dharma practice

Announcing a New Addition to the ‘Advice for Dying Practitioners’ Curriculum -

Dec 11, 2020

All of us as practitioners often contemplate our own death, as well as the death of our fellow beloved sangha members.  The question often arises ”how do we best prepare for death”?  If the state of mind and heart are...

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Dhāraṇī and Mantra: A Brief Introduction -

May 20, 2020

by Hilary Herdman In Buddhist texts, we encounter two related but slightly different terms that refer to incantations or invocations associated with powerful properties. Dhāraṇī and Mantra both may involve the holding or...

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Repaying the Kindness of One’s Parents -

Apr 28, 2020

Societal Human Values Series #3 by Hilary Herdman Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po) reigned from 629-650 CE. Among his many achievements, he disseminated a moral code, known as the Sixteen Principles of Societal...

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A Dharmic Journey in Facing Cancer -

Jan 23, 2020

By Wiyono Gunawan (pictured above in the middle, with his spiritual family before his operation at his home town, December 2017) This reflection has been translated and edited for better clarity. The...

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Jobs and the Dharma: Finding a Balance -

Sep 30, 2019

Jobs and the Dharma can co-exist in our lives. We don’t all have the ability, karma, or intention to leave everything behind and immediately go off into the mountains on retreat. Here,...

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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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What Devotion Really Is: Part 3 Infallibly Inseparable -

Jul 23, 2019

By Erric Solomon   Infallibility of the Guru 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...

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What Devotion Really Is: Part 2 Cultivating Devotion and Sometimes Saying No -

Jul 16, 2019

By Erric Solomon How to Cultivate Devotion In modern culture, we seem to have lost the traditional regard for our mentors. In the old days, you apprenticed to a trade. Your master...

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Check Yourself! The Tool of Reflection -

Jul 5, 2019

Image by Daniel Mingook Kim on Unsplash By Nina Eder When I first heard Phakchok Rinpoche talking about reflecting on our mind, I didn’t think that “checking myself” would be of any use....

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Ngakso Drubchen 2019 – Kathmandu, Nepal -

Mar 25, 2019

From the 14th to the 22nd of March, the monks of the Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, held the annual Ngakso Drubchen –  “Ocean of Amrita Mantric-mending”. Over the course...

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