Danakosha Ling Newsletter

January 2020

Dear Dharma friends,

Welcome to the Danakosha Ling Newsletter for January 2020.

In this issue:

Review of the Passed Year
International Seminar on Secular Ethics and the Four Noble Truths
Teaching recordings: Meditation and Mindfulness for beginners
News from Danakosha Trust
Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche's Upcoming Schedule

Review of the Passed Year

Danakosha Ling had an abundance of wonderful dharma program throughout 2019. In January Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche gave teaching and guided meditation in Tampere at Yoga Play festival. Approximately 200 people showed interest in Danakosha Ling's activities.

In February the sangha of Danakosha Ling celebrated Tibetan new year Losar together with Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche. The day started with Tara Puja and continued more informally including a documentary on Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche's earlier visit to Tibet and a dinner party.

In March Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche gave a precious teaching on the preliminary practices of Longchen Nyinthig. Younger practitioners aspiring to start preliminary practices as well as many of those already striving in the practice attended.

In April Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche gave a profound teaching on wisdom and interdependent origination at Jyväskylä.

In May Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche visited the fortunate Swedish sangha and gave priceless instructions on how to practice guru yoga. In Finland many volunteer workers gathered their effort in one month karma yoga in Danakosha Ling.

In June the sangha together with Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche celebrated Buddha's birthday at Rangjung Ösel retreat center in Inkoo by doing a Tara puja and a sang fire offering. Later, Saga Dawa was celebrated in Danakosha Ling where Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche generously gave the empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and 16 arhats. Rinpoche also lucidly explained Heart sutra to a lucky and attentive audience.

In July Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche continued his deep and vast teaching on the international five-year course on Longchen Rabjam's extraordinary work Semnyid ngalso, Relaxing in the nature of mind, covering the entire Buddhist path from sutra through tantra to the pinnacle, Dzogchen. The fourth year of the course covered the path and view of Vajrayana, and was attended by many commited students from all over the world.

In August Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche began a multi-year teaching series on Mipham Rinpoche's Trilogy of original mind. The teaching was held in Denmark.

Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche organized an international seminar on secular ethics and four noble truths in combination with a festival of Buddha's first turning of the wheel of Dharma. The seminar had speakers and representatives from many countries and traditions including Tibet, Vietnam, Korea and Burma. The speakers included Pema Choden, the ambassador of Bhutan; Matti Repo, the bishop of Tampere and many other venerables and scholars. Read more about the event below.

In September Danakosha Ling was visited by Patrul Rinpoche, who gave a teaching on Bodhicitta to an international audience. Also in September Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche in his great compassion gave an initiation to Vimalamitra's great commentary of Buddhahood in this life in Slovakia. The initiation was broadcasted world wide in Internet and was followed by many international students.

The year culminated in Danakosha Ling's annual International Konchog Chidu Drubchod retreat. The profound group practice was kindly led by Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche. The retreat was attended by 41 participants from nearly ten different countries.

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

International Konchog Chidu Drubchod retreat

International Seminar on Secular Ethics and Four Noble Truths

Danakosha ling is delighted to share excellent news from a very first weekend International seminar on secular ethics and four noble truths, on the auspicious occasion of the day of the First turning of the Wheel of Dharma. The first day of this two-day seminar was dedicated to secular ethics and the second day to the four noble truths.

Our deep gratitude goes to an unprecedented number of special international guests and authorities gathered here, amidst three major cities in souther Finland, in the charming municipality of Jokioinen, hosted by Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche, the founder and spiritual director of Danakosha Ling.

The first day begun with the speakers and the venerables performing together a butter lamp offering. Following that the participants had the joy to listen to views on secular ethics from many perspectives. The second day started with the venerables unveiling the Wheel of Dharma made of a window of C.G. Mannerheim, a former president of Finland, who visited Tibet during his travels.

We had the great honor of listening to our two principal speakers, Her Excellency Pema Choden, Ambassador of Bhutan and Matti Repo, Bishop of Tampere, both quintessentially adressing the topic of secular ethics.

Further, delivering talks of vast insight, representatives of six buddhist countries - Tibet, Bhutan, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma and Korea, two scholar speakers, a representative of the Finnish Buddhist Union and the vicar of local church came and shared their knowledge with hundred or so curious visitors from altogether ten countries.

Namely, Danakosha ling had the pleasure of welcoming Venerable Phra Mahanuan Chamnanram, the abbot of the temple of Finnish Thai Buddhist Association, Venerable Thich Hanh Bao, the abbot of the Vietnamese Buddhist Lien Tam Pagoda in Finland, Venerable Pannasami, the president of Burmese Buddhist Buddha Dhamma Ramsi center in Finland, Venerable Taehye Sunim, the chairman of Korean Buddhist Bodhidharma ry, Venerable Lama Konchog Chogyal, the spiritual teacher of the Tibetan Buddhist Palpung Yeshe Gatshal Center in Finland, Venerable Lama Ogyen Chodor, the leader of Tibetan Buddhist Ngedon Phuntsholling Monastery in Nepal and Brussels, Esko Kilpi, the founder and principal of Esko Kilpi Company, Cecilia Winquist-Innanen, a teacher on "Unity in Duality Science of Mind and Phenomena" educational program, Irma Rinne, the president of the Finnish Buddhist Union and Jyrki Koivisto, the vicar of Jokioinen church.

All and all the seminar-weekend was a great joy and success and surely planted many virtuous seeds for the future to unveil. We would like to thank once again all participants of this wonderfull event, expressing the hope that it was only a first step on a longer journey.

Tashi Delek!

Venerables unveiling the Wheel of Dharma

Teaching recordings: Meditation and Mindfulness for beginners

We are happy to publish recordings of Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche's teachings on Meditation and Mindfulness, given as a lecture series at Danakosha Ling in 2018. The teachings introduce the fundamentals of Buddhism, meditation and mindfulness for beginners. Knowing the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy and methods for keeping the mind in control, peaceful, joyful and warm is very useful in this difficult life.

You can find the teachings in the recordings section at Danakosha Ling's teachings page.

News from Danakosha Trust

Danakosha Trust has a new partnership with a small co-operative in east Tibet. The co-operative runs an after-school club, where Tibetan children are provided meals, activities and teaching in their own language. Please contact Danakosha Trust for more information on how you can support! info@danakoshatrust.org

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.

37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas - Teaching on mind training
Tuesdays 3.12., 10.12., 17.12., 14.1., 21.1., 28.1. at 18, and Monday 17.2. at 19
at Danakosha Ling, Forssantie 37, Jokioinen, Finland

Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche teaches mind training, the source of all happiness. In today's modern, busy society stress, anxiety and depression are part of our daily life. In order to overcome them, the only way is to exercise one's mind. This precious teaching offers a great many methods to do just that. Everyone is cordially welcome!

Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche visits the Yoga Play festival at Tampere. More information can be found on the webpage of the event.

Tibetan New Year, Losar, Celebration
February 23rd at 16:00 - 19:00
Read more here.

Parinirvana of H.H. Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche
February 26th at 6 pm at Danakosha Ling
The sangha of Danakosha Ling gathers to do the Guru Yoga of His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche on the day of his parinirvana. Everybody is most welcome!

Teaching on Turning Suffering and Happiness into Enlightenment
May 29th 2020 at 10 am to May 31st at 4 pm at Danakosha Ling
In connection with the birthday of Buddha Shakyamuni Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche gives a teaching on Turning Suffering and Happiness into Enlightenment by Dodrupchen Jikme Tenpe Nyima. More information coming later.

Saga Dawa festival
June 5th 2020 at Rangjung Ösel retreat center
More information coming later.

June 9th to 14th 2020
Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche visits Denmark to continue the teaching on Mipham Rinpoche's the Trilogy of Fundamental Mind. Read more here.

Five-year course on Relaxing in the Nature of Mind by Longchen Rabjam
July 4th to 18th 2020
Read more here.

Teaching in Helsinki: Mind training and meditation
September 5th to 6th
More information coming later.

Seminar on Secular Ethics
September 12th 2020 at Danakosha Ling
More information coming later.

Lha bab duchen: dharma teaching
November 6th to 8th at Danakosha Ling
More information coming later.

International Konchog Chidu drubchod retreat
December 26th to January 1st at Danakosha Ling
More information coming later.

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