Posted on 21 January 2017 by Buddhism Now
It is beneficial to recite the mantra om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking of its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast. The first, om, is composed of three letters, a, u, and m. These symbolise the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolise the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.
Can impure body, speech, and mind be transformed into the pure, or are they entirely separate? All Buddhas are cases of beings who were like ourselves and then in dependence on the path became enlightened; Buddhism does not assert that there is anyone who from the beginning is free from faults and possesses all good qualities. The development of pure body, speech, and mind comes from gradually leaving impure states and their being transformed into the pure. Continue reading
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Posted on 10 July 2016 by Buddhism Now
Short talk by the Dalai Lama on the ‘law of causality and dependent origination’. About 25 minutes.
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Posted on 23 January 2015 by Buddhism Now
We talk of past present and future, but cannot find the present. Yet without the present, there’s no past or future. Dalai Lama
About 2 minutes
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Posted on 6 July 2014 by Buddhism Now
In the practice of Tantra, the guru is very important and many qualifications have been outlined in the various Tantric writings for Tantric masters. A Tantric master who confers the empowerment ceremony should possess the necessary qualifications. It is important, therefore, for the disciple to examine whether a person he/she wishes to take on as a lama, or guru, possesses these qualifications.
This point has been emphasized in the Tantra. It is said that, even if it were to take twelve years to be convinced of a person’s qualifications, one should definitely take that time to convince oneself. Continue reading
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Posted on 7 June 2014 by Buddhism Now
Archival Documents from Mongolia
Edited by Sampildondov Chuluun, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, and Uradyn E. Bulag, University of Cambridge
The Thirteenth Dalai Lama on the Run (1904-1906) is a facsmile collection comprising over 900 original archival documents from Mongolia relating to the Thirteenth Dalai Lama’s exile in Mongolia in the aftermath of the British invasion of Tibet in 1904.
ISBN13: 9789004254541, E-ISBN: 9789004254558
Publication Date: June 2013, Hardback, BRILL
The Thirteenth Dalai Lama fled from the British invasion of Tibet to Mongolia in search of support from Russia. Although the mission failed, his extended sojourn in Mongolia marked the beginning of political modernity in both Mongolia and Tibet. The Thirteenth Dalai Lama on the Run is a facsimile collection comprising 150 hitherto unpublished archival documents from Mongolia about this historical episode. Written in Mongolian, Manchu and Chinese, the documents concern the operation of the Mongol princes in hosting the Dalai Lama in Mongolia and the attempts made by the Qing frontier officials to remove him from Mongolia back to Tibet. Details of his extensive travels within the country, the associated elaborate ritual activities and the great financial costs incurred which were borne by the Mongols, come to light for the first time in this publication. Continue reading
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Posted on 25 April 2014 by Buddhism Now
Short film (about 2 minutes) from Pathé newsreels on the The Dalai Lama’s arrival in Tezpur, North East India in 1959.
Bit dated but well worth a watch.
At all levels of society — family, national, and international — the key to a better, happier world is greater compassion.
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