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viernes, 16 de noviembre de 2012

December 2012 Issue of Thar Lam

December 2012 Issue of Thar Lam Now Available

This issue includes teachings by Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa on the Four Dharmas of Gampopa, H.E. 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche on Meditation in Action, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche on Clarifying the Natural State, Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche on Relative & Absolute Bodhichitta, and a
feature interview with Pong Re Tulku Rinpoche.


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sábado, 3 de noviembre de 2012

New Book by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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We have a new book available by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Open Door to Emptiness
US$17.50, 134 pages

One of the most important concepts in Mahayana Buddhism is the
concept of Emptiness. We have experiences that in fact appear,
but when they are examined closely in four careful analyses of the
Middle-way (Madhyamaka) they are found to have no substantiality or
inherent reality. This fact has led the Buddha and many highly realized
masters to declare that our reality is like a mirage, a dream, a drop of dew.
This is important because if we don't fully comprehend the insubstantiality
of phenomena, we cannot really reduce our attachment to the world.
Without this, we cannot develop true, universal compassion for all
sentient beings.

In this book, Thrangu Rinpoche gives a careful evaluation of the four
great analyses of Mipham Rinpoche in his Gateway to Knowledge in a
simple, direct, and practical manner.

"The teachings of Thrangu Rinpoche, the supreme lord of refuge and
great abbot, are to be taken not as mere commentary upon the words
and an explanation of their meaning, but rather as actual blessings and
instructions drawn from his experience, ornamented by love, compassion,
and realization. " --Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

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jueves, 30 de agosto de 2012

Monthly Dharma Teaching # 31 from Palpung Publications

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Mahamudra Practice
By the 12th Chamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche

So far, I have been teaching about Mahamudra in a very general sort of way. You may call it an introduction or summary of Mahamudra. Now, I thought perhaps it will be beneficial for all of us to learn about Mahamudra practice, not just a general introduction but about practice. It will also be very much an introduction to, or a summary of, the practice. In principle, all the teachings of Buddha are for practice; all the teachings of Buddha only give us the final or complete result if we practice them. Without practice, of course, we get benefits. For example, knowing something is much better that not knowing, and knowing correctly is much better than knowing incorrectly. So this way, knowing dharma is very, very beneficial. Just associating with dharma is also very, very beneficial. Associating with good things is much better than associating with bad things, and associating with the right thing is much better than associating with the wrong things. So association with the dharma and understanding of the dharma is all beneficial, but we only achieve the total benefit if we practice.

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martes, 31 de julio de 2012

Monthly Dharma Teaching # 30 from Palpung Publications

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Introducing Mahamudra
By the 12th Chamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche

As I was requested, I am going to give teachings on Mahamudra. Mahamudra, as a teaching, is presented in an enormous amount of texts, some of which might take a very long time: some as much as a year, with daily teaching sessions. Then, Mahamudra introducing the nature of mind might not even take one hour. So there is so much variety in the Mahamudra teachings. Therefore, I am not going to teach from just one particular Mahamudra text. This will be very much like an introduction for those who don't know anything about Mahamudra, or for those who know very little about Mahamudra. For those who know a lot about Mahamudra, it will be a reminder, because when you know a lot you might get a little bit mixed up. So this might sort out some of the over lapping and some of the confusion, or what is unclear about the Mahamudra teachings in general. So for that purpose, I am teaching Mahamudra here as an introduction or clarification or general teaching.

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viernes, 20 de julio de 2012

August 2012 issue of Thar Lam

Dear Friends,

The August 2012 issue of Thar Lam is now available.

This issue includes teachings by Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa on the Four Dharmas of Gampopa, H.E. 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche on Buddhism & Psychotherapy, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche on Meditative Concentration, Ven. Lama Tenam on the Lineage of Kenting Tai Situpa and Palpung as well as book reviews and updates on the activities of Palpung Sherabling and Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa.

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domingo, 1 de julio de 2012

Monthly Dharma Teaching # 29 from Palpung Publications

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The Four Immeasurables in the Context of Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom
By the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

Knowledge, discriminating wisdom or prajna concerns the correct view. Why? We all know that samsara or "cyclic existence" entails suffering and wish to become free of the inadequacies of conditioned existence by achieving nirvana or "freedom from suffering." Merely understanding that samsara is suffering and nirvana is peace is not sufficient to attain liberation. We must have thorough knowledge of what samsara and nirvana actually are in order to attain the correct view concerning the ultimate reality of dharmata, "suchness, meaningfulness, being as such," which enables us to properly focus our attention on the healthy and pure outlook.

Without the basis of the correct view, we would not be able to follow the path of the Buddhadharma, which eventually leads to fruition. For example, if someone intends to reach a specific destination without knowing where it is located or how to get there, they could not possibly arrive. They must study all details of their journey before setting out. Similarly, the proper view is essential before embarking on the spiritual path to enlightenment. The healthy view is the irremissible condition for meditative practices. Lacking the view, we persist with our materialistic ideas and remain beset by spiritual materialism.

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New Book by Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa

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We have a new book available:

Essential Teachings of Gampopa by Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa

US$19.50. 115 pages.

This book contains 12 essential teachings of Lord Gampopa.

The four dharmas of Gampopa: May My Mind Turn Towards the Dharma; May Dharma Progress Along the Path; May the Path Clarify Confusion; May Confusion Dawn as Wisdom.

The Four Obstacles to Enlightenment: Attachment to the Things Related to This Life; Attachment to the Pleasure of Samsara; Attachment to the Pleasure of Nirvana; Not Knowing the Ways and Means of Liberation.

The Four Remedies to the Four Obstacles: Impermanence; Karma and the Suffering of Samsara; Loving-kindness and Compassion; Bodhichitta.

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sábado, 16 de junio de 2012

New Book - The First Karmapa

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We have a new book available:

The First Karmapa: The Life and Teachings of Dusum Khyenpa

Foreword by 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Nine hundred years ago, the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, inspired his disciples through his teachings and through the example of his life. This first English translation of his teachings and biographies allows contemporary readers to experience this great masters forthright manner, feel his commitment to practice, and receive the teachings he gave in both word and deed.

290 pages US$21

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viernes, 1 de junio de 2012

Monthly Dharma Teaching # 28 from Palpung Publications

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Warm Heart Open Mind (5)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

My main interest, as you know, is emotional human value in order to have a better world, a more harmonious world, a more peaceful world and also a more stable environment. Then, another thing is the promotion of religious harmony. So wherever I go, I always keep these two things in my mind. Now, certainly, I always recommend peace. At the same time, I am always eager to learn from different experiences and from other people. Also, whenever I meet some religious believer I am always very eager to learn from them, from their own tradition and what their experience is. Similarly those in different scientific fields I am eager to learn from. I can accept the computer now. [laughter] I have loads of enthusiasm to learn. Also some new fields I am very eager to learn about. So, I always feel not only is it a great honour, but also I feel a very keen interest to learn from scholars, from all of the different assemblies of knowledgeable persons. So I am very happy to have this opportunity. So, perhaps the main thing is harmonization.

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sábado, 12 de mayo de 2012

New Publications by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Dear Friends,

We have several new publications available by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche:

DVD - An Introduction to Meditation: US$19.95

Ngondro

DVD - The Foundational Practices, Part 1 – The Four Thoughts: US$49.95

DVD - The Foundational Practices, Part 2 – The Unique Foundational Practices: US$69.95 (Restricted)

MP3 - The Foundational Practices Part 1 and 2 MP3 CD: US$58 (Restricted)

Booklet - Nectar of the Simple Yogi (Short Kagyu ngondro text): US$13.95

Booklet - The Chariot for Traveling the Noble Path (long Kagyu ngondro): US$19.95

Mahamudra

Booklet - Mahamudra: Pointing Out the Dharmakaya: US$22.50 (Restricted)

MP3 - Pointing Out the Dharmakaya: by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Pt. 1: US$69.95 (Restricted)

MP3 - Pointing Out the Dharmakaya: by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Pt. 2: US$69.95 (Restricted)

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miércoles, 2 de mayo de 2012

Monthly Dharma Teaching # 27 from Palpung Publications

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The Five Strengths
The 12th Chamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche

In the Vajrayana teachings there is one very important aspect that involves antidotes. Antidotes for all the fear, antidotes for all the anxiety, and antidotes for all the regrets that might happen when our doctor tells us: "I'm sorry, we have done our best, but this is it." So when that happens we should not be overwhelmed by it. We should be able to say: "Yes alright, it's okay." We should be able to pull ourselves together and finish that half-done will, otherwise we go and everybody is left behind to fight with each other. It's pretty bad. So we should be able to take care of that as well.

In Tibetan it is nyenpo tob nga: nyenpo means 'antidote', tob means 'strength', and nga means 'five'. So through these five understandings and five confirmations, five practices will help us to overcome any shortcomings in everything, but especially when the end of this life and the beginning of the next life takes place.

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lunes, 2 de abril de 2012

Monthly Dharma Teaching # 26 from Palpung Publications

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Ultimately Perfect
The 12th Chamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche

I am sharing a few words of dharma which I have received from my sacred and kind enlightened masters. The subject requested here is 'ultimately perfect'. It is quite obvious that we are talking about ultimate by definition of being ultimate which is beyond the opposite of relative. Normally when we say ultimate we are talking about it as the opposite of relative, so the relatively speaking ultimate. That ultimate is sometimes perfect and sometimes not, but if you go beyond that, then everything is perfect. The easiest way to look at this aspect of ultimate is by looking at the mind—in each one of us, everything that is perfect is our mind. Our mind is perfect but our thoughts are not perfect, our perceptions are not perfect, and our body definitely is not perfect, it can't even fly or jump very well. Monkeys have a hundred times better body than we do. For example, their feet are useful in that they don't need staircases. But we need staircases because our feet are useless—we have to walk up, we can't just hold on with our hands. We say hold on with our hands; we never say hold on with our feet! Anyway, when I say ultimate you have to know that we are talking about the ultimate which is beyond the dualistic definition of ultimate and relative.

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jueves, 22 de marzo de 2012

April 2012 Thar Lam

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April 2012 issue of Thar Lam

This issue includes teachings by Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa on Physical and Mental Health, H.E. 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche on Vajrayana Empowerments, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche on Meditative Concentration as well as Tibetan New Year messages from HH Karmapa and Kenting Tai Situpa, book reviews and updates on the activities of Palpung Sherabling and Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa.

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sábado, 3 de marzo de 2012

Monthly Dharma Teaching # 25 from Palpung Publications

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Warm Heart Open Mind (4)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

We are now entering the twenty-first century. I think the beginning of this century was not a very happy one. Some tragic situations happened at the very beginning of this century. I believe that these tragic situations did not happen suddenly, but because of the left over influences of the nineteenth century and also especially the twentieth century.

In spite of the tremendous economic development and modern education, health care, and all sorts of new inventions, the new findings of science, still we are human beings, so still in our mind different kinds of emotions are there. So, on top of this modern development, mainly the material aspect, now the time has come to take more care about human emotions. Now suddenly, all the various different religious traditions have an important role, which is to make a new shape or a shift in human emotions. Obviously, all religious traditions are concerned about love, compassion, tolerance, forgiveness, self-discipline, contentment, and so on. These are the methods to reduce negative emotions and to increase, to strengthen the positive emotions. Certainly all the different religious traditions adopt these things in the same way. Among these different traditions Buddhism is certainly one of the very important traditions. I think one unique Buddhist thing is the Buddhist way of thinking; the Buddhist way or approach to our emotions is mainly using human intelligence.

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viernes, 24 de febrero de 2012

New Titles Available

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Now available:

The Aspiration of Kuntu Zangpo

By Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa

278 pages. US$24.95

The aspiration of Kuntu Zangpo, the prayer of the Primordial Buddha, is one of the deepest and most profound Buddhist texts. It is also a prayer of aspiration on the path of awakening to the true nature of reality. It expresses the different forms in which primordial awareness appears and helps us to understand that it is only our clouded understanding that makes things appear as other than they really are.

Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa's line-by-line teaching is based on the commentary by the 15th Gyalwa Karmapa.

"The prayer is such that by hearing it, by understanding it, there is no way and no possibility for you not to get enlightened."  The 15th Gyalwa Karmapa

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Now back in print, a new edition of

Rechungpa, A Biography of Milarepa's Disciple

By Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Foreword by His Holiness 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

117 pages. US$14.50

Milarepa, Tibet's greatest saint, had two major disciples: Gampopa, who established the monastic foundation of the Kagyu lineage, and Rechungpa, who traveled to India and brought back profound teachings which were absorbed into several lineages. Rechungpa's biography stands out because of the unorthodox unfolding of his realization. His pride and arrogance caused him to go against Milarepa's advice three times, putting his practice at risk. Even with this obstacle, Rechungpa's undying devotion to Milarepa served as the cause for his enlightenment as evidenced by Rechungpa's achievement of rainbow body at his death.

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jueves, 2 de febrero de 2012

Monthly Dharma Teaching # 24 from Palpung Publications

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The Essential Teachings of the Buddhadharma
the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

During this lecture I wish to discuss the view, meditation and action in the Buddhist tradition in general.

The Buddhist teachings are very vast and profound. In order to be able to integrate the teachings properly, one must proceed by learning the view, by meditating on the instructions and by acting accordingly, all three aspects must be present.

There are 84,000 general teachings of the Buddha. All teachings are directed towards becoming free from the three mind poisons of ignorance, attachment and aversion. As such, there are what is known as the three baskets of teachings showing how to become free of these poisons. These three baskets of teachings are presented in the three vehicles of learning: discipline, meditation and wisdom. These three are employed in order to develop the three wisdoms won from hearing, from contemplating and from meditating, and to engender the correct view, meditation and action. The three vehicles of learning are explained in the three baskets of teachings, summarized in the two truths: the relative and ultimate truths.

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martes, 3 de enero de 2012

Monthly Dharma Teaching # 23 from Palpung Publications

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The Essence of Dharma is the Essence of Dharma
the 12th Chamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche

The essence of dharma is a very simple way to describe what so called 'Buddhism' is. Now when you reach so called Buddhahood it doesn't mean you reach the realization of only good things, you reach the realization of the essence of all good things, the essence of all bad things, and the essence of all so-called neutral things, everything. You cannot have a Buddha who is ignorant about everything except the good things. So Buddha by definition is realizing the essence of all dharma. Therefore the essence of all dharma, where is it? Where is the essence of all dharma? The essence of all dharma is in us. For me the essence of all dharma is in me and for you the essence of all dharma is in you, in your being. Then, the essence of dharma cannot be different from the essence of dharma of everyone.

So this is what Buddhism is all about. Of course we have dogma, we have infrastructure, we have hierarchy, we have rituals and of course we have ascetics who are not involved in hierarchy and all these things. But regardless of all of that it doesn't make any difference to the essence, but it is sometimes helpful at some stage for us to have hierarchy, ritual and dogma etc. For example, if you have a 100-storey building with 10,000 rooms you have to have an elevator, and if your elevator buttons don't have numbers and your floors don't have numbers and your rooms don't have numbers, then how are you going to function? To find 2 your friend you would have to search from top to bottom, room by room and knock on each door. But still you might not find them because while you are searching on one floor your friend could have gone to another floor which you have already searched. Therefore, hierarchy, ritual, infrastructure, all of these things are necessary, but once you reach beyond that and once you have the capacity to know what is what and who is where, then you don't need it

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