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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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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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37 practices: verse 9

9. To strive for unchanging freedom Like drops of dew upon each blade of grass / The three realms’ happiness evaporates. In contrast, the supreme and highest state / Of liberation doesn’t ever change. To strive in all my efforts … 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: 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 Audio for … 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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37 practices: verse 3, part 1 of 2

3. To rely on solitude When I avoid conditions that disturb me, / Emotional afflictions lose their strength. When there are no distractions to engage me, / My dharma practice grows to fill the space. Awareness – knowing – rigpa … Continue reading

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In which I am pursued by a hungry blue heron

In recent years, this heron (or maybe several, but I’ve always seen just one at a time) has regularly hung out by the koi pond in Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Visitors pay their quarter and toss in a handful … Continue reading

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Compassion versus Wisdom

OK, the title is a trick–as we know, compassion and wisdom are complementary, and in the end of course there is no difference between them at all. Buddhahood, enlightenment, full awakening is the ultimate development of both, and they are ultimately undifferentiable, … Continue reading

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Lather, rinse, repeat

“Mind is empty. You can change your thoughts.”  –Lama Norlha Rinpoche We are taught in the Seven Points of Mind Training, “Be grateful to everyone,” and “Rely all the time on a joyful mind.” How can we put this into … Continue reading

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