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“Preliminary Practices” found in 44 documents
A Proper Seat, Prostration and Sitting Posture
The third preparatory practice is to arrange a proper seat, sit in the eightfold posture, and in a positive frame of mind take safe direction, or refuge, and reaffirm our bodhichitta aim. Arranging a Proper Seat According to the text, it is best (if you can do it) to have...
The Six Preparatory Practices before Meditation
Advice Concerning Ngondro Preliminary Practices
Introduction The Tibetan word ngondro (sngon-’gro) is usually translated as “preliminary practices,” but Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche, one of my main teachers, always emphasized that that’s not really the flavor of the word. Although literally it means “to go before,” so...
Before Beginning Mahamudra Practice
Introduction I make heartfelt obeisance to the precious Kagyu line. Although manifestly enlightened countless ages ago, you have been emanating in whatever bodies have been suited for taming those needing to be tamed, so that even hearing your names eliminates the fears of...
Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance
Common Misunderstandings about Tantra
A look at common misunderstandings people have about tantra.
Essentials for Taking a Kalachakra Initiation
A short overview of the things we need to know, before we take the Kalachakra Initiation.
Explanation of "The Seven Limb Prayer"
This evening, I would like to explain in a more down-to-earth way the preliminaries that we do at the beginning of each of our classes on Shantideva's text, Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior (Bodhisattvacharya-avatara). They include the seven-limb practice, which derives from...
Four Preparatory Thoughts for Tonglen: Giving & Taking
We’re going to start the weekend seminar on a very important and essential text (which is found in all the Tibetan traditions) from India called Seven Point Mind Training, which I received teachings on primarily from two of my main teachers: Serkong Rinpoche and Geshe...
The Two Bodhichittas in “Seven Point Mind Training” – Dr. Berzin
Guru & Avalokiteshvava: The Seven Limb Prayer
Purification of the Environment and the Offerings Now in our discussion of this practice, The Yoga of the Spiritual Master Inseparable from Avalokiteshvara, we’ve done the safe direction and reaffirming our bodhichitta motivation and the four immeasurable attitudes. Then...
Commentary on "The Guru Inseparable from Avalokiteshvara" – Dr. Berzin
Interview about Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche – Alan Turner
Alan Turner, Serkong Rinpoche's "Westerner Yogi's," recollections of his relation with his teacher.
Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche
Introduction and Mahamudra Preliminaries
Introductory Remarks Everyone wishes to be happy and not to suffer. Whether we are rich or poor, young or old, highly educated or illiterate, we all have this same hope and aspiration. A religious person uses spiritual means to attain this goal, while someone who does not...
Commentary on "A Root Text for Mahamudra" – The Dalai Lama