Khandro Rinpoche, in a humorous poke to Buddhists, encourages them to be more active in charitable causes
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.
Buddhist parents often wonder what they can do to help enrich the live’s of their children through the understanding of spiritual practice. Khandro Rinpoche explains that the best thing that Buddhist parents can do is teach their children the habit of using discriminating wisdom. She talks about how to practically do this, and what pitfalls to avoid.
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.
Her Emminence Khandro Rinpoche gives a talk on how to work with physical limitations when practicing. She mentions that people don’t often know how pervasive sickness and aging is until they come in direct contact with it, so for people who are healthy, it is especially important to contemplate these things in order to appreciate one’s situation and make use of one’s life in the best way.
Parents living in western countries often wonder how to bring their children into Dharma practice. As Her Eminence Khandro Rinpoche says, parents usually are passive and want their children to decide for themselves, or they take the the extreme and push too much. Khandro Rinpoche gives advice on how to skillfully introduce children into Dharma and how this effort will effect them later in life.
Nagarjuna’s famous work “Letter to a Friend” is a response that Nagarjuna composed for one his students, a south Indian King. Even though it is relatively short, being only 123 verses, it covers the entire Mahayana path.
Instructions for Lay Practitioners
This famous text by Nagarjuna has special meaning for lay practitioners. Notes from a teaching that Gyalwang Karmapa gave on this work says:
… why he had chosen this particular text – Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend – because, not only did it thoroughly cover the philosophy of Madhyamika, but it was mainly an instruction for householders on how to practice dharma. In ancient India householders who held the five precepts would study the text. It was His Holiness’ hope that this teaching would provide a new perspective for laystudents on how to be a householder and practice the dharma at the same time.
Click here to read a copy of the original letter. Below is a series of teachings that Khandro Rinpoche gave at the University of Berkeley regarding this famous work.
Khandro Rinpoche asks the question “What is Buddhist philosophy?” She says that if this question arises, one would have to posit that it is the Buddha’s realization of the Four Noble Truths. She talks about how the Four Noble Truths can be viewed from the context of our daily experiences, and how it relates to understanding our own true nature.