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37 practices: verse 6, part 2 of 2

The translation of verse 6, to rely on spiritual friends, may be found in part 1 of the class notes, which covers the definition of spiritual friends; how to identify an authentic teacher; and, once you have found one, how to … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 7

7. To seek refuge in the Three Jewels Who can the worldly deities protect, / Themselves imprisoned in samsara’s jail? The Three Jewels, which embody freedom’s path: / Reliable protection without fail. To seek refuge in Buddha, dharma, sangha: / … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 6, part 1

6. To rely on spiritual friends When I rely on spiritual friends, / My faults and negative behaviors wane, Constructive qualities and skills expand / Just like the brilliance of the waxing moon. To hold authentic friends like this more … Continue reading

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37 practices: a note on memorization

Memorization is a tried and true method of internalizing important information, both in Tibetan monasteries and in our own culture in the days of yore. My eighth-grade English class was assigned to memorize 135 lines of poetry over the course … Continue reading

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5. To give up negative friends When I’m with friends who strengthen the three poisons / Reflection, study, meditation fade, Kindness and compassion are forgotten, / And I’m caught up again in worldly aims. Not following the friends who harm … Continue reading

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The most effective way to meditate, and the 12 links of interdependence

This is a brief summary for the KDC class on the Ornament of Precious Liberation, where we are studying the paramita of meditation, within the general heading of action bodhicitta. (Or for anyone else who is interested in these topics.) … Continue reading

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37 practices: Resources

The main text we are using is The Heart of Compassion by Dilgo Khyentse. This commentary is quite comprehensive and touches on many foundational ideas of Vajrayana Buddhism. Dilgo Khyentse (1910-91) was a great master in the Nyingma lineage and … Continue reading

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37 practices: the first 7 verses

To study, contemplate and meditate To leave your homeland To rely on solitude To let go of attachment to this lifetime To give up negative friends To rely on spiritual friends To take refuge in the Three Jewels Preparation for … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 3, part 2

Verse 3: To rely on solitude, along with class notes for part 1, is here. Commentary: Dilgo Khyentse advises us: “If you wish to concentrate entirely on the Dharma instead of being constantly tossed hither and thither by waves of attachment … Continue reading

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Lama Tenam at KTC: How to deal with emotions

You can see the video of this teaching by clicking here. In fact, if you click you will find a small and growing treasure trove of teachings in the KTC PPV video archive. The cost per video is $20 to … Continue reading

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