment of the premise for the Association, and in seeking for a suitable venue for such a purpose.6. 2000 June – Published the Third Issue of the Chinese-English Bilingual journal of the “Light of Lotus”, and was distributed to the general public free of charge. 7. 2000 June – The rst ceremony for conducting the Ritual on the “Freeing of Lives”. More than 70 people had attended.8. 2000 July – Published the Combined Volume of the Chinese-English Bilingual journal of the “Light of Lotus”, comprising of the Three Issues together.9. 2000 July – Began to conduct the monthly ritual for the “reciting of vows” and for the “confessions of sins” (known as rite for the “sojong” in Tibetan, or the “posadha”, “upavasatha”, “uposatha” in Sanskrit and Pali), so that members would openly and publicly confess and repent their sins, wrongdoings, transgression of silas and broken samayas in front of the whole Sangha community during the ritual, a tradition which has been handed down all the way from the Lord Buddha himself.10. 2000 July – Publicly transmitted the “Ritual for the Freeing of Lives”, as according to the tradition of “Vajrayana Buddhism”. More than 230 people had attended.11. 2000 July – Transmitted the “Preliminary Practices of Vajrayana” (that is, the “Four Preliminaries” or “Ngondro” in Tibetan) in details to its members. After which, an Audio CD on the Putonghua and Cantonese editions of “The Importance of the Four Preliminaries” was released. 12. 2000 August – The second large-scale ceremony for conducting the Ritual on the “Freeing of Lives” was conducted. More than 120 people had attended. 13. 2000 September – The rst large-scale Buddhist Lecture on “Tibetan Buddhism: The Attainment of Buddhahood in A Single Lifetime” was conducted in the “Hong Kong Cultural Centre” in Tsimshatsui, Kowloon. About 150 people attended the lecture. 14. 2000 October - The rst course on Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, known as the “Vairocana’s Seven-Pointed Sitting Meditation”, with four sessions, was conducted in the hall of the “Hong Kong Cultural Centre” in Tsimshatsui, Kowloon. About 120 people had  joined the course.15. 2001 January – Starting from this year, while conducting the ritual for the “reciting of vows” and for the “confessions of sins”, our Instructors-in-Charge began to provide further “Guidance on Mind-Training”, as well as in giving more profound-level explanations on the “Teachings of Vajrayana”, on a monthly basis.16. 2001 February – Published the Putonghua and Cantonese editions of the audio CD on the “Freeing of Lives and the Law of Karma”.17. 2001 March – The third large-scale ceremony for conducting the Ritual on the “Freeing of Lives” was conducted. More than 230 people had attended.18. 2001 May - The second large-scale Buddhist Lecture on “The Essence on the Teachings of the Bardo” was conducted at the Hall of the “Duke of Windsor Social Service Building” in Wanchai, Hong Kong. More than 250 people had attended the lecture.19. 2001 May –The second course on Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, known as the “Vairocana’s Seven-Pointed Sitting Meditation”, with four sessions, was conducted in the hall of the “Hong Kong Cultural Centre” in Tsimshatsui, 「敦珠佛學會」之「放生」法會 The Association has its Fish-Release Ceremony  Annually 「敦珠佛學會」之「浴佛節」法會 The Association has its Celebration on the Birth of the Lord Buddha 「敦珠佛學會」之「放生」法會 The Association has its Fish-Release Ceremony Annually Issue no.13 3 Dudjom Buddhist Association (International) 4th Floor, Federal Centre, 77 Sheung On Street, Chaiwan, Hong Kong Tel : ( 852 ) 2558 3680 Fax : ( 852 ) 3157 1144 Website : http://www.dudjomba.com Email : info @ dudjomba.org.hk   Copyright Owner: Dudjom Buddhist Association International Limited Youtube www.youtube.com/user/DudjomBuddhist Facebook www.facebook.com/DudjomBuddhist 土豆 http://www.tudou.com/home/dudjom 优酷 http://i.youku.com/dudjom 56.com http://i.56.com/Dudjom  and Cantonese editions. The topic of the second lecture was on “Everything Comes From the Mind”, and the third lecture was on “The Inconceivable Law of Karma”, which were also released as audio-visual VCD in both Putonghua and Cantonese editions. While the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) had prevailed during the period for the three lectures, but still there were about 120 people in attending each of the lectures.32. 2003 September - The second Debate Contest for the Association’s members was conducted on the topic of “If one can confess and repent after breaking the vows, it can help to purify and clear the karmic cause, so that it will not bring about the karmic effect”.33. 2003 October-November – A series of three public Buddhist lectures on “The Fifty Stanzas of Guru Devotion” was conducted. More than 130 people had attended each of the lectures.34. 2003 November - The seventh large-scale ceremony for conducting the Ritual on the “Freeing of Lives” was conducted. During which, the “Ritual on the Freeing of Lives”, as according to “Vajrayana Buddhism”, was also transmitted. More than 320 people had attended the occasion.35. 2004 March –The eighth large-scale ceremony for conducting the Ritual on the “Freeing of Lives” was conducted. During which, the “Ritual on the Freeing of Lives”, as according to “Vajrayana Buddhism”, was also transmitted. More than 340 people had attended the occasion.36. 2004 May –The third Debate Contest for the Association’s members was conducted on the topic in relations to the “Teachings of the Bardo”.37. 2004 July - Vajra Master Yeshe Thaye led a pilgrimage tour to the different Holy places in India and Nepal, during which butter-lamp offerings and Dharma practices were made and were then dedicated to all sentient beings.38. 2004 October – The ninth Large-scale ceremony for conducting the Ritual on the “Freeing of Lives” was conducted. During which, the “Ritual on the Freeing of Lives”, as according to “Vajrayana Buddhism”, was also transmitted. More than 330 people had attended the occasion.39. 2005 January – Published the book on the “Freeing of Lives and the Law of Karma”.40. 2005 February – We have invited Kyabje Sangye Tsering Rinpoche, the Yangsi of Khenchen Ngagi Wangpo Rinpoche, to come to Hong Kong and conduct once more the “Consecration Ceremony” for the Association, and also gave different “initiations” and teachings.41. 2005 February - Kyabje Sangye Tsering Rinpoche has conducted the tenth large-scale ceremony for the “Freeing of Lives” on the Sea. More than 350 people had attended the occasion.42. 2005 – Starting from this year, we conduct various rituals on “lamp offerings”, and also transmit the “Sadhana on Lamp Offerings”.43. 2005 August - The fourth Debate Contest for the Association’s members was conducted on the topic of “the Profound Aspects on the Teachings of the Bardo”.Kowloon. About 120 people had joined the course.20. 2001 July – Published the English, Putonghua and Cantonese editions of audio-visual VCD on the “The Rainbow Body of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism”.21. 2001 November – The fourth large-scale ceremony for conducting the Ritual on the “Freeing of Lives” was conducted. During which, the “Ritual on the Freeing of Lives”, as according to “Vajrayana Buddhism”, was also transmitted. 306 people had attended the occasion.22. 2001 December - The third large-scale Buddhist Lecture on “The Essence on the Teachings of the Bardo” was again conducted at the Hall of the “Duke of Windsor Social Service Building” in Wanchai, Hong Kong. More than 160 people had attended the lecture.23. 2002 February – The Putonghua and Cantonese editions of the audio CD on “Authentic versus Fake Gurus (Spiritual Teachers)” was released. 24. 2002 March – The fth large-scale ceremony for conducting the Ritual on the “Freeing of Lives” was conducted. During which, the “Ritual on the Freeing of Lives”, as according to “Vajrayana Buddhism”, was also transmitted. More than 310 people had attended the occasion.25. 2002 July – A premise of more than 7,000 sq. ft. was formally purchased for the Association.26. 2002 November – Vajra Master Yeshe Thaye conducted the “Consecration Ceremony” for the premise of the Association.27. 2002 November – The third course on Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, known as the “Vairocana’s Seven-Pointed Sitting Meditation”, with four sessions, was conducted in the new premise of the Association. More than 120 people had joined the course.28. 2003  January – The rst Debate Contest for the Association’s members was conducted on the topic of “When the Mind has begun to think of the possible breaking of vows, that is already equivalent to the real breaking of the vows”.29. 2003 January – The public Buddhist lecture on “The Essence on the Teachings of the Bardo” was conducted in the new premise of the Association. More than 130 people had attended the lecture.30. 2003 March - The sixth large-scale ceremony for conducting the Ritual on the “Freeing of Lives” was conducted. During which, the “Ritual on the Freeing of Lives”, as according to “Vajrayana Buddhism”, was also transmitted. More than 230 people had attended the occasion; and about 60,000 lives were freed.31. 2003 March to May – A series of three public Buddhist lectures on the Advanced Course on the “Mind-Training and Dharma Practice” were separately conducted in the new premise of the Association. The topic of the rst lecture was on “Emptiness: Neither Existence Nor Voidness”, which was immediately released as the audio-visual VCD in the English, Putonghua 「敦珠佛學會」出版之「蓮花光」第一期中文版封面 The Front Cover of the Chinese Version of the Inaugural Issue of the “Light of Lotus” 「敦珠佛學會」出版之「蓮花光」第二期中文版封面 The Front Cover of the Chinese Version of the Second Issue of the “Light of Lotus” 「敦珠佛學會」出版之「蓮花光」第一期英文版封面 The Front Cover of the English Version of the Inaugural Issue of the “Light of Lotus” 「敦珠佛學會」出版之「蓮花光」第二期英文版封面 The Front Cover of the English Version of the Second Issue of the “Light of Lotus” Issue no.13 4 Dudjom Buddhist Association (International) 4th Floor, Federal Centre, 77 Sheung On Street, Chaiwan, Hong Kong Tel : ( 852 ) 2558 3680 Fax : ( 852 ) 3157 1144 Website : http://www.dudjomba.com Email : info @ dudjomba.org.hk   Copyright Owner: Dudjom Buddhist Association International Limited Youtube www.youtube.com/user/DudjomBuddhist Facebook www.facebook.com/DudjomBuddhist 土豆 http://www.tudou.com/home/dudjom 优酷 http://i.youku.com/dudjom 56.com http://i.56.com/Dudjom
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