Vajrayana

Tantric Buddhism, charting the "fast path" to realization
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    Under One Umbrella Paid Member

    Buddhism: One Teacher, Many TraditionsBy The Dalai Lama and Thubten ChodronWisdom Publications, 2014352 pp.; $29.95 (Cloth)  More »
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    Obsession and Madness on the Path to Enlightenment Paid Member

    Retreat Yurts at Diamond Mountain Arizona.  How much should someone strive to know their own soul? More »
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    From Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand Paid Member

    Geshe Potowa said if you do not think about death, you will ignore this life. If you do not ignore this life, you will be influenced by the eight worldly concerns: being happy if you receive gifts and unhappy if you do not; being happy if comfortable and unhappy if not; happy if famous and unhappy if not; happy if praised and unhappy if criticized. Lingraepa said: In samsara, the city of preconceptions,Wander the zombies of the eight worldly concerns.You are in a terrifying charnel ground;Have your guru perform an exorcism. More »
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    Meditating with Emotions Paid Member

    We all have emotional experiences that feel terrifying, and in order to experience our natural state, we have to be willing to experience these emotions—to actually experience our ego and our ego clinging. This may feel disturbing and negative, or even insane. Most of us, consciously or unconsciously, would like meditation to be a chill-out session where we don’t have to relate to unpleasantness. Actually, a lot of people have the misunderstanding that this is what meditation is about. They believe meditation includes everything except that which feels bad. And if something does feel bad, you’re supposed to label it “thinking” and shove it away or hit it on the head with a mallet. When you feel even the slightest hint of panic that you’re about to feel or experience something unpleasant, you use the label “thinking” as a way to repress it, and you rush back to the object of meditation, hoping that you never have to go into this uncomfortable place. More »
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    Tricycle pilgrims make it to the Tiger's Nest Paid Member

    Tricycle Pilgrims are troopers—most of us made the arduous hike to the Tiger's Nest, or the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, as the Bhutanese call it. Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), who brought Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet and Bhutan, is said to have meditated there in a cave for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours. Built in 1692, the monastery was rebuilt after a fire in 1998. I should add that we not only made it up but also made it back down. Some sore muscles but nothing serious! Image: Approaching the Tiger's Nest, Paro Valley, Bhutan. © Risto Kuulasmaa. More »