Enlightenment in Female Form

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In this interesting article, Gelek Rinpoche explains how historically much focus has been put on male energy in Buddhism. However, he mentions the need for the representation of female energy and how this energy manifests. From the article:

Buddhism arose in the East. And for most of the past 2,500 years, it has been part of the male-oriented culture of the East. It was that way in Buddha’s time in India, and it was that way in Tibet, where I was raised. But the culture in the West today is very different from traditional Asian culture. It’s clear to me that in this time and place, we need to emphasize the feminine principle. We live in a time when equality between men and women is increasing. If we cannot take advantage of this present situation to develop the feminine aspects of Buddhism and of our human nature, we will have missed an important opportunity.

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Future for Nuns and Laywomen

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo talks about the future of female practitioners within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and the difficulties that western ordained nuns have; namely that they receive a lack of support because of neither really belonging to the laity or have a group of sanga to belong to.

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Parenting Using Buddhist Principles

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Based on teachings that Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave in Singapore, the book “Joyful Parents, Successful Children” gives advice on raising children from a Buddhist context. There are free copies available for a limited time, requiring only paying for the cost of shipping. Its also available as an ebook.

To learn more about the book, click here.

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?

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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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