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Volume 2, Issue 1

The Xuanfa Institute of Sanger, CA January – March 2010

The Dharma Courier

Special Class on the Treasure Book
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Prema’s Perspective
His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III
Bhadra’s Corner “December 13-20, 2009: Intensive It was a wonderful experience to
Class on Treasure Book H.H. Dorje hear the perspectives of others in
Pages 3 & 4: Photos Chang Buddha III at Xuanfa discussing the Treasure Book
Institute.” and the Monk’s Sutra. I thought
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everyone brought their unique
Page 6: Listings The listing seemed innocuous take on things and I, for one,
enough. Indeed, it provided a very learned a great deal from the
accurate description of the event – class in that way.
so far as it went. It was a class; the A part of the study of the
class was intensive and it was on Treasure Book was devoted to
the Treasure Book, His Holiness the lineages. This was quite
Dorje Chang Buddha III and on helpful although I have to confess
the Monk’s Sutra. The “homework” that Tibetan names still do not
assignments were very clear and flow easily off of a tongue more
there were plenty of indicators that at ease with “ya’ll” than say,
there was more to the class: how Mindrolling Trichen. But, I
much more was revealed through learned that the pronunciation for
!"#"$%&'"()*%+,((( an interesting and richly rewarding the first word is min’-dro-ling as
)*-./%(0,#1.2*"( experience – or series of opposed to mind rolling.
The food was vegetarian and
Rinpoche’s Column Since Bhadra was assigned to be absolutely great. There was
our Master’s attendant for the class shepherd’s pie, pizza, pasta,
we arrived that Friday afternoon. soups – nettle soup! Fresh nettle
Saturday and Sunday were soup! And, for a true test of
Halfway through the last
consumed with a variety of bodhicitta - cheesecake. It’s that
Dharma Propagation Tour last slice that challenges a
I was summoned to a projects: toilet repairs, yard
maintenance, and more. But the practitioner’s ability to carry out
special meeting with my the first three branches of the
major project was the complete
Buddha Master. The good Dharma of Bodhisattva
redesign and restructuring of the
news from that meeting is altar room. Parts of that project Correspondence Bodhicitta.
were barely finished by the last I would encourage everyone to
day, but finished they were with the do his or her best to attend such
Continued on Page5 help of everyone. a special training session. It is a
very good way to increase your
And that was pretty much how the foundational knowledge and the
Coming soon – Speech week went – everyone participated, experience of group chanting
Etiquette – How does one everyone contributed, and most was really quite a treat.
address our Master? everything got done.
Harsha the Scribe
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Prema’s Perspective Bhadra’s Corner

On Sunday December 13 arriving at the gates of the I wanted to express my deep
Xuanfa Temple I took in, all at once, the sound of trickling appreciation to all who attended the
water, two white egrets ambling in the pond, horses retreat last month in Sanger that was
grazing, and spacious fields under an open gray sky. The hosted by our most wonderful
serenity and beauty of this natural setting filled me with a Master, Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche. I
sense of peace and homecoming, a perfect mind for learned so much from each of you
beginning this weeklong retreat on the Treasure Book. and I was so impressed with how
everyone got along so well for the
week. I learned what a wonderful
It was a busy and productive week, as each of us worked
sangha we have the pleasure to be
to enhance the grounds, the altars and the experience for
a part of and how talented everyone
one another: cleaning, repairing, beautifying, cooking,
is. Everyone did their part to help
preparing pills. I learned many new things: new chants,
with the remodeling of the retreat
new practices, even some new cooking ideas from
center, including cleaning rooms,
Anandamayi, our cook for the week, and other participants
rearranging cabinets, clearing old
(Lily and Kamala) who stepped up to prepare some
fences, sweeping sidewalks,
meals. One day for lunch I helped our Master Ven. Zhaxi
repairing bathrooms and sinks,
Zhuoma Rinpoche prepare nettle soup from the freely
covering walls, centering altars and
growing nettles I had gathered from the grounds. They are
parasols, etc. There was wonderful
a delicious wild food that must also be very nutritious.
food each meal to sustain us while
Patriarch Milarepa was able to survive on nettles while
we worked. There was sharing of
living as a hermit. I now know how to spot them and cook
conversations to get to know each
other. There was sharing of
presentations and information to
During the retreat I also took refuge and was given the
learn from each other. There was
name Prema, which means, “Love of the Dharma, ” so the
the wonderful and boundless
week will always be special and memorable for me. And,
information compiled and presented
though I did not suspect it beforehand, I really enjoyed our
by our Precious Master. And
homework assignment to give ten minute presentations on
throughout the week there was
what we’d found important in the Treasure Book and two
sharing of love to support and
of His Holiness’s Discourses, “A Monk Expounds the
nurture each of us along our paths. I
Dharma to A Layperson” and “What Is Cultivation.” This
am so much better a person for
assignment was so very helpful to me in many ways:
having the experience of spending
having to memorize some of the material, consolidating my
the week with such wonderful and
understanding of what I’d read, examining my personal
gifted individuals--with you! I send
connection to the material, and practicing speaking in front
you each much love and many
of others. Altogether, giving the brief talks was an
empowering learning experience and I now feel much
more confident about opening and leading a Dharma
Listening Center in Utah. I thank Ven. Zhaxi Zhuoma
Rinpoche for challenging us in this way. It was a really
good idea. Just For Fun

I’m still humming the chants we practiced, too. Life is What is Master Rinpoche's favorite response to a
good and I am fortunate. question?

Prema Answers in next quarter's newsletter!

Rinpoche’s Column
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Lily arranged the feathers


These photos [above] are of the first presentations when using notes was

As the presentations are made, Master Rinpoche makes a few notes for later.

The photos below show fellow students realizing what a good point the
speaker just made.
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Skanda Bodhisattva’s
The group at the end of the week and after the presentations Altar at the entrance to
the Buddha Hall

The main altar in the Buddha Hall after a week of arranging & re-arranging with the help and involvement of
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Rinpoche’s Column continued from Page 1 The Xuanfa Institute

11507 East Ashlan Avenue
Sanger, California
Phone 559-875-3515
that His Holiness stated that we should have a long- Fax 559-875-3515
term retreat center at the Xuanfa Institute in Sanger. E-mail zhaxiz@gmail.com
This means that as soon as we can obtain the
necessary permits and governmental approvals, we can Dedicated to propagating the true
dharma established by
start having the traditional three year-three month-three
Shakyamuni Buddha—the
day retreats for disciples. If we are able to build fundamental Theravada, the
separate facilities, we can continue to hold classes and exoteric Mahayana, and the
shorter retreats at the center while these retreats are in esoteric Vajrayana—and
progress. Plans include a medium size yurt that can expounded by H.H. Dorje Chang
Buddha III.
serve as a meditation hall, but our local building officials
will be a challenge. The long-term retreat will be
designed to enable the participants to have an extended
period of time in seclusion where they can focus only on
their practice and cultivation.

With that in mind, we are planning on offering a two-

year certificate program that will also include a 90-day
practice period at the Institute. I am hoping that at least
part of this program will be able to be conducted at the The Xuanfa Institute logo consists
various Xuanfa dharma centers. It will be like the of seven “jewels” on a sun-mirror,
December class that is described in this newsletter in as sailing on a moon boat in dharma-
much as it will focus on listening to selected dharma clouds. The seven “jewels” are
discourses by our Buddha Master, preparing a summary Good Fortune, Miracles or Holy
Manifestations, the Five Vidyas,
of the essence or principles contained in those
Wisdom, Compassion, Becoming
discourses, and presenting what you have learned to a
a Saint or Holy Being, and the
group of your peers. I am hoping to start the first module Quick Path to Enlightenment. The
of this program in March, but there is still much to be image of the Jewel Mirror came to
done. Ven. Zhaxi Zhuoma in a dream. It
was such an unusual and vivid
The students attending the week long class in dream that she told her vajra
December helped remodel the Buddha Hall in master, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha
anticipation of being able to have the temple and retreat III, about it only to have His
center approved, but there are many steps we must to Holiness laugh and say, “But of
through to make this project a reality. We will need course, that’s the magical
everyone’s help. We want this to be a place where Buddha-dharma that I have been
trying to teach you. Use that
English-speaking students from all over the world can
image as a means of expounding
come and learn and practice the Buddha-dharma of
the Dharma!” You can learn more
H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and cultivate themselves about these jewels on
so as to become accomplished. I hope to see you here www.zhaxizhuoma.net
in the future.

Zhaxi Zhuoma
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Contact Master Narsimha Sakula (Katie Hughes-Appel); Umang (Justin Teaw); 60
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Orchard Street, Santa Rosa, Vegas, NV 89128; 702-292-4341;
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