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February 2012 Newsletter
Happy Losar and Tashi Delek!
Khenpo Jigme and Ani Seltong wish you the very best Year of the Water Dragon!
The Dragon is the major symbol of good fortune in Chinese Astrology. The Dragon constellation, for example, has the honor of being the guardian of the Eastern sky. According to tradition the Dragon brings in the Four Blessings of the East: wealth, virtue, harmony and longevity.
Since 1996 the year element – Earth, Water, Fire, etc. -- has been in a destructive relationship with the fixed element of the animal sign. That is the longest unfavorable period in the 60 year cycle of Chinese Astrology, and has meant a scarcity of good luck. The year 2012 is thus blessed not only by the lucky Dragon but also the end of that destructive cycle, with the year element and the fixed element now in harmony.
Furthermore, under the influence of the Water Dragon, things will be like a flowing river: ideas will flow, creativity will abound, economies will bloom, and love blossom in this environment. It is likely to be an exciting year indeed.
Update on Thrangu Rinpoche
Khenpo Jigme recently returned from spending several weeks with Thrangu Rinpoche in Hong Kong, and reports that Rinpoche is doing very well, walking and swimming every day and getting good care and rest.
We expect to have a report on Rinpoche’s plans for the next year in early March, and will send out that news as soon as we receive it.
And, of course, we continue with prayers for Rinpoche’s good health and long life!
Khenpo Jigme's Spring Teachings
Khenpo-la will be teaching March 23-25 on Dzambala (prosperity practice) and Manjushri (deity of wisdom). In April, teachings will be on Amitabha, April 27-29; in May Khenpo will teach on Phowa May 25-27. The April and May teachings are complementary to one another, and will be both new teaching and review of teachings Khenpo gave last year.
3-Year Retreat Beginning Next YearBeginning with the first Full Moon after Losar 2013, a traditional 3-Year, 3-Month Retreat will begin here at Vajra Vidya. We have space for 7 retreatants for this retreat. The most basic requirement for participation is being in good physical, mental, and emotional health. Other requirements will vary from person to person, to be determined by Khenpo Jigme in consultation with Thrangu Rinpoche.
If you are interested in participating in this retreat, you will need to have an interview with Khenpo-la, and attend a 2-week retreat here at VV between now and October 1.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to begin the process of application by scheduling an interview with Khenpo-la.
Khenpo Jigme and Ani Seltong, as always, send their best to you!