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Happiness, Past Masters & Taking on Others’ Suffering
The Pursuit of Happiness We have two types of happiness, physical happiness and mental happiness, and most of the effort we put into our lives is involved in the pursuit of physical comfort and happiness. In the pursuit of physical happiness and comfort a lot of people engage...
Serkong Rinpoche Dialogues with Students about Lam-rim
The Gelug Monastic Education System
Major Topics in the Curriculum The monastic education system in the Gelug monasteries covers five major topics, based on five great Indian scriptural texts studied through the medium of logic and debate – "tsennyi" (mtshan-nyid, definitions) in Tibetan. During the course of...
Monasteries in Tibet
The Four Axioms for Examining a Buddhist Teaching
Four ways to examine whether something makes sense or not.
How to Study Buddhism
Elaboration of the Life of Tsongkhapa
I'd like to present a short biography of Tsongkhapa. I am a little bit picky, I must say, so I find it helpful to pronounce people’s names correctly. There’s a commonly made convention—which I think is really quite incorrect, totally incorrect—which is to divide Tsongkhapa’s...
The Purpose and Benefits of Debate
Debate in Buddhism helps us to be sure that our understanding is correct.
How to Study Buddhism
The Relation between True Stoppings and Emptiness
Presentation of the debate between Jetsunpa and Panchen on the topic of true stoppings and voidnesses on the sutra level.
The Life of Tsongkhapa
The biography of a great lama is called a "namtar" (rnam-thar), a liberating biography, since it inspires the listeners to follow the example of the lama and achieve liberation and enlightenment. The biography of Tsongkhapa (rJe Tsong-kha-pa Blo-bzang grags-pa) (1357-1419) is...
Meditation on the Precious Human Life
Listening to teachings on our precious human life and then thinking about them in order to recognize and appreciate what we have precedes stabilizing and discerning meditation on it.
Impermanence & Death
Traditional Way of Studying Ways of Knowing: Debate
The Tibetan debate process is a learning and clarifying process for ways of knowing, which is then intended for application in meditation and in practice.
Ways of Knowing
Questions about Buddhism in Modern Life
A Q&A with Dr. Berzin’s students about various aspects of our daily lives and how Buddhism addresses them.