On September 18th, Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche and the Mindrolling International sangha concluded the second online review of teachings on The Great Chariot: A Commentary on Finding Rest in the Nature of Mind.
The text was composed by the great scholar and master of the Nyingma Lineage, Longchen Rabjam “so that its readers could cross completely the ocean of sufferings of samsara to the fruition of Buddhahood.” This great master was a prolific writer and is considered one of the foremost masters in the transmission of the dzogchen lineage.
Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche began this cycle of teachings on this text in 2017 at Mindrolling Lotus Garden. Rinpoche’s teachings illuminate the texts’ incredible profoundness and continued relevance for modern day practitioners. These two online programs have covered the first three chapters of the text: the preciousness of human existence, impermanence, and the suffering of samsara. The online programs were a wonderful opportunity for the sangha to study and contemplate these wonderful profound teachings together at this time when in-person programs are not possible.
The online reviews of The Great Chariot will be an ongoing cycle of teaching and review programs for students all over the world. Many students, who were not able to attend the programs, have requested a chance to join this cycle of teachings. In order for everyone to catch up and continue forward together, parts one and two will be offered again in October for those who wish to join in studying these incredible teachings.
The program will begin on October 17th and will conclude on November 16th. This program is open to all students and it will be a combined program of Parts One and Two to study all the materials from the previous programs.
The backbone of any practitioner’s journey along the path is the sincere and regular application of the three branches of hearing, contemplating, and meditating. Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche has instructed students that it is of the utmost importance to maintain this continuity through first hearing the teachings which then makes clear how one should contemplate and meditate upon them.
In keeping with these instructions, Rinpoche has created the curriculum for this cycle of online studies to encourage all students be disciplined and fully engaged in these teachings. To support a complete course of study, the following will be available for students on the Dharmashri Online Portal:
- Guidelines and practice instructions for all students
- Recordings of the teachings for all students to hear and study.
- Additional teachings bestowed by Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche to summarize and support the studies.
- Each teaching is followed by a review by the Dharma Instructors with students to provide summarization and question and answer sessions.
- All teaching, review and summarization sessions are translated into various languages.
- Daily prayers for each student to keep a strong personal practice during the program.
- The English translation of Longchen Rabjam’s text The Great Chariot: A Commentary on Resting in the Nature of Mind.
- Recordings of the review sessions led by the Dharma Instructors are available for those who could not attend the live sessions.
- Translation of the relevant contemplations from the accompanying practice manual by Longchen Rabjam.
Please note that there will be no live sessions during this program, but you will have access to the recordings of all the sessions. The teachings and program materials will only be available for a limited period of time and all students are expected to maintain a daily schedule and to keep up with studying the teachings day by day so as not to fall behind in the schedule.
Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche has encouraged all students to work hard to maintain strong discipline for this online program and while many students have work and other responsibilities, it is important to keep the discipline of the schedule as much as possible. Students who complete this program will be eligible to continue with this cycle of teachings and enroll in part three in January, 2021.
The Great Chariot was described by Longchen Rabjam himself as a text that brought together the entire teachings of the sutras and tantras in a straightforward way for students to have everything needed to practice the Buddhadharma fully and completely and to reach the ultimate goal of complete liberation for the benefit of all sentient beings. May Minling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche continue this cycle of teachings so that all beings may benefit and complete the two accumulations of merit and wisdom.