The Tantric Buddhism of the Himalayas; its best-known teacher is the Dalai Lama
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    37 Practices of the Bodhisattva Home Paid Member

    Click on the title of a video below to watch Ken McLeod's commentaries on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva, formulated by Thogme Zhangpo in the 14th century. More »
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    37 Practices of the Bodhisattva - Verse 1 Paid Member

    Ken McLeod begins his commentary on Thogme Zhangpo's 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva. Watch the introduction to the series here. 1 Right now, you have a good boat, fully equipped and available — hard to find. To free others and you from the sea of samsara, Day and night, fully alert and present, Study, reflect, and meditate — this is the practice of a bodhisattva. More »
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    37 Practices of the Bodhisattva with Ken McLeod - Introduction Paid Member

    Ken McLeod, known for his ability to shine light on the most subtle and difficult of dharma teachings (see his Tricycle Retreat and essay on the Ganges Mahamudra if in doubt) will lead us in an exploration of the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva. Based in Los Angeles, Ken is the executive director of Unfettered Mind, "a place for those whose path in practice lies outside established centers and institutions." Ken's down-to-earth commentary on the 37 Practices will be of value to practitioners of all traditions. Questions? Ask Ken below! 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva Introduction More »
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    Natural Bravery Paid Member

    Each week tricycle.com features a Tricycle Retreat video teaching delivered by a different well-known Buddhist teacher. This column introduces Gaylon Ferguson's September retreat on fear and fearlessness as a path to awakening. More »
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    A Lama for All Seasons Paid Member

    Tricycle: Your own tradition is the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. How would you define Vajrayana? Gelek Rinpoche: The purpose of Buddhism is to cut down anger, hatred, and jealousy. The way you do it is very simple. If you cannot handle an attachment, then you completely cut out whatever helps the attachment grow. It comes down to discipline. Theravadin teachings encourage a very strict discipline. The Mahayana approach is slightly different. You make use of your attachment in order to benefit others. In the Mahayana, attachment can be a useful tool for a bodhisattva. Tricycle: Can you give a specific example of that? More »
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    On Being a True Friend Paid Member

    A dying person most needs to be shown as unconditional a love as possible, released from all expectations. Don’t think you have to be an expert in any way. Be natural, be yourself, be a true friend, and the dying person will be reassured that you are really with them, communicating with them simply and as an equal, as one human being to another. I have said, “Show the dying person unconditional love,” but in some situations that is far from easy. We may have a long history of suffering with the person, we may feel guilty about what we have done to the person in the past, or anger and resentment at what the person has done to us. More »