Two Necessities: Distilling the Essence of the Buddha’s Teachings

Two Necessities: Distilling the Essence For anyone following the way of Mahamudra, Zen or Dzogchen, two aspects of a methodology to release the hallucination of samsara, are seemingly necessary. At first, a reorientation of consciousness that breaks the all absorbing...

The Best Pointing Out Instructions

An Anthology of the Best “Pointing Out” Instructions Lama Gendun on the Nature of Mind: “The recognition of the nature of mind is the only thing that we actually need –it has the power to liberate us from everything and to liberate all beings in the universe, too. All...

The Sport of the Buddha’s

Vajrasattva asks Samantabhadra: How is it that we as self-perfected Buddhas can enter and experience the samsaric dimension from the samsaric point of view? Samantabhadra responded: In order for this to happen, and it is a great sport yet fraught with many dangers,...

The Heart of Vajrasattva Prayer

Heart of Vajrasattva This prayer written by Guru Rinpoche protects those who have fallen prey to ignorance and impaired their samayas. This popular confessional prayer was structured around the short six-syllable Mantra of Vajrassattva, Om Vajra Sattva Hum. It was...

Look at the Great Light

Words of Blessings – Look at the Great Light (New Year’s Message, January 1, 1984 from Zen Master ToeongSeongcheol) As the brilliant sun rises in the blue sky, endless, eternal light pervades the entire universe. Heaven and hell, the noble and the evil all...
Beyond Concepts

Beyond Concepts

Lama Anam Thubten: “We just get rid of all of our concepts, all of our painful concepts, whatever concepts we are having an affair with. We are always having an affair with concepts and there are plenty of them. Every concept has a story line. Think about it. “I...

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