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Anniversary
Nov 17, 2011
Today is the day when Buddha Descended from Tusita Heaven according to Tibetan calendar. After counting the date, I realized it is also the first anniversary of my microbolg; through which I have made so many new friends like you in the past one year and learnt a lot from your comments! I really appreciate it! I believe we are going to strike more wisdom sparks through this channel of communication and benefit more lives!
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Following the Advice
Nov15, 2011
After doctors prescribing medicines for your illness, if you only hold the prescription without taking the medicine, your illness could not be cured. In the same way, when some people clearly show you a path for your life, if you only listen to it without taking any actions, then it is very difficult to expel your suffering.
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Important Thing
Nov 14, 2011
For a person in this world, except birth and death, everything is trivial.
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Long Time
Nov 11, 2011
No matter how wonderful the teachings we learn, it requires our experiencing it for a long period of time, letting it imperceptibly influence us and change our views on many phenomena. Otherwise, it is not necessarily to be able to have a quick effect just by reading it or applying it into practice a couple of times motivated by a sudden thought.
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Eliminating Suffering
Nov 9, 2011
When you are suffering, it is better to apply the Mahayana pith instruction of exchanging yourself with others. Visualize at that time, “In this world those who are suffering like me are numerous; may their suffering ripens in my body; I will substitute them for their suffering so that they will be apart from suffering and obtain happiness.” Then, when exhale, visualize all your happiness turns into white air and give it to sentient beings; when inhale, visualize all their suffering turns into black air and melts into yourself. This is the best way to eliminate suffering!
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Buddha’s Statement
Nov 8, 2011
Only through understanding suffering and facing suffering, can suffering be eliminated. Otherwise, blindly deceiving yourself and holding suffering as happiness will never remove suffering from you. In fact, the Buddha told us not only life is full of suffering but also how does suffering come into being, as well as how to thoroughly eliminate them to obtain the ultimate happiness? This is why the Buddha renounced householder’s life and also the main contents of Buddhism.
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Taste
Nov 5, 2011
Some people admire luxury and chase named brand, thinking this is a taste of living which can make them appear extraordinary. However, while fighting for exterior magnificence, they often ignore the interior self-cultivation. Underneath the stack of top grade and named brands is not dignity, but one after another mind of upward comparison. Ms. Chanel, the Founder of CHANEL, said, “Genuine luxury is to cultivate both inside and outside.” May this remark can inspire some people.
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Buddha’s Finger
Nov 16, 2011
The relic of Buddha Sakyamuni's finger bone in Famen Temple was acclaimed as“the ninth wonder of the world” by the United Nations. In the Suvarna-Prabhasa-sutra, the Buddha said, “Relics result from familiarizing and practicing precepts, meditative concentration and wisdom; it is very difficult to form and it is the most supreme merit field.” The Great Treatise on the Perfection of Wisdom also said, “The merit is limitless to make offerings as small as the size of mustard to Buddha relic.” Therefore, it is better to generate virtuous aspirations and thoughts in front of this relic; in this way, you can sow infinite virtue.
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Pressure
Nov 12, 2011
At the end of last month, i.e. Oct 31, 2011, the world population reached 7 billion. What does this mean? The Earth is only in such a limited size, but the population swells endlessly, so we have to face a series of pressures, such as inadequate food, resource crisis and environment pollution. When United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was interviewed by U.S. Time magazine, he said, “Food is very rich now but one billion people still have to go to sleep with hunger every night.” Therefore, our future Earth will be under great pressure!
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Clothes
Nov 10, 2011
A little fox said, “I have one piece of beautiful clothes; I put it on in the four seasons year round. In my whole life, I only have this one piece of clothes which is the gift mom give to me at my birth. From then on, I wear it every day and do not take it off even during sleep at night. Human beings! I have only one piece of clothes, but your closet is so jam-packed again and again. My clothes are my fur, without it I will become only a mess of blood and flesh. Your clothes can be changed three times a day, but once my clothes are taken off, my life is over.”
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Grounding
Nov 7, 2011
In our life, though we have some happiness but it is temporary and transient. Therefore, happiness is only sporadic sprinkle not the grounding of life. Zeng Guofan (an eminent official, military general, and devout Confucian scholar of the late Qing Dynasty) said, “Among ten things, the unpleasant things are about eight or nine.”
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Unchangeable Thing
Nov 4, 2011
The only unchangeable thing in the life is that everything is changing. Those in high position and great power would suddenly fall into abyss; those promising to be together alive and even after death can become against each other like water and fire. Harmonious and happy family will eventually be separated when the melody ends. Those with longevity compared to Mountain Nan will leave this world sooner or later. Therefore, every pleasant thing could not avoid changing and changing is bound to bring sufferings; this is “all impermanence is suffering” revealed by the Buddha for us.
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“As long as we can benefit sentient beings, even if just one person could generate one virtuous thought through our efforts, we should be willing to be his servant for millions and millions of eons.”
Introduction

Khenpo Sodargye was born in Drakgo in Kham Tibet on the fourth day of the sixth month of the Tibetan calendar in 1962.

After being ordained at Larung Gar Serthar Buddhist Institute in 1985, Khenpo relied on Kyabje Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche as his root guru. After intensive study of the five principle treatises on Madhyamaka, Prajnaparamita, Abhidharma, Vinaya, and Buddhist Logic, Khenpo received direct transmissions of tantric teachings such as the Great Perfection, Kalachakra, and the Great Illusory Net from Kyabje Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche and gained unshakable faith in the Omniscient Longchenpa and Mipham Rinpoche. Through his practice, he obtained supreme realization of these teachings.

After engaging in classic Tibetan Buddhist debate and after undergoing oral and written examination he obtained his “Khenpo” degree. Khenpo was then placed in charge of the institute by Kyabje Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche and became Kyabje’s chief translator for Chinese disciples .

Dharma Propagation

In 1987, Khenpo accompanied Kyabje Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche to make a pilgrimage to the holy Wutai Mountain and began to receive Chinese disciples of the four types (monks, nuns, male and female lay practitioners).
From 1990 to 1999, Khenpo accompanied Kyabje Rinpoche to give Dharma teachings in many countries worldwide, including the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, United Kingdom, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan.

In 2006, Khenpo began to use modern media, such as Internet and DVD, to spread his teachings; allowing more followers to receive systematic Dharma training and benefiting a wider base of fortunate beings.

Charitable Activities

In 2007, Khenpo inaugurated his charitable project-Initiation of Loving Heart and encouraged Buddhist practitioners to cultivate loving-kindness and compassion in daily life and stop ignoring the needy. As an example, he started Wisdom and Compassion Elementary Schools, the Novice Monk Schools, nursing homes, and accommodation to support the practice of the senior lay practitioners. From Feb 2011, Khenpo has served as the Honorary Chairman of Shanghai Kindness & Wisdom Public Foundation.

Publication Introduction

Khenpo tirelessly teaches and translates the Dharma day and night. Presently, more than 100 Dharma books have been published through Khenpo’s unfaltering efforts. All his translations (from Tibetan to Chinese) are collected in the “Treasure of Sutra and Tantra”, his compositions are collected in the “Treasure of Supreme Dharma”, and his oral teachings in the “Treasure of Wisdom and Compassion.

Academic Activities

Due to his productive works, Khenpo has become acknowledged in the academic field. In June 2010, Khenpo was invited to give teachings in prestigious Chinese universities, such as Peking University and Tsinghua University; and in March 2011,to give seminar presentations in Fudan University, Nanjing University and Renmin University of China. In June 2011, Khenpo was invited to give presentations at Zhejiang University, Huazhong Normal University (aka: Central China Normal University), Sun Yat-sen University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. From Nov 2011, Khenpo was invited to following universities in succession: Shanxi Normal University, Northwest University (China), Xi’an Transportation University, Shandong University, Hunan Normal University, Hong Kong Institute of Education, University of Hong Kong, Beijing Normal University, Central China University of Science and Technology and Qinghai Normal University. Both faculty and students found tremendous benefit from Khenpo’s visits.

Through his activities, including Dharma translation and teaching, and running charitable organizations which provide help to the needy, Khenpo has become the most influential and acknowledged Tibetan Buddhist teacher in China.

Khenpo often inculcates his students in this way: “As long as we can benefit sentient beings, we should be willing to be his servant for millions and millions of eons even if only one person could generate one virtuous thought through our efforts.” He also says, “I don’t know how long I can live, but as long as I can breathe, even if there was only one listener, I would try my best to benefit him with Dharma!”