Buddha-nature

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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Understand Ignorance to Reveal Buddha-Nature

Nov 21, 2019

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...

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Buddha Nature: Where Is It?

Mar 24, 2019

We are often asked, “where is Buddha” and we may point to a statue or picture. We point outward but the real Buddha is inside, our innate nature, the nature of our...

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Mahāyāna Practice Supports

Feb 4, 2019

As Vajrayāna and Mahāyāna practitioners we can regularly engage in self-reflection to check our progress. We gradually train in understanding these crucial points to give our practice a strong...

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Fear of Death: Practice for Long-Life

Dec 23, 2018

Fear of death often arises sneakily in the middle of the night. So, if we wake with this fear, we can learn to practice a simple long life meditation visualization.  When we experience this fear,  it indicates that our life...

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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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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.