Under the guidance of Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche and Minling Jetsün Dechen Paldrön, students again gathered online to continue to study the teachings on The Great Chariot: a Commentary on Finding Rest in the Nature of Mind by Longchen Rabjam that were bestowed by Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche at Lotus Garden in 2018.
In this second part of the Mindrol Lekshey Online program, Rinpoche clarified how students should approach studying these teachings and answered questions to clarify any doubt or confusion students expressed as well as giving additional teachings to further elucidate this profound chapter on the suffering of samsara for students.
As students listened to the teachings and studied the text, the Dharma Instructors led review sessions over Zoom to review the subject matter and highlight the key points of each teaching. Lopön Jann Jackson led the sangha in two days of practice which included the contemplation on the Freedoms and Endowments of the precious human existence, impermanence and the suffering of samsara.
As the program began, it became clear that students had been very diligent in continuing to study the teachings from part one. With deepened sense of the value of the teachings, the sangha settled into an even and steady rhythm of practice and study. Every day, students listened to the teachings in eight different languages, contemplated the teachings or joined in review sessions with discipline and awareness. We even heard of students attending the review sessions in the hospital recovering from surgery and others who had to evacuate their homes due to wildfires and went to public places for Wi-Fi access to attend their review sessions.
All of the dharma instructors have expressed how well everyone engaged with the teachings. Despite many people having busy work and family schedules, it was wonderful that everyone kept up with the daily schedule of the program. We hope that these are only the first of many programs where Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche’s students from all over the world can study and practice together even if we cannot physically be together.
With deepest gratitude we supplicate that Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche and Jetsün Dechen Paldrön continue to teach and guide the sangha to deepened understanding of the unsurpassable Buddhadharma and that their bodhisattva activities may flourish.
We hope that everyone stays well and safe and that everyone will continue to practice, contemplate and study these teachings. May whatever merit has been accumulated be the seed of liberation for all sentient beings who wander the realms of samsara.