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Impermanence for Remembering Death, the Guru and the Precious Human Life
The Importance of Meditating on Impermanence and Death His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be giving some very precious teachings soon. Because of that, my Italian friend and I had a conversation about this and came to the conclusion that, before the teachings, we could have a...
Commentary on “How to Meditate on Impermanence” – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche II
Need of Lam-rim Initial Scope in Tantra
Introduction If we’ve received a tantric initiation, we usually commit to doing the associated practice every day for the rest of our lives. Many Tibetans take these empowerments with the motivation of planting seeds for their future lives, with no aim to really practice...
The Need of Lam-rim for Practicing Tantra Effectively
Taking Advantage of a Precious Human Life
Introductory Verses and Verses 1 through 4 Introduction The mind training text, 37 Bodhisattva Practices, was written in Tibet in the fourteenth century by the Sakya master Togme Zangpo. Togme Zangpo was well known as being an actual bodhisattva, and his text is studied by all...
Commentary on “37 Bodhisattva Practices” – Dr. Berzin
The Qualities of a Precious Human Rebirth
Background The Bodhipathapradipa text was originally composed in Sanskrit. It was translated into Tibetan with the title Jangchub lamkyi dronma, which in English is Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. It starts: I prostrate to the Bodhisattva Youthful Manjushri. The text...
Explanation of “Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment” – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche
Traditional Stories: Teachers, Human Rebirth & Death
Healthy Relationships with Spiritual Teachers It is very important for the disciple to examine and check the lama very carefully before studying with him. Don’t go just because a famous teaching is being given. You have to examine the lama very carefully. It is said in a...
Traditional Stories about Life, Death, Karma and Refuge
Mahamudra: Deeper Presentation of the Preliminaries
Taming the Mind All of us wish for happiness and none of us wish to have any suffering. This is true of everybody, but it is very difficult to come upon all the circumstances that will bring this about. If we look merely at external circumstances, we find it nearly impossible...
A Discourse on “Autocommentary to ‘A Root Text for Mahamudra’” – The Dalai Lama
Transforming Circumstances and Condensed Practice
Points 3 and 4 Point 3: Transforming Adverse Circumstances into a Path to Enlightenment The third point looks at transforming adverse circumstances into a path to enlightenment, and it’s divided into several parts. One concerns our thoughts and the other – our actions. ...
Commentary on “Seven Point Mind Training” – Dr. Berzin
What to Consider When Remembering Death
The Difficulty of Obtaining a Precious Human Rebirth and How to Take Best Advantage of It It is important to think in the beginning about the difficulty of obtaining a precious human rebirth with all its respites from situations preventing Dharma practice and all its...
Commentary on “The Foundation for Good Qualities” – Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche
Mind Training for an Initial Lam-rim Scope
Verses 1 through 7 Taking Advantage of Being in a Holy Place As I explained yesterday, we are at a special place here where the Buddha manifested his enlightenment and where many enlightened beings have been. Nagarjuna and his two spiritual sons, for instance, and many...
Commentary on “37 Bodhisattva Practices” – The Dalai Lama
Initial Level Motivation
The Three Levels of Motivation for Real Thing Dharma The lam-rim presents three levels of motivation: Initial level – we think in terms of ensuring that we have one of the better types of rebirths, not just in our next lifetime, but in all future lifetimes. ...
Introduction to the Graded Path