becoming a Buddhist student

Renunciation: Wake-up Call -

Oct 23, 2018

Renunciation: Advice for Serious Buddhist Practitioners Renunciation is fundamental to the Buddhist path, and all schools of Buddhism in the three vehicles (Śrāvakayāna , Mahāyāna, and Vajrayāna) emphasize this teaching.  If we are serious...

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Defining “Dharma”: Method and Wisdom -

Sep 25, 2018

We have a lot of negative emotions, don't we? And traditionally, Buddhist teachers explain that the antidote for our negative emotions is the application of the Dharma. Defining what we means by Dharma thus becomes crucial. Implementing, or putting into...

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Understanding Our Negative Emotions -

Sep 4, 2018

Understanding negative emotions involves looking at our own thoughts honestly. As we observe, we notice countless negative habits that pop up one after another. Classic Buddhist teaching groups these into six main categories of negative emotions. Recognizing these and applying...

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Being Confident and Decisive -

May 20, 2018

Be Decisive! These days, we all have access to lots of teachings and spiritual guidance. We can quickly find Buddhist as well as other spiritual teachings with a quick internet search. We...

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Who Was the Buddha? -

Apr 28, 2018

Who was the Buddha? We see the image so often these days and we may know some quotes attributed to him, but what do we really know about the historical Buddha? Why might his own story be relevant for us? Here,...

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Learning What the Buddha Taught -

Mar 20, 2018

Learning what the Buddha taught could take a lifetime of study, contemplation, and meditation. However, the Buddha often summarized his teachings in simple, easy-to-understand key points. Here, in a one-minute reminder, Phakchok Rinpoche explains the heart of the...

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Check Yourself! Advice for Buddhist Practitioners -

Feb 1, 2018

How do we become authentic Buddhist practitioners? In this short audio clip from a teaching in Sao Paolo, Brasil, Khenpo Gyaltsen says each one of us needs to remember to "check...

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Becoming Genuine: First Steps for Authentic Buddhist Practice -

Dec 15, 2017

Becoming genuine should be a small milestone that we can use to measure our practice. We need to know how to become and be fully...

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Three Defects of the Vessel -

Jun 8, 2017

Three defects of the vessel are explained in traditional Buddhist teachings as something students should avoid. For a Dharma student, correct conduct brings a tremendous advantage....

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Dharma Student Qualities: How to Listen -

Jun 1, 2017

Classic Buddhist texts discuss how to be the best type of Dharma student. Once we know the proper approach for a Dharma student, we can make swift...

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