The Heart Drops of Kuntu Zangpo (Dharmakaya)
Geshe Denma Gyaltsen
July 23-24, 2022
10:00 am – 3:00 pm Central Time
The nature of our own mind remains hidden behind clouds of thoughts and emotions until a master directly points out the source, the essence, the “heart drop.” This is the method of direct introduction to Dzögchen, the highest and most subtle path of meditation in Bön.
The Heart Drops of Kuntu Zangpo (Dharmakaya) teachings were composed by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen, a Tibetan master who upon his death in 1935, achieved the rainbow body, in which his physical body dissolved into light. Shardza Rinpoche was one of the most influential Bön Teachers of his time. His works are used as textbooks in many Tibetan monasteries. Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche coordinated the translation of this text into English and has secured its’ unbroken lineage.
In these teachings, practitioners learn a series of extraordinary practices that invoke direct perception of the nature of mind. Unlike methods that involve watching the breath or otherwise calming the thoughts, these practices rely on body postures, sounding of Tibetan syllables, and simple visualizations to draw one quickly to an experience of one’s essence. It is a particularly powerful, direct method of Dzögchen. It encompasses 4 sections: Rushan; Trekchöd; Thögal; and the Bardo.
This is a foundational practice to reach our inner Kuntu Zangpo, our inner buddha nature. Through practice we are transforming our three doors of body, speech, and mind into pure body, pure speech, and pure mind. Our body transforms into the Trul-ku (Nirmanakaya) through the cleansing and purification of the body’s obscurations. Our speech is purified into that of a pure melody and transforms into the Dzog-ku (Sambogakaya) through clearing the obscurations of speech. By purifying the obscurations of our mind, it transforms into the Bon-ku (Dharmakaya).
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Geshe Denma Gyaltsen is the resident lama of Ligmincha Texas. He arrived in Houston in January 2016 to serve as Ligmincha Texas’s first resident lama.
Geshe Denma was born in northern Nepal. His father brought him to Menri Monastery, India, regarded as the mother Bon monastery in exile, in 1981 to begin his program of study toward the Geshe degree. He received all the Bon teachings, initiations and transmissions in sutra, tantra and dzogchen from His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, the 33rd Menri Trizin, and His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.
When he became a senior student, he was asked to teach philosophy to younger students. He successfully completed this degree program in 1996 and was awarded the Geshe certificate, which is considered equivalent to a Ph.D. in Bön Buddhist philosophy and religion.
Geshe Denma was an accomplished teacher and in 1998 was appointed, with the approval of the Tibetan government in exile, first abbot of Zhu Rishing Yungdrung Kundak-Ling Monastery, a Bon Monastery in Sikkim, India by His Holiness. He served two terms in this capacity until 2003. In addition, from the time he graduated until 2008, Geshe Denma also was active in assisting Geshe Nyima Dakpa with the Bon Children’s Home, which houses many children in Dolanji, India, providing them with food, healthcare and free education.