All sentient beings desire happiness and strive to avoid suffering at all costs. Yet our understanding of happiness is mistaken – we are tricked into believing that the eight worldly dharmas1 are happiness when instead they are suffering in disguise. The Buddha’s explanation of the nature of suffering is presented as the First Noble Truth. […]
Gyumed Khesur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa. Edited by Dr. Lorne Ladner. The Easy Path: Illuminating the First Panchen Lama’s Secret Instructions. Wisdom Publications: 2013. This excellent book is based on a teaching given by Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa at the Guhyasamaja Center in Virginia over the course of several weeks. Khensur Rinpoche served as the Center’s resident […]
Om Mani Padme Hum – Mani is method, Padme is wisdom, Om Mani is Chenrezig’s name, Hum calls Chenrezig and established the root of the blessing in one’s heart. So in summary, the mantra contains the entire Mahayana path to Enlightenment through the unification of method and wisdom. By reciting it, all your wishes are […]
The point that has to be borne in mind is that the reason why reflection on suffering is so important is because there is a possibility of a way out; there is an alternative. There is a possibility of freedom from suffering. His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Essence of Happiness. 2001.
Just in case you didn’t see this already… Shambhala Publications offers Beyond Anger: How to Hold On to Your Heart and Your Humanity in the Midst of Injustice, a free eBook consisting of excerpts from some of our books from a variety of Buddhist traditions that encapsulate values of love and nonviolence, which we can all […]
A thoughtful article published in Madison Magazine describes His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s relationship with University of Wisconsin (UW) neuroscience professor Richard Davidson (Center for Investigating Healthy Minds) and the director of UW’s Global Health Institute, Dr. Jonathan Patz. The article also mentions Geshe Sopa and his monastery, Deer Park. Another article describes the Change […]
Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche will confer the Triple Empowerment of Hayagriva, Vajrapani, Garuda on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Vienna Community Center in Vienna, VA. Participants should note the following: As is customary for lower tantra empowerments, it is best not to consume onions, eggs, garlic, or meat prior to the empowerment. There is a mantra […]
The Dharma lives within the yogi, The yogi follows the Dharma. If you really follow the Dharma, nothing can harm you. Even if they take this life, they can’t take your next life. ~ Drupon Samten Rinpoche (source: the film, The Secret Yogis of Tibet)
Once in a while it’s good to remind ourselves that there are true spiritual seekers in the world today. Ani Ngawang Pema is a Tibetan Buddhist nun who has been meditating alone for the past 45 years. Here’s a short video about her.
Here’s some information about an upcoming meditation retreat for teens with Tara Brach and a non-profit group, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) is dedicated to improving the lives of teens, parents, and professionals. At iBme, we teach teens proven awareness & concentration practices that have been used for thousands of years. Teens learn […]