Tibetan Buddhist ritual

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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Offering Water Bowls as Material Offerings -

Jul 7, 2017

Offering water bowls is an easy and pleasurable meritorious activity widely practiced in Tibetan Buddhism. Water's purity gives it great...

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Sharing our Practice with Family and Friends -

May 23, 2017

How do we skillfully share our understanding and our practice? Phakchok Rinpoche here shares some suggestions after years of working with students from many...

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Sādhana Practice: The Importance of Ritual -

Feb 2, 2017

Sādhana practice is the essence practice of the Vajrayāna tantras. Many great masters brought us important tantras, but in order to practice them, we use practice manual texts. In Tibetan, we use...

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Why Light Offerings? -

May 3, 2016

Why lights?  Isn’t that just a cultural tradition?  What is the benefit of making light offerings?  I’m a modern meditator!  Why should I make butter lamp offerings?  Because we are not accustomed...

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Ngakso Drubchen -

Mar 24, 2016

Ngakso Drubchen This is an important annual event on the monastery calendar. Please enjoy these photos from the 2016 Drubchen–and rejoice in this auspicious activity! You are very welcome to join at...

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Tsekar Drubchen -

Feb 17, 2016

Tsekar Drubchen Dates for  Tsekar Drubchen: March 2-March 10, 2020 The Tsekar (White Amitāyus ) Drubchen is an extensive group practice from the Chokling Tersar tradition. Drub chen means “great accomplishment”. Participants...

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