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Gampopa OPL4: Chapter 1: The cause: buddha nature

“In truth, anyone who practices with great effort cannot fail to reach enlightenment. Why? Because all forms of conscious life, including ourselves, possess its prime cause. Within us is buddha nature.” ~ Gampopa OPL, translated by Ken Holmes. We got … Continue reading

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Gampopa OPL3: The case for awakening

Gampopa Sonam Rinchen, the 12th-century physician from Dakpo who entered monastic life after his wife and two children died in an epidemic, and who went on to “unite the two streams” of practice and establish the Kagyu Lineage that continues … Continue reading

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Gampopa OPL2: A note on translations and titles

The very first English translation of Gampopa’s 12th-century guidebook to awakening, by the German scholar Herbert Guenther, was published in 1959, and reissued in 1971 with a cover design and foreword by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. It thus has excellent credentials … Continue reading

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Gampopa OPL1: Who was Gampopa?

When Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa (Situ Rinpoche) began broadcasting an intensive course on Ornament of Precious Liberation some years ago from his home seat of Sherabling in India to his worldwide network of Palpung monasteries and centers, including … Continue reading

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OPL: where we are and notes to come

In our Thursday afternoon class, we’re currently studying Gampopa’s Ornament of Precious Liberation, the classic handbook for traveling the path to buddhahood from A to Z.  Since September we’ve completed the first three chapters, the three prerequisites for traveling the … Continue reading

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