Want to live a long life?


By rescuing beings who are about to be slaughtered, By benefiting others by giving life in such ways, By turning away from harming any living creature, You will attain a long life. By caring for the seriously ill, By giving them medicine as a healer, By refraining from harming creatures with stones or sticks, You […]

Kalu Rinpoche On Impermanence


Moreover, this universe which seems solid and firm isimpermanent; it will be destroyed in stages by fire, water,and wind~ The four seasons also reveal impermanence. The power in the coming of spring causes the soil to bec·ome soft and reddish-brown in colour; trees and plants bring forth shoots and buds. But spring doesn’t last, for with the coming of […]

Building a Sand Mandala


Building a mandala requires the monks’ total dedication and perseverance. Both motivational prayers and dedication prayers are said daily throughout the entire process. Just by observing the monks’  actions we understand how the mandala expresses the Buddha’s teachings. Without a single word, they display the six perfections: concentration, patience, loyalty, joyful effort, wisdom, and generosity. Created by monks, these […]

Biographies of Himalayan Dharma Masters


The FPMT Masters Program at ILTK in Pomaia, Italy has started again. One of the many side-benefits of participating in the Masters Program is the extra resources that the tutor and students share. Before the teachings we chant the prayer to the Nalanda masters. In order to deepen our appreciation of who these masters were, our […]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama: On Jihad


“Muslim friends have assured me that a good Muslim must extend love to all the creatures of Allah. On the other hand one who sheds blood is no longer a genuine Muslim. And as regards the word ‘jihad’, what it really refers to is the struggle to combat our destructive emotions. So it seems that […]