Monthly Archives: November 2010

Giving Thanks

The season for the massive slaughtering of turkeys has arrived. Between 250 and 300 million turkeys are raised for slaughter every year in the U.S. alone. And that is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg: in the United States, … Continue reading

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Mind Training, 3rd Proverb

3. Examine the nature of awareness. In both the waking and the dreaming states, when you analyze the object of experience, that which is apprehended, you only find an internal mental representation, insubstantial and impermanent. Whatever it is that you … Continue reading

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Mind Training, 2nd Proverb

2. Look at all experience as a dream View: The way in which all external objects appear to exist independently, by themselves, without any relationship to your perception or the mental labels you impute them, is the view of ignorance. … Continue reading

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Aspiration & Dedication

“Thus have I heard (evam maya shrutam)…” The teaching that follows is neither a personal opinion nor an ‘original’ presentation. On the contrary, although committed to conveying these teachings in the context of place, time, and circumstance, it is the … Continue reading

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Sangha and Dharma

A Teaching by Bardor Tulku Rinpoche Because we take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, when we are new to Buddhadharma, we generally have the attitude that all three must be perfect. We therefore expect that any member of … Continue reading

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37 Practices of the Spiritual Hero

The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practices of Spiritual Heroes Gyalse Ngulchu Tokme Zangpo (1297-1371) Though He sees that in all phenomena there is no coming and going, He strives solely for the sake of beings. To the Sublime Teacher inseparable … Continue reading

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Mind Training, 1st Proverb

1. First Train in the Preliminaries To ensure the success of any meditation that we practice, we should always prepare by reciting the Aspiration and taking sincere refuge in the Three Jewels: the fully awakened being (Buddha), the truth (Dharma), … Continue reading

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