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Feb 01
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Understanding Dön Season

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When the world is filled with evil, pacify the Döns and Mamos

by Russell Rodgers

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is a period before the Tibetan New Year in the late winter/early spring when accumulated karma comes to fruition and societal obstacles arise. This year, between February 16 – 25, we will do “Mamo Practice” to purify obstacles of the old year. Then, on Shambhala Day, February 27, we can start afresh with the new year.

At this time, when we look around the world, there seems to be no relief from suffering and no escape from the karmic baggage we humans have created. On a personal level, accidents, sickness and general bad luck tend to be on our minds. From an ordinary, non-Buddhist point of view, we could say that we have survived the winter solstice but the harshness and darkness of winter are still dragging on. The fresh promise of spring and bliss of summer have not yet arisen.  Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has requested that all Shambhala Centres perform a pacification of obstacles practice during the period before Shambhala Day. Continue…

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An Indestructible State of Being

When we fly in an airplane above the clouds, we realize that the sun is always shining even when it is cloudy and rainy below. In the same way, when we cease to hold on to our identity, our ego, we begin to see that the ... continue
Posted May 16, 2011 by

Not Reducing Creativity to Monetary Terms

People’s creativity is very much alive, but when they get paid for their creativity, they often experience that as rather meaningless. Money as the reward for their creative process is very one-dimensional, a tremendous comedown. That’s why it is sad to reduce every creative force to ... continue
Posted May 10, 2011 by

Burning Heart

In the wilds of the Deer Park in Sarnath There are the monasteries and shrines, relics of Buddhism. A stray dog finds a wounded deer lying in a shed And licks it in an attempt to try and heal the wound, But the interior damage is impossible to reach with ... continue
Posted April 19, 2011 by

The Stroke of a Hair

With greater clarity, pain is experienced more harshly, more precisely and directly. According to the abhidharma, the Buddhist teachings on psychology and philosophy, the unwise feel pain as the stroke of a hair on the hand, but the wise feel pain as the stroke of a ... continue
Posted April 15, 2011 by

Both Light and Shadow are Necessary

Unless we have an understanding and acceptance of pain, we will have no way to transcend that pain. Throughout our lives we are struggling. We struggle because, in our being, we feel we are what we are and cannot change. We are constantly anxious. Why? Goodness ... continue
Posted April 12, 2011 by

Three Elements of Insight Meditation

Insight meditation practice is based on three fundamental factors: first, not centralizing inward; second, not having any longing to become higher; and third, becoming completely identified with here and now. These three elements run right through the practice of meditation, from the beginning up to the ... continue
Posted April 7, 2011 by

After the Teacher is Gone

One of the Buddhist scriptures says: “Since Buddha-nature pervades all beings, there is no such thing as an unsuitable candidate (for buddhahood or the Buddhist teachings).” This scripture was composed after the death of Buddha, after the Parinirvana. In the world of gods and humans, everyone began ... continue
Posted April 4, 2011 by
From the Archives: The Fourth Moment

From the Archives: The Fourth Moment – HIGHLIGHT

In anticipation of the 24th Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on April 4th, the Shambhala Times shares an excerpt from a lecture by Trungpa Rinpoche during the first summer session of the Naropa Institute in July 1974. Originally titled, “Meditation and the Fourth Moment,” ... continue
Posted April 3, 2011 by

Movies as Eye Massage

“When people go to a movie, they go because they want a change, something to see besides their usual scene of washing dishes, working in their office, or whatever. They need space. So if the movie presents space, no matter how irritating it may be, it ... continue
Posted March 28, 2011 by

One Becomes the Teaching

“The spirituality of Buddhism is a nontheistic one. It deals with the ways and means of attaining enlightenment, discovering buddha within through the aid of great teachers and the diligent practice of meditation. It has always been emphasized that one does not purely practice the dharma, ... continue
Posted March 22, 2011 by

The Artful Quality of Tantra

“Tantra, the ultimate teaching of Buddhism, is fantastically precise and pure. There is a pronounced artful quality. Tantric practitioners are good artists, who paint good pictures that do not try to con one. Tantric practitioners are good musicians, who do not fool around banging away at ... continue
Posted March 18, 2011 by

All Your Polarities Are Valid

A critical attitude towards oneself doesn’t mean that you have to be hateful of yourself. The critical attitude can be accompanied by compassion and warmth. All your polarities are equally valid, whether weakness or strength. There’s no point in splitting your basic being into several parts ... continue
Posted March 14, 2011 by

Shambhala Day Address – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Day Address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche May the dawn of basic goodness arise. May the confidence of goodness be eternal. May goodness be all-victorious. May that goodness bring profound, brilliant glory. I am back! [Applause and cheering] I’m rested, and I’m ready to go. And I love you all. Thank ... continue
Posted March 12, 2011 by

Mocking Ego’s Deception

Cutting through confusion is an easy matter if we know what to cut. In tantric philosophy, it is said that the destruction of ego is the spontaneous action of enlightened energy. Here the Lion’s Roar is not a roar of victory, but a roar that mocks ... continue
Posted March 10, 2011 by

You Cannot Drive a Camel Through the Eye of a Needle

When we talk of “higher” things, we tend to think in terms of our own point of view, a bigger version of ourselves, an expansion of ourselves. It is like looking at ourselves in a magnifying mirror. When we speak of God or achieving union with ... continue
Posted March 7, 2011 by

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