During a visit by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, His Holiness explains how he tackles anger.
Trulshik Rinpoche was one of the senior most teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, being a disciple of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Dudjom Rinpoche. He was also a teacher to many influential teachers, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The reincarnation was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the he was born in Kathmandu, Nepal.
A fairly simple mantra to memorize and recite, but has powerful benefits is the Guru Rinpoche mantra, which is:
OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUNG
Benefits of reciting the mantra
Such an easy to recite mantra has various benefits, and an excerpt of its benefits is found here:
Even one hundred recitations per day without interruption will make you attractive to others, and food, wealth and enjoyments will appear effortlessly. If you recite the mantra one thousand, ten thousand, or more times per day, you will bring others under your influence with your brilliance, and blessings and powers will be continuously and unobstructedly obtained. If you perform one hundred thousand, ten million or more recitations, the three worlds will come under your power, the three levels of existence will fall under your glorious sway, gods and spirits will be at your bidding, the four modes of enlightened activity will be accomplished without hindrance, and you will be able to bring immeasurable benefit to all sentient beings in whatever ways are needed. If you can do thirty million, seventy million or more recitations, you will never be separate from the Buddhas of the three times nor ever apart from me; thus, the eight classes of gods and spirits will obey your orders, praise your words, and accomplish whatever tasks you entrust to them.
“At best, practitioners will attain the rainbow body; failing that, at the time of death, mother and child luminosities will meet; and at the very least, they will see me in the bardo and all their perceptions having been liberated into their essential nature, they will be reborn in Ngayab Ling and accomplish immeasurable benefit for sentient beings.
Supporting the Padmasambhava Project for Peace
The FPMT is undertaking a project of building several large Padmasambahava (also known as Guru Rinpoche) statues all over the world. The benefits of building such large statues is that it creates peace in the surrounding areas and helps the spread of the Buddha’s teachings. To date, 19 large statues have been created. To learn more about this interesting project, click here.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains that since everything comes from the mind, one can achieve all happiness, temporary and permanent.
As many people know, many of the monasteries in Nepal were severly damaged or destroyed during this years earthquakes. One such monastery that was on the brink of being demolished is Benchen Phuntsok Dargyeling Monastery, situated near the Swayambhu Stupa, and which takes care of 300 monks.
A recent campaign has been started to raise funds for helping in restoring this monastery. To learn more about this campaign and how to donate, click here.
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche talks about what mental health means from the Buddhist perspective, and why there should be a focus on the mind.
Today marks the 80th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of many Tibetans worldwide and spiritual friend to many Buddhists around the world.
In case you missed it, here is a video offered in March, where five Tibetan organizations offered extensive long life prayers to His Holiness in Dharamsala. His Holiness says he feels like he can live up to 100!
And a video wishing His Holiness a happy 80th birthday:
Venerable Thubten Chodron explains that by working with our intention, we change our attitude and become a more integrated, wholesome person.
Dzogchen, or “the great perfection”, is a practice commonly practiced within the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In order to practice Dzogchen, it is often said that one needs to have a good “foundation.”
Alan Wallace talks about how he encountered the Dzogchen teachings, and how his years of study within different traditions and his time as a monk helped create a foundation for this practice, giving insight on how others may also create a solid foundation.
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche explains how the mind of Bodhichitta (the mind of enlightenment) is what provides a spiritual practitioner direction. One goes from wandering aimlessly in life, to progressing into higher states of spiritual realization.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about how compassion is put into practice in daily life.
The Bodhisattva’s Jewel Garland was composed by Lama Atisha, who was known for revitalizing Buddhism in Tibet. What makes this text interesting is that it is a set of “pithy” instructions on how one is to conduct one’s life on a day-to-day basis, according to the Bodhisattva principles.
Here is a commentary on the text by Ven. Khangser Rinpoche:
Here is the original text, a translation by Lotsawa House:
The Bodhisattva’s Garland of Jewels
by Atisha Dipamkara
In the language of India: Bodhisattvamaṇyāvalī
In the language of Tibet: changchub sempé norbü trengwa
In the English language: The Bodhisattva’s Garland of Jewels
Homage to great compassion!
Homage to the deities who inspire faith and devotion!
Homage to the masters!
Be done with doubt and indecision,
And embrace your practice with all your heart.
Shake off lethargy, dullness and laziness,
And strive always with enthusiasm and joy.
Mindful, vigilant and careful,
Guard the doorways of your senses at every moment.
Three times each day, three times at night,
Again and again, examine your thoughts.
Make plain your own failings,
But don’t look for faults in others.
Make known the good points of others,
But keep quiet about your own best qualities.
Let go of craving for gain and honour,
And give up the urge for profit or fame.
Cultivate love and compassion,
And make your bodhichitta stable.
Avoid the ten unwholesome actions,
And make your faith and confidence be strong.
With few wants, be content with what you have,
And with gratitude repay any kindness you receive.
Overcome anger and arrogance,
And let humility rule your mind.
Give up any unwholesome kind of living,
And pursue a livelihood in keeping with the Dharma.
Do away with your addiction to material things,
And adorn yourself with the riches of the Aryas.
The wealth of faith, of discipline,
Generosity and learning,
And wisdom—such are the seven riches.
These most sacred forms of wealth
Are seven treasures that never run out.
Do not speak of this to those who are not human.
Leave all busyness and distraction behind,
And dwell instead in seclusion and solitude.
Refrain from meaningless chatter,
And always keep a check on what you say.
Whenever you see your master or preceptor,
Offer to serve them with devotion and respect.
Those who possess enlightened vision
And those first setting out upon the path—
Regard them both as your spiritual teachers.
Whenever you see any sentient beings,
Regard them as your parents or your children.
Don’t befriend those who act in harmful ways;
Instead rely on true spiritual friends.
Drop any feelings of hostility or ill will,
And be happy, wherever you choose to go.
Avoid getting attached to anything at all,
And stay free from craving and desire.
Attachment not only keeps you from happy births,
It kills the very life of liberation.
Should you find a way to peace and happiness,
Strive constantly to put it into practice.
Whatever task you set out to do,
Accomplish that very thing first.
This way, everything will turn out well;
If not, nothing will succeed.
Never take pleasure in acts that harm.
And when thoughts of superiority creep in,
There and then, deflate your self-importance,
And recall your master’s personal advice.
Or whenever you feel discouraged or inadequate,
Raise your spirits and encourage yourself.
And always meditate on emptiness.
Should the objects of attachment or aversion appear,
View them as no more than illusions or projections.
Should you hear unpleasant words,
Consider them nothing more than echoes.
Should you suffer physical harm,
See it as the result of your past actions.
Keep entirely to solitude, far away from town,
And, like the carcass of some wild animal,
Stay hidden in nature by yourself,
Free of all entanglement and attachment.
Always keep up your pledges and commitments,
And should laziness or procrastination strike,
Immediately take note of your errors, one by one,
And remind yourself of the heart of your discipline.
Whenever you meet another person,
Speak calmly, sincerely and truthfully.
Take care not to frown or glare,
And always wear a cheerful smile.
And when you’re with those you see every day,
Don’t be stingy, but be happy to give,
And banish all feelings of envy.
So as to protect others’ peace of mind,
Stay clear of quarrels of any kind,
And be patient and always forbearing.
Don’t flatter, or be a fickle friend,
But be steadfast and reliable all the time.
Never disparage or belittle other people,
But treat everyone with respect.
When giving advice or instructions,
Do so with compassion and a genuine wish to help.
Be sure never to criticize the teachings.
Set your sights on what inspires you most,
And, through the ten forms of Dharma practice,
Exert yourself in sessions, day and night.
Among others, keep a check on your speech;
When alone, keep a check on your mind.
Whatever virtues you amass in the past, present and future,
Dedicate them all towards great, unsurpassable awakening,
Share your merit among all sentient beings,
And with the seven branch practice,
Continually make great prayers of aspiration.
Practising like this, you will complete
Accumulations of both merit and wisdom,
And eliminate the two forms of obscuration.
You will make this human life meaningful,
And, in time, gain unsurpassable awakening.
This concludes the Bodhisattva’s Garland of Jewels, composed by the great Indian pandita Dipamkara Shrijnana.
Venerable Amy Miller talks about how she met Buddhism and her journey into becoming a Buddhist nun.