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Dec 16
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Yeshe Tsogyal: Woman and Feminine Principle

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Yeshe Tsogyal banner, which now hangs in many of our shrinerooms

Yeshe Tsogyal banner, which now hangs in many of our shrinerooms.

By Rita Gross and Acharya Judith Simmer Brown

Yeshe Tsogyal has long been a key figure in the Nyingma lineage, important to the Vidyadhara and the Sakyong. In the “Supplication to the Shambhala Lineage,” she is paired with “Lotus-born Padmakara” as “Wisdom Yeshe Tsogyal.” Her name means literally “wisdom ocean queen,” and her blessing is associated with the development of genuine nondual wisdom in our practice. She is also supplicated in a chant composed by the Fifteenth Karmapa that is sometimes done just after the Seven-Line Supplication in Vajrayana practice. This Yeshe Tsogyal chants serves as a complement to the chant to Guru Rinpoche in seven lines, for it expresses the aspects of wisdom, protection, and nurture associated with the indestructible realization of Guru Rinpoche, the father of Tibetan Buddhism. The Yeshe Tsogyal chant appears as part of the Rain of Blessings practice. Continue…

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Shambhala Day Talks

Shambhala Day Talks – HIGHLIGHT

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Shambhala Day Address, and a greeting from the Sakyong Wangmo Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center, February 16, 2018 The Kongma Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche: Very good morning, everyone! You are looking beautiful, marvelous. I would like to welcome everyone joining us worldwide to this Shambhala Day. I know this is being ... continue
Posted February 20, 2018 by CGH
The Community Will Thrive

The Community Will Thrive – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Day messages from the Sakyong and the Sakyong Wangmo “Mistakes happen because of the nature of humanity. If we create a community that can work with mistakes, and have enough depth to deal with those challenges, then the community will thrive. As challenges arise, we will ... continue
Posted February 19, 2018 by CGH
Intention and Motivation

Intention and Motivation – HIGHLIGHT

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 ... continue
Posted January 4, 2018 by CGH
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

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