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HE Garchen Rinpoche – Jan 7, 2007 – Tibetan Meditation Center, Frederick, MD A Song of Milarepa: The story of Yogini Nyama Paldarbum

Nyama asked, “Previously, you depended on a teacher and have practiced, so what arose in your mind?”

Milarepa replied and explained, “Its’ ground basis abides like space, and it is boundless as the sky without center or boundaries. When one is looking at mind, one is practicing, one sees the root of all practice is to realize the two types of bodhicitta.”

We have to see our mind like water that has become dirty. We need to clean that water. As long as we grasp and have concepts, it will be murky water. The mind of the Buddha is like clean water. The mind of the sentient beings is like murky water. Clear water shares the same nature as muddy water. The nature of mind is like space, it is all pervasive, the nature of the mind where all concepts have been liberated is empty and clean like space. This is what needs to be realized in practice. Continue reading

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Devotion and Lineage- Lotus Garden – 2-19-12 (AM)- Lopon Jann Jackson

Good morning everyone. So this morning we did a session of shamatha as a way of reminding ourselves that without the foundation of stable calm attention, simply learning produces a lot of mental excitement. It is very easy to lose calmness, awareness, effect on environment. We are trying to balance a lot of material, learning history, including history not by practitioners. Who were the ancestors? What did they teach? How were they preserved?    How is all that integrated? hear, contemplate, and integrate by taking that knowledge in in non-conceptual space of awareness. That becomes power when it is part of your mindstream.  Shamatha–vipashyna is the bridge.

Just like that beautiful stupa in the slideshow, we know stupa has symbolism – bhumis at the spire. Can’t have that without the foundation. You need shamatha for stability and vipashyna for wisdom. [First, practice the] Four Foundations of Mindfulness, to see experience as non-substantial yet apparent. Then, practice the 4 Limitless Ones to build compassion. Then, practice the Vajrayana, [to] let it manifest, seeing things as they are. Instead of waiting for things to be perfect, which is the samsaric approach, we are seeing them as perfect, which is Vajrayana approach.

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Prescriptions and Prohibitions: Their Mode of Abiding (Part 1) – Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – 10-11-2011

Prescriptions and Prohibitions – These are prescribed what to do, all the virtuous deeds we are proscribed to practice, and all the non-virtues are prohibited. Buddha didn’t make rigid rules that he made up himself as ruler. He taught on the basis of the reality nature of phenomena. We don’t want suffering. Peace and happiness is what we want. That gives us a great opportunity, and opens your heart-mind. Think, ‘I was confused, but now I know the right things to do, and the wrong things to avoid. I have all the choice, now I’m so happy.’ That kind of nature.

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Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – Jewel Ornament of Liberation – Chapter 11: Training in Action bodhichitta

One takes the vow of action bodhichitta, and train in the three types of moral conduct, or three moral trainings. These are moral ethics of abstaining from non-virtues, [engaging in] ethics of accumulating wisdom, and [engaging in] ethics of benefiting sentient beings.

“Generosity, moral ethics, and patience are the trainings in superior morality. Meditative concentration is the training in superior thought. Discriminating wisdom awareness is the training in superior wisdom. Perseverance is the support for all three.”

You need joyous effort. This is how the six paramitas work with the three trainings. The three trainings are the impeccable, indispensable, consummate path to enlightenment.

When you meditate here, relax. You need the conducts. [When you are] physically here, and mentally have a mind absent of afflictive emotions, this is called moral conduct.  That makes a foundation for concentration. Then your mind is in the place you are.  When mind is not disturbed by capricious thoughts, there is clarity. Where there is clarity, there is a great chance to see special insight. If there is the absence of one, there is no chance to recapture the reality nature. Continue reading

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Taming the Mind 2014, HE Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, 9/19/14 Talk 1,Part 1

Taming the Mind, Importance of Truly Working with Mind, 4 Dharmas of Gampopa, 3 Kinds of Laziness, 9 Stages of Shamatha

A very good morning everyone, as we begin with welcome to the first section of the annual retreat. And of course, acknowledging the factors that allow us all to be here, there are wonderful resident administrative staff, etc. thanks all of the heads of families, the staff that reside that make it possible year after year in all the programs here.

Lisa said that everything is happening without excitement, on their own. (Laughter) That is very nice to hear; it speaks volumes. The coming and going no longer has the excitement. For a practitioner, it is good if it is less. Would be good if it was all comings, and no going without realizations, but… (Laughter) A sense of it all becoming normal, very ordinary. Very wonderful. The teachers, senior practitioner, and Welcome back the lopons and nuns. Many of you have been studying with them. For those residing here, an intensive study and practice program.

Not just within the public programs, but year round. Very helpful for entire sangha. We passed the 10th year of Lotus Garden. It is timely that a group of people are maturing in dharma. It has started; the residents can keep up the continuity. A year round possibility. I am grateful to the monks, nuns, and teachers.

With that, begin with this section. Many of you are aware of Taming the Mind from last year. A series of teaching/ practice sessions emphasizing cultivating of meditation as foundation of practice. From last year, will recall the branching of the retreat to 3 parts.

The first part is to understanding meditation – hinayana, whatever, knowing the terminology is not about groups of people, but one’s own mind, working with one’s own mind, one’s own training of mind, focusing on silence, stillness, and non-thought. Three basic principles, following Buddha’s words. Any practitioner that doesn’t recognize one’s own mind as the basis of dharma doesn’t get dharma. Training the mind is very basis of dharma. Such a person who understands this closely accurately understands the relationship to the path of practice.

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Garchen Rinpoche – Bodhichitta Teachings, 4/13/14 – Alexandria, Va.

Today, we will receive the bodhisattva vow. This adds to the refuge vow you received before. Having cultivated refuge, we engage in bodhisattva vow commitment, the two-fold aspiration bodhichita and activity bodhichita.

Especially in the Drikung Kagyu lineage, this prayer is at the very beginning. In this prayer of mind cultivation, the entire bodhisattva vow is contained.

May they experience happiness, be separated from suffering,

And swiftly I will establish them in the state of unsurpassed, perfect and precious Buddhahood.

We think, “What can I do to liberate sentient beings?” All the Buddhas of the three times have only the thought of this, to liberate sentient beings form suffering, so to have the is ongoing mind state to wish to liberate sentient beings in the aspiration bodhichita, then the bodhisattva prayer is the engaged through the 6 paramitas and so on. So we take on the commitment for all beings, the prayers you recite later are very clear. You can really get the whole meaning from prayers. In Buddhism in general, there are often many questions about the recitations, especially when we first take refuge and cultivate bodhichita. All sadhanas begin with refuge and bodhichita. We talked about refuge before, haven taken refuge; we want to become free from suffering. Only Buddha figured out how to get free from suffering, take refuge in Buddha what will protect us? Dharma – the path. Sangha are the companions. Continue reading

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Garchen Rinpoche 4-12-14 – Yamantaka Empowerment Introduction teachings – Alexandria, VA

I would like to greet my dharma friends. Thanks for coming. This is a very meaningful gathering with great purpose. It is said in Buddhism, if only 4 sangha members come together, they think of all mother sentient beings, even a small assembly can fulfills something very powerful. So thank you again for coming.

According to the program, I will give instruction on deity Yamantaka. What is purpose of these instructions? In general, according to Drikung Kagyu, it is widespread practice. because it is widespread, many disciples asked about the deity. They feel something is distinct about his deity. So when they engage in this in the 3 vehicles it becomes a great elaboration, many distinct levels of teachings, which created doubts and questions in their minds, to clear these, I will instruct this deity to the best of my abilities.

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Dzigar Kongtrol Rinpoche – Lotus Garden Shedra 2011 – Chandrakirti – July 5-6, 2011

Chandrakirti’s Introduction to the Middle Way

Chapter 5 – July 5, 2011

start of Chapter 6  – July 6, 2011

Chapter 5- Hard to keep

The Great Ones on the ground called Hard to Keep cannot be overcome by all the hosts of demons. Strong in concentration, excellent in mind, In subtle grasp of truth they have great skill.  

 Hard to keep

A: The definition

“The great ones who dwell on the fifth ground, Hard to Keep, cannot be overwhelmed or defeated by demonic forces. “ Continue reading

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Review of 2006 Shedra – Lopon Jann Jackson – Morning – 4/14/07

We are going to do a Review of H.E. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s teaching at 2006 Shedra.  Shedra is a total immersion training program to turn away from ordinary activities with body speech and mind.  After years of training, one doesn’t just get a degree.  A khenpo gets a PHD in being a complete human being.

For the next 2 ½ hours, you will not be thinking your usual thoughts. You are doing something different. At the beginning of a day, you are setting aspiration for entire day. Ordinary activities are being turned away from. Hopefully this sparks some inquisitiveness.

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Nuba Rinpoche – 2 day bodhichitta vow, part 2- TMC Frederick – 6/6/11

(Part 1)

I am crying with joy that I am able to give this great bodhichitta generation in the traditional way. 

You are all very fortunate to receive this.

Originally, I was going to do it simplified. But then I thought, after the past week of teachings on the Uttaratantra Shastra, when you have been listening so intently, I should do the traditional way. Also, this center is one of the oldest in this country, and there is much blessings in this month, according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar.

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