Tibetan Buddhism

  • All You Have to Know Paid Member

    Lord Buddha says that all you have to know is what you are, how you exist. You don't have to believe anything. Just understand your mind; how it works, how attachment and desire arise, how ignorance arises, and where emotions come from. It is sufficient to know the nature of all that; that alone can bring you happiness and peace. Thus, your life can change completely; everything turns upside down. What you once interpreted as horrible can become beautiful. Lama Yeshe, "Your Mind is Your Religion" Click here to read the complete article. More »
  • Buddhism, Money, and the Recession: Where to Invest? Paid Member

    I recently came across an interview on the BBC website in which  Tibetan-Buddhist nun Lama Zangmo, living in London, speaks about the virtues of having no material possessions: More »
  • Learning to Accept Not-Knowing Paid Member

  • The Joy and Pain of Close Relationships Paid Member

    Today’s Daily Dharma, You do not learn non-attachment by disengaging and avoiding the intensity of relationships, their joy and their pain. It is easy to disguise as non-attachment what is not non-attachment at all, but your fear of attachment. When you really care about someone and you are willing to commit to that friendship, then you have fertile ground to learn about both attachment and non-attachment. That is what makes the marriage relationship so rich. -Judy Lief, "Tying the Knot" (Spring 1998) Read Judy Lief's commentary on labels and reactions from her ongoing teachings on Atisha's Lojong (mind-training) slogans here. More »
  • On disagreeing with the Dalai Lama Paid Member

    A few posts back I cited an AFP article in which the Dalai Lama, in advocating nonviolence, appeared to criticize the Sea Shepherds, a group of anti-whaling activists who have been much in the news lately. After the AFP article appeared, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society president Captain Paul Watson responded on the organization’s website, reiterating his group’s commitment to nonviolence while acknowledging the Dalai Lama’s past and present support:: More »
  • Self-mummifying meditator Paid Member

    Wisdom Quarterly points us to a YouTube video featuring Tibetan tumo practitioners drying wet sheets on their bare bodies in cool temperatures. All the while a Harvard professor discusses the wonders of meditation, tumo practice—a  technique through which meditators raise the surface temperature of their skin—being just one of them. More »