Tibetan Buddhism

  • 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 »
  • Weekend Challenge: Train Your Mind Paid Member

    "Train your mind" may seem to be an almost unmanageable command. Many of us are controlled by our minds rather than the other way around. We know to try to not be anxious or worried, but these feelings keep us awake at night. Likewise, we may not wish to judge others but many of us do regardless. We often feel too powerless to control our minds. In the words of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the son of Chögyam Trungpa, “our minds seem so inflexible.” The problem with this is, as he points out, “A society of hard and inflexible minds is a society that is incapable of nurturing the flowers of love and compassion.” Yet the goal of trained mind is not as unachievable as we may at first be lead to believe. More »
  • Acharya Judy Lief on Working with Labels and Reactions Paid Member

    Every Friday, Acharya Judy Lief, a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, comments on one of Atisha’s 59 mind-training (Tib. lojong) slogans, which serve as the basis for a complete practice. Atisha (980-1052 CE) was an Indian adept who brought to Tibet a systematized approach to bodhicitta (the desire to awaken for the sake of all sentient beings) and loving-kindness, through working with these slogans. Judy edited Chogyam Trungpa’s Training the Mind (Shambhala, 1993), which contains Trungpa Rinpoche’s commentaries on the lojong teachings. Each entry includes a practice. See the previous slogans and commentaries here. 8. Three objects, three poisons, and three seeds of virtue. More »