Lama Kunga, the Buddha and Tiger Woods

April 27, 2010 by  
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Well,  the confluence of golfing and the Buddha has come another step closer.

Please find this article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703465204575208270307899864.html

And notice that our very own Rinpoche, though not the “high priest” they claim, is in the same set of print as the golfing great Tiger Woods.

Congratulations, Rinpoche-la!

LKR Birthday in the Park!

August 16, 2009 by  
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Well we had the annual EC BDayBBQ for LKR on Aug 9, and it was a rousing success!

A fine day, not to hot and, even better, not too cold (for those who know these Bay Area summers….!) and many turned out to pay their respects to Rinpoche after his now-fading malady.

Rinpoche-la was in great spirits and health. It was also an opportunity for both Rinpoche and Ewam Choden to publically thank Ani Gendun for her absolutely essential service to Rinpoche during those recent hard times. Below, that’s her with Rinpoche!

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Happy Birthday, Lama Kunga Rinpoche

July 25, 2009 by  
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Today, July 25th, is Lama Kunga Rinpoche’s birthday.

His Dharma students wish him a most happy and healthy birthday.  We are grateful for his presence, his assorted teachings and empowerments,  his kindness and guidance, and particularly for putting us on the Buddhist path and maintaining it.

Rinpoche, we prostrate to you,  and thank you,  and request you to remain with us for a long long time.

THE LONG LIFE PRAYER FOR LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE (composed for him by H.E. Sakya Trizin)

All joyful Lord of stainless being,
Primordial purity embodied,
To you we pray;
Look with compassion.
Upon all beings, and
Grant them the blessing
of the Dharma:
Lama Kunga Rinpoche,
The manifestation of
Supreme bodhicitta,
We supplicate you to live long.
SARVA MANGALAM

21 Taras Re-scheduled! NOTE!!!

July 16, 2009 by  
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21 TaraLama Kunga Rinpoche is very happy that his recent health concerns have not upended his desire to transmit the entire sequence of the 21 Tara empowerments. This is such a unique opportunity. After transmitting this to a group of students in Hawaii last year, Rinpoche is excited to offer this series for the first time in the Bay Area, at Ewam Choden.

Though, given his recent events, he has rescheduled the event to Oct 1-7. Please CLICK HERE for more info.

Offerings to Lama Kunga

July 16, 2009 by  
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Rinpoche-la  is so very deeply touched by all of the well wishes and prayers, and welcomes the continuing offerings as he heals. And for those person who wish to do more via an offering, though not necessary, in lieu of cards, flowers or gifts, Rinpoche-la asks that donations be made to his most current passion, Tharpa Choling Retreat Center.

Checks should be made payable to Ewam Choden, with a note referencing the intention of donation to the retreat center. Established in June 2008, Tharpa Choling is not an independent entity, rather the newest component to Ewam Choden. Please check back often as to its progress! As soon as he can, Rinpoche will be back up to Tharpa Choling for healing and overseeing the completion of the new Shrine Room, yet another gift from him to us all!
CLICK Here to be forwarded to the Retreat Center section.

Lama Kunga Rinpoche’s Status

July 16, 2009 by  
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It is July 16, four days since Rinpoche was admitted for stomach ulcer, and the day after his release!

We will endeavor to post updates on his increasing strength here on the website. Check back often, and we ask for a ittle patience  -we are new with this blogging thing!! You can add you comments to this Posting by Clicking on its specific Comment icon immediately to the right of the Post’s title. (it looks like a cartoon voice bubble!)

I will start the post by including a recent email to EC membership, from our Treasurer and dear friend to Rinpoche, Robin Tickner.

Also, Medicine Buddha is one of several sadhanas that we have on the website for download. CLICK HERE and a separate window will open with that page.

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Dear Friends:

Thank for all for your prayers for our precious Lama Kunga.  I am pleased to report that he is much better and may be allowed to go home today, but tomorrow for sure.

I was at the hospital this morning when the GI doctor came in.  He confirmed that the stomach ulcer was small and should heal without further risk now that the blood thinning medication has been stopped.  He did take a biopsy of the ulcer yesterday.  The test result will take 7-10 days.  They are looking for evidence of the bacterium called h – phylori, which is known to cause stomach ulcers.  This would be a good finding because it can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics.

Even though Rinpoche has passed this crisis, he still has serious health issues which will need careful management, including diabetes and an irregular heartbeat.  The blood thinning medication was used to prevent the formation of blood clots, a common side effect of an irregular heart beat.  A blood clot which gets loose and travels to the heart muscle or to the brain can cause a life threatening event, such as a heart attack or a stroke.  Rinpoche’s doctors have taken him off this drug for 6-8 weeks while the ulcer heals.  They will then evaluate what medication (if any) to start.  So please continue to keep Rinpoche in your prayers.

Once Rinpoche gets home, he will need to have lots of rest and time to recover.  We will be setting up a visiting schedule so he can still see visitors but not become overtired or over stressed.  I know you will all want to cooperate in allowing him uninterrupted periods of rest.

Several of you have asked what you can do for Rinpoche at this time.  The best thing is to continue your prayers.  If you feel you would like to do something special, Rinpoche would appreciate a contribution towards the support of the retreat center, Tharpa Cho Ling, which is so close to his heart.  Some of you have already done this, or made a pledge and we are most grateful.  Thank you very much.

Also many of you know that Rinpoche’s birthday is July 25.  At this time we do not know if we will be going ahead with plans for a party. It be just too much right now. I will try and keep you all posted when I know more.  Birthday cards are welcome, but Rinpoche would prefer contributions for Tharpa Cho Ling in lieu of presents.  Again, thank you.

Personally, this has been a real whack on the side of the head for me.   It scared me half to death thinking how close we came to losing him.   They had to give him 4 pints of plasma and 2 pints of whole blood before the bleeding stopped.   Terrifying. It made me realize how important this precious human life is, both Rinpoche’s and my own, and that I should not take this opportunity to practice Dharma for granted.   Whack!

Thankfully our precious teacher is still with us,  and we with him.  I know all the prayers for him were seriously beneficial.  I’m proud to be part of this sangha, this amazing group of students and friends dedicated to Rinpoche’s health and happiness, and to his life’s work serving the Dharma.  May we all be blessed to remain here with him for many years to come.

Love to you all,

Robin

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New Website!

June 26, 2009 by  
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We have heard and we responded – hopefully enough to satisfy your earlier concerns with our v1.0 website.

Comments on this updated site are appreciated! CLICK ON the Comment icon (just above)  to add your thoughts.

Thanks from Lama Kunga Rinpoche and the EC Board