Mahayana Master Haitao to preside over a cleansing, blessing and obstacle-clearing ritual for His Holiness the Karmapa’s site for His seat in New York
Devotees and staff of Danang Foundation made preparations under the directions of Umdze Sonam, and all went well and smoothly. Meticulously, Master Haitao circumambulated the site. Before the ritual concluded, he made divinations with regards to the monastery’s construction process. At that moment, a rainbow appeared in the sky – no doubt an encouragement to keep hopes high and persist in the practice!
Tsewang Rinpoche was invited to give blessings by Eric Leroy Adams
Welcomed Venerable Mingyur Rinpoche on his New York visit
Tsewang Rinpoche had an audience with His Holiness the Sakya Trizin
Tsewang Rinpoche met with the Venerable Mingyur Rinpoche.
The Ven. 7th Ponlop Rinpoche Visits Danang Foundation
Danang Foundation is happy to report on the expansion of our altruistic work within the five missions, and to debut the new Danang Foundation logos.
• provided the opportunity to learn, read and write in their mother tongue for more than a thousand Nepalese students from rural areas,
• provided financial aid towards education for more than 40 monks in Bhutan,
• provided financial supplements towards living expenses for more than 480 elderly monks over 60 years old in India,
• provided monthly medical services to more than 250 patients in rural areas in the Himalayas,
• hosted public teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the Karmapa in 2014 and 2015 respectively, in New York. The teachings were attended by some 2000 at full capacities.
• empowerment of Vajrapani Bhutadamara and a public teaching on Parting from the Four Attachments by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin on 6th May 2016. It is hoped that this event will greatly benefit Buddhist practitioners and encourage them along the path of practice,
completion of the development of Danang Library’s digital infrastructure. Danang Library currently houses the entire Tibetan and Chinese canons of the Buddha’s teachings and commentaries in Chinese, English and Tibetan, teachings by masters in the Chinese Mahayana lineages as well as books on other subjects, such as the humanities, history, literature and the five sciences in Tibetan, Chinese and English.
• launch of Danang Publications’ online access to its translations of some 30 English and Chinese sadhanas and practice texts. Danang Foundation also distributes these texts to practice centers and disciples around the world. These texts will be available for view online, and for one-time download by members for personal use. In accordance to the Foundation’s ethical practices, these texts are not for commercial purposes.
• restoration and conversion of ancient texts for electronic storage. Tsewang Rinpoche has witnessed the inevitable wear and tear, and disintegration of Buddhist texts from a myriad of reasons. He has generously devoted efforts, including the enlistments of scholars and Acharyas, to preserve these texts and donated fresh prints to major Kagyu monasteries for use and storage. This project was given much endorsement by His Holiness the Karmapa when he visited Danang Foundation and Danang Publications in April 2015. In particular, Danang Publications has landed several ancient editions of important texts in danger of disintegration if not properly preserved. Danang Foundation is urgently seeking funding of at least US$100,000 towards this effort.
• procurement of two additional recycling trucks for two monasteries in the rural Himalayan areas. The monasteries put this request forth after Danang Foundation had donated its first recycling truck to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim in 2013. This effort will fulfill Danang Foundation’s efforts in environmental protection.
Danang Foundation offers its sincere gratitude to all who have helped in one way or another, however big or small, and those who will join us in our compassionate efforts and intent in the future.
9th January 2016 (Tibetan Buddhist Center, Flushing) – Empowerment of the Three Wrathful Deities and the Purification Ritual via the Practice of Tara
The Tibetan Buddhist Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
8/12/2015 Tsewang Rinpoche Speaks at the Opening of COMPASSION: For the Animals Great and Small
Tsewang Rinpoche was invited to give a Buddhist talk at the opening reception of COMPASSION: For the Animals Great and Small, an interdisciplinary project by artist Mary Ting. Ting created the exhibition and a series of public programs to create awareness and promote change, in response to the plight of animals such as elephants, rhinos, tigers, bears and others, victimized by poaching for the Chinese market. The exhibition, at Gallery 456 @ Chinese American Arts Councils, features a series of drawings and installation of recycled cardboard animal sculptures by the artist and her John Jay College students.
Rinpoche framed his lecture in an accessible way, beginning with the basic Buddhist view of Cause and Effect; a cause with reap its corresponding effect, and then expanding this to justify the necessity for human beings to co-exist in harmony with other living things and the environment. Next, he exposed the Buddhist belief in reincarnation that all sentient beings were once our own parents, and by that perspective, it is necessary that we do not subject them to pain and abuse. Further, we should cultivate our innate compassion and empathy to all sentient beings, since they are like us in wanting to be free of any form of suffering. Rinpoche concluded that compassion towards all living creatures, and consideration towards the environment. The talk was attended by some 100 guests, who proceeded to ask more questions.
Visual artist Marry Ting is two-time recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, 2012 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council MCAF grantee, 2010 Gottlieb Foundation individual grant, Lambent Fellowship, Pollack Krasner Foundation among others. Her residencies include MacDowell Colony, Lower Eastside Printshop Special Editions, Dieu Donne Papermill Workspace, and others.
Mary Ting currently teaches at CUNY John Jay College and Transart Institute, New York/Berlin.
7/5/2015 Sutrayana Buddhist Master Haitao Visits Danang Foundation
Well-known Sutrayana Buddhist Master Haitao was impressed to find Danang Foundation’s collection of the Chinese Buddhist Canon, the Tibetan Kangyur and Tengyur, teachings and autobiographies of Buddhist masters and other Buddhist texts in the heart of bustling New York. In a show of support towards the Foundation’s work in translation of practice texts and others, for distribution in the United States and Asia, Master Haitao donated a sum of US$5000.00 to the Foundation.