The Tantric Buddhism of the Himalayas; its best-known teacher is the Dalai Lama
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    Working With Desire Paid Member

    In Tibetan Buddhism, there are three traditional approaches to disturbing emotions, including afflictive desire. The first method is to develop an antidote. In the case of desire, one such antidote is the cultivation of nonattachment to desired objects. This way, the practitioner can neutralize afflictive desire. With the second method, the practitioner, rather than focusing on a desired object, instead examines the nature of desire itself, and in discovering its insubstantiality, frees himself of its pull. With the third method, which is said to be a powerful catalyst but also the most difficult and dangerous technique, the practitioner uses desire as path, turning its energy into fuel for practice. The metaphor commonly used for the latter method is the peacock, which eats poisonous substances only to make its feathers more brilliant. More »
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    The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Wisdom Paid Member

    What do we understand by meditation? From the Buddhist point of view, meditation is a spiritual discipline, and one that allows you to have some degree of control over your thoughts and emotions. Why is it that we don’t succeed in enjoying the lasting happiness that we are seeking? Buddhism explains that our normal state of mind is such that our thoughts and emotions are wild and unruly, and since we lack the mental discipline needed to tame them, we are powerless to control them. As a result, they control us. And thoughts and emotions, in their turn, tend to be controlled by our negative impulses rather than our positive ones. We need to reverse this cycle.Hampton Roads Publishing Company (2009) More »
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    An Investigation of the Mind Paid Member

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    Surya Says Paid Member

    Truth telling is a rigorous spiritual practice.Buddha's not pretending.We can't just believe whatever we think. We think, therefore, we err.That which we call "I" is just impermanent, ownerless karma rolling along. Don't take it personally. Everyone is a little crazy. Remembering this helps us lighten up.We need a spiritual life, not just special experiences. Grasping fleeting things too tightly gives us rope burn.Awareness practice helps us become more transparent to ourselves.Resistance is another form of clinging.Practice being there while getting there.From Words of Wisdom, © 2008 by Lama Surya Das. Reprinted with the permission of Koa Books, koabooks.comImage: © James A. Menges, www.lifestyleartproject.com More »
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    The Path of Faith and the Path of Reasoning Paid Member

    Translated by Ari Goldfield Illustrations by Mark Lazenby More »