Dalai Lamas Advice on Getting Through the next 4 years

While many people in both the United States and across the world are visibly upset about the political activity in the United States, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives advice on how to get through this period.

Using logic to create optimism, he states:

The “president, of course, (is a) very important individual, but basically I (am) always telling (people), the world belongs to humanity,” said the Dalai Lama during the Emory-Tibet symposium of Scholars and Scientists held at the Drepung Monastic University in India in December. “Each nation belongs to the people,” he said.

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First 40 Years of Tsongkhapa’s Life

Venerable Tsenphel of Sravasti Abbey, as part of preparation for doing a Lama Tsongkhapa retreat during Sravasti Abbey’s winer retreat this year, explains the first 40 years of Lama Tsongkhapa.

Lama Tsongkhapa was a scholar saint who established the Gelug order of Tibetan Buddhism, which is also the order of the Dalai Lama.

For those interested in joining the Abbey in doing the retreat from distance, one can still register to do the retreat from afar. Click here to learn more

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Sexton aspekter av de fyra ädla sanningarna

The Four Noble Truths were the first teachings given by the Buddha, and form the very basis of Buddhist philosophy because it explains how to gain freedom from the influence of disturbing emotions and karma.

Below is a short teaching given by Ringu Tulku, explaining the Four Noble Truths:

A way to get a deeper understanding of the Four Noble Truths is to study the sixteen aspects, which are four aspects for all of the four noble truths. This is a way to enrich ones understanding of the Four Noble Truths and to help one understand why and how liberation is actually possible.

Each of the sixteen aspects are meant to counteract a misunderstanding of the Four Noble Truths. Here is a link from a teaching by Alex Berzin, explaining the 16 misunderstandings that are being counteracted.

And here is a helpful link explaining the actual sixteen aspects of the Four Noble Truths, also from a teaching by Alex Berzin

Resolved Spiritual Practice and Gracefulness

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, in this interesting article, explains how a resolved practitioner naturally has a sense of gracefulness. He mentions:

A practitioner who is truly resolved of all conflict–inner and outer, self and other; ultimately, of life and death–appears simply ordinary, simply authentic. The reason grace and elegance comes through is because there is no clumsiness. Clumsiness can only reside in an unresolved mind–when you are resolved, awkwardness, the source of the clumsiness, is no longer present.

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Buddhist Perspective on Becoming Vegan

Dr. Nicholas Ribush, founder of Wisdom Publications and former monk, talks about his journey of becoming a vegan in this interesting article. From the article:

And I think the reason that the Buddha, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Rinpoche can’t just come out and tell their followers to be vegetarian, much less vegan, is that not everybody can do it from the start, and to do so would be to drive many potential students away. Like me, we have to be brought along gradually.

The reaction many people have when you tell them you’re a vegan is funny. Right away they become defensive, as if you’re judging them. Even Buddhists; perhaps especially Buddhists. You’re immediately labeled pious or militant or self-righteous or something like that. I would have thought that living in a way that clearly decreases animal suffering is the most Buddhist thing you can do. But people do seem threatened by it. It’s that attachment at play again.


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Transforming Spiritual Knowledge Into Spiritual Wisdom

In this interesting transcript of a teaching by Lama Yeshe, he gives advice on how to integrate intellectual knowledge of spiritual practice so that it transforms into realizations. An excerpt:

The ancient Mahayana practitioners of India and Tibet would first listen to teachings and study deeply. When they felt they had gained enough knowledge, they would go into solitude and, avoiding all contact with other people, look completely within and experiment with inner realizations. It’s now necessary for you people to do the same thing.

What’s the point of listening, listening, listening to teachings, collecting words, but then not integrating what you’ve heard with your mind or gaining realizations? You’re not here to learn language from me! Your English is much better than mine. You’re not here just to listen and collect words; don’t believe that it’s only through listening to words that you can gain realizations. That’s a wrong conception.

You have to integrate into experience whatever you understand. Once you have gained experience and realization of one topic you need to go on to the next, which takes you further down the path. Without moving forward step by step, it’s impossible to progress; you can’t simply collect high-sounding words while leaving your actions down here on the ground. Collecting words that talk of flying to the moon doesn’t mean you fly to the moon; with words alone you remain earthbound. It’s the same if you think arrogantly that you can get higher realizations simply by listening to Lama’s words. Without actualizing that which you understand and integrating it within you, you can’t.

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