Tag Archives: samsara

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

Share on Facebook
Posted in Dharma Pep Talks, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The most effective way to meditate, and the 12 links of interdependence

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

Share on Facebook
Posted in 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off on 37 practices: the first 7 verses

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

Share on Facebook
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Lama Tenam at KTC: How to deal with emotions

37 practices: verse 3

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

Share on Facebook
Posted in 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on 37 practices: verse 3

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

Share on Facebook
Posted in The World of Nature | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on In which I am pursued by a hungry blue heron

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

Share on Facebook
Posted in Back to the World, Dharma Pep Talks | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Compassion versus Wisdom

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

Share on Facebook
Posted in Back to the World, Dharma Pep Talks | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Mind the gap

I keep meaning to add new posts but golly it is a busy life, even when it’s a life that is to all intents and purposes dedicated to Dharma practice. It’s hard to bring major projects, Dharma or otherwise, to … Continue reading

Share on Facebook
Posted in Back to the World, Dharma Pep Talks | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Weathering the rapids

People I meet almost invariably remark, sometimes with a hint of wistfulness, how quiet and peaceful it must be to live at a Buddhist monastery. Not at all, I assure them—on the contrary! Share on Facebook

Share on Facebook
Posted in Back to the World, Life at the monastery | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

One way to measure how our study, contemplation and meditation are working for us is by checking in with the eight worldly concerns. When any of these rear up in our mindstream, we can feel the grip of samsara and–if … Continue reading

Share on Facebook
Posted in Dharma Pep Talks | Tagged | Leave a comment