How to learn the Confession of Downfalls practice

One of the fundamental practices in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition is the powerful purification practice called the Confession of Downfalls (sometimes translated as the Confession to the 35 Buddhas or the Practice of Prostrations to the 35 Confession Buddhas to name a few). The practice involves taking refuge, visualizing the 35 Buddhas, chanting their names […]

Light of the Path Retreat 2017

Note: this is not a Guhyasamaja Center event Registration for the 2017 Light of the Path Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche is open. Dates: August 20-September 17, 2017 Location:  Blue Ridge Assembly, a retreat and conference center in Black Mountain, in the Western part of North Carolina near Asheville. It isn’t necessary to have attended […]

Learn Tibetan: refuge prayer

སངས་རྒྱས་ཆོས་དང་ཚོགས་ཀྱི་མཆོག་ནམས་ལ།། sang-gye cho-dang tsog-kyi-chog nam la བྱང་ཆུབ་བར་དུ་བདག་ནི་སྐྱབས་སུ་མཆིས།། jang-chub bar-du dag-ni kyab-su-chi བདག་གིས་སྦྱིན་སོགས་བགྱིས་པའི་ཚོགས་རྣམས་ཀྱིས།། dag-gi jin-sog gyi-pai tsog-nam-kyi འགྲོ་ལ་ཕན་ཕྱིར་སངས་རྒྱས་འགྲུབ་པར་ཤོག།། dro-la pan-chir sang-gye drub-par-shog I go for refuge until Enlightenment To the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, By my practice of giving and other perfections, May I attain Enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. glossary […]

Learn Tibetan: four mistaken views

Here are the four mistaken views that we strive to overcome through study and practice. ཕྱིན་ཅི་ལོག་བཞི (phyin ci log bzhi) 1) མི་གཙང་བ་ལ་གཙང་བར་འཛིན་པ། (mi gtsang ba la gtsang bar ‘dzin pa) mistaking what is impure as pure 2) བདག་མེད་ལ་བདག་ཏུ་འཛིན་པ། (bdag med pa la bdag tu ‘dzin pa) mistaking what is not self as self 3) སྡུག་བསྔལ་ལ་བདེ་བར་འཛིན་པ། (sdug bsngal la bde bar ‘dzin […]

Nyungne at DNKL weekend of June 9 2017

One of the best practices that we can offer during Saka Dawa is nyungne. The nyungne practice is considered to be the most powerful form of purification. Doing a single retreat purifies the negativity of forty thousand eons. If you complete the practice, you will never be born in the lower realms. And as a […]

Saka dawa practice: give up meat

This year, Saka dawa falls between May 26 and June 24. During this time, Buddhists honor the Buddha’s life. One of the best spiritual practices to adopt during this time is to refrain from killing. We can easily do this by refraining from eating meat as much as possible. The benefits to animals are obvious […]