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Ri-gyal The Glorious Mountains

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རི་རྒྱལ།  - The Glorious Mountains

ཨའ་རི་རྒྱལ་ཡའ་རི་རྒྱལ་ལྷུན་པོ། ཁྱེད་ནི་ས་གོ་ལ་ཡི་རྒྱན་ཆ་ཡིན་ལ། ཁྱེད་ནི་ཧིན་ཏུ་རྒྱ་མཚོའི་ཁ་གཏད་ཡང་ཡིན། ཁྱེད་ནི་གཏེར་རིགས་ཀུན་ཀྱི་བང་མཛོད་ཡིན་ལ། ཁྱེད་ནི་རྩེ་ཤིང་སྟོང་གི་བཤམ་ཁང་ཡང་ཡིན ཁྱེད་ནི་མཛོ་གཡག་ལུག་གི་ལྷ་ཡུལ་ཡིན་ལ། ཁྱེད་ནི་འགྲོ་བ་མི་ཡི་དཔུང་གཉེན་ཡང་ཡིན། Ah’ mountains yeah, the spontaneous mountains! You are the ornament of the earth, And you are the rival to Indian ocean. You are the storehouse of all minerals, And you are the museum of thousand trees. You are the heaven for Dzos, yaks, and sheep, And you are the protector for human beings.
ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་དགུང་ལ་བསྙེགས་པའི་སྐྱེ་སྟོབས་ལ་སུ་ཡིས་འགྲན་ཕོད་ལ། ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་སྒྲ་མེད་ཞི་བའི་གླུ་དབྱངས་དེ་སུ་ཡིས་གོ་ཡང་ནུས། ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་དབུ་སྐྲའི་ལྷན་སྐྱེས་་དྲི་ཞིམ་དེ་སུ་ཡིས་རྔུབ་ནུས་ལ། ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བུ་གའི་དངས་གཙང་རྒྱུགས་ཆུ་དེ་སུ་ཡིས་སྤྱོད་པར་ནུས། Who can compare with your sky-reaching growth? Who can hear your music of silence and peace? Who can inhale the natural fragrance of your hair? Who can enjoy the pristine stream of your facult…

Colloquial Tibetan is Fun

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Colloquial Tibetan Is Fun

                  I have taken colloquial Tibetan I this semester, thinking that it would complement my learning of Tibetan Buddhism. However, learning colloquial Tibetan in RYI proves to be just more than that, its great fun. To be honest, I had missed a lot of classes this semester, nevertheless the time when I was in the class were all about learning with fun.

The classes are managed in such a way that one does not get monotonous by the similar way of teaching. For that, RYI divides the course into three different ways; the master class, language partner class and the boost class. The master class involves the learning of the grammar, language partner class is about interaction with another Tibetan partner and boost class is revisiting what you have learned. All these classes are conducted in a different setting, for example the Language partner class is conducted in the RYI restaurant, boost class in another room and so on. If I have to choose one from amon…

Again, More Good News from Here! A New (more than a) Restaurant for RYI

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Again, More Good News from Here!!! A New (more than a) Restaurant for RYI
It is so beautiful to see the splendid aspirations of the masters becoming reality before our eyes. Even more beautiful and profoundly moving is to see how they skillfully nurture and irrigate in us seeds of pure love and dedication to the benefit of the other.

Recently, during the 38th Annual Seminar of Rangjung Yeshe Institute - which had more than six hundred and fifty participants, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche invited everyone to have lunch with him in the new space of RYI!

Rinpoche said that he had the aspiration to have a space to connect many people from international Sangha, students, RYI’s staff, and people that come to stay close to the RYI’s activities. That this place could have the qualities of being relaxing and spacious, where people could have a warm integration, having tasty and healthy vegetarian food. Besides that, he had the aspiration that the new place would inspire everyone to spend time together in…

Token of Gratitude

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Token of Gratitude

I write this article as I spend yet another day enriched with blessings and gratitude. But as Phakchok Rinpoche aptly pointed out during our Annual Fall Seminar retreat: do we know how to receive blessings? I would inquire even further: do we know how to nurture our blessings? Do we know how to share our blessings with others? As we recount our experience of those moments of blessings with others, don’t we feel proud, even for a fraction of a second? Should blessings be revealed in the first place? Can one fulfill the purpose without revealing? How to become a perfect recipient of such precious blessings with humility and wisdom?
My understanding of blessing has a wide horizon of meaning—returning to South Asia, living in the cradle of Boudhanath Stupa, being able to pursue my true calling—and most importantly, all the hardship that comes along with it. If we have truly understood the meaning of our existence and realized our ultimate goal, then everything that come…

Precious Opportunity: A Heartfelt Recommendation to Attend the Annual Fall Seminar

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Precious Opportunity: A Heartfelt Recommendation to Attend the Annual Fall Seminar


In 2016 after two months travelling in Nepal I had the constant and intense feeling that I really wanted to find an authentic spiritual tradition. Instead of meandering through different paths, I felt it was time to dive deeply into one.
While waiting for my Indian visa I decided to visit Boudhanath. I vaguely knew that there was some White Monastery where some teacher taught openly for Westerners. I searched for this place in the morning and suddenly found myself in the first day of the Fall Seminar!
The experience I had changed my life in such a deep way that I felt I had arrived home, and so, in 2017 I came back to join the B.A in Buddhist Studies program. To be honest I don't recall exactly what the main theme of that seminar was; everything was so fresh and interesting, but I do remember the profound impact it had on me.
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche led the seminar with such mastery;…

To Live and Study in Nepal

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To Live and Study in Nepal
A couple of months ago I came back to Nepal to finish the fourth, and last year of my BA. The years I have spent in Nepal have been some of the greatest of my life, and the amazing thing is that every year as a student at RYI has been more wonderful than the previous one, because there are simply so many unexpected things to try, making it impossible to ever be bored, (very useful when you are a student, since it helps you stay relaxed!). For example, recently I tried for the very first time to cook risotto in Nepal, which turned out to be quite a project. First I had to find the cheese, which was not easy and involved a lot of searching. Then, in another place I found the rice, and finally a bottle of decent wine. This took two days. To then watch over the risotto and prevent it from burning (since Nepali stoves are extremely efficient) took at least another hour, but in the end it was worth the effort since the risotto ended up being edible after all. After…

It's Never Too Late!

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It’s Never Too Late!
I am a mature aged student (I just turned 51) studying at Rangjung Yeshe Institute for the last seven years.I have just completed my second four-year bachelor’s degree, this one is in Tibetan Buddhism and Himalayan languages, and I am about to start an MA prep year in order to focus just on the Tibetan language in preparation for starting the MA in Buddhist Studies next year.

I had no idea that I would still be here after seven years when I first arrived, but I really enjoyed my studies, so I kept staying for another year and another year. I also had no idea that I would ever do a master’s degree. So, I suppose a lot has changed for me in seven years. I chose to study part time because I was older, and I didn’t want to rush my studies. I wanted to learn things properly. But I also chose to study part-time because I was lucky to have a part-time job from home that I have been able to do online.  I would not say that I have had a lot of fun in the last seven years be…