Atisha’s Training of the Mind

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo takes a classic, traditional Buddhist text (Atisha’s verses on Training the Mind), and makes them accessible to modern practitioners by understanding how this fits into their everyday lives and how to understand the bigger picture of their practice.

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Foundation of All Good Qualities Part 3

Tsongkhapa’s text “Foundation of all Good Qualities” is a concise, pithy instruction on how to practice the entire path to enlightenment. It’s one of my favorite texts, and I’ve been studying it for some years. I’ve mentioned other things about it in previous posts, namely:

To add further information about this great text, here is a short commentary done by Khunu Lama Rinpoche. He was known as a great bodhisattva who wrote a text in praise of Bodhichitta, entitled Vast as the Heavens, Deep as the Sea. He is also a teacher of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Click here to read Khunu Lama Rinpoche’s commentary on the Foundation of all Good Qualities.

Jeffrey Hopkins on Honesty and Past Lives


Jeffrey Hopkins is well known for having been a translator for the Dalai Lama, a translator on numerous Buddhist texts, and a professor in Buddhist studies. He’s often known for being brutally honest about himself and his practice. He mentions his reason for this approach in an interview:

I think that’s very, very true. Energy is wasted by hiding, and what you are hiding gets worse and worse the more you hide it. It’s self-destructive. You know, sometimes when I talk about morality, I’ll just say, “I’m embarrassed about what I am saying, but in any case, I’m trying to present what the books teach as it’s written, and I’m not claiming that I can actually enact this, I want to be clear.” That makes it a lot easier to talk about it. If it’s compassion and the fact that I get angry in certain situations, then it’s easy for me to talk about what I get angry at and use that as an example. Being frank about myself undermines my own negative reactions.

To read more about this interesting interview about being a western Buddhist practitioner, click here.

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.


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