Today is Zamling Chisang: Universal Prayer Day — “Purification Day” — celebrating Guru Rinpoche’s liberation of local deities
New teaching video: Chod teaching and full drumming and chanting ritual with scenes of 108 Springs retreat in Mongolia
Three Principal Paths of Lama Tsongkhapa: from the land of snows, the peerless path of Renunciation, Bodhichitta, Shunyata
The Lotus Born Guru Rinpoche: Master Padma’s Ten Key Points, Ten Foundations, Ten Faults, Ten Superficialities
Sutra on the Eight Realizations: one of the most important suttas; contains the 11 essential subjects for meditation
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Today is Zamling Chisang: Universal Prayer Day — “Purification Day” — celebrating Guru Rinpoche’s liberation of local deities

  Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born Guru Rinpoche. Zamling Chisang, Universal Prayer Day — or Incense Day, referring to the clouds of sage incense burned — celebrates an important act of Padmasambhava. Guru Rinpoche liberated, converted or tamed the local deities in Tibet. This is also representative of his...

New teaching video: Chod teaching and full drumming and chanting ritual with scenes of 108 Springs retreat in Mongolia

H.E. Zasep Rinpoche introduces Five Dakini Chod practice with a full teaching, followed by a demonstration, in full, of a Chod Vajrayana Buddhist practice with drumming and chanting. [If you are Toronto July 16, H.E. Zasep Rinpoche is offering Five Dakini Chod initiation. Details on the Gaden Choling Toronto site>>] Includes stunning...

Three Principal Paths of Lama Tsongkhapa: from the land of snows, the peerless path of Renunciation, Bodhichitta, Shunyata

In the land of snows, it could be argued that the peerless Lama Tsongkhapa was the greatest of philosophers, writers, teachers. He wrote over 10,000 pages of commentary and instruction on Buddha’s teachings. This vast library or writings on Lamrim, Three Principal Paths and many advanced practices are historical and revered. Yet,...

The Lotus Born Guru Rinpoche: Master Padma’s Ten Key Points, Ten Foundations, Ten Faults, Ten Superficialities

Has your Dharma practice become superficial? Are you trying to discover what errors or faults you have made in your practice? Superficiality, or alternately, distraction, are common Dharma obstacles in this "age of degeneration." It is reassuring to know that advice written centuries ago, by Lady Tsogyal, recording the words of the...

Sutra on the Eight Realizations: one of the most important suttas; contains the 11 essential subjects for meditation

The vital importance of awareness of impermanence, the nature of suffering, attachment, dissatisfaction, ignorance and laziness are emphasized by the Buddha in the short Sutra on the Eight Realizations (full translation below with some of the commentary by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh.) The Sutra on the Eight Realizations is one of the...

Long life prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his birthday

The Dalai Lama arrived today — July 5, one day before his 84th birthday — for a traditional long life puja and prayers at Thekchen Choling in Dharmasala, India. The elaborate prayers were offered by 300 retired staff of the Central Tibetan Administration and members of their families. A mandala and prayer...

Miracles of Great Black Mahakala: three Men in Black, the Mahakala brothers, the Dalai Lama, and a crow

"You come from your tree... You, the Great Black One, the Great Crow. Glorious Six-Armed One, homage and praise to you! Sternly protect the doctrine of the Buddha!" [1] Crows and the Men in Black are recurring themes in many Tibetan Buddhist stories. Both, are considered to be emanations of the Great...

Buddhist tourism in Pakistan: The Buddha’s gift to the world; a 20-picture tour of important Buddhist sites

Millions of people around the world embark annually on spiritual journeys to soothe their souls. Global religious tourism is one of the fastest growing segments in travel today. According to the UNWTO, 300-330 million tourists visit the globe's most important religious sights every year. To put things into better perspective, 2.5 million...

“Learning how to die” and “Why Meditating on Death May Bring Joy to Life”: What the Buddhist Teachers Say About End of Life, Dying, and Palliative Care

Leonardo da Vinci is credited as saying, "While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die." This may be a discouraging thought for some, but Buddhists view end-of-life meditation as an uplifting and powerful practice. "Analysis of death is not for the sake of...

Weekly Sutra: Hatthaka Sutta: Sleeping Well in the Cold Forest: “having cut all ties… he sleeps at ease… “

The humble, and short Hatthaka Sutta, carries several profound messages. It is particularly memorable as an "intimate" peak into life in the Sangha. The picture that emerges is of just how approachable the Buddha was to everyone. [Full Sutta translated below by Thanissaro Bhikku.] In this lovely Sutta, a young man, Hatthaka,...

Transcendental Meditation: insight and stress relief. Buddha: “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.”

Twenty-six centuries ago (or so) Buddha is attributed with saying (see note): “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.” Seven-hundred years later, philosopher and Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote, “The Happiness of Your Life Depends On the Quality of Your Thoughts." (around 177AD) This universal theme had...

H.E. Zasep Rinpoche returns to Toronto for rare teachings: Three Principal Paths, Mahamudra, Black Mahakala and Chod

Tibetan Buddhism is known for the preservation of lineages of teachings, passed from teacher to teacher through the centuries. Gaden Choling Toronto, one of Toronto's oldest Tibetan Buddhist Centres — established by HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, 97th Ganden Tripa and senior tutor of HH the Dalai Lama — will again host H.E....

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