“Just as pipes in your house get backed up, creating a flooded kitchen, the pipes of your body are subject to blockage, and need to be kept clean and open.”
Of the many methods for understanding and working with the energies that pervade our existence, one of the most profound is the “five buddha families,” an ancient Buddhist system of understanding enlightened mind and its various aspects.
Taking refuge is the moment when we say, ‘I’d like to do things differently now.’ At that moment, explains Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the seed of enlightenment is born in us.
“I’m certain that compassion is the only possible response to pain, yet I still sometimes become resentful when I or someone else is suffering.”
Philip Whalen died in San Francisco on June 26, 2002. Here are a selection of his poems and zen talks.
Richard Gere sees his work for the Tibetan community in India as part of his practice on the Buddhist path. “The way to freedom is working through this,” he says.
I first saw Philip from the wings backstage, he was directing a rehearsal, making some point with the actors. I was a freshman of seventeen.
Chökyi Nyima RinpocheThe ability to dissolve thoughts is essential to attaining liberation, says renowned Dzogchen teacher Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. Devotion and Pure Perception are two principles that lie at the root of Vajrayana practice that lead beyond confusion to thought-free wakefulness. Meditation training, in the sense of sustaining the nature of mind, is a way […]
After living in eastern Tibet for a year, I can see the ways my picture of “home” was accurate, and also how the reality of Tibet is much more complicated.
Buddhist psychology is based on the notion that human beings are fundamentally good. Their most basic qualities are positive ones: openness, intelligence and warmth.