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Mind nature

Understand Ignorance

Understand Ignorance to Reveal Buddha-Nature

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 we may just feel like something is not quite right.  If we have studied for some time, we may have heard a lot about how we are confused by ignorance.  But why do we need to understand ignorance?  Because if we just think that we suffer from ignorance, we may start to think of ignorance as something solid and unchanging.

Pema Lingpa’s Visionary Journey to the Copper-Colored Mountain

This month, I would like to share with you a brief account of Pema Lingpa’s (1450-1521) visionary journey to Zangdok Palri. Pema Lingpa was an important Bhutanese treasure revealer within the Nyingma tradition and the reincarnation of Künkhyen Longchen Rabjam (Longchenpa).

Buddha Nature: Where Is It?

When we hear that our innate nature is Buddha -nature, are we confident that it is so? How do we develop dignity–a sense of certainty in our innate nature?

Buddha Nature: Our Ground

Buddha-nature refers to the ground, the basic nature that we all share.  It is our “starting point”, so to speak. We refer to the ground of all sentient beings, the ground of the Buddha, the ground of all dharmas, and all phenomena.

What is the common ground of all of this? We share the common ground of emptiness.

Things to Remember

Hoping you all are happy and healthy. Here’s a short message on this Guru Rinpoche Day: When you know there’s nothing more important than the mind, then you can turn your mind towards the Dharma at that moment.

Genuine compassion

Genuine Compassion

Genuine compassion, Phakchok Rinpoche explains, is compassion free of any aggression. Moreover, that compassion does not have grasping. This compassion is much more gentle. Ultimate or genuine compassion does not have the thought, “I need to save real sentient beings.”

Life Goes On

Regardless on who we are, or what our plans and goals are, life goes on. Phakchok Rinpoche, in this audio clip, suggests that we remind ourselves of this fact.

Buddhist Training Tools: Skillful Means

Buddhism offers us so many types of training tools.  In this video clip, Phakchok Rinpoche discusses the vast array of training tools that we can use to change our lives.  

Perception

Perception: Understanding Its Power

Perception has power and it can be surprisingly strong. Normally, perception and habits work together to create a mistaken view of our world.Perception always comes from first not knowing. Perception is the mind’s expression or its reflection. It does not exist out there somewhere in the world.

Meditation

Learn to Meditate: It Is Simple!

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 frustrated.  Can meditation be simple?