Buddha Weekly: Buddhist Practices, Mindfulness, Meditation
Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche has taught in the West for 40 years and is the spiritual head of Gaden Choling for the West centres in Canada, U.S. and Australia.
Among the best known — and yet most mysterious — practices in Tibetan Buddhism is the kindness Metta meditation known as Tonglen. Described as a Bodhichitta practice, “a wonderful practice!”, Venerable Zasep Rinpoche teaches why it is important, the merit of the practice, and how to actually perform Tonglen visualization meditation. (Guided video below.)
“You send out your love to all sentient beings,” says Zasep Rinpoche. Tonglen is a recommended practice for developing Bodhichitta, and creating merit for yourself — and helping others with healing. Tonglen is often practised for people who are sick or dying to relieve their suffering.
The Tibetan practice of “giving” love and healing energy, and “taking away” the suffering of others, visualized as a meditation. The act of generosity, of giving your best, and taking into yourself the darkness, is an act of Metta kindness.
This beautiful, short teaching ends with the wonderful Om Mani Padme Hum compassion mantra, magnificently chanted by Yoko Dharma.
Make yourself comfortable, think kind thoughts, and listen as Venerable Zasep Rinpoche teaches Tonglen and guides you through visualizing “sending out your love and healing”, then “taking in the suffering of others.”
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Rinpoche begins by explaining why it is considered one of the most important of Bodhichitta practices, a meritorious act of giving your love and strength to other beings, and taking in their suffering into your own heart, where it is purified by your love. Some highlights:
Yoko Dharma’s wonderful collection of Tibetan Buddhist mantras is available for download.
Transcript in progress.
Rinpoche is popularly known for his approachable teaching style, strong humor and teachings based on a long lineage of great lamas. His own gurus included the most celebrated of Gelug teachers: His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Thupten Wanggyel, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Venerable Lati Rinpoche, Venerable Tara Tulku Rinpoche and Venerable Khalkha Jetsun Dampa Rinpoche.
Rinpoche is spiritual director of many temples, meditation centres and retreat centres in Australia, the United States and Canada. He was first invited to teach in Australia by Lama Thubten Yeshe in 1976.
More on Zasep Tulku Rinpoche>>
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Yoko Dharma’s brilliant vocalization of Medicine Buddha is used with her kind permission. Information on Yoko Dharma (or to download the track) please visit here>>
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