Vajra Vidya Portland is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation center in Portland, Maine, offering  programs for beginning meditators as well as continuing practitioners.
The lineage of the Kagyu emphasizes the continuity of oral instructions passed on from master to student. During a meditation he received a vision of Buddha Vajradhara and, according to legend, the entire mahamudra was directly transmitted to Tilopa.
Mahamudra Instructions Tilopa also gave to Naropa Mahamudra instructions The fool in his ignorance, disdaining Mahamudra, knows nothing but struggle in the flood of samsara.
Marpa The Translator Marpa Lotsawa (1012-1097), or Marpa the translator was a Tibetan Buddhist teacher credited with the transmission of many Buddhist teachings to Tibet from India, including the teachings and lineages of vajrayana and mahamudra. Milarepa Jetsun Milarepa (Wylie: Rje-btsun Mi-la-ras-pa), 1052-1135 (approx) was one of Tibet's most famous yogis and poets, a student of Marpa Lotsawa, and a major figure in the history of the Kagyu (Bka'-brgyud) school of Tibetan Buddhism. Gampopa Gampopa (1079-1153), also known as Dagpo Lhaje ("physician from Dagpo") and Dakpo Rinpoche ("Precious Master from Dagpo"), founded the Kagyu school, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. From Phagmo Drupa (1110-1170) developed eight additional Kagyupa Schools which are: 1) Drikung Kagyu, 2) Taklung Kagyu, 3) Drukpa Kagyu, 4) Yasang Kagyu, 5) Trophu Kagyu, 6) Shuksep Kagyu, 7) Yelpa Kagyu, 8) Martsang Kagyu. Lineage Introduction The Drikung Kagyu Lineage is one of the Kagyu lineages which was founded 800 overs years ago, by the great spiritual master, Kyoba Jigten Sumgon (Sanskrit; Ratna Shri). Since Lord Jigten Sumgon founded the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism, who was regarded as a second Nagrajuna, belonged to one of the highest Tibetan clans, the Kyura family, known as the Miu Dhondruk clan.
During the eighth century, King Trisong Deutsen of Tibet, an emanation of Manjushri, invited Guru Rinpoche to the Land of Snows in order to subdue demonic forces hostile to the Dharma. These were then wrapped in precious materials and  hidden by Yeshe Tsogyal in Zhoto Terdrom on the limestone massif to the north in the Great Assembly Hall of the Sky Dancers cave ( Khandro Tsok Khang Kiri Yang Zong Namkha Phug ) located in a towering peak. The terma was revealed by the great omniscient Drikung Tertön Rinchen Phuntsog, himself an emanation of King Mutik Tsenpo, during the first half of the sixteenth century. Thubten Lekshey Ling was established by Ajith Prasad and Priya Ananda under the guidance of the late His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. We conduct meditation classes, spiritual discourses, advanced study programs and courses in Buddhism that are open for all.
Thubten Lekshey Ling maintains an open environment for all to come and learn about the teachings of the Buddha and delve into deeper inquiries on spirituality. Those who are seeking for peace of mind can benefit from the teachings on Dharma and meditation. For those who wish to take on a path to awakening into Buddhahood as an integral part of their lives, we facilitate complete cycles of teachings, empowerments and meditation practices. Availability of various paths to suit the needs of individuals is a distinction at Thubten Lekshey Ling.
In the eighth century, when Nalanda University of India was still at its peak of glory and India was blessed to have many highly realized Buddhist masters, Buddhism was transmitted to Tibet under the leadership of Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), Abbot Santarakshita and the Tibetan Emperor Trisong Detsen. The single most differentiating factor of the Nyingma tradition of Buddhism is the Dzogchen practice. Unlike other paths of awakening, Dzogchen takes Buddha-nature, the true and naked nature of our minds that is primordially pure, as the very path.
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Love: May all mother sentient beings, boundless as the sky, have happiness and the causes of happiness. Phowa and other special practices during the month: Milarepa, Guru Rinpoche and Lama Chopa. We are under the direction of the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, an eminent meditation master and scholar in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
This emphasis is reflected in the literal meaning of "Kagyu." The first syllable "Ka" refers to the scriptures of the Buddha and the oral instructions of the guru. Vajradhara, depicted as dark blue in color, expresses the quintessence of buddhahood itself. He discovered the mahamudra process, a set of spiritual practices that greatly accelerated the process of attaining bodhi (enlightenment).
After having received the transmission, Tilopa embarked on a wandering existence and started to teach. In many ways the establishment of the Kagyu school marks the beginning of the distinct institution we now recognize as Tibetan Buddhism, even as the Indian Tantric Buddhism model that inspired it faded away. With the end of the Kyura family, the elder of two brothers Konchok (1590-1654), who came to be known as the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and his younger brother, Kunkyen Rigzin Chokyi Drakpa (1595-164), known as the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang Konchok Tenzin Chokyi Nangwa Rinchen Tenpa Gyaltsen.
Although compassion is one of the most important factors in the generation of bodhicitta, it is not in itself bodhicitta.
As a Dzogchen practice, it is unique within the Drikung lineage, as it was revealed by the Drikung Tertön (hidden treasure revealer), Rinchen Phuntsog and he is also the 17 throne holder of the Glorious Drikung Kagyu Order. Having accomplished his wishes and having founded Samye Monastery, the king showed signs of approaching death, and soon passed away. The Yang Zab has been transmitted uninterruptedly down through the Drikung lineage to the present. In our mission, we try to uphold this vision through the study and practice of Dharma in all its scope, breadth and depth. In May 2008, the Centre was inaugurated by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, and we had weekend classes by renting out halls.
Khenpos (abbots) and Tulkus (reincarnate lamas) from Namdroling Monastery (the largest seat of monastic institution of the Nyingma tradition outside of Tibet) regularly visit Thubten Lekshey Ling to deliver teachings and empowerments and guide disciples.
Buddha advised that it is necessary to evaluate the teachings critically just as a goldsmith would evaluate gold. Simply meditating to calm the mind is often not a solution since stress, anxiety, depression, irritability, etc come back post-meditation as we face the real world. Unlike the popular belief, it is actually possible to take on the path towards enlightenment even for a non-monastic and it is possible to attain Buddhahood within this life. The path of Ngondro, Tsa-Lung and Dzogchen is an option for those who are determined to pursue Buddhahood in this lifetime. Five hundred Buddhist masters from India travelled to Tibet to help in translation and teaching and thus to make the transmission authentic.
We normally do not experience this nature as it is always clouded by conceptual formations and confusion.
The centre is supported through the generosity of those who felt benefited by its activities and wanted to support the centre in making the benefit reach more people.
The Temple, a branch of Tibet's famous Katsel monastery, houses a replica of the iconic Jowo Rinpoche statue- the original of which being the essence of the Tibetan Buddhistheart.
At the age of six, he entered the Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Lama Yuru, which was built in the 12th century and is where Naropa did many years of retreat.
Under Khenchen Rinpoche, he studied meditation and Buddhist philosophy, with special emphasis on the Jewel Ornament of Liberation.
Thrangu Rinpoche established Vajra Vidya Portland when he first came to Maine in 1996; he returned annually to lead retreats for many years. He is regarded as the human founder of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and is, in effect, the Buddha Vajradhara.
Sick of unrlenting pain and desiring release, adhere to a master, For when his blessing touches your heart, the mind is liberating.
Although Kagyu came from the same root, at that time the Kagyu lineage flourished into several different branches, each carrying the complete teachings and enlightened blessings. The arousal of bodhicitta begins by first attending to the generation of loving-kindness for all sentient beings. However, there is a link to a simple but yet profound teaching on Mahamudra given spontaneously by one of the most important Drigung Kagyu lineage masters alive today – His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche who is the main Drigung Kagyu Rinpoche in Eastern Tibet.
The  king's son, Prince Mutik Tsenpo (also known as Sena Lek) became king, and received the Yang Zab empowerments and instructions from Guru Rinpoche. Prophesizing that these teachings would be most effective in future times of spiritual darkness, he gave the teachings to Mandarava, who attained rainbow body, and to Yeshe Tsogyal. By April 2011, the Centre moved into its own rented place with complete facilities of a Dharma Centre with the support of some of the members who found it beneficial. In addition, we also have weekly programs covering meditation classes, discourses and study group sessions conducted by our local teachers.
We facilitate an environment to listen to teachings with an open mind, engage in dialogues and debates and have Q&A sessions with teachers to clarify doubts.

So, it is important to combine meditation with a proper understanding of mind and disturbing emotions. There are also various Vajrayana meditations for those who are inclined towards mantra, deity and visualization meditations. This kind of well coordinated effort of translating the entire Buddhism is unparalleled in the history. It is the spontaneous and natural perfection of pristine wisdom right at its primordial purity. When one recognizes this primordial nature free from confusion, everything manifests perfectly and Buddhahood is spontaneously attained. The centre is supported through the generosity of some of the participants as their lives were touched and they felt that similar benefits should reach more in future. He studied with 13 accomplished teachers, learning Buddhist philosophy, ceremony, butter sculpture, painting, music, lama dance, healing, and astrology.
He developed a system for computer publishing of bilingual Tibetan and English meditation texts. Now we are fortunate to host his senior lamas from Asia and North America for meditation programs and empowerments. Two different English translations given in the following table are both attributed to Ken McLeod. Like the wish-fulfilling tree, which comes from the same root, but is divided into different branches, each giving many wonderful blossoms and fruits. This arrangement was made under two leaders, Drikung Kagyu practice has been transmitted in an unbroken lineage until now.
Not surprisingly, there have been a number of figures in the history of Tibetan Buddhism who taught the synthesis or union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. It is said that loving-kindness is the feeling that one gets when one sees a newborn child.
Guru Rinpoche instructed him to put the practice into text form  and prepare six copies on durable sheets of gold, turquoise, copper and other materials.
Buddhism not only has simple and effective meditation techniques, but also has unparalleled wealth of information and tools to understand our own minds and its disturbing emotions.
However, it is important to rely on an authentic and unbroken lineage of teachings and an authentic Guru who could guide the disciple. For this reason, Dzogchen is known as the effortless vehicle towards natural perfection - free from contrivance and conceptualization.
Drupon was 22 when he went into a 3-year retreat as a student of a great meditation retreat master, Khyunga Rinpoche.
Together, these syllables mean "the lineage of the oral instructions." Kagyu Lineage The Kagyu Lineage traces its origin back to the historic Buddha, Shakyamuni through Marpa, the great translator and yogi, who brought back the unbroken lineage from India to Tibet. Although PhagmoDrupa had hundreds of thousands of disciples, Lord Jigten Sumgon was one of his closest and chief disciples.
The present 36th Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang Konchok Tenzin Chokyi Nangwa (1942), who resides in Tibet and the 37th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, Konchok Tenzin Kunzang Trinley Lhundrup (1946-), who resides at Jangchub Ling monastery in India. When we see a small child, we often automatically think kind and friendly thoughts towards the child.
Everyone is also encouraged to implement whatever part of teachings they find suitable to be adopted and see the benefit of such practices. Thus, there are certain teachings in Buddhism that anybody of any religion or an atheist can follow and combine along with meditation practice to reduce emotional turmoil, experience peace and love.
This enables individuals to approach even their regular activities of life from a new perspective.
Thus, by the time the Nalanda tradition of India faded away, the entire Buddhism as practiced in Nalanda was well-established, preserved, practiced and enriched in Nyingma. All the effort in the path of Dzogchen is then to sharpen one's faculties to enter the effortless vehicle, receive the pointing out and then to increase the familiarity with the original state.
Under the retreat master's guidance, Drupon completed the traditional three-year meditation retreat and the six yogas of Naropa. Phagmo Drupa prophesied that the teachings and blessings would be carried on by a Bodhisattva, (Jigten Sumgon), who already attained the ten Bhumis.
Dedication is one of the most distinctive features of Buddhist practice – a practice that is done at the end of all practices be it of the hinayana or mahayana (both sutra and tantra levels).
The genuine path of dharma begins when one has already undergone this phase of evaluation and developed certainty on the path. Nyingma is one of the most authentic and unbroken transmissions of Buddhism and is unique in having Dzogchen teachings.
Then, the performance of those tasks joined with wisdom and compassion becomes the path to enlightenment. In 1987, his Holiness Drikung Kyabgon sent him to the United States to teach at the Tibetan Meditation Center and he stayed with Khenchen Rinpoche there for many years. While his Aunt and Uncle were having a party to celebrate the impending marriage of their son, he took his revenge by causing the house they were in to collapse, killing 35 people, although the Uncle and Aunt are supposed to have survived. Tilopa (988-1069), the Indian yogi who experienced the original transmission of the mahamudra 2.
And, for those who are looking for just peace of mind within this life, there are various shamata meditations along with teachings necessary to integrate those meditations into life. On January 20th, 2001, he was enthroned by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in India, in front of over 800 monks attending the Snake Year teachings at Jang Chubling Monastery, and received the title Drupon Samten Rinpoche, Vajra Meditation Master.
Succumbing to his parents wishes, he agreed to an arranged marriage with a young brahmin girl. Paindapa later accompanied Marpa to Pullahari, near Nalanda University, where Naropa taught. The villagers were angry and set off to look for Milarepa, but his mother got word to him, and he sent a hailstorm to destroy their crops. Naropa (1016-1100), who perfected the methods of accelerated enlightenment, described in his six yogas of Naropa. These are establishing in one’s mental-continuum the four realizations of 1) the good fortune of obtaining a precious human birth, 2) the universality of impermanence, 3) the infallible workings of cause and effect and 4) the nature of samsara as unsatisfactoriness. It is that warmth and unconditional love that we are trying to generate for all sentient beings. As with most practices, there are relative and ultimate aspects (and it is important to remember that one does not privilege one aspect over the other but rather perfectly practice on both levels as they are in reality inseparable).
Even today, there are so many realized masters within this tradition, making this oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism one of the most vibrant and most effective. Drupon Samten has been teaching in the United States, Taiwan, Malaysia and Chile since 1987.
He appeared at an auspicious time and place acting as an inspiration to those determined to be free of samsara.
Within Palyul (one of the six great mother monasteries of Nyingma tradition) itself we can see so many masters of high realization.
After twelve years he set forth on his journey back to Tibet to teach and continue his dharma activities. Marpa (1012-1097), the first Tibetan in the lineage, who translated the vajrayana and mahamudra texts into Old Tibetan 4. Early in his life he met with great masters, received all aspects of the teachings, and eventually encountered Lord Phagmodrupa, from whom he received the complete lineage teachings. We pray for their well-being, safety and protection and are willing to give up our own lives for their sakes. At Thubten Lekshey Ling, we are fortunate to have many of the great Palyul masters visiting regularly.
He teaches with clarity, compassion and wisdom, and is open to help everyone that he meets. Vajradhara is central to the Kagyu lineage because Tilopa received the vajrayana teachings directly from vajradhara, the dharmakaya buddha. Milarepa (1052-1135), poet and master who overcame Marpa's reluctance to teach but nonetheless attained enlightenment in a single lifetime 5. To integrate these within his mind he practiced day and night until he attained Buddhahood in the Echung Cave at the age of thirty-five. When we are able to feel this way towards all sentient beings, we will naturally be able to generate compassion.

Gampopa, Milarepa's best student, who integrated Atisha's Kadampa teaching and Tilopa's Mahamudra teaching to establish the Kagyu school This lineage sequence, taken together, is called the "Five Founding Masters" by the Kagyu followers. At the request of humans and non-humans he established a monastery at Drikung Thil (1179) thus becoming the founder of the Drikung Kagyu order. Compassion is the feeling of wanting to free others from suffering and the causes of suffering.
Many practitioners in the past have taken this Path and arrived at the other shore of complete peace. It is possible to seek personal guidance from a Guru and engage in personalized practice that suits the nature of an individual aspirant. His teachings were geared to his hearers' through cultural differences and dogma, revealing the universal law of causes and conditions.
It is the feeling that we get when we encounter someone suffering from a terrible disease or undergoing intense physical and emotional pain. At the present, there are also many sincere practitioners of this Path practicing under the expert and compassionate guidance of the lineage teachers of the Drigung Kagyu lineage. Though he had hundreds of disciples, he never excluded any beings from his heart, wishing only to dispel their suffering and establish them in freedom from samsara. Gampopa himself received Mahamudra from his root-teacher Milarepa (1052-1135) who in turn received it from his root-teacher Marpa (1012-1096). There are also many other sincere practitioners of Mahamudra tradition of Gampopa following the different Mahamudra traditions that have developed out of Gampopa’s basic Mahamudra system. He replied that he did and when she seemed so happy with his response, he added that he also understood their meaning. Marpa was a Tibetan who traveled to India and Nepal and received many teachings from the Indian mahasiddhas – the most important being Naropa and Maitripa who transmitted to Marpa the complete Mahamudra ground, path and fruition. Having thus generated and cultivated both loving-kindness and compassion, we can then arrive at the point when we are ready to truly generate bodhicitta. Furthermore, aside from the purely Kagyu Mahamudra lineages, there is also the Mahamudra practice lineage within the Gelug lineage.
At this point the dakini burst into tears, stating that he was a great scholar, but also a liar, as the only one who understood the teachings was her brother Tilopa. Lord Jigten Sumgon wrote many commentaries and explanations, especially the four volumes known as Inner Profound Teachings, in which he gives meditation instruction and advice. Gampopa himself combined the profound teachings of Mahamudra with the graduated approach of practice as taught by the Kadam tradition. On hearing the name Tilopa, he experienced an intense feeling of devotion, and realized he needed to find the teacher in order to achieve full realization.
This school merged with the older but less influential Shangpa Kagyud school, founded circa 1050, also dependent on Naropa), to form the major Kagyu school.
One of his foremost works, the Gong Chik, contains all the essential aspects of Vinaya discipline, Bodhicitta, and Tantra. Marpa continued to practice and give teachings and transmissions to many students in Tibet. While the Shangpa school was the first Kagyupa school, it was the integrative teaching of Gampopa which unified Kadampa and Mahamudra teachings into the Kagyu approach.
This text has many commentaries, both in detail and concise, by such masters as Sherab Jungne, who was Lord Jigten SumgonÕs own disciple, the 8th Karmapa, the Fourth Shamarpa, and Drikung Dharmakirti.
Although there are many ways to ease the suffering of sentient beings, they are all temporary and non-final.
After his third visit to India Milarepa became his disciple, who inherited his lineage in full. Although there are many scholarly debates in Tibetan Buddhist history over the status and types of Mahamudra, Gampopa seemed to have mainly advocated two possible approaches to Mahamudra. Only by completely uprooting the cause of suffering are we then thoroughly free from suffering. He also had many disciples, which include Rechung Dorje Drakpa (Ras-chung Rdo-rje Grags-pa)), Gampopa (Sgam-po-pa) or Dhakpo Lhaje. According to Gampopa, Mahamudra can be approached via the way of sutra as well as via the way of tantra. It was Gampopa who became his spiritual successor who continued his lineage and became one of the main lineage masters in Milarepa's tradition. This knowledge – the knowledge of the faults, cause, end of and path to the end of samsara is wisdom. Sometimes it is said that Gampopa also taught a third approach to Mahamudra which is neither sutra-based nor tantra-based. Hence, bodhicitta is the resolve that arises from loving-kindness and compassion on the one hand and wisdom on the other hand. He is remembered for his trust and devotion to his teacher, which enabled him to attain enlightenment in one lifetime. Yidam practice refers to the generation and completion practices of the highest yoga tantra and in this particular case in the highest yoga tantra system of the Chakrasamvara cycle of teachings. Although the principal yidam of Marpa was Hevajra, his teacher Naropa predicted that Marpa’s lineage would eventually rely on Chakrasamvara as their main yidam. Hence, it was the practice of Chakrasamvara that Marpa transmitted to his main disciple, Milarepa. Many other Drigung Kagyu teachers of the past also wrote extensive commentaries on this system of the Mahamudra. In the Drigung Kagyu lineage, the most popular and common Chakrasamvara deity practice is in the form of the Five-deity Chakrasamvara. It goes without saying that Kyobpa Rinpoche himself also wrote several texts and many songs on this subject.
The Five-deity Chakrasamvara includes the central deity of the two-armed, single-faced male Chakrasamvara deity in union with the female Vajravarahi deity (these two in union are taken as a single deity) and four surrounding dakinis in the four directions. While the teachings of the sutra-level consider ignorance as the root cause of samsaric existence, the tantric teachings identify the ordinary appearances as the root cause of samsara. The practice of Yidam is a special and profound method to quickly transform ordinary appearances into enlightened appearances. To be more accurate, this practice uncovers the actual state of appearances and reveal them to be pure and empty unceasingly.
Yidam practice does not make ordinary appearances into something they are not – pure and empty of inherent existence. Rather, it uncovers the purity and emptiness that have always been there but obscured and unseen. Due to the tantric nature of these teachings, it is best that one receive the details of these teachings directly from an authentic teacher of the lineage. It is hoped that this brief description of Yidam practice as the second section of the Five-fold Profound Path of Mahamudra will encourage the reader to seek out these profound teachings from a valid and reliable teacher of the lineage when the time and conditions are right. Kyobpa Rinpoche sang, “If one's body, the King of Deities is not stabilized on this Unchanging Ground, The retinue of dakinis will not assemble. There are many types of teachers – our parents as our first teachers, our grade school teachers who taught us to read and write, teachers in the secular arts and sciences, spiritual teachers who gave us the Refuge vows, those who gave us the lay or monastic vows, the Bodhisattva-vow preceptors, Vajra-teachers who conferred tantric empowerments on us and finally those teachers who introduced to us the nature of our mind. In a sense, the Teacher referred to here in the practice of guru-yoga is all of them; all of these teachers. By having confidence in and relying on this basic wisdom-mind that we locate within our teachers (and in particular in the teacher(s) who introduced to us the nature of our mind), we strive to recognize this same wisdom-mind that is inherent in us. The practice of Guru-yoga is extolled in the tradition as the most direct and profound method to the quick recognition of the nature of mind. Many Kagyu teachers have taught that the quickest and surest way to recognize the nature of mind is a mind filled with devotion.
Kyobpa Rinpoche sang, If on the Guru, the Snow Mountain of the Four Kayas, The Sun of Devotion fails to shine, The Stream of Blessings will not flow.

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