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WHY DO WE GO TO OUR CUSHION? 

In TRAINING by Cary Twomey2 Comments

When we release the contracted sense of self, we will automatically have compassion flowing. It will be there without effort, that is the beauty and that is what we can trust. But we must first give it to ourselves. If we are doing this, the contracted sense of self can relax and expand. Giving love and compassion to oneself is a first and foremost requirement on our path.

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LONGCHENPA’S BARDO ASPIRATION

In TANTRIC POETRY by Erik Pema Kunsang8 Comments

The culture we live in is dominated by these ideas, that we are just this human body, and when it ends we are no more. There is however an entirely different perspective, presented by the buddhas in the tantric texts: This present mind that knows and feels lives in the body, but is not of the body. It is unlike any other thing we know in life, because mind is neither something nor nothing. Think about it!

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PADMASAMBHAVA’S FOUR TEACHINGS TO THE DAKINI

In TRUE BOOKS by Erik Pema Kunsang4 Comments

The single vehicle is the understanding that all teachings are personal advice on how to soften rigid mind-habits, letting go of pointless aims, and then settling into a gentle presence that is both calm and kind. Our attention simply remains for a while in this way, at ease in itself with nothing that needs to be held or cast away. This aware steadiness is often called shamatha, being calm, and it is the basis for all higher or deeper states of authentic insight.

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MACHIG LABDRON AND THE CHÖD TRADITION

In TRAINING by Malcolm Smith1 Comment

To sever attachment to home, family, and friends, chödpas moved from valley to valley, village to village, sacred place to sacred place, charnel ground to charnel ground, staying only for brief periods in small tents and under trees before moving on. They would camp in groups, but only as close as the sound of a kangling could reach.

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WHITE SKULL MOUNTAIN – GANGRI TOKAR

In PILGRIMAGE by Michael Ash6 Comments

Michael Ash, artist and visionary, presenting a photo exhibition and poetry from his journey to White Skull Mountain Hermitage, Gangri Tokar, the spectacular retreat where Tibet’s greatest mystic-philosopher Longchenpa, wrote the wonderful Seven Treasuries about the deepest topics in human civilization.