01. Project: Renovation for the Tsunda Monasteric Complex
ACCOUNT AND EXPENDITURE OF QINGHAI NANGQIAN REGION TSUNDA MONASTERY BUILDING PROJECT
1. Main Dharma Hall, area of 1461.29m2, cost RMB$666,243.28
2. Barrier wall for Tsunda Monastery premises cost RMB$666,243.28
3. College Dharma Hall, area of 1361.29m2 cost RMB$252,656.30
4. Living Buddha main quarter, area 0f 270.17m2 cost RMB$414,991.93
5. Visitors reception quarter, area of 465.58m2 cost RMB$730,871.91
6. College Sangha quarter, area of 1561.29m2 cost RMB$2,719,335.54
7. Primary School
a) Living quarter, area of 264.96m2 cost RMB$407,750.43
b) Classroom, area of 339.66m2 cost RMB$512,097.37
8. Retreat Centre, area of 516.72m2 cost RMB$779,418.97
9. Elderly Care Centre, area of 3618.91m2 cost RMB$5,451,796.74
10. Monastery Sangha quarters, 833.65m2 x 2 cost RMB$2,553,160.46
11. Medical Centre, area of 3661.29m2 cost RMB$608,929.69
12. Monastery Dining Hall, area of 1016.81m2 cost RMB$1,832,298.56
Total sum: cost RMB$22,118,338
13. Central Hall, area of 3030m2 cost RMB$3,553,089
Grand total expenditure: cost RMB$25,671,429 or S$5,134,286
Rinpoche is raising fund for this important project. Due to insufficient fund, this project has been progressing very slowly. Rinpoche is appealing to sponors who can sponsor this important project or daily expenditure of the monastic community.
Regarding the benefits of building monasteries, the Buddha once said, "Any human being building Buddha's temple, even while still in samsara, in future lives will always have incredible wealth, like radiating palaces, like the king of devas." The Buddha also commented, "In all the lives you will have happiness, will get good rebirth, and will create good karma in the next lives. While experiencing the result for ten millions of eons, all the time you will enjoy your life, with joyful mind, with no sorrow, and in the end will achieve the state of peace, the cessation of suffering and its causes." He added, "who builds a temple, without doubt in the future lives will become king. You will do the work for many transmigratory beings, many sentient beings." Indian yogi Nagden Pawo also said, "To establish a temple for the mighty aryan beings (Sangha) of Shakyamuni Buddha, soothing somebody with the words, 'please help to build,' 'please donate,' 'please give a hand with the work'..." So therefore, the merit for building a monastery is immeasurable and is continously increases, immeasurably even one is sleeping, standing up, eating or whatever they do wholesomely. So it is extremely worthwhile to build a monastery. To add, a temple or a monastery is not just a simple building made of concrete and bricks but also a place for sentient beings, especially monks, to do practices to purify the mind, collect merit and actualize the path. As well, it is providing for the needs of the monks, rooms and so forth. Helping physically or in whatever way one can offers unbelievable merit and purification.
02. Project: To rebuild the Tsunda Monastery Retreat Centre
Since the 80's, the annual (3-year) retreat is held by 9 monks in every 3 years at the Tsunda Monastery.
However in recent years, heavy downpour in Qinghai area had caused the mud walls of the retreat centre to collapse. This endangers the lives of the retreat monks, Rinpoche had to stop the retreat cycle for the re-constructed a new retreat centre before the line of retreat monks in Sakyapa tradition could continue.
Currently, the new retreat centre has been completed and the first batch of 9 new monks will be going into 3 year retreat soon. As this new retreat centre is bulit by taking loan from banks (abt S$100,000.00), Ven. Tiktsa Rinpoche would like to appeal to people capable of sponsoring retreat monks or donating to the building of the retreat centre to do so. In addition, the necessities for retreat monks were not purchase yet like beddings..etc.
Please try to contribute to the retreat centre as its will serve as a cause for Sakyapa lineage to continue. This act will sow a seed for retreats in our future lives although we are unable to do any retreats due to our hectic life in this lifetime.
03. Fund raising: Buddhist statues for the Tsunda Monastery and its retreat centre
The old monastery and its new retreat centre are also currently shortage of large Buddhist images.
Buddha Shakyamuni or Gautama Buddha is the fourth Buddha of the Fortunate Aeon (Bhadrakalpika) and the founder of the Buddhism. He lived during the 6th century BC in India as Prince Siddhartha, the heir to the king of Kapilavasta. When He was twenty-nine, He saw sufferings of old age, sickness and death and realized that no one can escape their sufferings of Samsara. Leaving His palace, wife and son, He searched many places and many ways for the Truth. He attained Nirvana in Bodhgaya at the age of thirty-five. He preached the way to attain enlightenment for the next forty-five years and attained Parinirvana around 480 BC in Kusinagara. He showed by His personal example the way to religious salvation.
Guru Rinpoche or Guru Padmasambhava, the second Buddha of our time, is a Tantric Master from the Kingdom of Uddiyana (Urgyen), who brought Tantric Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century AD. His legacy is found throughout the Himalayan region and in many caves He used for meditation one can still see handprints and footprints He impressed into solid rock, graphic testimony to the extraordinary psychic power of this Tantric Yogin. Guru Rinpoche is undoubtedly a historical figure but since His life is so entwined with many legends which displayed supernatural powers, modern people are likely difficult to find it too difficult to believe. However, two basic testaments which proved His existences are: 1. The famous Samye Monastery which was built under His directions, and 2. Tibetan Buddhism with all its body of teaching, learning and realisations which are so rich and profound that it is still converting and lifting the spiritual lifes of not only the Tibetans but people all over the world. In all, Guru Rinpoche spent His life in Tibet, between 747 AD to 765 AD, although some sources claimed that He was there for 50 years. Finally, at the Gungthang pass, He soared into the sky, riding His horse, and departed Tibet for Chamara (rnga yab gling), the south-western land of the Rakshasas. There He is said to remain, in the "immortal rainbow-body of great transference ('ja' lus 'pho ba chen po)." It is said that in different circumstances, He will manifest in various forms to those who have great devotion towards Him, chiefly eighth known as the The Eight Manifestations, or Names (gu ru mtshan brgyad). They are: 1. Padmavajra who severed the roots of the five poisons, 2. Padmaraja who provided mundane and ultimate benefits to sentient beings, 3. Padmasambhava who blessed beings endowed with faith, 4. Dorje Drollo who tamed the yakshas and haughty beings, 5. Suryaprabha who taught the Essence of Secret Mantra, 6. Sakyasimha who guided beings towards the Path of Liberation, 7. Simhanada who defeated the outside aggressors of non-Buddhists or heretics, and lastly 8. Dhimanvaruchi who showed the teachings of Sutra and Mantra.
Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is the most popular deity in Tibetan Buddhism. The name 'Avalokitesvara' means "the lord who looks upon the world with compassion" or "the lord who observes the sounds of the world". He made famous in the Mahayana sutras as a bodhisattva, an aspirant to enlightenment, in the Vajrayana system of the tantras, He is acknowledged as a fully enlightened Buddha manifesting in a vast array of meditational forms for the benefit of others. Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is revered by many Buddhists as embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas of the ten directions and three times. He has vowed to free all sentient beings from suffering through His skilful means. In the Saddharma-pundarika Sutra (Lotus Sutra), it stated that Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara's skilful means are limitless and He can appear in any form in all the six realms of existence to relieve the suffering of the sentient beings who live there. He rescues those who call on Him when they are in danger and obstacles. He also has the power to grant children. And in the other Mahayana sutras, they mentioned that if one shows the devotion towards Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, one will be reborn in Sukhavati after death.
Arya Tara is a female Buddha who appears in the form of Bodhisattva or goddess to benefit sentient beings. 'Tara' means "One Who Saves". Tara is seated upon a moon disc which is on a lotus arising from the waters of a lake. Her right hand is in the mudra of supreme generosity indicating her ability to provide beings with whatever they desire. Her left hand at her heart is in the mudra of bestowing refuge: her thumb and ring finger are pressed together to symbolise the united practice of method and wisdom, and the three remaining fingers are raised to symbolise the Three Jewels of Refuge - Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. In each hand she holds the stem of a blue utpala flower. Each flower consists of three blossoms indicating that Tara, the embodiment of enlightened activities, is the Mother of the Buddhas of the past, present and future. Tara is dressed in the silken robes of royalty. She wears rainbow colored stockings, a white half-blouse and various jeweled ornaments. These symbolise her mastery of the perfections of generosity, morality and so forth. The tiara fastened in her black hair is adorned with jewels, the central one is a red ruby symbolic of Amitabha, her spiritual father and the head of her Buddha family. She is seated in a distinctive posture, her left leg withdrawn to symbolise her renunciation of worldly passion and her right leg extended to show that she is always ready to arise and come to the aid of those who need her help. With a warm compassionate gaze she looks down upon each sentient being as a mother regards her only child. Her emerald-green color - related to the wind element and hence to movement - signifies her ability to act swiftly and without delay to bring benefits to sentient beings.
Ushnishavijaya (Tibetan: Namgyalma) is one of the three main Buddhist deities of longevity, along with Sita Tara (White Tara) and Buddha Amitayus. She is an emanation of Vairochana Buddha, and also a manifestation of Prajnaparamita and Buddha Amitayus. Ushnishavijaya's practice is considered to be extremely effective not only for eliminating obstacles to long life but also for purifying the negative results of unwholesome actions of body, speech and mind motivated by the poisonous delusions.
Benefits of Buddhist Statues:
In order to attain buddhahood so that all sentient beings, who have been our mothers, may attain buddhahood as well, it is necessary for us to gather the two accumulations of merit and pristine awareness and at the same time to purify ourselves of the twofold obscurations—those of the afflictive emotions and those of ignorance concerning the nature of reality. There are no means in the sutra or the tantra tradition to attain buddhahood without this twofold process. The Vajrayana offers very profound and unique means for doing so. It is geared toward people of the highest acumen, provides many skillful means that do not involve a great deal of hardship compared with other paths, and is extremely precise about the understanding of the nature of reality that comes about through such practice.
Any kind of physical effort associated with creating or honoring a representation of enlightened form, speech, or mind such as prostrations, circumambulations, or pilgrimage is a way of gathering the accumulations and purifying obscurations. Just as texts are representations of enlightened speech of the Buddha and stupas are representations of enlightened mind of the Buddha, statues are representations of the enlightened form of the Buddha.
The Buddha said, "This is due to the blessings of the Buddha. This is the reality but ordinary beings whose minds are undeveloped cannot see these benefits." "This is due to the blessings of Buddha" means that making offerings to statues has the same result due to the power of the holy object. Further reasons as to how the benefits of making offerings to Buddha and the statues of Buddha are the same are mentioned in the Guhyasamaja root text.
The text says, "Those sentient beings who do not have the fortune actually to meet the Buddha need the holy objects of body, speech and mind as the field in which to accumulate merit. These holy objects are necessary."
Thus, with these holy objects, they become the cause of success and happiness. Because these holy objects exist, sentient beings make offerings to them, pray to them. This helps them to create the cause of happiness, and this is how they experience happiness up to the highest happiness of enlightenment. Because the temporary and ultimate happiness of yourself and others depends on the existence of holy objects, this is a purpose in making or sponsoring the making of the holy objects.
04. Fund raising: Vajra Dance Costumes for Grand Vajrakilaya Puja of the YangDak Heruka tradition
Over the past 20 years the Tsunda Monastery has been performing the Grand Vajrakilaya Puja of the YangDak Heruka tradition concurrently in 2 separate dharma hall to hold this particular event.
Persistently for the last 20 years the events were been held without interruption. This Grand Vajrakilaya Puja lineage came down from the Guru Rinpoche is divided into the creation and the main stages. Vajrakilaya dance also divided into the peaceful and wrathful forms, it is very profound with great blessings. All these accompanied with various costume of as shown in the photographs. Peaceful Vajrakilaya dance with special heargear, crown ornaments, the upper and main dress, skirting and waistpiece ornaments, skull ornaments, various ritualistic items such as the drums and dance shoes, including the main tent.
The wrathful Vajrakilaya comprises of different wrathful face-masks, various costumes such as headgear, crown ornaments, the upper and main dress, skirting and waistpiece ornaments, especially various ritualistic items, such as Vajrakilaya staff, bones ornaments and dance shoes and so forth.
We need a total of 40 sets these costumes for ritual dance performances and therefore we seek your generous contribution for these grand event. Innumerable merits indeed.
One set of Vajra Dance clothes - S$200.00
One set of clothes, hats and special shoes - S$600.00
One set of special mask - S$150.00
One set of phurba and kapala made of wood - S$100.00
One set of phurba and kapala made of iron - S$250.00
One set of bone ornaments - S$200.00
05. Fund raising: Rinpoche's Throne
The wooden throne is a furniture which Rinpoche sits to give teachings and blessings in the monastery.
The ornament and decoration of the throne are damaged, thus, it is very inauspicious. A new throne is costed about RMB$38,000.00 or S$7,600.00.
06. Fund raising: Ritual items for the Annual Rituals
Due to Cultural Revolution, most of the ritual practices were wiped off in Tibet and the ritual items were lost or destroyed. Ven. Tiktsa Rinpoche wishes to revive the traditional ritual practices in his monastery, especially the annual rituals, so therefore, Rinpoche would like to appeal to people who have capable of sponsoring the required ritual items, such as Vajra Dance masks, curved knives, skull cups and etc. For those who are unable to contribute, please feel free by spreading this project to your friends and colleagues. Rejoice!
Anyone experiencing difficulties and requiring ritual performances, please kindly contact with the correspondants below for more informations.
View above urgent request, we welcome any contribution and donation to our Tsunda Monastery and we greatly thank you sponsors for your meritorious deed.
Monastery's mailing address, email address and contact numbers:
Rinpoche's personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please take note the above contact is mainly for Mandarin and Tibetan speakers only.)
Correspondent for Hong Kong and Taiwan only:
Correspondent for Malaysia, Singapore and other parts of Mother Gaia:
Email: email@example.com (Dennis Poh)
Handphone nos: +6590400867 (Ah Mu) / +6597441781 (Dennis Poh)
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