Tag Archives: The Supplication

Tibetan Buddhism and the Pure Land

There is a strong (and unfounded) belittling of Pure Land teachings and practice in the Western understanding of Tibetan Buddhism. Perhaps this is due to the dominant position of academics and nihilists in ‘western’ Buddhist circles, although there has been … Continue reading

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In this Dharma-ending Age

Buddha Shakyamuni preached for 45 years in this world. In that time, he was asked the same questions repeatedly, and he patiently answered them according to the capacity, maturity, and disposition of the questioners.  In the conventional sense, there is … Continue reading

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A Magic Act

The realization of emptiness can be cultivated directly by reminding ourselves constantly that all appearances are mental elaborations, arising from our accumulated karma, perspectives, tendencies, and desires. Kunchen Dolpopa states in The Supplication: “All phenomena merely arise from conditions, without … Continue reading

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When the Dharma seems a maze of confusion

The cultivation of the Dharma requires a gradual progression through the teachings, and when they are presented in a haphazard manner, they tend to generate confusion. My Root Teacher always said that when someone does not understand the Dharma, the … Continue reading

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