Khenpo Gyaltsen

The Six Pāramitās: Part Two

Sep 22, 2021

In this teaching kindly provided by Samye’s Indonesian Sangha, Khenpo Gyaltsen begins a series of teachings dedicated to the six pāramitās....

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The Six Pāramitās: Part One

Sep 1, 2021

In this teaching kindly provided by Samye’s Indonesian Sangha, Khenpo Gyaltsen begins a series of teachings dedicated to the six pāramitās....

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Motivation or Intention

Jan 28, 2019

Motivation or intention precedes any activity, even if we don't realize or acknowledge it. According to traditional Buddhist teachings, the initial motivation really determines whether action is virtuous or non-virtuous.  Giving rise to the right motivation or intention guarantees that...

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Buddhist Science of Mind

Jan 10, 2019

Science of mind occupies a great deal of attention in Buddhist philosophy. This is not some new development; ancient Buddhist texts include major treatises investigating the mind. So, when we begin investigating the mind scientifically, we need to ask...

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Impermanence and Freedom

Mar 7, 2018

Khenpo Gyaltsen knows that discussions of impermanence can cause strange reactions. Our nature is impermanent. There is no reason to feel unhappy about it. We see it all around us in small things, don't...

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Ethical Behavior in Buddhism: The Virtues

Feb 27, 2018

Ethical behavior occupies a central role on the Buddhist path to awakening. Yet often, modern presentations of Buddhist teaching skip over these fundamental principles. In our hurry to jump to the "good stuff," however, we may be missing some crucial...

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Precious Human Life

Feb 6, 2018

First, Khenpo requests that we learn about the meaning of a precious human life. Then, he asks us to make an effort to share these teachings with children, family, and friends. Unfortunately, he observes in these stressful modern times, that...

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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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Change: Why Do We Need to Practice the Four Mind Changings?

Jan 27, 2018

Khenpo Gyaltsen recently taught the four mind changings in Sao Paolo, Brasil. In this excerpt from his talk, Khenpo-la explains that first we have to appreciate the need for...

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The Buddhist Wheel of Life

Sep 28, 2017

Buddhist Wheel of Life Paintings adorn monastery porches throughout the Himalayan region.   We may also know the Sanskrit name, the Bhavacakra, or "Wheel of Existence".  In the Tibetan Vinaya, or monastic rules, the Buddha instructs monks to paint the...

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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.