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.

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Online Meditation of Noble Wish-fulfilling White Tara

Please join us on Sundays from 11am to 12pm (CST, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) for online group meditation on Noble Wish-fulfilling White Tara:

  • October 4, 2020

Please register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvdemrpjMqH9wlyOG6GxpTLN7aLT1OEl4I

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Practice Resources

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 practice, we have formed a Facebook White Tara Practice Group. If you have questions about this group, contact Marjorie Pomper.

Online Lineage Study Group

The Lineage Study Group meets online on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6pm to 8pm (CST, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA).

  • October 27, 2020
  • November 24, 2020
  • December 22, 2020
  • January 26, 2021

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

Beginning Meditation

PRACTICE RESOURCES for students beginning to learn about meditation and cultivating love and compassion.

Entering the Path

PRACTICE RESOURCES for students who are preparing to enter the Buddhist path by taking refuge vows.

Preliminary Practices

PRACTICE RESOURCES for students who are completing the preliminary practices (ngöndro).

Vajrayana Teachings

PRACTICE RESOURCES for students who are on the path of the Vajrayana and Great Perfection (Dzogchen).

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:

  1. Meditation on Meaningful Human Birth
  2. Meditation on Death and Impermanence
  3. Meditation on the Suffering of Samsara
  4. Meditation on the Ripening of Virtuous and Negative Deeds

To practice the Outer Preliminaries, recite the text on pages 20 and 21 from:

Namo
You are the glorious embodiment of the wisdom, love, and power […]

  1. Pause five minutes to contemplate: this meaningful human birth.
  2. Pause five minutes to contemplate: remember death and impermanence.
  3. Pause five minutes to contemplate: the nature of the three realms of cyclic existence is one of suffering.
  4. 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:

  1. Meditation on Refuge—100,000
  2. Meditation on Bodhicitta—100,000
  3. Meditation on Vajrasattva—100,000
  4. Meditation on Mandala—100,000
  5. Meditation on Guru Yoga—100,000

Meditation on Refuge

To accumulate refuge, recite these verses 100,000 times on page 22:

Namo

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:

Sanskrit version:
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

Tibetan version:
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:

Tibetan version:
om ah hung benzar guru pema siddhi hung

Sanskrit version:
oṃ āḥ hūṃ vajra guru padma siddhi hūṃ

View, print, or download a PDF of these instructions.

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Spiritual Director, Bodhicitta Sangha | Heart of Enlightenment Institute

How to Benefit Beings by Patrul Rinpoche

How to Benefit Beings by Patrul Rinpoche

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.

How to Relax the Mind [6]

How to Relax the Mind [6]

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.

Support Us

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!

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