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Parting from the Four Clingings: Its Context and Source
Verses of Homage and Promise to Compose The name of this text is Discourse Notes on the Mind Training “Parting from the Four Clingings”: Key to the Profound Essential Points (Blo-sbyong zhen-pa bzhi-bral-gyi khrid-yig zab-don gnad-kyi lde’u-mig). It was written by the great...
Commentary on “Parting from the Four Clingings” – Dezhung Rinpoche
The Foundation and Deepest Bodhichitta
Sources of the Text I’d like to explain a very important text in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition called The Seven Point Mind Training by a great master from the Kadam tradition, Geshe Chekawa. This teaching is primarily based on the practice of changing the viewpoint of self...
Extensive Explanation of “Seven Point Mind Training” – Dr. Berzin
Tantra: What Makes Buddhist Tantra Buddhist
Common Features of Tantra Tantra is a type of practice which is found not only in Buddhism, but also in Hinduism and, to a small extent, also in Jainism – the three major Indian religions. And so when we want to look at what Buddhist tantra is all about, it’s very...
Transforming Our Minds and Energies with Tantra
Training in Deepest Bodhichitta
Review Yesterday, we began the Seven Point Mind Training by the Kadampa Geshe Chekawa, and we covered the first of the seven points: the preliminary teachings to rely upon. The second point, which we’ll explain today, is the actual training in bodhichitta. The text deals...
The Two Bodhichittas in “Seven Point Mind Training” – Dr. Berzin
Uttaratantra: The Seven Vajra Points
Explanation of the Title With these points in mind, let us now turn to the text. The title of this classic is, in Sanskrit, Mahayana-uttaratantra Shastra and in Tibetan Theg-pa chen-po rgyud bla-ma'i bstan-bcos (An Indicative Composition on a Vast Vehicle of Mind, the...
The Dalai Lama on “Uttaratantra” & Buddha-Nature: Day One
Tantra: The Pathway and Resultant Levels
The Sakya Presentation of Inseparable Samsara and Nirvana The pathway level of the continuity is referring to partially purified, partially unpurified, so there’s some stoppings there. To understand how that is an everlasting stream of continuity, I think the most helpful is...
Essentials of Tantra in Terms of Hologram Theory
Tibetan Lamas and Mongol Patrons
Chinggis Khan In 1207 CE, news reached Tibet that Chinggis Khan (Sog-po Ching-ge-se Kh’ang) (1162 – 1227) had conquered the Tangut Empire in Gansu and Amdo. The Tibetans had a close relation with the Tanguts at this time. They had already been engaged in translating Buddhist...
Tibetan History before the Fifth Dalai Lama
Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Tonglen Done with the Three Poisons
Contrasting Bodhisattvas with Ordinary Beings The text, Wheel of Sharp Weapons, begins with Dharmarakshita contrasting bodhisattvas with ordinary beings. Bodhisattvas practice tonglen – giving and taking – taking from others the three poisonous disturbing states of mind or...
Overview of “Wheel of Sharp Weapons” – Dr. Berzin
Mahamudra: Tantra Level Mahamudra Practice
The Authenticity of the Traditions of the Dohas and Dzogchen In the root text, the Fourth Panchen Lama states that the explanation of anuttarayoga tantra's complete stage level of mahamudra practice is in accordance with "The Seven Texts of the Mahasiddhas and The Three Core...
A Discourse on “Autocommentary to ‘A Root Text for Mahamudra’” – The Dalai Lama
Sakya Monasteries: Sakya
Prophesied by both Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava and Atisha, the Palden Sakya Monastery in Central Tibet was established in 1073 by Konchog Gyalpo. It derives its name from the color of the soil of its location: “Sakya” means “gray earth.”
Monasteries in Tibet