Padma Rigdzin Ling Buddhist Temple is based on the teachings of the Buddha Sakyamuni, the Buddha of our time. He was born in this world to turn the wheel of Dharma so that all sentient beings in Samsara may wake up from their ignorance and suffering through innumerable cyclic existences. We follow his teachings and believe that his consciousness returned as Padmasambhava, the great master who spread the teaching of Vajrayana in Tibet and hid innumerable spiritual treasures for future generations.
Our lineage goes back more than a thousand years, when Padmasambhava gave the transmission of the Kagye Puja to his disciples. They transmitted it to their students and continued on to our master, Lama Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche. We follow the Nyingma Buddhist tradition carried by our Lama, who from a young age studied with his root teacher Rigdzin Jigme. He has since been practicing and performing all the ceremonies for the enlightenment of all sentient beings and their awakening from ignorance, suffering and cyclic existences.
- We believe in the Four Noble Truths as taught by the Sakyamuni Buddha: There is suffering. There is a cause to suffering. There is an end to suffering. There is a path out of suffering.
- We believe in how difficult it is to attain a human body with all its freedoms and advantages in order to practice the Dharma.
- We believe that everything in life, the outer universe and its beings are all impermanent. Everything that arises from the interaction of the five elements in the universe is bound to change. The nature of this impermanence is in its essence emptiness.
- Samsara is the cycle of existence in which one is endlessly propelled by negative emotions and the karmic force of one’s actions from one state of rebirth to another. There are six realms or modes of existence caused and dominated by a particular mental poison: the realms of hells (anger), of pretas (miserliness), of animals (bewilderment of ignorance), of humans (desire), of demigods (jealousy) and of gods (pride).
- We believe in the law of karma, which is the principle of cause and effect or the result produced by past actions.
- We believe anyone can accomplish Buddhahood and Inner Peace through the development of a genuine compassionate heart.
- We believe in “Words of my Perfect Teacher” by Patrul Rinpoche to be the preliminary studies of Buddhism that any student should practice to ground the basis of his/her Buddhist way of life.
- We believe in the 3 stages of a Buddhist practitioner throughout his lifetime to become realized:
a The 100,000 accumulation of the five main practice
As according to the Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro, which is the basis of any Buddhist practitioner according to our tradition:
- Taking Refuge, the foundation stone of all paths
- Arousing Bodhicitta, the root of the Great Vehicle
- Meditation and recitation on the teacher as Vajrasattva to cleanse all obscurations
- Offering the mandala to accumulate merit and wisdom
- Guru Yoga, entrance-way for blessings, the ultimate method for arousing the wisdom of realization
b The stage of empowerments for different practices:
- Tsa Lung Trulkor
c The integration of the student’s consciousness with the Lama’s consciousness.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The ten non-virtuous actions to be avoided:
- Taking life
- Taking what is not given
- Sexual Misconduct
- Sowing discord
- Harsh speech
- Worthless chatter
- Wishing harm on others
- Wrong views that actions cause no karmic effects and the views of eternalism and nihilism.
The positive actions to be adopted:
The three (3) positive acts of the body are:
- Protect the lives of living beings
- Practice generosity
- Follow the rules of discipline
- Speak the truth
- Reconcile disputes
- Speak pleasantly
- Recite prayers
The three (3) positive acts of the mind are:
- Learn to be generous
- Cultivate the desire to help others
- Establish in yourself an authentic view
Buddhism is the practice of learning to control your own mind with many various techniques. Lama Jigme Rinpoche always recommends the first start to one’s path to enlightenment should be the daily practice of the Ngondro. The Ngondro is a preliminary practice designed to create the opportunities for you to improve your life and mind.