Tibetan Buddhist ritual

What is Ritual? -

Sep 23, 2019

What is Ritual? I’m Only Here For the Meditation Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche teaches and travels widely throughout the world.  On his tours, he often encounters modern people who are highly skeptical about...

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Ngensong Dongtruk Puja–a Student’s Eye-View -

Aug 28, 2019

Making an Auspicious Connection   As the third of the 2019 puja series, the Ngensong Dongtruk or “Dredger of the Lower Realms’ Depths” puja was held for three days from August 10th-12th...

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Sampa Lhundrup Tsokbum: Student Reflections on this Auspicious Occasion -

Jul 24, 2019

Sampa Lhundrup Tsokbum:  Student Reflections on this Auspicious Occasion Sitting in the tsokbum at the Asura cave in Kathmandu feels relaxed and almost normal or natural to be there–until I take a...

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Bell and Dorje: Understanding Ritual Objects -

Feb 4, 2019

In the Vajrayana context, practitioners utilize the bell and dorje as important symbolic ritual items. In this video, Tulku Migmar explains just some of the significance of this pair of implements.  We...

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Vajrakīlaya 7 Day – Gutor Pūjā -

Jan 29, 2019

The Vajrakīlaya Gutor Pūjā will be celebrated from January 30-February 3, 2019. Vajrakīlaya (Tibetan: Dorjé Phurba) is the embodiment of the powerful compassion of all buddhas.  Moreover,Vajrakīlaya, the wrathful transformation of the deity Vajrasattva,...

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Accumulating Causes for Enlightenment -

Feb 9, 2018

In this video teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that the essence of our mind is already enlightened. Yet, even though our nature is pure, that does not imply that we then need to do nothing. We need to accumulate...

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Feast Offerings: Skillful Means in the Vajrayāna -

Jan 22, 2018

Feast offerings are very important in the Vajrayāna tradition. Here, Phakchok Rinpoche describes the meaning and significance of this ritual practice. Additionally, he gives some very practical instruction on how we prepare for a feast...

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Malas: Buddhist Prayer Beads -

Dec 11, 2017

Malas : What are malas? Why and how do Buddhists use them? Malas are found throughout Indian traditions. The Sanskrit word mālā means garland–flowers were traditionally strung together on a continuous loop or thread. When we speak about Buddhist malas we...

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Ritual Dance: Tibetan Buddhist ‘cham -

Aug 27, 2017

Ritual dance performances occur on special days in the Tibetan calendar, particularly around the new year, and are an important way of transmitting the Dharma....

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Maṇi Wheels Spreading the Dharma -

Aug 20, 2017

When we spin maṇi wheels in a clockwise direction, rolls of paper (or film) printed with mantras spin. In this way, we are turning the wheel of the Dharma for the benefit of sentient beings and accumulating...

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