Lines of Experience

Composed by Lama Tsongkhapa, Lines of Experience is classic text which outlines the entire path to enlightenment in several verses, which each verse containing a key point to followed in order to generate an experiential understanding.

The text is known for ending each phrase with:

I the yogi, have practiced just that. You who also seek liberation, please cultivate yourself in the same way.

Giving the phrases a deeper meaning and impetus to practice. Click here to read the text.

What is devoting oneself to a guru?

Tenzin_Wangyal

This is a very tricky subject, which is often misunderstood by many spiritual aspirants. This interesting article is posed to Buddhist teachers and it results in interesting answers. Here is an excerpt of one of the answers from Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche:

When working with Western students, who have a lot of problems with the notion of a teacher, I’m sensitive not to immediately expect they should do everything that we as teachers tell them to do. However, one of the important dynamics of guru yoga is to come to a place in yourself where you have to say, I’m going to trust somebody. I’m going to listen to somebody rather than try to be in charge and in control all the time. I’m going to listen to somebody because I need help. Of course there is a process of coming to that place in yourself and of finding a teacher whom you trust. But once you do, you make a decision: I’m going to listen, even if what he or she says goes completely against my will. I know my usual patterns are addictive—clinging to emotions and negative situations, so I trust this person to guide me. My teacher is guiding me and I have to be totally open to saying yes rather than discussing, negotiating, and then going against the advice.

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Preparing for Tantra

Many people have interest in vajrayana, or tantric practice in Buddhism. Venerable Thubten Chodron explains qualifications, or at least understandings that one should have developed. She also advocates people going slowly into this extraordinary pracctice.

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The Tulku Tradition and the Next Dalai Lama

In order to help understand the tradition of the Dalai Lamas, His Holiness in this article gives a description of the tulku tradition in Tibet and the process of recognizing reincarnated lamas. Then he provides a statement about the continuation of the recognition of the Dalai Lamas:

When I am about ninety I will consult the high Lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public, and other concerned people who follow Tibetan Buddhism, and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not. On that basis we will take a decision. If it is decided that the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama should continue and there is a need for the Fifteenth Dalai Lama to be recognized, responsibility for doing so will primarily rest on the concerned officers of the Dalai Lama’s Gaden Phodrang Trust. They should consult the various heads of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions and the reliable oath-bound Dharma Protectors who are linked inseparably to the lineage of the Dalai Lamas. They should seek advice and direction from these concerned beings and carry out the procedures of search and recognition in accordance with past tradition. I shall leave clear written instructions about this. Bear in mind that, apart from the reincarnation recognized through such legitimate methods, no recognition or acceptance should be given to a candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including those in the People’s Republic of China.

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Lung and Energy Imbalances

Those that have an interest in Tibetan Buddhism eventually come into the infamous “lung”, which is an imbalance in the subtle energy that can affect one adversely. Tsoknyi Rinpoche gives an explanation about lung, as well as one can work with it

Q:  A certain amount of lung is a normal part of the subtle body. But there are also disturbances in the wind energy. Is it possible that lung disturbances can get intensified through meditation practice and manifest negatively at the level of feelings?

Rinpoche:  Clearly, yes. In anything we do, whether during meditation or in any situation, lung can be intensified. This can happen when we feel overloaded and “stressed out” or when our emotions get quite strong, even overwhelming. Any practice we do driven by the wish to perform well or succeed with a corresponding lack of relaxation and lightness increases this intensity and creates restlessness. I am speaking here about the attitude of a forced, driven, goal-oriented practice. To take one example, if you want to quickly recite 100,000 mantras within a few days this may cause what we call lung, a disturbance in the energy, because you have unnaturally put yourself under too much pressure.

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