Holistic Living

Clear “Brain-Jam” with Meditation

May 17, 2016

Why begin your day with meditation? It is the best antidote for "brain-jam." Tulku Migmar Tsering is known for giving very practical...

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Contentment and the Mind

May 10, 2016

A key teaching of Buddhism is contentment. To understand what this means, we need to see our own experience. Contentment is a...

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Tolerance and Mind Training

Apr 26, 2016

Dharma practice means training our minds. What kind of mind training do we need as dharma practitioners? Tolerance...

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Radically Happy: Everyone Can Do It!

Apr 22, 2016

Not everyone wants to become a Buddhist--but doesn’t everyone want to be able to flourish and enjoy what life has to offer?  Every human being wants happiness, right?  We all want to be able to cope, without totally losing it...

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Learn to Meditate: It Is Simple!

Apr 18, 2016

You should learn to meditate".  We hear this frequently.  How do we learn to meditate? What does it really mean?  What are we supposed to be doing when we meditate?  Maybe we have even tried to meditate before, but we got...

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Cultivate Humility and Avoid Pride

Apr 11, 2016

In our competitive modern lives we are not often encouraged to cultivate humility. Instead, we are often told that we must "blow our own horn". But Buddhist teachers warn us about the negative emotion of...

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Unhappy at Work? Advice on Transformation

Apr 4, 2016

We can learn how to deal with job-dissatisfaction and work-related stress. In this video, Tulku-la reminds us that we often blame the boss or our co-workers for bad situations. Often we make judgments quickly and misinterpret situations. And if we...

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Buddhist Dignity: Gentle Looseness and Not Too Reactive

Mar 29, 2016

Dignity. What does the word mean to you? Phakchok Rinpoche speaks often on the subject of dignity. It is a vital quality for a dharma practitioner. Dignity is not pride that looks down on others. Dignity comes with...

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Talking With Children About Death

Mar 15, 2016

Death is Real We all will experience death. Those that we love and those around us will die. And we ourselves will definitely die. This is simply a fact. Buddhist teachers repeatedly...

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Meditation Posture: Sharpness

Mar 7, 2016

In this video clip from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Rinpoche answers a student’s question about why meditation posture...

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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.