Bodhicitta

Advice for Practicing in the Chokling Tersar Tradition

Drupla Opak begins with an introduction and overview of the Chokling Tersar, situating that within the sacred mantrayana teachings given directly by Guru Rinpoche. He reminds us that Guru Rinpoche advised that these teachings would be particularly important for students in the future—meaning us!

Buddha-nature

Buddha-Nature: Hidden Treasure, Buried Diamond

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

Understand Ignorance

Understand Ignorance to Reveal Buddha-Nature

Understand ignorance.  Why would we need to do that if we are studying our minds? Most of us come to meditation retreats or Buddhist teachings because we are searching for answers.  We know that we are unhappy, or anxious, or we may just feel like something is not quite right.  If we have studied for some time, we may have heard a lot about how we are confused by ignorance.  But why do we need to understand ignorance?  Because if we just think that we suffer from ignorance, we may start to think of ignorance as something solid and unchanging.

Practicing the Pāramitās in Daily Life, Part One

Practicing the Pāramitās represents a major element of the Mahayana Buddhist path.  These six “transcendental perfections” (Tib. parol tu chinpa druk)  enable practitioners to accumulate both merit and wisdom.  In the first of a series of short video teachings, Tulku Migmar Tsering introduces us to these important practice

Essence of Bodhicitta

Essence of Bodhicitta

Essence of Bodhicitta: How Do We Understand and Practice? Understanding the essence of bodhicitta is fundamental for our practice.  Here, in a brief audio teaching

What Devotion Really Is, Part 3 – Infallibly Inseparable

There seems to be a lot of talk in Buddhist blogs, magazines and in real-time lectures about what it means for a guru to be infallible, if, in fact, it’s even possible. As I mentioned at the top of this post, it partially inspired me to write this.

What Devotion Really Is, Part 1 – Devotion Beyond Concepts

What is devotion? Is there something about the guru/disciple relationship that makes it unsuited to the modern world? If this relationship is truly essential to swiftly making progress along the path, how can we do so safely, especially in light of some of the stories we have recently had to hear about?