Kagyu Osal Chodzong is a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center in the Ossipee Mountains of NH, founded over forty years ago by Kalu Rinpoche. It is a small center focusing on building a good foundation for meditation . We have bi-weekly group meditations between April and October. The remainder of the year is for individual retreats.
Kagyu Osal Chodzong translates as The Kagyu Clear Light Dharma Castle
The Clear Light is also referred to as the "Inner Radiance".
This naturally originating inner radiance, uncreated from the very beginning,
Is the parentless child of awareness-how amazing!
It is the naturally originating pristine cognition, uncreated by anyone-how amazing!
This radiant awareness has never been born and will never die-how amazing!
Though manifestly radiant, it lacks an extraneous perceiver-how amazing!
Though it has roamed throughout cyclic existence, it does not degenerate-how amazing!
Though it has seen buddhahood itself, it does not improve-how amazing!
Though it is present in everyone, it remains unrecognized-–how amazing!
Still, one hopes for some attainment other than this-–how amazing!
Though it is present within oneself, one continues to seek it elsewhere-–how amazing!
Introduction to Awareness - page 46
The time of death is the arising of the Clear Light or Inner Radiance.
[At this moment], the inner radiance of the ground dawns upon all sentient beings,
And, in the case of a few yogins who have achieved realization,
At this moment, the inner radiance of the path meets [the inner radiance of the ground]
Like a [meeting of] a mother and child,
And [thus, now] instantaneously, in an ascending and core-penetrating manner,
These [yogins] will actualize the uncreated Buddha-body of Reality,
And through the Buddha-bodies of Perfect Resource and Emanation,
They will perform inestimable actions for the sake of all beings.
[Thus], the three buddha-bodies will be spontaneously present,
And buddhahood will have been attained.
Because of this, one should understand the significance of obtaining a human body,
And cherish the experiential cultivation of the profound [sacred] teachings.
For, even though the genuine inner radiance [of the ground] will [always] arise [at the moment of death],
In the case of all beings who have not [already] realized the [inner radiance of the path],
It will not be recognized.
The [past] births that one has assumed and left behind are countless and infinite,
And, although the inner radiance has indeed arisen an indescribable [number of times],
It has been obscured [again and again] by the dense [fog of] coemergent ignorance,
And [thereby], one has come to wander endlessly through cyclic existence.
That is why it is important to achieve such a secure level [of realization in this life].
Signs of Death - pages 176-177
If this nature of intrinsic awareness is understood,
Virtuous and negative acts will be liberated, right where they are.
But if this single nature is not understood,
One will amass nothing but future lives within cyclic existence, with its higher and lower realms,
Regardless of whether one has engaged in virtuous or non-virtuous actions.
Yet, if one’s own mind is simply understood to be pristine cognition, utterly empty of inherent existence,
The consequences of virtuous and negative actions will never come to fruition.
For just as a spring cannot materialize in empty space,
Within the realization of emptiness, virtuous and negative actions do not objectively exist.
Introduction to Awareness - pages 56-57
The Tibetan Book of the Dead: First Complete Translation
edited by Graham Coleman
The Tibetan Book of the Dead Jan 19, 2006
by Padmasambhava and Graham Coleman
It is said that sometimes realized yogis of Tibet would leave their footprints in stone