What the teachers say about restarting your Buddhist practice: overcoming obstacles, bringing back the enthusiasm, re-establishing faith and commitments
Video mantra chanting: Lama Tsongkhapa’s Migtsema wonderfully chanted by Yoko Dharma. Benefits: healing, compassion, metta, wisdom
Video teaching: Metta and Karuna, the “most important” Buddhist practices of Love and Compassion, from H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche with Lama Tsongkhapa Migtsema mantra chanted by Yoko Dharma
Sacred outlook – Seeing beyond ordinary perception in modern culture, and American Buddhism
Why is pride a poison, and when can pride of accomplishment be considered a good thing? With full Ambattha Sutta “Pride of Birth and its Fall.”
Vajrasattva, the Great Purifyer, among the most powerful and profound healing and purifications techniques in Vajrayana Buddhism
Family lay Buddhism: What the Teachers Say about keeping motivated in your Buddhist Practice as parents — and coping with every-day family life in a modern stressful world
Reconnecting with nature to reboot our “spiritual self” activates a feeling of self-transcendence
Video: Buddhist Teachings on Ngondro, The Foundation Practices with Venerable Zasep Rinpoche
Kucchivikara-vattha: The Monk with Dysentery (Sutra teachings) “If you don’t tend to one another, who then will tend to you?”
“Putting Compassion on the Scientific Map”: Compassion Boosts Happiness/Health; and Research Indicates That Practicing Buddhists Are Happier than Average.
Video with wonderful mantra chanting: Om Gate Gate Paragate Para Samgate Bodhi Soha, the essence of Heart Sutra and Emptiness
Music Mantra Video: Taking Refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and the Four Immeasurables wonderfully sung by Yoko Dharma with video visualizations
Broken Commitments: 3 Teachers weigh in on practice “overload” and breaking Vajrayana practice promises. What do we do about it?
Dalai Lama and Lama Tsongkhapa: teachings on calm abiding meditation that go beyond “the breath” as the focus — targeting the main affliction
Music Mantra Video: Om Mani Padme Hum wonderfully chanted by Yoko Dharma, the sacred sound of compassionate Buddha Chenrezig
Tara Book excerpt and teaching: Who is Tara and how can She help us? An introduction to Tara, Karma, Shunyata, Dependent Arising, and Buddha Nature by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
What’s with all this consort union in Tantric Buddhism? No, it’s not about sexual fantasies. The psychology of Yab-Yum consorts, union of wisdom and compassion
Video: “How do I deal with my anger? Sometimes it consumes me and hurts others”: a Buddhist student asks teacher Ven. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
Video: “Experience Buddhism” with Namdrol Rinpoche “Buddhism emphasizes, and lays its very foundations on, equanimity.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche and other teachers recommend Kṣitigarbha mantra and practice for times of disaster, especially hurricane and earthquake, because of the great Bodhisattva’s vow
Medicine Buddha healing mantras chanted by the amazing Yoko Dharma
Why 35 Confessional Buddhas practice and “The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls” is a critical purifying practice for Buddhists
What the Dalai Lama and Patch Adams Have in Common: Laughter, and Compassion, the Best Medicine
“Preliminary practices… clear and enrich our minds, allowing practice to progress smoothly” — Thubten Chodron. Why Ngondro is a lifetime practice, and a “complete path”
Tantra Helps “Stop Ordinary Perception”, and is the Fast Path to Enlightenment. But How Do Modern Buddhists Relate to Deities?
Painter and digital Thangka artist Jampay Dorje aims to bring “Thangka painting into a modern era” with spectacular art, lessons for students, and a life-long project to illustrate all of the 11 Yogas of Naropa
Buddha teaches us to view every meal as if we were reluctant cannibals: Samyukta Agama Sutra 373, the Four Nutriments
Letting Go — letting go of past, letting go of future, letting go is the hardest thing to do: Na Tumhaka Sutta
Becoming Gesar, the fearless Buddhist: How to overcome fear in uncertain times, according to Pali Sutta, Mahayana Sutra and Tantra
The Hand of Buddha defeats the three poisons : Vajrapani (literally, “Vajra Hand”) — Guardian of Shakyamuni Himself; Vajrapani, the power of the mind to overcome obstacles such as pride, anger, hate and jealousy
Tonglen video: Why giving and taking practice is an important kindness meditation and Bodhichitta practice; how to do it: taught by Zasep Rinpoche
Understanding Dependent Co-Arising is critical to Buddhist practice: The Great Causes Discourse Maha-nidana Sutta
Pali Sutta for Our Age: Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Book Review of a Classic
The bridge between science and Buddhism, atoms and no atoms, theism and athiesm; Yidam deity meditation and the Cognitive Science of Tantra
“Every one has Buddha Nature.” A teaching video: Venerable Zasep Rinpoche with mantra chanting by Yoko Dharma
EVENT: Lamrim The Stages on the Path to Enlightenment Lecture Series on Thursdays at Gaden Choling Toronto

EVENT: Lamrim The Stages on the Path to Enlightenment Lecture Series on Thursdays at Gaden Choling Toronto

Teacher Theodore Tsaousidis, of Medicine Buddha Toronto, will give lectures on “The Stages on the Path to Enlightenment” in the Toronto, Canada area, at Gaden Choling Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Centre at 637 Christie St, Toronto. (Teacher bio at end of feature.)

March 23, 2017  — Buddhism 101: Simple, Clear and Strong

Often, one comes to a point where all the ideas that one held as true and solid are questioned. Buddhism is useful here as it acts as a sword of skillfulness, cutting away that which is harmful and false, making way for a life that is good and wholesome. Ironically, this is accomplished by continued study, questioning and embodied experience.

March 30, 2017  — Becoming a Buddha

In this lecture, we will investigate the life of Siddhartha Gautama who became the Buddha. We will explore how with courage and determination, amid the human condition of birth, illness, old age and death, he realized what is wholesome and beneficial.

April 6, 2017  — Truth by Any Other Name

This lecture asks the question: “What is it that is missing in ourselves or the world that prevents us from living a life informed by truth?”

 

 

 

April 20, 2017  — Confusion, Meditation, and Buddhism

There are many misconceptions about the foundations of Buddhism. This lecture will show that there are four basic pillars of Buddhism that need to be understood and investigated thoroughly. From this foundation, we can use our body/minds as vehicles to embark on the path of meditation and toward ultimate freedom.

April 27, 2017  — The Many Flavours of the Sense World: Pleasure, Pain, and Disappointment

This lecture will look at how our body, mind and consciousness help us to understand the first two principles of the Four Noble Truths. The first noble truth explains that suffering (dukkha) exists and second noble truth diagnoses the source of this suffering. The space between body and consciousness is the door to this understanding.

May 4, 2017 — Turning Down the Invitation: The Third Noble Truth

The third noble truth, which can be stated as “suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases,” shows that knowledge of “dependent origination” is the key to deeper understanding. From this deeper understanding, we must continue to build concentration to break old familiar habits so we can know directly our experiences and thoughts as they are unfolding. From this place, we can respond with freedom and clarity in the present moment.

May 11, 2017  — Every Problem Has an Answer

In the fourth noble truth, the Buddha gave us eight “tools” to use in living mindfully and fully in the world. These tools or truths are not abstract philosophical theories but practical responses to living life in a physical body.

 

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche (left) with Theodore Tsaousidis (right)

 

Teacher Theodore Tsaousidis

Theodore Tsaousidis has been practicing meditation and psycho-spiritual healing for the past forty years. Born in a rural community in Greece and immerced in a tradition of village healers, he has always been innately connected with nature and spirit. He has been a student of Buddhism for the past three decades and continues to study under traditional teachers in both Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche has requested and authorized Theodore to teach Buddhism and healing practices. For more information see>>

Location

Gaden Choling

Address: 637 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G 3E6

(One block south of St.Clair on Christie)

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