Tantric Buddhism, charting the "fast path" to realization
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    The Bravery of Compassion Paid Member

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    Basic Goodness and Confusion Paid Member

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    The Vidyadhara Vow: Reading the Small Print of the Vajrayana Paid Member

    A Guest Post by Lama Jhampa Thaye. Lama Jhampa's most recent post on the Tricycle Blog can be found here. More »
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    Won't it be Grand? Paid Member

    Predictions are great fun because no one can say for sure that you're wrong. Not yet. With that freedom, I would rather err on the side of raging optimism. Buddhists know that, in whatever direction the mind is pointed, sooner or later it will go there. With that thought, I behold the future glory of Vajrayana in America.Vajrayana Buddhism, as it has come to us from Himalayan countries, will never be isolated from its foundation and context of basic Buddhist values. The idea of being separate or superior to other forms of Buddhism will be dashed by the realization that Vajrayana is those other forms. More »
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    Teachings on the Nature of Mind and Practice Paid Member

    The Nature of Mind Like waves, all the activities of this life have rolled endless on, yet they have left us empty-handed. Myriads of thoughts have run through our minds, but all they have done is increase our confusion and dissatisfaction. Normally we operate under the deluded assumption that everything has some sort of true, substantial reality. But when we look more carefully, we find that the phenomenal world is like a rainbow—vivid and colorful, but without any tangible existence. When a rainbow appears we see many beautiful colors—yet a rainbow is not something we can clothe ourselves with, or wear as an ornament; it simply appears through the conjunction of various conditions. Thoughts arise in the mind in just the same way. They have no tangible reality or intrinsic existence at all. There is therefore no logical reason why thoughts should have so much power over us, nor any reason why we should be enslaved by them. More »