Danakosha Ling Newsletter

October 2018

Dear Dharma friends,

Welcome to the Danakosha Ling Newsletter for October 2018.

In this issue:

Review of the Passed Year
Amazing Progress at the Renovations of Danakosha Ling
Donate to the Renovations of Danakosha Ling
New Website of Danakosha Ling
News from Danakosha Trust
Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche's Upcoming Schedule

Review of the Passed Year

Danakosha Ling's year has been blessed with numerous precious dharma teachings and special celebrations.

In April Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche gave a teaching on Bardo states in Helsinki to many fortunate listeners.

Saga Dawa festival was celebrated in May with a fire puja and group practice, and Tibetan New Year, Losar, in February. In April Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche visited Ladakh to lead the 19th great group practice of 100 million Vajra Guru Mantras at late His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche's monastery. This group practice used to be led by H.H. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche until his passing to parinirvana. The event lasted 3 weeks, and included teachings and empowerments. Numerous people attended every day.

In June Danakosha Ling had the honor to host a visit by Venerable Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. Rinpoche kindly blessed the land and the temple.

In August Danakosha Ling had the joy to host a visit of ten monks from Dorje Drak monastery and do a Tara puja and Sang offering with them.

The renovation work on the temple and the dormitory building was continued in a concentrated Karma yoga month in May-June and two weekends in September. Many participants kindly offered their effort, and a lot was accomplished. Read more about the work and progress below.

The monk Shatup Gailak from India kindly spent three months in Danakosha Ling working tirelessly on the traditional wooden decorations, paintings and entrance of the temple.

Danakosha Ling had the great honor to have Khenpo Pema Rangjung from Dzogchen Monastery as our guest for three months. Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche and Khenpo Pema Rangjung conducted a very traditional filling of the Buddha Shakyamuni and Guru Rinpoche statues in Danakosha. The statues were filled with very precious, holy and blessed substances from Tibet and from great masters. They are very blessful and gorgeous statues both internally and externally. The statues and the temple were consecrated in a great consecration ceremony and celebrations in July.

The third year teachings of the five-year course on Relaxing in the Nature of Mind by Longchen Rabjam were given by Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche in July. This year's teaching covered the bodhichitta of application. The third year of the course also included a group exam, with two groups of students answering questions on the material prepared by Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche and Khenpo Pema Rangjung. Nearly 40 fortunate disciples gathered to receive and contemplate these profound teachings.

On the festival of Buddha's turning of the wheel of dharma Khenpo Pema Rangjung graciously bestowed the empowerment of Guru Rinpoche to many appreciative participants. This was the first empowerment ever bestowed in Danakosha Ling.

In September Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche gave a speech on world peace to a room full of interested listeners in Mahdollisuuksien tori (Market of possibilities) event at Forssa. Danakosha Ling also had an info table in the event, presenting our activities to curious passers-by.

Throughout the year Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche visited the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden and India to give precious dharma teachings.

Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche leading a 100 million Vajra Guru mantra recitations in Ladakh

Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche leading a 100 million Vajra Guru mantra recitations in Ladakh

Participants in Ladakh

Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche and monks from Dorje Drak Monastery

Sang offering with the Dorje Drak monks

Shatup Gailak painting the entrance of the Danakosha Ling temple

Venerable Ringu Tulku Rinpoche (middle) visiting Danakosha Ling and meeting Venerable Khenpo Pema Rangjung (right)

Students of the five-year course on Relaxing on the Nature of Mind of Great Perfection

Amazing Progress at Construction Works at Danakosha Ling

As the Danakosha Ling center was acquired in 2016, we knew there is a great work ahead to turn the estate into a proper and traditional Tibetan buddhist center. Over the following two years numerous devoted people have given their time and effort to accomplish this sublime goal, each contributing according to their skills and ability. A big part of this work was concentrated in Karma yoga programs, focused group efforts arranged in the spring and autumn times. The effort of all these generous volunteers is truly appreciated, and will leave a lasting mark in helping to establish Buddhism in Finland for the centuries to come.

In two karma yogas this year the volunteers have accomplished a lot. In the dormitory building concrete floors were poured, piping and insulation installed, surfaces prepared, etc. A new shrine was built inside the temple, as well as a traditional entrance to the temple.

One indispensible helper among the many was Lubomir Michna from Slovakia, an experienced construction worker who participated in the Karma yoga programs in 2017 and 2018. Lubomir met Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche in Slovakia and 2017, and hearing of the need of volunteers at Danakosha Ling, he decided to help.

Lubomir doesn't see the work as only a physical undertaking, but also a mental practice, a practice of dharma.
- If it can be used for practice and practiced consciously, all the work makes much more sense. It becomes something bigger. When difficulties arise in the work, it gives one an opportunity to work on one's own motivation and sense of presence, Lubomir says.
- Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche's almost continuous presence in the center during the renovations has helped to make everything go smoothly, he adds.

Lubomir has enjoyed his two stays in Finland greatly, enjoying the nature and landscapes and meeting people at Danakosha Ling. While he enjoys the work and the surroundings, he sees a bigger purpose to the work.
- My reason for being here is that I understand that the place needs help to finish the dormitory as soon as possible, so that the teacher can commit to giving teachings and really doing what he's supposed to do, instead of spending energy on the construction aspect of the center.

While a lot has been accomplished in the renovations, a lot still remains to be done. Lubomir encourages everyone who has a possibility to participate to come and give their help.
- I think it's so beneficial to spend time here in whatever manner one chooses or feels like. Of course you won't regret deciding to come.

Watch a video of the amazing progress at the dormitory renovations.

Donate to the Renovations of Danakosha Ling

Danakosha Ling is currently collecting donations for the renovations of our premises in Danakosha Ling, Jokioinen, Finland. We are very grateful for all donations. If you would kindly wish to make a donation for this purpose, please make the donation to the following account:

Danakosha Ling
IBAN: FI39 4055 0010 1206 38

Fundraising permit

The National Police Board fundraising permit number RA/2018/547, granted 4.6.2018 to Danakosha Ling (2058825-1). Executive area whole Finland, excluding Åland. Executive period 4.6.2018-3.6.2021. The collected funds will be used for the renovation of Danakosha Ling’s estate in Jokioinen during renovations done in 2018-2021. The collection is executed by Danakosha Ling.

New Website of Danakosha Ling

We have a joy to announce the new website of Danakosha Ling.

Please visit www.danakosha.org to see the new website.

News from Danakosha Trust

Danakosha Trust's active work for helping the children in the Himalayas continues in Finland and in the target countries.

In November Danakosha Trust organizes an event, where we tell about what is going on in our support targets. There will also be a karma coffee shop, the profit of which will be used to support our target communities. We will announce the time and place later on our Facebook page and website. Stay tuned!

Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche's Upcoming Schedule

Buddha Shakyamuni's sadhana, Guru Rinpoche tsog and Dakini tsog -practices are practiced on the days designated by the lunar calendar. Please check the dates and locations on Danakosha's internet calendar.

Introduction to buddhism, meditation and mindfulness for beginners
Tuesdays at 18-19 from September 11th to December 18th, 2018, at 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm at Danakosha Ling, Forssantie 37, Jokioinen, Finland
Read more.

Lha Bab Duchen festival and teaching on Tara
Wed 31st October 2018 - Sun 4th November 2018 at Danakosha Ling, Forssantie 37, Jokioinen, Finland
Read more.

Teaching on tsog for the regular sangha
Sat 17th November 2018 - Sun 2nd December 2018 at Danakosha Ling, Forssantie 37, Jokioinen, Finland
Read more.

Konchog Chidu Drubchod retreat
Wed 26th December 2018 - Tue 1st January 2019 at Danakosha Ling, Forssantie 37, Jokioinen, Finland
Read more.

In case of changes and adjustments that may take place, please check the program in our internet calendar before attending.

Go to Danakosha's webpage

Danakosha Ling
Forssantie 37, 31600 Jokioinen, Finland
Tel. +358 9 5878 046