Mahayana

The bodhisattva path of seeking complete enlightenment for the sake of all beings
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    As the Clouds Vanish Paid Member

    Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (1920–1996) was a master in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Teachers of Dzogchen (the GreatPerfection) regard it as the innermost essence of the Buddha's teachings. During the last decades of his life, Rinpoche's hermitage above the Kathmandu Valley was frequented by visitors from all over the world. Today, his many monasteries and retreat centers are managed by his four sons who are lineage holders, including Tsoknyi Rinpoche. More »
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    37 Practices of the Bodhisattva - verse 8 Paid Member

    Ken McLeod continues his commentary on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva with Verse 8. Watch the other videos here. 8 The suffering in the lower realms is really hard to endure. The Sage says it is the result of destructive actions. For that reason, even if your life is at risk, Don’t engage in destructive actions — this is the practice of a bodhisattva. What are your experiences of destructive emotions taking you to the "lower realms"? How long after you experience destructive emotions do you see the consequences? More »
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    37 Practices of the Bodhisattva - Verse 7 Paid Member

    Ken McLeod continues his commentary on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva with Verse 7. Watch the other videos here. 7 Locked up in the prison of their own patterning Whom can ordinary gods protect? Who can you count on for refuge? Go for refuge in the Three Jewels — this is the practice of a bodhisattva. 1. What do you take refuge in and why? That is, when things get difficult, what, really, do you rely on?2. What challenges do you face in letting go of your habitual refuge and relying on your own experience? More »
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    Natural Bravery Begins Today! Paid Member

    Today we begin September's Tricycle Retreat, Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as Path to Awakening. Teaching this month's retreat is Gaylon Ferguson, Ph.D, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and a professor at Naropa University. He is the author of Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With, and his forthcoming book, Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as Path to Awakening Society, is scheduled to be published in 2012. In the opening of his Week 1 talk Gaylon explains, More »
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    Bowing Paid Member

    Heng Sure: "How can I get rid of my arrogance?" someone asked the Master at Gold Mountain. "Bow. Bow all the time to anything and everybody you see. Can you do that?" Bow not for something—to get something for yourself. Bow to empty yourself, to repent and clean out your mind. With no thought of self, all benefit. With a thought of self, all suffer. Bow to the Buddha-nature in all beings, sentient and insentient. With no self the Buddha appears. Can you do that? Heng Ch'au? When you bow slowly through these big hills and vast landscape you see that all of it is made up of tiny little particles—dust motes, atoms. Everything either can be broken down to empty space or from empty space built up into an ocean, a person, or a mountain. More »