Tibetan Buddhism

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    Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, writes about Gene Smith Paid Member

    Ogyen Trinley Dorje writes: From the time the Buddhadharma arrived in Tibet, the translation and production of texts formed a key area of activity, mobilizing and shaping Tibetan culture. During the mass exodus into exile in the mid-20th century, Tibetans could easily carry the meaning of the texts written in their hearts but had to carry the books on their own backs. In this process, and in the subsequent years of exile and during the Cultural Revolution within Tibet, texts and wood blocks were scattered, and painfully many were lost. In such an era, to dedicate one’s life to seeking out, preserving, publishing and digitizing Tibet’s vast textual heritage, as Gene Smith did, is a kindness that cannot be expressed in words. I do not believe it unfair to say that his life’s accomplishments follow in the example of the great Dharma kings of Tibet. More »
  • The Magic Life of Milarepa Paid Member

    A few weeks ago I was looking through the first issue of Tricycle and I came across a mention of The Magic Life of Milarepa, a comic book about the great 11th century Tibetan saint illustrated and written by Dutch artist Eva Van Dam.  *For quick links to further reading on Milarepa, see his Himalayan Art Resources or Wikipedia pages. More »
  • The Dalai Lama beats out Barack Obama and Lady Gaga on Forbes's list of "most influential Twitter celebrities" Paid Member

    What do the Dalai Lama and Rick Warren, the megachurch evangelist, have in common? They are the only religious leaders to make Forbes's "Top 20 Most Influential Twitter Celebrities." The Dalai Lama--whose office set up a Twitter account in February--ranked #5, beating the likes of President Obama, singer Lady Gaga, and comedian Conan O'Brien—who all placed lower on the list. To generate the top 20 list, Forbes hired the research firm Klout to help determine the influence of Twitter celebs. From Forbes: More »
  • A visit from Lama Jhampa Thaye Paid Member

    We were very pleased today to receive a visit from the scholar and meditation teacher Lama Jampa Thaye, who was trained in both the Sakya and Kagyu lineages and authorized as a lama by his two masters, Karma Thinley Rinpoche and H.H. Sakya Trizin. He was accompanied by his daughter who is a relatively new New York resident. The lama himself lives in London (though his busy teaching schedule takes him all over the world.) His most recent book is Rain of Clarity—available here. More »
  • Fearless Surmang Paid Member

    When you are frightened by something, you have to relate with fear, explore why you are frightened, and develop some sense of conviction. You can actually look at fear. Then fear ceases to be the dominant situation that is going to defeat you.  Fear can be conquered. You can be free from fear if you realize that fear is not the ogre. You can step on fear, and therefore, you can attain what is known as fearlessness. But that requires that, when you see fear, you smile. -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche The word Surmang both refers to a region of eastern Tibet as well as a group of monasteries of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism within that region. The traditional seat of the Trungpa tulkus, Surmang has been the home of countless dedicated practitioners and advanced Vajrayana masters. More »
  • Hell Realms (Best of) Paid Member

    Move over, Dante. The cruel, gratuitously layered tortures of the Narakas, or "hell realms," rival those of any Abrahamic tradition. Unlike the latter, though, those Buddhist hells don't last for an eternity—some only have durations of billions of years. Phew. —Eds.The Intense Heating HellThe beings in this hell are trapped inside blazing metal houses, and Yama's henchmen impale them through the heels and the anus with tridents of red-hot iron, until the prongs push out through the shoulders and the crown of the head. At the same time their bodies are wrapped in sheets of blazing metal.The Heating Hell More »