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Chagdud Gonpa Foundation

CALENDAR

2012

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation


Chagdud Gonpa Foundation is an international Nyingma Buddhist organization, founded in 1983 by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (1930-2002), a highly revered meditation master, artist and Tibetan physician who taught extensively throughout the world. Through many activities, including public teachings and retreats, translation, and publishing, Chagdud Gonpa Foundation upholds and preserves the arts, philosophy, and meditation practices of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Centers in US and Canada


Rigdzin Ling, Junction City, CA | www.rigdzinling.org Amrita, Seattle, WA | www.amritaseattle.org Ati Ling - PPI, Cazadero, CA | www.atiling.org Dechhen Ling, Cottage Grove, OR | chagduddechenling@gmail.com Padma Ling, Spokane, WA | padmaling@icehouse.net Thondup Ling, Los Angeles, CA | www.thondupling.org Tromge Ling, Anchorage, AK | www.tromgeling.org Yeshe Ling, Rutherford, CA | laurel.harris@gmail.com Phuntsog Ling, Santa Barbara, CA | energymedicine@aol.com Iron Knot Ranch, Silver City, NM | www.ironknot.org Minjur Ling, Ashland, OR | laurelh@wildblue.net Vajra North, Whitehorse, Canada | contact@vajranorth.org Chhokhor Ling, Arcada, CA | dorjepadma@gmail.com Orcas Island, WA | nakedlamb@rockisland.com Wenatchee, WA | ab.crain@yahoo.com San Francisco Bay Area, CA | andrea.traber@gmail.com Chico, CA | bejaymore@sbcglobal.net Minneapolis, MN | practice@usinternet.com

For more information about centers in the United States and South America visit: http://chagdud.org

Ithaca, NY | chagdudnyc@gmail.com Helena, MT | jdrennon@mt.net

Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche


H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (1930-2002) belongs to the last generation of teachers to have been fully trained in Tibet in the vast wealth of Vajrayana teachings and methods. He held superb teaching lineages, primarily in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Vajrayana, which he taught unceasingly throughout his life. The main emphasis in whatever he taught was pure motivation. After the Communist conquest of Tibet in 1959, Rinpoche went into exile in India and Nepal. During the next twenty years, in various refugee camps and settlements, Rinpoche served as lama who administered to the refugees spiritual needs, as a camp leader who organized work projects, and as a physician Tibetan medicine. Rinpoche traveled to the United States in 1979. The combination of his warm personality, his depth of knowledge, and his meditative realization magnetized thousands of students. His tireless teachings led him to Europe, Russia, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, and South America. He resettled in Brazil in 1995 after successfully establishing numerous centers and meditation groups in the United States and other places. In order to maintain his lineage teachings, he ordained a number of his Western students as teachers and gave them specific authorizations to teach. Since Rinpoches Parinirvana on November 17, 2002, the extensive Brazilian network of centersmany with their own resident lamas and meditation groups have been under the spiritual direction of Chagdud Khadro, Rinpoches wife, whom he ordained as a lama in 1997. Rinpoches work is maintained by Chagdud Gonpa Foundation in North America, by Chagdud Gonpa Brasil, and by Chagdud Gonpa Hispanoamerica in Spanish-speaking Latin America. The Mahakaruna Foundation administers support for Chagdud Gonpa and associated monasteries in Tibet and Nepal.

Stupa represents the enlightened mind of Buddha


In Tibetan, the word for stupa is Choten and means support offerings, a vessel of consecrated substances, including relics of enlightened teachers. According to our teacher Rinpoche, to see a stupa, touch it, remember it or hear the wind blowing around, we established an interdependence with enlightened mind. As a powerful generator of positive energy, it is a sacred presence that radiates peace, harmony and healing to the four corners of the world and dispels negative energy. Historically, the eight stupas dating back to the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, who, before dying, gave instructions to his disciple Ananda to guard his relics in a stupa. So that all who could see and venerate this stupa would experience peace and joy. After the cremation of Buddha, his relics were divided into eight stupas, each representing an aspect of your life:
1) The stacked Lotus Stupa commemorates the birth of Buddha in Lumbini Grove. 2) The Enlightenment Stupa commemorates the Buddhas victory over the forces of delusion at the time of his enlightenment. 3) The Stupa of Many Gates celebrates the turning of the Dharma wheel, his first teachings in Sarnath. 4) The Stupa of Descent of the Celestial Kingdom of Tushita marks the arrival of the Buddha after he went to Tushita to teach the dharma to his mother 5) The Stupa of Miracles celebrates the miracles performed by Buddha. 6) The Stupa of Reconciliation celebrates the meeting of dissident factions of the pool in the forest of Bamboo. 7) The Stupa of Complete Victory celebrates the voluntary extension of the duration of his life (also known as stupa of long life). 8) In the Parinirvana Stupa commemorates the death of Buddha at Kushinagar, when he went to a state beyond suffering.

The eight stupas built in Khadro Ling, shown in the photo above, have the same meaning as the stupas of the Buddha.

Restoration project of the stupas in Rigdzin Ling


All proceeds from sales of this calendar are going to the restoration fund of The Eight Stupas at Chagdud Gompa Rigdzin Ling in California. Please, rejoice with us in the vast benefits of your offering to this incalculable source of blessings! Tibetans knew that no matter what stupas looked like on the outside, they contained incredible blessings. Just to see them was a blessing. To touch them was a blessing. To hear the sound of the wind blowing around them was a blessing. And that was why they built themfor the blessings, just the blessings. If one participates in a stupas construction or honors the completed stupa with an altruistic resolve to benefit all beings, then the blessings are such that the Buddha himself could not describe them.

To learn more about this and other ongoing projects at Rigdzin Ling, go to

http://blogchagdud.org/

Excerpted from teachings and an interview with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche after he completed construction of The Eight Stupas of Rigdzin Ling for Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche in 1995, translated by Richard Barron. (http://www.ironknot.org/stupas.php)

If you want to be kind, then it is entirely up to you.


SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

11:30 pm

10

11

12
Dudjom Rinpoche's Anniversary

13

14

15

1:08 am

16

17

18
Dakini Day

19

20
Jamgon Kontrul Lodro Taye's anniversary

21

Tara Day 11:39 pm

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

Vajrasattva

29

8:10 pm

30

31

Tara Day

J A N UA RY

2012

It is when we suffer the worst misfortune that the greatest opportunity arises for us to do good for ourselves and others.
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

1
Guru Rinpoche Day

1:54 pm

9
Longchenpa's anniversary

10

11

12

13

9:04 am

14

15

16
Dakini Day

17

18

Tara Day

19

20

2:35 pm

21

22
Losar: Tibetan New Year 5:21 pm

23

24

25

Vajrasattva

26

27

28

29

Tara Day

F E B RUA RY

2012

We should rejoice in the success of others.


SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

3
Guru Rinpoche Day Terton Sogyal's anniversary

7
Milarepa's anniversary

1:39 am

10

Garab Dorje's anniversary Chotrul Tuchen (Display of Miracles)

11

12

13
Jamyang Khyentse Wangbo's anniversary

6:25 pm

14

15

16

17
Dakini Day

Tara Day

18

19
Spring Equinox 10: 14 pm

20

21

7:37 am

22

23

24

Vajrasattva

25

26

27

28

29

12:41 pm

30

31

Tara Day

2012

M A RC H

Every thing we do produces an effect and causes an impact.


SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

2
Guru Rinpoche Day

12:19 pm

10

11

12

3:50 am

13

14

Tara Day

15
Dakini Day

16

17

18

19

20

12:18 am

21

Vajrasattva

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

2:57 am

29

30

Tara Day

2012

APRIL

Treat everyone you meet as an old friend. This will bring an experience of genuine happiness; it is the practice of compassion.
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

1
Guru Rinpoche Day

8:35 pm

10

11

2:47 pm

12

Tara Day

13

14
Dakini Day

15

16

17

18

19

4:47 pm

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

Vajrasattva solar eclipse (6:18 pm)*

27

1:16 pm

28

29

30
Guru Rinpoche Day

31

Tara Day

Birth of Shakyamuni Buddha *The hour at which the eclipse is maximum

2012

M AY

There can be no guarantee of a better and happier life than the one we have on this very day.
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

4:12 pm

7
Patrul Rinpoche's anniversary

Saga Dawa Tuchen Lunar Eclipse 4:03 pm*

10

3:41 am

11

12

13
Dakini Day

14

15

16

Tara Day

17

18
Mipham Rinpoche's anniversary

8:02 am

19

20
Summer solstice 4:09 pm Chokgyur Lingpa's Anniversary

21

22

23

Vajrasattva 8:30 pm

24

25
Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro's anniversary

26

27

28
Guru Rinpoche Day

29

30

Tara Day

Birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha *Time of maximum eclipse

2012

JUNE

Every single act has a myriad of potential consequences.


SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

11:52 am

6
Birth of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

6:48 pm

10

11

12
Dakini Day

13

14

Tara Day

15

16

17

18

9:24 pm

19

20

21

Vajrasattva

22

23
Chokhor Tuchen (First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma)

24

25

1:56 pm

26

27

28
Birth of Guru Rinpoche Guru Rinpoche Day

Tara Day

29

30

31

2012

J U LY

If we understand that every relationship is fragile and susceptible to change, we could realize that there is no time for conflict.
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

8:27 pm

11:55 am

10

11
Dakini Day

Tara Day

12
Birthday of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

13

14

15

16

8:54 am

17

18

Vajrasattva

19

20

21

22
Trulshik Rinpoche's Anniversary

23

6:54 am

24

25

Tara Day

26
Guru Rinpoche Day

27

28

29

30

6:58 am

31

AU G U S T

2012

Whatever is your experience, never forget that it will change. Appreciate what you have, and enjoy it while you can.
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

6:15 am

Tara Day

10
Dakini

11

12

13

14

7:11 pm

15

Vajrasattva

16

17

18

19

20

21

12:41 pm

22

Tara Day Autumn equinox 7:49 am

23

24
Guru Rinpoche Day

25

26

27

8:19 pm

28

29

30

SEPTEMBER

2012

True spirituality is an attitude of mind that can be practiced at any time, no matter when.
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

4
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's anniversary

12:33 am

10
Dakini Day

11

12

13

Tara Day

14

5:03 am

15

16

17

18
Jigme Lingpa's anniversary

19

20

Vajrasattva 8:32 pm

21

22

23
Guru Rinpoche Day

24

25

26

27

Tara Day

28

12:49 pm

29

30

31

O C TO B E R

2012

When we die, nothing can be taken with us, except our spiritual knowledge and the seeds sown by our work.
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

4:36 pm

8
Dakini Day

10

Tara Day Lhabab Tuchen (Descent from the Tushita Heaven)

11

12

2:08 pm

13

14

15

16

17
Chagdud Rinpoche's Parinirvana

Vajrasattva solar eclipse (2:12 pm PST*)

18

19

6:31 am

20

21

22
Guru Rinpoche Day

23

24

Tara Day

25

26

27

6:46 am

28

29

30

Lunar eclipse (6:33 am PST) *The hour at which the eclipse is maximum

N OV E M B E R

2012

Absolute love is unconditional. It does not require reciprocity.


SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

7:31 am

8
Dakini Day

Tara Day

10

11

12

12:42 am

13

14

15

Vajrasattva

16

17

18

9:19 pm

19

20

21
Guru Rinpoche Day Winter solstice 3:12 am PST

22

Tara Day

23

24

25

26

27

2:21 am

28

29

Jigme Puntsok's Anniversary

30

31
Dudjom Rinpoche's anniversary

DECEMBER

2012

When we are confused, not even all the wealth of the world can make us happy. True happiness is the result of inner peace.
JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL

S M T W T F S 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30
MAY

S M T W T F S 3 10 17 24 4 11 18 25 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 1 2 7 8 9 14 15 16 21 22 23 28

S M T W T F S 3 4 5 6 10 11 12 13 17 18 19 20 24 31 25 26 27
JULY

S M T W T F S 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 3 10 17 24 4 11 18 25 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27

3 10 17 24 31

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

7 14 21 28

1 8 15 22 29

2 9 16 23 30

JUNE

AUGUST

S M T W T F S 5 12 19 26 S 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27 M 2 9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 T 3 10 17 24 1 8 15 22 29 W 4 11 18 25 2 9 16 23 30 T 5 12 19 26 3 10 17 24 31 F 6 13 20 27 4 11 18 25

S M T W T F S 2 3 4 5 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 2330 24 25 26 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29

S M T W T F S 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 3 10 17 24 31 4 11 18 25 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27

S M T W T F S 4 11 18 25 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 3 10 17 24 31

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

S 7 14 21 28

M T W T F S S 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 3 10 17 24 31 4 11 18 25 5 6 12 13 19 20 26 27

S M T W T F S 3 10 17 24 4 11 18 25 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 1 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30

S M T W T F S 1 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 3 10 17 24 31 4 11 18 25 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28

2013

HAPPY

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation

CALENDAR
USA | Rigdzin Ling Tibet | Monastrio Samye Brazil | Khadro Ling Brazil | Khadro Ling

2012

Tibet

Tibet | Samye Monastery

Tibet | Samye Monastery

Brazil | Odsal Ling

Peking

Tibet | Lhasa

Tibet | Chagdud Gonpa

USA | Rigdzin Ling

Brazil | Khadro Ling

CAPTIONS NEW MOON FIRST QUARTER FULL MOON LAST QUARTER

This English edition of the Calendar according to Pacific Time, is offered to the public for free download. If you would like to make a donation to Chagdud Gonpa Foundation for the calendar, you may do so at: http:// chagdudgonpa.memberlodge.com/oerings or by calling (530) 623-2714. Chagdud Gonpa is a nonprofit religious organization for the preservation and promotion of the rich tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This calendar contains sacred images; please do not tear the pages, and dispose of it by burning. For more information about Chagdud Gonpa centers, visit: www.chagdud.org.

This calendar is a collaboration between centers in Brazil and North America. Contributors include: Priscilla Rodrigues, Marcelo and Marcelo Guerreiro Thiollier (coordination); Eduardo Barcellos, Helen Rein, John Swearingen, Marcelo Saula, Mauri Sabbado, Pedro Pacheco, Sandor Kiss (photo); Ricardo Motta | Casa Barcelona (graphic design); Chagdud Gonpa Amrita and Vivian Sabbado Clark (english version).