Posted on 11 May 2013 by Buddhism Now
Once you have truly received the pointing-out instruction and recognised mind essence, becoming enlightened through training is not out of reach; it is in your own hands. You can remind yourself to recognise your mind essence as often as possible. If you train in this way, you can be liberated even if you spend your entire day doing something as simple as grazing cattle. If not—if you know all the words of the Dharma but don’t really experience the essential meaning—the moment you depart from this life you will just roam about in confusion. This is the essential point.
There is another thing that I would like to say. The Buddha was totally awakened and saw the three times as clearly as if they were held in the palm of his own hand. The teachings are based on this immense clarity. We don’t have to speculate about whether the words of the Buddha are true or not. I am not saying this because I am a Buddhist, but because it is really true. It is not the same as certain spiritual systems taught by unenlightened beings who had some partial insight and gave some portion of the truth but not the complete picture. Because of not being enlightened themselves and not having this completely unimpeded clarity, they were not able to teach in the same way as a fully enlightened buddha. This is something to bear in mind. I am not being prejudiced here, but it is really true that we don’t have to judge the words of a fully enlightened being. They have already been checked thoroughly. (more…)
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Posted on 27 April 2013 by Buddhism Now
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche talks on the relationship between three understandings in Buddhist philosophy and how they go hand in hand: Impermanence, Interdependence and, Emptiness. (8mins)
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Posted on 15 April 2013 by Buddhism Now
Diana St Ruth
I received an interesting piece recently by Jamie Gargett—which follows this preamble—about the realm of the hungry ghosts on the Wheel of Life. I was therefore prompted to write this short introduction as a reminder of this fascinating teaching-aid.
Most will agree, I am sure, that the Wheel of Life never loses its value as an object of contemplation. It has everything in it as far as the Buddha’s teaching is concerned, and the Tibetans, among others, have used it since time immemorial.
The first thing that one notices in these vivid Tibetan scrolls (thangkas), is the a large character representing the Lord of Death. He is shown holding up a great, round mirror. There is no physical face staring back at us, however, instead the reflection is of the experiences in our lives—all the possibilities open to us—in the form of a wheel. (more…)
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Posted on 5 October 2012 by Buddhism Now
Six short films on the Six Paramitas; Giving, Conduct, Patience, Diligence, Meditation, and Wisdom.
Ringu Tulku speaks most clearly and eloquently, laying out the basis of Buddhism and the path to take for those who wish to practise.
The Perfection of Giving
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Posted on 29 July 2012 by Buddhism Now
We thought you would like to see these photographs of our good friend, Geshe Tashi, who is taking the role of Buddhist Chaplain at the London 2012 Olympics. They could have chosen none better!
Geshe Tashi Tsering Buddhist Chaplain at London 2012 Olympics
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Posted on 1 February 2011 by Buddhism Now
His Holiness Dalai Lama talks about ethics and compassion in his public talk in Albany New York on May 6th, 2009. Duration: 74mins
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Posted on 19 November 2010 by Buddhism Now
Living Compassion is edited highlights of H.H. the Dalai Lama’s public talks and Buddhist teachings given at Nottingham, UK in May 2008.
In an accessible, humorous and lively manner he offers precious insights into the universal human values of forgiveness and tolerance. He further suggests that not only must we find peace within ourselves, but also that we must cultivate compassion by living our compassion, thereby transforming ourselves and the world around us.
by Dolma Beresford
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Posted on 10 June 2010 by Buddhism Now
Although all the Buddhist teachings are techniques for transforming and training one’s mind, in the Tibetan tradition we have a group of teachings which are actually categorised as ‘thought transformation’ or ‘training the mind’ teachings. This refers to certain types of practice or meditation in which the emphasis is placed on overcoming selfishness — the thought that cherishes one’s own welfare while being indifferent to that of others. So these types of teachings are called ‘teachings of thought transformation’. The Bodhisattvacharyavatara, or A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, is like the root and source of all texts belonging to this category. (more…)
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