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Life as Cinema by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

January 26, 2011


  This teaching was originally published in Shambhala Sun Magazine in 2003. Just suppose that we have been born in a cinema hall. We don’t know that what is going on in front of us is just a projection. We don’t know that it is just a film, just a movie, and that the events […]

B. Alan Wallace on the Pursuits of Understanding, Happiness and Virtue

January 7, 2011


Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind. Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist […]

H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang on the subtle effects of meditation posture

September 27, 2010


H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche is the thirty-seventh Drikung Kyabgon, head of the Drikung Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. He has worked tirelessly to renew and spread its scholarly and meditative traditions in many countries including the United States. He lives at the seat of the Drikung Kagyu order in Dehra Dun, India. On his […]

Vultures and charnel grounds – East and West

August 28, 2010


OK, I know this post is has little to do with developments in Buddhism here in the UK (pigeons are no match for vultures as a native avian species and our “health and safety gone mad” culture would present some pretty major obstacles). Nonetheless the subject is fascinating – let’s call it a meditation on impermanence… The incredible photographs are […]

The Four Maras

August 26, 2010


Having recently posted on Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s reflections on Buddhism in the West, I’m devoting some time to the Buddhist concept of “maras” as obstacles to practice. According to Dzigar Kongtrul: “There are many challenges on this path. These challenges, or maras, are not unique to the West; the works of maras are crucial buddhist […]

The ri-mé approach – excerpt from the introduction to “The Autobiography of Jamgön Kongtrul”

July 26, 2010


In the introduction to his masterful translation of the autobiography of the Great Jamgön Kongtrul, Lödro Thayé (1813-1899), Richard Barron comments on the meaning of the ri-mé approach: In the mid 1980s, I had the opportunity to interpret a public talk given by the late Jamgön Kongtrul Rinpoché in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. During that […]

What is Dzogchen? – Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

June 28, 2010


Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is a Dzogchen teacher who was born in 1938 in Derge, Kham (Eastern Tibet). When he was two years old, he was recognized as the ‘mindstream emanation’ of the great Dzogchen teacher, Adzom Drugpa (1842-1924), at five he was also recognized as a mindstream emanation of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (1594–1651). From an […]