Five Sciences

Remembering the Buddha on Saga Dawa Duchen

May everyone who sees a Buddha image, hears the Buddha’s name, or the dhāraṇī—or recalls his qualities—embark on the path to complete and perfect enlightenment!

Rituals at Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers

Rituals at Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers

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

Tibetan Losar: New Year, New Habit!

The best way to welcome the New Year is to begin a new positive habit. In Tibetan, the word gom that we usually translate as “meditation”, more accurately means to “habituate” or “to become used to”. And that’s what a habit is—something we do easily and almost spontaneously.

Lha Bab Düchen

Celebrating Lha Bab Düchen

Lha Bab Düchen (lha babs dus chen) in Tibetan translates as, ‘The Festival of the Descent from Heaven.’ We celebrate this great event on the 22nd

The Two Pramāṇas: An Overview

In the previous essay, we discussed the study of knowledge (“epistemology”) in general terms. The central question of epistemology is: how do we know things?

Being Patient and Farsighted and Enduring Hardship

As social beings, we humans learn from those around us. And because we don’t have fixed, unchanging solidity as beings, we make choices. We can choose to follow our innate goodness. If we associate with loving, kind, and open-hearted people, we will naturally develop those qualities. When we acknowledge our basic goodness, we lean toward virtue and surround ourselves with others who share that view.


Multiplying Effects: Five Ways of Multiplying Merit

Practitioners should take advantage of all opportunities to increase the accumulation of merit easily and swiftly. We need to know how to magnify our virtues. Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us regularly that we need to consistently accumulate merit.