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Nendo Rinpoche’s Visit
Nendo Rinpoche’s Visit

Nendo Rinpoche’s Visit

  Meditation from Head to Foot   “I share with you my experience and what can be beneficial for you.” Nendo Rinpoche is jovial, but profound; he is energetic, yet calming; he is direct and yet gentle. He speaks enthusiastically, yet listens attentively....

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Summer course, third week – Changing the Object of Focus
Summer course, third week – Changing the Object of Focus

Summer course, third week – Changing the Object of Focus

Over the days, Khenpo Chodrak Rinpoche has carried out his teaching by explaining the Diamond Sutra based on the Kamalashila commentary, while also bringing in his own knowledge. Summer University is now over. Each day was an immersion in the Dharma. As with each year, it is over the course of the sessions that the meaning appears, that the discernment that comes from listening arises, and that the material for reflection sinks in.
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Summer course, second week  –  A Little Homage to Translators
Summer course, second week – A Little Homage to Translators

Summer course, second week – A Little Homage to Translators

Thanks to Kiki, Khenpo Chodrak Rinpoche's longtime interpreter, we have access to the words of the teaching, which is given in Tibetan. Both Khenpo and Kiki epitomize thoroughness and precision along with a dose of humor that brings a bit of space. One of the tenets of translation is rigor regarding the words. For example, when a student asks the meaning of the word merit, as used in Buddhism, here is the explanation given:
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Summer course, first week – « Listen well and keep these words in mind »
Summer course, first week – « Listen well and keep these words in mind »

Summer course, first week – « Listen well and keep these words in mind »

That morning, while he was residing at the monastery of Shravasti, after a short night of sleep, the Buddha Shakyamuni rose, at the same time as the sun as he did each morning. He absorbed himself in several hours of deep meditation. Then, he made a round in the monastery to see if any of the monks were in need, particularly those that were ill. Following that, he went out to beg for his food. Not that he really needed any, but that allowed him to encounter those that he would never see in the monastery.
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Emptiness? A Fruitful Path
Emptiness? A Fruitful Path

Emptiness? A Fruitful Path

La vacuité ? Une réalité sur laquelle nous butons à chaque fois que nous tentons de la cerner. Elle nous apparait comme inaccessible. Ce qui peut s’expliquer. En effet, le Soutra du cœur, qui décrit la vacuité, commence en la qualifiant : « inexprimable et inconcevable » !
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