Bodhicitta Sangha | Heart of Enlightenment Institute is a non-profit organization offering Tibetan Buddhist meditation classes and retreats taught by Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, a professor of Tibetan Buddhism in the Nyingma lineage.
Teachings by Khenpo Sherab Sangpo are open to all who wish to awaken bodhicitta via teachings and meditation practices that generate compassion and loving-kindness for all living beings.
To practice the good heart of love and compassion, there is no need to become a Buddhist. Whoever we are, we need a sincere, non-deceitful, kind heart. If we have it, we will definitely have a happy life and we can powerfully benefit others. The focus of my teachings is to guide my students in developing their bodhicitta, a kind heart filled with love and compassion for all living beings.
Online Meditation of Noble Wish-fulfilling White Tara
Please join us for online group meditation on Noble Wish-fulfilling White Tara:
- Sunday, July 19, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm (Central Time Zone, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
- Sunday, August 16, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm (Central Time Zone, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Khenpo Sherab Sangpo has taught two video series on Noble Wish-fulfilling White Tara. You may watch them on our YouTube channel via these links:
The Practice of Wish-fulfilling Noble White Tara is available via PDF on our website. As a support for your daily practice of White Tara, we have formed a White Tara Practice Group on Facebook. If you have questions about joining this group, contact Marjorie Pomper.
Join Zoom Meeting
Online Lineage Study Group
The Lineage Study Group meets online on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is:
- Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 6pm-8pm CST (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) Topic: Padmasambhava
- Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 6pm-8pm CST (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) Topic: Shantarakshita
Our group practice text, The Dzogchen Lineage Transmission of Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, is available in the Bodhicitta Sangha Practice Book via PDF on our website.
Please email Colleen Hartwell for Zoom login details.
37 Stages of Instructions
How to Practice the Five 100,000 Accumulations of the Preliminary Practices
Page numbers listed are based on the version of The Chariot of Liberation—Instructions on the Preliminary Practices published in the Bodhicitta Sangha Practice Book.
The Chariot of Liberation—Outer Preliminaries
Khenpo Sherab Sangpo suggests that his students meditate twenty minutes at the beginning of each meditation session on the four thoughts that turn the mind toward the Dharma:
- Meditation on Meaningful Human Birth
- Meditation on Death and Impermanence
- Meditation on the Suffering of Samsara
- Meditation on the Ripening of Virtuous and Negative Deeds
To practice the Outer Preliminaries, recite the text on pages 20 and 21 from:
You are the glorious embodiment of the wisdom, love, and power […]
- Pause five minutes to contemplate: this meaningful human birth.
- Pause five minutes to contemplate: remember death and impermanence.
- Pause five minutes to contemplate: the nature of the three realms of cyclic existence is one of suffering.
- Pause five minutes to contemplate: the ripening of virtuous and negative deeds is inevitable.
Complete this section by reciting on page 21: Please grant your blessings my supremely kind master.
The Chariot of Liberation—Inner Preliminaries
After meditating on the outer preliminaries for twenty minutes, students recite the text of the five inner preliminaries of which they are accumulating the 100,000 recitations:
- Meditation on Refuge—100,000
- Meditation on Bodhicitta—100,000
- Meditation on Vajrasattva—100,000
- Meditation on Mandala—100,000
- Meditation on Guru Yoga—100,000
Meditation on Refuge
To accumulate refuge, recite these verses 100,000 times on page 22:
Until we have reached the very heart of enlightenment,
I and all the infinite number of beings—my mothers and fathers,
Go for refuge to the guru and the Three Jewels.
May we not be parted from you for a moment.
Please accept us with your love.
Meditation on Bodhicitta
To accumulate bodhicitta, recite these verses 100,000 times on page 22:
Protector and your heirs, please think of me.
With the four immeasurables, I will work for the welfare of beings.
By maintaining bodhicitta and training in the six paramitas,
May I attain the spontaneously accomplished two-fold benefit.
Meditation on Vajrasattva
To accumulate Vajrasattva, recite the 100-syllable mantra 100,000 times either in Sanskrit or in Tibetan on page 23:
oṃ vajrasattva samayam anupālaya vajrasattva tvenopatiṣṭha dṛḍho me bhava sutoṣyo me bhava
supoṣyo me bhava anurakto me bhava sarvasiddhiṃ me prayaccha sarvakarmasu ca me cittaṃ śreyaḥ kuru hūṃ ha ha ha ha hoḥ bhagavan sarvatathāgatavajra mā me muñca vajrī bhava mahāsamayasattva āḥ
om benzasato samaya manupalaya benzasato tenopa titra dridho mé bhawa sutokayo mé bhawa supokayo mé bhawa anurakto mé bhawa sarwa siddhi mé trayatsa sarwa karma su tsa mé tsittam shreyah kuru hung ha ha ha ha ho bhagawan sarwa tatagata benzar ma mé muntsa benzibhawa maha samaya sato ah
Meditation on Mandala
Watch the video on how to practice mandala offering taught by Khenpo Sherab Sangpo.
Meditation on Guru Yoga
To accumulate Guru Yoga, recite the vajra guru mantra 100,000 times either in Sanskrit or in Tibetan on page 26:
om ah hung benzar guru pema siddhi hung
oṃ āḥ hūṃ vajra guru padma siddhi hūṃ
View, print, or download a PDF of these instructions.
Listen to essential teachings on Buddhist philosophy and meditation in an audio format via our BodhiHeart Podcast with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo.
Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, a professor of Tibetan Buddhism in the Nyingma Lineage (bodhicittasangha.org), offers essential teachings on Patrül Rinpoché’s criteria for benefitting beings in this series of four retreat videos.
Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, a professor of Tibetan Buddhism in the Nyingma Lineage, offers teachings on mind training (lojong) from the Kadampa master, Geshe Langri Thangpa (1054-1123), via the profound text, Eight Verses for Training the Mind.
Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, a professor of Tibetan Buddhism in the Nyingma Lineage (bodhicittasangha.org), offers teachings on how to relax our mind and to recognize its innermost nature through teachings on three types of meditation: 1) renunciation mind to lessen our clinging to permanence (permanent self or phenomena); 2) bodhicitta mind to lessen our selfishness and to increase our great love for all beings; and 3) dzogchen mind to recognize the true nature of mind by cutting the root of our ignorance.
If you enjoy learning about meditation and Tibetan Buddhism via Khenpo Sherab Sangpo’s online teachings, please make a donation to support us. We are a 100% volunteer-staffed, non-profit organization that relies on our donors to make Khenpo’s teachings possible. Thank you for your generosity and kindness!