Vajrayana

Visualization: How and Why?

Mar 5, 2020

Visualization can seem unnecessarily complicated when we first encounter meditation instruction. But creating a mental image and using that as an object of our attention is an important technique on the Vajrayāna path. Here, Phakchok Rinpoche shares some brief instruction...

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Confession and Restoring Vows Practice

Jan 30, 2020

Confession of misdeeds enables us to purify the temporary stains, obscurations and habitual tendencies that obscure our Buddha nature.  Broken samaya vows especially can hinder our progress on the path. The Vajrayana...

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Buddha-nature: Hidden Treasure, Buried Diamond

Dec 5, 2019

Buddha-nature can be understood by using classical analogies. We may have heard teachers say that every being has buddha-nature. And yet, we remain skeptical. We don’t see the evidence of this around...

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Rituals at Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers

Oct 1, 2019

Rituals at Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers can delight, intrigue, and/or confuse newcomers. Here we offer some brief guidelines for the curious...

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Patience: Practicing the Pāramitās in Daily Life Part Four

Sep 19, 2019

Patience comes into play when we encounter anger or difficult outside circumstances. This third of the six transcendental perfections, or pāramitās, helps us to remain stable as we face problems in mundane life and in spiritual practice. Here, Tulku Migmar...

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Discipline: Practicing the Pāramitās in Daily Life Part 3

Sep 15, 2019

Discipline in the Buddhist context involves monitoring our own behavior so that we do not harm others or ourselves. We behave the way we really want the world to be, rather than behaving...

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Generosity: Practicing the Pāramitās in Daily Life: Part Two

Sep 12, 2019

Generosity practice is the first of the six transcendental perfections, or pāramitās. We practice generosity when we have the intention, and then the confidence to follow through, to give people what they...

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Ngensong Dongtruk Puja–a Student’s Eye-View

Aug 28, 2019

Making an Auspicious Connection   As the third of the 2019 puja series, the Ngensong Dongtruk or “Dredger of the Lower Realms’ Depths” puja was held for three days from August 10th-12th...

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Fourfold Cooling Method

Aug 21, 2019

Tibetan medicine calls for specific seasonal behavior.  The seasons can be divided either by equinox and solstice, the four seasons as we do in the West or into six seasons: Early Winter (November & December), Late Winter (January & February),...

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