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Four Buddha Bodies
“Four Buddha Bodies” found in 26 documents
A Precious Garland for the Four Themes (of Gampopa)
Prologue In Sanskrit, (this text) is called Dharma-chatur-ratna-mala. In Tibetan, it is called Chos-bzhi rin-po-che’i ‘phreng-ba. [In English, it is called A Precious Garland for the Four Themes (of Gampopa).] I prostrate to all the Buddhas and bodhisattvas. (1) With a crown...
Buddha-Nature: Gelug Presentation
Introduction The Tibetan term rigs, meaning “caste” or “family,” appears in the technical term sangs-rgyas-kyi rigs (Buddha-caste, Buddha-family) and is usually translated as “Buddha-nature.” More specifically, in the context of the discussion of Buddha-nature, it means a...
Directing Rebirth: The Tibetan Tulku System
This evening I was asked to speak about how to direct our rebirths. This is not in the sense of being able to direct it so that we can be reborn in a nice comfortable villa by the sea and be wealthy and have lots of servants, but rather it’s in the context of the system that...
Examples of the Laws of Karma
Meditation Practices on the Laws of Karma Yesterday we talked about the laws of karma, the laws of behavioral cause and effect. In terms of karma in general, the main practice entails specifically to restrain yourself from committing any of the ten destructive, or nonvirtuous,...
Serkong Rinpoche Dialogues with Students about Lam-rim
Extraphysical and Extrasensory Powers
Buddha-fields in the Pores of a Buddha Today we are going to speak about a Buddha’s extraphysical and extrasensory powers. We will analyze whether such things actually make any sense or are they just interesting stories. I would like to look at two aspects here. The first is...
From the Buddha-Nature Factors to the Buddha Bodies
Review We were speaking this morning about deepest bodhichitta. And we saw that it was not enough just to have relative bodhichitta, either: Just the aspiring state in which we aspire to attain our not-yet-happening enlightenmentOr, in addition, the pledged state of aspiring...
Joint Practice of Conventional and Deepest Bodhichittas
Guru & Avalokiteshvara: Guru-Yoga, Refuge & Bodhichitta
This weekend I’ve been asked to speak about a practice that was composed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama called The Yoga of the Spiritual Master Inseparable from Avalokiteshvara, which is a practice of guru-yoga that focuses on the development and practice of compassion. And...
Commentary on "The Guru Inseparable from Avalokiteshvara" – Dr. Berzin
Identifying the Three Precious Gems
Introduction Taking a safe direction in life (skyabs-'gro, taking refuge) is an active process, not a passive one of seeking protection from higher powers, as the term taking refuge might imply. By striving in this direction, we protect ourselves from fear and suffering. To...
Kalachakra Initiation: Practical Advice for Day Three
Review of Some Essential Points First, I shall speak a little about what is going to take place today. We have reached the point in the empowerment at which we have entered the mandala. First, we did so with blindfolds on and now our blindfolds have been removed. We have...
Rikon Kalachakra Initiation 1985: Explanatory Talks
Kalachakra: The Four Creative Drops & Mental Holograms
The Four Creative-Energy Drops and the Mental Holograms to Which They Give Rise [For further elaboration, see: Kalachakra: The Four Creative Drops]Introduction As a Buddhist practice, Kalachakra fits within the context of the four noble truths and its practice is a method for...
Kalachakra: What Are Mental Holograms Made Of?