Video (48 mins): Prof. Cathy Cantwell presents the ins and out of drupchen, a great accomplishment ritual in a public lecture at the Intersectional Center for Inclusion and Social Justice, 2017 at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Do you know the difference between lay mantra yogins and ordained mantra yogins (ngakpas and ngakmas)? An Interview with Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche makes this very clear and warns against merely assuming the appearance of an ordained mantra yogin—something that in all likelihood occurred in the Himalaya but is also popping up in the West.
Most of us do not associate spiritual practice with practicality. This is an interesting phenomenon, since Western society and culture tend to be both practical and pragmatic. Why do we lose our heads when it comes to the Dharma?
The transmission of Buddhism from India to Tibet, flowed in several streams, each with their own understandings and textual traditions tracing back to the eighth to twelfth centuries. In Dudjom Rinpoche's Brief Account of the Origins of Buddhism in Tibet he explained:
Probably we all move in and out of these phases and engagements. Perhaps there is something larger than meditation itself we should pay attention to—the background of what's going on in our lives. Have you noticed that the narrative of your life does or doesn't impact your meditation experiences?
Give me energy so that belief in self falls away. Give me energy so that I see through life’s illusions. Give me energy so that reactive thinking comes to an end. Give me energy so that I know mind has no beginning. Give me energy so that ...
The light of the guru is a lamp that never goes dark. My root teacher is still the North Star in the night sky, though he passed into parinirvana on 22 July 2013. I miss him deeply, yet the bond endures.
There once was a lama who met a man with whom he had a good karmic connection. The lama knew this person could attain realization but he was a high government official and the lama, being a lowly person, didn’t know how to make a connection with him.
For some, answering the karmic call to the Vajrayana path can feel like second nature and for others it can seem foreign. Both calls are genuine and regardless of this parameter, the vajrayana path will always be challenging, as it needs to be in order to be effective.
Once upon a time, at the time of the Primordial Buddha, the first teachings in our present universe arose spontaneously out of the expanse of awakened mind, as the play of self-resounding innate nature also known as dharmata swayambhu nada.
The wonder of the Bell is the entire Deity Mandala contained within—and without. Contained is really the wrong word, since we’re talking about emptiness (wisdom)—but it’s the easiest way to describe symbols.