Tulku Urgyen’s Pointing Out Instructions

Tulku Urgyen’s “Direct Introduction to Rigpa” video and transcript: Transcript: “Freeing the moment of seeing, meaning the very moment of seeing your own nature, in the first and second instant or a second afterwards, there is no thought. Is there anything more...

Xiangyan’s Great Enlightenment

Xiangyan’s Great Enlightenment Zen master Xiangyan was bright in nature. Being at the assembly of Guishan, he was well learned and had extensive memory. Guishan one day said to Xiangyan, “Everything you say is what you’ve memorised from commentaries. Now I am going to...
Just This Is It

Just This Is It

Ancestor Dongshan Liangjie (807-869). After some period of practice with Yunyan, just before departing to visit other teachers, Dongshan asked Yunyan, “Later on, if I am asked to describe your reality, how should I respond?” After a pause, Yunyan said, “Just this is...
Vajrasattva Mantra

Vajrasattva Mantra

“You are the primordial awareness of skillful means the indestructible state beyond all concepts, Realized in the nature of the Great Mother, transcendental wisdom free from any reference, Displaying your compassion, in all its variety, in every kind of way — O...
The Precepts

The Precepts

SILA – SKILLFUL-MEANINGFUL BEHAVIOUR/ETHICS Our natural state is empty, open, aware, vast, cognizant luminosity, spontaneous freedom, stable calm, active compassion and contended joy. As we unfold this natural state in our lives we need to guard ourselves from...
Going for Refuge

Going for Refuge

GOING FOR REFUGE Going for refuge and taking the precepts is the cornerstone of all the Buddhist paths. It usually becomes a turning point in a person’s life. One where they work toward an ideal – this ideal being shown to us through The Buddha – a...
The Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra

THE HEART SUTRA The Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokateshvara, while in deep meditative concentration, absorption and curious inquiry, looked deeply into the nature of experience, penetrated fully to the intuitve realization of the emptiness of the skandhas and after...

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....

Yogic Code

The Yogic Code by OM Das (Ian Paul Marshall) Just for Today… (Ahimsa) May I practice non-harm to all living beings including myself in thoughts, words and deeds and may my thoughts, words and deeds be loving and kind in all my encounters. (Satya) May I have the...

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