The Heartdrop of Jamma, The Loving Mother:
An Aural Transmission of the Khandro
with Geshe Denma Gyaltsen
This Heartdrop of Jamma, or Jamma Nying Tik, is classified as an aural transmission. This means that it was transmitted through hearing. In this case, the transmission was given by a manifestation of Jamma, Khandro Sherap Lo Pélma, to Sonam Lodro Rinpoche when she actually appeared before him.
Sonam Lodro Rinpoche was the 22nd Throne Holder of Tashi Menri Monastery in Tibet. He was prophesized to be an emanation of the great yogi Tonggyung Tükchen, who would work for the benefit of hundreds of thousands of beings. He was born in the Wood Dragon year of 1784 in Gyalrong, Tibet. From an early age, he learned reading, writing, rituals, and the sciences from his uncle. After that, he went to Tashi Menri Monastery for study and meditation. Relying upon both Yungdrung Wanggi Gyalpo and Sonam Phüntsok, he perfected his extensive studies of philosophy, science, monastic discipline, etc. From these two exalted ones, he also received all of the vows in the uninterrupted lineage of the Second Buddha, His Holiness 1st Menri Trizin Nyammé Sherap Gyaltsen Rinpoche. He kept all of his vows in a pure way and became a great leader for monastic discipline. During a pilgrimage to Gang Tise, also known as Mount Kailash, he spent time practicing and meditating and gained mastery over the four elements.
He was enthroned as the 22nd Menri Trizin in the Metal Horse year of 1810. From the beginning, he had an extraordinary presence. He assumed the food and clothing of a beggar and compassionately gave whatever he had for the benefit of others. He repaired temples and constructed new ones for the benefit of countless people. Many exalted lamas and noblemen respected him and considered him a pure object of refuge. As he traveled throughout Amdo, both Buddhist and Bönpo Geshes sought out his advice and instruction. At the time of his passing in 1835, many wondrous signs were observed including five kinds of rainbows in the sky.
The seven categories for “The Heartdrop of Jamma are: 1) generating the mind of enlightenment, 2) going for refuge, 3) admitting and purifying wrongdoing, 4) offering the mandala, 5) prayer of supplication, 6) inviting the deity, and 7) praising the enlightened state. If you recite from the beginning until the end, it is the same as reciting the Kangyur (canon of teachings of the buddha) one time. If you perform the yidam practice daily, you will attain buddhahood in this single lifetime with this body. Because this is the oral transmission of the Mother and the khandro, if you practice without hope, fear, or doubt, buddhahood is certain.
Geshe Denma will teach us the beautiful melodies from this teaching and offer transmission at the end of the retreat.
The source of this teaching and this description is from The Heartdrop of Jamma, the Loving Mother, that was translated and annotated by Raven Cypress Wood.
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Session 1 10:00-11:15 am
Break 11:15-12:30 am
Session 2 11:30 am- 12:30 pm
Meal Break 12:30-2:00 pm
Session 3 2:00 -3:30 pm
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Joyful Practice of Ancient Bön Teachings for Living Well
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.