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Deconstructing Jealousy: Disturbing Emotions
Jealousy is universal. Our colleague gets a promotion and we think, “They don’t deserve that!” Our friend finds a great partner and we think, “What about me?” From time to time we all have these feelings. Here we look at the different types of jealousy, and how we can overcome...
Strategies for Deconstructing Jealousy
Wheel of Sharp Weapons – Literal Translation
I make prostration to the Three Rare Supreme Gems. “The Throwing Star Weapon Striking the Vital Point of the Foe.” I make prostration to forceful Yamantaka. (1) In the case of peacocks strutting in jungles of poisonous plants, although medicine gardens have been finely...
Wheel of Sharp Weapons
Precious Human Life and Giving Up Obsession with This Lifetime
Verses 2 through 4 Today, you are going to listen to me talk. But the words coming out of my mouth have already been spoken by the Buddha himself many times, and by His Holiness the Dalai Lama many times. Gyalse Togme Zangpo, the author of the text, is teaching us indirectly. ...
Commentary on “37 Bodhisattva Practices” – Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche II
Overcoming Disturbing Emotions and Helping Others
Chapters 5 to 8 Five: Indicating the Behavior of Bodhisattvas (1) There are no actions of the Buddhas that are not causes (for benefiting others). Even their breath is issued only for the sake of (acting as a) medicine for limited beings. (2) Just as the word “Lord of Death”...
Four Hundred Verse Treatise
Need of Lam-rim Medium and Advanced Scopes in Tantra
Introduction In the first part of this series, we looked at the initial level of motivation where we aim to avoid lower rebirths and gain a higher rebirth. In particular, we want a precious human rebirth so that we can improve in our practice. The intermediate scope is when we...
The Need of Lam-rim for Practicing Tantra Effectively
The True Causes of the Sufferings of Change and Samsara
We looked at the unawareness of behavioral cause and effect and how that underlies our experience of unhappiness. Now we need to look at the second type of unawareness, a much deeper type of unawareness, which is unawareness of reality: how we exist, how others exist and how...
Elaboration of “How Cognition of Emptiness Liberates Us”
Overcoming Obstacles with the Middle and Advanced Scope Lam-rim Teachings
Review of Day One Yesterday, we covered the smaller scope and looked at one of its primary topics, which is meditating on impermanence. That helps in reducing our attachment to the appearances of this life, because we see that nothing lasts. To recap, there are meditations on...
Overcoming Obstacles to Realizing Renunciation, Bodhichitta and Emptiness
Chittamatra, Svatantrika and Prasangika: The Self
Unawareness of How We Exist and Disturbing Emotions We are talking about the self, “me,” how we exist and how we establish that we exist. This is a very crucial question that is asked in Buddhism. When we are unaware of how we and everyone exists, when either we don’t know or...
The Four Buddhist Tenet Systems Regarding the Self
Wheel of Sharp Weapons: The Four Sections of the Text
Part One: Contrasting Bodhisattvas with Ordinary Beings Two Traditions for Developing Conventional Bodhichitta To destroy self-grasping and self-cherishing and to attain enlightenment, all mind training texts emphasize tonglen. This is the practice of giving and taking as...
Overview of “Wheel of Sharp Weapons” – Dr. Berzin
Emotional Development of Compassion
Review We were speaking about the initial and intermediate level motivations in the lam-rim process for self-development on the spiritual path. And we saw that on the initial scope, or with the initial scope, we are aiming for better rebirths. We want to avoid worse rebirths...
Joint Practice of Conventional and Deepest Bodhichittas