Kindness

The Paramita of Patience and Caring For People with Dementia

Apr 10, 2021

It can be very challenging to care for a person who has dementia. Patience is key. They may need intense caregiving and as the disease progresses there is ongoing loss, particularly a...

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Repaying Debts on Time and Not Cheating With Weights and Measures

Mar 4, 2021

Although some readers might believe Buddhism and business have little to do with one another, history shows us a different story. The Buddha himself taught merchants and rulers, and members of the merchant class aided in spreading the teachings throughout...

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Repaying Those Who Have Previously Shown Kindness

Nov 3, 2020

Societal Human Values Series #11 Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo, (Srong-brtsan-sgam-po), reigned 629-650 CE. Among his many achievements, he promoted a moral code known as the Sixteen Principles of Societal Human Values (mi chos gtsang ma bcu...

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Caregiving At a Distance and the Paramita of Generosity

May 27, 2020

Caregiving at a distance is extremely challenging during this time of the coronavirus threat. How do you care for someone when you can’t be directly with the person that you are caring...

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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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Relying on the Four Immeasurable Qualities During a Pandemic (Part 1): Immeasurable Equanimity

Apr 9, 2020

By Erric Solomon During turbulent periods of crises, I find it really helpful to go to the heart of the teachings of the Buddhadharma. By remembering to bring forth the essential teachings...

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The Importance of Being Reliable and Kind-Hearted

Apr 3, 2020

On this Guru Rinpoche day, I would like to tell you about the importance of being honest (gyü drangpo), reliable (gyü tenpo), and kind-hearted (sempa zangpo). Being honest, reliable, and kind-hearted is essential to Dharma practice, but it is also...

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Anxiety: Seeing Through the Spin

Feb 6, 2020

Anxiety arises for almost all sentient beings in certain situations.  And there are times when worry can be useful or productive. A little stress can make us sharper, or enhance our performance at times. Yet humans, and particularly modern humans,...

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Antidotes for the Loneliness Epidemic

Jan 2, 2020

Loneliness: What’s Going on in Our Lives? Researchers are noting that large numbers of people report chronic feelings of loneliness. The numbers are so staggering that government agencies in many countries and...

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Essence of Bodhicitta

Aug 20, 2019

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 from Japan, Phakchok Rinpoche addresses this question...

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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.