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Asoka and Akbar ~Exemplary Syncretists

Dharma Chakra – the Wheel of Dharma   Came across these two chaps again in recent reading and thought I’d put together a few details about their lives …..mainly because of their commitment to religious pluralism, an attitude that certainly

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A Gift of Dhamma from Ajahn Chah

I came across this nice essay from Ajahn Chah. I will post some excerpts and you can check out the whole lot here… http://hsuyun.org/features1/inspirational/724-giftofdhamma.html Ajahn Chah was a Theravadan Buddhist teacher. This is the ”narrower” path than Vajrayana or Mahayana.

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Basic Buddhist Meditation for Disatisfaction/Suffering

From naturalawareness.net BASIC BUDDHIST MEDITATION FOUR TRUTHS • Dissatisfaction (suffering, difficulty, discomfort) arises. • Dissatisfaction is caused by struggling (a.k.a. craving, attachment, reactive emotion). • Dissatisfaction can be ended. • The path to end dissatisfaction is bringing attention and skillful

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Red Dakini ~ Vajrayogini

http://somathread.ning.com/groups/buddhism/forum/red-dakini-vajrayogini Dakini are described as women who fly, she who moves in space…sky dancers. The name originally came from the Tibetan word ”Khandro”. Dakinis are said to be the embodiment of Intuition. The space they fly through is the Shunyata..the

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Ten Grounds of Bodhisattva

http://somathread.ning.com/groups/buddhism/forum/ten-grounds-of-bodhisattva These are said to be the stages or grounds (also called Bhumis) that the Bodhisattva must traverse to reach enlightenment. It is mainly from the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. The Ten Grounds are… 1)The Joyful Land or Great Joy (Happiness)

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Tilopa

  Tilopa is a very interesting character. He was born in the 10th century in India of royal descent, and lived as King, but was dissatisfied with that life. He had a vision of a dakini who told him to

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The Eight-Fold Path

The Four Noble Truths give rise to the Eight Fold Path which is the Journey out of samsara (the repeating cycle of birth, life, deqath and rebirth, ad infinitum)….. The Eight Fold Path is a highly practical outline of an approach to

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Milarepa ~ From Dark Mage to Green Sage

(Milarepa by Roerich)   Milarepa is one of the best-loved and most epic characters in the story of Tibet. The bad boy made good. When he was young his family was dispossessed after his father’s death, and all their hereditary

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Matthieu Ricard

I have recently come across this guy. I find him very interesting and inspirational. He elucidates Tibetan Buddhist approaches in a very scientific and clear manner….. He was born in France and then… He worked for a Ph.D. degree in molecular

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Lojong ~ Mind Training Aphorisms

This is a bit long but interesting (I think). I have joined the translations of the 59 slogans from various sources to make each one clearer (I hope) :). Lojong ~ Mind Training Aphorisms. These set of 59 slogans or

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The Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra is the most most famous teaching in Mahayana Buddhism, encapsulating the essence of the teachings. It is estimated to have been composed between the 2nd and 4th centuries CE. I asked the leaf whether it was scared

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The Four Noble Truths

Back to Basics. The Good Basics 🙂 The truth of dukkha (suffering, anxiety, dissatisfaction) The truth of the origin of dukkha The truth of the cessation of dukkha The truth of the path leading to the cessation of dukkha Extracts on the Four Noble Truths

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Tonglen

“May I be the protector to the vulnerable;  a guide to those traveling; a bridge for the farther shore. May the suffering of all completely cease. May I be the healer and medicine, nursing all the sick of this world,

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Bon

It is often said that Tibetan Buddhism is a combination of regular Buddhism and Bon, which gives it a unique flavour. This may or may not b e so…But…. what is Bon? Bon was the original native religion of Tibet

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Yeshe Tsogyal ~ Mother Buddha

Yeshe Tsogyal is known as Mother of Tibetan Buddhism. She was the consort of Padmasambhava, the Indian tantric teacher who brought Buddhism to Tibet. She was born into a royal family in about 757 AD. She is often equated with

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Pema Chodron ~ Lean In

(Art ~ Olga Klimova)   Lean into the sharp points and fully experience them. The essence of bravery is being without self-deception. Wisdom is inherent in (understanding) emotions. Pema Chodron ~ “…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and

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The Five Slogans of Machig Labdron

The Five Slogans of Machig Labdron The Buddha prophesied: “When my teaching is thin like a tea leaf, the embodiment of the Great Mother, whose name is Labdrön will come and her activity will be far reaching. Anyone who is

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Bodhisattva Never Disparaging

We should not look down on ourselves. We should not see ourselves as worthless and always withdraw into the background (Master Guishan) The story of the monk called ”Bodhisattva Never Disparaging” comes from the Lotus Sutra. It was this monks

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The Heart Sutra

gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi, svaha! Going Going Always going beyond to the other shore Always becoming awakened So be it!

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Zenrin Kushu

Zenrin kushu is ”a text of Japanese zen, the title of which means ‘Anthology of Passages from the Forests of Zen’. This two-fascicle work was first assembled in the medieval period by the Rinzai monk Tōyō Eichi (1428-1504), but did not see publication until

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