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Intention and Motivation

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The second of two excerpts from An Ocean of Blessings, a book of teachings by Penor Rinpoche; this one emphasizes the practice of Dharma

We already possess enlightened mind, buddha nature; it has been there from the very beginning, but we cannot see it because of our obscurations. The only way to see it is to practice the Dharma, confess our negative actions, purify our obscurations, and keep following the right path. If there were no omniscient wisdom within us, there would be no point in going through the hardships of practicing Dharma. For instance, if there is gold in the earth, we can find it by digging, but if there is no gold, then we won’t find any no matter how much we dig. Likewise, buddha nature is within us, and we have the potential to awaken it, so it is through digging away obscurations with the shovels of confession and purification that our buddha nature will become apparent.

It is said that Dharma practice depends on our motivation, and if we don’t do the prayers for the dedication of merit, our practice won’t have much effect. Whatever practice we engage in, such as prostrations, yidam deity practice, mantra recitation, and so forth, our pure motivation is the most important factor for it to be successful, and as soon as we finish our practice, we should dedicate it with prayers. If we don’t do dedication prayers for the benefit of all beings, then the merit won’t be very vast, and if, due to our self-attachment, we only practice for our own benefit or our family’s, the merit won’t be very beneficial. Continue…

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Wisdom of Staying in the Moment

Wisdom of Staying in the Moment – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on our tendency to escape whatever is actually happening, right now by Susan Firer The Wisdom of No Escape was the first Dharma book I read. It was written by Pema Chödrön, an American Buddhist Nun and Amazon has this to say as a summary of the ... continue
Posted December 29, 2017 by CGH
Applying the Teachings

Applying the Teachings – HIGHLIGHT

The first of two excerpts from An Ocean of Blessings, a book of teachings by Penor Rinpoche; this one emphasizes putting the Dharma into practice The most important thing is to have faith and trust in the Buddha’s words. The Buddha’s teachings were not taught to deceive ... continue
Posted December 5, 2017 by CGH
Bravery and Basic Goodness

Bravery and Basic Goodness – HIGHLIGHT

An excerpt from the book Basic Sobriety: Shambhala Buddhism and the Twelve Steps by Eric Rainbeau Sitting with ourselves is the beginning of learning bravery, of learning to be with ourselves and the world without deception. This is the same bravery as learning to be in the world ... continue
Posted November 29, 2017 by CGH
What is Suffering?

What is Suffering? – HIGHLIGHT

Some thoughts on suffering, in the Buddhist tradition and in the Shambhala teachings by Larry Steele   It is said that the Buddha gave his first teachings at Deer Park, near what is now known as Varanasi, India. There, after years of searching and contemplation, he presented the four ... continue
Posted November 5, 2017 by CGH
Exorcism Practice

Exorcism Practice – HIGHLIGHT

A practice for dispelling obstacles, and for working with realization of emptiness by Russell Rodgers The Exorcism Chant is a little known practice given to Shambhala practitioners by the Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche. You can do it when specific obstacles come up, or more generally, to dispel obstacles in ... continue
Posted October 29, 2017 by CGH
Look Up and Extend Out

Look Up and Extend Out – HIGHLIGHT

Video of the Kongma Sakyong’s talk for Harvest of Peace 2017 Click here to watch the video, and please remember to share images and stories from your Harvest of Peace celebrations. These bring great delight and inspiration to our readers, especially to those who practice on their ... continue
Posted October 1, 2017 by CGH
Great Clouds of Blessings 2

Great Clouds of Blessings 2 – HIGHLIGHT

A continuation of comments on A Supplication for Magnetizing the Phenomenal World by Russell Rodgers Vajrayogini Some of the deities that arise in the next section of the chant are familiar to senior practitioners. Vajravarahi is also known as Vajrayogini. Padmaraja is an aspect of Padmasambhava. Kurukulla is another ... continue
Posted September 22, 2017 by CGH
Great Clouds of Blessings 1

Great Clouds of Blessings 1 – HIGHLIGHT

Comments on A Supplication for Magnetizing the Phenomenal World by Russell Rodgers Jamgön Mipham Gyatso This is a less well-known optional morning chant that anyone can do. It was written by the great Jamgön Mipham Gyatso 1879. It belongs to a class of practices that are appropriate when special ... continue
Posted September 20, 2017 by CGH
Waiting. Acting.

Waiting. Acting. – HIGHLIGHT

Exploring the mysteries and life lessons of knowing when to act, and when to wait by Susan Firer I’m waiting for something to arise in my mind to propel this piece of writing forward…waiting. Maybe that’s it: “waiting!” How often we think that we don’t have the time ... continue
Posted July 18, 2017 by CGH
Supplication to Padmasambhava 2

Supplication to Padmasambhava 2 – HIGHLIGHT

Continuing our look at a supplication chant to Guru Rinpoche by Russell Rodgers O Jetsün Guru Rinpoche, Refuge of all beings in the three realms, Consider your vow. Dispel outer, inner and secret obstacles. Jetsün is an honorific term for especially revered gurus. The three realms refer to the realm in ... continue
Posted June 18, 2017 by CGH
Supplication to Padmasambhava 1

Supplication to Padmasambhava 1 – HIGHLIGHT

Some background to help us understand a supplication chant to Guru Rinpoche by Russell Rodgers Buddhism’s tremendous success in Tibet can be traced to the activities of an eighth century Indian yogi named Padmasambhava, known by Tibetans as “Guru Rinpoche.” His story is important for us here in ... continue
Posted June 16, 2017 by CGH
Concluding Request to the Protectors

Concluding Request to the Protectors – HIGHLIGHT

Understanding apparent contradictions in a text that many Shambhalians chant daily as an ongoing part of their practice by Russell Rodgers Doesn’t the Concluding Request to the Protectors contradict other Buddhist teachings? Certainly, this is the most frequent comment I hear about this chant. The line requesting “glory, ... continue
Posted June 10, 2017 by CGH
The Gift of Fear

The Gift of Fear – HIGHLIGHT

An excerpt from “Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening” by Gaylon Ferguson The starting point on the path of fearlessness is the discovery of fear. — Chögyam Trungpa, “Conquering Fear.” Our habitual response to fear is to move away from this uncomfortable feeling. We recoil ... continue
Posted June 4, 2017 by CGH
Humanity, Chaos, and Wisdom

Humanity, Chaos, and Wisdom – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on favorite passages from a book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche by Susan Firer I’ve been re-reading the book, The Shambhala Principle, written by my teacher Sakyong Mipham, who is the head of Shambhala. I would like to share a few passages that I try to keep in ... continue
Posted May 5, 2017 by CGH
A Quality of Healing

A Quality of Healing – HIGHLIGHT

Basic goodness and the path of relationships by Shastri Nick Kranz There are many ways to think about basic goodness. Sometimes it’s referred to as basic healthiness. When we touch into this inherent okay-ness we gain access, I believe, to a quality of healing that is much needed ... continue
Posted April 29, 2017 by CGH

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