Vajrayana

Tantric Buddhism, charting the "fast path" to realization
  • Don't Worry, Be Angry Paid Member

    Buddhists often shame each other for expressing anger. But getting in touch with our anger is vital. If we aim to engage destructive social structures, as we must, our efforts will bring us into direct relationship with anger and outrage. At its worst, anger burns us up, injures others, or, when we repress it, collapses us into depression. In the spiritual realm, it can also become passive aggression, which either internalizes as the hyper-energized inner critic or projects out onto those who are "not following the rules.” More »
  • Across the Expanse Paid Member

    This interview with the scholar-practitioner Anne Carolyn Klein was originally published in the July–December issue of Mandala, a magazine run by the nonprofit organization Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. We are republishing it here because of its excellent discussion of transmission, the secularization of Tibetan Buddhism as it has come West, and other ideas that speak practically and directly to the experiences of Western dharma practitioners. —Eds. More »
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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 »