Mahayana

Maintaining Meditation Discipline

Mar 30, 2021

Although we often understand discipline to refer to the actions of the body and the quality of our speech, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that the origin of true discipline is the mind....

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Relying on the Four Immeasurable Qualities During a Pandemic (Part 2): Immeasurable Loving-Kindness

Apr 16, 2020

By Erric Solomon The practice of the Four Immeasurable Qualities—Equanimity, Loving-Kindness, Compassion, and Sympathetic Joy— is common to all Buddhist traditions of practice. For our great tradition of Mahayana, they are the...

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Tonglen Practice: Developing Bodhicitta

Jun 25, 2019

"Mindfulness is a mirror of our mind and motivation is a mirror of our dharma practice". Here we can understand motivation to mean tonglen--the development of bodhicitta. By practicing tonglen, we increase our loving kindness, our compassion and ultimately our...

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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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Motivation: The Real Meaning of Bodhicitta

Feb 21, 2019

In this teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche challenges us to come to understand the correct motivation. “Motivation is a reflection of yourself”, he teaches. This shows how important it is to examine our own minds. We can use the analogy of holding...

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Beginner Tonglen Meditation

Feb 4, 2019

Tulku Migmar explains in this video clip how we can begin to work with the profound practice of Tonglen.   Moreover, he advises how we can incorporate this "Beginner Tonglen" within any of our meditation...

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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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Aspirations Reflect Our Motivation

Jan 3, 2019

We all have aspirations in life.  But what are our aspirations?  We should reflect and check this in ourselves. Only we can know our own aspirations –they relate only to us.  And...

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Exchanging Self and Others: Building Bodhicitta Part Two

Nov 20, 2018

Exchanging self and others is the supreme method for building our bodhicitta. We develop this through a process called tonglen, or "sending and...

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Building Bodhicitta: Part One

Nov 13, 2018

As Buddhist practitioners, we begin by always bringing our practice to our own mind,  and our own level of experience--regardless of what practice we do.  We want to see integration of our practice and our daily life.  And most importantly,...

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