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Levels of Mental Activity in Sarma and Dzogchen
[As background, see Dzogchen in Comparison with Other Buddhist Systems. See also: The Major Facets of Dzogchen] What is Mind? The four facts of life (four noble truths) may be formulated in terms of mind, which means in terms of an individual being’s experiencing of them: The...
How to Meditate on Dzogchen
Main Features of Meditation
Meditation is something that is found in many traditions, not just Buddhism; but while many aspects of meditation are found in all Indian traditions, here we shall limit our discussion to the way that meditation is presented in Buddhism. What Is Meditation? The word...
Meditation: Main Points
Sweeping and Cleaning the Meditation Room
Introduction The six preparatory practices (jorcho, sbyor-chos) derive from Atisha, who learned them from his teacher in Indonesia, Serlingpa, and then transmitted them to Tibet. They are preparation for any meditation session that we do. We find them discussed in the standard...
The Six Preparatory Practices before Meditation
States of Mind Needed for Bodhichitta Meditation
Homage Verse and Verse 1 The Author, Atisha A Bodhisattva’s Garland of Gems (Skt. Bodhisattva-mani-avali) was written by the great Indian master Atisha (Atisha Dipamkarashrijnana, 982–1054). As a great Buddhist master at the Vikramashila Monastery, he was very concerned about...
Commentary on “A Bodhisattva’s Garland of Gems” – Dr. Berzin
Cherishing Others Gives Meaning to Life
Introduction In our weekend seminar we will focus on refuge. If we look at any of the Buddhist texts, we find that refuge is always described as the most fundamental aspect of the Buddhist path. In fact, it is the entry way into Buddhism. Refuge defines the dividing line...
Refuge: Putting a Safe Direction & Meaning in Our Lives
Kriya Tantra: Six Deities Practice
Kriya tantra (ritual tantra) is the first of the four tantra classes in the Sarma classification scheme and the first of the six tantra classes in the Nyingma scheme. It puts a great deal of emphasis on cleanliness, vegetarianism and purification. PreliminariesBefore sitting...
Kriya Tantra Practice
Harmonizing the Five Buddha-Family Traits
Introduction This seminar is about how the five Buddha-family traits create our view of the universe. This is a topic that deals with what we call in Buddhism “Buddha-nature.” The word “family” in “Buddha-family” is actually the Sanskrit word for caste, a social system that...
Using the Five Buddha-Family Traits in Daily Life
The Ten Mental Factors That Accompany Each Moment of Experience
Having a Quiet Mind and Caring Attitude In the development of balanced sensitivity, there are many different variables involved in overcoming the extremes of being either insensitive or oversensitive regarding ourselves and others. This has to do with how we pay attention to...
Working with Mental Factors in Daily Life
Listening to the Dharma Teachings
What Meditation Does Meditation is a method for transforming and improving our lives. How? Well, our lives are affected by our personality and moods, which are affected by our living and economic situation, the people we spend our time with and so on. If we have any experience...
How to Study Buddhism: Listening, Thinking and Meditating
Preliminaries to Meditating
An Environment Conducive for Meditation To actually engage in meditation, we need circumstances conducive for it. There are many lists of factors that will be conducive for meditation, but these are usually discussed or presented within the context of doing a meditation...
Meditation: Main Points