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Putting Out the Fire: Turning the Mind Towards Dharma by HH Penor Rinpoche

Putting Out the Fire: Turning the Mind Towards Dharma by HH Penor Rinpoche

The following is an excerpt from a teaching given by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche at Kunzang Palyul Choling on Bodhicitta:

We start first with the special method that will turn one’s mind towards the Dharma.  In that method, we have to understand that wherever we are born in the world, in this universe, there will not […]

Astrology for 8/23/2016

8/23/2016 Tuesday by Norma

Ah, stability and feelings of contentment, you’re here at last! Use this peaceful day to balance your accounts, tend to banking matters, make a carefully thought out purchase, plow happily through mounds of work. Six planets are in earth signs, meaning if you can’t eat it, sit on it or […]

A Variety of Stupas

An excerpt from a teaching called Cosmology of a Stupa by Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

Stupas can be roughly divided into two categories – Theravada or Hinayana stupas, and stupas in the Mahayana tradition.  There are further subdivisions of those stupas, with different shapes and designs.

In the Hinayana tradition, there are stupas that are roughly […]

Astrology for 8/22/2016

8/22/2016 Monday by Norma

An unexpected person, event or mood appears this morning, followed by a significant agreement or understanding with a powerful person. Be respectful of everyone; as the day passes those seeking acclaim roll up their sleeves and get to work, a complete change from what came before. Marianne
Mountain said, “Forever […]

Karmic Weight from H.H. the Dalai Lama’s “Way to Freedom”

“We should always be aware of the relative gravity of karmic actions. When the deed is motivated by very strong delusion, the deed is said to be very grave. The way in which the deed is actually performed also determines the karmic weight.

A single moment of anger directed toward a Boddhisattva would destroy all the […]

What is Non-Virtuous Speech?

The following description of the 4 types of non-virtuous speech are from “The Way To Freedom” by the Dalai Lama:

“ The next four negative actions are deeds of speech.

The firs is telling lies. This includes speaking contrary to what one has seen, heard, or knows to be fact. Lying can be motivated by attachment, hatred, […]

Statement of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, on the Issue of His Reincarnation

The following is a statement posted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, reprinted here with permission. To see the original statement click: http://dalailama.com/messages/tibet/reincarnation-statement
24  September 2011

Introduction

My fellow Tibetans, both in and outside Tibet, all those who follow the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and everyone who has a connection to Tibet and Tibetans: due to the foresight of […]

Excerpts from “The Spirit of Peace” by the His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Some excerpts from The Spirit of Peace by the Dalai Lama:

To be cruel is tantamount to stopping in the middle of the path. It is like renouncing the attempt to go deeply inside ourselves. It is being attached to the surface reality and becoming irritated or exasperated by it. And yet harmony does exist. We […]

From “The Way to Freedom” Beings of Great Scope

This is from Kyabje HH DalaiLama.

The Buddha’s activities- from the beginning of his cultivating the wish to help others to the accumulating of merit and his eventual achievement of enlightenment- were ALL done for the sake of other sentient beings.

The welfare of other sentient beings is classified into two types: Temporary welfare, which is the […]

From “The Way to Freedom” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“As long as prisoners do not know that they are in prison and do not perceive the life of prison is difficult and painful to bear they will not develop any genuine wish to free themselves from prison.

The same is true of samsara: as long as you are unable to perceive. The defects of life […]

Excerpt From The Way to Freedom

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

There are no physical markers by which to measure progress between positive and negative forces in consciousness.  Changes begin when you first identify & recognize your delusions, such as anger and jealousy. One then needs to know the antidote to delusion, and that knowledge is gained by listening to the […]