Remembering Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lödro

In an interesting short film about Jamyang Khyentse Lödro, a well known practitioner who was knowledgeable and skilled in all the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Even though he wasn’t as well known in the west, he was responsible for influencing many teachers and was a big proponent of the Rime movement. It features interviews with some of his former students. The documentary is entitled “Remebering the Masters.”

Celebrate HH Dalai Lama’s Birthday with a Compassion Summit

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is turning 80 years old this June, and what better way to celebrate his birthday than to attend a global ‘Compassion Summit?’

A snippet about the event from UC Irvine:

Friends of the Dalai Lama announced today that a Global Compassion Summit will be held in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s landmark 80th birthday. The summit will take place July 5-7, 2015, and will be the official world celebration of His Holiness’ 80th birthday, featuring world leaders, Nobel Laureates, celebrity guests, speakers and performers from around the globe. Tickets will go on sale April 2, 2015.

To learn more about this 3 day event, click here.

Bringing Relationships onto the path

People often wonder how they can bring their relationships into their Buddhist practice. Khandro Rinpoche explains how to bring the buddhist view into a relationship so that there is respect, understanding and compassion, rather than just trying to include a relationship into a Buddhist practice.

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Fearless Self -reflection

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche mentions that sometimes practitioners develop a bias during self reflection, where they prefer not to looking at their errors or short comings. He explains how to fearlessly look into these things in order to continue to develop in one’s spiritual practice.

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3 Year Retreat from Home

The gompa where the retreat occured

The gompa where the retreat occured

Here’s an interesting article from 2 years ago about a practitioner that did a 3 year lamrim retreat. She had consulted Lama Zopa Rinpoche on what would be the most meaningful way to use her life, and surprisingly he told her to a 3 year lamrim retreat at her home in the middle of busy Mexico City.

Despite obstacles she encountered, like the infamous “lung” (wind imbalance), she completed the retreat. Read about her inspiring story here.

Remembering the kindness of others

Venerable Chodron mentions the importance and the different ways to remember the kindness of others. She mentions that remembering the kindness of others is actually a mindfulness practice in it self because one tries to continually refresh this in one’s mind.

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Remembering Lama Yeshe

Lama Yeshe passed away around the time of Losar in 1984. Here is an interesting tribute that Lama Zopa made about Lama Yeshe, shortly after his death. It’s a tribute about Lama Yeshe’s ability to reach each individual person at their own particular level, and how Lama Zopa Rinpoche suspected that Lama Yeshe was a highly developed, hidden yogi.

Here’s one interesting excerpt from the tribute:

One time Lama was telling me that the whole point is to transform everything into Dharma, every action should be turned into the Dharma. He said that for some people even breathing became work for other sentient beings. Besides teaching and other normal activities, eating, sleeping, sitting, even the breath benefited others. Every movement becomes work for others.

When he said these things I always felt very much that Lama was describing himself, all his own qualities, his own actions, the realizations of his own holy mind, his own bodhicitta.

I remember one time Lama said ‘I cannot do the work of the second bhumi bodhisattva, the third bhumi bodhisattva, I just cannot do work for other sentient beings as second bhumi bodhisattva, third bhumi bodhisattva.’ Lama didn’t mention the work of the bodhisattva path of merit and accumulation, the first bhumi bodhisattva. For me, according to our general karmic view this shows that Lama had already generated the realizations of the first bhumi, and not only sutra. Otherwise there was no reason for him to say that he cannot do the work of the second, third bhumis.

Actually, in one way it looked like Lama already had realizations, that Lama was a bodhisattva from the very beginning of his life. I remember one time when a great meditator friend of Lama used to come to see him and they would teach each other. This yogi would say for example that ‘training the mind in the three principal paths is very old-time talk, very ancient talk.’ For him you see, this work was finished ages ago. Anyway, he would talk like this. And Lama said one time, ‘Oh, shunyata, I realized that while I was debating in the courtyard’; when he was young, at Sera Je.

Click here to read the tribute.

You are not your reactions


Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche talks about how to work with emotions, instead of reacting to them on automatic. He mentions:

As we develop a capacity to work with the mind in a mature way, we can discover how to relinquish the need to react, as well as the need to suppress our emotions through a sense of self-judgment. We can simply learn to watch our emotional responses from a detached perspective, which will achieve a balance between these two tendencies. Then we are no longer caught up in a puritanical view of ourselves, and we can also recognize the depth and complexity of these emotions. They are not black and white; they’re not as “solid” as we may have thought.

When you get rid of the grasping, the attachments, the rejection, while still keeping the sensations of feeling insecure, then the sensation can become very energetic all of a sudden. You start to feel an incredible sense of energy inside. Even though you began by feeling horrible, it’s almost as if you begin to feel like a mountain or a warrior—someone connected to the heaven and earth without becoming lost. The earth is solidly there, heaven is above you, and you are in between, present and upright.

Read more about this article here.

Traditional and Secular Buddhism

Venerable Thubten Chodron, at a recent gathering for monastics, had a discussion about the differences between traditional Dharm and Secular Dharma. Secular, in this case, is what is predominately practiceding in the west. She explains what was discussed during this time.

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