Venerable Thubten Chodron explains some common misconceptions about the Buddhist concept of “Samsara,” or “cyclic existence.” She explains what cyclic existence is, and the disadvantages of wandering in it.
Joshu Saski Roshi, instrumental in establishing Zen Buddhism in the west, recently died at the age of 107 years old. He is also famously known for being the teacher of rock legend Leonard Cohen, when Cohen stayed as a monk at Mt. Baldy Zen Center in the 1990s.
While influential, Joshu Saski also left an interesting controversial legacy due to allegations about misabuse of his power as a teacher with his students. An interesting article about him can found here in the latest Trycicle.
With the recent outrage over the shooting of Michael Brown and an additional person in Fergusson Missouri, monks have reportedly now come from India to help provide peaceful solidarity and support to the protesting.
To read more about their peaceful protest, click here.
Of additional interest, Venerable Thubten Chodron gives her view conflict in Missouri, entitled “Is this America or is it a Warzone?”
Venerable Thubten Chodron discusses an interesting passage from a text that states: “Who most infect the minds of all the people they meet? Those with harmful intent, but with soft and cunning words.” She explains how people open their selves to being deceived by others. Additionally, she explains how people manipulate others because of not being aware of their intentions and the effects of their actions.
Recently after giving the Kalachakra initiation in Ladakh, His Holiness the Dalai Lama went into a 3 week retreat nearby. He is dedicating it towards the difficult situation in Tibet involving oppression from the Chinese government. He has also suggested that others do practices for Tibet as well. He has suggested
- Reciting the Heart Sutra twice a day
- Doing 10 mala recitations of Om Mani Padme Hum
And dedicating the merit for Tibet. It is seen as unusual because he doesn’t always make these requests, indicating that the seriousness of the situation in Tibet.
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche explains how to handle situations of “karmic debt.” He gives an example of relationships where one person might take on the role of an aggressor and another a passive stance, but through this interaction, certain neurosis can develop. He points out that to these types of relationships as being established from karmic debt. He explains how to skillfully move past the neurosis through use of self reflection.
Many people have undoubtedly been watching the events occurring between Israel and Palestine, and are shocked by what is unfolding. His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently remarked:
All major religious traditions — Islam, Christianity, Hindu, of course, Jainism and Buddhism – all major religious traditions — teach us the practice of compassion, love, forgiveness, tolerance. So then a person who believes in certain faith, why do you involve in such violence?,”
“It is really very, very sad,
I’m sure some are trying to figure what they can do about this situation, and one alternative isto send some powerful, good energy into the region. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has recently given advice on prayers and practices one can do to help bring peace to Palestine and Israel. His recommendations include:
Micky Lemle, the filmmaker that made Compassion in Exile, The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama, is in the processing of making a new documentary about His Holiness. This new film is described as:
In THE DALAI LAMA FILM His Holiness reveals his thoughts and feelings about reincarnating as the 15th Dalai Lama and shares his wisdom about how to keep a tranquil mind while facing the challenges of aging and death. It also addresses his current focus on science, Buddhism and interfaith dialogue.tick
23 years after making the ground-breaking film: COMPASSION in EXILE: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama, award winning filmmaker, Mickey Lemle (RAM DASS FIERCE GRACE; THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON; OUR PLANET EARTH; HASTEN SLOWLY:The Journey of Sir Laurens van der Post) is working closely with HH the Dalai Lama to create this important, timely film. Their 30-year relationship, allows for an un-paralleled, intimate portrait.
Supporting the film brings Benefits
The film is currently in a fundraising stage, to help support the costs of filming, editing, and promoting the film. By supporting the film, you can also get gifts, ranging from a copy of the film when it is done, to tickets to His Holiness’ teachings. There are 8 days left to donate to the campaign. Click here to learn more.
Devotion in spiritual practice is somethinf often misunderstood by practitioners in the west. In this video, Khandro Rinpoche explains the difference between blind devotion that is fascinated with a persona of a person, and one that is imbued with wisdom. She states that proper understanding of the wisdom devotion is essential for developing realizations. She also utlines different levels of devotion and how it may be developed.
Choden Rinpoche, one of FPMT’s lineage lamas, recently had to pause his teaching schedule. He is currently in Taiwan recovering from medical treatment and will resume his activities after he has rested for some time. Recently, a request was made to do some prayers and practice for Rinpoche’s long life and health. For those that are interested, one can do his long life prayer, as well as do the following mantras:
Amitayus Buddha Mantra
NAMO RATNA TRA YAYA / OM NAMO BHAGAVATE /
APARIMITA AYUR JÑANA / SUPINISH CHITATAYE / JORA JAYA /
TATHAGATAYA / ARHATE SAMYAKSAM BUDDHAYA / TADYATHA/
OM PUNYE PUNYE / MAHA PUNYE / APARIMITA PUNYE / AYU
PUNYE / MAHA PUNYE / AYUR JÑANA / SARVA RUPA SIDDHI /
AYUR JÑANA / KE CHE BHRUM / OM BHRUM / AH BHRUM / SVA
BHRUM / HA BHRUM / CHE BHRUM / OM SARVA SAMSKARA /
PARISHUDDHA DHARMATE / GAGANA SAMUDGATE /
SVABHAVA VISHUDDHE / MAHA NAYA PARIVARA YE SVAHA//
OM AMARANI JIVAN TIYE SVAHA//
White Tara Mantra
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE GURU AYUR PUNYE JNYANA PUSHTIM KURU YE SOHA
OM NAMO BHAGAVATE SARVA TRAILOKYA PRATIVISHISHTAYA / BUDDHAYA TE NAMA / TA YA THA / OM BHRUM BHRUM BHRUM SHODHAYA SHODHAYA / VISHODHAYA VISHODHAYA / ASAMA SAMANTA AVABHASA SPHARANA GATI GAGANA SVABHAVA VISHUDDHE / ABHISHINCHANTU MAM / SARVA TATHAGATA SUGATA VARA VACHANA AMRITA ABHISHEKARA / MAHAMUDRA MANTRA PADAI / AHARA AHARA / MAMA AYUS SAMDHARANI / SHODHAYA SHODHAYA / VISHODHAYA VISHODHAYA / GAGANA SVABHAVA VISHUDDHE / USHNISHA VIJAYA PARISHUDDHE / SAHASRA RASMI SANCHO DITE / SARVA TATHAGATA AVALOKINI / SHAT PARAMITA PARIPURANI / SARVA TATHAGATA MATE / DASHA BHUMI PRATISHTHITE / SARVA TATHAGATA HRIDAYA / ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE / MUDRE MUDRE MAHA MUDRE / VAJRA KAYA SAMHATANA PARISHUDDHE / SARVA KARMA AVARANA VISHUDDHE / PRATINI VARTAYA MAMA AYUR / VISHUDDHE SARVA TATHAGATA / SAMAYA ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE / OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI / VIMUNI VIMUNI MAHA VIMUNI / MATI MATI MAHA MATI / MAMATI SUMATI TATHATA / BHUTA KOTI PARISHUDDHE / VISPHUTA BUDDHE SHUDDHE / HE HE JAYA JAYA / VIJAYA VIJAYA / SMRARA SMRARA / SPHARA SPHARA / SPHARAYA SPHARAYA / SARVA BUDDHA ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE / SHUDDHE SHUDDHE / BUDDHE BUDDHE / VAJRE VAJRE MAHA VAJRE / SUVAJRE VAJRA GARBHE JAYA GARBHE / VIJAYA GARBHE / VAJRA JVALA GARBHE / VAJROD BHAVE / VAJRA SAMBHAVE / VAJRE VAJRINI / VAJRAMA BHAVATU MAMA SHARIRAM / SARVA SATTVA NANCHA KAYA PARISHUDDHIR BHAVATU / ME SADA SARVA GATI PARISHUDDHISHCHA / SARVA TATHAGATASHCHA / MAM SAMASHVAS YANTU / BUDDHYA BUDDHYA / SIDDHYA SIDDHYA / BODHAYA BODHAYA / VIBODHAYA VIBODHAYA / MOCHAYA MOCHAYA / VIMOCHAYA VIMOCHAYA / SHODHAYA SHODHAYA / VISHODHAYA VISHODHAYA / SAMANTANA MOCHAYA MOCHAYA / SAMANTA RASMI PARISHUDDHE / SARVA TATHAGATA HRIDAYA / ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE / MUDRE MUDRE MAHA MUDRE / MAHAMUDRA MANTRA PADAI SVAHA
OM BHRUM SVAHA / OM AMRITA AYUR DA DE SVAHA
Medicine Buddha Mantra
TADYATHA / OM BHEKHANDZYE BHEKHANDZYE MAHA BHEKHANDZYE [BHEKHANDZYE] / RADZA SAMUDGATE SVAHA
Parnashavari (Leaf-Clad Goddess) Mantra
OM PISACHI PARNA SHAVARI SARVA ZOLA PRASHAMANAYE SOHA
Venerable Thutben Chodron explains how to work with the mind that exaggerates the good qualities of things and subsequently becomes attached to them.
As some are aware, there is growing trend of Buddhists persecuting Muslims in the countries of Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Recently His Holiness the Dalai Lama released a statement, urging all Buddhists to stop these activities. He is quoted as saying:
I urge the Buddhists in these countries to imagine an image of Buddha before they commit such a crime… Buddha preaches love and compassion. If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking
Learn more about what His Holiness said here.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama mentions how we can use our human intelligence to deal with anger.
Today marks the 79th birthday of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. In characteristic fashion, Dalai Lama explains how generating a kind heart is the best birthday present one can give to his Holiness: